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Based on the Academy Award nominated movie How To Train Your Dragon, Dragons-Defenders of Berk Part 1 follows Hiccup and his dragon training friends as they battle to protect their island home. These young Vikings must put all their dragon training skills to the test to defeat some dangerous and surprising new enemies! In addition to new adventures and villains this Cartoon Network TV series also introduces 4 brand new dragons to the franchise in its episodes.
My daughter just loves this series and can’t wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2 coming to theaters in June. If you have fans like I do, this is something you may want to put this in an Easter basket this year!
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Meet The Happy’s, these new adorable toys are ready to play with you!
All Happy’s treats work with any Happy’s pet – so the more treats, the more tricks the Happy’s will do! From the imagination of ZhuZhu Pets® toymaker Cepia, LLC, The Happy’s are scampering onto shelves this spring, just in time for Easter.
“With The Happy’s, we wanted pets that would really play with you and these little guys do that and more,” said James Russell Hornsby, CEO of Cepia LLC. “We captured the playful unpredictability of a puppy, a ball and a treat and multiplied it! The Happy’s play with you and with one another – get them in a group and witness a pet-palooza of pure magic.”
Four sweet and silly characters compose The Happy’s litter, each with its own name and unique personality. While each pet comes with its own treat to unlock special tricks, all of the treats are compatible and will work with any Happy’s pet.
Bentley –No ordinary retriever, Bentley’s GOLDEN and comes with the blue Happy Treat bone. His favorite trick is to chase his tail!
Sport -A sweet Goldendoodle, Sport comes with the red Happy Treat bone, is obsessed with chasing balls and loves to perform a wiggle trick!
Chance -A Beagle that’s true to his name, Chance loves to explore and comes with an orange Happy Treat bone and will perform a jump trick!
Mittens –A pure cotton ball white kitty, Mittens is anything but high maintenance! She comes with a yellow fish treat and loves to sneak up with a purrfectly-timed pounce!
The Happy’s™ Playsets and Accessories
The Happy’s show off dance and agility moves with special playsets and accessories:
Rockin’ Playground:Through the magic of IR technology, the Rockin’ Playground signals The Happy’s and they all come running! When they get close, they perform a trick. Press the button on the sign and The Happy’s will either chase their tail or perform a silly dance to music. Watch them wobble and bobble with the added fun of wobble toys
Agility Training Set:The Happy’s are always ready to learn new tricks. Teach them to go through the tunnel, play on the see-saw and maneuver through the cones.
Chase and Play:The Happy’s are magically drawn to the ball — they chase and pounce on it!
Happy Treats:Each Happy Treat unlocks a different trick. The more treats, the more tricks such as beg, chase tail, wiggle and pounce!
Ride-On Accessories:The Happy’s love to cruise around in the Speedy Sports Car and Zippy Skateboard! Both run on Happy Pet Power and work with all pets.
Fashion Carrier and Scarf:The Happy’s travel in style with the Fashion Carrier and coordinating scarf. The Fashion Carrier has a handle for easy carrying and a pocket inside for your pet’s Happy Treat. The scarf is pre-tied, and has a Velcro closure.
Deluxe Bed & Blanket:After a busy day of playing, The Happy’s need rest! You can tuck them into their soft, fluffy bed with five styles from which to choose.
The Happy’s will be available at major retailers beginning this spring, with even more pets to follow later this year. The Happy’s pets, playsets, and accessories range in price from $5.99-$24.99, ages 4+. The launch of Happy’s will be supported with a national media campaign including TV, radio and social media. For more information, please visit www.the-happys.com and watch for my review of The Happy’s coming soon!
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This past weekend, my family and I were invited to check out Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam at the Huntington Center in Toledo. Not really my thing honestly, but I figured why not, it would be fun for the girls. We’ll fun for my oldest daughter who was thrilled, my youngest, not so much, the girly girl didn’t want to show any excitement about heading to a monster truck show.
Truth be told, my daughters and hubby have been to a Monster Jam show before, I have not, and honestly never really had the urge to go. How fun would it be to watch a bunch of monster trucks crashing, crushing cars, jumping hills. Not my idea of fun, or so I had once thought!
We had the fun opportunity to get right down and dirty with the monster trucks as we were invited to a special pizza party in the pit before the show. Adorned with tables, chairs, pizza, veggies, cookies and refreshments, along with goodies for the kiddos, we were on the floor, with two giant monster trucks (Grave Digger and Dragon’s Breath). My oldest daughter was in heaven! She fell instantly in love with Dragon’s Breath as she’s a big lover of dragons and reptiles. My youngest daughter sat at the table with her coat on. Not thrilled. Until a little later when we found this going on….
Yes, that’s her, miss girly girl getting down and dirty in the dirt, having the time of her life! Mingling with the other kids, making friends as they tried to dig to the ice under the dirt (or so they thought ice was under there). Once we all had something to eat, took some photos and played around in the dirt, we got to meet the Monster Jam drivers, and get autographs, it was such a fun time before the show and a great experience!
Time came pretty quickly as we left the pit and were off to find our seats, at this point I had asked my daughters if they had fun down in the pit, and to my surprise BOTH of them said yes, and I’ll be honest, I had quite the time myself! The show was about to start, ear plugs were put in our ears, and the trucks were right beneath us, once they started up, the diesel fumes were a nice touch (yuck) but we could bare with it as we tucked our noses under our shirts for a bit.
Seeing these HUGE monster trucks, crushing cars, flipping over (Grave Digger did this twice) and jumping hills was in fact FUN! I actually surprised myself and had a GREAT time! It’s not something you see everyday, not something you get to experience a lot, even the dirt bike tricks and motorcycles were a hit with us. My family and the others in attendance seemed to have a great time. It was quite the amazing event! Beyond the noise and the fumes, the merchandise was unbelievable, and although I never thought I’d be a Monster Jam fan myself, I almost bought myself a Grave Digger hat! Believe that!
Would I recommend checking out Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam when it comes to your city? Would I recommend checking it out once it comes back to Toledo? ABSOLUTELY!
To find dates, and more information visit www.monsterjam.com.
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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what would Valentine’s Day be without candy? This year, besides the normal Valentine’s Day chocolate, you can lure your sweetie in with something a little different…PEEPS!
Now you either like Peeps or you don’t, I will be 100% honest with you, I’ve never had a Peep before, nope…NEVER! My kids have had them, and loved them, but it’s not something I ever have wanted to try.
A box of goodies came to the door the other day, and this was my chance to try them out….
The assortment of Peeps for Valentine’s Day is unbelievable…You have a choice of Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Creme-Flavored Chicks, Strawberry Creme-Flavored Marshmallow Hearts, Marshmallow Hearts, Vanilla Creme-Favored Marshmallow Hearts.
Peeps are all decorated for the occasion in heart shaped marshmallows and reds and pinks, there’s also a little something I was thrilled to see…Sugar Free Marshmallow Hearts! They were still sweet tasting but without all the sugar!
The girls absolutely loved the Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears and my favorite….The Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Peeps and Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps. SO GOOD and a great impression for one of my first Peeps!
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Here’s the thing… I AM NOT A MINI VAN PERSON! I really mean it, I think in my few years of doing car reviews, I’ve purposely stayed away from doing reviews on Mini Vans, because I hate them! The stigma that goes along with them, is totally not me, so I’ve avoided them at all costs. Until now!
This month I decided to give a mini van a try, and wound up with the 2013 Toyota Sienna for review. The first day driving it, I think the words, I hate this thing came out of my mouth more than once, I wasn’t impress, but I think it was my view on Mini Vans that was clouding my judgement, becuase as the week went on, I started to enjoy this vehicle more and more.
Yes, the Toyota Sienna is still a Mini Van, it’s still got the “soccer mom” image riding around, BUT the amount of interior space and comfort and convenience that it gave, far outweighed my personal hatred for the van, it was drawing me in! I think I may have been converted by the Toyota Sienna!
The interior is beautiful, the dashboard provides the driver with an easy angle to get to every button and screen. Everything is spread out in a way where either the driver or front seat passenger has easy access to just about everything. The seats are comfortable, even for short little me, I was able to see properly in every angle that I could.
What I love most is the room that the 2013 Toyota Sienna provides. It seats up to 8 people, but here’s the strange thing, in the trunk you’ll find a small removable seat that snaps between the second row captain chairs, it’s small, like seriously small, and I don’t think would be comfortable for an adult, maybe a child at that. Either way, it’s not something we used, or even if I owned the vehicle would be something I would use at all. The second row seats in the Sienna were kid tested and approved by comfort and room by my two daughters. I also loved that the 3rd row seating does provide enough room for adults as well as children. I’ve found in a few vehicles that third row seating can be almost pointless for a grown adult, but the Sienna provides the space!
The doors on both side of the van are automatic open and close via the key fob, or just a push of a button inside the van, no more pulling and tugging, let the Toyota Sienna do the work for you. The back seats in both rows have lots of storage and cup holders as well as A/C vents (which my girls love so they can control their temp back there).
When you’re not in need of the 3rd row seating, they fold down completely with just a single handle great if you need more trunk space.
The Toyota Sienna comes equip with six airbags – front and side for the front seats as well as curtain airbags. It also has electronic stability control. Also available in the 2013 Toyota Sienna is a pre-collision system, blind spot monitoring system, and a backup camera.
When it comes to technology the Toyota Sienna doesn’t disappoint. It has a touch-screen navigation system as well as a wide screen entertainment screen in the back, which I was a little worried about it obstructing my view, but there wasn’t an obstruction at all. The screen also can display two things at once, you can have a DVD playing on one side, and a Video game on another, less fighting for the kids!!! YAY! Always a plus!
I admit, this van seemed huge when I first got into it, and I wasn’t used to the way it handled, like I said I’ve avoided mini vans for a long long while. However, once I got driving around the ride was great, it was stable, and easy to maneuver, even when parking. Fuel economy is about 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.
Base-model Siennas start at $27,245, and come with everything a growing family needs: Rear air conditioning, cruise control, remote locking, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. And like all Toyotas, the Sienna’s price includes all scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles. Next up is the $30,795 LE model, which adds power sliding doors, a nicer stereo, and improved trim. Other choices include the sporty SE ($34,385) and luxury-themed XLE ($34,205) and all-wheel-drive Limited ($42,135) models.
The Sienna offers so many options, some of the list includes: a dual-pane sunroof, power tailgate, navigation system, leather upholstery, automatic headlights and wipers, radar cruise control, and the aforementioned dual-view entertainment system. Opt for everything and you can spend well over $47,000 on your Sienna..
Overall, I really fell in love with the Toyota Sienna, yes this Mini Van hating Mama said it, I fell in love with a Mini Van. We travel A LOT and the amount of space the 2013 Toyota Sienna gave us as a family was just what I’ve been thinking and looking for in our next vehicle purchase. Toyota I think you’ve won me over!
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