Author - Jennifer Bullock

Veggie Tales DVD Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful GivingThe story of Saint Nicholas comes to life in this fun Veggie Tales movie: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. From start to finish this film was a great movie on so many levels.

As holiday cheer is spreading through the town, everyone is excited about their own Christmas plans and gifts. Unfortunately, Laura the Carrot and her family may not have a Christmas at all. All of the Veggies try to think of ideas to help out, but Bob the Tomato, in usual Veggie Tales fashion has a great lesson/story to share. So off Bob and Larry go “back in time,” to tell the story of Saint Nicholas.

I was very interested to see how this animated film aligned with the history of Saint Nick. I had never heard the full story myself, only bits and pieces so it was very interesting for me to watch and learn. Plus it’s always great to learn about other cultures and their versions of Santa. Read More

A Touch of Cheer

Christmas CheerToday has been a pretty decent day, not too great, but not bad at all. I’ve actually been fighting my second cold this pregnancy, (I don’t remember being sick at all when I was pregnant with Little Miss A,) and I’m actually feeling pretty good despite my somewhat scratchy voice.

Although we had a busy day planned, pick up my Handfuls Handprints final product, (for Part II review,) go to a fun art kids place where Miss A could have played and created even more masterpieces for me to hang on the appliances, walls, give to DaddyB for his office. Then of course grocery shopping, laundry, <insert other mommy type domestic goddess duties> and generally a busy, but fun-filled day for us.

Unfortunately around 9:30 it started raeetiling, (a mixture of rain, sleet, hail of course), and being that we’re in a Southern state, and some of the drivers, not mentioning any names, aren’t the best of drivers when inclement weather strikes. I figured it best to get our grocery shopping done, mandatory when all you have in the fridge are a bag of sun dried tomatoes and 10 oranges from hubby’s boss for Christmas.

I left A in her jammies, they were cute monkeys anyhow, and because her curlicious hair cannot go without several products and combing I opted for a winter hat. Thank You God for making curly haired girls (did I just say that?!?), but thank You even more for hats! Now, I never ever do this, (well not since Miss A was under 6 months, not that I think a mom shouldn’t), but for some unsaid reason I try to make sure Miss A looking good, even if I’m not the most stylish mom on the block.   But today we, bum-ily headed across the street to my second home, Super Target. Got our shopping done, the entire trip consisted of me putting items in my cart and Miss A saying we needed eggs. “We don’t need eggs, A.” Then found out we needed eggs to make more cookies, oh because we only have about 50 on our counter, my bad 🙂 After our trip I decided we’d stay off the roads as much as possible and hope for a nap.

No nap, but we did have lunch, tidied up the house, did some laundry, got a fun video letter from Santa and got our mail and packages. As Miss A and I were sitting on the couch enjoying a little bit of Dora the Explorer, a very educational children’s program 😉 we heard a bang on the door and I went to check it out. Come to find out it was the crazy UPS guy, who, after trying to open break my always locked storm door, normally knocks loudly and rings the doorbell at a minimum of 3 times. But I’ll forgive him this time because he brought me some cheer for the holiday.

Warning sidebar about to occur in 5,4,3,2……1. I was writing in my baby journal today that it’s hard to enjoy this pregnancy because I’ve been sick and the holidays are stressing me out and realized that I need to, in general, slow down and enjoy life, I’m definitely letting it pass by too quickly and not enjoying it as much as I should be. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post….

With that being said, with my reviews I’ll sometimes get a box that I’m not sure what’s in it, but usually once I open it I’ve expected it. Today I got something from Williams Sonoma and know that I didn’t order any Christmas gifts and didn’t have any reviews coming from them. Then I thought perhaps something I ordered on Etsy or other sites may have come in a random box. Much to my delight, the item actually WAS from William Sonoma and is a GYNORMOUS carmel apple that BabyB and I can both enjoy, at the same time. Now I would take a picture of me with the apple, but like I said not really hot mommy today, so I won’t scare you for now.  But here’s an even prettier picture.

Williams Sonoma

In short, this gift really warmed my heart and it was totally unexpected, I love gifts that are unexpected, I think that it makes them even more special. So thanks to the ladies at 4 My Mom and Company 5 for making my day and reinforcing my need to slow down and enjoy life and it’s little or in the caramel apple’s case BIG pleasures.

How do you slow down and enjoy life being a busy mom or dad???

MommyB Treats

MommyB TreatsSo yep, you heard it right, I’m gearing my site up for a few new, fun “treats”. Are you sitting down?? Okay, let’s begin!

One of my yummy vittles of blogginess, if you will, will include fun giveaways! I don’t know if I’m more excited than you, but hopefully you’ll be jumping for joy when you see these great contests. I figure, “why should I be the only one having fun with all of these great samples to try out and review?!?” So, in the “Spirit of Christmas,” (and spirit of giving in general, because believe me, if I have it my way these giveaways will be a year round addition to my blog…) let the giveaways begin.


Check back often for some great DVDs, learning products, and more!! Oh and I know sometimes it’s hard to let others know, but don’t forget to tell your friends all about the giveaways too, it’s nice to share and remember, Santa knows when you’ve been good AND bad, so be good for goodness sake!

PSSSST, make sure you grab my bloggy button (if you don’t already have it,) for the contests and of course because it’s ever so cute anyway!

Also on the tasty train are a bunch of spotlights featuring some fun businesses. What’s the difference between a review and a spotlight you ask? (Okay well maybe you didn’t ask but, I’d like to clarify for future reference.) A review is my opinion of a product or service, after doing some thoughtful research and testing products out, sometimes with a little help from my amazing, wonderful amazingly, wonderful family. These opinions are based on how I thought the product or service performed and, wanting to give my readers a true idea of the product rather than writing what a company would like me to write. So, in short, when reading my reviews please know that you may see some comments that are not “touting” the item if I don’t feel it’s “tout worthy.” You get the real deal.  Now to the spotlight part. While I love doing reviews sometimes there isn’t enough to write about a product, or I think that the background behind the product is very worthy of it’s own post. Thus, born my product and services spotlights. Basically, “just the facts ma’am.” So there you have it in a very, very large nutshell, maybe even a giant clam shell, which can grow up to 4 feet long, (put that in your memory banks!)

Your Ad HereMy last tidbit for those businesses out there is that I am now offering premium ad space on my blog. If you peek over to my right sidebar you’ll see a section designed to showcase your business for MommyB Knows Best readers. If you’re interested in finding out more about this desirable ad space please click here: PR Welcome or select my PR Welcome tab.

I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have for my blog, as the new year is upon us I love to enhance MommyB Knows Best as much as I can.

Wizards of Waverly Place DVD Review

Wizards of Waverly Place ReviewImagine enjoying a tropical family vacation in beautiful San Juan, Mexico. Add a dash of magical hijinks, a drop of adventure, and double, double, toil and trouble, you’ve brewed up Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

This is not your typical witchy movie. Whether you are a fan of the Emmy Award-winning, Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Placeor not, this bewitching film will magically draw you in. It’s a story that any family can appreciate and find value in. Read More

Scholastic Storybook Classics DVD Review

Treasury of 50 ClassicsScholastic debuts a Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics: Animal Antics and More. This seven-disk box set has a lot of great things to tout, including  stories that have won 80 awards (the Caldecott Medal and the NAPPA Gold Award among them), and celebrity voice narration by Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, and others.

I was very excited to review these Storybook Classics since some of my childhood favorites, “The Story About Ping” and “Owl Moon” (winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal) are featured. Not only could I reminisce about the tales I loved as a child, but I can now share them with my own child. Read More

Hershey’s Holiday Review

Hershey’s melts your heart with new mouth-watering holiday treats. Not only are these delectable goodies delicious for the whole family, but they make the perfect gift for Hershey’s lovers of all ages.

Hershey’s holiday line includes the usual suspects in holiday spirit. Hershey’s Kisses milk chocolates debuts its festive seasonal packaging. You can choose between classic red, silver, and green foiled Kisses or the new electric blue and silver foiled Kisses. Of course, if you can’t pick one, you can always enjoy both! Not only are these classic chocolate kisses great in cookie recipes for your favorite holiday cookie exchange, they’ll also brightly adorn your seasonal candy dishes. Read More

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express DVD Review

Hop aboard the Clubhouse Train with your favorite animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express. This movie is based on the original Mickey Mouse Clubhouseon the Disney Channel. This fun, new two-part episode gives viewers a fresh look at holiday movies and is definitely not your cookie cutter Christmas remake.

Your favorite characters, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and Professor Ludwig von Drake, want to make this Christmas the most fun ever. Professor von Drake has created a never-melting, “easy-freezy” snow and the clubhouse crew decides to have a snow party. Read More

My Baby DS Review

Ever wonder what it would be like to nurture your own 12-month-old cyber-baby? My Baby: First Steps gives you the opportunity to dress, feed, diaper, wash, and teach your very own computerized offspring.

Nobilis and South Peak have created this innovative game which allows you to make a number of choices to help your baby develop and grow. I chose a baby girl, because, well I’m pregnant with my second daughter.  I love that I got to pick out her name and decide what color eyes, hair, and skin tone she’d have.  It feels as though there are just enough options to choose from without it being overwhelming. Read More

MommyB and Me – Breakfast

At breakfast this morning, I was trying to think of something cute to add to my blog, something both moms, dads, and hopefully their kids would like too. As I was munching on my delicious vittles, I thought how fun it would be to do tips for parents to use and for parents to use to trick have fun with their kids.

So since I was in the middle of the “most important meal of the day,” I figured I would start my first MommyB and Me post with just that, BREAKFAST!!

MommyB and Me

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