Monday, October 23, 2017

Are You Ready?...CARS 3 Cruises Home Digitally in HD Tomorrow, Oct. 24th #Cars3


Lightning Strikes Again When Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” Cruises Home
Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on October 24th
and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ on November 7th


The high-octane hit revs into homes with extras for the whole family, including
an all new mini-movie starring the demolition derby legend Miss Fritter,
inside access to the cast, filmmakers and more!

"In honor of world-champion racer #95 on his date-sake 9/5, Disney•Pixar is proud to announce the in-home arrival of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3”! “Cars 3” surged to the front of the pack opening weekend with audiences racing to see the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo) team up to beat the new generation of blazing-fast racers. Now, this summer’s high-octane hit cruises home—loaded with bonus features like the all new mini-movie starring the demolition derby legend Miss Fritter— Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Oct. 24, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7.

Race fans of all ages are invited to ride along with the “Cars 3” crew for hilarious and heartfelt extras, including an exclusive new mini-movie, “Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool,” taught by the queen of the Crazy 8; a feature detailing how real-world race training influenced filmmakers; the journey taken by voice actor Cristela Alonzo and team while shaping tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez; behind-the-scenes access to the story team who crafted Lightning McQueen’s third chapter; deleted scenes; and much more.


Cars 3” is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.

Bonus Features*

Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3 – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul. 
  • My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…

DVD:
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” & “Commentary”

#95 by the #s in “Cars 3
  • 5 – As “Cars 3” gets underway, world-champion racer Lightning McQueen is riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood.
  • 11 – Lightning McQueen raced into moviegoers’ hearts 11 years ago—making his rookie debut in “Cars” in March 2006—and remains an iconic character today.
  • 24 – The dramatic, slow-motion crash scene in which Lightning McQueen hits a wall and rolls several times takes 24 seconds.
  • 95 – Lightning McQueen still sports the dynamic #95 with his signature lightning-bolt graphics. He displays five distinct looks in “Cars3,” including one that pays homage to his original paint, a primer look he gets following the devastating crash, a custom wrap ordered by Sterling, and more.
  • 198 – Lightning McQueen tops out at a speed of 198 miles per hour on his last lap with Cruz Ramirez on Fireball Beach. But Lightning’s nemesis—next-gen racer Jackson Storm—races at speeds pushing 207 mph.


Cars 3” Pit Cast and Crew
Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” upcoming “Wonder”) as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (“The Angry Birds Movie”) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer (“The Birth of a Nation”) lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Confirmation”) was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion (ABC’s “Castle,” ABC’s “Modern Family”) provides the voice of brilliant businesscar Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”) lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

The third chapter of Lightning’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “American Beauty”) voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; three-time Emmy® winner Margo Martindale (FX’s “The Americans,” FX’s “Justified,” Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete”) provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (HBO’s “The Wire,” “Cedar Rapids,” HBO’s “Veep”) is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the “Cars” racing world.

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. With a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s “Powerless”), Eyal Podell (actor “Code Black”) & Jonathon E. Stewart (“Doing Time” short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (“Cars”), Bob Peterson (“Up,” “Finding Nemo”) and Mike Rich (“Secretariat,” “The Rookie”). The film features a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars”), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach."

Disc Specifications
Product SKUs:            Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
            Physical = 4K UHD Combo Pack (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital HD/SD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/SD) and DVD
Feature Run Time:                             Approximately 103 minutes
Rating:                                                                        G in U.S., G in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio:  2.39:1
Resolution:     4K UHD = 3840 x 2160, HD = 1920 x 1080, SD = 720 x 480
Audio:                                     4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English, Spanish and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
            4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 5.1 DTS-HDHR, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles:        Physical = English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Closed Captions:        Digital = English; DVD = English

Social Media
Facebook:                                                       Facebook.com/pixarcars
Website:                                                         Cars.disney.com
Twitter:                                                           Twitter.com/pixarcars
Instagram:                                          Instagram.com/pixarcars


ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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The Gluten Free Bar Bites are the Perfect Grab-And-Go Snack Everyone Will Love + Also Great for Halloween and to Add to Stockings at Christmas -- Review and #Giveaway


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






The Gluten Free Bar Gluten Free Bites™ Chocolate Cherry Almond

FREE of Gluten, GMO, soy, dairy and animal ingredients.


Both of my girls are picky eaters, but when it comes to snack foods, they are will to try new things, as they are all about snacks.  I don't know about you, but when my kids are tired, bored or grouchy, the first they they do is head for the fridge or pantry to look for a snack.  Because of this, I make a point to have as many healthy snacks on hand for them to reach for.  Shh, don't tell them about my chocolate stash behind the oatmeal container. :-)  Moms need a chocolatey treat for a quick energy and mood boost every so often.


Even though my family doesn't have any major food allergies, I have been limiting the amount of gluten in the foods I bring into the house because my youngest, Bella, has eczema, and I have found when she eats a lot of foods with gluten in them, she has a flare, or it makes a current flare even worse.


I first stumbled upon The Gluten Free Bar (GFB) brand and their gluten free snacks when I was looking for new gluten-free snacks to introduce to the girls, or try and replace snacks they like, with with a healthy version. Like their mom, my girls are huge nut, chocolate  and fruit lovers.  They especially snacks that come in cluster sizes that they can grab and pop in their mouth.  And, they like seeing all the ingredients in each cluster bite and pointing them out, as they nibble away at them, telling me all the different flavors they are tasting with each bite.


I was excited when I received an email about a month ago asking me to try the new the GFBBites.  I had seen them on the shelf at my local Target, but hadn't picked them up yet.  


About the new GFB Bites offering:





"Each bite-sized treat is non-GMO Project® Certified, Certified Vegan, soy-free, dairy-free and Certified Gluten-Free. What really sets GFBBites apart in a crowded functional food category is taste; the Bites balance just the right amount of soft and chewy texture with crunch and flavors that make them a completely unique snacking experience. Without compromising on ingredients or honest nutrition, the protein-packed Bites were developed with meaningful flavors, such as tart cherry, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, sun-sweetened fruit, and various nuts that provide flavor depth and protein function." 



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Days after responding to the email, I received two GFBBites packages in the mail to try with my family.  Bella was quick to grab the PB+J flavor as she is a huge PB+J fan.  



Savannah was happy that she left the dark chocolate coconut one for her try, as she had saw this at Target and told me to pick up the next time I went there.  



Like her Daddy, she loves anything coconut, and was excited to see the coconut shavings wrapped around the little cluster balls.



Just look at all that delicious coconut Savannah said. :-)

I told the girls to wait until I had the camera ready for photos, but they couldn't wait.  They tore open the resealable bags and reached in for a handful of GFB clusters to try.  One by one they popped a cluster in their mouth and chewed away.  I knew the girls loved them as they had smiles on their faces and kept letting out "Mmms" in between chews.  I was surprsied that the girls offered each other their flavor to try, as they are usually not fans of sharing their snacks.  




After sampling both the GFBBites flavors, the girls agreed that these gluten-free cluster snacks were delicious. They even gave me one of each flavor to try, and I had to agree.  I am so happy to now have more gluten-free snacks to offer my girls, and especially love how these are convenient on-the-go snacks that I can pack in their lunch bags, carry in the car, or just have on hand in the pantry for quick snacking.  Even my husband has asked for his own bag of the GFBBites so that he can keep in his desk drawer at work for when he gets hungry. Instead of hitting up the vending machine which is stocked with unhealthy snacks, he will be able to refuel and recharge with healthy and oh so delicious snacks, that are packed with flavor and nutrients. Yum!



So, if you are looking to add more healthy snack options to your pantry for your family to reach out, or have a family member with a gluten allergy and are always on the lookout for new gluten-free products, then you will want to check out the GFBBites.  Available in six different flavors, including Dark Chocolate CoconutCoconut Cashew CrunchChocolate Cherry AlmondPB+JDark Chocolate Hazelnut, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, the Bites are available on shelves at club, grocery, mass merchandise, natural foods and supermarket stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $4.99 to 5.99 per bag.




The GFBBites bags are the perfect size to add to your child's stocking at Christmas, or to give out at Halloween for kids in the neighborhood you know have a gluten allergy.  Or, just have handy while you are handing out candy so you can reach for a healthy snack instead of into the candy bowl. :-)

Stay up-to-date on new product additions, giveaways, special offers and more by following THe Gluten Free Bar on their social media channels below:




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You can find the whole line of the GFB products including the new Bites at most major retailers including online at Amazon.  I have been stocking up on the GFBBites over at Target as they are only $4.79 a package.  I make a point to have some stashed in the pantry, a couple in the car for on-the-go snacking, and even have a package in each of the girls' backpacks for when they are at classes and need a quick and healthy snack.  They can grab a handful of bites from their favorite flavor and then reseal the bag to keep in the freshness.  

I love being able to share healthy snacks with my family, and was so happy when I found that everyone loved the GFBBites we were recently sent.  And, after sampling the additional flavors, now each member of the family has a favorite flavor that they reach for. And, knowing that they are healthy, I don't have to say "No.". :-)

If you are having trouble finding the GFB products in stores near you, you can also visit https://shop.theglutenfreebar.com/ and order online. They even give you the option to customize a case with your favorite flavors. 

--GIVEAWAY--

Thanks to the folks at The Gluten Free Bar, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a 
FREE product coupon and sample of either GFB's Dark Chocolate Coconut or PB+J Bites.

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


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"More about GFB and The Two Brothers Behind These Tasty Gluten-Free Products...




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We’re two brothers who get along well with each other, but not with gluten,” said Elliot Rader, Co-Founder and Partner at GFB. “Our goal is to create fun and flavorful gluten-free snacks for everyone – after all, eating is something we do each day so let’s enjoy it. The development of Bites has been an exciting transition into the cluster category. We basically combined the nutrition of a protein bar with the decadence of a truffle. No other cluster in the category does this and we’re excited to share the Bites with our customers.”
As pioneers in the gluten-free cluster category, GFB has created a product perfect for all snacking occasions: fun family road trips, a quick and delicious breakfast with your morning coffee at work, and much more. GFB Bites can be found at leading regional stores, top national stores, and popular health food stores.
GFB, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a Certified B Corporation dedicated to producing products in a sustainable, earth-friendly manner. Along with their new line of Bites, the Company continues to produce their original product the Gluten Free Bar."


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

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Bonaparte Falls Apart is the Perfect Story to Share with Your Child for Halloween (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.



(Crown BFYR | 978-1-101-93768-6 | Ages 3-7 | On sale August 15, 2017)

When it comes to children's books, I have a list of authors and illustrators who I keep track of, that my girls and I are fond of.  Will Terry is top on our list for illustrators as he always creates unique and really brings the story being told to life.  Whenever we read a book with illustrations done by Will Terry, my girls and I always find ourselves lingering on the pages admiring all the detail and can see he really put a lot of time and thinking into his work.

So, when I received an email a couple weeks ago about covering "Bonaparte Falls Apart" by Margery Cuyler, I was excited to see Will Terry as the illustrator.  I jumped at the opportunity to review and am so glad I did, as it was a hit with the girls, and I loved it, too!  

Here is more about this children's book release, which arrived in stores back in August, but is perfect to share with your kids for Halloween...

"Veteran children’s author Margery Cuyler and illustrator Will Terry deliver a true bone-ified friendship story in BONAPARTE FALLS APART.

Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself. When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose? Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza with Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula, three true, bone-a fide friends who all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

Adorable art and wordplay combine with a sweet story to make BONAPARTE FALLS APART a monstrously fun tale – and a perfect read for Halloween! "

Just looking at the cover art of this book, will get kids excited to see what lies beyond the front cover.  My girls wondered if it was going to be a scary story.  But, as we started to read, they had smiles on their faces, and said, "I am really liking this book, Mom." :-)  I love when the girls really get into a book and are eager to see what happens next, or start giving ideas on what they think will happen next.

I will not spoil the ending of this cute children's book for you.  But, I will say it has become a popular book in our house and one the girls continue to ask me to read at bedtime.  And, with Halloween fast approaching this would make for a great surprise book to share with your children.  Not only will this book have them laughing, but is is also a great book that touches on friendship, and is a great back-to-school that kids will enjoy for years to come. 

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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The New "PBS KIDS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY" DVD Makes for the Perfect All-in-One Birthday Gift for Preschoolers (Review)

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


PBS KIDS: Happy Birthday! DVD

Do you have a preschooler who is a fan of PBS Kids shows and they have a birthday coming up?  If so, do I have the perfect gift for you...the new "Happy Birthday" DVD.  What is so great about this new DVD besides the wonderful content is that there is no gift wrap needed.  The outside DVD cover looks like a wrapped present.  And, you and Velcro open the front of the box and expose a cute birthday card featuring Arthur and Buddy the dinosaur, along with a birthday message for your little one.  You can add to the card or simply sign your name.  Then, it is ready to give that special child in your life.

When I saw this all-in-one birthday gift I thought it was a novel idea.  I don't know about you, I am not a fan of gift wrapping.  Instead I just grab a gift bag and some tissue paper and am good to go.  A couple years back when everyone was sick in the house at Christmas, Santa had the novel idea of gift bagging everyone's gifts.  And, when the girls came down on Christmas morning, they were greeted with tons of gift bags with their names on.   Ah, that was an easy clean up that year.  :-)

My youngest daughter, Bella's, 6th birthday is coming up in a few weeks, along with  a couple of her friends.  This DVD would make for a great addition to their gifts.  And, I know they will all enjoy the content of this DVD, which includes 10 popular PBS Kids series and all episodes are birthday themed stories -- over 170 minutes in length.  

Here are the shows you will find on this DVD...all of which my girls love and were excited to watch the other day, as we gear up for Bella's birthday week...

1.  Arthur
2.  Caillou
3.  Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
4.  Dinosaur Train
5.  Odd Squad
6.  Peg + Cat
7.  Reading Rainbow
8.  Super WHY!
9.  Wild Kratts
10. WordWorld

I was surprised to see the Reading Rainbow episode as you usually don't see this show on DVD releases like this.  But, it was a great surprise and in the top 3 of my girls' favorites from this DVD.  They also enjoyed the Super WHY! and WordWorld episodes.


This DVD has been on repeat at our house since we received, and I know the girls will be watching for some time to come, including Bella's upcoming birthday week.  So, if you have a little one who's birthday is coming up and want to give them a unique gift, why not pick up the new "Happy Birthday" DVD from PBS Distribution today. At only $8.99, you can't go wrong with the price, for all the great birthday themed episodes you get to enjoy.


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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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."

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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."

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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, AvoSeedo.com 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





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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. 


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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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