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Carol’s Lost Christmas! Review + Giveaway

I grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show. Though the show ended airing just before I was born, re-runs were plentiful on TV in the evenings. My parents and grandparents adored the show. As I grew older, I began to appreciate more of the humor that was more understated. Now? I absolutely love to watch it. That’s why I jumped at the chance to review The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas DVD, brought to retail shelves from Time Life.

Amazon.com and at other select retailers (for a specialty price), this DVD is bound to be the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who used to or who grew up watching the show. Better yet, go ahead and purchase it now so that you can watch and enjoy it several times throughout the holiday season!

Here is an in-depth blurb with the specifics on The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas

From 1967 to 1978, The Carol Burnett Show was the benchmark for prime-time variety programs, bringing together the best in sketch comedy, song and dance. Carol and her cast members Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and later, Tim Conway and Dick Van Dyke, entertained millions of viewers with a spontaneity and go-for-broke attitude sorely lacking elsewhere. The annual Christmas shows soon became a popular event in Burnett’s regular season schedule. And now, for the first time ever, Burnett has opened the CBS archives to release three Christmas shows from the first four seasons of her Emmy Award®-winning program in THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL’S LOST CHRISTMAS.

Across three hilarious episodes not seen in more than 40 years, home audiences will receive the gift of non-stop laughter and entertainment: Think Santa knows who’s been naughty or nice? Jonathan Winters as St. Nick has other ideas, along with a strange collection of dolls. The old lovebirds Bert and Molly (Harvey and Carol) exchange a few choice words while they slowly rock themselves into the New Year. Carol and Vicki join the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys for a touching performance of “Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown?” And pitchmen Garry Moore and Durward Kirby reach out and touch the pocketbooks of parents with an array or ridiculous toys for kids. Also not to be missed are:

Dancing Santas, Christmas carols, yuletide poetry and more – including a visit to a boozing Kris Kringle at the North Pole in Carol’s very first Christmas show

Classic sketches “The Old Folks,” “Carol and Sis,” “V.I.P.,” and “The Charwoman”

Hilarious vintage “Mrs. Peter Piper” courtroom sketch with Garry Moore and Durward Kirby, written by Neil Simon and first performed on “The Garry Moore Show”

The Early, Early Show movie parody “Goldman’s Boy”
Steve Lawrence singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and “One Day,” 16-year-old Julie Budd singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more.

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Epic! Reading App Review

I’m super excited to share with you today our take on a well-stocked app full of popular, fun, and educational books for kids ages 12 and under! The app is called Epic! and you can download it via their website to a variety of devices, or you can access it and use its full features via their webpage after logging in. Either way you choose to subscribe, just $7.99 per month gives your child(ren) access to over 25,000 well-known and high quality book titles in a variety of formats.

The first step is to set up a parental or educator account. After that’s done, you can add children’s names/profiles as desired. Epic! keeps track of each child’s progress and sends weekly update emails to the parent or educator’s email inbox. Each child can create a customized profile by selecting colors and a fun profile avatar. (Select features and colors can be unlocked by completing more books and receiving more award badges.)

Once logged into his or her profile, your child can search for books by title, author, or keyword. Once a list of available titles appears, your child can further narrow down the selections by limiting them by age or reading level, as well as format (read alone, read-to-me, audiobooks, or educational videos).

Curated lists (such as this one, “Not So Spooky Books for Kids”) are available for exploration.

One of my favorite features is the “Library” tab (on the left side or the top, depending on the device you’re using). It allows your child to add his/her favorite books to the library for safekeeping and easy access, as well as add books they would like to read next.

Logged into the parent or educator profile, several options unfold. One, you can add books to the library and assign them to one or more children. The next time your child logs in, he or she will see these books in his/her “Mailbox” and will know you desire those books be read. There are also quizzes that your child can take after reading a book to ensure comprehension and solidify what he or she just read.

A large number of Spanish book titles are available on Epic!, as well.

Here is a video review where we show you Epic! in action!

Look like fun? Try Epic! for one month free and see if it’s a good fit for your family or classroom! I’m thrilled that high-quality, comprehensive apps such as this are available to get more books into the hands of our children! Bravo, Epic!



Disclaimer: Muse Reviews was provided with a 6 month subscription to Epic! in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are exclusively my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”