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20.11.10

Talk of the town with Head Chef - Review (extra entry options)



I do not know about your house, but around here...
All the boys love to get in the kitchen.
With our place being so small...
I hate to be this way, but no one is allowed in there while I cook.
(Not that this happens too often, but still!)

I mean, you can turn around and burn yourself with the way we all are!
I am not sure where, but I saw the cutest decorated kitchen a bit ago.
Honestly, I think it was when we were out looking for our new apartment...
Anyways, they had these cute little cooking utensil characters...
AND I LOVED THEM!!!!

Of course, I knew that I would eventually need safe cooking items, for when Broxton felt the need to help me cook...
That time has now come!
Thank goodness for Head Chefs!

He feels that whenever I am in the kitchen, he needs to help.
He drags a chair over to where I am...
Climbs up and immediately wants to help mama!
I am telling you, he is a man on a mission!

Well, he wanted to help...
So, I gave him a couple of the utensils that we were sent from Head Chefs.
HE LOVES them!
He played with them the whole time while I cooked!
Normally, he gets upset, because he doesn't have cooking tools...
NOT THIS TIME!
He stirred, he played with the spatula...
LoL, he even saw they had belly buttons and he felt the need to compare his to theirs!

The fun thing?
He "helped" me cook...
He was such a big boy using his tools to help with dinner!
These are also great to sit around as decoration!
They would be so cute in a girls apartment!

But back to the utensils!
Head Chefs has everything!
From spoons to measuring cups.
Most of their items are more along the baking lines, but they also carry peelers and cleaning brushes! As well as child sized utensils!!!
They have it all!
This is such a great tool to encourage a younger one to help you in the kitchen.
Not only will mealtime be more enjoyable, it also allows you more time to bond while preparing dinner! I know that Broxton is a bit young, but I know that these will be used quite often... by all of us!





Aren't they just the cutest?!
Even the icing spreader is safe for Broxton to play with!
I know that we will be adding the other products to our kitchen very soon!!!!

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19.11.10

Aloha Friday - #61


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend.
So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

My question :

What is a good movie you recommend?
Either "On Demand" or to rent...

Thanks...
I have no answer, so that is why I am asking you!
Have a great weekend!!!!

18.11.10

Invites NOW - Review & Giveaway

I send plenty of Christmas cards out!
I like to let people know that I am thinking of them, during the holidays as well as throughout the year! I send some with pictures, some with...
Depends on the person and all that good stuff.
I have a few friends that I know could care less about the picture, so those get the cards without them!!!!

I recently discovered a card company that makes some of THE CUTEST cards!!!
Invites NOW has a great selection of cards for everything!
No, not only invitations!

I hate to admit it, but I did not send out birth announcements for Broxton.
I think we were just so busy...
Moving and Marc being deployed...
Trying to spend as much time with him as we could before he left...

BUT, whenever we do have another baby...
We WILL have birth announcements!
I think that they are super cute and I love seeing them on our fridge of other babies!

Invites NOW has party invitations (Broxton's is not too far from now, already looking at these!) for all ages! They also have all different styles of stationery. My favorite is all of the Holiday Cards you can choose from.

I can not ruin it for my recipients, but I can show you several styles I was deciding between...


None of those are what I decided to go with though...
:) But, aren't they super cute?

The one I chose has a picture of all of us...
Of course, trying to get a good picture of Marc and I with 4 boys all looking halfway decent is always a challenge...
But you know how it goes.

I liked working with Invites Now.
The process of choosing the right card was the hard part.
Everything else was super easy!

You pick your item.
Pick your photo (if you are getting a photo card) and then add your text.
Another plus for Invites Now? You get a few fonts to choose between, it isn't just a "basic" font!

They also sell matching envelopes if you want them...
and get this...
MATCHING address labels are for sale as well!!!

Oh, I almost forgot...
You can even order gift stickers!!!
Now, I would love these...
CUTE!!!

Invites Now is giving all of you 15 % off your orders through the end of 2010
Just use the code :
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Day Out With Thomas

A couple weeks ago, Thomas the Train came to Georgia!!!!
Of course, as soon as I saw he was coming, I new we would be going!

Broxton LOVES Thomas, so I knew this would be a special treat!
With Marc working for the railroad, I knew that trains would be a popular theme around here...

My parents ended up coming to meet us for our Day Out...
I did not tell Broxton where we were going, just that we were going to see my parents...
We got there and as soon as he saw Thomas he was SO EXCITED!!!
( It made it worth the 3 hours it took to get there!)

We got there and immediately went to get in line to ride Thomas.
We ended up getting to sit in the "dining car."
They were getting ready to go...
and they told everyone to help "PUSH THOMAS! PUSH THOMAS!" to get him going. (He was tired from going all day.)
This is how Broxton helped :

Just look at the wonder in his body language, he is watching us "leave the Island of Sodor."
I thought it was neat that we were "leaving the island" and we crossed over water!
Luckily I was able to get my dad to snap a couple pictures of the two of us...
You know, as proof I was actually there!
Of course, Broxton had to look anywhere but at the camera!


After we were able to take our ride, we had a quick bite of lunch with my parents...
You know, on the Island of Sodor! :)
Then, they left and Broxton played with the small trains, colored and all that fun stuff!
It started getting really warm, so we headed home...

We did not even make it out of the parking lot before I turned around to see this!
(Took the pants off to cool him down for the journey home!)

17.11.10

Squishy Toes Mat - Review

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(Nope, these are not my toes, I would not torture you like that! Before you go being silly, they are not Marc's either! Ha ha! Just wanted you to see the mat!)

I do not know about you...
But I love a nice hot bath...
or a nice hot shower.

Depends on the time I have and if I want to wash my hair.
Well, when I want a nice shower, I still want to relax.
Don't you?
Marc can shower for a million years if you let him...
He loves to stand there and let the hot water hit his muscles.

Anyways, enough about my husband showering!
I was able to review the squishy toes mat and I have to tell you...
LOVE IT!

Okay, let me be serious for a minute.
I got the mail and in it was the "squishy toes mat."
At first, I thought it was a total joke!
It looked like really nice thick paper.
(Like the kind of stuff I would buy for my photography projects!)
I was at a loss as to if this was serious or if I was in for a big joke.

I took it to the bathroom and put it in the shower.
Turned the water on...
Wowsers!
Okay, not a joke!
It just like quadrupled in size!
Yeah, like it was a gremlin that multiplied!
I had to call Marc in to see it...

Marc - Yeah, its like a sponge!
Me - Okay, thanks honey... Now, try it out...

So, he got in to get his shower and that was it...

When he came out, I had to get his opinion..
Yes, it was comfortable.
Nice having a cushion versus standing on the hard shower floor.
But Marc's favorite thing about it?
The fact that it was like a sponge...
It held the hot water there, so his feet were nice and warm the whole time.

He placed it on the back of the tub to let it dry...
and then the next day...
I GOT TO USE IT.

Hmmmm.
Marc has a point, it is nice to have the hot water being absorbed into the mat to keep your feet nice and warm. It was comfy to have a cushion under your feet...
Relaxing to say the least!

Oh, let me tell you this...
Shhhh- It's breaks down into Humus.
Yeah, I read that and was like, I might not be the smartest...
but I for sure thought that was a food of some sort.
(One I do not like, by the way... but anyways.)
Read all about the humus deal here...
Kinda neat that it is so "earth friendly!"

Besides the fact of the comfort and the earth friendly...
HELLO, it makes your tub safe!
Well, you know what I mean!
No worries about slipping and sliding in the tub!

I wish this was around when my Nana was alive.
She eventually had to get the seat in the tub, this would have made her feel more secure, knowing she would not slip getting in and out of the tub!

Besides that, you can use it in public showers as an extra means to keeping your feet clean!
This would be great if you have a loved one deployed..
They could throw this in the shower with them, and then it could dry out until they were able to shower next!

As you can tell, I am hooked!!!!

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Noxicare - Review and Giveaway

I was recently contacted to see if I would like to review Noxicare Natural Pain Relief.
Marc was supposed to be doing a 48 mile hike..
Yes, 48 MILE HIKE... You read that right.
So, of course, I WANTED to get it...
Just to see if this might help make our house a little bit more manageable with him AFTER the 48 mile hike.
Well, they ended up NOT doing the hike when Marc could do it...
So, whew... that saved his feet and muscles from the pain...

But now, what to do about this review?
With Marc working on the railroad, he is outside...
On the train and off...
In work boots everyday.
Needless to say, they can not be the most comfortable...
They are for safety... Not comfort, at least that is how they seem! :)

His knees bother him from time to time..
I would imagine so, I mean...
All the deployments... all the hard work...
all the physical activities he does...

So, we tried it on his knees.
This claims to be "odorless, non-greasy, fast acting, long acting."
We wanted to know...

It is like a lotion...
Not greasy at all...
As for the odorless?
There is a smell...
but it is very subtle!
We could not smell it until we put my hands (which had the lotion all over it) up to our noses...
Even then, it was light and not noticeable at all!

Marc says it feels like a cooling sensation...
Like "the other brand" but without the greasy-ness nor the smell!!

From their site :

Uses

Available as a topical cream or tablets, Noxicare uses all natural ingredients to provide fast, effective, long-lasting pain relief for:

  1. Acute and chronic inflammation: your body’s immune response to irritation or other injuries with features like redness, swelling, warmth and pain.

  2. Muscle aches: Muscle aches can be acute (as a result of athletic injury) or chronic (experienced by fibromyalgia or cancer sufferers) and involve ligaments, tendons, bones and organs.

  3. Nerve pain: Painful nerve endings in the layers of your skin can cause burning, throbbing and stinging.

Noxicare has been especially helpful for relieving pain of those suffering from arthritis, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, side effects of chemotherapy, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia, tension headaches.


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Certain Dri & Rohto Eye - Review and Giveaway

I am doing a joint giveaway on this post...
I think that this would be great for several reasons...
(And to be quite honest, I liked the post title... Certain DRI and Rohto EYE... not to mention, one is to help stop the moisture to keep you dry... and the other is to stop the dryness and bring moisture!)
Anyways...
The first I want to tell you about is Certain Dri Deodorant.
Let me tell you, I am not one for reading directions, I mean...
I guess I am like a few others I know that just throw them away...
But, I wanted to see what made Certain Dri better...
So, I read the sheet that came with it.

I am not sure about you, but I put my deodorant on in the morning...
Well, glad I read the information included with this...
You put it on at night!
And get this...
It does not wash off the next morning when you shower!
Stop the presses, back up and read it again...
You put it on at night...
It does not wash off the next morning when you shower!

What?!
Also, it says if you have sweaty feet, you can put this on your feet...
Wait and let it dry...
Like before you go running or hiking or anything like that!!!

Pretty cool.
I have not been out running in any marathon lately, so I have not used it for that..
But, I have used it as my deodorant...
I have not noticed any difference, but lets be honest here...
I have not been out in the heat lately either..
It is getting colder FINALLY!
I like that it is reasonably priced, so I see me buying this on a regular basis.

You can keep up with Certain Dri on facebook.

The other item to tell you about?
Rohto Eye.
I might be obsessed!
This stuff is wonderful!
I put it in my eye and was like
" OH MY GOODNESS!"
It was like I poured ice in my eyes!
But in a good way!

I suffer from "dry eye."
I really do not do anything about it... but suffer.
I do not keep eye drops around and moisturize like I should..
but now, I just think I might.
Let me change that...
I know I will!
This stuff really is great.

How great is it?
Well, today...
I made Marc let me put some in his eyes...
Just so he could see how the cooling felt.
(Yes, he agreed that it cooled, but he was not as impressed as I was...
then again, he doesn't have any eye problems!)

I also like the cute little bottle that it comes in.
I think this bottle sets it apart from all the other basic eye care solutions on the market!

You can follow Rohto Eye on facebook.

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Agro Labs - Review and Giveaway

As I have mentioned before, the weather change brings the season cold to me...
So, I am always looking for whatever might help steer it clear from me.

I have been able to review a couple bottles of the "liquid nutrition" from Agro Labs.
I was sent both the bottle of Pomegranate (as we know I love Pomegranate!) and the bottle of Superberry Upgrade.

Both of these are packed full of everything you need to feel great!
But, I will tell you...
Since it is packed so full of power, you need to remember that it has a very STRONG and powerful punch of flavor!
Luckily, you only need to take a 1 ounce dose...

I just wish that it included a little one ounce shot cup or something, I feel I can drink it faster that way than on a spoon... Not sure why...
I actually doubled up the dose the first couple days... (*they say no more than 3 ounces a day, so I am fine!) I measured it and poured it into a cup for me to take!
I also chased it with water, I am a wimp that way!
It is strong, but that to me just means it is full of the "good stuff!"

I have always heard that red wine is good for you.
Now, I have never liked wine, so this is better!
Besides that, some people do not know how to moderate the red wine intake...
LoL, too much of a good thing? :)
With the Superberry Upgrade, you get the benefits of the red wine - WITHOUT the ALCOHOL and it is probably cheaper too!
With a name like Superberry... You know it is full of berry goodness...
Want to know what all that means?
Pomegrantes, mangosteens, grapes, cherries, acai berries, blueberries, goji berries and strawberries pack this full of antioxidants! Now, I am not going to lie, I have not heard of a couple of these, but then again... you know me! :)

From their site :
Reap the Benefits
  • Cellular Anti-Aging*

  • Revitalizes hair, skin and nails*

  • All Day Energy*

  • Antioxidants that scavenge free radicals*


The Pomegranate plus Resveratrol is great for your cardiovascular health.
What a great little boost to start your day!
I liked this, but I love Pomegranate so much (as the juice) that I might just stick with drinking the juice and then take the Superberry Upgrade!

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One of you will be able to win a bottle of the Superberry Upgrade for yourself!

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16.11.10

W/ W - Day Out With Thomas


I am posting more pics of Day Out With Thomas tomorrow...
Just wanted to give a "teaser" for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday!
Please stop by tomorrow to see our fun day!

Thanks and Happy Wednesday!



Touch The Art - Book Review

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As you know, I love reading with Broxton!
We look at the pictures, I read the story and we talk about what is on the pages.

I do not know if you know or not...
I went to an "art college."
I have TONS of "art" books.
They are packed up now, but I will share my love of art with Broxton.
There is so much to see and do, learn and discover.

That right there is why I was so excited to have the chance to review two of the "Touch the Art" books from Sterling Publishing.
We were sent "Find King Henry's Treasure" to review first.

This is a great book that shows several famous painting...
Kings, Queens, Knights and Dragons!
Whoa!
What a great book!
The Knight is out to get the dragon that stole the Kings jewels. Along his journey, he passes several other people of the Kingdom and as they hear the tale of the dragon, they check to make sure their items are safe.
You get to touch the velvet, feel the chains, rub the armor...
All the different textures and colors are great for conversation outside of the story.

The next book we were able to review was "Count Monet's Lilies."


Now, I love Monet, so this was a bit more up my alley. :)
But, do not let the name fool you...
The first picture is Monet, then it shows everything from Van Gogh to Degas...
I LOVED this one, as we were going over our numbers...
But, I was a bit confused...
(Sad isn't it?)

You count everything from the single lily to 9 boys.
But on the page to count 4, there was only 3 that I saw...
Then as you look, there is the fourth one, but it doesn't have the texture like the others that make you miss it at first glance!
They also skip over counting 5...
I would say that this is a fun book to read. You learn about amazing artist's, as well as learn to count with the subject in the painting!

The thing I LOVED about the Touch the Art Books?
At the end of the book, it has each painting - the title and the artist.
They also include the year of the artwork, while also including information about the artist.

I am determined to get the others in the series...
Want to know the main two I want next?
Make Van Gogh's Bed and Pop Warhol's Top.

I ABSOLUTELY, Positively, without a shadow of a doubt LOVE Van Gogh!!!!
Also, Warhol has amazing works that I can not wait to share with Broxton.

If want to share a love of the arts, while also reading and teaching...
Touch the Art would be a great pick!!!!

Now, Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under the Tree... for someone you love?!

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Yum Yum- In moderation! Review


It is not a secret...
I love to eat.

But, I really hate the serving sizes...
I mean, a little thing of ice cream is supposed to be like 74 servings?
I do not think so!
I could use help with that, so I am glad I now know of the Yum Yum Dish!!!

When Tracy Adler realized she was snacking a little to much of a good thing, she set out to help her with portion control.
She made these cute little 4 ounce bowls that were perfect for a snack...
and get this... they can be microwaved and are dishwasher safe!

I think they are adorable, not only with the fun colors, but because inside the bowl, it says "Yum, Yum time is.... Over."
Cute!!!

Now, if you are opposite of me and do not need any help with portion control, you can still use these for all sorts of fun things.

Think...
Party time?
You can set out candies and nuts in them...
You can put different dips in them.

Having a cookout?
Put your mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and pickles in them...

The options are endless and with them looking as cute as they do, you will want them at your house!!!

Now remember... Yum Yum Dishes!!!!

Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under Your Tree... for someone you love?

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15.11.10

MMMM - Michael Bublé - Everything (Video)

FINALLY Remembered to play along with Dolly and Crew with the 4 M's!
It is freebie week...
Go ahead and play along..
Visit Dolly to link up!
IT IS FUN!!!!

Love this song!

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Bring the Beach Into Your Heart - Nature's Notebook Review

Marc loves the beach.
Marc loves being hot.

Noelle - not so much!
I mean, I enjoy going out....
but, HELLO red head...
I get fried so fast, that it makes the rest of the trip miserable.
Leave it to me, I know!
Being as though I will not be going to the beach for any extended amount of time...
Natures Notebook has to be the BEST one of a kind gift I have seen!!!!

Have you heard of Nature's Notebook?
Courtney Noelle brings you one of a kind BEAUTIFULLY AMAZING artwork that quickly enters your heart and makes a prominent display in your home!



I was sent a beautiful picture with both of our names drawn in the sand with a heart between the two. The picture captures the moment like you just do not believe!
The silver frame adds the special touch and it arrived at just the right time!
Marc and I had celebrated our anniversary and a couple days later it was here!
Marc was totally surprised and we immediately decided that this will be hung in our bedroom!


The special finishing touch that sends this way beyond just any old piece of art?
Courtney Noelle signs the back of the frame...
and includes the beach this was taken on and the year!
Oh, did I mention it even comes with a certificate of authenticity?
Nature's Notebook is really a step above the rest!

Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under the Tree... for someone you love?
You can order them from the Nature's Notebook website...
and of course, you should follow Courtney Noelle on twitter!


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14.11.10

Penny for your Thoughts - Penny Stones Review and Giveaway


When you go to a party, do you take a hostess gift?
I hate to say it, but I have not been to many (if any) parties at someones house...
Normally we just meet up at a public place...

BUT, if I were to go to a party...
I have found THE PERFECT hostess gift!

Have you heard the Quote " A penny for your thoughts" before?
Well, Penny Stones is the answer to that!
I think that this would be a perfect gift for any hostess...
As well as those who love a good old fashioned get together!

So, what exactly are Penny Stones?
Well, let me tell you!

Penny Stones are great conversation starters...
or even great thought provokers.
Penny Stones come in a very cute little clear bag with 21 "penny stones" and one penny inside.
The "penny stones" are phrases/questions that get the mind going.
They are made on recycled glass with the penny stones questions the glass.

The great thing is that the penny stones are made in the USA (Ohio to be exact) by people with disabilities.
We received the Original Edition.
They also carry Love and Marriage, New Parents, Slumber Party, and Faith editions.

I think the slumber party would be a great birthday/Christmas gift for a young lady.
The New Parents one would be awesome to pick up for a baby shower!

There are so many occasions that these would be great for!!
I really liked one persons idea...
They mentioned setting a penny stone (or two), depending upon the number of guests, at each place setting. Then, during the meal... answer your question and go around the table. Then pass the stones to people sitting beside you and start again.
As for me? I think it would be nice to set them in a jar in a "gathering area" of the party...
That way they could be used to break the ice with people that might not know each other that well.
Another use I saw was to have them set up at meetings, kind of like an easy break up of the seriousness of the meetings...

I really think that this is a great gift..
I would go so far as to say that this would make a great gift for newlyweds as a way to start a family tradition!!!!

Now, Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under The Tree... for someone you love?

You can order them on the Penny Stones website for only $15 ...
Or
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Beanitos - Great snack for everyone Review


I have had the pleasure of reviewing Beanitos Bean Chips and surprisingly...
They are really good!
I will admit, I would never have thrown a bag into the grocery cart...
Not anything against them, just never really thought about it...
and I thought I was not a fan of black beans...

You liked that, didn't you? I thought I was not a fan...
Well, I think I meant re fried beans.. but anyways...
I got them and of course, Broxton wanted to try...

He dug into these things like I had never fed him before...
Okay, maybe that was not a great idea...
They are HIGH IN FIBER!!!
:)
Know what I mean?

Anyways...
We tried them all..
Not at one sitting, but over time.
I think that I really liked the Black Bean Chipotle BBQ ones the best...



Now, I could sit here and give you all the nutritional facts on them...
but I figure you can just head on over to their site to read the Nutritional Information about whichever bag sounds best to you...
I will tell you this though..
They are:
Corn Free
Gluten Free
and
High in Fiber

Besides all that, they really do taste good.

Beanitos also makes Pinto Bean and Flax Chips too.
Those were not on my favorite list...
If I were to stock up on snacks for a party or to have on hand for visitors...
I would buy the Black Bean Chips...
The Pinto Bean just wasn't that flavorful for me.
(But then again, I am the one who "thought" I did not like Black beans!)

I am glad I was able to review these, as I now know I would purchase them....

You too can buy them at several locations!
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Team Ra-Ras Kicks Breast Cancer - Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelph...

She got the video from a friend of ours, Dolly in honor of her mother...
Please watch the video...
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For every time the video is viewed, United Healthcare will donate for the cure...
Just because October is over, it doesn't mean the awareness should end!
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Hubba Hubba - They are made of Rubba! Balloonatiks Review and Giveaway




Have you heard of the Balloonatiks?
I have seen the Balloonatiks mentioned on several blogs and I have to tell you, I was a bit curious!
We received the DVD and I went ahead and watched it...
I was trying to wait for when the boys got here, but I wanted to go ahead and share this review with you...

The Balloonatiks are 5 teenagers that are made of a rubbery (balloon) material.
They are the crime fighters for the popular area of Hot Air City!
In one of the short movies, they had to fight off a man with prickly pin tips everywhere.
I was curious as to how that would work, but for a not yet two year old, he was not too concerned! He did laugh at the times they were laughing...
I think that the sound of their voice and the bright colors of the characters are what caught his attention... He is not into super heroes yet... but I know that day is coming soon. I mean really, what kid doesn't love fun colors and awesome characters?!
I know that the boys will enjoy it and I can not wait to see them watch it with Broxton... You know, he feeds off of them! :)
The storyline and the jokes are sure to amuse the older boys...
So, I know in time this will be one we watch more often.

The music on the DVD on the other hand...
He LOVED it...
Not sure where he gets his moves from, but he was dancing all over the place.

One thing I do like is that this DVD is a collectors edition...
Also, it is only 23 minutes, so it is not like they will be sitting in front of the TV for long periods of time.
Besides just being a DVD, come to find out... they also have two books, comics and an interactive website...
That would be a great bonding experience... Obviously Broxton is way to young for that...
But for others, this might be fun!

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