Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Celebrate Halloween with THE WITCHES This Year! + Get a Fun Activity Pack to Enjoy with Family Movie Night #TheWitchesMovie



"Reimagining Roald Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris. The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero."

Learn more about The Witches, premiering on HBO Max on October 22nd here: https://www.hbomax.com/the-witches.


Just in time for family movie night, print out this fun activity pack for your kids, so they can enjoy before or after the movie.  Learn more and get your FREE activity pack and more here: https://www.hbomax.com/the-witches/explore.  

And, if your kids are into Roblox like my two girls, there is even a special game they can play and try and defeat the Grand High Witch. You can learn more about this limited time gaming experience by visiting: https://www.roblox.com/games/4872321990/Islands-The-Witches

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Celebrate National Brush Day (Nov. 1st) with the Fun, Interactive BriteBrush Toothbrush - It'll Get Kids Excited About Brushing with Games, Music and Sounds! (Review)

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

Kids...Grab Your BriteBrush and 
Get Ready for National Brush Day on November 1st

Halloween is almost here.  Have they cancelled trick or treating in your area, or are they making changes to the traditional door to door trick or treating?  Unfortunately in our town, they cancelled all events including Halloween, for the rest of the year, to play it safe.  So, instead, my girls are going to have a virtual Halloween party through Zoom with their friends all over the United States, complete with a costume contest, dance off, snacks and sweet treats, games and even a Halloween movie night.  My girls are super excited about it, and are looking forward to sampling all the different candy they will be eating.  They have picked up loads of candy at the store, as they are making grab bags to send to friends in advance of the party, and will also be getting grab bags from their friends.  With all the candy my girls will be eating, I want to remind them that they need to brush their teeth, so they don't get cavities.  

I am not the only one who will be reminding their kids to brush.  Did you know that the day after Halloween is National Brush Day?  Every year on November 1st, National Brush Day is a reminder for kids about the importance of oral health and the need for brushing, to keep their teeth clean and cavity free.  I was recently sent two BriteBrush toothbrushes, from WowWee, for my girls to help me review and enjoy.  Now, usually my girls wouldn't be excited about getting a toothbrush in the mail to review...but, this is not your usual toothbrush. Instead, the BriteBrush is a fun toothbrush that combines games, sounds and music, to get kids brushing, and will let them know when they are brushing the right way, and when they aren't, so they can correct their brushing technique.

Before I share what my girls thought about their new BriteBrush toothbrush, I wanted to share more about this super cool toothbrush...

Also available at Walmart and other online retailers like Amazon

"BriteBrush is the smart toothbrush that makes it fun to brush right! Featuring revolutionary oral care technology including smart brushing sensors, side change recognition, haptic feedback, and a parent check light. BriteBrush provides live feedback to encourage full mouth coverage. 

Parents can have peace of mind through the Parent Check Light which allows parents to confirm if their child brushed properly. Your child can learn how to properly brush their teeth while having a blast with GameBrush. Play engaging games while brushing your teeth and earn star rewards as you brush. GameBrush is packed with 7 fun games including arcade, space attack, soccer pinball, dance star, punch master, race car rally, and rockstar jam! 2 fun brush heads included with purchase, choose from a purple or green brush head! Soft bristles that are gentle on teeth and gums."

Wow Wee BriteBrush Game Brush, Kids Interactive Smart Tooth brush:

  • Learn to Brush Right: With smart sensors, side change recognition, friendly brushing coach, and haptic feedback your child will have the tools to learn proper brushing techniques. The Parent Check Light gives parents peace of mind, allowing you to confirm if your child brushed well
  • Voice, Music & Sounds: Friendly voice and engaging lights & audio encourage kids to brush longer and reward proper brushing technique!
  • Seven Fun Games: Game Brush is packed with 7 fun games to unlock including Space Attack, Soccer Pinball, Dance Star, Punch Master, Race Car Rally, Arcade and Rock star Jam! Plus a tutorial brushing mode
  • Replaceable Toothbrush Head: Includes 2 soft brush heads (1 purple and 1 green) that are gentle on teeth and gums

  • Batteries included
  • For ages 3 and older


I was so excited to try out the BriteBrush toothbrushes with my girls, as they are always fighting with me to brush their teeth. Even though they know need to brush their teeth to keep their teeth clean and keep the cavities and need to go to the dentist for a filling, it is still a battle day in and day about about brushing.  I must ask them a handful of times each morning when they wake and as the morning goes on to see if they have brushed their teeth. And, if they haven't done it it, then I am asking them repeatedly to do so.  I get from my oldest that she can't brush until after lunch as the food will taste gross if she brushes before she eats.  But, if she waits until after lunch, then she usually forgets to brush, and then only brushes once in a day.  And, a recent trip to the dentist had her needing to go back as she had a cavity. The dentist reminded her that she needs to brush twice a day and went over the importance of brushing. Now, though, I am hoping with her new BriteBrush toothbrush, that she, and her sister, will no longer be fighting me each day to brush twice, or having me constantly asking if they have brushed yet.

As I mentioned above, the folks at WowWee sent along a BriteBrush toothbrush for each of my girls, and they have been using it for the past week, and LOVE it. I am also loving it, as I haven't had to ask if they brushed.  As soon as they wake, they run into their bathroom to brush.  They love how this is a smart toothbrush with interactive games, sounds and music.  I really like the smart sensor that rewards correct brushing, as my girls will usually just stick the toothbrush in their mouth and suck on it, and not move it all about.  There is also live feedback that is giving as your child brushes, that reinforces the great job of brushing they are doing, which is also a nice touch.  

And, if kids are brushing on their own in another room, parents can have kids bring their BriteBrush to them, and parents can tell if their child has actually brushed, thanks to a parent check light.

My girls really like the 7 different games to play with their toothbrush while brushing and love switching it up each day, so it doesn't get boring. I just overheard my youngest telling her friend about her new toothbrush, and she was raving all about it.  Her mom texted me later in the day to ask about the toothbrush as she said my daughter was talking so passionately about it, and wondered why she was excited about a toothbrush and brushing. I had to laugh at this, but then shared the link to the BriteBrush website so she could learn more about it.  Now, she wants to get her daughter a BriteBrush toothbrush, and will gift it to her before Halloween and all her candy eating with my girls at their virtual Halloween party.  This had me thinking...I should get all the girls' friends a BriteBrush toothbrush and include with the candy treat bags we are sending. Their parents would thank me, and the kids can get excited about brushing and look forward to it, just like my girls do.

To learn more about the BriteBrush interactive toothbrush, which would make for a great gift idea for Halloween, or even as a stocking stuffer for Christmas, head on over to https://britebrush.com/.  You really have to check out this smart interactive toothbrush to see just how cool it is, and why my girls LOVE it! If only they had these toothbrushes around when I was younger...I would have definitely asked my parents and Santa for one. :-)

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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD and Just In Time for the Holidays -- "Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition" from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Review)

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



Are you ready for this?...There are only 70 days until Christmas.  Ugh, I know..it seems like time is flying by this year. It always feels this way once kids go back to school and fall is upon us. Summer ends, and then everything seems to whiz right by. I just went to the hardware store the other day and they had an aisle of Halloween decorations and right next to it was a few aisles of Christmas stuff.  If only, we could slow things down and enjoy each of the holidays.  But, that can't be done, so why not enjoy the next 70 days and take in all things Christmas. :-)  With that being said, I wanted to share a fun new Tom and Jerry Special Edition movie that is releasing to Blu-ray and DVD on October 27th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  I was recently sent a screener of this movie and watched it yesterday with my girls.  As soon as the movie started to play, my girls turned to me and asked if we could but up the Christmas tree.  They are ready for Christmas and the holiday season, and said it would go well with all the holiday movies we will be watching now for my blog. While I love sitting and seeing the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, I can't see myself putting it up until at least November 1st. :-)  Usually we put it up early at my youngest daughter's request for her early November birthday. Last year she had a Buddy the Elf themed birthday, so the tree in the background was perfect with her decorations.  And, now, for this year, she is asking for a Tom & Jerry birthday, and wants to screen this cute holiday movie with her friends.  

In addition to the full length movie, this upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release will also include two bonus episodes -- 1) Tom and Jerry: The Night Before Christmas and 2) Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers.  We watched these two bonus episodes after sitting for the main feature, which has a run time of 70 minutes.  My girls loved these bonus Christmas-themed cartoons, and said they were a great addition to this special feature release. Both of my girls love the Nutcracker plays at the holidays and listening to the music, and really got into this holiday Tom and Jerry movie.  And, come on, who doesn't love Tom and Jerry?  I grew up loving Tom and Jerry, and love how my girls love some of my favorite childhood cartoons and characters, as it allows me to watch all these movies and shows with them, and relive my childhood.  I love seeing them get excited about these cartoons and movies, and have to say that by watching this movie, I am getting excited, like my girls are, for the Christmas season.

More about this upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release:

"Tom and Jerry are transported into the magical world of “The Nutcracker” in Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition, the heartwarming animated holiday film, which will be released in a new special edition Blu-ray and DVD on October 27, 2020 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Join Tom and Jerry as they find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland which has been brought to life through holiday magic and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. It’s a hilarious, action-packed adventure the whole family can enjoy together. Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition will retail for $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada) for the Blu-ray™ which includes a Digital Code (US and Canada) and $14.97 SRP ($18.94 Canada) DVD. 
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition will also be available to own on Digital for
$14.99 SRP (US and Canada) on October 27, 2020.
Produced by Spike Brandt (Duck Dodgers) and Tony Cervone (Space Jam), Tom and Jerry:  A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition tells the story of Jerry Mouse, who is a devoted fan of “The Nutcracker” and is magically transported into his own version of the classical ballet one Christmas Eve. The film is inspired by classic Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts that were originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is a heartwarming, and hilarious take on the world-famous holiday ballet about a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve with her favorite gift, a toy nutcracker, which ultimately transforms into a handsome prince. 
After watching the season’s final performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet on Christmas Eve, Jerry dreams of dancing with the beautiful prima ballerina, who captivates him with her graceful performance. After the theater patrons leave, Jerry climbs onto the stage and begins to dance on his own, as Tuffy Mouse cheers him on. Through the magic of Christmas Eve, Jerry is suddenly transformed into one of the dancers. Costumed to look like regal prince, he takes center stage, which turns into a winter wonderland, as all the toy props around him come to life, and music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” begins to play. A petite music box ballerina springs to life and joins Jerry as the two of them dance their way into the Nutcracker’s magical realm. It seems as though Jerry’s “The Nutcracker” fantasy has finally become a reality. That’s until Tom and his band of alley cats enter through the theater’s stage door, capture all the toys and lock the beautiful ballerina in a cage.
“For many, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and this entertaining film captures the essence of that classic story with its own unique adaptation,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. She added, “Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition is a timeless story and it is the perfect holiday movie that kids and adults can watch together. Now fans can enjoy this fun film in gorgeous high definition. This release is a must-have holiday title for your home entertainment collection.”
Bonus Episodes:
  • Tom and Jerry The Night Before Christmas
  • Tom and Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition will be available to own on Digital on October 27, 2020. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.


About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Gremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiJellystone, Little Ellen and Looney Tunes Cartoons for HBO Max, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC UNIVERSE, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar and Unikitty! for
Cartoon Network, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, New Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wacky Races and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang.  WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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