Tag: Winter

Rock-Hunting and Soaking in the Winter Sunshine

We got a break in the rain on Sunday and Monday so that meant getting out and receiving just as much of that glorious vitamin D that we could. It can often be dark, drab, cold and rainy in Oregon during the winter season so we appreciate every bit of sunshine that pours down from the sky. We supplement with Vitamin D drops during this time but nothing comes close to the ultimate source i.e the sun.

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Peter Loves Penguin {Book Review}

Peter Loves Penguin is a sweet short story about a little boy and his stuffed animal penguin. Through this story we are whisked away into the season of winter and get the privilege to see what Peter and Penguin happen do together on such a day. It provokes the thought and question to a child what they would do on a winters day with their friends, family, or loved special toy!

I love the warmness of the story. We see a a long lasting and appreciative friendship between Peter and Penguin. We see them holding hands, waiting patiently for each other to get ready for an adventure, respecting each others ideas, being considerate, and working together. A wonderful visual of putting others first and showing love!


The art style is very appealing and captures the story perfectly! The words in the story feature one to two sentences on each page and each sentence is only 3- 5 words. I feel this book would be most appropriate for infants all the way up to the age of four years old. The board book format is definitely appealing for children of the younger age range. Short and sweet but offers so very much!

Interested in Purchasing?  Peter Loves Penguin (David McPhail’s Love Series)
is available in digital as well as board book format. Suggested Price is $8.95 but pricing is subject to change.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

NCircle Entertainment Holiday DVDs for Kids! #Win ( Giveaway)



We are weeks away from the month of December and during this time I start pulling out our favorite seasonal DVD’s from our home movie library to watch together. My daughter age 6 and son who is almost 4 are a few years apart in age but I’m pleased that most of the offerings by NCircle entertainment are enjoyed by both of them!

In the evening, we’ve been dawning our pajamas, sweet snacks, and snuggling up together on the couch  with the selection of movies I’m sharing in this post below! Each are very different but spread the joy and cheer of the Holiday season in their own great ways!

The Snowman


One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy’s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Based on Raymond Briggs’ book, The Snowman is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

This DVD and story is one of my favorites. It’s sweet, magical, an serene! There’s not much speaking in the movie but there doesn’t need to be because the animation and story truly speaks for itself.

The flick is great and well loved by my family. The bonus features which include The Story of the Snowman & Alternate Introduction from David Bowie. Runtime is 50 minutes.

A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show!NcircleYoGabba

Join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they dance, sing and decorate the tree to prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus! Filmed live at New York City’s The Beacon Theatre, celebrate the season with the colorful cast of characters singing their hits, including “It’s Wintertime,” “Every Snowflake’s Different, Just Like You” and a holiday version of everyone’s favorite “Party in my Tummy!” The DVD includes special appearances by superstar Leslie Hall and the one and only Santa Claus!

Runtime is 60 minutes and totally great fun to be had to get the whole family dancing and singing . Though, I wouldn’t recommend watching this one before bed!



Octonauts: The Very Vegimal ChristmasNcircleOctonautsXmas

On this exciting seasonal themed DVD, viewers will join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays ! The Vegimals’ plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! The holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling’s childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling’s nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

My son and daughter ages almost and 6 1/2 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! This holiday offering was well welcome especially by my little boy. It was exciting to learn about Ocras in the Artic and so much more! 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!

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 four episodes, bonus features teaching kids more about the marine life, and two fun karaoke music videos!


Caillou’s Holiday MovieNcircleCalliou
When winter comes to Caillou’s house, this curious 4-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering how other little boys and girls around the world celebrate the season! Filled with magical moments seen through a small child’s eyes, this delightful story will enchant your entire family.

Children will learn with Caillou about different Holiday seasons around the world,  advent calendars, and things we often do leading up to the big day! I really liked this DVD offering and it showed time spent with family & giving to others. It’s endearing, educational, and fun to watch. My son especially enjoyed it. I would recommend to see it after Thanksgiving as the movie shows everything Calliou and his family does two weeks before Christmas time.  Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes & there are many great bonus features such as holiday songs and an interview!

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Want it? These NCircle DVDs can be purchased their website and  other retailers such as Amazon.com.


One lucky reader will win all 4 of the DVD’s mentioned here which make up a $40 value.
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This giveaway is open to US and Canada only, age 18 or older. All contest entries must be submitted through Rafflecopter to be considered. I will notify the winner of the giveaway by email, after verification of entries. At which point winner has 24 hours to respond with their full shipping information, or a new winner will be drawn. Terms of Use.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.