Friday, October 28, 2016

Keep Your Bones and Brains This Halloween

Halloween is coming up soon and there will be many festivities to mark the event. Trick-or-treating, parties, carnivals, bonfires, and haunted houses make me shiver with excitement. Halloween is one of my favorite things to celebrate. I don't overanalyze it or read into it; I just like to have fun with all that surrounds this "holiday" that celebrates the dead.

 Just because I like to celebrate Halloween and "see dead people" doesn't mean I want to be a part of burying a real body. Make no bones about it; Driving while impaired is frightening. I don't care if you're ten sheets to the wind or just two drinks in, there's no reason to get behind the wheel after drinking. I have a full-time job. Add that in with six kids and a husband who sometimes acts like one. I think that gives me a pass to indulge in an alcoholic beverage every now and again. And guess what....I do!
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What I won't do, even if I've had one drink, is drive anywhere. I'm all about keeping my life, ThankYouVeryMuch. And I don't need my conscience to eat me up for taking anyone else's. If you plan on drinking during Halloween, or anytime of the year for that matter, I plead with you to have a DD. That stands for Designated Driver, NOT Designated Drunk. Be kind to your designated driver and offer them non-alcoholic drinks.

If you are going to drink, don't dance with the devil.

Creative Living with DIY Happy Kits - Review

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I love browsing Pinterest and viewing all the glorious handmade projects.  Once in a while I'll pin a project, thinking I"ll get to it at a later date.  There's even a couple crafts I've tried that didn't turn out so well.  All in all, I'm just not that crafty.
materials for the Soothing DIY Bath Salts Kit

Lo and behold, there's a company that puts together craft kits that even the average layperson can do.  DIY Happy Kits  feature award winning innovative DIY craft kits that nurture creativity and adventure in all ages. Their kits are great for crafting, and handmade gifts, with new additions every week through the year. You have the option to purchase individual kits or to purchase monthly or quarterly subscriptions.  

finished tins of bath salts

I received two DIY Happy Kits, the Soothing DIY Bath Salts Kit and a  Mini Hand Soap Making Kit.  I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive at first.  After all, if anyone can mess up a craft, it's me!  As it turns out, both kits were super simple to do and the finished products turned out great.

The Soothing DIY Bath Salts Kit included European Spa Bath Salts, Passion Flower Tea, Vanilla Tea, four tin cans, twine, and gift tags.  The materials were individually bagged and labeled, and the instructions were super easy to understand.  All I had to do was divide the bath salts between the four tins, add some of the tea to each tin, then close the lid.  The last step was adding the gift tags and twine.
materials for the soap making kit

The Mini Hand Soap Making Kit was almost as easy as the other kit.  Within its box was dried hibiscus petals, melt and pour soap, gift tags and ribbon, and a soap mold.  To create the soaps I just had to melt the soap base down in the microwave, then pour it into each individual mold.  After that I mixed in the dried hibiscus petals for color, then let it all set and harden for a few hours.  I did not use the gift tags in this particular kit because I set the soaps on a dish in my bathroom for use.



I don't know if all the kits are as easy as the two I did, but I liked that I could do something that was crafty without becoming frustrated.  The end results created pretty bath products that I can say were "handmade with love".
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It's National Chocolate Day


Oh chocolate, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

Give in and indulge in a piece of chocolate today.  Sweet, milk, dark, or white - have one or have them all.  Free samples can be sent my way!

Unknown to most, Chocolate has had a tangible connection with our forefathers. Prominent figures in Colonial America like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin enjoyed chocolate on a regular basis. It was most commonly consumed as a beverage served during mealtimes, not like candy today.  If the presidents can do it, so can we!
What's your favorite kind of chocolate?

Entenmann’s® for Fall - Review and Giveaway

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Trick or Treat! Halloween is right around the corner and Entenmann’s® is ready to celebrate the scariest holiday of the year.  Tired of the candy? Make your house is the Halloween favorite with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  Although candy is the main thing being passed around during Halloween, don't forget that there are alternatives. I'm co-hosting a Halloween party this year and will be using the Entenmann's Little Bites muffins as fillers for goody bags.

For all of the upcoming days spent apple picking, going on hay rides, and collecting all the colorful leaves, Entenmann’s® has harvest treats perfect for on-the-go. Entenmann’s®, has created easy and fun seasonal DIY treats that explore all of the flavors of fall.  Check out the adorable Entenmann’s Pop’ems Pumpkins, using everyone’s seasonal favorite, the Pumpkin Pop’ems, of course.  This treat is a great centerpiece to any holiday gathering and is sure to get guests in the autumn spirit during this fall season.

Entenmann's Little Bites Muffins are a hit at my house.  There are five pouches per box, with each one having four muffins in them. Perfectly portioned, they are quite delicious and taste fresh. Although we usually enjoye them straight out of the package, the muffins can be heated in the microwave for seven short seconds.

I'm excited to learn that Entenmann's now has Entenmann’s® Single Serve Coffee Cups, which are Keurig compatible.  I received a box of ten cups in the Chocolate Donut flavor.  It was smooth, silky coffee goodness with just a hint of sweetness.

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One person will win an Entenman's Harvest prize pack that includes:

1 box of Entenmann’s® Single Serve Coffee Cups (assorted flavors)
2 boxes Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Apple Cinnamon Muffins
8 Entenmann’s® coupons valued at $7 each

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's National American Beer Day


I must start off by saying I don't particularly like beer. It's a mighty rare occasion that I'll drink it. I'm more of a Jagermeister gal. If I'm in the mood to open a can, it's usually a Bud Light.  Jason is a Keystone Light kind of guy.

If you're ever in the St. Louis area, you should check out the Anheuser-Bush Brewery Tour.  I went a couple years ago and found it to be pretty interesting.  Admission is free and you'll get access to the actual brewery and even see the famous Clydesdale horses.

Pop a top and down a refreshing cold beer today!

Do you drink beer?  What's your favorite kind?  Imported or domestic?

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers - Review

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When I think of high-quality skincare products, Jergens is a brand that comes to mind.  A brand that's been around for many years, Jergens offers some of the most loved skin care products.  I'd be hard-pressed to find a product I didn't like from Jergens.  I recently tested a couple of their new products that I had not tried before - the Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers.

Me and my skin don't get along very well. It wants to stay dry and get old while I want it to look youthful and feel moisturized. I've been doing everything I can to give my skin a renewed look. Some products have worked for me, while others haven't given me the desired results. I can say that the Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers have given my skin a more refreshed feel.  

The new Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers are infused with skin-softening oils.  They provide long-lasting hydration, visibly luminous skin, and relaxing aromas.  There are two variations available - Monoi Oil and Coconut Oil.  The Monoi Oil moisturizer has a floral scent, while the Coconut Oil one smells just like coconut.
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The moisturizers are lightweight and feel like silk when applied.  They're non-greasy and I'm able to immediately feel the difference in how my skin feels.  I usually apply the moisturizer to my body three times throughout the day.  The price for each is affordable, at $4.99 each.  A downside to me is that they are exclusively at Target stores, which are not located in my area.  But, they can also be ordered online through the Target website.

Have you tried the new Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers?
Which scent do you think you'd like best - Monoi or Coconut?

Bad Moms - Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

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Bad Moms, the year’s biggest R-rated comedy – a runaway hit with audiences and critics alike – has arrived to Digital HD on October 18, 2016 and will be available on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 1, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The raunchy film described as “incredibly funny!” by Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, is the first R-rated comedy since The Hangover to earn an “A” grade from audiences nationwide.  Hailed by critics from The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post, Bad Moms is one comedy not to be missed.  The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD come with nearly an hour of exclusive bonus content including hilarious deleted scenes, gag reels and exclusive interviews with the cast and their moms that will have everyone laughing again and again!

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, Four Christmases) and produced by Suzanne Todd, (Alice Through The Looking Glass) and Bill Block (Dirty Grandpa), the comedy also features Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 1 &2), Annie Mumolo (The Boss) and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad).  It’s time to party like a mother with this hysterical and relatable film.

In this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from the writing duo behind The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However, she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap.  Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).  See the movie that critics are cheering as “…a funny, giddy, sentimental laugh-in…” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL HD
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Cast & Moms Interviews:  A collection of intimate moments between the leading cast including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo and their moms.

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Four More October Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Softsoap Body Washes giveaway is #38, Austin Baroudi.

The winner of the HALO SleepSack Swaddle giveaway is #8, craftsonthego.

The winner of the Peppa Pig DVD giveaway is #34, Rebecca Orr.

The winner of the Fireside Grown-Up Guides giveaway is #19, JJAY100.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter my currently active giveaways, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 47

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I believe in a God that hears my prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 47. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's National Pumpkin Day

pumpkin carving in 2012

It's that time of year for pumpkins!  And today's the day to celebrate it.

I'd like to say that we are master pumpkin carvers but it could be further from the truth.  It's been a few years since we've even tried.  Mouths end up cockeyed and eyes end up crooked.

Interesting fact:  I learned that the United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, with Illinois producing more than any other state.  Illinois doesn't get much recognition for the good things, so the pumpkin fact is one I'm proud of.

I posted this recipe last year but thought I'd show it to you again, in case you missed it the first time around. :


Pumpkin Marshmallow Pillows

Ingredients: 

 Crescent Rolls
Large Marshmallows
Melted Butter
Cinnamon & Sugar
Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin Puree

Directions:

 Unroll the crescent rolls and lay each individual one flat. Add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree to each crescent by spreading it on with a knife. Take a large marshmallow and coat it in the melted butter, then roll it in cinnamon  & sugar. Place the marshmallow on crescent roll. Wrap up the crescent roll around the marshmallow, securing all openings. Dip the whole "pillow" into the melted butter. Add a pinch of pumpkin spice on top of each pillow. Place into the oven and follow instructions of the crescent rolls for bake time.

What foods to you like that include pumpkin?
Do you carve pumpkins for Autumn/ Halloween?

Bookaboo "Takes to the Stage” on Prime Video this Friday - Children's Show Review

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Amazon is launching an original kid series, Bookaboo, on October 28th on Prime Video in the US and UK.  This new preschool show, featuring special guests, combines puppetry, live action and CGI animation to help families find their reading rhythm. 

Bookaboo will debut on October 28 exclusively for Prime members.  Prime members can download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing. The entire first season of Bookaboo will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime

The rocking series follows Bookaboo as he tours the globe with his bandmates Paws and Growler, playing drums to packed stadiums of adoring fans. There’s only one hitch – Bookaboo just can't play without a story a day! The precocious pup finds creative ways to avoid performing, leading to laugh-out-loud comedy sketches and silly songs. To empower Bookaboo to return to the stage, a famous face appears in each episode to share a favorite story. The picture book that the celebrity guest brings in the special “bookabag” is brought to vibrant life through animation and an interactive, energetic reading that restores Bookaboo’s “bojo.”



I had the chance to preview an episode of Bookaboo, and watched it with a couple of my younger nieces.  Bookaboo and his friends are puppets in a band and Bookaboo, the main character, is a rock 'n roll kinda dog.  He can't play until a book is read to him.  Celebrities that most of us are familiar with show up to read a story to Bookaboo.  While the story is being read, Bookaboo and that celebrity interject with their reactions.  The illustrations from the stories come to life so kids viewing can get a feel for the story that's being read.  It's then that Bookaboo can take the stage and rock out.

Bookaboo is a fine show for youngsters.  Kids will get a kick out of the characters, and will enjoy going along with the story.  It's not an overly annoying or campy show, and I think most adults will agree that it's educational and delightful.

Will your child be watching Bookaboo on Amazon Prime Video?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Mums and Cubs

I skipped out on Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked last week but, never fear, I'm back in the game.
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My kitty, Misty, turned one year old on the 13th.  I was more excited about it than she was.  Don't tell the dog, but Misty is my favorite.
They say it's my birthday
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I'm not a baseball fan by any stretch of the imagination.  For those that are in the area, it's a battle between the Cardinals and the Cubs.  I actually did tune in to the bottom of the ninth to see the Cubs get their spot for the World Series.  It's the first time in 71 years, so I'm actually pretty excited to see the World Series.  If just for the palpable excitement.
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I don't have a green thumb to save my soul but I'm fairly decent at keeping mums alive.  They're also one of my favorite flower species.  I mentioned to my hubby that I'd like to have one.  The next day he came home and surprised me with a large mum.  He definitely spoils me.  Now to prove to him that I can keep it alive.
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I went to Kmart the other day to browse around and noticed their summer apparel was on sale for $1.99 each.  I stocked up on a few blouses for myself.  Later I noticed that I got 10,000 Shop Your Way bonus rewards (equals $10).  In other words, they paid me to take their clothes.  Score!
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DRDC

Saturday was the last roller derby bout of the season.  Being that my daughter and I are alumni, we were able to get in for free.  I hadn't watched any of the bouts yet this season and going on Saturday made me miss being a part of the team.  (But not enough that I'm going to do it again.)  It was kinda neat because it was Battle of the Sexxes.  Capital City Hooligans (all men's team) and DRDC (all women's team).  Although the men's team won, both played a fierce game.  
Me and Shelby at the roller derby bout
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What  have you been up to lately?
Have any tips or advice on keeping mums healthy?
Find any good bargains at stores recently?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Our Stay at Harpole's Heartland Lodge - Sunset Valley Lodge

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sitting area and bar area on main floor of lodge

A few weeks ago I posted about my stay in the Grand View Suite at Harpole's Heartland Lodge.  It was such a beautiful area to spend my 14th wedding anniversary with my husband.  The suite itself was magnificent but the rest of the lodge was just as grand.

I can't say enough good things about the place. If you ever want to go for a romantic getaway, have an event with family, or hang out with your gal pals, I highly recommend Harpole's Heartland Lodge.
part of the kitchen area

If you rent one of the rooms or suites in the Sunset Valley Lodge, you not only get a beautiful space to rest and relax but you also get access to the rest of the lodge.  I liken it to having your own private bedroom but shared kitchen, laundry room, game room, and sitting area.

mud room/laundry room

The place is immaculately clean.  To help keep it that way, guests are required to take off their shoes at the mud room.  The entire lodge has an outdoor woodsy theme.

The main floor of the lodge has a full kitchen area with dishes and cooking supplies.  There's an elegant dining table with several chairs for a sit-down meal.  There's also a laundry room/mud room.  An entertainment area on the main floor has lots of comfy lounge chairs and a large flat-screen TV.  There's also a fireplace.

pool table and air hockey

If you're in the mood for some entertainment, there's a gaming center downstairs.  You can play shuffleboard, air hockey, and pool for free.  A full unstocked bar is also available downstairs.  

Lots of chairs and sitting space adorns the area.  Even if there are other groups or people staying in the lodge, there's plenty of space for everyone to mingle.

downstairs area

When Jason and I stayed there, we shared the lodge with just one other couple who are in their early thirties.  We hung out with them for a few hours.  It was their third time staying at the lodge, and it's for the same reasons we love the place.  

common dining area where food from staff is served

If you choose not to use the full kitchen and dining table area at the Sunset Valley Lodge, you do have the option of purchasing a meal package.  With that, you get home-cooked food from the staff.  The approximate cost for each meal per person is $25. There's no way you should go away hungry.  There's enough food to feed and army, and it is oh-so-delicious.  If you do go with the meal package, you will have to drive about a mile from the Sunset Valley Lodge to the other lodge where the common dining room is.  Depending on who else has purchased the meal package, you may be eating with other guests.  For supper, we dined with five hunters.  For breakfast, Jason and I were the only ones who ate there.

Waffles, pancakes, granola yogurt, coffee, orange juice, strawberries, quiche, vanilla muffins, and biscuits & gravy was served for breakfast.

Harple's Heartland Lodge is one of the best places we've ever stayed. You can tell that owners and staff take pride in their business.  Harpole's Heartland Lodge is located in rural Nebo, IL. You have to go "over the river and through the woods" to get there, but it's absolutely worth it. We're already in the planning stages to go with friends early next year.

Harpole's Heartland Lodge offers ATV riding, horseback riding, and other activities as well. They also host four girls getaway weekends, and will be hosting two couple weekends in 2017.

Isle of Dogs - Pet Grooming Products Review and Giveaway

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My dog, Helen, loooves baths. Just say the word and she's in the tub by the time you've got the water ready. Unfortunately, she's got dry, itchy skin. So we have to be careful about what we put on her fur. Recently I was given the opportunity to use the CoCoClean Line from Isle of Dogs, and it's been favorable on her skin.  Isle of Dogs sells a line of canine health and beauty products, sourced and made in the USA.

CocoClean is their collection of shampoos, conditioners, and brush sprays that are soap-free, sulfate free, paraben free and infused with coconut oil. The alleged benefit of using coconut oil on a dog is that it promotes a healthy and soft coat, and helps relieve dry, itchy skin.


I've used the Calming Shampoo with lavender + lemon balm fragrance on Helen a handful of times now. By using that with the Brush Spray of the same fragrance, I've seen a lot less itching coming from Helen. She used to drive me nuts because she'd spend half the day scratching, scratching, and scratching some more. I'm relieved that I don't have to listen to her scratch herself as often, and I'm sure she's relieved that she doesn't itch near as much. It's a win-win for both of us.

In order for the Brush Spray to fully be effective, it needs to be sprayed on the dog's coat and then brushed in.  I tried just spraying it on her coat but it didn't seem to get to the skin.  And the whole idea is to improve overall skin condition.

In addition to cleansing my pet's coat, the shampoo also provides a sheen. The dog looks so clean and pretty after she's gotten a bath with the shampoo.  And she smells pretty darn good too.  Isle of Dogs is a company that I recommend for the care of your pet dogs.
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It's National Bologna Day

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It's National Bologna Day.  And as you all know, I'm full of it!

Who remembers this popular song? :

My bologna has a first name.  It's O-S-C-A-R.
My bologna has a second name.  It's M-A-Y-E-R.
Oh, I love to eat it everyday.
If you ask me why, I'll say...
'Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

Bologna is one of my favorite lunchmeats.  Slap it on some bread with cheese and mayonnaise, and I'm good to go.

How do you like to eat your bologna?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Sox Market - Socks Review

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I have a serious sock obsession.  I own enough socks for six people, and I don't see the habit stopping anytime soon. And I don't go for any particular length or pattern.  I'm all in with 'em all.  

The Sox Market is just the place to feed my mania.  It's a new online destination for socks and legwear.  There's everything from sport specific socks to fun and funky socks.  

I received a pair of World's Softest Socks from The Sox Market.  The way they feel on my feet is marvelous.  Especially during the colder weather, the socks keep my feet warm and make them feel cozy. The softness is felt both inside and outside, with an ultra-soft knit for comfort. The oh-so-soft socks I have from World's Softest are comfortable and fit just right.  This particular pair goes just above the knee and have a colorful design.
Jason received a pair of Browning Heavy Weight Merino Wool Blend Socks.  I searched The Sox Market site for these particular socks and didn't see them, so I'm not sure if they're out of stock or not carried by them anymore.  Either way, The Sox Market does have other brands of wool and thermal socks available.  

Jason, unlike me, doesn't have a sock obsession.  He's happy as long as they're comfortable and fight right.  The Browning Socks he received are very thick and heavy, especially great for colder weather.  They trap warmth and wick away moisture.  The socks have a silhouette of a deer, the company's logo.  

I'm impressed with the selection that The Sox Market has to offer.



What kind of socks do you like to wear?

Ice Age: Collision Course - #ScratInSpace Review and Giveaway

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Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in the all new adventure - Ice Age: Collision Course.  Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn accidentally triggers cosmic events that threaten the ICE AGE world. Now Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe.  Ice Age: Collision Course was released to Blu-ray and DVD October 11th.


I hosted a Scrat In Space get-together in my home last weekend.  My teenage son joined in helping me with the younger nieces and nephews.  Before viewing the film, we first spent some time toying around with the Smithsonian Telescope, Rocket Launcher, and Projector we received.  We discussed space and learned some interesting facts about it.  I also received an Ice Age fleece blanket, which I kept for myself (I'm at kid at heart too!)  Once we had fun exploring and learning, we settled in to watch Ice Age: Collision Course.



The Ice Age franchise keeps going strong.  This is their fifth film.  We've viewed the first four and enjoyed watching them.  The latest, Ice Age: Collision Course, doesn't disappoint either.  This movie features Scrat and his acorn in space.  While there, Scrat sets off a chain of events that threaten earth.  There's also subplots that involve marriage and staving off extinction.  The film's animation was spot-on and everyone was entertained.  There's a few laughs that got us all going.  Granny, the sloth, was my favorite character.  She's got quite the wit and words.  It is not necessary to watch the previous four films to get the gist of this one but I still recommend it, so you can see how the characters' relationships build and interact with each other.

Nothing sets off the minds of curious, passionate kids quite like space. Visit HERE to join Scrat on an educational journey through our galaxy. Where kids can have a fun and immersive experience, that puts them into the captain's chair and shows them what it would be like to be in space with Scrat!

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It's National Nut Day


Here's a mind-blowing thought for the day: Peanuts are actually not nuts! They are considered legumes because they grow underground. No matter what you call 'em, I'm still a fan.

I like nuts (get yo mind out of the gutter).  Almonds, cashews, pistachios - I'm not picky.

What's your favorite kind of nuts?