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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.
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September 4, 2014

AROUND THE BLOCK 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. 



Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing AROUND THE BLOCK on Theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital platforms in August. AROUND THE BLOCK debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and hit Australian theatres in June 2014. Theatrical opening will be August 1st, followed by VOD, DVD and Digital platforms on August 5th.

From Australian writer/director Sarah Spillane, AROUND THE BLOCK was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and was also featured at the Beijing International Film Festival and the Newport Beach International Film Festival in April 2014, where Sarah Spillane received honors for Outstanding Achievement in Directing. Spillane also won an Australian Directors Guild Award for her screenplay of Around the Block before filming even began. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Christina Ricci, AROUND THE BLOCK is an inspirational drama that explores themes about breaking cycles and building dreams.

Synopsis: American drama teacher Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci) moves to Sydney's Redfern district to be with her fiancé and is hired by the local school in what may be the school's final term. Dino's passion for Shakespeare drives her vision of producing a school play as part of the Indigenous cultural program, and finds that 16-year-old Aborigine Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard) has a natural gift for performance. But there is a shadow over Liam's life, with his father in jail and his older brother determined to avenge the death of his uncle. With Dino’s encouragement as she faces tough choices in her own life, Liam confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.


DVD Product Information
Studio: Random Media
Item #: RM4400
UPC: 883476144009
Order Date: 6/24/14
Street Date: 8/5/14
SRP: $19.97
Rating: NR
Screen Format: TBD
Language: English
Subtitles: None
CC: Yes
No. of Discs: 1
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Genre: Drama

Our Review:
This is a story about a teacher trying to help a "at risk" student through encouraging him to perform in the school play. Liam, the student, is living with his mother while his father is serving time in prison. While I  enjoy watching films where young men and women escape the cycle of poverty and hardship, I thought the storyline could be more developed in this film. It was an interesting film about choices, freedom and destiny. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: HUMAN BODY” DVD +BOOK 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. 


Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Scholastic are releasing THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS®: HUMAN BODY DVD +BOOK on September 9th. For the first time, fans can own a special DVD and book bundle that teaches all about the amazing human body with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus gang.
           
Featuring four full episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning television series along with The Search for the Missing Bones, a 70-page book on human anatomy, this is the newest addition to the popular line of THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS DVDs. Based on the beloved children’s classic book line by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this broadcast series explores everything from the tiniest cell to the largest galaxy using fun, kid-friendly adventures.

  
Synopsis:
DVD – Only Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus can take the kids where no class has gone before: inside the human body! Explore everything from head to toe and in between with Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the rest of the gang in mind-blowing adventures that include For Lunch, Inside Ralphie, Flexes Its Muscles and Gets Planted.
BOOK – When Ms. Frizzle and the class visits the Hugh Mann Costume Company, they get an informative lesson all about skeletons: why we need them, the importance of all the different bones, what doctors do to fix them when they break and lots more.
DVD + Book Product Information
Ø  Four episodes of the hit series
Ø  Over an hour of one of the longest-running children’s science shows of all time
Ø  The Search for the Missing Bones chapter book: a 70-page book perfect for first graders and up

Territory: US & CA                        
Format: DVD Single + Book
Language: English                         
Color: Color
Audio Format: Stereo            
Widescreen: No
Length: 78 min + extras            
Units Per Carton: 36
Year: Various                                    
Genre: Children’s Non-Theatrical
Packaging: Amaray + Book in slip case
Rating: TV-G
MAT NO: 88152917000            
UPC: 025192247118

Our Review:
My kids love watching The Magic School Bus because it is entertaining. I love it because it is educational. In the Magic School Bus: Human Body, my kids got to learn all about their own bodies. This was one DVD that I watched my kids, and I must admit that I ended up relearning all sorts of interesting facts I forgot myself. This is a great DVD and I would recommend it for young elementary kids. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: SPACE ADVENTURES DVD+BOOK 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. 


Cinedigm and Scholastic are releasing THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS®: SPACE ADVENTURES DVD+BOOK on August 12th. For the first time, fans can own a special DVD and book bundle focusing exclusively on deep space exploration with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus gang.

Featuring four full episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning television series along with a 70-page book on space exploration, this is the newest addition to the popular line of THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS DVDs. Based on the beloved children’s classic book line by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this broadcast series explores everything from the tiniest cell to the largest galaxy using fun, kid-friendly adventures.

Synopsis:
DVD – Blast off into outer space with four far-out episodes including Gets Lost in Space, Out of This World, Gains Weight and Plays Ball. Explore everything from asteroids and gravity to the Solar System with Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the rest of the gang in adventures that are out of this world!
BOOK – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a wild trip through outer space, where the students discover how the other planets are different from Earth. Not only do they all have different temperatures, but each planet has a different atmosphere as well. Ms. Frizzle's class finds out how far away the planets are, and how long it would really take to get there if they didn't have a Magic School Bus.
DVD + Book Product Information
Ø  Four episodes of the hit series
Ø  Over an hour of one of the longest-running children’s science shows of all time
Ø  Space Explorers chapter book: a 70-page book perfect for first graders and up

Territory: US & CA                       
Format: DVD Single + book
Language: English                         
Color: Color
Audio Format: Stereo            
Widescreen: No
Length: 78 min + extras            
Units Per Carton: 36
Year: Various                                    
Genre: Animation
Packaging: Amaray + Book in slip case
Rating: TV-G
MAT NO: 88142627000            
UPC: 025192242397

Our Review:
My kids love the Magic School Bus because this award winning series is entertaining and very educational. In this DVD, my kids got to learn about the solar system, space ricks, gravity and forces. When my daughter wants to relax, I love that learning doesn't stop simply because she is sitting in front of a TV. I think that DVD and Book set is great because not only that my 3rd grader gets to learn about outer space through the DVD, she also gets to read about it too. 
 

September 2, 2014

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power 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. 

In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power,  everyone’s favorite turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, along with the newest addition to the family, Venus Di Milo — are back! They’re on a mission to rescue Master Splinter from the evil Dragon Lord and his horde while staying clear of other new foes like the vampiress Vam-Mi, the yeti Silver and the big-game hunter Simon Bonesteel who are all out for their shells!  Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power contains six episodes from the live-action series, as well as the special Power Rangers In Space crossover episodes “Save Our Ship” and “Shell Shocked” as a bonus feature!

Our Review:
If you have been following my blog, you already know that my little guy is totally obsessed with Power Rangers. He just can not get enough of it. When we got the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power DVD, I knew he would love it because it insides crossover episodes with Power Rangers. Although the G man is not used to watching live versions of Ninja turtles, he still really enjoyed this DVD. He was totally fascinated by seeing so many cool fights on this DVD. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

August 31, 2014

Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 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. 

The Power Rangers battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed in Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1, a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 22 episodes of the series. When word reaches the remaining Power Rangers that their founder and mentor Zordon has been captured by a coalition of villains, the remaining Rangers journey into space aboard a NASADA space shuttle in the hopes of rescuing him. Deep in space, they discover the Astro Megaship, the mobile base of operations for Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Joining forces, they draw power from their new Astro Morphers to take their fight against evil anywhere necessary and to find Zordon before it’s too late. Fighting a union of all their past villains, led by the monstrous Dark Specter and his trusted captain Astronema, the Rangers are in for the biggest fight the universe has ever seen!

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 20 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

Our Review:
For my son, the only thing that's better than a Power Rangers DVD is a complete set of Power Rangers so that he could watch the series forever. Power Rangers is Space DVD set includes 22 episdes on 3 DVDs. This was a huge hit for my little guy not because he loves the characters and the fighting scenes, he also thinks that the monsters are really cool looking. Although I am not a huge fan of the show like my little guy is, I do love that the good guys always win in the end. It definitely shows my kid that it's always important to do that good/ right thing. 
 
To buy it, please go to Amazon.com


August 28, 2014

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series Books Review & Prize Pack Giveaway -- ENDED

*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 to keep busy hands and minds engaged this summer, Silver Dolphin Books, a publisher of high-quality novelty and activity-based books for children has once again joined forces with Hasbro, Inc’s famed PLAY-DOH brand to debut three NEW series of books, all of which continue to live up to their tag line…“Where Learning and Creativity Take Shape." 









 

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series:

Explore the pages of these entertaining books with your trusty animal guides as they share their knowledge. This exciting, new series provides youngsters with interesting facts about their favorite things. Each  10-page, full-color book includes five tutorials and four cans of PLAY-DOH compound, so young sculptors can create their own imitations of the PLAY-DOH illustrations as well as add finishing touches to each scene in the book. The first title in the series is PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: In The Jungle which features the adventures of a little lion who makes five new friends as he explores the jungle – a cheeky monkey, a happy hippo, a friendly frog, a sneaky snake, and a spotted giraffe.  PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: Under the Sea  takes young readers deep into the ocean with an adorable octopus, a super sea star, a clownish clown fish, a fancy sea horse, and a not-so-scary shark. Each colorful page includes amazing facts about sea and its inhabitants making learning fun.

 

PLAY-DOH: Sound Series:

Stretch those vocal chords – it’s time for sing-along! In this musical series, two childhood mainstays come together – PLAY-DOH sculpts and nursery songs. Press the button on the musical books and follow  along with illustrations of lovable animals. All pre-schoolers will love the classic childhood tunes of PLAY-DOH: Old MacDonald Had a Farm with all of its moo-moos here and oink-oinks there and PLAY-DOH: The Wheels on the Bus that go ‘round and ‘round. The books are sure to perfect to bring along on family summer road trips.



PLAY-DOH: Story Fun Series:

Little ones love to explore the world. With trips through the truck yard, the farm, and the jungle featuring adorable PLAY-DOH animals, these books teach children – ages 3 and up – about their environments and  the places they live. Each 12-page board book comes with a can of PLAY-DOH compound making it fun to transform dirt and rubble into a beautiful city in PLAY-DOH: Trucks; create new animal friends for Mommy and Baby Giraffe in PLAY-DOH: Jungle Friends; and spend a day on the farm with PLAY-DOH: Farm Friends  and learn about the many farm animals that Mommy and Baby Cow meet.

My 8 year old daughter has not played play-doh in years, but seeing how much fun her brother had learning and creating things using the play-doh books definitely got her interested in them once again. My kids spent many summer afternoons sitting in the backyard playing with play-doh and checking out these book. They are great for learning as well as a way to keep the kids entertained.

Silver Dolphin Books is offering a prize pack of all 7 PLAY-DOH books making their debut this summer (US only please). This giveaway ends on Aug 30, 2014.

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National Geographic Kids Books Summer Boredom Buster Review & Giveaway -- ENDED

*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.

National Geographic Kids Sticker Activity Books bring National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format and feature mazes, spelling and pattern games and drawing activities.  The Amazing Pets Sticker Activity Book features animals that kids can't get enough of like dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters, bunnies, and birds, to name a few, while the Super Space Sticker Activity Book is  chock-full of stars, planets, comets, aliens and everything out of this world.   







Weather you've been transported back in time to the land of dinosaurs or the Middle Ages, captured by pirates, or run your very own pet resort,  the National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-In series lets kids tell -- and star in -- their very own story.   Combining National Geographic Kids' photography and illustrations in colorful, laugh-out-loud pages, these engaging, entertaining and educational books challenges kids to think about words in creative ways, and write their own wild and wacky stories.
Funny Fill-In:  My Dinosaur Adventure -- You've just been transported back in time— to the land of the dinosaurs! 
Funny Fill-In:  My Pirate Adventure  -- You've just been captured by pirates! 
Funny Fill-In: My Medieval Adventure -- On a family trip to the Renaissance Fair, you meet a wizard who send you back to the Middle Ages! 
My Funny Fill-In: My Pet Adventure -- You've just been assigned to watch over the family pet resort, kennel, and animal hospital! 


Quiz Whiz 3: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-Bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions is packed with fantastic photos, themed quizzes, true-and-false questions, photo-driven quizzes, and includes questions about animals, weather, countries, and lots more. Kids will have a blast quizzing themselves and their families on tons of fun trivia! 

My daughter loves National Geographic Kids Books. Although she has been keeping busy with plenty of activities and playdates this summer, when she is relaxing at home, she loves reading through these books. 

Many thanks to National Geographic Kids Books, the company is offering a Summer Boredom Buster Giveaway.The giveaway, which is also comprised of all 7 titles listed above, is open to US residents. This giveaway ends on August 30, 2014.

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