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Quick Hit Summer Movie Reviews

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The summer hasn’t even finished and we have already have had some hits and misses in the theaters, but I couldn’t let the summer fly by without mentioning some of the fun summer flicks that I was fortunate to watch so far: 22 Jump Street: To think that 22 Jump Street was made by the same directors as the Lego Movie. While they kept the same meta (wink, wink!) movie feel that the Lego Movie had, you would definitely not bring your child to see this one. With that said, the price of a baby sister is well worth it to watch Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill basically do the same exact movie as before only set in college (not that it is a bad thing), the movie goes out of its way to point this fact out to you as much as possible while also keeping things fresh and funny. It really comes down to Tatum’s and Hill’s chemistry which holds the movie together and provides some of the funniest parts of the movie. Without them all the clever jokes and winks would have just fallen flat. Honestly, the … [Read more...]

(Video) Lifeproof Nuud iPad Air Review (Updated)

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Disclosure: We recieved a Lifeproof Nuud for the iPad Air for review purposes.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. UPDATE (7/21/14)-We recieved the Cover + Stand and Hand Strap + Sholder Strap after our intial review.  Each one is sold seperately and retail for $40.  See below for more of our thoughts on these accessories. Life is too short to worry about breaking your iPad or tablet, but that is what I find myself thinking about as I purchased the latest iPad Air. When you drop nearly $1000 on a single “toy” you want to make sure that you don’t break it in the first month. All the insurance policies in the world won’t stop you from that unlucky drop on the floor which shatters the screen. I am sure that many of you iPhone owners know the feeling. In the case of an iPhone even if the screen is broken, you can still make phone calls (though who uses an i “phone” to make call anyways) but do that to a tablet or iPad and you basically lose the exact reason why you bought … [Read more...]

(Video) Jabra Style Headset Review

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Disclosure: We received a Jabra Style headset for review purposes. This posts represents my unbiased opinion. Headsets have evolved so much over the past couple of years.  I can still remember the clunky wired headsets that would be packaged along with my new cellphone.  They were hilariously large and ultimately useless.  They would usually end up being left in my glove compartment (as if I would be able to reach them and plug it in while I was driving)  I am sure if I ever did a full cleaning of my car, I would find 4 or 5 of them nested in some dark corner. Compared to them, the Jabra Style looks like it belongs from another planet or from the future. Sleek and stylish the Jabra Style is the latest of Jabra’s line of bluetooth headsets.  Your headsets are like shoes, the situation should dictate what you wear.  The Style is like a nice suit, perfect for work and the boardroom, but not so much in the gym.  The tiny profile and professional design is compact and unobtrusive.  If … [Read more...]

(Video) NYC Blue Man Group Review and Ticket Giveaway #BMGfamily

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Update giveaway is closed. Congrats to Rafael and Amy. Disclosure: Blue Man Group invited us as press to show and is sponsoring the ticket giveaway.   As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. Can you believe Eddy and I have never seen Blue Man Group? I know bizarre right? They have performances across the United States, Berlin, Brazil and Norwegian Cruise lines and we have never seen it! So when they invited the entire family to see the New York City performance we jumped at the opportunity to see it as a family. What should you expect at a Blue Man Group show? Awesome right! Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. That is not even half of it.  The entire family laughed and raved with the Blue Man Group. The show is completely original weaving topical events, music and technology to tell a story and entertain. I was truly impressed with … [Read more...]

(Video) Lubriderm Men’s Lotion Giveaway Sweepstakes #FamiliaLubriderm

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Images Courtesy of Lubriderm Disclosure: D is a Lubriderm ambassador.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Like most guys I am not the most diligent when it comes to taking care of my skin. I’ll do some basic stuff like using aftershave or suntan lotion when necessary but I don’t go out of my way to try to preserve my skin on a regular basis.  With that said as I get older, and those wrinkles start to accumulate it seems like it is better late than never to get started.  That why I like Lubriderm newest men’s line.  They have created lotions that help me take care of my face and body as well as act as an aftershave all in one lotion. The line consist of the following: Men’s 3-in-1 Fragrance-FreeLotion Men’s Sport Deodorizing Lotion Men’s 3-in-1 Lotion with Light Fragrance Check out my video below: In addition to trying out the lotions myself I also had the opportunity to speak to a board certified dermatologist on skin care: What can a guy do to … [Read more...]

(Video) Disneyland Hotel Review #DisneySMMoms

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Disclosure: The Dancing Hotdogs family was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.  We paid for our own conference and travel expenses.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. You have to give it to good old Walt.  He certainly knew how to create an experience for children and adults alike.  I don’t think we are going to be able to go back without staying at the historical and newly renovated hotel resort.  As the first official Disney hotel in the world (starting as a privately owned motel in 1955) the Disneyland hotel has gone through a ton of changes throughout the decade. The latest being in the 2000 which updated the hotel for a new generation with all the amenities that you would expect from a top of the line hotel.  Here are a couple of my favorite things about our recent stay there. The first thing you notice is that there is a ton of history in the hotel, and it is wonderfully shown throughout the entire the hotel with wonderful … [Read more...]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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Building upon the growing empire that is Marvel Studio, the latest Captain America movie finally starts to show the promise seen in The Avengers movie.  Similar to the trend started by The Wolverine, The Winter Solider see it’s selfless less like a superhero movie and more like an old fashion spy film.  Taking cues from spy thrillers of the 70’s and 80’s we are treated to conspiracies and double crosses and even the Captain on the run.  This change in approach is refreshing especially after the years and years of Superheroes movies following the same old origin story approach.  Captain America: The Winter Solider is able to build on both the previous Captain America and Avenger movies to continue the development of the Captain’s fish out of time story while also furthering some interesting developments with SHIELD and the rest of the marvel universe.  In my opinion, the film far exceeds the first Captain America as well as the last two Thor films. After the cataclysmic events in … [Read more...]

Toy Fair 2014 Round Up #TFNY #TF14

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  Starting this past Sunday, New York City was taken over by toys.  I know it seems like Christmas and the holiday craze has only just passed, but with a new year come a whole new set of great toys for kids of all ages.  D and I love to check out the up and coming toys when we are at Toy Fair, it is the perfect place to see the under the radar toy companies as well as the best place to discover the next best thing before it hits the shelves later on in the year. Here are a couple of our favorite things from Toy Fair so far: Slapstache- As a proud child of the late 80s and early 90s, I have no problem admitting that I had quite a few slap bracelets (Don’t let the urban legends scare you, they were pretty darn cool).  In this day and age, the moustache has made an astronomic rise in popularity, so what is better than a Slap bracelet and a moustache put together? Nothing.  It doesn’t hurt that purchases of the Slapstache also go to charity.  Lootcrate.- Who … [Read more...]

The Lego Movie Review

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Disclosure: We received a preview screening of the Lego Movie.  This post represents my unbiased opinions. We got a first look at The Lego Movie, and the entire Dancing Hotdogs family loved it.  Rock had been already bursting at the seams wanting to watch the movie.  Ever since we saw the previews it had it been at the top of our list. So when we sat down to watch the movie, the excitement was at an all-time high.  We were hoping that it was going to be awesome and it was! The Lego Movie is all about being an individual and it starts in a world where everyone is the same.  Emmett is a Lego figure that just fits in too well, he fits in so much that he there is nothing special about him.  He is the most normal person in a world that wants everybody to only follow the instruction.  That is until Emmitt is designated the “special” or the most interesting, smart and special person in the world.  Yet that is only the start of Emmett’s story, as he learns to be the master builder and … [Read more...]

Unplug from Cable Now! PlayOn Review

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Disclaimer: We recieved review copies of PlayOn and PlayLater.  This post represent my unbiased opinion. Everyone is trying to unplug.  With cable bills rising and the number of useless channels growing it is no wonder that services such as Netflix and Hulu are becoming so popular.  With televisions becoming smarter and the ability to choose what and when you  watch shows unplugging the cable is the next reasonable evolution for families. Unfortunately, there are so many difference sources for content it is tough keeping track of everything. PlayOn provides a one stop shop for internet content including movies, shows, videos and music.  Basically it acts as if it were your cable provider providing you with channels with a wide variety of content, all you have to do pick a channel and and show to watch.  These channels range from standard fare such as Netflix and Hulu+ (both of which still require you to purchase the service before you use them) all the way to cable TV stalwarts … [Read more...]