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Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Review

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The two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray release of Adventure Time was recently released! Fans both old and new have something to really be excited about with this collection! I’ve heard it said that this season has many fan favorite episodes! This collection features season 4 in its entirety of 26 episodes (286 minutes of goodness) and there’s a lot of great bonus content to be happy about too!

The special features such as the 19-minute Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time is truly something to be seen! I think it’s great to learn more about what how the songs were chosen and what elements they thought important to include. I love hearing from creative people on how the whole choice and selection process of what songs chosen was done.  The slipcase cover is neat featuring Marceline and changing from her hair up to down is fun and something collectors will find pretty awesome.

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My household really likes Adventure Time. My kids are ages almost 4 and 6 1/2 year old and really like the fun adventure and fantasy game like elements. It’s amusing, it’s clever, and though over the top at times all nestled together perfectly. Daring quests, unicorns, Gnomes, ogres, Candy kingdoms, penguins, and interesting worlds… what more could you ask for? We’ve recently been watching back season on Netflix to see what we’ve been missing out on and aiming to start collecting all the season for ourselves.

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I asked my husband about why he likes Adventure Time. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s hard to do off-the wall story-lines with what seems to be random elements, but Adventure Time has a cohesive world with recurring characters that bind everything together.
This prevents it from being a series of random events that don’t matter.

Relationships grow, change, and make a difference later in the series. The show is mostly an anthology show, and plots don’t tend to continue past the episode, but here and there something that happens in one episode will crop up again in a later one.

Most of all, the show is strange and funny, and strangely funny.

sandwiches adventure time season 4We’d totally recommend Cartoon Network: Adventure Time the Complete Fourth Season
to any fan or collector of the series. Though the episodes stand alone well enough I would recommend seeing these from the very beginning too!

This set would make a fabulous gift for anytime but a great choice for a fan during the Holiday season! The suggested retail price of either the Blu-Ray or DVD is $17.99 and $24.99.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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The Piano Guys: Wonders Album {Review + Giveaway}

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The Piano Guys: Wonders is the 4th album we’ve added to our music collection and like their previous albums, this one also doesn’t disappoint! I think anyone that likes covers redone will for certain enjoy The Piano Guys twists on well known fan favorites. Not just my husband and I but my kids age 6 and nearly 4 are quite the fans of the tracks found on this album. I think being able to appeal to those of all ages is a great benefit when it comes to music and it’s certainly it’s a top pick to bring along in the car or to play in the home.

The mix of songs are many but it ties together well. The album runtime is about one hour but if you want to get down to the minute, the twelve tracks total 48 minutes in length together. Songs found on the album are complete covers as well as mash ups thrown in for good measure. Though mainly instrumental, there are few songs featuring vocals. The songs that are of definite merit are Let it Go, Batman Evolution, & The Mission/How Great Thou Art. Even though we have our favorites all the tracks are done exceptionally well and each quite memorable. They’ve managed to put together a soothing yet upbeat and moving albums of songs that doesn’t trump but clearly resides as an equal to all their previous albums.

Tracks:

1. Ants Marching / Ode to Joy
2. Batman Evolution
3. Because of You
4. Don’t You Worry Child (feat. Shweta Subram)
5. Fathers’ Eyes
6. Home
7. Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends
8. Let It Go
9. The Mission / How Great Thou Art
10. Pictures at an Exhibition
11. Story of My Life
12. Summer Jam

I would highly recommend this album! If you haven’t seen their videos on their  YouTube channel, I encourage you to do so! The videos are simply stunning, uplifting, and inspirational.

Interested in Buying? You can purchase The Piano Guys Album Wonders (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD) on Amazon.com for only $10.00 (prices are subject to change) and it’s eligible for free super saving shipping. And if you are thinking about Christmas already, this album would make an excellent stocking stuffer!

Get Connected: Check out The Piano Guys website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this album to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Loom Knitting Basics Kit Review

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The Loom Knitting Basics Kit by Authentic Knitting Board is a must have whether you’ve loomed before or are wanting to pick up a new skill. This kit I’ve found to be a wonderful starter for those of all ages considering my six year old daughter recently learned how to knit on a loom. She has learned by experience and by watching me knit that there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to create items and gifts for friends, family, and those in need.

What’s included in this set?

  • A Full color reference guide, fully illustrated with photos and charts
  • (4) patterns to get you started
  • 32 peg loom with 7/16″ gauge ideal for worsted weight yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • measure tape
  • Blue & Orange stitch markers
  • knit hook

P1160335I really like all the included items because I remember starting out a new craft and finding a pattern to work up only to realize half the items I needed I didn’t have on hand! This loom is small but you can do a lot of on it.

The patterns in the spiral bound reference guide are a hat, baby blanket, washcloth, and scarf! The hat and blanket you’ll obviously be knitting in pieces you’ll later have to stitch together but the scarf and the dishcloth come out just the right size! The pros of a small loom is how travel friendly that it is! I’ve taken this loom out with me when in the car, to the park, to knit with while in a waiting room, and so forth. I really like this loom for making scarves! The double knitting possibilities make creating scarves from start to finish so fast!

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The reference guide is really nice that comes with this set. It teaches the basics of single knitting, double knitting, and even sock knitting! Basic skills such as casting on, binding off, finishing, how to add a crochet border, working cables, increasing, decreasing, and my more. The written instructions as well as the full color illustrations & charts make learning a breeze. Though if learning from a guide isn’t your thing though it’s a good reference to keep on hand, the companies website is full of video tutorials of many of these techniques! Speaking of the companies website, you can also find many free patterns and helpful tips and information all about loom knitting.

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This loom is quite durable. It’s wooden yet it is light weight. It features nylon pegs that have grooves. The grooves are nice and make it easy to to lift the yarn over to create stitches. There’s no worry of yarn snagging in the least. The design is smooth and very well thought out, in my opinion.

P1160096I know some people might feel intimidated by wielding knitting needles or a crochet hook but I guarantee you that anyone can work a loom and make truly beautiful one of a kind items of all kinds!

The Authentic Knitting Board Loom Kniting Basics Kit Knitting Looms is priced at $19.99 and everything you need other than the yarn for whatever projects you’d like to make is included. You can purchase it on Amazon.com, The Authenitc Knitting Board website, as well as your local JoAnn fabric and craft store! Perhaps it would make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone you know!

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Get Connected for the latest news, deals, and giveaways: Authentic Knitting Board on Facebook | Authentic Knitting Board Main Website | KB Blog full of patterns & Tips

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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