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California Pizza Kitchen Review – great food and awesome for people with allergies

Roasted Artichoke and Spinach pizza - California Pizza Kitchen

I went to California Pizza Kitchen for the first time recently. My wife and kids have actually been there before when they were shopping at Bridgeport Village. But shopping isn’t my thing and Bridgeport Village is about 25 miles away. Anyways, I was very impressed with California Pizza. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the prices were reasonable. I also learned CPK will work with you on food allergies. And BTW, California Pizza offers more than just pizzas (like pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, fish, soup, etc). Oh, one more thing. CPK gift cards are great stocking stuffers. And when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $20 promotional card for yourself (sweet, right?). This promotion runs through January 2, 2017.

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5 Things About the Bad Moms Blu-ray

Bad Moms | Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Bad Moms (giveaway) is a story about a mom who pushes back against the system. She does way too much for her children and thinks too much are expected of moms. The storyline is predictable, but it’s worth watching if you are in the mood for an R-rated comedy. Bad Moms is available on Digital HD now, and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 1st. Continue reading to learn five things about the Bad Moms movie.

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5 Things About Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth animated movie in the Ice Age series. This time around, the gang must stop an asteroid from destroying the Ice Age. If you’ve seen any of the Ice Age films, you can easily guess how the story will end. I thought Ice Age: Collision Course was entertaining. My kids loved it too and thought it was very funny (especially the Scrat: Spaced Out and Scratasia featurettes). BTW, I think many parents can relate to the secondary storyline involving the relationship between a father and his daughter. Ice Age: Collision Course is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. Continue reading to learn five things about PR-rated Ice Age: Collision Course.

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Chipex Touch Up Kit Review and Giveaway

Chipex Touch Up Kit

Don’t you just hate nicks and scratches on your new car? I know I do. As some of you know, my car was totaled last year. After taking our time, my wife and I eventually bought a new car. And then a few months later, my wife parked the car too close to the garage door and she ended up scratching the car when the garage door closed. Fortunately, a product like the Chipex Touch Up Kit can take care of the scratches. BTW, thanks to Chipex, I’m giving away a prize pack consisting of a touch kit and screenwash (see review below).

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Ice Girls DVD Review – it’s not just an ice skating story

Ice Girls is a movie about two ice skaters. They start out as friends, but soon become intense rivals because only one of them can go to the national skating competition. Even though the story has an ice skating setting, the film is actually about balancing friendship and following your dream. The PG-rated Ice Girls is available now on DVD (includes digital HD). Note: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.

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Blinky Bill: The Movie Review

Blinky Bill: The Movie | Shout! Factory Kids

If you’re a fan of Blinky Bill, then you’ll be happy to know Blinky Bill: The Movie is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 11th. For those of you who don’t know (like me) Blinky Bill is a koala. The character is based on a book series and is one of Australia’s most recognized characters. Shout! Factory Kids sent me Blinky Bill: The Movie for review on my dad blog. I thought the animated film was OK, but my two youngest children loved it. The movie even made them laugh from time to time. BTW, Blinky Bill is rated PG and is family approved by The Dove Foundation.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Blu-ray Review – the fear of mutants continues

X-Men: Apocalypse | Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Fanboys can rejoice — X-Men: Apocalypse has finally been released and it will make an excellent addition to your superhero movies library. X-Men: Apocalypse is the third installment of the rebooted X-Men series. In this third film, humans continue to hate and fear mutants. Mutants are divided over this issue. One side, led by Apocalypse, believes mutants are superior and deserve to rule over all humans. The other side, led by Professor Xavier, believes mutants and humans can co-exist peacefully together. BTW, Stan Lee, the creator of Mavel Comics, makes another cameo. There’s also an extra scene at the end of the credits (fast forward to the very end). X-Men: Apocalypse is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD. Note: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.

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Loews Royal Pacific Resort Review – spendy, but worth it

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

After our two days at Disney World and Disney All-Star Resort, we took an Uber to begin our two days at Universal Orlando. For the second half of our Orlando vacation, we stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819). The Royal Pacific is the most beautiful and most expensive hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Our room featured two queen beds and can accommodate up to five people. As I said, the Royal Pacific is a beautiful hotel inside and out. As you can guess by it’s name, the hotel has a tropical theme — almost like you’re on a remote island in the tropics somewhere. The resort even features a gigantic lagoon-style swimming pool. It was a great way to cool off at night.

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Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort Review – sporty and affordable

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

When we went to Disney World last summer, we stayed at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. I usually stay at cheaper motels, but All-Star Sports was actually quite affordable at $108 for Thursday and $111 for Friday (we went in mid August). As you can expect, the resort features a sports theme (we slept in the touchdown building). Thanks to a special promotion, we got a preferred room for the same price as a standard room. The inside of the rooms are essentially the same, but the preferred rooms are closer to the lobby and food court. Preferred rooms also have better views — usually of the pool or courtyard.

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Ratchet and Clank Blu-ray Review

Ratchet and Clank Blu-ray | Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Ratchet & Clank is rolling out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The PG-rated film is based on a PlayStation video game. It’s about two unlikely heroes trying to save the universe. My kids liked the animated film and I thought the movie was OK. Keep in mind the kids and I have never played the Ratchet and Clank video game. We really have no idea how the movie relates to the game. But we still enjoyed watching the film. Ratchet & Clank (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD.

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