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Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway

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The Old Factory’s hand-poured soy wax candles are certainly something special! I used to think I’d never light another candle in my home that was scented but I was wrong. My husband and I in the past have had some pretty severe allergic reactions to scented candles which include excessive sneezing and bad headaches but not with these! These candles have been a joy to light up and enjoy since each burns so cleanly.

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The Winter Wonderland set I received includes the themed scents of Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, & First Snow. These scents are amazing and do the season justice. The Hot Cocoa is certainly my favorite because you know girls love their chocolate. The scents fill up the room but aren’t overpowering. Subtle but sustaining for the time left lit. These fragrance certainly get me excited for the upcoming season and will most certainly be lit during get- tog-ethers and when participating in Winter indoor activities.

Each of the many themed and scented sets comes with three 2 ounces candles. The candles are in little glass jars with twist top lids. I imagine after the candles have fully burned all the way down, the jars can be easily recycled or used for something else around the house. The size actually makes storing these out of the way easy. I will admit that the candles at first glance seemed very small but I’ve lit them many times and you can hardly tell! The wick is self-trimming and the candles burn very evenly. The company says each will burn for 20 hours and that’s could amount of use for any small sized candle.
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I love the old fashion text and coloring of all the labeling. The said design adds a little flair and would be perfect set aside in country themed areas of the home. These candles are all hand-poured in USA using natural soy wax and premium fragrance oil. I’ve come across quite a few people that have given up candles altogether that I’ve going to be sure to tell about these! If purchased through Amazon.com there’s the option for gift-wrapping meaning you can order these for a friend of family member and make the gift that much more special and completely by-pass having to have them sent to you for wrapping first!

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I’m 100% satisfied with Old Factory Candles and it’s nice to know that if I wasn’t the company would give me a full refund. I highly recommend these to everyone!

Interested in Purchasing?   Old Factory Candle Gift Set can be purchased on Amazon.com for 25.00. Gift wrapping is available at an additional small cost too.

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NCircle Entertainment Back-to-School Review & Giveaway!

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If  you are looking for some fun as well as educational media to back up as well as introduce certain learning concepts, you’ll want to check out NCircle entertainment! The following DVD’s are perfect for children age 2 to around 6 years old and range in numerous differences. There’s music and dancing, science, exploration, ABC’s, travel, and more!

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The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas – On this DVD, The Wiggles feature many nursery rhyme songs. My kids are 6 and nearly 4 but still love the Wiggles though the group is geared more toward the younger crowd. Most of the songs my kids knew already but still enjoyed seeing each sung and acted out. The DVD is 65 minutes long and there are 22 songs total on it. Special features include a photo gallery and a episode from the Wiggle! TV Series about washing your hands.

Our favorite songs on this collection are This Little Piggy Went to Market, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and This Old Man! Overall it’s a great collection of songs and kids can learn numbers, reasoning, problem solving, communication, and literacy skills in fun musical way!

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Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission – On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone! Peso must conquer his fears to treat a Vampire Squid! Dashi and Inkling go head to head with hungry Gulper Eels! Then, Barnacles, Kwazii and crew must rescue sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!”

My son and daughter ages 3 and 6 years old totally adore the Octonuats! My kids really like all the exploring, rescuing, and seeing their favorite characters doing their part in protecting all sorts of animals found in the sea! They make the dark somewhat unknown of the ocean a lot less scary for kids to learn about and that’s real winner. I love the take away due to the fact my kids will start spouting off random ocean creature facts throughout the day.

This DVD is 70 minutes long, you can easily sit and watch all the episodes or break it up and watch one at a time. There are a total of six episodes and a bonus feature teaching kids more about the marine life in six Creature Reports.

As a mom and home educator, I’m liking the educational value of this DVD quite a bit! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend not just this DVD but the entire series!

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Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell! – My children ages 6 and 3 years old, girl and boy, like the Show & Tell Sure Is Well DVD! There’s a Spanish language option as well as English and runtime is 60 minutes.

I like that you can choose to play a couple of the adventures one day and save the others for later. We for the first time sat and watched the DVD with five episodes from start to finish and later discussed the seasons of the year, migration, growing up and changing, and how we see with our eyes! I know they are learning because my kids are always going around telling people facts they’ve learned!

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Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s – This DVD is a bit beyond my nearly 4 year old and 6 1/2 year old. It definitely has a good educational value though. Children not only can learn their ABC’s but will learn facts and be able to recognize specific animals. There are recognizable songs played throughout with lyrics pertaining to ABC’s and about the animals as well as insects. The imagery and animal scenes are interesting and the video quality looks good.

After going through the alphabet, simple words are spelled out and taught. So children will learn simple spelling too! My kids did enjoy seeing the animals but I’m not sure how big the returning playability will be for my kids but imagine it would appeal to kids who are still learning the things specified. Runtime is 60 minutes.

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Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – On this DVD, Sid teaches kids all about how to create charts, gather data, and much more in a fun and interested way. Not just scientific facts are learned about but the tools most scientist use as well such as rulers, magnify glasses!

There are four episodes which are The Sticker Chart, The Rolie Poliee, Enough with the Seashells, & The Whale Episode. DVD runtime is 115 minutes with additional bonus content. There’s a bonus music CD that has 9 songs from the series! My 3 1/2 year old son was very interested in watching this DVD and has asked to see it numerous times. He really liked the episode on charts and wants to make one for himself!


Want it? These NCircle DVDs can be purchased their website and  other retailers.

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Peter Hollens Debut Album Review & Giveaway!

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Peter Hollens is an musical artist I learned about after seeing him in a Lindsey Sterling video on Youtube a few months ago. When it was brought to my attention that he had an album coming out this month, I was pretty eager to get a hold of a copy!

Peter has some pretty amazing music videos which can be seen on his Youtube channel. He offers his voice up for renditions of a number of musical genres popular pieces. Whether you like folk, Broadway, pop, or music and game songs, I’m sure there’s something there to draw you in! He totally gets my vote for uniqueness as a one-man cappella vocalist in sharing his amazing voice and videos with the world!

There are thirteen songs on his album which make up a runtime of about an hour. The song variety are many. My favorites have to be Skyrim (Main Theme) which features Lindsey Stirling, Les Miserables Medley in which he is accompanied by his wife, Shenandoah, Ashland’s Song (a touching original), I see Fire, & Misty Mountains. Not that the other songs are any less enjoyable! Other artist that make an appearance on this album are Brian Wilson of the Beach Boy, Jackie Evancho, Avi Kaplan, and mentioned before Lindsey Stirling.

1. I See Fire
2. Skyrim (Main Theme) [feat. Lindsey Stirling]
3. I Won’t Give Up
4. Les Miserables Medley (feat. Evynne Hollens)
5. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (feat. Sabrina Carpenter)
6. Shenandoah
7. She Moved Through The Fair
8. Hallelujah (feat. Jackie Evancho)
9. Our Special Love (feat. Brian Wilson)
10. The Parting Glass
11. Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (feat. Avi Kaplan)
12. Ashland’s Song
13. Misty Mountains

I would highly recommend you checking out Peter Hollens Youtube channel to see his videos and hear some of the songs found on this album. My family is enjoying his album very much! I’m hoping to see perhaps a Holiday collection in the future. Until then, I’m keeping this one on repeat through my week.

Want the album? You can purchase Peter Hollens debut album on iTunesLoudr | Amazon Mp3 | Amazon CD | Barnes & Noble

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Review

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The two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray release of Adventure Time was recently released! Fans both old and new have something to really be excited about with this collection! I’ve heard it said that this season has many fan favorite episodes! This collection features season 4 in its entirety of 26 episodes (286 minutes of goodness) and there’s a lot of great bonus content to be happy about too!

The special features such as the 19-minute Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time is truly something to be seen! I think it’s great to learn more about what how the songs were chosen and what elements they thought important to include. I love hearing from creative people on how the whole choice and selection process of what songs chosen was done.  The slipcase cover is neat featuring Marceline and changing from her hair up to down is fun and something collectors will find pretty awesome.

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My household really likes Adventure Time. My kids are ages almost 4 and 6 1/2 year old and really like the fun adventure and fantasy game like elements. It’s amusing, it’s clever, and though over the top at times all nestled together perfectly. Daring quests, unicorns, Gnomes, ogres, Candy kingdoms, penguins, and interesting worlds… what more could you ask for? We’ve recently been watching back season on Netflix to see what we’ve been missing out on and aiming to start collecting all the season for ourselves.

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I asked my husband about why he likes Adventure Time. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s hard to do off-the wall story-lines with what seems to be random elements, but Adventure Time has a cohesive world with recurring characters that bind everything together.
This prevents it from being a series of random events that don’t matter.

Relationships grow, change, and make a difference later in the series. The show is mostly an anthology show, and plots don’t tend to continue past the episode, but here and there something that happens in one episode will crop up again in a later one.

Most of all, the show is strange and funny, and strangely funny.

sandwiches adventure time season 4We’d totally recommend Cartoon Network: Adventure Time the Complete Fourth Season
to any fan or collector of the series. Though the episodes stand alone well enough I would recommend seeing these from the very beginning too!

This set would make a fabulous gift for anytime but a great choice for a fan during the Holiday season! The suggested retail price of either the Blu-Ray or DVD is $17.99 and $24.99.

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The Piano Guys: Wonders Album {Review + Giveaway}

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The Piano Guys: Wonders is the 4th album we’ve added to our music collection and like their previous albums, this one also doesn’t disappoint! I think anyone that likes covers redone will for certain enjoy The Piano Guys twists on well known fan favorites. Not just my husband and I but my kids age 6 and nearly 4 are quite the fans of the tracks found on this album. I think being able to appeal to those of all ages is a great benefit when it comes to music and it’s certainly it’s a top pick to bring along in the car or to play in the home.

The mix of songs are many but it ties together well. The album runtime is about one hour but if you want to get down to the minute, the twelve tracks total 48 minutes in length together. Songs found on the album are complete covers as well as mash ups thrown in for good measure. Though mainly instrumental, there are few songs featuring vocals. The songs that are of definite merit are Let it Go, Batman Evolution, & The Mission/How Great Thou Art. Even though we have our favorites all the tracks are done exceptionally well and each quite memorable. They’ve managed to put together a soothing yet upbeat and moving albums of songs that doesn’t trump but clearly resides as an equal to all their previous albums.

Tracks:

1. Ants Marching / Ode to Joy
2. Batman Evolution
3. Because of You
4. Don’t You Worry Child (feat. Shweta Subram)
5. Fathers’ Eyes
6. Home
7. Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends
8. Let It Go
9. The Mission / How Great Thou Art
10. Pictures at an Exhibition
11. Story of My Life
12. Summer Jam

I would highly recommend this album! If you haven’t seen their videos on their  YouTube channel, I encourage you to do so! The videos are simply stunning, uplifting, and inspirational.

Interested in Buying? You can purchase The Piano Guys Album Wonders (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD) on Amazon.com for only $10.00 (prices are subject to change) and it’s eligible for free super saving shipping. And if you are thinking about Christmas already, this album would make an excellent stocking stuffer!

Get Connected: Check out The Piano Guys website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue {Review}

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TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Mystery Rescue came out last month from Shout Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. If you like me haven’t heard of it you are probably thinking Transformers is for older kids. Well, let me tell you that is version is perfect for kids ages 3 and up. It features robots that transform into rescue vehicles like a police car, helicopter, fire truck, and a bulldozer. Their main objective is to protect town and people from bad situations instead of bad guys. So if you are worrying about violence and intensely scary situations you’ll be pleased to know you won’t find that in this show.

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My son that’s three and a half years has been all about the Rescue Bots for the last couple of weeks. Not a day has gone by when he hasn’t been role playing with his toys the episodes he has seen He also has been going around singing the theme song and asking for Transformer coloring sheets (my fridge is literally covered in these robots).

I’m really glad to be able to offer him wholesome entertainment and that it’s available. It’s totally geared for his age as he’s growing up and wanting to see more big boy things but not obviously ready for a lot of the cartoons that are out there. It seemed like it happened over night that’s he’s been all about super heroes and robots!

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On this DVD, there are five episodes with complete DVD runtime of 110 minutes. This DVD is following a few others but stands well with the stories on it’s own, though I would recommending getting the entire collection.This DVD has a mystery theme so that makes it pretty fun for the month of October. Lots of events are going on that just don’t make any sort of sense but the Rescue Bots are there to save the day! the stories were written well and though there’s a bit of spooky here and there, it’s never frightening! Episode titles are:

  • Countdown
  • The Haunting Of Griffin Rock
  • Spellbound
  • Blame The Gremlins
  • Feed The Beast

I believe my son will be watching the Rescues Bots for awhile and even my 6 year old daughter likes to watch along side him. It’s a great show that is full of fun, action, and positive themes! I highly recommend it!

Interested in Purchasing? The suggested retail price of Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue is $14.93 and can be purchased on Amazon.com as of this posting!

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