Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fun Donut Pop Tires Snack and Easter Basket + DVD #Giveaway for Upcoming Monster Trucks Release to Blu-Ray Combo Pack on 4/11 #Giveaway #MonsterTrucks

My girls can't wait for Monster Trucks to arrive on Blu-Ray Combo pack on 4/11?  How about your family?  We saw previews for this movie awhile back in the theaters, but then the infamous stomach bug and cold that went through the house hit and we missed it.  So, the girls have been counting down the days until it arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray so that they could watch.  

With Easter fast approaching this upcoming family-friendly movie release would make for a great Easter basket filler.  Or, if you can't wait until Easter and want to watch it sooner with your family, I don't blame you! :-)  When we finally sit down to watch Monster Trucks, I am going to make these cute and oh so easy Donut Pop Tires Snacks for the family to enjoy.

Don't they look so cute?!  :-)  I am a chocoholic and could use one of these donut pop tires now.  Next to being yummy, this movie inspired snack is oh so easy to make.  Don't believe me?  Check out the easy to follow instructions below...

See, easy peasy!  So, you have no excuse not to make your family's next movie night watch Monster Trucks (Read on to learn how you can with this upcoming Blu-ray release and other goodies just in time for Easter) that much more memorable.  Make sure you add the ingredients needed for this tasty snack to your shopping list, along with popcorn and extra movie night goodies, so you will not be running around last minute.  I could see donut pop tires also making a great party snack if you child is asking for a Monster Trucks birthday party this year. :-)  

Here is more about Monster Trucks, including the official movie trailer, in case you haven't heard about this wonderful movie the whole family will enjoy -- and, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a fun Monster Trucks Easter Basket Prize Pack at the end of this post. :-)

More about this upcoming release...


Hilarious and Heartfelt Family Film Hits the Road Just in Time for Easter on
Blu-ray Combo Pack April 11

Get the Film Two Weeks Early on Digital HD March 28

"Get ready for “big, big fun” (Max Evry, Coming Soon) when the “perfect family film” (Mike Reyes, Cinemablend) MONSTER TRUCKS revs up on Blu-ray Combo Pack April 11, 2017from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Get in the driver’s seat two weeks early with the Digital HD release on March 28.

            Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery - a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend, Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family. A fun-filled adventure that never slows down, MONSTER TRUCKS features a terrific ensemble cast including Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Thomas Lennon (“The Odd Couple”), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) and Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”).
    A perfect family Easter gift, the MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray Combo Pack features over 40 minutes of action-packed behind-the-scenes bonus content.  Take a look under the hood and discover the magic behind MONSTER TRUCKS with interviews from cast and crew, deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel and much, much more!  Plus, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes collectible MONSTER TRUCKS wall decals, for a limited time while supplies last.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead."

    MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray Combo Pack
    The MONSTER TRUCKS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

    • Feature film in high definition
    • Bonus Content:
      • Who’s Driving the Monster Trucks?
      • The Monster in the Truck
      • Creating the Monster Truck
      • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Production Diaries
  • Feature film in standard definition

            The Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase includes a Digital HD copy of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.   

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the film in standard definition.

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Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present a Disruption Entertainment production of a Chris Wedge film: “Monster Trucks.”  Music by David Sardy.  Costume designer Tish Monaghan.  Edited by Conrad Buff, ACE.  Production designer Andrew Menzies.  Director of photography Don Burgess, ASC. Executive producers Cale Boyter, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Produced by Mary Parent, p.g.a. and Denis L. Stewart, p.g.a.  Story by Matthew Robinson and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly.  Directed by Chris Wedge.


I am excited to offer one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win this fun "Monster Trucks" Easter-themed basket, complete with Blu-Ray, a chocolate Bunny, and a toy car from the film, all nestled in a cute Easter basket.

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About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies. 

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit

Street Date:                 March 28, 2017 (Digital HD)
                                        April 11, 2017 (Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand)
U.S. Rating:                 PG for action, peril, brief scary images and some rude humor
Canadian Rating:        PG for violence, not recommended for young children

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I See Me! Never Disappoints When it Comes to Needing a Unique Gift Idea for Kids (Review)

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

I created my first I See Me! Book when I was expecting Savannah. And, since then I have a made a point to personalize books from I See Me! For the girls for their birthdays and holidays like Christmas and Easter.  They love receiving personalized books as they love hearing and seeing their names throughout the pages of a book when we snuggle up at bedtime to enjoy a few good books.  Usually I buy a book for each of my girls, but this time I was excited to see that the folks at I See Me! Had a book with both my girls in mind. 

Last week I created “Savannah & Arabella Go Together Like…” and within a week I had the book on my doorstep. Like other personalized books from I See Me! I added special touches to make the book unique for my girls…from adding their names, a special message from my husband and I to the girls, and even a few photos of the girls.  I was also able to choose the skin tone and hair color of the girls.  This is the first time I have created a book that I was able to do this.  With my girls being part Latina, they have their Daddy’s darker complexion.  Oftentimes when we are reading a story they point out that the characters are all light skinned like me, and wondered why they didn’t have characters with their darker skin tone.  So, when I shared this personalized book with the girls the other day, they were happy to see the two little girls on the front cover with a darker skin tone…even if it was a little darker than theirs.

My girls really got into this book.  I read it on the couch before bedtime and had them sit on either side of me.  As I read through the pages, they pointed out their names and things about their characters.  Then we got to the pages where siblings fight.  I had to laugh as the girls were both quick to chime in that fighting is never good…even though that is what they seem to be doing more of lately.  They fight about their toys, what to watch on television, who gets to listen to what song on the radio, etc.  But, when I read about the girls fighting, they had to interject.  Go figure! :-)

When I reached the last page, I was brought to tears, as my girls hopped up from the couch and gave each other a big hug.  My youngest said, “Sisters Forever” before they both in unison said “I Love You.”  Oh, how I wish I could have bottled up that moment to keep…or least show them the next time they start fighting. J  We have only had this book about a week now, but the girls can’t get enough of it.  It is front and center on our coffee table and I am asked at least once a day to read it to them together or one on one.  The girls love pointing out their favorite illustrations and parts of the story.  Savannah especially liked how she was paired with the cat as a pet as she so desperately wants a cat of her own, but Bella, I and my mother are allergic, so she can’t have.  I as a parent, really love this wonderfully written story about siblings and how they go together like…There really is a strong bond between many siblings and this book captures those special moments perfectly.  This book would make for a great “together” gift to give at Easter, or simply to create and share at bedtime, to remind siblings just how special and important they are to each other.

To learn more about this cute  book perfect for siblings, or other books you can create for Easter, an upcoming birthday gift or even end of school year (yes, June is right around the corner), head on over to I See Me! And check out their wonderful selection of books and gifts you can personalize for that special child in your life.  These personalized gifts are ones your children will treasure for years to come.

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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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Welcome in Spring with a Good Book – “The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale” by Susan Wood

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

Arrives in Stores on April 15th

Cover: The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale

Did you know that beavers could skydive?  I had no idea until I read this book and found out about a group of beavers who did just that in McCall, Idaho just after World War II.  This book, from Sleeping Bear Press, was really a fascinating read and one that both my girls and I loved reading together. Not only was the story engaging and the illustrations fun to look at, but the girls especially loved learning about this unique conservation effort from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game back in 1948, to help find a place in the mountainside for the beavers to live and not be bothered by humans, and vise versa.

Here is more about this recent release:

Just after World War II, the people of McCall, Idaho, found themselves with a problem on their hands. McCall was a lovely resort community in Idaho's backcountry with mountain views, a sparkling lake, and plenty of forests. People rushed to build roads and homes there to enjoy the year-round outdoor activities. It was a beautiful place to live. And not just for humans. For centuries, beavers had made the region their home. But what's good for beavers is not necessarily good for humans, and vice versa. So in a unique conservation effort, in 1948 a team from the Idaho Fish and Game Department decided to relocate the McCall beaver colony. In a daring experiment, the team airdropped seventy-six live beavers to a new location. One beaver, playfully named Geronimo, endured countless practice drops, seeming to enjoy the skydives, and led the way as all the beavers parachuted into their new home. Readers and nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this true story of ingenuity and determination."


I wish I could go back in time and see the Dept. of Fish and Game air dropping 6 live beavers from the air, to their new homes.  That must have a been a site to see.  My girls said they would have loved to have met Geronimo, the playful beaver who was at the center of it all and helped the dept. with practice drops.  It turns out beavers including Geronimo love skydiving…who knew?  I for one am not a fan of heights, so you wouldn’t catch me skydiving.  But, as I read this true story to the girls, I could see Geronimo became found of the parachuting and would run back into the box made to hold the beavers, just to do it again. What a daredevil he was. J

We have only had this book for about a week now, but it has become a staple at bedtime.  If I forget to bring it up to bed, the girls are quick to say, “Mom, you forgot the skydiving beavers” book.  My husband heard this the other day and asked the girls what they were talking. He had never heard of a beavers skydiving.  Look what he went and did.  For about a half hour that night the girls talked his ear off about Geronimo and the Elmo the man behind the idea to drop the beavers by parachutes.  I loved hearing the girls talk passionately about this story and give a description of the boxes Elmo made and how he and his team found the perfect spot fit for the beavers, and far enough away from the humans, so everyone could live happier ever after.

You don’t usually find fun stories like this for children that are also true stories and spark their interests.  My girls now want to do a lesson on beavers for school, and go to the local nature center to check out beavers up close.  I am so happy I had the chance to read “The Skydiving Beavers: A True Story” to them, and that can add this wonderful book to our library.  Next week for the girls’ show and tell at the nature center they go to, they already have plans to bring this book to share with their teachers and classmates. This book is one that both children and adults will love, and want to pick up and read time and again.

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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