Learn to use a Yo Yo like a pro! (Giveaway ends June 30, 2020)


When I get bored and I have nothing much to do, I enjoy searching on Ebay for toys that I used to have when I was a kid. I’ve been known to bid (and win) a few of them too. I simply love retro-toys.

When I was a kid, toys were simpler. They weren’t crazy like today’s toys, which can be so “high tech.” I prefer the classics like Lite Brite, Etch-a-Sketch, Jacks and Mr. Potato Head. Even a good old Frisbee is just as fun as today’s toys, and it doesn’t required batteries or a complicated set up.

Another great toy to play with is a Yo Yo. A Yo Yo can be played with alone, or with someone else. They require no batteries and are one of the easiest toys to bring with you where ever you go. It easily fits in your pocket.

I’ve had several Yo Yos when I was a kid. I found it very relaxing to watch it spin up and down, up and down, up and down.

I used to be able to just one trick with a Yo Yo, “walking the dog.” It’s probably one of the easiest tricks to do with a Yo Yo, but that is certainly not the only trick.

You can see that trick here.


You’d be amazed by how many tricks you can do with a Yo Yo. Simply letting it roll up and down on the string is boring compared to what else you can do with a Yo Yo.

Sadly, these days children are not able to play and interact with friends and other children like they used to, due to the pandemic and social distancing. Now is a great time to pick up a Yo Yo and learn how to do some fun tricks with it. That way when kids return to school, they will know some amazing tricks to “wow” and entertain their friends.

Yo Yo has a fun program that encourages kids to practice and complete different skill levels. As they gain skills they earn FREE badges signifying their skill expertise. The program was originally created for the Scouts, but it is so successful and popular, Yo Yo decided to open it up to all kids. Check it out here, www.yo-yo.com/scouts,

The brand’s primary goal is to provide today’s youth with an easy to learn sport that promotes positive emotional development, fun, and friendship. Over time they have watched generations of kids pursue yo-yoing as a regular sport. It’s a fun sport that ultimately helped kids improve in their academics, social relationships, and self-expressionism.

Yo Yos are not just for children. Adults enjoy them just as much as children do. My husband has a Yo Yo. He’s had it for years. I see him playing with it from time to time.

Here are some fun facts about the Yo Yo.

  • Yo-yoing has helped kids find a place to belong, fight depression, manage ADD and ADHD, and other emotional struggles, like overeating and social anxiety.
  • It is a sport that can be carried in one’s pocket and played individually or as a group.
  • Yo-Yo play helps develop fine motor skills and brain functions including hand-eye coordination, bilateral integration and crossing mid-line function to name a few.
  • The origins of the yo-yo have been dated back as far as 440 BC. To Greece
  • From King Louis XVII to Napoleon, and to the Space Shuttle Discovery mission, the yo-yo has been a popular pastime throughout history.

Yo Yos are available in a variety of colors and styles. You can even create a custom Yo Yo on the Yo Yo’s official website, Yo-Yo.com.

You can find a lot on the Yo Yo website, including tutorials, contests, Yo Yo’s and more.

I received a couple of Yo Yo’s to review, and to try and learn to do some tricks with, thanks to the videos I found on the Yo Yo website. I learned a few things, most especially that when you have six cats, playing with a Yo Yo is easier said than done (ha ha).

The Yo Yo on the left is self-returning, meaning the Yo Yo will return to your hand automatically. That makes is ideal for novice or new Yo Yo players.

The Yo Yo on the right is a more advanced model. It comes with a piece you can use to have a better grip on the Yo Yo (the piece that looks like a die).

My husband has the more advanced Yo Yo. He keeps it in his work backpack. He tells me that he plays with it on break and when he’s bored (he has a lot of “down time” at his job). I have the one that is made for novice players. I honestly haven’t had a chance use it much. I need surgery for a tear in a tendon in my arm, so moving  my dominant arm (right) around is not that easy for me at the moment.

If you would like to learn more about Yo Yo, or check out some of the latest and greatest Yo Yo’s (including professional level ones), visit Yo-Yo.com.

You can also find Yo Yo on social media. All of those links are found at the bottom left of the brand’s website. You can also check them out on YouTube for fun instructional videos.

Yo Yo has been kind enough to offer a really cool giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the following;

  • Duncan Survivor Kit – Retail $25
  • Plus a 30-minute private yo-yo lesson via zoom with a Duncan Yo-Yo Champion & Pro Instructor!

Total prize value $50

Thank you Yo Yo! I love the idea of getting a private lessen for a champion & pro instructor.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will have three days to reply, or a new winner will be chosen from all eligible entries.

To enter, please comment on why you would like to win this prize package, and who would it be for (you or your child)?

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*I received free Yo Yos to review in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Revolutionary Litter Offers a Cleaner Litterbox and a Cleaner Conscience (Giveaway ends 5/27/20)


Our cat Padmé

If you are a long time reader of my site, you’ll probably recall that we own cats… six of them to be exact. All girls too. We did have two boys, but they passed away two years ago.

We used to have five cats – three girls and two boys. Our boys passed away and we honesty didn’t have any intention of adopting anymore cats, for now. That all changed when we went to return the cage and supplies to the shelter that belonged to the rabbit we were fostering. While we were there we saw the sweetest cat. She wasn’t a tiny kitten, but rather a few months old (approx. 8-9 months old). She was not only cute, but she is polydactyl. She has extra toes on her back paws. Her front paws look like she has extra toes, but she doesn’t. She has some weird deformity on her front paws.

We fell in love with her and knew we had to make her a part of our lives. Her name is Emma.

Emma was still a kitten and she wanted to play like kittens do. Unfortunately our older cats were not up to playing with her. They didn’t want to be bothered. We felt so sad for Emma.

To make Emma happy, we adopted another cat (yes, we adopted a cat for our cat). This time we adopted a 2-3 month old kitten we named Loca. We named her Loca because she’s crazy – and she lives up to her name.

Adopting Loca was the best thing we ever did for Emma. The two are a bonded pair. They are inseparable. Emma has someone who LOVES to play with her. They are like “two peas on a pod” too.

So then we had five cats.

One day we were dropping off donations to the shelter. We definitely were not looking to adopt. We were literally just dropping off stuff. However, we always make it a point to say “hello” to the animals that are at the shelter. That is when we met a tiny cat they had named “Half Pint.” She was itty bitty, and we were told she was 3-4 YEARS old (she was kitten sized). Not only that, she came from an abusive situation. She was found in a dumpster with her back shaven. Sure enough there was a large “strip” shaved up her back.

Even though she had been abused, she was still very friendly.

To my surprise, when I came home from work one day, there was “Half Pint,” which we changed to Callie.

Upon closer inspection we determined that she must be blind. Not only that, she does a weird thing were she bobs her head up and down.

Long story short… she is blind in both eyes (the shelter never realized that!) and as per the vet, the bobbing of the head could be a neurological issue caused by abuse.

Callie is a very sweet little girl, but she does have issues. She doesn’t like to be held, and there are spots on her body she doesn’t like to be touched on.

We’re doing everything we can to spoil this sweet little girl and give her the best life she possibly can have. She deserves it.

Callie, Emma and Loca have three “big” sisters – Bella, Padmé  and Kitty. They range in age from 1.2 years old (Loca) up to 19 years old (Kitty).

With so many cats, we need A LOT of kitty litter boxes (1 per cat, plus an extra one). Needless to say we go through a lot of litter.

I hate kitty litter. It gets all over the place. The cats track it every where!

I was recently introduced to a new brand of kitty litter by Catalyst Pet. It’s a completely sustainable, high performance brand of cat litter.

Catalyst is the only cat litter made almost entirely from upcycled soft wood fiber, using wood waste from around the United States – a material that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Outside of the revolutionary litter’s love for the environment and the planet, Catalyst is permeable and clumps for easy scooping, is 99% dust-free and has very low tracking. It also has unrivaled cat acceptance, so perfect for the refined or ultra-finicky feline.

To the makers of Catalyst, it is much more than a high-performance cat litter—it’s a mission. Walking into the small offices at Catalyst, you immediately get the sense this is a group of people joined by the singular purpose with a powerful message: you don’t have to sacrifice performance to have sustainability. Their motto is on every package: Love your pet, change your planet.”

Catalyst sent me some kitty litter to try out with my feline family members.

Catalyst comes in bags, not cardboard boxes like traditional litter.

The litter is available in three different formulas – unscented, healthy cat and multi cat.

Above is a picture of the litter. You can’t really tell from the photo (not the best photo) but the litter is a light wood color. It’snot saw dust, but rather small wood shavings.

As per the brand, Catalyst cat litter;

  • Has Superior Odor Control
  • Unrivaled Cat Acceptance
  • Great Clumping
  • Low Dust
  • Light Weight
  • Package Size: 10lb

To be honest, only the younger cats took to this litter, especially Callie. My older cats are set in their ways and tend to visit the litter boxes with the regular little in it. However, we were able to swap out half of the boxes with Catalyst litter, so that is progress. Callie was the first to use it and it’s all she’ll use. Emma and Loca will use the other litter, but they tend to use the boxes with the Catalyst in it. I have seen Bella use Catalyst from time to time. Kitty and Paddy won’t use it at all. So I guess it all depends on the cats. Since most of my cats use it, I say it’s a success. And I’m sure if we totally switched out all of the boxes with Catalyst, Paddy and Kitty would learn to adapt.

I do agree that this litter has odor control. I personally think it does a better job than the well-known brand we use in the other litter boxes. I think that is because no matter when I clean the box, all I smell is wood chips. For me, that is a pleasant scent. It reminds me of the smell of hamster (or small pet) wood shavings, but not as “woody” smelling, if you know what I mean? It’s a nice scent.

Our other two cats, Bella (L) and Kitty (R). I didn’t want to leave them out of this post.

This litter is low dust and I don’t I’ve ever seen it tracked around our home. Whenever I see litter on the floor is the name brand littler, not Catalyst. I rarely see it on the floor, and when I do, it’s near the litter boxes where we use that litter. I think a lot of that is Callie because she jumps in/out of the boxes and probably brings some out with her when she jumps.

I wouldn’t say “great” clumping. Whenever we clean out those boxes we are able to scoop up the poop with no problem. The urine on the other hand seems to soak into the wood and then dry out. The urine looks like little crumbles and when you go to scoop them out they come apart and it looks like the rest of the litter. I don’t think that is a problem because the scent is not compromised, nor does it make the books look dirty either. Our cast continue to use it just fine.

If given a choice I would stick with Catalyst. I like it much better than the brand name litter. I’m not just saying that because I am doing a review either. I prefer this brand and I am going to look into what it will cost to order this on a regular basis. Since we have a lot of cats, we need a lot of litter.

If you are interested in learning more about Catalyst Litter, visit CatalystPet.com. The brand is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those links are on the bottom of their website.

Catalyst Pet has generously offered to give a lucky reader two bags of Catalyst Litter (winner’s choice). Thank you Catalyst.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified by email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you are interested in trying Catalyst Cat Litter?

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Stuck at home? Doing some online shopping? Check out TVStoreOnline.net (giveaway ends on 4/12/20)


Being stuck at home during this Corona Virus outbreak is not as fun as it sounds. Sure, it’s great to sleep in late and not have to worry about rushing off to work. Its also nice to catch up on movies and TV series you’ve been meaning to watch, and books you have been meaning to read. But after a while, you start to look for other things to for fun.

I don’t know about you, but online shopping is something I do (too often!), that I find fun and entertaining. I especially love to check out new websites. I recently found an awesome website that sells beautiful, trendy, plus size clothing. Needless to say I did some shopping and picked up a few new pieces for my wardrobe.

We’ve been watching a lot of television that past few days. We’re been intentionally seeking out some of our favorite shows on places like Netflix and Hulu.

If you enjoy entertainment as much as my family does, you might want to check out the website TVStoreOnline.com. TVStoreOnline carries a lot of fun apparel, toys, memorabilia, costumes and accessories featuring a lot of today’s favorite television shows and movies.

Is your child a fan of Frozen? Check out the adorable clothing made for the Frozen fan. My favorite is the super cute Olaf backpack.  They also have adult size Frozen shirts.

If you find yourself quoting Al Pacino’s line from the movie Scarface, you might like this cool t-shirt.

TVStoreOnline has products for movies such as Elf, Deadpool, Minions, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland, to name a few. In addition, they also have products for television shows like Community, Care Bears, Family Guy and Friends, as well as dozens of other television shows and movies.

TVStoreOnline also has a plethora of comic book related products to choose from including Captain America, Avengers and Spiderman. They also have other Marvel, DC Comics and even Peanuts related products available.

I am a plus size lady, and I appreciate the fact that TVStoreOnline has clothing that “I” can wear.

I was asked if I would like to check out some products in person from the website. It was a hard decision since they carry products for a lot of my favorite television shows and movies.

One of my favorite shows is The Big Bang Theory. I am sorry that the series came to an end. Thankfully its still running in syndication, so I can watch it pretty much every night.

I checked out the products available for The Big Bang Theory. I am fond of their “Soft Kitty.” If you are a fan of the show, I’m sure you know what I am referring to. “Soft Kitty” is a special song Shelton’s mom used to sing to him whenever he didn’t feel well.


Love it!

TVStoreOnline.com has a few Soft Kitty products including a t-shirt and even a plush toy that plays the song when squeezed.

I chose to review their Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty t-shirt, as well as the singing plush toy.

The shirt comes in sizes S-3XL. I opted for 3XL, because I wanted it to be lose and baggy. I guess I should have gone with 1 or 2 XL because it’s too big on me (I lost weight and I still “see” myself as being bigger than I am). That is perfectly OK because I use it as a sleep shirt.

The shirt is so comfortable! I love it. It washes very well too. I always wash t-shirts inside out so as not to fade the text/image on the front. So far, so good. The shirt looks just as good today as it did the first day I received it.

The shirt is available in black and gray.

I LOVE the Soft Kitty Singing Plush toy.

The toy measures 11” long, 6.5” wide, 4.75” high.

There is a plastic pull tab that must be removed from the voice box if you want it to sing the Soft Kitty song. If you don’t remove it, the song won’t play. The plastic tab is put in there to save the batteries, which are already installed.

What fan of The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t want to cuddle up to Soft Kitty at night, or when they are home sick.

The shirt and plush combined would make an awesome gift for a fan of the television series.

If you are interested in checking out all that the TVStoreOnline.com has to offer, click on their website (linked in their URL).

They can also be found on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom of their website.

TVStoreOnline has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $50 gift code that can be used on the website. Thank you TVStoreOnline!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 14, 2020. 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, otherwise a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me what movie and/or television show found on TVStoreOnline.com is your favorite – one that is NOT already mentioned in this post. 

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Yippee – A new streaming service for families (giveaway ends on 1/12/20)


The other day, my husband and I were talking about today’s technology, and how things are so much different now than they were when we were kids.

Back in day, there were only a few channels on television. The channels turned off at the end of the day too. If you wanted to watch TV late at night, you were out of luck. That was back when you have to manually change channels on the television set (there was no such thing as a remote).

When we were teenagers, we first got HBO. HBO came out in the early 70’s. My family didn’t get it until the late 70’s.

The idea of being able to watch movies on your home television was AWESOME.

Fast forward to today. Now you can watch movies and television on your telephone, that you can take with you anywhere. Movies also come out within a couple of months of leaving the movie theater, and not years late like they used to.

Streaming services are pretty amazing. I LOVE that you get a plethora of content available to you 24/7. Netflix and Hulu are certainly the most well known and popular. Disney+ is now a streaming force to reckon with too. They also have other streaming services, like Shudder, for horror movies.

There is a new streaming service available specifically geared towards families of young children. It’s called Yippee. Just the name alone makes me smile.

Yippee was kind enough to send me a code so I could try out the service for free in order to do this review (there was no compensation).

Yippee is an innovative online streaming service providing fun, family-friendly, and values-driven TV shows and movies.

One of the most popular franchises on Yippee is Veggie Tales. If you are unfamiliar with Veggie Tales, they are a group of adorable talking vegetables (animated) that go on adventures and experience a bunch of different situations. Each episode/movie teachers valuable life lessons such as honesty, love, friendship, compassion and so forth.

I believe that Veggie Tales shows/movies are a bit faith based too.

Yippee has A LOT of holiday themed programming that was available before Christmas (and some is still available now). They have a lot of Veggie Tales holiday episodes/movies such as Little Drummer Boy, The Best Christmas Gift, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving and The Toy that Saved Christmas, to name a few (there are actually more holiday titles from Veggie Tales).

Screen shot from my phone of the YippeeTV app

If your family enjoys Veggies Tales, Yippee is a must have streaming service.

Yippee is so much more than Veggie Tales. All of their quality content is geared toward families. You will not have to worry about questionable content on the service.

On Yippee you’ll find both animated content and “live action” content.

Some of the franchises I am familiar with, like Veggie Tales, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. Yippee also features these franchises;

  • The Choo Choo Bob Show
  • Topsy Turvy
  • Come on Over
  • Wild About Animals
  • Zoo Clues
  • Paws & Tales
  • Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent
  • Yancy and Friends
  • Mickey’s Farm

These are just a few of the franchises you’ll find on Yippee.

I’ve been checking out Yippee and watching some of the programming. So far my favorites show are Owlegories (too cute), The Yippee Show (interesting facts and fun challenges), Wild About Animals (I love animals), and Theo (nice stories).


Most of the shows/episodes range from about 10-15 minutes, which is ideal for young children with short attention spans. Some go upwards of 20+ minutes, but nothing I have come across or watched is too long.

Overall I think this is a great streaming service for families. My kids are young adults, so they won’t watch it, but my husband and I have both enjoyed many of the shows (we’re just big kids at heart).

You can watch Yippee on your computer, or you can download the free app.

The service costs $9.99/month or $79/year (works out to about $6.53 per month). Compared to other streaming services, Yippee is no more or less, however, you can rest assure that no matter what your child watches on Yippee, the content is quality, educational, wholesome and fun.

If you are interested in learning more, download the free Yippee app or visit Watch.Yippee.TV (notice it’s not .com).

You can watch Yippee on a variety of platforms.

I have a fun Yippee prize package to give to a lucky winner. The prize package includes;

  • 3-Months of Yippee ($30 value)
  • Yippee T-shirt
  • Yippee Mug
  • Yippee Confetti Blaster

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Limited to one winner per household. The giveaway ends on January 12, 2020 at 11: 59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen and random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

To enter, please comment on this post why you would like to win this prize package.

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie Premiere of “Christmas in Montana” on Saturday, December 14th at 9pm/8c! #MiraclesofChristmas


My family’s Christmas tree last year.

Can you believe that Christmas Eve is twelve days away? TWELVE! Are you ready for the holiday? Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Thankfully we have. I just need to wrap (I’m not a fan of wrapping).

Me and my family have been trying to squeeze in as many holiday movies as we possibly can.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has been airing a lot of wonderful holiday movies all season long. I love that they keep adding new movies to watch too, unlike other channels that play the same movies over and over again.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has added 40 new original movies to their line up. Personally, I’m impressed by that. Forty brand new movies is pretty impressive. These movies are premiering throughout the holiday season. Check out the hashtags #CountDowntoChristmas and the #MiracleOfChristmas to see what others have been saying about them.

This Saturday, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is premiering a film called Christmas in Montana. The film stars Kelly Martin and Colin Ferguson.

Before the holidays, Sara goes to Montana to help resistant Travis save his ranch. Can time on the ranch help restore her faith in Christmas in time for a miracle?

The film premieres this Saturday (December 14, 2019) at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST).

I would love to visit some place beautiful like Montana for the holiday season. The furthest I’ve ever been for Christmas is my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania, and that was a very long time ago, when I was a young girl.

That year, everyone was at their house for the holiday, including my other aunts and uncles, all my cousins and my great-grandparents, as well as my family.

It was hard to fit everyone around the dinner table that memorable Christmas.

I miss my great-grandfather. I’m also wearing my beloved cousin’s hand-me-down pajamas. He passed away in October of this year, making this Christmas memory even more special.

Me, my great-grandfather and some of my cousins.

The house was overflowing with people. All of us kids had to sleep on the floor in one of the room’s because the adults took up all of the beds and couch. We didn’t mind. It was like having a giant sleep over. It was especially fun on Christmas morning. None of us slept that night (as you can imagine). We kept trying to sneak downstairs to see if Santa arrived, but we were chased back upstairs by one of the adults (and being constantly told to go back to bed – which was impossible!).

Christmas morning all of us kids dashed downstairs and were greeted by our exhausted parents, sitting around the tree sipping on coffee, and piles of gifts for all of us.

That Christmas was one of my most favorite Christmases ever. Oh how I wish I could go back in time, even for a day. I would re-live that day over again in a heartbeat.


When I think about the holiday season, I always think about my family and all those great memories. Of course, enjoying fun, holiday entertainment is always great too. I don’t think we watch much else during the holidays aside from holiday related films and television shows.

For more information about this and other delightful holiday films, please visit www.HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com/MiraclesofChristmas.

For information about all 40 of the new holiday movies all season long on both Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as the Hallmark Channel, visit the links below.



Be sure to check out both channels on social media, as well as follow the hashtag #MiraclesOfChristmas.

I will be hosting a wonderful giveaway this Saturday when I live-tweet along with the movie. The winner will receive an amazing gift package, consisting of the following items. 

I will be live-tweeting on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) until 11:00 PM (EST) / 10:00 PM (CST), during Christmas in Montana

Watch the movie and tweet along with me, using the hashtags #MiraclesofChristmas and #ChristmasinMontana, as well as tag me (@She_Scribes) and @HallmarkMovie. I will pick a random tweeter to win the above prize package. The more tweets, the more entries you have to win. 

You can also enter to win a collection of 41 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and beautiful Balsam Hill Christmas Tree here.

I hope to see you on Twitter this Saturday during the film.


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?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below).

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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.