Category: Product Reviews

Bands On The Run DVD {review}

There’s no doubt that many parents know all about the craze with those stretchy shaped bracelets that are all the rage with kids these days. Well known brands include Silly Bandz, Crazy Bands, & stretchy shapes. My daughter and I think these bands are pretty neat and I’m just pleased with how no matter how pulled or stretched out we’ve made these bracelets that they continue to stay in their original shape! I have no idea how they do it!

We are excited to shed the light on a brand new playful animated movie that features fun bouncy characters created in mind to spread the word about the huge rubber band craze that’s spreading all over the nation called “Bands on The Run”. This film follows the exploits of five novelty rubber bands who find themselves deserted after accidentally falling off the back of a delivery truck. They seem lost until Edison, the brainy light bulb shaped band, blurts out a bright idea – “Follow that truck!” and, together Edison, Roxie (rock star), Daisy (flower), Ray (TV) and Amelia (airplane) – band together to make their way to the toy store and ultimately onto the wrists of happy children! It’s really rather cute!

A bonus is that each DVD includes a set of ten limited edition bands featuring the loveable characters from the movie. My daughter who just turned three really enjoys playing with the bands and thinks it’s pretty neat that they are characters in this title!

Band on The Run is approximately an hour movie and has fun features which include animated storyboards and the “Making of” featurette. Bands on The Run  will be available on May 31st and is retailing for $14.98. If your kids are fans of those stretchy bands, this is one title you’ll want to pick up!

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

 

Scrambled States of America .. and more stories by Laurie Keller {review}

Format: DVD/Single | Run time: 66 mins. +extras | Price: $14.95srp | Street Date: May 24

LEARN THE 50 STATES THE EASY WAY WITH LAURIE KELLER’S BEST-SELLING CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC, ON A NEW DVD FEATURING MORE THAN AN HOUR OF ANIMATED STORIES ADAPTED FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR!

One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy and announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made  Nebraska, sick of hearing North Dakota and South Dakota bicker all the time, agrees to help organize a party for all the states. When, at the party, they all decide to switch places to see a new part of the country, what will happen to “The Scrambled States of America?” Best-selling author/illustrator Laurie Keller’s auspicious debut has become a contemporary classic, providing the most enjoyable and engaging means of learning the 50 states ever!

THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA…AND MORE STORIES BY LAURIE KELLER features more than an hour of carefully animated stories by the wildly talented Keller including “The Scrambled States of America Talent Show”, “Do Unto Otters” and “Open Wide: Tooth School Inside”. The original stories featured on the DVD have won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor, ALA Notable, Nick Jr. Best Book, and more, and bonus extras include read along captioning, discussion questions, an interview with Keller and the music video “Tooth School Anthem”.

Our Thoughts…

This is a really great educational DVD collection of stories! And though it’s beyond my daughter whom is turning three this month, I’m going to be saving it for her to enjoy in a few years time. The educational benefits of the stories showcased in this collection are quite a few things and one is geographical. When it comes to the two SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA stories featured, your child will learn how to recognize states as well as to take the state abbreviations to heart!

The DO UNTO OTTERS story teaches children the importance of manners and how to be neighborly. This is a really cute story on how Mr. Rabbit learns how to behave when it comes to his new neighbors the Otters. Mr Owl as wise as he is, gives some great advice we all should take to heart!

OPEN WIDE: TOOTH SCHOOL INSIDE is a fasincating story that teaches children about their teeth and dental hygiene! This is a great story for children ages 3 and up I believe. My daughter will be having her first dental visit soon and I think this is a greatly descriptive story to ease into going and not to be worried about it.

DVD Features

Two Full-Length Bonus Stories Exclusive to DVD: “John Henry” Adapted from the Caldecott Honor Book by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “Johnny Appleseed” by Reeve Lindbergh, Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen; The Star Spangled Banner Documentary; Read Along; Interactive Menus; Story Selection.

I highly recommend this collection to add your own personal DVD library today!

Visit www.newkideo.com to learn more about Scholastic Storybook Treasures!

Disclaimer: I received the mentioned DVD’s to review from Weston Woods, Studio (Scholastic: www.newkideo.com) and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).

 


Green Toys | Dump Truck {Review & Giveaway}

I’m a huge fan of Green Toys! We support this company 100% because they are doing wonders in reducing their carbon footprint. They offer a great collection of products made in the USA that are created from food-safe recycled milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions! No more worries about what your little one touches or puts in their mouth with these toys  as they contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates, or external coatings. Green Toys is doing every thing they can to save energy by focusing on transportation cost even when it comes down to packaging!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Green Toys Dump Truck! But first I’d encourage you to check out the other Green Toys products I have reviewed which include a tea set/dishware play set and their Sand Play Set which we brought along with us to the beach on vacation just last week!

The Green Toys Dump Truck is recommended for children ages 1 year and up. I intentionally picked out this dump truck for my son because I know eventually he’ll get plenty of hours of play out of it but right now he’s a little too young for it at 4 1/2 months old. On the other hand, my daughter who just turned three was more than happy to help me out with my review.

This dump truck came just in time to be brought along with us on vacation to the beach! It was a great addition to our Green Toys Sand Play Set and took up practically no space at all with all of our other luggage. No flimsy plastic here, this truck is extremely durable and created also with no metal axles! As a mom I am welcoming that there are no sharp edges for children to get injured on! I also have no worries in my mind that this toy could not be broken very easily. I believe toys need to be able to withstand the roughness of children at play and this one fits the bill!

The Green Toys Dump Truck is fantastic to take along to the beach or the park but it’s also great for indoor use for lugging  those building blocks or whatever else your little one dreams up around! It’s a great toy and I give it five out of five stars! We honestly can’t wait to start collecting the other Green Toy vehicles which include a recycling truck, fire engine, race cars, and more!

Green Toys offers many other wonderful products as well that are all durable, educational, engaging, interactive, and lots of fun! I encourage everyone to check them out!  I’ve been pretty excited about all the new additions such as their recently added table wear collection!

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One US winner will get the chance to win their very own Green Toys Dump Truck (RTV: 27.99)!

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Disclaimer: I was sent this set  from Green Toys to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Mixbook Hardcover Photo Book {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 


I don’t know about you, but I prefer to make photo books online with my photos! One reason is because  I’m able to share my family memories in a fun creative way without having to spend extra money on scrap-booking supplies to beautify my collection. And another reason is that I can not only make myself a book but I can easily purchase more copies to share with family and friends as gifts even if not immediate, I can save my projects to purchase again later.

Have you heard about Mixbook? After having a large collection of books from numerous places, I was surprised that I hadn’t already. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to review a complimentary 20 page 11×8.5 hardcover photo book to enjoy and share my thoughts on. I couldn’t be happier with my experience with using Mixbook and the quality of the book I have received.

So to get started, you’ll be able to pick what type of book you’d like to create either one of their templates or completely blank! There’s no download of a book editor necessary which just takes up time and extra space on your computer. The next option given has where you can pull photos from your computer and/or popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Picassa, and more! I couldn’t believe how fast the transfer process was to bring my collection of photos to use in my book was!

I choose one of the premade themes from Mixbook called “Spring” to use to create my book. I was impressed to find that everything in the book was completely 100% customizable from the background, frames, text, stickers, and more! I loved I could easily drag and drop my photos from page to page and the great custom features offered to me! For instance there’s Photo Zoom, Rotations, Custom Frames, Custom Color Matching, and more!

After ordering, the processing of my book and shipping was very quick! The book was well packaged to ensure it got to me safely without any wear or tear. I love the feel of this book and am happy that Mixbook uses archival-quality silk paper to ensure that my sentimental snapshots have a glossy look and feel! The quality beyond met my expectations! I’m very happy with my photo book and will be using Mixbook again for my photo books needs!

Buy It: Photo books start at just $5.24 for mini albums and range in price up to $37.49! Mixbook also has other products available which include holiday cards and customizable photo calendar.

Coupon Code: You can receive 20% off your first photo book by using code: TOMOSON20! Hurry on over and create a beautiful photo book you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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