The Island News

February 9, 2009 by Kailani  
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, AnimotoÃ’ (, the video creation platform that lets users quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their own photos and music, today introduced two new features that turn regular Animoto videos into beautiful, romantic Valentine’s Day greetings. With the single click of a button, users can now send Animoto video love letters framed in a vibrant, heart-themed animated page.  The recently introduced text feature completes the offering: users can add sweet notes, special memories, significant dates and other romantic touches to make their Animoto video even more personal. With Animoto, romantic gestures don’t have to break the bank.  Creating an Animoto Valentine greeting and sharing it is free for 30-second videos or $3 for full-length videos.  Annual subscriptions to create an unlimited number of full-length videos are $30.

Perhaps they swoon over all things eco or love gifts that give back; whatever it is that makes their heart melt, flowers and chocolates are probably not going to do the trick all by themselves.  If you’re at a loss what to get your loved ones (and have waited until the last minute to figure it out!), here is an idea that’s bound to send hearts fluttering this February 14th (and have their friends turning green with envy): Cool Earth – Unwrap a Rainforest. For $50, you can protect half an acre of rainforest for a loved one.  This will lock in 130 tons of carbon dioxide – effectively offsetting a household’s annual emissions by a factor of five.  The recipient will receive a certificate as well as updates and news from Cool Earth’s local monitoring team.  Most importantly, they can view and monitor their particular half an acre by logging onto

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your soul mate or a night out with all your single ladies, celebrate the people in your life by picking up the tab on February 14th with Give Real. Give Real is the first online service of its kind that lets you share a toast with friends, family, and loved ones this Valentine’s Day, even if they’re across the country.  Send a glass of Champagne, a Chocolate Martini, or a round of Sex and the City Cosmos that can be enjoyed at over 500,000 restaurants and bars in the United States.  If you’re seeing your special someone for dinner that night, win bonus points by sending a gift for lunch! Just visit Give Real ( or use the Real Drinks application on Facebook ( ) to purchase your gift, sent directly to the lucky recipient’s inbox and instantly redeemable for a meal and drinks.


Stop by An Island Review and meet this week’s review blogger of the week – Jennifer @ The Dirty Shirt.

The search is over! TurboTax announced that baby Noah from Jackson, Tennessee has been named “America’s Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction”, winning a $5,000 savings bond (worth $10,000 upon maturity)! Congratulations to Noah and the Ellsworth family for having the cutest tax deduction for 2008! To learn more about the contest as well as view the other contestants, visit

It would be enough if Fair Indigo’s Organic Cotton Jooble – “Pip The Dog,” was just the cuddliest plush around. It would be enough if “Pip The Dog” was so cute that children fell in love with him at first sight. But because Pip The Dog also happens to be 100% organic cotton and hand made fairly in Peru, Fair Indigo has been awarded the iParenting Media’s 2009 Best Product Award for Toys.

As you know February is “American Heart Month.”  Heart disease afflicts eight million American women, killing more than 500,000 per year.  To help raise awareness, advocate for research and arm women with the information they need, Mrs. Dash is calling on people to join the Women’s Heart Health Dash, which benefits The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.  Log onto to participate in an online race across America by sharing your heart-healthy stories, activities and tips.  Each action equals one mile in the race.  The goal is to reach 12,000 miles which equals four trips across America and the distance blood travels through the body each day. And each day you share your heart-healthy moments you will be entered to win a Grand Prize Spa Vacation for two at Red Mountain Resort & Spa in St. George, UT.  There are also weekly prizes through March 31, 2009.


Hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris, Make ’Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America is a documentary series chronicling more than a century of the funniest moments in American entertainment. On January 13, Rhino Entertainment ( released the six-hour series as a three-DVD collection available for a suggested list price of $34.95. Recorded in high definition, the set also includes exclusive bonus footage. MAKE ’EM LAUGH compiles the most popular routines, the most ingenious physical shtick, the snappiest wisecracks, and the most incisive, biting satirical jokes to have come out of American culture. The list of influential comedic talent featured and/or interviewed for the series includes: Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, Judd Apatow, Woody Allen, Larry Wilmore, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Richard Lewis, Jon Stewart, and many others.

Get ready for an all-new animated classic that families will enjoy together for years to come!  In The Tale of Despereaux, the world’s bravest mouse embarks on a noble quest that leads to discovery, courage, honor and ultimately redemption.  Journey along with Despereaux as he encounters an unforgettable group of colorful characters and learns about life’s important messages in this charming and fun-filled story.  Based on the heartwarming children’s best selling book and featuring the incredible voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Tracy Ullman, and Stanley Tucci, The Tale of Despereaux has something for everyone – excitement, adventure, and a hero for boys, a princess and a love story for girls, fun and entertainment for adults and kids alike!  For people of all ages, this is a timeless story about finding one’s place in the world.  Scheduled release: March 17, 2009.

Power Chord Academyâ„¢, the nation’s leading summer camp for amateur musician training, is excited to announce the addition of two new Summer programs! GameROCKERSâ„¢ is our exclusive 3-day cutting edge game-musician program for the new age of musicians who play Guitar Hero or Rock Band.  Loaded with competitions and prizes, students play in bands, write songs, record songs, and play a final concert and Battle of the Bands!  iROCKERâ„¢ is our 1-day version of the GameROCKERS program.  Also loaded with competitions and prizes, these students get a 1-day course filled with fun, competition, Battle of the Bands, training and prizes.  Move over Beethoven, here come the 21st Century Digital iROCKERS!  We’re proud to be the first and only to offer such programs!


A while ago I did a review at An Island Review for Braincandy – a great educational DVD series for children 6 months and older. They are currently offering everyone a 15% discount off your entire order. Just use the code islandbaby when checking out.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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7 Responses to “The Island News”
  1. 1
    Amanda says:

    Oh cool! We’ve been waiting for the Tale of Despereaux to come out on DVD.

  2. 2
    Sues2u2 says:

    Are you feeling better? AND did everyone else escape your misery?

  3. 3
    Jeannie says:

    The video and drink thing is really cool!!! I didn’t know about either company until NOW!!! =)

  4. 4
    Cathi says:

    Hooray Jennifer and The Dirty Shirt!

  5. 5
    StumbleBee says:

    I signed up for the annual fee for Animoto. I am really, really happy with the final pieces but they have to compress the file so much to have it uploaded on facebook or YouTube that it doesn’t look good on the social networks. You would need to post it directly onto your website or server to make it worth you while. I do plan on making some movies of my son for my own personal files.

    This is the movie I made and uploaded on YouTube, I still like it but it isn’t very clear and I was a little bummed.

    Name Bubbles – Waterproof Labels – Picture Perfect

  6. 6
    BlapherMJ says:

    Wow – alot of great info. Thanks! Hope you’re feeling better!

  7. 7
    Rick Bucich says:

    Gotta try me out the Give Real thing. Do they deliver?;)

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