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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

Adults

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.

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Kimberly

*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

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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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts on DVD January 6, 2015

 

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Attention all SpongeBob SquarePants fans – a new DVD is being released today! It’s called SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts.

Just in time for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water in theaters nationwide this February 2015, fans can relive the magic that started it all with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts.  This DVD set is a collection of classic SpongeBob fun including the original pilot episode, the mini movie, “Truth Or Square,” and over 40 shorts filled with everyone’s favorite Bikini Bottom friends.  Packed with content at a great price, this DVD set is perfect for long-time fans as well as new SpongeBob viewers.  SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts is available on DVD January 6, 2015.

This DVD features the very episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (“Help Wanted”) where SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab. I have been watching the series for years and have never seen that episode. It was fun to see the episode that started it all.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts Includes:

“Help Wanted”
· Original SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode from 1999
· Total run time: 12 Minutes

“Truth Or Square”
· SpongeBob SquarePants mini movie
· Total run time: 53 Minutes

The SquareShorts
· Over 40 SpongeBob SquarePants shorts including “SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party,” “Sandy’s Camera,” and “Jellyfishing Safety Tips.”
· Total run time: 33 Minutes

The SquareShorts are funny. Each one lasts about 30 seconds or less. The SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party SquareShort cracks me up when Patrick tries to imitate SpongeBob’s dance moves.

The DVD runs for about 98 minutes.

This is a great addition to our SpongeBob SquarePants DVD collection. Even though we watch the series frequently we have not seen most of the content on this DVD.

Look for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water where ever DVDs are sold.

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Kimberly

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

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Count down to the New Year with King Julien

 

2015

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? My husband and I, along with our son, don’t have any plans except to flick between the various television shows. Our daughter has her choice of parties to attend. We’re still waiting for her to decide which one.

My kids have been staying up past midnight on New Year’s Eve for many years now (they are both in high school). I do remember when they were younger telling them they could stay up late but they ended up falling asleep around 8 or 9 PM.

A recent survey from Wakefield Research, on behalf of Netflix, found that more than a third of U.S. parents (34%) admitted to starting a New Year’s Eve party early to fool their kids into thinking it’s midnight*, citing their kid’s or their own bedtime as the reason.

We’ve never faked our kids into thinking it was midnight, but we have had our New Year’s Eve celebration early so that they can enjoy it too. It wasn’t so much because of our bedtime but rather theirs. We didn’t want our kids to feel forced to stay awake and then end up tired and cranky the next day.

Are you familiar with King Julien? He’s the star of DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien on Netflix. He also stars in the Madagascar movies. He loves to party.

King Julien

King Julien heard that 36% of parents surveyed would search for a countdown in a different time zone in order to celebrate earlier with their children and 22% would go as far as to stage a countdown of their own. I think celebrating the countdown from a different time zone is an ingenious idea. I wish I had thought about that when my kids were younger.

King Julien feels that kids have the right to party and celebrate the New Year. For this reason, King Julien will host his very own kid-sized countdown “special” on Netflix that families can use to ring in 2015 whenever they choose to celebrate.

The three minute, high-energy, music-filled fun that lets kids celebrate the New Year no matter the time of day. The countdown will be available in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, the Netherlands and France beginning on Dec. 29th at Netflix.com/KingJulien.

“I was totally bummed when I heard that some of my favorite little party people aren’t allowed to stay up until midnight for the biggest party of the year,” said King Julien, King of the Lemurs. “But then I realized I’m a king, I make the rules! So move over, Ryan Seacrest, I’ve got my very own on-demand countdown party on Netflix. That means the New Year’s Eve party is always on – just how it should be! What better way to ring in Julien-uary?” 

King Julien’s new series, All Hail King Julien, launched on Netflix on December 19, 2014. The first five episodes of this original series is available for Netflix members to watch instantly. To find out more about the show, visit Netflix.com/KingJulien or www.Facebook.com/AllHailKingJulien. You can also check out what others are saying about King Julien’s New Year’s Eve countdown on social media with the hashtag #KingJulienCountdown.

My family and I are planning to ring in the New Year with a little help from King Julien too with some fun King Julien party favors compliments of Netflix.

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Here is a brief video promo for King Julien’s New Year’s Celebration that you might enjoy.

Happy New Year and all the very best wishes for a happy and healthy one. :-)!

Kimberly

*I am a member of Netflix’s StreamTeam. I was not compensated for this post.

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Paddington Bear Collector’s Edition available at Mill Creek Entertainment

 

 

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Coming to a theater near you on January 16, 2015 is the film Paddington. The film is based on Paddington Bear, a character from a series of books written by Michael Bond. The first book in the series, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958.

I have been a fan of Paddington Bear since I was a little girl. When I went to London for the first time I purchased a plush Paddington Bear at the famous Harrods department store. I wish I still had it handy. Currently it’s packed away somewhere.

It’s great to see that this classic storybook character is coming to the big screen. It will introduce Paddington to a whole new generation. I have a feeling once the movie is released we’ll see more Paddington Bear products available, including cuddly plush.

If you are a fan of Paddington, or would like to introduce your family to the bear behind the movie, Mill Creek Entertainment has all of the series episodes and three specials available on one collector’s edition – Paddington Bear: Collectors Edition. The series, I believe, aired in the mid-7o’s.

Paddington Bears

Based off the acclaimed books by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear has captured the imaginations and hearts of young and old around the world for generations. Dressed in his characteristic blue duffle coat and oversized hat, the helpful and cuddlesome Paddington has a gift of putting his paws where he shouldn’t, creating hours of hilariously sticky situations!

A stow-away from darkest Peru, Paddington eventually finds himself alone in Paddington Station, a tag around his neck reading: “Please look after this bear. Thank you. ” When the Brown family take him home, they get a lot more than they bargained for.

This cuddly DVD collection features all 56 episodes and all three ½ hour specials of the original stop-motion production along with 13 episodes of the animated series The Adventures of Paddington Bear.

I received the collection from Mill Creek Entertainment to review.

I found the animation very unique. Paddington is an actual plush, who is filmed in stop animation. The other characters in the show are drawings that look like they were cut out on cardstock and animated with stop animation too. It’s hard to describe it accurately. You’ll have to see one of the episodes to understand what I am talking about.

I found the first episode on YouTube. Here it is (below) so you can see what I mean by the unique way the series was animated.

 

It’s a really cute show. Each episode is only a few minutes long (approximately 5 minutes each, give or take).

I haven’t made it through all the episodes, yet, but I am working on it. The total run time is almost 11 hours!

This collection includes 3 DVD discs.

It’s an adorable program that both children and adults can enjoy.

Paddington Bear TV Series Screen Shot

I think once children see the film in theaters they are going to be wanting more of this cuddly little bear. This DVD collection would be the perfect gift for the newest Paddington fan (or a life-long fan too!). Mill Creek Entertainment sells this collection for only $14.98.

Mill Creek Entertainment carries a lot of unique and hard to find DVDs and collections. My favorites are their multi-movie DVD collections/sets and their holiday collections like TV Guide Spotlight: TV’s Merriest Holidays Episodes.

To learn more about Mill Creek Entertainment visit www.MillCreekEnt.com. You can also check them out on the various social media sites (the links are found on the top of their home page).

Are you a fan of Paddington Bear? Do you plan on seeing the movie when it comes to theater? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener 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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Discovery Life Channel Announces January Debut Programming Slate

 

Discovery Life

I’m not one to post press releases, unless I think it’s something noteworthy that many readers might be interested in.

I’m not a fan of reality shows, but I do enjoy shows about real things (if that makes sense?). Another words I have no interest in keeping up with the Kardashians (seriously… I could care less what they are up to) – but I do enjoy learning about things such as medical mysteries and outrageous true life stories.

I thought readers might be interested in Discovery Life’s line up of shows debuting in January. Below is a press release about the shows.

Discovery is breathing life into its next chapter for Discovery Fit and Health with a full slate of programing on Discovery Life Channel beginning on Thursday, January 15. The night kicks off with the premiere of an original series about births that don’t exactly stick to the plan in OUTRAGEOUS BIRTHS: TALES FROM THE CRIB at 9/8c, followed by the endearing series 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MOTHER at 10/9c, chronicling the adventures of an Irish TV personality as he bonds with his mother, grabbing life by the horns on an extreme bucket list adventure.

As debut week continues, medical mayhem abounds in the city that never sleeps with a raw and intimate look inside NY ER on Friday, January 16 at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c. Peeling back the curtain on afflictions of both body and mind, BODY BIZARRE looks at rare medical anomalies and the incredible spirit of those living with them on Saturday, January 17 at 9/8c, while HOARDING: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS offers a glimpse into the U.K.’s most extreme pack rats on Sunday, January 18 at 10/9c. Bringing flair to the air, previously announced series THE MISTRESS follows former mistress Sarah J. Symonds on her quest to help reform other other women on Wednesday, January 21 at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c. Finally, in WORLD’S WORST MOM, Lenore Skenazy aims to diffuse parental paranoia by helping high-strung moms let go of their fears on Thursday, January 22 at 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c.

“From the shocking to the scandalous, the informative to the enlightening, heartbreaking to heartwarming, Discovery Life Channel’s programming has something relatable for the voyeur in all of us,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Discovery Life Channel. “Between our bold content, unflappable talent and authentic storytelling, we are excited to debut Discovery Life in January as a must-watch television destination filled with humor – and heart – in the Discovery portfolio.”

The complete January slate is as follows:

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OUTRAGEOUS BIRTHS: TALES FROM THE CRIB

Premieres Thursday, January 15 at 9/8c; Regular premieres move to Fridays at 9/8c beginning January 16
All the baby books and Lamaze classes can’t prepare a pregnant woman for when labor doesn’t go quite as planned. OUTRAGEOUS BIRTHS: TALES FROM THE CRIB features first-person accounts by real mothers and fathers sharing their unbelievable, unexpected birth stories. From a baby that was born  during a hurricane to a baby that was actually born twice, each hour-long episode reveals three bizarre, mysterious and sometimes humorous medical stories involving childbirth, labor and delivery.

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50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MOTHER

Premieres Thursday, January 15 at 10/9c
Experience the endearing and enduring relationship between a brave 70-year-old Irish mom and her daredevil son Baz Ashmawy as they grab life by the horns on a unique journey to experience extreme adventures together. They’re the kind of stunts that keep a parent up at night with worry, but in 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR MOTHER, mom is along for the ride. From skydiving to alligator wrestling, this six-part series follows Baz as he sets sail across the globe with a bucket list designed to test his mum’s mettle.

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NY ER

Premieres Friday, January 16th at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c
In the city that never sleeps, the ER never stops. NY ER is a raw and intimate look at life inside the crowded emergency rooms at New York Presbyterian Hospital, University Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital. With unparalleled access, cameras are there for all the drama and the trauma documenting the mayhem and miracles that occur in some of the busiest ERs in the country. NY ER’s doctors and nurses are prepared for everything – from the grandmothers, addicts and local celebrities that roll in, to treating gunshots, rare illnesses, and unusual ailments patients wish they never had to confess.

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BODY BIZARRE

Premieres Saturday, January 17 at 9/8c
BODY BIZARRE features stories of people living with the most mysterious and incredible medical anomalies, focusing on their total transformation of mind, body, and soul while undergoing treatment. Each one-hour episode uncovers cases from across the globe of real, and really astonishing, medical abnormalities that continue to stump the best doctors and experts. Cases include a young Nepalese man born with three legs to a bizarre spinal defect that left a Brazilian man’s head facing upside down, and a rare syndrome that causes a Swedish family to feel no pain. BODY BIZARRE provides unprecedented access into the lives of these individuals and explains the science behind each condition all the while celebrating the remarkable spirit of perseverance.

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HOARDING: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Premieres Sunday, January 18 at 10/9c
HOARDING: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS explores Britain’s growing number of extreme hoarders and their quest for a cure with the help of friends and family. There are an estimated 1.2 million hoarders in Britain, and the series uncovers that many of them lead seemingly ordinary lives on the outside, but behind their front door lies a shocking reality of rooms packed to the brim with clutter, unsanitary living conditions, and families pushed to the brink. In this 15-episode series, viewers are introduced to hoarders whose lives are being torn apart by their condition and will follow their attempt to part with treasured possessions with the help of a leading psychotherapist and a no nonsense cleaning crew.

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THE MISTRESS

Premieres Wednesday, January 21 at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c
Hollywood and the media most commonly portray mistresses as heartless home wreckers but, more often than not, these women don’t embody the sexed-up stereotype. Many are duped into these love triangles and struggle with deep feelings of loneliness and personal conflict. Now, one of the world’s most famous mistresses – Sarah J. Symonds, author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer – is on a mission to rescue others from the despair of their affairs and portray the hidden life of the often-vilified woman in THE MISTRESS. Each half-hour episode documents Symonds’ intervention with one mistress ready to finally escape the trap of an extramarital affair, drawing from her own personal experiences to prove that there’s rarely a silver lining when you’re the other woman.

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WORLD’S WORST MOM

Premieres Thursday, January 22 at 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c
WORLD’S WORST MOM aims to diffuse parental paranoia by helping high-strung, fearful moms let go of their tightly held reins so their kids can thrive. This 13-part series follows “worst mom” Lenore Skenazy – a mother of two, an author and a seasoned parenting expert – who suffered intense public criticism in 2008 after allowing her 9-year-old son to ride the NYC subway on his own. Following a media frenzy, Lenore went on an intrepid mission to rescue overprotective parents and their bubble-wrapped kids from a strained relationship. In each episode, Lenore performs interventions with “helicopter parents” who are holding back their kids, taking each family through a series of challenges designed to push boundaries, give their children more freedom, and abolish the fear of letting go.

What do you think about the new shows? Do any of them interest you? If so, which one/ones?

I think 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother looks like it could be a lot of fun. I’m also a fan of hoarding shows. It makes me feel better about the dust bunnies under my couch. LOL!

Kimberly

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

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