Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take Home the Beautiful Life-Like Fashion Dolls from the Hit Disney Movie, Maleficent -- Available Now from JAKKS Pacific (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Are you a collector of fashion dolls?  Or, do you have a daughter or granddaughter who loves collecting and playing with dolls from popular movies?  If you answered "Yes" to either question, then you will want to check out the line of Maleficent fashion dolls from JAKKS Pacific, from the hit Disney movie, which is still in most theaters.

I, for one, love dolls and have been a collector of them since I was a little girl.  Unfortunately, due to having two girls and now limited storage space in our house, I have had to forgo picking up new dolls to store or display.  But, thanks to a review opportunity from the kind folks at JAKKS Pacific, they sent along the Maleficent Collector's Doll (the character Angelina Jolie starred as) for me to review and share with you, which I am displaying on a shelf in our family room with a couple other prized dolls I have picked up over the years.  

Once my girls get older, I will pass my fashion doll collection down to them, so that they can enjoy and display when they have their own place.  My poor girls were so upset when I told them that they could only hold the box or look at it on the shelf, as they really wanted to take it out of the box and play with it.  They were intrigued by the dimensional black wings, which are not removable, as well as the flowing jet black hair and breathtaking horn headpiece.  Luckily, they are getting older and understand how I like to collect items including dolls, due to their beauty.  And, the new Maleficent Collector Fashion dolls from JAKKS Pacific falls under this category.

Even if you are not a fan of Angelina Jolie, you can't help but admire her beauty, and this is replicated and put on display in this fashion doll.  I can't get over how life-like it looks, and how spot on to the features of Angelina Jolie, including her strong cheekbones, this doll has.  It is truly a gorgeous doll, and one that doll collectors will love.  Non-doll collectors, including younger fans of the movie will enjoy playing with the Maleficent Collector Fashion doll, as well as the Aurora Collector Fashion doll.  


"Bring home the magic of Disney’s Maleficent with this gorgeous 11.5” Maleficent Collector Fashion Doll. Maleficent wears her black gown with glitter accents and dimensional black wings which feature golden accents. With long raven hair and delicate horns with intricate detailing, this Maleficent Collector Fashion Doll is authentic to the Maleficent film."

"Children and collectors alike will love the beautiful Aurora Collector Fashion Doll. This gorgeous 11.5 inch collectible fashion doll features Aurora’s signature golden gown and long, stunning train with detailed accents. With flowing golden hair and floral crown with intricate detailing, the Aurora Collector Fashion Doll is truly authentic to the Maleficent film."

Like the video above shares, the two Maleficent Collector Fashion dolls offer more detail and hair that can be combed, while the basic Maleficent dolls, although also beautiful, don't come with hair or things like the breathtaking wings and black gown with glitter accent found on the Maleficent doll, or the flowing train and detailed accents including the floral crown, as seen on the Aurora Collector's doll.

I only saw this movie recently, after receiving the doll in the mail to review.  Now, I can see why so many people loved the movie and went out to the store thereafter to pick up these dolls, as well as the cosplay costumes for their kids and themselves to play dress up with.


I am always amazed at the selection of dolls that the folks at Jacks Pacific creates to go hand in hand with popular Disney releases, including their Frozen and Disney Princess dolls.  My girls love carrying around their Anna and Elsa dolls, as well as cuddle up with their Ariel and Belle dolls when it comes to Disney movie night in our house.  I can't wait to see what they come up with next, especially with the holidays fast approaching.  :-)  This is one toy website I frequent to stay up-to-date on new product additions and to get ideas for gift ideas for my girls. 

To learn more about the new Disney Maleficent fashion dolls from JAKKS Pacific, including where you can purchase them, as well as browse their other wonderful selection of fashion dolls and toys for both boys and girls, visit today! Like I tell people who come to our home for the very first time and see my collection of fashion dolls on display, "You are never too old to collect dolls." Once you set your eyes on these beautiful fashion dolls, you will find yourself wanting to pick one up just to admire. :-)

Don't forget to follow Jakks Pacific on their social media channels to stay up-to-date on new product additions, special offers and giveaway and more...

·       Jakks Pacific on Instagram: @jakkstoys
·       Jakks Pacific on Twitter: @jakkstoys
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Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Sit Back and Sip and Enjoy While Cooling Down This Summer with a Refreshing Iced Beverage from The Frozen Bean -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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When the fall and winter months roll around, I make a point to stock up on hot chocolate, to heat up when I need a hot beverage.  But, when the summer is upon us, I love making my family fun frozen drinks.  Not only do they help cool everyone down, but they are a great way to stay hydrated and always seem to satisfy a sweet tooth.  I don't know about you, but I find it hard to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.  Even if I add in lemon or other fruits to give the water flavor, I just don't find it appealing in the sense that I want to reach for a glass of water over and over again throughout the day.  But, I know the importance of staying hydrating, especially on hot summer days.  And, for me personal, if I don't stay hydrated, I find myself getting headaches, which seem to last a few days.  So, to make sure I am taking in the necessary amount of liquids, I like to find fun, refreshing drinks that I will enjoy, and that I can share with my family.  

A recent search for frozen drinks led me to Frozen bean and their extensive line of beverages.  You probably haven't heard about them, as they are a leading manufacturing of specialty desserts and beverages available to folks in the food service industry.  

"We use only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, delivering products that far exceed the market in taste and quality. Our research staff has developed delectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages that are simple to make and served as your own gourmet treats."

But, after reaching out to them, I was excited to be given the opportunity to review a sampling of their Frullati Premium Drink Mixes, which includes flavors like Mango, Pina Colada, Black Raspberry, Coconut and even Strawberry Watermelon, as well as a couple creme blends and their Toffee Coffee Ice Blended Coffee mix.

The kind folks at Frozen Bean also offered to let me run a giveaway in conjunction with my review, so that one lucky reader can try a sampling of their Frozen Bean product line, like the one I was sent to review (read on to learn how to enter and win).  

Raspberry Pomegranate Strawberry Banana Strawberries & Cream Pina Colada

In addition to their popular Frullati flavors, Frozen Bean also offers powdered mixes for...

  • Ice Blended Coffees
  • Chai Teas
  • Creme Blends
  • Frullati
  • Carnival Blends
  • Ice Teas
  • Base Mixes
  • Sip & Dips
Just look at all the different flavors they offer in the above drink blends...

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I don't know about you, but I could have a lot of fun trying out each and every flavor, and offering up my opinion, while asking for seconds! :-)

Out of the assortment of Frullati drink mixes sent, I have to say my personal favorites included Pina Colada, Watermelon and Coconut.  My girls were fans of Strawberries and Cream and Honeydew Melon, and have asked me time and again if I have more Frozen Bean mixes of these flavors to make more.  Close runner up included Mango, which was my husband's favorite, and Black Cherry, which was popular at our 4th of July BBQ.

When you think about frozen drinks, you have a favorite in mind?  I, like so many others, love frozen coffee drinks during the summer, as well as those that can be made with and without alcohol.  Being a stay at home, I can't whip up a mixed drink on ice whenever I feel like to enjoy, so I like to find find refreshing frozen treats that the girls and I can enjoy.  We had a blast sampling the difference frozen drink mixes that I was sent from Frozen Bean, as did family and friends who visited during Father's Day and the 4th of July, where I served up Frozen Bean drinks to cool everyone down.  And, my husband and I couldn't get over how tasty the Toffee Coffee Iced Frozen Bean blend was, which we sampled one AM after being up all night with the girls.  This iced beverage was definitely a much needed pick me up we both needed, and enjoyed! :-)

I am so happy to have found Frozen Bean and will definitely be picking up more of their drink mixes.  They really do come in handy when you want to make a frozen drink to enjoy while the kids play outdoors, to enjoy with your sweetie after a long day with the kids, or just a nice frozen treat for the whole family can enjoy.  The mixes themselves are easy to prepare, usually just calling for water or milk, and ice, along with a packed of the powdered mix, that you will blend up into a smoothie consistency (depends on drink mix you use) in your blender.  

Within a matter of minutes, you will have a restaurant quality frozen drink ready to serve up at home.   Now how is that for convenience?  I am loving it, as it is hard to get the girls all ready, load them in the car and wait in the hot sun at a drive thru to pick up an ice blended coffee or other frozen drink, to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Instead, I simply reach for a package of one of Frozen Bean's many delicious smoothie, mocha frappe, Chai latte, and coffee mix flavors, and can make an ice blended beverage at home! Yum!

Frozen Bean's delicious Belgian Dark chocolate Frappuccino creation, drink it Ice blended or make it a hot sipping chocolate.

Don't forget to follow Frozen Bean on their social media pages to stay up-to-date on special offers, new product additions, giveaways and more...


Frozen Bean Orange CreamsicleFrozen Bean Salted Caramel Latte Mix 3.5 Lb. BagFrozen Bean Cinnamon Bun

While Frozen Bean drink mixes are made with the food industry service in mind, that doesn't mean that consumers can't pick up these convenient and oh so easy to prepare beverage mixes.  Head on over to Amazon and browse the current selection of Frozen Bean products, including the drink mixes I talked about above. You can also visit the Frozen Bean website to learn more about their product offering, and even can REQUEST A FREE SAMPLE.  I have also hear that in the future Frozen Bean products will also be available for consumers in a retail setting, so make sure you keep an eye out for this.
Thanks to the kind folks at The Frozen Bean Corp., one lucky reader will win a sampler of frozen drink mixes, similar to what I was sent to review, to enjoy with your family and friends.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kids Will Love Snuggling Up to Their New HideAway Pets from Jay @ Play -- My Girls Do! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Hide Away Pets - Logo
Hide Away Pet - fully opened

When it comes to toys for my girls, I oftentimes find myself buying from brands I love, and that I know offer exceptional value and top quality products, including the popular toy brand, Jay @ Play.  

You get a fun, furry animal with each Hide Away Pet

From Happy Nappers and CuddleUppets to Seat Pets and Little Miss Muffins, you can also expect to find Jay @ Play offering fun and unique toys that kid of all ages will enjoy playing with, time and time again.  And, they have another winner with their new HideAway Pets.  Have you heard about HideAway Pets?  Maybe you have seen a commercial for them on television? 

Buy your Hide Away Pets today and receive a FREE Bonus Baby Hide Away! Just pay additional shipping and handling

"HideAway Pets are snuggable, huggable friends that snap open to play, and when it’s time for bed or a nap, they curl up and hide away – doing double duty as the perfect pillow! The adorable new assortment features seven different 15” cuddly characters – kids can collect them all! – each with their own “Adventure Card” with their name and a fun fact about them. 

The super-soft styles include the doggone adorable Siberian Husky, positively purr-fect Persian Kitten, roarsome (but never fierce!) African Lion, warm and fuzzy Snow Monkey, very handsome Hedgehog and absolutely lovable Lop Eared Bunny. So what do kids get with a HideAway Pet? A cuddly best friend and comfy pillow all in one!"x

I first found out about HideAway Pets from an email asking if I was interested in reviewing one.  Then, when I went to visit the website to learn more, I fell in love with the cute hideaway pals, and knew my girls would love them, too.  And, that they did!

We were sent the oh so cute Lop Eared Bunny, which made my girls' heart melt the moment they saw this fluffy bunny.  Then, I showed them what made this toy so unique, in that it can be cuddled one minute and then rolled up into a ball the next to be thrown around or even stored.  I don't know about you, but I love when toys are made for multiple purposes, like the new HideAway Pets.  Kids will love cuddling up with one of the 7 super soft characters, or even use this as a pillow.

Both of my girls were amazed at how their new loppy eared bunny could curl up into a perfect ball, which they loved toting around the room.  But, the best part came at bedtime or naptime, when they could cuddle up close to their bunny and fall fast asleep.

You get a fun, furry animal with each Hide Away Pet

With Savannah's birthday recently, I couldn't help but pick up a couple more HideAway Pets, so that the girls wouldn't be fighting over the Lop Eared Bunny.  Knowing that Savannah is a cat lover, I knew she would love the Persian kitten, while I surprised Bella will the fuzzy Snow Monkey.  At only $19.99 each, you can't go wrong for the price, as these cuddly characters will surely find a place in your child's heart quickly and become a snuggle buddy at bedtime.  

I can' wait to see what other products the folks at Jay @ Play come up, especially with the holiday season fast approaching. :-)  But, in the meantime, we are loving their new HideAway Pets, and I know you and your kids will, too!

Don't forget to follow HideAway Pets on Facebook and Twitter, to stay up-to-date on new character additions, special offers and more.  And, don't forget to follow JAnimals on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Buy your Hide Away Pets today and receive a FREE Bonus Baby Hide Away! Just pay additional shipping and handling

HideAway Pets from Jay @ Play are available now at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, and Kmart stores nationwide! 

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Now Available to Own on DVD -- Mike the Knight: Dragon Stories -- #Giveaway


from NCircle Entertainment and HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 7/22/14
DVD SRP: $6.99


"The journey and fun begins when Mike the Knight embarks on exciting adventures throughout Glendragon with his fire-breathing friends, Sparkie and Squirt.Dragon Stories releases on DVD July 22, 2014 from NCircle Entertainment and HIT Entertainment. Featuring eight adventure-filled episodes, this DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $6.99. With these fun and humorous tales of adventure, friendship and courage, young knights and wizards-in-training will want to join Mike on his missions again and again!

Every knight-in-training needs their merry band of friends and Mike is no exception! Mike’s best friends are Sparkie and Squirt; a pair of friendly, funny and quirky dragons. In this collection of eight exciting adventures, Sparkie and Squirt summon their bravery and special skills to help Mike with his knightly missions:  investigating strange noises, facing monsters and camping in the great outdoors! No challenge is too great for this courageous trio… as long as they stick together."

Episodes include:
·         “Mike the Knight and The Dragon Squires”
·         “Mike the Knight and The Scary Noise”
·         “Mike the Knight and The Real Dragon”
·         “Mike the Knight and Sparkie’s Amazing Thing”
·         “Mike the Knight and Squirt’s Story”
·         “Mike the Knight and The Monster”
·         “Mike the Knight and The Special Sign”
·         “Mike the Knight and The Knightly Campout”

Title Copyright: ©2014 Hit (MTK) Limited/Nelvana Limited.  A Canada-United Kingdom Co-production. Mike The Knight™ and logo and Be A Knight, Do It Right!™ are trademarks of Hit (MTK) Limited. Nelvana and Corus are trademarks of the Corus Entertainment Inc. group of companies. All rights reserved.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
DVD Featuring Running Time: 90 minutes
Twitter: @MiketheKnightUS


Thanks to the kind folks at NCircle Entertainment, one lucky reader will win a copy of the the new Mike the Knight Dragon Stories DVD, to share with that special Mike the Knight fan in their life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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About Mike the Knight®
Mike is a knight-in-training with a big future ahead of him. The son of the King and Queen of Glendragon, Mike is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a brave and noble knight.  With the triumphant rallying cry “Be a Knight, do it Right” the young hero is joined in his adventures by  a host of characters including his trusty steed Galahad, two friendly dragons Squirt and Sparkie, and his sister Evie, a trainee wizard.   Through comedy and adventure, the Mike the Knight series transports kids to a world of castles, dragons, and trolls. Kids accompany Mike on knightly missions, where they learn problem-solving, self-confidence, and how to do the right thing.  Mike the Knight gallops onto Nick Jr. in the US.  For more information, please visit and follow Mike on Facebook ( 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Learn the Benefits of Alkaline Water and #Win $500 for You and Your Child's Sports Team + Fun Tyent Twitter Party on July 28th #alkalinewaterforhealth

Disclosure:  I will be compensated for my time in promoting and attending the Tyent Twitter party from the sponsor.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

 Have you ever been part of a Twitter party? They are so much fun and you can win awesome prizes! I am hosting a Twitter Party for Tyent. You will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card just for RSVPing for the event! (Enter on the Raffllecopter form below.) Twitter Party Details:
Twitter Party Prizes:
  • 3 – $25 Amazon Gift Cards (Given out randomly during the party.)
  • Grand Prize: 1 Amazon Gift Card $50, 1 TYgo Portable Alkalizer , and 1 box ofAlkawake ($145 Value)
  • RSVP Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Cards (enter below on the Rafflecoter form)
  • Click here for complete rules

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