Archives for May 2015

New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in American Sign Language (ASL) Coming to DVD June 2, 2015 From DawnSignPress-The Nation's Leader in ASL

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You know the stories well.  You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life.  But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children’s ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available June 2, 2015.


Initial three titles in launch are “The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language” – Winner of Parents’ Choice Approval, “The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language” and “The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language. All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles.  Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.


“With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older,” says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. “Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it’s a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community.”



Once Upon a Sign Launch DVD Titles:


In “Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror” young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she’s unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn’t go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle?

“Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood” is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?


In “Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.


Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs.  For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit



I received  a copy of The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language and I also reviewed this series for KIDS FIRST!  I highly recommend.

More info: 

Series Title:                      Once Upon a Sign

DVD Titles/ISBN              The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language  978-1-58121-258-7

The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language 978-1-58121-257

The New Goldilocks ad the Three Bears in American Sign Language:


Release Date:                  June 2, 2015

Category:                          Children, Ages 3-8

SRP:                                   $15.95 each

Length:               Approx. 26 Minutes each


About DawnSignPress

DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL’s popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information visit

Self Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation to post. I help to approve this series for KIDS FIRST! and also received a free DVD to facilitate this post. I highly recommend.

Barely Lethal – An Unlikely Action-Adventure Comedy



Barely Lethal is an upcoming independent action-comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and written by John D’Arco, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner and Samuel L. Jackson. The unlikely story revolves around a teenage special ops agent who covets a “normal” adolescence only to discover that “normal” isn’t all its cracked up to be. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kendyl P. comments, “Barely Lethal is an outstanding movie! …I was on the edge off my seat waiting to see what would happen next!” See her full review below.


Barely Lethal

By Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13



Barely Lethal is an action packed comedy.  This film is about a teenage girl named Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) who is a highly trained special ops assassin taught to fight bad guys at a school called Prescott Scouts for Girls. Megan realizes that she is missing out on being a teenager and decides to fake her own death, enroll herself as an exchange student at a traditional American high school and live with a new family. Megan then realizes that high school is more difficult than she thought. Unfortunately, Megan’s former nemesis Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba) tracks her down and tries to destroy her. It’s up to Megan to defend herself and defend her new family.


The message of this movie is life isn’t always the way it seems. Megan does a lot of research and watches a lot of movies and reads a ton of teen magazines about life as high school student. When she is finally able to attend high school, she realizes it is not at all as she expected. Megan also learns one of her closest friends at Prescott is not really a true friend.

My favorite scene is when Megan is fighting off Victoria Knox. It is an intense yet exciting brawl between the two girls. I was on the edge off my seat waiting to see what would happen next!


My favorite character is Maxwell Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson) who is the leader of the Prescott School for Girls where Megan grew up. He is very caring and acts like a father figure to Megan even when he tries to hide it. Agent Maxwell believes in Megan and proves that he will help her if she is ever in need.


Barely Lethal is an outstanding movie! I highly recommend this film for boys and girls ages 13 to18 and give this movie 5 out of 5 shinning stars!. It opens May 29 in select theaters nationwide so, go check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions.

(The Original) Sleep Well for Kids Giveaway Opportunity!


Does your child have trouble going to sleep? Looking for a great way to have them relax and go to sleep quicker? I received a CD titled “Sleep Well for Kids” and really love this because it’s great for kids of all ages but especially those  younger children. It will even put parents to sleep! I love the soothing guided imagery and the relaxing melodies.

Janet Montgomery CH.t. is your guide as she leads you on a leisurely stroll through her neighborhood to a farm, where we are introduced to a variety of “friends” with a simple message of kindness to all animals, and respect for nature as we are relaxed to sleep.  It is that simple, just a qualified guide with a sweet and comforting voice, and some beautiful music to help set the mood.

I like that children are introduced to the basics of breathing, progressive relaxation for their body, and visualization techniques for managing worry and relaxing into a restful sleep. I know my son, even at 11-years-old has a tough time relaxing and falling asleep. I think my favorite thing about this CD is that it does help manage anxiety a bit and worrying. It is very calming!

To listen to clip, please visit thier website,

You can also find on and iTunes.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win the CD! To enter, leave a comment below telling us one of your tips for getting your child to sleep. Deadline to enter is June 4th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD for review purposes.

OZ Naturals – The BEST Facial Exfoliator – This Face Scrub Contains Lactic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bamboo & Pro Vitamin B5 For An Incredible Face Exfoliating Scrub


Really exfoliates! I love how this product buffs, and exfoliates your skin. I love that it is more natural instead of a bunch of chemicals. I also like that only a small amount is needed at a time so the product will last awhile. I have somewhat sensitive skin and it works really well and does not irritate my skin. I often can not use exfoliating products because they are too rough on my skin. A real-beauty-must-have!

You can purchase on

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

ScarAway Scar Repair Gel Works on both old and new scars!


ScarAway Scar Repair Gel, featuring patented Kelo-cote technology, carries the only patented, transparent, self-drying 100% silicone gel designed to improve the appearance of scars nd prevent abnormal and excessive scar formation. The elegant, transparent gel offers convenient application for custom scar prevention and treatment that can begin the moment a wound has healed or sutures are removed.

I don’t have too many newer scars but I do like that this also works well on older scars. It really improves the appearance of scars from surgery, burns, C-sections, cuts and injuries and even cosmetic procedures. The products dries quickly and creates a flexible, waterprooof sheet over the affected area, providing 24-hour efficacy. I like that once it is dry, you can apply sunscreen or makeup over the gel.

I also like that it is suitable for all ages including children with sensitive skin. I actually tried this one out for over a month and did see improvement on an older scar. It’s a real Must-Have for the household!

Retail price is $29.99. For more information, go to

Available at CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, ULTA, Duane Reade, Meijer, Harmon and other fine retailers.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.

Belli Sheer Comfort Lip Balm A Real Beauty-Must-Have for All Moms!


Looking for a product that really helps chapped lips? The Belli Sheer Comfort Lip Balm is a real Beauty-Must-Have for all Moms! Such a soothing lip balm that is also hypoallergenic and made with lanolin. Great for chapped lips but I also like that it can be used on any dry, cracked skin. It truly is my favorite new Lip Balm and I like that it is Paraben Free and also has no Artificial Dyes or Fragrances. Retails for $12.

You can find this and many other wonderful Belli Skin Care products on their website.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.

Don’t forget to read my post about their Sweepstakes!

Simon Kidgits Club Celebrates A Safe And Fit Summer At The Shops At Mission Viejo Event Aims to Promote Active and Safe Summer Vacation


With summer vacation coming up quickly, The Shops at Mission Viejo wants to make sure local families have a fun and safe break from school.


The Shops at Mission Viejo is hosting its Kidgits Safe and Fit Summer event to help families learn about summer safety and staying fit on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon on the upper level, near the Play Area.


The event will teach kids about neighborhood safety, summer safety and stranger awareness, with easy tips including:

  • Stay out of the street. Cars make the street a dangerous place to play.
  • Tell your parents where you are going and when you’ll be back. Know your home phone number and address.
  • Ask your parents first. If someone invites you to go somewhere, offers you a gift or just wants to talk, say you need to ask your parents for permission first.


Orange County lifeguards will be on hand to share information on swimming safety, and retailers like Microsoft, Brow Arc Salon, Muscle Beach Lemonade and Build-A-Bear Workshop will have interactive booths set up. A Crime Prevention Specialist from Mission Viejo Police Services will also be sharing safety tips with families.


In addition, children will have the opportunity to participate in fun crafts, including decorating their own sand bucket for the beach.


“Summer is the season for kids to enjoy being active outdoors,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Mission Viejo.  “We’re happy to help promote safe summer fun at The Shops at Mission Viejo.”


Kidgits Club members will score a mini beach ball as a thank you for being members.


The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.


For just $5 a year, membership includes a Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (including birthday card and gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, discounts and a quarterly newsletter.


For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at, or


About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 949-364-1771.


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About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

Credit: Simon.

Cool Minecraft Avatars


Does your child like Minecraft? This e-book titled Cool Minecraft Avatars is…well..Cool! It’s very short and simple to read. They are basically just some Cool MineCraft Avatars that you will never meet in MineCraft world. My 11-year-old son had a chuckle, which is a good thing. It is a real simple read and I would suggest it for younger kids ages 7-9. It is creative and may get children thinking about their own Minecraft Avatars they could create.

You can find it on

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook for an unbiased review.