July 31, 2014

What's for Supper: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals Review and Giveaway


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes.



When it comes to recipes, I personally prefer those with less ingredients. The fewer the better! Which is why I knew I'd love Southern Living's What's for Supper: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals by Vanessa McNeil Rocchio (SRP $19.95).

About the book:
Faced with the daily challenge of cooking healthy, affordable, and quick meals for your family is reason enough to head to the take-out menus, but WHAT’S FOR SUPPER: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals will have you saving both time and money. Drawing upon the brand’s legacy and expertise, the book shows home cooks how to make family-friendly meals such as Ginger Pork Chops with Grilled Peach Relish, Smoked Salmon with Goat Cheese and Asparagus Frittata, Sausage with Kale Grits, and Molten Hazelnut Brownies.

WHAT’S FOR SUPPER: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals is much more than a compilation of easy recipes – it’s an indispensable tool for seasoned cooks and novices alike. It teaches you how to stock your pantry with basics, such as a variety of oils, vinegars, and condiments for flavorful, fast cooking. The tips for time-saving and equipping your kitchen will give you huge advantages when that six o’ clock crunch time rolls around.

In less time than it takes to order-in delivery or drive to the closest fast food joint, these made-from-scratch meals will be on the table. The recipes are Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved, and they’re guaranteed to be as easy as a quick stop to the grocery store, grabbing 5 simple ingredients and within 30-minutes enjoying a gourmet supper with your family.


I couldn't wait to try out the recipes, and the first recipe I tried was a dessert (of course!).

I made Vanilla Wafer Sandwich Bites, and the recipe contained only 3 ingredients - vanilla wafers, peanut butter, and a baking bar.  However, because I didn't have a baking bar on hand, I simply used chocolate chips and coconut oil instead, and the end result was still delicious.

Vanilla Wafer Sandwich Bites
Because I LOVE breakfast, I decided to make the Bacon and Eggs Bread Pudding next.
Bacon and Eggs Bread Pudding

I actually made the dish for dinner, and it was hit.  Even my pickiest eater (my middle son) enjoyed it.

I love that the recipes are quite versatile (I added cheddar cheese to the bread pudding; next time I'll add some mushrooms), and I love that they are very easy.

I really enjoy all of the full-color photos in the recipe book, and I also think it's great that the because the recipes are simple, my kids can help out with a lot of them.

There are so many recipes I can't wait to try.

5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals is a great resource to have on hand to create quick and easy delicious dishes for the family!

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July 30, 2014

Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride DVD Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of the DVD for review purposes.


Peppa Pig, the hit preschool series from Nick Jr., is taking kids entertainment to new heights with the all-new adventure-packed DVD release, Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride soaring into retail stores nationwide, August 12, 2014 from Entertainment One.  The DVD ($14.98 SRP) features 12 episodes filled with the wholesome family entertainment and gentle humor that has preschoolers and parents everywhere falling in love with this charming little piggy.  Filled with lots of fun adventures, from a hot air balloon ride, to fun with painting, a new baby piggy, an exciting bicycle race, and of course jumping in muddy puddles, Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride is sure to become a fan-favorite. 

DVD Episodes:
  • The Balloon Ride
  • The Cycle Ride
  • Whistling
  • George’s Birthday
  • Ice Skating
  • Painting
  • The Baby Piggy
  • Very Hot Day
  • Daddy’s Movie Camera
  • Dr. Hamster’s Tortoise
  • The New Car
  • George Catches A Cold

My kids LOVE Peppa Pig.  I always catch them saying Peppa Pig phrases in everyday conversation, or imitating their favorite characters, so when we watched Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride DVD, they excitedly recited things the characters would say, and eagerly told of what would happen in each episode.

My youngest loved George's Birthday, especially when seeing the fun surprise that Daddy Pig had outside for him.

My oldest loved Daddy's Movie Camera, and thought how funny it was when Peppa was being recorded, and my middle son's favorite episode was Very Hot Day, in which all the mud puddles dried up, so Peppa and George had to find somewhere else to splash.

If you're child is a Peppa Pig fan, this DVD is a must for your collection!

You can also download Peppa Pig Activity Sheets here.



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July 28, 2014

Back to School with BIC Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received complimentary products for review purposes.

I can't believe the summer is ending and my kids will be back in school this week.  

Throughout the summer my kids practiced their writing, and over the past week they have been using BIC products for everything from writing stories, drawing, and playing on the iPad!

We were fortunate to receive several types of BIC products, including those from the BIC Kids Line.  

From top left clockwise: BIC MAGIC marker Brand Dry Erase Marker, BIC Kids Stylus, BIC Wite-Out Correction Tape, BIC 4-Color Metallic


About BIC Kids™
BIC Kids is the first line of children’s writing instruments in the U.S. designed specifically to help children learn to write. The products, which were designed with the help of teachers and other experts in the field, provide young students with a unique guiding line to direct finger placement and are ergonomically designed specifically for kids’ hands. Whether a righty or a lefty, young students will soon realize that writing is an exciting everyday adventure!

Products in the line include mechanical pencils, pens, and even a stylus!

My kids use the stylus often with our iPad, and the yellow guiding line ensures they always have a proper grip.

I personally love a lot of the BIC items, one of which is the BIC 4-Color Metallic Pen.  I love the barrel color, and being able to switch ink colors quickly and easily comes in very handy when I'm jotting things down in my planner!

We have several dry erase boards in our home, so the BIC MAGIC marker Brand Dry Erase Markers come in very handy.

The BIC Wite-Out also comes in very handy for the inevitable mistakes that occur when writing.

We encourage our kids to write daily, and the BIC products have definitely been put to good use.

BIC also launched a "Fight for Your Write" campaign, which encourages writing and stresses the benefits of writing.  You can find out more at  www.bicfightforyourwrite.com.

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July 25, 2014

New Tea Arrivals and 10% Off Discount

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Tea Collection's new arrivals are here! These new styles are inspired by Germany's early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. Tea Collection's new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau. The perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! Go take a peek at the Tea Collection's new arrivals today!

July 23, 2014

Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes.

If you've ever found yourself locked out of the house, unable to find keys to the storage shed, or in need of a way to easily find keys or access cards that you're always misplacing, the Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box (SRP $40.48) may be just what you need.

Set up of the Storage Security Lock Box was really easy.

All I had to do was set a combination (although the same character cannot be used more than once for the combination, I like that you can make a really long combination, up to 12 characters long!), insert the optional key hook, secure the lock to a door knob, and in just a matter of minutes the Storage Security Lock Box was ready to use!

It's great that there is a lot of space in the compartment to store several keys or access cards, and that the keypad is very easy to use.  The lock box feels very sturdy, and I especially love the weather cover, which comes in very handy if using it on an external door or storage shed.

Although I thought it seemed like an unnecessary extra step to have to re-enter your combination in order to close the box, overall I think the Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box offers a convenient and secure solution to storing extra keys and access cards when necessary.

Here are some safety tips from Master Lock:
Home is where the heart is, and also, where the people and possessions most important to consumers reside. Yet, nearly half of North Americans (44 percent) don't take any security precautions other than locking their windows and doors to keep these items safe.* With summer and families more likely to be enjoying the outdoors -- either at home or away -- Master Lock is reminding consumers of simple security precautions to ensure their home remains a safe haven.

"Safety starts and ends at home," said Rebecca Smith of Master Lock, a leading manufacturer of innovative safety and security solutions. "There's no better time to incorporate safe practices into your family's routine to ensure a safe and memorable summer."

Master Lock offers its top six tips for home security:

1. Make Your Backyard a Safe Place - Remember to put garden tools and lawn mowers away in a locked place after use. Un-stored tools could cause a fall or tempt young children to use them as toys. Secure your shed or garage door with a high-security, weather-resistant lock, such as the Master Lock Magnum Laminated Padlock. Not only does this deter kids from using tools as toys, it also guards lawn equipment from theft.

2. Sleep Safely with Windows Open - Sleeping with open windows provides a cool breeze for pleasant rest and helps many people sleep better. Even better, it lessens the chance of succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning, a dangerous nighttime killer. Unfortunately, it also provides easy access to your home for intruders. Before enjoying this summertime routine, take proactive measures to ensure you do so safely. If you use a home security system (only 14 percent of North Americans do*), ensure it provides window security coverage. Otherwise, use a window blocking device that prevents windows from opening more than six inches, and ensure windows cannot be accessed from outside. While you're sleeping, ensure all doors are locked, and safeguard patio doors from intruders with Master Lock's Door Security Bar.

3. Designate a Family Meeting Spot - More than half of North Americans (54 percent) have not designated a meeting spot in case of a house fire.* Set one with your family now so you're prepared should a fire ever strike. It's also good practice to designate a meeting spot whenever you're away from home. Whether you are at a carnival, park or away on vacation, always come up with a plan of where to meet. This will give you peace of mind in case someone in your family is separated from the group.

4. Check Your Smoke Detectors - Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire.** Yet, only seven percent of North Americans test smoke detectors monthly* -- the recommended frequency to ensure they're always working correctly. Replace batteries yearly or as soon as you hear a low-battery warning sound that usually sounds like a chirping noise. Smoke alarms should be replaced completely every 10 years.

5. Create Backups- With busy summer schedules, it's easy to forget your keys before leaving the house. To avoid being locked out of your house, make extra copies of your keys, and keep them in a secure spot. The Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box allows you to store your extra key and have it be accessible only by those who know the combination.

6. Prepare for the Unexpected - Technology today makes it easier than ever to ensure you're never waiting in line at an urgent care clinic without your child's insurance information or forgetting passwords to your online accounts. Store digital copies of your family's important medical and identification information in the free and secure Master Lock Vault for easy access from your smart phone on the go.

For more information on safety tips and products, please visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or the Master Lock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlock.
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*According to a May 2014 Safety and Security Survey of more than 1,000 North Americans conducted by Master Lock via SurveyMonkey.

**According to the American Red Cross.

July 18, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue Review

Planes: Fire & Rescue (Rated PG) is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Our family was fortunate to attend last night's advance screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue, which I thought was very cute and entertaining, and a nice tribute to all the courageous firefighters.

After being told that his racing days are over due to a failing gearbox, Dusty focuses on becoming a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) to assist Mayday, a fire and rescue truck, in order to keep the Propwash Junction airport operational. 

Dusty ends up at Piston Peak Air where Blade Ranger takes him under his wing.

Dusty goes through a lot of training, making many mistakes along the way, and ultimately he risks everything to become a certified SEAT.

Although it's a movie - and an animated one - I thought Planes: Fire & Rescue did a nice job of showing the dangers firefighters face daily and what they risk without being graphic or threatening.

Despite the tense moments of danger in the film, there were many moments where my kids giggled, and even many humorous parts which only adults could understand.

The animation was great (my kids loved the training and firefighting scenes in which the aircraft flew throughout the National Park), and the soundtrack complemented the film nicely.

Although I thought the ending seemed a bit forced, and I would have liked for the movie to explore the newer characters and relationships just a bit more, the kids really enjoyed Planes: Fire & Rescue.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is in theaters now.




July 16, 2014

Paradise Cove Luau Review

I've received quite a few inquiries on social media about which luau to go to when visiting Oahu, but because I hadn't gone to a luau since I was in elementary school, I could never recommend any...until now.

Our family went to the Paradise Cove Luau recently, and it was a wonderful experience!

We arrived at the Paradise Cove just after 5pm, when the gates opened, and the weather was gorgeous.

Upon arrival we were given our Cove Cards (cards with credit used towards drinks or anywhere else the card is accepted, such as the gift shop) and greeted with some local music, tropical drinks (punch for the kids, Mai Tais for the adults), and shell lei.

After taking a photo with some "cousins" - the staff members refer to themselves and the guests as "cousins" - as we are all one big happy `ohana (family) - we were on our way to participate in the numerous activities.

We played some traditional Hawaiian games (‘O’o ihe: Spear throwing, ‘Ulu maika: Rolling stone disks, Moa pahe’e: Dart sliding), went for a canoe ride around the lagoon, and got some tattoos!

Guests could also participate in Hawaiian crafts, go shopping, or watch some mini shows, such as the Shower of Flowers, in which a cousin climbs to the top of a tree and throws flowers to the guests down below.

Right before the luau starts is the Imu Ceremony, in which a pig that has been cooking underground for several hours is unveiled.

Of course, the actual luau feast was highly anticipated.  Guests could choose from a variety of dishes, including salad, poi, lomi lomi salmon, fried chicken, fish with a macadamia nut creme sauce, kalua pig, haupia, banana coconut cake, and more!

I thought the food options were good (my fave was the kalua pig!) and that there were enough options for those who may have shied away from Hawaiian foods like poi and lomi salmon.

The performances were another big highlight of the luau.

Guests were entertained with song and dance, and there were a few opportunities for the audience to participate as well!

My favorite part of the show was the fireknife dancer (you can check out the quick video I posted on Facebook here).

Our family had a fantastic time at Paradise Cove Luau!

The one thing that really sticks out about our experience was the Aloha spirit.  All of the cousins were so friendly and welcoming, and everyone from the gate attendants to the performers greeted us warmly, joked around with us, and "talked story" with us like we really were `ohana.

The Paradise Cove Luau is a great way for guests to experience Hawaii - through the activities, the performances, the food, the surroundings, and the Aloha spirit!


Paradise Cove Luau
92-1089 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 842-5911

Click here for package rates; Kama`aina rates available.

Thank you to Paradise Cove Luau for the media discount on my admission. 

The Wonder Years Complete Series Now Available for Pre-Order


Before there was Modern Family, That '70s Show or Freaks and Geeks, there was The Wonder Years -- a nostalgia-inducing take on the traditional family sitcom -- and one of the most beloved sitcoms of the past thirty years. Debuting in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, the affectionate look at growing up in the late '60s and early '70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television. And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow the exploits of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways. Never before released on DVD in its entirety, THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES will be presented as a 26-disc collector's set featuring all 115 episodes housed in a replica metal locker, along with a host of extras including 15 hours of specially-produced bonus programming --- featurettes, an incredible cast reunion 16 years in the making and never-before-seen outtakes, including all takes of Kevin and Winnie's first kiss from the pilot episode. THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES will be available exclusively online, available now for pre-order at TimeLife.com/WonderYears for $249.95.

It was 1968 -- the year of Nixon and space walks and Mod Squad and Vietnam. Enter Kevin Arnold (Savage), a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School. Set against the suburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d'Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills). Add to the mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness.

With 28 million viewers tuning into ABC for the first episode, all it took was one kiss between Kevin and Winnie to get audiences hooked on this series created by the husband-and-wife duo Neal Marlens and Carol Black. From 1988-1993, The Wonder Years was one of the most popular shows on TV, achieving a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons. And the critical accolades and awards would follow: after only a scant six episodes, the show captured an Emmy for "Best Comedy Series;" and, at the age of 13, Fred Savage, would become the youngest actor ever nominated as "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series." The series would also go on to win 24 awards (and be nominated for 70 more), including multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and, in 1989, a Peabody Award for pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling. Additionally, in 1997, "My Father's Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" and in the 2009 list, the pilot episode was ranked #43. Suffice it to say, The Wonder Years was one of the most critically lauded sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s.

An integral part of The Wonder Years was its use of classic period music, so to release the series to the consumer marketplace, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life painstakingly cleared over 300 songs as they were featured in the original broadcast. Included among the hundreds of memorable, era-defining recordings are Jo Cocker's iconic title song, "With A Little Help From My Friends," plus songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson, The Who, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and many others.

THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES is nostalgically packaged in a collectible metal locker, a replica of those used by Kevin and Winnie in Kennedy Junior High School -- complete with colorful Wonder Years magnets to custom-design each locker. Within the locker are housed notebooks, each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members, behind-the-scenes photos and classic show memorabilia, and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, and executive producer Bob Brush.

The TV archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life have also put together 15 hours of specially-produced bonuses including the 2014 Los Angeles cast reunion, featuring all key cast together for the first time in 16 years; extensive individual interviews with all seven key cast members (Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo and Jason Hervey), as well as with notable actors featured as guest stars or in recurring roles, such as David Schwimmer, Ben Stein, Bob Picardo and Seth Green; plus, in-depth interviews with narrator Daniel Stern, Neal Marlens, Carol Black, Bob Brush and other production personnel; and, ten brand-new featurettes: "With A Little Help From My Friends": The Kids Grow Up, "When A Man Loves A Woman": Kevin & Winnie Forever, "Bookends": Kevin & Paul, "A Family Affair": At Home With The Arnolds, ""I Love You For Sentimental Reasons": Fan-Favorite Episodes, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow": The Wonder Years' Love Stories, "ABC": Teachers That Made A Difference and "Both Sides Now": The Music That Made The Moments. Finally, never-before-seen outtakes, including alternate versions of Kevin and Winnie's first kiss from the pilot episode completes this impressive collector's set, certain to be a fixture in the homes of many a Wonder Years fan and TV DVD aficionado.

Additionally, being released day-and-date will be two additional configurations sure to excite die-hard fans who've been eagerly awaiting the series' home entertainment release since it left the airwaves in 1993. THE WONDER YEARS EXPERIENCE, priced at $299.95, includes all the elements from the COMPLETE SERIES, along with a selection of limited-edition memorabilia created exclusively for this set: a Kennedy Junior High School tee shirt, tube socks, and a vintage gym bag; a Kennedy Junior High School pennant and commemorative patch, The Wonder Years collectible pins, and a newly-produced Wonder Years CD, featuring the theme song plus classics by Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, The Beach Boys, The Temptations and many others.

THE WONDER YEARS SIGNATURE EDITION, limited to 500 sets, includes everything from the COMPLETE SERIES and EXPERIENCE editions; each set will also be hand-signed by Fred Savage, Danica McKellar and other cast members, housed in a numbered locker and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The most requested unreleased TV DVD in the marketplace, THE WONDER YEARS is the newest DVD release from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, following in the critically acclaimed footsteps for top-selling, award-winning boxed sets of CHINA BEACH, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS, among many others. And much like Kevin Arnold says in the final episode, perhaps, after all these years, you'll "still look back with wonder" at one of the landmark television programs of our time.

Fans interested in receiving Wonder Years and exclusive content can visit WonderYearsDVDs.com.

The Wonder Years was created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black in association with New World Television, which was acquired in 1997 by 21st Century Fox (Then News Corporation), the parent company of Twentieth Century Fox Television.

*All Episodes offer closed captioning

July 15, 2014

Love Songs For My Baby - a new album by Alex Mitnick



Award winning kids' musician Alex Mitnick, best known for his work with Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, recently released his 5th album entitled "Love Songs for My Baby" on Father's Day 2014.

After receiving a complimentary copy of the CD in the mail, I popped it into the CD player in my car and listened to it on the way to dropping off my son Baby B at his baby sitter's place the next morning.  As the first song "Oh My My" started to play, the first thing that came to my mind was "wow, this is not your ordinary kid's music album!"  The tune was upbeat and joyful, but in a relaxing way.  As the music played on during our morning commute, Baby B sat in his rear facing car seat and looked very content.  It looked as though he was enjoying the tunes and would probably start clapping to the beat if he knew how to clap.

The nice thing about Alex's music is that it's music that can be enjoyed by both baby and adults.  It's not a sing-a-long album that young children will be able to sing to, but they will enjoy listening to the music and will enjoy listening to their parents and grandparents singing the lyrics to them.

From a parent's perspective, it's music that you will enjoy listening to over and over with your child, creating special moments with your child that you will forever cherish.

Listen to and download the entire album at lovesongsformybaby.com.  The physical CD album is also available for purchase.

Disclosure: Complimentary product was provided for review purposes.

July 14, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue Soundtrack Prize Pack Giveaway



Award-winning composer Mark Mancina, who won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack Album (with Phil Collins) for his work on Disney’s 1999 feature “Tarzan,” produced and composed the score for “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” The Planes: Fire & Rescue original motion picture soundtrack takes off July 15.

Composer Mark Mancina returned to the runway to create the score for “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” As composer for “Disney’s Planes,” Mancina was able to take themes established in the first film and update them to reflect the unique and heroic nature of “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” “Dusty’s more grown-up so the music wanted to be a little more grown-up—a little bit richer. There’s an arc to his life and the music needed to follow that arc.”

Mancina opted for a more orchestral sound in the new score. “It comes from an earthy direction, so there’s a lot of orchestral percussion, French horn, strings and woodwinds,” he says. “There is added texture from other types of instruments, but the heart of the score is an orchestra.”

The melodic score was recorded with a 90-piece orchestra. For Dusty’s training montage, filmmakers agreed it called for a bold acoustic piano that would stand out from the orchestra. Says Mancina, “We were lucky enough to have Bruce Hornsby play piano on the score, which brought a completely different color and a much more mature feel to the score.”

Hornsby, a multiple Grammy®-winning artist, also played a special cue that can be heard near the end of the film, supporting the serious and emotional tone filmmakers sought.

Brad Paisley performs two new songs for the film, including “Runway Romance,” which was written by director Bobs Gannaway and Danny Jacob, and “All In,” a song Paisley signed on to write and perform after hearing of the film’s firefighting themes. “My father’s a firefighter,” says Paisley. “He was my whole life. And my brother-in-law and several family members are firefighters. I was really honored to pay tribute to them. I sat down after seeing a rough cut of the movie and it came to me very quickly.

“My dad was president of the volunteer fire department, which was walking distance from our house,” continues Paisley. “I spent several days of each week there with him—any time the whistle blew, he went. It was truly inspiring to watch him lead that way. It’s a strange and wonderful mentality that these people have. They get so excited about that opportunity to help. My favorite line in the song is, ‘Where there’s smoke and flames, and everybody needs out, I’m all in.’”

Paisley also lends his voice in a cameo appearance as a pickup truck in Honkers Sports Bar.

Newcomer/singer/songwriter Spencer Lee performs “Still I Fly,” a song he co-composed with his writing partners Windy Wagner and Michael “Smidi” Smith. “Still I Fly” can be heard when Dusty, after discovering that he may never race again, leaves Propwash Junction en route to Piston Peak to train as an aerial firefighter.

Planes: Fire & Rescue track list follows:

1. Still I Fly* Performed by Spencer Lee
2. Runway Romance** Performed by Brad Paisley
3. All In** Performed by Brad Paisley

4. Planes: Fire & Rescue - Main Title Score                                  
5. Propwash Score                                                                           
6.  Out of Production Score                                            
7.  Dusty Crash Lands Score                                            
8.  Fire! Score                                                                                     
9. An All New Mayday Score                                           
10. Sad Mayday Score                                                        
11. Pontoons Score                                                                            
12. A Special Kind of Plane Score                                  
13. Training Dusty Score                                                    
14. We Got the Gear Box Score                                      
15. Cad Score                                                                                      
16. Blazin’ Blade Mystery Score                                       
17. Mystery of Blaze-Lightning Score                                            
18. Lightning Storm Fire Score                                          
19. (It's) Hip to Be Cad Score                                           
20.  Harvey & Winnie Score                                                             
21.  Cheers Score                                                                 
22.  Nobody Has Your Gear Box Score                                            
23.  Fire by the Lodge Score                                                            
24.  Behind Enemy Lines Score                                          
25.  Evacuation Score                                                                         
26.  Blade Is Down Score                                                    
27.  Loopin’ Lopez Score                                                     
28.  Tourist Trapped Score                                                 
29.  Fire Heroes Score                                                         
30.  Rescue Harvey & Winnie Score                                  
31. Dusty Saves the Day Score        
32. Saving Dusty Score
33. You Had Us Worried Score                    
           
The Planes: Fire & Rescue soundtrack is available for pre-order at both iTunes and Amazon.com and will be available nationwide July 15. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

You can purchase the soundtrack on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/pfra1 or Amazon Music: http://smarturl.it/pframaa2.

Win: One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Planes prize pack to include: 
  1. The Planes: Fire and Rescue Soundtrack
  2. A Planes backpack
  3. Dusty's Big Job book
  4. Turbo Dusty toy plane




A second prize winner will receive a Planes: Fire and Rescue Soundtrack CD.

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July 10, 2014

Orkin Blog App and Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway #BugWisdom

At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!



Win: One lucky winner will receive an Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit which includes:The Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit includes:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to Denise Taylor-Dennis!


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Libby's Vegetable Cups and Fruit Cups Review

Note: Complimentary product was received for review purposes.

I'm fortunate that my oldest son will pretty much eat (or at least try) any fruit or vegetable, but my youngest two sons are SO picky.  I often try to get them to eat various fruits and vegetables, just as I did when I received some Libby's Vegetable Cups and Fruit Cups.




Libby's Vegetable Cups, available in 4oz serving sizes, are low in calories and free of saturated fats and trans-fats.  Libby's Fruit Cups do not contain any added sugars, and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.  

My kids LOVED the Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups!  The Diced Peaches were also another fave.


As for the vegetable cups, I actually used them as sides for dinner (love that they are microwavable!), and my kids did eat the Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, but when it came to the Green Beans, they tasted them, but didn't care for them.  

However, I'm so pleased that they tried everything, and for my youngest two picky eaters, the fact that they ate the fruit cups is progress (my middle will only eat bananas and strawberries, my youngest only strawberries).

Because the cups are just 4 oz, I didn't have to worry about a lot of waste, and the cups simply make it convenient to grab a healthy afterschool snack, or add a healthy side (no can opener needed!).

Check out the sweet ideas below using Libby's Vegetable and Fruit Cups - I'm definitely going to try some of them, and next time I'll throw the Green Beans into a casserole!
·         Sweet Corn Frozen Pops
·         Avocado Sweet Pea Frozen Pops
·         Peach Carrot Frozen Pops

July 3, 2014

Semi-Annual Sale Days: 40% Additional Off

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This is it, Tea Collection's Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7). Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco. Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don't wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping!

July 2, 2014

Wings: Sky Force Heroes Free Activity Sheet and DVD Giveaway



Josh Duhamel (Transformers) is back as Ace in the thrilling story about a heroic pilot seeking redemption in the DOVE-approved family adventure, Wings: Sky Force Heroes, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) exclusively at Walmart, Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View July 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the sky-high follow up to the animated feature Wings, an all-star cast including Rob Schneider (Grown Ups), Tom Skerritt (Top Gun), Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Hilary Duff (A Cinderella Story), Dallas Lovato (Birds of Paradise) and Russell Peters (Source Code), all return to help firefighter Ace remember why he loves being a hero.

When Ace (Duhamel), a cocky young firefighter, defies his Colonel's (Skerritt) orders and recklessly attempts a solo mission, it leads to disastrous consequences. Ace, along with Fred (Schneider), his trusty co-pilot, quits Sky Force and resigns himself to hauling coal for Mr. Steinway (Peters), until one day a fire breaks out in the mines! With the help of his friends: Windy (Duff) and T-Bone (McCartney), Ace must overcome his fears and become the hero he was destined to be.

Timed to the theatrical release of Planes: Fire and Rescue, the Wings: Sky Force Heroes DVD features all-new bonus material including a look at the making of the film and a sneak peek at award-winning Miniscule shorts, and will be available exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
  • “Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio with Rob Schneider, Josh Duhamel, Tom Skerritt, Jesse McCartney and Russell Peters!” featurette
  • Four Award-Winning Miniscule Shorts
 *Subject to change 




Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Wings: Sky Force Heroes on DVD!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to VickeC!

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