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Announcement:
Sorry I have been MIA, I am still here!
It's been a busy summer with my kids and the family, so I have not been able to update as often as I like.
But with my kids heading back to school,
I am back and hopefully I will have everything up and running like usual soon.
Thank you for your patience!


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October 24, 2014

"Gollywood Here I Come!" Children's Book Review & Giveaway

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


 Just in Time for Turkey Day, Gollywood Here I Come!

Waddles Into Stores and Online November 11, 2014

Who doesn’t fantasize about becoming a big movie star, living up all the glitz, glam and glory that comes with it?  A talented little turkey named Anamazie Marie LaBelle sure does, only her dream becomes reality in the delightful new children’s book Gollywood Here I Come!, written by director/choreographer-turned author Terry John Barto, which waddles into stores and online November 11, 2014, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Growing up in the small town of Gobbleville , Anamazie studied acting, singing and dancing while basking in the local spotlight as a star baton twirler.  Opportunity comes knocking when the competition Gobbleville’s Got Talent gives Anamazie her shot at being discovered.  With her mom Henrietta at her back, she makes it all the way to the finals, but falls short of the top prize. That is where her path to stardom truly begins as she is discovered by a talent scout, is cast in her first movie and declares “Gollywood, Here I Come!”



With colorful whimsical illustrations by Mattia Cerato, Gollywood Here I Come!  taps into current pop culture trends of TV shows like “ America ’s Got Talent” and “American Idol; and the public’s fascination with celebrities and movie stars.  At its heart, the story leaves young readers with the positive message “You can do anything if you work hard and never give up.”


About the Author:

Terry John Barto has crafted dances and musical staging for more than 200 productions throughout the United States and abroad. His versatility ranges from Annie and Crazy For You to The Who's Tommy and West Side Story. Terry staged long-running shows for Princess Cruises and a variety of his choreography has been seen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. As the Creative Director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he turned diverse ideas into screenplays for animation and toys. He has also written another children’s book Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon to be released in 2015.  For more information about Terry John Barto, please visit TjbKids.com.



About the Illustrator:

Mattia Cerato was born in Cuneo , a small town surrounded by the beautiful Italian alps. At a young age his artist father encourage Mattia to draw and when he grew up he studied illustration at the European Institute of Design (IED).  After graduation, he landed his first illustration job, a book titled My First Picture Dictionary for Rass Language House.  He subsequently went on to illustrate many more children’s books. For more information about Mattia Cerato please visit www.mbartists.com.



Gollywood Here I Come is 32 pages and is available for a suggested retail price of $15.15.  To order please visit www.gollywoodhereicome.com, amazon.com and barnsandnoble.com.

Our review:
"Gollywood Here I Come!" is an adorable book great for preschool and kindergarten age kids. The illustration is cute, and the story line is easy to follow. It is a story about having dreams, but also working hard to achieve those dreams. This was a great little story that my kids really enjoyed reading about

Many thanks to the sponsoring company. One of my lucky readers will get to win this book for their child. This giveaway ends on Nov 7, 2014. 

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.


23 Blast Movie Review

*I was given the opportunity to screen the movie. I received compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.




23 Blast:
23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.

Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight.  Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.

We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.


My Review:
I was given the opportunity to screen 23 Blast. The basic plot of the film is about the friendship between the 2 main characters: Travis Freeman and Jerry Freeman. The two of them became friends when they played peewee football, and they remained best friends in high school. One of the things that bonded them together was their passion for football. After Travis lost his eyesight resulting from an infection, he embarked on a difficult journey back to the football field. With the help of his parents, a physical therapist and his girl friend, Travis was able to return to high school to continue his education. At first, Travis thought that he would not be able to play football again. However, with the help of his teammates, he was able to return to play his favorite sport once again. In return, with Travis' help, the high school football team was able to advance to the state playoffs. 

This was a heart warming film. Despite the unexpected tragedy that caused his blindness, Travis was surrounded by supportive family members and friends. Although the road back to normalcy was difficult, he was able to overcome all of the obstacles and raised above them. In addition to the basic message of how one's hard work could the person achieve his dreams no matter how impossible it might seem at times, I think that the underlying message about faith is equally wonderful. The film ended with a bible version: 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” With his unswaying faith, Travis was able to play football again. 

To learn more about the film or locate a theater near you:

Theater Listings: http://23blast.com/theaters/
Movie Website:  http://www.23blast.com

https://www.youtube.com/23blast

October 23, 2014

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT WORK DVD Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE…AND MORE STORIES ABOUT WORK
 
Trucks and trains lead this faithfully adapted DVD release, perfectly designed for kindergartners through second graders!
 
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, is a New York Times bestselling children’s book, reaching #1 in January 2012, and has received rave reviews and awards. Bonus includes Read-Along and interviews with Sherri Duskey Rinker, Heather Henson and David Small, and a School visit with Kate and Jim McMullan!
 
Synopsis:
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest – so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! The release also includes other stories all new to DVD: I’m Fast, Officer Buckle and Gloria, and That Book Woman.
 
DVD Information
Product Info – Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Language: English                        
Color: Color
Year: Various                                    
Widescreen: No
Genre: Animation/Children’s Non-Theatrical
Rating: NR                                    
WS/FF: FF
Runtime: 40 min + extras            
Subtitles: No
CC?: Yes                                    
# of Discs: 1
Item #:88132002000                        
UPC: 025192235672
 
Our Review:
We Love Scholastic Storybook Treasures read along DVDs. For my kids, it is always fun for them to see the books they have been reading with us before bedtime come to life on TV. They enjoy reading along in their books as they watch the story unfold TV. The stories selected for this collection of DVDs are often award winning classic children's stories that we love. My little guy loves this DVD because it contains two of his favorite stories, "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, " and "I'm Fast." If your child is an avid reader, you will definitely want to check out the DVDs from this collection. 

To buy the DVD we received to review, please go to Amazon.com

Hi Fly Guy & Other Animal Antics DVD Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 



HI! FLY GUY…AND OTHER ANIMAL ANTICS

Perfectly designed for kindergartners through second graders to boost reading skills!

HI! FLY GUY is faithfully adapted from the New York Times bestselling children series Fly Guy. Written and illustrated by Edgar Award winner Ted Arnold, whose other titles include I Spy Guy, Detective Blue, No More Water in the Tub and more; HI! FLY GUY won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award and the ALA Notable Book and Notable Video. Bonus includes Read-Along and interviews with Tedd Arnold and Julie Fogliano!    

Synopsis:
A fly changes some minds in this tale—first, by astounding the lad who captures him in a jar, then, thanks to some fancy flying, by convincing the lad's parents, the judges of the Amazing Pet Show, that he's more than just a nuisance. A pop-eyed, self-confident mite, Fly Guy's up to any challenge. The release also includes other animal antics all new to DVD: And Then It’s Spring, The Ant & The Grasshopper and The Mysterious Tadpole.

DVD Information
Language: English                        
Color: Color
Year: Various                                    
Widescreen: No
Genre: Animation/Children’s Non-Theatrical
Rating: NR                                    
WS/FF: FF
Runtime: 40 min + extras            
Subtitles: No
CC?: Yes                                    
# of Discs: 1
Item #:88132002000                        
UPC: 025192235672
Product Info – Hi! Fly Guy
Language: English                        
Color: Color
Year: Various                                    
Widescreen: No
Genre: Animation/Children’s Non-Theatrical
Rating: NR                                    
WS/FF: FF
Runtime: 32 min + extras            
Subtitles: No
CC?: Yes                                   
# of Discs: 1
Item #: 88132001000                        
UPC: 025192235665 
Our Review:
My kids love to read and they are especially fans of Scholastic books. In fact, we already purchased and own several read along DVDs from the collection. The Hi Fly Guy DVD includes 4 books: "Hi! Fly Guy," "And Then It's Spring," "The Ant & The Grasshopper" and "The Mysterious Tadpole." We love that these DVDs uses the same illustrations as the books. The reading is very clear and slow enough for kids to follow along with their own books.

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

October 22, 2014

World Vision Review & Giveaway

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


A few years ago we started a family tradition where instead of spoiling our kids with expensive toys that they would outgrow in no time, we set money aside and allow them to give the chance to bless other kids who are less fortunate. We would give each of our kids a budget, and then our kids would look through the World Vision catalog to decide how they would like to spend their money. As we go through the different options with our kids, we would carefully explain what each means. For instance, why is access to clean water important and how is that different from the way we live in  the US?  In the past, my kids have opted to donate rabbits, ducks and chicken. But that is certainly not the only way to help.

You could sponsor a child, you could support education through your donation. Or you could even donate money to get a handicraft gift for yourself or give it to someone this holiday season.

For instance, with a donation of $60, you could receive these hand craved serving spoons.
This holiday season, if you are able to, why not bless a child in need. Your donations are tax deductible, please visit the World Vision website for more details

To help bring more awareness about World Vision, the company would love for you to check out their website to learn more about what they do. Furthermore, one of my lucky readers will get to receive the wonderful set of hand craved severing spoons as shown above in this sponsored giveaway.  This giveaway ends on Nov 5th, 2014. 

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.


Pee-wee's Playhouse: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Set Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 



Experience Pee-wee’s Playhouse like never before! All 45 wacky episodes, plus the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements — and now you can see this ground-breaking series for the first time in beautiful high-definition! 
 
Scream along to the secret word with Pee-wee Herman and his pals: Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Reba the mail lady, Captain Carl, Magic Screen, Conky, Globey, Chairry, Pterri, Randy and all the rest. Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set, with special bonus content, debuts on home entertainment shelves October 21, 2014 from Shout! Factory.   Also available to own on the same day is Pee-wee’s PlayhouseSeasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set. Mecka-lecka hi, Mecka-hiney ho!
 
Winner of an amazing 22 Emmy® Awards, Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a cultural touchstone for a generation, and its visually dynamic design and offbeat sense of humor were a genuine phenomenon.  Whether reliving childhood memories or introducing this beloved series to a new generation, the newly re-mastered Pee-wee’s Playhouse will take you back to being a kid.  This is an essential Blu-ray collection for loyal fans and collectors.

TV Guide named Pee-wee’s Playhouse #10 on their list of THE TOP 25 CULT TELEVISION SHOWS EVER!  For over 25 years, the enormously popular Pee-wee Herman and innovative television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, created by, and starring Paul Reubens, has captured a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers, young and old.  Since its initial premiere on CBS in 1986, this highly acclaimed children’s program became Saturday morning appointment viewing for kids in the ‘80s and ‘90s and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist ever since.
 
Pee-wee’s Playhouse is an educational, artistic and entertaining show that teaches kids strong ‘life lessons.’  With its innovative production design and Reubens’ rich original characters and humor, Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a magical place that sparks creativity and imagination—and brings joy to children and adults alike. Parents and grown-ups have always enjoyed the show’s many double entendres. The series features beloved regulars Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Reba the Mail Lady (S. Epatha Merkerson), Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart), Captain Carl (Phil Hartman), The King of Cartoons (William Marshall), Jambi the Genie (John Paragon), Ricardo (Vic Trevino) and Mrs. Rene (Suzanne Kent). And of course, Chairry, Pterri, Conky, Magic Screen, Clocky, Cool Cat, Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby, Penny, the Dinosaur family, and the rest of the gang!
 
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set contains OVER 4 HOURS of brand-new interviews with the cast and crew, plus never-seen, behind-the-scenes footage—all part of TEN FEATURETTES, including:

Building the Playhouse
Opening the Playhouse
Writing for the Playhouse
The Look of the Playhouse
Music of the Playhouse
The Cast of the Playhouse
Puppets of the Playhouse
Animating the Playhouse
A Very Merry Christmas Special
Fans and Memorabilia of the Playhouse
 
These featurettes include interviews with actors Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Reba the mail lady), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne) and John Paragon (Jambi the genie). Mark Mothersbaugh and Danny Elfman explain the music of the show and the Emmy® award-winning production design team of Gary Panter, Wayne White and Ric Heitzman explain how the sets and puppets were imagined and produced. Animation Supervisor of all 5 seasons of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Prudence Fenton (Liquid Television) talks about all the types of animation used in the program and animators Peter Lord and David Sproxton (Wallace & Gromit) discuss their contributions. Ve Neill, the multi-Oscar® winning make-up artist talks about designing the make-up ‘looks’. Two of the shows writers talk about how the scripts were created. Other cast and crew explain, in fascinating detail, stories from the production of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. If that weren’t enough, many of the shows puppeteers and voice artists are interviewed about how the puppet characters were brought to life.



Our Review:
Although I did not watch Pee-Wee's Playhouse growing up, I remember how many of my friends liked it. It's a little strange watching a series that other adults are familiar with for the very first time with my kids. My kids thought that the show is super silly but also super fun. They never get bored watching the episodes because scenes are changing so quickly and the story line is moving along constantly. My kids think that the Playhouse is amazing because it is filled with toys, gadgets, talking furniture and appliances. If you are a long time fan of the series, you definitely would want to pick the DVD sets.

To buy the season 1 & 2 DVD set, please go to Amazon.com

October 21, 2014

SIMON KIDGITS CLUB HOSTING HAPPY HAUNTING HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO AND BREA MALL


The Shops at Mission Viejo and Brea Mall will offer Orange County-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club® presents its annual Halloween event at both locations.

The Shops at Mission Viejo: The Kidigits Halloween Spooktacular! event will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon on the upper level, near the Play Area. The Shops at Mission Viejo will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy, including cookie decorating, Halloween-inspired crafts, and more. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive special goodies, while supplies last.

Brea Mall: The Halloween event will take place on Friday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the center’s lower level in Center Court. Brea Mall will have several activity stations and games for children to enjoy, including Trick-or-Treating throughout the mall with participating retailers, and Halloween-inspired crafts and activities.

The Shops at Mission Viejo is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe community environment,” said Patsy Sanquist, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Mission Viejo. Whether kids want to show off their new costume or take home some Halloween-themed crafts, there is an activity here for every ghost, witch, princess and werewolf. This Halloween event is a great addition to our year-long Simon Kidgits Club programs.”

This year, The Simon Kidgits Club will recognize October as Bully Prevention Month in association with ‘Malls & Retailers Unite Against Bullying,’ and their children’s property Captain McFinn.

Captain McFinn promotes social and emotional development in children through live virtual playdates, online games, apps and resources for parents and teachers.

At the Kidgits event, a free app called The Bully Free Zone will be available for download. The Bully Free Zone is an app released by Captain McFinn and features fun activities, a new McFinn cartoon, and a chance for families to win a free iPad Air.

Families who download the app can sign the Bully Free pledge and help spread the word about bully prevention. They can also spread kindness with one of the app’s featured activities, the Kindness Calendar. With the Kindness Calendar, children and parents receive prompts to complete acts of kindness. Once an act is complete, it is tracked in the Kindness feed. The more kind acts that are accomplished, the more badges children and their parents receive. This free app is a perfect and fun way for families to participate in Bully Prevention Month.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits/.

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. Home to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, Paradise Bakery and Microsoft, recognized by the OC Register's 2013 People's Choice Awards for "best ice cream," "best cookie," and "best tech store" respectively, 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 http://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-mission-viejo or call 949-364-1771. Visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, twitter.com/ShopsMV and instagram.com/ShopsMV.

About Brea Mall
Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly upgraded Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ's Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. In March 2013, Brea Mall underwent a large-scale interior and exterior renovation that touched several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances and light fixtures, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level, a larger and faster elevator in Center Court, and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. With the completion of the renovation in April 2014, the center showcases updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/brea-mall or call 714-990-2732. Visit Brea Mall on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BreaMall, Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShopBreaMall or Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/shopbreamall.