Have Santa Call Your Child!

There is nothing more magical than to see a child’s face light up at the sheer mention of Santa.  Well unless you are my daughter…

She was so unimpressed, she went to sleep!

Sooner or later, my kids will find out the truth about Santa and the magic will die.  And it makes me sad.  It will be a true sign that my kids are growing up.  However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t use Santa to threaten my kids into behaving.  “Oh you better listen.  Remember, Santa’s watching“.  Come on, you  know you’ve said it too!  And with this Elf on the Shelf, we should have the most best behaved kids in town.  But sadly, I had to take desperate measures.  I had Santa call my daughter.  Her face was priceless.  Check it out:

She has talked non-stop about Santa calling her.  She just leaves out the part where Santa told her she still has a chance to make it on the nice list!  My favorite part of the entire video is at the end where she says “let’s do Zack now”.  Boy was she irritated that her brother didn’t get a call.  Zack…he was relieved!  But guess what, YOU can have Santa call your child too!  Visit the Portable North Pole and check out all the ways you can bring the magic of Santa into your home!

You can choose to create a video that is emailed to you for your child to watch or you can have Santa call your child.  The first thing you need to do (after deciding if you are going to create a video or have a phone call) is figure out if your child has been nice, sort of naughty, or naughty.  Next you answer some basic questions and add some pictures to make the video more real and personalized for your child.  Once the video is complete it will be emailed to you for the kids to watch.

After Santa called her, I also let her know that we had an email from Santa.  The thing I like about the video is that you can personalize it to fit your child.  One of the questions  you answer ask’s if there is something your child has been asked to work on.  For my daughter I checked “not to tell lies”.  We are constantly having conversations with Bella about the her not telling the true.  When Santa said “Bella, I hear you have been asked to not tell lies” her eyes got huge.  This solidified in her mind that he was real!

Besides videos and phone calls, the Portable North Pole also has a gift shop where you can purchase many different types of personalized keepsakes sure to make the holidays magical for your child!  As a avid scrapbooker, my favorite are the personalized letters you can have Santa mail your children!  Visit the Portable North Pole and make a video for your child today!  Leave me a comment letting me know their reaction!

 

Finding Nemo on Blu-ray!

Disney Pixar

 

Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo is swimming it’s way into homes on December 4, 2012 for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D!  Finding Nemo made it’s original debut in 2004 and earned the Oscar for the Best Animated Feature Film and it remains the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide!  But that’s not all…in 2008 the American Film Institute  named Finding Nemo among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made!  And to date, it is still the second highest grossing Pixar film (with Toy Story 3 being ahead of it).

The hi-def release of Finding Nemo will be available in the following way:

  • 5 Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 Blu-ray 3D +1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy)
  • 3 Disc Collector’s Edition (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 DVD)
  • 3D Digital
  • High-Definition Digital

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love the bonus features.  We always have to watch ALL of the bonus features.  Finding Nemo has some pretty neat bonus features:

Blu-ray 3D Disc

  • 3D HD Aquariums

Blu-ray Disc One

  • Knick Knack, theatrical short film (rated:  G)
  • Aquarium
  • CineExplore
  • Finding Nemo–A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Reinventing the Submarine Voyage
  • Deleted Scene:  “Alt Opening”
  • A Lesson in Flashbacks

Blu-Ray Disc Two

  • Aquariums
  • Art Review
  • Classic Content
    • Making Nemo
    • Exploring the Reef
    • Studio Tour
    • Old School
    • Outtakes
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Publicity Pieces
    • Mr. Ray’s Encyclopedia

DVD

  • Knick Knack, theatrical short film (rated:  G)
  • Finding Nemo–A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Aquarium

Digital

  • Knick Knack, theatrical short film (rated:  G)
  • Finding Nemo–A Filmmakers’ Roundtable
  • Deleted Scene:  “Alt Opening”
  • A Lesson in Flashbacks
  • Art Review
  • Classic Content
    • Making Nemo
    • Exploring the Reef
    • Studio Tour
    • Old School
    • Outtakes
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Publicity Pieces

We’re quickly coming up on Christmas break, don’t let your little ones get bored…check out the Finding Nemo activities.  Print them out and have a blast!

Download Activity Games!

Be sure to stay connected with Finding Nemo on Facebook and Twitter for exciting news about the release on December 4, 2012!

 

Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray Giveaway!

Over the summer we took our kids to see Madagascar 3 and one of the movie previews was for Thunderstruck.  My son sat there in absolute amazement and when the preview was over he said (very loudly, I might add), “that looks AWESOME!  We have to see that”!  Here’s the synopsis of the movie if you aren’t familiar with it:

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team… while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.

Sounds like a good movie, doesn’t it?  Warren Bros. has created a fun app to go along with the movie and you can check it out right here!

How many free-throw’s did you make?  I spent WAY too long on that game and would you believe, one try at it and my son beat my score?!?  But guess what…that’s not all!  I’ve arranged with Warner Bros. for one lucky winner to receive Thunderstruck on Blu-ray!  Read below for details on how you can win!!

GIVEAWAY!!!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  P.O. Boxes are accepted.  You must complete the mandatory entry first before any additional entry will be accepted.  PLEASE PUT EACH ENTRY IN A NEW COMMENT.

Mandatory Entry:  Play the Free-Throw game on the app above and leave me a comment telling me how many shots you made.

Additional Entries:

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  • Comment on any non-contest post (unlimited)
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This giveaway will run from today (12/2/2012) until December 13, 2012 at 9pm EST.  One winner will be determined using the And the Winner Is plugin and an email will be sent to the winner.  The winner will have 48hrs to respond with their shipping information or a new winner will be determined.  Please note that P.O. Boxes are not accepted for this giveaway.

 

 

**Thank you to Warner Bros. for providing this prize to one of my readers.  I was not compensated in any way for doing this giveaway.

Photo Blanket Giveaway!

Well it’s that time of year again where we are trying to hurry up and figure out what we are going to get our loved one for the holiday’s.  I absolutely love giving gifts.  Before I was married, I remember getting my mom a Nutcracker or an Elvis CD I found at the store and I could barely wait until Christmas to give it to her.  More times than not, I would end up giving it to her early.  As my parents got older, one of the things they told my brother and I was to not get them anything because they get themselves whatever they want anyway.  And there is nothing harder than to try and figure out what to get someone who pretty much has everything.  However, I have kids and they don’t understand that concept so I get or make something for my parents and my in-laws from Zack and Bella.

One of my favorite things to do is use their cute, little faces and make them a photo gift.  Using sites like MailPix.com, you can make all your holiday gifts in under an hour, pay for them online and have them shipped to your doorstep.  Super easy…and I like easy!  Here are some of the photo gifts that I made:

Photo gifts

I absolutely love these photo coasters!  I bought a set for our house!  These coasters come in a set of six.  You have the choice of using the same image for all six coasters or using six different images.  There is nothing I hate more than to get a water ring on my table, but with kids I need something that is easy for them to use.  Heavy marble coasters are not a good option for our house.  I would end up with dents in my table from them dropping them.  Or a broken toe, because we know they would end up dropping it on my toe!

Custom Photo Keychain

I made this keychain for the kids to give their dad.  I was pleasantly surprised at how clear the picture turned out and how heavy duty the keychain is!  Very nice gift!

I also made our Christmas cards through MailPix.com.  And yes, I really did tie my kids up with lights and duct tape their mouths!  Isn’t it cute?!?  The cards turned out very nice!  They are printed on a nice quality photo paper and they come with envelopes.  Be sure to enter 10FREECARDS in the promo code section at checkout to receive 10 free cards!

Photo Gift

And finally, my most favorite item…the fleece photo blanket with my kids picture on it.  I originally ordered this blanket to have the kids give it to my parents and my in-laws, but my kids absolutely loved it so I may wrap it up and give it to them!  We’ll see!

This is a new company and I have to say, I am mega impressed with them!  I had a slight snafu at the beginning where the site was saying it shipped my blankets, yet I hadn’t received them.  I contacted customer service and I had a response from them almost immediately.  They told me that their system glitched and they MORE than took care of the situation for me and my blankets were printed and express shipped to me.  This is definitely a company that cares about their customers and is willing to go the extra mile.  After that incident, I happily ordered everything else you saw in this post.  It shipped fast and their were no issues at all!

Like what you’ve seen and heard so far?  Well guess what…my friends at mailpix.com would like to give one of YOU, my super awesome readers, the chance to win your own custom fleece photo blanket!!  Read below on exactly how you can enter…please read the rules!!  Also check out their blog!

GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  You must complete the mandatory entry first before any additional entries will be accepted.  Please put each entry in a new comment.  Thank you and good luck!!

Mandatory Entry:  Who would you give this blanket to?

Additional Entry:

  • “Like” MailPix on Facebook
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This giveaway will run from today (11/29/2012) until December 10, 2012 at 9pm EST.  One winner will be chosen at random using the And the Winner Is plugin.  An email will be sent to the winner and they will have 48hrs to respond or a new winner will be determined.

 

 

Fifty Shades of Chicken Parody Cookbook Review

“When the mood is right, preheat the oven to 400 degrees”

“Fill your hand with butter and gently slide your fingers beneath the skin of the breast…”

Those don’t sound like directions I’ve ever read in a recipe, but then again this isn’t like any cookbook I’ve ever used before. Fifty Shades of Chicken is a parody cookbook that was inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.  Written by FL Fowler, the author has stated that she was inspired to write the cookbook after reading the series.

It evoked something I’d never been able to express,” Fowler told People. “Then one day as I was tying up the ankles of a chicken for roasting, I realized why some of the scenes in the book were so strikingly familiar. It turns out I’ve been practicing BDSM for years – but with poultry.

Fifty Shades of Chicken is funny!  It’s about a young chicken who finds herself at the mercy of a very dominating and kinky chef.  Here’s the trailer for the book (there’s a picture of those gorgeous abs in the book!!):

Gorgeous, isn’t he?

Not only is the eye candy good, but the recipes are too!  I made Dripping Thighs (minus the cinnamon…I don’t eat cinnamon) and not only was it good, but it was hilarious to have my husband call up and ask what we are having for dinner and me tell him “Oh honey, we’re having Dripping Thighs tonight“.  I think it was the first time he’s ever been home early for dinner in the 10 years we’ve been married!

Fifty Shades of Chicken

So, so, SOOOO delicious!

The photographer for this book was amazing.  Not only did he or she capture the gorgeous abs of the man in the video, but the images throughout the book have those little touches that make them perfect for the kind of cookbook that this is.

This book is fun and makes the perfect gift!  I think this will be my new wedding shower gift!  Though I have to say, I kind of want to get my mom and mother in-law one for Christmas to see the looks on their face as they read each recipe and just exactly what they are supposed to do to the chicken!

You can find this book on Amazon by simply clicking on the image below!  Enjoy!

dripping thighs