Monday, September 30, 2013

$100 Victoria's Secret Gift Card Giveaway #Rafflecopter #giveaway

Welcome to the $100 Victoria's Secret Gift Card Giveaway!
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I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful giveaway for Victoria's Secret. I could so use some new unmentionables~
Thank you to all our wonderful co-hosts' for helping us making this giveaway one great event!
One lucky winner will win a $100 Gift Card to shop at their favorite online store Victoria's Secret! Who doesn't love Victoria's Secret?
So girls, this is your time to get a chance and win $100 worth of shopping at your favorite store. Get ready for pink giveaway, it is here now. Grab your entries now!
This giveaway is open World-Wide. Entrants must be 18+ to enter the giveaway.
Giveaway dates: September 30 to October 31, 2013
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grace UnPlugged Prize Pack Giveaway

Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong! Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church where her father, a former pop star, is the worship leader. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad's former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad's old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she's always dreamed about. Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?

Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4 and is “Family Approved” by the Dove Foundation. The Grace Unplugged Cast: AJ Michalka James Denton Kevin Pollak Michael Welch

Please feel free to enter the Grace Unplugged Prize Pack Giveaway.

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Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Mysteries on DVD & Digital NOW


Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries
Get ready for mischief, mystery and marvelous good times in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries.  You’ll follow the clues to fun and adventure as Strawberry and her pals learn to face their fears, become real-life heroines and find some missing VIP’s (Very Important Pets)!  It’s glimmery girl power to the rescue in these stories of friendship!                               

Special Features
·         Printable Coloring Pages

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries DVD

Street Date:                September 24, 2013
Prebook Date:             August 28, 2013
Screen Format:           Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:                        English: 5.1 DD
                                    Spanish: 2.0 Surround DD
Subtitles:                    English/Spanish
U.S. Rating:               NR
Total Run Time:        66 minutes
Closed Captioned:      Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film, a News Corporation company. Representing over 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital Copy, DigitalHD™, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

The 411 by Maria:
If you were a Strawberry Shortcake fan, isn't it time you introduced her to your daughter? The new Strawberry Shortcake is so much more fun, colorful, smarter, and wondrous than when we were little girls.   

This is some vivid, colorful animation. Berry and her friends are all so cute and friendly. They know how to be a friend and work together to solve all their problems. Life is better with friends. Girl Power rules with Strawberry and her friends.

Print this coloring sheet out and get ready for a fun adventure with Strawberry and your little ones.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received. We received a complimentary DVD as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider

Cinderelephant Is A Cinderella Story That Even Boys Will Like


Prince Trunky is on the lookout for a bride and the whole kingdom is invited to a ball. The Warty Sisters are determined to keep Cinderella at home and snag the handsome bachelor for themselves, but the Furry Godmouse has other ideas. The moment Cinderelephant trips into his arms, Prince Trunky knows that she is his one true love, but can he track down the lady who fits her dainty (well - almost dainty) slipper? Emma Dodd is on rip-roaring form with this hilarious take on a well-loved fairy tale.

The 411 by Maria:

My kids and I sat down to read this together because I really thought 10 year old Handsome would find it funny as well. Most boys are not into princess stories but this one had mean and smelly wart sisters so I thought, why not?!

The photos show a very large, female elephant who like Cinderella is not allowed to go to the ball with her sisters. Her fairy Godmouse turns her into a princess and she does go. The bored prince is very happy to see her until she has to rush out because the magic only lasts a few hours. Upon leaving she looses a very large shoe and the prince searches for her by finding someone who fits the shoe.

The Cinderella story stays intact but is very cute with a large elephant as our main focus.

Adorable story that I cannot wait to read to my daughter's class.

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

A Booster Seat That Fits In Your Bag!

Last week was Child Passenger Safety Week and what better way to get into the spirit than to talk about why my daughter is still in a booster seat!

Goddess is a tiny girl and I am driving a tiny car. She is only 40 pounds and under 4 feet tall so I have been keeping her in a  Booster seat much to her dismay because while she is embarrassed and wants to be like her brother, he is much, much bigger. She keeps asking if she can be without a booster when she is his age and I tell her that it has nothing to do with age. I think parents take their kids out of the booster seats way too quickly. Yes, it is easier to manage switching cars, you have more room without them BUT...none of that matters to me if the child is not safe. It is all about safety for me when my kids are in the car. 

We recently found out about BubbleBum Inflatable Car BoosterSeat which was created with safety top of mind! Sounds like a seat for Goddess but I needed to know if it worked and meet all of the US safety standards before mentioning to my friends.

BubbleBum DOES meet all U.S. safety standards and has positioning clips to safely ensure the car seat belt is placed below the abdomen and soft tissue, addressing one of the most common injuries that children face. This past weekend my PBA Department held a car seat safety checkpoint at our ambulance corp and they were all quite impressed with the seat and the ease. Great alternative for the kids who are older but still need additional safety measures besides the seat belt.  It is lightweight and extremely portable, BubbleBum will make sure your most important passenger is safe in all cars.

All you do is untwist the cap and blow air into it. Turn the cap to lock the air and go.


It is small
Completely portable (remove the air, fold into carry bag and go.
Light weight, I could fold this and put it in my pocketbook
Easy to use and lock into place with car seat belts
Reasonably priced


I always get a mouth full of regurgitated air. Wish there was a way to push pump it up. What the heck am I doing wrong? 

Bubble Bum on Facebook

We truly love this and it is perfect for my Goddess who was starting to get embarrassed when her friends asked, "you are still in a car seat?"

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary Bubble Bum for our honest opinion. No compensation was received.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


For Immediate Release
September 19, 2013

Celebratory Oct. 26 Event To Be Hosted by SNL’s Kenan Thompson,
Featuring a Performance by Pop-Star Cody Simpson,
and Martha Stewart as the Halloween-Expert Judge of a
Nationwide Costume Competition that Anyone Can Enter and Anyone Can Win

LOS ANGELES — The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, announced today that Bailee Madison (“Trophy Wife”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), Raini Rodriguez (“Austin & Ally”), Keean Johnson (“Spooksville”) and Todd Newton (“Family Game Night”) will present at the star-studded “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” celebrating all things Halloween. As previously announced, “Saturday Night Live” actor and comedian, Kenan Thompson, will host the one-of-a-kind special, including a performance by chart-topping musician Cody Simpson. The “Halloween Bash” will also include the first-ever nationwide 50-state costume competition judged by a celebrity panel, including Halloween-expert Martha Stewart. The live-to-tape event will be broadcast on Saturday, October 26, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT. Additional presenters, judges and chart-topping musical acts will also be announced shortly.

With more than two-dozen credits to her name, Bailee Madison's feature films credits include the recently released “Parental Guidance," “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” “Just Go With It” and “Brothers." Madison’s TV credits also include the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series,” and the upcoming comedy series “Trophy Wife."

Actress Laura Marano, a series regular on the popular series “Austin & Ally” has starred in the feature film “Superbad” and television series “The Sarah Silverman Program.”

Rico Rodriguez, known for his role as “Manny Delgado” on the comedy series “Modern Family,” has also starred in the Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series” and in the feature film “The Muppets.”

Rodriguez’s older sister, Raini Rodriguez, is a series regular actress on “Austin & Ally” and starred in the films “Girl in Progress” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

Rising teen star Keean Johnson is the lead actor in the Hub Network’s upcoming fall series “Spooksville,” which premieres Saturday, October 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT immediately following the “Halloween Bash.” Johnson has also starred on Broadway in the acclaimed play, “Billy Elliot.”

Winner of the 2012 Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for the Hub Network’s “Family Game Night,” Todd Newton is also the host of “The Price is Right Live!”

In preparation for the “Halloween Bash,” the Hub Network launched a nationwide costume competition, which is open from now until Sunday, September 29. Fifty semi-finalists representing each state in America will win a trip to Los Angeles to be a part of the two-hour star-studded event. One lucky winner will take home $25,000 and will have a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” Viewers can visit to view a two-minute tutorial with complete details and entry information about the nationwide costume competition. 

The special will also include chart-topping musical performances, celebrity presenters and lots of entertaining tricks and treats for kids and their families. The “Halloween Bash” will take place at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif. Bob Bain serves as executive producer and Paul Flattery is producer for Bob Bain Productions. Additional presenters, judges and chart-topping musical acts will also be announced shortly.

Sponsors of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” include Activision's Skylanders SWAP Force, Hasbro’s Furby Boom! and Party City.

About the Hub Network
The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in over 73 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

Visit the Hub Network on Facebook at and Twitter @HubTVNetwork

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Croods - Our Pre-Party Planning Is Underway and A GIVEAWAY #TheCroodsDVD @FHEInsiders

The movie is coming on October 1st and we are so excited.  The kids and I are hosting a Croods Party this Sunday thanks to 20th Century Fox for 10 of our friends. We will be watching the movie, playing some games and each kid will be going home with a party bag.

None of the children coming to the party have seen the movie so they are all really excited and so am I. It looks hysterical. Have you seen it? Our party is being held at a friend's home. The kids range in age from 3 - 11. We are having a ton of snacks and everyone is bringing something to share.

Here is a clip from the movie.

Want to host your own Croods Party, check out these adorable additions

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If you are as excited as we are, please enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter below to win a Croods DVD and Belt Plush valued at over $30.00. Isn't he cute?

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A New Friend Joins Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood This Friday

On Friday, September 27, a new friend is coming to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in a brand-new episode of the critically-acclaimed animated series for preschoolers from The Fred Rogers Company on PBS KIDS (check local listings)! The show will explore an especially meaningful theme, one that was close to the heart of children’s TV pioneer Fred Rogers – that in some ways we are different, but in so many ways we are the same.

Meet Chrissie, Prince Wednesday’s 6-year-old cousin, who plans to visit the Neighborhood of Make-Believe frequently. Daniel really likes it when Chrissie comes around, because she is friendly, outgoing and knows how to use her imagination very well! Chrissie uses crutches as well as braces on her legs to help her walk. When asked about her disability, Chrissie proudly talks about the many things she’s able to do on her own, as well as what she needs help with. Chrissie’s matter-of-fact responses give Daniel, as well as young viewers, a wonderful opportunity to learn about someone who is different from a preschool perspective. 

When you help your young child realize that differences are okay, you set the stage for them to appreciate diversity throughout their life. Here are some tips from The Fred Rogers Company and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to help you reinforce with your own little “neighbors” at home that everyone is special in their own way!

·         Model Friendliness – Children learn from example and from the things we say. Help your children respect others by the way you greet people, talk with them, and speak about them afterwards.

·         Create a Family Book – Work with your child to create a book together about your family titled, “How We’re Alike and How We’re Different.” 

·         Meeting New Friends Sit down with your child and talk about how it feels to meet someone new. Reassure them that we all can feel a little shy, scared or confused when people look or behave differently. 

·         Value Differences – Arrange a small get-together with one or two other families. Each could make a snack that may be new or different to the others, possibly an ethnic food or one that's special to their family in other ways.

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