Netflix Announces Prequel to The Dark Crystal

This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. TheMomBuzz is part of the NetFlix StreamTeam. Other people may have different experiences with the product. 

Why were children movies in the 80s so messed up? Think Labryinth, The Last Unicorn, Watership Down, Garbage Pail Kids. And, of course, The Dark Crystal

I feel like I have to make my children watch these same movies, so they can grow up with a wicked sense of humor and strong imagination, just like me and my husband. My 9 year old son's initial reaction when he wanted to watch "the bunny movie" before Easter with his brother and their subsequent reaction asking, "What was that?" afterwards definitely made me think I was on the right track with Watership Down. They have also already seen The Last Unicorn (I blame my husband for that one) and The Dark Crystal (because, Jim Henson is a genius). And Garbage Pail Kids is never allowed in my house. I have some parenting decency!

But when I heard that Netflix announced a prequel to The Dark Crystal, I was just in awe! They are going to start filming The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in the Fall for a 10-episode fantasy adventure series that takes place many years before the events of the original film.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Matching Son & Dad Bathing Suits - In Time for Father's Day

Be warned, this post is pic heavy as I happily share how Tom & Teddy has been a part of my family for 5 years. My kids won't stand any other brand of rash guard and I can't have my kids wear any other bathing suit. Tom & Teddy has made me a bathing suit snob!
Look at how adorable my "men" were back three years ago!

2014 Matching Board Shorts

What is Tom & Teddy? Tom & Teddy is an Australian owned company that specializes in matching board shorts for dads & sons. The patterns are classic, never going out of style. And the quality is unbeatable. No worn-out elastic and material that stays as bright on day one as it does on year 5. 

The Father & Son aspect is one of the big selling points to me. Every suit they have available for men is also available for kids. I love that my sons can match their dad at the beach, pool or water park. It just looks adorable from a mom’s perspective. And my kids really look up to their dad, so this is a positive way they can emulate him.
The Quality Material is one of my top reasons for loving these suits, though. I have owned swimsuits for my boys that are cheaper, but they only last one season. We've grown to expect that sun, salt and chlorine beats them up, fades them, and destroys the inner elastic. But, you don't need to continue to expect this. Tom & Teddy wear can be worn year-after-year and/or passed down from one son to another. The suits are salt and chlorine water resistant and UV protected. That suit my son is wearing in the photo above is on its fifth year of use!
UV Shirts - Rash Guards: My husband and youngest son are fair skinned, which demands a lot of protection. My youngest son is more olive skinned, but it still needs that same level of protection. We have tried both the long sleeve and short sleeve UV shirts for the boys and my husband. The long sleeve works great for muscular arms, we found. My son is comfortable in either style. I think in hindsight I also prefer the long sleeve simply for the better protection and less sunscreen applications. Short sleeves might be easier to ease your men into wearing UV Shirts if they aren't used to them yet.
Tom & Teddy 2015 Style
Finally, these suits are Comfortable. They are soft and flexible. Ever take a regular swimsuit, like the ones covered with cartoon characters, and feel it in your hand. It’s kind of plastic-y and polyesterish. It just feels cheap. Tom & Teddy swimwear is soft, made of a microfiber fabric for the outside and cotton mesh lining on the inside. These suits have a comfortable elastic and drawstring for a perfect fit. They also have side pockets and a back pocket.

Tom & Teddy 2016 Style

The UV Shirt and Board Shorts are flexible enough to play on the beach or in the surf. Run, build, play! Plus, the pockets are perfect for holding seaside finds! When I emptied out both my husbands and sons pockets before washing their board shorts, I found a nice collection of pretty shells.
Ready to see what we chose for our 2017 debut? The Jelly Fish pattern! I loved the bright blue and playful graphics. I also chose an action shot, so you can see how comfortable the suits are to play in. They dried quick after spending time in the water, so we could move onto games on the sand. 

2017 Tom & Teddy

If you are looking for a gift from your boys to their dad, definitely check out the Tom & Teddy website. What better way to say “I LOVE YOU, DAD” then having suits that match. If you don’t want it to be completely matching, they do have some patterns that are similar, but in different color options. They also have solid colors available! It would even be fun to get uncles and granddads in on these quality, matching swimsuits!

This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Other people may have different experiences with the product. 

Orange Is The New Black (June 9) @NetFlix #streamteam #spon

TheMomBuzz is a member of the StreamTeam for Netflix.

In anticipation of the upcoming season of Orange Is The New Black (June 9), which takes place in real time and over the course of three days, Netflix has released the heart-stopping first moments back in Litchfield in this :60 second first look clip from the premiere episode of season five.  

View first look clip here:

Season four of Orange Is The New Black left us on the edge of our seats.  An explosive riot sparked by Poussey's untimely death combined with the rage and grief felt by the inmates quickly escalated into utter chaos. In the final moments, it all comes to a head with a determined Daya now in possession of a gun -- and it becomes clear that, no matter what the outcome, life at Litchfield will never be the same.

Orange Is The New Black Season Five Debuts Friday, June 9 on Netflix
A riot sparked by Poussey's death quickly escalates when the inmates gain control of the prison. Once they get a taste of power, chaos erupts in the halls of Litchfield.  The unprecedented season will take place in real time and over the course of just three days,  leaving the inmates' lives forever changed as they are emboldened to fight for redemption, resolution and the respect they deserve. The series will debut on Friday, June 9 exclusively in all Netflix territories.

Follow the heartstopping action on the official social pages:
Twitter: @OITNB
Instagram: @oitnb

This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. 

Boost Mobile for Texting Teens

According to a recent Nielsen report, the average U.S. mobile subscriber now sends and receives more text messages than they do mobile telephone calls. And not surprisingly, teens are the texting leaders - youth ages 13 to 17 tapped out about eight text messages for every phone call.

If you have a teen that loves to talk and text -OR- is begging for a fancy new phone so they can stay connected with friends, Boost Mobile, the prepaid division of Sprint Nextel, is launching the stylish Motorola Clutch i465 handset just in time for back to school shopping. It's affordable, dependable and is designed for the texting addict.

This candybar phone comes with the popular full QWERTY keyboard, so your teen can text a mile and minute; a camera with 4x zoom and video capture, so they can send multimedia messages to family and friends. Additional features include GPS, Wireless Web, Walkie-Talkie, voice-activated dialing and hands-free speakerphone.

Best of all, frugal parents will love the price tag - the Clutch can be used on Boost Mobile's Monthly Unlimited plan which provides UNLIMITED, nationwide talk, text messaging, wireless Web and Walkie-Talkie, all for one flat rate of $50 per month. No need to worry about exceeding minutes or sending too many texts! And as always with Boost Mobile, there are no additional taxes, no contracts and no credit checks. Boost Mobile's $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan can save families up to $695/year in comparison to similar prepaid plans.

The Clutch handset will be available online at for $129.99 during the mid-June timeframe and thereafter at select retail stores.


Trick or Treat Tales from Hit Entertainment

Is it time for Halloween already? Well, if you want to prepare your kids for this yearly thrill, what better way then some not-so-scary tales from HIT entertainment. I had the pleasure of watching two of the DVDs with my boys - and boy did they love them!

My favorite was Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors. I've never watched the show before, but it's from the Oscar-Winning creators of Wallace & Gromit. Shaun is a very smart, skinny sheep and his herd pretty much follows his lead - even though Bitzer the dog should really be in charge! In this DVD you watch 6 spooky stories with no talking, but a lot of laughs! The stories are Little Sheep of Horrors, Abracadabra, Things That Go Bump, Heavy Metal Shaun, Troublesome Tractor and Sheepwalking. Pretty much Shaun will have a few tricks played on him and a lot more that he dishes out on his friends!

The other DVD we watched was Trick or Treat Tales, which featured episodes of your kid's favorite pals. Episodes included Flour Power (Thomas & Friends), Guess Who (Barney), Trix's Pumpkin Pie (Bob the Builder), Pirate Primrose (Fifi and the Flowertots), The Costume Ball (Angelina Ballerina) and Cat Magic (Fireman Sam). My favorite of those episodes was Trix's Pumpkin Pie - because I loved the scarecrow! I think my oldest son preferred Thomas & Friends' Flour Power. He just loves the trouble Thomas seems to find! It's a great collection of Halloween Tales for your Toddler and Preschooler!

Reviewed by Erin, the Mom Buzz

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Introducing the new Curly Lamp from FUZ

Introducing the new Curly Lamp from FUZ!
Unusually Smart.
Sustainably produced.
Made in the USA.

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Alligator Farm Feeding

We saw an Alligator Feeding at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. It was pretty amazing. They are HUGE! There is a lot to do and the boys really loved it. Although, my oldest just wanted to see the monkeys. Hello, kid! We are at an ALLIGATOR FARM! But yes, there are also moneys, snakes and birds.

Welcome a Gator into Your Home: Dirt Devil Gator Series

This is how badly I needed a hand vac with power ... I actually take my vacuum and instead of using the handtools, I will lift my vacuum onto the couch to get as much suction power as possible to clean off the messes my boys leave behind.

The day that the couch (and surrounding area) need the most help are days I give the boys cereal. Next thing you know there are thousands of cocoa flakes all over the place. And honestly, taking the vacuum out to clean the couch can be a PITA.

So I was thrilled when the opportunity came to test the Dirt Devil Gator Series. It is designed with a dirt cup that flips open for easy emptying, as you remove debris with a quick press of the side buttons. This allows you to minimize your contact with dirt.

Depending on the model you choose, your Gator will vary in voltage (10.8V-18V and price ($29.99-$59.99). The Mom Buzz received the Gator 10.8V Hand Vacuum. First off, they suggest charging it for 24 hours. But, I did learn that it comes charged as I poked at my husband with it precharging. (I vacuumed his head - he thought it felt good, if you are wondering.) After I did that, I tried out the flip compartment. With a squeeze on either side of the vacuum it opens and lets you dump out debris. Finally, I pulled out it's crevice tool. It came out easily and slid into place.

Now the real test. After I let it charge for 24 hours, I gave the boys their Cocoa Pebbles. Sigh. Without a doubt I had a HUGE mess on my hands as one boy spilled on the couch and the other on the floor. Honestly, this time the mess WAS big enough for me to go through the effort of dragging in a traditional vacuum. But, what's the fun in that? I took out the Dirt Devil Hand Vac and that thing had power. I can only imagine what the 18V one is like! This thing sucked EVERYTHING up off the couch. I even pulled out the crevice tool to get between the cracks - it worked as expected.

Then I used the Hand Vac to clean up the other mess on the floor. It did it pretty quick. No surprises there! If it could clean up the couch, with hidden cracks and crevices, you would expect it can handle a Pergo floor! It even tried sucking up toys! And when I was done with the Gator, it easily flipped open and I could dump the contents into the trash.

My favorite feature of the Gator is the power. It is just amazing at how well it picks up everything. The Hand Vac is light weight and comfortable in my hand. I love that it has a 3 year limited warranty and a filter that you can easily change. The crevice tool is easy to use. I think I would like a wider mouth on the Dirt Devil - just a tad. But the way the mouth of the gator is now keeps it from sucking up the kid's toys. As it was, it ate one of my boy's shoe lace ties.

Trying to decide which Gator to buy? Here are your options:

Dirt Devil® Gator 10.8VTM
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Dirt Devil® Gator 15.6VTM
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • ENERGY STAR approval rating
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Reusable filter – simply rinse to clean
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Dirt Devil® Gator 15.6VTM or 18VTM WITH BRUSHROLL
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • ENERGY STAR approval rating
  • Motorized brushroll for cleaning stairs, cars, and especially pet hair
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Reusable filter – simply rinse to clean
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Want to buy a gator? Well, it's available now at my two favorite stores - Target and Best Buy! Plus, you can also find it at

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Mineral Make-up

For the past few years I’ve definitely heard a buzz about mineral make-up. What do we know about it? Better for the skin? More uniform? Powder? More natural? Well, at least that was what I thought when I heard that Avon had a smooth mineral make-up line. And guess what … I was right! Well – mostly right – it’s not all powders. But their Smooth Minerals Collection is specially formulated for all skin types – from normal to sensitive and everything in between. They say that their mineral based ingredients let your skin’s natural beauty shine through, since it gives you a smooth skin texture, even color and gorgeous glow.

The first time I tried a few items from their Smooth Minerals collection, I had paired it with Avon’s tribal teal collection (eyeliner and eye shadow quad). When I finished up and was ready to attend a wedding as a photographer – sans husband – my hubby couldn’t stop complimenting me. Honestly, I was a little insulted! Ha! I told him not to get used to it, but I guess there is no harm in a little beauty routine before our Sushi dates! I admit I got in the habit of throwing on jeans, a tee and a quick touch of lipstick.

The great thing is, even if your make-up routine is that simple – just lipstick and run – you can still take advantage of their creamy, lightweight mineral lipstick. It goes on smooth as the anti-oxidant and vitamin-enriched lipstick keeps lips soft and moisturized. Better yet, the lipstick is free of talc, dyes, fragrance and preservatives. There are FOURTEEN colors to choose from right now, with delicious names like Chocolate Kiss and Rumberry. Pink Quartz and Crystal Coral look especially “in” right now. (Bright colors are the latest craze, say my magazines.)

I was given three lipsticks as a gift though – and I loved the colors. Malted Mineral is almost a nude lipstick. It keeps my lips fresh, yet muted, allowing dramatic eyes to shine through when I am out. Pinkberry is youthful, great for just carrying in my purse and putting on to “freshen” my appearance – whether at a play date, pediatrician visit or just picking up a Starbucks. Finally, I received Plum Craze. That is my “mature” lipstick. If I don’t go all out on the eyes, yet I still want to make a statement, the Plum Craze lets my lips get noticed. (and if you are wondering, I am wearing Pinkberry right now. LOVE IT!)

Even though I am loving the tribal teal fall colors for my eyes, there are eye shadows and liners that you might like from the Smooth Minerals line. I am usually super hesitant of pencil liners. They tend not to sharpen well and catch on my lip. Ouch! But after having success with the eyeliner with smudge brush from the fall 2009 Avon color line, I figured that the eyeliner from Smooth Minerals has to be just as good … maybe better. They said the minerals allow it to glide on … and it does. Silky smooth lines that last throughout the day into the night. It comes in 4 colors – Earth, Indigo, Iris and Onyx. The Onyx that I tried is SO BLACK. BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK. Can we say dramatic? Whoa… it puts all other black liners to SHAME. The Indigo looks really hot, though, if you want a splash of color.

Okay – let’s talk powders. Their blush, foundation and eye shadows are all powders. They are loose, blendable and have a natural finish. I never really used a powder foundation before, but the medium beige I tried was pretty good. It seemed a little dark for my skin. I am a light olive color – usually not tanned. Pure Beige probably would have been a better fit. But the coverage was even and it removed all shine. And it was a good base to apply the blush on. And just so you know, there are 12 foundation colors to choose from. And the medium beige I tried was great and stayed put when I was photographing that HOT HOT HOT sweaty wedding.

There are eight shades of blush in the Smooth Minerals line. I love the sifter, which is deep and not too many holes. This keeps you from applying too much – and you don’t waste it either! I tried copper glow, which was a nice start. I really think their rose and blushing mauve look fresh and youthful. I haven’t tried them myself, but based on the photos I’ve seen they look like they would be a hit on almost any skin tone.

Finally – let’s get back to the eyes. They are one of my favorite things to “make-up”. So many ways to play and color your lids to create different looks. There are 10 eyeshadow colors to choose from, whether you are looking for subdued (rose quartz) to eye-popping-and-locking (enchanted lilac or pink sapphire). I was thrilled when I was peeking at the colors in my package and saw Enchanted Lilac (pop pop pop) … and also a deep russet rock. I thought the Russet Rock went perfect with the dark Onyx eyeliner. It was very mature and would be great for working mamas. The Enchanted Lilac was youthful, shedding like 10 years off me (I wish). But honestly, it made me feel energetic and I can’t wait to go out for some Sushi with my husband wearing this shade. It just says FUN FUN FUN!

Overall, I am REALLY enjoying the Avon line. I am so happy that I received the make-up as a gift to try. And in the end, I just had to share with everyone else. Why? Well – not only are the colors GORGEOUS and the make-up FLAWLESS. But it is AFFORDABLE. The lipstick? $8. Eyeliner? $6. Foundation? $11. Blush – okay … I admit it seems pricey for blush. I am so dang economical – but I do love the colors and you saved so much on the other items … the blush is $10. Honestly, not bad. Just not cheap. And when you talk about skin – you don’t want to cheap – do you? And the loose powder eye shadow is $9.

And better yet, ever since I started buzzing Avon – lots of readers have approached me telling me they sell it. If you sell it … let me know and tell me your #1 pick from your line-up! I would love to share with my readers! Or do you already have a rep you buy from? Let me know what your favorite pick from them is?

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Quick, Easy Non-Invasive Thermometer: EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer

If you are long-time reader of the Mom Buzz, you probably know I am a big fan of the Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer. This was something I registered for when I was pregnant with my second son. No one bought it for me, I guess they thought it was boring? But luckily, I ended up with two mattresses, so I bought the Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer myself. Best. Idea. Ever.

So when the Parent Reviewers offered me the opportunity to review the Exergen on my site, I jumped at it! Because it gives me the opportunity to talk to you about how the thermometer has worked for me over the past 2 years.

I don't know how your pediatrician takes temperatures at their office, but mine uses a temporal scanner. I loved how easy and quick it was. And if they use it, it's gotta be good! (I love and trust my pediatrician.)

Now, yes, there are other options out there for taking temperatures. And I can tell you why I don't like many of them. Pacifier Thermometers are not accurate when they just drank something cool or are breathing through their mouth. And when they are congested, they usually don't want a paci. Plus, how long would I be able to use a paci thermometer.

Don't even get me started on anal readings. I won't do it. And underarm readings are just hard to do with a wiggly kid.

The Exergen is a simple swipe on the forehead. Done in seconds. I find it super easy to use. When you swipe the Exergen across their foreheads, it scans the temperature approximately 1000 times per second! It's capturing the heat emitted from the arterial blood supply and the temperature of the forehead and accurately determines your child's temperature.

The Exergen is my best friend when my oldest spikes fevers to 104 and I just want to give a reading to the pediatrician ASAP. Plus, I can also get his temperature when he is sleeping - he never knows that I am checking up on him again. And those times when your kids feel "warm", but you aren't sure if they are feverish - well it's a lot easier to just grab the Exergen and double check than any other thermometer in the house.

And I have to tell you, my pediatrician approves of my use of theTemporal Scanner.

Exergen gives a range of temperatures that would be considered normal for the different common areas to take a temperature.

The normal range for arterial is 97.4 - 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Orally, the normal range is 96.6 to 99.5. Rectal is 97. - 100.3. It also provides temperature ranges for oronasal, axillary and esophageal.

1. When your child has a fever, the temporal artery is the first to indicate it through heat.

2. It is less invasive then rectal.

3. Your child doesn't need to be as cooperative, as they do with the oral. My son simply wouldn't put the pacifier thermometer in his mouth. He didn't object to the quick scan.

4. Accurate and quick!

5. Trusted by my pediatrician.

6. It comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

I paid around $50 for my first Exergen thermometer and it was worth it. I can use it with everyone in the family - from the littlest one to Big Daddy. Plus, I am thrilled to have an accurate way to tell my toddler and baby's temperature without being invasive.

I have a few "go-to" gift ideas for baby showers. One is the Heartbeat Bear - the other is this Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer. If you are registering for a shower or have a gift card to use, definitely consider this thermometer! It will save you time and give you accuracy when you need it the most.


The Mom Buzz received a Temporal Artery Thermometer for "review". But, the Mom Buzz has owned her own Exergen Thermometer for two years and loves it. Therefor, this is my own opinion and not influenced by the receipt of a product.