Category - Entertainment

Express Yourself Baby Spotlight

Express Yourself Baby SpotlightI’m one of those parents who thought it would be a good idea to teach my daughter how to sign before she learned how to talk in order to communicate with me. I’m so glad we decided to use videos to help Little Miss A, because it really did help us understand her more. She would tell us when she wanted to eat, take a bath, go night-night, and when she wanted more (food in particular). In fact, I believe that because of signing her first word was, “more”. What a weird first word, I know. This girl liked to eat though!

Now I don’t personally recommend using sign with all children, because I think depending on the child’s personality, some children will use sign instead of talking, rather than using it in conjunction with speech. But, I think it’s a great way for some children and parents to alleviate those tough situations before your child can really speak to you.

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Princess Bubble Review

Princess Bubble Review

Ever dream of being a princess? Running away with a handsome prince? Living happily ever after in his castle? Well forget that! Okay, maybe not completely, but I stumbled upon this amazing book, Princess Bubble, written by Susan Johnston, published by Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb and illustrated by Maria Tonelli.

Princess Bubble is a modern day fairy tale with an amazingly empowering twist. The Princess does not run away and get happily married to the prince. She finds her own happiness rejoicing in and celebrating the spirit of being a strong, independent woman.

I found this book to be anything but focused on feminism. Instead,Princess Bubble embraces her talents, encourages education and finding a career and knowing that no matter what every Princess/woman has worth, whether or not they choose to find that “Prince.” Read More

Guest Blogger: Thomas & the Runaway Kite Review

Thomas & The Runaway KiteWith Baby C on her way things here at MommyB Knows Best has been, to say the very least, busy. Although you may not notice I’m doing a lot of posts in advance to provide you, my loyal readers with regular posts and (fingers crossed) no lapse during the time that I’m in the hospital and adjusting to becoming a mom to two little girls.

I’ve invited a mom friend of mine, Courtney, to review Thomas & Friends newest DVD Thomas & The Runaway Kite. This film is not something my household is into but Courtney has two boys who adore Thomas so I figured she’d be the better expert on this one.

Courtney is not only a mom of two boys, her husband is hearing impared, she takes care of two little ones during the week and is a huge animal lover. Hopefully this will not be her only review for MommyB Knows Best. Thanks again Courtney and I hope you all enjoy her review. Read More

Pistachio: The Little Boy that Woodn’t Review

Pistachio DVD ReviewOn March 2, 2010, Veggie Tales presents its newest family DVD release, Pistachio: The Little Boy that Woodn’t. This video teaches children the value of listening to their parents. With new opening song illustrations, “Extreme Re-do” Qwerty the computer, and a fun video letter, this Veggie Tales video is the dawn of a new age for Big Idea Productions.

The story of Pistachio replicates, like many other Veggie Tales videos,  another familiar story, in this case the story of Pinocchio. Much likePinocchio, there is a lonely toy maker (with an insect assistant), who carves the main character from wood, only for that character to encounter several temptations, deviations, and lies just like Pinocchio himself.

Pistachio plays on the idea that the original tale of Pinocchio is Italian by naming the Geppetto character Gelato, a form of Italian ice cream and illustrating Gelato’s brothers to look like famous Italian actors. I think it adds some fun for the adults watching. Read More

Bob The Builder: The Best of Bob The Builder

Bob The Builder ReviewCan we fix it? Bob the Builder and his crew can fix anything if they put their minds to it in The Best of Bob the Builder. This DVD features 140 minutes of some of the greatest episodes from the hit television show,Bob the Builder.

Bob the Builder is a children’s television character who is a building contractor in a stop motion animated program. Along with various neighbors, friends, and a crew of construction vehicles and equipment, Bob seeks to help the neighborhood.

While I’m not a huge fan of Bob the Builder, the show does have some good points emphasizing conflict resolution, cooperation, and socialization, and it introduces various learning skills. Read More

Let’s Grow: Lend a Helping Hand DVD

Let's Grow: Lend a Helping Hand ReviewLet’s Grow: Lend a Helping Hand is a great video hosted by Sprout’s very own Kelly and Chicka. If you’re not familiar with The Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout, Kelly Vrooman hosts along with the lovable puppet-chicken Chicka. Kelly and Chicka introduce each children’s show and even give awards to the show’s characters for their good behavior.

Let’s Grow: Lend a Helping Hand features popular Sprout shows like: Barney and Friends, Bob the Builder, Thomas The Tank Engine and more great shows that your child will love, even if they haven’t seen any episodes. Kelly explains that someone who lends a helping hand is someone who helps people. She and Chicka give the viewers lots of ideas on how we can help one another. In this DVD, each show’s episode focuses on a great message that each child should be exposed to: helping others. Read More

I Heart Jonas DVD Review

I Heart JONAS ReviewWant to fall in love this Valentine’s Day? If you’re already a fan of the Jonas Brothers you’ll be crushing on them even more after you watch the I Heart Jonas DVD. If you’re not a fan, the acting, or lack thereof, may bother you, but in general the storyline is pretty decent for being a tween/teen Disney show.

The Disney Channel TV series JONAS premiered on May 2, 2009.JONAS was created by Roger S.H. Schulman and Michael Curtis, and stars the Jonas Brothers – Kevin, Nick, and Joe – as well as cast members Chelsea Straub, Nicole Anderson, Jon Ducey, and Frankie Jonas, the brothers’ real-life brother. The brothers appear as three members of the fictional band JONAS who try to live a normal life in the face of stardom. The show won the 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV: Breakout Show. Read More

Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect

Teen's Guide to NOT Being PerfectFrom troubled teen to just the average teen, the Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect by Tom Krause is a book that can relate to them all. Much to my surprise I enjoyed this book from the first line to the last.

When I first received this book I had my own preconceived notions of what it would be about and thought it may be a very cheesy, psycho-babble book geared towards teens. Boy was I wrong.

Teen’s Guide to NOT Being Perfect focuses on many Teen related issues like stress, weight loss, emotions, confidence, addiction and is more than just that. Aside from dealing with the issues Tom Krause gives his reader several ways to think about things teens come across in life and express their worries and triumphs. Read More

Hooked on Phonics Review

Hooked on Phonics Review GiveawayAfter getting to try out our very own copy of Hooked On Phonics Learn to Read Preschool edition, I am not surprised in the least bit that Hooked on Phonics is a multi-award winning program. Little Miss A was very excited to be able to sit down and start learning her letters. Although she knows “O” and a few others I was struggling trying to teach her others and found that Hooked on Phonics made it easier for both of us.

The Learn to Read sets are very extensive and come with a variety of materials. In our Pre-K package we received a workbook, reward stickers, flash cards, several reading books, and a fun DVD, not to mention the online resources. I think with all of their materials they’ve definitely covered the bases of learning. Read More

Imagia and the Magic Pearls Review

Imagia and the Magic Pearls ReviewAt first glance you may think Imagia and the Magic Pearls: Tales from the Mapmaker is a knock-off of the recent Disney princess hit movie,The Princess Frog. While both princesses are African-American the bulk of the stories are very different from one another.

I think it’s great that the country is getting a bigger dose of diverse leading ladies, and this book gives you another option aside from the already popular Disney movie. While the book has some great ideas behind it, I doubt that this book will become a household name or a classic read.

I found myself, at times, just wanting the book to be over with. Tarver spent a lot of time developing his characters and describing the story, almost at a point where it hindered the actual plot and story line of the book. While I enjoy reading about how the wind gushes I don’t need to know what color every flower, every blade of grass is. Read More