Monday, February 20, 2017

Scooby-Doo Shaggy's Showdown Review

Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the movie I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Press Release Synopsis: It's high action and spirited adventure when the Mystery Inc. gang visits the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, located in Sorghum City, an abandoned cowboy town-turned-tourist attraction. While visiting his cousin Tawny, Shaggy and his pals discover that the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, owned by Tawny's family is tormented by a ghostly cowboy named Dapper Jack Rogers, an ancestor who bears a striking resemblance to Shaggy!

The gang soon learns that Dapper Jack's ghostly apparition has frightened most of the visitors from the ranch and nearby Sorghum City, forcing many businesses in the area to close. Without any tourists, the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, which has been struggling, is sure to close its doors. Unless Tawny raises enough money for the next mortgage payment, the family business will be sold. 

Determined to save his cousin's ranch, Shaggy puts the Mystery Inc. gang on the case, and together they set out to solve the mystery behind Dapper Jack's haunting. It's an unforgettable adventure set in the wild West, filled with rodeos, barn dances and non-stop cowboy high-jinks!

Our thoughts: My boys love Scooby-Doo movies, so of course they wanted to review the movie Scooby-Doo Shaggy's Showdown. I was a little skeptical, as I am not really interested in Western movies. I'm glad they convinced me because I did enjoy the movie. As always, it doesn't matter where the gang goes, a mystery is sure to follow. In this movie, I liked how the masked villain looked like Shaggy's ancestor Dapper Jack. I also liked the fact that being a cowboy came naturally to Shaggy, who is able to use his cowboy skills to help save the day. This was a great family-friendly movie to watch with my boys and it kept us entertained from the beginning to the end.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Oriental Trading Company Halloween Costume Review

Disclosure: I received the following products in exchange for a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the products.

Fall has arrived and with it comes thoughts of carving pumpkins and picking out Halloween costumes. While some years choosing a Halloween costume is difficult, this year it was easy. Two of my boys found the costume they wanted at the Oriental Trading Company. 

I always enjoy reviewing products from the Oriental Trading Company. I love that their website offers a variety of party supplies, teacher supplies, toys and games, crafts, and holiday products including Halloween costumes. Last year, my youngest son wore an adorable Mickey Mouse costume from the Oriental Trading Company and this year he picked out Olaf.

This costume is actually listed as a girls Halloween costume, but I do not think it matters. In my opinion he looks adorable! It is a little big on him since I chose the child size 4-6x, but I figure it will allow him to use it for a while. This costume comes in two pieces. There is the jumpsuit with a foam overlay and the headpiece. He is so happy to be Olaf this year!

My middle son decided to be the WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio this year. When the costume came in the mail he was excited to try it on. His costume came with the pants, mask, and the muscle chest shirt.  Just look at all those muscles!

Although October has just started, Halloween will be here before you know it. If you are looking for that perfect Halloween costume or any type of Halloween supply, check out the Oriental Trading Company. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Review

Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the movie I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Press Release Synopsis: When Scooby and the gang attend an off-road racing competition, the last thing they expect to stumble upon is a menacing phantom. However, before they can say "ruh-roh," things take a turn for the worse, as Inferno schemes to sabotage the race and cause chaos for everyone. With the help of WWE Superstars Triple H, Paige and Sheamus, as well as Scooby's new driving partner, The Undertaker, it's up to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to save the race before it's too late!

With a star-studded voice cast, including WWE Superstars The Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, Sheamus, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Lana, Rusev®, The Miz®, Kofi Kingston®, and Goldust®, this action-packed film is a can't miss! Bonus materials include two episodes from fan-favorite series, Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and exclusive content containing a behind-the-scenes segment featuring Scooby-Doo Monster Jam truck drivers. Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon is a film that Scooby and WWE fans alike can enjoy!

Our thoughts:  My boys loved Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, so they were excited to hear that Scooby-Doo and WWE were going to team up again in a new movie. In Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, my boys were thrilled to see that The Undertaker and Sheamus would be featured in the movie. Not only was the movie entertaining, but it kept us guessing as to who was the masked villain. I have to say that we were all surprised this time when the villain was revealed! Both my boys thought the movie was awesome and we can't wait to see what the next adventure will be for the Mystery Inc. gang.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion.

Press Release Synopsis: 
It's time for a special Family Holiday! Celebrate the summer as we come along with Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig on a Sunny Vacation abroad. Peppa is enjoying all of the sights and sounds of Italy, but she also can't wait to go home and see her friends!

"Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation" on DVD is packed with excitement as Peppa and her family set off on their trip across Italy. Kids and parents alike will love the four-part sunny special with 8 additional super fun-filled Peppasodes!

Our thoughts: My four-year old loves Peppa Pig! He has many of the toys including Peppa's house, car, and camper van, and he even had a Peppa Pig birthday party this year. When "Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation" came in the mail he was excited to watch our new DVD. I think his favorite episodes were the first four where Peppa and her family travel to Italy. We just came back from our own vacation, so I think he could relate to her trip. As we watched these episodes, we talked about how we had just been to the airport and flew on a plane for our vacation. While it seemed that his favorite episodes were the first four, all 12 episodes are sure to entertain any fan of Peppa Pig.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Products at the Oriental Trading Company

Disclosure: I will be receiving products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

School has been out for a week and I have enjoyed spending time with my boys relaxing and being lazy. However, it has given me time to realize that I need to find fun ways to keep my boys entertained throughout the summer so that they do not spend all of their time watching TV or playing video games.

As I thought about ideas for my boys, I thought about crafts and outside activities. This coincided perfectly with an email I received from the Oriental Trading Company asking if I would be interested in writing about some of their summer products. Every time I browse their website, I am always amazed at how many products they offer. As I looked for both crafts and outside activities, the following products caught my eye:

1) Glow Products: With July 4th right around the corner, glow products would be perfect to have on hand and the Oriental Trading Company has a variety of them. They have necklaces, bracelets, yo-yos, sunglasses, tattoos, slime, and more for a total of 334 products. My boys would have a blast with any of these glow products.

2) Outdoor Products: As I checked some of their summer toys and games, I found quite a few products that would keep my boys busy this summer. My youngest would love the beach balls, parachutes, beach toys and bubbles. My older two boys would have a blast with the squirt guns and water balloons.

3) Summer Crafts: My youngest, who is four years old, keeps me very busy and so I thought it would be a great idea to do a few crafts with him this summer.  A few  that caught my eye were the Fabulous Foam Super Sunglasses Kit, the Colorful Turtle Tissue Paper Craft Kit, and the You Are My Sunshine Sign Craft Kit.

After checking out their summer products, I now have some ideas on ways to keep my kids busy this summer. I also plan to check out their project ideas from time to time in hopes for a little inspiration as well. So if you are looking for some fun summer items or just looking for project ideas,  check out the Oriental Trading Company.

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