Floor Cleaning Made Easy With The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum

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bObsweep Pet HairI have 3 cats and 1 lab mix dog and they all shed like CrAzY!!!! The amount of hair on our floor downstairs was crazy. I would sweep and vacuum at least once a day but even more than that. I felt like I couldn’t take a day off or the rolling tumbleweeds of hair would take over. Why did I get 4 pets with black fur in a house with white tiles? What was I thinking?!?!

bob and cooper

Just one of the reasons we needed a bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum!

But I found the answer to my cleaning woes. Meet our newest family member, the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum or Bob as we affectionately call him. He even came with a birth announcement! How cute! Talk about a company with awesome attention to detail.
birth announcementThe bObsweep PetHair is just one of several models of robotic vacuums that bObsweep makes but I knew with all the pet hair in our house it would be perfect for us. Bob is easy to set up. side brushWhen he arrives you just need to attach his side brush with a single screw. He even comes with a screwdriver. Like I said, bObsweep has great attention to detail. Their customer service is awesome!
customer servicePlug in Bob’s charging station, place the metal plates on his underbelly on top of the nodes on his station, and let him charge himself up. Once he’s all charged up (it takes several hours for a full charge), he’s ready to clean your floors.

bob on charger
The bObsweep PetHair has so many great features:

  • Quieter than the average robot vacuum (he doesn’t even bother my dog!)
  • Cleans on the programmable schedule you set or when you choose to run him
  • Onboard control buttons and remote control
  • 3 Cleaning Modes- Robot (about 80 minutes), Quick Clean (30 minutes), and Touch up (15 minutes)
  • Targeted cleaning with 3 pattern tracks- Spiral Track (spiral in a 5’x5′ spill zone), Waffle Track (6′ x 5′ grid pattern spill zone), and Wall Track (travels along the perimeter of your home)
  • Side brush reaches into small spaces that the main body doesn’t
  • Longest main brush in the industry covers more ground while lifting up more dirt in just a single sweep
  • Sensors in the back and front to help keep Bob from running into objects
  • Built in UV light to kill germs
  • 3 Layer HEPA filtration removes airborne mold, dust, dust mites, and viruses
  • Washable mop attachment to mop while it vacuums
  • Large collection bin (1000 mL) means you’ll be emptying it less often than it’s competitors (unless you have multiple pets that shed A LOT and you’ll be emptying it daily like me)
  • When Bob is done cleaning he automatically searches for his base so he can charge himself for his next job

A few things I learned about Bob…..

bob in actionI was a little worried when I first started watching Bob clean. He doesn’t clean in straight lines like a human would so it took a little getting used to. I was afraid Bob would miss spots. When you first watch Bob cleaning on his automatic cycle (which takes about 80-90 minutes depending on the level of dirt he senses) it seems like he’s just running around your house randomly. He’ll clean part of a room and then leave to clean another room. DON’T WORRY! Bob will come back and finishing the job in each room before his cleaning cycle is done. I promise! Just let Bob do his thing and he’ll get it done!

After having Bob for a few weeks I’ve found a few areas that Bob can’t get into like under the cart that we keep snacks in because it’s only 4 inches off the ground, between the legs of our kitchen chairs because they are narrow, and of course he can’t climb up the steps that lead up to our front door. But this isn’t a problem at all. Right before I have Bob clean my floors I sweep the top landing by my front door and the 3 steps leading down to our 1st floor. I just leave a little pile for Bob to come and pick up. Then every few days I move the snack cart to get under it, pull out the kitchen chairs so Bob can access under the table better, and quickly sweep any nooks and crannies (like between furniture, around the bins that store my dog’s toys, etc.). It takes me about a minute or two to get in these spots and then I can let Bob run and do the rest. It’s so much easier than doing all the work myself and no vacuum would be able to get into those spots on it’s own. I’d much rather take 2 minutes to prep the room for Bob to clean it than to have to do the whole room myself with my regular vacuum.

bob's remoteBob comes with a remote control so my kids and their friends think Bob is a fun new toy. They love to play with him and his remote control. And I love that their playing gets my floor cleaned. Win win!

bob is fun

My daughter’s friend loves to come over and play with Bob!

remote control fun

A cleaning tool that kids will want to use! Yes please!

If you have 2 floors in your house you’ll want to get a second bObsweep PetHair for your other floor. Trust me! I feel like my upstairs is so neglected because while I run Bob daily, I’m not dragging my big vacuum around upstairs as often. I NEED another bObsweep!

If you have an area that you don’t want Bob to go into bObsweep sells a blOck that you can put in the area that you want Bob to ignore. Our office area has lots of things all over and I don’t want Bob getting hurt in there. I have that area blocked off with our garbage can, recycle bin, etc. when I run Bob but I think a blOck will be the perfect solution for us.

Bob has a built-in self navigation system which allows him to clean without hurting himself or damaging your furniture. Bob has several sensors all around his body. His sensors constantly send out Infrared signals to detect objects. Once an object (living or not) is detected, Bob changes his direction and moves away from it. Bob’s rubber-like non-collision bumper allows him to remain free of bumps and scratches if he touches walls, furniture or other obstacles. Bob is so smart that his state-of-the-art infrared sensors (in the front and back of his body) help him literally feel his way around so that he can clean without constantly crashing into things around him.

bob's bellyOn an automatic cycle Bob runs for about 80-90 minutes before he needs to be recharged. Once he’s finished cleaning and is ready to be recharged, he finds his way back to his charging base to charge himself back up which takes a few hours. With the work Bob does in my house, this recharging nap is well earned.

The bObsweep PetHair has a removeable, washable mop pad attachment. You can dampen the pad with water or cleaning products and Bob will mop while he vacuums. He does a light cleaning with his mop attachment but he really doesn’t do a deep mopping with his pad. Personally I prefer to just have Bob vacuum my floor and not mop it. He’s not a substitute for mopping with a mop and bucket but is great for a quick surface level cleaning in between regular mopping.

Make sure to keep all toys, small objects, and ESPECIALLY POWER CORDS off the floor where Bob will be going. My husband plugged in a power screwdriver into a powerstrip on the floor the other day. I didn’t realize and I let Bob run. Before long he ended up in the corner where the cord was and it became wrapped around his wheel. I was so upset. It was then that I realized just how important Bob had become in such a short period of time. I was seriously depressed that we might have “lost” him for good. Thankfully it was pretty easy for my hubby to take Bob’s cover off, remove his wheel, and get the cord untangled. Phew! I wasn’t sure how I was going to live without Bob. Seriously he has really made my life that much easier. We love Bob!

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Educational Fun With Osmo

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osmo genius kit review

My girls love technology. What kid doesn’t these days? But I was really getting tired of them just wanting to play mindless games on their cellphones. If I let them, they’d play on their cellphones all day. That’s why I set up our Summer Electronics Rules. They have to earn electronics time by doing chores but to cash in their earned electronics time they have to do various tasks such as reading for 30 minutes and playing 15 minutes on an educational website or with an educational game. When were were offered an Osmo to review my girls couldn’t wait to test it out. I’ll admit that when I first heard of Osmo I worried that my girls (10 and 12 years old) would be too old for it but boy was I wrong. The product says it is for ages 5-12 but it each game has so many levels and grows with your child’s skills so it is challenging even for my 12 year old. I played with Osmo and some of the levels of games like Osmo Tangram were even challenging for me. And any age can learn to draw with Osmo Masterpiece. But I’ll get into all that in a bit. Let’s talk about what Osmo is.

So what is Osmo?

Osmo, created by young parents, encourages creative thinking and social interaction by expanding gameplay beyond the screen, turning any physical object into a digitally connected game piece.

Osmo is a game system that is integrates with your iPad for a unique gaming experience. There are five games can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App store. Search for Osmo and you’ll find Newton, Tangram, Masterpiece, Words, Numbers and the newest game Coding. All 5 games require use of the Osmo reflector and base which come in all 3 of the Osmo Kits. Tangram, Coding, Words and Numbers use physical objects that come with the set, whereas Newton and Masterpiece only require use of the Osmo reflector and base. We received the Genius Kit to review which comes with the physical objects needed to play all the current games except Osmo Coding and my girls have already asked if I would begged me to buy them the coding set.

What Comes With Osmo?

  • Genius Kit comes with reflector, base, and Words, Masterpiece, Tangram, Newton and Numbers Games
  • Coding Kit comes with reflector, base, Newton, Masterpiece, and Coding.
  • Wonder Kit comes with reflector, base, Newton, Masterpiece, Tangram, Words, Numbers, and Coding Games.

Important Details

  • Groundbreaking system encourages creative thinking and social interaction by expanding gameplay beyond the screen.
  • Games can be played and even created by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface.
  • Works with latest iPads: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air.
  • Recommended Ages: 5-12
  • Suggested MSRP $99.99
Get an Osmo on Best Buy. Learn more about Osmo on the official Osmo site.

playing with osmo

The Osmo is very easy to set up and can be used almost anywhere with a flat surface. Right out of the box you just  have to adjust the base for your model iPad by following the direction. Once the base is set up for your model iPad simply place the iPad in the base, slide the Osmo reflector over the iPad’s camera and you’re ready to play. Osmo works by “reading” the playing area in front of the iPad. We found that it works best (especially playing Tangrams) when you play on a light surface so we put a big piece of white paper in front of the iPad when we play. It just makes it easier for the iPad camera to properly see what is in the playing area. Playing in a well lit area helps, too.

Osmo Tangram ­

Arrange wooden puzzle pieces into matching on­screen shapes. Play with your child or challenge yourself to more advanced levels with Osmo acting as your mentor by lighting up with each victory

osmo tangram

Tangram can be played individually or with more than one player cooperating together to solve a puzzle. There are 7 Tangram tiles in various shapes and colors. On the screen the game shows the players an image formed with the various tiles and they have to figure out how to place the tiles to form that image. In easier levels the picture on the screen shows each individual tile that is used to form the image and in harder levels players just see an outline of the image and have to figure out how the tiles get arranged to form the image. Tangrams is a great game for spacial and visual problem solving. Players have to look on the screen of the iPad to see the image and move the pieces in the right position in front of the iPad on the table. As the correct tiles are placed in the correct place the image changes color on the screen to let players know it’s in the right spot. Make sure to move your hands out of the way after you place a tile so the camera can see the pieced you put down. As you complete the puzzles, the harder levels become unlocked.

The game Tangram has been around for almost a thousand years, but Osmo reinvents this classic using a fully interactive video experience. With visual and audio feedback, multiple levels of difficulty, achievements and more.

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Osmo Newton ­

Use your creativity with inventive objects such as a hand ­drawn basket, grandma’s glasses, dad’s keys or anything around you to guide falling on­screen balls into targeted zones.


Newton is one of the games that can be played without any special pieces. Balls drop from the top of the screen and players direct the balls to bounce off of various targets by drawing shapes to direct the balls where they want them to go. Players can also put random objects, even Tangram pieces on the playing surface and the iPad camera will turn those objects into lines that will also direct the onscreen balls to bounce off the target. Players have to plan how to get the balls to bounce off of the targets and adjust their technique as the balls come down so there is lots of problem solving and strategizing involved.

TIPS- Use a dry erase board to draw shapes to direct the balls into the targets. Grab items around the house and see what works best to direct the balls. We tried various markers, pencils, our hands, and even some dolls and toys.

60 levels of fun! The more you succeed, the harder it gets! You can use simple strategies in the beginning, but as you progress Newton will challenge you with bouncing balls, accelerating platforms and fans that force you to think in new ways!

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Osmo Words ­

Be the first to guess and spell out the on­ screen hidden word by tossing down real ­life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue

osmo words

Words is similar to a game of hangman. There are 2 sets of letters and you can play by yourself or with several players. In Verse Mode players compete and in Zen Mode players work together. An image appears on the screen and players have to figure out what is depicted in the image. There are circles on the bottom of the screen that represent how many letters are in the word. Players put letters on the playing surface that they think are part of the word that is being represented. If the letter is correct they get a point and the letter shows up in the word. If they get the letter wrong the letter goes up on the top of the screen so players can keep track of letters that have been tried. But you have to be fast or your opponent will put the letters down before you!

As the levels get harder the images get harder, too. For example one round there was a picture of a horse jumping. We thought that the word was HORSE but when my girls put down an S it was wrong. It turned out that the word was RIDER. So they had to think outside of the box a little and not pick the obvious word. It’s all trial and error but you only get a certain amount of guesses per round so be careful! For younger children this is a great game to learn to spell various words and while older children might already know how to spell the words, the harder levels make them think about what the words might be and act fast to get the letters down quickly.

Words comes with over 150 default puzzle images, but if you guess your way through those it’s easy to log on to myOsmo and download new albums created by the community. This added content can extend your playtime endlessly! Do you have a great idea for a Words album? If so, you can create and share it with the community at myOsmo! The platform allows you to easily build and download your own custom albums. For teachers, this is a great way to translate class material in an engaging way.

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Osmo Numbers ­

With a counting, addition, concatenation and multiplication mode, there is a challenge for everybody. As kids get more confident in one mode, they can move on the the next one, allowing them to learn at their own pace.

osmo numbers

Numbers is a fun math game that players play with the Osmo number tiles. The goal is to fill up the tank with water and collect all the fish. There are 4 different modes that range from simple counting using dot tiles to more complex multiplication problems using numbered tiles. Again this just shows how the system will grow with a child through various math levels.

Kids arrange physical tiles, including dots and digits, to make numbers and complete levels. Add by putting more tiles, subtract by removing tiles and multiply by connecting tiles together. Experimenting becomes fast and intuitive. Kids play math without the pressure of time or the fear that they’ll get the wrong answer. Osmo’s real-time feedback lets kids learn through experimentation in a stress-free environment.

osmo numbers shot

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Osmo Masterpiece ­

Supercharge your drawing skills with Masterpiece. Pick any image from the camera, curated gallery or integrated web search and Masterpiece will transform it into easy­ to ­follow lines and help you draw it to perfection. You can then share a magical time ­lapse video of your creation with your friends and family

hello kitty osmo masterpiece

Masterpiece is a great tool to learn how to draw everything from objects around the house to pets and people. My girls love art and love to draw but they sometimes get intimidated by drawing things from their own minds. That’s why the both love Masterpiece. Simply use your iPad to take a picture of what you want to draw and Osmo will turn it into a lined drawing that you can draw. You can even adjust how simple or complex the drawing will be.

TIP- We found that the less shadow in the picture the easier it was to draw because Osmo will turn shadows into random lines in your drawing. We use a light to get rid of shadows when we’re taking pictures for Masterpiece.

drawing hello kitty

Once you take a picture in Masterpiece it turns it into a lined image. Then simply look at the screen and use your pencil on your paper to follow the lines and draw the picture. It is great for eye hand coordination. As you draw the lines you can see what you’re doing on the screen.

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

Photo Credit Margot Herrman

There is no limit to the images you can create with Masterpiece! There are also lots of templates in various categories that you can learn to draw such as animals, food, nature, and lots more plus you can search for images, too. My daughter has problems with handwriting and there is even a set of block letters and a set of cursive letters for children to practice with.

hello kitty final

When you are finished with your picture you can save the time-lapsed video of you drawing the image and even email it to someone. It’s fun to watch the video to see how the drawing was made.

Take a picture of anything you want, be it a friend, a toy or anything online. Masterpiece will transform it into simple outlines so you can draw it to perfection. Kids love to draw, but with the rise of smartphones and iPads, they increasingly dismiss pen and paper. With Masterpiece kids can combine their love of technology and drawing, while learning useful skills.

Why We Love Osmo

Both my girls are loving using Osmo. They are asking to use it instead of playing on their phones or watching tv. Both said it would be too hard to pick a favorite game because they are all fun. They enjoy the challenge and the variety of the games. It’s nice to have an electronic toy that you want your children to be playing on. I love that as a parent I set up an account and add each child as a user so I can track their progress in each game. I also love that my girls can play the games together, learn to work cooperatively, and they are learning while they are playing. It’s a win win all around! If you have an iPad and children you need this game!

Watch how teachers can use Osmo in the classroom, too:

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Why You Should See Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War is finally here in theaters! When I was in LA last month for the Captain America Event I had the opportunity to screen the film and I LOVED every minute of it. So much so that I went again last night to the first possible showing in my local theater. It was THAT good but I’ll get to that in a minute. Make sure to check out my interview posts with Chris Evans, Emily VanCamp, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen and Directors Anthony & Joe Russo to learn a little more behind the scenes exclusive details.

Keep your butt in your seat until the lights come on!!!!!

image001 (1)Before I even get into my review I wanted to make sure you see my important tip. This is a Marvel movie and as such, there are BONUS SCENES in the middle AND the end of the credits. These are usually sneak peek scenes that give you some insight into where the story will go in the next movie and more. I was shocked that last night when I saw the movie so many people got up as soon as the credits started. And then most of the ones that stayed for the first bonus scene got up and left before the second one. People, butt in your seat until the lights come on!!!!! 😉

Heroes or Vigilantes?

Sokovia Accords Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Sokovia Accords
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

We know from many of the other Marvel movies that while the Avengers do a great deal of protecting people, there have often been lots of destruction and civilian injuries and deaths. The story of Captain America: Civil War centers around the world wanting the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords which would basically reign them in and force them to answer to a special UN panel.


On one hand you have #TeamCap supported by Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). They believe that they should be able to make their own choices when it comes to using their powers, defeating evil, and protecting the world.

“The safest hands are still our own.” ~Captain America

L to R: Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

L to R: Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

And on the other side #TeamIronMan lead by Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle) who think that the Avengers should be supervised to protect innocent lives.

“Staying together is more important than how we stay together.” ~Black Widow

L to R: Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle). Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

L to R: Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle).
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

I stand off firmly on #TeamIronMan but I feel for #TeamCap and understand where they are coming from, too. There isn’t a clear Right vs. Wrong here. You’ll probably relate to both sides and that’s exactly what the directors wanted to happen.

“The intent with the film was to hopefully when you’re done watching the movie you leave the theater and you argue with your family and friends about  it. We didn’t want to make a declarative statement one way or the other. We just want to represent both as accurately and emotionally as we could.”


There are incredible action scenes in the movie. Ones where you will be on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, and forgetting where you are. I HIGHLY suggest seeing it in 3D because it brings you even more into the action. I saw it both ways and while it’s AMAZING no matter what form you see it in, 3D is on another level.

Here’s a little peek at another action scene in the movie:


 Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland)
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

There is an EPIC airport scene with all 12 of the Super Heroes including newcomer Tom Holland as Spider-Man. He was everything you would want Spider-Man to be- boyish, quirky, strong, and funny. He provided great comic relief during especially intense scenes. I look forward to seeing Spider-Man again as he really was one of my favorite parts of this movie.

STRONG WOMEN- Great Movie For Fan Girls, too!

I have to say that my favorite scenes involve the ladies (Scarlett Johansson (“Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow”), Emily VanCamp (“Sharon Carter / Agent 13”), and Elizabeth Olsen (“Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch”) who really kick some butt in this movie. I love that this isn’t a guys only movie. It is totally a movie for FanGirls, too, and the strong female characters kick butt and empower women and young girls. And they look pretty amazing doing it. Don’t tell my husband but I think I have a little girl crush on Black Widow. 😉

Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal
© Marvel 2016

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

Agent 13/Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

Agent 13/Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal
© Marvel 2016


No matter what side they are on, ultimately there are underlying friendships and deep love and respect for each other. They are a family but even families disagree and fight at times. Not only does this movie explore the characters on a deeper level but some of the characters’ relationships start forming on a deeper level, too. I don’t want to give any spoilers but there’s a kiss between two characters as well as the start of a definite emotional connection between two others. See, this movie has it all!

Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal
© Marvel 2016

CHRIS EVANS aka CAPTAIN AMERICA (and his biceps) 

Do I even need to say more? Chris Evans told us he actually hurt his arm a little shooting this scene. I’m sure I’m not the only woman who would kiss his boo boo and make it better, right ladies?

Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016


Seriously SWOONING over here for me. I’ve been a fan of Robert Downery Jr. since back in the 80’s. Yes, I’m that old. And there is a scene that will bring you right back to his younger days. But like a fine wine, I think Robert has gotten even more handsome with age. I saw him close up at the Captain America: Civil War red carpet premiere when he walked right by us.

So which side are you on?

L to R: Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

L to R: Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal
© Marvel 2016

“I’m trying to keep the Avengers from falling apart.” ~Tony Stark
“You did that when you signed.” ~Steve Rogers

personalization shopLove the characters as much as I do, or any Disney or Marvel characters? Make sure to check out the Personalization Shop on the Disney Store website. They have a huge selection of items that you can personalize with your favorite character including your name or your child’s name. iron man mouse padDisney generously gave us each a gift card to try out the Personalization Shop. I’ve needed a mousepad for a while so I decided to get myself a #TeamIronMan themed mousepad with our event hashtag on it. I also bought myself an Avengers towel but decided not to personalize it because I’d be sharing it with everyone in my family. They had everything from cups to watches to shirts to home decor, and lots more! It was so easy to create my mousepad and personalize it how I wanted with different fonts, colors, and so many other choices. I also grabbed a Captain America shirt and Captain America Tsum Tsum for my girls. As you can see I’m outnumbered as the rest of my house is #TeamCap but I am standing firm on #TeamIronMan disney order

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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abrupt designThat’s me in my shirt in front of Captain America himself, Chris Evans!

When I received the invite to the Captain America press event in Los Angeles and was told to pick a side- #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, I knew right away that I was on Team Iron Man and I wanted a cool shirt to wear to the events. I went searching for the perfect shirt and found on on Abrupt Design’s Etsy shop. It was actually a vinyl wall design but owner told me “Anything is possible.” and they could put any wall design onto a shirt. I was so excited and shared the picture with some of my blogger friends and guess what? Some of them wanted to get a shirt like mine. Abrupt Design’s owner, Shawn, was so easy to work with. He sent over mockups for both teams’ shirts in various colors and made all the changes we asked for since we were adding our event hashtags and twitter handles to the shirt. The shirts all came out great. They are great quality shirts that aren’t too thin and they fit well. Abrupt Design made ordering for a large group so easy and the prices were great, too. I will be using Abrupt Design for all my custom T-shirt needs.

Here are some of the mockups Shawn sent over while we were trying to finalize the designs:

team iron man shirt

And let’s not forget #TeamCap:


Here’s the final version of the #TeamIronMan shirts that we went with:

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The Jungle Book Review #JungleBook

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thejunglebook568ece7e1354bThe Jungle Book is now in theaters and I had the opportunity to screen it earlier this week when I was in Los Angeles on the Captain America: Civil War press trip. I loved this new version that features live action, amazingly realistic CG scenery, and photo-real animal characters all blended seamlessly to create an experience for the senses. We watched it in 3D and it felt like being deep in the jungle with all the animals. The Jungle Book is based on the timeless story by Rudyard Kipling and inspired by Disney’s class animated film.
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“The Jungle Book” is an all-new, live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the freespirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

image006This new version of The Jungle Book has all the same characters and storyline as the animated classic but it is somewhat darker with characters like Kaa, Shere Khan, and King Louie all having sinister intentions.  There were a few intense scenes but nothing my 10 and 12 year old couldn’t handle. I think like with all movies you need to know your own children but none of the children in the theater with us seemed bothered by any scenes. There are times where viewers young and old will be on the edge of their seats rooting for Mowgli and hoping for his safety.  There aren’t any scenes where death is shown on screen but there are some intense fight scenes and chase scenes. The movie takes viewers on a wild ride where they become invested in what happens to this young boy. I loved The Jungle Book and can’t wait to take my girls to see it. It is funny, full of adventure, suspense, and just a fun, heartwarming film. If you have the opportunity to see it in 3D I highly recommend it as it will make the experience even more submersive.

The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera, Idris Elba (“Star Trek Beyond”) as Shere Khan, and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. ScarleƩ Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as the film’s only human character, Mowgli.


Neel Sethi is adorable as Mowgli. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him on the big screen.

Some fun quotes from The Jungle Book:

Many strange tales are told of this Jungle. But none so strange as the tale of the cub we called Mowgli … –Bagheera

“That’s the Mowgli way. That’s the Baloo way. That’s our way. That’s how we get things done.” —Baloo

Poor, sweet little cub. What are you doing so deep in the Jungle? —Kaa

The elephants created this Jungle … They made all that belongs. The mountains, the trees, the birds in the trees. But they did not make you. That is why you must go. —Bagheera

Because the Jungle is no longer safe for you. You’re being hunted by a tiger. Only Man can protect you now. —Bagheera

A man-cub becomes Man, and Man is forbidden. —Shere Khan

image004 (1) Here’s a video highlighting the voices in the film including Bill Murray (“Baloo”), Sir Ben Kingsley (“Bagheera”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Raksha”), Scarlett Johansson (“Kaa”), Idris Elba (“Shere Khan”), Christopher Walken (“King Louie”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Akela”) and Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli, the only live action character in the film!

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THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

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The Peanuts Movie- Now on Video

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My girls and I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Peanuts Movie and it didn’t disappoint. This is one of those movies that multigenerations can enjoy together. No uncomfortable scenes or inappropriate humor. Just a cute story with our beloved Peanuts characters. I grew up loving Peanuts so it was exciting to share this movie with my girls. The characters are fun and just the way I remembered them but now with more three dimensional animation to capture the younger audience. It is a movie that children, parents, and even grandparents an enjoy together.

20160312_184402Fans of all ages will rejoice as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s THE PEANUTS MOVIE arrives on Digital HD Feb. 12 and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ & DVD March 8, 2016. Every underdog has his day in this fun, family film hailed by critics as “clever and charming” (USA Today), “the year’s best family film” and “funny and heart-warming” (CBS Radio News).

unnamedAnd for a limited time, get a Snoopy Flying Ace plush toy with THE PEANUTS MOVIE DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD combo pack on March 8 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.

unnamed (4)In THE PEANUTS MOVIE, good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang appear as you’ve never seen them before in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age. Join everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, as he embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Baron. It’s a hilarious and heart-warming adventure!

unnamed (5)THE PEANUTS MOVIE is directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) and produced and written by Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Paul Feig (Spy, The Heat) and Michael Travers are also film producers.

unnamed (6)With the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD fans can go deeper into the world of THE PEANUTS MOVIE with these fun-filled special features! Watch all-new Snoopy Snippets, check out the delightful documentary about the film’s extraordinary journey from the comics to the big screen, learn to draw Peanuts characters, sing along to music videos, choose your favorite songs from Snoopy’s Playlist and more!

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Organizing Help Has Never Been Easier with VolunteerSpot #SignUpSpot

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I am very active at my daughter’s elementary school. I’ve been a PTO volunteer, room parent, and last year I was on the PTO board and was the volunteer coordinator. One of the hardest parts of all of those jobs was to organize volunteers. Sometimes we needed to organize when volunteers could help with various events and sometimes we needed volunteers to sign up to bring various items such as food and drinks but organizing this can be a nightmare. Sending emails back and for trying to get people to pick a time to help or pick an item they want to bring in can be a tedious job. I knew there had to be an easier way and I found it. VolunteerSpot is a great website that will totally help organize volunteers for so many different things this year. Volunteer Interest Sign-UpWe just had our school’s Fall bookfair. I wish we had known about VolunteerSpot before the bookfair because setting up the volunteer schedule would have been so much easier. With VolunteerSpot you just set up the event, add the times and dates you need volunteers, and send out the link for the event. Then volunteers can see the times and dates that are still available and choose which ones work for them. No more back and forth with people saying when they want to help only to find out that everyone wants the same shift. I’ve told the current board of the PTO all about VolunteerSpot so setting up volunteers for the Spring bookfair will be much easier. bookfairI LOVE that VolunteerSpot also features automatic reminders & e-calendar syncing to keep all the volunteers in the loop and remind them of what they signed up for. I love that there is nothing to install, no passwords, to remember, and there is even a mobile version so you can take it on the go.
Soccer Snack Sign-UpThere are so many uses for VolunteerSpot, not just a school setting. I am having a Halloween Pot Luck in a few weeks at my house and I used VolunteerSpot to organize my friends and the dishes they would be bringing to the event. It was so easy. I created the event and added different types of foods my friends could sign up for (for example 2 side dishes, 2 desserts, etc). No more worrying that there would be 5 desserts and no main dishes (although 5 desserts might not be such a bad thing!). I sent my friends the link to the event I created and everyone was able to easily sign up at their leisure for what they wanted to bring. So much easier than back and forth emails. And there are cute themes that you can use for your event to add that personal touch. I used a Halloween one for my Halloween Pot Luck, how cute! I am able to easily pull up my party from my cellphone or computer and see who signed up to bring each item, what’s still needed, etc. I can send messages to my guests through VolunteerSpot, and even reminders.
volunteer spot screen shot2Both of my girls are in Girl Scout troops. We will be using VolunteerSpot to collect donations for holiday gifts for the troop leaders, keep track of who is going to each event, who is bringing snack to each event, and so much more. See what I mean? There are so many uses for VolunteerSpot for everyone, not just schools and group leaders.

Top 10 Reasons to Use VolunteerSpot

  EASY TO USE! If you can shop online, you can use VolunteerSpot!
  SAVES TIME & STRESS! Quickly organize helpers, conferences, potlucks & events without ‘reply-all’ emails, spreadsheets, and paper sign-up sheets that get lost
  MORE PEOPLE SIGN UP! Simple online and smartphone signups – NO PASSWORD required
  MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP! Thanks to automatic reminders & e-calendar syncing
  EASY TO SHARE! Invite participants by email, a website link, Facebook or Twitter. Sign-up people in person with our free iPad app, Clipboard by VolunteerSpot
  SAFE & SECURE! Meets the highest privacy standards
  CLIPBOARD COMPATIBLE! Make assignments from pre-existing paper lists or for people without email access
  COLLECT MONEY! Easily and securely collect contributions, fees & group gifts
  KEEP INFORMED! Track hours, run reports, send alerts, and export data

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Anjolee Jewelry Review

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I’m not into fashion, never have been.  I don’t own any belts, only have a few pairs of shoes.  But one thing I do love it jewelry.  As a little girl I’d love to play with my grandmother’s and mother’s jewelry and now my own daughters share in my love of all things bling.  When my husband and I were shopping for my wedding set I wish I knew about Anjolee, my new favorite website for beautiful, customized jewelry.

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P1240707 (1024x768)On the Anjolee website all of their pieces can be customized according to preference of metal type, diamond size, diamond/gemstone quality, and length/size. No running around from store to store.  They sell top quality diamond and gemstone jewelry that they manufacture themselves so there is no middle man which brings savings to you.  They also offer a great selection of gemstone jewelry with choice of several birthstones. It’s fun to play around on the Anjolee website and create a custom piece.  They even have a 360 degree rotation view so you can see what your piece will look like from every angle.

P1240675 (1024x768)When I was asked to review a piece of jewelry from Anjolee I jumped at the chance.  I choose the Five Across Diamond Band and it is gorgeous.  The ring I received for the sake of this review is sterling silver and CZ, but it is just as beautiful as the real thing.  Speaking of the real thing, when you purchase jewelry from Anjolee you can also purchase a replica of your piece in sterling silver and CZ to wear when you don’t want to be wearing your real diamonds- like on vacation, while swimming, at the gym, etc.  I love this idea!

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Anjolee is one of the largest diamond jewelry manufacturer in the United States – All jewelry items
on the website are manufactured by Anjolee, which gives us the ability to provide our customers the best
customer service and fast delivery. We produce only high end diamond jewelry and have a great selection
of diamond bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and bridal jewelry.

Best Prices – Our customers have the opportunity to buy directly from Anjolee with prices below retail.
We work on low margins in order to give our customers the best value for their order while maintaining
the highest quality standards in the jewelry industry.

Innovative Jewelry Customization Process – Anjolee is the only jewelry website with
a unique customization system which gives you the ability to custom-build all of our jewelry designs
based on taste and budget. We offer 7 types of metal, various total carat weights, diamond quality
and size, for each jewelry item on our website.

Highest Quality Jewelry Products – Buying from Anjolee ensures you get the best value possible.
We employ the highest quality of manufacturing standards in the industry at manufacturer direct pricing.
Many of our products are exclusive designs that can only be found at Anjolee.

High Resolution Images and 360 Rotation View 
 Anjolee offers high resolution pictures and 360
degree views of all jewelry items on the website. View each jewelry item in white or yellow gold and
click the 360 rotation button to see the item in extreme detail. That provides our customers the ability
to examine each jewelry item very carefully before making a purchase.

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P1240713 (1024x768)Anjolee also sells gorgeous necklaces, pendants, earrings, and bracelets on their site as well. Watch the video below to see some of the beautiful pieces:

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SOUFEEL Jewelry- Beautiful Jewelry For Every Memorable Day

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I love jewelry, as do most women.  I don’t wear just any jewelry though.  I like wearing jewelry that is meaningful to me.  One of my favorite styles of jewelry, silver bead bracelets.  I love these bracelets because they are personalized and unique to the wearer because you can choose charms that have meaning to you, but I don’t like the price.  While I do own an expensive bead bracelet (you know the brand, the one that has the same name as that music playing app) that was given to me as a gift, I haven’t worn it much because I can’t really afford to add beads to it.
I was recently asked to review a SOUFEEL bracelet and I am so excited to share it with my readers.  Since I have the classic style flexible bead bracelet I opted for a bangle style bracelet from SOUFEEL.  I love that Soufeel’s bracelets are 925 sterling silver just like the more expensive brands but with Soufeel they are totally affordable.  These aren’t some cheap knock offs!

DSC_0033 (1024x844)Let’s start with the presentation.  I was so impressed with how nicely they came packages with a gift box and a gift bag.  Then inside the box each bead was individually wrapped in a tiny plastic baggie to keep it protected.  DSC_0013 (1024x681)Each piece feels nice and solid, not cheap at all.  I love that the beads are all 925 sterling silver and can fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets but at a much more affordable price.  DSC_0035 (1024x681)The selection of beads at SOUFEEL is awesome and they are adding new beads every month.  For my bracelet I choose a dolphin bead because my daughters and I all love dolphins, a round bead with hearts and the December birth stone because both of my girls have December birthdays, and the Love of Swan charm that has pink stones to represent my m husband and me.  I think they look great together and can’t wait to add more beads.  Check out their beautiful new arrivals. Traveling this summer?  Why not get a suitcase bead to remember your trip?  You can even design beads with your personal pictures on them!

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SOUFEEL bracelets make great gifts for the special person in your life.  It is such a memorable, unique gift to give someone a bracelet and beads that are meaningful to them.  They have everything from birthstone beads, zodiac signs, animals, religious beads, and so much more.  Give the gift of a Soufeel bracelet and start a tradition of adding beads for every holiday.  The 925 sterling silver bracelets start at just $25 and the beads start at just $3.99.  YES, $3.99 for sterling silver beads!!!  Who wouldn’t want to get one as a gift?
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SOUFEEL has some great offers, too.  When you spend $59, $79 or $99, you will get a pair of free earrings, a free charm and enjoy a free sterling silver bracelet!  They offer free shipping worldwide with orders over $50 and 365-day return and exchange guarantee!

DSC_0037 (884x1024)Look at the beautiful craftsmanship on my SOUFEEL bracelet.

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Plus for my readers you will receive a 5% discount with the coupon code Cori5.   So go ahead and treat yourself or someone you love!
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Top 7 Reasons to Stay in an Orlando All Star Vacation Home

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Last month while I was a part of Disney’s #MonkeyKingdomEvent in Orlando, 24 other bloggers and I had the opportunity to stay in one of several luxury All Star Vacation Homes.  Located at 8039 Acadia Estates Ct., the home I stayed in was incredible.  It is 3,183 square feet, has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and sleeps a maximum of 12 guests.  Normally my family and I stay at either a Disney property or an hotel in the Disney area but that was before my experience at the All Star Vacation Home.  There are so many reasons to stay in a vacation home instead of a hotel.  Here are a few of them.


DSC_0119 (1024x681)When you step into your luxury All Star Vacation Home it’s like stepping into a model home.  It is beautifully decorated yet feels like home.  It is the perfect comfortable home away from home for your Orlando vacation.



When you stay in an All Star Vacation Home it’s not like staying in a small hotel room where you have no privacy and everyone has to share one or two rooms with little space to spread out and relax.  The All Star Vacation Homes are 2 story homes with several master bedrooms, twin bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a dining room, kitchen, pool, and more!  You and your family won’t be tripping all over each other in this house!  Each room also has plenty of closet space, drawer space, plus extra linens and towels to make your stay more comfortable.

roomsEveryone can have their own room to spread out and relax in.  Want to vacation with your extended family?  No problem!  There are plenty of rooms (and bathrooms) for everyone!  Instead of spending money on several hotel rooms, this is a much better way for a large family to spend their vacation.
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They even have fun themed rooms for the kids!  How cute is this Nemo room?  One of the other houses has a princess room..


couchThere are so many comfortable places to put your feet up and relax in these homes.  The bed I stayed in was so plush and cozy that I feel asleep quickly and slept like a baby every night.  There are plush reclining chairs in the home theater, cushy couches in the living room, and lots of chairs out by the pool to enjoy on your down time.  When we vacation we’re usually going, going, going so it’s nice to have a place that is comfortable to just relax and enjoy some much needed down time.  When you stay at a hotel the couches are usually pretty hard as are the chairs and you have to fight for chairs around the pool.  No need to worry about any of that when you stay in a private home.  If you stay in one of these vacation homes make sure to leave a day or two free just to stay home and relax.  It will be much needed after several crazy days at the parks.


entertainmentIf you stay at an All Star Vacation Home you don’t have to leave the house to have fun.  Upstairs there is a full sized video game and a pool table so get ready to rack ’em up!  Need to do a little work, there’s even a comfortable desk plus each house has it’s own WiFi.
screening roomWant to watch your favorite shows or even a movie?  Not only is there a television in the living room area but there is a plush, comfortable media room for everyone to enjoy.  I just love how it was decorated with lots of classic movie posters.


kitchenOne of the things I love most about staying in a vacation home is having a full kitchen with all the comforts of home at my disposal.  It is gorgeous and they’ve really thought of everything.  I didn’t get to cook at much in the kitchen because we were kept pretty busy on our press trip but I did cook a few times and this kitchen really had me wishing that it was my kitchen at home!

comforts of home 2The kitchens at the All Star Vacation Homes are fully stocked with every appliance, utensil, cookware, and dishware you might possibly need. They’ve thought of everything- full size side by side refrigerator with ice maker and water in the door, gas stove, toaster, coffeemaker, blender, electric can opener, measuring cups, and so much more!  They even stock the house with dish soap, a roll of paper towel, and detergent for the dishwasher plus containers to save your leftovers!  Save money on dining out and cook some of your meals in your home away from home.

diningReady for breakfast or a midnight snack?  You can dine comfortably in the kitchen nook area.  Want a more formal dining experience?  Check out the beautiful dining room table that seats six.


Don’t worry about bringing your entire closet with you on your trip.  Each house features a full size washer and dryer so you can do a quick load and have clean clothes.  Do a load before you leave and you won’t have to worry about doing mountains of laundry when you return from your vacation.  That is usually one of the things I hate about coming back from vacation.  It was so nice coming home and having all my laundry done for a change.


highchairMy girls are tweens now so we don’t travel with lots of gear anymore (thankfully!) but I was pleasantly surprised to find a high chair and a jumper for children as well as a childproof gate around the pool.  Those would have been such a blessing when my girls were younger.  While my family doesn’t need the baby gear, the All Star Vacation Homes are so family friendly for all types of families.  It would be so nice to stay in a house where I wouldn’t have to worry about my kids being too noisy, as they often are.


poolHate trying to find a towel or a lounge chair at a crowded hotel pool?  Don’t like swimming with that creepy old man watching you and your kids?  Or the rowdy teenagers on vacation from college?  That’s not a problem at an All Star Vacation Home.  Step right outside to your private pool with ample space for lounging around.  Feel like spending a relaxing day by the pool and in the hot tub?  There’s even a barbecue if you want to have a cookout.

With so many amazing comforts and amenities, once you stay at an All Star Vacation Home, you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again!


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