Storks comes to DVD

Storks is the fantastic new family film that’s been enjoyed in cinema’s recently and now been released on DVD to enjoy at home.  A family favourite this is great for adults and kids alike and is perfect for my 6 and 9 year olds to enjoy.  With fast paced easy to understand storylines and humourous scenes, we couldn’t wait to watch it for the first time as a family at home on the sofa.

Storks deliver babies… or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

The film quickly gets into the storyline and both my children quickly became engrossed in the film and were silent throughout – always a good sign!  They laughed and were kept entertained throughout.

After it finished I asked for their thoughts:

Mister B ” It was aweswome – can we watch it again?”

Miss M ” It was a brilliant film, I loved watching it”

I think that says it all, we as adults enjoyed watching it to and I think it makes a great film for us all to sit down and watch together.

If you haven’t seen it yet, plan your next weekend, get a copy of Storks on DVD and sit down with the family at watch it!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Finding Dory – Book of the Film

Disney Pixar Finding Dory Book of the Film from Parragon books tells the sequel story to the Finding Nemo film that was a big hit a few years ago.  We haven’t seen the film Finding Dory but the children were exciting to receive the book and get reading.  My 8yr old read it herself over a a couple of weeks and really enjoyed it.  She then passed it to her younger brother age 6 who was really keen to listen to the story and we happily read him a couple of chapters each night before bed.

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Forgetful Dory is very happy living in the ocean with her friends, Marlin and Nemo. But one day, memories of her long-lost parents come flooding back to her. With the help of old friends and new, including Hank the septopus, can Dory finally discover her past?

The story follows Dory on her adventures where she meets old friends such as Destiny the whale who recognises her and helps tell her about her past.  She finds many friendly faces along the way in this exciting adventure.

In the centre of the book are 8 full colour picture pages which really help bring the story to life.  Mister B, my 6 year old really enjoyed looking at these to remind him what the characters looked like and retell the story in his own words.  The chapters are short meaning you can easily pick the book up and just read a few pages or a few chapters if you have more time.

wp_20161221_15_09_57_proBoth children have enjoyed the story and found it fun to read and listen to.  For any fans of the Finding Nemo or Finding Dory films then this is the perfect book to keep them entertained and read about all the fishy friends having fun together.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Barbie Dreamtopia Movie comes to Tiny Pop

Dreamtopia is a series set in a magical make-believe world created by Chelsea, Barbie’s six year old youngest sister. Like many girls, Chelsea really looks up to her sister, and every adventure features Barbie as either a princess, a fairy, or a mermaid from a different land that guides Chelsea and her young pup Honey on a new experience.

PR_Rainbow_RidingRainbow_S32_F26_062016This series looks magical and fun and just like something my children would enjoy.  The new Dreamtopia Barbie movie special airs on Tiny Pop 23rd July at 4pm with a catch up on Sunday 24th July at 9am.  It follows Barbie, her younger sister Chelsea and her pup Honey on a magical new adventure, telling the origins story of the land of Dreamtopia!

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Dreamtopia is a land where if you can imagine it, it can happen with everything from an edible lollipop forest full of cute happy pets.  Or perhaps ride the tallest roller coaster up in the sky on a rainbow.

Why not check out this trailer below?

The film looks fun, full of exciting adventures where dreams come true, perfect for any young Barbie fans.  We can’t wait to watch the full length this weekend – will you be watching it too?

 

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The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure DVD Review & Giveaway

The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure is a great film for both children and families to watch from Lionsgate and was released on 15th February.  It follows the tale of Pororo and his desire to take part in the Super Sled Championships.  His ambition becomes a reality when he bumps into two pilot turtles, Toto and Mango who make an emergency landing in the local village, and Pororo manages to get a lift with his friends to the championships!

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The adventure continues as gets a super sled of his own and battles amongst the other teams such as the tigers and the brown bears to compete for the title.  Along the way Pororo inspires both the commentators and the other animals, making this a cute, fun film that I have to say both my children really enjoyed watching.

8yr old Miss M’s verdict: “Brilliant, I love it!.  I liked it because it was quite funny.  I thought the best part was when Pororo fell down a hole and one of the turtles came to rescue him.  Another part I really liked was when Pororo got stuck at the start and had the lollipop boost and was colourful in the air”

5yr old Mister B’s verdict: “Really good, the bit I liked was when the penguin was in the lead of the race.  I liked when the funny men were in the airplane and their yellow thing fell off – that was so funny!”

If you fancy watching this cute little penguin’s amusing adventure, then enter my Pororo DVD giveaway below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Paper Planes DVD Review & Giveaway

Paper Planes is a great newly released film by Lionsgate, about an eleven year old Australian boy, Dylan, and his ambition to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

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His passion for inventing and creating paper planes is clear to see and the film follows his journey to come up with the best paper plane.  Having lost his mother at a young age and with an unsupportive father he is on his own until he meets up with the current Japanese champion Kimi, who he strikes up a friendship with, which helps boost his self esteem and enthusiasm.  The film follows various emotions from start to finish including friendship, family, trust and self belief.

My 8yr old daughter sat glued to this film during it’s entirety, she thoroughly enjoyed it and I think it was totally appropriate for her age.  I enjoyed the film too, and it is definitely something I would have watched when I was younger, but equally something I loved sitting down to watch as a family now.  It has a feel good factor to it and happy endings all round.

I have a copy of the Paper Planes DVD to giveaway to one of my readers, just fill in the Gleam form below:

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

Girlz 4 Life – Lego Friends DVD Review

Girlz 4 Life is the new dvd release from Lego Friends featuring all the familiar Lego Friends faces (Olivia, Stephanie, Andrea, Mia and Emma) along with a new girl Livi, who is a popstar that they admire and want to share their new song with.  Unfortunately things don’t go quite to plan as the story unfolds throughout the film with tales of friendship, trust and fame being put to the test.

lego friendsIn LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life, the girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi arrives in Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, they must devise and execute a plan, and fast. As Livi gains more fame and recognition from the new hit single, the girls try to share the truth behind the song in hopes that Livi will do the right thing.

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With a running time of 76 minutes this is the perfect for my two children to sit, watch and enjoy without getting bored. They loved the animation and found it easy to watch, sat glued on the sofa with me throughout.  The storyline was easy to follow and kept them eager to see what happened.  We all enjoyed watching this with fun music along the way.  The film is modern and fresh with up to date references to everyday life and a great movie for early Saturday night entertainment with the kids!

The DVD and digitial download was released this week, so why not get a copy now and enjoy it with the children.

We were loaned a preview copy of the film in exchange for an honest review.

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Great Festive Bake Off Blog Tour

The animated film of The Snowman first graced our screens back in 1982 when I was just seven years old, although it is one of those films that I remember clearly and have watched many times over during it’s annual viewing each Christmas.  The 20th anniversary film released in 2012 shares the snowman’s adventure with another little boy along with a Snowdog, of which has become one of my little boy’s favourite cuddly toys since taking part in last years blog tour.  If you haven’t seen the film or want to watch it again then keep your eyes peeled as The Snowman™ and The Snowdog will be shown on Channel 4 again this Christmas!

Snowman Bake off bannerThis year we have received some lovely Snowman & Snowdog gifts to try out as shown below.

snowdogThe Snowman Indoor Light String with LED bulbs is available from Christmas Trees and Lights priced at £15.99.  The set contains 10 moulded snowman which gently illuminate to a soft glow.  The set requires 2AA batteries to operate it, which I do like as it means they can be hung anywhere.  We chose to hang them from our picture rail between our lounge and dining room.  The children really love these lights and can’t wait for me to turn them on each evening.

snowdog 2A product that will always prove popular in this house is chocolate and when it’s a white chocolate snowman from Thornton’s, you know you are onto a winner!  The chocolate is creamy and very yummy, a firm favourite with my little ones and also myself, great for a Christmas treat!

snowmanThe fun twist on this years Snowman & Snowdog blog tour is a bake off along with the other bloggers taking part.  We have all been sent this lovely set of Snowman & Snowdog biscuit cutters available from John Lewis and Party Delights to see what we could come up with.

snowman 3I didn’t have to ask my children twice if they wanted to help, they absolutely adore baking, and as soon as I mentioned we were starting they were in the kitchen doing up each others aprons and sitting at the work top ready to begin.  Due to an imminent house move my food processor is all packed up, so luckily the children love getting their hands in the bowl and effortlessy rubbed the butter into the flour for our biscuit mixture.  They then rolled out and cut a variety of shapes ready for baking.

snowdog 3I love their results, so sparkly and festive!

snowdog 4And aren’t these snowdogs super cute?

snowdog 5Then it was mummy’s turn with the other half of the mixture.  I carefully cut and baked my shapes before attempting to ice them!  I’d had a long weekend of DIY at my new house and was feeling pretty shattered, so was a little rushed, but I gave it my best shot!

snowdog 6I really enjoyed this challenge and found it really fun to do.  I’ll definitely be trying out some more biscuit designs in the new year when I have a bit more time on my hands.

snowdog 7Mister B’s snowdog came down to the kitchen for a visit and approved of my biscuit creations of him and thought the children would love them!

snowdog 8I have to say the finished biscuits are very tasty and the children couldn’t wait to sample them. I can confirm they do taste absolutely delicious are make the perfect festive treat this Christmas time.

snowdog 9For more Snowman & Snowdog gifts and bake off adventures head over to Madhouse Family Reviews tomorrow for more wonderful festive ideas.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Snowman & Snowdog goodies in order to write an honest review.

WIN! Barbie™ in Princess Power on DVD

To celebrate the release of the brand new hero adventure Barbie™ In Princess Power, we have a copy to give away on DVD.

barbieBarbie™ stars as Kara™, a modern-day princess with an everyday life. One day, after being kissed by a magical butterfly, Kara™ soon discovers she has amazing super powers allowing her to transform into Super Sparkle, her secret alter ego who flies around the kingdom ready to save the day as they discover that there’s no greater power than the power of friendship! You can play out the adventures of Kara with the Super Sparkle Doll which transforms from a princess to a hero!

Don’t miss this brand new hero adventure, Barbie™ In Princess Power, available on DVD, and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from 16th February 2015 and available to pre-order now!

For fun activities to print, create and colour in visit Barbie.com/PrincessPowerUK

To be in with a chance of winning Barbie™ In Princess Power on DVD, just answer the following question…

What creature is Barbie™ kissed by when she transforms into Super Sparkle?

a) Bee

b) Butterfly

c) Bird

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Win 1 of 5 The Little Reindeer DVD’s and Review

The Little Reindeer DVD is an ideal Christmas film for young children.  It’s animated in a magical way to engage little ones and is accompanied by music rather than voices.  My two sat down to watch this and were mesmerised throughout watching the story of The Little Reindeer and his adventures with a little boy.

Little ReindeerOn Christmas Eve the little reindeer is exploring Santa’s
workshop when he accidentally falls into the giftwrapping
machine, and finds himself being delivered as a present! The
little boy who receives him is overjoyed and sets about building
him a home, but soon discovers that his reindeer is no
ordinary reindeer, he can fly! After many magical adventures
together, Christmas comes around again and it’s time for
Santa to retrieve his lost gift!

With a running time of 26 minutes this was the perfect length for my two children.  They sat quietly watching it and it really brought the Christmas spirit into the front room.  They both enjoyed it and would happily watch over and over.  This is great for the Christmas season as it is something to occupy little ones with, although not too long to lose their attention.  It really does have a  magical feel and is something that would be watched year after year.

The Little Reindeer DVD was released on 28th October 2013 and can be purchased from all good DVD stockists.

For more information can be found on the Abbey Home Media website or their Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you’d like to win a copy of the new The Little Reindeer DVD, then fill out the form below for your chance of winning 1 of 5 copies:

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