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#Sponsored Product Review: Personalized Skincare From Y’OUR

I WAS PROVIDED WITH THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL PICS AND PRODUCT INFO BELONG SOLELY TO THE MANUFACTURER.


When I was younger, I never gave much thought to skincare. After all, when I was a teen, there were basically 3 brands to chose from! They either worked for you or they didn’t. Entering my twenties and having 2 kids changed my skin dramatically. I experienced breakouts and dark circles. Now, at 41, I’m encountering wrinkles and clogged pores. Social media sites now show me ads for ‘anti-aging breakthroughs’!
When I was asked to review for Y’OUR, I was all in. While I wasn’t sure what a did need, I knew what I didn’t want. Who wants to smell like they just put night cream on or leave a faceprint on their pillow? It’s bad enough to smell like pain relieving cream! I also didn’t want heavy feeling cream. Serums are something I’ve never had luck with, so I was hesitate to try it, too. But, I was willing to give the products a go!
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#Sponsored DVD Spotlight: The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on May 7, or Own It Early on Digital on April 16!

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDED ME WITH A FREE COPY OF THE BLU-RAY I REVIEWED IN THIS BLOG POST. THE OPINIONS I SHARE ARE MY OWN. PIC/SYNOPSIS/INFO BELONG SOLELY TO WARNER BROS.

EVERYTHING IS STILL AWESOME WHEN
The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part
ARRIVES ONTO 4K UHD COMBO PACK,
BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK,
DVD SPECIAL EDITION AND DIGITAL FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

4K UHD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include Everything Is Awesome Sing-Along

Own it Early on Digital on April 16
4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 7

SYNOPSIS: It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

MY THOUGHTS: Last night’s movie night featured ‘The Lego Movie 2’. Present were My Aunt (69), my son (16), and myself (41). My son was the only one who’d seen the first Lego Movie (which he really enjoyed). Even as a teen, he’d been excited to check this one out. It did not disappoint!

If you think this one is simply for the kids, you’re definitely mistaken. From the opening, my aunt and I were laughing as much as my son. It was clear that this was a winning pick for movie night. For an animated movie, there was an incredible amount of action. Some scenes went back & forth between reality and animation. It helped to explain what was happening currently and ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the movie.

The choices for voiceovers were spot-on. It definitely sounded like Chris Pratt was having a very good time. In addition to the hilarious humor and incredible, action-packed animation, there were definitely solid, underlying moral messages. We have sibling love (with the real life family), being there for one’s friends, and being yourself- all great messages for younger viewers.

Honestly, though it’s rated ‘PG’ I didn’t hear/see anything questionable or concerning to me as a Christian parent. It seems to be the type of movie one must watch more than once in order to catch all the jokes and action scenes. There may be a few sad scenes that would be emotional to viewer of an elementary age, but, they aren’t violent or overly emotional.

Each of us agreed that the movie earned a rating of 4-1/2 stars. We all would definitely watch it a second time.

4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
· Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

“The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers​
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2​ – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On April 16, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 7, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

BASICS

PRODUCT SRP
4K UHD Combo Pack $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Special Edition $28.98

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 7
EST Street Date: April 16
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [ENG-SDH]
4K and Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA [ENG-Atmos, ENG-ADS]

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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#Giveaways 4/30

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Posted in Book Reviews

Two New Butterfly Books to Celebrate Spring

THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books / $19.99 / April 2, 2019)
Step inside the butterfly house, where wonderful, winged insects await. Spot the sleepy oranges mud-puddling, the monarchs migrating, or the green swallowtail beating its shimmering wings. With information on many butterfly and moth families, this gift package is the perfect introduction to the world’s most beautiful insects.
The author
Alice Pattullo is an illustrator based in East London. She produces limited edition screen prints for exhibition and sale in various galleries and shops across the UK. Alongside this Alice works on commissioned illustrations for a variety of clients including Betty’s and Taylor’s of Harrogate, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Cecil Sharp House, Country Living, Crabtree and Evelyn, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Design for Today, Faber, Nandos, National Trust, Sainsburys, The V&A Museum, and The Village Voice.
KATY FLINT is a children’s book author and editor, based in London. She is the author of the best-selling sound book The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker, and has worked on many other non-fiction titles – from human bodies to dinosaurs. She likes playing the violin and dog-spotting.
https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781786039750/The-Butterfly-House.html
AND

HOW TO BE A BUTTERFLY (words & pictures / $17.95 / April 16, 2019)
A joyous, imaginative, yet informative non-fiction picture book about what it takes to be a butterfly – body parts, behavior and life cycle – with the underlying message that diversity is a wonderful thing. With labelled butterflies throughout, there is plenty for young nature lovers to spot and explore time and again.
Catell Ronca was born in Basel, Switzerland and lives and works in Lucerne. Catell graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and works for a variety of international clients in publishing, editorial and advertising. Her work is regularly recognised in Illustration Annuals. Her plant illustrations are expressive, bold, lively, and saturated in colour.
Laura Knowles has a background in children’s publishing and is the author of We Travel So Far, Once Upon a Jungle, The Coral Kingdom and It Starts with a Seed, winner of the 2017 Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-fiction and shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2018. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature. https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781786038845/How-to-Be-a-Butterfly.html

MY THOUGHTS: I am a big fan of both of these titles. In the Butterfly House’, we have the perfect reference guide for younger readers. Most children have a fascination with butterflies. There’s an almost magical simplicity to watching them silently fly. The school-age years are the perfect opportunity to nurture that fascination. By providing them with an educational yet appealing guidebook to what they’re seeing, they’ll be encouraged to continue learning about these amazing insects.
Those of us who often misidentify some moths and butterflies will also learn a great deal from the massive amount of information provided. Our author has done a fabulous job compiling over 100 species of them!
‘How to Be a Butterfly’ provides both a non-fiction, science viewpoint and a moral message of the beauty of diversity. After all, butterflies’ beauty lies in their diversity. Our author delivers 20,000 ways to be a butterfly. Now THAT’S diversity! But, the educational component is important too as readers are taught the anatomy, behavior, etc. of our winged friends.
Together, these books are an amazing find that need to be a part of any homeschool/classroom library. I was blown away by the amount of priceless information provided. Add to it the beautiful illustrations and you know these books will rarely remain on a shelf. I give them both 5 stars.
I RECEIVED THESE TITLES IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE. PIC/SYNOPSIS BELONG SOLELY TO THE AUTHORS/PUBLISHER.