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Celebrate Halloween with the Addams Family (giveaway ends on 10/20/19)

 

I have been a long time fan of the Addams Family. It pains me to say it (because it gives away my age, sort of), but I used to watch the Addams Family (the original series) on television when I was a young girl.

Did you know that the Addams Family started out as a cartoon? By cartoon I mean an actual cartoon like you would see in a newspaper (not the animated kind). The Addams Family was created by Charles Addams back in 1938. The television series ran from 1964-1966. It later returned (briefly) in the 1973 as a cartoon (animated). I grew up enjoying the original series in syndication (I wasn’t born until 1968).

I think the Addams Family (and the Munsters) inspired my love of horror movies and scary things. After all, both families had to do with monsters and creepy things.

The Addams family stars Gomez and his wife Morticia. They have two children, Wednesday (I’ve always loved that name) and Pugsley. There is also Uncle Fester and Grandmama. Their butler’s name is Lyrch and they have a cousin It and a disembodied hand named Thing.

A new animated film, The Addams Family, is now playing in theaters. It’s an animated film and it looks really funny. I have not seen it yet, but I am hoping to see it this weekend with my husband (dinner and a movie for our anniversary).

The Addams Family are no strangers to being seen on the big screen in theaters. The Addams Family has been in two major motion pictures, both of which are available on Blu-ray and DVD. Both films are also available together on Blu-ray and DVD. I was sent one of the two-movie Blu-rays to review.

I have seen bits and pieces of The Addams Family, but not Addams Family Values.

Here are brief synopsis of both films.

The Addams Family (1991)

When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.  But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?

Addams Family Values (1993)

It’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. Addams Family Values is debuting on Blu-ray for the first time.

The casting for these films is brilliant. Each actor WAS their character, both in looks and the way you’d expect the characters to behave. I honestly couldn’t come up with better actors to fill these roles. Raul Julia is the perfect, quirky Gomez Addams, right down to his cheesy moustache. Angelica Houston has a spookiness about her (the way they light her in the films adds to that). Christina Ricci has the perfect, emotionless, almost evil look about her. And Jimmy Workman’s adorable little face is the ideal Pugsley.

I’m glad I got to see the original film all the way through. I am also happy to finally see Addams Family Values.

What I love about these films are that they are “family friendly.” They are not scary at all, not even for young family members. They are both rated PG-13.

Both films are very funny. There are things in each film that children will laugh more than adults, and things adults will laugh at more than children. Of course there are things all ages will laugh about too.

With this being Halloween season, it’s a great time to catch up with the live action Addams Family before you head out to the movie theater to watch their animated counterparts.

Look for the special 2-movie collection, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, where ever movies are sold.

Be sure to check out the new Addams Family movie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #MeettheAddams.

In honor of the new film’s release, I have a fun Addams Family “kit” to giveaway to a lucky winner, compliments of Paramount. The kit contains the following items.

  • The two-movie Blu-ray collection
  • Bald Cap
  • Black and white face paint
  • Red lipstick and nail polish
  • Finger trap
  • Child/Baby paste-on mustache

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM. The winner will be contact via email and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post who is your favorite Addams Family character and why?

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*I received the 2-movie collection to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Enter to win a Toy Story 4 Blu-ray Combo Pack (giveaway ends on 10/12/19)

 

Are you a fan of the Toy Story movie franchise? Me and my family are. In fact, the very first movie my husband and I saw when we started dating was the first Toy Story film. I think that is part of the reason why we love the franchise so much, the other part being that the characters are endearing and the movies are a lot of fun.

We’ve seen the first film and the third film in the movie theater. The second film we didn’t get a chance to see until it came on television. So far the first film is my all time favorite, followed closely by the third film. The second film is my least favorite of the three.

Sadly, we never had the opportunity to see Toy Story 4 when it came out in the theater. We had every intention of going, but it never worked out. Thankfully, Toy Story 4 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and I believe 4K, on October 8, 2019 (that’s next Tuesday!). The film is already available on digital.

Here is your theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

I can’t wait to see it! I’m especially looking forward to “meeting” Forky. I’ve already seen kids at school make Forky out of plastic forks and Play Doh. Too cute! He’s pictured in the top photo, as well as in the trailer. 

Check out Toy Story on Facebook and Twitter. They are also on Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, I have a Blu-ray combo pack to give away to a lucky reader. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, so you can watch it where ever and when ever you want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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National Geographic Kids Books new book series – So Cool! So Cute! (giveaway ends 10/12/19)

 

I’ve always been an avid reader. Sadly, I have been too busy over the years to read as much as I’d like to. I have a nice collection of books I’ve been meaning to get to. Someday…

As a child, I would read all kinds of books. I especially loved books that were educational. Yes… it’s true. I would read educational books. I would grab an encyclopedia (remember those?) and literally read through it from beginning to end. How nerdy was that? It’s true. I think that is why I am so good at answering questions on Jeopardy. I love it when “I” know the answer and the smart people on the show don’t.

I loved reading books about animals, ancient Egypt (I loved to learn about mummies), and other far away places.

If your child/grandchild love animals, and they love to read up about the various species, you should check out a new book series from National Geographic Kids Books called So Cool! So Cute!

So Cool! So Cute! books are filled with fun facts about the specific species. Each page features beautiful, colorful, photography of the species to help bring it all alive.

The first two books in the series are So Cool! Sharks and So Cute! Pandas. I was sent both books to review, along with adorable plush animals.

These books are geared towards kids 3-7 year olds (preschool to second grade). I’m an adult and I think these books are great. I even learned a thing or two that I didn’t know about sharks and pandas.

So Cool! Sharks

Sharks are among the world’s top predators, but that’s just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn’t want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during downtime, bedtime, or anytime.

I have always found sharks to be fascinating creatures. One of the things on my “Bucket List” is to cage dive off the Australian coast and see a Great White shark up close. I know, I know… sounds crazy. But I am really interested in doing something like that. I know it will never happen (we don’t have that kind of money), but it’s fun to dream about it at least.

I know a lot of people are into sharks. That is why “Shark Week” has become so popular over the years. Admittedly I watch some of the programs that come on that week. That’s because I find sharks so cool, just like the books.

This book is a great starter book for young children to learn about these fascinating creatures. You can read it to them, or they could read it themselves. These are easy readers.

The other book in the series has to do with Pandas. Who doesn’t love Pandas? They are SO CUTE! I especially love how they act. They are very silly. I love how they roll around.

I first fell in love with pandas when I saw the famous Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., when I was a young girl. It was back in the late 70’s or early 80’s if I recall correctly. Sadly, those Pandas died many years ago.

I also received the So Cute! Pandas book as well as an adorable plush panda.

So Cute! Pandas

Get ready for cute overload, panda style. And the funny thing is, this panda isn’t just cute. It’s got attitude! You’ll flip over the adorable photos and be equally charmed by what this sassy little panda is thinking on every page. Introducing the brand-new series from National Geographic Kids that combines two wonderful things: super cute photos of all your favorite fluffy animals and silly text that will have the whole family laughing. Add to that some great nonfiction content that gets kids learning, and, what can we say? This series is just so cute!

Admittedly, I didn’t know as much about pandas as I did sharks. That is because there is no such thing as “Panda Week” on television. There should be. Pandas are fascinating creatures too.

Both of these books would make a great addition to any family library.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other National Geographic Kids Books, visit the National Geographic store (linked here).

I have both books and the plush animals to give to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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NEW! Limited Edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins (Giveaway ends 2/14/19)

 

Churros

Like many people, I always start the new year with healthier goals for myself. I have learned never to label them as “resolutions,” because I feel like that sets me up to fail right away. I prefer to use the term “goals.”

When it comes to my health, I refrain from using the world “diet.” I hate that word. Whenever I would tell someone I was on a “diet” they would scrutinize every tiny morsel I would put in my mouth. I can’t live that way.

When I say I am making healthier choices for myself I mean that I am trying to control portion sizes, make better food choices (baked fries instead of fried fries, zucchini “zoodles” instead of pasta…), and cut down on snacking. I never said I was going to give up snacking all together. I just mean that I would find better options to snack on.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in a sweet treat often. I do. If not, I would “snap” and eat everything I can find in my kitchen. I find that if I allow myself a treat everyday, I am more likely to stick to healthier eating throughout the day. This is why I love Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. I love that they come in individual packages that are portioned controlled. That way I can enjoy something sweet and yummy without risking over indulging. I’m sure people can relate to that. How many times have you opened up a bag of chips and told yourself you’ll only take a handful or two and end up eating half the bag (if not more), or telling yourself you’ll take only two cookies, but end up taking six? This is why I appreciate snack size packages that are portioned controlled.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® has a new, limited edition, flavor that is currently available – Churro Muffins!

I LOVE churros! I can never shop at COSTCO without stopping by their food section (where you buy ready to eat hot dogs, pizza and so forth) without getting a churro. I love cinnamon and sugar, and churros are oh-so-soft and chewy. Mmm… just thinking about them makes me want one right now.

Now, for a limited time, the same churro flavor you love can be found in new Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins. They are the newest flavor to be added to the Seasonal Favorites® line. Another favorite of mine from their seasonal flavors is pumpkin.

Churro Muffins are made with real cinnamon and sugar, with the sweet crunch you’d expect from a churro.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products are made using real ingredients. They have zero (0) trans fat per serving. They also don’t contain any high fructose corn syrup.

I was thrilled to find these at a local grocery store.

Each package (on serving size) of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins contains 180 calories.  Just one milk chocolate bar has more calories, and a tremendous amount of fat grams, compared to a package of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to find special and limit edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products in my local area (except the pumpkin muffins, when they are in season). I was pleasantly surprised to find the churro muffins. I’m glad I did. They are SO GOOD! They are sweetened perfectly with the cinnamon and sugar. They are not too sweet.

Each little muffin is the perfect mouthful, although I tend to bite them in half to savor the experience a bit longer. I could easily “inhale” these because they are so delicious.

I WISH Entenmann’s would consider offering these year round. I would buy these all the time.

Each individual package contains four yummy churro muffins.  I love how easy these packages are to take with you “on-the-go.” My husband tosses one in his lunch bag in the morning. I toss one in my tote that I take to work with me. I don’t eat lunch at work (I eat lunch at home), but I like having something to snack on while I’m at work. Especially because we serve snacks to our students, and sometimes I’m craving what they are being served. Knowing I have these sweet, tasty churros waiting for me in my tote back stops me from craving what the kids are having.

A typical snack for work – coffee, fruit and a “sweet treat,” like the new Churro Muffins.

My kids love the churros too. So much so I had to hide the box from them, otherwise they would eat them all up on me.

If you are a fan of churros, you are going to want to try the new limited edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins. Look for them where ever Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are sold.

You can also locate your nearest store carrying this delicious flavor by clicking here.

For more information about Churro Muffins, or other Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products, visit LittleBites.com.

You can also find the brand on social media – FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® would like to give a lucky reader a $25 Visa DIGITAL gift card and three (3) $5.00 off coupons to purchase the new Churro Muffins and/or your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 14, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random, using a random number generator, from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you want to win this prize package and/or your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product.

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National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Mega Prize Pack Review and Giveaway (ends 12-14-18)

 

I love books. I’ve always loved books. I think I’ll always love books.

When I was a young girl I couldn’t get enough of books. I loved to read. I especially loved to read books that were educational. I loved to read about animals, mummies, outer space and about far away places/countries. I guess that is why I do so well with Jeopardy. I know a little about a lot of things.

I don’t get as much time to read as I was when I was a kid. Between my family, home, work and other commitments, reading tends to take the “backseat” to everything else. When I do find the time to read I tend to read things that are quick and easy, but are still fun and engaging.

My kids used to love to read, well, more so my daughter than my son. He loved to read, but it was usually just one subject or one book series at a time. My daughter on the other hand would go through books like crazy. Even as a young adult, she still loves books.

One of my personal favorite book series is not geared towards adults, but adults can appreciate them just the same. It’s the books from National Geographic Kids Weird But True! series.

I’ve reviewed Weird But True! books in the past. These books are chuck full of fascinating information about a variety of people, places, animals and things.

The Weird But True! book series now has 10 books in the franchise, in addition to other interesting Weird But True! books.

Here are the latest additions.

Weird But True! 10 (ages 8-12, $8.99)

This is the latest release in the main Weird But True! series and books 1-9 has been refreshed and expanded to include 50 MORE facts than the original releases (that’s 350 facts per book if you are counting!)!  Did you know that ears are self-cleaning, or that itching is contagious? It’s all totally weird … but true!  Each of the ten books of this main seriescontains 350 surprising and amazing facts about topics like science, space, weather, geography, food, pop culture, and just about everything else under the sun, presented with fascinating photos and illustrations.

As it is with the other books in this series, this book is chuck full of fascinating facts and things to really make you think and question the word around you.

Did you know that scientists can tell what type of shampoo you used by analyzing your cell phone? Or that mosquitos pee on your while they suck your blood? Ewwwww! I didn’t need to know that fact. LOL!

Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology (ages 8-12, $12.99)

The newest in the WBT book family, WBT Know-It-All focuses on a specific topics structured into profiles. Weird But True!  Know-It-All Greek Mythology includes everything kids need to know about all their favorite Greek gods, heroes, monsters, quests, muses, and famous philosophers. From who gave mankind fire to famous fatal flaws to who stood guard at the Underworld, this book includes all the iconic Greek myths and key characters — and then goes one wonderfully weird step beyond.

I used to be interested in Greek Mythology when I was younger. I found many of the books on the subject to be either boring or overwhelming. Not this book. This book was a joy to read. It piqued my interest in Greek Mythology again.

Did you know, the ancient Greeks wouldn’t eat beans because they thought they contained the souls of the dead? Or that there are towns in the United States named after Greek Gods, such as Medusa, New York and Pandora, Ohio.

If you ask my husband what he thinks about Greek Mythology, he’ll tell you it’s “boring.” He didn’t think that way after I quoted some facts to him from the pages of this book. I found it to be very intriguing. If you can make an adult change his mind, then I think the book has done it’s job. Imagine what it can do for a child.

Weird But True! Cool and Crazy Sticker Doodle Book (ages 8-12, $12.99)

Get ready for even more DO-IT-YOURSELF weirdness in the latest Weird But True! Sticker Doodle title. With each turn of the page kids learn new information and get to try new wacky activities, from doodling prompts to crosswords, mazes to picture puzzles. This book unleashes kids’ creativity in a uniquely Nat Geo Kids way.Discover amazing weird facts and then doodle, draw, or color away right on the page. Did you know that some American soldiers once rode camels instead of horses? Draw some other unexpected animal mounts! Did you know that some ice-cream trucks serve scoops just for dogs? Create some other gourmet masterpieces for your canine companion. Enhance your wacky masterpieces with 150 fun stickers included in the book. Let your kids’ creativity run wild for hours on end in this perfect boredom-buster for rainy days, car rides, or any time.

I love that this is more than just a book about interesting facts. It’s also very interactive. There is a lot to do on the pages (draw, color…) all while providing you with amazing facts about people, places and things.

There are many puzzles and activities that you can do right in the book. The answers are also provided in the back of the book should anything stump you.

My favorite activity in this book are the mazes. I love doing mazes. I find these to be challenging enough to do, yet easy enough for an 8-12 year old to do as well.

There are 150 stickers included with this book (kids love stickers).

In this book I learned that in Pennsylvania its illegal for a fortune teller to tell you where to bury treasure, and that diamonds can fall to Earth from outer space. Imagine that? I would love for a 10K diamond to fall in my yard. LOL!

Weird But True! Christmas ages (8-12, $8.99)

A bit different than the main Weird But True! series, this title is focused on one theme — spreading holiday cheer with festive far-out facts about Christmas!  Makes a terrific stocking stuffer.

I think it’s great that National Geographic Kids came out with a book just about Christmas. I enjoyed reading it and “wowing” my family and friends with all the great tid bits of information I learned. For example, did you know the holiday song known as The Christmas Song (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”) was written during the summer? Or that every snowflake has six sides (I wonder how they discovered that). Another fun fact – Female reindeer are the only ones to keep their antlers through December, so technically that means all of Santa’s reindeer are female.

All of these books feature vivid, colorful photographs and illustrations that go along with the facts it’s talking about. They make these books just as much of a pleasure to look at as they are to read.

I have to laugh at the age “limits” for these books (8-12 years old). I’m an adult. I’m a mature adult (meaning I’m “old”). I’m well over the target age range for these books, and then some. Yet I find these books to be very interesting and fun to read. “I” learn a lot reading these books.

I love how these books are set up. Instead of offering you pages or paragraphs of information on a single topic, they provide you with easy to read and comprehend “snippets” of fun facts and weird information. Personally, I find it a lot easier to retain information when it’s precise and to the point. If it’s too drawn out I tend to lose focus and interest. My husband is the same way. I’m sure we’re not the only ones (child or adult).

Once a fan, always a fan. I simply love these Weird But True! books from National Geographic Kids. In fact, I love all National Geographic and National Geographic Kids books.

These books would make a great gift and/or stocking stuffer for the holidays, as well as year-round gifts.

To learn more about this book series, visit the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! page. You can also find them on social media – Facebook (@NationalGeographicKids) and Twitter (@NGKids). In addition, you can also celebrate Weird But True Wednesday every week with Nat Geo Kids social media – #WBTWednesday.

You may also be interested in these additional Weird But True! resources.

I have an awesome giveaway, just in time for Christmas. The winner will receive the following.

  • Weird But True! Books 1-10 (the entire collection!)
  • Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology
  • Weird But True!  Cool and Crazy Sticker Doodle Book
  • Weird But True! Christmas

Thirteen books in total. They have a combined retail value of $130! Thank you National Geographic Kids.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me which one of these books you think your child/grandchild (or yourself) would most like to have?

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*I received free sample copies to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. National Geographic will be providing the prize package. 

Boy Erased – In theaters this weekend (giveaway ends 11-23-18)

 

Coming to theaters across the country this weekend is the heart-tugging drama Boy Erased. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Cherry Jones and Michael “Flea” Balzary, to name a few.

I have seen the trailer for the film (I’ll share it below). It looks really “deep.” I have a feeling it would bring me to tears. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope it has a happy ending.

Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Joel Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.

Check out the trailer.

 

The film has a high score on Rotten Tomatoes and gets a high ranking on Flixter too. The film hasn’t been fully released yet either, so I suspect it’s ranking will be even higher. That’s pretty good for a film that hasn’t been fully released yet.

Boy Erased is based on the book by the same name. The book is a memoir written by Garrard Conley about his experience with conversion therapy.

According to Wikipedia;

Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions.

I haven’t read the book (yet), so I am curious to see what transpires at the place where he was sent for conversion therapy. Exactly what do they do there?

The film has already been released in some areas of the country, but will be released nationwide this weekend.

If you are interested in learning more about the film, check out the movie’s official Site You can also check out the film on social media –  FacebookTwitterInstagram. The official hashtag is #BoyErased.

To learn more about the author, visit GarrardConley.com.

The book is available where ever books are sold. The film’s soundtrack is also available, including places such as Spotify (free if you have an account with them) and Amazon.

To get you excited for the film, I have a great giveaway for TWO lucky readers. Each of the winner’s will received:

  • A signed copy of the book Boy Erased.
  • A copy of the movie’s soundtrack. 

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me if you are planning on seeing the film and/or why you’d like to win this prize package.

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