Monday, October 15, 2018

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies: Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 30th!

One of my sons is a huge fan of the TV show, Teen Titans GO!, so we were really excited to hear that a Teen Titans movie was coming out! We didn't get a chance to see it at the theaters, but we'll definitely be reviewing it at home, so stay tuned for our upcoming review of Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, plus a giveaway! In the meantime, here's some information about the movie.

Movie Synopsis: It seems like all the superheroes are getting their own movies – everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! Determined to be a star, Robin vows to change this. If only they could get Hollywood director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to notice them! With a few madcap ideas and musical numbers (of course), the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town. But when Supervillain Slade (Will Arnett) messes with their plans, the Teen Titans will have to become true superheroes to save the world!

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Teen Titans GO! to the Movies finds our egocentric, wildly satirical superheroes in their first feature film extravaganza -- a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. Get ready to LOL when Teen Titans GO! to the Movies arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.

The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices as the evil Slade and Hollywood director Jade Wilson.

Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath directed the film from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, which is based on characters from DC. Horvath, Jelenic, Peggy Regan, Michail and Arnett produced the film with Sam Register serving as executive producer. The music is by Jared Faber. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.Blu-ray special features are filled with music and fun, including the “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” mini-movie, sing-a-longs, a hilarious look at the Teen Titans characters dubbing their favorite lines in other languages in “Teen Titans GO!: Translated” plus much more!

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Teen Titans GO! to the Movies via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 9.


Teen Titans GO! to the Movies Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
• Lil Yachty Music Video: “Teen Titans GO! Rap”
• Sing-a-long with Silkie“ DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” Mini-Movie
• Red Carpet Mayhem
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans
• “Everything is Fake”: Exclusive song not in the movie
• “Teen Titans GO!: Translated”
• Storyboard Animatics:
o Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
o The Final Battle

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
• Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
• The Final Battle

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (October 13-19, 2018)

There's not a lot to celebrate this week after the devastating Hurricane Michael passed through northwestern Florida, Georgia and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by this deadly storm. If, like me, you were fortunate to be out of harm's way, feel free to check this page daily for the chance to enter some great giveaways! You'll find even more on the right sidebar, too. And if you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, please share them in the linky below and give this page a shout-out on your social media pages.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Monday, October 08, 2018

Get "Hotel Transylvania 3" on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray, or DVD ~ Plus Enter to Win a DVD & Themed Pillowcase!

The Drac Pack is back with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, which made its debut on Digital HD September 25, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 9, just in time to for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween! This must-own family comedy, which has grossed more than $425 million in theaters worldwide to date, follows in the tradition of the blockbuster Hotel Transylvania franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little … batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka. The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best reviewed installment, and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!

The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups), Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms), Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein).

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including three “All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs,” a monster dance party dance along to “I See Love” by Joe Jonas featuring Jonas Blue, plus a fun zing-tastic read along with Drac. Families can enjoy all the frightful fun with a “Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover” feature and “Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial,” and go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life in “Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3."

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is directed by three-time Emmy®-winning director Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. The film is produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania 3 is presented by Sony Pictures Animation.

Bonus Materials Include:
  • Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters!
  • “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
  • “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
  • “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
  • Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.
  • Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.
  • Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3: Step behind the "screams" with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.
  • Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.
  • “I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.
  • Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It's storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac's search for a Zing! Read along or sit back and enjoy!
  • Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling: "Puppy" and "Goodnight Mr. Foot"
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated PG for some action and rude humor.

My Thoughts:
This movie is packed with celebrity voices who take us along for a fun ride! My fourteen-year-old son walked in the room when I was watching Hotel Transylvania 3, and he couldn't resist sitting down to watch it with me. It definitely contains the type of humor that appeals to kids and teens! The cartoon antics are much like you'd expect in a classic cartoon -- a character falls off a cliff or gets blown up, and he's back in the next scene! It's all in good fun, and it has a great message about accepting people (even if they're "monsters") just the way they are. The non-stop action will keep the whole family watching, and there are lots of bonus features that kids will watch over and over again. This film is perfect for a Family Movie Night!


One lucky winner will receive a Hotel Transylvania 3 DVD and a Trick-or-Treating themed pillow case (prizes pictured above). Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern time on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Parenting Through Puberty: Read an Excerpt, Interview, and Review ~ and Enter to Win the Book!

Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains
by Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP

Not since baby’s first year has his or her body and brain changed as rapidly as it does during puberty. Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly’s PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains (September 1, 2018 / American Academy of Pediatrics / Trade Paperback Original / $16.95) is a comprehensive roadmap for parents to the newly emerging young adult in their family.

Dr. Kowal-Connelly lays out a step-by-step approach to understanding the physical, emotional, and social changes a child will experience during puberty. She offers medically based, straightforward information, along with reassuring strategies, resources, and guidance to help every parent usher their child through this powerful metamorphosis.

Dr. Kowal-Connelly reassures parents that puberty is not to be feared, but to be celebrated. She offers specific guidance for parents to help ease the anxiety and discomfort of emerging adolescence. PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY covers:
  • The five stages of puberty -– what’s normal, what’s not
  • Overcoming “this can't be happening yet” syndrome
  • Understanding the “puberty brain”: risk-taking, decision-making, boundary testing
  • Helping adolescents develop healthy trust, self-discipline, self-control and emotional resilience
  • Recognizing the warning signs of eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, low self-esteem, bullying, social isolation and more
  • Nutrition for the changing brain and nervous system
The last section of the book focuses on the importance of health and wellness for the adolescent. Parents often worry about their teen’s food choices, sleep habits or lack of physical activity. Adolescents understand and want to make all kinds of health and wellness adjustments, but they can’t do it in a vacuum. They need parents to help and to model healthy habits. PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains equips parents with the information they need to navigate the physical and emotional changes shaping their child.


Welcome to Puberty (Again!)

No doubt you have heard more than your fair share of information on this stage of life. This wonderful and magical period is when your child’s evolution into adulthood begins. Before your eyes is the metamorphosis of your child’s body and mind into a young adult. At no time since the first year of life has anything happened this rapidly. It is the gateway to the wondrous world ahead.

So why then is this period fraught with such ambivalence? Why do we as parents, and sometimes as pediatricians, not choose words, such as magical, to describe the anticipation of adolescence and puberty? I think a big stumbling block is that puberty and adolescence are a complex and somewhat chaotic time.

One element that adds to the complexity of this period is the indisputable pace at which physical growth and thinking patterns are changing. It is difficult to grasp the enormity of the multitude of marvelous though nuanced changes that are taking place. The last time you had to deal with so much rebelliousness was around the age of two. However, it is so much cuter to deal with 2-year-olds stamping their feet and demanding their independence than it is with 14-year-olds. Yet this stage is no less magical and, in many ways, more profound. I aim to help you parent through puberty with less fear and more joy.

My strategy is very simple. By sharing meaningful information, evidence-based knowledge, and anecdotal experiences relevant to topics that have come up regularly within my practice, teaching, and school health career, I hope you have a more comprehensive perspective of puberty and the adolescent issues that are present, making it easier to feel more secure and confident.

My Thoughts
"My teenager is driving me crazy! Is this normal?" Yes, it is. Dr. Kowal-Connelly, a pediatrician, assures parents that your teenager's mood swings and bad attitude are a result of all the physical changes taking place in his or her growing body. And when we understand these changes, we can have more patience and empathy for our teen. Best of all, Dr. Kowal-Connelly assures us, this is all temporary. There is usually a light at the end of the tunnel once your child enters late adolescence. However, this isn't to downplay the challenges during those early and middle years of adolescence, and Dr. Kowal-Connelly gives parents some tools for dealing with issues such as weight gain, risk-taking, depression, sleep issues, chronic illness, and more. Obviously, if your child is going through an extreme issue, more personalized care is required. But if you want a basic understanding of the physical and emotional changes affecting your adolescent -- as well as your entire family -- then pick up a copy of PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY.

An Interview with Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly, author of PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY

Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAPis a practicing pediatrician with more than 30 years’ experience and now serves as the Director of Pediatric Clinical Quality for the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC) in Nassau County. Additionally, she works as the district physician in many of her local school districts and performs as a New York State trainer for child abuse and neglect. Finally, she is a sports enthusiast and an avid triathlete. The many different aspects and interests in her life have been instrumental in shaping the way that she envisions and delivers healthcare to families. She is a contributor to, the official AAP website for parents. And is the ultra-proud mother of three grown sons.

How did you come to write Parenting Through Puberty with the AAP?
As a pediatrician with over 30 years in practice, I wanted to build a platform to deliver quality health and wellness information to families via a blog, social media and other channels. I reached out to the American Academy of Pediatrics in the hopes of contributing to Healthy Children, their parenting magazine. I was a huge fan and was overjoyed to write articles for them. I guess they were impressed as well because they approached me about expanding my literary efforts to write a book, and puberty was at the top of my list! There’s a dearth of good information about this incredibly difficult period of human development, and I wanted to present a mix of my clinical experience alongside real-life stories and situations. The rest is history!

What about puberty do you find so interesting?
Puberty is a time in a child’s life that often gets a bum rap, and it’s also a period of great anxiety for parents. More than anything else, parents going through puberty with their child tell me that they are worried. They might not all worry about exactly the same things, but they are all worried about something. As a pediatrician, for over 30 years, and the mother of 3 grown sons, as well as a step-daughter, I felt that I could offer a great deal of evidence-based knowledge and anecdotal material to help families feel less worried and more confident and secure raising their teens.

I love that a chapter of your book addresses adolescents who suffer with chronic illnesses. What are the reasons that you felt you should include that in your writing?
I feel very strongly about promoting equity, and for me talking about children who live with chronic illness is just another way for me to be inclusive. Children are the same whether they have a chronic illness or not; it does not define them. Children who have asthma should be described as "Bobby who has asthma," not "Bobby the asthmatic." It is also valuable to recognize that the challenges of puberty remain the same for all children, but can be multiplied many times over when the child has a chronic illness. Addressing these particular parents’ struggles is very important.

What is the main importance of the chapter on the private time pediatricians spend with their patients?
I think all parents at one time or another have wished that they could be a fly on the wall when we ask to speak with their child alone. As a parent myself, I believe that I have a lot of sensitivity about this, but I also carry a great deal of conviction about why it is important. So being able to write about this and make it available for parents to read in detail seems like something that would both give parents a lot of relief and could be very helpful. It seems very important to discuss problems related to depression, anxiety and mood disorders, but can a pediatrician help with that concern?


One lucky reader will receive a paperback copy of Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains, by Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern time on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (October 6-12, 2018)

Happy October, and welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Let's celebrate the great month of October by entering some great giveaways! Visit this page every day this week to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky and my right sidebar. And if you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Don't forget to share this page with your social media contacts, too.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Susan Heim on Parenting's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

It's hard to believe we're nearing the end of the year, and another holiday season has arrived! I love this time of year because I get to share some wonderful products for the gift-giving season. If you're looking for some great gift ideas, just click on the banner on my right sidebar and follow me through the season as I add more fantastic products to this page. You'll want to check them out for all of the people on your gift list (or yourself)! If you're a company or PR rep with a terrific product that my readers will love, feel free to contact me at smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com and I'll be happy to consider including your product.

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Be Your Festive Best for the Holidays Thanks to Opposuits!

The holidays will be here before we know it! I went to a big-box store today, and they already had their Christmas decorations out! It may be a little early for decorating, but it's never too early to plan ahead. One of the things you need to think about is what you'll be wearing to your holiday parties. I've got a great suggestion: a suit from Opposuits! At Opposuits, they have a terrific selection of winter and Christmas suits that are so stylish. Check out these gorgeous suits:

Opposuits offered to let me try out one of their Women's Christmas Suits, and I chose the Lumberjackie! This adorable plaid suit is colorful enough to be festive but not too over-the-top. Dress it up with a black top and some black heels, and you'll be the hit of the party! Here I am in my Opposuit:

Opposuits for women come in sizes 4-16, and consist of a fully lined jacket and pencil skirt. (You supply the top/shirt.) They're very reasonably priced at just $79.99, and shipping is free in the United States! These suits are cut very slim, so I would strongly suggest that you go up a size. I normally wear an 8 or 10, so I ordered the 10, which is still very snug. It fits, but I probably would have been more comfortable in a 12 even though I don't normally wear that size. There are also elastic side panels sewn into the sides of the skirts to make them more adjustable. However, if your suit doesn't fit, Opposuits has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Return your unworn suit within 14 days and get a refund.

Opposuits are also available for men and boys, including Men's Holiday Suits. And they have styles for every day of the year! Check out a few other ladies' styles below:

If you like to have fun with your wardrobe and don't mind standing out in a crowd, I suggest you visit! You're sure to find a suit in a pattern or color you'll love or find the perfect gift for a snazzy dresser in your life.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my review.