Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fort Rapids review

Recently, the family and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day and night at Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park in Columbus, Ohio. We arrived that the complex around 3pm. The front desk staff were friendly and efficient and quickly checked us in and gave us our wrist band passes to the water park. The check in area is clean and spacious with a huge fireplace and lots of 'old west' themed areas. It immediately gets you in the mood for your Fort Rapids water park adventure.

The room had two large beds with a small living area. There is a huge parking area that practically guarantees convenient unloading of the car no matter where your room is. We were on the first floor and were parked near the side 
entrance with easy access to the room. There are two wide screen tvs with cable and game hookups for the kids, although we didn't take advantage of that feature. Our room had a small dryer to dry towels and swimsuits, a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. All the necessities!

Of course, the boys immediately wanted to head for the water park. So, off we went - while the complex is huge, it's a short walk to the water park.

The water park itself it 60,000 square feet of aquatic adventure. You will find thrill levels from the ‘toddler’ level up to the high-speed water slides and everything in between, including the relaxing river (Cowboy Creek) and huge hot tub.

The Kiddie Korral caters to the youngest set with several areas for your youngsters. The Rascal Roundup is a multi-level structure where the kids can explore and get drenched by the huge tipping water bucket.  This attraction alone will keep the kids occupied for a 
long time!

My family especially enjoyed the water slides. You get a 1-person or 2-person inner tube and climb up several stories of stairs to the top of the slides. You then pick your slide - Black Out Pass was our favorite - in this one, you speed down the dark slide into a huge bowl where you spin around in the bowl until you get to 
the bottom - then you shoot down yet another slide into the pool. My husband and I rode this slide with my sons several times. Ambush Alley and Raging Bull are similar slides that will allow racing. We had several races and it seemed that my kids always won for some reason!

The Shootout Racer is another great slide that you ride head-first into on mats. It is a great slide for racing competitions (up to 4 people at a time).  For more information and to see what these slides look like, see this link:

We also enjoyed the Activity Pool and played several games of family basketball there. This area also has a more traditional pool area if that is more your speed. There is also a rope challenge that my 9-year old couldn’t get enough of.

The resort has 227 rooms and 60 suites. There is dining on the premises with all sorts of convenient dining options off-premises if you desire.

At the end of the day, Fort Rapids Water Resort is a great way for the family to spend a fun-filled day or two or three. I highly recommend Fort Rapids for great family fun in the Columbus, Ohio area!

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Disclaimer I received a free night to Fort Rapids and the water park for an honest review all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crooked Arrows

 Crooked Arrows 

On Blue Ray and DVD October 23,2012


You’ll stand up and cheer for this feel-good sports thriller starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).  The ancient sport of lacrosse has been part of their tribal heritage for centuries, but the Native American players on the crooked Arrows high school team are long-time losers. When former star player Joe Logan (Routh) agrees to coach the rag-tag group to seal the deal on a lucrative casino project, he sets out to turn the chumps into champs and, in the process, learns the value of loyalty himself. If the Arrows can learn to shoot straight and challenge their prepschool rivals, these fast-breaking warriors may just pull off the ultimate upset and win it all!

This is really a great movie, has you rooting for the underdogs.  I really enjoyed this movie, I'm not one to get into sport movies but I really liked this one.   Whether you play lacrosse or not you will enjoy this movie.. It has a really great message and shows the history of Native American players on lacrosse. I think this movie would be a superb opportunity to have some quality time with the family.  I think this is one movie even the teenagers will like.  I intend on watching it again..I love rooting for the underdog!

Special Features:
·       Commentary featuring Mark Ellis, Steve Rash, and Neal J. Powless
·       The Story of Crooked Arrows
·       Keepin’ it Real: Crooked Arrows Lacrosse
·       Native American Lacrosse – A Crooked ArrowsTribute
·       The Game of Life, Heart, and Soul of the Onondaga
·       Crooked Arrows Theatrical Trailer


Crooked Arrows Blu-ray
Street Date:                      October 23, 2012
Screen Format:                16:9
Audio:                                English TBC DD
Subtitles:                           English, Spanish
U.S. Rating:                      PG
Total Run Time:               02:19:33/ 02:16:37 (DVD)
Closed Captioned:          Yes

Disclaimer: I received this movie in exchange for an honest review, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My 007 Secret Agent SKYFALL model car review.

I had a chance to review this awesome 007 Secret Agent car SKYFALL. It is a GoldFinger Aston Martin DB5 model car.  Agent 007 has driven a lot of cars over the years but there is none more revered than his classic Aston Martin DB5.  This car is really something...It has forward driving action- it also goes backwards.

Has a motorized bullet-proof shield.  Just like in the upcoming 007 movie SKYFALL.  On top of that it has hidden weapon reveals  My son really loved playing with this car.  This car is awesome!
Check out these features..It has 4 buttons on top of the car.  Each one does something really great!

It has working headlights!
Hidden and Secret weapons reveal!
...and working taillights

It has a Motorized Bullet-Proof Shield with realistic vehicle sound.

  • It has Forward Driving Action
  • It has Backward Driving Action
  • Plays the Classic James Bond Theme Music
My son really had so much fun with this car.  I would love to have an adult size one of  SKYFALL.

Check out the new movie SKYFALL and you will see James Bond with the grown-up version of the Aston Martin DB5. Check out the real thing at

The new 007 movie comes out in the US on November 9, 2012. My family can't wait!

I received the product mentioned to facilitate an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is a very quirky and unique movie that takes you on a journey of first love and the extents that they will go to be together.

It is the summer of 1965 on an island coast of New England where two 12-yr olds meet, fall in love and make a pact to run away together in the big wilderness.  Various authorities try to hunt them down as a violent storm begins to brew off-shore and the once peaceful island and community is turned upside down and everything is changed forever.

This movie is directed by tow time nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenebaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore)  make sure you check out this movie when it comes out on October 16, 2012

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I received this movie to facilitate an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Christmas Miracle

Christmas Miracle

I would rate this one a great family movie.  It involves eight strangers that have to spend Christmas together in an abandoned Church since they closed the roads during a blizzard.  They learn after being together for a while how to manage going through several personal dilemmas and lots of different personalities as with any group. Despite all their differences, they find that by working together that they can make even the most unlikely Christmas miracles happen.

I would definitely recommend putting this on on your Christmas list.  It really is a wonderful story that will make you want to watch it again and again.

I received a copy of this dvd for review purposes only..All opinions are 100% my won.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Great Mouse Detective review

The Great Mouse Detective, Mystery in the Mist edition is a great family movie by the folks at Disney. Definitely worth  checking out for your young person's Disney collection. I just watched this one and my 9-year old son loved it. He is a big fan of animals, especially the talking ones in the Disney movies. 

The "Mystery In The Mist" Edition is a must-see for all fans of Disney animation.  The animation, as you would expect from Disney, is first-class and the pictures are bright and clear.  This is a great family fun movie about a diabolical professor who is mean and bad and resolves to kidnapping London's master toy maker  With the help of and the brilliant disguise of Basil of Baker Street and his trusted side-kick Dawson, you can follow in their adventure as they help to foil the evil professor's plans.

If you want a fun Disney movie night with your family, I highly recommend this Disney release. Round up your Disney fans, pop some corn, and enjoy this great Disney animated adventure!

Disclosure: I received this movie in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

A day at home with E.T.

My son and I had a great day watching the new E.T 20th Anniversary Edition premiere on BLU-RAY.  Kids still love E.T.  In fact, when we visited Universal Studios in Orlando FL that was one of my son's favorite rides.  So today we spent the day watching the latest E.T release. which was great timing, since it was a really very chilly October day - great for a classic family video. 

You can tell he's really enjoying the video. The Anniversary Edition also comes in Blu-Ray + Dvd + Digital Copy + UltraViolet so it was really fun to relive the adventure and magic with my son that E.T. brings to us.
In one of our favorite scenes from the was funny to see E.T. all dressed up.  Elliot finds E.T. and he tries to help E.T. find his way back home.. who could forget the classic shot of Elliot and E.T. in flight with the background of the full moon.
We just love E.T. He  is one Extra-Terestrial with a special place in the heart and minds of people around the world.

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Disclaimer I received E.T. The Anniversary Edition in exchange for my honest review of this movie..All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Soft Scrub review and giveaway

I received two bottles of Soft Scrub from the Purex insiders.  First of all, there is Soft Scrub Total Bleach which I really like. I also received one for  bath and bowl which I like also.  Both of these Soft Scrubs has exceeded my expectations.  See for your self.  

This was before I used the Soft Scrub with bleach.


This is the after-effect..looks pretty good huh?

 used the Soft Scrub bleach on this one also.

I think it looks a lot better....

Next I used the Soft Scrub bath and bowl.

Here is the effect of the Soft Scrub bath and bowl cleaner. I am definitly a fan of these products. As you can see in my before/after snapshots, both are very effective and highly recommended.

Disclaimer: I received 2 bottles of Soft Scrub in exchange for my honest Review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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