If you’re ready to skidoo into the Halloween season, we’ve got the perfect DIY costume craft and recipe for you! In celebration of the release of Blue’s Clues & You! Caring with Blue (affiliate link), available now on DVD, we’re excited to share instructions for how to make your own Blue and Magenta Ear Headbands and Blue and Magenta cupcakes..
Whether you love to create DOY dress-up costumes for everyday or you need a costume for Halloween, these DIY Blue’s Clues and You! Blue and Magenta Wars are the perfect addition to your costume wardrobe. This DIY craft takes about an hour to put together, but the ears will need to sit for a couple of hours to set. It is a great craft to do and let sit overnight. To create this craft you will need:
Ear template (click the image below)
12″ x 18″ Light Pink felt
Dark pink felt
12″ x 18″ Light blue felt
Dark blue felt
4 Chenille stems
Click the image below to get the instructions and template to make these adorable Blue and Magenta ears.
To make a party out of the Blue’s Clues and You! fun, create some delicious cupcakes to serve to all the colorful guest. If you need a great recipe for the cupcake themselves, head to my Jawesome cupcake recipe. Once the cupcakes have been made and cooled, use the instructions to make awesome Blue and Magenta cupcakes. To make these cupcakes you will need:
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1 lb of powdered sugar 1/2 a bag
2-4 tbsp. milk
1 tso vanilla
Food coloring – blue and magenta
two icing bahs and a sytar icing tips
Printable Cupcake wrappers and ear toppers
To get the instructions to make these delicious cupcakes, click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then just print and follow the instructions. The Cupcake wrappers and ear toppers are included in the PDF.
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Spongebob Squarepants goes live in a brand new adaptation called “The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!” arriving on DVD November 3 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. This musical finds all of Bikini Bottom facing certain doom, but an unlikely hero takes center stage with unending optimism.
LOS ANGELES – September 29, 2020 – SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottom bring a party full of heart and humor in The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, arriving on DVD November 3, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.
SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe – until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage to prove that the power of optimism really can save the world. This one-of-a-kind musical event boasts the full, extended-length broadcast of the hit Broadway musical, plus an exclusive sing-along version only available on this DVD! Also featuring a special guest appearance by voice actor Tom Kenny as ‘Patchy the Pirate,’ this is one under-the-sea spectacular that you don’t want to miss.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton, Christina Sajous as Sandy Cheeks and Tom Kenny as ‘Patchy the Pirate.’ The ensemble includes Kyle Hamilton, Katie Lee Hill, Curtis Holbrook, Jesse JP Johnson, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Bryonha Marie Parham, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., and Allan Washington.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! is a musical production conceived and directed for the stage by Tina Landau, book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations, arrangements & music supervision by Tom Kitt, with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, produced for television by Austin Shaw, and directed by Glenn Weiss. Nickelodeon’s Vice Presidents Paul J Medford and Susan Vargo serve as executive producers, alongside Senior Vice President of Music & Talent Doug Cohn and is executive produced and overseen by Executive Vice President of Unscripted and Live Events Rob Bagshaw.
The production features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.), Domani Harris, and Darwin Quinn, and additional songs by David Bowie, and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. The production also features additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt, along with “The SpongeBob Theme Song” by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith.
The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $10.99 U.S.
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! Sing-A-Long
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Let me ask everyone a random question. What would you do if you found a big black box sitting on your porch? Keep in mind the shipping label is on the bottom of the box, so it is sight unseen. I will admit, I paused and sort of stared at the dark monstrous box. Most things I order have some sort of logo printed on the outside: Amazon has the cool smiley face, Walmart say WALMART, and even Etsy orders tend to be more welcoming in their yellow envelopes or white priority boxes. This was new and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what would come in a plain blank box.
Half expecting blood to ooze out the sides and a sloshing sound to permeate the walls, I reluctantly picked up the box and brought it inside. Nothing oozed and nothing sloshed, so Halloween was not here to haunt me just yet. I checked the label, which still allowed the box to hide it’s secrets because all it said was that this box came from XB Logistics. What in the world is XB Logistics? A quick Google search only told me that it was a third party company which provides warehousing…The secrets continue.
Here is where I get crazy. I actually decide to open up this box. I grab purple gloves, a knife (never know, I may need it), and my phone. The video was going to be proof if this black box tries anything funny. FYI, this is the first time I have done an unboxing video and I was very nervous of what it might contain. Check out my unboxing video below.
Turns out the box is from Loot Crate! They sent me this box to review it and share what I think. Now that my heart is beating normally again, here is what I thought of this Loot Crate black box.
If you watched the video, you already know the black box and lack of information actually made me quite nervous. There was nothing to even explain where it came from. However, don’t be alarmed, I am told that all those who order a Loot Crate box will get one with an awesome Loot Crate Logo and all the epicness inside.
As for what was inside the black box, talk about a box that keeps on giving! Once I realized that this box was sent from Loot Crate, I enjoyed taking the items out and seeing what awesomeness it contained. Honestly it felt like Christmas. I also have family members fighting over the items they want.
All of the items in the Loot Crate box are really fun and cater to the geek in all of us. I think, for the most part, the items are well made, however, most of them do say “Made in China”. I went through what was included in my Loot Crate and picked out some of my favorites. I listed them below.
The Lord of the Rings T-shirt is a great graphic tee. It is soft, light weight, and breathable. The broken sword, Narsil, is a great subtle graphic that shows off one’s love for Lord of the Rings. This will probably become a go-to t-shirt of mine since it isn’t an in-your-face graphic T.
Frodo Baggins is a Mini Epics figurine, which just so happens to be a Loot Crate exclusive! Complete with curls, cape, and hair on his feet, this figurine is ready to stand and impress. What is really cool is that the Mini Epics are made by the artists of the film! The figurine comes with a clear plastic stand to display and enjoy. I love this figurine. Frodo’s expression is so adorable and almost has a Chibi look.
World’s Best Taker-over-er is now my favorite coffee mug. The mug is a simple white mug with a print of Brain on the front. When I take my finger and rub over the image I can feel the ink., therefore, do not wash this in the Dishwasher. I suggest hand wash only. On a side note, I grew up watching Pinky and the Brain and when I saw this I couldn’t help but laugh. I always wanted to help Brain “try to take over the world!”
This Jaws drain stopper is hilarious. I think this drain stopper gets placed over the drain and the suction keeps it in place preventing the water from draining. I so needed this in my life! My drain was so boring. I believe it is made out of silicon or a soft plastic, there isn’t any info on the box so I am taking a guess. However, the box is very forceful in explaining that this is not a toy, it is an adult collectible. Talk about draining my excitement for an epic Jaws recreation in the bathtub.
The items I received are just a few examples of what Loot Crate buyers will find. Loot Crate has many different themes that spark the imagination of almost every geeky fan out there. The above image shows some great items people can receive in their very own Loot Crates. I can tell everyone right now that these will make an EPIC Christmas gift. With so many items inside and the fact that they are a complete surprise, it is the best unbocing fun! Also, you can be sure that the items inside will be worth the same, if not more than what you spent. Loot Crate does an awesome job! 5 Stars!
Visit Loot Crate now to see all of their current crates and get ready for the holidays. Of course, you can always keep them for yourself as well. I am keeping mine hahahaha
It’s the month of Halloween! That is 31 days of fun ghoulish treats, tricks, and costumes. It is also the month of unimaginable amounts of candy. In fact, other than December, this is probably one of the harder months to get kids and adults to eat their vegetables. Why would we want that crazy healthy stuff when a smorgasbord of delicious sugar dances before us?
There is a fix for this Halloween phenomenon: make something that can’t possibly be healthy and secretly make it healthy. In other words, make a secret trick out of a yummy treat. Thanks to Disney’s Inside Out, we are given a delicious recipe called Anger’s Real Pizza that will trick the senses.
Anger’s Real Pizza recipe puts almost a cup of veggies in the sauce. It hides them from view, tricking the family into eating something healthy. I love this because the family thinks they are getting this amazing treat of cheesy goodness and I know the secret trick. This puts a whole new spin of Trick or Treat. At this point I say it is totally cool to chuckle to yourself.
The recipe and instructions are below. Click print to make a hard copy and save it for future deliciousness.
It’s Halloween on Dish Scapes! What does that mean exactly? It means all things spooky are featured on channel 199 ! With a haunted house, witches, zombies, werewolves, man eating plants, ghosts, cats, rats, creepy sounds, and more, this month’s Dish Scape gets everyone into the Halloween mood.
With this months spooktacular haunted house on Dish Scape, the audience also gets to enjoy and play a fun trivia game! If we answer the questions correctly we can be entered to win some really cool prizes! Three people will win a grand prize of $1000 credit for select items within the DISH Smart Home Services store, name listed on DISH scape, and DISH scape commemorative glass.. Find out more about the rules, prizes and conditions om dishwatchandwin.com.
The 10 game questions all relate to the Dish Scape scenery, which means we have to pay attention to what is going on. On the plus side, night and day cycle so there is always an opportunity to figure out what the answer is. Here are some examples of the questions asked. Tip: count the bats that fly by the screen.
Once we have answered all the questions, we then fill out the form which needs to include your account number, so be sure to have your account number on hand. If you don’t have it, here is how to find your Dish account number: click Menu -> My Dish -> Bills and Payments -> select a bill and write down your account number
Once the form is complete click Submit and wait for the email. If you get all the answers right, you will be entered for a chance to win the awesome prizes. We can enter every week with each new Spooktacular Dish Scape and trivia questions. Now let’s watch a haunted house!
Blue’s Clues and You! Caring With Blue is coming to DVD this Tuesday October 6, 2020! It will feature four fun episodes and several special features the little fans will enjoy as they search, think, and solve Blue’s and Magenta’s clues.
The four episodes included on the Blue’s Clues & You! Caring with Blue DVD are:
Laugh with Blue
Getting Glasses with Magenta
Sad Day with Blue
Getting Healthy with Blue
The Blue’s Clues & You! Caring with Blue also includes fun special features:
Silly Town Skidoo
Skidoo to Blue’s School
Josh & Blue’s Superhero Skidoo
Josh & Blue’s VLOG!
Nursery Rhymes + Guessing Game!
Healthy Snacks Song + Magenta Gets Glasses!
Find the Snail + Play Time Sing Along!
Play Hide & Seek + Music Guessing Game!
Science Experiment + Sing Alongs!
Learn Sign Language with Josh & Blue
Learn How to Wash Your Hands with Josh & Blue
I got the chance to review the DVD and here is what I thought.
This DVD contains episodes featuring Blue and her friends. Like other episodes, the audience is taken on an interactive journey to find clues and solve the puzzle. Kids will love searching the bright and colorful scenery for the clues hidden in the background. They will also love assisting the characters with choices and finding specific objects. For example, in the episode “Getting Glasses with Magenta,” the audience helps Magenta pick out a lovely pair of glasses. Can you guess which pair?
Not only are the episodes interactive but they also teach valuable lessons and empathy. For example, in “Getting Healthy with Blue”, Josh gets the sniffles. To care of Josh, Blue takes the audience on a search for clues to figure out what Josh needs to feel better. The little ones learn to care for those feeling under the weather and to be kind.
These sort of lessons and interactions are what we have come to expect and love about Blue’s Clues and You especially with the “Blue’s Clues and You! Caring With Blue” collection, which really takes on the idea of caring for each other. I love the fact it teaches the audience to care. However, this is not what I love the most about this DVD. I actually love the special feature Learn Sign Language with Josh & Blue the most!
It has been a goal of mine to learn Sign Language. I have recently started learning the basic words like thank you, how are you, girl, boy, and all the letters. It has been a fascinating journey so far and has come in handy several times. When I saw that Blue’s Clues and You actually helps kids learn this indispensable skill, I was ecstatic.
What is even more amazing, is that the creators of the Blue’s Clues and You! Caring With Blue DVD included flash cards featuring some of the Sign Language used in the film! The flash cards include signing for the words sad, scared, excited, funny, eyes, glasses, see, and sick. If the flash cards are not enough, the special feature, Learn Sign Language with Josh & Blue, shows the audience how to sign the words.
I absolutely love all the interactions, learning , and of course the lessons in Sign Language. My family and I will be practicing these new words together. Hopefully we will get to use them in conversation soon. 5 stars!
The Croods: A New Age, or what I like to call Croods 2, will be coming out this Thanksgiving! I am very excited for this sequel, we have been waiting 7 long years for this. For more information, pictures, and to see the fun trailer check out my blog here.
While we wait for the epic release, we can celebrate all things The Croods with some fun printable masks! These masks, supplied by Dreamworks, will be perfect for the most epic Halloween costumes. The PDF contains 3 masks featuring:
Chunky the Death Cat
With a species name like Macawnivore, Chunky has to be part parrot, so I recommend bright color clothes’ to match the mask. The ideal top would be a shirt that is yellow in the front and a teal or blue in the back, but that may be rather hard to find. So, I suggest a yellow shirt and a blue jacket (This will also help keep the costumer warm). To finish off the costume wear blue pants, white shoes, and create a fun tail out of your favorite material.
Belt is an easy costume to make. Print the mask, wear brown pants, and a brown shirt. TADA! Just don’t try to help keep peoples pants up.
The Punch Monkey costume will be similar to the Chunky costume. Get a white shirt, gray jacket, gray pants, and gray shoes. Make a gray, white, and orange stripped tail out of your favorite materials and attach it to the pants. If you want to add the yellow/orange to the shoulders, add a scarf. This will help keep the costumer warm and it adds a bit more color.
To get the masks: Simply click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. The print and follow the instructions to create. From there add some perfect clothes to match the colors and begin the Halloween madness.
It’s October first and that means Halloween is just 30 days away! This year Halloween will have an extra hour of fun thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it will feature a full moon, and it lands on the weekend. We have the trifecta of awesomeness! Gearing towards this amazing event I have decided to share some of my favorite Halloween treats, crafts, and activities, some old and some new.
To celebrate the start of October, I thought I would share a fun marshmallow recipe the whole family can enjoy, Frankenstein’s Marshmallow Pops inspired from the movie Hotel Transylvania 2. I especially like this recipe because the pops are easy to make and require very few ingredients. It also has no baking time and only requires the melting and cooling of chocolate. Another reason I enjoy this recipe is because I don’t have to have any decorating talents. As long as I can dip a marshmallow, I can make these Frankenstein’s Marshmallow pops. Use the recipe below to make your own and show off your decorating skills *wink*.
Melt the green candy melts in a microwave or double boiler according to the package directions until they are fully melted.
Push the lollipop sticks into the marshmallows. Then dip the Marshmallows into the melted candy, turning to cover them completely. Stand the marshmallows upright in a glass filled with uncooked rice or oatmeal and place the glass in the fridge until the chocolate has cooled and hardened slightly, about 5 min
Melt the chocolate chipes in a microwave or double broiler until smooth. Dip the tops of each of the coated marshmallows in the chocolate to form the hair. Using a toothpick, drag the choclae downntoward the base of the marshmallow to form spikes of hair. Return the marshma;;pws to the fridge until the chocolate has hardened, about 5 min
Break the ends off of the pretzel rods to form the small (about 1/8 inch) “bolts” for Frankenstein’s neck. Carefully push one piece of pretzel into each side of the matchmallow about 1/3 of the way from the bottom
Using a toothpick and the remaining melted chocolate, dab teo small dots of chocolate onto each marshmallow and press on the candy eyeballs
Using the black edible marker, draw on a mouth, and then using the red edible marker, draw on a laceration on Grankenstein’s forehead. Enjoy the marshmallow pops immediately or store them in an air-tight contained in the fridge until ready to serve.
To get the fun Graphic recipe click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then print and create for a yummy good time.
The Spy Racers are heading to Rio on October 9th in their brand new second season of Fast and Furious: Spy Racers. This time Tony and his crew embark on their first international mission to Brazil. Once in Rio, they discover that Ms. Nowhere’s latest recruit and formidable fellow racer, Layla Gray, is missing in action during an undercover mission. Unwilling to leave family behind, Tony and the Spy Racers don secret identities to find Layla, but end up uncovering a sinister plot that keeps them guessing at every turn.
Inspired by Universal’s blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise, teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.
Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland serve as executive producers and showrunners. Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz and Chris Morgan also executive produce and serve as producers on the live-action Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious: Spy Racers features the talented voices of Tyler Posey (Alone; Teen Wolf) as “Tony Toretto,” Charlet Chung (Overwatch; Chuck) as “Echo,” Luke Youngblood (Community) as “Frostee Benson,” Jorge Diaz (Jane the Virgin) as “Cisco Renaldo,” Camille Ramsey (American Vandal) as “Layla Gray,” Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton; Altered Carbon) as “Ms. Nowhere,” and Avrielle Corti (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts) as “Rafaela.
In celebration Universal and DreamWorks Animation have released the second season trailer found below!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs came out on DVD and Blu-ray Sept 22, 2020. This modern take on Snow White turns the story upside down. This time the princes are looking for a princess to save them, Snow White finds red slippers, and this story take us on a journey of self discovery.
I got the opportunity to watch Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs and here is what I thought. SPOILERS BELOW
The movie begins right in the thick of things as seven princes known as the Fearless Seven get cursed for attacking a fairy princess. Well, it was a lot more than that. They actually attacked the princess because they thought she was ugly and ugly means she had to be a witch. Imagine their surprise when they found out that a princess can come in all shapes and sizes.
Due to their arrogance, the fairy princess changes the Fearless Seven into little green dwarfs/. This curse can only be broken by getting a kiss from the most beautiful princess in the world. At this point, I am on the side of the fairy princess. Those seven egotistical “heroes” needed a good lesson…besides, it worked in Beauty and the Beast, why not here.
Similar to the Beauty and the Beast story, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs shares the theme that we shouldn’t judge by appearance because beauty is found within. Unlike Beauty and the Beast, Red Shoes expands on the theme exploring the fact that everyone is beautiful. Whether someone is big, little, tall, short, old, young, or even green, they are all sparkling gems.
This lesson isn’t just for the little green men. Snow White must also deal with the never ending stupid thrown her way as she searches for her dad. In a world that only sees the outward appearance, she is a misfit because she doesn’t match the idea of beautiful. Most people won’t even help her in her true form. However, once she wears a pair of red magical shoes, Snow White goes from big to thin in the blink of an eye and everyone becomes accommodating. There is a scene where she takes off her magic shoes to escape her pursuers only to be teased and tormented for her weight. It is a sad reminder of what actually happens in the world today.
The audience of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs gets to embark on the adventure to self discovery with the Fearless Seven and Snow White. From shoes growing on trees to monsters made out of wood, the magical journey reminds us that things are not always what they seem.
Putting the story, moral, theme, and journey of self discovery aside, I want to talk about the title of the movie, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. That little bitty title had me confused beyond all reason. Why? Because how does one spell the plural form of dwarf?
When I first started getting info about Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, long before I saw the film, I immediately contacted a fellow writer with that exact question. I was certain that the creators of Red Shoes had spelled the plural form of dwarf wrong. Growing up in the age of Lord of the Rings and Tolkien, I thought the spelling should have been dwarves with a v. After a short discussion, my friend and I decided that both forms are correct.
What’s funny is our discussion somehow ended up on the big screen. The movie has the running joke on how to spell the plural of dwarf. I was laughing so hard. Is it DWARFS with an F or DWARVES with a v? Thank you so much Lionsgate for keeping us literary grammar nerds happy.
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