Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Universal Unleashes “PET & PLAY” TRUCK TOUR IN NYC #TheSecretLifeOfPets

If you are thinking about getting a new pet and are in NYC we have just the thing for you to check out on Thursday December 1. Pet & Play Tour sounds like a great idea. 

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Visiting New York City on Thursday, December 1

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In celebration of the release of the hit animated comedy, The Secret Life of Pets, the “Pet & Play” truck, complete with glass wall windows and full of adoptable pets from the Animal Haven and Reenie Rabbits shelters, will be stopping at public areas in New York City. Pet lovers are invited to take a break from their day and interact with the adorable and adoptable pets! Visitors will also get the chance to see special content from the film, receive exciting Petssurprise gifts and take holiday photos!

Thursday, December 1 from Noon – 5 pm

Broadway, between 67th and 68th (in front of the Apple Store)

Adoptable Puppies, Kittens and Bunnies!

To celebrate the release of the hit animated comedy, The Secret Life of Pets, available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 6.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Romance Starts Here Blast - $.99 One week only

I love to share great deals on good reads.  I am always looking for a new read as you guys know. Tawdra Kandle has written several books that I have really enjoyed. It's the time of year for giving . . . and Tawdra Kandle want to give YOU a special gift. Three of Tawdra's first-in-series books . . . three full-length, stand-alone novels, no cliffhangers--only sexy, heart-melting romance that will make you want to zip through all of the books that come after them! And all of this for only 99 cents. But here's the catch: this special box set is ONLY going to be on sale for a very limited time. Grab it now, before it's gone. This box set, available only for a very, very limited time, contains three first-in-series romance novels. Each one kicks off a series, and each one also stands alone, with no cliffhangers.
BEST SERVED COLD: Sometimes, revenge is the only choice . . . unless that plan hits a road block in the form of an adorable guy with brown curls and dimples. Decisions, decisions . . .
This is the first book in the Perfect Dish Romances. Other titles include Just Desserts and I Choose You   THE POSSE: One woman, three men and beach romance stronger than the riptide. In a story of friendship, loss and second chances, Jude will learn her life is far from being over.
This is the first book in the Crystal Cove Romances. Other titles include The Plan, The Path and Underneath My Christmas Tree. THE LAST ONE: He didn't want her. She couldn't stand him. Love doesn't listen to logic.
This is the first book in The One Trilogy (A Small Town Georgia Romance). Other titles include The First One, The Only One, The One Trilogy Box Set (including The Perfect One) and the Always Love Trilogy (Always For You, Always My Own and Always Our Love).

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Help Break a World Record During Nights of Lights

This is exciting! Lets help Ripleys break the world record this holiday season.  Grab a hat and strike a pose. 

St. Augustine, Fla. (November 18, 2016) - Join Ripley's Believe It or Not! and Ripley's Red Train Tours in St. Augustine in an effort to set a world record during Nights of Lights this holiday season.
Grab a hat and help set a world record!
Ripley's St. Augustine attractions are trying to break the world record for the largest online photo album of people wearing hats!  Since it is the holiday season, we are encouraging holiday hats.  All are welcome to participate and it is easy!

For those visiting Ripley's, we will have a photo area set up at the start of Nights of Lights.  You can take your individual photos in front of the backdrop and upload your photo to our album.  The objective is to have the most photos, so individual photos are encouraged over family photos. 
The rules are as follows:

1)      Only one photo entry per person / family
2)      Entries can only be made between November 20th and January 4th
3)      Your image needs to be at least 300 x 300 pixels
4)      Each photo must be unique - no more than one photo per person / family
5)      Screen shots or photos of an existing photo are not permitted

Those who cannot visit Ripley's, are still welcome to upload their photos! Share a photo of yourself wearing a hat to  and help break the record!

The current record is 10,000 and we hope to more than double that!

About Ripley Entertainment                                                                                                                         
Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – New Sing-A-Long Clip In Celebration Of Digital HD Release on November 22!

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was not financially compensated for this post.  I will receive a DVD of The Secret Life of Pets for reviewing purposes. The opinions shared here are my own.  Thank you"

Happy Sunday! The Secret Life of Pets is releasing on Digital HD next week, Tuesday, November 22. And as a lovely, end of the week treat we'd like to share a new special features clip that includes The Secret Life of Pets characters in a music video dancing to "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers. 

 Starring an all-star voice cast featuring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks, The Secret Life of Pets will also be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand December 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 





“You’ll never look at your pets the same way again.”
– Erik Davis, Fandango

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The Secret Life of Pets available on DVD DECEMBER 6th just in time for your stockings =)

Universal City, California – This holiday season, the answer to the question “Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?” is answered when The Secret Life of Pets comes to Digital HD November 22, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand December 6, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The humans behind the Despicable Me franchise present America’s top-grossing original film of the year, the animated comedy is a worldwide hit with over $834 million in global ticket sales. The Secret Life of Pets is “non-stop action and laughs,” says Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD versions feature nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions which debuted in theaters and is now available to own.

In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

With an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Lake Bell (TV’s Children’s Hospital), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live), Steve Coogan (Minions) and Albert Brooks (Finding Dory). The film is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me franchise, Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me franchise).

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital HD with UltraViolet. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HDTMfeatures the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES (Available on Blu-ray editions)
  • How to Make an Animated Film – A behind-the-scenes look at how to make an animated film from the various departments that make up Illumination. 
  • Anatomy of a Scene – Filmmakers and animators take us through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene in the Secret Life of Pets 
  • Mini-Movies:
    • Norman Television
    • Weenie
    • Mower Minions
  • All About The Pets – Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets.
  • Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors – The comedy superstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life.  
  • Hairstylist To The Dogs – Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals.
  • The Best Of Snowball – A rapid-fire, fun and oddly musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners
  • Hot Dog Sing-Along – Join Max and Duke as they perform for their dinner in the sausage factory. This straightforward sing along is fun for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Sing Trailer
  • “Lovely Day” Lyric Video
  • The Humans that Brought You Pets – Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, and writer Brian Lynch discuss what went into creating The Secret Life of Pet’s compelling characters and non-stop action.
  • GoPro®: The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies – A fun and interesting take on the Making of the Mini-Movies – we’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.  
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Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks
Directed By: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Written By: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch
Produced By: Christopher Meledandri and Janet Healy
Associate Produced By: Robert Taylor and Brett Hoffman
Production Designer: Eric Guillon
Edited By: Gilad Carmel and Eric Osmond
Composer: Alexandre Desplat

The Secret Life of Pets Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

Street Date: December 6, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61183933 (US) / 61183934 (CDN)
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 
Sound: English Dolby Atmos True HD, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, French (Canadian) Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:  1 hour 27 minutes

Street Date: December 6, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61181890 (US) / 61181889 (CDN)
Layers:  BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 
Sound: English Dolby Atmos True HD/Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:  1 hour 27 minutes

Street Date: December 6, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61172750 (US) / 61172756 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 
Sound: English Dolby Atmos True HD/Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:  1 hour 27 minutes
Street Date: December 6, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61172747 (US)/ 61172755 (CDN)
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour 27 minutes

About Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event animated films.  Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions—the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time—as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013.  In all, Illumination’s films, which also include 2016’s record-breaking The Secret Life of Pets, 2011’s Hop and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have grossed close to $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some of the world’s most renowned talent.

Upcoming films include Despicable Me 3, starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for 2017; The Secret Life of Pets 2, written by Brian Lynch and directed by Chris Renaud, which arrives in theaters in 2018; and a newly imagined version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The Grinch, which is set for release in 2018.  In addition, “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ( is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was not financially compensated for this post.  I will receive a DVD of The Secret Life of Pets for reviewing purposes. The opinions shared here are my own.  Thank you"

Monday, November 14, 2016

Free ebook Undeniable by Laura Stapleton

undeniable-ecover The first in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories begin here. Beth Ann Roberts made her father a deathbed promise to be a wife to her deceased sister’s husband, Daggart Bartlett. When Daggart sells the farm to join the Gold Rush, Beth must go with him, never expecting how much her life will change. Nicholas Granville is forced by his brother to help a group as they travel the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon. Mourning his late wife, Nick's heart began healing the moment he saw Beth. Now, the couple must find a way to fight a love that is undeniable. The Oregon Trail Series Undeniable - Book One - a spicy sweet love story. Get it for FREE!
Undesirable - Book Two - a sweet love story with a distasteful secret.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Florida Residents Save 50% on Holiday Fun


Ripley's Believe It or Not! Florida Attractions 
Offer Half Price Tickets for Florida Residents

Florida residents save 50% on holiday fun, Nov. 28 - Dec. 18
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2016) - Florida residents can get all the fun that Ripley's Believe It or Not! has to offer for half the price.

Ripley's Florida attractions are offering half price tickets for Florida residents from November 28 through December 18.  

Participating attractions include:

  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, daytime Red Train Tours and Ghost Train Adventure
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach  Odditorium
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium

Residents will need to show a local photo ID in order to receive the discount.  All adults in the party will need to have proof of residency in order to receive the discount. 

For more on Ripley's St. Augustine attractions, visit

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stick Man Debuts Now on DVD {Review}



based on the beloved Children's Book (we LOVE this book)

Features the Voices of Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit,” “Sherlock”),
 Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), and Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”)

Arlington, Va. – October 12, 2016 – Public Media Distribution, LLC announced today it is releasing “STICK MAN” on DVD November 8, 2016. From Magic Light Pictures, the makers of “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom,” this beautifully animated adventure tells the tale of Stick Man and his epic adventure across the seasons in order to make it home to his family in time for Christmas. This film is based on the beloved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 

While out for a jog, Stick Man is carried away from his family tree by a mischievous dog eager to play fetch! As he tries to make his way back to his “Stick Lady Love and their stick children three,” things only get worse as he finds himself farther and farther from home. Alone and weary, Stick Man longs to be reunited with his family for Christmas. Will a chance encounter with Santa Claus be his ticket home? 

Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit,” “Sherlock”) voices Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) voices Santa, and the story is narrated by Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”). Also helping bring Donaldson’s alluring and bouncy rhymes to life in this heartwarming family treasure are Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), Sally Hawkins (“Paddington”) and Russell Tovey (“Being Human”).

In addition to featuring this charming tale, the DVD includes a behind the scenes documentary about the transformation of the delightful book into a captivating film. In this 20 minute video, viewers are treated to a look into how the design of the characters and environments came about, and the creation of the beautiful film score. The documentary also includes wonderful insights from Julia Donaldson, director Jeroen Jaspaert, composer Rene Aubry, and many others. 

STICK MAN” will be released on DVD November 8, 2016. The story has a run time of approximately 30 minutes. The DVD SRP is $12.99. “STICK MAN” will also be available for digital download.

About Magic Light Pictures
Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide.

The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand over many years.  Its filmmaking includes feature films such as Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita, comedy thriller Wild Target and natural history documentary One Life. Magic Light is currently in production on a two part animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes which will premiere on BBC1 at Christmas 2016.

The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing.  Magic Light has sold its Oscar and BAFTA-nominated half-hour animated films, The Gruffaloand The Gruffalo’s Child, to over 80 broadcasters worldwide. It runs an international merchandising programme with over 40 licensees and 250 products. In 2012, the company launched Room on the Broom – based on the best-selling book by Donaldson and Scheffler – with a Bafta and International Emmy-winning half-hour animation and a growing range of merchandise.

About Public Media Distribution, LLC
Public Media Distribution, LLC, is a leading media distributor both domestically and internationally. We offer high-quality, distinctive programs to our customers, including documentaries, dramas, and popular children’s programming in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  

Street Date: November 8, 2016
Run Time: Approx. 30 Minutes
SRP: $12.99

OUR THOUGHTS :  LOVE how this favorite children's book comes to life.  The kids were enchanted by this. They LOVE this story we could read it again and again and having it on DVD to watch anytime is a winner in our book.  We love the slight humor, the great characters and the journey of Stick Man . Fun children's dvd.  Great addition for the family or the classroom. 

"We received a complimentary copy of Stick Man for review. All opinions are our own. " 
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