Archives for November 7, 2021

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses * A Cinematic Masterpiece About One Of America’s Most Iconic Animals – The Mustang

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is a feature documentary that takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our public lands and 50,000 in government corrals. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps says, “The wild horse is so ingrained in the American imagination that even for those who have never seen one know what it stands for: fierce independence, unbridled freedom, the bedrock ideals of the nation. From car ads to high school mascots, the wild horse — popularly known as the mustang — is the enduring icon of America. But in modern times it has become entangled in controversy and bureaucracy, and now its future is in question.” The film features songs by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and an original song written by Diane Warren and performed by Blanco Brown. “America’s wild horses are fighting their last stand,” said Executive Producer Robert Redford. The Mustangs….the fight for freedom has begun!

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Eshaan M. comments, “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is a cinematic masterpiece that tells the story of one of America’s most iconic animals: the mustang. The impeccable cinematography and emotionally-compelling narrative make up for times when the film feels a bit more like an advertisement than a documentary.” See his full review below.

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is a cinematic masterpiece that tells the story of one of America’s most iconic animals: the mustang. The impeccable cinematography and emotionally-compelling narrative make up for times when the film feels a bit more like an advertisement than a documentary.

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses follows an array of stories, including how an organization is helping veterans deal with their PTSD by matching them with horses.  Another story follows a group that manages mustang population growth through a unique form of fertility control, and yet another narrative follows “Wild Horse Annie,” who motivated kids to save wild horses 50 years ago.  An additional storyline focuses on a sanctuary reuniting rounded-up wild horses.

Hearing perspectives from individuals like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps enhances the film’s compelling mission, as does the breathtaking cinematography! The symbolism of the mustang, independence and freedom, is conveyed through panoramic shots of these majestic horses traveling across lush expanses of the American countryside, their manes billowing and hooves clip-clopping. Every individual interviewed for The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses brings a fresh take to the story, and the genuine passion and commitment each of them have for what they do is palpable. The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses is certainly a magnificently-produced documentary!

The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses promotes kindness to animals as well as preserving history. It takes a strong stance against animal cruelty and sheds light on an alternative therapy, matching veterans to horses.

I give The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses opens theatrically nationwide on October 15, 2021, and premieres on VOD on November 23, 2021.

Books of the week! 11/7/2021

With Art Makers: Empowered Embroiderylearn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and 6 projects with portraits of famous women (Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Michello Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman), this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters. If you’re a beginning embroiderer, start with the basic stitches and embroidery instructions at the beginning of the book. Essential tools, warm-up exercises, tips for embroidering facial features and hair, and general information on embroidery will give you the know-how you need to get started.

If you love to do embroidery, you will love this book!

The Art of Paint Marbling takes you through all the tools, techniques, and tips you need to create your own marbled artwork. Closely following the successful The Art of Paint Pouring and its follow-up, The Art of Paint Pouring: Swipe, Swirl & SpinThe Art of Paint Marbling features a similarly easy-to-follow format and appealing aesthetic.  Paint marbling serves as a fun hobby for beginners, a new art form for more advanced artists looking for alternative techniques, and a family activity perfect for artists young and old. With The Art of Paint Marbling, you can learn to use paper, paint, and water to create your own on-trend artwork!

I really enjoyed this book and love that it is also for beginners! What a wonderful hobby to start this holiday season!

I am a big Nature lover so I really enjoyed this next book!

In Nature Painting in Watercolorthe focus is all on the great outdoors—specifically, the plants that grow there. Beginning and aspiring artists can learn to create their favorite ferns, leaves, trees, florals, as well as animals, using the popular watercolor medium. Start by learning about the tools and materials needed to paint in watercolor; then dive into a thorough and fun painting techniques section, which covers washes, glazes, how to add detail in watercolor, and much more. If you’d like to spend more time outside (who doesn’t?), check out the section on finding inspiration outside for tips on viewing and gathering natural painting subjects, such as trees, grasses, flowers, and many other plants.

You can find these and many more books at https://www.quarto.com/

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.

It’s time for the Fall Baby Round-up!

It’s time for the Fall Baby Round-Up! Here are the products that I recommend! The ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle will surely be a hit with babies and parents!

The zip-up swaddle sleeping bag from ergoPouch is designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The TOG-rated Cocoon Swaddle Bag will keep your newborn snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping or blankets. For more information visit www.ergopouch.com

Isn’t the pink one simply adorable?

pediped Betty Rose Gold shoe 

Looking for cute and comfy shoes for your little one? pediped has your covered! The new pediped Betty Rose Gold shoe is so stylish!

About Originals® Betty Rose Gold

Sizes newborn-24 months

Coated Shimmer upper

Breathable leather lining

All leather soft-sole with non-slip diamond tread

Mary Jane with hook and loop fastener

Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development.

You can buy them at https://www.pediped.com/

Evenflo Feeding Balance + Pacifier

Developed with Pediatric Feeding Specialists, the soft silicone Evenflo Feeding Balance + Cylindrical Pacifier helps promote healthy sucking skills for infants 0-6 months. The cylindrical shape of the Balance + Pacifier allows your baby to mimic the tongue shape they make while breastfeeding. This 1-piece, 100% soft silicone pacifier is ultra-lightweight and flexible, helping to decrease mouth fatigue. The integrated vent holes helps keep skin dry, while the easy-grip handle makes it convenient for both you and your baby to hold. Evenflo pacifiers are 100% free of BPA, polycarbonates, PVC and phthalates, and are also made of FDA-approved food grade material.  For more information visit www.evenflofeeding.com.

The above products would be perfect for holiday gifts but stay tuned! The Winter Holiday Baby Round-up is posting later this month!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.