“Best of” Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Presents Best of Walden! GIVEAWAY!!

We’re thrilled to present Best of Walden!, the third wubbtastic installment of the “Best of” Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  

Starring the one and only Walden, Wubbzy’s good friend and Wuzzleburg’s top thinker, the action-packed new “Best of Walden” DVD will take fans nationwide on exciting journeys! Young viewers will catch Walden’s contagious curiosity for non-stop fun, fun, fun in the stand-out collection of seven engaging episodes!  Fans are in for a sweet treat when Walden bakes a marshmallow lasagna for Wubbzy in “Perfecto Party,” plays his “hoopty horn” in “Goo Goo Grief,” and collects figgety-fig leaves with his best pals in “The Last Leaf!”  “Best of Walden” (SRP: $14.98) also features episodes “Mr. Cool,” “Woozy Walden,” “Walden on the Beach” – and a super special bonus episode, “Come Spy with Me!”  Cool coloring and activity sheets and dance-inducing music videos are included on the DVD, too!

  Visit here www.facebook.com/WWWubbzy to learn more and get in on the Wubb fun! 

Produced by Bolder Media, Inc. in association with Starz Media’s Film Roman Animation Studio, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has been a hit with young viewers and families since its 2006 premiere on Nickelodeon®. The top-rated series, which airs daily on Nick Jr®, supports preschool social skills – sharing, listening, compromising, helping and appreciating others, self-awareness and the use of humor as a coping skill.  Although their world is more fanciful and imaginative than our own, Wubbzy and his friends deal with the same social and developmental issues faced by preschoolers.  They learn how they fit into a group, how to understand their own feelings and those of others, how to get along with one another and about the value of friendship and community.

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4 Ingredients Gluten Free Cookbook Review!!

I have been a fan of the 4 Ingredient cookbooks since I received my very first one over  a year ago. And who wouldn’t be, with over 400 recipes for easy, delicious meals that take 4 Ingredients or less and can all be be made with 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon and 1 measuring cup! This means simple, healthy, affordable and quick meals that even your youngest kids can help make!

Then, we discovered a few months ago that our 9 year old son is gluten intolerant. So we went on a gluten free journey. I have to tell you, its not fun. I tried to go gluten free for the whole family, but gluten free ingredients are expensive, and never come in large enough packages for a family of 8.  Most gluten free recipes take a lot of ingredients. A lot of the time I windup  making two completely separate meals just so he can eat. Talk about time consuming, not to mention expensive!

I was so happy to get this book, 4 Ingredients Gluten Free to review. While I don’t use this cookbook for every meal, its very nice on super busy days to just grab this book and toss something together that he can eat.

Its also nice that the entire family loves the recipes, and usually don’t even notice that they are gluten free! Some of our favorites have been the almond slices, Parmesan wedges, and the tangy chicken tenders. I love that all these use four ingredients or less, making them affordable for our large family and that they were delicious and so easy my youngest kids were able to make them themselves.

Not sure if this is the perfect Gluten Free book for you and your family? Check out these great gluten free recipes from 4 Ingredients! Then, once your hooked, go buy the book!

Stella Strawberry Childrens Book Review

Stella Strawberry: The Fruit of Love
Yira Bernard Jones
Illustrated by David C. Rhoades

 

My Thoughts:

This is a very adorable book. It quickly became a favorite at our house. Stella is a loving character that teaches children how to be loving people and that God loves each and every one of us. The story is reinforced with Bible verses throughout and the lesson is a valuable one. I cant wait for the next book in the series to come out.  These books definitely have a permanent spot on our family bookshelf.

Press Release:

Children’s book teaches values and love with playful fruit characters

California children’s book author, Yira Jones has published the first of a planned series of Christian children’s books with playful fruity characters who teach God’s will. 

Her book Stella Strawberry: The Fruit of Love teaches children how to be loving people.Yira’s goal is to show children a glimpse of a mighty God who loves us greatly and gently shapes our character and lives.Instead of teaching traditional bible stories, she uses friendly fruit characters to teach character building from a  biblical perspective (based on the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). 

I am confident that children will enjoy learning from characters, who literally represent “the Fruits” of His Spirit,” she said.

By using God’s word and giving it a fun rhythmic quality, Stella Strawberry, will give children an understanding of how important it is to be filled with this fruit of the spirit. 

 A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to ZOE, a non-profit organization that cares for orphans and rescues children from human trafficking.   Yira personally experienced the impact this organization is making when she traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to work with the orphans.

Available in bookstores online and through the publisher.  For more information, visit  www.fruityfriendsbooks.com

List $12.00

Trade paper 32 pages

ISBN: 0615632394  ISBN-13: 9780615632391 

Lightning House Publishing and Production, LLC

About the Author

Yira Jones is the creator and author of the Fruity Friends books series.  She has a Business degree from the University of Southern California and over a decade of Corporate Sales experience.  She was inspired to create this collection after a year-long bible study she attended, which focused on the Fruits of the Spirit. 

She lives in Canyon Country, near Valencia, California.

Canadian Sensation SplashNBoots Review + Giveaway!

2012 Canadian Children’s Group of
the Year, Splash’N Boots, are releasing their highly anticipated sixth
album “Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree”!

My Thoughts:

I thought, to be honest, that this would be another annoying childrens show, that my kids would love and I would hate. I was wrong. Its very cute and funny. It kept the kids attention and my three year old absolutely loved it. She loves the songs and the games and couldnt wait to go play Hide N Seek like they did in the show.

Press Release:
Hot off the heels of a cross-Canada theatre tour with Treehouse LIVE, the
cutting-edge duo have written the new compilation based on feedback from
their fans. All 15 song titles as well as the album’s name were decided
and voted on by Splash’N Boots fans via the group’s Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/splashnboots), and fans were also involved every step of
the way during the writing process. Over the course of seven months, fans
were continually asked to chime in with fun ideas for lyrics, making this
album the ultimate band/fan collaboration.

“This album truly has been a labour of love,” says Nick the group’s
‘Splash’. “We’re nothing without our fans and we’re so happy that they’ve
played such a major part in the writing process.”

Awarded 2012 Canadian Children’s Group of the Year at the SiriusXM Indie
Awards this past March, Splash’N Boots have made special mention in the
CD’s booklet to fans who suggested each winning song title. In addition,
the duo will be donating one dollar of every album sale to Sick Kids
Hospital, an organization they have proudly supported since the inception
of their career, recently donating $1000 after selling one thousand copies
of their “Back In Yellow” CD.

With their infectious music video “For the Love of Dance” currently on
national rotation on Treehouse TV, Splash’N Boots already have eight brand
new music videos in the works for the new album, which as always star
their fans- parents and children alike.

With six CDs and two full-length DVDs under their belts, as well as over
1,000 international festival and theatre performances, there is no sign of
slowing down for this breakthrough team. In addition to their music video
currently on heavy rotation on Treehouse TV, the duo performed in 11
cities this fall with Treehouse LIVE for the Roll Play Live Animal Party
tour – based on Treehouse TV’s award-winning show Roll Play. Subsequently,
the breakout pair landed an additional four music videos as well as four
half hour episodes of Roll Play that will air on the popular children’s
network in late 2012.

Splash’N Boots are constantly connected to their fans via social media
channels. With a growing following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Instagram, the two have a lot in store for the remaining of 2012 as well
as 2013, including new music videos and international performances.

For more information, including tour dates and to purchase merchandise,
please visit www.splashnboots.com.

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Time4Learning.com Review!

I was really excited about this review as I have been wanting to try Time4Learning.com with my younger kids. I was a little unsure of using a completely online curriculum, but after 30 days, I am glad we tried it. My youngest boys ages 7 and 9 really learned a lot using Time4Learning. They loved the fun games and the attention grabbing worksheets. They couldnt wait to start school in the mornings. My 9 year old has some math and reading problems and it was pretty amazing to see him start reading better in just a month and really enjoy and understand the math lessons. Meanwhile my 7 year old loved learning about all the insects in the science class. He loves nature and bugs and he was really excited that learning about bugs and insects were part of his curriculum and that he could understand the lessons.

  I loved that with just a click of the mouse I could see what my kids had done that day, print out a report or even assign harder or not so hard assignments. The program is easy to understand and navigate.

I also signed my three year old up for the preschool class. I do have to say Time4Learning didnt hold her attention long. But she is three. Nothing holds her attention long. The games for her age were very colorful, educational and fun.  I will try again with her in a year or so. She loves to do school, as long as it only takes about 5 minutes to do! :)

Time4Learning.com is not just for homeschoolers! It would be a great after school or summer program to help your kids keep up, or get ahead. The lessons are fun, educational and attention grabbing. My kids definitely learned a lot in the last 30 days and had a lot of fun learning it.

If your thinking about homeschooling but dont know where to start, helping your kids get ahead after school, or keeping your kids busy this coming summer while they learn then Time4Learning.com is just what you are looking for.

Head on over to check Time4Learning.com out!

Here are some other links to check out too!

http://www.Time4Learning.com – Online interactive curriculum for home use, PreK-8th Grade.
http://www.Time4Writing.com – Online writing tutorials for high, middle, and elementary school students.
http://www.Time4Learning.net – A forum to chat with parents online about kids, education, parenting and more…
http://www.Time4Learning.com – Online interactive curriculum for home use, PreK-8th Grade.
http://www.Time4Writing.com – Online writing tutorials for high, middle, and elementary school students.
http://www.Time4Learning.net – A forum to chat with parents online about kids, education, parenting and more…

I was given a one month free trial in compensation to use Time4Learning in order to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Shushybye Baby DVD Set Review + Giveaway!!

The new season of Shushybye, with brand new episodes, is finally here on BabyFirst!!!

DVD Collection_2

Shushybye is an original preschool entertainment and lifestyle brand, encompassing a national television series, national radio show, Video On Demand programming, series of bedtime storybooks, toys and plush dolls, music CDs, DVDs and sleepwear. Shushybye is all about dreams…dreams made especially for children by the Shushies who live in Shushybye villages such as Nap Valley, Snore Shore and Slumber Heights.  But children have to go to bed on time in order to get their Shushybye dreams (i.e. when Mommy tells them!).  Children make their Dream Wish before they go to sleep.  The Shushies make all their dreams then place them in Dream Boxes.  Conductor McCloud puts the Dream Boxes on the Shushybye Train and transports them to children as they fall asleep on time.

My Thoughts:

Putters loves the cute songs, and shows on this DVD set. I love that it helps my very active 3 year old calm down and relax a little before getting ready for bed, or even just a quiet time. Even my younger boys (age 7 and 9) will sit and watch this show, giving me some much needed quiet time to get things done, or just to be able to relax for a few minutes. Its also helped with getting Putters to bed on time. She sleeps the least amount of any of my children. She stopped taking naps over a year ago and most nights does not go to sleep until well past 10:00 p.m. and is usually up before 8:00 a.m.! Since watching this video almost daily, she is at least staying in her bed and quietly playing with toys or books at bedtime (8:30 p.m.) instead of running crazy through the house until she crashes!

On Sunday, January 27, BabyFirst, America’s television destination for parent-child interactive entertainment  debuted the new season of its popular music-centric series Shushybye Baby. (BabyFirst is available on DirecTV, Dish Network and Comcast.)

To celebrate the new season, Shushabye would like to offer a blessed reader a special three DVD collection – the entire series collection of the multi award-winning and critically-acclaimed children’s television show. The DVDs include:

26 all-new complete episodes
56 Shushybye music videos
60 Original Shushybye songs in all
and
Over 40 fun-filled story-vignettes starring the Shushies!

Shushybye Video Material:

The Late Monkees Singer, Davy Jones, Sings a Shushybye Song:

Shushybye Show Footage:


ShushybyeSizzle FINAL Vimeo from Shushybye and Dreamsters on Vimeo.

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BISSELL’s Step-By-Step Guide to Spring Cleaning Floors

Spring has officially sprung and while our minds wander to the thought of sunnier, warmer days spent outdoors, it’s important to think about the indoors and get a jump on spring cleaning. During the long winter months, carpets and flooring can especially take a hit after enduring holiday season spills and winter soil, like snow, mud and dirt.

 While the thought of cleaning floors throughout the entire house can feel like a daunting task, you can help your readers face the big spring clean and the months in-between with a few simple tips from BISSELL, the experts in floor care, which are included below.

· Carpets

  The Spring Clean

1.      Move as much furniture out of the way as possible. If furniture is too heavy to be moved, invest in furniture glides to make moving them easier.

2.      Vacuum the entire room thoroughly. For heavier traffic areas, go over the area 5 – 7 times. For light traffic areas and spots usually under furniture, go over the area 3 – 4 times.

3.      If there are deep set-in stains, use a pre-treat cleaner to help penetrate the carpet and loosen the stain.

4.      Next, use a deep cleaner to remove ground-in dirt and stains. Move the deep cleaner in forward and backward passes slowly over each area. It is best to wait about 4 to 6 hours for the carpet to dry. Use a fan to increase air circulation and speed drying. BISSELL recommends deep cleaning at least twice a year to help prolong the look of carpets. Deep cleaners can also be used to clean rugs and upholstery.

5.      Once the carpet has fully dried, run the vacuum once more throughout the room to finish cleaning.

 The In-Between

1.      Between deep cleans, vacuum the entire area of the carpet at least once per week. For high traffic areas, it is best to vacuum twice weekly.

2.      To amplify the effects of vacuuming, use Febreze™ Carpet Deodorizing Powders on your carpets. Before vacuuming, just sprinkle the powder over the area to be treated. Wait a few minutes and then vacuum the area thoroughly. The powder helps to clean 3x better than vacuuming alone because it clings to the dirt and hair in the carpet, allowing for easier pickup. It also leaves a light scent to keep the home smelling fresh.

Flooring (Hardwood, Linoleum, Vinyl or Tile)

·        The Spring Clean

1.      Depending on what room is being cleaned, move large appliances, furniture and rugs out of the way. To avoid scratching surfaces, use furniture glides when moving heavier furniture out of the way.

2.      For the best results, sweep and then vacuum the entire room.

3.      Finally, use a steam cleaner to clean and sanitize the floor. Not only do steam cleaners remove dirt and residue, they also eliminate germs and bacteria due to the high temperature of the steam. The floor will be dry within seconds. Fast and simple!

  The In-Between

1.      To prevent tracking dirt and water across the floor, be sure to place doormats at all entrances. This will not only keep floors cleaner but will also reduce the risk of abrasive materials collecting on the floor and scratching the surface.

2.      Clean your hard floors at least once a week using one or a combination of the following: a sweeper, a dust/dry mop, a hard floor cleaner or a wood floor cleaner. This will help floors keep their shine longer.

What Do Hues Say About You? LightInTheBox.Com Tells Us!!

With spring almost in full bloom & summer just around the corner, now is your chance to refresh your wardrobe with the latest fashion trends.  What better time to step out of your comfort zone (you know you’ve played it safe with subtle shades of navy, or sophisticated black tones for years now) and explore the hottest color trends in fashion today.
LightInTheBox.com – the chic within reach site for special occasion dresses at up to 80% off retail – offers you a sneak peek into five hot color trends for Spring/Summer 2013, as well as insight into what the color hues you select says about your personality and style!
Five Hot Color Trends: What Do Hues Say About You?

LightInTheBox.com Price: $89.99

Link to dress: http://tinyurl.com/d27zuuj

 
Alluring red has been turning heads for centuries as it exudes a woman’s passion, sexiness and confidence.  If you are looking to make a bold and dramatic statement, then set the room on fire in red!
LightInTheBox.com Price: $99.00
 
You no longer have to be just Pretty in Pale Pink – it’s now time to up the vibe in glamorous fuschia!  Named after the flower of the Fuschia plant, fuschia is a playful, fresh and flirty color that gives any style dress more pop and pizzazz!
LightInTheBox.com Price: $199.99
 
Hello sunshine!  A sweet, cheerful, fresh, and airy color, you’ll never be in a bad mood wearing easy-breezy yellow!
LightInTheBox.com Price: $99.99
 
Being the color of the sky and water, blues hues have long been known for tranquility and balance.  Kick it up a notch with electrifying and vivacious cobalt blue and you’ll be making all new waves in your wardrobe.
LightInTheBox.com Price: $129.99
Once a very risky color to wear, emerald green is now making a strikingly bold entrance into the fashion world.  Shades of green have always symbolized nature and balance, but it’s emerald in all its beauty & boldness that makes others green with envy.
We are women – hear us roar (that’s a nod to Helen Reddy for those who remember her!) Whatever color you decide – just rock it and make it your own!

Pirate’s Booty® Sets Sail with Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land

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Ahoy matey!

I have some exciting news to share with you regarding Pirate’s Booty, all-natural snacks.  Pirate’s Booty recently announced its new look for a special limited edition 12-pack of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty, themed to the Disney Junior preschool series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a favorite show at our house and Pirates Booty is an all time favorite snack. My kids love the taste and I love that its natural and healthy for them. What more could a mom ask for?

Sea Cliff, N.Y. (February 20, 2013) – Pirate’s Booty®, a leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, is pleased to announce its new look, themed to the Disney Junior preschool series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  A new snack launch for 2013, Pirate’s Booty is offering a special Limited Edition 12-pack of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty.

The Limited Edition Jake and the Never Land Pirates multipack features Pirate’s Booty’s best-selling product – Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar.  The pack also features Jake and the Never Land Pirates characters and games to keep the crew engaged during snack time.  The little treasures half-ounce size of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is just 65-calories and is the perfect portion for the lunchbox or when on-the-go.

Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, cable TV’s #1 series among Boys 2-5 for the past two consecutive years, revolves around a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mister Smee, from the Disney film classic “Peter Pan.”

“We (at Pirate’s Booty) are excited to collaborate with Disney Junior on this special Jake and the Never Land Pirates snack,” stated Eric Berniker, Pirate’s Booty Vice President of Marketing.  “Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Pirate’s Booty both embody the fun-loving, adventurous and optimistic spirit that we all love.  Pirate’s Booty is proud to give consumers a delicious and all-natural snacking option with the release of the Limited Edition half-ounce 12-pack of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar,” he continued.

“The Jake and the Never Land Pirates edition of Pirates Booty is a fun way to extend the Disney Junior brand, as it represents a snack that the whole family can feel good about eating,” said JD Edwards, Senior Vice President of Media Networks Licensing at Disney Consumer Products.

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack made from puffed rice and corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese.  Pirate’s Booty has all the fun, but half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it’s a snack that kids and moms agree on.  Pirate’s Booty is gluten-free and made in a peanut and tree-nut free facility.  The Limited Edition Jake and the Never Land Pirates half-ounce 12-packs are available at retailers nationwide.

About Pirate Brands

Pirate Brands, a leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, is
located in Sea Cliff, NY and has been creating healthier treasures
since 1987.  The company was founded on the belief that you shouldn’t
have to “snackrifice” taste and fun for health.  Pirate Brands produces
deliciously baked, all-natural, trans fat and gluten free snacks that
include Pirate’s Booty, Smart Puffs and Tings.  Pirate Brands’ snacks
are free from fryers and ingredients you can’t pronounce, Arrr.
Products are sold in the US.  For more information visit:
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YONANAS GETS COLORFUL – Enter To WIN One!!

We love, absolutely love, our Yonanas dessert maker. As you may know, Yonanas is a small appliance that uses its patented technology and high-torque blade to emulsify frozen fruit ONLY into a creamy, tasty dessert that is just like ice cream—only much healthier.  www.yonanas.com

And now Yonanas are getting even better with beautiful colors that will brighten up any kitchen!

Dessert maker gets bold with a daring new line of vivid colors

 CLEVELAND, OH (April 8, 2013) – Yonanas, America’s favorite small appliance for the kitchen that turns frozen bananas and other frozen fruit into a healthy, delicious treat that looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream, is getting colorful this spring.

 Eileen McHale, co-founder and spokesperson of Healthy Foods, LLC, is scheduled to unveil Yonanas’ new colorful machines on QVC® April 10, 2013 (QVC Item #K39252).  A departure from the treat maker’s signature sleek, silver hue, the bright and fun spring colors including cinnamon, blue, purple, hot pink, orange, white, yellow and neon green will brighten up kitchens across the country with delicious and healthy treats and desserts. The traditional shade of will still be available as well.

 ”The new colored machines are a great addition to the Yonanas family and add a fun twist to the Yonanas-making process,” said McHale.  “Just like the frozen treat, the new line is a pleasure you don’t have to feel guilty about.”

 Viewers can follow Yonanas on Twitter before the show for a chance to participate in a giveaway. Followers can also tweet at Yonanas using the hashtag “#ColorMeHealthy.”

The new machines will be available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.  To learn more about the machines and get great recipes visit www.yonanas.com.

 QVC, the Q and the Q ribbon logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.