Archives for February 1, 2014




From the city to the country, families from coast-to-coast will experience an uplifting coming-of-age adventure when Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes My Dog the Champion on DVD. The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between a born-and-bred teenage city girl and a cattle dog, the new feature film starring Dora Madison Burge (“Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” Cowgirls ‘n Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator, Aliens vs. Predator) and Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana,” Cheaper by the Dozen) makes its national retail debut on February 4, 2014.


A moving and meaningful story for the whole family, My Dog the Champion (SRP $24.98) begins when Madison (Burge), a spoiled city teen, learns that her mother is being deployed to Afghanistan. She is suddenly forced to uproot to the country and live on her grandfather Billy’s (Henriksen) cattle ranch – in the middle of nowhere. Facing the hardships of farm life and her feelings of loneliness, she befriends Scout, the farm’s old and “useless” cattle dog. The new companions quickly form a special bond. And when the family farm becomes threatened, Madison, with some help from Eli (Linley), a teenage dog trainer, trains Scout to be an agility champion and together they compete with the hope of saving their home. Side by side, the determined duo proves the heart of a champion never dies.


My Dog the Champion, a story of friendship, love, teamwork, and challenges, is a must-have release for families nationwide. The film is executive produced by Arthur E. Benjamin, the founder of the American Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to rescue and promote the health and well-being of dogs and other animals all across the world. In addition, Scout, the movie’s starring dog, is herself a rescue!

We received this DVD to review and loved it! I especially loved the whole story of friendship and my son always loves a heart-warming animal story! I highly recommend this for all families! The film makes you laugh, may make you cry but it is a heart-warming story that I really enjoyed!

We are having a Giveaway! Simply leave us a comment below about your favorite animal story or movie! One winner will win the DVD! Deadline to enter is February 7th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received a DVD to facilitate this Review/Giveaway but any opinions expressed are my own.



About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment ( is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business,


My Dog the Champion

Street Date:                 February 4, 2014

Pre-Book:                    January 8, 2014

DVD Catalog #:          AF00336

DVD UPC #:              01313261669881

Audio:                         Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio:              Anamorphic
Subtitles:                     English SDH, Spanish
Retail Price:                 $24.98
Genre:                         Action/Adventure, Family
Rating:                        G
Run Time:                   87 Mins
Year:                           2013



Essential Tips on Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone

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Giving a child his or her first smartphone provides a unique teachable moment when parents can ensure that their child gets off on the right foot in the mobile realm.


As many parents gifted smartphones to their kids this past holiday season, there’s no better time than now to help them establish their children’s good smartphone habits. As such, the experts at Zact Mobile ( offer the following tips on what to do before handing over that new device:

  •        Choose a password together, so you can both access the device;
  •       Set up Contacts with key names and numbers, so your child has them at their fingertips;
  •       Download and set up the apps you are willing to let your child use, and discuss the rules for future downloads;
  •       Establish – and put in writing – family ground rules for phone use, including times when it is off limits to use; and
  •       Talk with your child about privacy, content and the consequences of misusing their new phone.

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Additional tips can be found in this handy infographic from Zact: “Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone.”

Self Disclosure: Zact sponsored feature. No products were received to facilitate this feature. Info provided by Zact.

Orchid Paradise to Blossom in Westminster Newport Harbor Orchid Expo February 7-9, 2014, to feature potting workshops, botanical art exhibit as part of a distinguished free annual orchid event

The Newport Harbor Orchid Society (NHOS) will host its 13th annual orchid expo, this year themed “Orchid Paradise,” at Simon Property Group, Inc.’s Westminster Mall, on February 7-9, 2014. The Expo will showcase thousands of high quality orchids, some rare in cultivation, that grow easily in Southern California.

The largest winter orchid show in the Southland features:

  • Twenty or more orchid nurseries and professional growers selling orchids, exotic plants and supplies
  • Orchid displays by local orchid societies, hobbyists, and growers
  • Repotting workshops Saturday and Sunday at 4PM ($5 fee includes supplies and an orchid to take home)
  • Botanical art exhibit by area painters and photographers organized by the Vietnamese Orchid Society

“We continue to take pride in making sure our expos offer the widest variety of orchid vendors and workshops while featuring so much of the great talent and artistry that comes from the local community and our collective appreciation of these elegant plants,” said Ha Bui, spokesperson for NHOS. “Orchid Paradise will provide hobbyists and novice growers alike the ability to learn about these plants, make their first purchase, attend a workshop or simply enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.” 

Show admission and parking are free.

For more information visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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About The Newport Harbor Orchid Society

The Newport Harbor Orchid Society’s primary mission is to foster the culture, cultivation, and conservation of orchids and to educate the members and the public about orchids. We combine our educational goals with a number of special activities and social events throughout the year, including an annual greenhouse and garden tour of members’ growing areas, visits to orchid nurseries located in Southern California, a spring orchid show and sale, an annual banquet, and finally, a holiday potluck. Founded in 1979, the NHOS is a large and very active society with over 250 participating members who reside in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa, 1845 Park Avenue. The meetings begin with a culture class from 7:00-7:45 p.m. on a different topic related to orchids, followed by the general meeting, at 7:45 p.m. that features a speaker, plant display, refreshments, a silent auction, and plant raffle.


About Westminster Mall

Westminster Mall is a modern shopping center that features some of the best names in retail including Macy’s, jcpenney, Sears, Target, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Old Navy and more. In addition to more than 180 specialty stores with shops ranging from teen apparel to shoes to women’s apparel and jewelry, Westminster Mall also features exciting dining destinations such as Outback Steakhouse and Todai. In November 2008, Westminster Mall completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Included were brand new family restrooms, a first of its kind children’s fully soft play area, new interior and exterior directional signage. The entire lower level of the center was carpeted for guest’s shopping enjoyment and comfort.  For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 714-898-2558.

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 242 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit