Check Out the Trailer for The Way, Way Back, Coming to Theaters July 5th!

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  A movie I've been really excited about seeing is hitting theaters in just a couple of weeks: THE WAY, WAY BACK speaks to my love of quirky, independent films and summer coming-of-age movies and I'm really excited to share it with you (and even host a giveaway next week!). Check out the trailer below! From the studio that brought you 500 Days of Summer, Juno and Little Miss Sunshine comes the indie family comedy of the summer! THE WAY, WAY BACK is written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (co-writers of The Descendants) and stars an amazing ensemble cast including Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry. THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the … [Read more...]

Mibbilio, a Fun and FREE iPad App for Kids | Review

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My kids are always "stealing" my iPad. In fact, my  youngest had played with it long enough that when I finally sat down to teach her how to play games on the computer, she couldn't understand why she had to use a mouse and couldn't just "swipe" the computer screen instead. That said, I recognize the enjoyment and time spent playing with our iPad, so I'm always very interested to find good apps for kids, particularly educational ones. The one we've been playing with a lot lately is Mibblio, which is truly unique and definitely stands out from our other apps. Mibblio is the first interactive musical/storybook app of its kind. With an intuitive design, Mibblio is easy to use and creates a world where children can read, sing, learn and play music all at the same time! Inside Mibblio is a world of beautiful mibblets - illustrated story-songs that invite children to read, sing and jam while understanding the layers of developing music. Targeted to children ages 3-8, kids can listen to … [Read more...]

Thank you, UPrinting.com!

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About 2 years ago a dear friend of mine was ordering some business cards for her crafting business and I was blown away with how unique and professional they looked. They were high quality card stock with a rounded edge, that perfectly complimented what she wanted her business message to be. She ordered them from UPrinting.com and told me how easy it was to upload her design and use their customizing options. Plus, they were super affordable. Knowing how good UPrinting.com products are first-hand, I am pleased to announce that they have generously agreed to sponsor my personalized business cards for BlissDom this month. For an event like BlissDom, I wanted to be sure I stood out, and UPrinting.com was the perfect choice to do that. Did you know they offer free proofs for their products? You can upload your design and get a professional proof back so you can be sure you know what you'll be getting before you make a commitment. The products that UPrinting.com offers are vast, and … [Read more...]

Atari Arcade from Duo Games | Review & Giveaway

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If there's one thing my family is good at, it's playing games on the iPad. My kids are masters at the touch screen. My husband and I often long for the days of our youth, when games required a little...more. Duo Games is a line of products that help enhance the iPad gaming experience, from playing pinball to kids board games, they've created unique and fun ways to make gaming a little more real. The Atari Arcade is true to its name as an arcade experience and a total sensory memory experience for those of us who learned to play video games using Atari controllers and games. With the Atari Arcade you can play Atari video games (there are so many to choose from, some of them free, some of them not) and rather than the iPad's touch screen, use a joystick and buttons to play the game. My husband and daughter do a much better job telling you about this awesome game, check out our family's video review: One of the things I really like about Atari Arcade is that it doesn't require any … [Read more...]

Warner Bros. Holiday Collection Giveaway

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Here's a super-quick holiday giveaway for you! Ho Ho Ho, it’s the holiday season and that can only mean one thing... Shopping!  But finding presents for your loved ones can be no easy task!  That’s why Warner Bros. has come up with their awesome Happy Holidays Blog App featuring some classic and new movies out on Blu-ray sure to please anyone on your Christmas list! Through this Warner Bros. Blog App you cane take the Holiday Movie Challenge, guess movie scenes with the Decode-A-Scene Game, and get some awesome holiday party tips with the Holiday Survival Guide! Here's a handy shopping survival guide for your last minute gifts - it's got great ideas for everyone, especially those hard-to-shop-for types! I'm excited to help get my readers in the holiday spirit with this really quick giveaway! Warner Bros. has generously offered to give away one of their new Holiday Bluray Collections to one of my lucky readers! One winner will be chosen to receive one of the … [Read more...]

Just Dance Disney Party #JDDisney

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Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. First things first. If you want your Christmas morning to go a little something like this, then keep reading: The squealing continued after the video ended, I guess my oldest was holding back and trying to play it "cool" while I was recording. We have spent nearly every day since that afternoon dancing our rears off to the magic that is Just Dance Disney Party. This is the absolute most perfect game for everyone in the family. We love Just Dance games, but this one is particularly special because it keeps in mind the littlest dancers! With a playlist featuring 25 Disney favorites ranging from classics like Cinderella's "Bippity-Boppity-Boo" and Aristocats "Everybody Wants to be a Cat" to modern fun like The Muppets "Muppet Show Theme Song" and Phineas & Ferb "S.I.M.P. Squirrels in My Pants," to tween hits … [Read more...]

Get Your Holiday Groove on with Just Dance 4

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Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps Let me tell you something about Just Dance 4: my family hasn't laughed so hard and smiled so wide while playing together in a long time! It has already kicked our holiday season into high gear - we're ready to have fun and enjoy our time together! Just in time for the holidays, Ubisoft has released the newest version of Just Dance, volume 4, filled with over 40 chart topping hits and well known favorites, as well as a number of new features. If it wasn't already on your holiday shopping list, it should be now! My oldest daughter, of course, loves dancing to the modern songs, like "Call Me Maybe" and "Love You Like a Love Song." My husband and I have gotten quite a kick out of songs from our "youth" like "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley or "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's. Then there's fun ones for … [Read more...]

Pump It Up’s Imagination Challenge | Scribblenauts Unlimited Giveaway

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In conjunction with their efforts to stimulate the imaginations of children across the country, Pump It Up, the national leader in the children’s entertainment category, is hosting a national contest surrounding the release of the award-winning video game, Scribblenauts Unlimited, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Starting TODAY on the Pump It Up Facebook page, you can help Maxwell reach the Starite at the top of one of Pump It Up's Slippery Slope inflatables using only the limits of your imagination!   There will be one Grand Prize Winner, who will be selected based on Facebook votes, announced on December 28 at 11:00 AM PDT. One Second Prize Winner will receive a Video Game Console of their choice and Scribblenauts Unlimited video game for Wii U! Plus, there will be five additional runners up who will receive a copy of the Scribblenauts Unlimited video game for Nintendo 3DS™ as well. You can learn more about the contest, and enter yourself, by visiting the … [Read more...]

Cinderella Retailtainment Event + DVD Viewing Party #DisneyPrincessWMT #CBias

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  We have had Cinderella fever in our house this month! You know we were pretty excted about having friends over for a Cinderella party, but we were also really anxious to finally be able to pick up the Cinderella Diamond Edition DVD Combo Pack at Walmart. On Saturday, October 6th my little Emma and I headed over to our local Walmart for their Cinderella Retailtainment Event so we could purchase the DVD and do all the activities. I couldn't believe how fun it was! Emma got to meet the "real" Cinderella right there in the store! The folks at our Walmart were so nice and really went all out for the event. We got cupcakes and pumpkin decorating activity sheets as well as coloring sheets. They had a staff member taking pictures of all the kids with Cinderella and we were able to pick up a complimentary print of our picture in the photo department. We had a couple other things we needed to pick up that day, too, so going to Walmart for this was really convenient. They staff … [Read more...]

Disney Princess Royal Ball App + Cinderella Viewing Party #CinderellaWMT

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  My husband and I are movie lovers and we keep tabs on new and upcoming DVD releases. A few months ago we found out that Cinderella was coming out of the Disney Vault and onto Bluray and DVD again as a Diamond Edition and my husband asked me if I planned on picking it up. I asked him if he had taken a look at our Cinderella movie collection lately, because if he had he would have seen that we didn't need it - our Cinderella collection was more than complete. Or so I thought. Let me explain...    Earlier this week my girls and I downloaded a fun new app onto our iPads and iPhones called Disney Princess Royal Ball. It's free in the App store and it's got everything Disney Princess fans could want in an app - dress up, royal transportation, and a virtual ball. You can take pictures dressed up as a princess, and, my girls' favorite part, dance around the ballroom with a first-person point of view. I even got sucked into it, which then led to party planning of our own and a major … [Read more...]

A More Personal Way to Share Photos: Out My Window

I've been on Facebook for about 3 years now and there's been at least a dozen photos that I have really wanted to share with my friends and family on there, too, but haven't because they're more personal. Most importantly, as a new mom, I had super cute baby pictures, but sometimes my little baby's bum was showing and I really didn't want to broadcast that to all of Facebook and the internet! This is a perfect example of a photo that I would love to share with long distance family members, as long as I know it's safe to do so! Out My Window has been a great solution to this problem. I can upload all the cute baby pictures I want and make my photos available to view by invite only! Here's a peek at how the free and easy-to-use photo sharing site works: You can find out more about Out My Window and download it from the app store at http://bit.ly/Mx96k6! I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for outmywindow™. For further disclosure, click here. … [Read more...]

Out My Window | A New, Safe Photo Sharing Site

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I know a handful of moms that refuse to let pictures of their kids show up on Facebook. I appreciate their sense of protection over their children, but sometimes I would just love to see those cute little faces - especially the ones that belong to my extended family who are so far away and I don't get to see often enough. I also understand their concern over the privacy of their photos. With social networking privacy policies changing almost daily it seems, it's hard to know what is really safe and what has the probability of showing up on search engines who knows where. I'm really happy to have found OutMyWindow.com, a new and completely private photo sharing site. On Out My Window, you can upload photos of you and your family and literally pick and choose who you want to be able to see them. It's a great app that I downloaded onto my iPhone and iPad, and it was really easy to set up and put in photos. I really liked how tactically pleasing and modern it looked. Once I had my … [Read more...]

Get The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1 & 2 on Bluray Combo Pack Now!

I've been loving all the Comic-Con updates that I've been seeing on Facebook and the news sites, I keep telling my husband that someday I'm going to do that! I would need to bring a lot of money with me, though, because I'm sure to come across some collectible that I just have to have from who knows what show. There was an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Leonard and Sheldon had to have what they thought was a miniature replica of a time machine from their favorite 1960’s film, and nothing completes a geek collection like a time machine, right? So they bid on it, and won, only to find out it was a full-sized replica. I think if I could have any real, legitimate item from a movie, it would have to be the Auryn from The Neverending Story. What about you? Do you have a must-have item from your favorite tv show/movie/comic book? Well, if you said The Big Bang Theory on Blu-Ray, then you're in luck because not only is available, but it's affordable, too. You can pick up The Big … [Read more...]

The Big Bang Theory Complete First and Second Season on Blu-Ray Combo Pack

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There are a lot of things to love about The Big Bang Theory, and one of them is Penny and Leonard's relationship. Complicated as it may be, I think Penny gave up on it a little too soon when she decided that she just wasn't smart enough to be with Leonard. I've got to say, I can sympathize a little with Penny. My husband is just now entering his third year of his PhD program and I've been able to keep up intellectually in our relationship, but there are certain circumstances where I get wide-eyed and wonder what in the heck is going on! I do all the proofreading on my husband's papers and there have been a handful of times that I've not been able to follow along with the topic because it is, what I like to call, "egghead" work. Luckily, I'm able to correct any punctuation or grammar, but when it came to content a couple of times I couldn't be of any help! Also, in our social circles, which for the most part involved other young families like ours with a spouse in the PhD program. … [Read more...]

Big Fish Games: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom | Review & Giveaway

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How are you tackling summer boredom this season? Emma's been out of school for 2 1/2 weeks and I've been going through activities for her faster than I thought I would! While we try to keep our kids active, here in the summer heat of West Texas we do find times where it's necessary to stay inside (and times when I need a break!). Big Fish Games is a great online resource for computer activities and family games for my kids. Emma loves to play on the computer and I'm going to have her tell you all about her current favorite game, Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom: Big Fish Games has a wide variety of games and activities for everyone in the family - from puzzles and word games for mom or dad to popular character and educational games for even the littlest of family members (my little 2 year-old Abby loves to "pretend" to play games on the computer). Because every child is different, and some games might be too tricky (or too easy), Big Fish Games has a great "try before you buy" … [Read more...]

Cuddly as a Bunny Picture Me | Review

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I'm always looking for fun apps for my kids, who are practically the new owners of my iPad. One of the ones we've been having fun with lately is Cuddly as a Bunny app for iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you can take new pictures or add photos from your library and it will place your children (or you or whoever the pictures are of) in adorable baby animal costumes. Dress up as a cuddly bunny, woolly lamb, frisky kitty, dalmation puppy and more! There are plenty of playful sounds and interactive objects on every page as you flip through the story and see recognizable faces (among standard characters) in each illustration. Abby as a frisky kitten! One of the neat things about this app is that you can have several pictures and as you go through the story they will utilize all of them, so I'm able to use pics of each person in our family, which is a lot of fun for my kids. A few of the other features include sharing favorite pages via email or saving to a photo library, you can also print any … [Read more...]

Check Out “The Awakening” – a new album from James Morrison!

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My husband is usually the one in the family that finds new-to-us music first, but I'm pretty pleased with myself for finding James Morrison and turning us on to his music. I'll admit I'm a sucker for british singer-songwriters, so when I first heard about him and his new album, "The Awakening," I was immediately interested, not to mention surprised I hadn't come across him before since he's been around for a while. When we were checking out his albums on iTunes we saw that he had worked with the likes of Jason Mraz and Nelly Frutado, too. He's a staple on our iPods now and I'm excited to help spread the word about him. James Morrison's first 2 albums “Undiscovered" and “Songs for You, Truths for Me” have sold a combined total of 4.5 million copies and yielded an astonishing 10 singles! “The Awakening” is a warm, live-sounding collection of classic but contemporary folk-soul songs. There are nods to Motown, gospel, country and even a hint of Latin, so his music is bound to appeal to … [Read more...]

Little Critter Collection 1 from Oceanhouse Media | Review

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When I was little I was a big fan of the Little Critter books, and thankfully I was able to hold on to all my books to use with my kids, who absolutely adore Little Critter. While my kids love to read books, they also love to play on the iPad and iPhone, and I'm okay with that because I've found that Oceanhouse Media has recently released The Little Critter Collection #1 by Mercer Meyer for iOS, which you can download for $11.99 and receive a collection of 10 Little Critter books for your iPhone or iPad, which is a steal because individually they cost between $0.99 and $1.99 depending on the book. Some of our most favorite Little Critter books are included in the app, such as "I Was So Mad," "I Just Forgot," "All By Myself," and "Me, Too!" One of the other books included is new to us, it's called "The New Potty" and is about Little Critter's little sister learning to use the potty, which is perfect timing for my little 2 year-old because that's what we're working ferociously … [Read more...]

Pump It Up Sweepstakes | Scooby-Doo! Bluray Giveaway

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Our friends at Pump It Up have a really fun new sweepstakes on their Facebook page! Pump It Up has partnered with Warner Home Video and is giving away great prizes including the grand prize of a family home entertainment center (valued at $1,000), and a copy of Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire on Blu-ray™. It's easy to enter, just simply "Like" Pump It Up on Facebook and enter on their sweepstakes tab. The sweeps ends April 30th, so there's still time! There are also 25 second-place prizes! Pump It Up is giving 25 runners-up in the sweepstakes their own copy of Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire on Blu-ray - it's the very first Scooby-Doo! musical was released this month on March 13th it follows the cartoon gang of Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma as they attend a vampire festival and its ensuing mayhem! Want to increase your chances of winning the movie? Pump It Up has generously offered to give one copy of Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire on Blu-ray to one lucky commenter … [Read more...]

HP DeskJet 3052A e-All-In-One Printer | Review

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We are a seriously modern multi-tasking family. As far as technology goes, we like to be on top of things, and with all our computers and tablets and phones, a multi-tasking wireless printer is a major necessity. But with all the options out there, how do you really know what would be the best printer choice for your needs? We've been using the HP DeskJet 3052A e-All-In-One printer from Walmart (also available on Walmart.com) and it has been a great experience for our family and our printing needs. Check out my video review below! If you're in the market for a good and easy-to-use wireless enabled printer, this is it. It's a great fit for families who need something simple to meet their needs, students who need to print and scan like nobody's business, or those who might be bit befuddled by installing a printer on a wireless network. There are so many resources available to make the most of your HP DeskJet experience, and you can find out more about this printer (and even order … [Read more...]