Thursday, March 29, 2012

CHIMPANZEE and McClain Sisters "Rise"

McClain Sisters lead singer China Anne McClain  is an acclaimed young actress who, in addition to starring in Disney Channel’s A.N.T. FARM, a role for which she received a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination, also starred in the House of Payne television series and the movie The Gospel.

“Rise,” written and performed by McClain Sisters after being inspired by Disneynature’s feature film CHIMPANZEE, is the latest Disney Friends for Change anthem. With the motivating lyrics “Together we can do anything,” the song captures the central message of the program: when kids and families work together, they can inspire each other and their communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world. 

“Rise” is the fourth Friends for Change anthem to be released with a benefit back to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. This contribution marks nearly $1 million awarded through the music campaign to charities working to protect the planet and conserve nature for future generations.

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CHIMPANZEE opens in theaters everywhere on April 20

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers new photos. Opens May 4.

 MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).


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MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS hits theaters everywhere on May 4

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Monday, March 26, 2012

My laundry room gets a make over

This weekend our laundry room got an update and some fresh paint thanks to my husband's handy man skills.

The two document boxes on the left are from Martha Stewart collection that I had from a few years ago, and the other four are from Avery Products  New Martha Stewart Home Office Collection available at Staples. I have purchased a few other items from this collection to help organize the papers such as folders, binders, and wall pockets.

The  two other bins (Rubbermaid) I found  in the basement. They match the color pretty good.  The longaberger baskets make good storage.

I needed a place to store blog paperwork! Our kitchen table is my desk, and the laundry room shelves provide storage for all the odds and ends of papers.

I've got my eye on our "library" room for my next take over of office space or maybe my husband will have to share his home office.

Disclosure: This is my real laundry room. This is not a sponsored or compensated post.

Order yearbooks from Shutterfly to save money and save memories

Do you have those nostalgic moments when you page through your old high school year book? I have my high school year books, but what a good idea to make a year book as soon as your child enters school.  Preserve your child's school memories with a yearbook from Shutterfly.  From their first teacher to their best friend in kindergarten you can save all those cute photos in a year book.

Save those class pictures from our younger years. The day you played the part of a tree in the school play  or the day your Mom brought cupcakes to the class for your birthday. All those special moments can be captured in a photograph and made into a year book from Shutterfly.

Shutterfly Year books are easy to make and affordable to parents.  You can easily create specially designed page templates for school activities, subjects, and student classroom and faculty photos.
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The Year books are easy to  make with templates for classroom and faculty pictures too!   Make it just the way you want with the  All New Custom Path.  Check out their Year Book Themes.

Get up to 75% off when you order for your class or school. We have prices as low as $5 per Yearbook, which are only available by contacting Shutterfly for a quote.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Author Eileen Spinelli to lead special book reading Saturday in Philadelphia

To those living in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area, here is an event being held on Satuday March 24, 2012. Feel free to attend!

Saturday, March 24, 2012
11:00 a.m. EST at Giant Food (wifi area)
2550 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Philadelphia “Breakfast & A Book” Event Part of Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories®10-Year Anniversary Celebration®, through its Spoonfuls of Stories Simon and Schuster® program, has once again put six million free children’s books inside specially-marked cereal boxes while supplies last. To celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary and encourage parents to read with their children, Cheerios will hold special “Breakfast & A Book” reading events in select cities across the country, including Philadelphia.

 During the event, local children’s book author  Eilleen Spinelli , whose cheerful story “Do You Have A Hat?” was featured inside Cheerios boxes in 2007, will read a selection of this year’s in-pack titles to local children. Spinelli will also read her own picture book, which discusses famous people and the hats they often wore. On behalf of Cheerios, she will also donate 5,000 books and $500 to First Book PhiladelphiaFirst Book Clubs, the local volunteer chapter of First Book, a national nonprofit that helps ensure children from low-income families have age-appropriate books at home.

The six titles now appearing in Cheerios boxes have been specially printed in both English and Spanish and are appropriate for children ages three to eight. Since Spoonfuls of Stories’ inception in 2002, Cheerios has distributed more than 60 million free children’s books inside boxes and donated more than $3.8 million to First Book.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
11:00 a.m. EST   at Giant Food (wifi area)
2550 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MyMemories Short and Suite Video tutorial, How To Use the Grouping Tools

MyMemories has a new Short and Suite Video Tutorial. See how easy it is to use the software and this new Grouping Tools in MyMemoires Suite!  Use promo code STMMMS70410 to get a great deal!  You can visit them at and see more of the scrapbook tools and much more.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giveaway of Rubbermaid ® Hidden Recycler, it's very cool.

Happy First Day of Spring! It's so nice to see the Spring bulbs emerging out of the ground and have warm sunny days. Although it is only March, the temperatures have been warm. Open the windows and let the winds of March clear out the stale air in your house!

Spring and cleaning are those two words that go hand in hand. I wish there was a season for clutter clean up! The kitchen area in our house seems to be the dumping ground for all things clutter.
Newspapers, magazines, mail, book bags, water bottles, and all those recyclable containers end up on the kitchen table or counter en route to somewhere.

Meal times usually involve some type of ingredient or food that comes in a can or bottle used in a recipe. Glass jars from the applesauce or spaghetti sauce, the can of soup someone had for lunch, or the plastic container of cream cheese someone finished off at breakfast all end up on the counter. It's like a collection area for the day's recyclables.

I used to keep a small trash can next to the larger kitchen trash can to toss the recyclable into, but it was kind of unsightly and whenever someone took it to the garage to empty into the curb side bin, the small trash can never makes it back to the kitchen. So then we are back to the recyclables scattered all over the counter.

But, not anymore! I installed the new and oh so cool Rubbermaid® Hidden Recycler.

This Hidden Recycler fits right inside you kitchen cupboard door. The Hidden Recycler can be installed with the over the door hooks or with screws. 

What I like best about Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler:

Easy to install. Use the over the door hooks, or screws to attach to the door.
Easy to use, lift the lid, drop in the recyclables, close the lid. (counter clutter of bottles and cans-gone).
It's small, compact, yet holds many bottles, cans, glass jars, even the milk jug. (think 36, 12 ounce cans size)

The bag is machine washable. You can also wipe out the inside of the bag. 
The bag has a leak-proof liner.
The bag is soft-sided, making it easy to fit in any cabinet.
The bag and packaging are made from recyclable material, and the product is recyclable.
The bag is made with 65% post consumer resin.
Easy to remove the bag and take to the garage to empty into the bin we place at the curb.
The bag has a carrying handle.
Use it in the kitchen or basement, bathroom, pool side, office, deck/patio.
It's made by Rubbermaid, one of my favorite brands.

As soon as I installed the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler, I said, why did someone think of this before!  It is really cool and I definitely am going to get two more for the upstairs bathrooms.
From shampoo bottles to all the other girly products in our house there are always some type of thing to send to the garage recycle bin. Some of those shampoo bottles have leaked onto the carpet and leave a stain. Now I can put them in the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler and not worry about the leaks.

Giveaway Details:

Want one of your own?  To learn more about the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler you can visit Rubbermaid®  For your chance to own a Rubbermaid Hidden Recylcer , leave a comment on this post telling me why you need a Rubbermaid Hidden Recylcer!  Giveaway is open to residents of the United States of America, and Canada. Giveaway closes on April 6, 2012 at midnight EST.  Make sure you have an email in your profile or comment. As always winner will be chosen by (see giveaway tab)

Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler is currently available on and Meijer stores.  The suggested price is $15.99.

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Disclosure: I received a Rubbermaid® Hidden Recycler from Rubbermaid in order to write this review and hold a giveaway. The comments and views are my own.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Forget about paper towels and use People Towels™ when you are on the go

Do you remember those towel machines from public bathrooms that the towel would go through the machine in a loop?  You had to pull it through the feeder to get a "fresh" spot to dry your hands on.
Although that seemed like a good idea, I don't see those anymore in public restrooms. Maybe the germ police said a big "no" to that type of hand drying. There wasn't any paper towel waste or hand drying machines to service, just the simple loop of a towel.

An alternative to public restroom/washrooms is People Towels™. They are reusable, personal hand towels that you carry with you throughout the day. When you wash your hands away from home use people towels.  They are made with organic cotton and Eco friendly dyes. They towels are available in neat patterns and designs.  One towel is a two day supply. Then toss it in to your laundry and reuse the next day.
towel with sack to carry with you

Switch to People Towels for a year and guess what? From not using paper towels to dry your hands,
you will save 1/4 of a tree
reduce landfill waste by 23 pounds-that's a lot of paper towels just from hand drying
conserve 250 gallons of waters
cut carbon emissions by 34 pounds

The movement of carrying your own shopping bag is catching on, so why not try carrying your own towel?  It is easy to pack this personal hand towel in your bag, purse, or even your pocket.  Use the Eco-sac to keep it from getting other items damp.

Read what others are saying or share your story on Facebook and on Twitter stay informed on the latest news.

People Towels are sold in stores such as Whole Foods, The Container Store ( I bought a few here at Christmas time), and online at  Not only do People towels reduce waste, they are a member of 1% for the planet and support other non-profit groups.

Hope to see you soon carrying your People Towel!

Disclosure: I received a two day supply and an Eco sack as a People Towel Ambassador. The comments and views are my own.

Do you remember The Lone Ranger? He is back!

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films' THE LONE RANGER. Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger.

THE LONE RANGER will be released in May 2013.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Enter the McDonald's Happy Meal Chef Contest

Have you heard about McDonald's Happy Meal Chefs?  All you need to do is make a video of you and your children making a nutritious family meal, and answer a few questions on how to make meal time fun when you enter.
To enter and get all the information go to Happy Meal Chefs .  You could win a trip to  the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The two Grand Prize Winners will also win a trip to McDonald's Headquarters for a VIP behind the scenes look and experience  McDonald's own Chef Dan and his team work on the future menu for McDonald's

Children 8 to 11 are invited to enter with their parent or guardian. The contest closes on April 18, 2012.

Game on with Ohanarama! You gotta play this one!

You know that excitement of "we are going to grandmas house", kids know that special feeling of visiting relatives. The smells of a home cooked dinner coming from the kitchen, the tick tock of the Grandfather clock, and the different rooms of your childhood house for your own children  to explore. But how often do  extended families interact these days?

Have you  moved away from your extended family? Chances are you only see your relatives a few times a year at the busy holiday season. How do you find some quality time for your children to interact with the family?  Children can learn so many traditions and values from Grandparents. If you live far away or even down the street our lives are busy!

Ohanarama is a safe social network for families to play together online. Grandparents, Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins can connect, learn and play together with Ohanarama. If you live far away from loved ones, or even the family living in your own house you can all play Ohanarama games.   The word Ohanarama means family in Hawaiian.  It's such a fun word!

When you visit  parents can set up their family's  account. You can invite immediate and extended families to join the secure, private, family network. Ohanarama is a FREE site to use, and you earn reward points as you play. The reward points can be redeemed for real prizes.  It is easy to get started. Just visit the site and off you go.

Ohanarama is so cool and colorful. It is really neat.  I love the games and graphics. You can play along with your kids at home or if you are traveling.  It's educational, fun, family games, and contests.  Get the whole family playing and learning.

Ohanarama is led by technology veterans and backed by some awesome investors such as Guitar Hero's founder.  And Ohanarama is co-founded by a  Philadelphia , Pennsylvania Mom, Jan Hoffer.  It's nice to know a Mom is behind this neat game and that she is so talented and smart.  Learning and sharing is so important in young lives. You can read more about the founder and the technology group that offers such a cool site for families to learn and play together on their about us page.

My favorite games to play are Zingo and When Words Collide.Yep, that is words, not worlds!
See for yourself how cool Ohanarama is and sign up your family to start learning and earning rewards.

When you sign up and play Ohanarama games you earn "Neuros" to redeem for virtual rewards including gift cards to some of your favorite stores. In partnership with ThinkFun, real-world games have been added to the reward gallery.  You can play Zingo (one of my favorites) online and earn a real life game with "Neuros".

Look how cute Zingo To Go is:

Perfect for travel in the car, train or airplane, and even on the sideline watching big brother or sister play soccer.  Zingo to go even has its own storage bag. It's bingo to go without all the little pieces. (start playing Ohanarama and earn rewards to redeem for this game and other very cool prizes)

Sign up for your FREE account and start learning and playing with your family. Choose from games of studious to silly, play in real time or take turns when you have the time.  Use the video chat feature and play together. Earn reward points just for playing and enter the monthly contests for big prizes!

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Disclosure: I was given Zingo To Go in order to write this review. The comments and views are my own.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inside the Crayon Box with Crayola

Crayola is bringing ways to help bring out the creativity in your child. You can also learn about
Lisa Loeb´s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children´s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play together.  You can visit to learn more and on Facebook.

 Disclosure: this information was provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Spectacular 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show brings the islands of Hawaii inland for a week.

The 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show is this week, March 4-11, 2012.  It is world famous!   For information visit and  Here you will find all the information needed for  the show, ticket sales, times, directions, and much more.

I went to the Flower Show on Sunday March 4, 2011.  It is just lovely. Beautiful, fragrant flowers are everywhere.

And a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a look at the show, but go yourself to see all of the Flower Show this year! Pick up a map and guide when you arrive. There is also an APP for your phone to help you navigate through the show. (more information on

Disclosure: I attend the show as a blogger and was given a media pass to share this wonderful show.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Primrose Schools© Family Dance-off-competition wants to see your moves

Do you like to dance?  How about a Dance-off-competition? With prizes? For a good cause?
Get your grove on and record 30 seconds of it to a video and upload to
You have until March 23, 2012 to upload your video.  You can also view and vote daily! (one vote per day)

Primrose Schools Family Dance-off competition benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals©. They also promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles and spending quality family time together.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals©, a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals, which collectively treat 17 million children annually for injuries and illness.

Primrose Schools© is the leader in educational child care.
To learn more about Primrose Schools© visit them at

Dance Off Prizes:

16 families will receive a $1,000 donation to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital© and advance to the finalist round from March 26-30 to compete for the grand, second and third prizes.

Grand Prize: $5,000 and Primrose Schools© will make a $30,000 donation to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital©

2nd Prize: $3,000 and Primrose Schools© will make a $20,000 donation to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital©

3rd Prize: $1,500 and Primrose Schools© will make a $15,000 donation to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital©

So, are your ready to get moving and share your dance talent?  Visit Family Dance Off and upload your video. You can also view other families videos on Family Dance Off's site.

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place and all thoughts and opinions are my own."

Frankenweenie Movie in theaters October 5, 2012

Franenweenie movie opens this October. A Disney film with Tim Burton! 
The character, Victor conducts  a science experiment to bring his dog, Sparky back to life. Does it work or do strange things happen?

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Here is a peak at the movie:

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...