Friday, September 1, 2017

Unleased....Review & Giveaway!

I just finished watching a super cute and fun movie....Unleashed!  This movie is just hilarious and one you will want to watch over and over again.  Here is the scoop....

Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco
after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved
pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. One night,
drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the
night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to
reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust

My Thoughts:  This is a wonderful feel good flick.  I loved the cast and the pairing of Sean Aston and Kate Miccucci is spot on.  The premise of the movie is fun and fresh offers many laugh out loud moments  This one is a must see!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Digimon Adventure Tri: Determination ....Review & Giveaway!

I am sure you can see I am playing catch up on the blog today!  I have spent the last 2 weeks soaking up the last bits of summer with my kiddos before I had to send them off to school. Today is their first day back and I am busy, busy, busy and I love it!

Earlier this month a brand new Digimon title was released and I am excited to share it with you today.  Digimon Adventure Tri:  Determination hit the shelves on the 15th and is available for purchase now.  Here is the scoop....

 A must have for collectors, loyal fans and pop culture enthusiasts, DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. – REUNION is now in stores everywhere.

Toei Animation has revamped this wildly popular anime movie for North American audiences by bringing onboard a stellar English voice cast. Joshua Seth, who voiced the main character Tai Kamiya in the original series, returns to the role for this feature film, alongside an exciting team of voice talent and DIGIMON luminaries.

DIGIMON ADVENTURE Tri. — DETERMINATION movie synopsis: Time has passed since Alphamon appeared and restoration has begun in Odaiba. When another infected Digimon – an Ogremon – appears and begins to wreak havoc on Odaiba, Mimi and Palmon spring into action. But in their haste to show the world that there are good Digimon, their battle brings about unforeseen consequences. The adventure now evolves once again ...

Bonus Features: • Original Japanese Language Track • A Look Behind-The-Scenes With The Digimon Voice Director

You can purchase this DVD now on Amazon by clicking HERE.  This series is enjoyed by young and old fans alike and is a must for all fans!

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that Shout! Factory is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a copy of Digimon Adventure Tri: Determination.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kate & Mim-Mim-Super Kate! Review & Giveaway!

I know many of you with little ones are familiar with the popular kids show, Kate & Mim-Mim.  This show is a big hit amongst the younger set and I am excited to tell you a new DVD hit the shelves featuring these beloved characters earlier this month.  Here is the scoop...

Grab your cape and join Kate, Mim-Mim, and their friends on four fun-filled adventures in Mimiloo. In the story Super Kate, Tack zaps everyone with his supercharger invention giving them super powers – Kate gets super jumping powers and Mim-Mim gets super hearing powers. When Boomer gets into a bouncy predicament because of his super speed, can he be saved?

Additional stories feature Tack creating a superhero suit so he can be the “Mimiloo Superhero,” Boomer enjoying super strength with the help of Tack’s load lightener invention, and Kate and her friends helping a friendly dragon find its way home.

Super Kate
When Kate can’t jump high enough to retrieve a ball stuck in a tree, she wonders what it would be like to have superpowers. In Mimiloo, Tack’s new Supercharger invention gives everyone superpowers! But their new abilities aren’t enough to get Boomer out of a bouncy predicament.

Boomer’s Blanky
Kate can’t find her cape to become Super Kate and rescue a stranded balloon! Boomer is enjoying superpowers of his own in Mimiloo – Tack’s new Load Lightener invention has made Boomer’s blanky superpowered, so while Boomer wears it as a cape, he can lift anything and anyone as if they were light as a feather! But when Boomer’s blanky flies away, Boomer thinks he’ll never be super again. It’s up to his friends to find his blanky and bring a smile back to Boomer’s face.

Secret Superhero
Dad saves Kate’s ice cream from falling just like a superhero! In Mimiloo, Tack is feeling down about his little muscles while trying to fix the clubhouse…until Boomer mistakes him for a superhero behind all his gadgets and welding mask! Tack tries to secretly live up to the reputation of “Mimiloo Man,” but being a superhero is a lonely job, and Kate and her friends miss having Tack around.

Kate’s Dragon Quest
Moths are spoiling an outdoor dinner for Kate and her parents. In Mimiloo, all of Kate’s friends are hiding from a dragon that’s after Gobble’s moon flowers! But when the dragon turns out to be more friendly than fearsome, Kate leads her friends on a quest to help the dragon find its way home.

Inspired by a real life little girl, “Kate & Mim-Mim” follows the fantastical adventures of 5-year-old Kate, who, together with her toy rabbit Mim-Mim, travels to the fantasy world of Mimiloo where Mim-Mim comes alive as a larger-than-life playmate. In each story, Kate and Mim-Mim and their group of friends discover exciting new places and set off on adventures, all in the hope of solving a puzzling problem Kate has encountered in the real world.

Exploring themes of friendship, adventure, and problem solving, “Kate & Mim-Mim” encourages children to use their imaginations and work together, believing no problem is ever too big to solve!

Buy It!  You can purchase this DVD today for just $6.99 today on Amazon!

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that one of you lucky followers will win a copy of Kate & Mim-Mim Super Kate!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sustainability  Made Simple & Baggu Review & Giveaway!

How often do you think about how your daily choices impact the world around you? As I have gotten older (and wiser??) I have really started thinking about how I can keep the world healthy for my children and future generations. When I received the opportunity to review the book Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact by Rosaly Byrd and Lauren DeMates I was excited to dive in. Here is the scoop....

Sustainability Made Simple is an introduction to sustainability and sustainable living that explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates offer an optimistic yet realistic perspective on our impact on the environment, giving much needed guidance to those who are interested in finding new and relatively easy ways to incorporate sustainability into daily life.

An excellent resource for those who are interested in learning what sustainability is about and picking up habits to be more sustainable, Sustainability Made Simple shows that adopting a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t require “going off the grid” or making drastic life changes that take time and cost money. Instead, Byrd and DeMates focus on the advantages and transformative changes associated with sustainability, demonstrating that although society is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, working towards sustainability is an opportunity to do things differently and do things better, enhancing aspects of life, such as health, work and community.

My Thoughts:  I loved this book.  I think many people, including me, get a bit overwhelmed when they hear the word sustainability.  We all want to make a difference but most of us can't exactly move off the grid and completely erase our carbon footprint!  This book shows how you can make easy, small changes that will go a long way.  From what house plants offer the biggest air filtering bang to how to organize your fridge to maximize energy saving this book has you covered.  I loved the section tackling food waste which gave tips on how to avoid throwing out food and how to maximize every bit of food.

If you are looking for a way to  make an impact in the world, Sustainability Made Simple has the tools to help you get started.  I highly recommend this book!  You can purchase it at your local bookstore or by clicking HERE.  I also want to mention that the authors have a great blog that you should definitely check out and you can find that HERE.

Giveaway Time!  I am so excited to tell you that I have a "Growing a Green Family" prize pack (ARV $50)  up for grabs.  The giveaway includes Sustainability Made Simple and this awesome Baggu bag that I used all the time.  It is a machine washable, durable and adorable tote that I use for groceries, library books and a park bag.  

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Room on the Broom...Review & Giveaway!

Earlier this month a DVD was re-released by Public Media Distribution that is a family must have.  Room on the Broom is based on a favorite children's book and this DVD does a wonderful job of bringing the pages to life.  Here is the scoop....

Room on the Broom is based on the beloved children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Simon Pegg, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, and David Walliams.

About Room on The Broom
This is the story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, must to the frustration of her cat. When the witch encounters a fearsome and hungry dragon, her animal friends come to her rescue. To show her gratitude, the witch rewards them with a magnificent new broom with room for everyone!
The DVD includes the following special features:
·      Behind the Scenes Documentary
·      Julia Donaldson Live Performance
·      Artwork Gallery

Our Thoughts: If you aren't familiar with the book you can still fall in love with this adorable tale. We have this book in our collection and it is one of those hard to come by times that movie does the book justice.  The book is not very long at maybe a 5 minute read so this 30 minute DVD does stick to the story but it fills in with lovely animation which brings the charming characters and setting to life.  The kindly witch always has room for one more on her broom and children will love seeing all the different animals who come for a ride.  This movie is peaceful and beautiful and very much in the style of The Gruffalo and The Snowman.  This is a wonderful addition to your DVD collection and perfect for the upcoming Halloween season.  You can watch the trailer here....

Buy It!   You can purchase this DVD on Amazon HERE.

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader will win a DVD copy of Room on the Broom!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn....Review & Giveaway!

Lately I have been posting lots of reviews of children's books (which are wonderful!) but I thought it was long overdue that I give you guys the scoop on some books for you that I just know you will love. I recently finished reading a book I seemed to hear about everywhere.  I first noticed it at the bookstore and then I discovered it was one of the "it" books of the summer and was chosen as a Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads and more!  After all the buzz, I couldn't wait to crack open The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.  Here is the scoop....

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

My Thoughts:  I am happy to say The Alice Network lives up to the hype.  I can easily see how the books made some many "must read" lists.  I am a huge fan of historical fiction and Quinn is clearly a master in the arena.  She weaves these two stories together seamlessly and creates complex characters for each story.  I did not know much about the actual Alice Network but reading this book made me awestruck about their bravery in such a tumultuous time.  I enjoyed both parts of this story and I liked how they seemed to flow together and not have that "choppy" feel that sometimes books with two  plotlines can.

The Alice Network is a great read and would make a perfect summer book club pick!  You can pick it up at any local bookstore or click HERE to find it on Amazon.

I am so excited to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a copy of The Alice Network.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Savor Summer with McDonald's Lobster Rolls!

I am more than a little sad that summer is winding down. My kids start school in just 13 days and I am currently in "savor summer" mode. We are taking more beach trips, playing outdoors and overall just soaking in all the wonderful things a Maine summer has to offer.

McDonald's is savoring summer too because you can still snag a delicious lobster roll at their Maine and New Hampshire locations. Yes....a McDonald's lobster roll! For just $8.99 you can get a buttery, grilled roll stuffed with delicious North Atlantic Lobster and crisp lettuce right at your local McDonald’s!  You can make it a full meal for just $10.99.  Score!

Mainers know a thing or two about a good lobster roll and these are delicious!  Check out the claw meat...

There is clearly no scrimping going on! If you are looking for a great way to  hang onto summer head over to McDonald's to enjoy a Maine staple!  Hurry though....just like summer vacation, this offering will end soon.  

Thursday Coupons!

Hi All.  Before I get to some great new giveaways I have ready to post for you I wanted to share some brand new coupons.  Be sure to print these before they are gone!  I am excited about the Annie's and the Olive Garden dressing coupons!


Save $1.00 any TWO (2) Happy Baby or Happy Tot snacks Save $1.50 One (1) pint of Breyers delights Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) ORTEGA Products Save $1.00 On Any TWO (2) Welch's Fruit Snacks, Fruit ?n Yogurt™ Snacks or Fruit Rolls (8oz or larger bag or 6ct or larger box) Save $1.00 on ONE (1) Olive Garden Salad Dressing product (any size) Save $0.50 when you buy ONE PACKAGE of any Annie's™ Organic Yogurt Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Phillips Colon Health product (24ct or larger) Save $1.00 on TWO (2) packages of EZ Foil Pans (Available at Walmart) Save $0.50 On any Colgate Toothpaste (3.0 oz or larger) Save $1.00 On ONE (1) Psssst! Dry Shampoo full size (Available at Walmart) Save $3.00 on any (1) AVEENO Face Moisturizer, Cream or Treatment product (excludes trial/travel and clearance products) Save $5.00 on any TWO (2) BIC Disposable Razor Packs (excludes trial and travel sizes) Save $2.00 on any six (6) 3 oz cans or 2.1 oz broths of Muse Wet Cat Food Save $5.00 on one (1) 4 lb or larger bag of Muse Dry Cat Food, any variety

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mickey and The Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines...Out Today!

Where are my Mickey fans??  Everywhere I assume!  I mean, who doesn't love Mickey and the gang?  Today Disney is releasing a brand new DVD....Mickey and the Roadster Racers:  Start Your Engines and it is a must have for fans.  Here is the scoop....

Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!

Watch a clip here.....

Our Thoughts:  This DVD was well loved yesterday.  We had a very busy weekend that started off with a BBQ then we had a family reunion on one of the islands in Casco Bay and I finished it off by taking the kids to Storyland in New Hampshire.  We had a wonderful time but, needless to say, we were all exhausted.  My daughter needed some downtime after lunch yesterday and we popped in this show.  As always, Mickey and the gang provided fun antics, adventure and lots of messages of friendship.  Mickey never goes out of style!  You can pick up the DVD today on Amazon  by clicking HERE or at other major retailers.

In celebration of this new DVD release you can find all kinds of fun activities for the kids by clicking below.  Have fun and enjoy! Download Mickey And The Roadster Racers - Start Your Engines Activities

Monday, August 14, 2017

Arthur: Brothers & Sisters...Out Now! Review & Giveaway!

Last week PBS released a great new DVD for the kids...Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is out now and was a big hit here at Reviewed by Mom.  Here is the scoop....

PBS Distribution has released “ARTHUR: BROTHERS AND SISTERS on DVD. Join Arthur, his family and friends for eight stories of the hit PBS KIDS series about the joys – and challenges – of having a brother or sister. From D.W. copying her big brother’s every move, to the Tibble twins discovering that Tommy is two whole minutes older than Timmy, this DVD features loads of sibling fun.

D.W. the Copycat
Yet another personality change for D.W., who’s decided that from now on, she’ll be just like Arthur. She’ll walk like him, talk like him, follow him wherever he goes. How can Arthur persuade D.W. that the world is only big enough for one Arthur?

Arthur’s Baby”
Arthur is not too sure he’s ready for a new baby in the house. What do babies do besides cry..crY ..cRY...CRY!  As the months fly by, Arthur imagines life with the new baby. Some of his fears seem to ring true: baby Kate doesn’t like him. Or does she?

D.W.’s Baby
Living with a baby is no picnic. No one ever told D.W. that babies cried all the time, and threw up on your clothes, and got all the attention. Just how long will Baby Kate be hanging around, anyway? And who would even miss D.W. if she ran away to Button Island? 

Arthur’s First Sleepover
Have you ever been afraid of the dark?  Despite D.W.’s threat of aliens, Arthur sets his tent for his first sleepover. D.W.’s mad that she can’t be a part of the sleepover, but she’ll have some fun of her own – with the help of alien lights. But, who will have the last joke: Arthur and his friends, D.W., or the aliens?

Francine Redecorates
Francine likes bats and lizards, while Catherine’s taste runs to lace. Normally, it’s fun to be different, but not if you’re two sisters sharing the same room. Space gets very tight at the Frensky’s, when this odd couple decides they’ve had enough togetherness. 

Sue Ellen’s Little Sister
Arthur and Francine would love to lend their sisters to Sue Ellen, who’s sick of being an only child. But Sue Ellen realizes you should be careful what you wish for, after her quest for the perfect sibling leads her to...D.W.

Two Minutes
Power shifts in the Tibble household when the twins find out Tommy is two minutes older than Timmy. Frustrated in his new role, Timmy enlists the help of an expert older brother tamer: D.W.!

The Pageant Pickle
School is almost out and Arthur can hardly wait for those lazy summer days by Muffy’s pool. Nothing could ruin such a happy time of year…except maybe – D.W.’s Spring Pageant!

Our Thoughts:  Arthur has long been a favorite in our house.  I love the family dynamics and the problem solving skills showcased throughout.  The episodes on this collection are perfect for this time of year when kiddos just might be getting tired of their siblings during summer vacation.  Each show does a wonderful job of describing real life conflict among siblings but an even better job is done showing kind resolution.  Our favorites were "Arthur's Baby" (my daughter is currently all about babies but NOPE I am  not expecting number 4!) and "Two Minutes" which we could really empathize with as my twins are two minutes apart :).

Buy It:  You can purchase this DVD at all major retailers as well as Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bright Books Series....Review & Giveaway!

As you all know by now, I am a lover of books.  I started reading to the kids while I was pregnant with them and hope they grow up to be adults who can find relaxation and escape from a good book.  Ask any parenting expert and they will tell you that the sooner you start reading to your little ones the more likely they are to come to love books themselves.

Today I am delighted to share a precious series just perfect for the tiniest readers.  I was sent a trio of titles from Bright Books that are sure to stimulate and capture the interest of the babies in your life.  Here is the scoop....

Join a young bear and his mother for their very busy day in the forest with Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day. This visually stunning board book features bright neon elements, soft touch-and-feel bears, and shiny foil that will capture baby's full attention and imagination. With sweet, soothing text and gentle illustrations, this engaging book will become a bedtime favorite. Follow along as baby bear has a day full of fun!

Our Thoughts:  Baby Bear's Busy Day is the perfect way to wind down with your little one at the end of the day. We follow Baby Bear and his mom on a busy day meeting friend, playing and frolicking before snuggling  into bed at night. Baby Bear and his mom are velvety smooth, there are twinkly, shiny foil elements throughout along with neon splashes.  This book is sure to become a quick favorite!  You can pick up your copy today HERE.

Swim along with Bubble in the deep, blue sea in Bright Books: Bubble’s Ocean Friends! Follow Bubble on her adventure and discover turtles, starfish, crabs, and more. Lively rhyming text, bright, colorful illustrations, and shiny foiled details invite young readers to have hands-on story time. Page after page, babies and toddlers will have fun counting all of Bubble's new ocean friends.

Our Thoughts:  What a sweet book!  The vivid, neon colors are great for little ones.  Bubbles is a sweet, glittery blue fish and she is on an adventure meeting new sea friends who your little one to count.  Bright orange turtles, a big whale set among textured color and plant life are just some of the friends your little one can count along with Bubbles.  You can buy it HERE.

Shadow is a very adventurous cat, but his favorite time for adventuring is at night. He loves saying hello to the moon, strolling around on rooftops, stargazing with friends, and so much more! Read along and explore the night in this storybook with rhyming text, colorful elements that illuminate the dark, and a soft touch-and-feel cat to guide you through the night. Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure is a delightful bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

Our Thoughts:  This book features the velvety cat Shadow who your child will enjoy patting as he goes on his nighttime adventure.  The dark pages allow the night sky to feel illuminated and the will capture the attention of your child.  This one makes a great bedtime choice!  You can buy it HERE.

Win!   I am so excited to tell you that Bright Books is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a set of these three adorable books!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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