Coming to theaters Earth Day 2017 – DisneyNature’s Born in China



Coming to a theater near you on Earth Day, 2017 (April 21, 2017) is a new film from DisneyNature – Born in China.

Born in China is the seventh theatrical release for Disneynature. Other DisneyNature titles include Earth, Oceans, African Cats, Bears, Monkey Kingdom and Chimpanzee. The are among the top seven highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time. That’s pretty amazing. Based on trailer for Born in China, I have a feeling this film will join their ranks too.

Check out the trailer for yourself.


Here is a brief synopsis.

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

That baby Panda is SO CUTE!

I have seen all the other DisneyNature films and I have loved them all. I am super excited to see this film.

If you would like to learn more about this film, visit Nature.Disney.com/Born-in-China. You can also follow DisneyNature on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tumbr and Instagram. You can also check out the hashtag #BorninChina on social media.

What do you think about this film? Are you planning to see it when it comes to a theater near you?

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Who Gets the Dog?



Now available on Digital Download and DVD is the romantic comedy Who Gets the Dog?

Who Gets the Dog? stars Alicia Silverstone and Ryan Kwanten. It was nice to see Alicia in a new movie. I can’t remember the last movie I saw her in (Blast from the Past I think?).

Olive (Alicia Silverstone) is a top doctor with high hopes of starting a family, but her out-of-work husband, Clay (Ryan Kwanten), is too busy concentrating on his dream to be a big league hockey star. On the brink of divorce, the couple can’t agree on who will take custody of their beloved dog, Wesley. Things go from bad to worse as they battle it out in court. Resorting to cheap tactics and dirty tricks, Olive and Clay pull out all the stops to win back Wesley, with hilariously disastrous consequences.

As silly as it sounds, pets can often get caught up in divorces and break-ups. It’s just as bad as when there are kids involved (pets don’t get the same considerations).

Many years ago, a boyfriend and I adopted a dog together. When we broke up I was dead set on having full custody of our dog (which I got).

I think the story will resonate well with people who love their dogs and/or pet owners.


It’s clear that both parties love their dog Wesley. Throughout the movie I found myself leaning towards one pet parent over the other. Initially I was leaning towards Olive, but as the movie went on I felt like Clay might be better for Wesley.

The movie is a bit predictable. It strikes me as something you would see on the Hallmark Channel – which is fine (I watch a lot of movies on that channel). Even so, it was still very enjoyable to watch.

I think the star of the movie is Wesley, the dog. I love movies that feature animals. I am a big time animal lover and Wesley is a beautiful Retriever. Kudos to Wesley’s fine acting too. LOL!

The film is not rated. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. There is no sex, drugs, nudity or anything like that. I would consider it a family friendly film (PG?). Young viewers might not understand the couple’s separation and why they are fighting for custody of their dog, but they should still enjoy the film simply because it features an adorable dog.

This film is more of a comedy, but there are some dramatic elements too. After all, a couple divorcing is not something that should be taken lightly. Those parts of the film tugged at my heartstrings a bit. Thankfully the adorable Wesley broke up those moments and gave the movie a more light-hearted flair.

Look for Who Gets the Dog? on iTunes or where ever movies are sold.

Below is the film’ trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Head back to school with great deals from Staples


Back to School

It’s that time of year again – back to school!

Many students have already returned back to school. Our daughter heads back to college this week and our son returns to high school (he’s a senior this year!) next week.

Heading back to school can be a source of excitement for some students and parents, and a stressful time for others.

Back to school shopping isn’t like it used to be when I was little. Our shopping lists were much easier back then. These days you need specific colored notebooks or folders, pricey calculators, flash drives and other supplies you wouldn’t expect to find on your back to school shopping list (for example, Ziploc bags).

Thank goodness for Staples. Staples is your “one stop shop” for all your back to school supplies. They carry a large assortment of colors and styles to suit everyone’s needs and tastes too.

Check out what happened Staples CEO, Shira Goodman, recently visited a Staples store in Westborough, Massachusetts. She met with over two dozen mothers, fathers and children regarding the upcoming school year. She gave them an extra special surprise to help them out during the school year.


Here is another video I think you might enjoy.

Staples brought in a group of students to find out what they thought about the back to school supplies available at Staples.

As a parent I fee like your child should have a say in what they want when it comes to back to school items like notebooks, folders and backpacks. After all, they are going to be looking at – and using – these products almost every day for the next 10 months. They should enjoy these things.


What do you think of the videos?

Do you do all your back to school shopping at Staples?

Staples offers convenient ways to shop in more than 1,300 stores, online at Staples.com or through their mobile app. Staples has also expanded their back-to-school selection on staples.com/backtoschool by hundreds of retail-only items to make back-to-school shopping easier than ever to buy online and pick-up in store.

Don’t forget to check them out on social media too.

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*I have partnered with Staples to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Teacher Peach! A great resource for teacher gifts and products


Back to school

It’s that time of the year again – the time that kids dread the most – back to school time!

As a parent I don’t know if i dread it or look forward to it. I dread having to get up early, keep on my kids about homework and studying and having to deal with people coming home at different times. In a way I do look forward to it because I have some time to myself for a few hours a day.

My son is a senior in high school this year, so it’s a bit bittersweet for us. He’s our youngest. After this year back to school time will have a whole new meaning. Our daughter is already in college.

I work in local schools. I’m looking forward to seeing my “other kids,” and to see how they enjoyed their summer.

I have much respect and appreciation for teachers, not only for my kid’s teachers but also the teachers I work with. Sometimes it’s a “thankless” job. I don’t know if as many people appreciate teachers like they used to.

When I was a young girl I would put my teachers up on the same level as my parents. They were people I respected and look towards to learn from.

I have found that buying gifts for teachers is not that easy. I have spoke to several teachers over the years and most have told me there are only so many mugs they can own. They would much rather have supplies for the classroom – teacher supplies, book, educational material and other thing along those lines. Teachers tend to have to pay for their own classroom supplies, so they appreciate any help they can get.

Girl drawing back to school

The last few times we have gifted teachers it has been in the form of a gift card (either a Visa/Mastercard or Staples gift card). That way they can use the gift card to purchase anything they might need for their classroom and/or supplies they need for themselves.

Here is another great idea that I recently learned about from a company called Teacher Peach! Teacher Peach! sells special for teachers that include products they usually need/want.

A Note from the Teacher

Each box includes 4 greeting cards with envelopes (individually packaged), 4 unique glossy envelope seals, 4 colorful postcards, 3 Forever stamps, 1 custom Teacher stamp, 1 Bonus seasonal greeting card and envelope, an extra envelope, tip-filled AnecNOTES—and a bonus surprise! This could be set up as a monthly subscription too.

Once Upon a Box (School)

This box includes a wonderful assortment of products including a watch, stress ball, stapler, stickers, 25 “Happy Birthday” postcards, note cards, envelopes, Sharpie, sandwich container and much more. In addition the package includes discount codes and samples.

Once Upon a Box (Home)

This box contains things any teacher (and any person) would enjoy at home including candles, socks, bath soap, scrubbie, cosmetic bag, eye mask, scarf, body cream, a bracelet, adult coloring book and more.

Any teacher would LOVE the above mentioned boxes. As a parent I like the idea of giving our teacher a box full of great gifts instead of just one. It also saves from having to drive all over town looking for the perfect gift.

Teacher Peach! also offers other gift ideas (some really unique ones I have not seen elsewhere) as well as teacher supplies. They also offer seasonal products (they have plenty of “Back to School” things on their site) and even an interesting blog you might want to check out.

Teacher Peach! Sent me their Once Upon a Box (School) and Notes from the Teacher to review.

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Here is what I received from A Note From The Teacher.








As you can see, there is a great variety of products that comes in the Once Upon a Box (School). I also enjoy the assortment of cards and stickers that come with the A Note From The Teacher box.

I am not a teacher, but I do work in the school district. Each and every product I received will be put to good use throughout the school year.

Teachers are also welcome to shop at Teacher Peach!

You could even gift someone a Teacher Peach! gift card so that the recipient can purchase the products they want/need.

If you would like to learn more or check out the available products (I love the filled tote bags!), visit TeacherPeach.com. You can also check them out on social media (all of their links are found on the bottom right of their website).

What do you think about the goodies from Teacher Peach! Do you think you’ll shop there when you are in the market for the perfect gift for your child’s teacher?

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*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Help alleviate Back to School stress with a little help from Fruit of the Loom’s Bonus Bonus Contest



There are four words in the English language that can bring chills down the spines of both parents and children – Back to School Shopping.

When I was a child I hated to hear those words because I knew going back to school was right around the corner. I actually enjoyed the shopping part. I still remember how I would perfectly label all of my items and everything was in pristine condition. About a week after school started things were doodled on, pages were missing and I lost most of my pencils.

As a parent, back to school shopping can be very stressful. You have to run all over time trying to catch the best deals and weekly sales. You also have to keep up with the latest trends because you know your child is going to want the “must have” characters on their backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies.

My kids are teenagers, but I remember all too well how they had to have specific characters on all of their supplies.

I won’t even get started on back to school clothes shopping. That in itself is a nightmare, especially when your children get older and have to have the most trendy outfits and expensive shoes. Our daughter went from wanting a Barbie backpack to a Michael Korrs backpack practically overnight.

Another stressful thing parents think about when it’s back to school time is keeping on top of all of your child’s (or children’s) after school activities. You have to be able to juggle a lot of things at one time. It can be very overwhelming.

Here are some tips that I personally use to help alleviate back to school stress.


Stock up on supplies

Whenever we come across a great sale on school supplies we always stock up on them. We intentionally buy more than we need so that we have it throughout the year and when the next school year starts again. Such supplies include pencils, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pens, highlighters and markers. These are items you can use for many school years (elementary through high school).

Because we stock up we rarely need to buy more supplies before school starts. It’s a great way to avoid the back to school crowds and lines.

Re-purpose School Supplies

At the end of each school year I always take stock of what my children have left over. When it comes to binders I have the kids reuse them for the next school year. Most of the time they are in decent shape. Sometimes they just need to be wiped down a bit with a wet cloth. Kids can even decorate them to give them a new look using permanent markers, stickers and even colorful duct tape.

Hold off buying a new wardrobe

If you want to save money on back to school outfits, wait to go shopping until October.

Kids always want a brand new outfit for the first day of school, which is fine. After the first day or two kids go back to wearing what they have in their closets.

If you wait until October you can take advantage of great sales. It also gives kids (and parents) a chance to see what are the “in styles” to wear.

But we always buy the essentials before school starts, like new underwear, socks and undergarments (tank tops, undershirts…). In fact, we stock up on them. You can never have too many underwear and socks.

Fruit of the Loom is offering “Bonus Packs” of kids underwear, just in time for back to school shopping. The Bonus Packs come with three extra underwear. That is a great bonus! Fruit of the Loom was kind enough to send us a package.


The Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs with +3 extra underwear are available at Target or Walmart.

Fruit of the Loom is also hosting a contest called Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Contest.

The contest gives moms and dads the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including:

  • 1 free month of Hello Fresh prepackaged meals
  • Movie Night out at AMC Theaters
  • Pampering from a national massage company
  • Dinner at your favorite restaurant
  • New beauty looks from a beauty-box subscription

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older. Enter by 11:59 p.m. ET 8/14/16.  For Official Rules, including prize descriptions and how to enter without purchase, visit http://bit.ly/29M9wo9. Void where prohibited.

Entering the contest is super easy.

  1. Follow @FruitOfTheLoom on Twitter or Instagram;
  2. Tweet or Post a photograph of any Fruit of the Loom® underwear product and/or package, opened or unopened, along with a caption telling your most humorous stress-related story from the back to school shopping season.
  3. You MUST also include the hashtag #BonusBonusContest.

I received one of the Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Packs with one of the prizes you could possibly win if you enter. Mine came with a AMC movie theater gift card. You can read more about it below.

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Invest in a good calendar

I cannot stress enough how having a good calendar to help you keep track of things and stay organized is a MUST. I update ours weekly (usually on the weekend for the following week). That way I can see the upcoming week in advance and know what I have to do and where I have to go. Without it I would be totally frazzled not knowing from one day to the next what I have to do.

Take some “me” time

It’s OK to take some time to yourself. As a parent we have a lot of pressure put on us to ensure our kids are totally prepared for the new school year. There are things to buy, forms to fill out, haircuts to schedule for… it can be a lot. I think the more kids you have the more stressful it can be too. There is a lot you have to juggle. Therefore it’s essential that you take some time for yourself to focus on the things that you enjoy and/or find relaxing. Don’t worry… your kids will start off the new school year just fine.

If you can find at least 30 minutes per day to do something that YOU enjoy and/or something JUST FOR YOU, that would be the best way to alleviate the stress that surrounds back to school time.

Something else I love to do (great “me” time or a fun time with a friend or loved one) is going to the movies. I love the movie going experience. Watching movies at home is fine, but nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen. Some movies are especially better on the big screen.

Movie Night

One of the Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Contest prizes is a Movie Night out at AMC Theaters. The prize is an AMC gift card that can be used at AMC theaters across the country.

I LOVE going to the movie theater. I have even gone to see movies on my own, but nothing beats going to see a movie with my husband (aka “Date Night”). We try to get out to the movies at least every other month, usually a few times during the summer because so many great movies come out in the summer months.

Here is my hubby and me enjoying The Secret Life of Pets at our local AMC theater with the super comfortable and relaxing reclining seats. Talk about relaxing. I wasn’t stressing over a thing.



Are YOU ready for back to school time? Have you started back to school shopping yet?

What do you think about Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs and the fun contest? Will you be on the lookout for the Bonus Packs? Will you be entering the contest?

What do you do personally do to ensure that you don’t get too stressed during the start of the new school year?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.




*I have partnered with Fruit of the Loom to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Caged No More – Now available on DVD


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As a parent I worry about the safety and well being of my family. It took me a long, long time to feel comfortable enough for my kids to do things like walk the dog (far enough where I couldn’t watch them from the window) or to/from the bus stop (about 1/4th of a mile up the hill).

Even though my daughter is in college and my son will be entering his senior year of high school, I still worry about them. I make sure to have them check in with me often and I use the Find My Phone app to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. Maybe that makes me an overly paranoid parent, but so be it. Their safety is a major concern.

I worry about all the things that could happen to them – kidnapping, rape, murder… even human trafficking. That is a legitimate problem in the world. Thousands of children are being kidnapped, sold and bought into slavery and the sex industries (porn, prostitution…). It’s not just something that happens in other countries – it’s happening right here in the Unites States too – possibly in your own neighborhood.

There is a movie that is now available on DVD that explores on scenario where children are sold at auction and forced to do unimaginable things. The movie is called Caged No More. 


Caged No More stars Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, Allan Powell, Cassidy Gifford (Kathy Lee & Frank Gifford’s daughter), Anthony Evans, Abigail Duhon, Dallas Lovato, Cynthia Gibb, Christos Vasilopoulos, George Kostru and Debra Wilson. 

In Caged No More, Miss Aggie (Devine) happens across her employer (Lottie) who committed suicide. Before she dies she tells Miss Aggie a cryptic message that Miss Aggie doesn’t understand.

When this is happening, Lottie’s’s oldest daughter Skye, was in the U.K. attending college. Her husband, Jack, was visiting with Skye along with their youngest daughter Elle. Or was he?

After doing some research Aggie feared that Jack might have taken Elle some place to sell her. Not having the resources to go after him, Aggie turns to Jack’s twin brother, Richard, his wife and their military son Will for help.

Will, Aggie and Will’s friend Tyler head over to Greece, where Jack’s trail lead to, in order to find him and Elle before Elle can be sold at auction. They also learn that Skye does not attend college in the U.K. Jack had sold her off months earlier and no one knows where she is.

It’s a race against time to find Elle before she’s sold at auction, and to find Skye before the unimaginable happens to her.

Will they find the girls in time? What else will they learn along the way?

The film is loosely based on a true story. It’s not an outrageous story either. Stuff like this DOES happen – not only around the world but also RIGHT HERE in our own country. It could be happening RIGHT NOW in your own neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight… none of it matters. What it boils down to is people selling other people like they are objects just to make money and other people getting their jollies from owning, controlling and abusing human beings.

Human trafficking is a real thing. This film gives you only a tiny glimpse into one scenario.

I want my daughter to watch this film when she has a chance. Then maybe she’ll realize why we are overly protective of her and our son and why we want her to always be safe and aware of her surroundings. A kidnapping can happen in a heartbeat.

For more information about this eye opening film you can visit the official website at CagedNoMoreMovie.com. There you can also find FREE ebook downloads about human trafficking, information and resources.

Check out the trailer (below).



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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