Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wild Kratts: Jungle Animals DVD Review

Wild Kratts: Jungle Animals
Available on DVD today!

Synopsis: Join the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, as they take their adventures into the jungle and discover some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive creatures in WILD KRATTS: JUNGLE ANIMALS. In these four amazing new-to-DVD adventures, the Kratt Brothers study the ways of this diverse ecosystem and encounter lizards that walk on water, orangutans who create medicines, and tarsiers that survive in complete darkness! The WILD KRATTS: JUNGLE ANIMALS DVD includes four fun-filled, educational journeys, each with a unique blend of live action and animation creating unlimited potential for education and storytelling. Over 8 million households tune in to watch “Wild Kratts” each month.

Our Thoughts: My boys love anything having to do with animals and since Wild Kratts is one show they love to watch I knew they would enjoy Wild Kratts: Jungle Animals. It's fun, it's adventurous, and best of all it's educational... It doesn't get much better than that!

Order a copy of Wild Kratts: Jungle Animals for your little adventurer today!

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned above free of charge by the company or PR representative for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Best of Caillou: Caillou's Mysteries and Adventures DVD Review

The Best of Caillou: Caillou's Mysteries and Adventures
Own it on DVD today!

Synopsis: Join Caillou as he embarks on another series of adventures that will lead him to new and exciting discoveries in THE BEST OF CAILLOU – CAILLOU’S MYSTERIES & ADVENTURES! Delightfully imaginative and intrepid, Caillou is ready to teach kids about nature, patience, creativity and outdoor activities. In these twelve new-to-DVD episodes, Caillou becomes a detective, takes his first trip down a water slide, and even learns how to fly an airplane! THE BEST OF CAILLOU – CAILLOU’S MYSTERIES & ADVENTURES DVD includes 12 exciting adventures, interactive games, coloring pages and a special message to parents. Over 4 million households tune in to watch “Caillou” each month.

Our Thoughts: Trevor is a HUGE fan of Caillou so he couldn't wait to see Caillou's Mysteries and Adventures. As soon as it arrived he was begging to watch it and he has watched it at least 5 times since. I'm not going to lie, Caillou isn't one of my favorites but it's really fun for Trevor and sometimes that's all that matters! If you have a little Caillou fan you should definitely consider purchasing this DVD.

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned above free of charge by the company or PR representative for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions are my own.

I received a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.... And you can too!

If you're an avid blog reader then I'm sure you've heard of the Fairy Hobmother but if not, let me tell you a little about him (YES it's a him!!). The Fairy Hobmother roams the blogosphere spreading joy and happiness in the form of generous gifts such as Amazon gift cards with the help of his fairy overlords at Appliances Online... Cool right?!

I have an Amazon wish list a mile long (who doesn't, right?!) so I was super excited when I woke up to an email from the Fairy Hobmother the other day. You can imagine my shock when he said that he wanted to give me a $50 Amazon gift card because he thought that my blog deserved a little recognition... Seriously, what a great way to start your day!

So, how do you receive a visit from the Fairy Hobmother? Simply leave a comment on this post with a link back to your blog and you just might be the next lucky blogger to receive a visit! You can also follow and interact with him on Twitter to increase your chances. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for this post, however all opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bloggers: Sign ups are open for the Hers or His Power Wheels Event!

Her's or His Power Wheels Event

hosted by: Mom Blog Society

This is a free blog event! You will receive one link for your participation.
Event Giveaway Dates: July 30 - August 13
Prize: Disney Princess Girls' Convertible or Lil' Rider Sports Car
Open: Worldwide
If a winner is selected from outside of the US, they will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

American Reunion Blu-ray Review

American Reunion
Available on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Synopsis: The entire cast of American Pie returns to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion in the outrageous comedy American Reunion, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand, with a never-before-seen unrated version, on July 10, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In one long-overdue weekend, old friends will reconnect, old flames re-ignite and everyone will rediscover just how much fun you can pack into one hilarious weekend.

It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim (Jason Biggs, Life Happens, “Mad Love”) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan, “How I Met Your Mother”) got married while Stifler (Seann William Scott, Role Models)still refuses to grow up. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas, Please Give) and Vicky (Tara Reid, “Scrubs”) said goodbye while Oz (Chris Klein, American Dreamz) and Heather (Mena Suvari, “American Horror Story”) grew apart. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas, “How to Make It in America”) still longs for Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge, Legally Blonde) and Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy, Best in Show) is learning to date. The hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend return as American Reunion brings this beloved franchise back with “flat out hilarious, raunchy fun” (Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine).

Imagine Toys Play & Score Ball Set Review

You may remember last fall when we reviewed the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope from Imagine Toys, well they recently started offering some fun new outdoor toys and we were super excited to have the chance to review one of them.
We received the Play & Score Ball set from Imagine Toys to review. Brayden absolutely loves Skee-Ball and since this set is similar I knew he would love it. When it arrived it was super easy to set up, all I had to do was attach the base to the legs and it was ready to go. Judging from the picture on the website I honestly expected it to be a little flimsy but it's actually quite durable.

The Play & Score Ball set is a great way to keep kids active during the summer and any time of year. You can make a fun backyard game out of it or simply set it on the living room floor to get the kids off the couch. What I love about this set is how easy it is to play, simply roll the balls into the various holes trying to score the most points... It's simple, yet fun, and even the littlest players can join!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bloggers: Sign ups are open for the Bagluxe Handbag Giveaway!

Bella Savvy is seeking bloggers for the Bagluxe Handbag Giveaway happening 8/6-8/20! 

Participation is FREE with announcement post (includes one rafflecopter link — Facebook or Twitter) OR a payment of $4.00 for no announcement post. 

Nutrisystem Weigh-In Week #9 #NSNation

We had another uneventful week here as we're getting ready for vacation next week. My husband's been working a lot of OT which means the boys and I are spending a lot of time at home doing absolutely nothing. We have gotten back into the habit of walking around the neighborhood which is not only great for me but it also gets them out of the house which is always a plus!

I'm going to be honest, I did allow my self to have Burger King last weekend and I honestly didn't feel as bad afterwards as I thought I would. I limited myself to a small burger and only a few unsalted fries so I think that helped with the guilt. Plus I really needed to just take a step away from my Nutrisystem for a minute because to be completely honest I just needed something different. Not because the food isn't good, but just because I felt that's what I needed to do to get back on track.

I'm a little nervous about our vacation though, Four days at the beach is going to be tough! Of course I'm going to want all sorts of Boardwalk food but I'm going to go there with Nutrisystem in hand in hopes that I can stick to my diet as much as possible. And since Nutrisystem make's it so easy to take food on-the-go with their pantry ready meals and bars, it shouldn't be too hard!

Tropic Mind- Educational Virtual World Review and Membership Giveaway *Closed*

I'm sure most parents have heard of what's called the "summer slide"... Basically during the summer months when families are focused more on vacations and having fun than making sure their kids are learning, the kids tend to forget a lot of what they learned in school the year before. There are plenty of ways to add learning to your everyday lives including going on nature walks, educational trips to the zoo and aquarium, playing board games such as Scrabble for vocabulary lessons and Monopoly for math, and of course, online games like Tropic Mind.

Tropic Mind is an educational virtual world for kids, composed of many colorful islands. Every island is inhabited by unique educational content, offering kids a wide variety of activities. Prepared by a team of experienced educators and teachers, Tropic Mind is regularly updated with new islands and activities making learning and exploring a never ending game.

We were provided with a 2-week trial membership to try out Tropic Mind and I knew Brayden would like it, but I didn't know he'd love it as much as he does! Tropic Mind is super easy to navigate... You drive your boat from island to island discovering different games, tasks, and other fun things to do. But what's great about Tropic Mind is that kids are not only having fun but they're also learning too.

iCarly: The Complete 4th Season- Now Available on DVD!

iCarly: The Complete 4th Season
Available on DVD today!

Synopsis: This season, Freddie and Sam are officially together; Carly starts dating a super smart guy; Nora returns in a special two-part episode; the crew gets a VIP visit; and so much more, all while bringing on the LOLs. Guest stars this season include First Lady Michelle Obama and Jim Parsons of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. In addition, enjoy five episodes from Nickelodeon’s latest hit show, How to Rock – on DVD for the first time!

Our Thoughts: iCarly is the perfect show for teens and tweens because it portrays the everyday life of a teenager and her friends, and although my boys are a little young to really understand what iCarly is all about they still really enjoy watching it and honestly, so do I! 

Own iCarly: The Complete 4th Season today!

Disclosure: I was provided with the product(s) mentioned above free of charge by the company or PR representative for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shutterfly's Long Live Summer Photo Contest

Summer is here and that means you’ll be taking more photos of your family soon. Between beach trips and BBQs, photographs are a great way to capture these summer memories. Shutterfly’s Long Live Summer Photo Contest on Facebook launched on Monday July 9th!

Long Live Summer – Facebook Photo Contest details - 7/9 – 8/12 Multi-week summer themed photo sweepstakes with instant win prizes.

Win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you’ll remember your vacation forever. All you need to do is upload your favorite photo and caption based on the theme of the week. Get a gift from Shutterfly just for entering! You can enter at any point during the 5-week sweepstakes period.

Bloggers: Sign ups are open for the Coachlicious Giveaway Event!

The Coachlicious giveaway hosted by Mom Powered Media is now open to bloggers!

Cost is $3 or free with announcement post. See bloggers wanted post for more details.

Eco-Friendly School Supplies from Green Apple Supply Review

Green Apple Supply is a non-profit online store that offers parents, teachers, and consumers deep discounts on eco-friendly school supplies, home products and gifts. Stephanie Tobor, founder of Green Apple Supply, discovered that most high-quality, green products were too expensive for the average consumer, and decided to create a non-profit, online store that would be a one-stop shop for eco-friendly supplies. Their motto- "Save the planet and keep some “green” in your wallet".

jungle vine pencils

We were recently sent some really neat Jungle Vine Pencils and Colored Pencils to review. Not only are these pencils super fun for kids, but they're environmentally friendly too! They are a little thicker than regular pencils so it takes some getting used to, but my boys absolutely love them. Each set of Jungle Vine Pencils is available in three different sizes and comes in a set of ten for only $2.

Back to School Shopping at The Children's Place

I know what you're thinking... It feels like summer just started, why am I already talking about Back to School shopping right?! Well, before you know it it'll be the end of August and school will be starting up again so why not get a head start on Back to School shopping.

One of my all-time favorite stores to shop for my boys, whether it's the beginning of summer or the end of it, is The Children's Place. Not only do they offer an amazing selection of clothes for my boys, but the prices are great too. I know when I shop at The Children's Place I can get everything my boys need without breaking the bank.

Two of our all-time favorite TCP tees
TCP favorites

This year Trevor will be starting preschool so I'm not only shopping for school clothes for Brayden but for Trevor too so I like that I can go to one store and shop for both of them since The Children's Place carries infant sizes all the way up to size 14. Not only do they carry a variety of sizes, but they carry a variety of styles too... Whether you have a little sports fanatic or a little rockstar, a little diva or a little boho princess, The Children's Place is sure to have outfits your kids will WANT to wear on the first day of school.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bloggers: Sign ups are open for the Zooper Twist Stroller giveaway {FREE}!

Mom Powered Media is seeking participants for the free Zooper Twist Stroller giveaway! One super lucky reader will win a Zooper Twist valued at $200!

Cost: $5.00 or free with announcement post. See bloggers wanted post for more details.

Kids Must-Have Accessory: Floppets Review

My boys are all about accessorizing... First it was Jibbitz for their Crocs, then Silly Bands for their wrists, and now the newest craze- Floppets!

Floppets are fun collectible toys that kids can attach to anything. Add some style to your flip flops, backpacks, headbands, and even your fingers, toes, and wrists by attaching Floppets using their velco tethers.

We were recently sent some Floppets to review and they became an instant hit with my boys. Trevor wears them as rings and bracelets every where we go and Brayden loves adding some fun flare to his flip flops. I'm sure once school starts in the fall Brayden and Trevor will have their backpacks covered with them too.

CafePress iPhone Case Review

CafePress offers a large variety of unique products and gifts including personalized t-shirts, tote bags, keychains, water bottles and mugs, keepsake boxes, and iPhone and iPad cases to name a few.We were recently given the opportunity to check out and pick out an iPhone case to review.

Let me start by saying that you do not want to visit this website unless you have some time on your hands! With so many different designs (an average of 135,000 new designs are added each week!) you will spend hours browsing and deciding which products to order. Luckily, searching for iPhone cases is super easy because they break them down into categories including girly, retro, vintage, fun, funky, etc...

My husband is the one with the iPhone so I let him decide which case he wanted for his phone and after searching and asking my opinion we finally decided on the Day of The Dead iPhone case. I have to admit I may have swayed him to this decision as I have a bit of an obsession with sugar skulls but that's what wives are for, right?!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Techy Summer Xbox Kinect Bundle Pack Giveaway ARV $299 *Closed*

Life With Two Boys has teamed up with Mom to Bed by 8, the ‘Iowa Mom‘ and several other bloggers to help you continue on with your sensational summer by offering you a chance to win an Xbox Kinect Bundle Pack (including Xbox 360 console, Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures Game) during the Techy Summer Giveaway Event. Retail value $299.

Special thanks to our lovely co-hosts TechyTribe, I Love To Gossip, Giveaway Bandit, As Mom Sees It and Couponing4you for their support in bringing this gamer giveaway to life!

Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
Product Description
The Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kick it. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. Wi-Fi is built-in for easier connection to the world of entertainment on Xbox LIVE, where HD movies and TV stream in an instant. Xbox 360 is more games, entertainment and fun.