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Mar 29

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Coloring Page and CONTEST!!

Guess what?! I have such fun news to tell you!!

So The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming out soon in theaters AND I have something for you!

COLORING PAGES! I love coloring! I mean…my kids love coloring…yeah…that’s it. Oh who am I kidding? I love coloring but seriously, these pages are pretty cool.

Click on the link here to get the pages to print out for your kids (…or yourself.)

A preview of the pages.
(Click the picture for a link to the coloring pages)
Please ignore the water bottle in the background.

 It would be awesome if you could share your kids “spidey creations” with a hashtag! How about #moanasavesTASM2 …We can’t wait to see the pages!!

The Amazing Spiderman 2 comes out May 2nd and here’s a quick synopsis:
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
 
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield).  For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone).  But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.  With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. 

Can’t wait! I’m so excited!

BUT WAIT! There’s more!!

Sony Pictures & Jelly’s Hawaii have teamed together to implement an art contest timed to the release of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, which hits theatres May 2nd. Fans are invited to draw, paint, sculpt (or whatevahz!) an original rendition of the superhero slinging his web through Honolulu. Winners will receive VIP passes to the local advance screening plus movie prizes & gift certificates.

To enter, fans should bring their original artwork in any medium to Jelly’s Hawaii stores (98-023 Hekaha St. in Aiea or 670 Auahi St. in Kakaako) from April 7 to 20. Entries will be displayed at Jelly’s Aiea and online at www.jellyshawaii.net and the store’s Facebook page. A public vote will be taken on both websites and at both store locations to determine the most popular entry, with a 1st, 2nd & 3rdplace winner announced April 25.

That sounds so fun!! Good luck to everyone that enters!!

Carol

Wife. Mother. Media Junkie. Friend. Teacher. I love to eat, play, and have fun! love the color orange and mint chocolate!

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Mar 29

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I am having so much fun watching all the different Avengers movies! I love that they’re all intersecting with one another and yet they still have their own story to tell. I am definitely a fan of the franchise! I can’t wait for the new ones to come out!

Don’t fear there is one that’s coming up really soon!

The new Avengers movie coming out is Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4th!

ABOUT THE MOVIE: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

When my family and I were waiting outside to get inside the theater, we noticed two people that were dressed up as Captain America and the Winter Solider! I got the kids to come with me and took a picture with them! They were really nice about it too.

I really liked the movie! The story happens after The Avengers film and continues with Captain America and how he’s dealing with our world today. It is a much different way of life than he was used to. I won’t say much about the story line but I will say this…it’s very interesting and I loved how it all turned out.

There was quite a bit of action, as to be expected. It wasn’t over the top or super cheesy but just right.

My 4 year old daughter fell asleep but she did say that she didn’t like the bad guy and she liked the fighting. My six year old son loved it. He was really into the movie and had fun watching it, especially The Falcon. My husband also enjoyed the movie and we had plenty to talk about on the way home from the theater.

I enjoyed the relationship that Captain America had with Black Widow. They had this friendship that was really fun and you could tell that they cared about each other. This movie had plenty of drama and comedy all mixed in with the action.

I definitely recommend this movie for everyone to watch. It would make a great date movie or even a fun night out with the family!

Don’t forget to go to the theaters on April 4th and check it out for yourself!

You can also check them out on their own website or on Facebook!

Come back and let me know what you think about the movie!

*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions are my own. Aloha!*

Carol

Wife. Mother. Media Junkie. Friend. Teacher. I love to eat, play, and have fun! love the color orange and mint chocolate!

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Mar 28

Ozeri 360 Tower Fan

Winter is drawing to a close and I think we’re all looking forward to warmer weather.

Without air conditioning my family is always running oscillating fans but I’ve never been satisfied with the fans I’ve purchased. I’ve bought many fans but unless I purchase an industrial strength oversized fan the typical fans I’ve bought don’t have the power to create strong airflow, strong enough to cool a room to my preference. That’s all changed now that I’ve received the Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan.

What I love about this fan:

  • It generates more air velocity with less noise because of the micro-blade noise reduction technology. Cool yet quiet.
  • Oscillates at 60, 90, 120 or 360 degrees for partial to complete air circulation so you can’t sit anywhere in the room (except behind the fan) and not feel the cool air
  • 8-hour timer that can be programmed in 30 minute increments. We like to fall asleep with the fan on but then by early morning we’re too cold and electricity is wasted all night. I love a timer idea!
  • There’s a remote control!
  • Easily legible with a multi-colored LED screen that includes a read-out of the room temperature
  • Sophisticated and stylish space-saving design that enhances room decor.

The fan is also easy to assemble with no tools required. Even my toddler daughter could put it together, which she did.

I also really like the display. I haven’t mentioned the 3 different airflow patterns, each designed to foster relaxation, comfort, and sleep.

If you’re in the market for a powerful, sleek, and quiet tower fan than this is definitely the fan for you.

You can purchase an Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan, with Micro-Blade Noise Reduction Technology on Amazon. It’s listed on Amazon as currently unavailable but will be available soon.


*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 28

Bamboo Bath Tray

Today we’re talking bath accessories.

I’ve never been one to relax and soak in the bathtub at the end of the day but our new house has a large jetted tub and it. is. awesome!! I’m loving relaxing in the tub after a long day chauffeuring my kids to school, back home, to practice, and home again. The only problem with long baths besides the wrinkled hands and the water bill is the boredom.

Solution found with the Bamboo Bathtub Caddy with Extending Sides by ToiletTree Products.

I received this tray for review and I was a little worried that it wouldn’t fit my tub. There are so many varieties in sizes of bathtubs but the expandable bamboo arms fit any size bathtub per ToiletTree’s product description. The size measurements are: 27.5in L x 8.75in W x 2in H and the length extends to: 41.25in. It fits!

Once I expanded the tray I was worried that it wouldn’t be sturdy once it expanded. Made from 100% natural eco-friendly bamboo the shelf is definitely sturdy once I expanded it to fit over my large bathtub. It features a book support, built in soap holder, and slide-in glass holder for stemware. I’m an avid reader and I’m loving the book support. If you’re in the market for a bathtub caddy I definitely recommend ToiletTree.

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The Bamboo Bathtub Caddy with Extending Sides by ToiletTree Products is available for purchase on Amazon.


*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 20

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Review

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We set off to see the” Muppets Most Wanted” movie last  Saturday.

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 The Muppet movie was fun for all ages. Many of the jokes were for adults and kept them entertained.

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The musical numbers were lively and got the kids and adults wanting to dance in their seats.

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Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

  The movie had a very 70s reminiscence feel to it making it  feel like the original Muppet show. There was a bit of comedic violence which some parents may not enjoy but I didn’t find a problem with it.  We enjoyed the movie for  around two hours exactly  which may be a little long for some younger kids.  I brought the entire family well except for the one year old. The ages spanning from 9-16 and everyone really enjoyed it. . I really enjoyed the guest cameos, many of which went over the heads of the children.

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Take the entire family to see this Movie!  You will LOVE it! 

Here are some fun activity sheets you can print out and enjoy.

MMW_FPK_Maze_Ireland MMW_FPK_Memory_Cards MMW_FPK_Muppets_Theater MMW_FPK_Postcard_Constantine

 

 

Question and answer with the Muppet stars:

 

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INTERVIEW WITH MISS PIGGY

 

  • What are the Muppets up to this time? 

I have no idea what the Muppets are up to, but I will tell you what moi is up to—fabulous, funny, award-worthy acting that better win me major kudos and statuettes!

In “Muppets Most Wanted,” I play the role that everyone wants to see me play—myself!  And I am incredible in it as we tour the major capitals of Europe. And some minor capitals, too. If there’s an audience, I’m there!

  • Can you address the rumors that you and Kermit are getting married?

Yes. We are getting married. He just doesn’t know it yet.

  • Describe your duet with Celine Dion.

My dear close personal friend Celine Dion is such an amazing talent! (I predict big things for her career.) Our duet is pure magic—a mixing of two of the greatest singing voices in the history of singing and voices. You’ll adore it so much, you’ll definitely want to run out and buy the soundtrack!

  • Yet again, you have a killer wardrobe with 24 different costumes. Did they meet your expectations?

Sometimes I amaze even myself! The greatest thing about my wardrobe for this movie is, of course, the fact that after we finish shooting I get to take all of the pieces home with me! Isn’t Hollywood fun!?  All moi’s outfits are fantastique, but my special favorite is a glorious white gown and veil designed exclusively for moi by fashion legend Vivienne Westwood. This dress looks suspiciously like a dress that one, such as moi, could get married in.

  • What makes “Muppets Most Wanted so special?”

Silly question. What else? MOI!

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INTERVIEW WITH KERMIT THE FROG 

  • What is “Muppets Most Wanted” about? 

While the Muppets are on an international tour to places like Spain, Germany and England something awful happens—to me.

Y’see, the World’s Number One criminal, Constantine, just happens to be a frog. And he looks almost exactly like me. He takes my place and I take his place—in a gulag. After that, thanks to Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and a host of cool cameos—and the Muppets, of course—hilarity, intrigue and action ensue. Gee, that sounds exciting. I wonder what happens?

  • What is your role in the film?

I play the role I’ve trained for my whole life. I’m Kermit the Frog. But this is me like you’ve never seen me, where you’ve never seen me before—in prison. Ulp!

  • Describe your working relationship with Tina Fey.

Tina is fantastic and so funny. My only problem was that she really gets into character, and the character she plays, Nadya, is the head of the prison. I really don’t think it was necessary to leave me locked up when we finished shooting each night. But what can I say: she’s an artist.

  • Will you finally tie the knot with Miss Piggy in this film?

I really can’t say. You’ll have to see the movie to find out.  Or ask Miss Piggy, who will definitely tell you “yes”.

  • Who is Constantine?

Constantine is the World’s Number One Criminal. (I wonder who votes on these things?) He also is a frog who looks almost exactly like me—and uses our Muppets world tour to cover up his nefarious criminal scheme.

Why should people see this film?

It’s got laughs, action, foolishness, nonsense and all that Muppets stuff. Plus, it’s got fantastic stars—Ricky [Gervais], Ty [Burrell] and Tina [Fey], plus all those great cameos! And, to top it off, “Muppets Most Wanted” features all-new songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for best song for “Man or Muppet,” which he wrote for our last movie.  But most of all, you should see it because Miss Piggy is in it. And trust me: she’ll be taking attendance.

 

*I was not compensated for this review. Any and all opinions are my own.
 
 

Mar 13

Need for Speed Opens Friday, March 14th

I love movies about fast cars.

I really enjoy the Fast and the Furious franchise. Something about the sleek cars and how fast they can go. It’s very exciting. When I first saw the commercial for Need for Speed, I thought it would just be like Fast and Furious.

I had no idea Need for Speed was based on a video game..well more like they used the name of the video game.

 

About the movie:

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon—the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

I definitely enjoyed the movie a lot more than I thought I would.

It wasn’t at all like any of the Fast and Furious movies.

Need for Speed was more focused on the story line and less about the cars. It had a lot of comedic moments that wasn’t overdone to be too funny, it was just right.
There is a bit of nudity but not in the way you’re thinking…there is moment or two when you see a man’s butt as he leaves his workplace.
The movie is rated PG-13 for a reason. My six year old son liked the racing parts in the movie whereas my four year old daughter couldn’t wait for it to be over.
We were able to watch it in 3D and there were certain parts that made it cool but I wouldn’t watch it in 3D again. I really liked when the director would take you along for the ride and it made it seem as you were the one driving in the movie. It was super neat, I imagine it’s like being in the video game for a little bit.
For all the Hawaiian locals, there’s a small cameo made by Alan Pflueger, who was in charge of the huge car dealership in Hawaii. He apparently was a pro off-road trucker and you can hear the small kine pidgin coming out. It was a nice surprise to hear in a movie from the “Flyin’ Hawaiian”.

Overall, I would recommend this movie as a date movie or take along your teenage kids. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. The actors played their characters very well. It can be a little predictable in some parts but it is still a very exciting movie.

Need for Speed opens Friday, March 14, 2014 in a theater near you.

*Any and all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. Aloha!*

Carol

Wife. Mother. Media Junkie. Friend. Teacher. I love to eat, play, and have fun! love the color orange and mint chocolate!

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Mar 07

Bring Home Frozen the Movie

Frozen is coming on DVD and Digital HD!

My kids are shouting it from the rooftops, they’re so excited!

If you’re behind the times on what Frozen is about here’s a quick synopsis:

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven — to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

This is clip from the special features on the Making of Frozen – Frozen Behind the Scenes.

Additional Bonus Features Include:  

  • The Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
  • D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
  • Breaking The Ice - The Real Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
  • 4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  • Original Theatrical Short – “Get A Horse” (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
  • “Let It Go” Music Videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
  • Frozen Teaser Trailer (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a chilly twist on one of the most humorous and heartwarming stories ever told. Bring home Frozen on Blu-ray High Definition — featuring a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras with gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music. It’s dazzling fun for the whole family!

Digital HD & Digital 3D: February 25th, 2014

Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand: March 18th, 2014

Right now Amazon.com has Frozen (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) available for preorder at the SALE price of $22.96 and the Frozen DVD is available for the sale price of $14.96.

What’s great about pre-ordering on Amazon is their price guarantee. If the price for not-yet released items changes between the time you purchase and the release/shipped date your book, CD, video, DVD, software, or video game will be charged the lowest price. A pre-order price guarantee message will appear on your Order Summary during checkout process.

*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 06

It’s a Hard Knock Life, According to Annie and Friends

 

Have you seen the new Annie trailer starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Quvenzhané Wallis who is simply adorable as Annie? I can’t wait to see Cameron Diaz as Ms. Hannigan. Her George Clooney quote is hilarious.

Enjoy!

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Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 06

Family Friendly Movie Giveaway

We don’t have TV service in our home so I’m always glad to find fun children’s videos. Today I want to tell you about two movies we received for review and giveaway. Yes, we’ll have a giveaway too!

The first is by Leap Frog™. I have a child who is beginning to read so I was very excited to receive Leap Frog Letter Factory Adventures latest DVD The Letter Machine Rescue Team.

Leap Frog is a trusted brand when it comes to letter learning and reading. Here’s a little about their company’s success teaching children to read:

From the creators of the award-winning “Letter Factory” DVD, which has sold more than 2.5MM DVDs to date, comes a brand-new learning adventure, LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team arriving on DVD and Digital HD March 4th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and top educational entertainment company LeapFrog Enterprises. With an updated look, the first of four CGI animated releases in the new Letter Factory Adventures franchise brings back beloved frogs Leap, Lily and Tad plus their fun new friends to entertain with music, laughter and rescue team adventures as they help young learners improve reading and problem-solving skills. Featuring three all-new original learning songs plus bonus sing-a-long videos and curriculum commentary for parents, LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team is perfect for children ages 4-7 years old.

Join Leap, Tad, Lily and friends on a problem solving adventure! When Quigley announces the new Letter Factory is almost ready to open, the team takes a visit to learn about adjectives and words with consonant blends. But when the letter machine goes on the fritz, it’s up to them to work together as “junior engineers” to find the best fix-it solutions!

This DVD includes the following Learning Curriculum and DVD Special Features:

  • Consonant Blends
  • Adjectives
  • Problem Solving
  • Sing-a-long Videos
  • Curriculum Commentary for Parents

My daughter really enjoyed this video. Leap Frog did a great job with the colorful animation and she loves to watch it every morning before Kindergarten. 

The second movie we received is the Family Approved story of Snowflake the White Gorilla.

Experience the exciting tale of one gorilla’s quest to belong in this all-new animated adventure, Snowflake The White Gorilla, arriving on DVD and Video on Demand March 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Snowflake The White Gorilla will also be available on Digital HD two weeks early on February 18. Snowflake The White Gorilla stars David Spade (Grown Ups), Jennette McCurdy (TV’s “Sam & Cat”), Ariana Grande (TV’s “Victorious”), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Keith David (The Princess and the Frog), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future franchise) and introducing Dallas Lovato (The Helpers). Awarded the DOVE Seal of Approval, the Snowflake The White Gorilla DVD includes a “making of” featurette and a sneak peek of award-winning shorts from Miniscule.

Snowflake is the only white gorilla in the world, and the zoo’s main attraction.  Children love her, but she just wants to fit in.  With the help of an eccentric red panda, Snowflake sneaks out of the zoo and heads into the dangerous city to find a circus witch with a magical potion that promises to make her a “normal” gorilla.  Will Snowflake find the cure she’s looking for or realize that there is something more important than fitting in?

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • “Giving the Characters a Voice” – At the recording studio with David Spade, Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Nathan Kress, Keith David and Dallas Lovato
  • Sneak Peek of Minuscule Award-Winning Shorts

 

Language: English
Running time: 86 minutes
Rating: PG for thematic elements and some mild rude humor

This is a fun family movie that’s enjoyable for kids ages 4-12. All of my children had fun watching the story of Snowflake as she struggles with a life of being different from the other gorillas and living with their jealousies. Having jealous friends or feeling different from your peers is a common theme for kids so the kids enjoyed this fun animal tale they could relate with.

BUY: The Letter Machine Rescue Team DVD is available for purchase at the suggested retail price of $14.98 and Snowflake the White Gorilla will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98

WIN: One lucky reader will receive a copy of both of these movies by entering the Rafflecopter widget below.


*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

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Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 06

Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur Concealer

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I love good quality makeup.

How often do you find paraben free mineral makeup with added vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin? Not often in my experience…until now.

I received an Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur Concealer for review and I’m loving it.  Living in Hawaii I have my share of discolored skin spots from the sun, more than I want to admit, and that’s why I’m glad to give this new concealer a try.

The Ageless Derma line of mineral makeup includes the dynamic Camoufleur Concealer that is ideal for covering up imperfections of the skin such as scars or brown spots or port wine stains that distract from the skin’s beauty. This versatile mineral make up concealer provides a natural look that is long lasting and will also cover those dark circles beneath the eyes, so it is an anti aging makeup that will conceal those visible signs of aging.

This Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur Concealer is light and blends well. I’ve used it to cover skin spots but I’m also trying my hand at contouring which requires a highlighting shade in addition to a bronzing color. The ivory concealer adds light to dark areas on my face, plus it has Vitamins A & E, apple extracts, and green tea extracts that do good for my skin.

You can purchase Ageless Derma makeup on their site and right now enter the code Beauty for an additional 20% discount in addition to free shipping on domestic orders.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Mar 06

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Some of you might remember Pine Bros. Softish throat drops. They’ve been around since 1870 as a trusted soothing throat drop for all your minor sore throat needs.

Here’s a little bit about the history of Pine Bros:

Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. “I have discovered something,” Pine wrote, “which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was.” He added,”Perhaps I won’t make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that’s more important than money.” Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his “discovery” would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its ‘soft drop consistency,’ Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970′s. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

I chose to receive the cherry flavor as a sample although they also sell honey, black licorice, and next year lemon. I’m not familiar with Pine Bros. product but I love their softish texture. It’s very smooth and pleasant to suck on. I also like the flavor. Some throat drops are too strong for my taste but honestly these are almost like candy.

Pine Bros. is back because it was recently acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. The natural product is once again being made in America and even Martha Stewart enjoys them.


Follow Pine Bros. on Facebook to stay up to date on all that’s softish and soothing for your mouth and throat.

BUY: You can purchase Pine Bros. at many retailers nationwide.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Feb 21

3 Days to Kill – Movie Review

If you’ve read my movie reviews before on here, you’ll notice that when I watch movies, I usually have no expectations for them. Why? I don’t know. With “3 Days to Kill”, I literally had no clue what it was about except that Kevin Costner was in it.

 
A real quick snippet about the movie. By the way, it’s rated PG-13.

3 Days To Kill:

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission – even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.
I watched the movie with my husband and kids. Since it was rated PG-13, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad. It wasn’t bad but I felt like there were some parts that just were not needed to be in the film. There wasn’t full frontal but it was certainly implied that these bodies had no clothes on. There were two F-bombs, one spoken and one in subtitles. Just thought I’d throw that warning in there. 
There was a lot of killing (which is to be expected from the title) and I had to look away even though I know that it’s fiction. I just get caught up in the moment! BUT what I didn’t expect was how much laughing I would be doing during the movie.

3 Days To Kill had a great mix of action, drama and comedy that would appeal to both male and female stereotypical tastes. It believe it would be a great date movie!

I definitely wouldn’t take kids younger than 13 years of age. My six year old son liked the guns and the action but I don’t know if he really should have been in there watching the movie. My four year old was bored. She couldn’t keep still and she said she “liked the little girl” – the movie showed flashbacks of Kevin Costner’s character’s daughter.

I liked how it was basically a story about a father and his relationship with his estranged daughter. He is not sure how to connect with his daughter after being away for five years. I really enjoyed how he tries to repair the relationship with his daughter and still try to do his job at the same time.

Like I said earlier, it was more entertaining than I thought it would be. It could be confusing sometimes but it’s ok, you get the basics of the movie. Lots of action and laughter mixed in.

I would definitely recommend this movie for the adults

(and kids no younger than 13 if you really wanted to have family time.)

Family friendly? Not so much.

Date friendly? Yes. Take a date to go watch it.

3 Days to Kill comes out in theaters this Friday, February 21st

Check out their official website - 3DaysToKill.com and their Facebook: Facebook.com/3DaysToKillMovie

**I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions are my own. Aloha!** 

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Feb 12

Valentine Craft for Your Kids

Wow! The holidays happened, my family moved and bought a house, and now I’m just barely getting back into the groove of blogging again. I apologize for the sparse posts. Hopefully this Valentine post makes up it.

This week is Valentine’s Day.

If you have a daughter who needs a Valentine treat box for school I have the perfect easy box idea. Don’t worry if you’re not too crafty. This Rapunzel tower is E-A-S-Y!

All you need is the following:

  • an empty oats container (tube)
  • construction paper (two 8×11 for the sides and one 12×12 for the roof)
  • double-sided tape
  • markers and stickers for decorating
  • yarn in your preferred Rapunzel hair color
  • a photo of your daughter

First, use the double sided tape to cover the sides of the oats container with two 8×11 papers, then trim to fit. Next roll the 12×12 paper to make a cone and tape.

We set the room on top of the canister without attaching it. If you have an idea of how to attach it and then open it later to get the treats out, great!

Next, glue the photo on the tower and let your child decorate it with stickers and markers.

Next you’ll want to make her long Rapunzel lock of hair. Cut 12 pieces of yarn the same length and tie them at the end. Then divide the yarn into 3 equal sections and let your daughter braid away! I tied a cute ribbon at either end to make it cuter. Then we just taped the braid to her picture.

Lastly, we cut a hole in the roof for her classmates to slip Valentines into.

This is my favorite Valentine’s treat box of all time! I think it’s just adorable…with the added bonus of being so easy to make. Enjoy and hope you have a lovely V-day!

You can purchase your own ice-cream making cones on the Ice Cream Magic website.

I was inspired to make this craft by Life’s Moments.

 

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Feb 10

Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Set

If you’re like me, you might have a drawer of useless food containers that have mismatched lids, cracked misshapen lids, or no lid at all. I love to cook so I always have leftovers in my fridge and a quality food storage set is what I need.

Thanks to Ozeri I now have the perfect food storage set, the Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set.

Here are a few things I’m loving about the Instavac™ Food Storage Set:

  • It’s BPA-Free. The Mayo Clinic says: “BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.” Who wants plastic without industrial strength chemicals? I do.
  • The set comes in an 8-Piece nesting set. I like the nesting feature because it takes less space in my cupboard.
  • The patented lid valve reduces air volume so naturally occurring bacteria is less able to grow and food stays fresh longer.
  • Date dial to track the number of days the food has sat in your fridge.
  • Release valve prevents spills and splatters in microwaves.
  • Wave pattern on bottom keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices.
  • Stain-resistant, shatter-proof, and as transparent as glass.
  • Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe
  • The easy locking lids, just flip and lock.

I’m loving these food storage containers as are my children. They’re easy to use and leakproof but I’m especially loving the lid dial and valve. I have a confession. I like keeping raw chocolate chip cookie dough in my fridge so we can cook small batches of cookies on demand. It’s great on my waistline to not have a huge batch of cookies sitting on my counter and fresh baked warm cookies taste best.

Can you see the center bubble on the valve how it’s depressed? That’s because I’ve already pressed excess air our of the container and the dial date shows me how long this dough has been in the fridge.

These food storage containers are perfect for my family’s fresh-baked cookie addiction.

You can purchase the Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set on Amazon.

*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

 

Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Jan 08

Ozeri 8″ textured Green Earth pan

I received the 8″ Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri for review and I put it to the ultimate test. That is, the “egg test.”

In my time cooking there haven’t been many so-called non-stick pans that pass the “egg test” but Ozeri’s pan with it’s textured ceramic non-stick coating passed with flying colors. The non-stick coating worked so well I didn’t even need to spray the pan with oil before cooking.

The Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany is one of the world’s first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely 100% free of PTFE, PFOA, and other harmful chemicals. PTFE stands for PolyTetraFluoroEthylene which is known to release toxic chemicals at high temperatures. PFOA stands for PerFluoroOctanoic Acid which is known as a pollutant to the environment and has been under investigation by the EPA. With the Green Earth Pan’s ceramic coating, even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic fumes will ever be released.

I love the GREBLON® ceramic coating for all it’s environment friendly reasons but especially because of the patterned cooking surface. The elevated texture creates air pockets that help distribute heat underneath the food and also helps prevent the food from sticking.  This durable scratch-resistant ceramic is great for cooking and so easy to clean. Lastly, I’m in love with the green pan appearance. This bright happy green pan just makes me smile with it’s good looks.

To learn more about Ozeri visit their Facebook page.

You can purchase your 8″ Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri on Amazon.

*I was not compensated for this post. Any and all opinions here are mine. Aloha!

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Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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Jan 03

H&R Block Tax Software Sale – 51% off Today Only

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I hope you all had a happy holiday season, including your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Now that it’s a new year we have to start thinking about taxes again.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of deals on tax software over the next few months but for today only  H&R Block Tax Software 2013 Deluxe + State tax software is on sale from $17.99 – $38.99! That’s a 51% savings!


Offer expires 11:59 p.m. (PT) January 3, 2014. While supplies last!

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Jayne

I'm a stay-at-home mom living in a Hawaiian paradise with my husband and our three darling daughters. When I'm not playing in the surf I'm cooking in the kitchen (my foodie blog: dishlist.blogspot.com), reading, playing sports with my family, or trying my hand at crafting. Here at Moana Saves I look forward to sharing with you my reviews and recommendations of products that will hopefully bring the same ease and enjoyment to your home as it does to mine.

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