Saturday, December 20, 2014

Disney Games from Wonder Forge {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Recently, our family received two wonderful games from Wonder Forge that will make perfect Christmas gifts for any Disney fan this season!  We have all enjoyed playing Pictopia: The Ultimate Picture- Trivia Family Game and Star Wars Face Off Dice Game. Both games were just a bit too hard for my almost 6 year old, but with our help, he did fine and loved them both.  My 2 year old was way too young for both, but made up his own rules so he could play too!

From the Wonder Forge web site about Pictopia: 
Families team up in this uniquely collaborative yet competitive trivia game with 1,000 questions covering the World of Disney! During the game, everyone gets a chance to show off their knowledge – from Disney Jr. and Disney XD to the Disney Parks and classic films. Players place wagers based on knowledge of those images, and then work together or on their own, to answer the question.
With my almost 6 year old, we had to help with the wagers.  He didn't quite get that, but he LOVED answering the questions.  For our family, and to best include the 2 year old, we did better just asking the questions to each other.  Or, just identifying the names of the characters and the movie/ TV show they are in!  I can totally see this game getting a lot of use over the next few years as both boys mature and grow!
From the Wonder Forge web site about Star Wars Face Off:
Go head-to-head in this action-packed bluff 'n' battle dice game! Roll hero combos to rack up points or push your luck and "go villain" to steal the win! Pack it all up in the collectible cup and play anywhere!
This game was a fast favorite just because of the title! Anything Star Wars is a hit at our house right now.  My husband and I did a much better job playing this game.  The boys enjoyed rolling the dice!  Obviously, the 2 year old was again, way too young.  The almost 6 year old could play with our help.  He did not understand the bluffing part, so we "skipped" that part!  He had fun rolling the dice, adding up the points, and deciding which dice to re-roll.  For me, this game reminded me of Yahtzee.  I have so many fun family memories of Yahtzee as a child and look forward to making similar memories with my boys in the future with Star Wars Face Off!
Pictopia, a favorite, even if
you're too young to play!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Shower Head {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Disclosure: I was sent the Oxygenics Disney Mickey Mouse Shower Head to review on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own.
Our youngest boys love bath time. Each night they rush to the bathroom to get in the tub and get a bath.  They love the bubbles, the toys and the splashing.  However, my youngest does not like having water poured over his head so I can wash his hair!

Recently, this bath time problem was resolved.  We were given the Disney Mickey Mouse Combo Shower Head from Oxygenics to review.  First, the shower heads were very easy to install. It literally took minutes to take our old shower head off and install the combo shower head.  The only tool needed is Channellocks.  If you don't have access to this tool, pliers or vice grips will work.  The plumbers tape was included with the shower head and the instructions were easy to follow as well.

After using this shower head for several nights, we definitely have thoughts about this product! My youngest boys, ages 2 and 5, love it.  They love having Mickey Mouse in the bath with them, the different sprays from the shower head, and the novelty of having 2 shower heads.  However, my 14 year old son does not like it! Having Mickey spraying water out of his head onto a 14 year old is not "cool."  In fact, it's a bit babyish.  

As the mom using this combo shower head to bathe my boys there were several things I liked the most about this product.  
  1. I like the fact that my 5 year old can "practice" showering with the handheld shower head.  It has helped him ease into showering by himself.  
  2. I like the durability of the product. Having 2 boys, this product took quite a beating in the bath tub!  It stood up to the test.  It's not only durable, but also easy to handle, use and clean.
  3. The detachable shower head was great.  The 72 inch hose allowed me to rinse both boys heads with ease.  Once I was finished with the boy closest to the faucet, I could stretch the hose to the back of the tub to rinse the second boys hair.  
  4. The control lever allowed me to turn off the water at the detachable shower head instead of at the main water control. This made lathering shampoo and soap easy since I could turn on and off the shower head with the flip of a switch on the handle.
There were also a few things I liked the least about this product.
  1. The water pressure coming out of our faucet into the tub weakened after the shower head was attached.  At first, I thought it was all in my head.  When my14 year old complained about the water pressure, I realized it wasn't me.  I temporarily took off our Mickey Mouse shower head to see if the pressure came back and it did. I still don't know why the water pressure out of the faucet would change even when the shower was not turned on.
  2. Even though I liked the 72 inch hose when I was trying to rinse my son's hair who was farthest away from the faucet, I did not like the length of the hose when it was attached to the shower head.  There was so much slack in the hose that it got in the way when we were trying to shower.  I also didn't like the detached shower head dangling into the tub water when we were not using it.
Features of the Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Shower Head:
image from Oxygenics
  • 15 total spray combinations with Oxygenics pressure-boosting technology
  • 3 powerful spray settings 
  • 72 inch hose
  • Non-slip rubber grip
  • Comfort control lever easily adjusts pressure
  • Easy-clean nozzles
  • Shower heads can be used individually or together
Overall, we really enjoy this shower head.  It made bath time fun again for both of my boys and the youngest didn't cry when it was time to rinse the shampoo.  The features on the shower head(s) that allowed for all the different combinations were a hit.  Having Mickey Mouse in the bath tub with us was awesome!  It made coming home from Walt Disney World a bit easier knowing Mickey would be with us every day in the bath tub!
image from Oxygenics
If you are interested in purchasing this product, you can buy it direct from Oxygenics or look for it at your local Sam's Club in the near future. 




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Disney's Frozen Giveaway from Mary Bertsch | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

This time last year our world was rocked with the release of Frozen in theaters.  This movie, the songs, and the characters all became instant HITS with all ages.  My younger boys are both Frozen fans and enjoy everything about this movie.  On a regular basis I hear one of them singing "Let it Go" or "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?".  


Now, Avon has joined in on the Frozen Frenzy!  You can own your own Elsa and Olaf Cuddle Pillows!  
Olaf, the wacky snowman, cuddles, snuggles and glows.  He is a 26" tall polyester plush and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).  He is recommended for children ages 3 and up. 
Elsa, the snow queen, gleams and glitters while she sings a selection from the popular hit “Let It Go”.  She is also a 26" tall polyester doll recommended for children ages 3 and up. She is soft, snuggly, and ready to be your best friend!

Mary Bertsch, an Avon Representative, has teamed up with A Disney Mom's Thoughts to provide this giveaway.  She currently has both pillows in her inventory so the winner can choose which Cuddle Pillow they want!

WIN IT! 
One "A Disney Mom's Thoughts" reader will win their choice of 1 Elsa Cuddle Pillow OR 1 Olaf Cuddle Pillow. The giveaway will run from 12/10/2014 at 12:00 AM until 12//17/2014 at 12:00 AM EST. 

No purchase is necessary to enter. The winner will be chosen by random number generator via Rafflecopter after verification of entries and notified by email. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. To officially accept the prize the winner must reply by email within 24 hours. Any taxes or other charges that may be part of the prize are the winner’s sole responsibility. The giveaway is open to United States residents over 18 years of age and you guarantee that you are eligible by entering. We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway. All opinions are the author’s own. Your experience may be very different. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest. A Disney Mom's Thoughts is not associated with the company mentioned above. Winner will be announced on social media after the winner has accepted their prize. Prizes will be fulfilled by sponsors where applicable. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements.


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Mary with both Olaf and Elsa
About Mary
Mary has had her home-based Avon Catalog business for 6 years. She is a wife, mother of 3, and grandmother to 1. When a tragic car accident took her son in law's life in 2011, she had to stay by her daughter and unborn granddaughter's side. During this difficult time, she was thankful for Avon! Avon continued to provide a paycheck for her family. Her loyal customers continued to support her. As a Christian, Mary is so thankful for God's love and faithfulness!

EpiPen and Walt Disney Parks | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

If you have any family members who have severe allergies, you know the importance of an EpiPen.  My family does not have this worry while we travel, but not all families are as lucky. Travelers who are aware of severe allergies in their families typically travel with needed medications and supplies such as EpiPens. But what about families who learn of allergies while on vacation?  What is a family to do when anaphylaxis happens for the first time on vacation?  

Luckily if you are at Walt Disney World or on a Disney Cruise in the near future, you will have access to EpiPens and EpiPen Jrs in the parks.  Mylan, the marketer and distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors, recently announced a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Disney Cruise Line to help enhance access to EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors and increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The alliance helps support Mylan’s mission to provide the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine and set new standards in health care.


A Mock Up of Disney Hollywood Studios Map showing where EpiPens will be located.

Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen®(epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

EpiPen® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage: New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives

PITTSBURGH – Nov. 7, 2014 – Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced it has signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The agreement includes updated maps in Disney’s domestic theme parks and on its cruise ships as well as updated signage in the parks that highlight locations with EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr®(epinephrine) Auto-Injectors. Over time, the companies also will introduce a variety of educational resources designed to increase awareness of and preparedness for severe allergic reactions.

EpiPen® locations will roll out at Disney parks and on cruise ships beginning in late 2014. In addition to emergency medical services (EMS), nurses trained to administer EpiPen Auto-Injectors are available during First Aid station operating hours to assist guests experiencing a severe allergic reaction. To help guests identify EpiPen locations, Disney’s guide maps will now include an EpiPen Auto-Injector symbol and new signage at First Aid stations.

“Mylan’s mission is to provide the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine and set new standards in health care. In support of this mission, we are committed to enhancing access to EpiPen Auto-Injectors and to increasing awareness of anaphylaxis. Like life, severe allergic reactions are unpredictable, so people need to be prepared,” said Mylan CEO Heather Bresch. “We are very proud to be working with Disney, which already has a strong reputation for meeting the needs of people managing severe allergies, and believe we can further raise awareness of anaphylaxis through this collaboration and our joint commitment to education.”

Anaphylaxis is unpredictable, and can progress quickly and without warning. Clinical guidelines state that epinephrine is the first-line treatment when anaphylaxis occurs, making access critical. For those with a known risk, it is important to be prepared with an anaphylaxis action plan that includes 1) avoiding known allergens, 2) recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, 3) having immediate access to two epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen Auto-Injector, and 4) seeking immediate emergency medical care should anaphylaxis occur.

“For our guests who live with severe allergies every day, identifying EpiPen locations is an additional tool they’ll have for their anaphylaxis management plan,” said Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new strategic alliance will help raise awareness of EpiPen locations so that our Guests with severe allergies may have the best possible experience at our parks and on our cruise ships.”

Families managing known severe allergies are encouraged to follow their individual anaphylaxis action plans and carry their epinephrine auto-injectors with them at all times.

Indications
EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are determined to be at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

Important Safety InformationEpiPen Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your healthcare professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visithttp://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector
EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors are used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. Each EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to help patients become familiar with the administration technique. EpiPen Auto-Injector should be administered immediately at the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction. EpiPen Auto-Injector is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment. Patients should seek emergency medical attention immediately following administration. EpiPen Auto-Injector has been the No. 1 prescribed epinephrine auto-injector for more than 25 years and has three-step simple instructions for use. For more information about EpiPen Auto-Injector, please visit www.EpiPen.com.

About Mylan
Mylan is a global pharmaceutical company committed to setting new standards in health care. Working together around the world to provide 7 billion people access to high quality medicine, we innovate to satisfy unmet needs; make reliability and service excellence a habit; do what's right, not what's easy; and impact the future through passionate global leadership. We offer a growing portfolio of more than 1,300 generic pharmaceuticals and several brand medications. In addition, we offer a wide range of antiretroviral therapies, upon which approximately 40% of HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries depend. We also operate one of the largest active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers and currently market products in approximately 140 countries and territories. Our workforce of more than 20,000 people is dedicated to improving the customer experience and increasing pharmaceutical access to consumers around the world. Learn more at mylan.com

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts, cruise ships, entertainment and attractions.

EpiPen®, EpiPen Jr®, EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® are registered trademarks of Mylan Inc. licensed exclusively to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty L.P.

SOURCE Mylan Inc. and The Walt Disney Company

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Wishes By Idina Menzel {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

I have always been a fan of Idina Menzel. While I never saw her as Maureen in RENT on stage, I loved her character in the movie version. Maureen/ Idina made me add "Star Be on Broadway" to my bucket list! When I saw Idina in the original cast of Wicked as Elphaba, I was blown away! She quickly became my favorite Broadway actress!

When Frozen came out, I wasn't excited. I don't know why, but I wasn't. When I finally saw it in the theatre, I only thought it was OK. After we purchased the DVD and my boys watched it a dozen times, I grew to love it myself. While I loved hearing Idina sing Elsa's songs, I still could not picture Idina as Elsa. Maybe it was the blonde/ white hair!

When it came time to review Idina's new Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, with One2One, I crossed my fingers, HARD, hoping I could get the chance! When my download of this album arrived, I was THRILLED! 

Adding this album to the almost 12 hours worth of Christmas music on my iTunes right now made me feel my collection may be near completion. Idina's voice is one of the best out there. It's crisp, clean, smooth and perfect for these songs. As you listen to these songs, you will immediately be put into the Christmas spirit!

There are 12 tracks on Holiday Wishes
  1. Do You Hear What I Hear 
  2. The Christmas Song 
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble) 
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 
  5. All I Want For Christmas 
  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? 
  7. December Prayer 
  8. When You Wish Upon A Star 
  9. Silent Night 
  10. River 
  11. Holly Jolly Christmas 
  12. White Christmas 
Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Mothers Spiritual


The assortment of songs on this album is great. There are fun, upbeat songs to dance around with your kids such as All I Want For Christmas Is You and Holly Jolly Christmas. Then, there are the sweet, slower songs you listen to as you dance with your spouse!  Those are Baby It's Cold Outside, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and What Are You Doing New Year's Eve. My favorites are the ones that tell the story of Christmas: Silent Night and Do You Hear What I Hear

If you are familiar with Idina's work on Broadway, you know what you'll expect in this album. She is true to her form. If you like her style, you'll LOVE this album. It's the perfect album to sing along to in the shower or in the car when you can sing at the top of your lungs pretending your are on center stage in the Nederlander Theatre on W 41st Street! Idina sings all of these songs as if she is on center stage and I love it!

Here are some snippets of her songs on this album.



If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of  Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel, you can purchase on iTunes or Amazon

If you want to learn more about Idina or follow her on Social Media you can!  www.idinamenzel.com  Twitter.  Facebook.  YouTube.

More on Idina Menzel and Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.