Thursday, August 25, 2016

Now Available to Own on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K/3D Blu-Ray -- The Angry Birds Movie (Review)

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

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New from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, on 4K/3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Clay Kaytis' The Angry Birds Movie (2016), featuring the voices of Hannibal Buress, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Josh Gad, and Danielle Brooks.

This new Blu-ray and DVD release is now available for purchase, as of August 16.

More about the movie:

"In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Hannibal Buress (Daddy's Home, Broad City), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who writes and performs the original song "Friends," the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder. The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel."

Special Features:
  • Bonus Scene: Chuck's Rescue
  • Symphony Mode
  • Making Music! With Composer Heitor Pereira
  • Blake Shelton Music Video Friends
  • Photo Gallery
  • All-New Short - The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • 3 More Hatchlings Shorts (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Crafty Birds - How to Build Your Own Piggy Tower (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Dance Along Birds and Pigs (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Creating the Real World of Angry Birds (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Meet The Birds (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Meet The Pigs (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Meet The Hatchlings (Blu-ray exclusive)
My Thoughts:

The other day we had a movie night with the girls to watch The Angry Birds movie, which recently released to Blu-ray.  If it wasn't for the toys Bella had asked Santa for last Christmas, I don't think I would have ever known about the Angry Birds craze.  Since that time, the girls can't get enough of these crazy birds.  They can spend hours playing video games on our phones or tablets, watching Angry Birds toons, or simply pulling out all their different Angry Birds toys and building sets and getting lost in the fun of these wacky birds.

My girls were quick to school my husband and I on the birds and what was in store for us, thanks to their frieds telling them about the movie which was in theaters earlier this summer, as well as all the trailers and clips they have seen on television and while using the iPad.

I have to say that while I am not a fan of Angry Birds like my girls are, I did enjoy this movie, as did my husband.  We both loved thr cute puns and jokes that were made throughout the movie, that are girls were too young to understand.  They did, however, laugh throughout the film as the birds, who flock together, worked together to keep the pigs from stealing their eggs.  While some may not consider this a family friendly film, if you have a background knowledge on the franchise and know of the puns and innuendos that the films shares, you can make a judgement call on who you will allow to see the film.  

Even though my girls are young, I knew they would be watching the film from the standpoint of fans of the franchise as they love the birds and the silliness they represent.  I was not expecting them to pick up on the jokes and at times crude humor that this film shares.  We found ourselves all laughing at different parts of the movie, and had fun watching this action packed film, that is a must see for Angry Birds fans.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let Maxine Help You Tell It Like It Is -- A Fun New Product Line from Hallmark #Giveaway #LoveHallmark

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

The Queen of Crabbiness is aiming for a new office—president—with these patriotic gifts.
"Maxine has the ability to tell it—and frequently yell it—like it is. Having been around the block a few times (or more), she can see the ridiculousness of modern life, and has no qualms about sharing her opinions. From sea to shining sea, Americans enjoy her no-nonsense take on relationships, aging, politics, the economy, stress, technology, the news and a host of other topics. She’s a voice for the people."

Do you have a sassy side?  Or do you find yourself waking up some days just plain old crabby? You know we all have those blah days where we would rather stay home in our pj's than have to get dressed and go out and interact with people.  Well, thanks to a fun new line from Hallmark featuring the ever popular and oh so crabby Maxine, you can go about your crabby day(s) without having to worry what others think. :-)

Maxine has a tell it like it is attitude and she is bold in sharing what she thinks both positive and negative with the world.  From politics to life in general, you don't want to cross Maxine, especially when she is crabby...which is all the time! :-)

Recently, I was sent a sampling of fun products from the new Maxine line from Hallmark.  And, I have to say, I couldn't help but smile as I took the items out of the box and read the words.  

Here is what I received from the folks at Hallmark...

·         Free to Be Crabby Maxine Socks: Join Maxine in showing her crabby pride with these decorative socks that are as comfortable as they are fun to wear.
·         Love It or Leave Me Alone Maxine Tumbler: Take your Maxine and American pride everywhere you go with this illustrated tumbler.
·         itty bittys® Maxine Stars and Stripes Stuffed Animal, Limited Edition: From her patriotic hat to her bunny slippers, there's no better way to show your love for the stars and stripes—and maybe some gripes—than with this Maxine itty bittys plush.
·         Gripe About Anything Maxine Mug: Enjoy showing what it is that you—and Maxine—love about our country with this ceramic mug. With a Maxine illustration on the outside and a coordinating color on the inside, you won't find anything to gripe about!


With the recent heat wave and the stress that goes along with back to school, and should I mention the craziness of the upcoming Presidential vote in November, how can one not be a little crabby?  Thanks to Maxine, you can let her speak for your crabbiness with funny coffee cups, socks, cards, tumbler cups, and more, all found at your local Hallmark store and online at

Send crabby greeting cards from Maxine and Hallmark.

I started using my Maxine coffee cup the other day and my husband stopped to read it.  He was quick to turn to me and asked "Is it another one of those mornings?"  All I could do was smile, as he could see how tired I was from being up through the night with the girls and dogs, and that I needed to get coffee in me STAT, in order to function...or, he would have his own version on Maxine to deal with. :-)

If you are a fan of Maxine or know someone who is just a little crabby...sometimes, why not check out the fun new Maxine line from Hallmark?  Maxine will help put you in a better mood, or at least get you smiling and laughing as you read what is on her mind on the assorted Maxine products now available for purchase.  I can't wait to see which one you like best. 

Find Maxine gifts for the crabby friends and family in your life.

My favorite is the socks I was sent, which I wore the other day and received so many compliments on from go figure...women. :-)


Thanks to the kind folks at Hallmark, one lucky Inspired by Savannah will win the same  "Completely Crabby Maxine" set, like the one I was sent to review, to enjoy, or to share with that special person in your life who is a little crabby. :-) 

To enter this fun giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter 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.

The Inspirational Movie, GREATER, In Theaters This Friday, Will Remind Us All That Dreams Are Possible

Disclosure: I am participating in the Greater Movie/Walmart Back-To-School promotion, in which I will be provided with a promotional item for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have you ever watched a movie in theaters or at home that moved you so much you found yourself stepping back and reevaluating your life, especially your purpose or getting you to think about dreams you may have once had, but put aside and forgot about, or just gave up hope on?  Last night I watched GREATER, and found myself up in the night and today thinking about Brandon Burlsworth, whom this movie is based on, and how he never gave up on his dream, and how we all shouldn't either.

Here is the movie trailer of GREATER, in case you hadn't heard about this movie, which will be arriving in theaters this Friday...

"GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible. GREATER releases in theaters this August 26."

More about the movie:

"GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth. Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team.  He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates.  Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice.  He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off.  Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts."


Like I said, this movie got me thinking about my dreams and goals and what steps I need to take to achieve them.  I found myself jotting down my dreams and goals and numbering them in importance.  Next to each, I wrote ways I could achieve them or at least the starting steps that will help me see that dreaming is just have to stay positive, never give up (especially when things don't look promising) and have faith.  Brandon Burlsworth was and still is an inspiration not only to me, but to those who had the honor of being in his presence during his time on this earth, as well as those who will get to meet this amazing man, when they sit down and watch GREATER (in theaters this Friday).

I could go on and on about my hopes and dreams, many which are probably on your list if you were to sit down and make one.  But, I did want to share one as many family are getting ready to send their children back to school or homeschool them, like I do with my two girls.  After homeschooling for the past year and half, I have decided this year to change up my curriculum and way of teaching the girls and pursue a more hands on approach, through a new curriculum as well as classes and programs I have signed the girls up for.  While this may not seem like a challenge, if you homeschool, you probably have experienced ups and downs, questioning yourself if you are doing things right, wanting to make sure your kids are learning all that they can, and more often than not, questioning your ability as a teacher.  

This year I will be bringing the girls to a handful of classes over 45 minutes away from us.  I am looking to teachers with expertise in fields that interest my girls -- the arts, nature and science and history, to help me teach my girls topics that I otherwise wouldn't feel I could do due justice with.  My background is in public health, and although I educate myself through seminars and books, I find that seeking the assistance and guidance of those with a background in various specialties is much more beneficial, especially when it comes to educating my girls, who are hands on learners.

One of the biggest challenges with this new way of homeschooling, in addition to the driving back and forth 3-4 days a week, will be dropping my girls and not staying for the classes.  All through preschool and with our homeschool journey I have been with my girls, teaching them and helping.  While this may not be a problem with some people, it will pose a challenge for us, as my oldest daughter, Savannah, is extremely shy.  She does not like being put in new situations where she has to fend for herself.  She has always had me to guide and ease her anxieties.  Starting in September I will be dropping her and Bella off and picking them up a few hours later.  I will not lie, I, too, will feel the separation anxiety and will find myself worrying about how Savannah will handle the situations of being without me.  But, I know that this is the next step and a challenge in our homeschool journey.  It will help Savannah grow as a person and allow her to work on her social skills, while also learning from educators in fields that interest my girls.  One thing that is comforting both Savannah and myself is that Bella will be in the classes with her, so she will not be alone.  She will have a familiar face and confident to help her transition this school year, and grow.

I love asking my girls what they want to be when they grow up, as children are wonderful dreamers. They think they can be whatever they want, and don't see the obstacles that may stand in their way.  Their answers are so pure and heartfelt, and make we wish I could bottle up their genuine love for life and everyone around them.  Savannah hopes to one day be a veterinarian so she can care for and help animals.  And, to help her reach her goals and make her dream a reality, the classes I have enrolled her and Bella in, with lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and most importantly instill in them both a desire to learn and explore, without boundaries.  Brandon Burlsworth never game on his dream of playing football, and I hope that my girls will never give up on their dreams.  Yes, there may be challenges, both big and small, but that is back of the amazing journey of life, and one I hope they take full advantage of, by dreaming big and meeting each and every challenge head on.  Yes, there will be struggles and times that they want to give up or choose a path that is familiar to them. But, I hope they see that determination and perseverance will help them achieve all that their hearts desire.  They just want to want it bad enough, like Brandon did...and, go for it!  And, this year, Savannah, although nervous and afraid of change, is looking forward to her homeschool classes and what she will learn, and all the new friends she will make along the way.  That's my girl!  :-)

As you and your family get ready for back to school, I hope you take a moment or two to talk with your children about challenges they may face, and ways in which the can tackle these challenges to fulfill their dreams.  Reminding your children that you are there for them, and that their dreams matter, will help with these and future challenges, as they journey through life.  And, I hope that this film and the story of Brandon Burlsworth will remind the adults out there that you are never to old to dream or challenge yourself.  You just have to believe in yourself and work towards your goals and dreams without giving up.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Greater Movie/Walmart Back-To-School promotion, in which I will be provided with a promotional item for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.