Sunday, August 28, 2016

End of Summer Lemonade Cocktails

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How are you saying goodbye to the summer season? No whether you are celebrating or giving summer a sad farewell, there's no better way to give a proper send off than with a few boozy treats! Hornitos Tequila has come up with a couple of spike lemonade cocktail recipes that are super easy to make and perfect for a gathering with friends and family. These refreshing cocktails are a mix of sweet and tart flavors that will tantalize the taste buds and have all of your guests wanting more! So don't waste time sitting indoors and mourning the passing of the warm weather...gather a few friends and mix up some lemony, addicting, lip-smacking adult beverages. 

The Perfect Weekend Getaway at Westin At The Woodlands Hotel #WestinTheWoodlands

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There are times when you don't need to travel far from home to experience the perfect weekend getaway. I was recently able to experience one of the best ever staycations with a weekend stay at the Westin Hotel in the Woodlands, Texas. 

If you've never been to this upscale hotel, it's completely worth your time and the short drive from downtown Houston to check it out, whether you simply need to unplug from your daily grind or spend a couple of days reconnecting with someone special...this hotel is ideal! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Season 2 of #DreamWorks Animation’s Dawn of the Croods premieres exclusively on @Netflix

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The world's first family is returning for an all new hilarious Season 2 of 
DreamWorks: Dawn of the Croods!

Watch as Eep, Thunk, Grug, Ugga, Sandy and Gran encounter many new modern day problems for the first time in history as they in history as they navigate life in the prehistoric Croodacious Era! Eep joins the first Scream-Leading team, sets up the first underground dance club, and takes up death guarding at the watering hole: Grug tries to improve his hunting skills through the introduction of math and convinces the family to go on the first vacation...Thunk invents ventriloquism for the first ever stand up comedy show and tries the new fad ~ Skateboarding with Eep.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips & Etiquette for playing #PokemonGo

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Pokemon Go is on mobile phones everywhere. Teens and young adults can’t get enough of the addicting game. The scavenger hunt inspired design makes it the most popular game of choice for anyone and everyone who wants to “get up and go!”

While the game is the antithesis of the typical couch-potato inducing video games that many teens prefer, parents still aren’t 100 percent on-board with the Pokemon phenomenon. The game pulls kids off couches and inspires them to pursue adventures, but Pokemon Go also has encouraged many players to trespass on private property and indulge in some crazy—and risky—moves to capture their prized Pokemon.

Until every Pokemon Trainer (that’s what players are called, FYI) has captured every single cute character in the game, Pokemon Go is here to stay for quite some time. If played responsibly, the game is great for kids of all ages. Everyone needs to get out and move more, and any game that helps promote a degree of physical activity is a friend to all parents.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Denver Broncos Emmanuel Sanders plays #SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS

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To celebrate the announcement of the new Skylanders Imaginators video game, Emmanuel Sanders, who is the wide receiver for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, took a break from training camp to play the awesome new video game with the newly announced playable Dr. Neo Cortex figure and Crash Bandicoot level called Thumpin' Wumpa Island! Awesome!

Photo Credit: Jim Bessette for Activision Publishing Inc.
Crash Bandicoot is the football star's favorite character from childhood, so he was super excited to be one of the very first to check out the Crash characters and level at his home in Colorado.

While playing the game, Emmanuel acted like a big kid, and in between laughs, mentioned that he can't wait to play the game this fall with his son, Princeton. Emmanuel also had a chance to design his own character and chose one with enormous muscles and an orange and blue color pattern. He was really impressed with the new Kaos toy and all of his powers and moves!

Photo Credit:Jim Bessette for Activision Publishing Inc.
Emmanuel said that Skylanders is so much fun and bringing toys and imaginations to life "is one of the coolest things that I've ever seen in video games and I LOVE video games!"

Dark Horse ~ A Dream That Became A Legend! #DVD

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Dark Horse is a story set in a former mining village in Wales and is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite "sport of kings" and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slapheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners, for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope ~ he makes a remarkable recovery and returns to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Himalayan Salt Lamps ~ Beauty and Benefits! #himalayansalt

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I've had one Himalayan Salt Lamp in my home for the last few years and absolutely love it. Not only is a gorgeous and a great conversation piece, but the health benefits are unbeatable. My family suffers from seasonal allergies and in Texas, that could mean several times per year that we are sniffling, coughing and just miserable, but since having the salt lamp in my bedroom, I sleep like a baby at night no matter what season comes along.

I was so happy to receive another Himalayan Salt Lamp so that I could also place it in other areas of my home. In case you didn't know, salt lamps are all-natural air purifiers, made with pristine pink Himalayan salt crystals that help to clean and purify the air in any room of the home or office. I keep my lamps on at all times so that the air in my home is consistently purified and we are free of those pesky allergies and it works wonders!

Queen of Katwe ~ In Theaters September 30th #QueenOfKatwe

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"Queen of Katwe" is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona's natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she's inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

Disney's "Queen of Katwe" will open in theaters on September 23, 2016!

Monday, August 15, 2016

End of Summer Kids' TV on #DVD Roundup & #Giveaway!

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Well, the end of summer is almost here and the first day of school is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to gather a few of your children's favorite DVDs for afterschool or weekend enjoyment. What better way to unwind from the chaos of a busy week than with some fun and adorable characters from a group of Hasbro animated shows! 

My Little Pony ~ Friendship is Magic: Friends and Family: Twilight Sparkles returns with Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Spike to celebrate the magic of friendship and family. Come watch as Apple Bloom, Maud Pie, Bic Mac and others demonstrate that best friends can certainly be family and family can certainly be best friends!

DINOTRUX is having a birthday & we want you to help us celebrate! @Netflix

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Happy Birthday!

DINOTRUX is having its first birthday this weekend, and we want YOU to help us celebrate! Click the picture below for tons of fun printable activities to share with your kids and have a birthday party of your own to help DINOTRUX celebrate the big day.