Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review - The After House

The After House
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About the Book
Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?



My Take on the Book
I have been reading this author for a while now and have to say that each book that I read gets better and better. In this book you get a ton of paranormal with a splash of mystery, intrigue, romance and great characters to boot. What I love about the author is that he deeply develops his characters and their environment, so you truly can take yourself and place yourself into the story, losing yourself along the way. The book and story are poignant and even the Captain is a character that you will both fear and love. The story has intensity and engages you throughout, holding you from beginning to end, not giving away anything!


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"Charming" Holiday Gift for Young Girls #dadchat

Charm It!

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About the Product
CHARM IT! by High IntenCity is an iconic, detachable charm jewelry line for girls from five to fourteen. Nearly fifteen years since its launch, the brand remains a popular jewelry product adored by girls and parents alike. In fact, CHARM IT! is a favorite among celebrity moms, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Heidi Klum.
Charm It!


“Empowering girls with the gift of self-expression is the heart behind the brand," says High IntenCity president Renee Levy. "Our number one mission is to inspire individuality and celebrate creativity."

With charms starting at $5 each and bracelets and necklaces from $5 to $16, gift-givers can build a customized, thoughtful
Charm It!

CHARM IT! products are available nationwide at independent specialty retailers and premium department stores including GapKids.
My Take on the Product
These charms were colorful and fun and offered a bit of everything for girls. What my daughters loved was that the charms explored so many interest areas that they had as well as characters that they have come to know and love too. From Disney princesses to animals to sports and more, these charms allowed my girls to custom make a bracelet that was right for them. Each charm was intricately designed, colorful and unique. All-in-all these charms were well made and there was plenty of room for girls to continue adding on as time goes by too. If your girls love charms, this is a bracelet to take a look at as you get ready for the holidays.


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Book Review - Sue's Seduction

Sue's Seduction
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About the Book
Middle aged, overweight, depressed and lonely, Susan Kent, becomes part of an anti-aging clinical trial and is offered a new lease on life. She swiftly transforms into a budding beauty. Her newfound tender age brings opportunities, lovers and tragedy. Sue’s youthful path takes her on a journey that she never could have imagined and catastrophe brings sobering consequences. Compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson, enters her life and saves the day. In the end does Susan choose youth or the promise of love?





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My Take on the Book
While this is not my typical kind of book, I was asked to take a gander at this book, and I did. The book has a lot of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end and on top of this you get to see the main characters develop from beginning to end in a very unique way. I enjoyed the growth of the character as well as the flowing style of the author. You truly become engaged with the book and the characters become real too. The author writes in a way where you can tell she wants to connect on a deeper level with her readers and in this book she has done just that!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blu-ray Review - Maleficent

Maleficent

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About the Movie
Disney’s most iconic villain “MALEFICENT” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms.

After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.” Discover how King Henry and Maleficent's opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.” Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creatingMaleficent's elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.” Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”

“Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”), Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “Elysium”), Sam Riley (“Control,” “On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” series), Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Secrets & Lies”), Juno Temple (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Atonement”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Oculus”). It marks the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award® winner Robert Stromberg (Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Avatar,” 2010; Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Alice in Wonderland,” 2011). It was written by Linda Woolverton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King”) and produced by Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”).

Bonus Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere

  • From Fairy Tale to Feature Film - Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
  • Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
  • Classic Couture - Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
  • Maleficent Revealed - Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
  • Aurora: Becoming A Beauty - Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • "Stefan In King's Chamber”
    • “Pixie Idiots”
    • “Diaval asks about the Curse”
    • “Pixies Seek Asylum”
    • “Suitor”
  • And More!

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

DVD
  • Aurora: Becoming A Beauty




My Take on the Movie
My eldest daughter has always loved Maleficent, ever since she was very young. While most girls would be drawn to the princesses, she was drawn to the villains. While this scared us a bit, we knew that it was just her being her. So you can bet that she was very excited to see this movie. The people at Disney hit a home run in this movie in my opinion. Stunning graphic effects combine to provide the viewer  glimpse into a world different that you would have expected. The movie is beautiful and the story contrasts so much from the original cartoon and what you knew of Maleficent. My daughter loved seeing Maleficent in a new way and again in my opinion Angelina Jolie was perfect for this role and captured both villain and hero as she portrayed the iconic character. If you have not seen this you must. It is a wonderfully done movie and one that will stand the test of time!


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Popular costumes on sale, including Frozen #dadchat

Some of the most popular costumes this Halloween season have been marked down. Check out Thursday's costume deals below!

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Frozen - Deluxe Olaf Infant / Toddler Costume
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Only $24.99


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DVD Review - Lost Christmas

Lost Christmas

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About the DVD
A series of tragic events that blight a young boy’s life are reversed one Christmas Eve, giving him and those around him the happy ending that was destined in Lost Christmas, coming to DVD and VOD Nov. 11 from Inception Media Group.

On Christmas Eve, 10-year-old Goose (Larry Mills) hides his fireman father’s car keys in hopes of keeping him from going to work. Instead, his mom drives his dad, but the delay puts them in the wrong place at the wrong time and has tragic results.

Now orphaned, a year later Goose is a troubled, lost soul searching to replace all he has lost. The once bright, cheery boy has become a streetwise kid supporting his ill grandmother through petty crime.

When Goose meets a mysterious stranger, Anthony (Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie, Oceans Thirteen, FX’s The Riches) – who appears to have a special gift that enables him to find people’s lost items – you will witness a miracle of the holiday season as a boy finds magic in the least expected place.

My Take on the DVD
This movie was very interesting. It surely made me think just like ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, makes us think about what is important in our lives. 

The main character, a young boy, hides his father's car keys because he does not want him to go to work. This single event causes a chain reaction of events in the story and you see them develop as the story progresses. The mysterious stranger, Anthony , takes Goose, our young boy, through the events that occurred due to the hidden keys. 

You begin to wonder who the stranger is and how he has the powers he has with each person he meets. 

The mystery is one which will surprise you and help you to see his place in the series of events.
I enjoyed the story but felt it was better suited for adults. I believe children will have more difficulty with the story line.

This movie will make you think about decisions and actions you choose to make and how they cause other events to occur even if you don't think they are directly related to you.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spaghetti Headz Makes Hair Come Alive! #dadchat

Spaghetti Headz



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About the Product
Spaghetti Headz by Morphmallow are an eco-friendly, funky new hair styling fashion accessory for girls of all ages.


Spaghetti Headz
Product Features:

  • Spaghetti Headz™ by Morphmallow, LLC is a brand new hair twist for girls!
  • Made of polymer clay, this eco-friendly swirl of fun is a funky new hair styling fashion accessory for girls of all ages.
  • Available in a variety of collectible, themed charm packages, there is something for everyone. From birthdays, to holidays, to kittens and "OMG"s, the collections will have girls clamoring for more.
  • More than just a fashion accessory, it also encourages creative play where girls can spend quality time creatively styling each other’s hair or they can even turn the Spaghetti Headz into bracelets.
  • It’s simple to use and works with all hair types – just twists around hair and for girls with short hair, the twists can easily be cut to size.
  • Spaghetti Headz™ can currently be purchased at www.morphmallow.com and will be in many retail stores before the holidays.
  • Recommended age: 3+
  • SRP: $13.99 per pack (3 twists included in each pack)

Spaghetti Headz

My Take on the Product
My daughter loves standing out. Whether that is in her clothes, her earrings or her hair, she makes a statement, This new products allows girls to make a statement while having fun too. Spaghetti Headz was fun, colorful and gives you the ability to find colors and charms that really match your style and your moods. Spaghetti Headz was easy to place in hair and while at first I was uncertain as to whether it would stay in my daughters' hair for the entire day, it did and she said that even at the end of the day she had to work to actually get it out of the hair too. She received many comments on how "cool" the item was and even found a classmate that had Spaghetti Headz herself. Tomorrow, she has informed me that she and her classmate are going to be wearing Spaghetti Headz together in solidarity! I don't mind at all! This was a great product that any child with a bit longer hair will love, and even if they have shorter hair, they also can wear this as a bracelet too so no child has to be left out on the fun!


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