8/29/2012

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday



Happy 7th Birthday to Summer :) 

 Happy Birthday to my youngest child, Summer. She turns seven years old today. :)

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8/26/2012

Review and Giveaway: O.R.E Originals – Good Shopper Bag

Review and Giveaway: O.R.E Originals – Good Shopper Bag

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Honey Glazed dump Chicken Recipe - Food.com - 182162

Honey Glazed dump Chicken Recipe - Food.com - 182162

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8/22/2012

ELSKA - Middle of Nowhere DVD

Elska - Middle of Nowhere SRP $14.98

ELSKA - Middle of Nowhere CD
www.ilsandofelska.com

Elska is modern pioneer who discovers a secret volcanic island off of the coast of Iceland. There, she lives a high-tech yet simple life among an eclectic group of characters, including Winter Bear, The Goobler, The Nunni, The Shooshi and a vast colony of Lost Socks.

Elska's debut album, The Middle of Nowhere, will be out September 4th on Winter Bear Records.






ELSKA - Middle of Nowhere features twelve whimsical songs inspired by the Land of Fire and Ice:



  1.  I Just Had An Idea
  2. Winter Bear
  3. Don't Make Fun Of The Goobler
  4. Arctic Fox
  5. The Land Of Lost Socks
  6. Click Click
  7. Man-Made Hole
  8. In The Middle Of Nowhere
  9. Hiddi Hiddi
  10. Midnight Sun In The Arctic
  11. The Elska Express
  12. Frozen In Time

Coming Soon

Look for the soon to be released music videos featuring the fictional characters with scenes that were shots in Iceland. Elska will be taking her shows on the road in live entertainment for both children and families as well.

Social Media: Elska WebsiteElska BioElska on Facebook


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Read & Sing with Hap Palmer

Read & Sing with Hap Palmer SRP: $14.95

Read & Sing with Hap Palmer
Musical Picture Books for Young Children



For more than three generations, Hap Palmer, has been entertaining children through music. Read & Sing with Hap Palmer presents twelve favorites that bring together musical pictures and song lyrics to encourage and motivate youngsters from ages 4 to 9 to read and sing. 

Read & Sing with Hap Palmer on  DVD consists of the following:

  1. Sammy/I'm Glad I'm Me
  2. What A Miracle
  3. Down By the Bay
  4. The Mice Go Marching 
  5. What Do the Animals Say?
  6. The Clown Song
  7. Growing
  8. Backwards Land
  9. Teddy Bear Ball
  10. Witches' Brew
  11. One Little Sound
  12. We're On Our Way
My favorite songs are Down By the Bay and What Do the Animals Say?  Down By the Bay features a fun watermelon icon that bounces on each word during the chorus of the song. I wonder which songs would be your favorites?  I would like to encourage you to learn more about Hap Palmer and of his products that help children enjoy learning through the joy of music.


Social Media: Facebook Hap Palmer or visit his website at: www.happalmer.com

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How to Choose Weight-lifting Gloves | Overstock.com

How to Choose Weight-lifting Gloves | Overstock.com

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Review and Giveaway: Nacho Mama Tees

Review and Giveaway: Nacho Mama Tees

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8/15/2012

Wordless Wednesday: Museum Day

 Wordless Wednesday

Museum Day with the Kids

Court House in Raleigh, NC  08/12/2012




Science Museum - Raleigh, NC 08/12/2012

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8/14/2012

Hot Peas ‘N Butter Vol 6



Soothing sounds for quiet moments
Available August 28
Rob Arthur and Oz Noy  are guest artists
Available everywhere on August 28
Listen to the lullabies here.
Watch Hot Peas 'N Butter's New Music Video
"Round the World" here.
(New York, August 7, 2012) ~ Hot Peas ‘N Butter, the family oriented, multicultural, New York City-based touring band, announces the release of their first-ever lullaby recording: Catchin’ Some Peazzz. This new album of original lullabies and soft renderings of familiar songs will be available on August 28 (Sony/RED Distribution). Guest artists include pianist Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton Band) and virtuoso jazz guitarist Oz Noy.
The album has been at least two years in the making and offers glimpses into the band’s family lives. Dad-musicians Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto are the principal members of Hot Peas ‘N Butter. The hours they’ve spent putting their own kids to bed inspired these songs, particularly Lapidus’ ode to his daughter Lily, “Time To Fly.” And the song “In Belgian Rain,” features the voice of Lapidus’ father (who sang this song to Daniel when he was growing up in Brussels). Both songs are new arrangements of tracks on the Parents’ Choice Award winning release Hot Peas ‘N Butter Volume 4: The Pod Squad.
“Fans have asked us about a lullaby recording for awhile now,” Lapidus explains.  There was no question about which song should go first. Cotto had arranged “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” in guaguancó style for their concerts recently, and it was an instant hit with audiences. “It changed the whole dynamic of the show, starting off with something familiar,” Lapidus says.  Cotto adds, “The lyrics and melody to this old song worked really well with the Cuban rhythm.” When the band performs the traditional Korean song “Nabiya” (Butterfly), a dancer accompanies them onstage.
The last track, a rendition of “Rock-a-Bye Baby”, offers a soft sound and cadence designed to waft listeners to dreamland. “Rock-a-bye baby was something we had to do. It's a classic!” says Cotto. “My wife used to sing it to my son all the time. He approves of the new version, so it must be good.”
Songs like “No Worries” and “Dream Away,” and their new acoustic arrangement of “Beautiful Dream,” will transport the whole family out of a hectic day and into a quieter place. As Lapidus and Cotto advise, putting these songs on a loop may be just the ticket to sleepyland, even for the most reluctant young nappers. “It worked for my kids!” says Lapidus.
The wide-open and fresh sound of Catchin’ Some Peazzz is no accident.  Acoustic guitar and piano tracks dominate, and the production is uncompressed, with less loudness than a typically rousing Hot Peas ‘N Butter recording.
Hot Peas ‘N Butter has won national awards and wide acclaim for their “sizzling percussive beats” and “hand-clappy Latin party music.”  Their videos “Different Spokes for Different Folks,” “Number 1” and “Deep Down,” appear on  Nick Jr. TV,  and they perform at theaters and festivals nationwide. Their partnership with St. Jude’s Research Hospital will continue this year with a new edition of their bicycle safety program.
Hot Peas 'N Butter's new music video “Round the World,” will debut on the kids’ music video channel  myKaZootv this month.
We've got some really big shows for you...
Upcoming family concerts with 
Hot Peas 'N Butter
August 18 -  Levoy Theater, Millville, NJ
October 7 - The Jewish Museum, NYC
December 5 - Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit
December 25 - Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
Get updates at www.hotpeasnbutter.com



My Thoughts

I am enjoying listening to Catchin' Some PEAZZZZZ By Hot Peas 'N Butter. The lullabies are beautiful. This CD would make a great gift for an expecting family. It would be wonderful to take along on a car trip too. I think I would like a nap right now... Yawn!!! Enjoy!


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Thank you Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR for providing a free copy for this review .
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8/07/2012

Check out Mia and the Migoo on DVD

Mia and the Migoo  DVD SRP: $19.98
 
THIS AUGUST, DON'T MISS AN UNFORGETTABLE AND BREATHTAKING ANIMATED ADVENTURE
FROM THE DISTRIBUTORS OF THE OSCAR®-NOMINATED THE SECRET OF KELLS AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE!

MIA AND THE MIGOO

Street Date: August 7, 2012
DVD SRP: $19.98



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
 
From the distributors of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells, comes MIA AND THE MIGOO, the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd.  A fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction, MIA AND THE MIGOO was created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation.  A stunning work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, it also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, James Woods and Wallace Shawn.  

Following a premonition, Mia sets out on a cross continental journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake.  In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants.  The Migoo have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia's father and save the Tree, with the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

CAST

·         John DiMaggio (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Little Fockers, Bee Movie)
·         Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, For Colored Girls, Sister Act)
·         Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob, Cutthroat Island)
·         Wallace Shawn (Toys Story 1, 2, 3, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.)
·         James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America, The Virgin Suicides, Casino )

BONUS FEATURES

·         “Making of” Featurette
·         Interview with the Director

See a video at Youtube: HERE


My Thoughts

Mia and The Migoo:
When I first picked up Mia and the Migoo, I was eager to watch it knowing another fantastic title director, Jacque-Remy Girero, made called Secret of the Kells. I popped it into my laptop and began to be immersed in a very colorful world of art. I was amazed to find out that the animation is all hand painted. It looks and feels very much like watching a children’s book’s illustrations come to life on screen. Anyways, besides the obvious, the story centralizes on a little girl who goes in search of her father whom has been trapped under rubble at his construction work site. Along the way she meets many diverse types of people whom help her on her journey towards a mythical mountain, where her father is and also where the fabled, magical Migoo live.  The movie focuses a lot on family, especially the relationships between children and their fathers. It also has a message of nature conservation as well. I don’t want to mention too much. All I can say is: it’s a great watch and very unique experience, so check it out!

Guest Blogger: Fawn Carter


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8/06/2012

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania 3D
 Coming September 

In anticipation of the release of the upcoming animated family-comedy
 HOTEL TRANSYVANIA, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation
 want you to ‘Call Me, Mavy’!  Based on the hit single by Carly Rae
 Jepson (‘Call Me, Maybe’), the parody music video introduces us to
 the cast of characters who frequent  Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish
 five-stake resort for monsters and their families only.  When 
overprotective dad Dracula invites some of his best friends – Frankenstein
 and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and
 more – to the resort one weekend to celebrate his beloved 
daughter Mavis (Mavy)’s 118th birthday, everything changes as an ordinary
guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. 
 
 
Get a sneak peek at the action in the ‘CALL ME, MAVY’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=4twi0cjflD4
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA will hit theaters in 3D on Friday, September 28th. Led by
 Selena Gomez as ‘Mavis’, the all-star voice cast also includes Adam Sandler, Andy
 Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, David Spade and CeeLo Green.
View the trailer on the film’s official site: www.WelcomeToHotelT.com. Additional info
 on the film is below.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3D (Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures)
Genre: Animated Family Comedy
Release Date: Friday, September 28, 2012
Rating: Not yet rated by MPAA
Publicity Materials (Photos, Link to Trailer): www.SonyPicturesPublicity.com
Official Site with Link To Trailer: www.WelcomeToHotelT.com
Voice Cast: Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green 

Synopsis:
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their 

families can live it  up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them.  
On one special weekend, Dracula has  invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his 
 wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf  family, and more – to celebrate his 
 beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday.  For Drac, catering to all of these  legendary 
monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one 
ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. 


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