Friday, July 15, 2016

Ripley's Red Trains Hosts K9s for Warriors this Saturday

Are you looking for something to do in St.Augustine Saturday?  Ripley's Red trains will be hosting the K9s for Warriors event at 10AM.  Go and find out more information about these service animals and their heroes.  




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Ripley's Red Trains Hosts K9s for Warriors

Part of the training for these service dogs is to ride the trains!

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (July 12, 2016) -  This Saturday, July 16, Ripley's Red Train Tours is pleased to be hosting K9s for Warriors onboard the Red Train as part of special training for canines that will assist our military veterans.

Ripley's will host twenty trainers and ten canines onboard a special training exercise starting at 
10 a.m. at the 254 San Marco Ave location (the Old Sugar Mill Train Station).



K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Their goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. The dogs being trained are also getting a new "leash" on life, as they are all rescue animals.


About Ripley Entertainment                                                                                                                       
Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shrek 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway #Shrek15Insiders


As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I received a copy of Shrek 15th Anniversary blu-ray dvd complimentary. All opinions below are my own. Thank you Fox Home Entertainment for the family fun .

When one of your children's favorite movies turns 15 you sigh and remember how old you are and how time flies when you are having fun.  If being a mom has taught me anything it has taught me how very quickly time does go by.  Shrek is celebrating it's 15th anniversary and just like when you are a mom time flies when you are a big green ogre. In celebration of 15 years Dreamworks has released a 15th anniversary edition Bluray/DVD. Yeah!


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Synopsis
BRING HOME THE GREATEST FAIRY TALE EVER TOLD!

You’ve never met a hero quite like SHREK, winner of the first ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Animated Feature*.

The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with...the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!

Critics have called SHREK “not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level” (Larry King, USA Today).

Relive every moment of Shrek’s (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).
Enchantingly irreverent and “monstrously clever” (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you’ll want to see again and again.

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary when DreamWorks Animation's Shrek and the Shrek 4-Movie Collection Arrive on Digital HD May 16th and on Blu-ray and DVD June 7th 
It's hard to think what we were doing 15 years ago but my middle son would have been 2 years old and now he begins his freshman year of college come August. That's crazy and my oldest is getting ready to graduate from UF. We watched Shrek more than a few times over 15 years.  Now thanks to the new anniversary edition my baby is watching it. He's seven so Shrek has been a part of all kinds of silly family fun and movie nights. How AWESOME!! 

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The older kids and I always liked the dragon but ironically my youngest does not. He hides his eyes when those parts are on . It's crazy how different each of your children can be. Mine are all 3 quite different and yet in so many ways the same.

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 12, 2016) – You’ve never met a hero quite like SHREK, winner of the first Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with...the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! This irreverent animated masterpiece arrives on Digital HD on May 16, 2016 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on

June 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Critics have called SHREK “not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level” (Larry King, USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek’s (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent and “monstrously clever” (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you’ll want to see again and again.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 32 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

 ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox

PRINT And have FUN with these Shrek Paper Airplane Printables. Get creative with these fun printable Shrek stickers don't forget to get your sticker paper for the printer. 

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"We received a complimentary copy of the above movie as a part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders program. All opinions shared above our own. Thanks! "

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Road Tripping fun with Kung Fu Panda 3 + DVD Giveaway and Printable Coloring Sheets #PandaInsiders


It is summer and of course that means summer road trip. We just got back from a fabulous vacation. How did we ever manage road trips before cars had DVD player and mini televisions?  Kung Fu Panda 3 joined us in the car for vacation. One of the best reviewed and highest grossing films of the year now available on Digital HD and Blu Ray DVD!   One thing about my sweet boy when he loves a movie he will watch it over and over again.  With that being the case it is a great thing that we all liked this movie to. Thank you Fox Home Entertainment for sending us a complimentary copy for review and sharing super cool printable coloring sheets. Our car ride was over before we knew it Skadoosh!

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Synopsis
Po and the Furious Five are back in the hilarious, critically acclaimed hit film your whole family will love! When Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas, he must train them to defeat Kai, a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu and the world.
Kung Fu Panda 3 kicks onto Digital HD on Friday, May 13th and Blu-ray & DVD June 28th.


“Great Story! Great Fun! Great Movie!” – Dave Morales, FOX TV

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition Includes 2 All-New Kung Fu Panda Animated Shorts, Everybody Loves a Panda Party Karaoke and Much More Fun Making it Perfect for Family Movie Night!

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 19, 2016) – DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 3 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also one of the top five grossing films of 2016 worldwide. Everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, dumpling-snacking hero is back in “the best Kung Fu Panda yet,” proclaims Pete Hammond of Deadline.com. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 3 AWESOME EDITION on Digital HD on May 13 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 28.
After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!


DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 3 Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD includes:
Feature film in high definition
Special Features:
• Everybody Loves a Panda Party – Join Po and the entire cast of lovable pandas to sing-along and learn why everybody loves a panda party in this all-new presentation.
• Po’s Posters of Awesomeness – Po leads a deeper exploration of the awesome art in Mr. Ping’s hut as the posters come to life and illustrate his hilarious stories.
• Panda Paws – Watch the enormously talented panda ribbon dancer Mei Mei starring with Bao in an exclusive animated tale.
• Make a Panda Party Paper Pal – Learn the mystic art of paper folding and create a village of panda pals as Po hosts this fun and entertaining tutorial.
• Play Like a Panda – Adorable overload! Learn all about real baby pandas, their amazing lives, and their remarkable playful ways.
• The Origin of “Skadoosh” – For the first time ever, Po reveals the extra-super-secret origin of his world-famous catchphrase.
• Faux Paws Deleted Scenes – Discover fascinating story insights with this revealing collection of deleted footage you couldn’t see in theaters!

#PandaInsiders photo KFP3_TRIANGLE_GROUP_02_CMYK.png ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 31 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
Color:#PandaInsiders photo kungfupanda_printables_coloringpage.jpg get your printable Panda coloring sheets just add a pack of crayons and a clip board and you have an easy travel boredom buster.
WIN:  a copy of Kung Fu Panda 3 on Blu-Ray DVD#PandaInsiders photo 1462838015-KFP3BDFrgb 1.png fill out the entry form below for a chance. a Rafflecopter giveaway  " as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I receive complimentary movies, coloring sheets and sometimes other cool stuff for review and to share with you guys! #PandaInsiders" 

Tips for planning a perfect summer luau

Living at the Whiteheads Zoo shared our Summer Luau planning tips compliments of Oriental Trading. All opinions are our own. Living at the Whiteheads Zoo will receive complimentary products in exchange for our honest Tips for planning a summer luau. Thank you


Summer time is upon and us and some days I find myself racking my brain to find a way to change things up and keep the boredom blues away. Other days we stay so busy boredom isn't even a part of the vocabulary.  Friends are a must for our summer plans. I thought what better way to break up the routine than put together a Summer Pool Party for my sons best friends.  Planning the perfect pool day was super easy with the help of Oriental Trading. We decided to do our pool party in a Luau theme because every cool party needs that perfect theme.

There were all kinds of cute props, scene setters and cut outs at Oriental Trading. I really loved most all of them. They really do add a beach vibe to the party and make your decor pop I think. Our top pick was this cabana scene backdrop at just $12.48 we thought that was a steal and the bright colors add the perfect pop we want for the patio setting.

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Cabana Scene Backdrop 
An easy way to accessorize your party is with the paper products.  The kids really liked the Beach Bum Dessert Plates  at less than $2 for a pack of 8 and they come in a cool tie dye pattern. These go perfectly with the Cabana back drop to. We just love the colors going on here. I can't wait to serve up some ham rolls and pineapple cake on these. Yum Oh.  There were so many fun plates and cups to choose from you could really get carried away if you wanted to .

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Beach Bum Dessert Plates Oriental Trading 


We wanted to give our guest some things to wear and get into the Luau vibe. We decided the Bright Neon Leis were a great idea. They were only $3.25 a dozen making them very budget friendly and we thought the bright colors were super fun .

The pool was our main attraction but the kids wanted to add a few games and activities to the agenda. We found some great water squirters, beach balls and even fun rubber ducks to add to the pool. Perfect and we stayed in our budget. Win Win.

I wanted to add something fun to our door and discovered this cute project idea for a parasol wreath. Yes, Oriental Trading even has fun project ideas for all sorts of things.  This project looks super doable and I think I'll be able to use the wreath even after our party.  Is that cute or what?

 photo parasol-dand-cor-wreath-idea-13623705.jpg Oriental Trading had everything I needed to throw together a fun summer party.  We loved all of the ideas and choices .  A trip to the grocery store for our tasty treats and then its time to wait for our friends and the fun .   Let the Party Begin!






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Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July Summer of Reading Giveaway

Wow! I can't believe we are already into July. This teachers summer is going by way to quickly and yet not fast enough. I love my summer dearly but I also love my job. It is great to do something you love.  One thing I have been doing all summer is catching up on my reading.  That is definitely something I do miss during the school year when live gets to busy some days there just is not time to relax with a good book.  The 4th of July Summer Reading Giveaway has been put together by a great group of authors to help you guys have a little extra to help you get your read on.  Take a look below. 

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Things to do in Hobe Sound Florida #FloridaDayTrip


Hobe Sound, Florida is a three to four hour trip South of Jacksonville. This area is teaming with wildlife, beaches, and beauty. Hobe Sound is a great place to get outdoors and explore some of the beautiful Florida coastline. Here are a few stops to enjoy on your visit to the area.


Plan your first stop at Blowing Rocks Preserve a peaceful, barrier island sanctuary. You might never guess that you would find these huge beautiful limestone formations on a Florida beach. When the waves crash just right water sprays into the air. To catch the rocks “blowing” plan your visit during high tide. Visitors have three trails to hike on , you can also beach, snorkel and scuba dive .

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Blowing Rocks Preserve
After a visit to the great blowing rocks stop by the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the beach, take in the migratory birds who like to call this area home or schedule a Sea Turtle Walk June -July.  Hobe Sound Nature Center offers night time turtle walks but they book up fast so be prepared to be wait listed.  

Pack a picnic and fishing pole and visit Peck Park for the afternoon. Peck Park is located off of A1A between Port Salerno and Hobe Sound .There is a nice boardwalk over the marshes. Signs are up describing the plants and wildlife that you see as you walk. The fishing seems to be pretty good here just ask the locals .  The park has several picnic tables scattered about as well as restrooms for visitors use.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park is full of wildlife like manatee and gators. The cooler months are a great time to visit to see them around the park. Guided tours of the 1930’s Trapper Nelson homestead are available year round. Biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are some of the many things to do in this Florida State Park. This park has campgrounds with full hookups , primitive camping, and furnished cabins for campers wishing to visit a bit.

What are you waiting for? Pack your sunscreen , grab your camera and enjoy a little more of our Florida coast.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Summer Challenge Begins Today #NatureTrackers

Are you and the kids staying busy this summer?  I'm always looking for fun things to share with my friends teaching summer school and fun things to keep my own child entertained and learning this summer.  I'm loving the idea of a Nature Trackers Summer Challenge. 10 weeks of fun challenges all set out to make things super simple for you.  Yes!  The challenge schedule begins today June 20 take a look.


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 From velociraptors to volcanoes, join us for ten weeks of Dinosaur Train challenges. Starting today, June 20th, follow along with us as we'll be posting weekly adventures on social media and on PBS Parents. 
Here's a sneak peek at the first of many exciting challenges we have planned for the summer!

Stargazing Week
WATCH - Remember the Alamosaurus / Sunrise, Sunset (Airs 6/22)
EXPLORE - Explore the sky from various locations in the world withNASA's Watch the Skies! All Sky Camera Network.

We love seeing the fun your Nature Trackers are having! Share your stories and photos with us at /HensonFamilyHub on Facebook and @HensonFamilyHub on Twitter, using #NatureTrackers. 
For a complete list of challenges, visit the Nature Trackers page on PBS Parents!


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