January 26, 2015

Take a Stand Against Bullying

Bullying doesn't end in the hallway anymore-with a smartphone or tablet, it can happen anywhere.

Over the weekend, our church announced a campaign for our primary students to combat bullying.  It was interesting listening to a group of 4-, 5-, and 6-year old children describe their encounters with bullies at their school.  4-, 5- and 6- years old is way to young to even understand the concept of bullying, yet these youth clearly identified bullies at their school and some of the mean things they witnessed children doing to other children.  The adults in attendance encouraged the youth to STAND UP TO BULLIES and reminded them to ALWAYS do the right thing.  

Bullying has been a topic on the PTA and school board calendars for months and I am glad our school district created a Task Force to find ways to reduce and hopefully eliminate bullying in our schools.  I was proud to serve on the committee to develop the program and address parental concerns.  It will be interesting to see how long before a noticeable decrease in the reporting of bullying events occurs.  I'm hoping it will be soon as stories of children committing suicide due to being bullied at school continues to make the news from time to time.

We must do our part and stand up and teach our kids to stand up to bullies.  StopBullying.gov offers guidance on what we can do to combat bullying:

  1. Treat Everyone with Respect
  2. What to Do If You’re Bullied
  3. Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying
  4. Stand Up for Others
  5. Get Involved 
For more tips, visit www.stopbullying.gov

There are a bunch of fab reads about bullying which offer tips on deal with bullies.  You Can't Sit with Us by Nancy Rue is one great read.




According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied-and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.

You Can't Sit With Us tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesn't always end at school-it can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.

My Thoughts
   Bullying has entered the 21st century and many kids are now bullied via social media.  Rue does a great job telling the story from a tween's perspective.  The characters are your stereotypical middle school girls.  There's the new kids; the shy, studious one; the popular bully and the her followers.  There's definitely a character your middle school-aged child or educators at your local middle school will recognize.  If your tween daughter is being bullied she may find You Can't Sit with Us to be a pretty good read.  

  The book deals with a very sensitive subject in a very kind and delicate matter, which makes it age appropriate for the 9-12 age group.  There are elements of taunts and teasing which may seem a little harsh but the reality is bullying is harsh and again, Rue deals with the subject in a delicate manner.

Overall, a decent read.  

About the Author
     Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs.

There are some other great books about bullying.  Be sure to visit your local bookstore, check out Amazon.com or even ask your child's teacher for some recommendations.

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January 17, 2015

Time to Get Funky with a Get on Up DVD Giveaway

Win This Blu-Ray DVD Combo


Last month I shared news of the upcoming release of Get on Up, the James Brown Story. Click here to check out my post.  I LOVED this movie.  Chadwick Boseman did an awesome job portraying the Godfather of Soul and Dan Aykroyd blew me away with his performance.  

I love biopics about musicians.  I really do.  Purple Rain reigns supreme in my video vault with The Temptations movie coming in at a close second.  I admit I wasn't fond of James Brown's music but it's the artist and the impact he had on the industry and civil rights which fascinated me.  I have heard the story of how Brown was scheduled to perform in Boston one night.  The night before his scheduled performance Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and riots broke out nationwide.  Fearing the worst, Boston city officials planned to cancel the concert.  However, Brown, being the savvy businessman he was, played on.  His concert aired live on tv and Boston remained relatively quiet that night.  

Get on Up is funky from the beginning til the end and OMG I can't believe I wrote that BUT it's James Brown and for some reason the word "funky" seems to describe his music unlike any other.  Check out the movie and if you've see it, what'd you think.  I'd love to know.

Rent It:  Get on Up is available for rental wherever you rent your faves DVDs from

Buy It:  Get on Up is available at most local movie resellers including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and others.

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Win It:  One lucky Three Boys and an Old Lady reader will win a Blu-ray combo pack copy of Get On Up + Blu-ray copy of the classic, The Blues Brothers (which features both James Brown and Dan Aykroyd) and a pair of aviator sunglasses




Disney Legacy Collection presents The Little Mermaid #Giveaway

I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.


Disney's The Little Mermaid is and will always be one of my all time favorite Disney Movies.  I still have my VHS of the video and am so glad to share it with each of my kids.  My daughter is a huge fan of the movie and I don't think Hubby would mind me sharing it's STILL one of his fave movies to watch with our kids.  

Music plays a huge part in Disney movie magic and the songs are timeless.  I remember songs from Disney movies I watched as a child and I'm sure my kids will do the same.  This CD is a beautiful recreation of the songs from the movie but with a twist.  One of my favorites is Kiss the Girl performed by Sebastian the Crab AKA actor Samuel E Wright.  The reggae like beat and the Sebastian's Jamaican accent are so rhythmic.

Be sure to check out the album sampler video by clicking the link below.  



For more info on this and other music in Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection be sure to visit www.disneymusicemporium.com/.

Buy it:  Visit www.disneymusicemporium.com/ to purchase this CD 

Win it:  One lucky Three Boys and an Old Lady reader will win a copy of the CD of their very own.  


To enter, leave a comment below with the name of your favorite Disney movie.  One entry per comment.  You may enter up to three times.

Winner will be chosen at the stroke of midnight on 12/19/2015.  Good luck.


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January 13, 2015

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS TRIPLE FEATURE Available Now on DVD

BEFORE SPONGEBOB RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN THIS FEBRUARY, CATCH UP ON SOME OF HIS FUNNIEST ADVENTURES IN A BRAND-NEW DVD SET!

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS TRIPLE FEATURE:
10 HAPPIEST MOMENTS, HEROES OF BIKINI BOTTOM and LEGENDS OF BIKINI BOTTOM

Just in time for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water in theaters nationwide this February 2015, fans can relive some of Bikini Bottom’s funniest moments in SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom. This new DVD set is filled with over four hours of SpongeBob and his friends up to their usual antics in 24 classic episodes. Packed with non-stop fun, SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom is available on DVD January 13, 2015.

SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom and  Legends of Bikini Bottom Includes:

Disc 1 – “10 Happiest Moments”
Episodes:

  • Tea The Treedome
  • Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy
  • Culture Shock
  • Karate Choppers
  • The Algae’s Always Greener
  • Just One Bite
  • Graveyard Shift
  • No Weenies Allowed
  • Roller Cowards
  • Christmas Who?
  • Special Features: Pilot Episode: “Help Wanted”

Disc 2 – “Heroes of Bikini Bottom”
Episodes:

  • Back To The Past
  • The Bad Guy Club For Villains
  • Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful
  • A Pal for Gary
  • Yours, Mine and Mine
  • Kracked Krabs
  • A Day Without Tears
  • Summer Job
  • Special Features:  Animated Shorts: “Time Machine,” “Lesson Learned,” and “And Krabs Saved The Day”
  • Bonus Episode: “T.U.F.F. Puppy”

Disc 3 – “Legends of Bikini Bottom”
Episodes:

  • The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom
  • Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle
  • The Main Drain
  • Trenchbillies
  • Sponge-Cano
  • The Curse of the Hex
  • Special Features:  Animated Shorts: “Things To Do When Encountering Legendary Creatures,” “Dance Break,” and “The Legend of SpongeBob”
  • “Behind-The-Scenes: Legends of Bikini Bottom”


Catalog: 59166591000 (U.S.), 59166592000 (Canada)
Running Time: 289 Minutes

January 12, 2015

New on Nick DVD --Dora The Explorer: Mermaid Adventure Collection

I'm always excited to share the latest children's DVD releases from Nickelodeon.  Dora remains one of the little old lady's favorites and we are thrilled about this month's Dora the Explorer DVD release.  

Join Dora on her greatest underwater adventures in the 2-disc DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection. The DVD includes “Dora Saves the Mermaids” and “Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom,” plus two music videos. Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection is available on DVD on January 13, 2015.



Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection Includes:

DISC 1 - Dora Saves the Mermaids
· Dora Saves The Mermaids
· Fish Out Of Water
· Treasure Island

Bonus Features:
· “Clean-Up Song” Music Video
· Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Video

DISC 2 – Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
· Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
· Benny the Castaway
· Dora’s Moonlight Adventure

Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection Fast Facts
Street Date: January 13, 2015
Catalog: 59166510000 (U.S.), 59166511000 (Canada)
Running Time: 161 Minutes

Buy It:  Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection is available at retailers worldwide including Walmart, Target, and online retailers including Amazon.



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