Last Minute Gift Ideas! – Review by Cara Potapshyn Meyers




Not Extreme, Not Insane, Just R.I.P.P.E.D.  



First DVD from the hottest new workout system for total body fitness;

Burn more than 700 calories in under an hour with five high-intensity segments for ALL levels


The first DVD workout from the innovative, high-intensity workout system R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge debuted on DVD, December 3, 2013 from Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. Franchised to more than 8,000 fitness professionals across the country and approved by the American Council on Exercise, this safe, effective, interval-training system delivers amazing results with a scientifically proven, plateau-proof fitness formula to help shape and tone every body. In just five workout segments, plus a warm-up and cool down, you’ll burn more than 700 calories in just 48 minutes. The workout was created by Terry Shorter and his wife Tina Shorter, who also sing and compose all the original music. With this athletic, musical driven format, you’ll stay engaged, time will fly, you’ll never get bored, and you’ll achieve the strong, fit physique you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re a fitness buff or beginner, you can achieve amazing results with R.I.P.P.E.D.

“R.I.P.P.E.D.” stands for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet and nutrition. Each segment focuses on one of these principles and features modifications and a tutorial demonstrating proper form and technique. The workout also changes every 6 to 9 minutes, stimulating different energy systems and working every muscle group in the process. You’ll get your heart pumping; target your upper body; strengthen your core, back, legs, and glutes; improve your agility, coordination, and speed; and build up your endurance with martial-arts-inspired moves. Driven by an original music score, this is a complete toning, strengthening, and cardiovascular workout for the whole body.

I had my husband help me review this DVD. He was excited to be able to burn over 700 calories in 48 minutes! And he took the challenge head on! He loved the fact that you can target all major body parts in under an hour. He said he had a great workout and would definitely use the DVD on the days he can’t get to the gym. I liked the fact that diet and nutrition were included in this DVD. You need to provide your body with the right fuel in order to complement a stimulating workout. This DVD is a must for the fitness enthusiast on your list!

R.I.P.P.E.D. founders Terry and Tina Shorter have over 25 years of combined fitness experience and are certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Tina and Terry’s classes and instructor training are franchised to more than 8,000 fitness professionals across the country. Their fitness pros and fans were so dedicated and enthusiastic about the production of the first workout DVD that they traveled on their own dime from all over the country just for a chance to be in the workout.

Segments: Warm-up (6 min.), Resistance (7 min.), Intervals (5 min.), Power (10 min.), Plyometrics (5 min.), Endurance (10 min.), and Cool Down (5 min.)

BONUS: Abs workout (5 min.)

Available Now                              Price: $16.99  

DVD Single – Approx. 48 min., plus bonus   

Recommended equipment: hand weights


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 Little Pim


The Little Pim holiday ebook is finally a reality and we really hope you enjoy it. We have sent Little Pim to France, Mexico, Brazil, and China to sample some tasty holiday treats and learn about how other countries and cultures celebrate the winter holidays. Join him on this delicious adventure and you might just pick up a few new words in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese!

If you could go on a holiday food tour like Little Pim, where would you go?

I reviewed this new holiday app with my young niece and nephew. They are in adoration with Little Pim! I previously reviewed a Spanish app and French DVDs with them. Now they are both excited that they were able to learn about “Port Geese” and Chinese! They were particularly excited about the Chinese customs and foods. Because there are quite a few Asian families in our community, some of which are Chinese, we visited with them to discuss more about how traditional Chinese celebrate winter holidays. Even more fascinating to them was that each of these families had a Christmas tree and holiday decorations around their house! It made for a lovely explanation of how cultures can influence one another! This app is a terrific holiday gift for young children! Tie a bow around the iPad and have it set to play this terrific app!




Just in Time For The Holidays, SO SO Happy Characters Get A Christmas Makeover and Take the Stage on Popular Animation App

Trigger Happy, the creators of the animated storytelling app, Toon Hero, teamed up with the popular lifestyle brand, SO SO Happy, which taps into young people’s universal desire for love, acceptance, and respect, to release limited edition holiday-themed characters and props for people of all ages as part of their 12 days of Christmas campaign. Combining the spirit of the holidays and the quirky characters of SO SO Happy, users can send holiday greetings, stories, jokes and more without any training or artistic ability.

Christmas Limited edition characters include:

·      Ozzie

·      Lucky

·      Taco

·      Puff

·      Tribe

·      Props

Characters will be available for 99 cents from today through Christmas.

Other exclusive characters and properties that are already available on Toon Hero include: Valve’s Portal 2The Jim Henson CompanyHero: 108, Mukpuddy, and National Geographic among others.

Toon Hero is available in 14 different languages and free to download from the App Store on iPad by clicking here.

For more information about Toon Hero, please visit:

For more information about SO SO Happy, please visit:



Note: Thanks to the above companies for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.



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