Pretty Opinionated http://www.prettyopinionated.com Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set with Clipshttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/pee-wees-playhouse-arrives/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/pee-wees-playhouse-arrives/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39622 If you grew up in the late 80s, chances are you remember Pee-wee’s Playhouse quite fondly! The zany Paul Reubens played the even zanier character of Pee-wee, first made popular by a series of goofy movies. The show almost instantly became a cult hit. Now, nearly 30 years after it first aired (in 1986) you can bring home the complete digitally-remastered series on Blu-Ray. You can also grab Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set. I received that for review and have Jake watching it now!   Pee-wee’s Playhouse: A Show Ahead of Its Time Pee-wee’s […]

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If you grew up in the late 80s, chances are you remember Pee-wee’s Playhouse quite fondly! The zany Paul Reubens played the even zanier character of Pee-wee, first made popular by a series of goofy movies. The show almost instantly became a cult hit. Now, nearly 30 years after it first aired (in 1986) you can bring home the complete digitally-remastered series on Blu-Ray. You can also grab Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set. I received that for review and have Jake watching it now!

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Pee-wee’s Playhouse: A Show Ahead of Its Time


Pee-wee’s Playhouse was unlike anything on television at the time. The technology alone was way ahead of the 80s, with the Picturephone and the Magic Screen. Sound familiar? They should! We now have “picture phones” all over the place, thanks to video conferencing apps. You also have to wonder if tablet inventors were fans of the Magic Screen.

Pee-wee still 11 - Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart)

Technology wasn’t the only thing that made Pee-wee’s Playhouse special. The combination of styles represented on the show really gave kids a look at all the different ways to create scenes. From puppetry to animation, Pee-wee used many media styles to tell stories to his little viewers. Pee-wee also celebrated diversity, showing kids that race and gender shouldn’t hold you back from doing what you want (example: Reba the Mail Lady). It seems silly to think that a woman can’t be a mail delivery person now, but back in the late 80s, diversity wasn’t exactly a priority, or so it seemed.  It’s no wonder Pee-wee’s Playhouse won so many awards, including a whopping 15 Emmys!

The remastered Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set looks absolutely fantastic! Even better than when I was a kid! Of course, back then the quality depended largely on your television reception through the rabbit ears. I think we JUST got cable towards the end of the 80s. It’s really fun to share a childhood icon with my own son. I love that Pee-wee’s Playhouse is something that we can both watch and enjoy together.

Grab Pee-wee’s Playhouse on Amazon and bring it home for the next generation of fans!

Were you a fan of Pee-wee’s Playhouse? Who was your favorite character?

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Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/get-airbrushed-look-home-dinair/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/get-airbrushed-look-home-dinair/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39316 Ever notice how celebrities look airbrushed, even in real life? Their makeup is always so perfect, it looks like it was applied with angel’s wings or something. Well, what would you say if I told you that you didn’t need to hunt down and pull the wings off an angel to get that look? That you could get a perfect, airbrushed makeup look right in your own bathroom? If you’re like me, you’d say “no way, really?” Flawless Airbrush Makeup Made Possible by Dinair Dinair is a super cool airbrush makeup kit that lets you get the celeb look in […]

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Ever notice how celebrities look airbrushed, even in real life? Their makeup is always so perfect, it looks like it was applied with angel’s wings or something. Well, what would you say if I told you that you didn’t need to hunt down and pull the wings off an angel to get that look? That you could get a perfect, airbrushed makeup look right in your own bathroom? If you’re like me, you’d say “no way, really?”

Flawless Airbrush Makeup Made Possible by Dinair

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

Dinair is a super cool airbrush makeup kit that lets you get the celeb look in your own home. In fact, it’s the system that is actually used by many television and film makeup artists! I received a complimentary kit to try out. Although it took some practice, once I learned how to use it, I was thrilled with the results.

What is Dinair Airbrush Makeup?

See that little machine up there with the silver tool? It may look small, but it’s incredibly powerful. The blue machine (it comes in other colors) is actually a Power Compressor. It fits in the palm of your hand, yet uses some sort of engineering magic to power the airbrush. I don’t know the mechanics behind it. I never really understand how things work, I just know when they do.

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

The silver part is your actual airbrush. The makeup goes in that little cup-looking chamber. Turn the machine on to your desired setting, pull back on the lever and it delivers makeup flawlessly to your face.

Okay, so it’s a bit more involved than that. I took me a lot of practice to get it right, mostly because I completely lack hand/eye coordination. Thankfully, Dinair comes with an instructional DVD and cool practice sheets. It even comes with a practice makeup vial so you don’t have to waste your good stuff. Once you get the hang of it, though, it only takes minutes to get ready for the day.

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

The learning curve really depends on you. While it took me a good amount of practice, I could probably hand it to my boyfriend’s daughter without instructions and she’d be a master in moments. She’s just that talented. Hopefully soon I can get her to try it out and see what she comes up with! In the meantime, I’m happy to get my subtle daytime look!

What exactly can you do with Dinair?

With just a little practice, you can create a flawless foundation to even out your skin and hide any little imperfections. That’s actually the easiest part, because you don’t need an incredibly steady hand for it. It’s the first thing I mastered. When you buy your Dinair kit, you choose your shade range. If you’re not sure of the right range for you, they’ll even help you! I’m fair-skinned, so I went with that set.

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

You receive four foundation colors in your range. This makes it easy to blend together just the right shade for your skin. You also get other shades to create blush, eyeshadow and even eyeliner and brow color! The eyeliner is the hardest part for me. I’m not sure I quite got it right yet.

Along with the compressor, air brush and a selection of makeup, your kit also comes with everything you need to maintain and care for your Dinair. As I mentioned before, it also comes with a DVD to help you learn how to use it. If you still need help (like I did), there are a ton of great instructional video lessons on the Dinair website. Courses include everything from setting up your airbrush makeup kit to mastering perfect brows.

Dinair also has stellar customer service. They’re always ready to help you choose the best kit for your needs and learn how to use it properly. They’ve been in business since 1981, so they have the talent and expertise to make sure you enjoy your airbrush makeup experience. Check out Dinair at airbrushmakeup.com.  You’ll notice tabs on the right-hand side of the screen. Browse through those, because a couple give you a chance to win makeup!

Follow Dinair on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with news and get great tips.

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Topo’s Piano for iPad: A Beautiful Tale of Friendship & Couragehttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/topos-piano-app/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/topos-piano-app/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39590   This post is brought to you by Topo’s Piano. All opinions are my own. Topo’s Piano is a charming and incredibly sweet interactive story for children ages 2-6.  It’s a tale of friendship and of courage, of dreaming and imagination. A tale of music, wonder and determination. Basically, a tale that celebrates all the traits we want our own children to have. In the story, little Topo- a mouse- loves to play music for his friends. Topo created his own piano out of found objects- string, bolts, whatever he could grab and use. His songs are so beautiful, they […]

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Topo's Piano for iPad: A Beautiful Tale of Friendship & Courage

This post is brought to you by Topo’s Piano. All opinions are my own.

Topo’s Piano is a charming and incredibly sweet interactive story for children ages 2-6.  It’s a tale of friendship and of courage, of dreaming and imagination. A tale of music, wonder and determination. Basically, a tale that celebrates all the traits we want our own children to have.

In the story, little Topo- a mouse- loves to play music for his friends. Topo created his own piano out of found objects- string, bolts, whatever he could grab and use. His songs are so beautiful, they help lull his friends to sleep. When disaster strikes, Topo needs to find the courage to go on. I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll have to read it!

Topo’s Piano: An Interactive & Inspiring Story

Topo’s Piano resonates with kids  in two very special ways. First, it’s interactive. Our children are growing up in the digital age, so it make sense to bring stories to life in ways we never saw as kids. Interactive books are not new to the 21st century, though. Think about it: we had “choose your own adventure” stories, coloring books with tales interwoven into the pages and other ways to engage with a book. Our kids just have, well, more unique ways.

Throughout the 23 beautifully illustrated pages of Topo’s Piano, your child can interact with Topo’s world by playing music, helping Topo open doors, move things around and more. When your child feels like they are part of the story, they’re more likely to remember the lessons imparted through the pages. Speaking of the lessons, Topo’s Piano is full of them! Children will learn about the meaning of friendship, how to overcome tragedy through determination and all the big, important lessons. While that is fabulous, I really love the subtler messages about the beauty of music.

Topo's Piano for iPad: A Beautiful Tale of Friendship & Courage

See, I come from a very musical family. My grandfather used to play his guitar for me when I was a child, making up songs on a whim when I walked into the room. My grandmother played the harp (and passed down a beautiful one for Jacob). My mom and all my aunts were big into drum corps for many years. In fact, my aunt and cousin still march. While the music genes skipped me entirely, I’m thrilled to see that Jacob didn’t miss out. He joined chorus this year and wants to play the trumpet next year.

Even though I have no musical talent, I was raised around those who excelled at playing instruments. Topo’s Piano reminded me of how music can so deeply change lives. The fact that Topo put together his piano with found object, patience and love tells kids that you don’t have to buy fancy instruments to make beautiful music. It encourages children to find music all around them. When you can drum out a song on a bucket or hear a tune in the rain falling on the roof, you can find peace through music anywhere. Our kids are so rushed and pressured these days. Beautiful, interactive stories like Topo’s Piano gives them a chance to unwind and relax, making it ideal for bedtime. The beautiful illustrations add to the lush, magical atmosphere.

Visit Topo’s Piano website to learn more about this gorgeous interactive story for kids. Download it in the App Store for iPad for just $2.99. Follow Topo’s Piano on Facebook for news and beautiful illustrations from the story. Follow on Twitter to keep up with Topo’s tweets.

Do your children love music? What are their favorite instruments?

 

 

 

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Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/surprise-ride-adventures/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/surprise-ride-adventures/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39302 You know how I love subscription boxes, right? Especially ones filled with cool stuff for kids? Well, I’m so thrilled to have found Surprise Ride! I did this review through Tomoson, but all opinions are my own. Go on an Adventure with Surprise Ride Surprise Ride is a cool subscription box service for kids that brings them a new adventure every month. Our box featured fun things to celebrate outer space! It included: A telescope craft a cool clock-making craft a fill-in-the-blank National Geographic “mad-libs” type book Fun facts, stickers and more about stars The first thing we did was […]

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You know how I love subscription boxes, right? Especially ones filled with cool stuff for kids? Well, I’m so thrilled to have found Surprise Ride! I did this review through Tomoson, but all opinions are my own.

Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!

Go on an Adventure with Surprise Ride

Surprise Ride is a cool subscription box service for kids that brings them a new adventure every month. Our box featured fun things to celebrate outer space! It included:

  • A telescope craft
  • a cool clock-making craft
  • a fill-in-the-blank National Geographic “mad-libs” type book
  • Fun facts, stickers and more about stars

The first thing we did was make the telescope, as it seemed like the easiest craft. The kit includes a cardboard telescope, shiny double-sided paper and star stickers. Jacob was impressed that it worked so well! He used it to check out the moon and stars.

Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!

Jacob really wanted to dig into the big craft: the working clock. I put down newspaper for this one! The kit comes with everything you need to make your own clock, including paint, the clockworks, a battery and even a smock to keep clothes clean.

Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!

He really got creative, using all the colors to make a rainbow clock. It was great to see him so engaged in a project!

Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!

I absolutely love that Surprise Ride is geared towards kids ages 6-11. Jake falls right in the middle of that group. I find that many subscription boxes are geared more towards younger kids, so it’s wonderful to have something made just for him. The projects are easy enough for a younger child to work on, but the extras (like the National Geographic book) really engage older kids. Even I had fun creating silly stories with the book!

I think it’s so cool that the company was started by two sisters, Donna and Rosy. They wanted to created toys that really made a lasting impression on kids. I find that the knowledge kids learn while playing lasts so much longer than that they have drilled into them at school. Surprise Ride is such a wonderful way to teach your kids new lessons. I adore the simplicity of the crafts. Watching your child start with a blank piece of wood and a bit of paint, then seeing a vision come to life is just magical.

The sisters are well on their way to becoming a household name. They were even featured on NBC’s Shark Tank!

Pretty cool, right? Head on over to Surprise Ride and learn more about their great service. The boxes start at $29.99 per month, with discounts on six and 12 months. Check up in the upper right corner of the screen on their website for a discount code!

What do you love about Surprise Ride?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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