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Oz the Great and Powerful Activities & Magic Trick (FREE download)

Oz the Great and Powerful

Last week the film Oz the Great and Powerful was released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. There is even a 3D version available on the special combo pack for those of you with 3D televisions.

I reviewed the film about a week or so ago. If you would like to read my review you can find it here.

I also posted some Oz the Great and Powerful Activity Sheets.

If you have not seen the movie already here is a brief synopsis.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam  Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of  Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious  ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks  he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he  meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda  (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s  been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz  and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it  is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and  even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and  powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Here is a little bit of a teaser trailer for your enjoyment for the film.

 

If you would like to learn more about the film visit the official website, www.Disney.com/TheWizard. You can also check out the Oz the Great and Powerful on Facebook.

I have some additional crafts and even a major trick, inspired by the film that you can download and enjoy with your family. I especially love the balloon craft. I’ll have to try that one some day.

Simply click on the image below to download and/or print out the crafts and magic trick.

Download Crafts & Games
Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am simply sharing the download for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are my own.

 

 

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Made By Dad–Keeping the kids busy this summer!

 

 Made by Dad 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff Book

Now that Mother’s Day is almost here it’s time to start thinking about the next family holiday – Father’s Day.

I think that buying gifts for mom is A LOT easier than trying to find a gift for dad. I find it almost impossible to find something for Father’s Day. After all, there are only so many ties and tools a man truly needs.

This Father’s Day I have a unique gift idea that is not only fun for dad, but it can also create special bonding time between father and child.

There is a book is called MADE BY DAD: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff. I think this would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift.

Here is a little more information about the book.

Keeping the kids entertained is a full time job, but right now, it’s time for you to take a mini vacation—Dad has it covered with Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff (Workman, June 2013)! This book combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual, a sly sense of humor, and a bottomless pit of imagination to deliver a unique, whimsical, messy, and a slightly dangerous book of crafts for dads and the kids who love them.

From the clever imagination of WebbyAward–winning author Scott Bedford, Made By Dad shows dads how to turn simple household materials into hilarious, wacky, and unexpected projects. With just an X-acto knife, magic markers, a cardboard box, and a bottle of glue, Dad is well on his way to reinventing rainy days, parental rewards systems, bedroom decor, or on-the-go activities.

I received a free sample copy of the book to review. Since this book is geared more towards dad’s I let my husband look it over and give me his thoughts.

Made by Dad

Initially my husband said that chances are he couldn’t do any of the things in the book because he’s not very handy. He can take a computer apart and put it back together blindfolded (as an example of course) but he can’t hammer two piece of wood together (I’m over exaggerating of course). My husband feels like he’s the least handiest person around and assumed there was nothing in the book he would be able to do. To his surprise there are plenty of cool things he can make.

What I love about this book is that it offers readers photographs and detailed illustrations on how to compete projects step-by-step. Even a not-so-handy person can create fun projects that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Many of the projects can be done quickly, others might take a day to complete.

Once completed all the projects will yield many hours of imaginative play for both children and adults (after all, adults are just big kids at heart).

What makes this even more special is that almost all of the projects (the ones I read over at least) can be done together as a family. A child (or grandchild) could easily help their father or grandfather complete the projects. What a wonderful way to bond and create special memories with one another.

Check out this brief video about the book. You can also find the video here, http://bit.ly/10ff8pK.

 

My husband has not had the opportunity to make anything in the book yet. He’s been having a busy time and work and by the time he gets home he just wants to crash on the chair and rest. I’m sure he’ll start flipping through the pages in the near future to see what fun thing he can create on a Saturday afternoon. 🙂

If you are looking for a unique Father’s Day gift, even for a dad who thinks he’s not that handy, give him a copy of Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff. Look for it where ever books are sold.

67 Blueprint

Kimberly

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

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Halloween FUN with HP Creative Studio

I love to decorate for the holidays. I’m not talking about putting out a pumpkin and a plastic skeleton or two. When I say I love to decorate I mean spiders dangling from the ceiling, a life size Grim Reaper watching over people on our balcony, realistic looking rats on the counter… the works!

With our condo being on the market we felt like it wasn’t a good idea to go all out and crazy decorating like me normally do. We know that some people don’t celebrate Halloween, plus we wanted people to be more focused on the “bones” of our home (flooring, walls, updates…) then plastic skeleton bones in a cauldron on the kitchen counter.

Knowing that a holiday is upon us and not being able to go all out decorating drives me bonkers. I NEED some kind of decorations around my home. Thankfully there is the HP Creative Studio. I can print out FREE Halloween goodies from my home computer and printer and have some fun decorations for family and friends to enjoy.

For now I want to be able to add a few decorations to the kid’s room and a few things in the living room. That way everyone can enjoy them. I would like to put up some decorations on our front door for the Trick-or-Treaters too.

Whether you are looking for a few decorations or fun party supplies and printables, HP Creative Studio has what you need. All you need to do is print, assemble accordingly (if required), decorate, have fun and enjoy!

HP Creative Studio has…

Halloween photo frames

Halloween party invitations

Newsletters/Letter heads

Halloween greeting cards

Halloween masks

Photo book and scrap book pages

Additional Halloween decorations

Some items can be customized with special messages or photos once you follow the step-by-step prompts, such as the photo cubes and scrapbook pages.

I love the Halloween invitations and greeting cards. They have cute cards, funny cards and creepy cards available. You can print them out on regular printer paper so there is no extra supplies needed. If you wanted to make the cards a bit more sturdy you could print them on cardstock. Another idea would be to embellish them with glitter and rhinestones. For example, add some glitter around the moon or a Jack-0-Lantern’s features to give the appearance of it being shiny and sparkly.

HP Creative Studio has some interesting pumpkin templates that allow you to make some unique designs/faces on your pumpkins. Sadly we ddin’t pick up pumpkins this year. With all the work we’ve been doing around our home we just haven’t had a chance to pick some up. This is the first year in a long, long time that I won’t be able to make roasted pumpkin seeds.

Check out this cool skeleton wall decoration. It’s from the HP Creative Studio. All you need to do is print it out, cut out the pieces and assemble. You can use brads to make the parts move. I didn’t have time to run to the craft store for brads so I just taped the pieces together. I just made sure to put him in a fun pose before I did that.

We also have a fun Happy Halloween banner that I am going to hang across the opening between the living room and hallway. I’m just waiting for paint to dry (the handyman has been busy removing paneling and painting). I have the pieces printed and cut out. I just have to string them together and hang it up.

I printed out some hanging Halloween things too (Bat, Ghost and Spider), I just need some string to hang them from the ceiling.

The site is super easy to navigate. You simply select from the drop down menus what you are looking, and then scroll up and down (or side to side) looking for the project you want. All you need is a printer. Some items might require glue, tape or another extras. Most of which are usually found around your home.

If you are looking for Halloween related activities make sure you check out the printables. I love the coloring pages, Word Scramble and Matching Game.

Please note that the free printables, crafts and decorations found at HP Creative Studio are not just for Halloween. They have fun things available year round and for just about every occasion. They even have Disney, NBA and other

If you would like to check out HP Creates and print out some fun Halloween goodies, visit http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/themes_holidays_halloween.html.

You can also keep update on new features, freebies and more by following on the various social networking channels.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HP?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HPPrint; use #HPCreate

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/hpcreate

For more fun Halloween or seasonal goodies, gifts and decor make sure to visit Snapfish too. Snapfish offers photo books (a great way to preserve Halloween memories), seasonal cards, invitations and home decor items. Visit www.Snapfish.com for more information.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples along with a Snapfish code in order to do this review as well as for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Hershey’s (Giveaway)

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I used to love Valentine’s Day when my kids were younger. It was fun to help them fill out Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates and teacher. Now that my kids are teens I have to worry about them giving (or getting) Valentine’s Day cards from potential boyfriends/girlfriends. Sigh…

I also miss the class parties. I was a class parent for many years for both of my kids at one point or another. I loved planning holiday parties. It was fun to go shopping for holiday theme treats and decorations. I used to like to find Valentine’s crafts for the kids to do too.

If you are a class parent, or are planning a Valentine’s Day party for children, you should check out the cute crafts found at Hershey’s special holiday and seasonal website, Celebrate with Hershey’s (www.CelebratewithHersheys.com). They always have the cutest craft ideas.

I love the cute Valentine Favor craft. It’s a nice project for Spring too!

You can click on the image to go directly to the instructions on the Celebrate with Hershey’s website.

I also adore these cute little Valentine Love Bugs. I think it would be fun to supply children with an assortment of Hershey’s candies and various crafting supplies (feathers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes…) and let their imagination run wild. It would be fun to see what they come up with.

One of my all time favorite crafts are the roses that are made out of Hershey’s Kisses. I tried making these a few years ago. My chubby little fingers were not nimble enough to make the roses. However I have seen the roses made by others so I know that they do turn out beautifully. I just haven’t been able to “master” them yet.

You can find a lot more fun things on the Celebrate with Hershey’s website aside from crafts. You can also find mouth watering recipes to make some extra sweet treats for your special Valentine, or to serve to guests at a Valentines Day party.

I drool looking at the recipe for the Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes. 

 The Sweetheart Cupcakes look really good too! Making the chocolate hearts to embellish them is very easy to do. You just have to melt the Hershey’s chocolate, put it into an pastry bag, squeeze out the heart shape design and let cool.

You can find the complete recipe simply by clicking on the photo.

Of course not Valentine’s Day would be complete without Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. These are SO GOOD! I received some not too long ago as a “thank you” gift. My whole family gobbled them up. They are really easy to make. The hard part is finding large, perfect strawberries this time of the year.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day treats, don’t forget to check out all the fun Valentine’s Day goodies available from Hershey’s this season. You can find a list of Valentine’s Day products (and photos) here at this link, http://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/valentines/products.aspx.

One product I don’t see on the site are the cute Valentine’s Day hearts that come with a box of Hershey’s Miniatures attached to the back of it. There is room to write “To” and “From” on the packaging. This is the perfect Valentine for your child to give to someone special.

If you are looking for something special for your child to give to their teacher you should consider the Hershey’s Golden Apple. It’s a hollow chocolate apple that is wrapped in gold foil.

We have one but the packaging got a bit messed up. It’s a nice size piece of chocolate too (I could easily eat it in one shot).

I am a HUGE fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I cannot keep them in the house. If we have them – I’m going to eat them. I Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups! When the kids go Trick-or-Treating I quickly remove them from their bags. 🙂

Imagine how I felt when I received a Reece’s Peanut Butter tin filled with jumbo sized Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. I was in heaven! Except I can’t enjoy them right now because I’m trying to loose weight. So my family will get the chance to enjoy them. I might just save one  of them for a special treat. We’ll see.

I love the tin because it can be re-used to hold pens and pencils, crayons, stationary or other items.

Speaking of pens and pencils, have you seen the cute Twizzlers container that doubles as a pen and pencil holder? I saw one in the store the other day. What a fun idea! It comes with several individually wrapped Twizzlers. When you are done with them you have a cute pen and pencil holders.

Of course no Valentine’s Day party would be complete without some Hershey’s Kisses, all dressed up for the holiday with red, silver and pink foils.

You can find Hershey’s products at many retail locations across the country.

For more information about Hershey’s products please visit www.Hersheys.com. Don’t forget to check out all the holiday and seasonal products, crafts and recipes at www.CelebratewithHersheys.com.

I have a sweet Valentines Day giveaway. One winner will receive some Hershey’s Hugs and Hershey’s Kisses. Thank you Hershey’s!

To enter please comment on your favorite Hershey’s candy. You can CLICK HERE to see other Hershey’s products. 🙂

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes via e-mail or RSS. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” Hershey’s Pieces on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/Hersheys.

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– Post about this review/giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 5, 2012 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 with a name and mailing address (no PO Box), otherwise a new winner will be chosen.  

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. Hershey’s will be providing the prize.

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays from the Muppets – FREE Fun Printables, Crafts, Activities and more!

With Christmas right around the corner the Muppets wanted to take some time to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

In honor of the holiday and the Muppets I have some fun, FREE printables, crafts and activities to enjoy. Included in the holiday activities “pack” are cute coloring pages (I love the one with Beaker), activities (my favorite is the maze) and crafts including a really cool “ball” you can print out and create featuring the Muppet characters.

You will need to be able to open a PDF file. Most computers can do that. In the event your computer can’t you can download a FREE reader at Adobe.com.

To view the “pack” and to print out the pages simply click on the words below (Muppets Activity Pack). There are 14 pages for you to enjoy and share with your family.

Muppets_Activity_Pack

As an added treat I have a cute article that ran in NY Mag that I thought you might enjoy. It is also a PDF file. Simply click on the text (below – The Muppets NY Mag) to open the file. You are welcome to print it out too.

THE MUPPETS NY Mag 11-21

In case you haven’t seen the movie yet it’s still playing in theaters.

For more fun Muppet related goodies, reviews and more, scroll down my left side bar to the “Tags” section and click on “The Muppets” tag to bring up all the Muppet related posts I have on my blog.

If you have seen the movie I would love to know what you thought about it. 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment.

Kimberly

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

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Celebrate the Season with HP & Inkology (Giveaway)

Did you make your list? Did you check it twice? Oops! Yes, you did. And you forgot something. You forgot to pick up gift tags. How in the world will people know which gift is their’s without a tag? No worries. Simply head on over to HP’s Inkology to print out as many gift tags as you need. While you are there why not print out a few holiday recipes to share with family and friends.

The above is just a scenario that some readers might experience. Personally it never fails. I always forget something. Thank goodness for computers and printers.

Years ago I used to send out Christmas cards to everyone. Even if I haven’t spoken or seen someone for years I sent them a card. Writing out the addresses was bad enough, but having also write out the return address was time consuming too. This might explain why I have carpal tunnel. Anyway… thank goodness for return address labels.

I used to like printing out my own address labels. Years ago I had my own business. I used to print out address labels for both my business and personal use. It was nice to be able to print out what I needed, when I needed it. Who has time to wait for mail order address labels to arrive.

This season HP has created a fun widget to help you take care of last minute details. They also have some fun holiday coloring pages you can print out for your children or grandchildren to keep them occupied on long car trips or for when you are snowed it.

Here is the Inkology widget.

I am sorry that part of the widget is cut off (it won’t fit entirely on my site). You can still use it or scroll down to the bottom of the post to find the URL you can visit too.

The widget will give you the ability to  download, customize, and quickly print some fun holiday items – for FREE!

I adore the coloring pages especially the Mickey & Minnie one from Disney Junior and the Happy New Year coloring page from Nick Jr. If you are fans of Shrek be sure to check out all the fun Shrek coloring pages too.

If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive gift idea you can print out recipe cards featuring recipes found on Epicurus including Miso Soup with Sweet Potato Dumplings (YUMMY!), Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup and Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Sauce (I can’t wait to try this one!). Simply print out the card and either laminate them or adhere them to index cards. You could attach them to a key chain ring but punching a hole in the corner. Or better yet purchase an inexpensive recipe box and put the recipe cards inside that. Include them in a basket with some of the ingredients to make one of the recipes you printed out. This would make a wonderful gift, especially for newlyweds, someone who is just starting off on their own, or someone who simply enjoys trying new recipes. Best of all this gift idea is very inexpensive.

Also available to print out for free are address lables and return address labels. They would work with any label printer paper. Or you can print them, cut them out and adhere them to your packages.

As a blogger I am always on the look out for ways to promote my blog. Inkology allows me to print out great FREE marketing tools, including the cool QR Codes that can be made into stickers and placed on various marketing materials. Of course I don’t have a smart phone to see what happens when you scan the code, but hopefully they take people to my site or at least provides people with site information. Oh Santa! I need a Smartphone! 🙂

Check out some other awesome things you can make to promote you blog, business or website. You can print out large Facebook and Twitter pages and insert your Facebook and/or Twitter names. Then hang them from your window or car (safely of course!) or any place else you can think of. 

I also love that you can print out editorial calendars. One of my “goals” for 2012 is NOT to get off track anymore. I want to be more organized so I don’t have to stress out when it comes to getting posts and campaigns completed on time.

If you print these pages out and have them laminated you can use a dry erase marker on them and simply erase the marker with a paper towel or cloth and start all over again.

HP sent me a selection of fun products that I can print out for FREE on the HP Inkology page. I’m having so much fun with them and I plan on printing out more materials when I am finished with the ones I have.

To learn more about HP products and to check out all the other fun things you can create for home and business/blog use visit www.HP.com. Click on the “Explore and Create” tab (top left of the home page) to check out all the other things you can print out including calendars, greeting cards, stationary, photo frames, postcards, brochures, business forms and many other fun and useful products.

HP has generously offered a $50 gift certificate towards HP which you can use to purchase more ink for all the fun goodies you are going to want to print out. Thank you HP!

To enter please comment on something you would really love to print out, either for fun, personal or business use.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional.

– Subscribe to She Scribes via E-mail or RSS. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” HP on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/HP

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– Follow HP on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/HP

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes) and tweet about all the great things you can create at Inkology and/or this giveaway. Be sure to include @She_Scribes in the tweet so I may see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

– Blog about Inkology and/or this giveaway and include a link back to this post. Please provide the URL of the post.

– Share this giveaway with others (Facebook, Digg, Technorati…). Be sure to tell me what you did and provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on January 2, 2012 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 with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen.

Other amazing giveaways are found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I received free “Tackle the Holidays” kit from HP in order to do this review. There was no financial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. HP provided the gift certificate.

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