Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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Never tell your kids you are getting something in the mail, as they will keep asking you "is it here yet?" :-)  I slipped and told the girls that we would be getting the new Frozen: The Songs CD to review, and they haven't stopped asking or waiting for the mail to come, to see if it has arrived.  Even though they are little, they know all the words to the songs, and could recite the whole movie if I let them.  And, like so many other Frozen fans out there, both young and old, they have to have all things Frozen, including this new CD.  Once it does come, I know what will be playing on repeat in the car, and being cause for an impromptu dance party daily. :-)  So, stay tuned!  

In the meantime, here is the press release that has been circulated the Internet about this and 3 other Frozen album releases, that hit store shelves yesterday...


"On September 30th, Walt Disney Records released Frozen: The Songs featuring all 10 songs from the Oscar ®-winning film, a vinyl edition and a Spanish language version Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada, plus the digital score album from composer Christophe Beck.  The specially priced Songs CD also includes a fold-out poster and stickers.

The Frozen soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units and over 8.4 million tracks. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed over 300 million times on YouTube.

The soundtrack peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Chart (and in 31 countries), plus Amazon’s Overall Music Category, Pop, and Overall MP3 charts.  At Spotify, the soundtrack was No. 1 in the U.S. for 14 weeks, with over one quarter billion streams worldwide.  Both versions of “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato) have a combined 87 million streams.

The album has sold over 6.2 million units worldwide and has received multi-Platinum and Gold certifications in 18 territories, including 20x Platinum in Korea and 4x Platinum in Japan.

Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The film’s Feb. 25 digital debut was the biggest digital release (sell-through) ever; its Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18 was No. 1 on the Nielsen overall disc charts for eight non-consecutive weeks. "

Frozen: The Songs track list follows:

1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast
2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez
3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff
7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad
8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)
Performed by Demi Lovato

Frozen: The Songs, Frozen: The Songs Vinyl Soundtrack, Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada and the Frozen Score digital album is now available beginning today, September 30, 2014.   The Songs album and vinyl can be found at  

Frozen: The Songs:

Frozen: The Songs Vinyl:

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Now Available on DVD -- Tom & Jerry Show - Frisky Business (Review)

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a review of another recent Tom and Jerry: Lost Dragon release -- click here to read my review if you missed today.  Today, I wanted to let you know about another fun Warner Bros. Home Entertainment DVD release featuring everyone's favorite cat and mouse duo -- "Tom and Jerry Show: Frisky Business."

"The ageless antics of Tom & Jerry are back in an all-new show! Chase down laughs with your favorite cat and mouse duo as they run rampant across 13 episodes that will be sure to leave you clawing for more. All your favorite Tom & Jerry stars are here including Spike, Tyke, Tuffy and Butch. So get ready for adventures that follow our destructive duo as they tear around the house, get into some hilarious haunted happenings as well as mix up laboratory experiments in fun. Why they may even take a break and team up to solve a few mysteries along the way. It’s all in a day’s work for these animated adversaries that are here to entertain a whole new generation of fans!"

In my last post I shared how I was a fan of Tom and Jerry since I was a child, and was excited to share one of my favorite childhood shows with my girls.  After a minutes of watching the previous DVD, they were hooked.  Come on, who doesn't love watching Tom and Jerry fight and then make up, hate each other and then be there to rescue the other when they need help.

Whether you are a fan from years ago, or have children who love to watch Tom and Jerry today, you'll love this new DVD set, which features Tom and Jerry along with their frenemies -- Spike, Tyke, Tuffy and Butch.  I joke that my girls are like Tom and Jerry, as they can't stand being together one minute and then the next are playing all nice, forgetting that they are supposed to not like or want to be with each other.  Ahh, the love-hate relationship for siblings...I remember those days with my two brothers.  This reminds me so much of Tom and Jerry, and I can't help but watch this ageless cartoon and laugh. 

This DVD is filled with hilarious story lines, mysteries that need to be solved and so much more, all packed onto two DVDs. Kids and adults alike with be entertained with the 13 fun-filled episodes included on this 2-DVD set, which include:

  • Spike Get Skooled/Cats Ruffled Furniture
  • Sleep Disorder/Tom’s In-Tents Adventure
  • Birthday Bashed/Feline Fatale
  • Cat Nippy/Ghost of a Chance
  • Holed Up/One of a Kind
  • Belly Achin’/Dog Daze
  • Birds of a Feather/Vampire Mouse
  • Entering and Breaking/Franken Kitty
  • Tom-Foolery/Haunted Mouse
  • Here’s Looking A-Choo Kid!/Superfied
  • What a Pain/Hop to It!
  • For the Love of Ruggles/Sleuth or Consequences
  • Dinner is Swerved/Bottled Up Emotions

Fans of Tom and Jerry will not want to miss this release, as it is a must have for their growing DVD collection.  And, don't forget about Christmas as this new release would be a great stocking stuffer idea for that special Tom and Jerry fan in your life. :-)

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

Weaver's Coffee Announces a New Coffee for a Cause - Hakrz Delight-Crack the Code -- #Win Two 1 Lb. Bags Now! #Giveaway

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"Wild Card Roasters, LLC, an Artisan coffee roasting company has introduced a new coffee, Hakrz Delight – Crack The Code, under its Weaver’s Coffee & Tea brand in support of Girls in Tech. By purchasing this product, consumers are supporting the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship around the world.

"Three decades of passion and innovation blend to create brilliance in the cup. Coffee grown at altitudes of 5,000 ft from Africa, Indonesia and Latin America combine together in a clever playfulness. The certified organic natural Ethiopian we blend creates rich body with an incredible crema that finishes with hints of blueberry."

Vice president, Renee Brown, said Hakrz Delight is a combination of all things we love at Wild Card.  “John Weaver and I were on the campus of a large social media company in Silicon Valley when we heard a story about a competition taking place to see which employee could hack into their servers.  John and I had recently talked about developing a new coffee, but wanted to make sure we created something that gave back to a cause we admired.  Girls in Tech emulates the fundamental vision at Wild Card Roasters — empowering and partnering with passionate people and enabling them to achieve their goals by doing something they love.”

Initially, donations will go to supporting server costs for their global network of sites. “Entrepreneurial endeavors are always challenging and we look forward to helping those with a similar vision,” said John Weaver, master roaster at Weaver’s Coffee, “I developed this coffee blend for people who are addicted to Cracking the Code of Life – whether they’re online or are just busy with their day to day existence.”

"We're thrilled that Weaver’s has chosen to support Girls in Tech with their Hakrz Delight Coffee, as our mission centers around empowering women in technology and entrepreneurship around the world.  And it's a coffee that fits the tech and start up world well —described as bold, bright, with a clever playfulness – and I might add that the coffee label is pretty great too."

Perfecting Hakrz Delight means paying close attention to the specific balance between aroma, flavor, acidity and body.  Weaver works completely by hand (his roasters are entirely mechanical) so he can truly control the time, temperature and size of each batch of coffee he roasts. “Hand-roasting coffee is my passion, and each year I look forward to creating new and exciting coffees for our customers and partners.”

Coffee tastings, Tea tastings, facility tours, and other special events are announced on Weaver’s website, and on their Facebook & Twitter pages."


Click here to buy a 1 lb. bag of the new Hakrz Delight - Crack the Coffee (Ground or Whole Bean) for only $16.95/bag.  

*By purchasing this product, you're supporting the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship around the world.


Thanks to the kind folks at Wild Card Roasters, LLC, one lucky reader will win two 1 lb. bags of Weaver's new Hakrz Delight - Crack the Code coffee, either ground or whole bean. 

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Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea is a wholly owned, proprietary brand of the privately held, California-based, Wild Card Roasters, LLC.  Weaver’s line of artisan coffees feature Fair Trade Certified and 100% Certified Organic coffees and conventional coffees as well as fine hand blended teas, 100% Certified Organic Teas and conventional teas. The company maintains sales offices in Southern California, Tokyo, and Hawaii and sponsors the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes France each year. The Weaver’s brand bears the name of master roaster and president of Weaver’s Coffee and Tea, John Weaver, who began roasting coffee in 1980 where he apprenticed under two legendary coffee experts, Alfred Peet and Sal Bonavita. Weaver is recognized as one of the most accomplished coffee roasters and tasting experts in the world. After nearly three decades as master roaster, Weaver left Peet’s Coffee to start Wild Card Roasters with Michael Brown, Bryce Inouye and Renee Brown in 2007. Weaver’s fresh, hand-roasted artisan coffees and fine teas are available through specialty grocery and gourmet food stores throughout the United States, as well as on their website (  Customers may also call (800) 328-1178 to order products.  

Weaver’s Coffee & Tea Cafe is located at 40 Louise Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901. Hours are Monday — Friday, 6:00am - 6:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 6:00am - 3:00pm

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Stop Into Your Local Wendy's Now and Pick Up Your $1 Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books #Frosty4Adoption @Wendys #sponsored

Available for Purchase NOW until October 31st

Your Change Makes Change

One of my favorite things about the holidays is when my family's favorite restaurants offer coupon books for purchase to give to little ones or use to get savings on foods you would normally buy when looking for an on-the-go or last minute meal.  Of these stores, I especially love Halloween time as Wendy's offers a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, while supplies last (available through October 31, 2014).  

Depending on your local participating Wendy's, your coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Here is Putnam, CT, I was able to pick up coupon books that had 10 FREE Jr. Frosty coupons in them, this past weekend.  

Not only will your children and the kids you give a coupon book for Free Jr. Frosty's to, enjoy this cold treat, but you will also feel good in knowing that by visiting your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, your purchase will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)®!

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

    "In 1990, Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s®, accepted President George H.W. Bush’s invitation to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. Just two years later, Dave established The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® as a non-profit public charity with one primary goal: to help every child in foster care find a loving, permanent family. 

    Every Child Deserves a Family

        The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. As founder Dave Thomas said, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” The DTFA exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America.

          Thanks to Wendy’s® consumers and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®, 4,000+ children have found adoptive families."

          In addition to picking up a couple of coupon books for my girls, and using the coupons as rewards for when they are behaving, I also pick up additional Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books to hand out to the neighborhood children on Halloween night, in place of candy.  And, this year, I will also be sending in 20 coupon books with Savannah when her pre-school class has their Halloween party.  In addition to the candy bags I am making up, I will stuff one Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book in each bag, so that her friends can enjoy a tasty Jr. frosty over the next couple of months. :-)

          Have you purchased the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books from your local participating in the past?  If so, what creative ways did you use them? In addition to using the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books in place of Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters, I also ended up adding a coupon book to the party favor bags at Bella's birthday party last year.  I loved seeing the little ones get excited about the FREE Frosty's, as like my family, they, too, love this tasty treat. :-) Come on, how can you resist a chocolate or vanilla frosty from Wendy's. I lost track of how many times over the summer we stopped into our local Wendy's to pick up a Frosty in a waffle cone.  Ahh, I am getting hungry just thinking about it.  All I know is that every Friday night became Wendy's Frosty night in our house?  :-)

          A few friends of mine who also look forward each year to the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books going on sale (available now through October 31st, or while supplies last), use the coupon books for stocking stuffers, chore rewards, in addition to Halloween treats and party favors like I do.  There are so many ways to gift little ones with these Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books.  For me the best part is spending quality time as a family either sitting in the dining room of our local Wendy's restaurants (if the girls are behaving), or at home around the dining room table, enjoying each others company and talking, as we eat our Frosty's.  

          Visit the Wendy's to find a participating restaurant offering these limited time Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books.  And, remember Ninety cents of every $1 Halloween Coupon Book sold between September 13 – October 31, 2014 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons are valid for use: November 1, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

          So, don't delay -- as they $1 FREE Wendy's Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books are only available until October 31st, or while supplies last.  My local Wendy's usually sell out within the first week, as parents like myself, like to pick them up for Halloween to give to the trick-or-treaters or a reward to our kids. :-)

          I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

          Now in Theaters -- MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS -- #Win Cool Movie Swag Now!!! #Giveaway

          Disclosure:  I was given complimentary movie passes to see this movie in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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          This past weekend included another first for Bella -- she went to the movies and actually sat through an entire film...which I was surprised at.  What did we see, you ask?  My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

          "Tame your ponytails because it's about to get rocky! Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory partner with Screenvision to bring "every pony" a sequel from the successful feature of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes … MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS is in theaters now, for a limited time! Dance in your seats, wiggle your tails, and get ready to rock out as Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Princess Twilight form a new rock band that'll go head-to-head with the newest girl group in Battle of the Bands at CHS."

          We had planned to go to a movie theater in CT, but because of the limited engagement of this new release, which released on Saturday, Sept. 27th, we missed the 11 AM showing, and had to travel to RI to catch the 1PM show.  I am so glad that we took the girls as the movie (this is a sequel to the first My Little Pony Equestia Girls movie, that was in theaters last year and is now available from Shout Factory to own on DVD), as the movie was so much filled.

          Even though the theater was not packed, I was happy to see the diversity in the people who were there to see the movie.  There were fathers there with their sons and daughters, moms with their girls, both little and tweens, and even a smattering of grown adults, both men and women, who came out to see this new Equestria Girls film.

          Last year's movie introduced fans to Sunset Shimmer (used to be a star pupil of Princess Celestia), who ended up being evil, until Twilight Sparkle used her friendship magic to make her good again.  This new film introduces us to three new girls in school, called the Dazzlings, who are only there to put a spell on the kids and make them fight between one another, while taking their power away from them.  

          It is up to Twilight Sparkle to return to Canterlot High from Ponyville, to help save the day and get rid of these girls/evil ponies for good.

          Through a school battle of band competition the Rainbow Booms, along with the other student bands complete against each other, until it is down to a face off.  From start to end, this movie is filled with some catchy songs, that even had my husband tapping his feet along to.  Both of my girls loved the sleepover scene, which will introduce MLP fans to Pinkie Pie's sister, who is quite the opposite of her.

          I don't want to spoil the movie for you, so I will end here.  But, I will say that if you have a My Little Pony fans in your house and are looking for something to do in the next couple of weeks, why not check your local movie theater listing and see if My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is playing, and go and see it.  While I know my girls will eventually be watching this movie on repeat once it arrives on DVD, it was nice to be able to see it on the big screen.  Oh, how I wish you could have saw the pure excitement on Bella's face when the lights in the theater dimmed and the movie started.  She couldn't be interrupted until the credits rolled. :-)


          Want to win some cool swag from this new movie?  Thanks to the folks at Shout Factory! and Hasbro Studios, one lucky reader will win the movie poster, stickers, tattoos, to share with that special MLP fan in their life.  

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          Disclosure:  I was given complimentary movie passes to see this movie in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.