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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 03:27

planes fire and rescue poster

In celebration of the upcoming release of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE I have some fun activities for you.

Print & Play Activities

Download Print & Play Activities

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Date: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 03:09

Maleficent Poster

The new “Legacy” featurette, from  MALEFICENT, featuring a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie, is now available.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

Also, starting today, fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of the film in the Maleficent “Embrace Your Inner Evil” Sweepstakes. Fans can enter by recreating Maleficent’s laugh and posting the video to Instagram using #MaleficentLaughSweeps. Official Rules: http://di.sn/MaleficentLaugh.

Like MALEFICENT on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent

Follow MALEFICENT on Twitter: @Maleficent

Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneystudios

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/maleficent/

Tumblr: http://disney.tumblr.com/

MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 13:19

Oh my goodness! If you’re a lover of all things Mario you’ll get probably a kick out of this like me.  There are Mario themed Wii remotes! Princess Peach color is the newest!

Nintendo Mario Wii Controlers

April 15, 2014 12:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Nintendo Gives Wii Remote Plus Controller the Royal Treatment

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewelry and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.

The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 11:21

Ww Playing at Mcd

We stopped at McDonalds and had a little indoor enjoyment on a cold rainy night.

What do you and your family do for fun when you’re stuck indoors? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a picture up for Wordless Wednesday, leave your link below! Feel free to head on over to my food blog From Val’s Kitchen, or to my Mom’s blog Here And There, for more Wordless Wednesday fun.

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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 15:43

Disneynature Bears Cubs

Two new clips from Disneynature’s BEARS are now available! BEARS opens next Friday, April 18th!

Bears – Clip “Digging Up Clams”

Bears – Clip “First Steps”

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE:

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first four Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee,” are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disney’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all four films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has planted three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and cared for chimpanzees.

  • Like Disneynature on Facebook: Facebook.com/Disneynature
  • Follow Disneynature on Twitter: Twitter.com/Disneynature
  • Visit the website: Disney.com/Bears

Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!

I saw bears up close when I was younger. The babies are adorable! I wouldn’t ever mess with one though! Have you ever seen a bear up close? What did you think? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 15:38

Price cuts on great 3DS games just in time for Easter and spring break!

What was the first handheld video game you (or your child) ever played? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!

Nintendo 3ds Games

April 14, 2014 12:00 UTC – REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five great Nintendo 3DS games, including the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time, are getting a new lower price. Together these five games have sold more than 9 million combined physical and digital units in the United States alone, and represent some of the most fun game experiences available today. The five games are must-haves for anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system, and their new price represents an even better value for consumers.

Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each. (Photo: Business Wire)

In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the United States – each one has sold more than 2.15 million physical and digital units in the U.S. alone. All five of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travelers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.

For more information about these products, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

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Date: Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 13:09

Complimentary admission to this event was provided. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

I was invited to this event and as much as I really wanted to go I unfortunately could not. Fellow Tristate Blogger Trisha of Momma T And Family was kind enough to stand in for me. This is a guest post written by Trisha.

The Kardashian sisters, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe, recently debuted their Kardashian Kids collection which features designs for girls up to 24 months and available exclusively at select U.S. Babies“R”Us stores and online. In the collection, you will find gorgeous prints that include butterflies, shimmering stars and a sweet take on the Kardashian’s signature animal print which according to Kourtney Kardashian, was picked out by Khloe for the line.

Kardashian Kids

The line ranges from newborn one-pieces, hats, bibs, and cozy blankets, to stylish and functional two-piece sets, jackets and dresses. Ruffles, lace and even toches of gold, there is something for every little girl in this collection.

Kardashian Kids

Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest of the sisters, recently hosted a tea party and sat down with media to talk about the new kids line, life, and being a mom. When asked if her own children, Penelope and Mason, had a strong opinion on what they wear, Kourtney told attendees, “My daughter doesn’t yet, but I try to let her pick certain things…Mason definitely has an opinion on what he wants to wear. He gets himself dressed every day and likes to come out and show us his outfit and we are not allowed to have a say.

Kardashian Kids

Tea party attendees also wanted to know what piece of the collection Kourtney thought daughter Penelope best fits, Kourtney said she loved the style of the butterfly outfit. “I just love it. I love the style, I love that style on her. I also like that it’s two pieces and I think that you can separate them and put them with other items also.” Kourtney also shared that sister Kim, “…loves really neutral stuff, I would say for North.” She said that she could see the white outfit with stars on baby North.

Kardashian Kids

You might be wondering if boys clothing will be added to the Kardashian Kids collection and I’m excited to share that Kourtney does hope to incorporate boys’ clothing into the line in the future!

Kardashian Kids items retail from $15 to $30. Visit Babies“R”Us online to shop or find a retailer near you. Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest Kardashian Kids news by following on Facebook (facebook.com/kardashiankids), Instagram (@kardashiankids) and Twitter (@kardashianKids).

Do you have a specific color or type of pattern that you favor in children’s clothes? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!

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Date: Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 12:02

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Here some gaming news that might be of interest.

G5 adds brand new adventures to The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ (iPad) – Free Update

FREE 1.1 update features a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes & a new magic potion

The Island Castaway: Lost World game

San Francisco, California – April 8, 2014 – G5 Entertainment invites you to spend a few weeks on a deserted island in the company of some ship-wrecked survivors as well as natives … in the updated The Island Castaway®: Lost World™. The 1.1 version guarantees lots of fun for you with a brand-new chapter, 95 new quests, a new building, 2 new obstacles, 7 new islanders, 4 additional tasty recipes and a new magic potion featured in this update. And it is available on the App Store for free download now.

This time you’ll get to a new unexplored part of the island where you’ll meet the second native tribe. They are unaware of the existence of Nepolo tribe and are hostile to strangers. And your tasks will be to make friends with Hakomo tribe, break the spell cast on you, excavate an ancient city in the mountains, fight new enemies and learn lots of new stuff. Unexpected twists and turns are awaiting you in The Island Castaway: Lost World 1.1, start your adventure now!

What’s New in Version 1.1:

Bet you never thought that being stranded on a deserted tropical island would be this much fun! Fortunately it’s not time to go home just yet. Enjoy a thrilling new chapter, meet another tribe on the other side of the island, face mysterious new creatures and find out what happens next on this enigmatic and unpredictable island!

BRAND NEW CHAPTER! Explore the other side of the island in a brand new chapter and unlock seven new locations.

NEW QUESTS AND RESOURCES! Solve over 95 challenging quests and prepare six more types of resources.

NEW BUILDINGS AND OBSTACLES! Build a lumber mill and conquer a giant quail and snake-monster.

NEW SURVIVORS, RECIPES AND POTIONS! Meet seven new islanders, master four tasty new recipes and obtain an important magic potion.

About the game:

In The Island Castaway: Lost World, players will experience all new, heart-pounding adventures and unending fun. A brand new, intriguing tropical island, challenging quests, a riveting and fresh storyline along with fearless indigenous characters await you! You can finally find out whether or not the castaways made famous in the first 2 installments make it off the island in one piece. Being stranded on a remote island has never been so entertaining!

After a shipwreck, your main goal is survival, although getting off the island would be great too. But first you must step up and become the leader of the castaways to prevent chaos and ensure everyone’s well-being. To provide reliable food sources for your group, build a fish farm to catch eels, a quail farm to cultivate poultry and a crab farm to trap shellfish. Also create a clay pit and a liana farm to source the building materials needed for shelters. Track down rare plants for your magic potions, and be mindful about protection while exploring the island. Befriend the natives and learn to cook all kinds of local cuisine.

But it’s not just about keeping safe, dry and well-fed. To escape the island and return home, you must decipher bizarre markings on the ground, collect ancient statues, kill a crab monster and unravel this mysterious island’s dark secrets!

The Island Castaway: Lost World is a treat for fans of the franchise, survival simulators fans and newcomers to the genre. It’s absolutely glorious – colorful story, cartoonish graphics and loads of engaging quests make the game vivid and believable! You will be immersed into this adventure from the first quest. And the fun will never end with regularly scheduled free updates!

The game is developed by Sampad®, Awem Games® and published on iOS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

* A stunning tropical island to explore

* Over 350 challenging quests to complete

* 25 types of resources to prep and store

* 20 original and engaging characters to meet

* 15 delicious native dishes to master

* Five magic potions to concoct: protective, transfer, speed, immortality and spirit protection

* Six farms to build: a fish farm, crab farm, clay pit, liana farm and quail farm

* Collections of trophies and statues to piece together

* Regular game updates to keep you fascinated for months

Purchase in the iTunes Store: The Island Castaway®: Lost World™ for iPad

Nightmares From The Deep Sirens Call

Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call Comes To Mac Today, care of G5 & Artifex Mundi

Ready yourself for a spine-tingling sequel to your favorite hidden object adventure!

San Francisco, California – April 9, 2014 – By popular demand, G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi today launch the sequel of one the best hidden object adventures of all time – Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call on Mac. Right from the first screen, you’ll be plunged into an epic adventure featuring frightening foes and heart-pounding twists!

When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a mysterious package, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. As she begins to remove an artifact from the package, assailants instantly descend on the museum and snatch it. In disbelief, Sarah realizes that yet again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep! Soon she finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing village with an incredible secret. A would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the town’s other denizens are gradually turning into ghoulish, mutated ocean creatures. And this curse was cast by none other than Mayor Murray and the old sea-devil himself, Davy Jones! Answer the siren’s call to save this beleaguered village and defeat Davy Jones, Mayor Murray and his pet sea monster, the Kraken!

Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call is filled with suspense and intrigue. It brims with interactive mini-games, diverse puzzles and dynamic hidden object scenes. Silhouette type scenes hide a few items that are parts of puzzles and help you find other hidden items on the same scenes. In the end of each search you’ll get a tool that is crucial for further progress. This sequel too offers you to play mahjong mini-game as an alternative to regular search for hidden items. Stunning artwork and pleasant voiceovers maintain a proper atmosphere. Spiced up with a breathtaking story line that mixes mythology with modern characters, Nightmares from the Deep 2 will catch your attention from the very first till the very last minute, and guarantee an unforgettable gaming experience.

The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

● Thrilling storyline and awesome artwork

● 48 enigmatic locations

● Over 400 objects to find

● 20 hidden object scenes

● 28 amazingly diverse mini-games

● 30 fantastic achievements

Nightmares from the Deep™: The Siren’s Call is available for download on Mac today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version via in-app purchase for $4.99 through April 11th (reg. $6.99).

Purchase in the Mac App Store. The game is also available on iPhone, iPad, Google Play and Kindle Fire.

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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 21:05

Do you ever find yourself wondering something a lot, a question you’d really like a reasonable answer for? I do all the time. Sometimes it’s something silly. Sometimes it’s something far more mundane and useful. I haven’t typically blogged about these things, because I didn’t really think about it. Well, today I found myself contemplating one of my usual quandaries and realized that other people might wonder them too. So I thought it might be fun, and useful to someone, to occasionally blog about these things. Maybe the comments will help someone out – maybe me, maybe you, maybe noone. Maybe just the conversation will be interesting, or fun or helpful, depending on the topic. So, let’s talk.

best ways to clean soiled underwear

My youngest son (14) has issues pooping on the potty. It isn’t happening. I don’t know specifically why, but I personally think he may not completely “get” the sensation or feeling. He is developmentally delayed, for those that didn’t know or forgot. So, almost every afternoon he has an accident. He wears underwear.

Now thinking back to when my brothers were potty training, I recall my Mom used to soak the underwear in the sink for a while before putting them into the wash. I never actually asked her why she did it. I just always presumed that it was to loosen everything and get that stuff off of there before sending it to the washing machine. Anyway. This is what I now do. It’s gross, but something has to be done before it hits the wash. The thing is, my oldest son (18) has very subtly let me know that it bothers him to have underwear soaking in the sink in the bathroom, where his friends might go. He told me in a not so subtle way as well. “Mom. A sink of crappy water is freaking gross.” Which I get. So it leaves me wondering how other people handle soiled underwear before sending it to the washing machine.

How did you handle soiled underwear when potty training? I’d really, really like to know, so please leave a comment!

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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 16:19

I remember when we got our Wii I spent a lot of time making Miis that I felt represented us.  It was important to me to do so, partially because it was fun, and partially because I felt it would help my youngest be able to identify with and remember who was who. I tried to get as close as possible in appearance, down to hair, glasses and the rest. It was quite amusing. Hubby loved to change my Mii and give me an angry face whenever I wasn’t looking, which would send my youngest into fits of giggles.

Wii owners, do you change the appearance of your Wii Mii occasionally, or do you just leave yours alone? I’d really love to know, please leave a comment!

Nintendo 3Ds Tomodachi Life Box

April 10, 2014 12:30 UTC

Live a Life You Never Imagined in a Hilarious and Unpredictable New World from Nintendo

In Tomodachi Life for Nintendo 3DS, Mii Characters Join Your Dream-World Starring Your Real-World Friends

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Take all your preconceived notions about life’s possibilities, crumple them into a ball and toss them out the window. It’s time to star in a whole new life. On June 6, visit the outrageously bizarre island world of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS system. Everyone you know, and everyone you wish you knew, should prepare to meet their Mii maker – you! – as you build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and even celebrities, all in one wild and hilarious world. The real emotional connection you already share with your Mii characters will keep you glued to the drama, intrigue and hilarity that ensues as everyone goes about their extraordinary daily lives, evolving and interacting in unpredictable and often uproarious ways.

The Tomodachi franchise already has taken Japan by storm, selling more than 5.5 million games. Its first North American title, Tomodachi Life, is poised to stake out unprecedented video game territory when it launches June 6. Nintendo announced more details today in a special Tomodachi Life-themed Nintendo Direct. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

“Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”

“Tomodachi” is the Japanese word for “friend.” After completely customizing all your Mii characters, from their voices and appearances right down to their personality quirks, you’ll recognize them instantly. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

Even your far-fetched celebrity dreams can come true in Tomodachi Life. If you have ever wanted international superstar Christina Aguilera to join you in a sing-off, or believed that she would become BFFs with your cousin or wished she would perform a song with your customized lyrics, it could happen here. The multi award-winning singer has signed on to be a part of Nintendo’s promotional campaign for the game, and her Mii character will be available at launch. Aguilera’s Mii character also will guest star in a TV commercial and in online videos that show all the exciting things that happen when celebrities mingle with Miis players know personally. The first video in the series can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/sBTHSY5GKKY. Additional celebrities involved with Tomodachi Life will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

The plot of Tomodachi Life thickens with the addition of each Mii character. As they deliver one gripping twist and turn after another, you can reward them with in-game gifts and clothes, their favorite foods or special flourishes for their apartments. Together you can further broaden your Tomodachi Life horizons by exploring the island, solving characters’ problems and helping them with their needs.

Additional information about Tomodachi Life will be revealed in the future. For the latest updates, visit http://tomodachi.nintendo.com. The game will play on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems, and will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and on Nintendo 2DS at a suggested retail price of $34.99.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 17:38

This is a partnered post.

I’ve always wanted to travel, both domestically and internationally. When I was about 13 I went to Great Britain. I’ve always hoped to go back. But there are a lot of other places I want to go too. Egypt is on that list. The idea of seeing the pyramids fascinates me.

Have you ever traveled internationally? Where did you go? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

Egypt Pyramids

Egypt is a North African country that was once home to one of the world’s most powerful civilisations. The dry, desert heat means that many of their buildings and art can still be seen today. Egypt’s well-preserved historic sites draw millions of visitors, and the country also has a wealth of natural beauty. Here are three of its top tourist attractions.

The Pyramids

The three giant Pyramids at Giza are often used a symbol of Egypt, and are among the largest man-made structures on Earth. Many tourists fly into nearby Cairo Airport, where last minute holidays to Egypt can bring significant savings to holidaymakers who want to enjoy the beauty and wonders that Egypt boasts of. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, or Cheops, is the tallest of the three Pyramids. Nearby is the Great Sphinx; a massive, four-thousand-year-old sculpture of a lion with a human face.

The Red Sea

The eastern coast of Egypt lies on the Red Sea, and resort towns such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are a good base for visiting this lovely and unique coastline. The offshore waters have thousands of fish and other marine species living among the miles of coral reef, and the region is perfect for diving, snorkeling and photography. For those who prefer to stay ashore, the Red Sea Riviera is lined with many beautiful beaches.

Luxor

Luxor was once the ancient capital of Egypt, when it was called Thebes. It lies on both banks of the River Nile, about 300 miles south of Cairo. The East Bank is where the modern town lies, and is home to many historic sites, including the Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. On the West Bank, reached by a short ferry ride or by a road bridge, is the famous Valley of the Kings. This is where the ancient Pharaohs were buried in tombs carved out of the desert rock. Many of these can be visited today, and have spectacular wall paintings and carvings.

From tombs and temples that are many thousands of years old, to modern holiday resorts by the ocean, Egypt has countless, unique attractions. As well as the three described here, there are many other things to see, including desert oasis towns, hilltop monasteries and medieval castles. From the Mediterranean coast in the north to the Sudanese border in the far south, Egypt is full of fascinating experiences.

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 17:07

In Dobby’s case, anywhere they want, and in the oddest positions.

WW - Dobby Sleeping

WW - Dobby Sleeping

WW - Dobby Sleeping

WW - Dobby Sleeping

Where does your pet sleep? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a picture up for Wordless Wednesday, leave your link below! Feel free to head on over to my food blog From Val’s Kitchen, or to my Mom’s blog Here And There, for more Wordless Wednesday fun.

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 11:31

G5 Spring Sale

From April 7-13th, G5 has put twelve games on sale. Fan-favorites like Lost Souls, Paranormal Agency and Supermarket Mania 2 will be available for as low as 99¢ on multiple platforms:

1. Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

2. Supermarket Mania® – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

3. Supermarket Mania® 2 – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

4. The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad;

5. The Magician’s Handbook II: Blacklore – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad;

6. Paranormal Agency® – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

7. Supermarket Management – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad and Mac;

8. Mahjong Artifacts® – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

9. Mahjong Artifacts®: Chapter 2 – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad, Mac and Windows Store;

10. Old Clockmaker’s Riddle – 99¢ on iPhone & $1.99 on iPad and Mac;

11. Letters from Nowhere – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad;

12. Letters from Nowhere 2 – 99¢ on iPhone, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook & $1.99 on iPad.

More information: www.g5e.com/sale.

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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 15:47

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and P&G. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

P&G Brands

See those brands listed up there? Do you use any of them? I do. I’ve used a number of P&G brands for years. And now that I have a puppy, I use some of them even more. When I’m not blogging or cleaning up after the puppy, there’s a chance you might find me browsing Pinterest. I admit, I completely lose track of time when I’m on Pinterest. There are so many cool recipes, projects, decorating ideas, jokes, and well, everything, that how can you not lose track of time there! Sometimes you even run across cool contests, like the one I’m about to tell you about.

About the P&G Best for Me Sweepstakes on Pinterest

The sweepstakes is really easy to enter. Just pin an image of your choice and enter your name and email. That’s it. It doesn’t get much easier then that!

While you’re on Pinterest, be sure to check out the SheSpeaks P&G Pin Board.

Wondering what P&G Best For Me is all about?

P&G can help you find the best products for your special occasion. P&G’s beauty, grooming and home care brands have received hundreds of awards and recognitions from leading magazines, so you know you’ll get the look that works for you, no matter what. Create the perfect look for your special occasion this spring with P&G’s award-winning products.

The award-winning P&G brands being celebrated include Cover Girl®, Clairol®, Pantene®, Secret®, Venus® (beauty), Crest®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Old Spice® (grooming) and Bounty®, Febreze®, Mr. Clean®, Swiffer® and Tide® (home care). Collectively, these brands have won hundreds of awards over the last several years.

As you know, you can buy P&G products in many, many stores. Did you also know that you could purchase P&G products online?

You can keep up with the latest news from P&G everyday by following @PGeveryday on Twitter and by liking P&G everyday on Facebook.

And, if you enjoy a good Twitter party like I do, then you’ll want to be sure to attend the #PGBestForMe Twitter party!

Info for the #PGBestForMe Twitter Party!

Date: Thursday, April 17 at 9pm ET
Follow hashtag: #PGBestForMe
Follow sponsor: @PGeveryday
RSVP: bit.ly/1rpXT6g

Do you have a favorite P&G product? What is it? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

P&G Best For Me Sweeps

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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 04:51

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons.com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

I have many great Easter memories. As a child my parents always made Easter morning a fun adventure. After Church we’d have an egg hunt in the yard. And we always got a basket with a huge chocolate bunny, seriously they were like 2 feet high. Hmmmm. I miss those bunnies. Anyway. Of course, on Easter my parents always had us dress up. It was not a question, an option or a discussion. Mom always got a dress for me, and sailor suits for my younger brothers. I never liked being made to dress in certain things, and swore I wouldn’t submit my children to such torture.

T with Easter Bunny in 2001

That photo was taken back in 2001. At that point my oldest son was going through this phase where he just didn’t like certain things. He loved being in sweatpants. He’d wear jeans but always preferred the sweats. And tops with zippers, like the quarter zip top he had on, well you can see how happy he was about that. I’m not into fancy dress, so thought jeans and coordinating nice tops were perfectly reasonable. My son did not. It took about 10 tries before I got a picture of the boys with the Easter Bunny without my son looking miserable. Why was he smiling? Because that was the moment my other son decided to take a nap. Foiled yet again!

Easter 2001 photo of boys with bunny

We did finally get a good shot with both boys awake a little later that day. Unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere so only have a tiny image I scanned years ago.

Boys with Easter Bunny in 2001

That was one of my favorite photos, and I’m really bummed I haven’t found it yet.

So I guess you’ve noticed the similarity. I put my son in clothes he didn’t like just like my parents did to me and my brothers. What horrible parents we are!  Big meanies! As a child I didn’t get that my Mom just wanted us to look nice because she was proud of us. And I didn’t appreciate the lengths she went to to try and have us looking nice without breaking the bank.

Mom’s still at it by the way. Take a look at my nephew.

Alex in sailor suit for Easter

You can see he’s really enjoying his new sailor suit! That was just taken this weekend.

When I was a child my Mom would start shopping early in order to find the best deals. That was work for her and it required watching ads, going to stores and talking to sales people, since there was no internet yet. Mom delighted in our lovely Easter clothes. We were less then delighted. Fast forward to 2001 and computers were no longer high tech things of the future. But they were still pretty pricey, so not a lot of people had them. I got a deal because I sold computers back then, so I had one. But, I didn’t know something back then that I know now. I didn’t know about coupon codes.

Today when I’m looking for coupon codes I know to hit Coupons.com. For parents searching right now for the perfect Easter outfit for their children, they’d be smart to look for Easter deals at Coupons.com. I found a ton of deals on great deals for kids clothes. There was a coupon code for $10 off $30 at Kohl’s, that’s awesome! There was another for an extra 15% Off Easter Dresses and Dresswear for Baby & Toddler at Sears! And if you’d prefer to shop for something else, say Easter decoration, well they’ve got coupon codes for that too! There’s a coupon code in there to save 50% Off Holiday Inspirations Easter decor & entertaining at Jo-Ann! I know not everyone celebrates Easter. If you don’t, there’s still tons of deals in there for you, at stores like Target, Bath & Body Works, Macy’s and Sears.

Check out Coupons.com. You might find a coupon code that just makes you so happy you feel like hopping!

In the mood for a giveaway? Four people will each win $100 Amazon Gift Code from Coupons.com. The giveaway runs until April 21, 2014. You can enter the giveaway using the form below. Good luck to all!

Did you have to wear special outfits for the holidays when you were growing up? Did you enjoy it? I’d really like to know, so please leave a comment!

PS. You might want to use this image to answer a few fun questions in the Rafflecopter below!

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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 00:49

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Delivery Man Blu-ray

Delivery Man

  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HSM7HB8

SYNOPSIS – In this heartwarming comedy, underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) learns he’s actually an overachiever — he’s fathered 533 children via donations made twenty years earlier! David soon discovers that the shock of his life might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Along the way he discovers not only his true self, but also the father he could become. Also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders — and complete with bonus materials, it’s a feel-good movie that really delivers.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Building Family — Explore The Challenges And Fun Of Creating This Modern Family, And Learn How The 142 Young Actors Cast As Biological Siblings Bonded Both During And After Production
  • Vince Vaughn: Off The Cuff
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scene

So last night I asked the husband if he wanted to watch a movie with me. He gave his standard answer. “What movie?”. I replied “The new Vince Vaughn movie.” he mumbled something about him knowing Vince Vaughn was funny so sure he’d watch. I specifically didn’t mention to him that this movie had a lot of heart, which I knew because I visited the set while it was being filmed and interviewed some of the cast. Jad I told him that he probably wouldn’t have watched. And so we watched.

Delivery Man is the story of David Woziak, a thirty something guy who works as a delivery man for his family’s meat business. He’s in debt to some bad people and he’s a screw up. His girlfriend, a police officer, has just discovered she is pregnant, and she is very apprehensive that David will be a responsible father. He discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children. This happened because when he was in his early 20s he was a sperm donor, and the fertility clinic considered his samples highly desirable so they gave their clients nothing but his sperm for a year. A large number of the children want to know who their biological father is. David does not want his identity known, when he made the donations he had used the nickname Starbuck. Nevertheless, David is interested in knowing more about his children.

Picking out a few from background files the fertility clinic’s lawyer gave him, he follows them and learns a little about them. There’s a drug addict, a musician, a lifeguard, a basketball player and many, many more. His children are of all nationalities and races, and have many different physical qualities and levels of intelligence. There is even one young man who is in a wheelchair and unable to communicate. As David gets to know his children, David’s girlfriend gets to know David’s family. We learn what he did with all of the money he got from making his donations, and that tells us a lot about who David really is, even though he doesn’t show it.

David mentions to one of the children that even if they don’t find out who their father is they will have found each other. That strikes a chord with the children, who organize a big meetup day. David attends (noone knows who he is yet except one of the children) and really enjoys spending the day with all of them. The case is decided in his favor and Starbucks anonymity is to be preserved. But will the children find out David is their father? I can’t tell you that! There are no spoilers here! You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

I recommend this movie highly. It’s got a lot of funny moments, and a lot of just “warm and fuzzy nice” moments that will touch your heart. While this PG-13 movie is all about family – having it, wanting it, understand the importance of it – young children will likely not understand the subject material.

Here are some clips.

“Yo No Soy David Wozniak”

“Do You Have a Stroller for 533 Children?”

“Reactivate My License”

“I Don’t Have Mental Problems”

“Father On Probation”

Bonus Clip: Deleted Scene

What advice would you give to first time parents? I’d love to know, please leave me a comment!

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Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks DVD

SYNOPSIS – Cinders and ashes…there’s trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends! The Troublesome Trucks delight in causing chaos for Thomas, as Annie, Clarabel and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures. Oily Diesel gives Paxton a fright, while Salty’s spooky story has the engines running scared. All Aboard for fun and exciting escapades with Thomas & Friends!

EPISODES

  • “Thomas the Quarry Engine”
  • “Not So Slow Coaches”
  • “Flatbeds of Fear”
  • “Disappearing Diesels”
  • “Toad’s Adventure”

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • The Earl’s Quiz
  • Guess Who? Puzzles

My youngest was riveted to the television while this DVD was playing. I really can’t say which was his favorite, as he was fixated, laughing and smiling through all five episodes. I got an especially big kick out of the”Flatbeds of Fear” episode, where the engines were all believing in something they’d never seen, which in the end turned out to be something entirely different. The morals to the stories are all positive – teamwork, cooperation, friendship and working hard. This DVD is a must have for all Thomas fans.

You can purchase Thomas & Friends: Trouble On The Tracks exclusively at Walmart on DVD, Digital HD and Video On Demand starting April 8 2014.

MORE INFO

Thomas & Friends website

Thomas & Friends on Facebook

Thomas & Friends on Twitter

Thomas & Friends YouTube Channel

WIN IT!

One (1) winner will receive the Thomas & Friends: Trouble On The Tracks DVD.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

Enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below. The winner will be selected by the Giveaway Tools widget. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that you must complete the mandatory required entry, and that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. Good luck to everyone!

Which character from Thomas & Friends is your (or your child’s) favorite? I’d really like to know, so please leave me a comment!

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Date: Saturday, 05 Apr 2014 16:20

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Happy Birthday Barney Dvd

Barney: Happy Birthday Barney

  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • ASIN: B00HW3EH5M

SYNOPSIS – When Barney’s birthday arrives the kids throw him a special party with an extra special surprise: all of the people he loves! Riff worries that his homemade present isn’t good enough – until Barney explains that sharing a gift from the heart is the best gift of all. When it’s Layla’s birthday, Barney and Layla use their imaginations to explore more about her family heritage. Come along for all of the birthday fun and surprises with Barney and his friends!

EPISODES

  • It’s Your Birthday, Barney!
  • Caring
  • The Magic Lamp

 

BONUS FEATURES

  • Baby Bop’s Tea Party
  • Counting in the Garden Game

 

Do you remember when you were growing up, wondering if things you did were as good as the other kids? It could have been anything – sports, crafts, a school subject? I think it’s a safe bet that most children have felt that way at one point or another. In “It’s Your Birthday, Barney” we see Riff going through that. He sings a sad little song that really tugs at the heartstrings, one that will surely hit home with anyone who’s ever wondered it. Riff learns that it isn’t the actual gift that counts as much as the thought behind it. It’s a great positive lesson that everyone, children and adult, should learn early and remember.

Here’s a printable coloring sheet. Just click on the image to open it up.

Barney Printable Coloring Sheet

MORE INFO

Barney Website

Barney on Facebook

Barney on Twitter

Barney YouTube channel

WIN IT!

One (1) winner will their own Happy Birthday Barney DVD.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

Enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below. The winner will be selected by the Giveaway Tools widget. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that you must complete the mandatory required entry, and that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. Good luck to everyone!

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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 00:03

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Disney Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

Saving Mr. Banks

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HT944D4

SYNOPSIS – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.

BONUS FEATURES
Digital HD bonus offerings vary by digital retailer
• The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
• Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
• Deleted Scenes
➢ Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
➢ Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
➢ Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

I didn’t really know what I’d think of this movie. I adore Disney’s animated movies. But this clearly isn’t one of those. This is a drama. This is the story behind a story. This is how the movie Mary Poppins got made. Saving Mr Banks is the tru story of how Walt Disney convinced the creator of Mary Poppins, author PL Travers, to let him make a movie featuring Mary Poppins.Travers is very attached to the Mary Poppins characer, who was created twenty some years before in one of her books. She is in such bad financial shape that after twenty years of being asked, she finally has to seriously consider Walt Disney’s proposal to turn Mary Poppins into a movie. The movie moves back and forth between Travers childhood (early 1900s) and the weeks she spent in Los Angeles (early 1960s) for scripting and pre-production decisions. She is just bitter and unhappy, and seems content to remain that way. But as the movie progresses her memories of childhood show us why she is that way. The whole story is very powerful. Quite frankly, if you’re looking for sunshine and rainbows and happy stuff like that you won’t find it here. Saving Mr Banks is a sad story, but in a good way, in the way we learn about the people and the movie they finally were able to make together. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are absolutely amazing in their roles as Walt Disney and PL Travers. Serious adult topics are shown, as such young children will likely not understand or enjoy the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I totally recommend the movie. But I did have tears in my eyes on more then one occasion.

PS. There are some songs that always stick in your head. You can think you won’t like them but you can’t help but to like them. Let’s Go Fly A Kite is one of those songs. If it doesn’t get you during the movie, be sure not to miss the bonus footage where the cast and crew sing it on the last day of filming.

Here are some clips.

This is a film clip called Call Me Walt.

And this is a film clip called Never Ever Just Mary.

A bonus clip called Nanny Song (a deleted scene)

And one more bonus clip called Pamela Leaves (another deleted scene)
Preview Link: http://www.totaleclips.com/player/Splash.aspx?custid=907&playerid=69&bitrateid=461&formatid=20&clipid=e131175&affiliateid=-1
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MORE INFO

Saving Mr Banks on Facebook

Disney Pictures on Twitter

Saving Mr Banks website

Are there any other Disney movies that you wonder about how they came to be, or what was the story behind the characters? I’d really like to know, so please leave a comment!

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Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic Dvd

Doc Mcstuffins: Mobile Clinic

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HDF6ZWM

Synopsis: Doc McStuffins is back to save the day and this time, she is mobile! After building a mobile clinic with her dad, Doc is able to make house calls to help toys in need when she’s away from her own backyard clinic. The Doc Mobile comes equipped with everything she needs to fix toys good as new.

Cast: Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins); and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins)

Episodes:
Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile / Chip Off the Ol’ Box
Doc to The Rescue / Don’t Knock the Noggin
Out of The Box / Run Down Race Car
Rescue Rhonda, Ready For Takeoff / All Washed Up
Rest Your Rotors, Rhonda! / Keep on Truckin’

Bonus:
Get a free Doc’s Reusable Tote Bag!

I like Doc McStuffins. It’s just a nice show. I love that theshow both encourges imagination like playing with stuffed animals, but also that it encourages a vision of real work and a place in the world, like being a doctor. Doc’s role model is her Mom, a doctor, and she wants to be like her. Doc plays with her toys and takes care of them, much like you and I did and now our kids do. Her patients all have a minor sickness or illness, there’s no scary disease. But what they do have that’s scary is the common apprehensions that we had and our children now have, things like fear of pain, seeing the doctor, stuff like that. This DVD is terrific for young kids, it’s very positive.

Here’s a film clip called The Doc Mobile.

And another film clip called Stay Calm.

MORE INFO

Doc McStuffins website

Doc McStuffins on Facebook

I loved my stuffed animals. As a child I played with them constantly, talking to them, changing their clothes, and of course bringing some to bed with me when it was time to go to sleep. When I moved to New Hampshire for two years one of the few things that I brought with me was two large black trash bags of stuffed animals. I had a number of favorites over the years, but one of my all time faves was a very old Pooh (approximately 1970 if I had to guess) that my Mom gave me and I still have to this day. I still have a good number of them, I just can’t bear to let them go.

Did you (or does your child) play with stuffed animals a lot? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

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