Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:20:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Great Mouse Detective Mystery in the Mist Edition | Blu-ray Review Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:20:16 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: Disney
Item Reviewed: The Great Mouse Detective Mystery in the Mist Edition Blu-ray

For the first time ever on Blu-ray, you and your family can unlock the clues to go on a great big adventure with Disney’s clever little hero. From the creators of The Princess and the Frog and The Little Mermaid comes the greatest little mystery in history in this 2-Disc Combo Pack.

When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London’s master toymaker, the brilliant master of disguise Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime.

With perfect picture, perfect sound and two ways to watch, this family classic on Disney Blu-ray proves big heroes come in small packages!

Bonus Features:

Movie Clips

My Thoughts

Now this is a movie that I know was out when I was younger but I do not ever remember watching so it was as new to me as it was to my girls. We popped some popcorn and curled up on the couch ready to watch. We loved it!!! My oldest daughter said that if she had seen it when it was first released she would have loved it then. For me, it was a great story told in a great way, I really loved the storyline, animation and even the ways that we tried to figure out the clues ahead of time. I am very glad I got the chance to finally see this movie and share it with my daughters. Happy to have it in our movie collection!

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Company: Disney
Item Reviewed: Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky DVD

Yo ho, let’s go! Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever. Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race. But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon. With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook. In addition, enjoy four more exciting Jake and the Never Land Pirates episodes. Overflowing with music, swashbuckling action and seafaring fun, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky proves that being a hero comes from teamwork, determination and friendship!


  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky (Full-length adventure)
  • Peter’s Musical Pipes/The Never Night Star
  • Captain Hook’s Hooks/Mr. Smee’s Pet
  • Race-Around Rock!/Captain Hook is Missing!
  • Captain Hook’s Lagoon/Undersea Bucky!

Bonus Features:

  • Pirate-oke – A karaoke-like feature that allows viewers to sing along to a collection of the songs featured in the episodes.

Fun Stuff

Download Printable Activities!

My Thoughts

My daughter loves the Jake and the Never Land Pirates series and the newest addition, Jake Save Bucky, is a good one to add to her collection. She loves to go along on the adventures and really becomes active during the show by talking to them, telling them to watch out and more. The music to this show is a favorite of mine. Together we get up and dance, following the movements of the song and laughing while doing the jigs. This provides a great bonding experience for both of us. We love making this a family show whenever it comes on!

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Chasing Mavericks Giveaway Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:28:23 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: 20th Century Fox
Item Received: Gift Card to see movie
Item Given Away: Chasing Mavericks Prize Pack
Start Date: October 22
End Date: November 6

CHASING MAVERICKS is the inspirational true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (newcomer Jonny Weston).  When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is near his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it.  As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to do the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about more than surfing.  Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing wave footage ever captured on film.

Visit the official website to play games and grab free downloads!

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway for this exciting new film. Please see rules below to enter to win a Chasing Mavericks Prize Pack.

One (1) winner will receive:

Prizing valued at $50 Courtesy of 20th Century Fox


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Lip Bliss by What’s Your Virtue | Review Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:11:26 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: What’s Your Virtue
Item Reviewed: Lip Bliss

Lip Bliss™ by What’s Your Virtue was founded by a mother of teen and preteen daughters who was shocked at the explicit and suggestive names found on numerous brands of lip gloss. She didn’t feel it was appropriate for her 13 year old daughter to put such messaging in her pocket, much less on her lips.

Lip Bliss™ bundles fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed and peppermint oils to smooth and nurture, plus the protecting properties of anti-oxidants, green tea extracts, and moisturizing vitamin E.  Lip Bliss™ offers radiant shine and subtle color without stickiness, is gluten free, not tested on animals, and contains no parabens.

With my oldest daughter getting into wearing more makeup I definitely do cringe when I see a lip gloss that has some sort of sexy, crazy name. With What’s Your Virtues line of Lip Bliss glosses my daughter has positive messages in her back pack like kindness and generosity, I love that she has that reinforcement in today’s world. The colors are great for her too not too dark just a light tint with a shine, I like that too as she doesn’t look like she uses too much makeup. For her now a light shadow and a light color / shine is just right. I highly recommend giving your daughter a positive message with What’s Your Virture Lip Bliss products. They make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holiday season!

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Letters with Pooh | iPad App Review Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:36:10 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: Disney Learning
Item Reviewed: Letters with Pooh

Letters with Pooh is a Disney Learning interactive app filled with delightful activities designed to help young children identify and write letters of the alphabet. Children will join Winnie the Pooh on his quest for honey and help him reach a honeybee’s hive by tracing letters and collecting letter balloons. Finally, they will assist Pooh’s friends in supplemental activities that reinforce the letters they traced and collected during Pooh’s honey-hunting adventure.


  • Practice tracing and writing upper- and lowercase letters to help Pooh find honey!
  • Record all the letters of the alphabet in your own voice!
  • Play fun, character-driven activities that reinforce letter identification!
  • Create your own Winnie the Pooh scenes with interactive stickers!
  • Guided skill instruction for up to four players
  • Comprehensive parents’ section with content leveling and progress monitoring
  • Whimsical Winnie the Pooh artwork!
  • Professional narration, music and charming sound effects!

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My Thoughts

My daughter is actively trying to learn her letters and seems to do so much better when that learning time is fun while being educational. That is why I like Letters with Pooh. She gets to learn her letters as she plays with the beloved Winnie the Pooh characters and it has helped her so much. She can now write about half of her letters after tracing them on the app and she is so proud of herself when she does it. I like this app because it is portable, she can keep learning while out and about with me and she doesn’t have to carry all the papers, crayons and pencils she use to before these types of apps have come out for the iPad. A definite favorite with us!

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Anti-Bullying With Awesome Upstander Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:11:31 +0000 admin - Jennifer


I want to take a minute and talk to you about a serious issue in our lives today, bullying. It has become an epidemic in our society and I have been on both sides of bullying with my son, which you can read here, and I am saddened by the statistics of bullying which has extended onto the internet and social media. One of the problems that I would like to see resolved is others getting the person being bullied help. You don’t have to just step up and confront the person being the bully, but if you see someone being bullied get a grown up, teacher, counselor, parent but let someone know what is going on so they can step in and dissolve the situation or get the right person to help.

One way to help kids understand this is from a great new game called Awesome Upstander where you have the power of your friends to STOP the bully before it’s too late! This is a brilliant game that teaches a child what to do in a case of bullying and shows the true power of friends.

The game has you racing through cafeterias and bathrooms to rescue a target from the bully. Collect bananas, air fresheners, and rolls of toilet paper to up your score, but hurry! Time is ticking, and you have to find and collect enough friends to stand up to the bully together.


  • Side scrolling platform adventure
  • TWENTY challenging levels and tons of replay value
  • Boy and Girl avatars
  • Hilarious lifelike noises! Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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I love that this game shows the strengths of friends and how they can help stop bullying. If you read my story you see that I stepped up to do something I never in a million years thought that I would ever have to do, but I did it, I stepped in and helped. It just takes one student, friends or even a complete stranger to get help when help is needed. This is an extremely important topic to share with your kids. I am also happy to see that half of all sales of the Awesome Upstander game app this month benefits these anti-bullying groups:

KIND CampaignKind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”

TruthLockerThis free message archiving app can be used when you are attacked by a cyberbully. When this kind of drama happens deleting it from your phone keeps it private, but it erases the truth. TruthLocker keeps all your texts, photos, Facebook messages and Tweets stored for your safety and privacy in case ignoring the bully doesn’t work.

Head over to get the app today and help put a stop to bullying.

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Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse DVD | Review and Giveaway Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:35:32 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: Warner Home Video
Item Reviewed: Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse DVD
Item Given Away: Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse DVD Prize Pack
Start Date: October 17
End Date: November 1

All-New Epic Adventure Starring the Newest Heroes of Sherwood Forest: Tom and Jerry!

He stole from the rich, gave to the poor and desperately needs the help of Tom and Jerry! Now the famous outlaw Robin Hood has been captured by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, and Robin Hood’s true love, the fair maiden Maid Marian, faces grave danger at the hands of greedy Prince John. Can sworn adversaries Tom and Jerry set aside their differences long enough to save the day? With high-flying action, daredevil stunts and rollicking songs, your favorite cartoon Cat-at-Arms Thomas and Merry Mouse Jerry take furry aim at the beloved medieval tale in a new, full-length original movie. It’s all for one and fun for all in Sherwood Forest’s most madcap swashbuckling adventure ever!

Bonus Episodes:

  • Medieval Menace
  • The Two Mouseketeers
  • Robin Hoodwinked

My Thoughts

Bringing my childhood back in a big way with this DVD. Tom and Jerry was a favorite of mine when I was younger and I have never been able to properly explain their shenanigans to my kids until they saw this movie. I can’t believe they have never seen one of their shows until now. My youngest cracked up throughout the whole movie. She was laughing so hard that she cracked me up and I was happy to see that Tom and Jerry still have it and make one great movie for those of us that remember their cartoon shows and the new kids that are seeing it for the first time.

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway where one Dirty t Shirt reader can win a Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse DVD Prize Pack which has the following:

  • Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse on DVD
  • 2 free passes to Pop-In Playtime at any Pump It Up location

Also check out the national sweepstakes that is going on right now. Go to Pump It Up’s Facebook page where you can enter for a chance to win a Pump It Up Party Prize Pack which includes a free party package, Goodie Bag, a Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse on Blu-ray, as well as a Pop–In Playtime pass. The winner, who will be selected at random, will be announced on Tuesday, October 30 at 12:00 PM PDT. Twenty-nine others will be selected at random to receive the Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse on Blu-ray and a Pump It Up Pop-In Playtime Pass.

Please see rules below to enter to win today!


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Ninja Cooking System | Review and Giveaway Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:32:24 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
Item Reviewed: Ninja Cooking System
Item Given Away: Ninja Cooking System
Start Date: October 16
End Date: November 1


I am so excited about my new MUST HAVE appliance. I can’t even explain to you how happy I am! See I love my crock pot, or should I say loved? I made just about everything I could in there to help me save time. And along came the Ninja Cooking System, with its three in one abilities and I feel in love with it. What’s more is that it outshines my crock pot by allowing me the ability to cook everything in one pot…IN ONE POT! No more searing in a pot on the stove and then transferring it to the crock pot leaving behind all the tasty parts in the other pot.

Not only can you cook and bake everything in one pot but there are three ways to do so. Steam Infused Roasting, Searious Slow Cooking and Steam Infused Baking. For the Steam Infused Roasting the Ninja has bottom and side heat and super heated steam cooks up to 50% faster. The Searious Slow Cooking uses a built-in stovetop to sear before slow cooking and again it’s all in one appliance. And the Steam Infused Baking uses steam infusion and direct heat to offer more moist, better tasting results with less calories because you use half the fat in your favorite cake mixes.

I made spaghetti this evening and my family loved how it turned out, we all had seconds! And it was so simple and fast! It just took 4 cups of water, 1 pound of spaghetti, 1 jar of pasta sauce and one package of frozen meatballs. Pour everything into the pot, mix is up and cover cook using the oven setting at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, and it was done. So simple, so easy and SO good! This is my new love (sorry crock pot) and I can’t wait to experiment with even more recipes! My cooking world has just opened up and I can’t say enough great things about the Ninja Cooking System! I am running around telling everyone I know that they HAVE to have one!

I have been given the awesome opportunity to share a Ninja Cooking System with one lucky Dirty t Shirt reader. Please see rules below to enter to win today.


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The Santa Clause Blu-ray 3-Movie Collection | Review and Giveaway Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:31:57 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Company: Disney
Item Reviewed: The Santa Clause Blu-ray 3-Movie Collection
Item Given Away: The Santa Clause Blu-ray 3-Movie Collection
Start Date: October 16
End Date: November 1

Have three times the fun as you celebrate the season with the complete Santa Clause trilogy – now available for the first time on Blu-ray in one spectacular box set! Superstar comedian Tim Allen delivers the perfect gift as he stars as the big man, himself, in three warm and wonderful movies about discovering the truemagic  of  Christmas.    See  how  it  all  began  with  Disney’s  original  classic,  and  hop   on  Santa’s  sleigh  for  an  exciting  ride  filled  with  belly  laughs  and  family  fun.

Christmas gets a little nuttier when Scott Calvin unknowingly inherits the role of the legendary St. Nick. His ordinary life snowballs into a hysterical series of outrageous events as he fills out his Santa suit, meets the future Mrs. Claus and faces his ultimate test against the mischievous Jack Frost. With a blizzard of bonus features and three magical movies, this three-disc box set is hours of holiday entertainment your whole family will enjoy again and again.

The Santa Clause 3-Movie Collection includes “The Santa Clause” (first time on Blu-ray), “The Santa Clause 2” (10th Anniversary Edition, first time on Blu-ray) and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (Blu-ray).

Fun Clips




My Thoughts

I don’t know what it is about The Santa Clause movies but they hooked me from the very first time I saw them and I love that they have arrived on Blu-ray because now this holiday season we can watch this series as a family and make it our new must watch movies for the holiday season. Tim Allen is perfect in this series and I love the fact that the movies have comedy in them as well, nothing goes better with the holidays than a bit of laughter!

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway where one lucky Dirty t Shirt reader can win The Santa Clause Blu-ray Movie Collection just in time for the upcoming holidays. Please see rules below to enter to win today!


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How to Have the Perfect Halloween Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:21:06 +0000 admin - Jennifer

Halloween to me has always been about the decorations. For years I have been decorating my homes in decorations ranging from the gory to the cute. Cuter more kid friendly decorations have been more my thing as I have younger kids but my home is always decorated. Now I am not saying that my decorations are the best but it is part of what makes my Halloween perfect. I have a few tips that makes this time of year a very fun time.

  • Keep it as simple as you can – now I have been known to create some of my own decorations but as life can get busy sometimes simple comes out looking pretty darn good.
  • Pick your own pumpkins and gourds – if this is possible for you then you should do it. Pumpkin picking’ is fun and a great way for the whole family to be involved and that way you actually have a hand in choosing your decorations and don’t have to rely on store bought sizes that might not fit in your theme.
  • Shop after Halloween – this is what I do to get the best deals on decorations that the store couldn’t sell in time. So I am always raring to go before the next Halloween rolls around.

My family and I always have fun on Halloween but I do have one favorite memory of a Halloween past that just stands out away from the others. It was a few years ago in Illinois, we started the day out going on a hay ride, pumpkin picking’, bobbing for apples, sipping cider and just really enjoying the crispness in the air. We went home and decorated the house in our style and we were ready to go for our Halloween party the next evening. Our decorations that year were simple but effective with lots of fog from our fog machines. The thing I liked out this particular Halloween was that my family as a whole enjoyed every minute of it and having that kind of time with your husband and kids is priceless.


Halloweens past have been about being scared and scaring others (when we were younger) but for us now the change of seasons that Halloween signifies makes it a time that we look forward to every year. Living in Florida we don’t have the typical seasons so the second that cooler air hits us in Central Florida we are in the holiday spirit. When that air hits around Halloween it makes it even better! For me, having the perfect Halloween is all about the decorations, the fun, the family and friends gathering for a party, the foods and most importantly the candy ;)

Now that is where HERSHEY’S comes in for me. HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. is HERSHEY’S first ever virtual trick-or-treat trail, you must check it out to get in on all the fun! You can get recipes, find crafts to do, watch videos and even visit blogs like mine. I love this virtual trick-or-treating and I know you will too. And just to make it extra sweet I have a tasty giveaway for you. You all have the opportunity to win one of my favorite HERSHEY’S candy, KIT KATS! Please see rules below to enter to win a bag of KIT KATS for you and your family.

I am participating in the HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. campaign via Mom Bloggers Club. This post was sponsored by HERSHEY’S. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


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