Thursday, January 29, 2015

New on Netflix: The Adventures of Puss in Boots #StreamTeam

It's been cold out here. So the family and I have been snuggling up more on the couch together picking out great movies or new shows to watch on Netflix. I mean, there are just so many to choose from, but this month alone Netflix has outdone themselves for the New Year by adding new shows and movies for us to watch.

Can I just say how happy I am that FRIENDS is now on Netflix? I mean, it's FRIENDS, all ten seasons! This is me and my husband's favorite show. We never got a chance to buy the entire season, but we're so glad we get to watch it back to back on Netflix. It's a great treat for us to watch a couple episodes a night after the kiddos are all in bed.

Anyways, not only have they added shows and movies that we already love, but they have also added a new series that stars one of my kids favorite characters from the Shrek movies. It's The Adventures of Puss in Boots!

On Guard!

Yes, Netflix added this new series January 16th, so if you're a Netflix member you and your kiddos can stream it now. If you're not a Netflix member just remember it's only $7.99 a month and your first month is free. You can stream movies and shows practically anywhere from your computer, smart phones and tablets, smart TV's and video consoles.

The Adventures of Puss in Boots follows Puss as he embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball! My kids loved the series and it made them want to watch Shrek all over again.

Puss in Boots is a great example of an enduring and entertaining children’s tale based on a book. So below is a list of other great shows your kids can watch that showcase the tradition of re-imagining and continuing great stories from literature.

I hope you check out The Adventures of Puss in Boots and the other titles I mentioned above. I've recently started watching The Babysitter's Club with my nine year old and she loves it. This is another show that we get to watch together and talk about how I use to watch it as a young girl. 

Disclosure: I am part of the Stream Team Campaign with Netflix and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Power of Forgiveness (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness
By: Amy Newmark & Anthony Anderson
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication Date: December 16th, 2014
Pages: 400

Forgiveness frees us to get on with our lives! We can all benefit from letting go of our anger, and the 101 personal, touching stories in this collection will help you see the power of forgiveness and how it can change your own life. 
Whether it's forgiving a major wrong or a minor blunder, forgiving someone is healing and frees you to move on with your life. You don't have to forget or condone what happened, but letting go of your anger improves your well-being and repairs relationships. You will be inspired to change your life through the power of forgiveness as you read the 101 stories in this book about forgiving others, changing your attitude, healing and compassion.

With us being into the New Year for almost a month now, this book came to me at just the right time. Starting over, letting go and trying not to stress too much over the little things is one of my new goals for 2015. The book The Power of Forgiveness shares with you many different short stories on ways that others have learned to forgive, let go and move on and how you can do the same thing. Holding on to anger isn't good for anyone, especially you. It can cause so much stress and that wouldn't be good. I love how there are stories in here for anyone who is struggling with forgiving a parent, sibling, friend colleague and most importantly, yourself.

As you know I absolutely love Chicken Soup for the Soul books, not only are they inspiring, but they also are great reads that you can take with you anywhere and can finish a few stories in a short amount of time. I love that I can take this book with me to the doctors and by the time I'm done with my appointment I've read a handful of stories. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books are also great gifts to give anyone in your life. There is always a book out there for someone.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Guess How Much I Love You DVD (Review & Giveaway)

Guess How Much I Love You, the timeless and beloved picture book, has come to life on DVD in the U.S. and Canada. In the new release, titled Guess How Much I Love You – The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare – Someone Special, Little Nutbrown Hare and his father Big Nutbrown Hare remind us that there is no greater love than that between a parent and child. The DVD includes 7 heartwarming episodes that we’re certain you and your little Hare will enjoy over and over again!

Do you remember the book, Guess How Much I Love You? It's a classic that has now come to DVD in both the U.S. and Canada. I was really excited when I got a chance to watch this DVD with my little ones. Not only was this one of my favorite books to read when I was younger, but I also have this book in our family book shelf. I've read this book to each of my little ones when they were babies, so while watching the DVD with the seven episodes there were times when  I did tear up a bit. It's so great when you get to see characters from one of your favorite books come to life on screen.

The love between parent and child is like non other and in each of the episodes on this DVD you can see just that, the joyous love between parent and child. I'm excited I get to keep this and watch it over and over again with my little kiddos.

Guess How Much I Love You is now out on DVD, so if you have little ones or were a fan of the book, I definitely recommend adding this to your family DVD collection.

kaboom! Entertainment and us ladies here at Just Us Girls are excited to offer our Canadian readers a chance at winning both the DVD and the panorama pop book of Guess How Much I Love You.

For more information on new releases, giveaways and much more from kaboom! Entertainment, be sure to follow them on both Facebook and Twitter!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Guess How Much I Love You on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Gone Girl Blu-ray/DVD Combo & Book Giveaway

I'm really excited about the release of the movie, Gone Girl. It comes out on Blu-ray and DVD today, January 13th! So in honor of the release of the movie, we are giving away a copy of both the movie and book to one lucky Just Us Girls reader.

I've read the book and I absolutely loved it, I have yet to see the movie, but will be watching that soon and letting you all know my thoughts in a review post later. I love when a book I've read comes to life on screen, even more so when it exceeds my expectations and I'm hoping the movie, Gone Girl will do just that. I've heard nothing but great things from friends that have already watched it. I can't wait to sit down with the hubby this weekend and watch it after the kiddos are all in bed.

Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher and based upon the global best seller by Gillian Flynn. Unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Every Blu-ray comes with an exclusive new Amazing Amy story – “Tattle Tale.” The 36-page children’s book is only available with the purchase of the GONE GIRL Blu-ray.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

30th Anniversary My Little Pony: The Movie DVD (Review & Giveaway)

The first day of Spring is on its way and the Little Ponies are preparing for it with a big festival. But all the fun may come to an end if the witch Hydia has her way! Can the Ponies defeat Hydia and her evil daughters, Reeka and Draggle? More importantly, can they save Ponyland from the witches’ concoction, the strange purple goo called Smooze, that’s threatening to bury the whole town?

My Little Pony is a very well known show in my home. My daughter still loves the Friendship is Magic series. Her favorite right now is the Equestria girls. I'm excited that My Little Pony has taken it up a notch to appeal to older girls, this way their love for the Ponies will never end. So when I got a copy of the original My Little Pony: The Movie, I was really excited to watch it with my daughter.

I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and loved it, so it was great to watch My Little Pony the way I remember it with my daughter. She loved it and it was a great way for us to have a mommy and daughter movie date.

My daughter absolutely loves music and singing, so the added sing-along songs made her love the movie even more. This is a great classic movie to watch with any young ones that love any of the My Little Pony shows.

Since we're coming up on the 30th anniversary of the original movie, Shout Factory is releasing the movie for the first time on DVD, January 27th, 2015. And to celebrate the release we're giving away not only a DVD of My Little Pony: The Movie, but also a copy of the latest film, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

One lucky reader of Just Us Girls will win a copy of both the original My Little Pony movie along with the newest movie; Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks! That's both movies that are 30 years apart to enjoy with your little one! To enter leave a comment sharing with us your favorite pony from the original series and favorite character from Equestria Girls! 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received My Little Pony: The Movie on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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