Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans


Great Mother/Daughter Book #Giveaway Chicken Soup for the Soul

I will be the first to admit that my mom and I were not best friends growing up...
Granted, it was all my fault and I am glad that I finally realized that I was being a brat and that my mom was pretty cool....  My mom tried to give me all she could... and that was PLENTY, but I was young... and STUPID and not very appreciative...
Now, looking back, I see that I was wrong, but I think that we have a great relationship now...
We have gone on several Mother/Daughter trips and she is a great "maw maw" to Broxton...
(Mental note, please remember to blog about how "Maw Maw" came to be...)

There is yet another book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series...
This one is called "The Magic of Mothers and Daughters."
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The Chapters are:
A Daughters Love
Rites of Passage
A Mothers Love

The Face in the Mirror
Family By Choice
Away We Go
Learning from Each Other
Healing and Second Chances
What Goes Around Comes Around
Dreams Fulfilled

One thing I love about these books?  The quotes...
Here is one I really enjoyed;
"Mothers and daughters are closest, when daughters become mothers." Author Unknown

Each section has great stories... Not all being biological mother / daughter relationships, but each just as important... Also, not all were lovey dovey, best friends forever since birth relationships... but each one made a difference and touches your heart!

Now, two lucky readers will get to win a copy of The Magic of Mothers and Daughters for someone special in your life.

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We Are Happy, Happy Nappers!!!!

If your house is ANYTHING like ours, as soon as certain infomercials come on, I start hearing " I need that! I need that!"
Well, we have seen the Happy Napper ones for a bit now and lucky Broxton, he actually got one... 

Not because I fell victim to the "Needing one" but we were lucky enough to get one for review...
It was a bit of a good and bad thing added into one...

You see, as soon as we opened it, he was so excited with the Happy Napper... 
Photo Credit: NVision Photography
I admit, I was pretty impressed with it too!  

It was a stuffed dog house!!! Not just any dog house, but one that had a door bell looking thing on it that when you pressed, it made a snoring sound!!!!
It was too cute and I knew it was going to make a great pillow..

Photo Credit: NVision Photography

Then, we opened it and turned it into the stuffed dog.
Talk about a great snuggle buddy for naps and bed time!
I personally wish he would leave it as the dog, as I think it is just the cutest... but, for the sake of saving room, it goes back to the dog house shape often.  Only problem is, I can not get it as flat and perfect as it originally came. (If you have ever had an AMAZING hair style, only to be left with not so amazing the next day, you know what I mean!) 

Photo Credit: NVision Photography
Broxton loves it and seeing him hug it, well... it makes this mama smile! 
The ONLY draw back I have?  
I wish there was a way to turn the snore off...
Maybe there is and I just don't know how... but I get worried when it is in the dog house shape that it is going to go off because it was accidentally pressed.  

SO, what was the bad with the good in this?
Here you go:  We were sent the cutest little teddy bear to go with our happy napper... it plays the Happy Napper song and everything... 
SO STINKING CUTE... UNTIL you are in the car for a 3 hour car trip... 

Then, not so much... still cute at first, but that cuteness turns into wishing the batteries die fast (they don't.)
Luckily for me, it was dropped and since I was driving, I could not get it!  Score one for the home team there!!!!

If you are looking for a great gift idea... 
I suggest Happy Nappers for your little one...
You should get smiles as big as the ones you saw in this post!!!!

If you decide to order a Happy Napper, please order from this promotional site..
Make sure you enter the promo code for FREE SHIPPING: SPECIAL4U

Photo Credit: NVision Photography

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Best Flower Buds by Jay at Play Now at Toys R Us

Is it just me, or are toys totally different from when we were kids?
I mean, I thought we had some pretty cool gadgets, but wow...

We were sent an adorable little "Best Flower Bud" for review and I tell ya, I wish I had a sweet little girl to play with it!  Yes, Broxton would have loved to have had it... but honestly, he has enough other toys, we will be giving this to someone else! 

Have you seen the Best Flower Buds by Jay at Play currently at Toys R Us?

They are these cute little flowers... that then turn into sweet little dolls!
You can choose from Iris, Poppy, Blue Belle, Violet, Blossom or Daisy.

Let me try and show it to you:

At first, just a cute little rubber flowerpot with a cloth flower blossom.
Cute flower blossom.

Slowly start to turn the flower pot downward.  (It is a soft "gummy" type plastic. Nothing hard.) 
Tada!  You have your adorable little doll now!

See how it turns inside out?
I love that the facial features are just sewn on the face, as opposed to having eyes and what not that might fall off over time.

Peek-a-Boo!  Time to turn back into a cute little flower!

I just think that this is too cute!
Imagine your little girl having these as decorations on her window, or on her desk....
Then, when she wants to play, she can just turn them into the dolls...
Like MAGIC!  
What a great way to get your monies worth with a two in one toy!
(I love toys like this!)
What is another cute flower name you think they could make into a Best Flower Bud?

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Cure Summer Boredom with A Puzzle Book #giveaway

Kids are about to get out for the summer...  That means NO SCHOOLWORK!!!
WHoooo Hoooo..
But, that doesn't mean you can not keep their brains in high gear!!!  No, I don't mean teaching them math and science at home, but you can do fun activities with puzzle books and more to engage in brain activity... and shhhhh... FUN!!!!
If you don't have kids... or they are too young... or you are wanting to engage your brain..
Why not look at books for you?!

We were sent a collection of "Puzzle Books" and I have really been enjoying them!
The collection we were sent has a bit of everything for everyone!  

We now have, The Complete Idiots Guide to Picture Puzzles, Volume 2.
I really enjoyed this, as I love searching for things... I know that when the boys get here for the summer, they will love looking at this... I will admit, I wanted to grab my pencil to circle the differences and everything, but that would take the fun out of it for anyone else down the road, so I decided not to do so.  I love that the answer key is IN THE BACK (versus some that put them upside down on the same page.)  You can't cheat as easily this way: 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Picture Puzzles, Vol. 2

We also have Puzzle Baron's Logic Puzzles.
I am going to take this down for my mom to look at.  She loves logic things like this... Well, I don't know how much she "loves" them, but "they" say (the Internet is "they") that if you do logic puzzles and what not to keep your brain stimulated, it helps with Alzheimer's  and since Alzheimer's runs in our family, my mom is always trying whatever she can to help with that.  Now, don't take that to the bank, you know how the Internet can be both helpful and hurtful.... I am just stating another reason why we would enjoy these in our house... I will tell you this though... I don't know if some are sort of difficult, or if I am just that out of the loop, but I was having a hard time doing these... then, I realize part of it was because I was not really paying attention!  These would be fun to think and ponder on as you lay out catching some rays this summer!

Finally, we have the Sudoku book.
Now, I can not even lie... I am NOT a Sudoku fan... I just can not get it... When it first came out and was in the papers all the time, I tried... I really did... but I just can not grasp it... My brother and several friends LOVE Sudoku games, but me... Nope... I can't do it...
That being said, this will for sure be a gift to my brother....

Are you a fan of puzzles?  Do you Sudoku?

Ready to win a set of these books for your Summer Adventures? (Or Father's Day gift!)
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New Fashion Statement with Braced Lets

You know how a trend starts each year with a "must have" item?  
Well, I think I might know what the "it" item is this year..

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Have you seen Braced-Lets yet?

While some kids think that Braces are not cool... others think they are...

I know I personally hated them when I had them, but now... I sure do wish I had them again... 
(I should've worn my retainer more later in life!)

If you want to make a fashion statement with more than just your teeth...
Check them out...

Braced-Lets are actually all made from orthodontic material... 
The "bracelet" is actually a rubber power chain... and then you have the metal brackets and the colorful rubberbands...

If you have ever worn braces, or know anyone who has...
You know exactly what I am talking about when I mention those items...

With so many colors to choose from...
There really is no gender for who this would be seen on..
Both girls and boys, of all ages would love them!
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We actually gave several of them to one of the boys for part of his birthday present...
He sure enough had them on when he came to see us... 
I loved knowing that he was enjoying them!  

Image Credit: Braced-Lets

So, mix and match them up..
You can get them as the colors of your school, your favorite team, or even fun and funky for holidays!
Head on over to the Braced-Lets site and see what all colorful creations they have!
I like the "super hero" and the "rainbow" collections...

Like Braced-Lets on Facebook to keep in touch with all that is new and fun!

 What color combination would you like to see?

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Mother's Day and @HallmarkPR Go Hand in Hand #Giveaway

Mother Day is just around the corner...
Have you thought about it and grabbed the perfect gift for yours?
Keep in mind that not only can you go to a local Hallmark store to shop, the Hallmark name has great ideas for all budgets!  To be honest, I used to think that Hallmark was just the brand of cards... then, I eventually learned it was a whole store..
Later on, I learned that Hallmark makes all sorts of great gifts!!!!
For Mothers Day, they seem to have everyone covered!

You know, Mothers Day doesn't have to just be your biological mother..
They have cards for Grandma's, Aunts, Stepmoms, Daughters and More...
They not only have cute cards, but they also have recordable cards and many other things..

Today, I want to tell you about two items we were sent for review...
The first is a Recordable book.
I think these are great, as my mom gave one to Broxton on Christmas one year...
Not only is a recordable book a great story, but it is nice to have the chance to have your loved ones voice right there..  I think that the recordable books would be great for a mom to give her daughter (at any age...) I mean, wouldn't it be comforting to know that your moms voice is just a book away?
The book that I think is just too cute (and I want to get for Broxton and I)  Mom and Me...
"Conversations to Keep"  Wouldn't that be just adorable to look back on later if you record one with your toddler now?!
Image Credit: Hallmark

The other gift idea... That I just LOVE : Blooming Expressions.
You know that lots of people give flowers for Mother Day... Well, the flowers die and are thrown away... 
Image Credit: Hallmark
If you give the gift of a Blooming Expression, they will have that flower for years to come!
It is an artificial flower in a vase... but wait... It is not just any flower...
You press the button on the vase to have the flower "bloom" and there is a special message inside!

Image Credit: Hallmark

There are several different flowers and they have different messages on them... (Eight total to choose from.)
You just need to pick the one that is best for you

Isn't Hallmark on top of the game with their gift ideas?!
Not only did I get to review them, one lucky reader is going to win a Mothers Day gift pack of their own.
(It will include a Recordable Story Book and a Blooming Expression.  Book Title and Expression Message will be randomly chosen.)

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Never Can Tell What You Will See - W/W

Have you seen a bike like this before?!

Someone either REALLY loves COKE...
Or, I need to get Marc a job driving this around :)


Bubble Guppies - Out Today: May 1st

We recently saw an episode of Bubble Guppies on DVD and I was laughing at the show... 
I was curious as to how it got its name, until we watched and I saw that the characters of the show were little kids that lived underwater and had fish tales!  That right there caught Broxton's attention and he enjoyed the show.. 

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So, when I saw that Bubble Guppies were going to be released onto DVD for the first time, I knew I wanted to get it to see if Broxton would enjoy it for road trips!  
Little did I know that I would watch with him!  
The DVD has "Fin-Tastic Fair Tale TV Movie" on it...
Get this... featuring the voice of Wanda Sykes!  She cracks me up and her voice is one that is easy to recognize, so I was laughing automatically!
In this "movie" it was about fairy tales... They had a big fish (sorry, not sure of names yet) that was telling the kids about fairy tales.. you know, how they have a wolf, or bears... or a witch or a beanstalk... and they start with "once upon a time."  
It was cute how they interacted and told the story, while teaching the viewer at the same time!  Bubble Guppies prides itself on " Promoting school readiness" and after watching, I can see why.  Bubble Guppies was full of singing, a cute story and animation...

As soon as the music would start, I would notice Broxton would start to move with the music... I am so glad he has picked up rhythm, because I know I did not pass that to him!

More about the Bubble Guppies DVD:

Bubble Guppies Episode Synopses:

Bubble Puppy's Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale! (Double-Length Episode)

Once upon a time, Molly and Gil went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. But when a mean Witch, played by Wanda Sykes, turns Bubble Puppy into a frog, Molly and Gil enlist the help of some famous fairytale friends to undo her mean green spell.  They better work fast or else no one in the Enchanted Forest will live happily ever after!

Bubble Puppy

Gil wants to adopt a puppy after seeing one he really likes at the adoption center, but theBubble Guppies have to learn how to take care of a pet before he can bring it home.

Bubble Bites

Ms. Pinkytoe, a friendly crab, gives Gil a few Bubble Bites to feed to Bubble Puppy.  BubblePuppy wants more food so the guppies head to the supermarket.  They discover there is one box of Bubble Bites left and both Gil and Ms. Pinkytoe want it, so they must compete in aBubble Bites biathlon. Will Gil get more Bubble Bites to feed Bubble Puppy? Or will Ms. Pinkytoe get them for her dog, Bud?

Have you ever seen Bubble Guppies?

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Support #TEAMUSA With @Pampers #giveaway

Let me start this by saying... 
NO, I am NOT pregnant.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way... 
I have something really cool and exciting to tell you about!!!!
When I was pregnant with Broxton, I was not sure what diapers we would go with.... I knew there were several brands and Marc had one that he had used with the other boys...but, I wanted what was best for Broxton...   At the hospital they used Pampers Swaddlers and I loved them...   They were great! 
No leaks, fit right, no rashes or anything on him... heck, they even had a yellow line that came up when he peed!  I decided then that Pampers would be our diapers of choice...  To be honest, I did not really even get diapers at any baby shower... I think I got 2 packs total...   So, when it was time for diapers, I had to buy what worked best... Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers, you name them, we had them!
We would go and I would buy them, and I was always happy... 
Today, I am just a bit more happy...  Why?
Well, you know I am married to an Army National Guard Soldier... 
So, that being said, I love the USA...   

Now, read this:
From crawling and walking to balancing and tumbling, the efforts they go to in order to overcome everyday challenges are podium-topping in their determination. To celebrate this unique spirit of play, Pampers has partnered with two-time Olympic Games Gold medalist (Beach Volleyball) and Team USA Hopeful, Kerri Walsh, to help introduce PampersLimited Edition “USA” diapers and wipes, which will be hitting shelves this mid-April, and a new sweepstakes just for Pampers Facebook fans.
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In celebration of these great products, Pampers will launch a Facebook sweepstakes of ‘podium-topping’ proportions. Beginning April 16th through May 19th, parents can visit the “Team USA Sweeps” tab on the Pampers Facebook page  and register for a chance to win the grand prize trip for a family of four to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games and attend the first ever Pampers Playground event alongside Team USA Hopeful, Kerri Walsh, and her husband and sons. The recipient of the grand prize trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games will be drawn on or around May 21st. Additionally, Pampers will be randomly selecting weekly winners between now and August 12th to receive a prize pack consisting of one month’s supply of Pampers Limited Edition “USA” diapers and wipes as well as a souvenir volleyball signed by Kerri Walsh.

What does all of this mean?  It means that a name I love and trust... PAMPERS... has something great going on, but the USA diapers are Limited Time.  So, while Team USA is over in London... Our little ones at home can maneuver around without the worries of any diaper mishaps!!

Since it is dealing with the Olympics... Head on over to the Pampers site and check out the Pampers Playground.. Talk about making a little Olympic fun at home! Within the Pampers Playground, there are three sections for parents and little ones to explore together:

·         The Picnic Table gives parents the chance to upload and share photos and videos of all of the different ways their baby likes to play.
·         The Toy Box provides visitors with fun tools and games to help baby play each and every day including an interactive and original storybook.
·         The Park Bench offers articles detailing the importance of play for little ones.

Image Credit: Pampers
I am pretty excited for the Limited Edition diapers... 
Not just because it correlates with the Olympics.. but also because of my love of the military!
Think how supportive your little ones will be toddling through the house in their USA printed diapers?!

The diapers feature an adorable “USA” logo print combined with red, white and blue stars and stripe designs while the wipes packaging pays tribute to Team USA with a similar design. Pampers Limited Edition “USA” diapers and wipes designs will be available in mid-April while supplies last at select stores nationwide. The diapers are available in Cruisers sizes 3 through 5.  

But it doesn’t stop there.  P&G – the parent company of Pampers – will showcase their heartfelt Thank you, Mom” campaign at the London 2012 Olympic Games recognizing the incredible role that mothers play in the lives of their children.  As part of this of this inspiring campaign, P&G plans to raise $5 million to help establish and sustain youth sport programs around the world. A portion of sales and donations for the company's leadership brands including Pampers®, Tide®, Gillette®, and Pantene®, will help those who moms care about the most... children. 

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Looking for a Great Pirate Book? The Pirate Cruncher

I love sharing books with you that we receive for review.. 
Well, today I have a new book to share...
We had to go to the bookstore to grab a book for Marc and while there, Broxton got into his head that he just HAD to have a Pirate Book.  We took him to the kids section and he looked at books while Marc looked at the book he needed... Then, I told Broxton to put the book up and lets head home, that we could look at Pirate books from the library... 
Then, Marc started talking about how great the illustrations were and that he wanted me to look at it..
(That meant that HE wanted to buy it!  Lol!)

We got the book and Broxton flipped through it all the way home... 
He looked at it again when we got home... and he had Marc read it to him last night for bed..
It was so cute to go and see Marc and Broxton laid up in the bed reading and then Broxton had to sleep with the book in the bed with him!!!!

Marc of course had to go on and on about the illustrations, so I thought it would be good to read it and share with you...
The book is called "The Pirate Cruncher."

Image Credit: Amazon

It has a sing song feel to it and I feel that they picked the font that went perfect with the story!
This story has an old Fiddler walking along... singing to himself a catchy song...
A song about a treasure map he had drawn to return to one day... 
When out of the window of a local pub appeared an old pirate..
That was eager to join in on a search of treasure... 
They loaded up and set sail in search of this island...
Each time, the fiddler singing more about the trip... 
When all of a sudden, you learn of a monster that eats pirates!  
That is when the pirate refers to it as a pirate cruncher!
You will have to read the book to learn the rest, but it includes a special surprise at the back flap!!!!

We will for sure be getting more of these books!  
If you have a fan of pirates, this is a must see book!!!!!

Do you have Pirates Fans at your house?

I SEE ME Very Happy Birthday Books Are Great Gift Ideas!

I am so happy to have had the chance to review another I SEE ME book.
With Broxton not having a "common" name, you can not just grab personalized items for him at the store..
So, it is nice to have the chance to review to see great products!
The latest book?  Very Happy Birthday!!!!

Of course, I used the images from their site, but you just enter the name of your child and it is personalized just the way you would dream it would be!
With our book, we went with "Broxton's Very Happy 3rd Birthday!"
You can add the birthday number, or just leave it blank and have it be for all birthdays!
Also, when ordering, you pick whether you want a birthday BOY or GIRL book.
Image Credit: I SEE ME
The book is larger than your hand when completely opened and fingers stretched out.. but it is smaller than an 8x10. I personally think it is just a great size for smaller hands!  (It is a square shape and I love that it is a board book.)  The reason I like the board book, as this is one that I would like to have for years to come, so I like it being sturdy!
I am not sure if you have visited I SEE ME before, but you should really check it out..
One major thing that I love about them? You can take a virtual tour of the book , meaning you can read each page to make sure it is exactly how you would like it before you order it..

Image Credit: I SEE ME
While taking the tour, you also get to experience the enjoyment of all of the colorful illustrations on each page too! 
When ordering the book, you not only get to personalize it with the name of your child throughout the book, you also get to make a dedication page right from the start!  

If you have a special birthday coming up for a loved one, don't forget to head over and check out I SEE ME VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

If you decide to order a book, use this link HERE ... It is a referral link.. I will get a $5 credit... but you will get $5 off if you are a first time customer... 

Don't forget to follow I SEE ME On FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love #giveaway

If you need a good for the heart book... I have a new one for you!
As we know, I get to review books from Chicken Soup for the Soul..
Then, I also get to host great giveaways as well :)

Ready to hear about the latest book?

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Food and Love.
At first, I wasn't so sure about it..
I mean, Food and Love?  I was thinking more along LOVING FOOD..
I don't need to read about that, as I know I do... Hey, my whole family does!
Then, I slowed down and looked again..
Food AND Love...
As the author states in the introduction:  "It's how we show our love for family and friends and create an environment of caring and stability during an uncertain time."  If you think about it that way, many memories do include food!
That being said, let me tell you the chapters in this book:
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1- Learning to Cook
2- Just Like Moms
3- Table for Two
4- Comfort Food
5- Little Helpers
6- In Memory Of
7- A Bite of Fun
8-  The Taste of Tradition
9- Like Lessons in the Kitchen
10- Always Room for Dessert

I really enjoyed the book, as there are several great stories..
Some touch the heart... some have you laughing...
But what I really thought was neat about this book?

Since it deals with FOOD and Love..
There were some recipes at the end of some of the stories..
It was cute.. Like not only did you read a great story from a "friend" you also got a "family" recipe to try out!

As with all of the Chicken Soup Books..
I love the quotes above each story..
One that I loved in this book:
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."  Author Unknown.

Now, if you are ready to add this to your library..
(Thinking of it as a great gift idea...)

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Bawk and Roll With Elvis

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We have been enjoying the book, Bawk and Roll by Tammi Sauer and I tell you, it is a cute one!
I had no idea that there was a first book until I looked online.. The first book is Chicken Dance (guess that would explain the page where it says "Chicken Dance 2")  
My family loves Elvis, so I immediately chuckled when I saw Elvis Poultry was the star of the show.. 
As I read it, I could totally hear "The King" saying what he said... 
Bawk and Roll stars Marge and Lola, two "chics" who have gone to tour as Elvis' dancers... 
But, each show has them with a case of stage fright, leaving Elvis to say " If our flock can't rock, I gotta go solo!"  Which then leads me to another section that I laughed out loud at...   "The chickens crossed the road." I know, I know.. it is the little things that amuse me, but amuse me it did!!!!  You have to read the rest to see how it turns out, but I think you will like it... In fact, I know you will! 

Broxton has been laughing when I read it, as I try my best Elvis impersonation...  With colorful pages and a great story of supporting your friends, this is a great book to read to your young ones... 

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