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20.2.13

Circus Family W/W

Well, it is Wednesday...
Hope the week is treating you great...
If you have been around this week, you have seen my different pictures of the circus..
You can see my circus post and the pictures of the animals...
I would love to have you comment on them...
(No shamelessness on me here... just love comments!)

Hope you enjoy!!!
Don't forget if you have the chance to check out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, you should do so... We have a great time each year we go!!!!
Air Adventures! 

These two were up high in the air where they did all sorts of tricks! 

He jumped through the rings that had swords (or something) sticking inwards... Then, they added a blindfold and fire!!
 
I need this cutie as a stuffed animal!
 
One of the highlights for me!  I absolutely LOVE the Torres Family!
 
***  I was not asked to post this, I just love my pictures and wanted to share with you! 

Play Date with the Pajanimals #giveaway


TIME TO MAKE YOUR PLAYDATE WITH THE PAJANIMALS!
 
2013 Kicks Off for PAJANIMALS with a Brand New “Pajanimals Playdate” DVD
 
The PAJANIMALS--Cowbella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue and Squacky--have quickly become popular with children and parents alike!  Their own television series airs nightly on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout® during its The Good Night Show and also airs on NBC on Saturday mornings as part of the NBC Kids programming block.
 
PAJANIMALS, co-produced by The Jim Henson Company, Sprout and Sixteen South Television, follows this adorable quartet as they take young viewers on exciting imaginary adventures. With music and new friends in every story, PAJANIMALS teaches the skills that preschoolers need to move through their days successfully, especially getting ready for and going to bed.   
 
In “Pajanimals Playdate,” the Pajanimals love to play games, sing songs and go on great adventures to meet new friends.  Each story resolves a challenge typically encountered during every preschooler's day. Through their imaginary journeys, these friends discover fun ways to learn daily life lessons. Snuggle up with the Pajanimals for a magical adventure and play date that encourages a bedtime routine!

 

We were so excited to receive the new Pajanimals DVD.  Broxton loves watching the Pajanimals before bed sometime... and we recently learned that we no longer get Sprout in the bedroom.. (Not sure what that is about!)
Now, we can just put the DVD on and be good to go! 

The stories on this DVD include:
I'm Sorry, Really Sorry
A Colorful Problem
Game Day
The Rocket Ride
Share Day

The songs on the DVD include:
Pajanimals Bounce
Our Friendship Song
Brusha, Brusha, Brusha
Stick to the Plan
Jiggle, Jumble and Jump
Pajanimals Freeze Dance
Octopus Huggle

Enter now to win this DVD to add to your collection! 

19.2.13

Black History Month DVD Collection #Giveaway

**** UPDATED - This has now turned into a great giveaway!!! ****

Besides Valentines, February also holds another important remembrance...
Black History Month. 
For the United States and Canada, February is the month to remember the important events and people in African American Heritage. 

If you want to continue the learning of African American History outside of the classroom, Scholastic Storybook Treasures has a DVD collection Set allowing you to enjoy more at home. 
Stories about African American Heritage featuring MARCH ON is available for purchase. 

 

This is a 3 DVD collection with 13 stories. 
 
DVD One :
March On!  The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World... 
Also includes: Martin's Big Words, Rosa and Henry's Freedom Box
 
DVD Two:
Duke Ellington
Also includes: Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa, Ellington was not a street and John Henry.
 
DVD Three:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Also includes: Hot Hippo, Not So Fast Songololo, The Village of Round & Square Houses and Who's in Rabbit's House?
 
This DVD is recommended for ages 4-10 and includes over 3 hours of video with additional extras! 

What a great way to encourage education not only in the classroom, but at home with the family as well! 
 
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.

Barney Loves You #Giveaway

Broxton loves Barney so much that he has even taken a couple of his Barney DVD's to class... They were able to watch some while they ate their lunch and even the teachers got into singing along with the songs that so many people know and love.
Now, there is a new 3 DVD Set with loveable DVD's sure to make everyone smile!
Make sure you enter to win the DVD set to add to your collection!
 

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
It’s three times the love, laughter, sharing and caring when Barney®: Barney Loves You 3-DVD Set arrives on February 19, 2013 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Huggable, loveable Barney and his playground friends discover the joys of friendship and family through imagination, song and dance. So come along with everyone’s favorite T-Rex in this heartwarming collection featuring Barney: We Love Our Family, Barney: You Can Be Anything and Barney: I Love My Friends 

DVDs Include:


Barney: We Love Our Family Synopsis
All we need is love from our family and friends – and of course Barney!  Discover the joys and laughter that moms, grandparents and cousins can bring in this unforgettable and heartwarming collection that the whole family will cherish!


Barney: You Can Be Anything
Synopsis
What do you want to be when you grow up? Join Barney and his friends as they look through Barney's costume shop and try on a few jobs for size. Just imagine and you can be ANYTHING!
 
Barney: I Love My Friends Synopsis
Come join in the fun as Barney takes his friends on a super-dee-duper adventure that shows just what it means to be a friend. Princess Baby Bop® has a royally good time when she sees that a key to being a friend is keeping promises. Riff goes to great lengths to make up for a big mistake and prove he’s a friend who sees things through to the end. BJ® feels left out when he’s not included in a drawing, and learns the importance of being honest and expressing his feelings.  With singing, dancing and lots of monkey-ing around, Barney brings kids on a friend-tastic adventure and shows that everything is more fun with friends!
 

18.2.13

Education, Excitement and Mail - Oh My!!!!


With Broxton loving to read, we always try to keep reading materials around.  I have books and magazines.. and now he does too! 
We were sent a complimentary review of Turtle, the magazine for ages 3-5.
I thought it was full of fun and Broxton and I enjoyed it!  There were picture finds and all sorts of activities for us to work with together, not to mention the stories to read!  We both enjoyed it and I for sure enjoyed him snuggled in my lap to flip the pages! 
If you know of a child under the age of 12, make sure you check out to see what magazine would be most well suited for your house.  This would be a great purchase.  Not only to encourage reading and thinking... but also to feel the enjoyment of having mail sent to them!!!!

Jack and Jill (ages 7-12) Ethan’s Big Hit (p.16-17): In Lorna Schultz Nicholson’s fast-paced hockey story for Jack and Jill, the well-loved children’s author creates a hilarious, compelling piece that teaches children to have a positive attitude on and off the ice. Nicholson is a Canadian author of several children’s books about sports. She also hosted, produced, and wrote all the material for her syndicated radio show, Ottawa, Family Time.
 
Humpty Dumpty (ages 5-7) Winter Party in the Park (p.16-17): In a poem written exclusively for Humpty Dumpty, bestselling children’s author Charles Ghigna shows readers the magic of winter. The poem teaches the importance of imagination. Ghigna—also known as “Father Goose”—has written more than 5,000 poems and 60 renowned books for Disney, Scholastic, Random House, Knopf, Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, Running Press, and Harry N. Abrams, etc.
 
Turtle (ages 3-5) Pinky Visits Grandma Pig (p.6-9): Turtle shares a story by Valeri Gorbachev about Pinky Pig’s adventure on a snowy day that highlights the significance of family and self-acceptance. Gorbachev is the award-winning author and illustrator of a number of popular children’s books in the United States and Europe, including Nicky and the Big, Bad Wolves and Where is the Apple Pie?
 
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.

Thomas and Friends - Full Steam Ahead #Giveaway

Available February 19th for purchase, the new 3 DVD collection of Thomas and Friends even comes with a collectible train!  It was just what we needed to try and lift Broxtons spirits up when he was out with the flu...   We haven't watched the DVD yet, as most of the time was spent sleeping and then getting ready for his birthday party... but we plan to do so soon!!!! Even if we haven't watched the movie, he was just so excited to get a new train to add to his collection!!! 

 
 Thomas& Friends: Team Up With Thomas Synopsis
Everyone’s favorite true blue engine, Thomas, is back with friends old and new in four fun adventures on the Island of Sodor in Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas.  This DVD is enhanced with CG animation and a live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, who welcomes viewers with a smile and a fun project for Lady Hatt’s grandchildren. Thomas, Edward, Toby, James and the rest of the engines introduce young engineers to Hank, a big, strong, new engine and Flora, a lovely new lady steam engine.  Together, they take us along on their tasks around the island.  Be careful: trouble may lie around the next bend.  But one thing’s for certain – you’ll always come home with a brand new friend!
  
Thomas& Friends: Wobbly Wheels & Whistles Synopsis
Travel along with Thomas for a wonderfully wobbly and wheel-spinning good time!  The No. 1 blue engine has bridges to cross and tracks to uncover in these exciting adventures. When Victor gets overloaded with too many tasks, can Thomas help him let out steam?  And while trying to get Scruff as clean as a whistle, will Thomas have to get his own wheels dirty?   Just when things seem to be rolling along, will Ol’ Wheezy make a wobbly mess of Thomas’ special delivery?  Hold on for exciting surprises waiting to be delivered just for you!
  
Thomas& Friends: Railway Friends Synopsis
All aboard for six all new adventures with Thomas and his engine friends in Thomas & Friends:  Railway Friends.  Meet Thomas’ best friend Percy, attend a festive winter party at the wharf, take a wrong turn on a mistaken shortcut and see Thomas worry about his squeaky brakes and strive to become a ‘Really Useful Engine.’  Filled with charming characters and heroic displays of loyalty, responsibility and friendship, this DVD will be a treasured addition to any home entertainment library. 

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.
 

17.2.13

Celebrate Dr. Seuss with the Collectors Edition

March 2nd is the birth date for Dr. Seuss and has since become a day to advocate reading! 
On February 19th a new DVD collection will be released:  Hat's Off to Dr. Seuss Collection.
Make sure you head on out and purchase this collection as soon as it is available, it would be a great collection to have and enjoy for many years to come!!!!
Prepare to enter into the magical, whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) release of Hats Off to Dr. Seuss Collector’s Edition, a must-own collection featuring five of the author’s most beloved animated classics, which are available together on Blu-ray™ and DVD in deluxe editions for the first time. Set for release on February 19, 2013, this compilation will include such all-time-favorite TV specials as The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who! along with loads of original enhanced content. All five specials are re-mastered for brilliant picture and sound quality. Blu-ray edition of this release will retail for $59.99 SRP and the standard edition DVD will retail for $44.98 SRP.
Included in the set, is a highly collectible booklet that showcases rare artwork from Dr. Seuss and a sneak peak at photos showcasing some of his hats from his secret hat collection, which illustrate the author’s appreciation of classic humor and love of art.  The original artwork featured in this booklet can be enjoyed by consumers at “Hats Off Exhibitions,” which will be held at select galleries nationwide from January to December 2013.
 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!:
 
Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy) and directed by animation genius and cartoon legend Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes, What's Opera, Doc?), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tells the story of the miserable Grinch, who wants to sabotage Christmas for all the Whos in Who-ville.
The Grinch thinks that by stealing the Whos Christmas trees and presents, he’ll succeed in stealing their joy. However, when Christmas morning arrives, The Grinch is taken by surprise when he notices the Whos greet the day joyously singing Christmas carols regardless of the fact that their village has been completely stripped of holiday gifts, decorations and treats. The cheerful attitude of the Whos prompts the Grinch to ponder the true meaning of Christmas and he slowly comes to realize the spirit of the season is not generated by material possessions.  Will the Grinch have a change of heart and consider returning the Whos Christmas gifts?
 
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax:
 
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is the classic TV special that tells the tale of how an enterprising but greedy villain named the Once-ler, strips a forest of its lush Truffula trees, bringing them to near extinction for the sake of profit. 
The Once-ler becomes obsessed with the Truffula trees’ potential to make him rich. Bewitched by the beauty of the trees, he greedily chops them down so he can mass produce versatile garments, called “Thneeds” out of the Truffula’s colorful, softer than silk tufts.
The Lorax, an endearing and wise little forest creature, whose job it is to “speak for the trees,” continuously warns the Once-ler that his greed is making him crazy and is causing him to destroy the beautiful Truffula forest, thereby jeopardizing the home of various wildlife including Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swomee-Swans and the Humming-Fish.
As the trees swiftly disappear, so do the Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swomee-Swans and the Humming-Fish. What will it take for the Once-ler to realize how much damage he’s caused? Will the Truffula trees become extinct or will there be hope for regeneration?
 
Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories:
 
In Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss serves up laughs and important lessons. Viewers will join Sam-I-Am and his persistent attempts at introducing a reluctant fellow to a most delectable dish. Their escapades take them across a zany landscape while assembling a cast of characters that only the imagination of Dr. Seuss can bring to life. Will Sam-I-Am convince his new friend to take a chance and finally try something new? Find out in this timeless tale the whole family will enjoy.  
Then meet The Sneetches, who teach us that being yourself is the best way to fit in while the story of The Zax reminds us that there is nothing to gain from being stubborn. So bring an appetite for a full course meal of fun that will fill your heart and mind!
 
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat:
 
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Dick and Sally, who are stuck indoors on a dull, rainy day, with nothing to do. Their dreary afternoon takes an unexpected turn when they’re paid a visit by a charismatic, six-foot tall, hat-wearing Cat, who invites himself in to search for his misplaced “moss-covered, three-handled family gredunza.”
The children help the Cat in the Hat look for his missing keepsake but in the process, leave the house in a mess. Mr. Krinkelbein, the family’s wise pet goldfish, protests the Cat in the Hat’s shenanigans and orders him to leave. The Cat in the Hat however, preoccupied with finding his missing “gredunza,” only manages to bring the house into further disarray.  
Unfazed by the chaos that’s slowly unfolding around them, Dick and Sally are captivated by the Cat in the Hat and his madcap, whimsical ways. They pass the afternoon in sheer delight and don’t notice their house has been turned into a complete mess! That’s until Dick and Sally hear their mother coming home. How in the world will they clean up the enormous mess before she walks through the front door?
 
Horton Hears a Who!:
 
Directed by Academy Award®-winning animator Chuck Jones, Horton Hears a Who!   brings to life the delightful story of a charming Elephant named Horton, who while bathing in the jungle, hears a faint plea for help coming from a tiny speck of dust drifting through the air.
The plea comes from Dr. Hoovey, resident professor of science of Who-ville, a tiny planet no bigger than a speck of dust, which is inhabited by the microscopic Whos. Horton happily obliges to take care of the all the teensy Whos in Who-ville, proclaiming “after all, a person is a person, no matter how small,” and tenderly rests the tiny speck of dust on a clover blossom. 
Horton’s jungle companions however, claim Horton has “flipped his lid.” They enlist the Wickersham brothers to steal the clover from Horton, and arrange to then pass it along to the black-bottomed eagle, who finally drops the clover in a great big patch of clovers over 100 miles wide. Will Horton keep his promise to protect the Whos and search through the entire field to help prevent their demise? 
 
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.

Animal Adventures at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey

I told you I was going to be sharing more of my photos with you...
Here are a couple of the horses from the other night... 
We were enjoying the horses, then I looked away for a minute... I turned around to see what I thought was the rider falling off of the horse... Nope.. Whew, it was just part of their show... very impressive.. but I admit, I was so nervous!!!!
 


The other fun part to me?  The Lions and Tigers...
It was like they were sitting in their desks for school!!!


 
*** We received complimentary tickets for review. 
 
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