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



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.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received free product coupons in order to do this review, in addition to a gift card for my participation. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. The sponsor will be providing the prize package. 

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?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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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.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I will be receiving the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Check out what’s new on COMET and Charge! for September (Giveaway ends 10/1/18)


Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991 Japan) aka Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ
Directed by Kazuki Ohmori
Shown: Key Art

I’m not sure about your part of the country, but here in New York the temperature is already dipping. As I write this I am FREEZING! I had to put on our faux fireplace to take the chill out of the air (our condo board doesn’t turn on the heat until October 1st!).

When it gets colder, people tend to find activities to do inside where it’s warmer. For some people, that includes watching television and movies.

I’m glad that new series and new seasons are slowly premiering on network television. Sadly, there isn’t much on that interests me and my family. That is why we tend to watch other types of television service (streaming).

Are you familiar with COMET? I have written about in the past.

COMET is a streaming television service that you can watch online, via a Roku or Apple TV and through some television providers. COMET is free to watch and enjoy.

COMET is a Sci-Fi network that plays classic films and popular series like Stargate and Outer Limits.

One of my personal favorites that COMET plays are the old Godzilla movies. Growing up, I used to watch the old Godzilla movies with my father. We could sit there for hours and watch movie after movie. I have watched some of the old Godzilla movies on COMET over the past year. It’s my “go to” channel when there is nothing interesting on network television. Or I’ll watch it on my computer when my husband is watching football.

COMET has some great movies and series airing this month that you might want to check out.

 Space: 1999 (series)
Space: 1999 officially crash landed on COMET! The residents of Moonbase Alpha were just minding their own business when the nuclear waste stored there suddenly exploded, causing the moon to hurtle into space. After passing through a black hole and a couple random “Space Warps,” you begin to wonder, is there a mysterious force guiding them?

In September, look out for back-to-back episodes on Saturday and Sunday evenings starting at 10/9 C.

Godzilla wanted to move to Saturdays. We said OK! Through September, catch the mega monster films that rocked the planet and featured Godzilla going head to head with his infamous foes. Destruction begins Saturday, September 8 with Rebirth of Mothra and Rebrith of Mothra II.

Catch Godzilla Double Features on Saturday, Sept 8 starting at 2/1 C.
Saturday, Sept 15, 22 and 29th starting at 1/NOON C.

Q (1982)
Aztec Gods? Female Lizards? And a takeover of New York’s famed Chrysler Building? What’s a New Yorker to do? Rely on a criminal who has dreams of being a jazz pianist to find the creature’s lair and blackmail the city for directions! What, those aren’t on the subway map?

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Dr. Who heads to the big screen and in color! After accidentally being transported to another planet Dr. Who and his friends come across a vial of drugs and head to a nearby city to investigate and find missing components of their Tardis. Say no to drugs kids! They come across the Daleks who take the components all while the good Doctor and his group suffer from radiation sickness! What can cure them? The mystery drugs they found… But an evil Dalek plot threatens the group and everyone who opposes the evil cyborgs!

Dr. Who: Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)
Peter Cushing stars in the role of Dr. Who and he discovers, after traveling to the future, that the Daleks have taken over the Earth! A band of resistance fighters are trying to stop the attack but everyone is brainwashed!

Remember, COMET is FREE to watch and enjoy. You can catch it live any time from you computer, phone, and television.

Check out COMET online at COMETtv.com. You can also find COMET on social media (all of their links are at the top right of their homepage). You can also find COMET on Roku and in the Apple Store (as an app).

There is another fun channel you might be interested in checking out. It’s called CHARGE! Like COMET, CHARGE! is free to watch online and check to see if it’s available in your local area.

CHARGE! offers viewers action-packed movies, series and sports entertainment. Watch action stars, every-day heroes and insane athletes engaged in battles, chases, showdowns and so much more.

Airing on CHARGE! in September.

Yo Adrian! Catch up on Rocky I-V all month in September on CHARGE! There’s a double dose of boxing goodness every Thursday. Watch the blood, sweat and tears as Rocky battle foe after foe and continually forges on against all odds! He clearly has the Eye of the Tiger! Get pumped and watch the first five films in the Rocky saga and relive all the action, guts and glory!

Then catch a Rocky Double Feature every Thursday after that starting at 2/1 C and 8/7 C.

My husband is a huge Rocky fan. He is excited to watch the Rocky movies on CHARGE! We have them on Blu-ray/DVD but sometimes he’s too lazy to dig them out (LOL) and fight with our player to watch them on television (or play is “moody” and doesn’t always want to work for us). Watching online is so much easier.

Other great CHARGE! entertainment includes CHIPS, The Avengers, Ring of Honor Wrestling and so much more.

To learn more about CHARGE! visit WatchCharge.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

To get you excited about all the amazing content available on both channels, I have a fun giveaway. One lucky winner will receive…

  • A SUPER SOFT Space 1999 and COMET TV tee shirt
  • Rocky and CHARGE! “Clamshell” DVD case with includes a jump rope, “Mighty Mick’s” boxing gym towel and a Rocky sticker. 
  • One AWESOME Godzilla Funko Pop.

I received the same prize set for my participation. I LOVE the Funko Pop! Godzilla. I have been wanting one for a long, long time now. Not only do I college Funko Pops!, but I am also a HUGE fan of Godzilla (as mentioned in the beginning of this post).

This is a FUN prize package!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 1, 2018. 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 days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Each household is only eligible to win COMET TV + CHARGE! September Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me which movie/series on either COMET or CHARGE! that you are most excited to see. Or comment on your favorite movies/series that you’d love to see come to COMET or CHARGE! television?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Protect your home and your loved ones with HomeHawk by Panasonic (giveaway ends 9/8/18)


Like most people, I worry about the safety and well being of my family, whether we’re all at home, or just one of us is home alone. There are A LOT of crazy people out there in the world. I see all the horror stories play out on the evening news with home invasions and break-ins, even when someone is home. I never, ever want that to happen to my family.

We do have an itty-bitty (cheap) security camera in our home, but it only covers a small/narrow view. Someone could easily come into our home and duck into the kitchen entry way without getting a good look at them on camera. I am not fond of how ineffective it is, but it’s better than nothing. At least it gave us some peace of mind.

Things were easier when we had our dog. He would bark up a storm if a stranger even attempted to come in the door way.

Another reason why I like having a security camera is so that my husband and I can see what our kids are up to. It’s not that we don’t trust them, per say, but we have a strict policy of NO ONE being in our home when we are not around – meaning friends and “significant others.” Our son has a girlfriend and our daughter has a boyfriend. Teens and young adults these days can be a bit “naughty,” if you know what I mean. For their protection, we don’t want them in our home when no adult is around.

About a month ago I was sent another home security camera to review that puts our little one to shame. The difference in quality it like “night and day.”

Stock photo to represent how the camera is weather resistant.

I was sent to review the HomeHawk™ KX-HN70001W HD by Panasonic. This camera was specifically designed for home monitoring.

Home monitoring has never been more simple, effective and secure than with the new HomeHawk™ by Panasonic KX-HN7000 Series of HD cameras. The KX-HN7001W model comes equipped with 1 front door HD camera and wireless access point base to ensure that your home is protected inside or outside. Not to mention the system records everything in color, offers a wider view and is completely wire-free with cameras running on built-in long-life rechargeable batteries.

Some of the great features with the HomeHawk include;

  • Color recording, even at night
  • High-definition, weather resistant cameras perfect for outdoor and indoor use
  • Wide-angle view up to 172 degrees
  • Built-in, long-life rechargeable battery
  • 100% wire-free
  • Exclusive package monitoring mode
  • Sync up to 15 additional cameras for more home monitoring
  • Google Home and Amazon Echo compatible

Let me start off by saying this camera is set up inside our home, even though it’s OK for outside use. We live on the top floor condo. The likelihood of someone breaking in from the windows or sliding glass door is slim to none. Our unit faces a busy parking lot. Someone would have to be insane to try and break in that way.

This camera was built for your front door, however we use it inside our home (not on our door). It can be used either way.

I would take a photo of where out camera is, but for security reasons I don’t want people to know about it. If you are a friend or family member you can see it in our home, but I don’t want strangers to come to my home and know where it is so that they can avoid it (sadly, you can’t be too cautious in this day and age).

Great wide angle view!

I LOVE the wide angle of this camera. Our other camera only showed a straight, narrow view where as this camera (and where we have it set up) gives us a view of the entire room AND entry way into our home (including the sliding glass doors). Since there is no way to break in via the bathroom or bedroom window, this camera allows us to see all of the viable entry ways in one shot. I love that it even picks up what our cats are doing, so we can check in on them from time to time.

I also love that it comes with a long life rechargeable battery. That means we can move it around our home whenever necessary and not have to worry about plugs and wires. Our other camera had to be plugged in to our wireless router, which was a hassle.

You do have to charge it for several hours before setting it up. I let my husband take care of all the “techie” stuff.

The set up for this camera was super easy. I personally didn’t set it up, my husband did. He said it was a breeze to set up.

You also need to download the accompanying app so that you are able to view what the camera sees on your phone or iPad. I like that you can see things in “real time.”

If you want to record what the camera sees, you need to insert a  microSD card into is. We didn’t have one (and we have yet to purchase one) so for now we can’t record anything. That is fine. Eventually we’ll get around to it.

When it comes to our kids, we have the “Find My Phone” app on our phones, so we know when our kids are coming home. That way we can hop on the app for the camera and make sure they enter the home alone.

There is also a handy two-way talk feature, so that we can give the kids a subtle reminder to clean the litter box when they get home. LOL!

The camera is a bit sensitive, so it picks up on every little motion in our home. When you have multiple pets you’ll get alerts all day long. That to me was the only downside to this. During the day the cats are mostly asleep, so it hasn’t been too bad. I can only imagine what it would be like outside with birds, leaves, snow, rain and bugs flying by. I think it’s best to turn off notifications in that case. That is what we had to do.

The video quality is amazing! I am very impressed by the quality of the video is supplies (live feed). Even the night time mode looks really good. Our previous camera only provided us with grainy video/live feed and the night time images were the worse.

If you are an avid online shopper, like I am. This would be great to have to keep an eye out for your deliveries. Sadly, many people have their deliveries stolen off their porch or by their front door. With this camera you can see the entire area and see if anyone you don’t know approaches your home and takes your things.

This is also great to have when you are on vacation and away from home. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that your home and things are being carefully watched and monitored.

You can get a better quality of night vision if you want to do that, but there is a bright LED light that stays on when you opt for that option. I don’t like the bright light in the room where it’s located, so we just stick with the regular night vision.

You can set this up with Google Home or Amazon Echo. We have an Amazon Alexa, so we are unable to connect it to that.

Overall we are very pleased with the ease of set up, the quality of the video/streaming, the ability to movie it if need be (wire free), and the wide angle. I can’t wait to see how well the recording aspect works, once we get around to buying the card we need for it.

Visit Panasonic.com for more information. You can also follow Panasonic HomeHawk™ on Instagram and “like” Panasonic HomeHawk™ on Facebook.

I have a great giveaway! One lucky reader will win a HomeHawk™ KX-HN70001W HD by Panasonic of their very own, compliments of Panisonic. That is a $249.95 value.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 8, 2018. The winner will be chosen by 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 in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this security camera?

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Panasonic provided the prize. 

Celebrate strong women with a great movie bundle giveaway (ends 8/18/18)


If you happen to follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I was promoting, and participating in, a Twitter party to celebrate the release of the new film Breaking In. The Twitter party was hosted by Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds). If you missed the Twitter party you can check out what people were talking about by looking up the hashtag #BreakingInMovie. It was a fun Twitter party. I especially liked the question about the songs to add to a play list for the title character Shaun, played by Gabrielle Union.

Shaun’s father was killed when he was hit by a car. Shaun and her father didn’t have the best relationship. It’s up to Shaun to take care of his father’s estate, which means selling his house in the country.

Shaun and her two children, Jasmine and Glover, head to her father’s house for the weekend so she can get everything in order so that it could be sold. Her husband was unable to go with them.

Upon arrival, Shaun and her children check out the house. The house has a high tech security system making it almost impenetrable.

Unbeknownst to them, they are not alone in the house.

Later on in the evening, Shaun steps outside to make a phone call. That is when she discovers that there are others in the house. Inside with her children are four criminals – Eddie, Same, Peter, and Duncan. To make things even worse, the criminals have locked Shaun out of the house. She has no way to get inside to rescue her children. Or can she find a way? After all, there is not much that can come between a mother and her children.

Why are the criminals there? What do they want? What are their plans with Jasmine and Glover? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Breaking In, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

There are bonus features worth checking out with this film including an alternate opening. Other bonus features include commentary with the film’s director (James McTeigue) and writer (Ryan Engle), a behind the scenes look at the film (these are always my favorite bonus features) and deleted/extended scenes.

Admittedly I haven’t had a chance to watch the bonus features yet, but I am planning on checking them out like I normally do.

What I loved about this film is that Gabrielle Union’s character, Shaun, is portrayed as a strong woman who did not go down without a fight. She could have easily ran off in hopes of finding help to rescue her children, but she didn’t. She stood her ground and didn’t back away from the men who were so ruthless, that they planned on killing her children.

I think there should be more film’s where the women are portrayed as strong and able bodied. Gone are the days of helpless, dainty little wallflowers. Today’s women are strong, smart and totally able to kick a$$ if need be.

Gabrielle Union was an excellent choice to play the role of Shaun. I cannot think of a better actress.

The child actors were excellent too. I like that the actress that played Shaun’s daughter, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) looked a lot like Union in real life.

I don’t necessarily consider this a “chick flick.” My husband is a “manly-man” and he enjoyed this film. It kept both of our attention the entire length of the film – from start to finish. My husband’s only negative (sort of) comment about the film is that he wished that there was more to the ending.

The film is rated PG-13. I really don’t recall any foul language, and there is certainly no sex or nudity. I think it gets it’s rating for the violence (not that it’s that violent). I would caution showing this film to young children. You wouldn’t want them to be worried about someone locking themselves inside your home.

To learn more about the film you can check it out on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BreakingInMovie too.

In honor of the film’s release, I have a fun giveaway that includes movies that feature strong women. The lucky winner will receive;

  • Breaking In
  • Boy Next Door (staring Jennifer Lopez). The “boy” is total “eye candy.” LOL!
  • Kidnap (staring Hallie Barry).  You can read my review of Kidnap here.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 18, 2018. The winner will be chosen by 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 in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me which one of these films you are most excited to see – OR – name another film the lead character is a strong woman.

For extra entries. you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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