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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maya the Bee DVD Review

Disclaimer:  I received this DVD for free in exchange for my honest review.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe in.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Already a great box office success in much of the world, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE,” based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun.  A must-have for fans of all ages, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage.

Directed by Alexs Stadermann (Bambi II) and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” features the acclaimed voice talent of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook),  Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Babe), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and  Justine Clarke (Home and Away).

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.
While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!
One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.
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Our Thoughts:
The movie is adorable!  It was a wonderful way to keep my kids happy during a very HOT North Carolina summer afternoon.  We love Maya because she is so curious.  She reminds me of my daughter!  Willie is another favorite because he is a true friend!  The movie does a great job in teaching important values. I'd recommend this for families with younger kids, but even my teenage daughter enjoyed it!

Recommended Family Entertainment by The Dove Foundation

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson DVD Review & Giveaway #PIRATESCODE #FLYBY

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Summer is here and it is that time of year when we start hearing those words..."Mom, I'm Bored!"  When we have those ultra hot NC summer days, I always like to have movies on hand for the kids to watch.  I love movies that take the viewer to another time and place, something different from the every day.  We found one such movie!  That movie is Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.

Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson
Released:  June 2, 2015

Running Time:  91 minutes
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They're new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. 

We really enjoyed this movie!  We were already fans of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Spy Kids and Sky High, and this movie fit in with them perfectly.  There was no vulgar language and although the movie had some violence, there was nothing gory.  This movie had us cheering for Mickey the entire time.  We also have purchased the first movie, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure and enjoyed it as well!  This movie will get you and your kids thinking outside the box.  It is a wonderful way to spend a hot summer afternoon, a rainy day, or any day you want a good, clean movie!

You can follow them via these resources:

Twitter:  @MickeyMatson
Official Website:
Official Website to Purchase:

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

GoMacro MacroBars - Review and Giveaway #GoMacro #nosacrifices

Disclosure:  We received free product to facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  Sponsor responsible for prize fulfillment!

Our family has been trying to eat healthier for a while now and we are always on the look out for something that peaks our interest. We want to eat things that are good for us, but we do not want to sacrifice taste.  Is that too much to ask?  I think NOT!   Our newest find is MacroBars by GoMacro.   They offer sustained energy for a balanced lifestyle and are made with infant-safe brown rice syrup.  These delicious bars are jam packed with nutrition!  Have you tried them?

These yummy bars are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher
  • Macrobiotic
  • Non-GMO Project Verfied
  • Soy-free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegan

We were sent a GoMacro MacroBar Mini box in assorted flavors.  The bars do not taste like cardboard, are not gritty or chalky, and they are easy to eat!  They are available in the following flavors: (and they actually taste like these flavors too!)

  • Almond Butter + Carob
  • Apples + Walnuts
  • Banana + Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Cashew Caramel
  • Cherries + Berries
  • Granola + Coconut
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Sesame Butter + Dates
  • Sunflower Butter + Chocolate
The Banana + Almond Butter is missing because Chefy ate them all!
Everyone in our family sampled and enjoyed these bars.  Kat took one with her every day to snack on between her exams.  She got the energy boost she needed without the crash from junk food.  She loves them all and she ate all of the peanut butter chocolate chip before I could get even a bite!  I love the Apples + Walnuts, and Chefy, like our daughter, loves them all!  

You can learn more about GoMacro MacroBars by following them via twitter, facebook, pinterest and instagram!  Want to try them now?  Go to and enter code “BLOGGER” at checkout and you’ll get 40% off your first order!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hillsong United’s Empires CD Review and Giveaway #EMPIRES #FLYBY

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

I've written before about my love of Christian music and I am so blessed to be able to share my newest find.  One of my favorite groups, Hillsong United, has a new CD out, Empires.  My hubby and I love to listen to Christian CDs when we travel because it generally keeps us calm and reminds us what is really important!  Empires is a new favorite!  The songs are thought provoking and uplifting.  It is perfect for the entire family.

About Hillsong United:
UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

Official website:
Twitter: @HillsongUnited
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
Check them out on tour this summer: 
Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month:
Hillsong UNITED - Touch The Sky - Live on Today Show from Post Production on Vimeo.

Monday, June 1, 2015


If you are wondering where I have been, I've been taking care of my teen daughter.  Kat has not been feeling well, headache, body aches, fever, nausea, diarrhea, chills, etc.  Finally diagnosed with strep today, although she has no sore throat or swollen tonsils.  She has been running fairly high temps and when we got to the hospital, it was 103.4.  Down to 102.2 now.

If I owe you a review post, give me a day or 2 to catch back up.  My "baby" comes first!

Kat and Chefy