Archives for April 26, 2015

PopSockets phone grip and stand is a Must-Have for Tablets and Phones!


Looking for a way to have a useful grip and stand for your tablet or cellphone? Have you heard of PopSockets? I have to admit I hadn’t until I had the opportunity to receive samples to do a review. PopSockets are actually quite handy and super easy to use! You can use one on the back of your phone or you can just use one. I found that I prefer to only use one on my phone. PopSockets is actually a great phone grip! What I love is that it is so much easier to grip my phone and not drop it! Yes, I drop my phone but not anymore. It is also great for taking photos with my phone. They make it so much easier and these are such a fun phone accessory. I received a few to sample, which is a good thing because my husband wanted to try them too! They are also easy to clean and easy to apply and remove. They are also great for when you or a child is bored…you can pop it over and over again. But, my favorite thing is using as a photo grip when taking photos and using as a phone grip.


More info below:

  • Secure grips for texting, calling, photos, and selfies – Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S models, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 plus, LG G2, Sony Xperia, Motorola Moto, Google Nexus, iPad, iPod, and many more!
  • Repositionable, washable, adhesive pad sticks to most devices and cases (will not stick to some waterproof cases or silicone)

For more information, check out their website!

You can also find them on

Self Disclosure: I received free samples in exchange for an unbiased review.

PBS KIDS Super Vision app available on Apple Watch! Free app gives parents the “super power” to remotely manage kids’ screen time on by setting a simple timer on Apple Watch


PBS KIDS Super Vision, the number-one children’s educational media brand’s revolutionary app for parents, is now available for Apple Watch. The free app gives parents the “super power” to easily engage with their kids’ digital media time wherever they are – in the kitchen, at work or on the go. With PBS KIDS Super Vision for Apple Watch, parents can limit their children’s screen time on by setting a simple Play Timer on Apple Watch. The fully featuredPBS KIDS Super Vision App for iPhone and iPod touch includes the Play Timer and offers parents a tool to see what their kids are watching, playing and learning on, helping parents make the most of their children’s screen time.

“PBS is committed to innovating across media platforms to have a positive impact on kids and parents,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital. “At PBS, we look for learning opportunities in every new technology, and we have consistently been a first mover in the digital space. When we launched PBS KIDS Super Vision last year, we wanted to empower parents with a first-of-its-kind tool to support their children’s learning and give them ideas to help them build on that learning beyond the screen. PBS KIDS Super Vision for Apple Watch extends that capability, making it easier than ever for parents to transition their children from screen time to other activities.”

With the PBS KIDS Super Vision App, parents enter a simple code on their iPhone or iPod touch to start receiving:

  • Real-time information on what their child is playing, watching and learning on;
  • The ability to remotely set a Play Timer from their Apple Watch, iPhone or iPod touch that will put to sleep on their child’s screen, easing the transition from playing online to another activity, such as dinner time or bed time;
  • Related activities from PBS Parents that they can do with their child off-screen to extend the fun and learning goals of the games or videos their child plays on;
  • An Activity Summary to view the top educational skills, shows, videos and games their child used on

The multiple Webby-award-winning PBS KIDS team designed PBS KIDS Super Vision using open source tools. The app is built on a platform that allows for the seamless, real-time pairing of multi-platform experiences and content on any device with an internet connection. The connection doesn’t require physical proximity, making it easy for parents to see and connect to their child’s screen-time experience anywhere.

PBS KIDS Super Vision is PBS KIDS’ second app designed specifically for parents. PBS Parents Play & Learn, also available for free, offers parents simple activities that they can do with their kids to support math and literacy, themed around specific locations such as the grocery store or the park. PBS KIDS also offers more than 35 apps for kids, designed to help build literacy, math, science and school readiness skills. More information about PBS KIDS’ apps is available on

PBS KIDS Super Vision is available free from the App Store on Apple Watch, iPhone and iPod touch or at

Credit: PBS KIDS.

Save on the Things You Crave While Giving Back!


Whether you’re looking to get something for yourself or someone else, how about a gift that gives back? With tons of websites offering “daily deals”, CraveOn takes it a step further by offering deep discounts then uses a percentage of the purchase to give back BIG to the community by helping charities and disabled veterans in need.

So many stories of men and women who have fought for our freedom go untold. CraveOn is changing that. Each month, customers can learn about a U.S. veteran’s amazing story of survival and the struggle they now face living with a disability. With every purchase, 25% of profits go to the sponsored vet to help pay for expensive medical bills, or to help them just take a break. As if that weren’t enough, CraveOn also supports a charity of the month, giving 10% of their profits to a local or national nonprofit.

CraveOn not only gives back to those in need, but they also offer amazing deals on products that customers want. Adding new products daily, there’s a wide selection to choose from, whether you’re looking for chic boutique items, smart gadgets, unique handmade gifts and gadgets or must-have kids items.

CraveOn was developed by a husband and wife team who know firsthand about dealing with the emotional, physical and financial strains of having a disability. Gail Buhler’s husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago and has been in a wheelchair for the past six years. Understanding the needs of families with disabilities, CraveOn was born.

CraveOn is revolutionizing the way online business is done with their model that incorporates compassion with commerce! Not only do they believe in giving you a great deal, they believe in giving a great deal that keeps on giving.


For more information, visit

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Happy Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas for Nana

Portrait of grandma and granddaughter

Before they were grandmothers, they were mothers. Celebrate Grandma this May by giving her a gift that she’ll cherish and remember for years to come. From decadent gourmet sweets and gift baskets to personalized jewelry and charms, we’ve got the top Mother’s Day picks for special grandmothers.

Make It Personal

It’s the thought that counts, so put a little thought into this Mother’s Day gift for grandma. Give your grandmother a sentimental gift like a framed photo, for example. Round up the family and have a professional photographer take a family portrait of all of the grandkids and children. You could even consider making a sign that reads “We Love You” or “Happy Mother’s Day” prior to the photoshoot to hold up in the pictures. After the photos are printed have the best photo professionally framed, that way she can cherish it and hang it on the wall. This gift can be easily recreated each year, or every couple of years. Grandma will love to see how her family grows over the years.

Be sure to attach a signed card to this gift and make certain that all of the grandkids include a personal note and signature. Big families can add a touch of humor to Mother’s Day by giving grandma an oversized card. offers custom cards that can be custom-made to fit any occasion, including Mother’s Day. Surely, all of the grandkids’ special messages will fit on one of gigantic cards.

Give Her Something Sweet

She’s been baking for the entire family for decades from holiday get-togethers to everyday treats, she really knows her way around the kitchen. This Mother’s Day, surprise grandma with something sweet. The online flower delivery service, FTD, not only offers beautiful bouquets, you can choose to send your nana a special gourmet gift basket filled with sweet treats, too. Choose from assortments like a Mrs. Fields cookie box, Godiva chocolates or chocolate dipped strawberries or cake pops.

This gift is great for grandchildren and children who want to show their love and appreciation for their grandmother on Mother’s Day but may find it hard to do so because of the distance between the family. By choosing to have a gift basket delivered, you can rest assured that your Mother’s Day gift basket will be received, even if you live in southern California and your grandma resides in Florida.

Something Sparkly

Give grandma a gift that she can add to her jewelry box. Sweet Blossoms Gift sells a variety of custom jewelry for grandmothers from pendant necklaces to charm bracelets. The Bangle Bracelet for grandmothers is perfect for nanas with lots of grandchildren. Each grandchild can be represented on the bracelet with a circular disc that has his or her named engraved on it. Some styles even include a colored bead that represents the grandchild’s birthstone. The Four Layer Pewter Stacked Heart Necklace is also a good option for grandmas with two or more grandkids. Each layer is hand-stamped with the name of the grandchild and it’s topped off with a small disc with a heart stamp.

Sweet Blossom Gifts even has options for grandmas who go by “nana” and “mimi” so your gift can be even more personalized.

Pet Video Verify – Pet Microchip Alternative


Pet Video Verify’s software is video identification for your pet!

Today lost and found pets are a big issue. Many pet owners have high anxiety that their pet is going to get lost. They should be worried, the statistics are that many pets do get lost, it is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will get lost sometime time in their lifetime. If you don’t act quickly and have systems in place, you may never see the pet again. Pet Video Verify is developing applications that help you put systems in place that help manage your pets better with this website.

Pet Video Verify pet video identification system is a patent pending system. This video identification system is trying to revolutionize how lost pets are found and returned to the owner. In the current version of the web application, the pet owner looks over the pet for special attributes and takes measurements, then they video the pet including the special attributes and measurements, you can see an example of a video identification by clicking here. When all these special attributes and measurements are put together, virtually any pet can be identified. A video of your pet is a lot better way to identify them because with a video you can get all parts of the pet’s body. In the future, we are going to include electronic measurements of the pet in the video!

Pet Video Verify has integrated another application into its software and it is the ability to store pet medical records online by visiting here. When you have access to your pet medical records online, you can access the medical records anytime you need them from any device that is connected to the Internet. Keeping your pet medical records online also help veterinarians because if your pet gets lost and ends up at the vet, the vet may not know the identity of your pet. The vet can use the video identification to identify your pet and also pull your pet’s medical records! Very helpful and can save your pet’s life!

Pet Video Verify has an application where pet owners can sell their used pet items to other pet owners. Pet owners search the Internet looking for pet items. Many would prefer pet items that have already been used and that the owner needs to get rid of, which can be found here. They can search Pet Video Verify for these items and contact the owner to purchase those items.

Pet Video Verify also receives pet coupons from major retailers at their site. We receive the coupons or deals from big retailers such as PetSmart! We push the coupons and deals directly to our users helping them find deals on new items that they need for their pet! We are getting new advertisers all the time so we receive lots of good coupons and deals!

Pet Video Verify also has a pet supply store for when you want new pet items instead of used ones!  We are updating these new pet items all the time.  Check out these items by clicking here!

You can also post your cute pet pictures for everyone to see on our website. People love cute pet pictures because they bring joy to their life. Pet owners love posting them because they are proud of their pet and they want them to bring joy to other people.  Also, look at funny pet videos by clicking here!

Credit: Pet Video Verify. No compensation was received to post and I did not review.


Mother’s Day Special – 20% off ALL Product with Free Ink’d POWERSKIN ANNOUNCES MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF ALL PRODUCTS WITH FREE INK’D FROM APRIL 23-MAY 3 Keep Mom Charged on the Go & Show Her Who Her Favorite is By Customizing Her Smartphone Battery Case or Portable Charger

Your mom is your lifeline, your biggest fan and with Mother’s Day coming up, give her the gift of power from PowerSkin, a leader in portable power and show her who her favorite is by personalizing her device through the Ink’d program. With Ink’d consumers can create custom designed battery cases and external battery packs by using their own image, logo or photo.  From now through Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59pm (ET), all PowerSkin products are 20% off with free Ink’d using the code “momsfav” at checkout. Orders can be placed at with free shipping included.

With products for both Apple and Android, give more power to the most powerful woman in your family by choosing the portable charger that works best for her smartphone and customize it with her favorite photos of you together as a family. Make those memories and her phone power last longer and when you order by May 3rd, you’ll receive your customized device in time to present it to her on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th.

Ink’d allows consumers to make their own personal statement on their portable charging devices and its as Easy as 1-2-3 to make it “Your Power, Your Way,”  – Go to the Ink’d website at; pick your product, upload your favorite image and receive your customized device approximately 7 days later.


About PowerSkin®
PowerSkin®, is a leading provider of built-in battery cases and universal portable power solutions for popular iOS, Android and Windows smartphones, tablets, and other rechargeable devices.  Their staple is sleek, modern, one-piece designs and patented innovations that fit your phone and fit your style. PowerSkin is backed by exclusive XPAL Inside™ technologies including: short circuit/overcharge protection, thermal management heat dissipation, pass-through charging (i.e.: device is charged first, followed by the case when plugged in), and flame retardant- highest industry standard UL94 v-0 rating.  Designed to be your go-to, go-anywhere, go on-and-on power source, PowerSkin® has got you – and your phone – covered. For more information, visit


About XPAL Power

XPAL Power, a subsidiary of TennRich International, is a California-based corporation with its sales and marketing team located in the United States. The TennRich design team is located in Taiwan, and the company-owned factory in Shenzhen, PRC is the first factory in China to focus on rechargeable lithium polymer batteries and is currently one of the largest manufacturers of portable power packs in Asia. The  XPAL Inside™ seal stands for quality, safety and efficiency – a guarantee that these traits are inside every product that authenticates through the XPAL verification service. XPAL Verified™ is an authentication process that underscores our commitment to quality, using complex algorithms to detect and transfer battery serial numbers to verify our product’s legitimacy – a safeguard customers can trust. For more information, please visit

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I have reviewed PowerSkin in the past.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 24th Annual Christmas in Spring with M.E.N.D. Universal Studios Hollywood, Santa Claus and Minions Join Forces to Bring 1,000 M.E.N.D. Low Income Families Heartfelt Holiday Cheer During the 24th Annual “Christmas in Spring” Charity Event, Saturday, May 2 from Noon to 2 p.m.

Hundreds of Universal Studios HollywoodSM volunteer employees, a tropically-clad Santa Claus and a menagerie of mischievous Minions from the theme park’s popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, come together to bring warm holiday cheer to over 1,000 M.E.N.D low income family members as part of its 24th annual “Christmas in Spring” event on Saturday, May 2 from Noon to 2 p.m.

“Christmas in Spring” will be held at M.E.N.D – Meet Each Need with Dignity, located at 10641 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331.

The event is sponsored by Universal Studios Hollywood’s philanthropic Discover A Star Foundation and is designed to offer less fortunate families the opportunity to enjoy a fun outing during a time of year when the needs of these families are often overlooked.

This year’s “Christmas in Spring” program will include a scrumptious menu, custom prepared by Universal Studios Hollywood’s award-winning Executive Chef, Eric Kopelow, and served by employee volunteers. In keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s ongoing “Wellness” initiative, the feast will feature 600 pounds of skinless chicken, 600 pounds of vegetables, 600 pounds of salad, 4,000 fresh strawberries and freshly baked bite-size chocolate chip cookies.

Families supported by M.E.N.D. will enjoy an afternoon of interactive festivities comprised of carnival games, face painters, live DJ and entertainment from singer/songwriter and CityWalk Street Performer, Megan Arial.  A keepsake family photo memento with the Minions, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Dora and Diego from “Dora the Explorer,” Beetlejuice and Santa Claus will add to the special springtime celebration. Children will also be treated to giveaways, including a large plush Minion toy and a book of their choice.

In the spirit of paying it forward, Discover a Star grant recipient, A Window Between Worlds, will provide an arts and crafts station. The non-profit group is dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma, while inspiring women and children to recover a sense of renewal and independence through creative expression.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, new attractions include the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering tours of the iconic movie backlot on select evenings.

Credit: Universal Studios, M.E.N.D.

Paddington – A Beloved British Icon That Delivers Charm and Class, Out April 28 on DVD


This 21st Century version of Paddington comes with all the charm that this classic British character deserves. Now out on DVD, it has lots of insightful bonus features to enhance the viewing experience. The storyline follows a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. KIDS FIRST! Critic Samantha comments, “This movie is great movie that is funny and enjoyable in every way.” Kamren adds, “This movie is hilarious and heartwarming. Paddington has so many good parts it is hard to choose just one.” See their reviews below.



By Kamren W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8


Paddington is a British film based on the book A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond. This movie is about a young bear from Peru and his crazy adventures in London, England. The movie shows how one family learns to love and accept Paddington as their own.


This film stars Tim Downie as Montgomery Clyde, Ben Wishaw as Paddington, Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown Sally Hawkins as Mary Brown, Nicole Kidman as Millicent (Montgomery’s daughter). All of the actors and actresses have British accents, even Nicole Kidman who is Australian. This to me, makes the film seem more authentic.


This movie is hilarious and heartwarming. Paddington has so many good parts it is hard to choose just one. One of my favorite scenes is when Paddington is in the bathroom and he mistakenly floods it. This is my favorite because it shows how curious Paddington is. The part that I disliked is when the explorer’s daughter (Nicole Kidman) wants to do something mean to Paddington.

The visual effects don’t look real but they are exciting. I like the realness of Paddington the bear. The visual effects team, Framestore does a fine job in making this bear warm and cuddly from his wet nose to his flowing fur. I love that Paul King (Director) stays true to Michael Bond’s original story. Paddington contains a hidden message about being caring and working together, without having too much drama.


This movie is rated PG for mild language. I did not understand some of the British wording, so I recommend this film to kids ages 6 to 18. This is a great film for the whole family to enjoy together. Younger kids will enjoy the many adventures Paddington experiences and older kids and adults will appreciate the entire story. The film proves that a family feature does not have to be too silly or mean. This is a total feel-good movie. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The DVD/Blu-ray has a few bonus features which show how the movie was made, gives you insight into the characters and more.



Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11



Paddington is a heart-warming family film about a small curious bear living in Peru with his aunt and uncle. They have been talking about a trip to England for 40 years but never got around to actually going, because they never had a good enough reason to go. One day, they get a reason to go but it’s very tragic and unfortunately, only Paddington can go on this long and tiring journey by himself.


This DVD of the movie contains many bonus features that are very fun to watch and give a different perspective on the movie and its characters. Some of the bonus features include a lyric video to the song “Shine,” one of the songs featured in the film, by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Another bonus features lets you “meet the characters.” This is basically and inside look at the actors and their feelings about the movie while it was being made as well as the finished product. There are also two bonus features about Paddington coming to life during animation and another about how Paddington evolved from the pages of the book and then became a very well-loved animated character.


Another thing that is great about this movie are the actors – Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman. Their performances are outstanding and extremely entertaining. While watching the movie you can see their characters progress and watch them change in thoughts and feelings. It’s something I always like to see in movies because it makes it all that much more interesting to watch. Another reason I like the actors in this film is because their roles tell a little bit about them when they are not acting. This is part of the “meet the characters” bonus feature.


This movie is great movie that is funny and enjoyable in every way. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 15. At times, the humor is “silent humor” and some things are hard to understand but they are funny if you “get” them. It is certainly a great film for the whole family!


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