Nutty By Nature FREE Holiday Recipes

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature is now available on Digital & Blu-ray! To get into the spirit, we have some nut-based recipes suited for the holidays (Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts & Cranberry Nut Bread)! The recipes are perfect for any holiday party or an addition to a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

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To download these delicious recipes click the image below and save the PDF to your computer.

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Mariah Carey’s Christmas Movie is Adorable!

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You begins by telling us what nearly every child wants for Christmas, a little wagging bundle of joy, jumping around on four legs and yipping at strangers. Yup, a puppy. Little Mariah is no different. Her desire for a puppy has flooded her life with amazing expectations and dreams. However, while Dreams may come true at Christmas Time, “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” tends to dwell in the Slapstick realism of having a dog, which I found refreshing.

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It opens with Mariah wanting a dog. She watches all her friends care for their puppies and the close connections that they have. Her unrealistic views once again have her asking Santa and her family for a puppy that Christmas. I say unrealistic because she really has no idea what it means to own a dog, that is until her dad comes home with a brilliant plan..or so he thinks.

In an effort to make Mariah never want a dog again, her father brings home the worst behaved puppy he could find. He tells Mariah that if she can care for Jack (the puppy) until Christmas, then she can have a dog of her own, the little white one she really wants at the pet store. Of course, thinking this would be a simple task, Mariah accepts the challenge.

Let the Slapstick Realism begin. Mariah soon finds out that the challenge may be harder than she expected when everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The dog chews her shoes, destroys the home, gets sick on the floor, poops in the house, is hyper and unruly, and can’t listen to simple commands. This over the top rendition of puppy life doesn’t end there. He often gets off his leash, wrecks havoc on ice skaters, and runs around crazy when given the opportunity.

Personally, I found it wonderful to see a more realistic idea of owning a puppy. That fact that this movie shows how much work is involved in caring for a puppy is spot on. While the over the top hilarious situations may not happen to everyone, the constant care of picking up poop, feeding, walking, cleaning, and socialization are just a few tasks an owner must be willing to do in order to care for their dog.

As Mariah was learning how much work a puppy actually takes, I found myself really feeling sorry for Jack. I was nearly yelling at Mariah when she bought a puppy bed but refused to let Jack sleep in it. Instead he was forced to sleep on a pile of towels. And when she gave away his favorite toy, I nearly had a fit. It’s no wonder poor Jack kept acting out.

At this point, I suddenly realized how much emotion I was showing towards Jack and his situation. I had to tip my proverbial hat to Universal 1440 Entertainment. Thankfully, my frustrations didn’t last long. “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas Movie, which means there will be a happy ending for both Jack and Mariah right around the corner. And yes, I cried at the ending. The song, All I want for Christmas is You, will now forever be about the love between me and my dog.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You also features 3 other Mariah Carey songs including Lil Snowman. CHeck out a short clip of the song below.

I am sure “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” will become a Christmas classic just like her song. It is an adorable story about a girl and her puppy.

Be sure to grab a copy at Amazon.com and add Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You to your Christmas Collection.

You can also grab the free printable CHristmas activities from my blog here: http://skgaleana.com/mariah-careys-printable-christmas-activities/

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The Nut Job 2 Nutty by Nature is Explosively Fun

This is not a normal musical…in fact “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” isn’t a musical at all. The cute creatures of the park will not be singing in this hilarious sequel as squirrels, gophers, mice, moles, and other animals attempt to save their park.

I know what you are thinking…Why are the animals defending the park when Surly found a Nut Shop in the first movie? I wish I could say that takes a little explanation, but the simple fact is, the nut shop explodes. Yup, it blows up and takes it’s delicious, wonderful nuts with it. Which means, Surly and the park animals must once again scavenge for food in the harsh environment that is Liberty Park.

I will admit, when I sat down to watch Surly and his friends defend their home, I was sure this movie would be a sequel “B” movie. One of those that would have probably been better off left in concept form. I mean, Nut Job 1 did have a problem with Character development. The Characters were what we saw at face value, there wasn’t anything deeper. The same continues in Nut Job 2. This however, didn’t destroy the movie. The slapstick comedy and absurd situations helped me see past the character development flaw and had me and my family laughing.

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature opens to a wild party within the Nut Shop, where animals, who used to live in the park, are now gorging themselves on the nuts that were left behind. It is chaos involving a peanut butter machine, steam, and perhaps a caffeine bean (at least I assume their was caffeine, because these animals were going nuts). It all ends in an explosive mistake leaving the animals to once again battle nature to survive. However, their bad luck doesn’t stop there. Mix in a crooked Mayor and his a lunatic daughter and the park that was once so pristine and beautiful falls victim to the worlds worst amusement park, Lie Land..I mean Liberty Land.

In an effort to move on, Andie sets forth on finding a new home in the park across the city. The trek across the city is actually quite hilarious as the gophers attempt to understand city life. In one particular scene, the gophers are trying to cross the street, but as they attempt to do so, a red hand flashes. Every time it flashes they stop in the middle of the street. It becomes a game of red light green light in a crosswalk. My whole family burst out laughing.

This wasn’t the only moment of laughter. Picture the voice of Jackie Chan coming out of a cute little white mouse. Actually don’t call him cute, he gets mean…really mean. After the mayor destroyed their park by putting up a golf course, the mice became vicious, defending their city turf from intruders. Of course, being lead by Jackie Chan means that the army of mice has ninja skills, which comes in handy when it comes to helping Surly defend his park.

With the cast also including Jeff Dunham and Gabriel Iglesias, the slapstick comedy is non-stop. The stupid yet hilarious antics are fun to watch. Basically, watch Nut Job 2 for the laughs, not for some amazing literary experience with dialog that belongs to history and performances that could win Oscars. The Nut Job 2 is what my family and I like to call “Stupid Fun.” It usually involves a movie that we can watch and just have a good time.

In honor of The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature being released on DVD and Blu-Ray, Universal Studios has released two yummy recipes inspired by nuts. The recipes include: Honey Nut Granola and Pretzel Turtles. CLick the image below to download the recipes. Then make and enjoy!

Get more The Nut Job 2 activities from my blog here: Nut Job 2 printable activities

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Disclosure: SKGaleana receives products in order to conduct reviews. Unless noted otherwise, no monetary compensation was provided. I only share and recommend products or services I think will be a good fit for my readers. All the opinions are 100% my own. In exchange for referrals, some posts may contain affiliate links that I may receive commission for payment. (See more here)
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Cars 3 Encourages Change – Review by SKGaleana


Disney and Pixar present CARS 3, a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. CARS 3—the third film in the now-iconic CARS film franchise- is now available Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ !

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I have been a fan of Disney-Pixar Cars since Lightning and Mater first hit the big screen. It is hilarious to watch Mater and Lightning become friends through the the weirdest circumstances. Mix together Bessie, Tractor tipping, and all the cars from a little town called Radiator Springs and things will get crazy.

{SPOILERS below this point}

The crazy doesn’t stop in the first Cars movie, it radiates into all the other films, including Cars 3 where all our favorite characters return including Sally, Lightning and of course Mater. However, racing is not what it used to be and Lightning is finding it harder to keep up with a younger generation. In an attempt to make himself better, he agrees to be coached by Cruz, a female racecar coach that helps keep racers in tip-top shape. Unfortunately for Lightning, keeping up is nearly impossible.

With the world speeding by, Lightning must find what he wants to do with his life…Should he keep racing or should he quit? All his friends support whatever decision he will make, however, it is Cruz that helps Lightning find a new passion and a new purpose. This is also where the awesome theme for Cars 3 really shines!

As it turns out, Cruz wants to be a real Racecar. She wants to zoom down the track at lightning speed…actually faster than Lighting since he isn’t winning races at this point. When Lightning discovers her love for racing, he starts to train her and finds his love for teaching. While teaching Cruz, he also discovers that he still has a love for racing. All of this piles up into an epic realization that life is all about change.

Cars 3 takes change to the next level, making everything we know in the Cars world change. First, racecars are changing to be more slick and streamlined. They are built for higher speeds. Second, for the first time, we actually have a female racecar main character showing that racing is for men and for women. Third, we watch as Lightning’s career choices and his life choices must change with the times. While he shows that it is tough to let go of one part of his life, his next adventure is even better.

I think Disney-Pixar did an awesome job of telling Lightning’s story and depicting how change might be scary. However, once embraced, the changes can make life even better. I give this film FIVE STARS.

Grab your copy of Cars 3 from Amazon.com and watch the epic story for yourself 🙂

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Disclosure: SKGaleana receives products in order to conduct reviews. Unless noted otherwise, no monetary compensation was provided. I only share and recommend products or services I think will be a good fit for my readers. All the opinions are 100% my own. In exchange for referrals, some posts may contain affiliate links that I may receive commission for payment. (See more here)
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Free Coloring Page featuring Beauty from Disney’s Princess Palace Pets

Princess Aurora has an adorable little Kitten named Beauty. This little kitten willing take naps and she is often seen yawning or finding a comfortable place to sleep. Beauty is a pink Kitten with purple eyes and a hair style that matches Aurora.

Beauty’s Story:
Aurora met Beauty one warm spring day while on a walk in the garden. This sleepy kitten was snoozing beneath some flowers when Aurora scooped her up. Since Aurora found Beauty, they haven’t left each other. This kitten adores sleeping and you’ll often find her cuddled up with Aurora.

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This Printable coloring page is free to download! Then simply print and color for some Princess Palace Pet Fun. If you do download this printable please consider donating. It takes a lot of time to create these fun printables and every little bit allows me to continue to bring these fun printables to you.


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The Game Mahjong Crimes is Available for Free

The game is afoot! Mahjong Crimes is now live and available for free on iOS and Android exclusively from Spil Games. Mahjong Crimes delivers your favorite elements from the classic tile game, but with a fascinating twist! Tap into your sleuthing skills as you investigate, search for clues, and solve puzzles while immersed in the world of Agatha Christie’s famous Murder on the Orient Express.

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Additionally, your friends at Spil Games wanted to send you a fun activity sheet to celebrate! Simply Click the Image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then find all 6 Differences!

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More About Mahjong Crimes:

Amsterdam — 9 November 2017: It’s one of a kind. Puzzling out classic, intriguing Mahjong leads you to expose the truth in the world’s most famous murder mystery, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Available for free from today on iOS and Android, Mahjong Crimes, exclusively combines the classic tile game with the lavish period settings of Agatha Christie’s great detective story.

The plot thickens:
In an all-new take on one of the world’s most popular games, 250 levels of Mahjong Solitaire unlock clues as you travel through 5 different scenarios within Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery.

As you climb into your elegant compartment aboard the Orient Express, you’ll be faced with 1 of 7 inscrutable varieties of the classic tile-matching game. You may have to beat the clock to reveal a hidden clue. Or the tiles may have letters rather than Chinese characters, and matching those letters spells out an important facet of the case.

It is endlessly entertaining and is the only Mahjong game to feature an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

“It’s amazing to see Agatha Christie’s story taking shape so brilliantly in this 21st century medium,” says James Prichard, Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd (who also happens to be the extraordinary writer’s great-grandson).

The facts of the case:

  • Mahjong and Murder on the Orient Express: two timeless classics combined into a single great game
  • 250 challenging levels, in 5 scenarios from Agatha Christie’s mystery
  • Power up to get ahead in the game
  • Collect unique Mahjong tile sets
  • The game stays fresh with more levels, mysteries and tile sets added regularly
  • Download now on App Store or Google Play.


    Get Supercharged With a New Series of DinoTrux

    In Dinotrux Supercharged , Ty, Revvit and the trux gang discover that supercharger bitbugs that can make the trux bigger and stronger have been released in the crater. The trux gang harness the bitbugs’ power and find themselves transformed into all new supercharged avatars – faster, better and more powerful than ever before. Tricked out with cool, new supercharged features, the trux can perform supersized building and rescues and join together to stand up to their nemesis – D-Structs to protect the crater from destruction.

    This all-new series will present our favorite Dinotrux characters with a never-seen-before faster, bigger, better and stronger look as they come together to show us the true meaning of friendship, unity and teamwork. The new series premieres today only on Netflix! Check out the two clips below then head over to Netflix to watch the series!

    GET SUPERCHARGED

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    Free Yummy Recipes Inspired by Cars 3


    Join Lightning McQueen and Mater in this all new Disney and Pixar movie, CARS 3, which is now available on Digital and Blu-ray! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition.

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    Inspired by the film Cars 3, we have two wonderfully delicious recipes you’ll be racin’ to make as soon as possible!


    Flo’s Mashed Potatoes & Motor Oil Mushroom Gravy can be made as the perfect side-dish for any meal. Simply mash some potatoes, make the gravy and enjoy.


    Lightning Bolt Dippers with Tow-Mater Sauce are a perfect bite-size snack for all the hungry tummies at the races. Using pizza dough, cheese and a home made dipping sauce, this snack is sure to win a Piston Cup.

    To download the Recipes, click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then buy the ingredients and start cooking with the whole family.
    NOTE: Adults should do all the cutting required and adults should handle all the hot items.

    Guillermo del Toro Announces Tales of Arcadia Trilogy Series!

    On Monday evening during a preview screening of DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2, creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro announced that the world of Trollhunters will expand to become a trilogy of series called Tales of Arcadia.

    On the surface, Arcadia appears to be a slice of timeless Americana, but it is no ordinary town. It lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that will make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. DreamWorks Trollhunters, the first installment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will be followed by two additional series 3 Below in 2018 and a final chapter Wizards set to debut in 2019.

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    Following Trollhunters, DreamWorks 3 Below will focus on two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.

    DreamWorks Wizards brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens and wizards who have found themselves drawn to Arcadia. The final chapter of the Tales of Arcadia culminates in an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will ultimately determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.

    Premiering in 2016 to critical acclaim, Trollhunters introduced audiences to the seemingly quiet town of Arcadia and an ordinary kid who embarks on an extraordinary adventure in a hidden world right beneath his feet featuring the voices of Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, Anjelica Huston and more. The first season lead the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys with six wins, more than any other program, including writing for an animated program (Marc Guggenheim), directing (Rodrigo Blaas, del Toro), casting (Ania O’Hare, Mary Hildalgo) and a voice acting win for Grammer.

    DreamWorks Trollhunters is created and executive produced by del Toro with Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), Rodrigo Blaas (Alma) and Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians) serving as executive producers. Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) serve as co-executive producers.

    Check out Trollhunters on Netflix now and get ready for Aliens and Wizards using the links below!
    www.netflix.com/trollhunters
    www.netflix.com/3below
    www.netflix.com/wizards


    Mariah Carey’s Printable Christmas Activities

    Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is debuting on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true.

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    Joining Mariah Carey is an extraordinarily talented, dynamic and lovable voice cast including Breanna Yde (“School of Rock,” “The Haunted Hathaways”) as little Mariah; Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Royal Pains”) as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”) as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris (“Smallville,” “Seinfeld”) as Mariah’s father Bud; along with Laya Hayes (“Doc McStuffins,” Sister Code) as Mariah’s friend Vicky and Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as the pet adoption facilitator Emiko.

    When Little Mariah (Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come.

    Showcasing stunning visuals in beautifully realized CGI animation, the film showcases songs from Mariah Carey’s immense discography including the iconic song All I Want for Christmas is You, along with two more of the pop queen’s holiday classics Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) and Christmas Time Is In The Air.

    Originally released in 1994, the single “All I Want for Christmas is You” has sold more than 14 million copies. In 2016, more than two decades later, it was the year’s most streamed holiday single and dominated at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 for four consecutive weeks . Carey’s critically acclaimed picture book of the same name was published in 2015.

    Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov for Magic Carpet Productions (A Christmas Melody, “Mariah’s World”) in partnership with producer Mike Young and Splash Entertainment (“Kulipari,” “Norm of the North”). It is directed by Guy Vasilovich (Lego Star Wars) from a script by Temple Mathews (Return To Neverland, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea).

    In Anticipation of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You release on DVD and Blu-Ray, Universal 1440 Entertainment has released a fun Christmas Activity pack featuring the activities:

  • Writing a Letter to Santa
  • A Holiday Checklist
  • and Christmas Present Gift Tags
  • To download this free activity kit simply click the image below and save the PDF to your computer. Then Print and Create to get ready for the Holidays with Mariah Carey!

    Be sure to grab the Free Christmas Maze from the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Activity Website.

    More about Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You:
    Social Media:
    http://uni.pictures/AllIWantMovie
    http://uni.pictures/AllIWantMovieTrailer
    https://www.facebook.com/AllIWantMovie
    https://twitter.com/alliwantmovie
    #AllIWantMovie

    BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
    A Wish Come True: Making Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You – Stars, Mariah Carey and Breanna Yde discuss their roles in the film, their love for dogs, and their favorite things about Christmastime

    FILMMAKERS:
    Cast: Mariah Carey, Breanna Yde, Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil Morris, Laya Hayes, Keiko Agena
    Executive Producer: Mariah Carey, Stella Bulochnikov
    Produced By: Mike Young, Liz Young, Steven Rosen
    Directed By: Guy Vasilovich
    Based on the Book By: Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff
    Screenplay By: Temple Mathews
    Score By: Matthew Gerrard, Richard Evans and Marco Luciani

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
    Street Date: November 14, 2017
    Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    Selection Number: 63185467 / 63192472 (CDN)
    Layers: BD-50
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1
    Rating: G
    Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
    Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Run Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
    Street Date: November 14, 2017
    Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainm

    About Mariah Carey:
    Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/song­writer/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah’s ongoing impact has transcended the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She made her entry into the world of independent film with her landmark performance in “WiseGirls” starring alongside Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, Mariah was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniels’ “Precious.” Mariah went on to appear in Daniels’ stellar ensemble piece “The Butler” (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development. Mariah is represented by Manager Stella Bulochnikov, Darrell Miller at Fox Rothschild, UTA and Nicole Perna, Brett Ruttenberg at Imprint PR. www.mariahcarey.com