Blockbuster’s Summer Escape Pass

July 30, 2009 by Mariana  
Filed under entertainment, reviews & giveaways

July is coming to a close. That means the kids that went to camp are starting to come home, and those that stuck around are bored. Maybe even bored enough to wish they were back in school… {gasp}

But summer’s still in full swing! To make it more affordable for families to fight the couch potato blues, Blockbuster has come out with a special summer promotion. Available for $10 a week, the Summer Escape Pass allows you to rent as many DVDs and video games as you’d like from your local participating Blockbuster store. The catch is you can only have one rental out at a time. Considering just a video game rental could cost you up to $8.99, this could potentially be a really good deal, especially if you live near a Blockbuster.

Blockbuster gave me a complimentary Summer Escape Pass to use for a week, and it couldn’t be easier to use! With this pass, you can choose from thousands of movies in the Blockbuster library – from classic family favorites to animated kids films to the hottest new releases. It’s also been a great way to try out new Wii games that I’ve been hesitant to rent, much less buy.

My only disappointed lies in the fact that my week just ended. :(

To get more information on how the Summer Escape Pass works, or to buy one of your very own, just visit your local Blockbuster. This promotion ends September 7th.

Mariana

The Woodstock Experience (Giveaway)

July 30, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under entertainment, reviews & giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment #36: John. Congratulations!

I wasn’t around when the Woodstock phenomenon hit but I have heard many stories from people who experienced the 60’s. Forty years later, Sony Music Entertainment has launched the release of The Woodstock Experience. The complete set includes 10 CDs, 6 posters (including the Original Woodstock Poster Exclusively in this box), 25 previously unreleased tracks, rare photos that all add up to THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE.

Each THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE disc is packaged inside a mini-LP cover with inner paper sleeves: CD-one replicating the front and back covers of the original LP, and CD-two featuring iconic photography of the artist performing at the festival. These mini-LPs is housed in a paper-board slipcase sharing continuity of design recognition across all five packages. The slipcase also contains a two-sided 16×20-inch fold-out poster, with one side displaying iconic photography of the artist performing at the festival, and the other side displaying a classic crowd shot of the audience.

The Woodstock Experince can be purchased at Amazon.com. The entire set sells for $77.49 or you may purchase individual CDs for only $15.99. Get yours today and relive the experience! And don’t forget to check out Woodstock.com!

WIN IT!

Sorry but I don’t have the CD set to giveaway but I do have a Woodstock poncho as well as various Woodstock posters for one lucky winner. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Aug 7th why you’d like to win this. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
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  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide. Good luck!

Sid the Science Kid (Giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment #74: Christi! Congratulations!

Growing up, Science was never one of  my favorite subjects. However, I may have felt differently if Sid the Science Kid was around back then.

SHOW DESCRIPTION

“Sid the Science Kid”, The Jim Henson Company’s first series for PBS KIDS that features a practical in-school science curriculum, uses music and humor to celebrate children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question (”Why are my shoes shrinking?” “Why do bananas get mushy?”) and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends.

MY REVIEW

We recently had the opportunity to review 2 new Sid the Science Kid DVDs: The Bug Club & Change Happens.

In Change Happens, we join Sid and the rest of the gang as they discuss why things change when exposed to time, temperature, and the environment. Girlie Girl’s favorite episode was My Mushy Banana where the class talked about how different foods decay. It was pretty cool to see how elapsed time affected a perfect pumpkin into a pile of moldy mush. Baby Bug liked My Shrinking Shoes because it helped her to understand how her body is growing every day even though she can’t really see it.

In The Bug Club, Sid takes a look at his backyard and wonders about all the things in it: leaves, dirt, bugs, animals, and more. Our family’s favorite episode is Hello Doggie because we’ve all wondered from time to time if animals can understand us. Hello Doggie teaches us that all animals communicate in their own unique way by using body language, sounds, and barking!

Both DVDs also included a bonus disk that includes full stories from other great children shows such as WordWorld, Dive Olly Dive!, Hurray for Huckle!, Tine Planets, Will & Dewitt, Animal Atlas, Hermie and Friends, Pocoya and Hopia.

Overall, we feel Sid the Science Kid is a great educational show for children. It teaches them the reasoning behind the way things work and makes it fun in the process. I especially like when they have Lab Time where their teacher asks them questions and encourages the kids to use critical thinking to figure out the answers. Education and fun all together in one show! Expose your children to the wonders of Sid the Science Kid and watch them learn to love Science!

WIN IT!

I have both Sid the Science Kid DVD episodes to give away to one lucky winner! To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Aug 6th why you’d like to win this DVD set. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

These DVDs were provided to me free to charge by PBSKids for the purpose of reviewing them and expressing my unbiased thoughts. By entering this giveaway, you’re acknowledging that you’ve read, understood and agreed to my diclosoure policy.

Dive Olly Dive! Ship Shape Sub (Giveaway)

July 26, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under entertainment, kids, reviews & giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment #34: Susan Varney. Congratulations!

I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Dive Olly Dive! before. However, I knew that my girls would enjoy watching anything having to do with the ocean.

SHOW DESCRIPTION

Dive Olly Dive follows the adventures of Olly, a young submarine-in-training, and Beth, his best friend and fellow sub-in-training. Stationed at the Special Underwater Research Facility (S.U.R.F.) under the guidance of Diver Doug, the young subs explore their spectacular underwater world.

Joining Olly and Beth are Skid, Doug’s sleek transport vehicle; Brandt, a cantankerous hermit crab who imagines himself as a pirate; UMA, an eight-appendaged Underwater Maintenance Assistant; Ranger, a tiny cowboy seahorse who wrangles his herd of squid; Shankley, the Scottish sea crane who spins tales of the deep seas; Suzy, the awesome aerobatic seas plane; and Luseal, the fun-loving, athletic seal.

OUR REVIEW

Ship Shape Sub included 5 underwater adventures that my girls loved: Haunted Ship Prank, Less is More, Navigation Consternation, Follow That Lobster, & Don’t Tell Beth.

We really enjoyed the animation and story lines. The characters are bright, colorful, and very entertaining. Our favorite character was Ranger the Cowboy Seahorse. He seemed to have a good head on his shoulder and always weighing right from wrong.

However, what we were impressed by the most are the positive messages that it delivers. This show teaches children about helpfulness, respect, cooperation, and honesty. It also helped Girlie Girl learn about listening to other’s point of views and to not judge people by the way they look.

Overall, Ship Shape Sub is great entertainment for the whole family! It helped my girls learn valuable life lessons while introducing them to the wonders of ocean life.

WIN IT!

Ship Shape Sub is scheduled to be released on August 4th, however, you can win a copy right here! To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Aug why you’d like to win this. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to Dive Olly Dive.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US  addresses. Good luck!

This review was written as part of a program for NCircleEntertainment who provided the DVDs for review and giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agreed to my disclosure policy.

Prime Time on TNT

July 25, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under entertainment, reviews & giveaways


With all the new drama series emerging from TNT, they are becoming my definite go-to station for quality television programing. We recently had the opporutunity to review the pilots episode to 2 brand new series: Leverage & Dark Blue.

LEVERAGE staring Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, & Aldis Hodge

Show Description: In LEVERAGE, Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son. His highly skilled team includes Sophie Devereaux (Bellman), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks; Elliot Spencer (Kane), a “retrieval specialist” with bone-crunching fighting skills, Alec Hardison (Hodge), a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team connected and informed; and Parker (Riesgraf), a slightly off-centered thief adept at rappelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.

My Review: Overall, I really liked this show and the crew’s pursuit of taking down the corupt, powerful, and rich. Each individual member of the team seems like a loner but together they form a highly skilled group of people looking out for the underdog. What I especially enjoyed about the show was when their plan went awry and they had to improvise to ensure a positive outcome. I liked how they had to think quickly on their feet and their antics definitely kept me on my toes.

DARK BLUE starring Dylan McDermott, Omar Hardwick, Logan Marshall-Green, & Nicki Aycox

Show Description: DARK BLUE takes place in the underbelly of Los Angeles, where criminals roam free under the veil of night or hide in the shadows of daylight. Wanding in and out of this seedy underworld is just another day at the office for Lt. Carter Shaw (McDermott) and his special undercover task force. They understand, better than anyone, that to bring down a criminal underworld one must first dive into its depth and get on the criminals’ level.

My Review: I liked this show so much that I already have it programmed on my DVR. I guess I’ve always been a big fan of Dylan McDermott ever since The Practice and I’m thrilled to see him on prime time again even though it may take some getting used to him playing a brooding, loner cop. Warning: This show is a little more violent than most TNT shows and definitely needs to be watched after the kids go to sleep.

Dark Blue really makes you think about the tough life that undercover cops lead. At the spur of the moment, you could be called away for an indefinite amount of time leaving your loved ones behind wandering if/when they’ll ever see you again.

I feel Dark Blue has the perfect ensemble of characters and I will definitely be tuning in week after week.

Kailani

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