Toy Story 4 is coming!!

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I am so excited to share with you that Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s stmoory with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today. Check out the new teaser trailer here:

 

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”

Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”

How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”

U.S. Release Date:  June 21, 2019

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Voice Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Tony Hale

Director:  Josh Cooley

Producers:  Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen

NOTES:

  • “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. 

 

The Little Book of You Review

The Little Book of you is a unique gift suitable for any age, but best for a baby arrival gift, a first birthday, or a Baby shower gift (as a giftcard!)

I had given this book as a gift to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She was amazed at the quality of the book and the questions that were asked. The detail about the year she was born was amazing and something to cherish forever.

Can we take a moment to just take in how adorable even the cover is?

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The book requires you to enter the following information about the child:

  • Full Name
  • Name Child Goes By
  • Birthday
  • Birth Time
  • Weather on Child’s Birthday
  • Birth Weight
  • Birth Height
  • Hospital or Place of Birth
  • Geographic Location of Birth
  • 4-16 Family Members Names and Their Relationship
  • 1-8 People the Child First Met
  • Doctor or Midwife’s Name (Optional)
  • First Home Address
  • Explanation of Why Their Name was Chosen
  • 1-3 Nicknames

They take all of this information and create a story filled with details including a family tree!

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The majority of the fields in the order form are required. Given the way the story is structured, the book was designed it this way to ensure you get the best possible product! You will not be able to complete your order without filling in all the required fields, so be sure that you have everything available. Unfortunately you are not able to save your entry and come back to it at this time. That said, everything you have filled out will stay filled out as long as you keep your browser window open.

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“Little Book of You” is a magical and one of a kind illustrated memory book created by you for any of the special little people in your life. Parents and kids alike will love the book. It’s a great alternative for parents to the traditional baby book but is also a storybook older kids will love to read about themselves. We currently have versions available for children 0-11.

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The first option is you can fill out the online form yourself and give the gift of the finished book product. This will provide a great wow factor but can be tricky if you don’t know detailed information about the child since most of the fields on our order form are required. Click here to see all the questions you will need to fill out and see if this option is right for you.

The second option is you can give a gift card to the parents of the child and they can fill it out themselves for their own child. We offer the option to have a gift card emailed to you right away or a nicely wrapped gift experience delivered to you by mail for a more special gift giving moment. A gift card is the right option if you a) don’t have all of the information you need to fill out the online form b) are giving this as a gift before the child is born or c) think the parents would enjoy filling it out themselves or would prefer to put their own touches into the book.

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Filling out a book for a friend or relative is a great option as people love receiving the finished product! Before starting with this option though you’ll want to click here to see the list of questions we ask on our our order form. Don’t know the answers and not sure how to get them? Give a gift card!

With a price tag of $49.95, it seems like an expensive book. But with that being said, it is not just a book you are giving. It is a personalized keepsake to be cherished by the family, as well as the child for years, even decades to come.

The only downfall would be the material of the book itself. It seems like it could easily get dirty if not stores away. You can get a gift box with it to prevent that and make for better storage for an additional fee, but hey, it might just be worth it.

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Marina and James Cummins live in New York City with their daughter Lila and golden retriever Stella. They founded “Little Book of You” in 2017. James is a co-owner of his family business, James Cummins Bookseller, a rare bookshop on the Upper East Side, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Marina has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. This project combines their love of books, technology and most of all their family.

Thomas and Friends is at it again!

All aboard! Thomas the Train has been around since I was a child.  It was Thomas and Barney that captured the hearts of children everywhere and was a must watch daily.

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“Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Series” made its debut on September 17th.  This all-new redeveloped series comes with exciting new features, from new locations and a gender-inclusive Steam Team, to new formatting seeing Thomas breaking the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience and inviting kids along for the adventures!

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Throughout the years, Thomas has been able to sustain its growth and stay relevant so why would anything change? In a new age where everything is out in the open and children are learning earlier in life about their part in their future, Thomas will be there to guide them along.

The series is also about to get serious about female empowerment as they welcome a new engine all the way from Kenya named Nia, who is the absolute equal of Thomas the Tank Engine and the other male engines populating the Island of Sodor.

She’s independent, a great problem solver and fast learner, who is also a real optimist with a great sense of fun.

As a parent, Actress Olivia Wilde is “on board” with everything Thomas is standing for along with the United Nations sustainable development goals that have been worked into the show.

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Additionally, along with the revamped series comes new music and an all new theme song that little engineers are sure to love. The new music is now streaming on Spotify.

My 6 year old son has been what I call “past the Thomas phase” for a couple of years now and onto the stuff his older brother is doing. Verbatim he told me “Thomas is for babies” when I asked if he’d like to check out the new Thomas the Train series and movie.

I explained to him that it changed a bit and that he should give it a try. Not only does it have some cool stories but it’s on Nick Jr. now! He agreed to check it out and that was that.

There are many new catchy songs which is much different than the old format.  This certainly helps to keep kids engaged and wanting to know what happens next!

He immediately fell into his Thomas the Train obsession and wanted to pull out his Thomas the Train toys to play with  where collected many over the years and they’ve collected dust but I’m happy to pull them back out if they’ll get some 6 year old lovin’!

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There are some awesome NEW Thomas toys out as well that play more into the new themes like this Jungle Set my son cannot get enough of. His laugh says it all..

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Fortnite can wait! Thomas is ON!

All aboard the Thomas Express!

Can you spot Thomas in the United Nations building?

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Liberty Science Center Summer Fun: Dino Dig, Grossology, Arthur’s World, Planetarium and much more!

What a blast my boys and I had today at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey.

Today was a perfect day to be at the LSC. 75 and sunny for the morning and we got there bright and early to get a jump start on Dino Dig!

20180721_111058.jpgThis is a view looking down on the exhibit from the 4th floor. It’s a huge area of imagination and digging up REAL (ok, replica) Dinosaur bones!

We’ve been here before, but even though they’ve seen it, my boys still seemed to enjoy it just as if it was the first time again. Finding new dinosaurs, even dinosaurs eggs and poop!

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Not to mention, I cannot get enough of this view! You can pay big money for a view as close as this to the NYC skyline. Many parts of the center allow for outstanding views but the Dino Dig section is basically in its backyard.

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We wanted to also check out some of the featured exhibits on the third floor.  These are the limited time, see em’ while they’re hot, catch them if you can kind of exhibited so I suggest you get on in!

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Arthur’s World is pretty cute.  It is an entire large portion of the 3rd floor dedicated to the children’s show “Arthur”. Although my kids were never into the show, they’ve both read the books and appreciated this fantasy room where they got to feel like they were part of the show.

20180721_101925.jpg They got to pretend to be school teachers and students of the class. There were changes of clothes they can even wear to get into character.

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They also went “camping” and played house complete with a kitchen.

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The most popular new exhibit is the planetarium dome theater show theat runs every hour or so.  It is included with the LSC day pass, but I believe they’d like you to sign up for showtimes to avoid having to turn anyone away.

I remember seeing shows in this awesome dome theater as a child. It used to make me dizzy, and still does,- but it’s worth it!

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They have a few different shows all based on the solar system, we saw “beyond 2 worlds”.

My 6 year old was a bit nervous, gripping on to the seats because of the virtual reality like feeling you get. Eventually he settled down and enjoyed it.  Both kids and myself left with a huge smile and slight headaches and dizziness.  It’s a love/hate relationship!

Last but certainly not least, the awesome new exhibit GROSSOLOGY was so cool!

Having 2 boys, gross is a part of my daily vocabulary… this is not for the queezy people of the world.  Many boogers, burps and farts are thrown around this room.  Many..

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I think my favorite part of this exhibit was the lifesize, real life operation game.  Squishy organs you place one by one into a cartoon body, and then go to work getting a light flashing and buzzing if you even so much as tap the metal sides, just like the game!20180721_10481420180721_104653

They would stay in this exhibit for hours if I let them.

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Aside from the fun new exhibits, we hit up some of our old favorites too. The touch tunnel;

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The animal exhibits!

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And so much more.

You definitely need a full day to really appreciate everything. There is a food court that you can stop and get a bite for lunch or dinner, so plan a full day here… see it all.

Take in all of the knowledge, fun, and views the Liberty Science Center has to offer. You’ll be happy you did!

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Bendy and the Ink Machine Birthday Party

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Anyone else have a child who picks the most odd themes that they want for their birthday party?

My son dropped on me that he really wants to have a Bendy and the Ink Machine birthday party in our yard this year for his birthday next month.  And guess what,  there aren’t any party supplies at all for it at retail stores.

I know that he loves it,  and he watches the videos on you tube,  so guess what? This mommy has to do what mommy has to do to make it happen! Make it!

I decided to do like I did last year when he wanted to have a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed party and the were limited decorations to choose from.  Large cardboard cut outs! Very simple and the best part,  the kids can do most of the work. It isn’t child labor if they request to do it right??!? LOL. Just kidding.  He was so excited to get to work on it.

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The first step we did was getting the images to print out in a larger then one paper format. We used a free site called blockposters.com which helps you convert the images easily to multiple pages to create a poster.

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Look how great my little boy was doing. Yes, he really did this all himself!

Then, we used anything we had around the house that can act as a sturdy back for the image. We had one piece of a gift box,  and some previously used shipping boxes that we cut to lay flat.

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Then you just glue each piece on order,  let them dry, and cut them out on the box.  We also cut eyes holes out so that the kids can use them as masks.

For the happy birthday banner,  I used my cricut explore and downloaded the banner file I liked for .99 cents.

I already had some cool vintage looking card stock on hand so it worked perfectly for this theme.

Also,  to make it more fit the theme, I printed some of the images I found online of the characters and cut them on sticker paper that you can get at any craft store.

I have added the Bendy & The Ink Machine Birthday Party Invitation to my Etsy Store if you’d like to order! Digital File will be personalized for you! Click the image below!

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It was a little time consuming,  but fun to put together.

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Here are some pictures of the FNAF them cutouts and party we did last year!

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2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Review

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

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Check out the all new C-HR by Toyota. What a cool looking car right? Immediately I felt like it was a car of the future,  especially with the back door handles higher up then normal,  made it feel like a “special” vehicle that I’d feel proud to ride around town in.

My kids,  my husband,  and I went to Medieval Times  over the weekend in Lyndhurst NJ and took the 1 hour ride in style with this beauty.

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It has everything you’d expect from a 2018 vehicle,  blind spot monitoring,  large LCD touch screen with bluetooth capability,  heated seating,  and more, although navigation does not come standard which is interesting.

One thing that I found unique that may be a Toyota brand thing (this is my first time with a Toyota) is the back up camera comes up on the rear view mirror as opposed to what I am used to which is on the large LCD screen.

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See how small it is? Personally I am not a fan of this for a few reasons.  The number one reason being the picture is very small and grainy and I don’t quite get the point of it being there instead of a much larger viewing screen.  The second thing is,  as a mom,  while driving I have enough distractions with the kids fighting over things in the back seat,  It’s defintely a distraction to have to look into the rear view mirror foot the back up camera,  and in the right side is the actual mirror which you can see out of the back, yes, but you also see little heads bopping around and hands flailing about.  I guess I don’t really see the point of it IN the rear view mirror. Anyone?

I found myself not even using it and struggling to see out of the accrual mirror instead along with the turn your head to see technique which the back windows make it very hard to see out of since they’re small due to design.

I guess that’s a price to pay for external beauty.  The vehicle itself shines no matter where you go because it is so different in its design.

I thought my kids would have a hard time opening the back doors themselves but once I told them where the door handle was (I admit, I let them struggle for a bit trying to figure out where it was #badmom) they were able to open it pretty easily.

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Can you find the back door handle? LOL!

The inside front is much smaller then my husband and I are used to with me having a full size explorer, but it is roomy enough to get comfortable in after. Also,  surprisingly The back seat is much roomier than you would think.

My stepfather wanted to go for a ride in the back seat with my youngest and he raved about how comfortable he was back there even though it’s a small sized crossover.

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From the back it looks like a small hatch back, but looks can be deceiving.

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Check it all of this trunk space!

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April Daily Goodie Box Unboxing!

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You all know I look forward to getting my FREE “Daily Goodie Box” in the mail, and what I love even more is getting to unbox it and see all of the cool stuff inside and share it with you.
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It’s free and it’s fun. What more can you ask for?
Is there a catch? No. But everyone will not get one just because they apply.  There is a monthly amount given out  randomly,  but you can earn a free box easier if you comment on their Facebook posts.  Just look for one that says they’ll be picking winners.
Time for the unboxing of April’s #Dailygoodiebox and I assure you there us some REALLY COOL stuff in this one!
Check out the links to the featured products in this month’s box!
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Prince & Spring – Fruitmojis
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RawRev – Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate
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Goodwipes – Down There Wipes For Gals
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Fourth & Heart – Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee Butter
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Foods Alive – Himalayan Pink Salt
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Good Karma – Dairy Free Flaxmilk
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Real Chemistry – Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser
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DayClear – Allergy Relief
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Flathau’s Fine Foods – Cinnamon Snaps
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Loaf Slime – Lavender Aromatherapy Dough