Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Anniversary Edition of Disney's "Cinderella" Has Arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and More with New Extras!

I love Disney's classic animated movies, so I was thrilled to learn that Cinderella has been released in a new Anniversary Edition! I watched the movie growing up, but hadn't watched it in a long time, so it was a pleasure to revisit it again after so many years. I had forgotten about Cinderella's adorable mouse friends who play a large role in this movie as they make Cinderella's days brighter and help her get ready for the ball, all while avoiding the bad cat, Lucifer. With themes of hope and finding joy in our daily lives, it provides lessons for all of us. It was a pleasure watching Cinderella again, and I look forward to watching the extra features that explore how this classic movie was made.

About Cinderella:
This animated classic centers on kind and hardworking Cinderella, who is ordered around by her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters -- even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can't stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to the royal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come -- until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy-tale ending.

In honor of its upcoming 70th anniversary, the timeless animated classic, Cinderella, waltzes into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection and the hearts of a whole new generation. The enchanting tale, which showed us that dreams really do come true -- and inspired countless fans to reenact the Royal Ball and Cinderella’s infamous midnight dash -- has arrived home Digitally in HD and Movies Anywhere, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Walt Disney's live-action Cinderella will also be released on 4K for the first time.

The Anniversary Edition of Cinderella offers two all-new extras: Cinderella trivia and fun facts, hosted by Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max, and “In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition,” a special edition of Cinderella featuring fascinating production details, original storyboards, archival photos, thumbnail sketches and transcripts throughout the feature film. Hours of classic bonus material celebrates the masterful animation, memorable music and long-lasting impact of Cinderella, showcasing Walt Disney’s core group of animators, the art of Disney Legend Mary Blair, the original demo recording of the film’s title song and Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.

Cinderella is the ninth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid.

Find limited time offers, activity sheets, videos, the Cinderella Dress Up App, and Character Descriptions at

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 13-19, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I hope you're having a good summer despite the heat and storms. When those things happen, come inside and enter some giveaways! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out the giveaways on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to invite your social media followers to join the fun. Good luck!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Winners in June 2019

Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races, by K.D. Halbrook

Congratulations to the winner: Danielle H.!

Wonder Park Amusement Park Family Survival Kit

Congratulations to the winner: Shelly D.!

The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, by Lucille Burbank

Congratulations to the winner: Nancy (a**ibr**y @ ***.com)

MAM #SuperDad Giveaway for $30 Worth of MAM Products

Congratulations to the winner: Victoria B.!

Spotlight and Guest Post: "The Biblical Clock," by Daniel Friedmann

About the Book:
Science and religion have two seemingly opposing views of the universe’s biggest questions, such as the development of the universe, evolution of human history and prophecies that surround the End of Days. But what if the real story told you they were both right? The award-winning Daniel Friedmann, with co-author Dania Sheldon, discuss this information in their newly released book, The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God’s Plan.

In The Biblical Clock, you’ll discover:

- How does the six-day creation account link with science’s 13.8-billion-year timeline?
- How do world history, Genesis, and the End of Days fit within the context of God’s Plan in heaven?
- How does the fossil record match the sequence and timing of life on Earth as described in Genesis 1?
- Do Genesis and actual human history reveal the events and timing for the End of Days?

Guest Post by the Author:
Millennials, Gen Y and Gen Z people aren't giving up on faith. They're reconciling Creation vs Evolution controversy in a way that suggests we can bridge other polarizing divides. The Pew Research Center survey found "that while 37% of those older than 65 thought that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years," only 21% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 agreed.

At times, it can be confusing. Kids are taught evolution in school and creationism in Sunday school with both authorities claiming to be right.

As a university student, I furthered my scientific education. Initially, I came to think that science answered everything. But by my fourth year at university, fundamental questions concerning our origins and the development of the human species began to arise. In science texts, some answers were not available, some were strange, and some were so metaphysical they looked like religious answers. So, I went back to study religion, this time including the mystical component of interpretation, and answers to my questions began to surface. The intriguing journey along which these answers unfolded, and where they subsequently took my thinking, is also where I propose to take you in this book, The Biblical Clock.

Have you tried to discuss the topic with your teenage kids? This book has helped me clarify the topic to their satisfaction, despite my strong scientific background, having been trained as a physics engineer, working in space-related areas for 30 years, and my religious knowledge on the topic acquired over more than a decade of studies.

My new book, The Biblical Clock, deals with this topic head-on, in a new way. Others have used sound and persuading arguments to try to show that one side or the other is right. But this approach won’t work on our kids because, in the final analysis, neither side can completely prove their arguments. The Biblical Clock approaches the issue by showing that the two accounts (biblical and scientific) are indeed in agreement as to what happened and when it happened with respect to the development of the universe, evolution of human history and prophecies that surround the End of Days. The book provides more congruence between the two bodies of knowledge and a deeper understanding of our origins and our future. This book is just a step in that process.

As Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer Grady Harp said:

Whether the reader enters this discussion from the purely religious side or from the purely scientific/secular side, the one (of many) points that Friedmann and Sheldon make is that there is no reason for combative separatism. Their honesty and humility are most welcome, no matter the preconceived notions of the reader.

Food for thought and for discussion during a period in our history when aspects of the origins debate and the Apocalypse seem to dominate.

After you read the book, you will be in a better position to discuss the topic with your kids, which was one of my motivations to write the book. Best of all, as a family, you can spend quality time having a discussion about science, religion, the future and the meaning and purpose of life.

About the Author:
Daniel is presently Chairman of the Board of Carbon Engineering, a company dedicated to removing CO2 from the air to reduce climate change. He has a master's in engineering physics and 30 years' experience in the space industry. He is also a longtime student of cosmology and religion. The Biblical Clock is currently available on and at

Friday, June 28, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 29-July 12, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky ... actually, I'm going to run this linky for two weeks since many people are busy with their summer activities and may not have as much time to visit these contests. So, be sure to bookmark this page and come back to it daily (or as often as you can) over the next two weeks to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out the giveaways on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to invite your social media followers to join the fun. Hope you're having a great summer!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Summer Reading Giveaway: Explorer Academy Adventure Series by Trudi Trueit (a $47 Value)!

Explorer Academy, the blockbuster adventure series by Trudi Trueit, is debuting two new books, and we are celebrating their release with a Summer Reading Giveaway sponsored by National Geographic Kids Books' fiction imprint, Under the Stars.

In the Explorer Academy series, adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers. Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

Explorer Academy launched in the Fall of 2019 with the release of the first book in the series, The Nebula Secret. Just in time for summer reading selections, the adventure continues at the coolest school on the planet with the release of Explorer Academy Book 2: The Falcon’s Feather AND the debut of Explorer Academy Code-Breaking Activity Adventure where kids can find clues, crack codes and get the inside scoop on the Academy.

Want more Explorer Academy fun? Check out to read the first chapter of The Nebula Secret AND The Falcon’s Feather, play games, check out the “fact behind the fiction,” meet real life explorers, and much more.

Important Links:
* The paperback edition of Book 1: The Nebula Secret comes out July 25, 2019 and can be pre-ordered here.

* The highly anticipated release of Book 3: The Double Helix is September 3, 2019. Pre-order your copy here.

* Explore for games, free chapter reveals, cool technology, and more!

Connect with Explorer Academy Author Trudi Trueit online!
* Website:
* Facebook:
* Twitter: @truditrueit

Connect with National Geographic Kids Books online!
* Facebook: @NationalGeographicKids
* Twitter: @NGKids


Courtesy of National Geographic Kids Books, I am pleased to offer an Explorer Academy Summer Reading Prize Pack to one lucky winner! This prize includes hardcover copies of Book 1: The Nebula Secret and Book 2: The Falcon’s Feather and a copy of Explorer Academy: Code-Breaking Activity Adventure (ARV $47.00). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on DATE. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"Mia and the White Lion" Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on July 2! Enter to Win a Copy ~ 3 Winners!

Get ready to venture across the world and immerse in the wonder of Africa’s stunning landscapes and wildlife! On July 2, 2019, Shout! Factory invites families and kids to embark on an inspiring and exciting live-action family movie adventure with MIA AND THE WHITE LION, arriving on two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and DVD. On the same day, this movie will also be available digitally to own and rent on

About the movie:
MIA AND THE WHITE LION is the heartfelt story of an extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a white lion, and her incredible adventure across the South African savanna to give her best friend a new home. Filmed over the course of three years, MIA AND THE WHITE LION centers on a willful young girl named Mia whose life is turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub. As Charlie grows to full size, Mia uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom.

Watch the trailer!

Reviewed by Caleb (age 15)

Mia and the White Lion was a great movie that not only shared the story of an albino lion, but also showed that lions in general are being killed and must be saved before they die out in the next twenty years. The movie had lots of funny parts with the animals, and there were also many plot twists and sad moments that helped you relate to Mia’s situation and enjoy the story. I highly recommend this movie.

Special Features:
• Interview with Director Gilles de Maistre
• Interview with Actress Daniah De Villiers
• The Making of Mia and the White Lion Featurette
• The Extraordinary Friendship Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Casting Footage
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery


Three (3) lucky winners will receive a Blu-ray/DVD copy of Mia and the White Lion! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate an honest review.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Introduce Your Little One to Classic Literature with BabyLit Books! (Promo Code and Giveaway)

Research supports the idea that reading to your children from the time they are babies creates not only a wonderful bonding experience, but also aids in their development and learning. If you’re a fan of classic literature like me, you’ll be thrilled to know that your child is never too young to be introduced to these long-time friends thanks to BabyLit books! Not only do they introduce your baby or toddler to classic literature, but they aid in teaching them numbers, sounds, colors, animals, anatomy and more!

I was excited to receive a copy of the very first BabyLit book: Pride and Prejudice. This sturdy, baby-proof board book is adorable and cheeky, with an introduction to numbers for babies and fun references to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice that amuse adults. The cover has an illustration of Jane Austen wearing a shirt that says, “I love Darcy”! The famous houses in the book are illustrated (Longbourn, Netherfield, and Pemberley) as well as the five Bennet sisters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Kitty). Parent, grandparent or caregiver can count along with baby by exploring 6 horses or 9 fancy ball gowns. It may be a little difficult to explain the concept of “10,000 pounds a year” to little ones, but they can count the 10 pieces of currency on the page.

Parents will want to collect all of the BabyLit books for a full collection! Check out the available titles: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp; Alice in Wonderland; Anna Karenina; Anne of Green Gables; Around the World in 80 Days; A Christmas Carol; Don Quixote; Dracula; Emma; Frankenstein; Jabberwocky; Jane Eyre; The Jungle Book; A Little Princess; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Little Women; Les Miserables; Moby-Dick; The Nutcracker; The Odyssey; Peter Pan; Pride & Prejudice; Romeo & Juliet; The Secret Garden; Sense & Sensibility; Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles; Treasure Island; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Wuthering Heights

Don’t have a baby? No problem. BabyLit books make a wonderful baby shower or welcome baby gift! For as little as $20, you can give two BabyLit books, and if you order before June 30, 2019, you can enjoy 25% off!

Use Code: BBLIT25
Expires: June 30, 2019

Follow BabyLit books on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @BabyLitBooks


One lucky winner will receive a copy of BabyLit’s Pride and Prejudice book! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review, plus a copy to give away.