My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD Review

2014 saw many new additions to the MLP family, including the new Equestria Girls tale Rainbow Rocks


About My Little Pony: Equestria Girls 
  In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, released in fall 2013, Twilight Sparkle’s crown was stolen from the Crystal Empire, and she pursued the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into…a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight had to learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High.

  Now, the girls of Canterlot High are back, and this time they’re rocking guitars! In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Canterlot High (CHS) is hosting a musical showcase, and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mount between the competing musical acts. A now-reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that The Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to restore harmony to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.




  While I didn't enjoy this film as much as it's predecessor, I can honestly say that my almost-4-year-old boy did! Out of a stack of DVD's this one was chosen again and again (and again, and again...) In my opinion the Equestria Girls just aren't the same without Twilight Sparkle, and the first quarter of the movie or so shows only the other pony girls. Jace, however, was captivated by the songs in this release. He could immediately tell me that the Dazzlings were the "bad guys" and that Sunset Shimmer was the bad guy, but is now a good guy. Overall Rainbow Rocks contained a bunch of catchy tunes and a few feel-good messages, and definitely comes kid-approved! 

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship DVD Review

  One of my 3 year-old boy's absolute favorite things right now is the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchise. The show, the toys. Everything. It goes without saying that this year's release of the Keys of Friendship DVD was a must-have, of course. 




  This collection was released on July 29, 2014 and features five episodes from the popular television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's the latest edition to the MLP franchise, which centers around the purple pony Twilight Sparkle. In these episodes, Twilight has just recently become a princess and is struggling to find her place among her royal colleagues. Each episode is filled with fun, singing, and a great moral for kids to learn about issues in life. Jace can sit and watch episodes on Netflix for hours! He watched all 5 episodes in this DVD straight-through, and was especially interested in any part with a song. (Especially the sing-along of Generosity) Friendship is Magic is definitely a show I feel good about letting my munchkin watch! I may or may not watch them by myself after Jace falls asleep...

  

  

Episodes:

1. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Rarity Takes Manehattan
2. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Apple Pie
3. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
4. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1
5. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2

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Susie's Hope DVD Review + Giveaway: Raise Awareness for the Fight Against Animal Abuse!


  Even if you're not the biggest pet lover out there (like me), it's still hard to hear about the injustices done to animals by those who simply don't care. Be it neglect or physical abuse, animal cruelty nearly always brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. When I learned about the nonprofit organization Susie's Hope, which strives to provide education to people of all ages about animal abuse and hopes to end it, I was happy to be able to review the film! It's based on the true story of Susie's Hope founder Donna Lawrence and her struggle to forgive and love.

FEAR: Prepare for Walkers with October's Loot Crate!


  Another month, another Loot Crate! With October comes the aptly-named FEAR Loot Crate, which includes exclusive goodies from The Walking Dead and Dead Rising 3. Take a look inside!

Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World by Johann Christoph Arnold Book Review + Giveaway

*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Orkin "Mouse In A House" Game and Giveaway + App

* I will receive a fleece blanket for sharing this fun app with you. My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents. Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” – your house!

#Disney's 101 Dalmations Diamond Edition Set to Release Feb 10th, 2015!



This Valentine’s Day, Share the Humor, Suspense and Adventures With Your Family!

Disney’s
101 DALMATIANS DIAMOND EDITION

Available for the First Time on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand – February 10th

Featuring All-New, Never-Before-Seen Animated Short! 


Synopsis:                             Pick your favorite spot to watch—anytime and anywhere—and get ready for a fun-filled adventure with the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians! Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most fabulously outrageous villainess. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches! Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, a beloved classic you’ll want to share with your family again and again! 

Cast:                                      Rod Taylor (Inglorious Bastards, The Birds) as Pongo, J. Pat O’Malley (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland) as Jasper and Betty Lou Gerson (The Fly, Cats Don’t Dance) as Cruella de Vil

New Bonus Features:            All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)
Lucky Dogs
DisneyView
Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)
Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

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#Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue is a High-Flying Hit! Pick it up on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Today!

*I received a copy of this film to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.



THE PLANES ARE BACK IN THE YEAR’S ULTIMATE 
HIGH-FLYING COMEDY ADVENTURE!
  
DISNEY’S “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE”

Landing on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, 
DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!

~ Includes All-New Exclusive Animated Short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular” and More! ~

#LionsgateHorror The Blair Witch Project UV Digital HD Download Code Giveaway and #BlogApp

*I will receive a digital download code for sharing this information with you. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

Relive the horror classic! THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.

Autumn Crafts - Toilet Paper Pumpkins


  Growing up with 12 years of Girl Scouts has kinda ingrained crafting into my daily activities. Whether I am doing creative activities with my 3 year-old or brainstorming a homemade gift, imagination is always at play. Sometimes it is the most simple ideas that produce the prettiest, most complimented designs in our household. My mom showed me these easy toilet paper pumpkins some time ago, and I finally got around to making them and writing up a tutorial this year.  They are easy enough for little hands to make, yet elegant enough to be displayed seasonally around the house. With so many different fabrics available (and several different roll sizes of t.p.), the variations of this craft are endless!

10 Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids - DIY Family Fun!



  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday! Well, holiday season, I should say. When the leaves start changing color and the corn maze opens, I am truly in my element. Jace is happily following in my footsteps with his love of all things Fall, especially Halloween crafts! 

Manic Drive Releases New Album VIP - and We Love It! {Giveaway}

*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.




  I'll be honest...I hadn't heard of Manic Drive before receiving a copy of VIP to review, but I just had a good feeling about 'em by looking at the album cover. It was one of those things I couldn't explain. Christian rock is normally not my forte, being the non-denominational creature that I am. These guys give off some seriously good vibes!

Guardians of the Galaxy to Release on Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/9!

From Marvel, the Studio That Brought You “Iron Man,” “Thor,”
“Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” 
Comes the Year’s Must-Own Blockbuster!

MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Get it First on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere November 18th, 
and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand December 9th


The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

The film features Chris Pratt (“The Lego Movie,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Star Trek”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick,” “The Man with the Iron Fists”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Fast and the Furious” series, “Riddick”) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit” series, “Lincoln”) as Ronan, Michael Rooker (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan (“Oculus,” TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close (TV’s “Damages,” “Tarzan”) as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic,” “The Usual Suspects”) as The Collector.

Follow Guardians of the Galaxy on Facebook for new information pertaining to the film and grab your own copy on Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/9 when it hits retailers nation-wide!

Monsters University Invites You to PARTY CENTRAL!



Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL.  The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure.  Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time!

Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar's Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley's return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.

Go to Disney Movies Anywhere to find out more about collecting, watching, and taking your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go! Visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com or download the app at http://di.sn/hvV





Heroes Save the Day in August's Loot Crate! {Review}


  It's time for August's Loot Crate review! Woohoo!

Snack Guilt-Free with Harvest Snaps! {Review + Contest}


This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  For the longest time I could only find my favorite snacks, Snapea Crisps, at a single grocery store. I would have to make a special trip there every time I had a craving for these little green morsels. There must have been a pea-explosion recently, because I now see these delicious snacks everywhere I go! 

5-hour ENERGY Yummification Contest Winners!

* The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, and information have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®. All opinions are my own, however, and the winning video really is hilarious! 



Remember the 5-hour ENERGY Yummification recipe video contest I posted about last month? Winners have now officially been chosen! Were you one of the top three winners of some major cash and fame?



First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
o   “Pomelimelade”
§  1 glass Limeade
§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 



·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
o   “Ramalamadingdong”
§  1 glass Lemonade
§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 

·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 
o   “Arnold Power”
§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 

Winning videos can be viewed at 5hourenergy.com/yummification



Los Angeles really is a hotbed for amateur film-making, way to go Angelinos! 

Heroes to the Rescue! Disney's Planes Comes to Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD November 4th!

I am so excited to share that Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue film is coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD November 4th!



Disney's "Planes Fire & Rescue" is landing on Disney Blu-ray™  Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms November 4th! The follow-up to last year's "Planes" comes the world famous racer Dusty Crophopper who joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. The high-flying comedy adventure also comes jet packed with an all-new exclusive animated short, deleted scenes, music video and more! 



Jace is a HUGE fan of the first Planes (and Cars, and Cars 2) and we can't wait to add this one to our collection! 

Is your kiddo a fan of Planes or Cars? What is his/her favorite character?


Cartoon Network to Release Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 7th!

Bonus Features on Full Season Set Include Exclusive Featurette on ‘The Music of Adventure Time', Commentaries for all 26 Episodes and Much More 




It's that time again for another round of adventure as Cartoon Network releases ADVENTURE TIME: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th! The set includes an exclusive Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time featurette with series creator Pendleton Ward, creative director Pat McHale and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar, offering commentary on the important role music plays throughout the series. Additional bonus features consists of commentaries for all 26 episodes and much more! 
  I'll be honest, when the first wave of Adventure Time merchandise hit local stores, I didn't buy into the hype. I gave it a shot, though, and it definitely grew on me! Adventure Time is filled with fun characters and crazy antics, and I'm very much looking forward to the DVD release of the Fourth Season. 

  You can preorder your 2-disc DVD copy on Amazon.com today!

My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales Releases on DVD TODAY, 9/9! - Review


Halloween is just around the corner (boo!), and so is My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales! Coming to DVD on September 9, 2014 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, Spooktacular Pony Tales features 6 episodes and a sing-along. The DVD also comes packed with spooky fun including My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic pumpkin carving stencils and a color Halloween poster perfect for seasonal decorating.