Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

21.1.12

We almost had a problem...

We were given the chance to review one of the new Kidlandia Kreechurs.
It is an adorable little plush guy and I love their names...

They are exclusively being sold at FAO Schwartz online store and the New York store as well.
Let me tell you how it went here...

They are all cute, so we could not decide which to review...
When the package arrived, Broxton was eager to see what was inside.
I pulled out "Thumblebottom" and told Broxton his name.
That was it...

Thumblebottom went everywhere...  They played together... He had to go in the car when we went places...
Then, one night... Broxton was in bed... trying to procrastinate sleep... "Mommy, I need Thumblebottom!"  Now, he has never needed anything to sleep with, so I told him Thumblebottom had already gone to sleep... He started crying, all upset about needing Thumblebottom.  So, I went on a hunt and found him... As soon as they were united, all was okay and they both went night night.  That started it, from that point on, he needed Thumblebottom to sleep at night.  I thought it was cute and we made sure to take Thumblebottom when we went home to visit my parents...

Thumblebottom seems to make everything better, so it works great for me...
Until IT happened.
We returned from visiting my parents... and Thumblebottom was NO WHERE to be found.  We looked high and low... everywhere... taking apart the couch, the beds.. no Thumblebottom.  I knew he was somewhere, so I did not want to order another one...   We called my mom, no Thumblebottom sighting there ...   So, I finally told Broxton that Thumblebottom was on vacation and would be back soon...
As soon as we found him.  Whenever we had a package delivered, he wanted to know if it was Thumblebottom...

All I could think of was that he had to have fallen out of the car... 

You see, towards the end of the trip, Thumblebottom was playing hide and seek...
See how easy he could have fallen out?!

Well... No worries... We found him... Hidden in Broxton's things... 
Talk about a happy mommy and happy Broxton!
(I know Thumblebottom was happy too!)

I am not sure how Broxton and that little orange guy bonded like they did... but I love it... 
Isn't Thumblebottom adorable?!
Head on over and grab you one today!
They are $14.99 each!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

20.1.12

Healthier Eating With Sunridge Farms

I used to never want to try anything different... 
Not really sure why, but I would just eat the normal foods I had always eaten.
Recently, I have started branching out... 
Trying new, organic, different.
To be honest... If organic/healthier foods were cheaper, I could totally see me going more in that direction...
(Well, for me... and Broxton... Marc, not so much!!)

We recently had the chance to review a few products from the SunRidge Farms Line and I loved it!!!

I loved it!!!
(It worked in my favor that as soon as the boys saw "organic" they were completely turned off!)

First up, the Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds.
This was amazing!
I would eat a couple each night to get my sweet tooth fix.  
I love Almonds... I love Chocolate... It was wonderful for me!!!!
Crunchy and sweet. Skillfully crafted in the time-tested European confectionery traditions Small Batch Roasted Almonds. Freshly roasted in house, then drenched in SunRidge Farms All Natural Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties Luscious Dark Chocolate and Fresh Roasted Almonds. Irresistible.

Another product we tried?
Their Nutcracker Crunch!
I will tell you, I was a bit hesitant on it, but OH MY!
It was wonderful!
I sometimes munched on it as a snack during the day... but I found that I really enjoyed it as a topping on my salads!

Organic Nutcracker Crunch from their site:
Nutty and perfectly Roasted Organic Peanuts Crunchy and Organic Japanese Rice Crackers and Sesame Sticks Balanced blend of energy that will keep you light on your toes: hearty nuts and airy, crunchy, light and flavorful Organic Japanese Rice Crackers. Flavor-packed Organic Tamari Pumpkin Seeds Great for holidays, daily snacks & lunches and other occasions. 

The final product we reviewed was the Roasted Tamari Nuts.
Now, as I mentioned in the start, I used to not want to try anything "unusual" to me... so, I was once again curious to the Tamari Nuts...  I am glad that I just went for it... 
Well, Broxton and I! 
We both loved it and it was so much better than snacking on chips!!!!

Roasted Tamari Nuts from their site:
Hearty snack for the whole family! A premium combo of SunRidge Farms Whole Fancy Mixed Nuts, coated with Delicious and flavorful Tamari Shoyu. Including Cashews, Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds Protein packed Perfect for any occasion! 
I also loved that the bags were resealable!  Made it easier to eat some and then put them up instead of constantly snacking!!!!
Visit SunRidge Farms to see what all they have available for purchase!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Family and Words - Aloha Friday

Aloha Everyone!!!!
I hope that the year has been treating you great!
I have not participated in Aloha Friday in a bit, but I am back and ready to go!!!!!

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 this week is actually a 3 part one:
1- What do your kids call you?
I call my parents mom and dad when talking about them, but then when I talk to them, it is normally mama and daddy... Weird... I know!
2 - How do YOU spell mama?
I spell it mama... but Marc spells it momma... but then I see some people spell it all sorts of ways...
So, is it mama, mamma, momma, moma, or what?  Just wondering how you spell it...
3- Where are you from?
I am a Georgia girl... born and raised :)

Have a great weekend and get ready for a great week ahead!!!!!

19.1.12

Parents Palooza Will Be Here Before You Know It

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Take their 10 question Survey to make some Amazing Events happen for the Families of Atlanta.  
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Visit their website www.ParentsPalooza.com to find the survey, join the Parents Palooza Insiders, Like them on Facebook, and Follow them @ParentsPalooza for Tweets.  

This is easy Karma: give them your input & get incredible family events in return. 

*  This is not a sponsored tweet, I just thought all of us giving our input would make it even better than last year!!!!!!!!!!

All Things Disney Junior

You know that I love to share when I hear things that might be of interest to you...
That being said...
I have received a few different emails with Disney information and I am going to include it all in here for you...
No, this is not a paid or sponsored post, but I have grown up with Disney and now Broxton also gets the chance to enjoy it... Several shows that he enjoys are on there and I can rest comfortably knowing that it is Disney!!!!  Now, let me clarify that we do not watch television 24/7, but there are times when he isn't feeling well and just wants to lay down... That is when a 24/7 channel would be great, to allow for viewing during times we normally don't watch!

So, here we go:


One of Broxton's now favorite shows:
Jake and the Never Land Pirates:




PETER PAN RETURNS TO NEVER LAND IN
FIRST-EVER PRIMETIME SPECIAL OF DISNEY JUNIOR'S #1 SERIES,
"JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES,"
PREMIERING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 ON DISNEY CHANNEL

Star-Studded Season Two of the Hit Series to Debut Monday, February 20
  
The classic character Peter Pan makes his first-ever appearance in the hit series for kids age 2-7, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," in a primetime special presentation, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns," premiering MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Featuring six original songs, the special finds Peter Pan returning to Pirate Island to enlist Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully in finding his lost shadow. Adam Wylie ("Picket Fences") voices the role of Peter Pan.

Generating excitement and demand among the youngest viewer category (kids age 2-5) and their parents, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" ranks as 2011's #1 series launch in the demographic (kids age 2-5) and cable TV's #1 series among Boys 2-5. Overall, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" is pacing as Disney Channel's #1 preschool series of all time among Total Viewers (2.2 million), Kids 2-5 (1.03 million/6.1 rating), Boys 2-5 (648,000/7.5 rating) and Women 18-49 (424,000/0.6 rating).

Season two will debut MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 with new episodes airing daily at 8:30 a.m., ET/PT throughout the week. Sharon Osbourne, Josh Duhamel, Jane Kaczmarek and Tiffani Thiessen star in recurring roles, joining the series notable voice cast including David Arquette, Tori Spelling, Lisa Loeb, Adam West and Ariel Winter.


Beginning Monday, February 6, DisneyJunior.com/PeterPan will feature "Jake's Countdown to Peter Pan" and the debut of a new two-part game, "Shadow Shenanigans," where players can take on the role of Peter Pan's shadow to try to wake the sleeping Jolly Roger crew and then play a shadow matching game.

A full-length preview of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns" will become available via Disney Channel on Demand on February 6. Mobile providers Sprint TV and MobiTV will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere on February 13 on Disney Channel. The special will be available the following day on mobile VOD for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon customers.
  
"Jake and the Never Land Pirates" introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby - and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Smee, from Disney's classic "Peter Pan." The series, which emphasizes teamwork, features original pirate rock music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.

"Jake and the Never Land Pirates" airs daily during Disney Channel's Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7. The series stars Colin Ford as Jake; Madison Pettis as Izzy; Jonathan Morgan Heit as Cubby; David Arquette as Skully; Corey Burton as Captain Hook; Jeff Bennett as Mr. Smee and Bones and Loren Hoskins as Sharky. Rob LaDuca ("Mickey Mouse Clubhouse") is executive producer. The series is produced by Disney Television Animation.
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Just announced : The new 24-hour Disney Junior channel will launch FRIDAY, MARCH 23 and will feature the premiere of "Doc McStuffins," as well as new editions of the acclaimed short-form series "A Poem Is..." and a weekend movie block, "Magical World of Disney Junior." 

In order to see if the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel will be available in your neighborhood at the time of launch, please visitDisneyJuniorTheChannel.com

Disney Junior, a 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, will launch FRIDAY, MARCH 23 (12:00 midnight, ET/PT) in the U.S., joining 28 other Disney Junior channels around the world. The announcement was made today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, by Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Disney Junior was introduced as a daily programming block on Disney Channel in February 2010 and, year to year, its ratings are up 26% among Kids 2-5 and 36% among Boys 2-5.

The popular Disney Junior daily programming block will continue on Disney Channel while the new 24 hour channel will fulfill parents' demands forquintessentially Disney programming throughout the day. The Disney Junior channel will be available via major cable and satellite providers Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Verizon, among others. Additional information regarding Disney Junior is available atDisneyJuniorTheChannel.com.

The programming schedule includes:

"Doc McStuffins" – an animated series about a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and toys in her backyard clinic. Under the consultancy of the Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the series will highlight the importance of taking care of oneself and others, while showcasing the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling – fantasy and wish fulfillment. Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Chris Nee ("Little Bill" and "Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska") is the creator and executive producer, and Emmy Award-winning Norton Virgien ("Rugrats") is the director. "Doc McStuffins" is a production of the Dublin, Ireland-based Brown Bag Films (two time Academy Award nominee for "Granny O'Grimm" and "Give Up Yer Aul Sins"). DisneyJunior.com will debut a "Doc McStuffins" supersite featuring an interactive clinic where kids can assist Doc in nurturing toys back to health.

"A Poem Is…" -- Laura Linney, Viola Davis, John Leguizamo, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson and Liev Schreiber are among the narrators of the second season of the acclaimed short-form series designed to introduce young children to the beauty of a poem.

"Magical World of Disney Junior" -- a weekend movie night featuring telecasts of Disney's vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Bambi," "Dumbo," "The Princess and the Frog," "Cars," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Aladdin," among others.

"Gaspard and Lisa" -- the adventures of two best friend puppies as they experience the wonders and challenges of school and family life in their Paris neighborhood. Based on the books by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, "Gaspard and Lisa" is produced by Chorion.
         
"Guess How Much I Love You" -- a tender animated series centered on the father-son relationship between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Based on the UK picture book, Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, the series will air exclusively on Disney Junior the Channel. "Guess How Much I Love You" is a production of the Australia-based SLR Productions.

In addition to current hits "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Little Einsteins," "Handy Manny" and "Special Agent Oso," the channel will also present viewer favorites from the past, "Higglytown Heroes," "Stanley," "JoJo's Circus" and "Rolie Polie Olie," among others.

          Other upcoming programming includes "Sofia the First," a television movie and series introducing a new little girl princess with stories designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children; and "Oki's Oasis," the first western for preschoolers, starring actress and singer-songwriter Mandy Moore (Disney's "Tangled") as the voice of Oki, a kitty cat sheriff who ensures that the town of Nice and Friendly Corners remains the friendliest town in the West.




 The Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's animated and live action series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills.  Disney Junior is available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes (via a daily block on Disney Channel) and to millions of other viewers on 28 Disney Junior channels (fka Playhouse Disney channels) and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It is also seen via subscription video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com. In 2012, Disney Junior will add a basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.


***** This is not a paid/sponsored post.*****

18.1.12

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To #ww

This past weekend, my Mema and Grandaddy celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary!
I knew they had visitors on their anniversary, so I called to wish them a happy one a day later...
It was nice talking to my Mema and I made mention of "They don't make them like they used to."
She asked what I meant and I told her that you just don't hear of couples staying married for that long anymore...
So... today, give your spouse or significant other an extra hug and a kiss... or if they are out of town, call or message them... Just to let them know you are thinking about them!!!!

Here is to a very happy 59th for my Mema and my Grandaddy... 

and to many many more!!!!!


16.1.12

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a Great Read

I absolutely LOVE the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movies!
They are just so funny and the boys love them as well.
It helps that it is not childish (so that I can enjoy with the 11, 13 and 15 year olds...) but it isn't too mature either (even Broxton laughs at it!)

So, when I saw that they have even more books than just the movies...
I was excited...   For more than one reason.
One - that means that there should be more movies eventually!
Two- maybe, just maybe, I can get them to read a book every now and then.

Last week, a girlfriend of mine and I got to chatting about the movies/ books.
Having the boys throughout the year, I was familiar with the movies more...
Her as a teacher, she was familiar with the books.

Have you ever looked at one of the books?!
It is actually pretty neat!  So much more fun than just reading a book too!!!
It is like a mixture of a book... added in with a touch of comic book types!
I am not a comic book fan, but they keep younger kids interested and this sort of fits the description with keeping their attention!

The simple stick figure drawings that we are familiar with because of the inclusion in the movies is scattered throughout the story...
I tell you what... I wish I would have been half as creative and artistic as Greg when I was in my diary/journal stage!
We had the chance to review Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Cabin Fever.
I have realized that when I was growing up, I had my series of books that I loved...
( I still have some that I kept... they were that important to me!)
I know that this is a series that will be important to youth of today.
That being said, I want to get the ones that are currently out now for when Broxton is a bit older.
He loves the movies now and maybe he will enjoy the reading of the books when he is a older.

As an adult, I still found humor in the book....
Especially when Greg is trying to earn money by shoveling the driveways!
He stops at one house to try to make a little money... but the lady tells him she never gets visitors and invites him in...  He then says he figures if he was going to try and make money, the least he could do was be nice.. but the whole time he was there all he could think about was how much money he could be making if he had gone and knocked on another door!
I know how kids think and this just made me crack up laughing!!!

About Cabin Fever:


Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.
The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?




Head on out and grab your copy today!!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Puggie Liddell Book Review

You all know how much I love to read... 
Also that I really want to pass my love of reading on to Broxton...

I have tried to get the boys into reading, but for some reason...
They "say" they "Love It" but when it is time to read, they have other things to do...
I think if all kids had great adventures to read like the Puggie Liddell book I read, they would be more into it!  Because of that, I am going to try and get them to read this one!!!!

I had the opportunity to review " The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell."
It was Book One, so I can not wait to see where this whole series goes!

In the first book, Puggie and his sister, Gigi are on a field trip.
They are just as all kids are... especially most siblings I know...
ARGUING ALL THE TIME!
Well, in this first book, so much happens!
We meet Puggie and Gigi.  We learn that they are completely opposite... but when push comes to shove, Gigi will always look out for her kid brother.  We also learn that Puggie is a smart kid... As in a "whiz kid!"
While on their field trip... they happen to fall into a time portal!
It is so neat that they go back in time and Puggie (the younger) is trying to explain things to his sister...
To the point of using his knowledge to figure out where they are and what they need to do!

I loved the book and caught myself eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next!
I can only imagine the excitement if I was a bit younger!  Oh... I also loved that the author used the "coolness" of incorporating today into the book... Bringing up the game boy... Cell phones and of course, Justin Timberlake! What a great way to keep kids reading!

As I said, this is book one... So I am already awaiting the chance to see where Puggie lands on his next adventure!
Remember... you can hang out and follow the Puggie Page on Twitter and on Facebook!
FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

15.1.12

USA premiering New Episodes! Royal Pains #Giveaway

I am all about watching new shows...
Don't get me wrong... Reruns are great, but I love the excitement of NEW!!!!

That being said... 

I have to tell you about a new to me show...
I have seen the advertisements for Royal Pains and for White Collar... 
But, I have never seen either one of them!
I will be catching up and watching though... 
So, for those that are fans... 
Or are looking for something new to watch:

Here is the latest news with premier dates:



White Collar:
Premieres Tuesday, January 17th at 10/9c on USA. 
Starring Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen


Royal Pains:
premiere date is Wednesday January 18th at 10/9 central on USA.

Since I am hosting an AWESOME Royal Pains Giveaway:


A bit more on Royal Pains:
(From the USA site)

USA Network is proud to introduce the Hamptons' newest doctor-on-demand,Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), in Royal Pains. 


Hank is a rising star in the New York City medical community, until he loses everything fighting for the life of a patient. With his career stalled and his personal life in shambles, Hank is in need of a new beginning. That's where his younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) steps in. Fed up with Hank's personal pity-party, he convinces Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crash a party at the home of a Hamptons billionaire and a guest falls critically ill, Hank saves the day. His dramatic medical rescue draws attention from the crowd, and soon Hank's phone starts ringing off the hook with patients demanding house calls. 



Inadvertently, Hank has become the hot new "concierge doctor" in town. 



Though Hank is initially reluctant to embrace this new career, with encouragement from Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant he decides to stay in town for the summer. Once again solving medical crises and helping those in need, Hank is back to doing what he does best. And now he's reinvented himself as the Hamptons' hottest new doctor-in-demand. 



Also starring Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint with Christine Ebersole and Campbell Scott.







One Winner will win:
ROYAL PAINS DVD Pack - $100 Value  
-                 Season 1 DVD
-                 Season 2 DVD
          -                Season 3 Vol. 1 DVD

The prize was provided by USA Network, but USA Network is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. Contest open to US residents only.



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