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Join me at The Color Run: 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! (Coupon Code)

Guess what I’m going to be doing on May 31st!

I’ll be running The Color Run in Hershey, PA!

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What’s The Color Run? Well, it’s ONLY the Happiest 5k on the Planet! Continue reading

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: The Littlest Pet Shop: Lights, Camera, Fashion (Now on DVD!)

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I don’t know what it is, but the little boys in my family all seem to looooove The Littlest Pet Shop! Lucky for Santa, there’s a brand new DVD to bring this year, so our little guys are getting it (and I’m thinking their sisters won’t be complaining. Could this be one DVD all the kids will agree on?!)

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The newest release:

Meet Blythe. She’s just a regular girl. She loves fashion. She loves her friends. And did we mention that she has the ability to talk to animals? Good thing this secret gift makes her a perfect fit for The Littlest Pet Shop! On December 17th, 2013, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, invite you to join Blythe and her very best friends — Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey — for fashion-filled fun in Littlest Pet Shop:  Lights, Camera, Fashion!

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In addition to five off-the wall adventures, Littlest Pet Shop: Lights, Camera, Fashion! also comes with a  collectible Zoe toy and trading card, and has a suggested retail price of $14.93.

Now is its second season, Littlest Pet Shop delivers captivating entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Featuring all-new original music by Daytime Emmy® Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New, Littlest Pet Shop currently airs on The Hub TV Network in the US.

Episodes Include:

  • Mean Isn’t Your Color
  • Russell Up Some Fun
  • Eve Of Destruction
  • Frenemies
  • Summertime Blues
  • Bonus sing-along!

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A Holiday Act of True Love: Disney FROZEN #FrozenFun

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I promise not to let any spoilers slip, but I just have to tell you about the movie date I just had with my little boy. We went to see Disney’s FROZEN, and it turned out to be every bit as fabulous as I expected. We’re going to see it again while it’s still on the big screen…it’s just that fantastic. The music, the humor, the beautiful snowy landscapes…but most of all, the message. You just can’t walk away from FROZEN without realizing the importance of true love and sacrificing for those you care about.

So, back to our date. I knew we’d be out late, so I surprised my boy with a stop at Walmart for a movie-themed pillow or blanket to take along. The first thing we saw was the huge display of FROZEN dolls, and I have to admit, the sparkles and snowflakes brought back my inner 6-year-old. (There really is nothing like opening a new doll and brushing her hair. :) )

Lots of Anna and Elsa, but we were really looking for Olaf. Displays were everywhere, featuring cups and plates, pink blankets and pillows, pajamas and dresses…but no Olaf.

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We searched and searched, but there was no Olaf to be found. He must be ONE popular snowman! After being told by an associate that there were none left, we found one lone Olaf pillow on a random shelf, so we grabbed him! Perfect for an after-bedtime movie! He definitely got plenty of hugs while we were in the theater.

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Needless to say, the movie was a hit. Definitely one we’ll buy for home. I knew right away that I needed to head back to Walmart to grab a FROZEN toy for Christmas. So the next day, we did – in the snow!

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I didn’t tell my boy that we were going to look at toys, but he had FROZEN on the brain as soon as we saw the FROZEN-themed Fresh Fit for Kids Meals at Subway. The Walmart locations are offering an exclusive bonus Olaf keychain with a kids meal purchase (along with a collectible movie-themed reusable lunch bag) so we got a couple of veggie sandwiches to fuel us for shopping. A certain little boy was very happy with his lunch…

Here’s where it gets good. Before we got to the toys, we passed the Salvation Army wish tree, and my little guy nearly leapt out of the cart to see it.

This year, we’ve been talking a lot about children who don’t have much for Christmas, and we had already grabbed a wish off the tree in our local mall. It’s for a little girl named Kira who wants dolls for Christmas, and my son didn’t forget that for a minute.

“Mommy! We need to get our present for Kira! Let’s get her FROZEN dolls! Anna and Elsa! Let’s get her Anna and Elsa!” I could have just burst seeing his excitement.

How could I say no to that? Off we headed to the toy department. Wouldn’t you know, it didn’t look anything like it did the day before. There were about half as many toys. Let me tell you, if you’re interested in FROZEN toys this holiday season, make sure to grab them when you see them! Olaf toys are hard to find, a glimpse of Sven is rare, and Elsa seems to be selling out everywhere! We did get a pair of dolls, though. Color Magic dolls, in fact! Their dresses take on a pretty pattern when you touch them with the water wand (included.) How fun is that?

The only problem? My son fell in love with Elsa and didn’t want to give her up.

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He wept over her, and we talked a lot about Kira and how she might feel on Christmas morning if we didn’t send her dolls to her. (Hard to blame him, though. Look how pretty they are!)

Frozen Dolls #FrozenFun #cbias #shopIt took a little convincing and a few tears, but in the end, he did it happily. We took our dolls to the mall and he walked right up to the first mall cop he saw and told them that he had an Anna and an Elsa for a little girl named Kira, so she could have Christmas, too.

Look at my sweet boy. I’m so glad he realized quickly how good it feels to give. (Inspired by Anna and Elsa, maybe?)

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Of course, once he decided to give up the Elsa he loved, my heart warmed up a bit and I got inspired to give, too. I stopped and picked up the FROZEN soundtrack on CD and we’ve been jamming and dancing to that for days (HOW on Earth does he remember what was happening on screen during each song of the movie?) And, it took several trips to several Walmart stores, but I did finally get my hands on some great FROZEN merchandise.

The read-along story book with CD keeps him entranced like nothing else we own!

And, for under the tree, a little stuffed Olaf, a plush Anna, and yes…even an Elsa!

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He’s going to be so surprised! I can’t wait to see the big smile on that little face.

Isn’t giving fun?

 

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Safe TV for Kids, Customized by Parents: Kidoodle.TV

I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me asking for advice on alternatives to traditional cable television. Good news! I’ve found a new online option where I can set up an account for my kids and let them watch their favorite age-appropriate shows, worry-free!

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Kidoodle.TV allows parents to customize profiles for up to 5 kids (12 and under) from, choose exactly which shows each child is allowed to watch, then hand off navigation to the child.  Choosing programs is a snap to do from the Parents’ Room, and there are popular choices for different ages, including everything from Strawberry Shortcake to Transformers. Even National Geographic! All shows are available as a live stream from the web, and can be viewed on both PC and Mac, desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones with other devices being Beta tested.

With no ads in the kids’ content, no adult content at all, and no worries about internet safety, it’s a nice way to know exactly what your kids are seeing. (In our case, Paddington Bear and Zoo Babies!)

Kidoodle.TV is FREE through the month of December.

PLUS, from now through December 31, 2013, you can enter to win 1 of 10 tablets or 1 of 10 Kidoodle.TV year-long subscriptions!

To enter the giveaway, go to Kidoodle.TV to sign up for a free trial. Follow the on-screen directions and submit!

Connect with Kidoodle.TV on Facebook and Twitter to learn more and hear what people are saying! (People besides me, of course. I think it’s a win!)

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Join Super Mickey and friends in a full-length super adventure – available now!

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 Did I mention that we attended a Superhero birthday party last weekend and Batman dropped by? The kids freaked! Obviously, superheroes never go out of style, and our house is no exception. Daddy loves his superhero movies, but we like to keep things a little lower-key with our 4-year-old. That’s why the new full length Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Super Adventure is perfect for us!

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There’s no shortage of action and adventure here, folks!

Zoom! Wow! It’s Super Mickey, Wonder Minnie, Super-Power Pup, Super Goof, Dynamo Duck and Upsy-Daisy to the rescue! In an exciting adventure straight out of a comic book, Power-Pants Pete swoops down and starts shrinking everything insight down to teeny-tiny size! To save the day, Professor Von Drake transforms the Clubhouse Gang into super heroes with incredible powers. But Pete’s merely a sidekick; a wily villain named Megamort is the true mastermind behind theshrinky-dinky caper. Can our heroes outsmart the bad guys? Only by working together, with help from YOU… and the right Mouseketools! Packed with action, surprises and nearly two hours of fun – including three additional episodes – this Super Adventure celebrates the unstoppable power of teamwork and friendship.

The package includes 1-Disc DVD with free exclusive collectible Mickey and Friends trading cards with one lenticular card.

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In addition to Super Adventure, the disc includes BONUS episodes, including:

  • Aye, Aye, Captain Mickey!
  • Mickey’s Mousekersize!
  • Mickey’s Little Parade

That’s a lot of Mickey and friends on one disc! Grab your copy of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Adventure on Amazon.com!

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