A new DVD from Max & Ruby – Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings


Max and Ruby

My son is embarrassed to admit it, but when he was little he was totally in love with Max & Ruby, the super adorable brother and sister bunny duo. He loved them so much that I purchased him the plush versions of the characters. They were one of his favorite toys.

A few years ago when we were “downsizing” our condo in preparation to sell our condo and move, we purged our home of a lot of “stuff” we no longer needed or wanted. When we came across the Max & Ruby plush bunnies my son told me to keep them. They now reside in a box along with my son’s favorite plush toy, his cat he named Bear.

It’s nice to see that Max & Ruby are still bring smiles to children’s faces today. In fact, they have a brand new DVD out TODAY that would make a great addition to a family’s DVD collection, especially if someone in the family is a Max & Ruby fan.

This DVD would also make a addition to an Easter basket.

Fans won’t want to miss the exciting fun-filled adventures of the dynamic brother-sister duo Max and Ruby in the brand-new DVD, Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings.  The DVD features 12 episodes of the hit Nickelodeon preschool series based on acclaimed author Rosemary Wells’ classic children’s books. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings will be available on DVD on Feb. 17, 2015.

The Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings DVD includes the following episodes:

Max Says Hello” – Ruby needs to prepare her tea party, but Max is too busy saying “hello” to all his toys to help out.

Ruby’s Spa Day” – Ruby and Louise try to have a relaxing spa day but Max insists upon playing his noisy new drum.

Ruby’s Tai Chi” – Max’s toys interfere with Ruby and her friends practicing their Tai Chi routine.

Engineer Max” – Ruby wants to get Max to Grandma’s house for a special surprise, but Max just wants to ride on the toy train at the store.

Max’s Toy Train” – Ruby wants to get ready for a sleepover at Grandma’s, but Max just wants to play with his new train.

Max’s Train Ride” – Ruby wants to have a very special dolly tea party with Grandma, but Max wants to go for a train ride.

Max and Ruby’s Train Trip” – Max can’t wait to ride on a train, but Ruby knows you have to get on the right train at the right time.

Go To Sleep Max” – Ruby wants to go to sleep in their sleeper car. But Max just wants to stay up.

Conductor Max” – Ruby wants to give Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate a card, but Max is intrigued with the conductor’s hat.

Space Bunny” – Ruby wants to make a scrapbook for Grandma while Max is acting out the adventures of “Space Bunny!”

Max’s Sprinkler” – Ruby wants to have a perfect Summer Fashion Party, but Max is intent on playing with the sprinkler.

Max’s Pogo Stick” – Ruby wants to surprise Grandma by planting daisies in her garden, while Max is trying to learn how to hop on a pogo stick.

The DVD runs for 96 minutes and has a suggested retail price of $14.99. Look for this DVD where most movies are sold.

Is your child or grandchild a fan of Max & Ruby?

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

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Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory on DVD February 17, 2015


Blaze DVD

My kids are teenagers so I am not always on top of popular children’s shows like I used to be. I do work with little kids so every now and then I learn about a new television show/series from them.

Sometimes my husband and I will flick around the television channels and stop on a show we have never heard of before just to check it out. Children’s shows are so much different then the ones my kids used to watch when they were little.

Nickelodeon has a new series that I know my son would have gone crazy for if he was still little. It’s called Blaze and the Monster Machines. Have you seen or heard of this series before? I bet this is a popular show with little boys – and some little girls too (I was very much a “Tom boy” when I was little).

Nickelodeon is releasing on DVD today (February 17, 2015) it’s first Blaze and the Monster Machines. Here is some additional information;

Nickelodeon’s new preschool series, Blaze and the Monster Machines, makes its DVD debut with Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory.  The first preschool show on TV to feature an in-depth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum, Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ.  The DVD features the hour-long series premier episode, “Blaze of Glory,” plus a special bonus episode.  Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory arrives on DVD on Feb. 17, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

About Blaze and The Monster Machines
In Blaze and the Monster Machines, monster truck Blaze and his driver AJ have adventures that explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work.   Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism..

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory DVD includes:
“Blaze of Glory” –  – Blaze and AJ are introduced to a world of racing monster machines in the town of Axle City.  When Crusher, a troublemaker truck, uses his dirty tricks to try to win the championship race, Blaze does everything he can to help his friends and beat him to the finish line.

“The Driving Force” (Bonus Episode)  – When Starla, the friendly cowgirl truck, loses one of her pistons Blaze and AJ set out to get it back. But they’ll have to hurry before Crusher gets his greedy tires on it.

The DVD has a run time of 68 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.99.

Look for this new DVD where ever DVDs are sold.

Is your child or grandchild a fan of the new series? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.

Blaze and the Monster Machines


*I received a free screener 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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Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures



After the winter we’ve been having we are looking forward to the warm, sunny spring days. I’ll even take some rainy days over the blistering wind and knee high snow drifts.

To help brighten up the gloomy winter days, Nickelodeon is releasing a new spring themed DVD featuring many popular characters including Dora, Blue’s Clues, Bubble Guppies and the new Wallykazam.

Here is some additional information about the title.

Spring into the warm weather with Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures, a new DVD collection with over 2 hours of fan-favorite episodes including Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Wonder Pets, Blue’s Clues and the DVD debut of Wallykazam!    Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures will be available on DVD on February 17, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99

Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures includes the following episodes:
·       Wallykazam: Picnic: Impossible
·       Bubble Guppies: The Spring Chicken is Coming
·       Team Umizoomi: Umi Egg Hunt
·       Dora the Explorer: King Unicornio
·       Blue’s Clues: Nature
·       Wonder Pets: Help The Easter Bunny!
·       Wonder Pets: Help The Groundhog!

The DVD is available TODAY where most movies are sold. It has a run time of 144 minutes.

This DVD would make a great addition to a child’s Easter basket. My husband and I would stuff books, DVDs and arts and crafts supplies in our kids Easter baskets and just a little bit of candy (their grandparents made sure they received A LOT of candy).

Even though this DVD has a spring theme it can still be enjoyed year round.

Have you seen any of these episodes? Does your child/grandchild have a favorite show or character featured on this fun theme DVD? 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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Encouraging your child to create their own desitiny



As a parent it is my responsibility to help to encourage my children to “reach for the stars” and to create their own destiny.

Things were a lot easier when my kids were little. Our daughter wanted to be a fashion designer ever since she was six years old. When she was around nine years old she came up with an idea for a fashion brand that would serve people of all sizes. She wanted to make the same clothing and styles available to everyone, no matter what your size. So a person who is a size 3X could wear the same nice outfit, blouse or pants as someone who is a size 2.

Our daughter is graduating in June and heading off to college in the fall. She has no clue what she wants to do with her life. She no longer wants to go into fashion design. I think she’s a bit put off by how competitive it can be. We always tell her if that is what she truly wants to do then she should go for it.

Right now she’s not sure what she wants to do. She’s tossing around ideas like becoming a teacher, physical therapist, lawyer or psychologist. She’s not sure what path in life she wants to head down… yet.

Our son really hasn’t figured out what his destiny is. He has a few more years of school left before he graduates. He has time but it’s still nice to have some idea of what you want to do with you life.

Currently he is thinking about a career in film. He’d love to attend the New York Film Academy in New York City, but its a very expensive school and I doubt we could afford it. We’re hoping there are more affordable option that have a film major.

I have a feeling is destiny will involve either film, photography or something to do with weather (he’s always been fascinated by weather, especially snow).

No matter what our kids decide to do with their lives we will always be there to support them and encourage them 100%.

Speaking of having the power to create your own destiny, there is a new special premiering on NetFlix about creating your own destiny. There are also two other original series premiering later on this month which also touch upon kids creating their own destiny.

Ever wonder what happened to the storybook characters we grew up with like the Mad Hatter, Snow White, and the Evil Queen? Turns out they are parents now too, and their children are studying at the enchanted high school of Ever After High, a boarding school for teens destined to follow in their famous parents’ fairytale footsteps. The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, premiering Friday, celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.

In two other Netflix original series premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids (2/13), and Richie Rich (2/20), the same entrepreneur we grew up with, is back but this time his refusal to eat his veggies has made him a trillionaire.

create your own destiny

1. Ever After High (2/6)
2. Mako Mermaids (2/13)
3. Richie Rich (2/20)

Netflix has plenty of other great films and series for little kids up to ups “big kids” (adults) which can help encourage people to create their own path in life and to “go for it.”

Here are some suggested titles for Little Kids, Big Kids and Teens/Adults you might be interested in.

Little Kids

Little Kids

1. Build and fix things: Handy Manny
2. Make a discovery: Sid the Science Kid
3. Walk on the moon: Justin Time: Blast off!: S1E13
4. Explore the ocean: Octonauts

Big Kids

Big Kids

1. Make sweet treats: Cupcake Wars
2. Get into show biz: Fame High
3. Represent Team USA: The Gabby Douglas Story
4. Master the kitchen: Chopped



1. Get the corner office: Undercover Boss
2. Travel the world: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
3. Walk the red carpet: Liz & Dick
4. Run my own restaurant: Wahlburgers

One way to help keep you focused on your goals and what you’d like to achieve in life is to create a Vision Board. I actually created one a few years ago for myself. There is not specific way to make one. You can make one as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Visions Boards can be made by young children and by adults. Even adults can use a little inspiration.

I even took a course on Vision Boards years ago.


Here is a great example of a Vision Board you and your child could make – DIY “Create Your Own Destiny” Vision Board.

For more information about Netflix and all their available programming please visit www.Netflix.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you encourage your child to seek out and fulfill their own destiny? Feel free to share your tips, suggestion nd advice. It could be helpful for others.



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

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It’s “streaming” cats and dogs!


Our Pets

Are you an animal lover? I sure am. I think our five cats, dog and Goldfish sort of hint to that fact. Plus I would LOVE to have my own working farm, or even an animal sanctuary if we had the money. Sadly, living in a condo is not the most ideal place for cows and chickens. LOL!

I know there are plenty of animals lovers. Most people I know have at least one pet. Even my boss has a cat and she’s allergic to cats. She deals with her allergies because she loves her funny little kitten.

I work with little children and one of the questions I always ask them is if they have any pets, and if so, what kind. I feel like it’s a great way to “break the ice.” Most kids I talk to are happy to talk about their pets. It’s a nice way to get a child comfortable talking with you.

Netflix has a new series that I think would be of great interest to many children and adults. It’s Puss, as in Puss in Boots from the Shrek movie franchise. Of course Puss in Books is a classic story  that dates back hundreds of years. I remember reading the story of Puss in Boots when I was a child, back in the Stone Age. Of course the current “Shrek version” is probably the most popular Puss in Boots characters. After all, how can you not fall in love with his sweet little face?

Puss in Boots sad eyes

The swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on January 16, 2015.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet (since it’s not available until tomorrow) but I plan on watching it. Puss cracks me up in all the Shrek movies and holiday specials.

If you are looking for other movies and shows the feature our furry – and not so furry – friends, here are a few additional suggestions from Netflix.

Little Kids

1. Pet Party
2. Clifford’s Puppy Days
3. Littlest Pet Shop
4. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (love this movie!)
5. Snow Buddies (all of the Buddies films are adorable)
6. Sabrina, The Animated Series

Big Kids

1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
2. Annie
3. Step Dogs
4. Jumanji
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (this is a sad movie)
6. Air Bud (all the Bud/Buddies movies are cute)
7. Monkey Trouble


1. Anchorman 2
2. Frasier
3. Family Guy
4. Friends
5. Red Dog
6. Wilfred

I have a few other suggestions that are not listed here of out pet themed movies. Pets are not ONLY dogs and cats.

Black Beauty (classic!)

Wiener Dog Nationals (funny, I reviewed it)

Poppy Cat (super cute children’s show)

Charlotte’s Web (classic!)

If you are planning on having a pet/animal themed family movie night, or you are looking for something fun to do inside to stay out of the freezing cold weather, check out this adorable craft idea.

Puss in Boots Bank

Guard your treasures from sticky paws or save up for your first pet with this DIY kitty bank. Click here to learn how to make your own.

I love that it’s supposed to be Puss in Boots. That is a cute idea. I also think that you can use this basic idea and make other creature “piggy banks” – maybe even an actual pig!

While you are enjoying a fun, family movie or series why not indulge in some yummy hot chocolate topped of with a marsh-meow.

cat marshmallows

Channel your inner milk connoisseur with this homemade hot chocolate recipe featuring cat-shaped marshmallows — the purr-fect winter treat! Click here to learn how to make your own.

You can use any shaped cookie cutter you might have too. You could even make a whole zoo!

Do you have pets? What kind of pets do you have? Feel free to tell me about them. I LOVE animals.



*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ancient Aliens, Season 6 Volume 2 now available on Blu-ray/DVD


Ancient Aliens: Season 6, Volume 2

About a month or so ago I posted my review for the television series, Ancient Aliens: The Complete Series Seasons 1-6. I LOVE this series and I am still making my way through this amazing collection.

Available today is the second half of season six, Ancient Aliens: Season 6, Volume 2. I am thrilled to add this DVD to my Ancient Aliens collection.

If you are not familiar with the series, Ancient Aliens is a series that presents hypotheses and theories about aliens, and how aliens have been a part of our world history since the dawn of time. The show explores evidence, historical texts, archaeological finds and legends to try and prove that aliens exist. The show also talks with various experts in different fields of study to hear their thoughts on the evidence presented to them.

Even if you do not believe in the possibility of aliens this show will leave you scratching your head and even doubting yourself. The show presents some pretty convincing evidence and theories that could prove that aliens do exist.

Personally I believe that there could be life on other planets. According to the best estimates of astronomers there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe. Each one of these galaxies contain planets. It would be silly to think that we are the ONLY planet in the universe that contains life. Seeing as how planets evolve differently and are composed of different materials, chances are other life doesn’t resemble human beings. It doesn’t mean that the life is not intelligent and able to rocket, space ships or similar things.

Other life forms could be millions, or even billions of years older than us and therefore more advanced. They may also have access to materials to aid in space travel, immortality or other amazing things.

My husband is “on the fence” when it comes to aliens, but every time he watches an episode of Ancient Aliens he finds the episodes to be very convincing that aliens do exist and have visited Earth many times since it’s creation.

With Ancient Aliens: Season 6, Volume 2 you get 12 episodes (3 discs with the DVD collection).

This is a journey into a yet uncharted world of astonishing ancestors and phenomenal technological advances. From which supernatural beings do healers and superheroes really gather their powers? Who, or what, were the voices that drove Nikola Tesla to his compulsive need to reinvent the future? Were the winged messengers revered within age-old texts really birds, angels . . . or aliens? In these 12 episodes, H2 reaches back in time to explore these alternative inquiries and offers explanations and theories to the questions of where we come from, who we are and what else is out there. This Ancient Aliens®: Season 6 – Volume 2 collection connects science with faith and investigates the creatures of early religious texts including the scorpion-tailed locust in Revelations; Ezekiel’s fiery, angel-driven chariots; and India’s half-human half-reptile gods called Nagas. The voyage travels down the paths of extraterrestrial seduction, Nazi time travel and the mysterious megalithic stone structures which continue to baffle archaeologists.

The episodes featured in this collection include;

  • The Shamans
  • Aliens and Insects
  • Alien Breeders
  • Alien Transports
  • Mysterious Structures
  • Mysterious Devices 
  • Faces of the Gods
  • The Reptilians
  • The Tesla Experiment 
  • The God Particle
  • Alien Encounters
  • Aliens and Superheroes

I have not finished all three discs yet (I’ve finished the first disc and half of disc two).

My favorite episodes in this collection (thus far) are Aliens and Insects (did you know humans and ants are a lot alike?), Mysterious Structures (I find the monolith structures simply amazing) and The Reptilians (“Lizardman”- yikes!).

I’m looking forward to finishing up the other 6 episodes from this collection.

If you are a fan of the Ancient Aliens television series, or simply enjoy programs that challenge your thoughts and ideas, then consider picking up Ancient Aliens: Season 6, Volume 2 on Blu-ray or DVD where ever movies are sold.

The sets retail for around $19.99.

Ancient Aliens, the series, is seen on the H2 (History 2) Channel. Check your local T.V. guide for channel and air time.

Are you a fan of the series? If so, do you have a favorite episode?

Mysterious Structures


*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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