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Now available from Nickelodeon – PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!

 

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Attention PAW Patrol fans – the patrol pups are back with an all new adventures including a new crew member in Nickelodeon’s newest DVD release PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!

The PAW Patrol pups are back with daring new rescues and a new puppy crew member in PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Fan-favorite Everest and high-flying rescue pup Skye embark on daring missions through the snow and ice to rescue their friends, protect stranded animals and guard their community!As the number-one preschool show on TV and featuring French and Spanish audio, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! is sure to be a hit with all of its good-hearted, adventure-seeking fans.

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! includes the following episodes:

The New Pup The PAW Patrol rolls out in their new PAW Patroller to save Jake when he gets stranded in the ice fields, but a new pup also pops up to lend a paw–the brave ranger, Everest!

Pups and the Big Freeze When a winter ice storm causes trouble all over Adventure Bay, Mayor Goodway’s car hits an icy patch and gets stuck in the snow.  Then, a train engineer can’t break on the icy tracks as it heads for a huge snow drift on the crossing. It’s up to Ryder, Rubble, and Everest to clear out all the snow and ice!

Pups Save the Deer – When a family of deer gets separated on slippery ice and a snowy hill, it’s up to Zuma and Everest to lead an icy rescue to reunite them!

Pups Make A Splash – When Cap’n Turbot’s boat runs aground, Ryder, Zuma, Skye, and Rocky must team up to save it before it sinks!

Pups Save A School Day Alex loses his back pack on the first day of school! Ryder and the Paw Patrol need to help him find it before the school bus comes.

Pups and the Trouble with Turtles Tons of Baby Turtles start to pop up all over town and it’s up to Ryder and the Pups to corral them all and get them back to their pond.

Pups Save A Flying Frog Marshall’s new pet frog, Smiley, is going to be in a jumping contest! The only problem is that during a practice run Smiley jumps right into Skye’s helicopter and it takes off! Now Skye and the Pups have to save Smiley, and get him to the competition in time!

This DVD is available today (September 1, 2015). Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

This DVD has a run time of 96 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.99.

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Kimberly

*I received a free DVD in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Interesting and educational programming from National Geographic airing August 30, 2015

 

Elephant splashing and covering itself with mud. This helps as a sunscreen, to cool the skin down in the hot sun and to repel irritating insects. (Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

Elephant splashing and covering itself with mud. This helps as a sunscreen, to cool the skin down in the hot sun and to repel irritating insects. (Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

I love animals. I love animals in all shapes and sizes. Even when I was a little girl I wanted to work with animals at a zoo, sanctuary and/or farm.

It makes me both sad and angry that beautiful, precious animals are being rapidly destroyed by hunters and poachers for their skins, heads and tusks. I can accept it when the kill is needed for survival. I cannot accept killing an innocent animal for the “fun” of it or to rob the animals of something (skin, tusks…).

Elephants are one such animal. These poor creatures are still be hunted for their ivory, even though it’s banned in many countries.

ITHUMBA, TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK, KENYA- Elephants spray dust over their skin in order to avoid getting burned by the sun, as well as to protect themselves from insects. (Photo Credit: NG Studios/John Heminway)

ITHUMBA, TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK, KENYA- Elephants spray dust over their skin in order to avoid getting burned by the sun, as well as to protect themselves from insects. (Photo Credit: NG Studios/John Heminway)

The National Geographic Channel has a special airing this Sunday (August 30, 2015) at 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST on the National Geographic Channel. The special is titled Explorer: Warlords of Ivory.

In the return of National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary series EXPLORER, follow veteran investigative reporter Bryan Christy on his daring journey to track and expose the illegal global ivory trade. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.

Check out the show’s trailer.

 

Be sure to follow the National Geographic Channel on social media – @NatGeoChannel #natgeochannel #natgeoexplorer.

Elephant herd migrating through dry, longgrass. Each year, multiple times a year, African elephants migrate across vast spaces of Africa.(Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

Elephant herd migrating through dry, longgrass. Each year, multiple times a year, African elephants migrate across vast spaces of Africa.(Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

There is another elephant program also airing this Sunday (August 30, 2015) on Nat Geo Wild called Destination Wild: Elephant Queen. It airs at 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST.

To further highlight the importance of Christy’s efforts, Nat Geo WILD will premiere on the same night the one-hour special Elephant Queen, an intimate look inside a majestic herd of African elephants. After the tragic death of her daughter, a herd matriarch must lead her elephants to safety in a breathtaking and inspirational journey.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Don’t forget to follow Nat Geo Wold on social media too – @NatGeoWILD #NatGeoWILD #DestinationWild #ElephantQueen.

If you love elephants, or are a concerned animal lover, you should mark your calendar to make sure you catch both of these important programs.

Please check with your local television guide for the appropriate channels.

Elephant calf walking in long grass. This calf will remain entirely dependent on its mom for the first few years of its life.(Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

Elephant calf walking in long grass. This calf will remain entirely dependent on its mom for the first few years of its life.(Photo credit: © Earth Touch LTD)

Will you be watching?

Kimberly

*I received a free screener in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate the season with a new DVD from Nickelodeon

 

Celebrate Fall

Many people still have their minds on the dog days of summer. Now that summer time is dwindling, others have turned their focus on to back to school time and the fall/autumn season.

Autumn is my FAVORITE season. I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving… gearing up for Christmas).

Nickelodeon has a new DVD that is available today (August 18, 2015) that helps little ones get ready for the upcoming season too. The DVD is called Nickelodeon Favorites: Celebrate Fall!

Beach parties may be over, but autumn fun and adventures are just starting in Nickelodeon Favorites: Celebrate Fall! This exciting collection includes over two hours of seasonal and educational episodes from Nickelodeon’s most popular shows including PAW PatrolBlaze and the Monster MachinesWallykazam!Bubble GuppiesTeam Umizoomi and The Fresh Beat Band. From exploring corn mazes to helping out friendly ghosts, these adventures are sure to entertain the whole family.  Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Celebrate Fall! includes the following episodes:

PAW Patrol: Pups Save A Talent Show/Pups Save The Corn Roast-Rubble and Marshall are going to lead the PAW Patrol band in the Adventure Bay talent show! Will the pups be able to rescue Farmer Al first and get to the show on time? When Bettina accidentally turns a corn maze into a popcorn maze, spy Chase and Marshall must pop to it to save Chickaletta and stop the popping corn!

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Truckball Team-Up –  Blaze discovers an exciting new sport called Truckball. When Crusher and his team of cronies challenge him, Blaze must scour all of Axle City to put together a Truckball team before the big game.

Wallykazam!: The Explorers Club – Wally and Ogre Doug start a club for explorers and set out to find the rare Chickephant. Trouble brews when Bobgoblin starts a rival club with Hattie the Witch.

Bubble Guppies: Gobble Gobble Guppies! – Molly and Gil can’t wait to pick their favorite pumpkins, but when they lead everyone to the pumpkin patch, the pumpkins are gone! Their turkey friend Giblet leads them on a harvest hunt to find the culprits: the pumpkin patch pirates!

Team Umizoomi: The Ghost Family Costume Party – It’s Halloween and nobody is more excited than the team’s newest pal…the hilarious Little Ghost!  Every year, all the funny ghosts get together for the big Ghost family costume party. Little Ghost can’t wait to get there and show everyone his silly costume, but first Little Ghost has to figure out four Halloween riddles! Team Umizoomi use their mighty math powers to help Little Ghost find the old house, climb a tricky staircase, sneak past a black cat, rearrange some talking pumpkins and make it to the party just in time for the big surprise.

The Fresh Beat Band: Giant Pumpkin – Shout picks a giant pumpkin for the Fall Festival, but it’s too big to move by himself so the Fresh Beats work together to move it. They get to the festival in time and perform as a quartet with their giant pumpkin!

The DVD has a run time of 137 minutes and the suggested retail value is $14.99.

What is your favorite season? Is it fall? What do you love most about the fall?

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get ready for back to school with Netflix

 

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The countdown has begun! My kids have two and three weeks left before school starts. My daughter starts college the beginning of September and my high schooler starts a week later.

I am so ready for summer to be over with and the kids to go back to school. Since I work and I don’t get vacation time the summer doesn’t make much of a difference. Sigh…

I am looking forward to the kids going back to school so we can get back on some kind of a normal routine/schedule. I don’t look forward to the four of us fighting over the bathroom in the morning, but the rest of the day I enjoy. Most especially coming home from work and having an hour or two to myself. During the summer I haven’t had any “me time.”

Some parents worry about their kids minds turning to mush during the summer. I used to think that way too. I still do in a way. That is why we take the kids to educational places over the summer like museums or historic site. Of course we do enjoy the beach, water parks and other fun places, but it’s always nice to squeeze in a little bit of education too from time to time.

Netflix has some programs that can also help rev up your child’s mind and get them ready for school, including a new original series, Project Mc² .

Project Mc² proves that smart is the hottest back to school trend. Follow four super-cool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to save the world. Total #SmartGirl inspo! Catch a first look here.

 

The show looks pretty good. I’m not sure if my daughter would be into it, but it’s worth having her check it out. She practically lives on Netflix watching One Tree Hill, 90210 and That 70’s show. Incidentally those shows all have to do with school too.

For younger kids they might want to check out these titles.

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Netflix’s Ever After High’s new Way Too Wonderland adventure, which recently debuted, encourages kids to write their own life stories. Whether Royal or Rebel, your actions, behaviors and choices are your own to make. That is so true! I like that the show has a positive message.

For the littlest family member, this school year might be a first for them. I still remember when my kids started Pre-K and Kindergarten. Seems like only yesterday. Now one is in college and the other is a junior in high school. Sigh…

Here are some suggestions for little children who might be starting school for the first time this year.

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Netflix debuted another new series just for the littlest family member called Dinotrux. It’s from DreamWorks. Dinotrux is about prehistoric hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles team-up to use their different skills to solve problems and show that even the most uncommon of duos, like Ty-Rux and Revvit, can form friendships of a lifetime.

I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.

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Other titles worth checking out to help get you in the back to school mindset include School House Rock! Earth, School of Rock, High School Musical, The Magic School Bus and the classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Once the kids are back in school it gives parents time to catch up on things like cleaning, laundry and that good book you had to put down the day the kids got out of school. It’s also a great time to “binge watch” some of your favorite television series on Netflix like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation, Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Revenge.

To see what else Netflix has to offer visit www.Netflix.com. You can also find them on social media.

How does your family prepare for back to school time? Are you looking forward to the kids going back to school? What do you plan on doing with all of your free time?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I receive a free membership and goodies in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: Disney’s Descendants

 

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Now available on Blu-day, DVD and Digital Download is the hit original Disney Channel film, Descendants.

Descendants stars Dove Cameron as Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Cameron Boyce as Carlos (son of Cruella de Vil), Booboo Stewart as Jay(son of Jafar), Sofia Carson as Evie (daughter of The Evil Queen), Kathy Najimy (Evil Queen), Kristin Chenoweth (Maleficent) and many others. 

Far away in an enchanted land, the Beast and Belle (Beauty & the Beast) marry and become the Kind and Queen of the United States of Auradon. One of their first order of business is to ban all villains and sidekicks to the Isle of the Lost – an island surrounded by a “no magic” barrier.

One their day teenage son, Prince Ben, is preparing to take over the throne. One of the first things he wants to do it bring some of the teens from the Isle of the Lost to Auradon to give them a “second chance.” He believes the children should not suffer from the wrong doings of their parents.

The selected teens include Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil, Jay, son of Jafar, Evie, daughter of the evil queen and Mal, the daughter of Maleficent.

The people of Auradon, some of which are not overly keen on the idea of bring the children of dreaded villains into their village, but they are willing to give them a chance. Their parents on the other hand see this as an opportunity to regain their power and magic and escape from the Isle of the Lost. The only way they can do this is if the teens are able to steal the magic wand from the Fairy Godmother.

Initially the teens try their best NOT to fit in. They don’t see the teens of Auradon as people they want to get to know. That is until Carlos realizes that dogs are not dangerous beasts like his mother told them they were. In fact he befriends the school’s mascot.

Jay is recruited to play on the school’s sports team.

Evie becomes infatuated by Cinderella and Prince Charming’s son Chad.

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Mal befriends Jane, the daughter of the Fairy Godmother, in hopes of getting close to the magic wand for her mother. Mal soon learns that the Fairy Godmother will be bring the wand with her at Ben’s coronation ceremony. She asks Ben if she can sit closer to him (to be closer to the Fairy Godmother) but Ben said only his girlfriend could sit there. Currently he’s dating Audrey, daughter of Aurora and Prince Phillip.

In order to do this Mal concocts a magic love spell and puts Ben under her spell. Ben asks Mel to the coronation which upsets Audrey. Audrey then asks Chad to go to the coronation with her which upsets Evie.

Suddenly everything seems to be coming undone. The other students at the school turn on them. Mal is not sure of her feelings for Ben. Evie learns something about herself she didn’t know before and much more.

Will the villain teens get the magic wand for their parents, or will they have a change of heart? Will Ben make it to his coronation and become King? Will others find out what their evil plan is an stop them? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Disney’s Descendants, now available where movies are sold.

From the previews I saw prior to watching the movie, I personally thought it looked interesting. My husband was a bit reluctant to watch it. My kids were on the fence too. It turns out that they all enjoyed the film.

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I like how Disney has a way of magically waving the stories of infamous characters together in a natural way. Take for example ABC’s Once Upon a Time (ABC is part of the Disney family). Descendants kind of reminded me of that series, but with teenage characters.

The plot was good. It’s a believable story.

I think they did a great job with casting. The actors looked the way you would expect their characters to look.

I was surprised to see Booboo Stewart in the cast. He’s probably best known as Seth Clearwater from the Twilight movies (he was one of the werewolves). I didn’t know that Booboo is actually a part of the Disney family. He received a record deal with Disney at the young age of 12 and toured with such acts as the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and the Cheetah Girls.

There is some singing and dancing in this movie, but not too much where it becomes “overkill.” Think of this film along the lines of High School Musical and Teen Beach Movie. The songs are enjoyable.

There are some bonus features including bloopers, back stage dance rehearsals and a look at Mal (#Mal) though social media.

Have you seen the movie? Did you like it? Did you have a favorite character?

Look for Disney’s Descendants where ever movies are sold.

Below are some FREE printable for your enjoyment.

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Kimberly

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

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Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures available today on DVD

 

Blaze and the Monster Machines High-Speed Adventures

Vroom! Vroom! Fasten your seat belts because a new high speed adventure is on it’s way!

Available today (August 11, 2015) is a new DVD from Nickelodeon’s popular animated preschool series Blaze and the Monster Machines. The new DVD is is called Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures.

In this four-episode thrill ride, amazing monster truck Blaze and his driver, AJ, use scientific principles to tackle problems and help their monster machine friends out of some sticky situations. Plus, preschoolers can help win a sailboat race using the right parts and wind power, and team up with Pickle for Team Truck Challenge Day! Blaze and the Monster Machines is the only preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode and it’s currently the number-one preschool show in its time period. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution,

Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures DVD includes:

  • Bouncy Tires – When Zeg the dinosaur truck accidentally puts on a set of “Super Bouncy Tires,” he bounces out of control! Now Blaze and AJ have to experiment to find a substance adhesive enough to stop their bouncing buddy.
  • Stuntmania – Darington has built the ultimate stunt track and every Monster Machine in town is coming to see the show. When a jealous Crusher tricks Darington and sends him far, far away, it’s up to Blaze and AJ to rescue him.
  • Epic Sail – Crusher and Pickle challenge Blaze and his friends to a sailboat race, but when he tries to cheat, Crusher accidentally crashes both ships onto a tropical island. Now Blaze and his crew must find the missing pieces of their ship so they can sail back home.
  • Team Truck Challenge – It’s the day of the Team Truck Challenge, a race where all the trucks get to compete in teams of two. When Crusher chooses a new partner instead of his sidekick Pickle, his pal teams up with Blaze to prove his mettle.

This fun new DVD has a run time of 89 minutes and retails for $14.99.

Look for Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures where ever DVDs are sold. 

Is your child or grandchild a fan of the series? Do they have a favorite character? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and were not influenced in any way. 

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