Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Enchiridion

Oh how our older boys love this show. I was so reluctant to let them watch it, but after seeing many of the episodes, I have to say the imagination that goes into this show is pretty outstanding. The "potty" humor is thoroughly enjoyed by our middle school boys. I'd recommend this show for 10 and up.... and now there's a new DVD out so that you can enjoy it at any time! Arriving on October 6th...

Finn and Jake Return in Adventure Time: The Enchiridion!

The Enchiridion is an ancient book with codes of conduct, guidelines, and other helpful information for heroes. Watch our hero’s Finn and Jake unlock the secrets in Adventure Time: The Enchiridion! The 10th volume release comes packed with 16 full length episodes from the hit-series Adventure Time.  

Adventure Time: The Enchiridion features the following 16 episodes:


1. The Enchiridion

2. In Your Footsteps

3. Henchmen

4. Billy's Bucket List

5. Betty

6. Ocarina

7. Astral Plane

8. Ghost Fly
9. Root Beer Guy
10. The Pajama War
11. What Have you done?
12. James II
13. Web Weirdos
14. The Gut Grinder
15. No One Can Hear You
16. Dungeon Train


SRP: DVD $19.82
Street Date:  October 6, 2015
Run Time: 176 Minutes
Rating: TV-PG
UPC: DVD 883929482924

Languages: English

Friday, October 2, 2015

Eight Amazing Dinner Party Ideas!

Images by Didriks used under Creative Commons License.

Dinner parties are the perfect excuse to catch up with friends old and new, over a delicious home cooked dinner and a few bottles of wine. If you're throwing a dinner party soon, try something a bit different and have some fun with a theme. This will give your event a real sense of occasion and guests can get excited about fancy dress costumes and evening entertainment.

Here are some ideas to get you going:

Great Gatsby Night
Take cue from the Fitzgerald era and find a flapper dress or tux for a Roaring Twenties theme. Try your hand at making cocktails (Hemingway Daiquiri of course) or serve Champagne in wide brimmed glasses. You might even be able to find some Moet & Chandon as part of the Tesco wine offers. Guests can enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres such as salmon mousse, crudites and dip or stuffed mushrooms. Soundtrack the evening with some jazz!

Mexican Night
Things can get a bit wild at Mexican Night, especially if there's tequila involved. Put on a poncho, pop a sombrero on your head and maybe even draw on a moustache. There are endless tasty treats to serve: enchiladas, tortillas, burritos, homemade guacamole, tacos and chilli. You might want to keep a chilled, light Chardonnay in the fridge for overheated palettes.

Color theme Night
Pick a color, then base the dress code, food and decorations on it. Red is a good one as you can cook tomatoey dishes, red meats and pepper loaded salads. It's also a good excuse to stock up on some rich red wines like a Bordeaux or Merlot.

Grown Up Slumber Party Night
This one is great fun and everybody will feel so comfortable and relaxed, pigging out on junk food, knocking back beer and wine and digging into desserts. Find out everybody's favorite comfort food beforehand, like mac n cheese, pizza and hotdogs (make them gourmet, of course). Pick a film, get some blankets and cushions and turn out the lights. Grown up bliss!

Italian Night
Fact: Everybody loves Italian food. Have a go at making your own pasta or pizza dough to really impress friends and family. Then get only the very best Italian wines, there are loads to choose from: silky Sassicaia, Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon and nutty Pecorino to name but a few. Light some candles and gather everyone round the table for an authentic Italian family meal feel.

Rockstar Night
If you have a karaoke game or machine - get it out. This will provide hilarious entertainment! Guests can of course dress as their favorite rock stars and you can serve microphone shaped cupcakes or alcohol infused jellies. Get everyone to help put together a playlist of the best rock songs.

Hawaiian Night
A night in Hawaii calls for some serious cocktails: Pina Coladas, Tequila Sunrises, Mojitos and frozen Daquiris. Be sure to have all the ingredients and plenty of fresh fruit garnishes. Take this one outside to the barbecue and get a good mix of meats and veggies on there. Provide guests with hula skirts, coconut cups and garlands.

Swinging 50's Night
Images by kevin dooley used under Creative Commons License.

Make some space for a dance floor and stick on some swinging music for guests to twist the night away in. You could serve American diner classics like hamburgers, fried chicken, fruit pies and milkshakes.

There are so many themes to toy around with, just remember to enjoy the night.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The whirlwind of the end of Summer.

It's officially Autumn, as much as I hate to admit it. I don't know about you, but the beginning of the school year has my head still turning. We are still working on getting into a routine around here.

I hope things have been wonderful with my dedicated readers!

I've been working on a new photography venture, I started classes last March, and I'm finally getting to a point where I'm liking my photos. 

(Please note, these are low-resolution photos to deter people from taking them without permission)

During Labor Day weekend we visited the LOVELY Fayette, MI. Here's a photo of Snailshell Harbor!

And here's the furnaces from the ghost town of Fayette.

We've witnessed some amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) this summer, too!

And some other beautiful things in the sky.

Our small, and close, adventures have kept the last few weeks thoroughly busy!

Another busy season is upon us, as the holidays roll in.

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See you soon!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical

Put on your favorite Halloween costume and get set for a spooktacular full-length adventure. Then, enjoy two more exciting episodes as you search for pirate treasure with Captain Mickey and don your dungarees for delightful fun down on the farm. The DVD includes nearly 2-hours of adventure plus an Exclusive Trick-Or-Treat Mini Tote!

 Visit the creaky castle of kindly “Count Mickula” and help your Clubhouse pals solve a puzzling riddle: Who, or what, is making a curious clanging, banging noise? With the right Monster Mouseketools and help from YOU, this mystery will soon be history! 

Then, enjoy two more exciting episodes as you search for pirate treasure with Captain Mickey and don your dungarees for delightful fun down on the farm. Packed with singing, dancing, laughter and surprises, Mickey’s Monster Musical is a high-spirited treat that can’t be beat.

Voice Cast: Bret Iwan as Mickey; Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Bill Farmer as Goofy and Pluto; Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck; and Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck.

Director: Donovan Cook (Return to Never Land)

Executive Producer: Rob LaDuca (Jake and the Never Land Pirates)

Producer and Story Mark Seidenberg (Jake and the Never Land Pirates)

Release Date: September 8, 2015 (Direct Prebook: 7/14; Distributor Prebook: 7/28)
Packaging: 1-Disc DVD with exclusive Trick-or-Treat Mini Tote

Episodes: Mickey’s Monster Musical, Part 1 & 2, Mickey’s Pirate Adventure, Part 1 &2, and Mickey’s Farm Fun Fair

Sunday, August 23, 2015

ZTE Maven - An Affordable #Android Cellphone #Giveaway

The new, affordable, ZTE Maven came to AT&T recently and I was sent one to check out and share my thoughts about it with you!

First, out of the box, it feels like a substantial handset. It looks good and my tweens were instantly ON me checking it out.

This cellphone is priced at $59.99 and is part of AT&T's Go Phone lineup. At that price, it is perfect for those who want an Android device, but do not want to shell out hundreds of dollars. It also makes a great device to get if you damage your phone and need a replacement quickly (which is what actually happened to me!).

I will start out saying that I put very few apps on this phone. I used it sparingly. It only has 8GB of storage space with half of that used for system memory.

There is the ability to add an extra SD card to increase storage.

I personally think this is a HUGE bonus. Many higher end phones do not have this option and it is one that really makes me consider a phone. With so many wonderful Android apps.... not to mention photos that are taken, memory space is huge. So grab an extra micro-SD and pop it into this phone!

I was very impressed with the battery. With a  2,100mAh battery, I was able to use it for two days without recharging. Most of the time it was just in locked standby mode, and I did not use it for much web browsing or gaming but I was still extremely impressed. 

The camera is one area in which I was a little disappointed in. I understand this is an inexpensive phone, but most people with smartphones want to use it as a camera. The camera has a 5MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera.  While there are nice optional controls, such as pro-mode, the pictures just leave a lot to be wanted.

As you can see in this photo of my son, Nolyn, the quality is grainy and there is a huge loss of detail. This was taken on the auto setting. 

When I attempted to take photos of moving objects (kittens) I found it impossible to get a decent picture. All that I was able to capture was a blur.

The Maven from ZTE runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and is compatible with AT&T's LTE 4G network. The ZTE Maven that I have says it is running Android 5.1 currently, though.

Phone calls are good quality, I had no issue with them whatsoever. The signal strength did seem a little deceptive. I would often show full bars, but then I couldn't make a call- and when I looked at my other AT&T phone it wouldn't have service.

Overall, I think this is the perfect phone for tweens/teens or those who do not want to shell out a ton of cash for a phone, just know it's limitations and love this phone for what it is! The value is there for the price.
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