Disney’s The BFG Coloring Pages and Activities

I don’t know about you, put I am excited for Disney’s The BFG to open this Friday, July 1st. It looks like a really fun and entertaining movie.


Based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, the story revolves around ten year old Sopie who meets a Big Friendly Giant (BFG). Although she is scared at first, Sophie realizes that the 24-foot tall giant is friendly and charming. Unfortunately, the bad giants (Bloodblottler, Fleshlumper and others) are not happy with the friendship. Sophie and the BFG must travel to London to see the queen and enlist her help to get rid of the bad giants!

One of the fun things about The BFG is that Roald Dahl created a language to give the BFG a unique voice. The words are silly, but similar to words used in the English language. At first the filmmakers were concerned that an audience would not understand the language. However, the more the BFG used the words, the more the filmmakers were convinced that the language was perfect for the BFG. Here are some of the words and their meanings. See if you can spot when the BFG uses them in the movie!

Cannybully…….. Cannibal
Chatbags………. Chatterbox
Childers………. Children
Jiggyrafes…….. Giraffes
Earbusting…….. Loud
Frumpin Fry……. Pumpkin Pie
Giggler……….. Little Girls
Scrumdiddlyumptious… Scrumptious
Scuddiling…….. Scurrying
Trogglehumper….. A horrible nightmare

These coloring sheets and activities are sure to keep your kids entertained and get them excited about the movie!

BFG Coloring Sheets

BFG Maze

BFG Spot the Difference

BFG Word Search

Jordan World Circus is Coming to Utah


Do you love the circus? Or maybe you have never been. Now is your chance. If you live in utah, the Jordan World Circus is Coming to Utah from January 29th to February 3rd. See below for a special coupon deal!

Producer Jody Jordan, has gathered a superb collection of artist and animals from around the world that are sure to amuse and thrill you at the same time. From Aerialist, acrobats, rare white tigers, and of course funny clowns. All that plus something every child is sure to talk about long after the circus has left. “The gentle giants” Our amazing circus elephants. You won’t want to miss all the excitement coming to.


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Amp Up Your Super Bowl Party with Big Dot of Happiness


This Sunday is the Super Bowl and I am already planning for some great food and treats! This year, however, I am going to make this Super Bowl Party even more Awesome with the Big Dot of Happiness Super Bowl photo booth prop kit. This 20-piece kit comes with decorations, costumes and favors customized with the Seattle Seahawk and New England Patriot colors. Also included in the kit are dowels to make your own custom photo booth.

Here are my favorite ways to use the Super Bowl photo booth prop kit for your party:

  • Hang up a few of the props as decorations in your designated Super Bowl party room. At the dollar store pick up a couple packs of streamers in your teams colors to make it even more festive.
  • Use a sheet, tablecloth or other piece of fabric and make a backdrop on one of your walls. Attach the dowels to some of the props and let everyone take selfies at time outs and half time.
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  • Challenge your guests to come up with the funniest combinations and take a photo with their crazy look every time their team scores!


Included in the 20 piece kit is:

4 Glasses
2 Mustaches
2 Bow Ties
2 Lips
2 Helmet
2 Pom Poms
1 “MVP” Pennant
1 #1 Fan Hand
1 “GO!” Megaphone
1 Whistle
2 Custom Talk Bubbles – these can be customized with sayings of your choice!
20 Wooden Dowels
20 Clear Stickers
Some assembly is needed
Printed on heavy card stock paper


BigDotofHappiness is a one-stop online shop offering more than 200 unique-themed decorations, favors, and DIY kits. The website’s expert party planner creators are available to provide Super Bowl celebratory tips and half-time activity ideas.

There are plenty of other great packages as well! I love the Super Hero theme pack and it would be great for my son’s birthday party. Besides the photo booth kit, you can also purchase banners, hats, cut outs, decorations, invitations, thank you cards and more!

Join the Big Dot of Happiness email list and receive 10% off your order!

AKVIS OilPaint – Turn Your Photos Into Oil Paintings #akvis

AKVIS OilPaintI really love the look of oil paintings! One time I looked into having a portrait of my three children painted and it was so expensive. I have often wanted to turn some of the photos that I have taken and turn them into nice oil paintings, but I was just not sure how to accomplish it.

Fortunately, I came across AKVIS OilPaint. This program is made for both Windows and Mac and installs in minutes. After installation, your simply upload your photo and AKVIS automatically turns it into an oil painting. The program comes with presets that can be changed to make the painting take on a different feel. The example below is a picture that I took of my son at the Jersey Shore:


This is how it looks after using the presets in AKVIS OilPaint:

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The differences are subtle, put you can tell that they photo is now looking much more like an oil painting. What if you want a different look? You can change a number of defaults such as saturation, simplicity, relief, max stroke length, stroke thickness, stroke curvature, as well as the type of canvas. I took another stab at the painting and here it is with a few changes to the defaults:

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I have made the painting much more simplistic, increased the stroke thickness and stroke curvature and even added a textured canvas.

This is such a fun program to play with! Next, I wanted to try a face and see how that would turn out. This is a picture of my daughter:

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Here it is after I used the AKVIS OilPaint program:


Right now you can download a free 10 day trial of AKVIS OilPaint. You can also check out other AKVIS programs such as Pastel, ArtBrush and ArtSuite. The full program is $49 for the Home Edition and $69 for the Home Deluxe version.

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HBO True Detective – Get Season One at Best Buy! #HBOatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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If you haven’t yet seen the new HBO series True Detective, you are missing out! True Detective follows two detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), who become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. Messaging for Post: Include HBO and Best Buy in your posts title please (ie: HBO True Detective available at Best Buy). The format of the show moves back and forth between 1995, when the first murder was committed, to 2012, when a new set of detectives start to realize that there are similarities between the older case and a current case.  The series has a total of eight episodes and is filmed as an anthology. Each season will contain a different cast and a different set of circumstances. It is engaging and yet their is a conclusion at the end of the season – think of it as the return of the mini series!

The series will be available for sale at Best Buy starting June 10th and will make a perfect Father’s Day gift for dad this June 15th! Your copy will also contain a digital copy which is great for watching on your electronic devices. Plus, there will be additional HBO series on sale at Best Buy from June 8 to June 14, 2014, so you can buy your favorite HBO series such as Game of Thrones, Eastbound and Down and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

This official trailer from HBO will definitely make you want to watch this series. This suspenseful series will have you on the edge of your seat. I love how the show combines the detectives from 1995 with current day detectives in order to solve more than one murder. Of course, McConaughey and Harrelson give outstanding performances!


New Music from Michael Barry-Rec and Not Dead Yett – Giveaway!

I am always interested in hearing new sounds in music and I have two recently released albums that I am sure will please!

Michael Barry Rec Continuum

Michael Barry-Rec is a lap steel guitarist who has just released his third album Continuum. This is a fresh new sound that blends rock, folk, Americana and the blues. This purely instrumental CD features guest contributions from George Winston on lead single “Sanctum” and bassist JD Foster. Michael spoke about his new album:

Although the songs themselves came through and surfaced as life experience allowed, the studio time itself was quite focused (but) with breath! It was the environment and all involved that kept the creative doors open and the magic bouncing off the walls!

Michael’s music is perfect for relaxing and contemplating. One of my favorite songs from the album is Beckon:

To find out more about Michael Barry-Rec and his new album, Continuum:

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Not Dead Yett

Another artist that has recently caught my attention is Not Dead Yett! There self-titled album was just released features Grammy winner Dr. Don DJ as the fun loving funky front man guru, and his cool whiz sidekick partner Hi-Hat Carter. The album is a collection of motivational and personal songs that aim to help change the world with positive upbeat lyrics and conscious message. The album combining synths, funky bass grooves and soulful singing.

One of their most popular songs from the album is Let Go, Let’s Go:

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Do you love new sounds? How would you like to win a copy of each of these new albums? I am giving away five sets to five different winners. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

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Save $7 on Harlem Globetrotters Tickets – Fun for the Whole Family!


I have been a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters for years, but I have never been able to attend a game. However, now I can. This is an event that the whole family will enjoy? Bring your family to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new “Fans Rule” tour. The Globetrotters had so much fun letting fans vote for what they wanted to see in the game last year that they’re doing it again! Only with brand new exciting rules like the Trick Shot Challenge and Hot Hand Jersey. Take your kids to harlemglobetrotters.com/vote and vote for which rule sounds the most fun to you. After the game, come down to the court for pictures and autographs with the Globetrotter stars!

Right now you can save $7 on every ticket! Get your tickets here http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets and use the promo code USFAMILY.

Fringe and Chuck Complete Seasons Today Only at Amazon

Two of my FAVORITE television series are Fringe and Chuck! Now you can get the complete seasons today at Amazon for a BIG discounted prices.

Fringe is an science fiction television series that first aired on September 9, 2008 and concluded after five seasons and 100 episodes. The series follows Olivia Dunham (Anna Tory), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and Walter Bishop (John Noble) who are members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” which is based in Boston, Massachusetts. The team investigates unexplained occurrences and even discovers a parallel universe. If you love the X-Files, then this is the perfect show for you! The set includes all the episodes and featurettes such as conversations with actors and directors and behind the scenes footage. The Blu-Ray set includes 20 disc set and the DVD version is a 28 disc set.

TODAY only the sets are $75.99 for Blu-Ray (regularly $197.50) and $59.99 for the DVD set (regularly $159.96).


Chuck is an action-comedy/spy-drama television series. This series is based on a character named Chuck (Zachary Levi) who receives an encoded email from an old college friend who now works for the CIA. The message implants information into Chuck’s mind that it is vital to National security. Chuck is assigned a two handlers, NSA’s Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and CIA Agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) who help turn Chuck from a nerd into a spy. One of the best things about this series is the supporting cast including Chuck’s sister and boyfriend and Chuck’s best friend Morgan and two co-workers Lester and Jeff. The series premiered on September 24, 2007 and ended January 27, 2012 lasting five seasons. This collector set includes all the episodes, gag reels and featurettes.

TODAY only the sets are $71.99 for Blu-Ray (regularly $179.98) and $63.99 for DVD (regularly $149.98)

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{Book Review} Both Sides by Paul Stawski

Imagine if you were in a tragic accident – unable to move or speak but otherwise cognizant of everything around you. Imagine hearing doctors deciding your fate without you having a voice in the outcome.

Alex is a 16-year-old girl who finds herself in that exact situation in Both Sides, a novel that begins when – while on a class field trip – Alex and another girl, Sandra, end up in a horrible accident.

If the doctors act quickly, they may be able to save one body…and one brain. Amid the confusion and uncertainty, we hear everything that’s going on in Alex’s mind – from her initial disbelief to her quips about the absurdity of it all to her realization that she may have to go through the rest of her life living in the body of a girl she couldn’t stand. If she survives.

Both Sides tackles these issues and more. Within its pages every reader will find her own answers and discover, in the end, a story of courage and a girl who never before existed.

Award-winning author Paul E. Stawski captures the minute-by-minute struggles of a 16-year-old girl whose world is suddenly turned upside down in Both Sides. Radical brain surgery is the only option. Time is running out and Alex’s mind is racing: will she still be the same person when she comes out on the other side?

This book is easy to read and very interesting. While I don’t think that science will ever advance to the point that such a surgery is possible (plus the questions about what makes up the soul of a person), the author’s take on the possibility makes the book a real page turner. I didn’t want to put the book down until I found out what really happened to Alex/Sandra. Alex is definitely a self-centered teenager and having to deal with the major changes that come in her life causes her to reflect on her past. I gave this book to my teenage daughter to read after I was finished because I think she would enjoy it.

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About the Author

Paul E. Stawski won the Highlights for Children fiction contest for his short story, Code Red, a science-fiction story about a little girl who has to make a very grown-up decision. As a child, Paul was the subject of Newbery-Award winning author Lois Lenski’s We Live in the North. Then, as an adult, he taught at an all-girls’ high school before becoming a full-time writer. Both Sides is his first novel, he is currently writing the second book in the Both Sides series, Taking Sides due to be released January 2014. He lives in Troy, Michigan, with his wife and two cats.
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Taking Sides is the second book in the Both Sides series. In BOTH SIDES, Alex grappled with the idea of her brain being transplanted into Sandra’s brain-dead body. In TAKING SIDES, she struggles with her new reality, starting with the ride home from the hospital and the ensuing media circus. She’s now a celebrity who literally comes face-to-face with her new identity every time she looks in the mirror – and every time someone else looks at her. How will her friends react? How will Sandra’s? And what about their classmates and their parents? With everyone taking sides, Alex begins to wonder: is anyone on her side?
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

ROCKtoberfest Giveaway Hop – Four Great Artists! #rocktoberfest

Welcome to the ROCKtoberfest Giveaway Hop hosted by Cheap is the New Classy and Eat Play Rock, where you will find lots of giveaways all featuring a musical prize. Make sure that you check out all the giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post. There is also a GRAND PRIZE Giveaway! One winner will receive an AWESOME AUTOGRAPHED Aaron Tippin Kiss This! Geekbox!

The Shopping Duck is giving away four CDs that will have you tapping your feet and humming along!

Diva de Lai this new, innovative band has a mix of two styles – Rock and Opera. Their album, Dylan at the Opera is a concept album that consists of original Bob Dylan songs rearranged into different rock styles with operatic vocals. There are 12 different tracks on the album and include: Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Is Your Love In Vain?, Dear Landlord, As I Went Out One Morning, Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right, North Country Blues, Dirge, If You See Her, Say Hello, Wedding Song, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Ring Them Bells, and Let It Be Me.

Bunny Siegler has just released his new single Hero. This renowned Philadelphia born artist mixes the soothing sounds of funk and R&B to construct a brilliant range of music for the past five decades.

Shauna Burns is a Celtic vocalist and singer-songwriter and is just releasing her new album titled Violet. This album continues her unique Celtic flare and includes collaborations with her husband, drummer/percussionist James Clark (who also co-produces), as well as Ryan Whyte Maloney on the guitar, Lindsey Springer on the cello, and Caroline Kember, Burns’ niece, on harp. The album includes 14 songs that focus on woman and female empowerment.

Sheila Swift has just released a new EP, The Striving is Over, with three songs that revolve around life. The three songs tell a story from beginning to end. In Stay, the beautiful, acoustic guitar solos build while harmonizing with Swift’s powerful vocals. Swift also intertwines a touch of arousing country with rock into both other tracks, Let Go and Home.

There will be two winners and each winner will receive all four CDs! Broaden your horizons by giving these great artists a try. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below (open to US Residents only, 18 years of age and older).

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