INFOGRAPHIC: Who is the Fairest of Them All?

  • September 13, 2015
  • Jenna Maxwell

INFOGRAPHIC: Snow White vs. The Evil Queen. Who is the Fairest of Them All?

In case you haven't heard, today the movie 'Snow White and the Huntsman' was released. The movie has a star studded cast including Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. While the reviews are just now starting to come in, the special effects, production design and Snow White and the Huntsman costumes are said to be outstanding. And with Halloween Express carrying the largest selection of Halloween costumes available anywhere, you can be sure these Snow White costumes will be a huge hit this Halloween. Whether you see the movie or not most everyone knows the story of Snow White. And according to the mirror in this fairytale, there is only one woman in all the land who is more beautiful than Queen Ravenna - SNOW WHITE. Believing herself to be the rightful most 'fair', Queen Ravenna orders Snow White to be killed in the ultimate tale of vengeance. We thought it would be fun to take a look at these two iconic women in this fairytale. Does the mirror speak the truth? Who really is the fairest? You be the judge. Let's take a look.


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5 Facts You Need to Know About Memorial Day

  • May 28, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer and is something we all look forward to.  Memorial day is part of a delicious 3-day weekend, traditionally filled with family fun, picnics and barbeques, or maybe even a trip to the beach.  It’s definitely time to fill up those swimming pools, pull out the summer wardrobe and dust off the patio furniture, but there really is a whole lot more to Memorial Day than just 3 fun-filled days. Here’s our top 5 list of facts that you really should know about this holiday that besides being lots of fun, should also be filled with both honor and reverence.

  1. Memorial Day started right after the Civil War.  The origins of this holiday go way back.  May 30, 1868 was designated to be what was at first called “Decoration Day”.  This event was designed especially to honor the memory of the many, many fallen soldiers of both the Union and the Confederacy, while also giving survivors an opportunity to decorate the graves of these brave soldiers.  General James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery after which the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were then decorated. 
  2. “Decoration Day” was declared a time of remembrance and became a time for the nation to remember the war dead and to decorate the graves of these fallen soldiers.  Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30.  This day was chosen largely because of the profusion of flowers that would be in bloom at this time of the year.
  3. Red Poppies became associated with Memorial Day in about 1915.  A woman named Moina Michael was so inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” that she composed a poem of her own:

  4. “We cherish too, the Poppy red
    That grows on fields where valor led,
    It seems to signal to the skies
    That blood of heroes never dies.”

    Moina came up with the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day as a way of honoring those that died serving their country, a tradition that still continues to this day.


  5. Traditional Memorial Day observance states that flags should be flown at half-mast until noon.  At mid-day it is then appropriate to raise the flag to the top of the mast.              
  6. Memorial Day is as much about the survivors as it is about the deceased.  It’s the survivors that can make sure that the memory of our fallen soldiers lives on and that the stories of their ultimate bravery are told.  Survivors can continue to tell the tales of our war heroes and perpetuate the ideals that they believed in and ultimately gave their lives for.

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day!

“For love of country they accepted death.”  James A. Garfield


Donna Summer: Goodbye to Disco's Queen

  • May 21, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

Donna Summer, known affectionately as the Queen of Disco passed away this week but not without leaving behind a legacy filled with pulsating beats and catchy dance tunes.  Donna always felt her true roots were in the heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll and was uncomfortable and somewhat reluctant to wear the royal title as the Queen of Disco.   The decade of the seventies was defined, however, by the music of Donna Summer. Even when disco crashed and burned at the end of the dance-beat driven decade (the 70's disco costumes continue to be a hit however), this woman still continued to reinvent herself. 

By far the most controversial song ever recorded by Donna Summer was the infamous and ultra sultry “Love To Love You Baby.”  The over the top sexual tapestry that is woven in the half-sung, half-moaned song came to fruition in a decade that was filled with completely new rules regarding sex, race, fashions and even drugs.  This sexually charged song was considered so racy at the time that it required significant editing for radio play.

Donna Summer: Video 'Love To Love You Baby' from 1975

Donna Summer had many big disco hits to her name including other favorites such as the likes of “I Feel Love” and “Last Dance”.  Even when the glory days of disco were beginning to fade away, Donna still cranked out some of her biggest hits such as “She Works Hard For the Money”, a women’s anthem that burned up the charts in the early 1980’s. 

Donna had many other lesser-known successes in her career, including being a successful writer in the country music genre.  Co-written by Donna and her husband, Bruce Sudano, “Starting Over Again” became a #1 hit for Dolly Parton in 1980 and once again hit the top 20 for Reba McIntyre in 1995.   Although Donna herself never recorded “Starting Over Again”, she has described having someone else record her song as “a life-changing experience”. 

Donna Summer’s career, her life, and her legacy--all have left her fans feeling their lives changed forever as well. You can’t have lived through the seventies without carrying one of her smoldering melodies with you.  This Disco Queen will indeed forever reign.


The Avengers: Random Facts You Might Need to Know

  • May 14, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell

Last weekend, “The Avengers” hit theatres and easily took over the #1 box office spot by a landslide, grossing over $207,000,000 buckaroonies in one weekend.  Just in case you have been living under a rock and need to brush up on some of The Avengers basic factoids, here are a few random facts about this fabulous, action packed film, just so you won’t embarrass yourself.

  • The Avengers is based on the Marvel comic, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • The first Avengers comic was published way back in 1963.  The original superhero line up featured in the comic included: Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant Man and Wasp.  Captain America came along to join the team in issue #4, after being revived from being trapped inside a large block of ice. 
  • In the very first issue of the original The Avengers, it was Loki, the brother of Thor, who was being extremely problematic.  The Avengers then assembled themselves in order to deal with Loki and try to successfully defeat him. 
  • The Avengers movie sticks to the original themes and most of the cast members found in the first issues of the Marvel comic book.  Spider-man (rights owned by Sony) and Wolverine (rights owned by 20th Century Fox) were left out of the film.  Spider-man will be getting his own movie, however, later this summer. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due to be released over the Fourth of July Weekend.
  • In order to play the part of the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo needed to lose 21 pounds (no wonder the Avengers costumes are so amazing).  In the Avengers, the Hulk stays in his fierce, huge (and green) state all the time.  This means all 8 ½ feet of him, no matter how pissed off he is.
  • Scarlett Johansson had to train heavily in the art of Wushu and other serious weaponry in order to prepare for her reprised role of the Black Widow.  Scarlett was thrilled to play the much fan-appreciated role, which had originated for her back in Iron Man II.
  • The infamous battle cry of The Avengers comic book is “Avengers, Assemble!”  Apparently during filming, Chris Evans (Captain America) would text his fellow cast mates with this battle cry included in the message in order to assemble them for a hot night and much needed break out on the town. 
  • It’s predicted that The Avengers, in all its beloved caped glory, will eventually surpass the one billion dollar mark in ticket sales.  Don’t be left out in the cold.  With all the hoopla this movie is creating, this is one superhero flick you won’t want to miss.

Moms - The Ultimate Superheroes

  • May 07, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell
Moms-The Ultimate Superheroes

The Avengers is thrilling moviegoer’s as well as rabid comic book hero fans this week with record breaking box office sales. This long awaited movie promises to bring together one of the most exciting group of characters ever with it’s eclectic all-hero cast.  The Avengers, a band of a half a dozen super heroes, essentially comes together because the world needs them to fight off a dastardly enemy, and of course, save the world.  One of the hottest superhero movies of the summer, The Avengers promises to be a huge hit with audiences everywhere.

Not all superheroes wear a cape, however.  In honor of who may be the biggest superhero of them all (and with Mother's Day quickly approaching -- this coming Sunday May 13th), we would like to honor the truly heroic figure that seems to have been left out of The Avengers and all other superhero references as well.  The true ultimate superhero: Mom.

Moms are Powerful:  You know what I mean.  Mom’s all have what’s known as “the look”.  When you get it, you know you are in for it and she didn’t even have to say a word.  It’s better than x-ray vision and it definitely gets its point across. She also has an eagle eye and see’s things you didn’t even know were there. 

Moms know Everything:  It’s an innate thing that is common amongst all moms.  It’s like built in inner radar that’s part of her psyche, or perhaps it’s truly a sixth sense  that is only given to mothers.  But moms know things.  Things you probably don’t want them to know but somehow they still do.  It’s all for your own good for the most part, but very little can slip past your mom.

Moms are Courageous:  There is nothing more powerful than a mama bear; everyone knows that.  Moms will fight off a band of robbers, bullies, bad guys; you name it, all in the name of saving the youngins.  You’d be much better off fighting off any assorted number of cretins than a pissed off mom, trust me on this.  You likely already know this, too.  Mom doesn’t need a large letter “M” emblazoned on her chest, or a fancy cape flying in the wind.  She can pack a wallop with a well-aimed shopping cart or even just her purse.

Moms have an Iron Gut:  There’s nothing squeamish about a mom.  She’s wiped up countless boogie noses, bloodied knees and elbows, and hundreds of blown out dirty diapers that would scare even the most seasoned HAZMAT crew.  The thanks she’s usually given comes in the form of some pretty sassy backtalk and by handing her stuff like banana peels and sticky candy wrappers.

Moms have a Cool Head:  Moms can think on their feet and in the moment of crisis seem to have the wherewithal to know exactly what needs to happen.  If something bad is happening, you naturally and almost always want your mom--there’s a reason for this because of course, she knows exactly what to do.  She always does. 364 days a year we take her for granted.  Make this Mother’s Day “her” day.  She’s your hero, after all.

Happy Mother’s Day to the greatest superheroes out there: Mom’s!  


Halloween Express to be Featured on Making Monsters

  • May 01, 2012
  • Jenna Maxwell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Halloween Express, where America shops for Halloween, will be featured on The Travel Channel series, Making Monsters this fall. They will be filming footage for the series on Monday, May 7 from 3 pm til 10 pm at the Florence, KY location. The Florence KY Halloween Express store is located at 8145 Connector Drive, Florence KY 41042. The show – Making Monsters, will follow the concept, design and installation of a custom Halloween “prop” that will only be seen at select Halloween Express locations across the United States during the 2012 Halloween season. Halloween Express is one of the most aggressive and dynamic Halloween chains in the United States. Started in 1990, Halloween Express has nearly 200 company owned and franchised locations throughout the United States. Based in Owenton, KY they offer one of the largest selections of Halloween costumes and Halloween related items available. The website, HalloweenExpress.com offers seasonal costumes and accessories 365 days per year. Making Monsters, a series on the Travel Channel, produced by Brian Leonard, will focus on Distortion’s Animatronics from Greely, Colorado who has been leading the way in the Haunted Attraction Industry for over 30 years. The show highlights the process, production and the final results for the movies, retailers and haunted attractions that feature their products. Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and the network is available in nearly 96 million US cable homes. Its Travel Channel HD™ simulcast is distributed to almost 37 million viewers and is carried on every major provider. Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, and maintains offices in New York and Atlanta. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, is the manager and general partner. Contact: Susie Merida at 859-338-7102 or baglex1@gmail.com