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I Shred U!

Have you or someone you know been victims of bad photo tagging on Facebook? UGH! Perhaps it was that old prom photo sporting your signature big 80’s hairdo? (is that you in the attached photo ;) Or those pictures from the company holiday party you hoped would never resurface?

Now, you can have the last laugh, with the launch of the Staples I Shred U! ™ Facebook application from Staples, Inc.

I Shred U! allows Facebook users to tell their friends how they really feel about those bad photos, by shredding it to bits via a virtual shredder and sending it back with a personalized message. I Shred U! also lets users “trick” photos by giving friends and family a hilarious new look.

Nearly 50k Facebook users have installed the new Staples I Shred U! photo application in the last month. It’s being used in 30+ countries, average engagement is over 2 minutes, 70% of the users are women over the age of 25.

Below is a link to the flash video, which provides a quick walk through (sound-free) on how the application works : http://pubdyn.com/extranet/kelandpartners/

How does the application work?

The application is very simple. Once you have logged into Facebook to access the application, the user can select a photo from one of their albums or a photo that they were tagged in. The user then has the opportunity to virtually shred the photo complete with animation and sounds effects and send it to a friend with a personalized message. Users can also “trick out” photos from their Facebook albums by adding mullets, beards, speech bubbles and more.

Does the application actual delete the photo? 
No, it doesn’t. The photo is the property of the person who originally uploaded it to Facebook and it will continue to live in his/her photo album. I Shred U! is just a fun way to make a statement about unflattering photos that you were tagged in.

Is there a similar application on Facebook? 
No! With more than 200 million active users on Facebook uploading over 850 million photos each month, the Staples I Shred U! application is the first of its kind to allow users to virtually shred bad photos without actually deleting the picture from their friend’s Facebook album.

 Be creative, have fun, share a laugh, enjoy!

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DVD Review - So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit

As is the case with most pregnancies, it's easy enough to gain the weight, but not so easy to lose it. That's why I like these 2 Dvds - So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Tone and Groove & So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Cardio Funk.

With nearly 20 million watching each week “So You Think You Can Dance” is a pop culture sensation entering into its fifth season on air. For the first time ever, fans can tone and sculpt their bodies by moving along with the incredible dancers from the show as they demonstrate easy-to-follow routines in a variety of dance genres.

In Tone and Groove viewers can flex and condition their muscles with Stephen “Twitch” Boss as he takes them through a Hip Hop routine, tighten their abs with Dmitry Chaplin through the Cha Cha and then stretch it out with Katee Shean doing Jazz.

Cardio Funk turns up the heat as Courtney Galiano puts viewers through their paces on the Disco floor, Travis Wall gets hearts pumping in a Contemporary routine and Lauren Gottlieb’s Hip Hop dance works up a sweat.

With over 90 minutes of calorie-burning and body-sculpting moves, each DVD also includes a warm-up and cool down session, a bonus workout, behind-the-scenes interviews with the dancers and more. The DVDs arrive just in time for the highly-anticipated finale of Season Five and will be available for the suggested retail price of $16.99 each.

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Tone and Groove & So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Cardio Funk. are each presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English Stereo sound.

The following details each disc:

Tone and Groove:

  • o Introduction
  • o Warm-Up
  • o Workouts:
  • o Hip Hop - Twitch
  • o Jazz - Katee
  • o Cha Cha - Dmitry
  • o Tone and Groove Bonus Workout
  • o Cool Down
Bonus Features:

  • o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
  • o Interview with Twitch
  • o Interview with Katee
  • o Interview with Dmitry
Cardio Funk:

  • o Introduction
  • o Warm-Up
  • o Workouts
  • o Hip Hop - Lauren
  • o Contemporary - Travis
  • o Disco - Courtney
  • o Cardio Funk Bonus Workout
  • o Cool Down
Bonus Features:

  • o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
  • o Interview with Lauren
  • o Interview with Travis
  • o Interview with Courtney
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Yfrog - a Twitter Application

Twitter is quickly becoming the best way to find out what your friends, celebrities, and the world is doing – at any given moment. As Twitter becomes the go-to for relaying details about our lives, there are moments where those 140 characters just don’t suffice – and you need convey the excitement of the moment with a photo or video.

I’d like to introduce you to yfrog (http://yfrog.com/), the website and Twitter application that allows anyone to broadcast their life as it happens, and is an easy way to share photos and videos on Twitter. Just upload your video or photo to yfrog from your computer or mobile device, and tweet, link, email, or send to whoever you want. If you are already on Twitter, no registration is required, and you can post your video or photo in just two clicks. And if you have an iPhone – you can post pics or video right from the party, concert, vacation or any other spot where you want to share your experience.

To see yfrog in action, check out how some celebrities are using it:
―     The Jonas Brothers used yfrog to post concert pics for their fans (and received 81 pages of comments): http://img43.yfrog.com/i/1ic.jpg/
―     Twitter fan John Mayer uses yfrog to share a journey to In and Out:  http://www.yfrog.com/froggy.php?username=johncmayer
―     NFL star Dwight Howard started says hello using yfrog video:http://www.yfrog.com/froggy.php?username=dwighthoward

Yfrog comes to you from the guys behind ImageShack, the largest independent image hosting website with over 33 million monthly unique visitors.


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Ziploc Evolve Bags

PhotobucketLooking for ways to turn your brown bag lunch a little “greener?” SC Johnson, the makers of Ziploc®, is introducing sandwich and storage bags with a design that’s better for the environment. New Ziploc Evolve sandwich and storage bags are made with 25% less plastic and with wind energy.

SC Johnson encourages families to try new twists on traditional packed lunches and leftovers, and offers solutions that are easier on the wallet and the environment:
  • Add class to lunchtime favorites. Toting your lunch can save you up to $2,250 a year, but it doesn’t have to mean PB&Js every day. For a gourmet-style sandwich, try topping hearty whole-grain bread with fruit chutney, turkey or ham, and Havarti or Swiss cheese, or pack flatbread crackers, cheeses, olives, and pickles for a Euro-inspired lunch.
  • Turn a “brown bag” lunch green. For a “green bag” lunch, use a reusable insulated lunch bag or box, and pack locally grown, seasonal foods in Ziploc evolve bags. Check the produce signs at your favorite grocery or superstore to see where your fruits and vegetables were grown, or visit a local farmers market.
  • Leave leftovers behind. Stretch grocery dollars by preserving leftovers in food storage bags – but instead of reheating last night’s dinner, bring leftovers back to life in new recipes. Make delicious fried rice by sautéing leftover rice, meat and veggies with a beaten egg and a dash of soy sauce. Or use canned tomatoes and vegetables to make homemade pasta sauce for dinner one night, and save the unused ingredients for chili another night.
The bags are available in sandwich ($2.49), quart ($3.49) and gallon ($3.49) sizes.
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DVD Review - Bolt (and U Rock 2)


Synopsis - Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks the whole thing is real. When the super dog is accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus), his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt springs into action to find his way home.

Together with his hilarious new sidekicks Rhino (voiced by Mark Walton) – Bolt’s #1 Fan – and a street-smart cat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), Bolt sets off on an amazing journey where he discovers he doesn’t need super powers to be a hero.

Fun, fast-paced and with plenty of hi-jinks to keep the kids (and their parents!) entertained. BOLT is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in recent times.

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Disney.com recently announced the launch of U Rock 2, a stand-out promotion that gives fans the opportunity to create their own music videos set to songs from popular Disney artists and post their original videos on the U Rock site (www.Disney.com/URock). The most popular U Rock video finalists, voted on by fans, will win the ultimate rock star experience including a trip to Los Angeles, an in-studio “take over” at Radio Disney, a visit to the set of a Disney Channel show, and more.

This is the second annual U Rock event on Disney.com. In 2008 thousands of fan videos were uploaded and millions of fans rated and commented on their favorite videos. New this year, fans will be able to watch and vote for their favorite videos via mobile phone by texting UROCK to DISNEY (347639).*

Song selections that can be downloaded from the U Rock 2 site include:

· “One And The Same” by Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez from the Disney Channel Playlist CD, with exclusive music video available on the Princess Protection Program DVD

· “Paranoid“ by Jonas Brothers from their upcoming album “Lies, Vines and Trying Times”

· “Hey” by Mitchel Musso from his self-titled album “Mitchel Musso”

· “Ready to Rock” by Steve Rushton featured in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures’ film“G-Force”

Fans can upload videos on Disney.com now through July 12, 2009. Finalists in each of the U Rock 2 categories will be announced on July 17, 2009 and fans can then vote for their top video picks through July 31, 2009. Voting categories include “Rock of Fame” which will be awarded to the best overall video for each song, “Tricked Out” recognizing the video with the best graphics, editing and special effects, ”Sweet Groove All Star” recognizing the fan with the best dance moves, “Mega Pipes” which honors best singing and “Aww…some!” which highlights the cutest rockers.

U Rock was a huge success for us last year so we’re bringing it back bigger and better this year, with an all new selection of top songs from Disney artists,” said Paul Yanover, executive vice president and managing director, Disney Online. “Once again, we’re inviting fans to become a part of the entertainment we offer on Disney.com.”

Update - The finalists for U Rock 2 have been announced and fans can now go vote for their favorite.

Voting will end August 3rd on Disney.com/Urock as well as via mobile phone by texting UROCK to DISNEY (347639)*, so be sure to drop by now and exercise your right to rock!

Official Site: http://www.Disney.com/URock

Check Twitter for the latest updates: http://twitter.com/urock2

Submit Your Vote via Mobile Phone: Text UROCK to DISNEY (347639)

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Get rewarded with Gather.com

For a while now I've been a member of Gather.com, the leading social network to make new friends and form new social circles. But only recently did I find out about the Gather Points™ program, a popular site feature that rewards members for creating great experiences for the community!

The company recently announced that they’ve paid out more than $500,000 to members since the Gather Points program began. Since the start of 2009, members have redeemed over $85,000 in points they have put towards everything from home improvement projects and family vacations to summer fun for the kids.

Gather Points can be exchanged for gift cards from partners like Amazon.com, Starbucks, Target, The Gap, and Home Depot; new partners are added all the time. You can even redeem your points for cash through PayPal to buy the stuff you want most!
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Family Fun Book & Making Life Better

Unilever, the consumer package goods company, has spent a great deal of time thinking about how to make everyday life better and help us find ways to create great meals and do more with less. The company's Web site, www.MakingLifeBetter.com, features delicious recipes, affordable meal ideas and tips that stretch your budget and save you time. From Baked Pasta Primavera Casserole to Fresh Vegetables over Couscous, the secret to dinner success in my home is to keep a well-stocked kitchen filled with easy-to-prepare, delicious pantry staples with brands I know and trust.

PhotobucketTo bring some variety to meal-planning this summer, Unilever teamed up with the author of the "Kitchen Coach" cookbook series, Jennifer Bushman, to create the ultimate Family Fun Book, filled with delicious recipes and affordable meal ideas perfect for the whole family to enjoy – together.  The Family Fun Book can be downloaded for free by clicking here.

Bushman recommends making meal time "family time" by bringing the kids into the kitchen to help prepare the meal.  By keeping a well-stocked refrigerator, freezer, and pantry with versatile and easy-to-prepare ingredients, it's simple to get the whole family involved in the cooking process.  In addition to kid-friendly recipes, Bushman suggests, add in a little fun with creative themes and recipes like these:
  • Have an at-home dinner picnic. Spread a blanket out in the living room and prepare simple sandwiches or wraps, like a delicious Chicken & Basil Sandwich. Opt for Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise, which has the great taste but half the calories and fat of Hellmann's. Get the kids involved by letting them pick the sandwich fixins and spread the mayo!
  • Save on cooking and clean-up time by choosing easy, delicious, one-pot dips and recipes. Use sweet potatoes or yams to prepare Spicy Oven Fries and pair with your favorite dipping sauce. To sneak in some nutrition and receive 20 percent of your daily value of Vitamin D, top with melted Shedd's Spread Country Crock Calcium Plus Vitamin D. With just three steps, this recipe is perfect for setting loose your child's inner chef.
  • To make nights in even more enjoyable, pair meals with fun at-home entertainment. Spend less time in the kitchen by using Knorr Rice Sides to make an easy one-dish meal like Grilled Chicken & Veggies Over Rice, then create a show by letting your kids sing their favorite songs in your very own "kitchen cabaret."
  • Host a camping-inspired sleepover for the kids and create a kitchen retreat with campfire meals. Use whole grain tortillas as a healthy and easy dipper for your favorite one-pot recipes like Super Easy Slow-Cooked Chili with Ragu Pasta Sauce, which packs a full serving of vegetables in every half-cup of sauce. Not to mention that a slow cooked meal leaves more time for "camping" activities!
  • Use versatile ingredients from your well-stocked pantry. Wish-Bone Dressings can do double-duty as delicious salad dressings and simple, great tasting marinades for chicken, pork, beef and fish. Pair with soy sauce for a delicious Asian Grilled Steak. You may want to keep your children away from the grill, but they can help by preparing the steak ahead of time.
  • Summer and iced tea go hand-in-hand to stay hydrated. Did you know those tea bags can also spice up your cooking?  Use Lipton Teabags to create Tasty Tea Baked Apples – a delicious desert with an extra helping of antioxidants for just $1 per serving.
Have fun this summer and remember to bookmark www.MakingLifeBetter.com to make life a little bit easier.

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**I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Unilever/Making Life Better. Mom Central sent me a gift card and a copy of the Family Fun Book to thank me for taking the time to participate.**

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Celebrate with MyPunchbowl.com

Have you ever wanted to throw a party, or host a get together – but didn’t have a specific reason to do it?  There was no birthday, wedding shower, or anniversary on the horizon? Yet, you had that gnawing desire to surround yourself with family and friends?

MyPunchbowl.com, the leader in start to finish party planning, now offers Reasons to Celebrate on its website, identifying fun & entertaining reasons to celebrate for 365 days of the year – often with more than one reason for each day, week, and month.

In fact, the month of July is jam packed with interesting reasons to celebrate including:  National Lasagna Day, National Milk Chocolate Day, National Gummi Worm Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Cousins’ Day, National Parents’ Day, National Hammock Day (which may force the workaholic to actually plan time to relax),  and even National Hot Dog Day!  What better reason to spark up the grill and invite the neighbors over and have a hot dog roast!  There is a “reason” for everyone!  And, you’ll have the opportunity to share your Reasons to Celebrate on Twitter, Facebook, and more. Best of all, MyPunchbowl.com Membership is FREE.

By becoming a member, you can:

Design and customize online invitations, Save the Dates, and free eCards with a variety colors and fonts
Upload your own pictures into Save the Dates, invitations, and eCards
Allow your guests to help select a date that works best
Easily import addresses and manage RSVPs
Track items guests will bring to your party
Manage your own to-do list with a party checklist
Search theme ideas
Order customized party favors
Create gift registries
Get tips and party planning advice
Embed video into your eCards
Share personalized eCards on Facebook or Twitter
Create Birthday Reminders Lists
And more ….

For more Reasons to Celebrate and more information on MyPunchbowl.com visit www.mypunchbowl.com

What’s your favorite Reason to Celebrate?
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DVD Review - Van Wilder : Freshman Year

Van Wilder: Freshman Year - Unrated

Packed with panty raids, wild parties and shocking behavior, Van Wilder: Freshman Year moves to the head of the class, arriving exclusively on DVD today from Tapestry Films and Paramount Home Entertainment. The third installment in the hugely popular college comedy franchise from the producers of Wedding Crashers and Van Wilder 1 and 2, Van Wilder: Freshman Year makes the grade with an even more outrageous Unrated edition stuffed with a semester’s worth of sidesplitting bonus features.

The long-awaited story of the legendary party animal’s uproarious introduction to Coolidge College is finally here, revealing for the first time his rise to become the man, the myth...the seven-year college senior. It features a young cast including Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) as “Van the Man” and Kristin Cavallari (Laguna Beach), as well as Steve Talley (American Pie Presents Beta House), Kurt Fuller (Wayne’s World) and Linden Ashby (Resident Evil: Extinction) as Van’s partners in mayhem.

In this movie, a young Van follows in his wealthy father’s footsteps by enrolling at prestigious Coolidge College. Much to the easygoing slacker’s dismay, however, Coolidge is hardly the party school he envisioned. Instead, it’s a strict institution led by an uptight dean—and to make matters worse, all the girls have taken a vow of chastity! Determined to rectify this intolerable situation, the civic-minded Van launches a personal crusade to free his school from the shackles of sexual oppression and party dysfunction.

Gut-busting bonus features include:
  • Commentary with Director Harv Glazer and cast
  • Creating the Legend: The Making of Van Wilder: Freshman Year
  • Going Balls Out: Colossus
  • Coolidge College: Orientation Video
  • Decatur
  • Teacher’s Pets
  • Bloopers
  • Van’s Party Supplies (unrated)
  • Pranks 101 (unrated)
This movie reminded me irresistibly of the American Pie ones, except it's a lot more juvenile despite being set in a college atmosphere. It does have some moments of outright hilarity and there's no denying the fresh cast, the sexual jokes together with the physical comedy is effective. It's more of a couple/guy movie and doesn't require a lot of thinking.

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Movie Review - Weather Girl

PhotobucketWritten and Directed by Blayne Weaver, the film recently won Best Narrative Feature at the deadCENTER Film Festival. On the festival circuit, Weather Girl has also won an Honorary Mention for the Audience Award at Nashville Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at Vail Film Festival. The film stars Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer, Kaitlin Olson, Jane Lynch, Patrick J. Adams, Ryan Devlin, Enrico Colantoni and Alex Kapp Horner.

Synopsis:  After learning her boyfriend (Harmon) cheated on her with his co-host (Olson), a Seattle morning show weather girl (O’Kelley) freaks out on-air and is fired. Forced to move in with her little brother (Devlin) and deal with his best friend (Adams), she has to learn to cope with being 35, single, unemployed, and unfortunately famous for being the Sassy Weather Girl who lost it on live television.

My Thoughts:  If this movie had come to the local AMC, I probably wouldn't have seen it as the lead star cast is totally unknown to me. But having been lucky enough to see the screener, I now know what I would have missed something totally quirky, but essentially funny and romantic. The "sassy" weather girl as played by O'Kelley is really wonderful, the often-sarcastic verbal diarrhea she indulges in whenever upset is just too funny for words! Mark Harmon, I love from NCIS. In this movie however, he plays the role of the "walking haircut", a totally unlikeable, narcissistic Morning show host and he is so good at it that I actually did begin to dislike him toward the end. Patrick J. Adams and Ryan Devlin as the laid-back dudes who, in an unexpected manner, provide this flighty woman with some grounding and stability, are surprisingly effective. The overall acting is good, the story engaging and the rapid-fire dialogue, stellar!

My Recommendation : Don't pass it up when this movie comes to a theater near you. It's good, clean fun!
For more information, please visit  http://weathergirlmovie.com/ The movie releases on July 10th.

Enjoy the trailer:



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DVD Review - Betrayed

The Betrayed

Synopsis : Waking up in a dark room after being knocked unconscious in a car accident and her young son nowhere in sight, Jamie Taylor (Melissa George), realizes that she has been kidnapped. Her masked captor (Oded Fehr) informs her that if she ever hopes to see her son alive again, she must help his mysterious employers. However, they’re not looking to collect a ransom; instead, the man reveals that Jamie’s husband is secretly a brutal killer who recently stole millions from his bosses.

The organization will stop at nothing to retrieve the missing money, and they think that their captive is the one person who can help them find it. Chained to a grate in a cold, dark room, with her marriage upended, her son’s life in jeopardy and no idea who she can trust, Jamie must attempt to piece together clues from the life she thought she knew in order to escape this nightmare and save the lives of her beloved family.

Single-Disc DVD Specs: The Betrayed single-disc DVD will be presented in widescreen format with English & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, Spanish & French subtitles.

My Thoughts: The Betrayed is a good, entertaining movie. Golden Globe® nominee* Melissa George's (“In Treatment,” “Alias”) acting is (somewhat) convincing as a woman whose world has turned on its head in an instant and she's unable to make out what is real and what is not. Other supporting characters have also been cast well, especially Oded Fehr who plays the role of her masked captor. Now this is a versatile actor whom I've seen in many other movies, playing small but vital roles. It's the same here. His distinct voice gave him away even though you can make out little through the mask. Atmospherically, the dingy cell where she's held is the focal point of the movie and that's very effective. And the ending is typical Hollywood, but effective nonetheless.

I don't call this movie stellar for just one reason - it comes close to outright thrilling moments time and again, but these fizz out almost as soon as they appear. Therefore, every emotion it causes in the audience is somewhat muted, for no sooner than expectations are raised, that they're dashed. It's not too terrifying, it's not too suspenseful, not too scary, not too adventurous. Like I said, faded. 

My Recommendation : It's a good way to pass a Sunday afternoon. However, I'd recommend you rent it, rather than buy it.

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DVD Review - 12 Rounds

12 Rounds

Synopsis: WWE Superstar John Cena (The Marine) stars as Fisher, a New Orleans police officer playing a vicious game of cat and mouse after spoiling the multi-million dollar heist plan of an Irish arms dealer. When the thief’s girlfriend is accidentally killed in the melee he vows revenge, breaking out of prison and putting Fisher through a series of mental and physical challenges in order to save his kidnapped fiancée. With the clock ticking, Danny struggles to keep his focus as he races through The Big Easy completing each dangerous game and hoping he is still standing at the end of 12 Rounds.

Directed by action auteur Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea), 12 Rounds features supporting performances from Ashley Scott (“Jericho,” Walking Tall) and Aidan Gillen (“The Wire”).

Standard DVD Specs:
The 12 Rounds Single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen format, 2.35:1 aspect ratio with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and Spanish and French Dolby Surround, along with English and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes all these special features :

o Rated and extended “Extreme Cut” of the film
o Commentary by Director Renny Harlin, Writer Daniel Kunka and John Cena
o Two alternate endings
o “Crash Course: John Cena Stunts” featurette
o “Never-before-seen Cena gag reel” featurette

My Thoughts: Nice film, great action, in the Die Hard: With a Vengeance kind of genre. Not much can be said of the acting (Cena being wooden thru and thru) but suspense-wise this is an entertaining flick. The twist at the end is especially interesting!

My Recommendation: This is a guy-flick through and through. So give it to them to watch while you go shopping!

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DVD Review - Baby On Board

Sometimes BIG surprises come in small packages. In the tradition of Knocked Up and Nine Months, BABY ON BOARD turns a would-be joyous occasion into a hilarious series of mishaps and misunderstandings for an ambitious career woman and her divorce attorney husband in this must-see, side-splitting romantic comedy. Heather Graham and Jerry O’Connell star as the stunned parents-to-be, while John Corbett and Katie Finneran play their “happily” married best friends. Lara Flynn Boyle rounds out the A-list cast in this 2009 theatrical release from director Brian Herzlinger.

Angela (Graham) and Curtis (O'Connell) have it all – a loving relationship, a beautiful house and successful careers. That is, until an unexpected pregnancy sends them on a nine-month roller coaster ride, which causes each to mistakenly believe the other is cheating. Now, they must deal with emotional and hormonal mood swings, as well as all the drama caused by their friends Danny (Corbett) and Sylvie (Katie Finneran), who suddenly find their own marriage on the rocks. Meanwhile, Angela worries that her job is in jeopardy as she strives to please her over-demanding boss, Mary (Flynn Boyle), while hiding her pregnancy… all adding up to one uproarious battle of the sexes.

Bonus features on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of BABY ON BOARD include commentary by director Brian Herzlinger and producer Emilio Ferrari along with the trailer and photo gallery. The film is presented with Spanish and SDH English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

My Thoughts : Lackluster and unfunny are the words that come to mind when I try to sum up this movie. It begins with a fart joke and ends with one - you can guess what the rest of it contains. I didn't find anything even remotely humorous in this dvd. Even my husband, with his juvenile sense of humor, didn't crack a smile at ridiculous shenanigans of the characters.

In short - A wooden star cast, together with juvenile jokes and a silly plot makes this a regrettably forgettable movie.
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Melrose Kids' Head Snugglers - Review

PhotobucketLike all parents, I've had to watch in silent misery as my kids's heads flop around like a beached fish when they fall asleep in their car seats. There's nothing you can do and no matter how many times you gently push their heads back into the proper position, off they loll out again. End result is cranky kids with painful necks and aching backs (both parents and children!). I bought both my kids the neck supports that can be generally found in conventional stores and while they're effective somewhat, they're really not useful when the kid's in a deep sleep. Because then their heads flop forward and no neck support helps prevent that. And in my kids' cases, that kind of sleep (oh, the blissful silence!) is so rare, I do not want ANYTHING to disturb it.

PhotobucketThe solution I ultimately found is simple and yes, Mom-made! It's Melrose Kids' Head Snugglers. It's designed to properly support a child's head and neck while the child rests in the car seat (or simple umbrella stroller) to not only provide more comfort for kids, but peace of mind for parents.

My main concerns were whether it would fit over my infant car seat and the toys attached there and whether it'll be too tight or too lose on my newborn's tender head and face. And whether it'd fit over my toddler's front-facing seat as well.

To my delight, the Head Snuggler fitted easily over both, despite the fitted shade on the infant seat. And yesterday was the first day I had a chance to use it and it was with my baby daughter. I was a bit worried that it would be tight on a baby's head. But that wasn't the case. When her head started flopping forward, I gently pushed it back in the proper position and then stretched the Head Snuggler down and over her forehead. And presto! No more forward-drooping head! She slept comfortably and I feel for a longer time than usual, because of the Head Snuggler. I have it fitted over my toddler's seat as well, but he's usually so chipper when in the car that I haven't yet had a chance to use it on him yet. I look forward to that experience!

Melrose Kids' Head Snugglers are 100% Canadian made, so you can rest in peace there. They also have a very good "Usage Tips" section that explains everything clearly.

Buy it! Melrose Kids' Head Snugglers can be bought at their website and at select retail locations. For more information, just visit http://www.melrosekids.com/

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