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The Secret Life of Pets Blu-ray Review – it’s Toy Story for pets

The Secret Life of Pets Blu-ray

My kids and I recently watched The Secret Life of Pets. We loved the animated film so much that we’ve watched it twice already. The movie is funny and the characters are cute. The story idea is similar to Toy Story. When the owners are away, the pets talk and hang out with each. But when the owners return, they transform back into cute pets. The Secret Life of Pets is available on Digital HD now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 6th. Note: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6 – fantastic holiday gift idea

Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season

Season six of Game of Thrones will be out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD this week. I love this show. The characters are interesting, the story is fantastic, and the plot is very unpredictable. And if you’ve seen the HBO series, then you know the writers are not afraid of killing off main characters — including popular characters I like. In fact, season five ended with the apparent death of Jon Snow. Anyways, I love season six of Game of Thrones. It’s just as good as the previous seasons. I can’t wait to see season seven. BTW, Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season will make an excellent gift for a fan of the series.

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The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! Review – it’s totally awesome

The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.

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5 Things About the Nine Lives Blu-ray

Nine Lives | Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Nine Lives is a funny story about a man who turns into a cat. At another level, Nine Lives is a somewhat serious story about a dad who is very successful in business, but mainly because he neglects his family at times. The two storylines are actually intertwined and is the key to getting his real body back. Nine Lives (giveaway) is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD. Continue reading to learn five things about the Nine Lives movie.

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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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