Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Photo of the Day....Mt. Kineo

Every summer our family takes a mini vacation to Moosehead Lake (about 2.5 hours away from our home).  It is always a trip filled with relaxing time with nature with activities like fishing, swimming and boating.  This year we boated to Mt. Kineo and went to the backside of it to a lovely beach covered in small rocks....it was beautiful.  Today's photo shows the backside of Mt. Kineo in all its' beauty.    We will definitely be taking that trip next year when we visit Moosehead!
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Photo of the Day...Fort Williams

I have decided to add a new daily feature to the blog....Photo of the Day.  I love to take pictures and I thought it would be nice to share some of my days with you beyond what I have cooking for giveaways and reviews (don't worry ...I still have LOTS of those in the pipeline!!). 

For today my photo is from a favorite nearby spot, Fort Williams.  We visited on a misty day last week and it was still lovely with the salt air, crashing waves and rock sculptures.  I wish Maine summers would just go on and on.....



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Crooked River by Valerie Geary.....Review and Giveaway!

I just finished a great read and I am so excited to share it with you today.  Crooked River by Valerie Geary is a must read and would be an excellent book club pick.  Here is the scoop....


About the Book

With the inventiveness and emotional power of Promise Not to Tell, The Death of Bees, and After Her, a powerful literary debut about family and friendship, good and evil, grief and forgiveness.
He is not evil. I am not good.
We are the same: broken and put back together again.
Still grieving the sudden death of their mother, Sam and her younger sister Ollie McAlister move from the comforts of Eugene to rural Oregon to live in a meadow in a teepee under the stars with Bear, their beekeeper father. But soon after they arrive, a young woman is found dead floating in Crooked River, and the police arrest their eccentric father for the murder.
Fifteen-year-old Sam knows that Bear is not a killer, even though the evidence points to his guilt. Unwilling to accept that her father could have hurt anyone, Sam embarks on a desperate hunt to save him and keep her damaged family together.
I see things no one else does.
I see them there and wish I didn’t. I want to tell and can’t.
Ollie, too, knows that Bear is innocent. The Shimmering have told her so. One followed her home from her mom’s funeral and refuses to leave. Now, another is following Sam. Both spirits warn Ollie: the real killer is out there, closer and more dangerous than either girl can imagine.
Told in Sam and Ollie’s vibrant voices, Crooked River is a family story, a coming of age story, a ghost story, and a psychological mystery that will touch reader’s hearts and keep them gripped until the final thrilling page.

My Thoughts:  As far as I am concerned  you can't help but fall in love with both book narrators Ollie and Sam.  Both girls are endearing in their own way and leave you wanting to climb into the book and mother them.  I really enjoyed having two different narrators/perspectives in the book and feel that it added much more depth to the story.  Lately one of my favorite types of reads are mysteries and this book did not disappoint in its' twisting tale that kept me guessing.  With a descriptive style, Geary creates a setting and characters that completely grab you from beginning to end.  I found myself not wanting to put the book down AND wanting to put the book down so it wouldn't end!  I am already looking forward to the Valerie Geary's next book!

You can pick up a copy of Crooked River on the Harper Collins website HERE.

I am so excited to tell you that the publisher, Harper Collins is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Crooked River.  Thanks so much to the sponsor for a great read and good luck!  To enter use the Rafflecopter form.....
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Deal Alert!! Back to School Clothes!

In just a few short days the kids will be starting school and I am just now thinking about back to school shopping.  Lucky for me the weather for the next couple of weeks will likely be still very summer like so I can get away with summer clothes when I send them off.  Meanwhile I can do some online shopping to get ready for those colder temperatures.  Today the deal I am most excited about is at Crazy 8's.  Do you ever shop there?  The clothes are adorable, stylish, great quality AND reasonable!  Today you can pick up everything on the site for $12.99 and under!  Shirts are $4.95 and under and outwear is 65% off.  I can't wait to stock up!  Click the picture below to take advantage of this deal and happy shopping!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! Review & Giveaway!

Earlier this week Shout! Factory released a new DVD....Transformers Rescue Bots:  Dinobots!  Here is the scoop...


More fun with everyone’s favorite Dinobots! Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder are back for more rescuing adventures in Griffin Rock! This time, their adventures are going to be huge — and prehistoric! That’s right! The Dinobots are back and they’re bringing big fun back to Griffin Rock!
 
Executive produced by Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Steve Blum (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), Maurice LaMarche (Emmy® Award winner for Futurama) and the legendary Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in the series.
 
Episodes Include:
Land Before Prime
Big Game
Quarry’s Quarry
Did You See What I Thaw?
The Attack Of Humungado
 
This DVD is sure to be a big hit with your transformers fans and can be picked up on Amazon on sale for just $9.99....
 

 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series (Review & Giveaway!)

Earlier this month Shout! Factory released a DVD collection that is sure to please the action lovers in your house!  Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue:  The Complete Series was released on August 11th and is a must for all fans.  Here is the scoop....

After five thousand years of incarceration, the evil Diabolico and his treacherous army of demons have escaped their imprisonment, and will stop at nothing to destroy the community of Mariner Bay and its innocent citizens. The new Power Rangers, empowered with top-secret technology, are the planet’s only hope. Chosen for their expert skills, this unique team of five a firefighter, an aquatics professional and a martial master, an accomplished aviator, an extreme sports enthusiast and a paramedic is commissioned to defend Earth from the evil Diabolico and wage their battle from the safety of their high-tech underwater compound and weapons laboratory, the Lightspeed Aquabase. The stakes are high as these brave Lightspeed rescuers form Earth’s final line of defense.

Our Thoughts: The kids loved this DVD!  A&W have long been fans of the show in general and had actually never seen this cast before so it was even more exciting for them.  As with all Power Ranger offerings, there is a heavy dose of action coupled with positive messages about friendship.  The kids have been enjoying these exciting episodes all summer and, in fact, this collection helped us through a recent long car trip (thanks, Power Rangers!).  The DVD can be picked up today on Amazon for  a 40% discount!
 
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Seventh Dwarf....Now Available!

Are you looking for something fun to watch with the family this week? 
 
After appearing in select NY and LA theaters, Shout! Factory’s new animated feature, THE SEVENTH DWARF, is finally available NATIONWIDE on Blu-ray and DVD at Wal-Mart stores, as well as on iTunes and VOD platforms! THE SEVENTH DWARF is an exciting adventure story that unites all your favorite fairytale characters in one kingdom and stars the voices of Peyton List, Norm MacDonald, Nina Hagen and Joshua Graham. 
 
Check out the trailer below and make sure you head to a Wal-Mart store near you to experience this delightful film with your entire family! 
 
 
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Draw Snoopy!

Is anyone else excited about the upcoming Snoopy movie?  I can't wait to check it out when it hits theaters in November!  I anticipation of the movie and of Snoopy's upcoming birthday on August 10th, THE PEANUTS MOVIE is showing fans how to #DrawSnoopy!  Watch the video below where THE PEANUTS MOVIE Director Steve Martino shows how you can #DrawSnoopy. Then, share your own drawing with #DrawSnoopy and get ready for Snoopy’s big birthday celebration on August 10th!  Check it out...


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