Thursday, September 16, 2021

4 Must-See Destinations in Ireland

Ireland is a country that has something for everyone, from the rolling hills of rural countryside to the bustling cities. So it's no wonder it is one of the most visited countries in Europe! Here are four must-see places in Ireland you should add to your travel bucket list.

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#1 Dublin

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is a bustling metropolis with many things to see. However, the most popular attraction in Dublin has got to be the Guinness Storehouse, where you can learn all about how this famous beer company started out and enjoy a free pint at the end!

If museums aren't your thing, then why not check out some live music instead? There are lots of smaller pubs alongside streets that often host small gigs from up-and-coming musicians who need an opportunity to showcase their work. Just walk around until you hear someone playing or singing that interests you!

#2 Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are a very popular tourist attraction and for a good reason. The cliffs stretch along the west coast of Ireland from Doolin to beyond Lahinch, offering spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean on one side and into County Clare on the other. In clear weather, you can even see as far as Connemara in Galway! But, of course, there is no better way to enjoy these beautiful sights than by walking around this natural wonder - just be careful if it's windy; those strong gusts have been known to knock people right off their feet!

#3 Galway

A must-see city in Ireland is definitely Galway. Just like Dublin, this city offers something for everyone! Of course, most people visit Galway to enjoy the thriving nightlife scene but if you're more interested in historical sites, then check out The Spanish Arch or St Nicholas' Collegiate Church (which will make you feel like you've been transported back to 15th century Europe). Also, don’t forget to buy yourself one of the many Irish gifts available so you’ll remember your trip for the rest of your life!

Galway also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including one celebrating traditional Irish music and dance - perfect if that's your sort of thing! Also, if you get a chance, you should definitely check out the Aran Islands, just off Galway's west coast. They are home to some of Ireland's oldest and most famous archaeological sites, so there is plenty for history lovers too!

#4 The rock of Cashel

A lesser-known tourist destination in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel. This ancient site was built over a thousand years ago and was once the seat of power for many Irish Kings, especially Cormac MacCarthy. The rock has been sympathetically restored, so you can imagine what it would have looked like all those years ago while exploring its nooks and crannies. This will be something very few travelers get to see outside of Ireland itself, which makes visiting there even more special! Don't forget to stop off in nearby Cahir while you're here - it's a small town, but it's medieval castle is well worth the visit.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Get Your Kids Excited about the Upcoming Blu-ray and DVD Release by Sharing the The Boss Baby Family Business Junior Novelization With Them Now! - #Bossbaby (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My girls were able to screen The Boss Baby Family Business when it arrived on Digital last month, and now are eagerly awaiting for the Blu/Ray + DVD release, so that we can pick up and they can have and watch with the first The Boss Baby movie. They plan on doing a double feature movie night with both movies, once we have the DVD in hand.  And, you know what?...I am excited for this, too, as I still can't decide which of the two movies I liked better. My youngest said she preferred the first The Boss Baby, while my oldest is a fan of the new release. I found both cute and with fun story lines. But, I think if I can see them back to back like my girls have planned, I will be able to decide which I like more...hopefully. ;-)

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Just like with the last two posts I shared about the "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" and "Vivo" movie novelizations, the folks at Simon & Schuster are back at it with a junior novelization for "The Boss Baby: Family Business."  This book is geared towards the early chapter book readers, as it has bigger text font and is less pages than the other movie novelization books they have released in the past.  But, just like with all the movie novelization books, this book also include glossy still images from the movie.  

My girls really enjoyed reading this book after watching the digital release. And, as they wait for the movie to release on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 14th, they have picked up this movie novelization again to remind them about the movie, and to relive some of their favorite parts.  If you have a The Boss Baby fan in your life, and they love to read, I highly recommend you picking up the recent junior movie novelization of "The Boss Baby: Family Business" from Simon & Schuster.  My girls really enjoyed the book, and I know your kids will, too!


More about the The Boss Baby Family Business Junior Novelization:

(Adapted by Stacia Deutsch, ISBN 9781534498679, 7/13/21)

"Everyone’s favorite baby executive returns to screens this summer in DreamWorks Boss Baby 2: Family Business! There’s a new boss baby in the family in this hilarious novelization about grown-up Tim and Ted re-connecting with their inner children."

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Get a Glimpse into the Upcoming Hotel Transylvania Movie Release (October 1st) with the Hotel Transylvania Transformania Movie Novelization from Simon & Schuster (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My youngest daughter is counting down the days until October 1st -- not because she is excited for October and Halloween to get here, but, because that is when Hotel Transylvania: Transformania arrives in theaters. She is a huge Hotel Transylvania movie fan, so is over the moon excited about another movie to release, and eventually get released to DVD (so she can grab and add to her growing collection).  But, October seems so far away, especially to a 10 year old.  So, she is keeping herself busy as she counts down the days to this much anticipated movie release by reading the movie novelization of the movie, which was recently released by Simon & Shuster. Like other movie novelization books, this book is almost identical to the movie, so it gives readers a good picture of what will happen in the movie -- without giving away all the good parts.

It took my daughter a little over an hour to read this book, as she couldn't put it down. She wanted to see how it ended -- don't worry I will not share any spoilers -- and, once done, was even more excited for the movie.  Like other movie novelization books released by Simon & Schuster, this book also contained a handful of full color images straight from the movie.  My daughter loved checking these sneak peak scene images out, and pictured in her head how the movie would play out.  Now that she is done with the book, she is ready for the movie to arrive in theaters, and can't wait to read this book again after see watches the movie.

If you have a Hotel Transylvania movie fan in your life who is eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming Hotel Transylvania: Transformania movie release on October 1st, I highly recommend you pick up this book and surprise them with it. It is a great way to tide them over while they wait for the movie release, and will get them to read. So a win-win for both parent and child. :-)  

More about Hotel Transylvania Transformania Movie Novelization:

(Adapted by Patty Michaels, ISBN 9781534496804, 7/6/21)

"Get ready for another spook-tacular movie with your favorite monsters in the next installment of Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania movie series. Relive every monster-rific minute of the film in this novelization that comes with an eight-page full-color glossy insert!"

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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