We Bop To Kidz Bop #kidzbop

My kids and I are huge fans of Kidz Bop. It is the Top 40 songs that are on the radio sung by kids. It is totally family friendly. All the bad words are left out or changed. They even manage to include Hey Mama on here. Only Kidz Bop can do that!

We were so excited to see Bad Blood on here and Watch Me Whip (Handsome's favorite at the moment).

I love that they are hearing the popular songs but in a safe way and the Kidz Bop Kids do a great job of singing the popular songs.

Here are the kids singing Bad Blood by Taylor Swift.

This CD will be available October 16th but you can pre-order it now.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

Winter Fun Is Coming Down The Tracks With A New Chuggington DVD + GIVEAWAY


Super-Sized Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Featuring Never-Before-Seen Holiday Special, to Warm Hearts All Winter Long

September 14, 2015 – Cool high-speed adventure is on the way to preschoolers nationwide with the newest “Chuggington DVD, “Chuggington: The Big Freeze”! The latest release in the popular DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment is jam-packed with six fun-filled adventures – including a never before seen holiday special episode from the top-rated Disney Junior series. “The Big Freeze” pulls into retail on October 13, 2015, just in time to help families from coast-to-coast celebrate the season – Chuggington style!

The chuggers perform one heroic rescue after another in this cool new seasonal collection of “Chuggington” adventures! When icy temperatures cause the town to run out of fuel and all diesel engines are grounded, it’s wheels-to-the-rails as Chief Jackman and his team of brave Chug Patrollers work together to find a way to the frozen docks to retrieve fuel and get the town of Chuggington moving once again. Fans can join Fletch as he tries to repair the lighthouse, chug along with Calley as she tests to become a first responder, watch as Brewster gets closer to being a Chuggineer, and more! “The Big Freeze” will help teach little chuggers nationwide important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork as they ride alongside their favorite friends, Wilson, Koko, Brewster, and Asher!

·         The Big Freeze – Never-before-seen holiday special!
·         First Responder Calley
·         On Track Brewster
·         Hodge Can't Wait
·         Zephie’s Star Club
·         Toot’s New Friend
DVD Bonus features:
  • Badge Quest Episode: “Share the Load”
·         Character Montages: “Daley” and “The Docks Crew”

Dove.org reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!” And, for double the turbo-charged adventures, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release in tandem the new-to-DVD dino-sizedChuggington” title, “Wilson and the Dinosaur.”

Young fans can experience even more “Chuggington” fun at Amtrak Train Days events, taking place across the country. For information visit https://amtraktraindays.com/events/.

Now in its fifth season on Disney Junior, “Chuggington” is a colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills. The series has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its U.S. debut in January 2010.

About “Chuggington
Chuggington is a contemporary, action-based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children ages 2-5. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills that empower them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading independent home entertainment company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015. Anchor Bay acquires and releases a wide array of filmed entertainment in the theatrical and home entertainment markets, including STARZ Original series, children's entertainment, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports and specialty films on Blu-ray and DVD formats. The company has long-term distribution agreements in place for select programming with The Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment (
www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a full service distributor in the North American market. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com

The 411 by Maria:

While my kids are out of the preschool age we love watching movies as a family and Chuggington is a favorite because we are all fascinated by wonderful computer animation.

In this DVD package of 6 episodes. The Chuggies are dealing with frigid temps. What we love most about all Chuggington episodes is that each show focuses on responsibility, safety and teamwork.  All important things for people of any age to remember.

Children will love these little guys and you will love the messages. 

The Big Freeze
Street Date:                  October 13, 2015
Pre-Book:                    September 9, 2015
DVD Catalog #:           DV63070
DVD UPC #:                013132630700
Audio:                         Surround 2.0
Retail Price:                 $14.98
Genre:                          Children’s, TV on DVD
Rating:                         Not Rated
Run Time:                    73 Mins
Year:                            2015

Enter the Giveaway below:

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy. No monetary compensation was offered. 

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Coolest Mini Figurines - Heroclix

We have never heard of Heroclix but my kids love games and collecting and playing with figurines.

We received this huge lot from Golden Groundhog of 60 miniature Heroclix.

Before I go any further let me tell you what Heroclix are.  You know all those card games kids are playing these days. Like YuGiOh, Pokemon and Magic Cards? Well it's kind of like that but with figurines which my kids LOVED!

In Heroclix you create teams of characters from comic books, video games and villains and battle it out. The dial on the base keeps track of the stats like damage and special abilities. It also tells you their trait symbol, a collector number, a team symbol, the rarity of it if any, their name and more.

It can be played with two or four players and the battles take place on a map like this.

My kids and I love looking at them. They have so much detail like this little guy.

My kids love little figurines and right now neither are interested in playing with the maps but they do want more because they want to "collect them". That is literally all I hear these days. They have so many little collections going on. These are small enough that I don't mind and you get a pretty big bag for a really good price.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Beach Inspired Interior Design Ideas

Now that fall is here, it’s easy to dream of warm summer days spent on the beach, but you don’t have to live near the seaside to enjoy the sensation of being near the ocean. Here are a few beach inspired design ideas that will help you feel as though waves are crashing right outside your door.

Lighten Up

Open up any natural lighting source in the area and allow beams of sunlight to flow through. If you wish to add a filter to create a more ethereal quality, drape a curtain of light, gauzy material over the windows, making sure the material is light enough to let the sunlight in. Switch out heavy furniture and dark colors with wicker pieces, preferably in white or neutral colors.

Effortless Art

Create centerpieces for your tabletops out of trinkets found in or near the ocean and arrange them in clear vases, bowls, or wooden boxes. Allow strands of shells and other items to fall casually outside of the container and onto the table’s surface. Use large sea shells and other beach finds to create shadow boxes or three dimensional pieces or wall art. Netting, driftwood pieces, and bottles of sand are all great additions to your design.

Wavy and Wrought

The beachside look doesn’t need to be interrupted simply due to a set of stairs. Incorporating wave inspired balusters like these, into your stairway can keep the theme moving throughout the entire space with ease and subtlety.

A Spot to Laze

Create a space for a relaxed escape in a well-lit area where you can sneak in a catnap or use as a reading nook. Hang a hammock or add a rocker with a comfy cushion and headrest. Set a small table nearby to hold your drink and place a hardback copy or two of Hemingway atop to encourage afternoon escapes to the sea.

Cool Blue and Soothing Sand

Keep dark tones at bay and instead use cool blues and sandy hues throughout your space. If you are incorporating patterns, opt for ones that are neutral in color and make sure they add to the light and airy feel you are trying to achieve.

With a few tweaks to your interior design, you won’t even need a sound machine to imagine the noise of crashing white, frothy waves. Make these changes around your home and you can create your own ocean side paradise.

Wash Your Hands And Improve Your Mood #Scentspiration

NEW Softsoap Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap Line are  three specialty-inspired fragrances that will help you express your personal style in each room of your home.

Think: “Scentspiration.“ Let the fragrances of the new line help you to transform your bathroom, kitchen, or guestroom entirely inspired by the new unique scents of the Fragrant Foaming Collection.

These new soaps are so wonderful. We put the Kitchen Citrus Bliss in the Kitchen but we couldn't decide which to put in the bathroom so we put both. That way we can decide depending on what mood we are in and isn't that the intention of these anyway?

  • Jasmine and White Cotton: Impress your guests with the fresh scent of Jasmine and White Cotton. Its airy aroma makes every hand wash sparkle, while lush foam gently purifies the skin.
  • Whipped Cocoa Butter: Pamper your skin with the rich foaming lather infused with real cocoa butter extracts. The decadent scent of Whipped Cocoa Butter makes every hand wash a treat.
  • Kitchen Citrus Bliss: Awaken your senses and brighten your home with the crisp, sun-drenched scent of Kitchen Citrus Bliss. Its vibrant aroma invigorates every hand wash, while lush foam gently cleans and soothes skin.

Besides smelling amazing these soaps make you want to soap up as I've seen my kids doing since placing them around the sinks. I can tell you the Whipped Cocoa Butter is a favorite as it has been used 50% than any other.  It smells like chocolate and the beach!

All of them come out the pump as white foam and washes away easy,  leaving your hands smelling amazing and clean. 

Oh before I forget the containers are nice looking as well.  

You can pick these up wherever you buy soap. I saw them at CVS and Walmart!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary samples for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was offered. 

Make Lunchbox Lunch Fun With Kawaii Bento Meals

The new trendy fad of preparing bentos as takeaway lunches in America has been covered by the New York Times, Fox40, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. Li Ming Lee’s YUMMY KAWAII BENTO: PreparingAdorable Meals for Adorable Kids reinvents the concept of the packed lunch and turns the law of “don’t play with your food” on its head by re-imagining dishes as colorful cartoon characters. Recipes include:
·         Teddy-bear—shaped mini pizzas
·         Hot “dog” buns
·         Scrambled egg chicks
·         Porky pastas
·         Panda bamboo salads

“Each of her elaborate creations is filled with both nutrients and whimsy.”—Huffington Post
“A true lunchtime artist . . . a food styling assassin.”—New York Post

The 411 by Maria and Goddess: 

We love this book. Not only does it give you detailed step-by-step instructions on creating the most fun bento boxes but it comes with colored photos of the completed lunch AND the creating process.

Goddess loves the idea of most of these since they use a ton of fruits and veggies. I need to come up with other ideas other than lunch meat because he doesn't eat meat but there is way around everything as you can see from this book.

"Mommy, my friends would be so jealous if I opened up my lunch and it looked like this but it is almost too cute to eat."

 Here are some of the details for making this chick.

I love how different each lunch is....

There are at least 160 recipes in this book. Lunch will never be boring!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.
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