Thursday, March 29, 2012

*We Bought A Zoo* - Blu-ray, DVD Digital Download - on April 3rd! {Giveaway}




Featuring Family Friendly Audio Track
The Whole Family Will Go Wild for this Heartwarming Adventure
Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson!


We Bought A Zoo
Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download
April 3rd!

This Easter, be unpredictable, do something crazy and embrace your wild side!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents an inspiring adventure based on a true story of one man who brought a zoo back to life and family back together in WE BOUGHT A ZOO, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download April 3.  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).



We will be spending some family-time together this upcoming Easter weekend and look forward to watching one of these classic Easter/family-friendly films. These would be the perfect addition to that special someone's Easter basket this season! 

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE



Author C.S. Lewis brings about many religious overtones in his work – including in his famous Chronicles of Narnia.  The first published book of the series – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who enter the magical land of Narnia through a portal in their wardrobe.  With the help of an-all knowing lion, Aslan, the siblings learn of their destiny to help save Narnia.  Though the literary works and film adaptations are generally regarded as fantasy, there are many parallels to the Christian ideology, such as Aslan’s representation of Jesus Christ.  Aslan sacrifices his life to save one of the siblings but is then resurrected from the dead.  
LITTLE ANGELS


Best known for her role as angel “Monica,” in CBS’ “Touched by an Angel,” Roma Downey executive produces the animated DVD series, Little Angels.  Created for pre-schoolers, Little Angels teaches educational skills such as ABCs and 123s. The series follow twins Alex and Zoe who are guided by eight little angels that watch over them, helping guide them through the many challenges they face in their young lives.  

IT’S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN


Debuting on CBS network in 1974, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, tells the story of the Peanuts Gang as they get ready for Easter through their own quirky and messy ways, even though Linus tries to convince everyone that the Easter Beagle will take care of everything.  The network has continually air the film every year since it’s original airing.  

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


In the 1956 epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments depicts the biblical story of the Exodus, in which Moses, as portrayed by Charleton Heston leads the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea and onto the based of Mount Sinai, where Moses receives the Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments, which is narrated by DeMille, was the last film he ever directed.  

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR


Jesus Christ Superstar is a film adaptation of the rock-opera of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Weber.  Released in 1973, the musical centers loosely on the Gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion.  However, the film also highlights interpersonal struggles between Jesus and his traitor, Judas Iscariot that are not in the Bible.  
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

*We Bought A Zoo* on Blu-ray and DVD - April 3rd!





We Bought A Zoo Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD
April 3rd!

SummaryBenjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard. 

Get a sneak peak of movie below:


We Bought a Zoo offers a wonderful faith-based family inspirational message. If you and your family are looking for a little inspiration too, make sure to print out We Bought a Zoo's Faith Study Guide. We could all use a little inspiration every now and again, right!?!

Just for families and moms... feel free to print the these pages from the We Bought a Zoo's Faith Study Guide!



 Upcoming Giveaway: Make sure to check back often for your chance to win your very own copy of We Bought a Zoo!


[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Breakfast Made Quick & Easy With Tyson Breakfast Bowls #CBias #TysonBreakfast





As soon as our morning begins, we are already running behind. We try to follow the same routine each morning, but have a difficult time staying on track. So, wherever we can make-up some time, we do it!




So, when it comes to breakfast, as a family, we each grab something quick and easy. My husband usually has  a bowl of cereal and the kids typically eat waffles or pancakes. On a recent shopping trip to Sam's Club (check it out here), I was in search of an alternate quick breakfast option and came across the Tyson's Breakfast Bread Bowls. These little bread bowls are filled with a combination of scrambled egg, chefs and sausage. To prepare the breakfast bowls, you heat them in the microwave for just under a minute and let them sit for another minute or so and they are ready to eat.




The kids were excited that they could prepare the Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls themselves and easily enjoy.






The Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls are available at Sam's Club (packed twelve) for just under ten dollars. Each is packed two per package which made it easy to share between the kids. Overall, the kids really enjoyed them and they are thrilled to have another quick and easy breakfast option!


Want to learn more, check out Tyson on the Web: www.tysonbreakfastbreadbowls.com, on Facebook and Twitter!


[Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #CBias #TysonBreakfast]
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Xia-Xia™ Game for Nintendo DS Available Nationwide NOW {Review & Giveaway}







Xia-Xia™ Game for Nintendo DS
Available Nationwide NOW!

From sandy beaches to deep blue seas, explore it all with fun and silly hermit crab characters in Xia-Xia the game. Set out on dozens of missions and along the way meet kooky friends and unlock loads of secret rewards in five unique worlds across 25 levels!  Keep your eyes open, you must discover the hidden starfish in each world to move on to other adventures.  With more than 30 collectible shells to uncover and over 60 missing friends to seek out, Xia-Xia the game provides hours of fun for all ages!



Additional Features
  • Worlds/Levels: Five unique worlds to discover and 25 levels to complete
  • Play with your favorite Xia-Xia characters/friends: some of Xia-Xia favorite friends, Bimini, Turks, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Rewards: Gain special rewards/bonus items and uncover over 30 different shells and 60 different friends





Developed by Black Lantern Studios, Xia-Xia™ for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.


ace and friends thoughts


Xia-Xia for the Nintendo DS is a VERY cute game and easy to play. The game itself is quite easy to navigate and there are a variety of options for play while exploring many different nautical worlds. My kids really enjoyed the option to change and mix up the different shells with their favorite Xia-Xia crab character. 


During the nautical fact finding mission they like uncovering and discovering lots of secret rewards. My kids have decided that the game is entertaining and look forward to completing each of the 25 different levels. Should definitely keep them busy! 

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Nutritious Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals {Giveaway}







Spring has arrived and Summer is just around the corner (hurray!). No better time to enjoy the outdoors with some entertaining family fun!

Chick-fil-A's nutritious Kid's Meals helps promote an active and healthy lifestyle for our kids. The Old School Fun App (above) will provide you lots of ideas for Old School Fun and games for the entire family!


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Go On A Wild Ride With *The Adventures of Tintin* - on DVD NOW!




The Adventures of Tintin on DVD - NOW!


Winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN has been called “a grand thrill ride of a treasure hunt” (New York Post) and the “most delightful dose of pure entertainment since Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).  Featuring groundbreaking and visually-stunning motion capture animation, an outstanding cast of voice talent headed by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig, and a thrilling story filled with non-stop action, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a must-own film that the entire family will enjoy watching again and again.


SummaryFrom Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic adventures of Tintin.  Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune — but also an ancient curse — Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world that critics are calling “fun for the whole family.” (ABC-TV Chicago)

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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin’s origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy, and much more.  The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.  All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.

As a nice little surprise, we received this fun viewing kit. Little {e} loves her new pal Snowy... who she's taken on her own little adventures. {a} was intrigued by the mini globe and immediately had to locate the US along with other countries around the world. {c} began inspecting things with the magnifying glass and enjoyed seeing how the compass changed direction and he moved about the house and outside. 





As with other Steven Spielberg films, The Adventures of Tintin certainly doesn't disappoint. The graphic animation is amazing and quite realistic. This was a wonderful family movie that kept all of us entertained. Well done Steven, well done!



[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Silverlicious™ Game for Nintendo DS Available Nationwide TODAY!



Silverlicious™ Game for Nintendo DS
Available Nationwide TODAY!

Following the enchanting storyline of Silverlicious™ written and illustrated by Victoria Kann, Silverlicious the game lets players set out on an adventure as Pinkalicious who has lost her ability to taste anything sweet.  Help Pinkalicious regain her sweet tooth as you practice kindness, good manners and helping others in need.  Collect costumes and accessories you can use to dress up Pinkalicious and unlock magical rewards including butterflies, sparkle rides and fireworks as you explore the beautiful lands and meet new friends.  Boost your “sweet meter” with every good deed and polite remark and you’ll quickly discover that true sweetness comes from much more than cupcakes and cookies.

Silverlicious the game also features a variety of holiday-themed neighborhoods to explore.  Visit the land of Easter Excitement just in time for the Easter holiday where you can twirl, glide and dance along with Edgar the Easter Bunny and his many Easter chicks! Whether playing alone or with others, Silverlicious the game creates an imaginative and fun way to drive home the importance of kindness and good manners.


Additional Features
  • Collectables: Dress up Pinkalicious in three different costumes from a beautiful dress to fairy catching gear; accessorize her outfits with over 20 collectible accessories
  • Meet Fun Friends: Explore across holiday-themed neighborhoods and meet new friends like Carlos Cupid, Edgar the Easter bunny, Easter chicks and more

  • Holiday-Themed Neighborhoods: Twirl, glide and dance in three holiday favourite lands including Very Valentine’s, Easter Excitement and Christmas Caroling

  • Positive Messages: All modes and gameplay focus on the importance of practicing kindness and good manners, like using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to increase the sweetness meter

  • Rewards: Gain special rewards and bonus items for performing acts of kindness




Developed by 1st Playable, Silverlicious™ for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DimensionU - Computer Learning Games... Helping Kids Succeed!





In a household of three kids, we find ourselves trying to get our kids to do choose more educational activities over watching television or playing video games. If you are a parent, you know that convincing your kids to do *school work* over more fun options is often difficult. 


The geniuses over at DimensionU combined an action-packed computer game with the ability for kids to sharpen their math skills. Now... why didn't I think of that??



About DimensionU

DimensionU is a site (and company) that features the award-winning Dimension series of educational video games and rewards system. Students (grades K-12) can practice core subjects including history, literacy, math, and science.

Students have the ability to play with or against others while focusing on key subjects. Did you know that in the US alone, by the time you’re 21 you’ve played 10,000 hours of videogames (in 8 hour work days, that’s 3.5 years – more time than you spend in your average first job out of college!).  Are you as surprised as I to find out that 43% of videogame players are women? Surprising, isn't it. Educational videogames are one way to begin to truly engage this generation of kids in education.    

The concept was developed based on a simple concept of kids learning how to play a video game. If you have ever watched a kids play a new video game, it's definitely a sight to behold. When they begin a new game, they essentially know nothing of how to play the game. Within 5 minutes of playing the game, kids will begin to navigate this new environment. They may fail initially, but they try again… another 1o more minutes, another fail. However, they continue to play the game, continuing longer and further than before. Simply put, they apply themselves to learn the game – until they succeed. After hours, weeks and sometimes months… they master the videogame.




DimensionU has created fun games while incorporating the educational piece. There is the ability to play alone, with friends or even online competition (tournaments too), offering something for everyone. Furthermore, you can add in an additional motivating factor by including a reward system that allows the ability to set a weekly allowance. Once a child hits a specific goal for the week, they can earn money! What kid doesn't love a little motivation that includes rewards.


Upon getting started, *a* was intrigued by the DimensionU site. I explained that it was a new site that I think may be of interest to her. (She's one of those kids who LOVES math... odd, I know... )


To begin, your child selects a user ID as well as chooses a cute avatar. After you enter the required information, you move to the new step and select a game to play based on grade level and topic.


The game begins and the point of each game is reach a particular goal. Upon completing three goals, the child is directed to math question that can be solved by choosing a multiple choice answer (see below).




*a* had a great time playing on DimensionU. She did find it a little frustrating that a *help box* popped up quite often. "Come-on" were her exact words! Other than that, the games were very intuitive and she had a great time navigating through each game. She like the challenge of the math question and enjoyed brushing up on her math skills. Overall, DimensionU was a unique and entertaining twist to education. I know that *c* will be excited to give it a test drive next.... 


Have a child that loves math or gets excited to learn new video games? If so, make sure to check out DimensionU, it's virtually free (unless you opt to set-up an allowance). Give it a whirl... there's nothing to lose, but definitely a lot to gain!


Disclosure: “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for DimensionU. I received a free trial of DimensionU to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.” Pin It