Friday, July 31, 2015

THE SEVENTH DWARF ~ Now Playing in Select NY & LA Theaters!‏ #The7thDwarf

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Heroes come in all sizes and with that being said, the highly anticipated animated film, The Seventh Dwarf, is opening in select theaters TODAY! If you're in the LA or NYC area, you won't want to miss all of your favorite fairytale friends, and of course, the beloved seven dwarfs.

Not located in NY or LA? Don't worry ~ The Seventh Dwarf will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at Walmart stores nationwide, as well as on iTunes and VOD platforms on August 18th!

My Battle with Ants and Other Summer-Time Pests

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Do you look forward to the warm weather months? I think we all do, especially during the cold and frigid months when we are almost forced to stay inside and out of the cold weather. Well, summer is here and those pesky pests are in full force! 

Those pests that I'm referring to are ants, spiders, wasps, flies, gnats and other insects who thrive in the warm weather. Yes, I do realize that each one serves a purpose in the world, but I prefer that they don't live in my house and would find another location to raise their family outside of my yard. So what are we to do? I for one have tried almost everything under the sun for getting rid of insects around my home. Everything from hiring a professional exterminator (expensive!) to trying home remedies. Most options have been sufficient for a short while but the bugs always find their way back! I have however, found ways to keep the bugs under control and at bay although it's almost a constant battle. Here are a few things that have provided good results in and around my home.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tips to Step up Your Personal Style‏ ~ #SkinnygirlCocktails

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What is your personal style? Although we all have a certain personal style, many of us don't usually think about it enough to consider which categories we fall into. Over the years, I've had countless "styles" that have worked their way into my life, wardrobe and home...some were awesome and others ~ well, I'd rather not talk about it! 

Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back, and any Skinnygirl should be equipped with a few secrets to add her own flair. The original Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel recently shared a first look at her new home in Bridgehampton and gave her fans a bit of insight into the style inspiration that helped her transform her space into "the first real home" she's ever had. 

@DREAMWORKS TURBO FAST ~ Premiering on @Netflix July 31s

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On July 31st, Turbo and his crew take Turbotown by storm in the all-new season of Dreamworks Turbo Fast! The world's coolest snail takes a turn on off the track and sets off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn. Your entire family will laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stink bug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt! Awesome! 

#Disney Pixar’s LAVA on Disney Movies Anywhere for a limited time

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Disney Pixar's LAVA is the new short that was inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes and it's a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back-to-School Deal Alert ~ #HPink B1G1 at 50% Off!

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*The following is a sponsored post on behalf of HP and MomSelect. All opinions are entirely my own.*

I recently received a new printer and of course it's an HP Printer! This isn't my first from this brand and won't be my last as I love the quality of an HP Printer. I use my printer on a daily basis for a variety of things including printing coupons, printing photos, school projects for my kids and tons of other things! Needless to say, we use quite a bit of ink and I always like to keep a few cartridges on hand.

Stocking up on HP Ink has never been easier as an awesome promotion is running now through August 1st. Buy one Original HP Ink, get the second cartridge of equal or lesser value for 50% off! Wow! This is the best deal on HP Ink since 2012 so be sure to take advantage of the spectacular savings and stock up! My thoughts are that you can never have too many ink cartridges and with back-to-school just around the corner, I foresee lots of HP Ink being used! 

Staying Healthy when it's HOT outside can be EASY! #CascadeIce #Summer

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Lately I've been talking a lot about summer survival and considering I live in a state that boasts sweltering, humid summer days (and nights!), it is naturally a subject that I think about quite a bit!

Surviving the summer heat is entirely possible and escaping the extreme heat without some level of heat exhaustion or a trip to the emergency room can be avoided with the right tools and a bit of planning. One thing that is vital to remaining healthy during this long, drawn out warm weather is to stay hydrated. Yup! This is extremely important. I can't even remember how many times I've gone outside to merely mow the lawn and ended up with heat exhaustion. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Essential Summer #Cocktail Tasting with @HennessyUS

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Hennessy Privilege recently hosted the Essential Summer Cocktail Tasting at The Foundation Room ~ House of Blues, in Houston, Texas. Event guests were given a brief history of the Hennessy brand, now celebrating its 250th anniversary. 

Photo Credit: B. Guidry

Richard Hennessy founded Maison Hennessy in 1765 with a bold vision to create the world's finest cognacs. His dream continues today in everything Hennessy stands for including quality and creativity. Richard Hennessy foresaw the potential for his exceptional cognac to define excellence beyond the borders of France. Now, Hennessy conveys the world's finest cognac to the four corners of the globe!

pediped® is getting ready for Back-To-School!

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Are you ready for back-to-school? It's never too early to start planning for school to begin again and pediped is on top of the game! Named the Children's Footwear Brand of the Year at the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards, pediped is debuting their award-winning footwear that includes three signature lines...Originals, Grip n' go and Flex. Each collection has all new styles that include larger Youth sizes.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

#Veterans visit Sea World FREE! @SeaWorldTexas

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Veterans plus 3 guests welcome FREE
As a thank you for the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio are providing them and 3 guests complimentary admission.

Veterans can visit Sea World along with three guests for FREE! Simple register HERE for your complimentary admission!

Tips & Tricks to Surviving the Summer Months! #MRLoveMyHair

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The summer season is definitely upon us and if you live anywhere in the South like I do, then you are fully aware of the suppressive heat. I live in Central Texas and not only do I combat the sweltering temperatures most of the year, but also the extreme humidity. 

Neither the heat nor the humidity do much for my hair other than inspire frizz or flat, lifelessness. I'm not a fan of either so this year I did something a little drastic ~ I colored and cut my hair shorter than I have in years! Ay Caramba! I recently came across Madison Reed's hair dye advisor page and there is a fun little quiz that tells you which hair color is best for you. If you haven't heard of Madison Reed before, they are a hair care company that has created a healthier hair dye. There are also a few other key things that I do for successful summer survival.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Marvels Avengers Assemble!! #AgeOfUltron

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It seems like it was yesterday when The Avengers: Age of Ultron was in theaters and now we can look forward to the arrival of this Marvel phenomenon on Digital 3D, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 8th and 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and On-Deman on October 2nd! Wow! 

Throw a Party with the Descendants on #DVD

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Disney's Descendants is coming to DVD on July 31st! 

From the Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega comes a new epic universe featuring the untold story of Disney classic characters in Descendants. As you're eagerly preparing for the face off between the villainous offspring who must choose between following their parent's footsteps to help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness to save the kingdom. Get ready to party with the Descendants and check out the awesome Party Pack below!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

3 Ways Sunshine Makes You Healthy and Happy

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Have you ever wondered why the smallest pleasures in life have such a positive impact on us? Little things like a beautiful sunny day, riding in the car with the windows down or even a smile from a stranger. We all feel happier when the weather is sunny and gorgeous and sometimes the most calming place to be is sitting on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. 

Watch the video below as TJ explains the reasons why sunshine makes us feel so happy. It not only gives us a boost of serotonin, elevating our mood but even boosts our immune system, helping us live longer and happier lives. 

Where is your happy place and what little pleasure in life makes you the happiest?

The Worlds First Smart Punching Bag‏ ~ Impact Wrap!

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Imagine if there was a way to make your existing heavy bag or punching bag "smart?" What if you could see how hard you hit by striking anywhere on the bag? It's all possible with this new product called "Impact Wrap!"

Impact Wrap keeps track of workouts and progress over time with Impact Force, Impact Count and calories burned. You can even have a friendly competition and use the intuitieve FREE app or the attached display for a truly quantified fitness experience.

National Tequila Day Recipes from @HerraduraTeq

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How are you celebrating National Tequila Day? Even if the designated holiday slipped your mind, there is still time to gather the ingredients to make a spectacular cocktail! We have two awesome cocktail recipes below to start with!

Dora’s Explorer Girls: Our First Concert on #DVD ~ #Nickelodeon

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How can you not just love Dora? She is a little girl with big adventures and tons of friends. In this DVD, Dora and her Explorer Girls are ready to take the stage in the Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert! However when their tickets get mixed up with charity donations for the show, Dora, Emma, Kate, Naiya and Alana must embark on a musical adventure through Puerto Verde to get their tickets back and make it to the show on time. International Pop Star Shakira guest stars and performs her original song, "Todos Juntos." Little girls all over the globe will love this one! 

Disclosure: I received this DVD for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.

#Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates on #DVD!

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Everyone's favorite Nick preschool stars are ready to party and play in this one of a kind DVD collection, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates!

Let’s Learn: Kindness on #DVD from @Nickelodeon

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Nickelodeon's newest DVD, Let's Learn: Kindness, features some of the network's most popular characters including Wallykazam! Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue's Clues and Ni Hao, Kai-lan. This six episode DVD also sets out to teach some a life's biggest lessons like good manner and forgiveness, both excellent life lessons for children to learn and what a great way to teach them! 

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures on #DVD on August 4 #Nickelodeon

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Dora fans will love this new DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Dora's Double Length Adventures featuring three of her most exciting and educational adventures. These three double length episodes follow Dora and Boots as they encounter pirates, fairytale characters and a dancing elf. This is definitely a must-have for any Dora fan and one that my kids absolutely love! Dora has always been a favorite of ours as she is not only a character that goes on some cool adventures but also that she is bilingual. My kids think it's awesome to learn a few new words in Spanish everytime they watch Dora and her friends, and so do I!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Enter to win in the Spirit of Snuggle and the new Island Collection!

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This past spring, Snuggle hit the laundry aisle with the first scent-sational Snuggle Collection including Island Dreams Scent Booster and Island Hibiscus and Rainflower Liquid Softener and Dryer Sheets. 

These tropical scents last from wash to wash and each one will brighten your day with a delightful combination of soft white florals, bright hibiscus notes and lush lotus flowers blended with juicy tropical fruits, which add a fresh scent that completely transports one to the islands!

The benefits of using fabric softener in your laundry are many and just to name a few...fabric softener helps to make clothes feel softer. The harshness and stiffness of some fabrics may not be as evident with regular use of fabric softener and will be extremely noticeable on laundry items such as towels and sheets. Sleeping under fresh sheets and linens is very pleasant experience and wearing clothes that smell fresh after being laundered can brighten your day! In addition, fabric softener sheets can be placed throughout the home for a fresh scent in closets, hampers, suitcases and even vehicles. The uses are endless! Fabric Softener can also assist in reducing wrinkles and static cling in clothing so that you look your best in everything you wear!

Plan your next Pet-Friendly Vacation with Hipmunk!

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When making vacation plans, your furry friends don't have to be left out! There are countless pet-friendly destination across the globe that are happy to include all members of your family. It's totally possible to have an amazing, stress free adventure that includes your pets, the key is knowing which destinations are worth checking out! 

A new travel site called Hipmunk has compiled all of the information that you need to make vacation plans and statistics to show which cities and hotels would be the most accomodating to you and your pets needs. Check out the article HERE and let us know where you plan to vaca next! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#ScoobyDoo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Out Today On #Blu-ray‏ #Giveaway

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Everyone's favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!

In order to help them solve the case the Scooby-Doo gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery, Inc. adventure! As we join the gang at KISS World ~ the all-things-KISS-theme park, they are investigating a series of strange hauntings. With the help of KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan is to destroy the earth. Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power to rock save the day?

Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous and heavy fun!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Going on a Cruise? Tips to Save a little CASH!

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Are you planning to take a cruise any time soon? If so, it's never to early or too late to think about sticking to your vacation budget and exploring different ways to save money once you're aboard the ship. After all, there are plenty of items you can actually pack in your bags to curb the expenses while on the cruise. A lot of the "add-ons" like cocktails and spa treatments will certainly put a huge dent in your budget, so instead of spending your money on these items and services, plan ahead and step off the ship with a little more cash in your pocket!

Our Love For Posting Cocktail Photos on Social Media‏ ~ @SauzaTequila #SauzaPitcherPics

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Lately it seems as if anywhere you look, social media is abuzz with artful cocktail photos tagged poolside, at a roof top happy hour spot or even kicking off a Friday night at home with friends. That's because more than half of us (51%) admit to sharing photos of our drinks on social media.

Whether it's Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, SnapChat or Tumblr, we love to share and like the photos of yummy beverages with our followers and feel awesome when the "likes" start adding up. Do you know what it takes to get the best photo or what the tricks are to taking the "pitcher perfect picture?" Here are a few pro-tips from photographer, Michelle Yam to try using your smartphone and the hash tag, "#SauzaPitcherPics."

Getting the Best Gelato Products & Supplies for your Business

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Whether you are buying gelato supplies for your gelateria or for your frozen yogurt or ice cream parlor where you also sell gelato, you want to have the essential gelato products that are from premium quality gelato suppliers and yet are available at surprisingly competitive prices and with fast FREE domestic shipping within the continental United States. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Must-Have #BBQ Tools for a Great Cook-Out

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There's nothing like a backyard cook-out, complete with BBQ and all of the  awesome side dishes. In Texas we love to cook on the grill, there's just something about the smell of the smoke and the sizzle of the meat on a grill that makes it taste ten times better than if it were made in the kitchen. Not to mention that cooking outside has other perks for this Mom. No messy kitchen to clean up! Yay!

There are many ways to BBQ but I've found that there are a few things that make the whole cook-out experience much easier and efficient. Grilling with the proper tools can be the start of a very successful outdoor meal.

Raise a Glass to National Tequila Day with @SauzaTequila!

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There are countless ways to celebrate and embrace summer and one of our favorites is National Tequila Day! Tequila is one of the most beloved and revered spirits so it's only natural that an entire day would be set aside to enjoy and pay tribute to some tasty tequila cocktails!

Tequila Twists on Classic #Cocktails for National Tequila Day

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Did you know that today is National Tequila Day? That's right, it's the day to celebrate tequila and by law, you're almost obligated to participate! Celebrate today with a spirit that provides a smooth taste in each and every sip (or shot!) ~ Hornitos Tequila

With the rising popularity of tequila and the rising temperature of summer it's a great time to make a batch of frozen margaritas or one of the other awesome cocktail recipes below and set the stage for an epic celebration! Hornitos Spice Honey Tequila is a new addition to the Hornitos family, made from a combination of 100% agave Hornitos Plata Tequila with honey and a special spice blend ~ perfect for mixing cocktails or sipping from a shot glass. If you love tequila but are looking for something a bit different, try Hornitos Black Barrel, which is triple aged to create a uniquely complex tequila with the characteristics of whiskey.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season out on #Blu-ray and #DVD

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Adventure Time is back and available on Blu-ray and DVD with the complete fifth season. Cartoon Networks #1 show features all 52 episodes ~ yes 52!! The Complete Fifth Season release also comes with a totally rad exclusive special feature and is packaged in a custom slipcase featuring everyone's favorite magical dog, Jake, adding to this awesome collectible custom die-cut slipcase from the previous season releases.

Indulge in a Couple "To-TEA-lly" Awesome Summertime #Cocktails‏

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Skinnygirl Cocktails is making a toast to the dog days of summer by adding a new twist to the beloved warm weather classic ~ Iced Tea! Although some may dispute that there is only one particular way to drink tea...sweet and with ice, we found that tea can actually be enhanced and varied with a few key ingredients.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Be Bug-Free this Summer with MosquitNo ~ #Giveaway @MosquitnoBuzz

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Mosquito season is in full-swing, not to mention other pesky summer-time insects! To help deter these bugs from bugging you and your family, we are giving one AWESOME reader a 10 pack of MosquitNo products! Awesome! 

The prize pack will consist of a variety of MosquitNo insect repellent products including wristbands for adults and children and Spotz. Read my full review HERE. Slip on a wristband or put on a sticker for mess-free protection from bugs. No more toxic sprays.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Your favorite Star Wars Heroes are Coming Back ~ Lego® Star Wars:The New Yoda Chronicles

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On September 15th, unleash the lighter side of the Force with this action packed DVD release that comes with four complete episodes plus a bonus alternative ending! 

Mix up the Perfect Pitcher with Sauza! #SauzaPitcherPics #SauzaPitcherPics

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Summer is heating up so instead of sweating it out and sucking it up, why not mix up a nice cool Margarita pitcher? Our efforts to keep cool during the sweltering months of the summer season usually include activities like going to the beach, taking a dip in the pool or staying indoors to enjoy the exhilarating and comfortable climate from the air conditioner. 

With Sauza Tequila you can have it all! Any setting can be transformed into the ultimate summer paradise destination with a pitcher of your favorite margarita recipe. And with so many variations to the traditional tequila flavors and the countless recipes for the perfect margarita, surely there is at least one to accommodate everyone. Actually, just hearing the word, "Margarita," will usually start the party off right day or night.

With a few fabulous margarita glasses and a nifty pitcher, these yummy cocktails will practically beg to be photographed! Mix up your drinks and take a few pics of your fancy set up. Be sure to use the hashtag, #SauzaPitcherPics so that you can join the fun!

Here are a few Sauza "Pitcher Perfect Picture" survey results to get you in the mood: 
  • More than half (51%) of cocktail drinkers in America who are active on social media are eager to snap photos of their drinks and share them with friends and family. It completes the experience! 
  • Margaritas are the most popular cocktails to order in pitcher form with friends (80%) compared to other drinks like daiquiris (53%) or sangria (49%). Margaritas also reign supreme on social media ~ almost two in three media users (65%) are more likely to share a photo of a margarita than any other cocktail.
  • People are far more likely to share a cocktail photo to record or celebrate an occasion (63%) than to make others jealous (14%); however, more than twice as many men as women (20% vs 9%) admit their motivation is to invoke envy amongst their friends and followers.
  • Nearly a quarter (22%) of cocktail paparazzi have played the role of "photo-editor" by rearranging the table setting or lighting, forbidding friends to take a sip or ordering garnishes to make the drink look more appealing.
  • Nearly three times as many respondents say they post cocktail photos to recommend the drink to their friends or followers (39%) rather than to show off (14%).
  • Americans are most likely to "favorite" or "like" a cocktail photo on social media because it looks appetizing (29%) or is being enjoyed by the people in the picture (22%), rather than if the description sounds appealing (10%).
So, there you have it...even more reasons to mix it up and take the pic. Show us your #SuazaPitcherPics on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and be sure to follow @SauzaTequila to see more great cocktail photos.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marvel’s ANT-MAN, opens in theatres everywhere this Friday!!!

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The wait for Ant-Man is almost over!!

This Friday, Marvel's Ant-Man opens in theaters everywhere and watching this movie will be lots of fun for the entire family and an excellent way to connect into the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Surprise at San Diego Comic-Con 2015! #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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Fans at San Diego's Comic-Con had a big surprise this past weekend. They were treated to a special look at scenes of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS by Director J.J. Abrams, Producer and Lucasefilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Wow! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Gorgeous Faux Ostrich Handbag by Avber

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I received a handbag for review from Avber, and I had no idea what to expect when I received it. It's sometimes difficult to order something like that online because you never know if the product will be true to the description and will be good quality. Well, this one was a winner!

I'm not a woman that wants to spend a fortune on a handbag (even if I could afford it!) but I still like to have purses that are cute and attractive. This Faux Ostrich Handbag from Avber meets my criteria perfectly. The outside is a great color, soft and very well put together. There are no loose threads or pieces falling apart. The inside is extremely roomy! I could seriously fit my stuff and more in this bag. I gave the Ostrich Handbag a five star rating on Amazon...well deserved!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#Skylanders #SuperChargers shifts into high gear at #Comic-Con San Diego 2015

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Comic-Con is in full swing and the Skylanders SuperChargers are there! Even if you aren't able to be on-site, you can still receive all of the updated and awesome news. 

Skylanders, the #1 kids video game franchise introduced Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition on the show floor today. Every true "Portal Master" will want to add the all new Eon's Elite characters to their collection. All Dark Edition Starter Packs will be available for a suggested retail price of $99.99 and include Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, a two-sided ultimate collector poster and the highly sought after Kaos Trophy, which is the only way to unlock special Kaos game play content.

Heroes come in all sizes ~ Meet the Dwarfs!‏

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Shout! Factory's new animated film, The Seventh Dwarf, follows Bobo and six other dwarfs on an exciting adventure against a fiery dragon and the evil witch, Dellamorta. All very different in their own way, find out more about Bobo's six dwarf pals, and see them in action on their journey to save Princess Rose in the hilarious clip below.

This hilarious mash-up of the best classic fairy tales for young and old alike, features a winged dragon, a brave little dwarf, non-stop laughs and toe-tapping songs!

Bring home your favorite Dinobots on #DVD ~ August 25, 2015

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Everyone's favorite Dinobots, Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder are back for more rescuing adventures in Griffin Rock! This time, their adventures are going to be HUGE ~ and prehistoric. That's right! The Dinobots are back and their bringing big fun to Griffin Rock.

Episodes Include:
  • Land Before Prime
  • Big Game
  • Quarry's Quarry
  • Did You See What I Thaw?
  • The Attack Of Humungado
Bring home the adventures on DVD ~ August 25th!!

Adventure Time Complete Fifth Season Blu-Ray & #DVD ~ Own it July 14th

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It's one crazy adventure after another for human boy, Finn, and his best friend, Jake, a 28 year old dog with magical powers. They're out to have the most fun possible and they sure do know how to find it exploring the Land of Ooo! Whether it's saving Princess Bubblegum, battling zombie candy, taunting the Ice King or rocking out with Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn and Jake it's always ADVENTURE TIME!

Wow-a-Bunga Crafts & Snacks to celebrate #Disney's Teen Beach 2 on #DVD! #TeenBeach2

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The non-stop beach party of the year continues on this summer in Disney's Teen Beach 2, now available on DVD!

For those on-going luaus, swimming and sta-cation parties, we have these super fun crafts and snacks for you to enjoy and share with friends and family.