December 12, 2019

Fantasy is Fantastic! The Worlds of #Disney & #Tolkien

Babushka was sent the following libros to read and share. Opinions por supuesto are BB's and fma.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Babushka is sure you’ve done your holiday shopping. Past are the Black Friday specials; Cyber Monday craziness ya se fue and you’ve gotten all the latest “in” toys and doodads. Te felicito. Ahora now es el tiempo to get the regalos that will last a lifetime, the ones they’ll want to revisit over the years, again and again. Cuentos y libros, books and stories, with characters and worlds of fantasy that will live forever in their minds and corazones. For this, you can’t beat the worlds of Disney and Tolkien, y aqui you have dos excelente examples.


“From Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians, three-year-olds will be introduced to wonderful Disney adventures in Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds (Studio Fun International; ISBN: 978-0794444358; Hardcover $12.99; 192 pages)! This treasury includes fourteen classic Disney stories retold and simplified for a younger audience. With the same spirit as the extended versions and paired with colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for parents introducing their children to classic Disney adventures. With fourteen stories to choose from, youngsters can treat themselves to a favorite Disney classic story anytime!”

Now that's the intro del publisher, pero what did BB's 3 year old nieto, Laughing Buddha think?


He couldn't get enough!! 
His favorito Disney characters in stories he enjoyed and could follow. Feliz.

Y ahora, algo a little more "adulto".  
“An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History of Mythology That Inspired Tolkien's World (Leather-bound Classics) by David Day (Canterbury Classics; ISBN: 978-1645170099; Leather Bound Hardcover $24.99; 544 pages) is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.

The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations.”

Babushka wrote "adulto", pero en realidad, when My Little One (27 yr old daughter) saw this book she squealed with delight. Apparently her novio LOVES anything written by or about Tolkien and his mundos, and with each pagina she looked at, the louder the squeals. So, many a millenial will enjoy this as will lovers of this mundo. A very easy and endearing gift to be sure.

So there you have it Beautifuls.
Gifts that will thrill and have them thinking.
Dos libros to make them happy and reach their heart.

December 08, 2019

Winter is Coming Blogger Giveaway Hop! #BestGifts #HoHoHo

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

No hay nada mas, nothing more that BB loves than sharing and giving to loved ones. 
 Quee?? JU SO FONII!! Even cafe and chocolate come second. (Pero si, it's real close) 
So here's another giveaway hop for y'all. With no further ado, start those entries going. 
These bloggers are giving away some really nice cositas, make sure to visit todas!

Aren't those Buenisimo? Now for Babushka's offering, a $10 Dunkin Donuts Giftcard. 
Tried and true y very tasty- the options, not the card.  

Wishing you Buena Suerte and fun on the hop Beautifuls!


December 01, 2019

$250 Cash Event #BestGifts #HoHoHo

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It's the month of regalitos, so let Babushka start off by giving y'all a chance to win $250 in cash!! 
Not join in a chance for that?  JU SO FONII!!

Vamos and start the giveaway!

We're sleighin' it with another event for our elves!! We're Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and bringing you our 4th Annual December Cash Event! So don't be a secret Santa, jingle your way over and enter the giveaway event!

This event is HOSTED by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners!

Dash Your Way Over To The CoHosts!
Coupons and Freebies Mom, Deliciously Savvy, Mom To Grandma, Southern Mom Loves, This Mama's Life, Comfy Abode, Christy's Cozy Corners, LuvSavingMoney, Beautiful Touches, and Babushka's Baile.

ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $250 PayPal cash OR a $250 gift card of choice, including Amazon! Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 12/01/19 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 12/21/19 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen after/around December 22, 2019. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize via PayPal or Amazon. The winner has the option of choosing between PayPal and an Amazon gift card.

Twitter dummy/fake accounts are ineligible for entry and will be blocked. Authentic accounts only are eligible to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Buena Suerte Beautifuls!

November 10, 2019

Giveaway Hop- Super Stocking Stuffer . #GetStuffed

giveaway hop

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Ok si, BB knows, we're still in Noviembre, pero pass up a chance to gift something to y'all? 
JU SO FONII!! Aqui is a wonderful hop giveaway with some wonderful prizes given by wonderful bloggers. Viste? Looks Crisma themed, but it's definitely algo to be Thankful for, so it does fit into Noviembre after all.  

And for BB's prize, a $10 Dunkin' Donut Electronic Giftcard. Porque everyone loves DD!


Wishing you Buena Suerte and fun on the hop Beautifuls!


October 22, 2019

A Royal Roar! #TheLionKing Digital Code Giveaway


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Because one Disney pelicula to give away isn’t enough, the Bellas at Allied Global Marketing thought y’all deserved another. Babushka say no to that? JU SO FONII !!! This time we’re stepping away from animation to animales who are more lifelike. And what a life, mundo they take us to.  The Lion King, majestic and magnificent. Here is the official lenguaje:

Be prepared: Disney’s “The Lion King,” the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way, arrives on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct.11 and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 22. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide — earning over $1 billion at the global box office and an A CinemaScore — journeys home with all-new bonus features, music videos and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.

In-home audiences will feel the love as they trek behind the scenes and to the African savanna through “The Journey to ‘The Lion King,’” a three-part documentary that explores the film’s creation. It features visits to the Playa Vista production facility where talent, including Donald Glover (voice of Simba) honor and elevate the animated classic’s iconic music; discussions with Favreau and team who used cutting-edge technology to create photorealistic animals and environments; and filmmaker and cast reflections on the timeless tale that has moved generations. Extras also include “More to Be Scene,” layer-by-layer progressions of some of the film’s most iconic moments; lyric video for “Never Too Late” by Elton John and music video for “Spirit” by BeyoncĂ©; sing-alongs to the film’s unforgettable songs; and a feature on the “Protect the Pride” campaign, which focuses on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.

Consumers who pre-purchase digitally, “The Lion King” will gain access to “Perfecting the Pride,” a feature highlighting the filmmakers’ research trip to Africa.

The digital version includes an extra that playfully conveys the importance of the dung beetle both in the film and the African savanna.

In “The Lion King,” pioneering filmmaking techniques bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, BeyoncĂ© Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

“The Lion King” will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can view the film on a variety of different devices with no worries. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD.

Bonus features include*:
Perfecting the Pride – Join the filmmakers on their research trip to Africa as they immerse themselves in the real world of “The Lion King.” From the animals in the pride, to the smallest of insects and the grasslands in the savanna, experience the attention to detail that brought the film to life.

Pride Lands Pedia --Dung beetle shares the importance of his “roll” in the African Savanna in a fun, bug’s eye view of the land its inhabitants.

The Journey to “The Lion King” -
The Music - Go inside the studio with the cast and crew as they work to honor and elevate The Lion King’s beloved music.
The Magic - Discover how the filmmakers blended the traditional filmmaking techniques with virtual reality technology to create amazing movie magic.
The Timeless Tale - Filmmakers and cast reflect on the story that has moved generations and share how this Lion King carries a proud legacy forward.
More to Be Scene - Recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments in “The Lion King.”
“Circle of Life” – Peel back the layers of effects and go behind the scenes of this iconic musical moment from the film
“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – See all the effects, talent and fun that went into creating this vibrant version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for the movie
“Hakuna Matata” – Join Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the studio for the making of this memorable scene.
Music Videos
“Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton John
“Spirit” performed by BeyoncĂ© Knowles-Carter
Filmmaker Introduction
Audio Commentary – By Director Jon Favreau.
Song Selection
“Circle of Life”
“I Just Can’t Wait to be King”
“Be Prepared”
“Hakuna Matata”
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
“Never Too Late”
Protect the Pride –Director Jon Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home.

Product SKUs: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code),
Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code),
DVD, Digital 4K UHD, HD, SD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 118 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PG in CE, G in CF
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; Spanish, German, Italian and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles: UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish and Spanish
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)


With over an hour of bonus extras that showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna and a special look at the music of The Lion King

So who's ready to win a copy??

Buena Suerte Beautifuls!
Hoping you feel the Love Tonight.

October 20, 2019

Hola Otoño Hello October in @ConexionFlorida

This is the article Babushka wrote for the October edition in  Conexion, the bilingual newspaper in N.Florida , Alabama and Georgia. Hope you follow the above link to the online edition to see all the eventos and wonderful info shared monthly.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
Last month Babushka took a breakesito to celebrate her 57th  cumples. Now, when BB says break, she means from writing here, porque Septiembre definitely was not calm in any sense of the word, except for the acceptance of another year of life. With luck it is inevitable ,with acknowledgement, full of grace. Getting older definitivamente has its’ challenges, pero it has its’ momentous momentos too. “Less being more” becomes a manifesting life lesson, sabiduria en lo sencillo, siempre and in todo.  

Looking for a good description of this, a Twofer was found.
An excerpt from a post, “The Autumn of Our Own Existence”  by Omid Safi -

“As I enter this autumn season — and the autumn of my own existence — I am growing slowly more
comfortable with the becoming less and less, so that more and more can be revealed.

Bring on this Autumn of the soul.
Welcome these colors shining through.”

The colores of fall, the changing from bright greens to rich yellows and gold, perfecto metaphor for growing older, the Autumn of our Lives. It can be a time of reflection, of beauty. Como todo en la vida, with gratitude the belleza of the present season makes the colors richer and their presence more precious. 

Look for the beauty in each season Beautifuls, they are there and they are bountiful and plenty. Mull over your daily moments, hay bastante blessings in each day if your take the time to look. For her parte, Babushka loves the symbolism, cider and sabiduria of this season and is grateful for its’ beauty and tastes. Drink up, indulge, ingest it all! 

The taste of Fall, enjoying it with all her senses.

Babushka Besos a todos.

October 19, 2019

Gracias to Allied Global Marketing, Babushka's Beautifuls have a chance to win this one!

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Didn't think Disney could continue the Toy Story Saga making new loved characters and still maintaining the beloved bunch, but apparently they did.  Grands #5, Dr. J, can't think of the movie without mentioning Forky. Forky. Just when you think they've done all they could, Pixar packs a punchline that is different and delightful. Here's the official story: 

Toy Story 4 Giveaway

"Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him."

So who's ready to win este?

Buena Suerte Beautifuls!