Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blogging Buddies Thursday Blog Hop

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I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who stops by weekly to link up.. I have decided to take a little break from hosting the hop until after the craziness of the holidays.. See you in the new year!

Guest Post: 10 Crafty Ways to Beat Winter Boredom This New Year

There is nothing worse than a day with your kids cooped up inside the house without any plans. Though sometimes it may seem full of endless opportunities, some individuals still feel boredom. And certainly, kids feel the same way too.

Researches show that kids lose up to sixty percent of their school learning without stimulation. Boredom causes “brain drain”. Hence, keep your kid’s mind busy all year round. Plan some encouraging and imaginative plays to help your kids overcome boredom.

Seizing your kid’s attention does not have to be an expensive vacation or activity. One free tool that you can use to beat boredom is imagination. Anytime of the year is a great time to encourage kids to use their imagination and let it soar.

Here are 10 ideas that parents can be use to keep their kid’s minds active all year round:

1. Beat the Boredom Jar
Meet up with your kids and make a listing of activities that the entire family enjoys doing as one. Persuade your kids to share their ideas. Their participation in generating and creating ideas will make them feel more involved in the activity. Write down all the ideas that everyone come up with on small sheets of paper. And then as a group, choose which ones go in the jar. Allow your kids to decorate and mark the jar as the family’s “boredom Buster Jar.” Everyone in the family can pull one idea out of the jar to beat boredom blues anytime of the year.

2. Stories Alive
One significant way to keep your kid’s minds busy is through reading. Finding a way to bring the story to life makes reading even more fun. For instance, Alice McLerran’s book “Roxaboxen” when read to children, they start to create a make-believe town out of their imaginations by using rocks and boxes. Read a story book to your kids and challenge them to bring it to life by using any materials that can be found in your backyard.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cuddle Barn Animated Plush Review and Giveaway *Closed*

I have always loved animated plush animals.. They're super cute and make a wonderful gift for any occasion. Cuddle Barn has been a leading designer and manufacturer of plush creations for over 30 years. Their only mission is "putting a smile on your face" which their adorable animated plush animals are sure to do!


We recently received their animated Beaver to review. This little guy is so cute, he's dressed similar to Justin Bieber (microphone and all) and sings his song "Baby". My boys are familiar with the song since it's always on the radio so they love being able to sing along with the Beaver.

See the Beaver in action in the video below:



Along with the Beaver, Cuddle Barn also offers tons of other really cute animated plush animals including Bundee the Stork, Baking Betty, Jailhouse Johnny, and Holly Jolly Santa to name a few. Animated plush animals would make a wonderful baby shower, Valentine's, Birthday, or "Just Because" gift for your loved ones. You can purchase the Beaver today for $29.99.

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Cuddle Barn has very generously offered a Beaver to one lucky Life With Two Boys reader.

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The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 DVD Review

The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 
Available on DVD Today!

Synopsis: This half-hour animated comedy series starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck is no longer confined to 7-minute shorts. Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies . The legendary Looney Tunes cartoons are getting a 21st century relaunch and a CGI overhaul for a new generation. 4 new episodes on DVD for the first time.



Our Thoughts: I grew up watching Looney Tunes and am so thrilled to be able to share these favorites with my boys. Looney Tunes offers fun and crazy antics that children (and adults) of all ages are sure to love. From Bugs and Daffy to Sylvester and Tweety there is never a dull moment when it comes to Looney Tunes. I can pop in this movie and my boys will sit and watch the whole thing, which doesn't happen too often! I would definitely recommend The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 to anyone who grew up loving Looney Tunes as much as I did.

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You can purchase The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1, Volume 2 on DVD for only $9.95 at www.wbshop.com.

Don't forget to enter to win your copy here!

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the DVD mentioned for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop- CherryWalls Decal Giveaway *Closed*


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The day after Christmas sometimes feels like a letdown. 
All that preparation, then BAM it's over. 
You're left with a hundred boxes and three garbage bags of torn paper. 
Didn't get what you wanted? You're not alone. 
This will cheer you up! 

The Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and co-hosted by Going Crazy! Wanna Go? runs from December 26 @ 12:01 a.m. EST to December 30 @ 11:59 p.m. EST. Each blog on the linky list below has a giveaway worth at least $20.00. You can hop from blog to blog and enter to win prizes on every single one! 
Good luck and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here at Life With Two Boys you can enter to win an Owls on a branch vinyl wall decal from CherryWalls.


CherryWalls offers a very wide variety of vinyl wall decals, all of which can be customized in your choice of colors. I was sent a Butterflies wall decal from CherryWalls to review. With so many color options I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to go with so I told Veronica, owner of CherryWalls, to surprise me. She chose to go with soft pink, which is more like a bubblegum pink, and I love them. I just got them a couple days ago and haven't had the chance to get them on the walls yet but they're going to look perfect in our downstairs bathroom!

Offering everything from nursery decals, kids room decals, monograms, trees, flowers, and other wall decor, CherryWalls is sure to have something for everyone! Prices are reasonable and Veronica is such a pleasure to work with. Stop by CherryWalls today and check out all of their adorable wall decals.

**Win It**
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.