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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Friday, August 14, 2015

Miles from Tomorrowland: Let's Rocket!

We were super excited to receive a copy of Disney's Miles from Tomorrowland: Let's Rocket for review!

The kids have loved this show, and we've watched the DVD many times, enjoying it each time.

In the words of our son, RJ, the show is about "a kid named Miles, obviously, who has a family named the Collistos. He blast boards, and plays a game like soccer.  The show is about Miles and the society called TTA and how Miles' family goes on adventures and fixes stuff".

The show is easy for children to relate to, and explores subjects like disappointment and responsibility.

Miles From Tomrrowland: Let's Rocket includes 5 fun filled episodes and can be purchased on

Here's a trailer for the show, take a look: 

The DVD is available now!

Available on Disney DVD August 11th

Each DVD Comes with a FREE Clip-On Blastboard Flashlight Plus Five Additional Episodes!


Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland" is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids' natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.

Join Miles, his family and his best friend and pet Merc on a super-galactic adventure!  This value-packed DVD includes the premiere episode plus 4 additional episodes, nearly two hours of fun! Plus FREE inside every DVD is an exclusive Clip-on Blastboard Flashlight that you can’t get anywhere else! Buy your little space explorer “Miles from Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket” on Disney DVD on August 11th!

Creator:                                     Sascha Paladino (Disney Junior's “Henry Hugglemonster”)

Voice Cast

Cullen McCarthy (Mr. Peabody & Sherman) as Miles Callisto; Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2, “The Newsroom”) as Phoebe Callisto; Fiona Bishop (Disney Junior's “Sofia the First”) as Loretta Callisto; Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants” series and movie); Dee Bradley Baker (Disney's "Phineas and Ferb”) as Merc.

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