Wordless Wednesday * There to Serve for God, Country, Veterans and Their Families

March 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Blu-ray Review – Disney Big Hero 6 Collector’s Edition

March 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Disney Big Hero 6

Disney Big Hero 6

  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2015
  • Studio: Wat Disney Studios
  • Genre: Fantasy superhero action comedy
  • Rating: PG
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English
  • SMRP: $39.99

Just like the song says, “Taking pictures is making memories, catching little pieces of times.” When I popped Big Hero 6 into the DVD player today, I could not help but think back to seeing it first run in the theater last November with Princess. How she loved Baymax and couldn’t get enough of that movie! Now just three months later, it has been released to DVD in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Collector’s Edition.

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A Bit about Big Hero 6 History:

Big Hero 6 was a total box office success. No wonder it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Inspired by an obscure Marvel comic, audiences can only hope there is more to come in this franchise.

Brief Summary of Plot:

Set in futuristic San Fransokyo, big brother Tadashi worries about his genius 14 year old brother Hiro Hamada. Tadaski convinces Hiro to go to college. Hero’s microbes project impresses everyone. Then a fire breaks out killing Tadaki and Professor Callaghan.
Hiro in deep mourning refuses the comfort of Tadashi”s friends compulsively neat Wasabi, energy hyped Go Go Tamago, science virtuoso Honey Lemon, and eccentric Fred. Then he finds comfort in Tadashi’s work on Baymax, a personal care robot but to help those in need.
When Hiro accidentally activates Baymax, he comes up against a masked man has stolen his bots. After upgrading Baymax with a battle chip, Hiro and Tadashi’s friends work together as a superhero team to investigate Krei Tech, its teleportation unstable portal, and its testing which caused test pilot Abigail Callaghan to vanish….
Don’t you hate people who spoil the story by divulging everything? So, I’ll leave it to you to find out the ending of Big Hero 6 and how things work out….

Bonus Features include:

  • FEAST Theatrical Short
  • The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro’s Journey
  • Big Hero Secrets (Easter Egg)
  • Big Animator & the Characters Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes

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My Opinion Only:

The themes of this story–genius, tragedy, death, loneliness-ones everybody faces at one time or another, make for solid storytelling. Its characters are ones audiences of all ages can care about. Each superhero human is a real person first first and foremost with strengths and weaknesses. Its robot Big Hero 6 is powerful yet not frightening or intimidating. I call this movie entertaining, touching, clever, colorful, sweet, fast-paced fun.

Here’s a quick peek.

and a slideshow of the characters.

And some downloadable activity sheets.

Krusteaz Breakfast Night Dinner & Giveaway #Breakfast Night

February 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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I’ve been shut in the house for the last week. Except to shovel or salt, I refuse to leave–the roads are far too dangerous for unnecessary travel. The early week snow has turned to ice. Wintry midday temperature of 20 degrees, 18 mph winds with blasts up to 34 mph will only worsen come nightfall.

Not much is left in the refrigerator, but my freezer is full as is my pantry. I am making do with what I have until a BIG THAW. I never claimed to be a gourmet chef. Cooking my style is short order. That’s why I rely on trusted names with trusted products like Krusteaz, pancake, waffle, muffin mixes and more. Its products help me make mealtime tasty, tempting, easy and quick.

Now my favorite meal is breakfast with brunch coming in close second. When the casual dining franchise down the road that served my favorite slam 24/7, I was heartbroken. Forced with the choice of starving or driving an hour to one still open, I picked Option # 3, namely stocking up on morning faves pork roll, sausage, bacon, ham, eggs, hash browns, and Krusteaz. Am I ever glad I made that smart decision!

Hubby is still out on the road and not expected back for days and days. The Great Depression psychology my mother passed on to me makes me manic about waste. I loathe spending time cooking whole meals for myself then facing leftovers. Solution: I will cook for one. Out of cheese, milk, bread, I decide to think creative.

Electricity is still on in spite of the howling wind. Now is the time. I go online to www.Krusteaz.com for recipe ideas. Rich? Savvy? Spicy? Sweet? I remind myself I don’t need too many calories. I keep wishing that I had Aladdin’s lamp for whip cream, fresh fruit, and berries…that the waffle iron I just ordered was here…that hubby hadn’t finished all the ice cream. Accordingly I scratch cinnamon sugar rollups, dessert waffles, and filled crepes.

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I set a place for myself then begin mixing the batter for silver dollar sliders (recipe on site) . Prep time flies by as I put the hot water kettle on, fry myself an egg over-easy, flip pancakes (love that spatula that will work even better with big griddle cakes) , and brown a potato patty as well as a couple of sausage ones.

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Time to put everything together. I forgo syrup. I eat. Too bad I didn’t make enough for seconds. Finished, I reflect on my suppertime meal. I like Breakfast Night. It’s a saver. I like the idea of Breakfast Night for more evening meals. I like my box of Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix. I decide it is a treasure not to be kept hidden as I make up a shopping list so I have all the ingredients for some of its sweet endings .

I’m not alone in my enjoyment of Breakfast Night. In a national survey, Krusteaz found that nine out of ten (91 percent) Americans say they eat breakfast for dinner, with 56 percent doing so once a month or more often. For families, the trend is even more prevalent as 67 percent of respondents with children in the household say they have breakfast for dinner once a month or more.

Coinciding with National Hot Breakfast Month in February and to make sure everyone can regularly enjoy both the simplicity and fun of breakfast for dinner, Krusteaz has officially named every Wednesday Night “Breakfast Night.”  A variety of factors contribute to the rising popularity of breakfast for dinner, with the main appeal being ease of preparation versus a traditional dinner meal (43 percent). For families especially, it’s also “a fun way to break up the monotony of weekly dinner night” cited by 44 percent.

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Which Krusteaz mix would you like to use for Breakfast Night?

You can find more info on this and other Krusteaz products at www.krusteaz.com. Krusteaz is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Book Review – Teeth Fairies, a Baby Tooth Tradition

February 27, 2015 at 7:47 am

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Teeth Fairies, a Baby Tooth Tradition

  • Author: Ingrid Bencosme
  • Illustrator: Laura Watson
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Ages 5-12
  • Publisher: (February 20, 2015)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-692-28812-2
  • SMRP: $49.99

A Bit about Fairies First:

Fairies or faeries (from Middle English fay) are magical beings. They come in many types and have no gender distinction. Famous ones include Shakespeare’s Puck, Ariel, Oberon, Titania and Barrie’s Tinkerbelle.

A Bit about Today’s Children:

American children grow up on fantasy. Things like Santa Claus’s filled stockings, the Easter Bunny’s special eggs, the Sandman’s good dreams are their rewards for being good little boys and girls. However, the shiny coins that accompany each Tooth Fairy visit come too often with fear and pain. Fact is a child looses 20 baby teeth between the ages of five and twelve at these bloody events. Someone needs to change the game plan.

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Game Changer:

Enter Ingrid Bencosme, her book Teeth Fairies, A Baby Tooth Tradition, accompanying doll, and keepsake box just in time for National Tooth Fairy Day February 28 and National Children’s Dental Health Month. Filled with personal interactive fun, a place for one’s own name and tooth chart, and a this is something to be read and reread each time it comes and goes over the six years it takes for permanent teeth to replace baby teeth. Plus, its tooth fairy doll is a gentle reminder of a bigger story next time.

Brief Summary of Story:

The head tooth fairy sends every girl and boy fairies in training. They hear children, but children don’t hear them. Every night hey report each child’s personal health habits so everyone gets what the right thing. They return every morning to watch, wait, then reward. Mission complete, fallen teeth like precious jewel go on their crowns for them.

My Opinion Only:

All my grandkids save two have faced the trauma of wiggling teeth AND they did not pass through the ritual happily. Wish there had been something like Teeth fairies, a Baby Tooth tradition to help them through this particular right of passage. Desensitizing before the initial tooth lost is plain old good sense. Reduced fear raises the comfort zone as it encourages dental health and tooth care. One suggestion even though most little kids do not differentiate male/female the way adults do–either make the fairy doll available in both boy and girl models or unisex.

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Grandson AL nearing four has yet to lose a tooth. I can’t wait to read this to him when the time is ready. I can only imagine a grinning smile as he says, “Thank you.” That young man is very polite….

You can learn more and purchase through the Teeth Fairies website. You can also find Teeth Fairies on Facebook and Twitter.

Wordless Wednesday * Br, Not Solid Ground But Beach and Bay

February 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Wordless Wednesday * I Don’t Have to Pluck Its Petals to Know He Loves Me!

February 18, 2015 at 8:31 am

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Blu-Ray Review: Disney Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

February 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Disney Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • Release Date: February 10, 2015
  • Genre: Live action family comedy
  • Running time: 81 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • SMRP: $36.99

Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day played well on movie theater screens (see October 11, 2014 blog). I am delighted to say that its Blu-Ray and Digital HD release plays equally well on home theaters and smaller screens.

Official Disney Synopsis:

Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud. Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he’s not alone when his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible – and hilarious – day. It will tickle everyone’s funny bone and warm their hearts as they discover how even on rotten days, families can grow closer.

Bonus Content:

  • Alexander…In Real Life
  • Snappy Crocs and Puncy Roos: The austrealian Outback Yard Party
  • Waldabout: A Video Diary
  • And the delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers
  • “Hurricane” by the Vamps–Music Video

My Opinion Only:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, very Bad Day’s positive messages told in flashback, are true to life . Its slap-stick humor in adversity shows bad things happen to everyone but along with them comes a brighter side. Its theme–the importance of family–highlights this bright family caper. Hubby says I have no sense of humor. ‘Taint true. I laughed all the way through Alexander…Bad Day. Because I myself dislike mean-spirited, I appreciated this movie as good-hearted fun. Dick Van Dyke’s short but sweet cameo is a delectable topping to a tasty cake.

Here’s a clip called This Day Was Cursed.