I Love Lucy: I Love Mom Edition – A great Mother’s Day gift



Are you looking for a fun and unique gift idea for Mother’s Day? Whether your mom is a fan of the popular television series I Love Lucy or not, she might enjoy this sweet special edition of the classic show.

The I Love Lucy: I Love Mom Edition is available today on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media. It features four mom-related episodes.

Lucy is Enceinte – This is a classic episode. I have seen this one dozens of times.

Lucy is not feeling well and visits the doctor only to find out that she is unexpectedly pregnant.

Lucy has dreamed of this day all her life and had it planned out in her head how she wanted to tell Ricky. Sadly every effort she makes to tell him is thwarted by phone calls, lunch and even band practice.

Lucy goes to his club, Tropicana, later on that night to tell him but it turns out to be a lot differently than she has planned.

Lucy Goes to the Hospital – In this episode Lucy goes to the hospital to give birth to their child. Of course nothing can go exactly as planned when it come to Lucy Ricardo. Needless to say a lot of chaos ensues.

I have seen the series over and over again but I actually never saw this episode until now. It’s a very special episode too so you would think it would air more frequently.

I Love Lucy

No Children Allowed – Lucy and everyone else in the building is losing sleep with little Ricky crying all the time, including Mr. Trumball who points out that the building’s lease agreement specifies that no children are allowed. Will the Ricardos have to move? Check out the episode to find out.

Nursery School – Lucy finds that little Ricky tires her out. Ricky thinks it’s time for little Ricky to attend nursery school, but Lucy can’t fathom the though of being away from her son. No sooner does she cave the Ricardos find that little Ricky needs his tonsils taken out and needs to go to the hospital. Poor Lucy can’t handle the idea of little Ricky going to nursery school – you can only imagine how she takes to the idea of her baby in the hospital without her.

Most moms can relate to all four of these episodes – from the moment you find out you are pregnant to the first time your little one is away from you. That is why this special collection makes for a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. You don’t have to be an I Love Lucy fan to appreciate these episodes.

This DVD collection also comes in a special edition packaging that celebrates motherhood.

Look for I Love Lucy: I Love Mom Edition where ever most movies are sold.

Are you are fan of I Love Lucy? What do you think about this collection. Feel free to share your thoughts.




*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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Nickelodeon’s Preschool Literacy Series, Wallykazam, now available on DVD



I’m not totally up-to-date on what that popular television series are for children these days since my kids are older. I do work children so I often hear about TV shows through them and judging by what kids talk about I can sort of tell what series are very popular with little ones.

One show I have heard the kids talk about often is Wallykazam! To be honest I have never watched the show (I never seem to catch it on TV) but I did take a peek at the new Wallykazam! DVD I was sent to review.

Oh my! It’s too cute. I think Wally is adorable, as is his best friend Norville.

I can see why this series is popular. It’s about a boy and his pet dragon. A lot of kids I know are really into How to Train Your Dragon, and this series is kind of along the same lines of that.

Available TODAY (April 28, 2015) is the DVD appropriately titled Wallykazam!

Nickelodeon’s hit preschool literacy series Wallykazam! makes its DVD debut on April 28, 2015.  The series follows the adventures of Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest among giants, goblins and other fantastical creatures. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life on the screen playfully transforming the world around him. Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon’s first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies.  Each of the four adventures features a new set of words and the DVD contains a free gift with purchase of customizable Wallykazam! name labels while supplies last. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Wallykazam! is available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Wallykazam! includes the following episodes:

  • Naptime for Borgelorp – Wally uses magic words to help tire out Ogre Doug’s hyper and unpredictable pet Borgelorp.
  • Castle Caper – Wally must oust Bobgoblin from a castle intended for his pet dragon, Norville.
  • Victor the Villain – While pretending to be superheroes, Wally and Norville decide they need a real villain to match wits with and conjure up, Victor the Villain.
  • The Switching Stone – Wally, Norville and Gina Giant find a magical “switching stone” that’s a lot of fun until it turns Bobgoblin into a giant.

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Fans of the show will enjoy this new DVD collection of Wallykazam! episodes.

The songs are not annoying like the are with some kiddie shows.

As a parent I really like how the show teaches kids letters and simple words to help prepare them to read. I actually wish a show like this was around when my kids were little. I think they way they teach kids are along the same lines as one of my most favorite children’s shows of all times – Sesame Street.

Look for Wallykazam! where ever DVDs are sold.

Is your family a fan of Wallykazam! Have you seen the show? What do you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*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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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire


Liar, Liar is available on Netflix's DVD service

Liar, Liar is available on Netflix’s DVD service

Like most people, I was raised not to tell a lie. My mom was very firm about how much she hated lying. If I got caught in a lie – oh boy did I get in trouble.

In hindsight I realized that my mom lied to me too. Case in point – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. As parents we sometimes need to tell a little “fib” from time to time.

I guess there are “good lies” and “bad lies.” I’m sure all lies can be considered bad, but when you think about it there are times when you have to “stretch the true” a bit. For example, if your best friend is wearing a dress she absolutely LOVES and it makes her very happy, would you tell her that the dress makes her look frumpy or it looks horrible on her? Not everyone can handle the truth. It’s these types of situations where not being entirely truthful is better than being completely honest.

Has your child ever told you a lie? My kids are far from perfect, but they tend not to lie. Even things most kids (or should I say teens) would like about, my kids will tell the truth. I am grateful for that.

My daughter, a typical teen, did try beer once at a party and she fessed up about it right away. She didn’t even try and lie about it. She came right out and told me. She knew what she did was wrong, but she felt pressured by the other kids to take a sip.

She also told us about a friend who shop lifted while she was with my daughter, and how this so-called fried was smoking marijuana in her parent’s home during a sleepover. My daughter could have lied about it to protect her friend, but she came right out and told us what had happened. Needless to say our daughter is not allowed to hang out with her so-called friend anymore. I wish her friend was truthful with her own parents.

Whether your child is young, or a teenager like my children, here are some great shows and movies available on Netflix that touch upon lying and how it’s for the best to always tell the truth.

Little Ones

For Little Kids

1. The Gruffalo
2. Care Bears: S1E8, Untruths and Consequences
3. Veggie Tales in the House: S1E9, Lie-monade
4. Little Princess: S1E9, I Didn’t Do It

Big Kids

For Big Kids

1. Totally Spies!
2. A.N.T. Farm: S3E9, Pants on Fire
3. Spy School
4. Jessie: S1E14, World Wide Web of Lies

Teens and Parents

For Teens and Parents

1. Bloodline
2. Revenge
3. The Bling Ring
4. Pretty Little Liars

New on Netflix

What’s new on Netflix

1. Monster High: Haunted (3/10)
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3/11)
3. Inspector Gadget (3/27)
4. SUPER 4 (4/10)

You can use the above mentioned suggestions to get the conversation flowing about lying and use it as a teachable moment.

Other suggestions not mentioned above would be Liar, Liar (available through Netflix’s DVD subscription service) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In Ferris’ case his lie about being sick and unable to attend school turned out to be a life changer for him and those around him.

Bloodline (mentioned above) is a new Netflix original series. Have you seen it yet?

The Rayburns, from the new Netflix original series, Bloodline, have some dark family secrets they’re willing to do anything to keep from coming out — lying included. While you may not know the Rayburn clan just yet, The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Bloodline “an intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis.” Starring Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and set in the Florida keys, the series follows a family caught between the ugly truth and the terrible lie that covers it up – a storyline that conjured our friends at Variety to predict that, “.. those who give Bloodline a chance will, pretty quickly, find themselves hooked.”

I haven’t had the opportunity to watch any of the series yet. It sounds interesting.

Sometimes it is necessarily to lie, like how Inspector Gadget has to lie to cover up his true identity. Sometimes lies can be downright dangerous and even deadly like in The Bling Ring and Pretty Little Liars. Thankfully most of us know that lying is wrong and learn our lesson, even if it’s the hard way.

How do you feel about lying? How did you teach your child that it’s wrong to lie? Have you ever caught your child in a lie that turned out to be a laughable moment? Feel free to share your thoughts.

To learn more about Netflix visit Netflix.com. You can also check out Netflix on social media.



*I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a free subscription in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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When Calls the Heart Season 2 Premieres on April 25th on the Hallmark Channel (Giveaway ends 5/7/15)


When Calls the Heart

Are you a fan of the hit Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart? If so you will be happy to know that season 2 premieres on April 25, 2015.

I have heard of the series, but I never watched it until recently when I received season one on DVD.

Here is a brief synopsis of the series.

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. When Calls the Heart tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Before I first watched the show I thought maybe it had something to do with different time periods. Some of the characters look more modern than others. It wasn’t until I started to watch the show that I realized all the characters live in the same town during the same time period.

I’m am happy that I have the complete first season to watch. It’s one of those series where you truly don’t want to wait another week to find out what happens next. You want to know NOW. Now that I have been watching the first season I am totally hooked and I cannot wait to see what the new season has in store.

Here is a trailer for season 2 of When Calls the Heart.


I love that the series is set in the 19th century. I enjoy seeing the beautiful dresses the ladies wear. I also find a man in a Canadian Mountie uniform very handsome. :-)

When Calls the Heart is very much like a soap opera. The only difference is that When Calls the Heart is “family friendly.” Unlike today’s modern soap operas you don’t have to deal with the constant sex, violence and drama. This series if full of heart, true romance and situations fitting to the time period.

There is plenty of drama on When Calls the Heart, but it’s not the kinds of things modern soap operas draw upon. There are also plenty of “feel good” moments on the show too.

There is A LOT of romance in this series. I especially love the developing relationship between Elizabeth and Jack. They started out not liking each other at all but as time goes on you can clearly see that they were meant to be together. They make a beautiful couple.

I like that the series is set in a more simpler time. There were no televisions, cellphones or internet. I sometimes think life was much easier – to some degree – back in that time period.

I adore Lori Loughlin. She always puts a lot into her characters. I like that she’s a strong woman in this series, despite unfortunate events that changed her life forever.

General Hospital alumni, Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), appears towards the end of season one as Bill Avery. It was nice to see him again. I used to love to watch him on GH. Now I get to watch him on When Calls the Heart. I hope we see a lot of his character in the upcoming season.

I’m certainly a fan of the series, and I’m not alone. There is a Facebook group for fans of the series, affectionately known as “Hearties,” with 22,700+ fans. That is amazing! Check them out here – When Calls the Heart “Hearties” Facebook Group.

The series also has an official Facebook page as well as a Twitter account.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the series return on April 25th. Please check your local TV guide listings for the channel and air time.


In honor of the upcoming second season I have season one of When Calls the Heart on DVD to give a lucky winner. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win When Calls the Heart Season One on DVD – OR – Who your favorite character is on the show.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. In addition I received season one on DVD free in order to do this review. 

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Can you really “reinvent” yourself?



Do you truly love everything about yourself and your life? Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you took a different path, made a different career choice or surrounded yourself with different people?

I love my husband and my family with all my heart and soul. I would never, ever change a thing when it comes to them. I do however sometimes wonder what life would be like if I did things a bit differently.

Before my oldest child was born I was going to college. I was in the process of working towards a Bachelors Degree in Social Work (I already have an Associates Degree in Community Mental Health Assisting). My “game plan” was to graduate with my Bachelors and then go on to pursue my Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. I wanted to be a criminal profiler, long before it was plastered all over television. I have always been fascinated by true crime and the inner working of a serial killer’s mind. I wanted to use my knowledge to capture serial killers then go on to write books about my most famous cases. So being an author was also a part of my overall plan for my life.

Sadly I dropped out of college just shy of earning my Bachelors Degree. I never went on to get my Masters Degree and I’m far from solving criminal cases. The only thing that I solve these days is who drank most of the milk and left the almost empty container in the fridge. Sigh…

I often wonder if my life, and the life of my family, would have been different if I was a Forensic Psychologist and author. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be living in a tiny, shoe box sized condo. And I’m sure we wouldn’t be scrimping by paycheck to paycheck.

There are days I wish I could reinvent myself so I could be a better person, not only for myself but also for my family. I wish I could but I think that “ship has sailed.” I don’t think at my age I can accomplish totally reinventing myself. I just have to resign myself to always wondering “What if…”

Have you ever thought about reinventing yourself or becoming someone different? Here are a few Netflix suggestions based on the idea of reinventing yourself or being someone different than who you are, or were.

Little Kids

Little Kids

1. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2. Mulan
3. Turbo
4. The Emperor’s New Groove
5. Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls
6. Stellaluna

Big Kids

Big Kids

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
2. Princess Diaries 2
3. The Perfect Game
5. Avengers Assemble
6. School of Rock



1. Silver Linings Playbook
2. Chef
3. Safe Haven
4. Catching Fire
5. Freaks and Geeks
6. Dirty Dancing

There are great suggestions. A lot of these suggestions are favorites of mine too like School of Rock, Princess Diary 2 (and the first film), Safe Haven (I love Nicolas Sparks films) and Dirty Dancing.

Tell me a little about you. Are you 100% content in who you are? Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? Why or why not? Have you already reinvented who you are? Feel free to share your stories.

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*I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a free subscription in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Nickelodeon DVD Collections Giveaway (ends 3/25/15)



Are you looking for extra goodies to put in your child or grandchild’s Easter basket?

Are you looking for something to do on rainy Spring days?

If you answered “yes” to either question, I have a fun giveaway for you from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

This great giveaway includes the following titles – all of which are currently available where DVDs are sold.

PAW Patrol Marshall and Chase on the Case

PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase on the Case!

The PAW Patrol rescue pups, Marshall and Chase, take fans on eight exciting rescue missions.

Bubble Guppies Fin-tastic Collection DVD

Bubble Guppies: Fin-tastic Collection

Dive into this two-disc Bubble Guppies collection featuring eight episodes and tons of special features!

Nickelodeon Favorites Springtime Adventure

Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventure

Spring has officially arrived with this special collection featuring Wallykazam!, Bubble Guppies and more!

Max & Ruby Sweet Siblings

Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings

Share the love this Easter with the sweetest siblings around– Max and Ruby!

Blues Clues Get Clued Into School Pack

Blues Clues: Get Clued Into School Pack
This three-disc collection makes learning the alphabet, colors and shapes more fun than ever before!

This is an $83.95 value!

Your child or grandchild can enjoy them all now, or you can save them and give them out throughout the year (birthday, Christmas, end-of-school gift…).

One winner will receive all of the tiles mentioned above. 

Thank you Nickelodeon and Paramount!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 25, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which DVD set your child/grandchild would be most excited to win?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this giveaway for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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