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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 02:50

I was provided with a week long test drive of the Toyota Rav4 featured in this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. 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.

2014 Toyota Rav4

We’ve had an SUV in our house for years. Last winter I finally retired my huge SUV (a 98 Expedition). Hubby still has an 01 Explorer Sport, which is a two door. I bought it for him with his taste in mind, to me it’s always felt small. I was curious to see how I’d feel about the 2014 Toyota Rav4 that I recently had the opportunity to check out.

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The 2014 Toyota Rav4 is a crossover SUV. It’s got four doors and the tailgate, which made for a promising start for me. The back opens up to reveal an adjustable power liftgate, which would be awesome for those times when you’re hauling bigger items around. The Rav4 has a smartkey, not only locks and unlocks the car but also raises and closes the tailgate.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Car Review

Despite being more SUV then car the Rav4 didn’t require a “leg up” or any climbing to get into, it was a very smooth motion for me to get into the seat. Speaking of the driver’s seat, there was plenty of leg and head room for me, and I am 5′ 10″. I as the driver found it comfortable to sit in.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Car Review

Everything is easily accessed from the drivers seat, which is adjustable in a bunch of ways and has a memory to save your preferred position. The center of the dash has a touchscreen monitor that contains a reverse camera and menus to control many functions such as music, phone, GPS and more. The mirrors on each side of the car feature lights that will flash if something gets too close to you or gets in your blind spot. Many controls were also accessible from the steering wheel, including stereo and phone and even the information display. The front of the Rav4 has dual zone climate control, so the driver and the front seat passenger can adjust the heat or air to their own liking. The Rav4 model that I drove had a JBL stereo that sounded good in both front and back seats.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Car Review

We took a family trip to Hershey, PA in the Rav4. For the trip I’m referring to I define family as two adults and three teens. So basically for all intents and purposes five full-grown people. At first we thought everything would be hunky dory. We had sufficient head room, a concern since my oldest is 6 foot tall. There looked to be sufficient leg room in the back.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Car Review

Technically there was, leg room wasn’t the real issue. Seat, or seat back, room was the issue. The backseat of the Rav4 is a split seat. Both of the seats of the Rav4 fold all the way down, leaving a decent sized open space where you can put things. The split backseat is actually where much of our problem came to be. Everyone that sat in the middle found it uncomfortable to sit in the middle of the backseat. The reason for this is because there’s a built-in console right in the middle of the seats. Yes it is part of the seat when folded up but everyone found it uncomfortable to lean against while folded. And of course if not folded up then there was no room for a third person.

The other issue we found is that the back seat of the Rav4 has no vents for heat or air. It was very hot while we were traveling. Even with the ac cranked up the three passengers in the back got uncomfortably warm and sweaty. When the people in the back got warm and wanted air they opened the windows. We noticed there was a very noticeable noise within the vehicle cabin when driving with the windows open. I found it extremely annoying.

If you can get past the ventilation issue, the Rav4 is a very capable crossover. It gathered speed fairly quickly. It cornered nicely, I didn’t have the feeling like I was going to tip over when going around a corner a little quickly like I have in some vehicles in the past. The gas mileage was decent, we got about 28 miles per gallon. I think the Rav4 would be a good fit for couples and for families with tweens or younger children. If a family was larger than four people or had older children and more adults I’d have to say I would find it to feel a bit small. BUT. The Rav4 is actually the smallest crossover that Toyota currently offers. I personally would be very curious to see what the larger Toyota crossovers and SUVs felt like, such as the Highlander, 4Runner and Sequoia.

The 2014 Toyota Rav4 has a starting msrp of $23,550.00.

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 21:23

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Moms' Night Out Blu-ray

Moms Night Out

  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sony
  • ASIN: B00KO6E5Y2

Synopsis – All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation… a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary with Directors Andrew & Jon Erwin, as well as Producer Kevin Downes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel

Special Featurettes:

  • The Heart of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • Casting MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • The Art of Improv
  • The Art of Action

Exclusive CBA Edition DVD Also Includes:

  • Alex Kendrick’s On-Set Devotional
  • The Difference Between Moms and Dads
  • Inside with Sarah Drew
  • Testimony with Andrea Logan White
  • Grief and Growing with Abbie Cobb

Comedy is definitely one of my favorite genre of movies. I especially appreciate it when a comedy isn’t completely far-fetched and has some true to life elements. Moms’ Night Out definitely incorporates some real life moments.

Moms’ Night Out is the story of three moms who are very stressed and need to unwind. Allyson is a young mother of three, shall we say, extremely busy and vocal small children. Her husband travels a lot so she feels like she is handling everything herself and she’s ready to snap. She’s started a blog but can’t seem to get her feelings down in words. Allyson’s friend Izzy is a mother to two (for now) and married to a man who’s afraid to be alone with his children. Sondra is the church pastor’s wife. Many parish members look to her for advice and support but noone has ever actually offered to socialize with her. The three women plan a night out together, ready to leave their cares behind and their children at home with their husbands.

Best laid plans… The ladies had been planning a nice dinner at a trendy restaurant. Unfortunately, Allyson made the reservation for the wrong day. So rather then go home the ladies wind up in the bowling alley across the street. Things start moving nonstop about here. Missing baby. Stolen minivan. Tattoo shop, managed by a biker named Bones (I LOVE Bones!). Emergency room visit. A trip to the jail. (Yes arrests are involved.)

Here’s a trailer.

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 04:00

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all Free And Clear Laundry Detergent

I have a two year old that has very bad skin allergy. So when it comes to detergent we are very picky. all® free & clear liquid and mighty pac make clothes smell fresh without all the perfumes and skin allergens. I was very excited to try the dryer sheets. We used to use them a lot but haven’t been able to since R’s skin is so sensitive. I have to say I’m very satisfied with the all® free & clear. So far no break outs, which means happy baby, happy mom.

A proven leader in stain removal, all® laundry detergent recently commissioned the all® Kids Stain Report to get to the bottom of families’ biggest stains. With moms doing an average of 6.8 loads of laundry per week you almost can’t help but wonder what the most common stains are. The all® Kids Stain Report findings were:

  • Grass is #1 toughest and most challenging stain for mom.
  • Other top and toughest stains include: ketchup, mud, spaghetti sauce, and blood.
  • Food is heavily dominant amongst all types of stains with spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato sauce and ketchup as the worst offenders.
  • Ink/craft stains (paint, marker, glue) are some of the toughest stains out there and nearly 40% of moms/dads say they have had to deal with them at least once a week.

all® Free & Clear detergent is currently the #1 recommendation of dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin . Being able to use one detergent for the whole family, including my child with sensitive skin, makes things simpler for me. The might pac is very convenient. Coming in at approximately $0.12 per wash, the fact that all® is affordable makes it even better.

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Date: Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 18:49

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Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

On the waterfront in Camden, just across from Philly, sits the Adventure Aquarium. Travel Channel considers Adventure Aquarium as one the best aquariums in the US, rating it as one of the two best in the east. I’d never been there until this year and was happy to receive the opportunity to go and check it out. After our arrival at the aquarium one of the first things we saw was a stingray touch pool. Some of the species inside included Cownose Rays,  Southern Stingrays, Leopard Whiprays , and Yellow Stingrays. CJ delighted in being able to touch the stingrays, it was a blast seeing a look of amazement on his face.

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Moving on we found the Kid Zone. This is an area designed especially to encourage young children to get up close and enjoy themselves exploring and learning. Here you will find a number of displays including live coral reef, fish, eels, seahorses, turtles and more. Along with exhibits designed to make it easier for children to see there are places where children can just have fun and play.

Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

Outdoor we found penguins. Aquarium visitors are welcome to stay for feeding time. There were probably 15-20 penguins when we went and it was interesting to see how they all handled themselves a little differently at feeding time. There were staff members monitoring and recording everything the penguins ate. Next to the penguins we found our favorite creature from this trip – an armadillo. He was so cute and cool! We were able to touch him while he was inside his shell. He did peek out and give us a better look at him as well, he was surprisingly more social then I would have expected.

Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

The Adventure Aquarium is full of different species including sharks, turtles, stingrays,  fish, crab, lobster, eels, shrimp, snails, starfish, anemone, jellyfish, and much, much more. There is a floor to ceiling viewing window and a suspended shark tunnel that visitors can walk through, both of which gives visitor a unique view of the sharks.

Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

The newest area at Adventure Aquarium is Hippo Haven. This exhibit features two Nile hippos, Button and Genny that weight over 3,000 pounds each. The hippos were sleeping while we were there, which made us a bit sad because they just looked so cute. Even though they were sleeping it was easy to see how big they were because the exhibit is built so you can see them from both above and below the water.

Here’s a slideshow containing some of my favorite photos from out day at Adventure Aquarium. If you don’t have time to watch the slideshow now, pin the starfish below so you can view at your convenience.

Adventure Aquarium is located at 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103.

Adventure Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Extended hours are available during certain times of the year, so be sure to check their calendar when planning your visit.

A ticket is required for admission. There are several different types of tickets available. Pricing for a one day ticket is currently:

  • Adult Admission: $25.95 (Ages 13+)
  • Child Admission: $18.95 (Ages 2-12)
  • Children under 2 FREE with paying adult

If you have a family or are planning on visiting several times you would probably want to consider purchasing an annual pass in order to save money.

I’d definitely like to return to Adventure Aquarium again. If you’re in New Jersey or even parts of Pennsylvania it’s worth the trip and a nice way to spend a day with the family.

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Date: Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 14:37

This post is brought to you by Big Fish Games.

Big Fish Gummy Drop Match-3 Game

Gummies are one of my favorite snacks. Not only are they tasty, but I just love the way they’re squishy and bouncy. They make me (and my belly) happy. I was delighted to find that one of my favorite snacks is the main focus of a new game. I have been a big fan of Big Fish for years. They make awesome games. This week they introduced their newest game, Big Fish Gummy Drop. Gummy Drop is a new Match-3 game.

Burst right into Sydney, Australia and begin your map-hopping Match-3 adventure! Solve Match-3 puzzles to earn the resources you NEED to put the world map back together. Each new puzzle will be more challenging than the last, replay levels to get additional resources, and show your friends whose best by overtaking their high scores.

Your main screen is a map. On the map you can see how many lives you have, where you are, where you’ve been and even if you’ve attained all of the goals for each area. In Gummy Drop you have different goals in the game. You can always see what your goals are by looking on the right side of the map.

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When you start a board you see what your target goal is and any boosts you have that you can use.

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When you begin a board you’ll see if it’s a straightforward Match-3 game board or if it’s got special tiles that you need to do certain things to. You will also see what items if any you need to collect. Then you play!

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I know I said that Gummy Drop is a Match-3 game bit there’s a bit more to Gummy Drop then just matching 3 things. Gummy Drop is also a puzzle game where you also need to gather workers and bricks that are needed to build areas in the game.

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Improving your own high score can also earn you special new tools and power boosts.

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There’s even opportunities to earn rewards and extra lives throughout the game.

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Here’s the trailer for the game.

If you enjoy Match-3 puzzle games then you’ve got to check out Big Fish Gummy Drop, it’s a lot of fun!

Gummy Drop is available for free for iPhone and iPad. You can download Gummy Drop in the iTunes store.

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 04:22

This post is brought to you by Pantech Mobile. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Pantech Vybe Mobile Phone

Cell phones are quickly becoming an accepted part of day to day life. I remember my first cell phone, it was a huge bag phone that weighted about eight pounds. It had one special feature – it was a mobile phone. Back then that was virtually unheard of. Tech evolved after that as it does and here we are today. Cell phones are more capable now than ever before, so much so that they can be overwhelming for some. At the same time, no coincidence I’m sure, cell phones seem to be getting more and more expensive. People spend hundreds of dollars on them. Would I ever spend hundreds on a cell phone? Likely not for myself, and definitely not for a child.

Parents are finding themselves facing the question of whether or not to get their cell phone pretty early. I remember having to consider this myself for my oldest TJ years ago. He was about 11 or 12. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly because there were so many things to consider. At that time phones were pretty expensive, as was pricing since that was before family plans started becoming an option.

Had that happened today things might have been a bit simpler. There are family plans that make it affordable to add a phone without costing an arm and a leg. And, there are phones that don’t require a mortgage to buy or a college degree to operate, such as the Pantech Vybe.

The Pantech Vybe is the newest mobile phone from Pantech Mobile, and it is  a great first phone for tweens. The Pantech Vybe was designed to be simple to use, akin to a smartphone on training wheels. At the same time, it has all of the features that tweens are looking for, and then some.

Pantech Vybe Mobile Phone

I did some testing on a Pantech Vybe. I found it thick enough to feel sturdy without feeling like it weighed a pound or so. The textured back helps provide grip, because let’s face it – sometimes kids (and adults) drop things. Once powered on you will first notice that the display is a 3.2″ touchscreen, which makes it nice and easy to navigate the menus and move between apps. Even my hubby, who needs BIG icons, noticed that the icons were easy to identify on this phone.

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There are three customizable homescreens where your child can organize their favorite bookmarks and apps in a way that works for them.
The phone also features something my oldest use to love – a slideout QWERTY keyboard. It’s a whole different feel to a touchscreen, but if you have a tween girl who does her nails she will likely appreciate how easy it is to press the keys. The side of the phone has a few buttons, including one dedicated that allows quick access to the 3 megapixel camera.

Pantech Vybe Mobile Phone

Speaking of the camera. If your child will be taking a lot of photos you should know that the phone can take an additional microSD card of up to 32gb where those pictures can be stored.

The Pantech Vybe is capable of doing many things including sending text messages and emails, surfing the web, playing games, taking and viewing pictures, playing music and of course making telephone calls. Tweens will love the ability to even add video and voice memos to their text messages!  The phone comes preloaded with some of the most popular social media apps like Facebook. This means if your child is old enough and you  let them create an account they don’t have to download anything, the app is there ready to use. If your child is doing more than one thing then they will find the Say-a-Command button very helpful, it lets you say what you want the phone to do.

Pantech Vybe Mobile Phone

Now if you’re contemplating getting your tween their first cell phone, there are a couple of things you might appreciate knowing about AT&T. Why do I mention AT&T? Because the Pantech Vybe is available exclusively from AT&T. AT&T has several safety features available as monthly add-ons designed with children in mind, including:

  • AT&T Family Map – Shows your family member’s location on a map or sends it by text or email
  • AT&T Smart Limits For Wireless – Sets time restrictions to specific times during the day, text and mobile purchase limits and blocks unwanted calls/text

Here’s a brief video about the phone.

The Pantech Vybe is available exclusively at AT&T stores nationwide and online at www.att.com. With a low-cost monthly rate plan, the Pantech Vybe is a very attractive option for folks that want to add get their child their first phone. Costing only $29.99 with a two year contract the phone is certainly affordable. You can earn more about the Pantech Vybe at MyFirstPhone.com.

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 11:25

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Hugaboo Baby Seat

We were very excited to be able to review the Hugaboo Seat. My son BG is 6 months old and we are in middle of practicing sitting up. The seat part is not filled with stuffing which I actually like because he can try to teach himself to sit on a flat surface. The seat bottom is attached to the seat, which is to help prevent your baby from sliding to the floor.

Getting BG into the seat was a little bit of a challenge, especially trying to get his chubby little legs through the leg holes.  Once he was in it he really enjoyed sitting upright and being able to look around. We attached two of his toys to the toy attachments. Doing this is a perfect opportunity to strengthen sensory and motor skills through floor time play and activities.

I did have one concern. My son is a wiggler. He did lean over far enough to get on his belly with the seat still on his legs. The package does tell you NOT to use on elevated surfaces and NEVER leave a child unattended which I completely agree with.  With that in mind (along with not leaving your baby unattended), I would consider using this at a slightly younger age.

Getting him out was also a little tricky but easier than some of the harder seats since its all cushions and easy to move. This whole seat is VERY soft and seems very comfortable. I actually think this seat is better than some of the other hard seats just because if he could lean back or to the side in this seat and is more cushioned compared to others.

The Hugaboo Baby Seat is light and portable. It can easily be carried from one room to another and would also be very easy to pack and bring along if traveling. It’s great to find a product that helps keep baby’s back and sides stabilized while he’s learning to sit up on his own. The seat cover comes completely off for washing which is great! Overall it’s a very cute and useful seat.

Hugaboo Baby Seat

The folks at Hugaboo have graciously extended a $20 off discount for Mom Knows It All readers. Just use the coupon code ThankYou when you purchase from the Hugaboo online store and you’ll receive $20 off.

How did you help your baby sit on his own? What’s your favorite feature about the Hugaboo Baby Seat?

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 12:07

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Abco Tech Water Resistant Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker review

The Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker is absolutely a product I have been waiting to get my hands on – and I didn’t even know something like it existed before I had the opportunity to test it out. I love listening to music on my iPod when I’m in the shower, but it’s difficult to hear even on the loudest volume. I have a portable speaker dock for it, but I can’t flip through songs without reaching out of the shower and dripping water everywhere. Wouldn’t a portable speaker right in my shower work wonders?

Yes, it would, and it has! The Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker not only picks up my favorite radio stations right in the convenience of my own shower, but it also pairs directly with my iPhone and iPod to play my favorite songs. The suction cup displays it neatly and securely on the wall of the shower.

Abco Tech Water Resistant Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker review

It’s so adorable and small, yet I was amazed at the quality of sound and the volume that came from this speaker! The music sounded just as clear as my iPod, and honestly even clearer than most radios I’ve heard. The volume range is great; it can be soft and subtle or loud enough for me to hear downstairs on the opposite end of my house. Below is a video of an advertisement on my local radio station through the Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker:

The initial pairing of my iPod with the Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker was quick and painless. I turned on the speaker, went into my Bluetooth settings on my iPod, my iPod found the speaker. A quick click on the speaker’s name paired the devices together. Now, as long as I’m within 30 feet from the speaker with my iPod, the speaker recognizes it and will play its music when I have it on the Bluetooth setting.

Need to answer an important call but you’re still in the shower? The Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker can do that for you, too! Simply hit the middle button to answer a call from your connected Apple or Android device, and you can chat hands-free in the shower. I can also see this being a useful feature in the car for hands-free driving in vehicles that don’t have this feature.

Top features include:

• Compatible with any Bluetooth media player or phone – works great with Apple iPhone 5 Siri, Android Devices and phones, Samsung S-Voice, Google
• Music, Pandora and all other audio APPs on your Android or iPhone.
• Auto Pairing Feature: Pairs your device with the Abco Tech speaker automatically when it is in range of the speaker.
• Run time: up to 15 hours
• Convenient buttons for music and call control while in the shower, at the pool, or in the car

The Abco Tech Wireless FM Radio Bluetooth Shower Speaker comes in a variety of colors, like Green, Blue, Pink Zebra, and US Flag. Each one comes with a charger and provides up to 15 hours of run time once charged. Find out more information and purchase at www.abcotechbrand.com.

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 11:43

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Disneynature Bears Blu-ray

Disneynature: Bears (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00GPWERCO

I loved Walt Disney’s fourteen full length and short subject documentaries. Those true life adventure films were magnificent, breathtaking, stunning. I’m glad the company resurrected the concept in 2007 with its Earth Day Disneynature releases.

Be assured that I have all of them–Earth, the Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, oceans, African Cats, Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, and now Bears–in my home DVD library.

Bears is the story of Alaskan Kodiak brown bear Sky and her cubs Amber and Scout and their survival in the National Forestry wilderness. John C. Reilly narrates their adventures from their birth at the end of winter hibernation back to their den a year later. Avalanches, lack of food, wolves, and other bears are everyday realities. How they live in a harsh world and harsh weather is amazing!

Director Alastair Fothergill continues to provide audiences with cinematographic delights. The 78 minutes of G rated Bears moves quickly.

Playful, adorable, spirited cubs and mama pitted against nature’s villains like grizzly Mangus and gray wolf Tikaani provide drama. Their quest for sandbar clams and Chinook salmon provide humor. Filmed against eye-popping Katmai and Lake Clarks majestic scenery, the result is a educational family-friendly feature.

Two disc Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD Disneynature Bears includes:

Blu-Ray

  • Welcome to Alaska
  • The Future for Bears
  • A Guide to Living with Bears
  • How Did They Film That?

DVD

  • “Carry On” Music Video by Olivia Holt

This August 12, 2014 release’s images delight. Be sure not to miss any of it and take care to watch the credits for more footage. Available online and in stores nationwide,

Disneynature Bears retails for $39.99 SMRP.

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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 22:35

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ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey, PA

Ever wonder how big or small you would be next to a wild bear? We got an idea of what size my youngest would be when compared to some of the well-known bears when we visited ZooAmerica on a recent trip to Hershey, PA. ZooAmerica showcases some of the animals and plants native to North America. If you’re looking for animals from countries other then the US you will not find them here.

In the Southern Swamps area you’ll find animals like alligators, snakes and owls. The alligator snapping turtle was particularly interesting looking. The Northlands area had eagles, falcons, a porcupine and a lynx. There’s also a gray wolf in there but we didn’t see him. The Big Sky Country area had elk, prairie dogs, mountain lion, and pronghorns. The Great Southwest area had snakes, ferrets, lizards, owls, coati, turtles, tortoise, and the ocelot. The Eastern Woodlands area had owls, black bears, otters, deer and a bobcat.

You can walk through the entire 11-acre zoo in about two hours.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey, PA

Here’s a slideshow containing 10 of my favorite photos from ZooAmerica. If you don’t have time to watch it now feel free to pin the photo of the ZooAmerica map above and come on back anytime it’s convenient for you.

ZooAmerica is located at 201 Park Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033. ZooAmerica is open year-round except for on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. There is an entry fee for admission to ZooAmerica. If you’re visiting Hershey Park or are a season pass holder then same-day admission to ZooAmerica is free. Otherwise there is a nominal fee of $9 to $11, depending on your age. Children ages 2 and under are free.

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GuideLine Eyegear Sunglasses

Remember recently I mentioned my love for dark sunglasses? Well recently I tried some new ones -  Magnum Sunglasses from GuideLine Eyewear.

As soon as I took them out of their protective case and saw them I had to smile. The polarized, 100% UV A and B ray protective Polycarbonate lenses are nice and dark! Yet, even though to look at my face the lenses look dark, everything looks so bright to the person wearing them. They really helped cut down on bright light and glare while I was driving and outdoors.  Speaking of light. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sunglasses were very light, which can be attributed to the fact that the lenses are made of light weight, non-corrosive aluminum frame. I’ve also mentioned before that I think my face is on the full side. Despite the fact that the GuideLine Eyewear website suggests these frames for small to medium sized faces, I found them to be very roomy. I really like the spring hinges, the sides of my face didn’t feel all squashed when I put the sunglasses on like they have with some other brands I’ve tried over the years. These sunglasses were designed with long term use in mind, the frames are non-corrosive and they even have adjustable nose pads.

GuideLine Eyegear Magnum Sunglasses

GuideLine Eyewear’s Magnum sunglasses come with gray or brown lenses, and retail for $79.95. I have nothing but praise for them – they’re sporty, fun, light, fashionable and functional. They’d be a great gift for yourself or someone else. I’m putting a pair on my Christmas wish list, since mine unfortunately seemed to disappear this past weekend.

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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 12:47

Screen It Sunday

I’m frequently sent information on upcoming entertainment news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week. This week I had so much to share I split it into two posts. This is the second of the two and it’s all about The Boxtrolls.

The Boxtrolls Poster

Come explore THE BOXTROLLS’ expertly handcrafted world in a NEW featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the upcoming family film and provides a ‘First Look’ at the characters and voice cast over at EW.com!

Here’s another NEW featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the upcoming family film and gives a sneak peek of the creation of the magical sets and phenomenal backdrops over at Apple Trailers!

THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

Story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

MPAA Rating: PG

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Date: Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 12:35

Screen It Sunday

I’m frequently sent information on upcoming entertainment news. I’ll be compiling and sharing the best and most interesting news with you here each week.

Big Hero 6

BIG HERO 6 – New Clip Now Available!!!

Get a first look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next feature film BIG HERO 6 with this special 2-minute sneak peek!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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Marvel Ant-Man

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON MARVEL’S “ANT-MAN”

Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco

For July 17, 2015 Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.

In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.

In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.

Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF “FROZEN” FAVORITES ANNA AND ELSA IN 2015’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT “FROZEN FEVER”

BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

The announcement was first made within the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2. The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The short debuts Spring 2015.

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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 03:34

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Softsoap Body Wash

Did you ever walk into a grocery store or mass merchandise store and see someone in the aisle where the body soap and shampoo is opening all of the bottles and smelling them? I am that person. I love things that smell good. I try to smell any product before buying it, especially if it’s related to personal hygiene. I left bar soaps by the wayside a long time ago. I am a body wash girl. It’s just easier, neater and feels nicer. Softsoap is a brand you will frequently find in our house because it is affordable, it smells good, and it works. That being said you can prepare to see more people in the aisle opening bottles again as Softsoap body wash has two new scents – Sea Kissed exfoliating body wash and the Coconut Island Quench body wash.

I received samples of the new scents and loved them both. Both lived up to my expectation of a great smelling product that lathered nicely. The Sea Kissed reminds me of flowers by the beach. It’s actually got a gentle exfoliant in the body wash to help get rid of dead skin and leave hydrated, smooth skin in its place. The Coconut Island Quench reminds me a bit of the beach and suntan products. It’s a very rich and creamy body wash. Both of the scents could be used by women and men. I also received a sample of Citrus Splash & Berry Fusion, a scent I hadn’t tried before. I loved the way the berry and citrus combined, it makes for a very fun and fresh scent.

If you’re not familiar with the Softsoap Body Butter Body Washes you really need to get acquainted. These leave your skin feeling extra moist, soft and supple. I love the scent of strawberries and it’s my favorite of the Body Butter body washes. The coconut is a very rich scent that also makes me think of summer. The Heavenly Vanilla sort of reminds me of a scented candle.

If you’re looking for body wash with a great scent that works well at a great price look no further then Softsoap.

Softsoap Body Wash retails for $3.50 to $4.50. It is available in mass retail, drug and grocery stores nationwide.

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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

On my drive home from Boston I decided to stop in Mystic, CT. I’d driven by many times over the years and had always wanted to go to the Mystic Aquarium. It was overcast and raining on and off when I got to the Aquarium. I worried I’d be outside getting drenched but as it turns out while not perfect you can easily enjoy the aquarium on a rainy day, many things are indoors and there is shelter here and there.

Mystic Aquarium is set up with several different large areas. After you enter the park you can basically go in one of two directions, and each area leads to another. There were employees located in each area that were happy to answer questions from park visitors.

The first exhibit I stopped at was the stingray touch pool. The stingrays are so graceful when they swim.

The restrooms and a food stand are also near here. A lot of ducks gather in this area, so don’t be surprised to find one right near your feet or approaching your table for lunch.

Then it was off to the Arctic Coast exhibit to see the Beluga Whales. They are so fascinating, cute, and so very fun! I actually had to return again later to see them again.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

After that I headed to the Pacific Northwest exhibit, which features Harbor seals, fur seals and sea lions. The seals were very cute. There is one seal that has a permanent home there, because it had to have a flipper amputated due to an infection and that would make it to weak to live in the wild.

Next up was the Penguin Pavillion. I don’t know about you but I think penguins are just so cute and very amusing. I happened to visit that exhibit at feeding time. Penguins eat until they’re full, unlike some animals that just keep eating. Every fish that each penguin takes is carefully recorded, so that the staff is right on top of who’s eating what, which helps them know when there are potential issues.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

I then took the Marsh Trek, which gave me the opportunity to see a bunch of frogs! The seasonal Birds Of The Outback exhibit is located in this area. Somehow I missed that and didn’t even realize it until I’d gotten home. The Marsh Trek led me to the Main Gallery, which is where you can see different sharks, rays, fish, eels, barracuda, lobster, crab and more. No doubt this is the most colorful area of the aquarium, the colors of some of the fish is just beautiful.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

On my way out of the park I stopped at the Titanic Exhibit. Here visitors learn more about the ship and icebergs.

I took a ton of pictures at the aquarium, here’s a slideshow containing 20 of my favorites.

And if you don’t have time to watch the slideshow now, pin the sand sculpture below and come back at your convenience.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

Mystic Aquarium is located at 55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355.

A ticket is required for admission. There are several different types of tickets available. General admission tickets are currently:

  • Adult $29.95
  • Senior (age 60+) $26.95
  • Youth (13-17) $25.95
  • Children (age 3 – 12) $21.95
  • Children (age 2 and under) Free!

If you have a family or are planning on visiting several times you would probably want to consider purchasing a membership in order to save money.

I’d definitely like to return to Mystic Aquarium again. I really enjoyed seeing all of the different species. It’s interesting and a great way to spend a day out.

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VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

My little guy is 15 years old. I guess that means technically he isn’t a little guy any more. But to me he is, what can I say. Having Down syndrome he has some developmental delays. Finding things that interest him can be challenging, to say the least. One of the things that does interest him is technology. He really enjoys it and picks it up quickly. It helps him communicate with others, and have fun as well.

My son was very excited when I gave him a new VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. He’s had one or two actual “children’s watches” before and had no interest in them whatsoever. The Kidizoom fascinates him.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch has a very easy to use 1.4 inch square touchscreen face. The watch has a rechargeable battery, which you can recharge by using the included USB cable. From the home screen you can access different menus for features like clock, voice recorder, camera, alarm clock, stopwatch, games, and even four games. More games are available to download from the Learning Lodge using the USB cable.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

I am a great believer that children should be able to use a regular clock with a face. I love that the Kidizoom lets children see the time in traditional and digital formats. There are actually over 50 different displays your child can choose from.

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My son’s favorite feature of the Smartwatch is the camera. My son has always enjoyed taking pictures. The Kidizoom not only lets you take pictures but it also lets you add special effects to your photos. Along with pictures, the camera can even shoot short videos. Pictures and videos that your child takes can be uploaded to the computer by USB.

My favorite feature of the Smartwatch is the voice recorder. It has five voice changing effects but I like it for another reason. I like it because it lets me record a brief message that my son can play whenever he wants. I like knowing that my son can hear my messages telling him how much I love him in my real voice.

The watch arrived almost fully charged, and didn’t start to have noticeable battery decrease for a good week. That’s not bad at all considering he was doing a lot of picture taking and game playing, as well as listening to voice recordings.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

The VTech Kidizoom Watch has a suggested age range of 4 to 7 years old. As you may or may not recall depending on how long you’ve been reading, I often ignore suggested age ranges. I find the watch to be a great fit for my son, partially because of it’s capabilities and partially because it’s durable and looks a pretty age appropriate. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch retails for $59.99 and is available in white, blue, pink and green.

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Date: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 16:36

The Butterfly Zoo, Rhode Island

Yesterday I mentioned my stop at the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Rhode Island on my drive up to Boston, MA. While in that area I also decided to stop at The Butterfly Zoo. The Butterfly Zoo opened in 1992 and is the third oldest continuously operated live butterfly exhibit in the United States.

The Butterfly Zoo sits off the road in a nondescript 30 ft x 90 ft screen greenhouse.  It is handicapped accessible. Upon my arrival I was greeted and had the rules of entry explained. The rules are simple. There are two. Don’t open the doors yourself and touch nothing. Many of the species of butterflies inside are rare and from other countries. Visitors are then guided through two doors and once inside free to walk about at leisure.

As soon as you enter the greenhouse all you see are butterflies. They are everywhere. Some will fly right up to you. (Wear bright clothes if you want t encourage this.) If the butterflies aren’t flying near you they might also be near one of the many flowering nectar plants, or near the screen. But trust me there is no shortage of butterflies to see, there must be thousands. Mark, the owner, actually did tell me roughly how many there were. He also told me something that surprised me and made me a little sad – butterflies only live a couple of weeks. He has lots of information to share, as do the two guides he had working that day. Questions are encouraged, they are more then happy to share their knowledge. For some folks they could be through the whole place in 30 minutes. I spent a good hour and could have definitely stayed longer but it was getting late and I had to get to Boston, plus it was getting ready to rain. Butterflies don’t fly in the rain. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would definitely return.

Here’s a slideshow containing 18 of my favorite photos from The Butterfly Zoo. If you don’t have time to watch it now feel free to pin the butterfly photo above and come on back anytime it’s convenient for you.

The Butterfly Zoo is located at 409 Bulgamarsh Rd, Tiverton, Rhode Island.

The Butterfly Zoo is open on sunny days in late May June, July, August and at times September. It is not open when it rains, so be sure to check the weather there before going. There is an admission fee of $8 (payable in cash) for adults and there is no charge for parking.

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Date: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 16:36

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Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day! DVD winner – Katrina W

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Date: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 15:09

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Doc McStuffins: School Of Medicine DVD

Doc Mcstuffins: School of Medicine

  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00L1WJH0A

In “Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine,” a compilation of engaging Doc McStuffins stories, the many specialties in which doctors practice medicine and health care are highlighted for young kids to comprehend. In her playhouse clinic, Doc is an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again. As a dentist, she fixes a tooth on Donny’s toy shark Mr. Chomp and, as a radiologist, Doc takes an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall. Then, Doc accidentally sprains her own ankle, so it’s up to her toys to provide the care and compassion to Doc herself and with rest, patience and plenty of cuddles, she will be as good as new, singing “The Doc is in.”

Episodes:

  • Chilly Gets Chilly / Through The Reading Glass (Optometry)
  • Hallie’s Happy Birthday / Shark-Style Toothache (Dentistry)
  • Think Pink / You Foose, You Lose (Sports Medicine)
  • Disco Dress Up Daisy / The Glider Brothers (Imaging/Radiology)
  • Celestial Celeste / Run Doc, Run! (Imaging/Radiology)

My 3 girls LOVE Doc McStuffin so of course we watched Doc Mcstuffin’s School of Medicine DVD. We opened the case and found a free dress up play set inside which my girls thought was great.

Doc McStuffins: School Of Medicine

Doc is always a positive experience shes faced with a challenge and with the help of her stuffed animal friends and toys figure out the issue with an always positive ending. Which I find is very great for kids to see not every difficultly ends badly. Also that everyone has a special thing about them. The only thing that was a little distracting was after an episode there were ending credits. I just feel that if its a DVD credits should be saved for the end. My girls actually did the “aw its over”. But its a great dvd and extra nice with the free play set.

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Has your child ever dreamed of becoming a doctor? What kind?

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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 22:05

Things to know before buying a smartphone #VZWBuzz

What kind of cell phone do you have? Is it an old school phone like my hubby has? Or is it a smart phone? Everyone is different. Some people like to upgrade their phones often. Some prefer to wait for any amount of reasons, such as contract or just the desire to stay with an older phone they’re comfortable with. Inevitably the day does come that a new phone is needed. When I’m in the Verizon Wireless store, or actually any store that sells mobile phones, this is about the time that I hear people day “what phone should I get”. I can help you a bit with that question. You don’t need to use this info today (unless you want to), just bookmark it for when the time comes that you or someone in your family need it.

Basically, every week there is a #VZWBuzz Twitter chat, it takes place every Friday at 3pm EST. Tech experts, along with bloggers, meet up every week and chat about one common topic. It can be lots of fun and very informative. The topic this past Friday was “How to Choose a Smartphone.” Here’s the highlights of what I picked up from that chat.

There are a ton of smartphones out there. As soon as new ones come out it seems they’re replaced by something else. Knowing what you want can be confusing. Here are a few questions to consider before purchasing a new smartphone.

What do you need in a smartphone?

Like cars, different phones have different features and capabilities. Features that are commonly found important include:

  • Screen size
  • Internal storage space and ability to use a memory card
  • Operating system
  • Battery life
  • Camera quality
  • Weight and size

What are you going to do with your smartphone?

Is the phone for work, pleasure or both? You need to have an idea of what you’re going to do in order to get an idea of what you’re going to need. Decide what features are a must-have for you. This means, consider what you need it for, what activities are you planning to do with it. This includes taking pictures, accessing email, texting, surfing the web, streaming movies, playing games, making calls and a ton of other things.

If you’re considering getting a new phone be sure to visit the Verizon Wireless site. On the site there’s interactive online simulators of some of the most popular phones available today that let you take a virtual test drive that will give you a birds eye view of a hands-on walkthrough of commonly used functions. If you’ve never had a smartphone before you might find some of the terminology unfamiliar, so use the VZW Insiders Guide to Smartphone Camera Terms.

Is the operating system important?

There are four major operating systems – Apple iOS, Android,  Windows and Blackberry. There’s a great guide to smartphone operating systems on the VZW site. Does the new phone need to connect with anything else, like a computer? Along with what other things you might wish to connect with or share files with you should also consider apps. Each operating system has their own apps, and not all apps are available on all operating systems.

I’ve been a happy iPhone user for a while. Two weeks ago I got a new HTC One M8. The camera puts the iPhone camera to shame. Each handles the photo gallery completely differently. Moving around in the new phone is a bit different. Keep in mind that the way apps behave isn’t always the same, if you can even find the same app.

Ready to buy?

Think you’ve decided which phone you want and ready to buy? Don’t just yet. Go to the Verizon Wireless store near you and touch it. Put your hands on it. Ask the VZW rep questions about anything you aren’t sure about. Many of the reps use the same phones for their personal use and can answer your questions, some will even take out their own phone and show you right there! Obviously you can’t learn everything there is to know in one visit. Which is why it’s great that Verizon Wireless offers free classes on new phones. Each time I’ve gotten one they’ve asked if I needed help learning how to use my new phone.

If you haven’t had a smartphone before, or are upgrading, pay close attention to your data plan. What you had before may no longer be available. You can get a fair idea of how much data you’re going to use through useful tools like the online data calculator. Do not move into a plan that doesn’t suit your needs. If you get a plan that doesn’t meet your needs you can pay a fortune in overages. Sure, you can usually get a notification if you’re approaching a data limit, but in my opinion it;s just smarter to get the right plan to start and avoid that. Always, always, always, understand all info on the data plan and pricing. Ask as many questions as you need to. Every time I go into the local VZW store I ask literally at least four or five times before doing anything. The Verizon Wireless reps in the store never mind, they’re just consumers like you and I and totally understand the concerns when it comes to monthly bills and overages.

One final thing to consider before purchasing is the purchase. Think of your phone like clothes or shoes. Do you hang on to them for a long time because they’re fomfy? Or do you get new ones all the time? If you like to play with the newest tech toys (including mobile phones) the Verizon Edge plan offers a great alternative way to purchase the phone that could save you some money. The plan enables consumers that love new tech to upgrade to the newest devices more frequently with no finance charges, upgrade or activation fees.

 What features are important to you when buying a new mobile phone?

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