Monday, October 23, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Add These Three Books from the Upcoming Sony Pictures Animation’s film, The Star, to Your Family's Holiday Book Collection (Review)

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

Simon & Schuster

Have you seen the movie trailer for the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation’s film The Star? This movie features the amazing vocal talents of Anthony Anderson, Steven Yeun, Aidy Bryant, and many more

If you haven't seen it, here the trailer and a little more about the movie, including the official movie website:

About this movie:

"In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas."


Doesn't this look like a cute movie to get you into the holiday spirit?  My girls and I can't wait to see it when it arrives in theaters on November 17th.  But, in the meantime, we are enjoying reading newly released "The Star" books from Simon & Schuster, that are definitely going to be front and center this holiday season, as we gather and celebrate the season with family and friends.

The Star Deluxe Junior Novelization

(Adapted by Tracey West, ISBN 9781534417533, 10/10/17)

"A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the heroes of the first Christmas in this beautiful animated holiday movie from Sony Pictures.

Discover the story of the first Christmas in a whole new way as a fun cast of animals retells the nativity story from their own point of view! Children and adults alike will fall in love with this charming story that’s sure to become a holiday classic!"

Also available in paperback: ISBN 9781534414617

Bo and Friends
Buy Bo and Friends for only $6.99

(By Maggie Testa, ISBN 9781534414785, 10/10/17)

"Get to know Bo the donkey and all of his friends in this delightful board book inspired by The Star.

Bo the donkey might be little, but he’s got a huge heart! He and his friends are also very brave. Meet them all in this sweet story inspired by your new favorite Christmas movie!"

They Followed the Star

Buy They Followed the Star for only $5.99
(Includes punch out ornaments)

(Adapted by A. E. Dingee, Illus. by Camille Andre, ISBN 9781534414808, 10/10/17)

"Join Bo the donkey and all of his friends as they follow the Star that leads them to their destiny in this 8x8 storybook that comes with Christmas ornaments featuring your favorite characters from The Star!

One night, a brilliant new Star appeared in the sky. Animals everywhere looked up in awe. Night after night they watched in wonder as the Star grew bigger and brighter in the sky. What did the Star mean? And how far would they travel to find out? Find out in this sweet storybook based on Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, which retells the greatest story ever told—the story of the very first Christmas."


You can't help but fall in love with the different characters including Bo, the donkey, when you sit down and share these books based on the upcoming "The Star" movie release.  My girls both said Bo was their favorite, as they loved how he was a donkey with big dreams.  He truly believes greatness awaits him outside the mill walls, and he is destined to find out what is in store for him. :-)

We received these books last week and have been enjoying them at bedtime and during the day.  It is always a treat when I can snuggle up with the girls and read to them.  And, we are having so much fun reading the deluxe junior novelization together.  I have been reading a couple chapters a day to them, and then we sit and discuss what we have read.  And, once the movie arrives in theaters and we see it, I can't wait to ask the girls how the book differed, if at all, with this junior novel we were reading.

My girls were happy to find punch out ornaments in the "They Followed the Star" book, and can't wait until the tree is up to add the two ornaments (one is Bo) to the tree.  Both of the young children's books are easy to read and are beautifully illustrated.  Just reading these two books makes us want to see this movie ever more.  Nov. 17th can't get here fast enough! :-)

Based on all the wonderful reviews I have read online about this upcoming family-friendly movie, I know that families will be looking for books from the movie to share with their kids as the holiday gets closer.  So, why not save yourself the trouble in trying to find these books by ordering them now.  They will be great additions to the coffee table or as part of your book advent as your count down until Christmas.  I will be adding the "Bo and Friends" and "They Followed the Star" to our 25 Days until Christmas Book Advent.

To learn more about these new releases, and other great books that would be perfect for stocking stuffers or to add under the tree or to your family's book advent, head on over to Simon & Schuster today.  Here are just some of the books I can't wait to share with my girls this holiday season...

O Christmas Tree

Snowball Moon

Disney Olaf's Frozen Adventure: A Holiday Surprise

Santa Calls

PAW Patrol: The Night Before Christmas

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

Santa's Snow Globe

The Little Reindeer

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: For the Person Who Has Everything and Loves Avocados (Review)

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

Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today! 

Do you love avocados?  If you do, then you have probably heard is an shortage of avocado, thus making it harder to find ripe avocados in markets.  And, when you do find them, the prices are jacked up because of supply and demand.  Ever thought of growing your own avocado tree at home?  Probably not...but, you will be surprised at just how easy and FUN it is, thanks to a unique invention called the AvoSeedo.

AvoSeedo LLC was founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Daniel Kalliontizis after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $65,000 thanks to more than 4000 backers. In addition to its flagship AvoSeedo avocado germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own avocado tree at home, has everything amateur avocado arborists of all ages could want. 

Recently, we were sent an AvoSeedo to review, and I have to admit, at first I wondered if the girls would be up for trying it out.  When it arrived and they opened the package, they had no idea what it was.  Bella even said it didn't look fun, when I told her it was going to be for a school experiment we would do.  I had to show them the video (see below) about the AvoSeedo and talked to them about how easy it would be to grow an avocado tree at at home.  After seeing the video, they were curious as to how the AvoSeedo worked and were up for trying it.  

Key Features:

-Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists
-Clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively
-Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials
-Reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops!

How It Works:

The AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. The clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively.

You can germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. This is a fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. And, it helps increase your child's understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way.

Watch how to grow an Avocado tree with AvoSeedo:
1. Get an avocado, cut it open and remove the pit
2. Peel away the thin skin from the avocado pit
3. Put the pit flat part down into the AvoSeedo tray
4. Place the AvoSeedo tray with avocado pit into a bowl of water
5. Change the water every two to three weeks
6.The seed will sprout and a tiny avocado tree will grow after one to three months 
7. Transfer the budding tree into a pot 

8. Reuse the AvoSeedo to grow more avocados


Last week we made a special stop at the market after a class to pick up an avocado and ingredients for homemade guacamole.  Then, we went home to prepare our guacamole and prep our avocado pit for planting in our new AvoSeedo.  As you can see in the above video, there really isn't much to using the AvoSeedo.  Just make sure you have a sturdy and larger enough container to rest your AvoSeedo in.  

Even though we don't have an avocado yet, the girls get excited each morning and go and check in on the new avocado plant to see if a tree is growing yet. I know that once it starts sprouting, the girls will be ecstatic.  I, for one, am curious to see the fruits of our labor and taste our very own home grown avocado. :-)

So, with the holidays fast approaching, don't stress over what to get those hard to shop for people on your list.  Just ask yourself, "Do they love avocado?" And, if the answer is "Yes," then you have the perfect gift for them...that they probable don't have.  They my scratch their heads at first when they unwrap the AvoSeedo, but just like my girls were, they will be curious and wonder how easy it is to actually grow an avocado tree at home and want to give the AvoSeedo a try. 


Ever wanted to grow your own avocado tree?  Now is your chance!  

Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower or other product and enjoy FREE shipping too. Visit theAvoSeedo website and use Code: sp20 at checkout to save!

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

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Discovery Channel Gold Rush Fans Will Love Getting Their Own Panning for Gold Kits for the Holidays! (Review) #Tryazon #GoldRush

Disclosure: I was provided with supplies for my Gold Rush Party from Tryazon in exchange for hosting an in-house party and sharing my thoughts about supplies sent on my blog and social media channels.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Gold Rush

Are you a fan of the hit Discovery Channel series, Gold Rush?  If you are, or you ever wondered about the whole panning for gold experience, then you will want to tune in to the new season of this hit Discovery Channel series show, which premiered back on October 13.  I had the opportunity to host  a Gold Rush season premiere party back on October 13 with a bunch of my family and friends in attendance.  And, in addition to watching this show, I had some panning fun for all to try out, and giveaways and swag to send everyone home with, thanks to the folks at Tryazon.

More about Gold Rush on Discovery Channel:

"Follow the lives of ambitious miners as they head north in pursuit of gold. With new miners, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground, the stakes are higher than ever. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out? Season premieres October 13 on the Discovery Channel."

Prior to my party, I was sent a huge box of Gold Rush swag and panning for gold kits, which you can order online for that Gold Rush fan in your life.  

I, for one, have always been intrigued about panning and what it would be like to find a chunk of gold.  And, thanks to the Gold Rush show and now having had the opportunity to try out panning with my partygoers, I can now say firsthand, how hard panning for gold really is, but, also how much fun it can be, too...especially when you find gold (big or small)! :-)

If you ever wondered about panning, here is video I shared with those in attendance at my Gold Rush party, that gave a little insight into how to properly pan for gold.  You will notice that the video stars Parker Schnabel from the hit Discovery TV show Gold Rush.  He will take you through the proper way to pan for gold. Just add water! This is an incredible must-see HD instructional video by an expert gold miner.

Doesn't this look like so much fun?  We really had a blast taking turns panning for gold at my Gold Rush party.  

Look at the gold we found.  We are rich!!! :-)

Even though it may seem tedious looking for gold and getting all the dirt and debris out to find treasure, everyone at my party was laughing and having so much fun. 

I will say that our eyes were playing tricks with us at times as we kept thinking we saw gold, but it was either a rock, or speck.

At the end of the night, I sent people home with their very own Gold Rush Mini Kit to take home. Each mini kit included the following:

  • Includes 4” mini gold pan, pay dirt, vial, tweezers, certificate of authenticity and instructions. Our mini-kit is the perfect Stocking Stuffer, gift and starter kit. With our Ultimate Pan-off head to head game to go along with it our Mini-Kits are GUARANTEED to contain GOLD! 
  • All kits and bags of pay dirt are salted with a base amount of gold. 1 in 250 bags are salted with $50 of gold nuggets.

I even crowned one partygoer gold panning champ for finding the biggest chunk of gold...which we actually weighed using the scale that was included with all the Gold Rush goodies I was sent for my party, but that you can purchase from the Pay Dirty Gold website for only $19.95.

Gold Rush Scale

They were awarded with a cool Gold Rush hat, water bottle, and their very own 1/2 lb.Gold Rush panning kit, to continue the panning for gold fun at home. :-)  

1/2 lb Gold Rush Panning Kit

Those who didn't win were talking about how they were definitely going to order more Gold Rush mini kits for stocking stuffers, and even a complete panning kit for themselves.

Everyone agreed that panning for gold is tough work, but so much fun, and they were all excited to tune in to watch the season premiere of Gold Rush, which airs weekly on Discovery Channel. I, for one, can't wait to pick up more Gold Rush Pay Dirt to continue the fun with my family.

With the holidays fast approaching and everyone starting to put together their gift lists and who they have to shop for, why not make it easy and pick up a few 1 lb. Gold Rush panning kits to give to those people on your shopping list who are fans of Gold Rush, love Discovery Channels shows, or just like unique and fun gifts?  Having personally tried out the  and having heard from family and friends at my party about how much fun their panning experience was, I can say that the Gold Rush panning kit will not disappoint as a gift.  I already have two people checked off my shopping list as they will be getting their very own Gold Rush panning kits.

To learn more about the Gold Rush series airing on Discovery Channel visit .  And, you can find out more about the different Gold Rush panning kits and supplies available from the Pay Dirt Gold Store, and order online by visiting today.

Happy panning! And, I hope you stumble upon a jackpot piece of gold. :-)

Disclosure: I was provided with supplies for my Gold Rush Party from Tryazon in exchange for hosting an in-house party and sharing my thoughts about supplies sent on my blog and social media channels.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 -- Give the Gift of Wine from Winc -- Save $22 of Your First Month Now! (Review)

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

Do you have family or friends who live far away and love wine?  Or, are you hosting dinner at your house this holiday season?  If you answered "Yes" to either question, then you will want to know about Winc, a monthly wine subscription service, that not only offers a wonderful assortment of wines for every palate preference, but that is also reasonable and will not break the bank this holiday shopping season.

I recently had the opportunity to try out Winc Wine for the first time a couple of weeks and was very impressed with the whole experience.  You start by taking a Palate Profile quiz to find the perfect wine for you, then you register for an account.  Within a matter of minutes, you will be presented with recommended wines based on your Palate Profile quiz results, and a price you will not believe (bottles start at only $13 each).  

Are you the type of person who goes to the liquor store and is lost when it comes to choosing the perfect wine?  Maybe you want to pair a nice wine with dinner, or just want to try something new?  Where do you start?  I, for one, am amazed at all the different varieties available.  There have been times I will simply choose a wine bottle because I like the label, or because it is from a local vineyard.  See, it doesn't take a lot to impress me.  But, if I knew what to look for, or was given recommendations based on my palate preferences, it would make shopping for wine so much easier.  That is why I am in love with Winc Wine, as it takes the guess work out of choosing just the right wine.

And, with the holidays fast approaching I have family and friends on my shopping list that enjoy a good bottle of wine, and would love to be surprised with 4 bottles of wine at their door to enjoy at the holidays and as they welcome in 2018.  All you have to do is send them a Winc Gift Card you can purchase through the Winc website, and then leave it to them to take the quiz and place their order using their Winc Gift card.  It will be one gift card they will be excited to use, and be thanking you for for years to come.

So, what is Winc and how is it different from other wine subscription services you may have seen online?...

Winc Member Benefits"Winc is not your traditional wine club: They are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience - They are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via our Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes and enjoyed on behalf of a new generation of wine drinkers. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep. They do all this as part of our quest to improve the experience for consumers, create a platform for artisanal winemaking, and build a grape-to-glass supply chain that's sustainable for the planet. No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle."

Like I said, I was sent 4 bottles of wine, all from different vineyards, and had a blast sampling them with my husband.  It was amazing how we enjoyed each and every bottle, which is never the case when I am left to pick up a few bottles of wine at the store.  And, when I told my husband around this monthly mail delivery service, he couldn't get over the price.   He was quick to ask if we knew what I was getting with our next shipment, and if we could reorder a couple of the bottles we sampled in this month's shipment.  I told him that you can reorder bottles, choose bottles that catch your eye, or use their recommended bottles based on your quiz results.  

We are both eagerly awaiting our next Winc Wine shipment next month, and come the holidays, I can't wait to offer family and friends coming for dinner some amazing wine -- that not only tastes great, but is also affordable. :-)

So, if you are a wine lover, or know someone who is, why not sign up for a month of Winc Wine today!  You can cancel anytime, so you don't have to feel locked in.  And, right now just for Inspired by Savannah readers, you can save $22 off your first month of Winc Wine.  How great is that!  What are you waiting for?  Head on over to Winc Wine and take their palate profile quiz today and be on the lookout for your first month's Winc wine shipment, which will contain 4 bottles of wine hand-picked just for you.  Enjoy!


I have a great offer to share with you. How does saving $22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine sound?  Well, that is just what Inspired by Savannah readers will get when they head on over to and create an account and take the quiz.  Within a matter of minutes you will have 4 bottles of wine recommended for you, based on your quiz results, and $22 will be taken off at checkout for your first 4-bottle Winc Wine shipment.  It is that easy!  Act fast, though, as this special savings is only available for a limited time.

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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Available Now From Amazon for only $6.94 -- My Little Pony: Holiday Hearts -- Review and #Giveaway

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

Do you have a My Little Pony fan in your life? Then, you will want to head on over to Amazon right now and pick up the new My Little Pony: Holiday Hearts DVD, which arrived in stores back on October 3. Right now, it is only $6.94, a steal if you ask me, as you get 6 full length episodes and bonus sing-along, perfect for the upcoming holidays.  This DVD would make a great stocking stuffer addition, to add to your family's countdown to Christmas DVD advent if you do one, or just to surprise that MLP fan in your life as you gear up for the holidays.

I shared this DVD with my the girls the other day, while they were both laid up on the couch from bad head colds.  This DVD did the trick in perking them up, and keeping them entertained for a bit (DVD run time is 132 minutes).  Thanks to all the toy ads on television and stores now with Christmas displays out, the girls are all about Christmas and already counting down until Santa arrives.  So much for getting through Halloween and Thanksgiving.  And, as part of my daughter's upcoming 6th birthday on Nov. 10, she is asking to put the Christmas tree up early and wants to watch this DVD again as we hang the ornaments.

Even though the girls have already seen the six episodes that make us this new DVD release, they were excited to see them all on one DVD, perfect for their growing Christmas DVD collection.  After seeing the new MLP pony at the theater, the girls have been all about MLP stuff, and back to watching old DVDs.  So, it was perfect timing to receive this DVD as it provided a change to the same handful of DVDS that seemed to be on rotation in the DVD player. :-)

My girls agreed that all the episodes were great and really festive.  After they were done watching the episodes and the bonus sing-along, they were asking our Alexa to play Christmas songs, as they laid on the couch singing along.  So, I guess this DVD did its job in getting them into the holiday spirit.  And, we have only had this DVD for about a week, but the girls have watched it a handful of times so far, and will be watching it again and again, as the holiday inches closer.

So, don't delay in ordering your copy of My Little Pony: Holiday Hearts at this amazing price of $6.94, as Amazon is quick to change their pricing. 

More about this recent DVD release:

"Gather around for six hearth-warming tales! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Holiday Hearts is now available on DVD as of October 3 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. 

‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and your very best friends. But you know that no holiday in Equestria is complete without a little adventure. Join Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy as they embark on six exciting adventures sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Holiday Hearts carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available at and"

Episodes Include:
Applebuck Season
Winter Wrap Up
Castle Sweet Castle
A Hearth’s Warming Tail
Not Asking For Trouble

Bonus Feature:


Thanks to the kind folks at Shout! Factory, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a copy of this new My Little Pony DVD release.  

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

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About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and consumer product licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Timeless Media Group, Westchester Films, Biograph Records, and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Don't Miss Your Chance to See the PJ Masks LIVE! -- Tickets on Sale Now! #pjmaskslive

PJ Masks Live Show has just kicked off the second leg of its North American tour! Don’t miss your chance to see the PJ Masks LIVE!

"PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero is a heroic, brand new live show, featuring the SUPER trio from your favorite series: PJ Masks! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko as they head into the night to save the day from sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Your little one will see the PJ Masks like never before, complete with acrobatics, fan-favorite music and brand-new songs!

PJ Masks Live already has some SUPER famous fans, from athletes to performers on stage and screen, including Tonight Show host and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, who treated his kids to a meet-and-greet with Catboy, Gekko and Owlette after the show!

In addition to all the action on stage, PJ Masks Live has been collecting pajamas at each tour venue for Pajama Programa national nonprofit that supports every child’s right to “a good night for a good day” by providing new pajamas and books for at-risk children.

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You can find the list of upcoming dates and venues and ticket info at We hope you’ll spread the word to readers so they can join the fun, too!

And, be sure to share photos of your kids enjoying the show over at the official PJ Masks Live! Facebook page.  I love seeing all the pictures of the kids excited to see some of their favorite characters live on stage, and this is yet another show my girls are asking to go to. :-)

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