By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • July 2015 Loot Crate Futuristic
    Photo-A-Day #4120

    I received my latest Loot Crate the other day and finally got a chance to unbox it. I receive a Loot Crate box every month for free to unbox and review. Opinions are 100% my own.

    The July Loot Crate theme is Futuristic and it was packed with some amazing things. There were items from MegaMan, Futurama, Rick and Morty, Star Trek and Valiant Comics. There were some great figures and also a super cool ship to display. I’m not a Rick and Morty fan but the tshirt is cool for anyone who is a fan. My full report on them is in the unboxing video below. I hope that you like it.

  • Major Unboxings
    Photo-A-Day #4119

    I have today off but still had to get some sleep after working last night. I went to the gym to try and get the rest of my 12 X 12 X 12 taken care of for July. I now have 11 done. So after some sleep I took care of opening a few of those boxes that I had gotten while we were away at Great Wolf Lodge. Some from Suite Sweet and Blogger Bash. A Couple others from sponsors that I have worked with over the years and one from PBS Kids.

    Everything about the unboxings can be found in the vlog today.

    Tongiht we went to New Hampshire to enjoy Allison’s 20th High School Reunion. while she caught up with her friends I caught up with one of her best friend’s husband. We bonded over the upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. This will have 30 classic games installed. Many of them I placed with over and over as a kid. The reunion was nice and we had a great time. After that we stayed at our friend’s Michele and Bob. Kept us from having to drive up and back in one night.

  • HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix

    Back a couple of months ago I had the unique privilege of traveling to California and touring DreamWorks Animation Studios on behalf of Netflix to preview the first episode of HOME Adventures with Tip & Oh. I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam and as such receive various compensations for review and promotion of Netflix shows. Opinions are 100% my own.

    While I was there I got to preview two upcoming DreamWorks show that would appear on Netflix. We’ve already seen Voltron debut on Netflix in June and the second show is coming July 29th. That show is HOME Adventures with Tip & Oh. This show is what happens after the movie HOME. The Boov now live on Earth and are adjusting to life with humans. Some Boov live among the humans and some up on their spaceship. Int he show we meet all sorts of Boov but we focus on Tip & Oh through the show.

    HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix

    I was able to meet a bunch of people involved in the show including Rachel Crow, who plays Tip. She is a phenomenal singer which is great since there is a lot of music in the show. We had an interview with Rachel in the recording studio where we did voice overs for Voltron. With Rachel we did a funny exercise routine to music from the show.

    I also got to meet the hilarious Ron Funches. I love his comedy and he plays a Boov named Sharzod who is a funny scene stealer. The character is wacky and loud, something that Funches is not. He’s soft spoken and funny, not over the top like Sharzod. We had a fun time and got to see the first episode of the show.

    what you will notice is that the show is in 2D not a more CGI 3D look like the movie. You may also notice a lot of different textures and colors. They explained to us that they modeled the show’s look after some famous children’s book artists. I cannot remember their names but they used textures in their artwork. The show has that same sort of feel. Take a look at the trailer and be sure to tune in on July 29th when season one debuts.

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  • Sweet Suite Sponsors Box
    Photo-A-Day #4118

    The kids and I unbox a giant box of toys and other things from the sponsors of Blogger Bash 2016. Each attendee got this box from Sweet Suite 2016. This came free from the sponsors and while I am under no obligation to do reviews or giveaways or anything with the box I wanted to do a thank you and an unboxing. I not only did the vlog about it but at the same time we did a Facebook live video. It was our first one ever and it was pretty interesting. We had some slowness issues so the picture goes blocky at a few points. Not sure if that was because I was on spotty internet or the 4G from the phone data. But here is my vlog and if you want to see things up close then you can check out the Facebook Live video below.

    I did notice something while I was putting the vlog together. In the video we see Andrew take the Qixels and say, I’m taking this to do this. Eva and I are working on the things that we see in front of us and miss Andrew’s declaration. He disappears and comes back with the package opened. I am assuming that he went and got scissors himself and cut it open. He’s quite independent. He then gets bored with us again and goes to the kitchen to create his Qixels item. I catch him on the Facebook Live video.p>

    After the video we put together the whole Qixels sword and sprayed it down. With the humidity it took forever to dry. He was happy with it. We had another talk about listening. He gets that talk often.

    Later in the day we checked out a couple of houses. We really have to get ours on the market.

  • Sporting their tats
    Photo-A-Day #4117

    I think that two days of bringing my phone to the water with me at Great Wolf Lodge was tempting fate enough. So there are no images from our runs today. We got up fairly early and got ourselves ready to go to the waterpark. The main objectives today was to enjoy the waterpark and complete the MagiQuest. One goal we dominated and the other we came up short.

    I went and got Allison another coffee at the Dunkin Donuts. On the way there I asked at the front desk if it was possible for us to get late checkout. We weren’t told when we checked in and got VIP status if that late checkout was part of it. So, I figured that I’d ask. They said no problem and that really took the pressure off. Now we could go and relax and enjoy our day.

    We got to the waterpark at 9am when it opened and we looked around for Andrew’s Frogglez but they were not to be found anywhere. We checked the front desk via phone and then at the park itself but they were gone. They are too cool for anyone not to pass up as they walk by. So we had Andrew in regular goggles and there was the awful hair pulling for us to suffer through.

    The park was pretty empty and we took advantage of that by making 8 runs in at the top of the platform. Andrew did the Otter Run four times in a row and so did I. I kept trying to catch him but he’d hit the bottom, jump up and sprint up those stairs to go again. Each time up the stairs got slower for me. Then we started going down the tube rides, Alberta Falls. I did not catch the names of both of these slides so we called them the light slide and the dark slide. The dark slide was slower and the light slide had a big drop. Andrew and I did double rides down both of those slides over and over. I kept thinking that he was going to slip out from my legs and under the tube, he wasn’t but that was my fear. He just made it for height. He’ll be able to do his own tube by himself next time. The kid has no fear. So, I’d say we dominated goal number one for the day. We did all we wanted to do in the water park in an hour and a half.

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