Celebrating 25 years of WILLOW look for it March 12, 2013


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Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on stunning Blu-ray! Written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the film tells a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes come in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis; Harry Potter franchise) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh; “Upstairs, Downstairs”). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer;Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days of Summer

During his summer vacation, "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including the embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

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Well, one thing you can always expect from Greg, embarrassment follows him everywhere he goes!  My children really like this movie, it was a van favorite for long trips down to visit my husband's grandmother.  If your children have enjoyed the other movies in this series they will be sure to enjoy this one just the same.  It has everything we've come to expect from Greg, with an unexpected romance interest?  I wasn't really expecting it anyway.  Maybe I missed part of the last movie, but I didn't realize he would have an interest in girls yet.  
I can't say this was one of my favorite movies but my children have enjoyed it so that's good enough for me.  There isn't much too inappropriate in the movie.  There may be a scene or two that some would consider them to be touching on that "bully" issue we have but I think if you talk to your kids about it then they will understand what's right and wrong.

I give this movie 8 out of 10 thumbs up!

~~I received the movie mentioned above for free for my written review of my honest opinion. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers~~

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Ice Age: Continental Drift ~~GIVEAWAY~~

The Extraordinary Family Adventure Floats to Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 11

 In Ice Age: Continental Drift, Manny and Peaches butt heads as Manny becomes over-protective of his daughter. In this feature, we will offer some tips on how dads and daughters can spend some time together and help create a stronger bond between the two, including going to the movies, camping or creating a DIY project for mom.  

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Here are some Daddy & Me Time activities our children and men might enjoy:

Go to the Movies

The movies are a fun outing for any day of the week. Choose a new movie that interests you both, or check out a theater that plays classic family favorites. Depending on the time of the movie, you can go to lunch, dinner, or dessert afterwards to talk about your favorite characters. 


Camping is a great way to take a break from everyday distractions like texting and Facebook and enjoy the great outdoors instead.  It provides the perfect opportunity to teach your daughter how to pitch a tent and start a fire. Many campgrounds also offer great hiking trails and rentals of canoes and paddleboats if near a lake. 

DIY Project
Everyone has a creative side and a DIY project is perfect for showing it off. You can try a large project such as sprucing up an older piece of furniture. Or maybe try a smaller project such as a plant holder for the back patio. Whatever you choose, make sure mom approves and consider all safety precautions.  

Day Trip to the Zoo
Even though the chances of seeing a wooly mammoth are slim, the zoo is a perfect place to take your daughter for quality bonding time. You can walk around in search of your favorite animals or take a guided tour to learn new and interesting facts. Make sure you bring a camera along so you and your daughter can take plenty of photos with the monkeys!  

Shopping… Dad’s Don’t Be Scared

A great way to bond with your daughter is to let her roam in her natural habitat… the mall of course! In order to keep things from getting out of hand, make the time about picking out the perfect gift for mom or another relative. And to balance it out, you can bring your daughter along the next time you are shopping for the latest gadget or sporting equipment. 

Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Ice Age: Continental Drift on Blu-ray along with this awesome ice cube tray:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days of Summer ~~GIVEAWAY~~

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Indoor Camping Tricks

Relive your summer this December 18th with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy

Everybody’s favorite wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), is back for three times the fun in the latest film based on the super-popular book series! When Greg’s dad (Steve Zahn) threatens to send him to military school if he doesn’t stay out of trouble, Greg finds all-new ways to land himself in the doghouse! For starters, Greg’s in over his head when he pretends to work at the swanky country club where Rowley’s family has a membership. Things don’t go much better on a father-son camping trip with the Wilderness Explorers, and then there’s the Heffley’s new dog, Sweetie, who fetches even more trouble for Greg in this hilarious family film!

Greg has to learn how to camp with his dad as a summer activity, and for this feature, we will give kids and families tips on how to bring the fun of camping indoors for wintertime. These will include, how to make s’mores in the oven and the best way to build a tent inside.

S’mores 101

S’mores are one of the yummiest camping treats and can be easily made indoors. First, gather the classic ingredients: graham crackers, Hershey’s milk chocolate, and large, fluffy marshmallows. Place a couple pieces of chocolate on one half of the graham cracker. Next, heat the marshmallow. You may heat the marshmallow over the stovetop or in the oven as an alternative to roasting over a traditional campfire.
For stovetop: Turn flame to high heat. Place the marshmallow on a skewer and hold above the flame until toasted.
For oven: Set to broil on high. Place a plate on the oven rack in case the marshmallow falls off the skewer. Hold skewer in the oven until marshmallow is toasted.
Once toasted, place the marshmallow on top of chocolate and stack the other half of the graham cracker on top. Now eat and enjoy!

Pitching a Tent

Why sleep in a boring old bed when you can build an awesome indoor tent? There are several different ways to pitch a tent, some being simple while others a little more complicated. Here are a couple suggestions of different ways to do it!
Rope and Sheets: Tie a rope to two large, stable pieces of furniture that are a good distance apart. Make sure the rope is tight. Drape a big sheet over the rope, making certain that the ends touch the ground. Place a stack of books on the bottom of the sheet to hold the tent in place.
A-Frame: If you want to build a legitimate indoor tent, the A-Frame is a great DIY project for the family. You will need whitewood moulding, a popular dowel, a drill, measuring tape, a pencil, fabric, thread, elastic, and scissors. First, you build the frame with the wooden materials and drill. Then you make the cover by sewing the elastic on the fabric to loop it onto the frame.

Movie Marathon
One of the perks to camping indoors is that you can have a movie marathon of all your favorite camping films. The best way to view them is to set up a projector on a large blank wall so the movie fills the whole space. Or even better, project the movie onto the ceiling! That way, you can lay back and relax.  Some camping film favorites are Stand By Me (1986), The Parent Trap (1998), Heavyweights (1995), RV (2006), and of course, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

Fun & Games

Every great campout includes games and silly activities. Our top picks for games are good ol’ playing cards, Catch Phrase, and Charades. Another fun camp tradition is to tell ghost stories. Turn out the lights and set a lantern in the middle of the circle to create a spooky ambiance. Make sure everyone gets a turn to share his or her favorite urban legend. But don’t make it too scary!