Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank – In Theaters Now!

We’re always on the lookout for a new animated film in theater, especially for rainy summer days! Paws of Fury is out NOW in theaters and comes with a big name cast, including Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais and more. It’s rated PG and has an adorable plot….

A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map.  With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs! Also starring Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim.

Check out the full trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkDmYBuDcnU

Did you see this in the theater yet? If so please comment below and let me know what you thought! We’ll be going to the theater next week to check it out.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies

Family Trip to Lake Huron (Greenbush/Harrisville, MI)

Greenbush and Harrisville, MI are a little slice of heaven just waiting for you to experience them! Beautiful sunrises, beaches and the nicest people. Below are tips and recommendations when visiting with families!

What to pack:

  • Beaches are a combination of soft sand and rocks, and change daily. One morning we will wake up and have a rocky beach, and the next day it’s sand for as far as the eye can see. Be prepared and bring water shoes! I love these water shoes for my boys, and also recommend these for Men and these for Women
  • Bring life jackets if you want to swim! We also heard that boogie boards are a good option for the waves when a bit calmer. 
  • Sunscreen & hats! Even when it’s very chilly the sun will get you. 
  • It gets chilly at night…make sure to pack long pants and a sweatshirt to stay warm and protect yourself from mosquitoes. 
  • Bug spray!
  • If you visit in the winter, pack your snow pants and snow boots! It’s a ton of fun to hike up and down the beaches in the snow and see the ice volcanoes along the Lake Huron shore!

Where to eat:

  • Breakfast:
    • The Red Fork – Hands down best breakfast in area. On Sundays they feature a special benedict menu. Their kids funfetti pancakes are delicious. And you have to try their homemade white bread. And if you want a real treat, their chicken and waffle is just insane in a good way.
    • Grab a cup of coffee from Alcona Coffee Co. They have wifi and an ice cream shop next door.
    • Dudley’s in Oscoda is another breakfast option
    • Connie’s is also a good breakfast spot about 20 min north on US 23. 
    • Bobcat Bar & Grille have a Sunday Brunch, this is on the Greenbush Golf Course, walking distance from our cottage.
  • Dinner:
    • We highly recommend The Red Fork for dinner too. Their whitefish and cod are delicious. Also try the loaded mac & cheese. 
    • Alcona Brew Haus 
    • Harbortown Pizza – They have inconsistent hours but their pizza is great and makes for an easy dinner. Make sure to get the stuffed cheese bread.
    • Shotmakers for bar food and they have live music on the weekends.
    • Bobcat Bar & Grill – Recommend the Bunker Burger and spicy cheese balls.

Where to shop:

  • For small things you forget (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) Dollar General has it all. They also have a small grocery section.
  • If you’re cooking at home, you can find pretty much everything you need at Harrisville Harbor Grocery
  • Main street in Harrisville has a few resale shops worth checking out for fun finds and local creators.

Beaches:

  • Three-Mile Beach in Oscoda is a few miles south of Greenbush and has a stream that runs into the lake which is fun for kids to play in.
  • The Oscoda public beach has a playground and splash pad for kids.

Other fun:

  • Village Lane Bowling alley is fun for a rainy day!
  • Greenbush Golf Course 
  • Harrisville also has a new playground near the harbor. 
  • We popped into the Harrisville library and checked out a few books for the weekend. They have a drop off box so you can return at any time. They also have movies you can check out as well. 
  • The Harrisville Harbor has live music on Fridays
  • Check out this calendar of events to see what’s going on around town.

Bring Photos to Life with Printique

When I go to my parents house I like to look at all of my old albums filled with pictures from high school, college and trips with friends. Although I like having these to look back on, I have no idea how I would store all the photos of my kids these days….I take at least 10 photos of them a day! They are all saved in Google Photos but there is something so nice about having them come to life in an album or canvas.

We’ve been having some epic adventures up north this winter and I wanted to bring one of our hiking photos to life. I used Printique to turn it into a canvas so we can admire the picture year round!

Printique is an online photo boutique that specializes in printing memories in photo books, prints and wall decor. From start to finish, it took me about 10 minutes to order my canvas! You can sync Printique with your online photo albums or upload individual photos.

I chose to do an 8×10 canvas print of the boys looking out at Lake Huron. It’s by no means a professional photo, it was taken with my Android phone, but getting it professionally put onto a canvas really makes it come alive!

Printique also has photo books. I create a photo book at the end of each school year for my boys. I capture all their art projects, school work, field trips etc. This way I don’t feel guilty about not keeping all of their artwork and keeps clutter down!

I have a special deal for you to try Printique for yourself! Save 15% on your first order with code: WELCOME15. Enjoy bringing your memories to life!

*This post was sponsored but all thoughts are my own

Disney Princess the Concert – Detroit, MI

Disney Princess fans old and young, read on! Disney Princesses are magical for all ages, and now the magic is being brought to the Fox Theater March 23 for Disney Princess – The Concert! Read on to see how you can enter to win 4 free tickets to the 7pm show!

Now, for the first time in forever, a quartet of Broadway, television, and animated film icons celebrate all these beloved characters in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation, and stories in Disney Princess – The Concert. Tony®-nominee Susan Egan (original ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast, ‘Meg’ in Hercules), Arielle Jacobs (’Princess Jasmine’ in Aladdin, In the Heights), Disney Channel star Anneliese van der Pol (final ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast and ‘Chelsea Daniels’ on That’s So Raven/Raven’s Home), and Broadway World Award-winner Syndee Winters (‘Nala’ in The Lion King, Hamilton) join forces in this concert of a lifetime, joined by their magical Music Director, Benjamin Rauhala (Fiddler on the Roof) and enchanting Prince, Adam J. Levy (Waitress). Your every dream will come true as larger than life animation and special effects immerse the audience in pure Disney magic, while these acclaimed stars sing the music of every Disney Princess and share their behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen. Come be part of our world…dress up in your best royal attire … and join us for an unforgettable evening at Disney Princess – The Concert, presented by Pandora Jewelry.

Be our guest [7:00p, March 23, Detroit, MI Fox theatre] for a magical evening of Disney music, performed by Broadway, television, and animated film stars. Whether you’re reliving your VHS glory days, dressing up as your favorite character, or sharing the joy with your family, Disney Princess – The Concert is an unforgettable celebration not to be missed.

FILL OUT THIS FORM TO ENTER. Giveaway ends March 20 – I’ll email the winner. If the winner doesn’t respond within 24 hours I will select a new winner. Tickets will be emailed. Good luck!

Baby Shark’s Big Show! DVD Giveaway

Come on, we all know the song…”Baby Shark! Do-do-do-do-do-do!” I can’t even see that cute baby faced shark without singing it!

Super Shark and Captain Kelp are here to save playtime in this new release DVD! Keep reading to find out how you can win a free copy for your little one!

If you have a little one who loves Baby Shark, they will love this adventure! The Baby Shark’s Big Show! Super Shark DVD features eight episodes and three bonu shorts from Nickelodeon’s new preschool series Baby Shark’s Big Show, co-produced with The Pinkfong Company. Sing and dance along with Baby Shark and his friends as they become superheroes, play on a game show, brave the dark depths of Wavey Jones’ Locker and more!

Here’s a rundown of the episodes:

Captain Kelp
Shark-Off
The Show Must Flow On
Baby Mayor
Sink or Swim
Shadowland
Wavey Jones’ Locker
Rocky-Bye

Special Features:

  • Knock It Off
  • Goldie’s Lock
  • Chore Song

The show runs for a 1 hour and 36 min and was released on Feb 1, but you can enter below to win your own copy for free!

***ENTER TO WIN!***

Use this form to enter to win a copy of Baby Shark’s Big Show! Super Shark DVD! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Pinterest for extra entries!

Contest ends February 15, 2022. Once I select a winner and reach out they will have 24 hour to respond with their mailing address. If I don’t hear back I will select a new winner. Must be 18+ years of age and live in the US.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

The boys and I were super excited to get a sneak peak preview for Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. This is the 4th movie in the Hotel Transylvania series, and it’s just as entertaining as the first 3. We made a big, buttery bowl of popcorn, put our PJs on, and settled in to watch the fun unfold!

What would happen if a mysterious invention turned Drac into a human and Johnny into a monster? Check out the the movie on Prime Video on the 14th to see the trouble they get in! The two team up and race across the world to find a cure before it’s too late (and before they drive each other crazy). It’s another big name cast with Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Han, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Brad Abrell and Asher Blinkoff.

Check out the trailer here. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania premieres on Prime Video January 14th. I can’t wait for everyone to see it….let me know what you think of the movie in the comments below!

*This post is sponsored by Review Wire Media for Amazon Studios & Sony Pictures Animation

6 Last Minute Self Care Gift Ideas

Need some last minute ideas for self care gifts for family or friends? Or even better, for yourself? Here are my ideas that can be delivered fast (and in most cases instantly!):

Milan Laser gift card – Give the gift of smooth! I can tell you firsthand laser hair removal WORKS. I’ve had both my bikini and lower legs treated. I absolutely love not having to shave every day. Laser hair removal not only saves me time from shaving, I also don’t have to stress about razor burn or irritation. Milan Laser Hair Removal has a lifetime guarantee, meaning, you get as many treatments as you need for one price (it’s what they refer to as their Unlimited Package). If you have a Milan near you (they have over 155 locations — 10 of which are in Michigan!) and want to find out more, you can book a free consultation. And, if you decide to purchase, you can use my custom discount code ‘Angela60’ for 60% off ANY body area (discount cannot be used on Full Body purchase)! They also sell gift cards!

Lapcos masks – I love these masks and they sell through Amazon with 2-day shipping as an option. I’ve tried all of them in the Variety pack and loved them. I have sensitive skin and had no problems with them. These make great stocking stuffers!

Olive & June Manicure or Pedicure System – You can shop online but if you’re in a pinch for timing they also sell gift cards that are uber cute and ship overnight! I love the full manicure system but if I had to choose my favorite products I’d pick their Dry Drops, Super Glossy Topcoat, and Clean Up Brush for perfecting my manicures. Doing my own nails has become very therapeutic for me. Check out my review of their manicure system here. Use code ‘XOAngela20’ for 20% off a manicure, pedicure or press-on system!

Wellness Journal – I love a good journal! My daily planner incorporates a weekly gratitude section, but I think keeping a wellness specific journal would be great for selfcare in 2022.

Weighted Blanket – I purchased these for my parents last year and they were a hit! There are several options on Amazon that can ship fast. Or if you can make it to the store Bed, Bath & Beyond & Walmart have several to choose from. Weighted blankets can help with stress and anxiety, and also provide a better nights sleep. Just curling up with one and a good book sound amazing to me!

Deep Tissue Massage – We have one of these massagers at home and we love it. I like to use it after a tough workout. The different attachments are awesome to test out.

The Delicious Michigan Advent Calendar

If you love Michigan as much as I do, or need a gift idea for someone who loves all things Michigan, I have you covered. The Delicious Michigan Advent Calendar will treat you to a fun, Michigan gifts, throughout the month of December.

Behind each door you’ll find 24 mini versions of some of the most beloved products throughout the state of Michigan. Some of the brands include Zingerman’s, Sayklly’s, Dave’s Sweet Tooth and Mindo Chocolate. Some of the snacks include popcorn, carmels, hot chocolate, dried fruit and more.

The physical box is fairly large (21 inches x 14 inches) and all items are non-perishable. They also have boxes for Wisconsin, Illinois, Marquette University, Chicago and Minnesota. Some boxes are smaller and include 12 items instead of 24.

My boys can’t wait until December 1 so they can start opening the little doors. I’m going to post our items to an Instagram Story as we open them.

I can think of so many cool ideas for gifting this calendar….do you have friends or family that moved out of state and are missing home? Want to welcome someone back to Michigan? Have friends who just LOVE the Great Lake state? Or just to treat yourself and family! Start shopping – there are less than 100 calendars left!

*I received a Michigan Advent Calendar as a gift, but all opinions are my own

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 – Top STEM Toys

I was fortunate enough to get invited to The Toy Insider Holiday Gift preview in NYC. Anyone who knows me knows I jump at any chance to visit NYC. I’ll be doing ‘top toy/gift round-ups’ leading up to Cyber weekend.

Here’s a list of this season’s top 10 STEM gifts:

  • The Young Scientist Club Future Veterinarian set (5+) – This hands-on science kit includes 10+ engaging activities that will teach little learners the ins and outs of veterinary science.
  • HEXBUG HEXMODS Pro Series Elite Raceway (14+) – Adults and children can work together to create their own scale model vehicles for road play.
  • Arcade Game Maker Lab Candy Claw Machine (6+ w/ adult help) – Cranks, gears, and belts work together to move the claw arm left, right, forward, and backward. Hydraulic levers move the claw up and down, open and shut. A spring-loaded trap door launches your prizes at you when you win.
  • Osmo Math Wizard and the Secrets of the Dragons Game (6-8) – Learn measurement & estimation through hands-on play on a 1st & 2nd grade math adventure!
  • Crayola Paper Butterfly Science Kit (7+) – This science kit features everything needed to make 12 Wicking Paper Butterflies, as well as a guide with step-by-step instructions. Kids can learn about capillary action as they use physics to create colorful, one-of-a-kind paper butterflies!
  • Artie Max the Coding, Drawing Robot (8+) – Perfect for coders-in-training and robot pros alike, Artie Max teaches the artistic side of coding with five built-in languages (Blockley, Snap, JavaScipt, Python, and C++) allowing kids to level-up their STEM skills while creating frame-worthy works of art. Through safe built-in Wi-Fi, Artie speaks directly to your connected device—no internet needed.
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magnetic Marble Run (8+) – With its innovative magnetic connectors, kids and adults alike can build, create and explore engineering on any magnetic surface.
  • Learning Resources Coding Critters MagiCoders: Blazer (4+) – Meet Blazer the Dragon, your magical coding friend! Your Preschoolers will discover the magic of 100% screen-free coding with this Learning Resources Coding Critters MagiCoders: Blazer.
  • Game Builder Garage – Nintendo Switch – Kids can learn how to make their own games with guided lessons created by Nintendo. From a simple game of tag to a run-and-jump obstacle course, each lesson is broken down into multiple, manageable segments that let kids go at their own pace—and have fun in the process.
  • Just Play Ada Twist, Scientist On-The-Go Lab Set with Experiment Cards (3+) – Parents and children can work together to create fun pre-school level experiments. Gather the needed tools and additional home supplies (not included) then follow the instructions on the experiment card. Just like Ada, aspiring scientists can formulate a hypothesis, test it, and observe the results!

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7 Tips for Stress Free School Year

One of my favorite sayings is “a failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Since my husband and I both work full time, back to school time takes a little bit of extra planning. I try to streamline our routines so we don’t get overwhelmed. Our kids don’t go back until after Labor Day, but I know a lot of school districts are already back in session. Here are a few things we did last year to help streamline our school days:

1 – Use a house planner or shared digital calendar. My husband and I both use Google Calendar and I put every school event, family committment, etc. on our calendars before school even starts. We also have a paper planner that we use with our nanny for vacation time, school events to prep for, etc.

2 – Create a daily checklist and hang or tape it inside a cabinet or closet near the door. Our school morning checklist is simple: 1) backpack, 2) lunch box, 3) two snacks and 4) a water bottle. For younger kids you can use pictures for your list instead of words, so they can ‘read’ the checklist themselves. Have kids look at this on the way out the door to double check they have everything for the day!

3 – Dinner can be the cause of a ton of stress in the school year (or anytime of year, really). A local service like Small Potatoes in Milford, MI has been a life saver for us. They create delicious, made from scratch meals that you can have delivered to your door. If you’re local to the Ann Arbor, MI area, I highly recommend checking them out! And if you’re not local, search for something similar close to you. I love that they are fully cookied and we don’t have to prep anything. I also try to prep 1-2 meals on the weekend as well.

4 – We ‘theme’ weekly breakfasts. For example, for a full week the boys will have pancakes for breakfast, then the next week it’s eggs and toast, etc. This helps to prevent from being a short order cook first thing in the AM. They know what to expect on the breakfast ‘menu’ each week.

5 – I was floored when I saw how many drawings, worksheets and journal entries Max brought home his first year of school. I would need 100 refrigerators to display them all! Instead of cluttering our fridge, I took pictures of his school work and art work at the end of each week and then threw them away. It sounds awful, I know, but at the end of the year I created a printed Shutterfly album with pictures of school work, art projects, report cards and pictures of him and his friends. I can’t believe how cute the album turned out, and Max was so pumped look through it! I plan on doing this for each boy every school year.

6 – Pack lunches the night before. I know, easier said than done. I found that even when I just set out the snacks and had them ready to go it made the mornings a little bit easier.

7 – Keep a running grocery list. I have a small note pad I leave on the kitchen counter so I can quickly jot down an itme I’m running low on. I know some people like to use a grocery list app on Alexa or Google Home devices as well. If I don’t keep a list of things throughout the week I never remember what I need when it comes time to grocery shop!

Do you have some ‘must-have’ back to school tips for keeping life less hectic for school? I wanna hear about them! Please comment below and share your tricks!