Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday 7/28, Low Entry Giveaways!

Over 250 Entries:
Teen Titans Go! Movie Prize Pack - U.S. - Ben Spark *RC

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A.R.C.H.I.E. 2: Mission Impawsible - Movie Review.

It’s show time! A.R.C.H.I.E. 2: Mission Impawsible has arrived on DVD, Digital and On Demand NOW from Lionsgate. Archie is not your normal dog – he has unimaginable talents that include talking and even flying a plane. When his owner decides to pursue his lifelong dream of joining the circus, it’s not long before Archie’s talents are discovered, and he becomes the star of the show. Featuring Michael J. Fox as the voice of Archie, along with Sara Canning and Robin Dunne, this animal adventure won the Dove Seal of approval for all ages!

In this funny family adventure, the legendary Michael J. Fox plays Archie, the world’s only talking, flying robot dog! Archie tags along as his owner Sydney runs away to join a struggling family circus. But clumsy Sydney’s only hope of stardom is a fake ventriloquist act featuring his wisecracking, woofing pal. Together they’re a hit and the circus is saved—until a villain plots to steal the priceless dog and trade him for big bucks. Step right up for thrills, chills, and laughs, Archie-style!

- Behind the Scenes with Cast/Crew Interviews
- Trailer Gallery

Sara Canning (War for the Planet of the Apes, The Right Kind of Wrong)
Robin Dunne (TV’s “Sanctuary,” The Big Hit, Just Friends)
Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, The Frighteners)

My Review and Thoughts:
The movie starts out slow. It's hard to get into. Kids might be bored at the beginning. I'd say for children ages 8 and up.  The comedy act of Archie the dog and his owner are good. Archie's owner wants to work at the circus, and having a talking dog, and being funny get them a place in one of the shows. The circus works on a strictly cash basis, and someone is stealing the cash from the ticket sales. Archie even flies a plane! This movie good for a hot afternoon or snowy day. I just didn't see the first one. Seeing the first one might have helped me to understand this one better.

Disclosure: I received a copy of A.R.C.H.I.E. 2: Mission Impawsible on DVD and some goodies and snacks featured above, from Lionsgate, along with some other goodies, in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Wednesday 7/25, Low Entry Giveaways!

Four Fandango codes so that you can see Teen Titans GO! To The Movies - U.S. - Amy Fulcher *IG

Monday, July 23, 2018

BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE - Children's Book Review.

Have You Ever Wanted One Thing More Than Anything Else 
In The World?

In His Illustrated Children’s Book, BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE, Bestselling Author Alan C. Fox Focuses On Perseverence, Dreams, and Letting Go

Have you ever wanted one thing – just one thing – more than anything else in the world? A toy? A new bike? A computer game? Did you imagine that this one possession would make you incredibly happy – forever? For Benji that one thing is an enormous orange kite. In BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE (Clavis Publishing; August 2018), bestselling author Alan C. Fox tells the enchanting story of a young boy who learns that possessing something is not quite as meaningful as letting it go.

Benji adores kites. All kinds of kites – big or small, plain or fancy, square or diamond- shaped. He loves flying them at the beach, watching them float high in the sky. One day Benji sees a giant orange kite at the toy store. He wants it more than anything else – ever. But his mom explains that he’ll need to earn the money to buy the kite. So Benji buckles down and weeds the garden for the next two weeks – the vegetables in the morning and the flowers in the afternoon. It seems like he’ll never be done.

Finally the special day arrives, and Benji’s mom hands him the giant orange kite of his dreams. At the beach, Benji lets his kite soar higher and higher with every gust of wind. He watches it rise above the people, the hotdog stand, and even the houses beyond. Soon the kite becomes a distant speck in the sky. Benji is thrilled. But when it’s time to pull the kite down and head back home, Benji can’t bear to do it. He wants to set the kite free to fulfill its destiny among the clouds. Benji lets the twine go and the kite disappears into the sunset sky. The kite may still be up there yet.

Alan Fox explains that like all of his books, “BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE is based on a real-life incident. This one happened when I was a child. I decided to tell the story, because I wanted to share the sense of achievement I felt by working hard to obtain something I really loved. But once I saw the kite flying at the beach, I wanted to let it go. My dream had been accomplished. It was time move on to another, new experience. You must always keep going to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.”

BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE, with illustrations by Eefje Jujil, is the second in Alan Fox’s series of picture books. The first, BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH, was named a notable children’s book of 2017 by Booklist magazine and has become a much-loved story for youngsters and parents alike.

About the author:
Alan C. Fox is the bestselling author of three books for adults, PEOPLE TOOLS, PEOPLE TOOLS FOR BUSINESS, and PEOPLE TOOLS FOR LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. His two children’s books are BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis 2017) and BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE (Clavis 2018). An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and relationships expert, Alan is also the publisher of the poetry magazine, Rattle. He founded a charity that works to maximize the potentional of youth as well as an organization that encourages young people to become active in helping others. Alan lives in Los Angeles, California. To learn more, visit Alan’s website:

About the Illustrator:
Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, creates colorful illustrations for children's books, magazines, postcards and more. She lives in The Netherlands with her partner Philip, her son Guus, daughter Fien, and their dog Jip.

My Review:
Benji really loves kites! So much so, that he uses all of his allowance to buy new ones because he keeps losing them. His mother buys him a new, big orange kite. But Benji can't play with it until he pulls some weeds and works really hard to pay it off. Then after Benji is all done, his mother brings the kite out of the closet for him! Benji takes the kite down to the beach and it flies super high. He spends a lot of time flying it. You'll have to buy the book to see what happens! This book is perfect for children ages 3 to 4 years old, and up! The illustrations are adorable and super helpful in telling the story.

Disclosure: I received one copy of the children's book "Benji & The Giant Kite" children's book from Clavis Publishing in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Finding Granny: We never really lose the people we love ... - Children's Book Review! #FindingGranny

Every two seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke. In Finding Granny, that someone is Edie’s beloved grandmother. When Edie comes to the hospital, she is confronted by the physical changes in her grandmother: muddled words, a crooked face, a woman confined to bed. This isn’t the ‘playtime, bedtime, story-time pantomime Granny’ that Edie knows. "That’s not my Granny," she says, as she waits outside in the corridor during her mother’s visits. But when her mother takes Edie to watch one of Granny’s art therapy sessions, Edie starts to understand that the Granny she loves is still there. Finding Granny is a heart-warming story of changing relationships and the bond between children and grandparents. It’s also a sensitive exploration of coping with illness and disability that will offer children much-needed comfort.

About the Author:
Kate Simpson spent her childhood with her nose in a book but always thought writing was something that other people did - people with ‘ideas’. In her thirties, Kate finally decided to give it a try and discovered that ideas can come from anywhere and writing can be for anyone. When she’s not writing or reading, Kate loves board games and laughter, the feel of the sun on her face, and spending time with family, particularly her two young children. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator:
Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining, drawing, exhibiting and holding market stalls. Gwynneth is also studying to be an art therapist.

My Review:
"Finding Granny" is a great children's book to teach them about people, like their grandparents, who might have a stroke. This book is a great teaching tool to show children that even though someone close to them might have a stroke, that it will take them a while to get back to normal. And also, that they may never be like they used to again. I wish I would have had this book around when I was little. It would have helped me to understand more about the older family members around me.

Disclosure: I received one copy of "Finding Granny" from EKBooks in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Monday 7/23, Low Entry Giveaways!

One year subscriptions to Ridemax (3 Winners) - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

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Overboard - 2018 DVD (3 Winners) - U.S. - The Social Gurl *RC

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday 7/22, Low Entry Giveaways!

Stickers from the MeadowLarke Etsy shop - U.S. - A Delightful Glow *RC

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” Soundtracks & Prize Pack (3 Winners) - U.S. - GayNYCDad

Lilly Pulitzer hostess set and printed pen - U.S. - Marshmallows & Margaritas *RC

Over 250 Entries:
Masterpiece Robot - hardcover children’s book - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC

$15 Chick-fil-A Gift Card - U.S. - GayNYCDad

E-book copy of "Claws of Death" - U.S. - Cinnamon and Sugar *RC