Wordless Wednesday * How Men Love Rooster Games!

September 10, 2014 at 5:00 am


Nickelodeon Hey Arnold! The Complete Series DVD Review

September 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

The product featured 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.

Nickelodeon Hey Arnold! The Complete Series DVD Review

Hey Arnold! The Complete Series

  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2014
  • Run Time: 38 hours
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • SMRP: $29.99

Here’s the Shout! Factory Synopsis:

Life in the big city is one big adventure for Arnold. Living with his grandparents, who run the Sunset Arms boarding house, Arnold shares a roof with a diverse and unusual menagerie of characters (including his pet pig!). But as any fourth grader knows, some of the most memorable people you’ll ever meet are in school. With friends like Arnold’s (including storyteller Gerald, class jinx Eugene, sometime-bully Harold, and the tomboy Helga, who harbors a secret crush on our hero), you can be sure that he’s got some funny exploits to share with fans.

Hey Arnold! features an all-star voice cast, including Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Francesca Smith (Recess), Toran Caudell (Recess) and Jamil Walker Smith (SGU Stargate Universe). Created by Craig Bartlett as a comic in 1986, Hey Arnold! debuted as an animated short for the Nickelodeon film Harriet the Spy in 1996. Hey Arnold!
went on to air on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2001. The show also aired on “Nick on CBS” from 2002 until 2004. Whether you want to revisit your own childhood memories or create new ones with your kids, Shout! Factory has two words for you: Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold! The Complete Series includes;

Season 1

  • Downtown as Fruits/Eugene’s Bike
  • The Little Pink Book/Field Trip
  • Arnold’s Hat/Stoop Kid
  • Helga’s Makeover/The Old Building
  • 6th Grade Girls/The Baseball
  • Heat/Snow
  • Operation Ruthless/The Vacant Lot
  • The List/Haunted Train
  • Mugged/Roughin’ It
  • Door #16/Arnold as Cupid
  • Benchwarmer/Cool Jerk
  • Das Subway/Wheezin’ Ed
  • Tutoring Torvald/Gerald Comes Over
  • Spelling Bee/Pigeon Man
  • Olga Comes Home/Sally’s Comet
  • Abner Come Home/The Sewer King
  • False Alarm/World Records
  • Magic Show/24 Hours to Live

Season 2

  • Arnold’s Valentine
  • Save The Tree/New Teacher
  • Helga’s Love Potion/Gerald’s Secret
  • The Big Scoop/Harold’s Kitty
  • Longest Monday/Eugene’s Pet
  • Monkey Business/Big Caesar
  • Ransom/Ms. Perfect
  • Arnold Saves Sid/Hookey
  • Freeze Frame/Phoebe Cheats
  • Mud Bowl/Gerald Moves Out
  • The High Life/Best Friends
  • Arnold’s Halloween
  • Steely Phil/Quantity Time
  • Eating Contest/Rhonda’s Glasses
  • Helga’s Boyfriend/Crush on Teacher
  • Hall Monitor/Harold’s Bar Mitzvah
  • Coach Wittenberg/Four-Eyed Jack
  • Eugene Goes Bad/What’s Opera, Arnold?
  • Tour de Pond/Teacher’s Strike
  • Runaway Float/Partners

Season 3

  • Helga Blabs It All/Harold the Butcher
  • Dangerous Lumber/Mr. Hyunh Goes Country
  • Casa Paradiso/Gerald’s Tonsils
  • Arnold’s Room/Helga vs. Big Patty
  • Stinky Goes Hollywood/Olga Gets Engaged
  • Curly Snaps/Pre-Teen Scream
  • Grandpa’s Birthday/Road Trip
  • Sid’s Revenge/Roller Coaster
  • The Aptitude Test/Oskar Gets a Job
  • Arnold Betrays Iggy/Helga and the Nanny
  • Career Day/Hey Harold!
  • Best Man/Cool Party
  • Arnold & Lila/Grand Prix
  • Arnold’s Thanksgiving
  • Helga’s Show/The Flood
  • Phoebe Takes the Fall/The Pig War
  • Part-Time Friends/Bio Square
  • Crabby Author/Rich Kid
  • Girl Trouble/School Dance
  • School Play

Season 4

  • Full Moon/Student Teacher
  • Big Gino/Jamie O. in Love
  • Eugene’s Birthday/Stinky’s Pumpkin
  • The Beeper Queen/Oskar Can’t Read?
  • Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips
  • Helga’s Parrot/Chocolate Turtles
  • Love and Cheese/Weighing Harold
  • Back to School/Egg Story
  • It Girl/Deconstructing Arnold
  • Grudge Match/Polishing Rhonda
  • Weird Cousin/Baby Oskar
  • Grandpa’s Sister/Synchronized Swimming
  • Helga Sleepwalks/Fighting Families
  • Friday the 13th/Headless Cabbie
  • Veterans Day
  • Helga on the Couch
  • Dino Checks Out

Season 5

  • Monkeyman!/Buses, Bikes, and Subways
  • Helga’s Masquerade/Mr. Green Runs
  • Sid the Vampire Slayer/Big Sis
  • Bag of Money/Principal Simmons
  • New Bully on the Block/Phoebe Breaks a Leg
  • Parents Day
  • Helga’s Locket/Sid and Germs
  • Suspended/Ernie in Love
  • Summer Love (a.k.a. Beach Story)
  • Stuck in a Tree/Rhonda Goes Broke
  • Beaned/Old Iron Man
  • Arnold Visits Arnie/Chocolate Boy
  • Harold vs. Patty/Rich Guy
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Gerald’s Game/Fishing Trip
  • Married
  • On the Lam/Family Man
  • The Racing Mule/Curly’s Girl
  • The Journal (1)
  • The Journal (2)
  • Timberly Loves Arnold/Eugene, Eugene!
  • Simmons’ Documentary/Big Bob’s Crisis
  • Ghost Bride/Gerald v.s. Jamie O.
  • Grandpa’s Packard/Phoebe’s Little Problem

Only My Opinion:

This Box Set Walmart Exclusive includes every footballhead Arnold episodes aired from 1996-2004. Label it funny, classic animation as relevant to today’s kid audiences as it was in the old millennium. we need hew roes like dreamer Arnold. His stories are as real as life along with their resolutions. (See August 27, 2011 and June 25, 2012
for more detailed reviews on past Hey Arnold! reviews.)

You can purchase Hey Arnold! The Complete Series at Walmart.

Wordless Wednesday * Piggish BBQ

September 3, 2014 at 5:00 am


Travel Review – Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Kissimmee, FL

August 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

Admission to the attraction featured in this review was provided. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

A year ago I learned that the headwaters of the Everglades were in Orlando not the Keys and airboats were the best way to see wild, natural Central Florida. On my way back to the airport after another snowbird visit, I decided it was time for me to experience real Florida–its animals, birds, flora and plant life.












My initial experience, a 30 minute scenic nature day tour with Boggy Creek at its East Lake location, showed me cattle, turtles, snakes, birds, alligators. of course, and majestic eagles. The thrill of that remote, scenic 45 mph high speed ride over wetlands and swamps left me wanting more next trip.













Well, it is the next trip and the first call I made was to Boggy Creek, Southport to arrange for a one hour night life safari hunt of Lake Toho. Upon boarding a fan-propelled 17 passenger airboat, I realized finding any alligator in the dark and in the tall grass would be difficult.













Mature alligators have broad heads and small brains and measure about ten feet with tails are half this length. A few old ones have grown to 15 feet long and 1,000 pounds.They are a threatened not endangered species with a low survival rate because industry, building and tourism are changing their habitat along with the land.














Out of every average clutch nest of 38, only five reach maturity. Quick on land, faster in water, these predators grow about a foot each year until they reach six or seven. Beware: These strong, solitary reptiles can jump their body length and higher in deep water and swallow prey while on the hunt in one bite.

















Dark swamps show differently than hot bright ones. Great guide, great ride real Florida wetland highlights included great blue heron, wild boar, and shy gators with gleaming red eyes. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when our watercraft spotlight flashed on to several of these exotic nocturnal hunters on the prowl.

















Looking back over many years and many past trips to Central Florida, I have only one regret that I did not see alligators in their natural habitat long before this. They were truly the highlight of my trip. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides are unforgettable. They are a must see. They are a spectacular natural attraction. Perhaps, next time it will be a 45 minute swamp excursion or a 60 minute scenic environment nature tour.












Open 364 days a year, Boggy Creek has two locations– Southport, 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746 and East Lake, 3602 Big Bass Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34744. You can find more information on their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you ever been on an airboat ride?

Wordless Wednesday * Plain People Comfort Foods

August 27, 2014 at 5:00 am


Recipes I want….

BOOK REVIEW: Little Elliot Big City

August 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured 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.

Little Elliot Big City


  • Author/Illustrator: Mike Curato
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8, Grades PreK-3
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Hardcover: 32 pp.
  • Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young readers (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 97807805098259
  • Price: $16.99

Short Summary:

Little Elliot, a tiny polka-dotted elephant, is much like little people surrounded by adults and a big, big world. Different, unnoticed at times, challenged by his surroundings, he was unnoticed UNTIL he helped something even smaller than him. Then he felt better because he made a friend.

My Opinion Only:

Little Elliot is author-illustrator Mike Curato’s first publication. His character Elliot’s simple story about isolation and loneliness set against dark backgrounds captures the feeling of invisibility which everyone but especially children experience at times. His positive message, “You are not alone,” needs to be said more. I eagerly await two future Elliot books now in planning. Curious about this author, please go to https://mikecurato.wordpress.com/tag/little-elliot/.

Wordless Wednesday: Measuring and the Inexact Dash, Pinch and Smidgeon

August 20, 2014 at 5:00 am


What measuring tool do you use the most?

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