Dad of Divas' Reviews: December 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review - Loom Magic! 25 Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects

Loom Magic! 25 Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects
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About the Book
An unofficial, one-of-a-kind guide to beautiful and fun Rainbow Loom projects!

This book includes twenty-five new rubber band loom projects, including bracelets, sports-themed charms, key rings, pendants, and even a working slingshot. New crafters and dedicated fans will enjoy creating the wide variety of projects in this collection, including:

  • Cell phone case
  • Daisy chain bracelet
  • Watch band
  • Octo bracelet
  • Blooming beaded bracelet
  • Sports fan keychain
  • Matching barrettes
  • Pencil topper
  • Rainbow ring
  • Nunchuks
  • Rocker cuff bracelet
  • Snowman ornament
  • And many more!

My Take on the Book
My daughter was so excited when I received this book to review. She has been all wrapped up in the craze that these rubber band bracelets have become so seeing all of these new ideas being shared was so amazing to her and it opened her mind to what was even possible. I was impressed with the breadth and depth of the book. I will say that there were some of the projects that required two looms and we only have one at the moment, but that being said the ideas were still great. Also, the book does a great job at taking you step-by-step into making the different projects which was nice and something that not all books do. The images and steps listed in the book were easy to follow and the results were as you would hope. All-in-all this was a great book that is worth the price, especially if you also have a child that loves creating in this new medium!

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DVD Review - New My Little Pony DVD

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About the DVD
Four beloved My Little Pony films are returning to DVD January 21 in the U.S. and Canada when the My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection is released by Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The 2-disc set contains the films Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing In The Clouds, and Friends Are Never Far Away.

In the highly popular Princess Promenade, Wysteria is beaming with pride! Her gardens are in bloom, her little Breezie friends are in town, and it’s time for Ponyville’s fanciest spring parade, the ultimate celebration of flowers! But things don’t go according to plan when Wysteria accidentally awakens Spike the Dragon, a sleepy, silly, 1,000-year-old dragon! For you see, legend holds that when a dragon is awakened, a new princess is about to be crowned! But who is the Princess of Ponyville?

If it’s all about rainbows it must be about Rainbow Dash. And it is. In Runaway Rainbow, Rainbow Dash loves the time of year when Ponyville and Breezie Blossom are all about celebrating rainbows. Meanwhile, in a new magical place called Unicornia, Rarity is being taught how to be a Unicorn Princess and the importance of making the first rainbow of the season. But Rarity embarks on an incredible ride that includes a magic wand, falling through the clouds right into the middle of Breezie Blossom, a visit to Ponyville, meeting Spike the Dragon, and a huge adventure as she tries to get back to Unicornia. She soon realizes that getting home in time to create the first rainbow of the season is not an easy thing to do - but it is fun!

In Dancing In The Clouds, the Friendship Ball is coming up, and Twinkle Twirl needs to come up with a special dance. A roller coaster ride with friends makes her feel like she’s “dancing in the clouds,” so Sky Wishes helps her make an extra special wish to come up with a dance to make everyone feel that way.

In Friends Are Never Far Away, good friends Sky Wishes and Starcatcher the Pegasus want all of their friends in Ponyville and Butterfly Island to meet. Pegasus ponies are very shy however, so the two plan a special party with music, games and a Pegasus-favorite, ice cream. The party planning doesn’t go so smoothly, but it’s quite an adventure!

The My Little Pony brand has been beloved for three decades, and is now more popular than ever. My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection features 180 minutes of classic My Little Pony fun!

My Take on the DVD
This was a great DVD with four great episodes. As a parent, one of the things that I am always looking for in a show that my kids watch is the message that it shares. This series continues to impress me with the message of friendship, kindness and love that the show exudes. On top of that it shares messages of teamwork and even throws in some adventure along the way. My girls have enjoyed this series for years now, and these additional shows were great to watch and share with them and they simply loved them and so will your family!

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Movie Review - Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine
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About the Movie
Firefighter lieutenant Dan Farrell (William Baldwin), a widower and single dad, has no interest in a romantic relationship at this point in his life, but when his team responds to a fire at a local florist shop, Dan cannot help but notice the beautiful owner, Kate (Natalie Brown). Inspired by his son Tyler’s (Christian Martyn) budding romance with another firefighter’s daughter, Dan starts to open up his own heart to Kate and asks her to his station’s annual Valentine’s Day Firefighter’s Ball. Just as he starts to fall in love, Dan is faced with an unexpected emergency call when Kate’s ex-boyfriend, Gavin (James Thomas), returns to town to win her back with a marriage proposal. Will Dan suit up to fight for love, or let the flame with Kate burn out?

Be My Valentine boosted Hallmark Channel to be the #3 highest rated cable network in prime time for the day among HH rating and was seen by three million unduplicated viewers (P2+)*. Just in time for the season of love, Be My Valentine will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.93.

My Take on the Movie
When there is an emergency and a fire department responds to the call, does anyone expect that they may meet the love of their live? In this movie, a fire fighter who is a widower meets a woman that he will eventually fall in love with and his son will love too.

The road that the fireman and the woman florist take is paved with many challenges. You will find yourself encouraging the fireman to pursue this woman and overcome his hesitation to date and love again.

BE MY VALENTINE is a sweet story of a budding relationship which is encouraged by family and friends.

I think you will enjoy the movie.

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Movie Review - I'm In Love With A Church Girl

I'm In Love With A Church Girl
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About the Movie
A heart-warming story about the transformative power of love and redemption, I’m In Love With A Church Girl debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and digital January 14 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), following its successful theatrical release this fall. Based on the real-life events of executive producer Galley Molina, the film stars Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins (Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn), Adrienne Bailon (The Coalition, The Cheetah Girls), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs). The film, the first from RGM-NewBreed, received the coveted Dove Foundation “Family Approved” seal of approval, including a review that reads in part, “this one should not be missed.” The film was executive-produced by RGM-NewBreed founder and CEO Galley Molina along with vice president and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Israel Houghton, known around the world as worship leader for Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, America’s largest congregation.

Miles Montego (Atkins) is a retired high-level drug trafficker who has gone legitimate—though he has not yet left his old friends and his old lifestyle behind. When he meets Vanessa (Bailon), a “church girl” in every sense of the word, he is drawn to her spirituality even though she’s nothing like the girls he’s used to dating. As Miles struggles to stay on the right side of the law, both he and Vanessa find that their faith in God— and each other—is tested to its limits.

An inspiring story about God’s power, the I’m In Love With A Church Girl Blu-ray and DVD include a “making of” featurette, deleted scenes and an inside look at the life and story of - the real Miles Montego.

My Take on the Movie
This movie was inspired by a true story. The story is about the life of Miles Montego.

Miles Montego is being watched by the police. He has an expensive car, lives in a mansion, and doesn't appear to have employment that would bring in that kind of money. This is a movie that is quite emotional, spiritual, and shows the value of family and friends. It illustrates the power of prayer during a time when a miracle needed to occur. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, love , understanding, and a man's journey to find God and a faith based life. It is a story about letting go so God can make things happen in your life.

Vanessa was the catalyst for Miles to have his life changing experiences and opportunities. Miles makes an amazing transformation in his life. Vanessa and Miles were tested along the way in their relationship but their love and commitment to each other and God kept them together.

I believer that you will enjoy this movie and the message about life.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Being #CartonSmart Is Good for the Environment & For Your Family!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Imagine if everyone made one small, smart decision a day. How much would it help our planet and our own personal worlds? As an individual, it feels small, but as a collective, the small, smart decisions add up. Tetra Pak applauds the thousands of small acts of smartness that add up to make a big difference.

Tetra Pak carton packages, are designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, and are one small way to live smarter. So read further and find some additional ways in which you and your family can Become Carton Smart.

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When I received my Tetra Pack, I was so impressed to see first the size, but also in looking through the ingredients on the package itself, how nutricious the items that I received were too. 

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The boxes themselves (as you see in the pictures in this post) are definitely "Green" being enclosed in 70% paper containers. On top of this the company uses only selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

The  packages are also much more efficient of the space that is provided and in actuality the cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans…or even an egg (Talk about mind blowing).  

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I found that the cartons were easy to stack due to their smaller size. Also their rectangular size allowed me to be much more efficient with my space and get even more items in my pantry than I have been able to in the past. Cartons are also re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later. This was one factor that I worried about at first, but when I opened one of the items I found that I could easily close the carton after I was done.

In trying the products all I can say is YUM! The product in these cartons is full of flavor and even better, the flavor and nutrients that you find in these are not tainted by presertatives! I used the Chicken Stock that I received to make a Chicken and Rice Soup that I was going to bring to work for a holiday potluck. I always use stock to give my soup a great taste and this time around I switched out my regular stocck with the Pacific Foods Chicken Stock that I received, and just like in trying the other products you see above, the flavor was amazing and it seemingly made the base of the soup taste better than it has in the past when I have made it with other products.

I ended up exploring the site even further and was amazed to see the breadth and depth of the products that they offer (as I had no idea). If all of the rest of the products are as good as what I have experienced here, I am sold and am looking forward to trying more in the future!

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Book Review - The Calorie Myth

The Calorie Myth
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About the Book

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Nutrition and Exercise Expert Releases Controversial Diet Book Based on Ten Years of Research: The Calorie Myth

What if everything you thought you knew about weight loss was wrong?

After 10 years of research and collaboration with some of the top academics, doctors, and scientists in the field of health and wellness, Jonathan Bailor has developed a revolutionary new model for weight loss—and lifelong health. In The Calorie Myth, he exposes the fundamental flaw upon which the diet industry has been built: the eat less + exercise more = weight loss equation simply doesn’t add up.

When it comes to most things in life, we welcome the latest advances in science: from the convenience of our smart phones to the life-saving technology in our hospitals, scientific advancement allow us to be more efficient, more productive, and lead better lives.

So why are we following weight loss advice from the 1950s? Why haven’t we ever questioned the very foundation of every diet and exercise plan—a formula that, not coincidentally, has coincided with decades of escalating and record-breaking levels of obesity?

In this revolutionary book informed by more than 1,200 studies on the new science of weight loss, Bailor shows us how eating more—of the right kinds of foods—and exercising less—but at a higher intensity—is actually the key to burning fat, balancing hormones, boosting metabolism, and creating long-term weight loss. The Calorie Myth offers clear, comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why, providing an eating plan, easy recipes, and a simple yet effective exercise program.

This book will change the way you look at dieting and weight loss forever. You don’t need to go hungry or spend hours at the gym to lose weight. Don’t let the calorie myth stand between you and the life you want: when you learn the real science of weight loss, slim is simple.

The foundation of The Calorie Myth is a SANE lifestyle to increase metabolism & decrease one’s set point weight by eating Satisfying, unAggressive, Nutritious & inEfficient food. No counting calories.

"...Bailor has written a book that is a must-reed for knowing the truth about evaporating body fat...Bailor opens the black box of fat loss and makes it simple for you to explore the facts. Read this book today in order to live your best life." - Joel Harper, Dr. Oz Show fitness expert

“While researching and practicing at the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Harvard Medical School and at the Department of Medicine of the UCLA School of Medicine, I would often be asked when will there be a proven prescription for weight loss. THE CALORIE MYTH is that prescription.” – Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, Harvard Medical School, UCLA Medical School

My Take on the Book
This is a pragmatic book that teaches you some amazing things about how you can change your life in a completely different way. My eyes were opened to some of the myths and misnomers that all of us have been taught through the years about nutrition and weight loss. The book is filled with solid research as well as step-by-step things you can do to eat better and get the results that you truly want for yourself. All-in-all, this is definitely a new approach to dieting and helps you to make better choices that will change your outlook on reaching the goals that you have set for yourself!

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CD Review - Kidz Bop 25

Kidz Bop 25
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About the CD
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12, featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, videos, the popular website, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour, KIDZ BOP TV and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition. KIDZ BOP music titles have sold more than 14 million and has had 17 Billboard Top 10 debuts.

The website,, is one of the fastest-growing online social networking destinations, where kids can safely create, share and watch a variety of content. The KIDZ BOP LIVE tour launched in 2007, playing in theaters and small arenas in across the country to more than 100,000 fans. The KIDZ BOP TV channel is available 24/7 on the Comcast video-on-demand channel, featuring webshows, music videos, concert footage and user-generated content. The brand continues to grow with various promotions including toys and greeting cards.

New KIDZ BOP KIDS: The new KIDZ BOP Kids ensemble will be introduced with the release of KIDZ BOP 25. These talented kids will sing on albums, appear in commercials and music videos, interact with members on KIDZBOP.COM and perform live on tour, year-round.

Track Listings
1. Roar
2. Best Song Ever
3. Clarity
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Treasure
6. Royals
7. Applause
8. Wake Me Up
9. Love Somebody
10. Still Into You
11. I Need Your Love
12. Cups
13. Safe and Sound
14. Cruise
15. Summertime Sadness
16. The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?

My Take on the CD
My daughters listen to Sirius radio and popular top 40 stations all the time so when they saw the names of the songs on this CD they were SO excited. I have to say that I was also excited for many of these as well. The new singers within the group did a great job with the music and the original artists would be proud of their renditions. One of the things that I always love is that Kidz Bop CD's always ones that take music and make it kid friendly, so any parent would be happy to share this music with their kids without worry about language issues. All-in-all this was a great CD that I would highly recommend!

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Book Review - The Complete Book of Juicing

The Complete Book of Juicing
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About the Book
The big bestseller, The Complete Book of Juicing (Clarkson Potter, January 2014), by Dr. Michael T. Murray, has been updated and revised, and will be hitting bookshelves in time for New Year's health resolutions.

The definitive bible of the raw juice movement, Dr. Murray's encyclopedic book offers over 150 fresh juice recipes along with guidelines for juice cleanses, juice as medicine, juicing for weight loss, and juicing to boost immune function--particularly for cancer patients.

Based on the most recent and reputable scientific studies, the book includes comprehensive information on the nutritional benefits of various fruits and vegetables, the healing powers of raw juice, and answers to common questions and misconceptions about juicing and raw foods. For those who are just getting started on a self-care routine using raw juice, Dr. Murray includes a chapter covering the various types of juicers, how they differ, and the pros and cons with each method and model.

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books. Learn more at

My Take on the Book
This was a great book that explores all of the secrets that you could think of in regards to juicing. Whether you are just thinking of starting to change your lifestyle through juicing, or you have been doing this for some time, this book has a little bit of everything for everyone. On top of exploring how best to juice, there are some great recipes within this as well that will assist all in making some amazing juices for you and your family to enjoy. All-in-all this is a very complete book that anyone interested in juicing will enjoy!

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Blu-ray Review - Riddick

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About the Movie
Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick blasts its way onto Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters. In addition, Riddick will be available in a new collection that includes all three movies in the groundbreaking franchise: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick plus The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury from Emmy Award-Winning animator, Peter Chung (“Æon Flux”).

In an electrifying return to his signature role, Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (“Aliens in America”) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.

DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.
Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray

  • The Twohy Touch—In this short film, writer and director David Twohy explains the development of Riddick, the third feature film in his high-concept sci-fi series. Interviews and on-set footage detail Twohy’s vision and inspiration, as well as the creative collaboration between the filmmaker and star Vin Diesel that takes the cult franchise to a new level.
  • Riddickian Tech—The filmmakers, including Riddick’s amazing effects team, talk about the extraordinary technologies used to create Riddick’s eye-popping sci-fi elements, from the practical effects to the green screen wonders that made it possible to bring this high-intensity, futuristic thriller to the big screen.
  • The World Of Riddick—Key members of the filmmaking team, including director David Twohy, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III and director of photography David Eggby talk about the inspiration and influences behind the film’s vivid and unique visuals and savage predators.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD

  • Vin’s Riddick—Vin Diesel, his co-stars and the entire filmmaking team provide an inside look at the superstar’s passion for everything from the film’s production and development to his intensive physical training, as well as just what makes Diesel ideal for the role of the indestructible Richard B. Riddick.
  • Meet The Mercs—From Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff to Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Nolan Gerard Funk, this featurette spotlights the dynamic supporting cast of Riddick and the characters they portray, exploring what the actors bring to their roles, as well as the weapons and clothing styles that define them to enhance this heart-stopping thriller.
  • Riddick: Blindsided—A motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gap since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick.

My Take on the Movie
This was a movie that any Riddick fan will love. From the beginning to the end you are given a ton of action packed sequences with violence, but also a story that adds to the two previous movies that have been made. The actors do a great job bringing their characters to life and you are drawn into the story itself. This movie goes back to some of its' monster movie roots as you will find Riddick having to kick the butts of a ton of monsters in this movie which is part of the overall fun itself. All-in-all this was a ton of fun and you will be kept on the edge of your seat until the very end of the movie.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Disney's MILLION DOLLAR ARM - Trailer and Poster


In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turninto a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a realityshow competition called “Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home toAmerica to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India — the boys, who have never left their rural villages — are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) — learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Walt Disney Pictures’ drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Hollaran,Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.

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DVD Review - Danny Phantom: The Complete Series

Danny Phantom: The Complete Series
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About the DVD Set
Find out how an average kid became part ghost-and all ghost hunter! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a super-heroic apparition, Danny Fenton must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls, while keeping his identity a secret!

All three seasons of Danny Phantom will be available in one gleefully ghoulish package when Shout! Factory releases Danny Phantom: The Complete Series on DVD January 28th, 2014. Get ready to take a trip to the other side with this 10-DVD set featuring all 53 original episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series.

And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. After an accident involving ‘Ghost Zone’ portal of his two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam.

Danny Phantom features an all-star voice cast, including David Kaufman (The Buzz on Maggie), Grey DiLisle (Rugrats, The Fairly Odd Parents), Rickey D’Shon Collins (Recess), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Naruto), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Kath Soucie (Dexter’s Laboratory, Ben 10) and Martin Mull, Frank Welker (Transformers).

See all 53 Episodes

1. Mystery Meat
2. Paternal Bonding
3. One of a Kind
4. Attack of the Killer Garage Sale
5. Splitting Images
6. What You Want
7. Bitter Reunions
8. Prisoners of Love
9. My Brother's Keeper
10. Shades of Gray
11. Fanning the Flames
12. Teacher of the Year
13. 13
14. Fright Night
15. Public Enemies
16. Maternal Instinct
17. Lucky in Love
18. Life Lessons
19. The Million Dollar Ghost
20. Control Freaks
21. Memory Blank
22. Doctor's Disorders
23. Pirate Radio
24. Reign Storm (1)
25. Reign Storm (2)
26. Identity Crisis
27. The Fenton Menace
28. The Ultimate Enemy (1)
29. The Ultimate Enemy (2)
30. Secret Weapons
31. The Fright Before Christmas
32. Flirting with Disaster
33. Micro-Management
34. Beauty Marked
35. King Tuck
36. Masters of All Time
37. Reality Trip (1)
38. Reality Trip (2)
39. Double Cross My Heart
40. Kindred Spirits
41. Eye for an Eye
42. Infinite Realms
43. Girls Night Out
44. Torrent of Terror
45. Forever Phantom
46. Urban Jungle
47. Livin' Large
48. Boxed Up Fury
49. Frightmare
50. Claw of the Wild
51. D-Stabilized
52. Phantom Planet (1)
53. Phantom Planet (2)

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing collection of the entire series of Danny Phantom. As someone who has been a fan of the series for a long time and have been waiting for the complete series to be in one place at one time and now it is! You get all of the action and fun in one set and it is one that will entertain you and the whole family for hours and hours.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Book Review - Grandma's Yarn

Grandma's Yarn
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About the Book
Let's take a trip together to a home where folks take time to really listen and care for each other, to a family where the laughter is homemade, and to a place where every day is truly treated as a gift that has been given to each one of us.

My Take on the Book
GRANDMA'S YARN is based on a true Christmas event in Waneta Cotner Worstine's family. Waneta explains in her story how her family always created memories together through activities, projects, games, and more. Her grandparents were the center of the action when they were alive. Waneta's family encouraged her to write this beautiful story in memory of her grandparents and the story of her grandmother's yarn activity.

GRANDMA'S YARN could be the catalyst to inspire you to create family activities which will produce memories and traditions within your family. It is a heartwarming story about family love and the desire for all family members to connect. They did this through communicating with each other, laughing together, listening to each other, and the desire to build strong family relationships.

I believe you will enjoy this story and want to share it with your child.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Cubodira Cutting Board and Collapsible Dish Drying Rack Saves Space

The Cubodira Cutting Board and Collapsible Dish Drying Rack
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About the Product
The Cubodira creates more counter space for holiday treats and décor by combining two kitchen necessities in one. Attractively priced at $49.95, the Cubodira is a durable scratch resistant cutting board that unfolds into a drying rack with an inclined base so water automatically drains into a sink. The Cubodira has a thick surface to minimize scratching making it a great holiday gift for anyone who loves to cook.
The Cubodira Cutting Board and Collapsible Dish Drying Rack

Made of white polyethylene the 14.5" x 16.5" x 1.5". Cutting board has a high density and is the ideal material to clean and maintain. After slicing and dicing on the cutting board simply push the front latch to unlock, pull it up, and slide out the front bar to transform Cubodira into a drying rack for easy cleaning after the meal. The drying rack holds 9 dishes, glasses and silverware. An indent on the bottom allows it to be placed over a sink edge allowing water to drain into the sink. Cubodira is great for preparing fun festive meals and cleaning up after brunch, lunch or dinner with friends and family.
The Cubodira Cutting Board and Collapsible Dish Drying Rack


  • Four rubber feet keep it stable on any surface.
  • A small indent at the underside of the end allows it to be placed over a sink lip so water drains into a sink.
  • The base is inclined so water drains easily when dishes are placed in the rack
  • A "trombone arm" provides support for glasses at the end of the dish rack.
  • A lock at the end of the closed cutting board locks it shut for cleaning the surface
  • A surface indent on the cutting board minimizes liquid flowing off onto a counter during use
  • Stainless steel plate supports provide strength and durability

My Take on the Product
The JonJas Company has produced a cutting board and dish rack constructed of a polyethylene material which is sturdy, minimizes scratches, is easy to store and to clean. The top section is a good size cutting board and when you open it up, there is a dish rack. The metal dish and silverware holding sections are made of stainless steel. The sections come apart easily for cleaning purposes. The dish rack is on a small angle so the water does not pool in the bottom.

If you have storage issues but could use a cutting board and dish rack, I believe you will find this a useful addition to your kitchen. It would make a lovely bridal shower , wedding gift, or house warming gift also.

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Be Prepared - When I’m Gone – My Info, Wishes, & Thoughts Journal

When I’m Gone – My Info, Wishes, & Thoughts Journal

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About the Journal
People rarely discuss end of life wishes when it is the most important thing you should do – no matter your age. The pages guide you through the process to communicate info, wishes, and thoughts. The best time to do this is before a life-threatening illness occurs or a crisis hits. It will greatly reduce the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety for you and your family.

“This all-inclusive journal goes into great detail and has very thoughtful prompts on each page – things I never even thought of” says customer Cherice Ridley. “I love that it not only covers all of the important facts but allows me to write a little autobiography. The prompts make it so easy.” She vows to leave one for her children to avoid having them making so many hard decisions at such an emotional time.

This journal has plenty of space to write down the locations of your important documents, including Wills, Power of Attorney, financial and insurance info, service providers, credit card info, and usernames & passwords. It features several pages for funeral wishes, a health history, education, and work history along with a family tree. Guided pages help to record special details of your childhood through adult life along with cherished accomplishments and unrealized dreams. You can leave special messages and advice to specific people.

“This journal was designed mainly for baby boomers coming into their golden years although we encourage people of all ages to fill one out” says Barb Morina, President of Journals Unlimited. “I had so many questions for my parents – and could not find anything on the market that allowed them to express all of their wishes, information, and life history in one place. Luckily, owning a company that carries the world’s largest collection of themed and guided journals, allowed me to put something together. It is our most comprehensive journal ever! It is truly the gift of a lifetime.”

My Take on the Book
Journals Unlimited has published a journal called WHEN I'M GONE: MY INFO, WISHES, AND THOUGHTS. It is a sturdy journal with pages for you to communicate your wishes and help you through the process of thinking through the information your friends and family may need to know if you become ill or die.

I found the journal to contain pages for information that I had not thought about, even though many of my wishes and information are written down already. To give you several examples: there are pages on the usual kinds of information about your living will,, last will and testament, trusts, estate planning, organ donation and insurances. In addition to those pages there are also entries your funeral and memorial service, your family and medical history, memories of your life you wish to pass along, and pages to share special messages to individuals.
I would say this is probably the most complete book of your history that you would ever find.

My feeling is we need to make it easier for those we leave behind when we pass from this life. Writing down our thought and wishes is one way we can do this while we are alive. I believe you will find this journal an avenue for that process.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review - E-Squared

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About the Book
Don’t face reality. Create reality!

E-Squared could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments to prove once and for all that reality is malleable, that consciousness trumps matter, and that you shape your life with your mind. Rather than take it on faith, you are invited to conduct nine 48-hour experiments to prove there really is a positive, loving, totally hip force in the universe. Yes, you read that right. It says prove.

The experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton’s laws of motion. For years, you’ve been hoping and praying that spiritual principles are true. Now, you can know.

E-Squared proves the following:

  1. There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.
  2. You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.
  3. You, too, are a field of energy.
  4. Whatever you focus on expands.
  5. Your connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.
  6. Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter.
  7. Your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body.
  8. You are connected to everything and everyone else in the universe.
  9. The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

My Take on the Book
This was a great book that makes you really think about yourself and what is possible for your own life. Each of the experiments that are shared are ones that will make you re-evaluate your world. This is not an easy journey, and it will definitely take some time to go through - so don't expect easy fixes. Yet, step-by-step you are empowered to make changes that will impact your life for the better and expand your realm of the possible.

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