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Radio Rebel On DVD 6/19

Radio Rebel On DVD 6/19

My oldest daughter loves Debby Ryan. She has every since she was in the show Suite Life on Disney. Since then she has also really loved her music as well as some of the other things she has done. My daughter was so excited to see her new movie Radio Rebel. I thought it looked really good so we watched it together. We both thought it was a great movie. She has since had a sleep over and all the girls really enjoyed watching the movie. You can read more about it below or pick it up on DVD today!

On June 19th, Image Entertainment releases the Disney Channel Original Movie RADIO REBEL on DVD! Based on the book Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, the story follows Tara Adams (Debby Ryan: “Jessie,” Sixteen Wishes), an ordinary high school junior with an extraordinary secret—she’s Radio Rebel, the most popular radio DJ in Seattle! Bonus material includes 5 new featurettes including Debby Ryan’s hot music video for “We Got the Beat!”

JOHN CARTER on Blu-ray & DVD 6/5

JOHN CARTER on Blu-ray & DVD 6/5

My husband loved the Edgar Rice Burroughs series of books that John Carter is based on and was very excited to see this movie, while the kids and I had never read the books.   We watched John Carter for our family movie night and were all entertained.   That is one of the things that I love about Disney – they always manage to be able to entertain kids and adults with the same movie.  (Warning:  This one does have violence and battle scenes is rated PG-13 so it isn’t for younger kids).    While my husband was a bit disappointed about some parts of the movie that fell short of the book, overall we all enjoyed the movie.  The kids and I especially loved the part where he was trying to figure out how to move in the gravity of Mars and how he interacts with the Tharks.

Here’s more information about the movie from the press release:

Disney brings to life an iconic hero, John Carter, in a visually stunning new world with heart-pounding action. The heroic epic adventure “John Carter” arrives on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™, HD Digital, DVD and On-Demand June 5, 2012, just in time for Father’s Day!
As a warrior lost on Earth, John Carter is magically transported to Mars, where the fate of the planet and its people ultimately rest in his hands. With surprising new powers, and epic battles, he rises to become the man he is meant to be and the hero he truly is.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, WALL•E, 2008) “John Carter” is a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It’s a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Stunning special effects, great characters and villains — and complete with extraordinary bonus features — “John Carter” is a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill audiences beyond imagination.

This ambitious and unforgettable screen adaptation of the classic novel “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, stars heartthrob Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Number 23”) as Dejah Thoris, Willem Dafoe (“The English Patient,” “Spider Man”) as Tars Tarkas, and Dominic West (“300,” “The Wire”) as Sab Than. The screenplay is written by Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon.

On June 5th, Disney releases JOHN CARTER on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD! Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, WALL•E, 2008) delivers an action-adventure set on the exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). Star studded cast includes Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights” & X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Willem Dafoe (The English Patient, Spider Man) and Dominic West (300 & “The Wire”). Bonus material includes Disney Second Screen, behind-the-scenes, bloopers and more!

If you have seen John Carter, we’d love to hear your thoughts about the movie.

Princess Diaries 2-Movie Combo Pack

Princess Diaries 2-Movie Combo Pack

My daughter was too young to watch Princess Diaries when it first came out.  But now, with it’s recent 10th anniversary re-release, we got to watch it together.  And it was re-released as a box set with Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, we watched both together to turn in into a mom/daughter movie marathon.  The first movie was as cute as I remember it being when I saw it the first time, and my daughter loved it.

This was the first time that I had seen Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.  Both movies have some positive messages which I really like.  I was a big Sound of Music Fan as a child and in the second movie, it was great to see Julie Andrews singing again!  There are also some great outtakes and a cute Find Your Inner Princess Personality Quiz.  Definitely time to break out the popcorn and settle in for a mom/daughter movie marathon.   You can read more about it below!

To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

The Princess Diaries – Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with theexception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is thrown into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both thenewspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The PrincessDiaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of.  But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

If you have seen The Princess Diaries or The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the movies.



Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters - New on the HUB

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters – New on the HUB

We were super excited to be chosen for a Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters debut party kit.  The new show premiered Saturday, June 2 on The Hub TV network

Here’s the scoop about the show from the website:

Ray, a 14-year-old who lives with his mom and granddad, has been recruited by the Duel Masters to study Kaijudo: The Way of the Creature. They chose Ray for his natural talent as a creature tamer and duelist. Along with pals Allie and Gabe, Ray learns to work with the magical creatures … in their world. Each duel he fights yields new experience and allies in both worlds. The Veil, which has divided the two worlds for a thousand years, is crumbling. Hope lies with those who can master the art of Kaijudo.

Here’s what the kids thought:

The kids loved the show.  They really liked the characters and the humor.  The battles were exciting.  They were glued to the show the entire time.  The boys loved the creatures, while the girls seem to like the friends best and loved Allison.   It has interesting creatures and some great characters.  They are looking forward to watching future episodes.

My Thoughts:

This normally isn’t my type of show, but I did watch with the kids, and I have to admit I liked it.  The show has some great messages about dealing with bullies and about doing what you need to do in order to overcome things that are in your way.  The friends show loyalty to and support each other in tough situations.  There are some excellent messages in the show for kids and it entertained them throughout.  There are some very interesting characters and I have to admit I even laughed outloud – twice.    We got a chance to watch the first three episodes and they get better and better as you get to know the characters.  I plan on watching this show with the kids.

If your kids want to find out more, you can see about the heros, villains, and all about the show here:   http://www.hubworld.com/kaijudo/shows/rise-of-the-duel-masters  and you can view the show on the Hub.

Here are a couple of ideas if you would like to host your own Kaijudo party:


Rusalka’s Sea Blue Punch

-1/2 gallon blue punch drink
-1 liter carbonated lemon-lime soda
-1/2 pint pineapple sherbet
-6 ounces applie juice, frozen into ice cubes

1. Place punch and soda in punch bowl.
2. Scoop sherbet on top and add ice cubes.
3. Serve immediately.



Allie’s Garden Salad (my daughter’s favorite character)


– 8 to 10 cups salad greens
– 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
– 1 cup grated carrot
– 2 or 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
– 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (we use Monteray Jack since my daughter doesn’t like cheddar)
– salad dressing of choice

1. In large serving bowl, toss together all ingredients (except salad dressing)
2. Just before serving lightly pour dressing over salad mixture and toss to coat.



Bob and Weave Relay (Sons’ Favorite creature from the show)

Tatsurion the Unchained gets his nickname when Ray instructs him to “bob and weave” during battle.

Two serving trays or lightweight books

1. Form two equal teams and have each team line up single file with about three feet between each player.
2. Give a player on each team the serving tray or book and have the balance it on the top of their head.
3. Players must weave in and out of their teammates while bobbing their head, without droping the tray or book.
4. Players who drop the item off their head must start over.
5. The first team whose members ALL successfully complete the obstacle course wins!



Aqua Seneschal’s Ice Duel

– one ice cube per team; same size

1. Form two equal teams and have each team stand in a line
2. Hand the first person in line an ice cube.
3. The first person holds and rubs the ice cube until their hands get too cold.
4. Then, they pass it to the next person and so on until the ice cube melts.
5. The team to melt their ice cube first wins!
You may want to make a hands only (no putting the ice cube in your mouth) rule to prevent choking and germs :-)


If you and your kids have watched Kaijudo:Rise of the Duel Masters, we’d love to hear what you think of the show.

CatDog: Season 2, Part 1 DVD June 5, 2012

CatDog: Season 2, Part 1 DVD June 5, 2012

My oldest has always loved CatDog. I admit I kind of enjoy it to:) The show follows the crazy antics of CatDog, a pair of conjoined twins. One cat and one dog with different personalities but at the same time best friends. The cat is totally uptight while the dog is much more laid back and enjoys chasing garbage trucks. My daughter was so excited to watch this again. This DVD will be released on 6/5. You can read more about it below!

The First 10 Episodes from the Second Season of Nickelodeon’s Hit Animated Series Arrive on DVD From Shout! Factory

LOS ANGELES-April 11, 2012 – A brand-new season of crazy CatDog adventures begins! They’re the craziest set of conjoined twins you’ll ever meet — the culturally refined Cat, and Dog, who’s . . . well . . . not so much! But together, CatDog make it all work by both using and strengthening their own friendship, providing their own excitement and even getting into their own heap of hilarious trouble!

CatDog: Season 2, Part 1 includes the first ten complete episodes of CatDog’s outrageous second season! A must-have for Nickelodeon fans and animation aficionados alike, this 2-DVD set will be released on June 5, 2012 with a suggested retail price of $19.93.

CatDog features an all-star cast including Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko’s Modern Life), Jim Cummings (The Super Hero Squad Show, Reno 911) and Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents, Rocko’s Modern Life).

Certain Dri Antiperspirant Review

Certain Dri Antiperspirant Review

For me, the more physically fit that I am, the easier I seem to sweat (even NOT during workout).  I recently got the chance to try Certain Dri antiperspirant, and it’s great.

Do you know the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant.  A deodorant is a fragrance used to cover up an odor while an antiperspirant actually inhibits perspiration.  Fresh perspiration is pretty much odorless, but the sweat in a damp area then grows odor-producing bacteria – eww!

Certain Dri is an antiperspirant and works by shrinking or closing off the pores to actually stop excessive perspiration.  According to the company, it’s the strongest formula that is available without a prescription.

My biggest complain about anti-perspirants or deodorants is the marks they can leave on dark clothing.  This isn’t an issue with Certain-Dri becuase you are supposed to put it on at night. It works while you sleep to shrink the pores and stop excessive perspiration.

I’ve been applying daily and its working great so far.  It also smells nice when you are putting it on – it smells exactly like baby powder.  Once you have been using it a while, you only have to apply it 2 to 3 times per week for it to be effective.

Another interesting thing on the box insert mentions that according to a US Army medical researcher using antiperspirant on your feet for five days before a major walk, run, or bike ride can reduce blisters by reducing the sweating that creates the friction that leads to blisters.  I haven’t tried this one yet (I’m a bit out of shape and my workouts aren’t long enough for this to be an issue), but if you have tried this please leave us a comment and let us know how it works.

You can find out more information at www.CertainDri.com or connect with them on facebook at: www.facebook.com/certaindri for special offers and giveaways.



Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season 2  DVD 5/15

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Season 2 DVD 5/15

My husband and kids are huge Nickelodeon fans.  My kids are younger so they do not remember some of the old school shows that ran years ago.  My kids have enjoyed watching older shows on DVD and my husband does as well. Another great show that aired from 1994-2000 is Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Season 2 has just been released on DVD. My kids love anything monster so I thought this would be great for him. You can read more about it below.

All 13 Episodes from Season 2 Available on DVD May 15, 2012 from Shout! Factory.

Ickis, Oblina and Krumm are back for a second season of spine-chilling, gut-busting adventures! Sit back and enjoy as these three young monsters take everything they’ve learned from The Gromble about scaring and put it to good use. That is, of course, unless they’re trapped by Simon, the most determined monster-hunter in town! A must-have for Nickelodeon fans, cartoon fanatics and DVD collectors alike, this 2 DVD set will be available nationwide May 15 with a suggested retail price of $19.93.

Starring the voice talents of Charlie Adler (The Super Hero Squad Show), Christine Cavanaugh (Rugrats), Gregg Berger (Transformers), Tim Curry (Clue) and James Belushi (Hoodwinked!), Aaahh!!! Real Monsters aired on Nickelodeon from 1994-2000 and returned in 2002 on the Nicktoons Network. In 2006, the show began airing on Nick Rewind. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in Outstanding Achievement in Animation.

Just For Men Autostop

Just For Men Autostop

Coloring  my own hair has been something I have always done and really enjoy. At 31 I mostly dye my hair to update the color for a fresh look. My husband on the other hand has been going crazy with his gray hair that has began to show. He is not the kind of guy that has ever dyed his hair but he has come to a point where he feels that he would like to go back to his natural pre-gray color. For that we tried Just for Men .He was a bit hesitant at first but after convincing him to wait and see the results I think he was kind of excited.

Just for Men Autostop comes in 5 shades making it easy for you to find the right color for the man in your life. My husband was closest to the Dark Brown. I have colored my friends hair in the past but coloring my husbands hair was totally something new for me. We had a lot of fun doing it and could not wait to wash it out and see the results. After fully reading all directions we were ready to start. The directions were easy to follow and I did help my husband but he would have had no problem doing it himself.  The results were pretty good. It colored most of the gray and was a great match to his normal color. I think it would have covered all the gray if he would have left it on a bit longer. He is excited to use it again in 6-8 weeks and with its affordable price there is no reason to not give it a try!

Be sure like them on Facebook and get a $3 off coupon here.
Smart and Trendy Moms received samples for review purposes.

Space Bag High Capacity Storage Tote Giveaway

Space Bag High Capacity Storage Tote Giveaway

I often hear most of my friends being less than happy with the idea of spring cleaning. I have always been the kind of person that enjoys spring cleaning. I have always tried to embrace it and look for ways to make it better.

One of the first things I do in my home is de-clutter every room in the house. I often find myself cramming old things in a box not giving it much thought to how its stored. This year I found a better way to store things like bedding, winter clothes, out grown clothes and more. The first time I heard of  The Space Bag I think was on a late night infomercial. I always wondered if they worked as advertised. I have a few heavy winter king size bedding comforters that every year I cram up in the closet. This year I decided I would test the Space Bag Tote on a few things. well actually a lot of things:) I was able to fit 2 king comforters, 2 sets of sheets, 2 sets of curtains, and like 5-6 kids size blankets in the Space Bag Tote. At first you wonder how on earth will all this fit. With just a few minutes with a vacuum it sucked out all the air while compacting everything down. After that it was ready to zip up and ready to store.I was impressed with how much it stored.

If you are looking for a great product to store things after spring cleaning I would totally recommend the Space Bag. You can find out more on their website. Be sure to like them on Facebook and enter to win one of your own below!
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Brownie Sampler from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Brownie Sampler from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? My whole family loves to eat brownies, any kind, all kinds of brownies.  And I knew they would love the Brownie Sampler from Gourmet Gift Baskets. The Brownie Sampler came in some of the most amazing and delicious flavors like Belgian Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Macadamia Blonde, Butterscotch Blonde, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter, and Fudge Walnut. The sampler was perfect for any brownie lover. My kids and husband each had their favorite but mine was the Peanut Butter. It was delicious! The Brownie Sampler comes with 2 gourmet brownies in each flavor and is available for $34.99.

In addition to their wonderful Brownie Sampler they have  gift baskets that are perfect for any occasion. You can shop by theme, occasion, recipient , price and more. Their website is well organized and totally user friendly.  One thing I have always loved about them is how great they package their items.  You can expect anything you order from them will come well packaged and will make a great gift! When you are looking for gifts to send this year, definitely check out Gourmet Gift Baskets. And be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.



Fijit Friends Newbies

Fijit Friends Newbies

My kids always seem to be the first to know about new toys, long before I even hear of them. It was a few weeks ago that my daughter came home from a playdate raving about a new toy. It was a Fijit Friend. Crazy name right? Well after 45 minutes of my daughter going on and on about it I decided to check them out for myself.

They are the cutest interactive, dancing and talking robots. They can tell jokes, answer questions and even dance with you. Right about that time I was able to review one of them along with the Fijit Friends Newbies. I can tell you the excitement around the house has been crazy. My daughter has been playing with them non-stop. The Fijit Friends Newbies can interact with other ones as well as the original Fijit Friends. Nurture Fijit Friends Newbies to get them to sing. The more they are nurtured, the better they perform. My kids love singing and dancing with them. This is one of those toys that get more play time than closet time. I think they make a great interactive toy and are really affordable.

You can find out more about them and see the entire selection on their website.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mattel and received two Fijit Friends Newbies and one Fijit Friends to facilitate my review.”

MOGO Design Accessories

MOGO Design Accessories

Both of my daughters are super girly girls and love anything bright and blingy. As their mother I have to admit I also love all the fun things that are available for girls and tweens. My girls had the chance to try out some super trendy and fun accessories from MOGO.

The MOGO Shades are sure to be the new trend for girls. The fun bright colors are just part of what my girls loved. Each pair of the retro neon shades can hold two charms, one on each side. There are many charms to choose from and can be changed to fit your mood or style. My girls love these shades and have fun choosing new charms to add to them.

My girls also received MOGO Charmbands and Charms. These awesome bracelets come in so many fun and trendy colors. Each bracelet is adjustable and can link together to create wrap bracelets, headbands, belts and more. With so many charms to choose from you can really make something unique to fit your style and mood.

Also available from MOGO is the The Paige Collection. They say they are a modern magnetic charm bracelet line inspired by and targeted toward an older female demographic.  I sure hope they mean me;) because I love this collection. You can find out more about all their products on their website and be sure to like them on Facebook!

Kushyfoot - Flats To Go Slate Sandals

Kushyfoot – Flats To Go Slate Sandals

You have probably seen us mention Kushyfoot on our blog before.  They have great socks, foot covers, toe covers, tights and men’s socks that use the principles of reflexology to massage your feet with every step. The padded/wavy design cushions your feet in your shoes. (I especially love their tights.)

Another great item that Kushyfoot offers are Flats To Go. They are soft flexible shoes that fold up into a little carry pouch so that you always have a pair of “emergency” flats available whenever you need them – no more blisters or scrunched up toes.  They have some new styles available.

I recently received a pair of Slate Sandals from their “flats to go” line.  They are very cute.  While they are stylish enough for “normal” wear, they aren’t an “everyday-wear” type shoes with their thin soles.  However, the thin soles make them very light weight and compact and perfect to keep in a purse, desk drawer, or glove compartment to have available when you need to get out of a pair of uncomfortable shoes.

If you would like to see more of Kushyfoot’s socks, tights, foot covers, or their Flats To Go line, you can visit their website.

To facilitate this review, I received a complimentary review sample from Lipton Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.



I have always loved Munchkin products. Their feeding supplies and cups for little ones have always been a favorite. Their products are not only affordable but durable. My kids love using their plates and cups for meals. Their vibrate fun colors make them really great for kids and get my kids more excited to eat.

They also have really fun toys for babies and toddlers. My kids have loved playing with their Bath Star. It is a battery operated fountain for the bath. It also has lights on it making it really fun for kids. My kids could play with this for hours and it has made bath time so much more fun.
Another favorite is the Lilypad Launcher Bath Toy. They love flipping the frogs off the lilypad. My kids have had a blast with this bath toy. Munchkin toys have made my kids bath much more fun for them. You can check out their website for all their fun and functional products and find them on Facebook as well!


Dr.Sears Family Essentials

Dr.Sears Family Essentials

I love great products for babies and kids. Although I technically do not have any babies I have enough pregnant friends that I am always on the lookout for great natural products to recommend. As a mom of 3 I know how important it is to have great products to care for your children’s skin.

Some of the products I love are from Dr.Sears Family Essential line. We received Baby Lotion, Diaper Rash Cream, Baby Wash and Shampoo, Wipes and even Stretch Mark Cream. The first thing I noticed was the products are made with non-irritating, natural ingredients. I have enough things to worry about as a mom, and love that when using their products I don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients. I really loved the Baby Wash and Shampoo. Followed by the lotion after a bath and my kids skin was so soft without being greasy.

I would defiantly recommend Dr. Sears Baby Products to moms and expectant moms. They have may more items on their website and you can check that out here. Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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