Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Pan" Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the movie. 
Press Release Synopsis:
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny - to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Our thoughts: My boys have always been a fan of the movie Peter Pan, so it was no surprised that they would be interested in "Pan". I have to admit, I was looking forward to watching the movie too. I wanted to see how the story of Peter Pan began. It was an interesting plot, with Peter befriending Hook in order to escape from Blackbeard to search for his mother. While searching for his mother, he embarks on an adventure that leads him to fight Blackbeard and save Neverland. My boys' favorite characters were both Hook and Blackbeard and my oldest wished the move could have been longer. We all enjoyed the movie and found it entertaining. It left me wondering, however, will there be a movie in the future that explains how Peter and Hook become enemies? If so, I would definitely be interested in watching that as well.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oriental Trading Company Halloween 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.

Every year around September my boys start thinking about Halloween. This year was no exception. Finding the perfect costume is of utmost priority in their minds. Although my older boys had a tougher time deciding what to be, for my youngest the decision was an easy one: Mickey Mouse. This worked out perfectly since Oriental Trading Company asked me to write a review about their Halloween products and they happened to have a Mickey Mouse costume.

I have always enjoyed shopping at Oriental Trading Company. At Oriental Trading Company you can shop for craft and hobby supplies, toys and novelties, party supplies, teaching supplies, home decor, and holiday products. In the past, I never would have thought to shop at Oriental Trading Company for a Halloween costume, but now my mind is changed. They offer a variety of different costumes for kids and adults to choose from, as well as accessories and props.

When the Mickey Mouse costume came in the mail, my son was so excited to try it on. The costume is made up of a bodysuit with a cute bowtie, as well as Mickey Mouse ears. My son absolutely loved the costume and wore it around all night. If we let him, he would wear it every day.

Since my older boys will dress up with a cape from time to time, I asked to review the Superhero Cape and Mask set. I figured this way my youngest could have his own cape too. Although he was excited to try on the cape and mask, it was a little too big for him so we will have to save it for when he is older. However, I was able to have my middle son try on the cape for the picture above. I was a little surprised that the cape feels like it is made out of plastic, but I do like that it is reversible with blue on one side and red on the other. It is only $6.25 so it might make a great party favor.

Besides being able to buy costumes at Oriental Trading Company, they offer a large variety of candy and favors. When I checked out the candy selection, it was easy to choose which to review. Since I work with kids, I know some of their favorites: Toostie Caramel Apple Suckers and Dum Dums. The Toostie Caramel Apple Suckers cost $5.75 for 24 lollipops, while the Dums Dums cost $9.99 for 120 lollipops. Since the Tootsie Caramel Apple Suckers are hard to find in stores, I was thrilled that Oriental Trading Company has these on their website. Although to me they are a bit pricey, the kids absolutely love them and ask for them all of the time!

Besides candy, kids also love stickers. So the last item I chose to review was a roll of Prism Pumpkin stickers. Each sticker is on a perforated piece so this would be perfect to hand out on Halloween.

If you are looking for Halloween products, I would recommend Oriental Trading Company. They offer a variety of costumes and accessories, candy and favors, party decorations and supplies, holiday decor, and crafts. I think their prices are reasonable and from time to time they even offer free shipping.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mike & Molly: The Complete Fifth Season

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD in exchange for this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinions of the show.

My husband and I both enjoy watching Mike & Molly. With a funny and talented cast, this show is always entertaining! If you haven't had a chance to watch the fifth season, here is the synopsis below.

Press Release Synopsis: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings the fifth season of the hilarious hit comedy Mike & Molly to DVD on August 18, 2015. It's a season full of laughs, challenges, and triumphs for one of TV's most lovable couples. With an advance on her first book, Molly (Emmy® winner Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaid, The Heat, Spy) has become a real writer and must juggle the pressures of her publisher's deadlines with the challenges of writer's block. Meanwhile, Mike (Billy Gardell - My Name Is Earl, Jersey Boys) must deal with his too-close in-laws and the looming debt he and Molly will have to pay if she doesn't finish her book. Together, they embark on the next chapter of their lives as their crazy, hilarious love story continues to unfold. Mike & Molly: The Complete Fifth Season will retail for $24.98 SRP.

When she returns from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with a publisher's check in hand, it's official: Molly's a real writer! Now all she has to do is bang out that romance novel and start signing books. No sweat, right? As Molly struggles to cope with writer's block, her publisher's bizarre notes and stressful deadlines, her hubby feels the pinch. And with his in-laws living under the same roof and his partner dating Molly's sister, Mike's got his own world of drama to deal with. But when it comes to making true love work no matter what life throws in their way, this couple writes the book. Good times are here in all 22 Season Five episodes filled with life, laughs, and love.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Descendants DVD Review

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

Press Release Synopsis:
In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney's iconic "Beauty and the Beast" is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficient, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents' footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Our thoughts:  My boys love to watch the Disney Channel and were thrilled when they saw the trailer for Disney's Descendants. My oldest son is a fan of Disney villains, so this movie was sure to catch his interest. On July 31st, my boys and I sat down to watch Descendants for our family movie night and it met our expectations!

My family loves many of the Disney stories, but one of the reasons Descendants seemed so interesting is because of the focus on the villains' offspring. We are introduced to the children of some of our favorite Disney heroes and villains. My oldest son's favorite villains are Maleficient and Jafar, so it was perfect that this movie highlights the children of these two characters (Mal and Jay), as well as the children of Cruella de Vil and the Evil Queen (Carlos and Evie).

At first, Carlos, Mal, Evie, and Jay do not want to attend prep school, but they go with the plan to steal the Fairy Godmother's wand.  They believe that by stealing the wand they will make their parents proud. However, despite their evil plot, they start to find out that there are parts to the prep school that they enjoy. They also learn that just because their parents are evil, they do not have to follow in their footsteps.

I enjoyed not only the story and message of the movie, but the dancing and music as well. Since Mal made a comment at the end of the movie about it not being the end of the story, we can't wait to find out what's next. We felt that this movie was fantastic and we are hoping for a sequel!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Looney Tunes Rabbits Run DVD Review

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

Press Release Synopsis:
What happens when Bugs Bunny becomes embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly-sought after invisibility spray? The result is a mad-cap adventure set in New York City and Paris titled Looney Tunes Rabbits Run. This brand-new, original animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) Aug 4, 2015 and will retail for $19.98 SRP.

In Looney Tunes Rabbits Run, Bugs Bunny is a New York City cabbie who picks up the beautiful but bumbling perfume salesgirl, Lola Bunny, after she's lost her job at a department store. Bugs, who drives Lola home from work in his taxi, has no idea he's about to embark in the longest ride of his life!

In her spare time, Lola is an amateur perfume maker who's convinced one day she'll concoct the world's most beautiful fragrance and sell it to the House of Moufette in Paris. Unbeknownst to Bugs, Lola, in one of her attempts to create the next big fragrance, has inadvertently invented an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails to steal her precious concoction!

On the run to Paris, Bugs and Lola must outsmart everyone from government officials, to Lola's greedy department store boss, Giovanni and even Yosemite Sam, all of whom are after Lola's "scent-sational" invisibility spray. Will Bugs help Lola thwart the bad guys and help her realize her dream of launching her own signature fragrance line? It's a heart-stopping, looney adventure that animation fans won't want to miss! Joining Bugs and Lola is a lineup of favorite Looney Tunes characters including Speedy Gonzalez, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and many others.

Our thoughts: Last week for family movie night we watched Looney Tunes Rabbits Run. My boys have always been fans of Looney Tunes so I was not surprised that they enjoyed watching the movie. Throughout the movie, we loved seeing the appearance of so many different Looney Tunes characters.  My oldest son's favorite characters were Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, and Marvin the Martian, while my middle son's favorite character was Bugs Bunny. My boys found this movie funny and entertaining and gave it two thumbs up!

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