Thursday, March 21, 2019

Put a Smile on Your Kids' Faces with an Easter Basket Full of Highlights Hidden Pictures Puzzle Books --- And, Provide Them With Hours of Fun and Enjoyment, at Home and On-the-Go! (Review) #Highlights, #highlightsforchildren #HiddenPictures

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


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Spring is finally here!!! Woohoo!!!  And, hopefully soon the flowers will be sprouting and the warmer weather will finally return. My youngest asked me today how much longer she had to wait until "summer" weather was here, as she is done with the cold weather.  Poor kid, only 7.5 years old, and already done with New England weather.  When I told her it wouldn't be summer for a few more months, but that hopefully the weather would warm up for spring, she was ready to pack her bags and move down south where it's always warm.  I told her to save room in her suitcase to pack me. :-)

As we wait for the warmer weather to return, the girls have been having fun and staying busy with a few different Highlights Hidden Pictures books we were recently set to review.  I don't know about you, but I grew up on these puzzle books, and would always look forward to holidays and birthdays as I knew I would be getting a few new Highlights puzzle books to do.  And, now that I have kids of my own, I am sharing the fun of these great Hidden Pictures puzzle books with my girls, and they, too, were instant fans.  

Can you believe Highlights has been around for over 70 years?  And, they are still turning out amazing magazines and puzzle books all these years later.  To be around this long and having fans of their products spanning generations, they must be doing something right.  Not only are their products fun, but they are also educational.





"Nobody knows kids' puzzling like Highlights! Hidden Pictures puzzles, entertaining kids for more than 70 years, are more than just seek-and-find activities. They're innovative, expertly crafted, and full of the humor and challenge kids love. Every Highlights Hidden Pictures book provides kids with fun and rewarding activities that build their self-confidence, perseverance, and problem-solving skills through play."

Benefits of Hidden Pictures Puzzles from Highlights:

  • Promotes attention to detail and increases vocabulary
  • Instills good work habits

  • Develops self-confidence

  • Family-friendly and time-tested!


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Like I mentioned, I was recently sent a few Hidden Pictures puzzle books from the kind folks at Highlights, to review with my girls, and include in my Easter Gift Guide.  I shared with them that I used to love waking on Easter morning to find Highlights puzzle books in my basket.  Next to chocolate bunnies, Hidden Pictures puzzle books were my next favorite thing to enjoy.

Here are the Highlights puzzle books, including a fun Easter-themed book, that I was recently sent, and that my girls have been busy finding hidden objects, at home and on the go....

"101 Toothbrushes, 101 Socks, and 101 Bananas are an entertaining new series that make a perfect gift for fans of Hidden Pictures® puzzles with a unique thematic twist. With a portable size ideal for taking the fun on the go, these Hidden Pictures® books feature 101 toothbrushes, socks, or bananas hidden among 1,500+ objects. Kids will love the full-color bonus puzzles and activities that include toothbrush jokes, riddles, mazes, drawing activities, and more.



(Also available through the Highlights Website)


About this book:


"This entertaining Hidden Pictures puzzle collection features a favorite hidden object that tugs on parents' memories of their own Highlights childhood: toothbrushes! More than 101 of them are hidden in more than 90 puzzles. Also included are fun toothbrush-themed jokes, activities, and more."


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About this book:

"A classic Hidden Pictures® puzzle collection with unique "a-peel"--every puzzle has a hidden banana!





101 bananas are hidden among 90 puzzles and 1,500+ objects in this book that is easily portable for travel and taking the fun on the go. And if that doesn't make kids go bananas, they'll love the extra full-color bonus puzzles and activities that include banana jokes, riddles, mazes, drawing activities, and more. Makes a great gift for any kid!"

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About this book:

"This engaging Hidden Pictures® puzzle collection for children ages 6-9 will knock kids' socks off--every puzzle has a hidden sock to find, 101 in all!

This entertaining Hidden Pictures® puzzle collection offers over 90 puzzles with the challenge of finding the hidden sock in each one! In fact, 101 socks are hidden among 1,500+ objects in this portable book that is perfect for taking the fun on the go. If that doesn't make kids go sock crazy, they'll love the extra full-color bonus puzzles and activities that include sock jokes, riddles, mazes, drawing activities, and more! Here is a perfect gift for fans of Hidden Pictures® puzzles with a unique thematic twist."


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About this book:

"The perfect addition to any Easter basket! This Easter-themed collection of Hidden Pictures® puzzles is inverted for a unique puzzling experience. Kids can use the included yellow highlighter to create fluorescent scenes and find hundreds of hidden objects.

This Easter activity book combines the fun of coloring with highlighters and the enduring popularity of intricate Hidden Pictures® puzzles. With images like bunnies, eggs, and flowers, these puzzles create a fun and engaging family Easter activity. Hidden Pictures® fans will love creating eye-popping artwork with a neon highlighter on purple paper as they find and color the hidden objects!"

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In addition to providing hours of fun for kids (and adults) of all ages, I love that Highlights products are also affordable, making them a great gift idea for holidays and birthdays.  Parents can pick up a couple puzzle books for each of their kids (as there are so many so choose from), and know that their kids will enjoy them, at home and on the go.  My girls always have a Hidden Pictures puzzle book in their backpacks, and bring with them when we are traveling to classes or doing a day trip.  When they find themselves bored, they can simply pull out one of their Highlights puzzle books and be entertained.  I especially love seeing the girls sit together and try and find all the hidden objects for a particular Hidden Pictures scene.  They usually leave the banana for me to find, as I told them before that that was my favorite thing to find when I was a kid. Ever since I told them this, they have left the banana for me to find -- well, they say they haven't looked for or found the banana, but 9 times of out 10, they have, and are just waiting to see how long it takes me, before trying to point out an area to me, or playing the "hot and cold" game with me. :-)

My girls really enjoyed the Highlights puzzle books sent.  We ended up saving the 101 Bananas book to do together, and have been enjoying at night time before bed.  Usually we will snuggle up on the couch, each of us with a pen or pencil in hand, and try and find all the hidden objects.  It is so much fun trying to be the first to find an object, or being the last person to circle an object we were all trying so hard to find.  In addition to the hidden picture puzzles, the 101 Bananas, as well as the 101 Socks and 101 Toothbrushes also include jokes, puzzles, word searches, mazes and more at the end of the book.  So not only are getting to enjoy the Hidden Pictures puzzles, but fans of Highlights also get to enjoy their other challenging and oh so fun puzzles, with laugh out loud jokes included, too!



"A perfect gift for fans of Hidden Pictures® puzzles with a unique thematic twist. With a portable size ideal for taking the fun on the go, this Hidden Pictures® book features 101 toothbrushes hidden among 1,500+ objects. Kids will love the full-color bonus puzzles and activities that include toothbrush jokes, riddles, mazes, drawing activities, and more!"


With Easter fast approaching, why not consider picking up a few Highlights Hidden Pictures books like the ones I mentioned above.  The 101 Toothbrushes puzzle book is their newest release, and was a hit with my girls.  And, don't forget the Easter Hidden Pictures Puzzles book, which comes with a neon highlighter for kids to circle or color in the objects they find, making for a more fun eye-popping experience. :-)  Yes, chocolate and candy is always fun to find in your Easter basket, but why not give your kids gifts like Highlights puzzle books, that will provide hours of fun and enjoyable, while also carrying educational benefits (as mentioned above).  Summer will be here before you know it (even though my youngest daughter wishes it would get here already)...and, these puzzle books would make for great boredom busters for your kids.  They are small enough to pass in backpacks, suitcases, or leave a few in the car, to keep your kids busy on the go.  And, when they come to you and say they are bored at home, or it is too hot outside (you know this will happen), be ready with a few Highlights Hidden Pictures books, to keep them busy and entertained.



To learn more about Highlights and their current product offering, including magazine subscriptions for all ages, puzzle books and more, head on over to https://www.highlights.com/.

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Company Description: Highlights™ is the trusted brand that believes that children are the world's most important people. From our engaging magazines to our challenging puzzle books and groundbreaking educational books, the Highlights promise of helping children become their best selves can be found in all our exceptional, high-quality products.

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

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Disney’s Live-Action “Kim Possible” Arrives on Disney DVD March 26th! (Review)

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



From the Studio That Brought You Teen Beach and Descendants!

KIM POSSIBLE
High School Makes Saving the World Look Easy!



Bring Home on Disney DVD March 26th


Both of my girls were fans of the animated series, "Kim Possible: The Classic Animated Series."  So, when they saw previews on Disney that there would be a movie releasing last month, they couldn't wait to tune in and watch it.  They made sure to record the special so that they could watch again, and it is good that they did this, as they have been watching constantly since it first aired last month on the Disney Channel. But, it isn't enough to watch it at home...they have been asking when and if the DVD of the Kim Possible movie would be releasing, so that we could get, so they can watch it in the car.  Well, I delighted to say that fans of the new Kim Possible movie, including my two girls, don't have to wait much longer, as Disney's live-action "Kim Possible" movie is releasing to DVD on March 26th.

I sat to watch Kim Possible when it aired on television with the girls, and have to say, I was impressed with the actors, especially the one who played the lead character, Kim Possible.  Fans of Disney's other tween/teen flicks like Descendants, Zombies and Teen Beach movies, will love Kim Possible.  The movie is full of action and adventure, and follows Kim, a not so normal high school student, who has super powers.  She tries to tackle school along with her super hero demands, but when Drakken and Shego come to town and capture her new friends, Athena, Kim has to jump into action and save her friend, while getting rid of the villains once and for all.


It isn't until Kim and her mom and grandmother (who are also super heroes) arrive to rescue Athena at the underground laboratory of Drakken and Shego that they realize she is also a villian.  Kim finds her pulled in both directions, as she see the good in Athena, but also knows she is a villian and was playing her.  Was her friendship real, or all a fascade to lure her to Drakken and Shego?  This is what Kim Possible has to find out, with limited time, as the evil villains are trying to take over the world.  Will Kim Possible save the world and Athena?  If you missed this Disney movie when it aired on television last month, then you will have to pick up the DVD when it arrives in stores on March 26th, to find out for yourself.  Kids of all ages will love Kim Possible, and want to watch it time and again, like my girls have been doing.  It also arrives in time for Easter, making it a great basket filler, too!

Movie Synopsis:

Based on the global hit animated series, the live-action "Kim Possible" Disney Channel Original Movie follows everyday teen hero Kim Possible and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable as they embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. By their side every step of the way is teen tech-genius Wade and new friend Athena, who also happens to be a Kim Possible super fan and is eager to join Team Possible. While Kim and Ron have always been one step ahead of their opponents, navigating the social hierarchy of high school is more challenging than the action-hero ever imagined. With Drakken and Shego lurking in the wings, Kim must rely on her family and friends more than ever. Now it's up to Team Possible—Kim, Ron, tech-genius Wade, new friend Athena and Rufus, a naked mole-rat that Ron meets along the way—to stop these super villains.

Bonus Features:
       

  • Blooper Reel (DVD exclusive)     
  • Q&A with Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone (DVD exclusive)
  • Cast Auditions (DVD exclusive) - Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone, and Issac Ryan Brown
  • Music Video
  • Trailer 
Cast:

  • Sean Giambrone as Ron Stoppable
  • Ciara Wilson as Athena
  • Todd Stashwick as Drakken
  • Taylor Ortega as Shego
  • Alyson Hannigan as Dr. Ann Possible
  • Connie Ray as Nana Possible
  • Issac Ryan Brown as Wade Load
  • Erika Tham as Bonnie Rockwaller
  • Nancy Cartwright as Rufus. 
Special appearances by: Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt.

Directors: Adam Stein & Zach Lipovsky

Executive Producers: Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle, Zanne Devine


Release Date:                    March 26, 2019
Ratings:                                                TV-G (US)
Run Time:                                           Approx. 86 minutes excluding bonus
Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                                                   English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:                                            English SDH, French & Spanish
Closed Captions:              Yes

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

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Own The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 7, or Own It Early on Digital on April 16! #TheLEGOMovie2



EVERYTHING IS STILL AWESOME WHEN
The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part
ARRIVES ONTO 4K UHD COMBO PACK,
BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK,
DVD SPECIAL EDITION AND DIGITAL FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT


4K UHD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include Everything Is Awesome Sing-Along

Own it Early on Digital on April 16
4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 7


"It’s time to go where no brick has gone before when “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.

Reprising their starring roles from the first film are Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jurassic World”) as Emmet; Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games” movies, “Love & Mercy”) as Lucy, aka Wyldstyle; Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movies,” TV’s “Arrested Development”) as LEGO Batman; Alison Brie (TV’s “GLOW,” TV’s “Community”) as Unikitty; Nick Offerman (“Fargo,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as MetalBeard; and Charlie Day (the “Horrible Bosses” movies, TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia”) as Benny. They are joined by Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip,” “Keanu”) and Stephanie Beatriz (“Short Term 12,” TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as new characters Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and General Mayhem, respectively, and Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids,” TV’s “Big Mouth”), as Mom.

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” was directed by Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Ever After,” “Trolls,” “Sky High”) and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, the team behind the LEGO film franchise since “The LEGO Movie,” and Jinko Gotoh. The screenplay was written by Lord and Miller, the Oscar-winning producers of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” from a story by Lord, Miller and Matthew Fogel, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Trisha Gum was the animation director.

Serving as executive producers were Jill Wilfert, Keith Malone, Matthew Ashton, Chris McKay, Zareh Nalbandian, Ryan Halprin, Will Allegra and Chris Leahy. The production designer was Patrick Marc Hanenberger, the editor was Clare Knight and the music was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group present, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Rideback/Lord Miller/Vertigo Entertainment Production, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part via purchase from digital retailers beginning April 16.




SYNOPSIS

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

·       Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
·       Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
·       They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
·       Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
·       LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
·       LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
·       Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
·       Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
·       Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
·       Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
·       They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
·       Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
·       LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
·       LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
·       Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
·       Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
·       Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On April 16, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 7, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices."

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP
4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                              $35.99
DVD Special Edition                                                              $28.98

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 7
EST Street Date: April 16
BD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor
DVD: DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL [ENG-SDH]
4K and Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA [ENG-Atmos, ENG-ADS]



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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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