Archives for December 21, 2014

Christmas Gifts from Hallmark! Some of our favorites this Holiday season!

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It’s that magical Christmas time and I can’t believe that Christmas is only a a few days away! Looking for some fun ways to make the season even more magical? These are some of our favorites from Hallmark.

The  Northpole Communicator Interactive Microphone is s fun way for younger children to communicate with the Northpole. My son is a little older so he wasn’t completely into this but our little nephew is having so much fun with this! His mom emails me daily to tell me how much he loves this!

Our favorite is the Find Me, Santa! Snowflake! This really is cool! It lights up so Santa can find you on Christmas Eve. You can add your child’s name and hang it on a doorknob or anywhere you would like. Great idea if you are travelling away from home for Christmas but it is also good if you are just staying home. The coolest thing is that on Christmas Eve, you can hold down the button for four seconds and the snowflake will stay glowing for hours.

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More fun products for the kids are the Christmas books. We received the Nighty-Night Interactive Christmas book that lights up. This one is perfect for this week especially Christmas Eve! Last, but not least…is the Northpole Magic Mail Stationery. The Magic Ink reveals messages from Santa & the elves. Your freezer is the actual mailbox. Too much fun!

You can find all of these products (and many more) at Hallmark store locations near you!

 

Self Disclosure: I received the products listed above to facilitate this Holiday gift Feature. Photo Credit: Hallmark.

 

 

Kobert Exercise/Sport Armband is a Must-Have!

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Looking for a great way to exercise, walk a 5K or go running and keep your phone handy? I know that I sure was looking for a product that would be handy for walking. The Kobert Exercise Armband is just perfect for keeping my cellphone protected yet handy when I go walking. It’s a great way to listen to music too! My Android phone fits perfectly inside and it works well at the beach too because it keeps the sand out. I usually dread taking my phone to the beach for walks but this really keeps my phone handy and well protected! It’s also easy to clean because it is hand washable and dries really quickly.

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

More info:

Product Features:

– Black durable lightweight exercise armband
– Safety feature: silver reflective frame
– Phone pouch dimensions: 5.5″ x 3.125″ (140 x 80 mm), opening of pouch: 2.56″(65 mm)
– Transparent screen protector
– Extra pocket for small key
– Adjustable strap fits arm circumference 12″-15.5″ (305-394 mm)
– Made from high quality soft Neoprene & Velcro
– Easy insertion of mobile phone, access for your earphone wire.

PLEASE NOTE:
1. It will only fit an upper arm circumference of 12″-15.5″ (305-394 mm)
2. Armband will fit iPhone 6, 5, 5c, 5s, 4, 4s, Samsung Galaxy s3 s4 s5 (all listed phones without a case)

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchnage for an unbiased review via Tomoson.

LISTERINE® HEALTHYWHITE™ GENTLE Sodium Fluoride Anticavity Mouthrinse Love how this leaves my mouth feeling clean & fresh!

It’s not often that I find a Mouthwash that does exactly what it claims it will do! But, I did recently find this to be true with Listerine Healthywhite Gentle Sodium Fluoride Mouthrinse. It works pretty quickly and I was impressed with after only a couple of weeks my teeth also seemed brighter. I like that it is gentle since my gums are somewhat sensitive.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample via a  Crowdtap Sampling but any opinions expressed are honest and truthful.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – An Adventurous Journey That Is Bigger and Better Than Before

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This latest installment to the Night at the Museum series finds Ben Stiller returning as Larry who spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Rebel Wilson joins the cast as a security guard, Robin Williams makes his final portrayal as Teddy Roosevelt and Owen Wilson plays Jedediah. KIDS FIRST! Critics Brianna B. comments, “This is a wild, adventurous and funny film. This last installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy is takes you on an adventurous journey and is defiantly a must see.” Simone S. adds, “The message of this film is that parents cannot hold onto their children forever.” See their full reviews below.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

 

This is a wild, adventurous and funny film. This last installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy is takes you on an adventurous journey and is defiantly a must see. Robin Williams’ final on-screen portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt is amazing. He has a great sense of humor and is in tune with his character completely.

The magic that brought the characters to life in Night at the Museum 1 and 2 is in danger.  Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) must go on an adventure to unite and save them all. Will he be able to do it?

I really enjoy seeing this film. It has excitement and is bigger and better than before. Everyone is back, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan. They are joined by some electrifying new characters. A lot of attention to detail is paid to the wardrobe, set locations and the historical time pieces. The special effects are big and bold and definitely compliment the film in every way. It looks so real. My favorite character is newcomer Tilly (Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect). She is funny, talks a lot and says whatever is on her mind. She goes on funny tangents and her appearance is simply amusing. The cast also includes Dick Van Dyke and Rick Gervais.

Shawn Levy, directs this film and brings his skill to making it artistic and funny from pulling together a great cast, production designers and all the creative people involved in this film. Although the film has a number of characters, jokes and situations, it also has a simple message of teamwork. Sometimes, you need a good team of people working together to get the job done.

I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18. However, adults will enjoy it as well, especially if they have seen the previous two films. It’s rated PG for mild action and some rude humor. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a good adventure that will keep you entertained.

Join the wildest night yet and see Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, it’s in theaters on December 19th. So please check it out.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Reviewed by
Simone S., KIDS FIRST! Critics, age 14

Hilarious, exciting and imaginative is how I would describe Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. I enjoy the Night at the Museum movies because I love anything to do with history. This movie brings some of history’s greatest characters to life in a fun and entertaining way.

Director Shawn Levy brings back the incredibly talented cast and adds a few new faces. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) returns as head of the museum’s “special effects.” Larry begins noticing some strange behavior by the museum’s residents. He suspects the ancient Tablet of Akmenrah, the source that causes the museum’s exhibits to come to life, is somehow losing its powers. Larry decides that he must travel to the British Museum in London to find Akmenrah’s parents. He hopes the parents can help him solve the mystery of why the tablet is losing its magical powers. Larry’s plan does not turn out as smoothly as he hoped. Some of the residents of the New York museum secretly follow Larry to Britain. That’s when things go hysterically wrong.

Ben Kingsley( Akmenrah’s Dad) and Dan Stevens (Sir Lancelot) are wonderful newcomers to the cast but, Rebel Wilson shines as the weird and wonderful security guard Tilly. Her one-liners are a little puzzling at times, but I loved them. The original cast is just as great as they were in the last two movies. I laughed out loud at Owen Wilson’s Jedediah and Steve Coogan’s  Octavious as they go through their adventure.

My favorite part of the movie is when the exhibits in the British Museum come to life for the first time. The visual effects’ team does an excellent job in creating images that are realistic. The story has many sub plots so it may be difficult for a younger audience to keep up with how each part connects to the big picture.

The message of this film is that parents cannot hold onto their children forever. I recommend Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb for ages 8 to 15 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Please be sure to check out Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when it comes to theaters on December 19.

 

 

 

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions. www.kidsfirst.org

 

 

Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas is now Interactive! A fun, interactive app that is perfect for the Christmas season!

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Looking for a fun Christmas time app that is great for kids ages 2-8? Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas is the answer!  Kids will enjoy watching Santa’s suit change from purple to red and there are some other fun interactive parts! It’s the same story that I interviewed earlier this month but this is a fun, interactive app.  A Must-Buy for the season!

You can purchase here for $1.99.

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post, I received a free download copy to facilitate this post.

Affordable Winter Activities for “Mom, I’m Bored” Winter Break Blues

With the average winter break from school lasting anywhere from 10 days to two weeks, children are destined to go stir crazy stuck inside, testing parental sanity. Bowlmor AMF – has families covered this winter with fun and affordable activities to rid the “Mom, I’m Bored” winter break blues.

 

With four different brands across the nation – AMF, Brunswick, Bowlmor Lanes and Bowlero – parents can keep kids from watching too much TV and boredom at bay with  bowling, laser tag, ropes courses and plenty of arcade games at local centers. It’s an ultra-affordable way to keep kids active and entertained, as you can see by the prices outlined below:

 

Average price at an AMF

  • Peak – w/shoes 10.16
  • Off peak –w/shoes 7.88

 

Average Bowlmor/Bowlero

  • Off peak – 9.92 – game plus shoes
  • Peak – 13.26 – game plus shoes

 

This year, all Bowlmor AMF locations will also be hosting a $5,000 Sweepstakes available to enter in-center at locations nationwide,  with an entry allowed once per day.

 

Please let me know if you are interested in sharing this information with your readers looking for places to go entertain their families this winter, and if you would like any hi-res images or the list of participating centers in your area. I can also offer you a chance to speak with a local Bowlmor AMF’s representative to discuss any special holiday offerings at your local center.

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Bowlmor AMF.

Deals to help your readers save + give back with their holiday cards

Goodshop.com works with thousands of online retailers, including stores to help you with creating this year’s cards, and donates a percentage of your total purchase back to the cause of your choice.

In the lead up to the holidays, your readers are sending cards to their loved ones, so give them a reason to send cards with a difference this year. There are more than 110,000 causes to choose from on Goodshop and more than $11 million has been donated to date.

To top it off, Goodshop offers the latest deals and coupons to help shoppers save on their holiday shopping!

Here are some deals from stationery stores and other places you can get started on your cards. Add them to a blog post and help your readers save money and give back this holiday season.

10 Ways To Help Your Readers Save On Their Holiday Cards — And Give Back To Causes While They Do !

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Walgreens Coupon – 50% off photo cards on sets of 3+ (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 4% Donation

Shutterfly Coupon – $20 off holiday cards (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-27-2014. 1% Donation

Zazzle Coupon – Goodshop exclusive: Save 15% off site wide (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 10% Donation

Tiny Prints Coupon – 10% off all Tiny Prints orders (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 3.5% Donation

Vistaprint Coupon – 50% off holiday cades (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 4% Donation

Hallmark eCards – Save 20% on a year subscription to Hallmark e-Cards (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 12-31-2014. 2.5% Donation

Snapfish – 30% off photo gifts (click on merchant name for coupon code).

Expires: 01-31-2014. 7.5% Donation

CafePress Coupon – 50 cards for $19.50 plus free shipping.

Expires: 12-31-2014. 7.5% Donation

Current Catalog Coupon – Holiday sale: Save up to 60% on Christmas cards.

Expires: 12-31-2014. 6% Donation

FineStationary.com Coupon – Find traditional Christmas greeting cards as low as $1.29 each.

Expires: 12-25-2014. 5% Donation.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Goodshop.com.

Patricia Nash has announced the winning mother & daughter of the all-inclusive trip to Italy from the brand’s #CarryMeThrough Campaign held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With over thousands of applicants entered into the campaign, Patricia was overwhelmed with the stories and the amount of love and strength each participant possessed. She thought the winner was impossible to pick out until she came upon Nicole Battaglia and the story of her and her mother’s journey through breast cancer. Nicole’s mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, leading to two mastectomies, the latter of which was followed by chemotherapy and radiation. She shared her guilt of her embarrassment she felt toward her mother, a woman who was once strong, now weak. Her mother, however, was a story of strength – never ashamed of her cancer, she aided others who were alone and afraid. She also became involved in the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as helped chair the Race For the Cure in Arizona. From the experiences Nicole has been through with her mother, from changing her wounds, to emptying her drain tubes and being her personal nurse, she considers her mother her  best friend and has been inspired to pursue a career in helping others.   Nicole since become a registered nurse working toward her passion to one day work in Oncology.

 

Credit: #CarryMeThrough Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month/Patricia Nash.