Saturday, March 10, 2012

"Inside the Crayon Box" with Crayola and Lisa Loeb

The first “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat was Wednesday, March 7... Check out the video below to see the Facebook chat with host Lisa Loeb and Crayola.

Disclosure: Crayola provided me with the opportunity and link to the post recording through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 9, 2012

What is a Mom's Work Worth?

I know as a stay home mom I'm constantly asking myself what's my work worth? I mean, I signed up to be a stay home mom and ended up being a stay home maid in the process. Don't get me wrong, I love that I can stay home with my boys but most days I feel very unappreciated. Well, I was recently sent this "What is a Mom's Work Worth?" infographic and I just had to share....

Spring Buzz Giveaway Hop Sponsor Spotlight: Silverado Jewelry

We all know how much I love personalized items right? Well, my favorite personalized items are jewelry, especially "mom" jewelry and thanks to Stephanie Moran, owner of Silverado Jewelry, I now own my favorite piece of mom jewelry yet!

Silverado Jewelry offers a large variety of jewelry including hand stamped jewelry, birthstone jewelry, awareness jewelry, and even sports jewelry all of which is designed and made personally by Stephanie. Stephanie also enjoys making customized jewelry including bridal and bridesmaids for that special day.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a personalized family tree necklace from Silverado Jewelry and I couldn't be happier with it. This adorable silver necklace features a 1" silver washer personalized with the names of my boys and a silver tree charm dangling in the center. I love the handmade look that comes from each letter being individually stamped onto the washer, but my favorite part is definitely the tree charm.

Raskullz Bike Helmets Review and Giveaway *Closed*

The weather is getting warmer and Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to start spending some time outside riding bikes and skateboarding. Well, if you're anything like me you're probably worrying about how many bumps and bruises your kids are going to get this year but thanks to Raskullz and their super cool bike helmets you no longer have to worry!

Raskullz molded 3D helmet design and shock absorbing inner shell leave kids very well protected and the awesome designs make kids actually want to wear them. Available in different sizes and characters, Raskullz is sure to have something your kids will go gaga over.

We were recently sent the Green Radgon helmet to review and it has been a big hit with my boys. Until now, they both hated wearing helmets when riding their bikes and scooters but now they're fighting over who gets to wear the Raskullz helmet... I guess it's time to invest in a second one!

Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound DVD Review

Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound 
Available on DVD today from Shout! Factory

The Pound Puppies are a team of fearless dogs whose sworn mission is to find homes for lonely puppies. Even though they look like regular dogs, these pro-active pooches match up pups with loving families fulfilling the mantra of a pup for every person and a person for every pup—all while they keep the humans at Shelter 17 clueless. Sometimes dogs are dogs' best friend!

The Pound Puppies series is currently airing on The Hub in the U.S. and YTV in Canada. The DVD release marks the North American home entertainment debut of Hasbro Studios’ hit show.

Our Thoughts: Trevor and I sat down and watched Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound the other day while Brayden was at school and we both really enjoyed it. This was a show we hadn't seen before so he was very intrigued. The DVD includes 5 episodes- Homeward Pound, My Fair Rebound, Quintuplets, K-9 Kid, Zoltron- all of which are as entertaining as the last one. Trevor fell in love with the little dachshund, Strudel, because his grandparents have two of them and I think Squirt, the chihuahua, would have to be my favorite. The puppies are adorable to watch and we'll definitely have to see what time Pound Puppies airs on The Hub!

Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound is available on DVD for $12.99.

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

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Make food fun with FunBites! Review and Giveaway *Closed*

As a mom of two I know just how picky kids can be when it comes to foods. But being a mom I also know there's some fun tricks to making kids want to eat their food like cutting it into fun shapes and characters, making their plate colorful, and of course giving them a variety of foods to choose from.

Trevor is very picky and just as stubborn, he insists that all sandwiches have crust on them even when I cut the crust off, he won't eat the outside of a Pop-Tart for some unknown reason, and he won't touch certain foods unless they're cut into tiny pieces. Well, I was recently introduced to FunBites and I can honesty say that FunBites make even the pickiest eater want to eat their food.

What are FunBites? FunBites is the first state of the art kitchen tool that instantly cuts kids' food into bite-sized fun shapes pieces. FunBites is 100% MADE IN THE USA. They are perfect to get even the pickiest eaters to try something new and eat healthier. Make lunchtime more fun and create a FunBites Bento lunch!

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Moonbug Designs Environmentally Friendly Chalkboard and Name Plaque Review and Giveaway *Closed*

Moonbug Designs is a company based out of Eugene, Oregon that provides environmentally-friendly children's furniture. Their products are constructed of solid parawood and hand painted with a natural non-toxic, non-voc paint, then sealed with a non-toxic sealant for easy cleanup. At Moonbug Designs they feel it is important to make a childs space as safe and environmentally-friendly as possible by making use of non-toxic finishes and furnishings and avoiding products that contribute to indoor air pollution.

I was recently sent a personalized name plaque and a double-sided chalkboard from Moonbug Designs to review. Their name plaques are a newer product so I got to be their guinea pig while they worked out some details but overall I couldn't be happier with it. The plaque is solid wood so I know it will last for quite a while and I absolutely love the antiqued finish.

The double-sided chalkboard has been a big hit as well! The chalkboard has a magnetic chalkboard on one side and a cork board on the other which is perfect for writing down reminders on one side and hanging business and appointment cards on the other side. It also comes with adorable matching magnets and eye hooks and rope for easy hanging.

You can purchase a double-sided chalkboard for $39 and a personalized name plaque for $49 from Moonbug Designs. Moonbug Designs also offers children's table and chair sets, rocking chairs, step stools and various room decor items as well, all of which are solid wood and finished in all natural milk paints.

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Young Justice Season 1 Volume 3 DVD Review

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 3 
Own it on DVD today!

Synopsis: Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis have become YOUNG JUSTICE - The Justice League's secret weapon against the forces of evil. The teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the Justice League to handle covertly. Red Tornado will be their supervisor, Black Canary will be in charge of their training and Batman will hand out their assignments.

As you already know from my previous review of Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2 Brayden is a huge fan of any and all super heroes so it was no surprise that he loved this movie too! Young Justice is definitely one of his favorite super hero shows, I think it's because he can relate to them a little more since their kid super heroes instead of adults. Either way, he loved this DVD and can't wait for the next volume to be released!

Purchase your copy of Young Justice Season 1 Volume 3 today!

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

Kidtoons The Gruffalo Prize Pack Giveaway *Closed*

This month Kidtoons is proud to present: The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Synopsis: A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. Since the mouse “looks good” to all, he explains that he’s meeting the Gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the Gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Lion King 1.5 & 2 Available Today on Blu-ray & DVD!

Today, Disney releases THE LION KING 1.5 and THE LION KING 2: Simba's Pride on Special Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack! Go back to the jungle with Timon, Pumbaa in The Lion King 1.5 to discover the dynamic duo's origins and how they came to save the Serengeti. Follow Simba's daughter, Kiara, in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride as she seeks out her own adventure. The original voice cast returns for each film to expand the tales of the circle of life!

Enjoy these activities as well as the clip and don't forget to pick up your copy today!

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The Descendants Guide to Camping and DVD Giveaway *Closed*

Experience the Heartbreak and Humor When the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 
March 13th

In The Descendants, it was a tradition of the King family to go camping on their ancestors' land. In this feature, we will explore some cool places and interesting new ways to camp with your family, including the best time of year to go camping, what to bring, and fun activities to do on site.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Monday, March 5, 2012

BabyGanics Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer Review

Did you know that the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 22 million school days are lost annually because of the common cold? I can tell you that Brayden has been out of school a few days because of a common cold this year alone.

As a mom it is my job to make sure that my kids are washing their hands in hopes that less germs are being spread in our house, but as a mom I also know that colds are inevitable! Brayden goes to school and at least one of the twenty-three kids in his class has some kind of cold or virus and Brayden always manages to bring them home and "share" them with his brother. If only they would share their toys so easily!

Well, I was recently introduced to BabyGanics' The Germinator, which is an alcohol free foaming hand sanitizer which effectively kills 99.9% of germs without the harsh side effects of alcohol and other synthetic chemicals. It instead utilizes benzalkonium chloride, a naturally safe and effective substance which makes The Germinator not only fast acting, but allows for use without water or towels, its non-flammable, will not stain your clothing, and won’t dry out your skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers do.

Not only is BabyGanics' The Germinator great at killing germs and stopping Brayden from spreading them to Trevor, but it also smells great! Not like other hand sanitizers that smell like alcohol, BabyGanics alcohol free hand sanitizer smells like tangerines and leaves your skin with a nice, fresh scent.

Available nationwide at all Babies R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond and Buy Buy Baby locations, BabyGanics is a must have for this cold and flu season!

Disclosure: I was provided with a product sample for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Puss In Boots Double DVD Combo Pack Review

DreamWorks Animation’s PUSS IN BOOTS Synopsis: You loved him in Shrek…now see where the one-and-only swashbuckling feline found his fame – and a very big pair of boots – in the “hilariously funny” (Associated Press) animated epic! Lover, fighter and outlaw Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) is off on the adventure of his nine lives as he teams up with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) for the ultimate showdown with the notorious Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris). Here’s the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend – Puss In Boots!

DreamWorks Animation’s PUSS IN BOOTS: THE THREE DIABLOS Synopsis: As the dust from his latest adventure begins to settle, Puss In Boots finds himself at a crossroads between two destinies – hero and outlaw. When a desperate princess hires Puss to recover her stolen ruby, he is reluctantly partnered with three little kittens. Adorable. Fuzzy. Deadly. The minute the mittens are off, The Three Diablos wreak havoc on Puss’ mission to recover the stolen ruby from the notorious French thief, “Le Chuchoteur The Whisperer.” Can Puss tame these three little devils in time?

We are huge fans of Shrek so of course we were excited to see that the lovable Puss in Boots was starring in his own movie. We were lucky enough to receive a Puss in Boots combo pack as well as a really neat movie viewing kit that included a couple masks, popcorn, magic beans, golden egg candy, raisins, and a milk bottle. We decided to make it a family movie night with Puss in Boots and all the goodies from the movie viewing kit.