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iZombie Seasons 1 & 2 available on Blu-ray/DVD TODAY!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

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Available today (July 12, 2016) on Blu-ray/DVD is the second season of the popular television series iZombie. For those of you who don’t already own season one, that is also available.

iZombie stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore. She was on track to become a doctor, that is until she was turned into a zombie.

Liv is not your typical walking dead. She doesn’t look like a zombie. She doesn’t act like a zombie. And she doesn’t go around attacking the living. She does however feed on human brains to keep her nourished and “alive.” That is why she took on the job of a medical examiner. Working in the morgue gives her plenty of brains to feed on.

You can read my review of the first season of iZombie here – iZombie: The Complete First Season.

The second season was just released today on Blu-ray/DVD.

Power up with your favorite brain food, and prepare for more fun and thrills! iZombie stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. But Liv finds her calling — and an endless supply of food — working at the Seattle coroner’s office, helping to solve crimes with her “visions,” while her boss and sole confidante, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, works on a cure for her unthinkable condition. As season two begins, Liv’s ex-fiancé and love, Major, is reeling from recent events and the knowledge that Liv is a zombie. Meanwhile, Blaine — now human — struggles to maintain his zombie world; Clive searches for Blaine and suspects Major’s involvement in the Meat Cute massacre; and Ravi remains devoted to finding an antidote to the zombie virus. Unlikely alliances will be struck, relationships will be challenged and the line between good and evil will blur for both zombies and the fully living.

Some people might think the premise of this show is gross, but honestly, it’s not really that grotesque. Yeah, eating brains sounds pretty gross (although in some cultures eating animal brains is a normal way of life).

I give the shows creators kudos for coming up with creative ways for Liv to enjoy her only source of nutrition – brains. She doesn’t just start gnawing on someone’s skull. Instead she removes the brains and turns them into more enjoy able recipes like burritos and omelets. She also uses a lot of hot sauce to make them more palatable. I guess human brains are not very tasty on their own.

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When Liv consumes someone’s brains, she takes on a bit of their personality. In addition it gives her visions into the person’s life. Those visions, along with a Police detective, help to solve crimes. Another words, she can “see” who murdered the victim. iZombie is part crime/detective/”who done it” show and part comedy with a bit of grossness tossed in.

I find that iZombie is a very creative show. The writing is outstanding and each episode leaves me wanting more – like how Liv wants more brains (LOL). Even people who are a bit squeamish when it comes to things like zombies can appreciate this show. It’s NOT a horror series (not in my opinion). It just happens to be that the main character is a zombie, but she doesn’t look or act like one (with the exception of eating brains).

I’m glad that I have the second season. I missed a lot of episodes this last season (season two) so it was great to catch up on those that I missed.

There are 19 episodes in total and each episode is an hour long.

This is a great show for “binge watching” too.

Look for iZombie – both season one and season two – where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold. Don’t forget to check out the bonus features which includes deleted scenes and a featurette from the the 2015 Comic Con event.

Be sure to check your local television guide for the air time and channel to catch the upcoming season of iZombie. It airs on the CW network. As of this moment in time I cannot find any information about the third season except that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Are you a fan of iZombie? Do you have a favorite character or episode? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*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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Fun entertainment for your summer travels and “staycation”

 

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What are your plans this summer? Are you going away on vacation? Are you planning a road trip? Or are you like me and my family and will be spending another summer at home?

When you are traveling – especially long travels with children – you need to find some way to entertain them. Even if you are staying at a hotel or camping, you need to find something to entertain the kids when you are not off doing fun things.

It’s even more important to find ways to entertain your children if you are having a “staycation” this year and not venturing far from your home.

Admittedly, the summer months are the one time of the year where my husband and I like to “binge watch” our favorite series. After all, there is nothing on regular television except stale, old repeats. We rarely watch regular television during the summer. Instead we use Netflix to catch up on our favorite series and to enjoy movies we might have missed in the theater.

Some great “binge watch” series on Netflix for us grown-ups include Orange is the New Black (season four is now available), Fuller House (we’ve already watched every episode and are looking forward to season two) and The Ranch (a new series with a great cast that includes Asthon Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliot). Fuller House is a family friendly series, the other two are not.

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If you are seeking adventure and travels to far away lands (who doesn’t dream of those kinds of vacations?), you should check out shows like Expedition Unknown (I adore Josh Gates!), Extreme Vacation Homes (prepare to get very jealous) and Monumental Mysteries, which explores popular places to visit and examines some little known facts about the locations and even creepy stories. This show is one of my new favorites.

You can even enjoy plenty of great movies from every genre including foreign films and documentaries. My person favorites are horror movies and comedies.

My husband told me that I need to mention the film Frank, which is available on Netflix. He loved it so much he bought the movie, the book about the movie and the movie soundtrack. Personally I think it’s a strange – VERY strange – movie, but my husband loved it. If you are interested in something wacky and will leave you scratching our head, check out the film Frank.

Your kids will find plenty of fun shows and entertaining movies to watch on Netflix too. You can even sneak in some educational programming too. Netflix has a nice assortment of programming for young children and older children that is both fun and educational.

For very little learners you have Super Why, Sid the Science Kid, Phonics Farm and Leap Frog. For children who are a little older there is Brain Games, Planet Earth, Bill Nye and Mysteries of the Unseen World.

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Of course there are plenty of popular series and movies available for children too. They could watch them on your phone or iPad when you are traveling or at your vacation destination too.

During the summer months, many families enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. Personally I am not a fan of sun, heat or humidity (I prefer indoor things during the summer). If nature is on your mind, Netflix has a plethora of amazing nature themed documentaries worth checking out (most I have seen and highly recommend). Some examples include Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, Wings of Life, Crimson Wings, Oceans, Forests and Deserts. All of these documentaries can be enjoyed as a family. There are occasional scenes here and there where one animal captures and eats another (it’s not too graphic, but it might be unsettling for the littlest viewers). These documentaries are not only incredibly fascinating and educational, they also give you a better appreciation for the world we live in and makes you want to pack your bags and go exploring natures wonders.

If you are looking for some great entertaining for on-the-go to your vacation destination, or if you are enjoying the summer months from the comfort of your own backyard, tune into Netflix for some great entertainment that will last all summer long and beyond.

What is YOUR favorite things to watch during the summer months? What do you recommend?

For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and other promotional products 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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Disney’s Adventures in Babysitting now available on DVD

 

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Have you ever seen the film Adventures in Babysitting, staring Elizabeth Shue? The film was released back in 1987 and also stared Vincent D’Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller and Keith Coogan. 

Disney has given the film a “re-boot” of sorts in their new made for television movie, also title Adventures in Babysitting. The new film stars Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson from Disney’s Austin & Ally and their popular Descendants movie (“Evie”).

This film is NOT a sequel, nor is it really a re-boot (some might consider it that, but I don’t). This film stands on it’s own and shouldn’t necessarily be compared to the original film.

In Disney’s Adventures in Babysitting, rival – and totally opposite – babysitters, Jenny (Carpenter) and Lola (Carson).

The girl’s phones accidentally get switched. Lola receives a phone call on Jenny’s phone to babysit the Anderson children. Meanwhile, Jenny is already planning on babysitting the Cooper children that night.

The Anderson and Cooper parents are friends and attending the same event that evening.

Jenny realizes that Lola has her phone and travels to the Anderson home to retrieve it. When she does she discovers that one of the kid in her care, Trey, has run off. He is heading to a concert that he was grounded from seeing.

Jenny and Lola pack the kids into the Anderson’s car to try and track down Trey and get him back home before the parents realize what have happened. From this point on the craziness happens. Finding Trey is not as easy as you’d think.

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Being chased by criminals, captured by the Police, trying to steal back money that belongs to one of the kids, fights, hair dye, tattoos, busted washing machines and a dog covered in sauce are just a few of the things Jenny and Lola have to deal with – all while caring for the Anderson and Cooper kids and without the parents ever finding out.

What will happen on the babysitter’s crazy adventures? Will they safely make it home in time? Will the parents find out? To learn the answers, pick up a copy of Adventures in Babysitting. Look for it where DVDs are sold. You might also be able to catch it on the Disney Channel. Check your local television guide for time and channel.

The DVD also includes bloopers from the set of the film. It looks like the kids (and adults) had a lot of laughs on the set of this film.

This is a fun film. Its a film that parents and children can both enjoy together. Even my teenage daughter enjoyed the film (my teenage son didn’t have any interest). My husband and I enjoyed it too – although we couldn’t help but compare it to the original, which was wrong to do since this is an entirely different film.

I think they did a great job casting the characters. It was nice to see Sabrina Carpenter in another role (we watch Girl Meets World often).

I would be curious to see if they make a sequel to this or even a series. I think they could pull it off.

Did you see the movie on the Disney Channel? If so, what did you think about it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

In honor of the film I have some activities you can download and enjoy with your family. Simply click on the graphic below.

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Kimberly

*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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Check out Growing Up McGhee, on UPtv, Wednesdays 9pm

 

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I am a parent to two teenagers. They are two and a half years apart in age. When they were little, they were a handful. Especially our daughter. I was a stay at home mom and I learned to juggle chasing my kids around, cooking, cleaning and all that goes with being a family. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

We wanted to have another child, but that didn’t pan out. We live in a tiny condo and there isn’t any room for the four of us, let alone a fifth. Now, unfortunately, I am too old to have children and we still live in the same tiny condo.

I could not imagine having twins or triplets. That seems like a lot of work – and chaos (but in a good way). Imagine if you had SIX children, all born at the same time and all going through their milestones at the same time (talking, walking, running…)? That is the reality for Rozonno and Mia McGhee.

Back in 2010, the McGhees welcomed SIX babies (sextuplets) – Elijah, Issac, Josiah, Madison, Olivia and Rozonno Jr.

WOW! Simply wow!

A photographer took the family’s photo when the babies were first born. They took and updated photo of the children (now age six) that recently went viral. You can see both photo here – McGhee sextuplets re-create viral photograph 6 years later.

The family even had their own reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network calleed “Six Little McGhees.” The show ended in 2014.

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Now the McGhee family is back! The McGhee sextuplets are now six years old. The new series is called “Growing Up McGhee.”

In the new series “Growing Up McGhee,” Ro and Mia McGhee and their adorable sextuplets, now five years old, return to television as they try their best to balance a hectic life and all that comes with it, including their six different kindergarten classes and all of the demands of their bustling family carpet cleaning business. Life was busy enough taking care of six little babies, but now that their brood can walk, talk and share lots of laughs and mischief, Ro and Mia face brand new challenges and unexpected surprises that are throwing them for a loop. Diaper changes and feeding schedules have been replaced by sassy opinions, homework times six and chore charts. Not only do the kids continue to grow and learn, but the parents do too! With these six, they never know what is going to happen and never before have they felt more outnumbered.

“Growing Up McGhee” airs Wednesdays 9pm EST on UPtv.

About UPtv;

At UP, we get family and the relationships that define them. From your crazy uncle to your neighbor that you love like a sister, we get the unique stories; the strengths and the silliness, the tears and triumphs, the laughter and the hard-won lessons of family. We celebrate what makes each story unique and the shared experiences that bring us all together.

Check out the trailer for the series, “Growing Up McGhee.”

 

I remember when my kids were that age. I also work with children, so I know what it’s like to have a room full of 5 and 6 year olds – it can be crazy! I can’t imagine how the McGhee family does it.

By the way, the McGhee children are ADORABLE! They look like a fun family.

If you would like to learn more about “Growing Up McGhee” visit the official website, UPtv.com/shows/Growing-Up-McGhee. The official website for UPtv is UPtv.com.

You can also follow both UPtv and “Growing Up McGhee” on social media – Twitter (@UPtv), Instagram (UP_TV) and Facebook (UPtv and GrowingUpMcGhee).

Don’t forget to tune in Wednesdays at 9:00 PM (EST) on UPtv for “Growing Up McGhee.”

What do you think about the show? Will YOU be tuning in?

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Kimberly

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

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Just in time for Shark Week…

 

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Are you a fan of Shark Week? If you are, have you been checking out all the amazing content thus far? My family and I can’t get enough of it.

Did you know Discovery’s Shark Week event has been going on for 28 years? WOW! I did not know that.

If you would like to keep up to date on the scheduled programming, check out Shark Week programming guide on the Discovery website.

I have always been fascinated by sharks for as long as I can remember. I’m not someone who just hopped on the Shark Week “bandwagon.” I have been fascinated by them since I was a child.

I have to admit that the original Jaws film gave me pause for concern and made me a bit weary to go into the ocean. However I quickly realized it was more so “movie magic” than anything else. That doesn’t mean that sharks do not exist and can’t attack you. There have been a lot of shark attacks in the news recently.

I read somewhere that your odds of getting killer by a shark are greater than being hit by lightening, being killed by fireworks or drowning. Meaning the odds of being killed by a shark are slim.

Do you want to hear something crazy? One of my “Bucket List” items is to go case diving off the coast of Australia to see Great White Sharks up close.

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If you are someone who can’t get enough of Shark Week and wishes you can see “Jawsome” shark programming year round, then I have a DVD set you might be interested in. The DVD collection is appropriately called Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters. I love the term “Jawsome.”

Shark Week: Jawsome Encouters features 13 incredible episodes from the 2014 Shark Week event (never before released on DVD).

The DVD collection has a run time of 10 hours and 16 minutes. This is a great way to enjoy Shark Week year round.

I was sent the DVD collection to review. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch all of the episodes yet (after all, it’s over 1o hours!), but I have watched about half of the episodes thus far.

The episodes include;

  • Air Jaws: Fin of Fury
  • Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine
  • Jaws Strikes Back
  • Monster Hammerhead
  • Alien Shark: Return to the Abyss
  • Lair of the Mega Shark
  • Spawn of Jaws: The Birth
  • Zombie Sharks
  • I Escaped Jaws II
  • Sharkageddon
  • Megalodon: The New Evidence
  • Great White Matrix
  • Sharksanity

This set comes with three DVDs and has a suggested retail price of $19.98.

We haven’t watched the episodes in sequence. I have bounced around to the ones that sound most interesting to us. Take for example Megalodon: The New Evidence, which explores the possibility that a enormous, prehistoric shark can still be lurking in our oceans. Now THAT makes me not want to go into the water. Zombie Sharks is also interesting (and no, they do not hunt brains – LOL).

This DVD collection is a must for any Shark and/or Shark Week fan in your life. Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

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Kimberly

*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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Ballers: The Complete First Season, now available on Blu-ray/DVD

 

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Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is the popular HBO series, Ballers. 

I have seen the show when I am scrolling through the channels, but I never stopped to watch it, nor has my husband. It wasn’t until recently I learned that the show is about football players. We are a football loving family. Had I known that we would have stopped to watch the show a long time ago.

Here is more information about the series;

Ballers, “the next great HBO series” (Crave Online) which has become the network’s biggest comedy in a decade, is set to make its Home Entertainment debut on June 14, 2016.  Starring Dwayne Johnson, the “funny, fast moving” comedy (Entertainment Weekly) follows a group of past and present football players trying to figure out where the game ends and life begins, all while keeping their cool and having each other’s backs. Ballers: The Complete First Season will be available to own on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($19.95) and DVD ($14.95) and includes behind-the-scenes looks into all ten episodes.

Spencer Strasmore (Johnson) is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky (John David Washington, former pro-football player), a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles (Omar Miller), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget “where he came from” brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they’re pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field.

Other series regulars include Troy Garity, Rob Corddry, London Brown and Jazmyn Simon. Ballers was created by Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage); executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs; and co-executive produced by Hiram Garcia.

I received the first season to review with my husband. This is NOT a “family friendly” series, so we made sure to watch it when our kids were off doing other things.

This is very much a “guy’s show.” It has everything guys are into – football, expensive cars, sexy women, brawling and guys being tough. For us ladies there is the “eye candy” aspect – Dwayne Johnson (that man has a great body!).

I watched a few episodes. My husband is almost done with the whole first season. He takes the set to work with him and watches and episode on his lunch break (each episode is about a half hour long).

I would consider this show mostly a drama, but there is plenty of comedy in each episode, most especially between Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry. In fact, I initially thought the series was going to be an actual comedy because Dwayne Johnson does comedy so well and Rob Corddry is known for his comedy.

You don’t have to be a fan of football to appreciate this series. It’s really thought out and the stories flow together perfectly. It doesn’t jump around to the point where you have no clue what is going on.

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I like how the show gives you a bit of insight into what goes on “behind the scenes” with professional sports players. It’s not just all about the game. There is a lot that that goes on when it comes to fame and fortune. I don’t know how much of this is true, or strictly written for the show, but the lives of sports players can be totally different than what you believe them to be.

The soundtrack is really good too. The music is very fitting for each scene.

My husband LOVES this series and wishes he knew about it sooner. He even talks about whatever episode he watched on his lunch break at the dinner table (without giving away too many spoilers for me).

Personally, I really enjoy the show and I am looking forward to the second season. This time around when I see Ballers appear on the television guide, instead of clicking past it I am going to stop and watch.

If you would like to learn more about the show visit HBO.com/Ballers.

Look for Ballers: The Complete First Season where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

Below is the trailer for the first season AND second season for your enjoyment.

 

 

Kimberly

*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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