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Peter Cottontail and The VeggieTales are great any time of year!

I recently received a wide variety of Easter themed Veggie Tales DVD's (plus the classic, Peter Cottontail) for Savannah and Broxton. We didn't get them in time to go in any Easter gifts that we gave them, but let's take a minute to think. Is Easter the only time we need to think and be thankful for all that happened?  Where would we be today???  That being said, it might not be Easter weekend, but it is always a great time to remember that He has Risen!

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail - The Original Easter Classic
Easter's on its way! It's time to choose the next chief Easter Bunny, and Peter Cottontail really wants the job. Everyone in April Valley agrees he's the best bunny for it, but someone else wants the top spot too. When Evil Irontail's terrible plans threaten to ruin the holiday for children everywhere, it's up to Peter to restore the true magic of Easter.  

It's Easter time in Crisper County and cable news reporter Marlee Meade (Petunia Rhubarb) is hunting for a way to help others. On a tip that the old town theater will be shut down, Marlee cooks up a plan to save the stage and make a difference through the power of musical theater! With a cast of costume-clad townies, massive props and a 20-foot robot rabbit -- "Up With Bunnies" is hatched! There's only one thing missing -- the star of the show!
When news spreads that singing sensation Cassie Cassava (Melinda Doolittle) is arriving to perform in her hometown church's Easter service, Marlee gets worried. Concerned about the competition, she schemes to steal the starlet for her own pageant! But when things go haywire, will it be curtains for Marlee's dreams -- or will she discover the true meaning of Easter and what helping others is really all about?
He's trying to make Easter bigger than ever by filling London with plastic eggs! But just how hard can his mechanical chickens work before they're... well, fried? In just one unforgettable day and night, Cavis and Millward (Bob and Larry) and a music box angel named Hope must convince Nezzer that Easter is about more than candy and eggs.  Inspired by Dickens' Christmas classic, this very special VeggieTales film explains why millions of Christians around the world celebrate Easter past present and future.  

They even have the Easter stories on 2 in 1 DVD collections! 
You can get Twas the Night Before Easter & God Made You Special, as well as Easter Carol & Abe and the Amazing Promise! Maybe you want to give a DVD to each child in your family and then buy the 2 in 1 DVD's to keep for your personal collection when they come visit?  (Calling on you, grandparents!) 

The king needs a new queen, and a small town girl named Esther has been chosen! When Esther wakes up with the weight of the world on her shoulders and the fate of her people in her hands, can she find the courage to do what's right? Filled with the drama, humor, and great music, the story of Queen Esther teaches kids that you never need to be afraid to do what's right!

Noah and his family along with a zoo full of animals take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark. After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone's faith has been tested, and they're ready to jump ship. Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God's promises? Grab your umbrellas and find out in this VeggieTales re-telling of the beloved Bible story! Featuring Wayne Brady as Noah's son, Shem!!
Remember, VeggieTales has a great selection of titles for any time of year! Broxton had them as a baby and now we get to share them with Savannah as well! 


Stash for next year? Peter Cottontail and Veggie Tales for Easter

I hate that we did not get this in time for any Easter gifts, but it is still great to add to our collection. Although Easter has passed, we will still be watching these.  I did want to share with you all.  Maybe you want to buy them now, as Easter isn't the only time we should be thankful.  Maybe you want to buy them and put them up until next year?  Whatever you decide, I think they are great DVD's to add to any collection!
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Celebrate Easter and say hello to Spring with everyone’s favorite Chief Easter Bunny! Here Comes Peter Cottontail hops to DVD just in time to add a little something special to your Easter baskets. Bob, Larry and their Veggie Tale pals are back with holiday adventures based on beloved Bible stories that teach kids about honesty, kindness, and forgiveness, and illustrate why people around the world still celebrate Easter. Each story is filled with laughs, music, fun and surprises.
Available Now on DVD
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Veggie Tales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter
Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol
Veggie Tales: Easter Double Feature: An Easter Carol/Abe and the Amazing Promise
Veggie Tales: Easter Double Feature: Twas the Night Before Easter/God Made You Special
Veggie Tales: Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen
Veggie Tales: Noah’s Ark
Available Now on Digital HD
Veggie Tales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter
Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise
Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol
Veggie Tales: Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen
Veggie Tales: Noah’s Ark


Ways to Boost Kids' Self Esteem

Self Esteem in children is really important to me!  I used to be a greeter at Broxton's school in the morning and I would make sure to try and start their day off with a huge smile and let them know they were awesome.  You don't know how many high fives and smiles I have received walking through those doors.  This is a guest post, but one that I think is important.

Ways To Boost Kids’ Self-Esteem
For the first two quarters of the school year, Olivia’s grades were perfect, all A’s on the report card of the second grader. Olivia was involved in the school holiday play, she was in the inventor’s club, she got along with everyone and always looked forward to going to school.
Something changed once school started again after winter break. Olivia began to withdraw from her friends, she was making up illnesses to stay home and when she was at school, her grades were slipping.
After some prying, Olivia’s parents found the root of her problem: A new teacher had taken over her classroom after her original teacher took maternity leave. With the new instructor came a stricter environment, one that didn’t allow for students to voice their opinions or explore creative options in the classroom. One that didn’t show mutual honor and respect but strict discipline and negative reinforcement without freedom of expression. 
“Children need consistent guidance to build positive self-esteem. Knowing a few key strategies will help build solid foundations for children,” says Sharon Thayer, children’s advocate and author of the children’s book “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly” .
 “Verbally shooting a kid down can have a negative influence on his or her life, the same way showing respect and affirming a child’s positive behavior can have a negative effect.”
Once parents know it doesn’t take much effort and just takes consistent interaction and feedback over the course of time, one of the top gifts they can give is a positive sense of self. Building self-esteem is an on-going process that is not hard but has to be consistent.
Here are some ways to achieve that:
• Encourage kids to try something new. Art, music, sports, dance, summer camp, science clubs – a little time away from the electronics. Try to direct them toward some things where you know their success will come easily, but also let them choose options that will be challenging. It’s difficult to predict how new adventures will turnout, some will fizzle unexpectedly and what may appear to be a dead-end could be the beginning of a passion with no end.
• Acknowledge and compliment your children. When you notice moments of creativity, talent and genius, celebrate those milestones, accomplishments and improvements, but also acknowledge failures and attempts that don’t go well. Help them learn from their failures and see they are simply stepping stones on the path to success. The freedom to fail is vital to success. 
• Honor and respect children’s ideas, knowledge and opinions. Kids today have more knowledge in some areas than many of adults (i.e. electronics). That’s great, sit back and let them be your teacher, as you honor this reversal of roles. Include them in family decision-making processes and responsibilities – with power comes responsibility is a valuable lesson.
• Tell your children you believe in them and their dreams.Show your love every day; the successful, the average and the days of frustrations and failure. Regardless of their direction, accomplishments or disappointments, let your children see you are always there to help guide them through the maze to reach the goals they have chosen.
About Sharon Thayer
Sharon Thayer, a single mother of three and now a grandmother of five, has been an advocate for children throughout her life. Thayer is a graduate of Iowa State University, earning a degree in family services. She is the former director of Brass Ring Ranch in Littleton, Colo., a facility for survivors of abuse. Thayer later went on to start Kid Central, a nature-based childcare center in Conifer, Colo., for children ages 3 to 15. Thayer’s first children’s book, “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” was a national award winner and sold more than 20,000 copies. Her latest book, “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly”, has won a bevy of awards and includes versions for both boys and girls.

Mars TV Series #Giveaway #MarsDay

If you remember my earlier post, we have been enjoying the Mars TV Series.  Lucky for us, we were sent a review copy and that has been something we enjoyed watching as a family. I was excited to get it, for Broxton, but it has proved to be great for all of us. Now, one lucky reader will win a copy of their own!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below!

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If you didn't read my first post, head on over to read about preparing for life on Mars! Then, head back over here to enter the giveaway!

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Looking for a great birthday gift? @readysetgobox has you covered!

If you saw one of my latest Instagram posts, you surely have seen my post about Ready Set Go Boxes. I will totally admit I have a slight obsession with looking at all the goodies in these different subscription boxes.  They have boxes for everything and this Ready Set Go one is pretty cool!!!  
We were sent their BIRTHDAY BOX and it was full of goodies that we have enjoyed. They also have a monthly subscription service and I think that might be something we look at down the road.  The monthly boxes are packed with goodies for children aged 3-5 years old.  I know that my family calls and asks what my kids are into each month.  I have also had friends call and say, hey what do you recommend to give to a boy/girl and then list the age that they are looking to buy for. The Ready Set Go Box will help those that don't like asking for suggestions, but want to give a great gift!  

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As I said, we were sent the Birthday Box from Ready Set Go and it was customized to include the "Happy Birthday Savannah" message on the top inside. (Do you see it?!)  I am going to pull that off and let her color it, then we can keep it with her birthday cards! No, it isn't her birthday yet, but I am never one to not stock in advance if I can!!!! Want to see the goodies inside?
Once you open the tissue paper, you see it really is full of goodies for kids that are on the go!  I loved that they include a paper tiara for her to wear.  You can color it, add stickers, or decorate it any way you want to. It is up to you (or the kid) to make it just the way they want it to look!  Isn't childhood about playing and having fun and letting your creativity shine?

I tried to do an "unboxing" video for you to see, but Broxton decided to act like a nut job with a silly accent and a goofy face and I was not about to put that online for the world to see.  Can't be mad at him, he was having a good time and really, isn't that what life is all about??
So, what was inside it??


We got a little BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn.  (We love it, so that is one that we will be sharing!  If you haven't tried it, you need to read this post and then go to the store to grab a bag or twenty!)  
There were gummies in there.  Great for snacking ON THE GO! 
I loved that there was a book in there that was not only a book to read and enjoy, but it was also a coloring book!  Yes, crayons were included, so no need to worry about that! 
They also had an activity book, memory game and a magnetic sketch board.
Oh, since we are giving this for kids on the go, they also had hand sanitizer and even boogie wipes! 

Remember I said the birthday tiara was great to let them decorate?  They also include a bunch of stickers, great for doing just that, or adding to a sticker book! 
I love this box and really want to get one of the monthly boxes to check out.  I think this is a great box to give a child that has every angle covered.  Did you notice the same thing I did?? There is NOTHING in there that needs batteries!  Yes, just good old fashioned play time!!!! 
Now that I shared how awesome this is, let me add a little information about Ready Set Go Boxes to show just how cool they are...

What is ReadySetGo Box?
   ReadySetGo Box is a Monthly subscription box for children on the go. Each month, we send out a box full of hand selected games, toys, and activities that are perfect for children ages 3-5. All items are chosen for their educational and developmental qualities as well as portability. 

What are Birthday Boxes?
    I had numerous requests to start a Birthday themed box for parents to give to their children or family members as gifts. Each box include various games, activities, and snacks as well as a personalized Birthday Crown that they can color and wear for their special day. Our Birthday boxes are our only boxes in which you can specify a gender. All other ReadySetGo Boxes are perfect for boys and girls. Our Birthday boxes are suitable for ages 3-6 years. 

One more thing before you go.  I know you want to order a BIRTHDAY BOX for kids you know and love.  Brian (the creator) has made a special code for you to get 20% off a birthday box!!!  Yes, just head to the site and order.  Use the following code:  JUMPINBEANS20


Prepare for Life on Mars!!! #MarsDay

I don't know about the kids in your house, but around here, our likes and dislikes tend to change from one thing to the next, while others stay around forever.  The latest?  Broxton has really been into space, talking about the planets and the moon all the time.  I was thrilled when we were selected to be sent a copy of the National Geographic Mars t.v. series.  Except, when it arrived, I was informed "mom, you know I am not into SPACE stuff these days!"  Well, excuse me, you were (as of last week,) so I thought it was cool.  I ignored him no-longer having an interest and started the Blu-Ray for me to watch.
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As I started watching, I was tempted to turn it off.  Hey, I am just being real with you guys.  It was sort of over my head and I was having a hard time getting into it.  Space is NOT my thing, so I think that was it.  I kept watching though and soon enough, I noticed Broxton stopped playing his Wii and was watching the show.  Marc stopped what he was doing and was watching the show.  It was neat to me how it pulled us all together to sit and watch.  I will admit, I started getting into it, as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Here are our thoughts:
Broxton liked it, since he decided that space was his thing still.
I liked the fictional part of it, since it makes me want to know what happens next.
Marc likes that it goes back and forth, historical references and facts, then you have the mixed in fictional story.  (It jumps from 2016 to 2033 throughout each episode.)
I think we all liked how it makes you think.
Would you go on a mission knowing you might not make it to complete the mission, much less return home?
What would you pack to survive out there?
How do they know how much oxygen to pack for each person?
We wanted to know how they slept in space, so we had to google that. They can strap down sleeping bags, if you wanted to know!

We have yet to finish it, but we are planning to watch more episodes AS A FAMILY each night to see them all.  Make sure you check it out, I am sure you will enjoy it too. (Even if space isn't your thing!) This series is available now to purchase!


Heads up on a great movie!!! #Giveaway #SINGMovie #SINGAway

Stop what you are doing right now and go purchase the movie, Sing.  We were able to review it recently and we all loved it.  We had a family movie night to see it and it was a great one.  We even had Marc watching it with us and everyone from the youngest to the oldest loved it. 

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Savannah and Broxton both love music, so I thought this was going to be a good one for us to enjoy. Broxton wanted to set it up like a movie theater.  We had to dim the lights, then turn them off all the way. We had drinks and snacks and we made the most out of it.  Remember, sometimes it is the little things that mean the most!!!!
So, what is SING???

SING Special Edition is available with 3 New Mini-Movies on March 21 – just in time for Friday Family Movie Night!
From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us.
SING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies.
SING is the musical comedy event of the year!

This would be great to give for an Easter gift!!! (Or an I LOVE YOU gift!)  Head on out and buy a copy for your house... but before you go, enter to win a copy on here!  If you win, you can give lots and lots of laughs to a friend!

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