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.

WIN Barbie™ in Rock ‘n Royals on DVD

Barbie™ in Rock ‘n Royals is the latest DVD from Barbie™ and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.  With lots of musical scenes and singing, the films sees Princess Courtney and popstar Erika get mixed up and in the wrong training camps.  Princess Courtney in pop camp and Erika in Royalty camp.  The film’s storyline is all about friendship, team working and making the most of the situation you are in, which Courtney and Erika certainly do in order to succeed and it’s down to their determination that the film comes to a happy ending.

Barbie in Rock N Royals still 1I watched this with both my children who remained glued to the screen throughout, although 4yr old Mister B loved the funny bits and repeated them out loud.  7yr old Miss M really enjoyed it and liked the sing off finale at the end.  At 1hr and 20 mins long this is the right length to keep their attention.

Barbie in Rock N Royals still 4This Barbie™ film is fun, with the traditional style princess Barbie™ but also a modern edge with the pop camp where the girls had lots of funky coloured hairstyles and groovy dance moves!

Barbie in Rock n' Royals 3D DVD pack shotTo celebrate the release of the brand new super star musical Barbie™ in Rock ‘n Royals, available now on DVD and Digital Download, we are offering 1 reader the chance to win a copy of the DVD!

Barbie® stars as Princess Courtney, a modern princess whose world is turned upside down when a mix-up sends her to Camp Pop and Erika, a famous rockstar, to Camp Royalty! Both Courtney and Erika learn to adjust to the different worlds and have fun while making new, unexpected friends. When the girls learn both camps are at risk of shutting down, they must embrace their differences, find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible when you dare to dream big!

 

A range of dolls are also available to complete the Rock ‘n Royal experience, which we all had fun reviewing here!

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Don’t miss this brand-new musical adventure, Barbie™ in Rock ‘n Royals, available now on DVD and Digital Download!

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Heroes of the City Youtube Channel and Giveaway

Heroes of the City is a firm favourite of my 4yr old after we first discovered it back in 2013 and enjoyed watching Series 1.  The animated tv series is aimed at preschool children and follows various rescue vehicles about a town where everybody gets to be a hero teaching values of friendship and helping each other.

YouTube_EnglishThey now have a Heroes of the City youtube channel which has a total of 6 hours worth of entertainment across 18 different languages for worldwide appeal.   With characters such as Fiona the Fire Engine (my little boys favourite as it’s the same name as me!), Paulie the Police Car (that’s daddy cos he’s a policeman), Hector Helicopter, Troy Tractor, Hot Dog Herbie and many more including Calamity Crow who gets up to all sorts of mischief!

Not only are there plenty of episodes to keep little ones occupied there are activities such as Calamity Crow’s Sketch and Guess Show which are short clips of a minute or two where you have to guess the picture that’s being drawn.  Mister B had fun with these and liked clicking the mouse between the different ones himself.

Sketch&GuessThere are also some fabulous craft videos with Calamity Crow helping to demonstrate.  Some simple ideas using everyday crafting bits you would have around the house and a few bits out of the recycling box.  Mister B has spotted the marble run made out of cardboard tubes that he wants to make so we are saving a few tubes up to have a go.

Crafting_ShowThere are some really fun ideas to make, great for activities over the summer holidays!

Take a look at the Heroes of the City youtube channel and hopefully it will keep your child entertained for a while and give them ideas of things to make.

I have a goody bag to offer to one of my readers consisting of a Heroes of the City t-shirt, DVD and diecast model of one of the vehicles in the show.  Here is a sample of what you may get although any diecast model may be sent.

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All reviews are my own opinions and I received the products as part of my review.

Sooty ABC : Learn the Alphabet DVD – Review

Sooty ABC : Learn the Alphabet DVD is the latest release from Sooty and friends but also a little bit different.  Rather than being jam packed full of fun episodes, this DVD introduces the alphabet to viewers in a fun and exciting way.

sootyThe main adventure sees friends, Sooty, Sweep and Soo visit Wookey Hole in Somerset discovering items beginning with each letter of the alphabet.  I love the way the story guides you through the letters looking for objects for each letter.  There is a poster included with the DVD which reiterates the same objects found as on the DVD, a useful guide for little ones to look at and practice their letters and objects.

sooty poster4yr old Mister B loves Sooty, and although knows his letters, is only just learning to read, so associating words with their starting letter is a great game for him.  He has the poster in his bedroom and loves going through the letters and telling me the word that goes with them.

Aside from the main episode on the DVD there are three other episodes and also some extras.  There is a short video through the alphabet showing an object for each letter.  There is also a song about it which little ones love, my boy loves to get up and dance to the music, any excuse for a wiggle and he’s there!

The Sooty ABC DVD has been a hit with us and is a great way for little ones to learn without realising, whilst watching something they enjoy.  This DVD is definitely something different from the usual Sooty DVD’s and one they my 4yr old enjoyed.

All reviews are my own opinions and I received the DVD in order to write the review.

WIN Chuggington Turbo Charged Chugger DVD

The latest action packed DVD from Chuggington is Turbo Charged Chugger, featuring six episodes plus bonus features giving you over an hour of entertainment, perfect for little ones to watch.

chugThe DVD has a running time of over 60 minutes, featuring 6 exciting episodes from the most recent series plus bonus features, including Character Sneak Peeks for Chug Patroller Calley and brand new characters – Payce – the high speed tunnel runner from Tootington and Fire Chugger Asher.  In the new turbo charged adventures, the Chuggers compete in the ‘track dash fun run’ and Hanzo teaches Koko to control her new engine booster and how to brake at high speed!  When Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds out of control, can Wilson and Brewster think on their wheels and save the day?  The brand new DVD comes with a free Story CD for bed-time listening. ‘Turbo Charged Chugger’ DVD is available from all good retailers with a RRP of £7.99

Mister B who is 4, loves Chuggington, he has a good selection of track and loves to play and act out with his favourite characters.  Two new characters appear in this dvd Payce and Fire Chugger Asher who Mister B loved.  What’s really good about this dvd set is that a story cd is also included, absolutely perfect to play to little ones at bedtime.  I still read Mister B a bedtime story but when I am gone he can listen to this and enjoy the Chuggington adventures for a little while longer.

The episodes on the dvd are:

Stop Koko Stop – Koko learns to master her new speed booster.
Brewster Leads the Way – Brewster and his team transport a massive tunnel boring machine
Runaway Koko – Koko’s speed booster malfunctions and she speeds around Chuggington out of contro
Explorer Koko– Koko gives the Mayor an amazing tour around Chuggington
Blazin Wilson – When he runs out of water, Wilson has to think on his wheels during a special fire-training exercise
Team Trainee – Speed Fleet, Chug Patrol and the Chuggineers compete in the Track Dash fun race

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All reviews are my own and my families opinions and I received a Chuggington dvd in order to write the review.

Peter Rabbit DVD Review & Giveaway

Peter Rabbit Tales of the Start of Spring due to be released by Abbey Media on 30th March brings together 8 fabulous episode of the hit tv series including a special 22 minute episode of The Tale of the Start of Spring.  Altogether 108 minutes of entertainment that your little ones will love.

Peter-Rabbit-TalesPeter Rabbit is fondly remembered from my childhood and I’m amazed how much my children love the series that is currently shown on tv, with no prompt from me, but one they will always sit down to watch.  One of the new characters Lily Bobtail is their favourite as she always manages to find something useful in her pocket.  This dvd didn’t disappoint and they have watched it several times over already!

Join Peter and his two bosom buddies; Benjamin and Lily, on their whimsical adventures through timeless Lake District.

Peter encounters real dangers, and he and his loyal friends and family must use their wits to outsmart incompetent villains whose barks are way worse than their bites.

Peter is a 6-year-old rabbit who lives with his mother underneath a huge fir tree in a hidden burrow. He misses his late father and desperately wants to grow up to be just like him. Armed with his father’s journal, which is basically a guide to everything one needs to become a truly wild rabbit, and aided and abetted by his two best friends, Benjamin and Lily, Peter sets off to make his own mark in life.

 

peter rabbitAlso included in the dvd is a little Hop Outside guide with lots of little fun activities to find, do and look out for in the great outdoors.

If you know someone who loves the tales of Peter Rabbit as much as my two children do, then why not enter my giveaway below to win a copy, just fill in the gleam widget below:

 

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All reviews are my own and my families opinions and I received a Peter Rabbit dvd in order to write the review.

Barbie in Princess Power DVD – Review

Barbie™ In Princess Power dvd stars princess Kara™, a modern princess living a relatively normal everyday life, until one day she is kissed by a magical butterfly that gives her super powers.  When she senses trouble around she is able to turn herself into Super Sparkle, a super hero who can save the day!

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Miss M who is 7, couldn’t wait to watch this film.  She was excited to see Barbie™ turned into a superhero, something a bit different for Barbie™ films.  The DVD comes with a pink superhero mask to wear and we settled down early on a Saturday evening to watch this.  With a running time of 71 minutes it’s the perfect length for young ones but enough time to tell a good story.  Super Sparkle acts as a superhero to save numerous disasters happening around town, rescuing people from danger and chasing after baddies.

It then turns out that the Baron of the castle where she lives is trying take over and it takes the power of both her and her cousin Corinne (who has the power to become Dark Sparkle), to finally save the day!

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Both my children thoroughly enjoyed watching this film and in fact were glued to it throughout, I’d definitely recommend the Princess Power DVD for any Barbie™ fans who love an action packed adventure!

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

Yoga for Weightloss with Roxy Shahidi DVD – Review

Yoga for Weightloss with Roxy Shahidi DVD is perfect for working out to at home.  With not much spare time and little time to get away from the children to reach a gym, this dvd is something I can do in my own time, as and when I get an opportunity.

yogaThe DVD is broken down into sections and consists of a warm up along with three different programmes and some winding down stretches at the end.

WARM UP: (10 mins) This fluid warm up is designed to gently wake up the body and get your energy system flowing so you may start your practice feeling invigorated and awake.

SEQUENCE 1: Cardio & Standing Series (20 mins) This flowing sequence consists of the classical sun salutations all constructed to raise your heart beat and build strength.  As we build heat in the body we begin to detoxify and purify ourselves allowing us to work off that extra weight and tone up our muscles.

SEQUENCE 2: Core strengthening (20 mins) This core sequence focuses on the mid-section of the body with focus on your abs and lower back.  We all tend to store most of our extra weight in this area so this firming sequence is targeted to build up your muscles to provide you with a solid core.  The lower back movements help improve your posture to prevent slumping, as good posture promotes correct organ function and aids in elimination of excess calories.

SEQUENCE 3: Seated Flow (20 mins) This gentle flow is designed to help you unwind and relax.  Stress is one of the main causes for over-eating or over-indulging but there are better ways to calm you and release tension.  Stretching the body will help you let go of any mental, physical and emotional blockages that are keeping you from being the best you can be.

BREATH: (10 mins) The breath is the quickest way to invigorate and open the body.  This breathing practice can be done anywhere and has been formulated to energise you to start your day or re-charge yourself periodically when you need a lift.

SAVASANA: (5 mins) The savasana is a full relaxation practice to help you let go and completely unwind and put you in a meditative state.  We all need to rest and this time allows all the work you have done in the previous flows to integrate into your system allowing change to take place.  Roxy uses these practices to keep her in shape and looking and feeling her best!  So come join Roxy in this yoga practice to rev up your metabolism and firm your core so you can look and feel great!

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I found Roxy Shahidi very easy to watch and follow.  The DVD was very clear and she guides you with ease through the workout.  Yoga is normally thought of to be relaxing, rather than for weightloss, but this DVD really does get you moving, in particular I loved the stretching and how flexible it’s making me feel.  Although I know I should be exercising more than I do, I would rather do something like this than a fast paced cardio workout that I wouldn’t stick to and keep doing.  Knowing this yoga routine is gentle yet effective, I try to fit it in a couple of times a week and I’m certainly feeling better for it.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the dvd in order to write the 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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