Create New Thanksgiving Traditions This Holiday Season

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Image courtesy of Flickr Create New Thanksgiving Traditions This Holiday Season   Interestingly, America is not the only country to celebrate an official Thanksgiving Day. Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Korea, Japan, Switzerland and Liberia also have an official Thanksgiving Holiday. In Canada, tomato aspic (jellied tomato juice) is an Ontario Thanksgiving tradition. Maybe you want to try something new this Thanksgiving Holiday. If so, consider one of the activities below. 1. Make Something from Scratch Add an old family recipe to your menu. Imagine the joy Aunt Edna will feel when you make her homemade cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries. Make sure you let her know as she takes her first bite. Even if you do not have a family recipe, there is no shortage of old-fashioned Thanksgiving recipes online.   2. Have a Baking Contest Ask everyone to bring his or her … [Read more...]

The Helpful Honda Crew Providing Perks for Football Fans!

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  The Guys in Blue are playing ball! Well- not exactly, but the Helpful Honda teams have been spotted at USC and UCLA football games providing fans with helpful perks. All around the stadium, the Helpful Guys in Blue can be seen greeting fans, picking up trash, as well as giving out game-day essentials like sun screen, hand sanitizer, portable radios, & misters. Plus, Honda drivers are being surprised with seat upgrades and for a few lucky UCLA fans there is even an upgrade to dream seats right at field level!     And as an added bonus, at both USC and UCLA home games we are surprising lucky Honda drivers with free car washes while they enjoy the game. And of course, we're happy to be helpful regardless of what car you drive, as many of our helpful street teams have been handing out much needed misters and sunscreen for sunny … [Read more...]

Movie Review & Giveaway :: The Hundred-Foot Journey

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    Our family goes to the movies quite a bit and you could say it is one of our favorite things to do together!  We usually will get a big box of popcorn and peanut m&m's (though my daughter prefers the plain ones - age wins out) and we sit back and enjoy the latest PG and under movies.  I have seen the previews for The Hundred-Foot Journey and it was on my list of movies to see so I was excited to receive a copy to check out and one to hand out in a giveaway.      From producers Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey and director Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules”) comes the deliciously entertaining story of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” which will be available to own on December 2, 2014. Based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais and starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Monsters University,” “The … [Read more...]

Movie Review :: Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

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        Bring Home The Ultimate Intergalactic Adventure on DVD as Phineas and Ferb Join Forces with Star Wars in One Epic Full-Length Adventure! PHINEAS AND FERB: STAR WARS was released on DVD this month.  Our family has been fans of this fun crew for many years now.  I just think the whole series is so clever and really funny.  There are so many jokes that parents get and appreciate you don't really feel like you are watching a kid's movie.   My daughter said she liked this cool adventure movie where Phineas reunites with his sister, Candice.  But we don't want to give the movie storyline away - but we can say that it is a really fun movie to watch and the DVD Includes Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars Full-Length Adventure Plus Five Additional Episodes (Over Two Hours of Content) And A Complimentary Collectible Perry-In-Carbonite Keychain!  I must … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Three Little Pigs, Read & Play

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  Three Little Pigs by Pony Apps is a wonderful interactive version of the classic story in an app format.  The app is available in Russian and English and you have the option to turn off or on the narration and sound.  On the cover page when you touch it the butterflies fly around. It's pretty neat. So we start the story by joining three little pig brothers named Niff-Niff, Nuff-Nuff, and Naff-Naff.     This app pretty much follows the traditional story with the two brothers who decide they want to play longer and not build their houses until later, while their one brother starts on his house much earlier. The fun part of this app is that it is interactive. On pretty much all of the pages your child can touch the pigs and items on the screen and something will happen on the page.     On this page you can make the pigs play with the … [Read more...]

Guest Post :: Patti Wheeler of Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

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  Where We Find Our Inspiration By Patti Wheeler, coauthor of Travels with Gannon & Wyatt This past year I have had the pleasure of speaking to thousands of elementary school children about my middle-grade adventure book series. Meeting with parents and teachers along the way, one of the first questions I’m always asked is what inspired me to write these books. The answer is similar, I think, to what a lot of writers would say if asked the same question: my life. I grew up in a small town in North Florida that most people have never heard of. My father was a truck driver. He drove routes all over the southeastern United States. Sometimes I got to ride along. I remember the first time I saw the Smokey Mountains. Those high, misty mountains seemed like a different world to me, and yet it was only a car ride away. It was those early trips that opened my mind to the … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway for Thunder and the House of Magic

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  THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC Directed by Renowned 3D Filmmakers Ben Stassen and Jeremie Degruson, With Original Music by Ramin Djawadi   Featuring the Music of Selena Gomez   This fall, venture inside an intriguing mansion full of endearing animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos, and spellbound by the exciting animated adventure of THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC. Already a great box-office success in much of the world, this highly entertaining family movie is directed by renowned 3D filmmakers Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon, Sammy's Adventures: Escape from Paradise) and Jeremie Degruson (A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure), with original music by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones). The film also features the music by Selena Gomez.  My daughter loves Selena Gomez and her music in this movie fits wonderfully!  Plus, we have an orange tabby who looks just … [Read more...]

Book of the Week :: What’s the Big Idea, Charlie Brown?

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Peanuts: Creative Inventors, Daring Explorers, Champions of Change. The Peanuts gang embarks on brand-new adventures highlighting the exceptional people who make America great!   American history is filled with heroes from every walk of life, and we want our kids to learn about them!  Who better to teach kids about American history and its heroes than the beloved Peanuts characters who have captured the hearts of generations? Little Patriot Press’s (a Regnery imprint) newest series of children’s books uses familiar storylines from the Peanuts canon to bring alive American history. Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will teach children about what makes America strong and the lessons we have learned over the past 250 years.  What’s the Big Idea, Charlie Brown?, Where Are You Going, Charlie Brown?, and Who Cares, Charlie Brown? focus on inventors, … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Count Dracu1 Meet My Friends

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  When App Developer Popcorn Grenade asked me to review their new app CountDrac1 I couldn't wait to check out this Halloween app!  This is my favorite time of year as many of you know (and some even share my favorite holiday - yep, Halloween) so this was a real treat.  We are greeted by CountDrac and he tells us to look around his house.  Among other things we see is a coffin that when touched opens and we fin Rasta "who is sad because he is missing his teddy bear, which is to bad." But don't worry, the skeleton teddy bear is on the ground and when Count Drac hands it to this Rasta hat wearing skeleton (I mean his name is Rasta after all) he thanks his friend.       Okay, so this is going to be a funny and silly app - can't wait!  When you touch the skull that is sitting on what looks like a monsters feet table it giggles while opening his mouth.  … [Read more...]

Review & Giveaway: JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART

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“The greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece Corpse Bride” -James Verniere, Boston Herald JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART A Film Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla Produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp                             INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MOTION PICTURE FINALLY ARRIVES ON DVD AND TWO-DISC BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK (BLU-RAY+DVD+DIGITAL) IN STORES EVERYWHERE ON OCTOBER 7, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY   This fall, step inside the imaginative story book world of the highly popular French novel La Mécanique du Cœur (The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) and beguiled by  the wildly inventive adventures of Jack and Miss Acacia as they leap from page to the screen. On October 7, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, is proud to present JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART on DVD, two-disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD … [Read more...]