29 July 2014

DVD Review: Eleanor's Secret

My family and I recently received a complimentary copy of the new animated DVD Eleanor's Secret to review.

Hidden inside a dusty attic is a wonderful secret: a magical library where famous storybook characters come to life! Now that Nathaniel has discovered it thanks to a gift from their Aunt Eleanor after she passes away, he is making friends with characters from stories like Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk. But soon Nat learns that his new friends are in danger - if they leave the library, they will die. Which is a big problem, because Nat has told his parents it was alright for them to sell the books before he knew the secret! The only way to save his friends is to learn to read an ancient spell that will keep all the characters and books alive for future generations of children like himself.

What would you have done as a child if your favorite storybook characters could have come to life right before your very eyes? (Um, I'd have never left the house again, that's for sure! lol) This whimsical tale is originally a French film, and has been dubbed over in English. If you are a family of book lovers, this is a must see! The books are first edition, and it's not that Nat is completely ungrateful for the gift of the books (although he cannot read), but the new house left to the family needs many expensive repairs and it becomes the only way to save it. It's a sweet story that shares not only the magic of reading, but perhaps being grateful for all gifts.

The bonus features include a French audio track and English subtitles.

Eleanor's Secret will be available on DVD this coming August 12th. Not rated, it is safe for all ages. The total running time is 80 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.93, and you can purchase it online via Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to watch it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

28 July 2014

Menu Planning Monday 7/28 - 8/3

Can you believe August is just about here? Amazing how quicky time goes. I have some easier meals on tap this week since there are a few things going on and DH schedule is a little wonky on other days.

Monday: toasty tuna melts, pasta salad, fruit kabobs

Tuesday: taco night

Wednesday: grilled chicken, salad, rolls

Thursday: chicken salad stuffed tomatoes, cucumber salad

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: spicy meatball subs, sweet potato fries, fruit parfaits

Sunday: lasagna, garlic bread

Check out Organizing Junkie for other great Menu Plans!

27 July 2014

Book Review: Jex Malone By C.L. Gaber And V.C. Stanley

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley to review.

Spending the summer before her senior year with her estranged father is not something Jessica Malone wants to do, but it's kind of hard to disobey a judge's orders - especially when your father happens to be a top homicide detective. Luckily she's met some new friends to hang out with, and she hopes the summer will pass by quickly. Jessica is a free spirited individual, and she's got plenty of her father in her - she's great at being nosy. So secretly digging into her father's cold case files isn't surprising. When she comes across the case that ruined her parents' marriage, it ignites her passion. Patty Matthews is a thirteen year old who vanished into thin air. Jex and her new friends - including the missing girls' yummy looking younger brother - start digging into the clues to find out what really happened. But there's someone watching - and not wanting the truth to be found. Will they become the next cold case?

This is a young adult novel, and the main character definitely is your average teenage with heaping side order of attitude and sarcasm. ;) I'm really not the audience it's geared towards, but as a big fan of series like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden as a kid I found this novel a lot of fun. It's well written and a great page turner, making it the perfect summer read for the young adult mystery fan. I zipped through it in one evening! There's also a matching website to go along with the book - you can check it out here. You can even download chapter one to get a feel for the book.

Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley is a hardcover young adult fiction book published by Merit Press. It is 304 pages long. The suggested cover price is $17.99, and Amazon has it available for $13.52 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

26 July 2014

DVD Review: La Mujer Del Vendaval

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD La Mujer Del Vendaval to review.

Marcela is a young woman who upon the death of her mother is about to receive an inheritance - on one condition. First, she must get married. After placing an ad in the paper, she meets Alessandro, a wealthy heir who is a worthy suitor. But when an expensive piece of jewelry has gone missing from a safe, the thief must be found - and others must prove their innocence.

This Mexican drama telenovela is a remake of the Venezuelan telenovela Un Esposo para Estela, so if it seems a little familiar - that's why! It stars Ariadne Díaz as Marcela and José Ron as Alessandro. Here comes some guilty pleasure for this mami! While it's not one of my favorite telenovelas, it's a fun one to watch and waste away some time. If your Spanish is a little rusty but you're still interested, it does come with English subtitles so you can still enjoy it too!

There are no special features on this four disc set.

La Mujer Del Vendaval is available on DVD now, but you may need to special order it if your local store doesn't carry a lot of Spanish titles. Widescreen format, it is not rated (but best for mature audiences), and has a total running time of 895 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $19.97.

I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

25 July 2014

Friday's Featured Etsy: Embellishing You

Welcome to my Friday's Featured post, in which I showcase Etsy stores and small businesses from folks like you and me. Recession, smession! ;)

Today's stop in Etsy land is a store called Embelling You. Here you'll find accessories to embellish your personality, style and mood. The shop began when the creator realized how many items she needed to have personalized during her own wedding, and ended up making her own accessories so everything would be exactly what she wanted.

Check out this Wedding Hair Vine - Lavender Flowers and Swarovski Pearls - Wedding Hair Accessory:

My favorite is this Spider Hair Pin - Hand Beaded Pearl - Creepy Goth Steampunk Insect - gray black silver:

This Star Hair Pin - Shooting Star - Metallic Blue Silver Swarovski Crystal Hair Accessory is so pretty!

Stop by Embellishing You today and have a look around! Support handmade!

22 July 2014

DVD Review: Clue - A Movie Mystery Adventure

My family and I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure to review.

Based upon the wildly popular board game, this live action movie follows six very different teenagers - Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Seamus and Whitney - who are just sitting back enjoying their lives when they witness a dramatic crime. When they go to report it, they are accused of a hoax. So they do what any rebellious teenager would do - they become sleuths on the hunt for clues to prove who really did the crime. Along the way they discover hidden treasures, decipher cryptic knowledge, and uncover a secret society. They even find out that they all might have a little bit more in common than they thought.

Dun dun dun... it's time for an updated who done it? While nothing compares to the original Clue movie (Tim Curry, anyone?) in my eyes, this is a fun take on the game for the tween crowd and might make them want to dust off mom or dad's dusty old Clue game. It's rated TV-PG, with some minor scary moments. (Basically if your tween already watches things along the lines of The Haunting Hour, they'll do fine with this one) This is a great sleep over DVD if kids haven't already seen it!

There is a bonus feature - a short behind the scenes look at Clue.

Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is rated TV-PG (see above), and has a total running time of 105 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $12.99, and you can find it at places like Family Video, where it's currently available for $9.99 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.