Friday, October 17, 2014

Hot Toy Alert: Zoomer Dino!

With the holidays so quickly approaching, I have been making my list of this year's hottest toys to share with you. Spin Master Toys has one of the coolest toys out right now and it's sure to be on your child's "MUST HAVE" list.

Meet Boomer the Zoomer Dino! Boomer is an interactive Dino with real dinosaur movements, sounds and incredible dino-sense abilities. Boomer can detect when you are nearby and interacting with him.

This amazing Zoomer Dino can be control by the included remote or tamed by the wave of your hand. He can perform tricks such as a Tail Whip, Sitting or even Speaking. My kids had a blast attempting to tame this wild beast!

Here's a few fun facts about Boomer:

  • Control him if you can! Boomer is the incredible Zoomer Dino that only you can tame! He can sense where you are and what you’re doing!
  • Using True Balance Technology™, Boomer perfectly balances while roaming freely around your home!
  • Get him angry by pulling on his tail, train him to dance, chase, chomp and roar! But watch out!
  • Boomer the Zoomer Dino is the ultimate pre-historic pet for kids ages 5+, charges via USB cable and requires 3 AAA batteries for remote control operation.

  • With Boomer, you have to pay close attention to his eyes. Get to know your Dino by watching his eyes for sudden changes in color. If his eyes glow purple, he is in Command Mode and ready for you to play. If his eyes glow green, he is one happy little Dino. But, beware...Boomer is still a dinosaur. Should his eyes glow red, WATCH OUT! Boomer will spin around in a fury while chomping and roaring. If you pull on his tail, be prepared to run!

    Zoomer Dino is an awesome family pet! He doesn't eat and never makes a mess. Boomer just provides hours of fun, fun, fun and needs an occasional charging nap. I definitely recommend adding him to your holiday shopping list. No Christmas would be complete without Man's NEW Best Friend!
    You can find Zoomer Dino right now at local retailers like Toys R Us, Walmart & Target!

    Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a Spin Master Blogger, I was offered sample product in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Interview: Chef Annie Sibonney and Olives from Spain!

    Chef Annie Sibonney is a Cooking Network star and Spanish cuisine expert on all things entertaining and olives. She is a self-taught chef and expert on world gastronomy. Annie Sibonney has traveled the globe in pursuit of culinary treasures and extraordinary experiences. Annie is the Co–Creator and Host of From Spain with Love, an award winning, critically acclaimed, food adventure TV series, which immerses viewers in the rich and diverse culinary culture of Spain, produced for Cooking Channel US and Food Network Canada. Annie is also the Co-Creator, Co-Executive Producer and Host of One Night Stand with Annie Sibonney, a culturally compelling and adventurous travel series where for just ONE NIGHT, she explores the food, culture, produced for Discovery World.

    One of Chef Sibonney's favorite ingredients to work with is Olives from Spain. I love creating recipes using fresh olives and I always look for the Olives from Spain logo when purchasing olives for my family. Here are a few facts that might come in handy the next time you're at the market selecting olives:

  • Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives – supplying more than 155 million lbs. into the U.S
  • Olives from Spain are naturally sugar-free and contain monounsaturated fats, which can improve cholesterol levels and reduce heart attack/stroke risk
  • 95% of stuffed pimiento olives consumed by Americans come from Spain
  • During harvest in September and October, olives are picked one by one to avoid damaging the fruit.
  • Spain’s sunny weather, temperate winters and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing the perfect olive.

  • I had the opportunity to interview Chef Annie Sibonney and ask her a few questions about her love for Spanish cuisine and olives:


    Chef Annie has definitely inspired me to create a few new recipes using Olives from Spain and I can't wait for my family to try them.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Best of Me Giveaway!

    It's time for another great entertainment giveaway!
    The Best of Me is in theaters this Friday and here's a new featurette with Liana Liberato:

    The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato and is based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks. A classic tale of young love and the test of time. I'm offering a great Prize Pack for one lucky reader to enjoy.

    Your prize pack includes:

    • $25 VISA gift card  to see the film in theaters
    • Copy of the book and a tote

    To WIN just complete the steps below and leave your email info in my comments section:

    Disclosure: I was offered a Prize Pack in order to facilitate this giveaway.

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog and CLIF Kid!

    On September 6th, LeapFrog set out to break a world record to help kids get up and get active with their latest gadget made just for kids. The new LeapBands are wearable activity trackers that encourage kids to get active with customizable virtual pet pals. LeapBands are water resistant bands that promote healthy habits for kids ages 4-7 years old and come in a variety of colors such as blue, green and pink. On September 6th, Soccer Star Mia Hamm along with more than 300 kids and parents became Guinness World Records record holders for most people hopping on one foot, most people making sand angels and most people doing the swim dance at a special Fit Made Fun beach event in Santa Monica. We couldn't make it out to the event on September 6th, but we did celebrate the new world record with our very own Fit Made Fun Party!

    Thanks to our friends at LeapFrog and CLIF Kid, we were able to let a group of kids ages 4-5 years old try out the new LeapBands for themselves and enjoy some delicious CLIF Kid Zbars. Zbars are an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat to maintain kids' energy.

    We took our "Fit Made Fun Party" outside and got the kids together to set a few records of our own. The kids were so excited to see how long they could hop on one foot. They were laughing and having so much fun. 

    The kids worked up quite an appetite getting active outside and hopping on one foot. It was the perfect time to pull out the CLIF Kid Z Bars and refuel. My son loved the chocolate chip bar!

    We took the party inside for some Pet Pad Action Bingo. The kids had to perform the action described on the action cards and locate the matching space on their bingo cards. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a blast.

    Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was offered sample product in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    The Best of Me!

    Another great film is making it's way to a theater near you. The Best of Me is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks and stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

    Check out this amazing trailer featuring music by Lady Antebellum:

    Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

    The Best of Me opens in theaters on October 17th!

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Back to School with Paul Frank!

    The Summer literally flew by this year and before we knew it, it was time to get ready for a new school year. Whether your kids started school last month or last week, I'm sure you found yourself rushing around trying to snatch up all the back-to-school necessities.

    Thanks to our friends at Paul Frank, my kids kicked off the school year in style. Paul Frank's back-to-school collection is absolutely adorable. My oldest son entered 4th grade this year and his style is growing up just as fast as he is. He was really excited to carry his new duffle bag with shoulder strap because it's "really cool" and apparently backpacks are so last year.

    My daughter instantly fell in love with her shiny silver leather-ish backpack detailed with hearts and that famous little face!

    My little guy's backpack is just as big as he is! He loves it and keeps finding more stuff to cram into it. Blue is his favorite color and he really likes all the extra straps and zippers.

    Whether they use their new gear for school or for sleepovers, there is no denying how awesome they look in Paul Frank!

    Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a Saban Brand-Bassador I was offered sample product in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Big Hero 6 is Almost Here!

    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). 
    Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.  

    Little Fun Facts:
    ·       Big Hero 6 is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
    ·       Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s Winnie the Pooh and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including Meet the Robinsons, Tarzan and The Princess and the Frog. Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature Bolt, as well as the short Glago’s Guest. Williams was a key member of the Mulan story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on The Emperor’s New Groove.
    ·       Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit Tangled, as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Treasure Planet.