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Holiday Guide: Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin’ with Cherry Jam

I remember growing up with Strawberry Shortcake.  The dolls, the cartoons, the scents…oh those were the days.  It’s so fun to see that Strawberry Shortcake is still around.  Maybe with a upgraded look but she’s still around.

Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin’ with Cherry Jam became available on Blu-Ray September 11, 2012.

When Strawberry and her friends meet Cherry Jam their friendship grows. You’ll have a rockin’ good time while the girls work to impress a talent scout, face stage fright, and even consider moving to the Berry Big City!.  They learn along the way that while fame and fortune can be fun, friendship is the most important.  
This disc also includes Anything is Possible music video, Invincible dance along video, and printable coloring sheets.
This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the little girl in your life.  
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Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin’ with Cherry Jam
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Holiday Guide: For the chill seeker, American Horror Story Season 1

I have to admit, I don’t watch much TV. Not necessarily because I don’t want to but because I stay busy.  It might happen to be because hubby and the kids monopolize the TV too and I don’t bother to fight for position.    Now I’m big into thrillers, horror movies (the kind that gives you chills not the gory ones), and mystery shows.  A lot of my friends have been talking about the show American Horror Story.  I’ve wanted to see it but I always seem to miss it.  Even one of my coworkers who knows my taste in movies and shows said “Oh Angie you have to see it, you’d like it”.

This show is said to be TV’s most original drama.  This psychosexual thrill ride is meant to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Starring Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton (The Harmons), a new start in a new home is a twisted discovery of love, sex, and murder.  Also includes a Golden Globe winning performance by Jessica Lange. 
American Horror Story Season 1 is available now on BluRay disc for $54.85 and DVD for $44.99.  It include 3 discs for a total of 12 shows and also include the making of American Horror Story, The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood, and on the set of American Horror Story Season 1.  
This was originally offered to me as a gift idea for the guys but really I think it could be for anyone who loves thrillers (this can include the ladies!)
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Holiday Guide: Up North Adventure Books by G.M. Moore

Tween boys, what on earth do you get them that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?  They want video games, cell phones, laptops, etc.  Maybe you’re trying to get them something to steer them away from the video games and the internet, like maybe a good book to read.

The Up North Adventure Series from G.M. Moore might be just the gift to get them reading over the winter instead parked in front of the tv.  I’ll admit it, it’s not always easy to get my 10 year old to sit down and read a book.  He surprised me when he bought 2 books with his own money at the school book fair the one day and sat down and read them.  The topic was of interest to him.  So I carefully pitched the idea of him reading the Up North Adventure Series to review for this Holiday Guide.  When I read him the descriptions of the books he said “Yea that sounds pretty cool”.

The books available in the series are
Muskie Attack        Ancient Elk Hunt       Snakehead Invasion

The idea of the book series is that the main character (Corbett) has parents that are divorced and very busy.  He ends up leaving the city life to go to the great outdoors to his uncle’s Wisconsin fishing resort over the summer. Corbett feels like there is no one that cares for him but finds out on the resort that he’s never really alone thanks to his uncle.

The day the books arrived my son started looking over them.  He started with the Muskie Attack book.  He sat right down at the dining room table and started reading.  He finished the book in two days and started the next one.  He was telling me about the books.  He seemed really into it and seemed to really understand what was going on in them.  My oldest son is an outdoorsy type so these books really appealed to him.  He said the Ancient Elk Hunt was his favorite one be he liked them all.

After reading some of the books myself I was impressed with the way they were written.  They really could hold a readers attention, even mine though I’m not the outdoorsy type.  The characters personalities are developed throughout the book and you can feel the main character grow from beginning to end.   In my opinion this book series would be appropriate from about 8 years old to about 12 depending on the child’s reading level.  I would say it would even appeal to girls too because there’s a little bit of young crush going on in the book too.

You can like the Up North Adventure Series on facebook too:

The Up North Adventure Series is also available on iTunes so it can be read on the iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone

G.M. Moore is going to give 1 Luv Saving Money reader 
codes to download all 3 books for free from iTunes!
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***I received a copy of all three books at no cost in order to complete this review.  No other compensation was received.  Any opinions expressed are my own or my son’s. ***

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Kylie Minogue "The Abbey Road Sessions" album review

Kylie Minogue’s newest album The Abbey Road Sessions is available now.  For Kylie Minogue fans this will be a great gift or stocking stuffer.  This album features Kylie’s biggest hits like you’ve never heard them before.  All songs have have been redone in a way you haven’t heard before.  No electronics, slowed down so you can feel the emotions of the songs.

This album was recorded in London at the Abbey Road Studios with her band and a full orchestra.  While this album has some of her biggest hits it also has some previously unreleased tracks, 16 tracks in all.  Did you know that Kylie has been making music for 25 years??!  She’s been celebrating her “K25” in 2012.  Her career consists of 60 million global album sales, lots of hit singles, global tours, and industry accolades.

The Abbey Road Sessions Track Listing:
1. All The Lovers
2. On A Night Like This
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Hand On Your Heart
5. I Believe In You
6. Come Into My World
7. Finer Feelings
8. Confide In Me
9. Slow
10. The Locomotion
11. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
12. Where The Wild Roses Grow
13. Flower
14. I Should Be So Lucky
15. Love At First Sight
16. Never Too Late
Did you also know that Kylie is a breast cancer survivor and donates her time to the American Cancer Society along with amFAR for AIDS research?
Kylie will be appearing on Dancing with the Stars on Nov. 13 and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Nov. 14.   
Kylie’s newest single “Flowers” she actually wrote several years ago following her battle with breast cancer for the child she wishes she might still be able to have one day.  You can watch the video for her newest single here:

 You can also find Kylie Minogue on social media

Twitter: @KylieMinogue
You can also find a streaming album sample on Youtube here:

Where can you get Kylie’s new album The Abbey Road Sessions?

As I was listening to the album I actually had to double check to see which song I was listening to at times.  The raw played down version of the song sometimes sounds much different than the original versions.  This isn’t a bad thing at all.   I really liked the song “Confide in Me” to me I could hear the emotion that the album talks about between the song itself and the orchestra adding to it.  
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Skylanders Giants available at Best Buy Hot Game for the Holidays: Review

My boys got the original Skylanders from their grandfather for Christmas about 2 years ago. The kids loved it.  Each Skylander sits on the “Portal of Power” to take the Skylander you choose to play with into the game.  Each characters info is saved within the base of the character.  You can even take your favorite one with you to play at a friends or family member’s house and your info will carry with the character.  
This year the hot update to Skylanders is the Skylanders Giants.  The giants were banned from the Skylands but the evil portal master Kaos is back.  Now the Sklander Giants but team up with the Skylanders to battle a new threat.  
If you’re new to Skylanders it’s best to start off with the Giants starter kit.  You get the Skylanders game, 3 figures, and the portal of power.   Here’s one of the starter sets I found at the Best Buy in Monroeville, PA.  You can see it has 2 regular Skylander figures and 1 Giant along with the portal and game.  The Skylander Giants starter packs are $74.99.  
There was a whole section with tons of Skylander figures to choose from.  My dad get the kids new Skylanders each year with their Christmas presents.  The game is so much fun with lots of colors, cute characters, but fun battle seens to keep both boys, girls, (and yes even grown ups) entertained.  I have 3 boys ages 3, 8, and 10 and they all love to play Skylanders.  Each of my kids seem to have their own favorite character too.
The set up had an interactive display say you could see the new characters abilities and scenes from the game.  They also have neat storage containers so you can keep track of all your Skylander characters.  
Skylanders Giants is available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS and can be found at Best Buy stores or online at
***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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