Category - TV & Film

Pack a Box for Operation Christmas Child with a Veggie Tales Party

Operation Christmas Child LogoHave you heard?? This week is National Collection Week for shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child!!! Now through November 25th, stop by a Drop-Off Location with your shoeboxes.

Each gift provides much more than fleeting moments of joy. With each gift, Operation Christmas Child shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.

Haven’t packed a shoebox yet?? Why not host a packing play date for your children and their friends and family?

We had the amazing opportunity of hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing party in our home. We invited some great friends who brought their shoeboxes and gifts with them. We snacked on some Veggie Tales themed treats {some vegetables were harmed in the making of this play date} while we watched the newest Veggie Tales movie, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, featuring the voice of Duck Commander’s own Si Robertson.

Operation Christmas Child party

The children loved watching the movie, and got to hear all about the true meaning of Christmas. After the movie we were able to teach the true meaning of Christmas by packing our boxes, remembering all of the children who would be opening the gifts we were sending.


Unfortunately a few of our guests had to leave {one got sick}, before they could pack their boxes, but here are the ones we were able to complete.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Of course no Christmas celebration is complete without singing {an early} Happy Birthday to Jesus and enjoying Christmas Tree cakes.

Are you packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year? Will you make it a big play date and invite your friends or have a quieter packing session with your immediate family?


There’s still plenty of time to pack your boxes and it’s only 5 easy steps!

1. Find a shoebox. {Make sure it’s not filled with vegetables or stinky shoes!} Feel free to decorate your box or leave it as is.

2. Make a choice. If you want you can design your box and it’s contents for a boy or a girl and also choose from a range of ages. {We always pack the boxes for 2 girls the same ages as our girls.}

3. Fill ‘er up! Fill your box with gifts and goodies {no veggies please}. Check out Samaritan’s Purse’s gift suggestions HERE. {This is our favorite part, I let the girls fill their own boxes up and remind them as they pack how thankful the child who is getting the box will be when they open it. I also remind them that God calls us to help others, and we’re doing what He’s asking us to do.}

4. Get ready to ship. Unfortunately the post office will not deliver these awesome gifts without money, I asked {just kidding!}. But it’s only $7 to make sure each shoebox gets to the little boy or girl it’s meant to be with. You can include $7 when you turn your box in to a Drop-Off Location, or…the method I like better is to pay the shipping fee online, print off your special label with barcode and track your boxes all the way to their final destination!!

5. Drop off. Using the great online resources that Operation Christmas Child has provided, find your local Drop-Off Location. Unfortunately, there are some areas that do not have Drop-Off locations {I know, I know}, however if you are interested in participating you can also build a shoebox online.


Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child for sending us the movie and goodies for our guests and giving us the opportunity to give to those in need. 

Hi Babyboo! from the Brains Behind Yo Gabba Gabba

We love Yo Gabba Gabba, I mention them in posts here and there and of course in the Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome Review.  So, of course are super excited to find out that YoGG co-creator, Scott Schultz, and YoGG music supervisor, Ben Schultz, along with Night & Day Studios, are creating a new video series and app for babies!

hibabyboo logo

Hi Babyboo! will bring music, art, puppets, sign language, and giggles to the youngest audiences with Hi BabyBoo! But to do it, they need help.

Scott and Ben are taking this project directly to friends and fans with Kickstarter. Funding will help produce a new multimedia experience for toddlers and babies, including five-minute episodes of the new show and an interactive iPad app that kids and grownups can enjoy together.

In case you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, often times projects will give supporters rewards for their donations. If you are a Hi Babyboo! supporter, rewards include a variety of exclusive Hi BabyBoo! items, like T-shirts, onesies, plush dolls, baby books, posters, a production diary, the finished app, and even chances to meet the crew and join the cast. {How cool!!!!}

Please join us in supporting the Schultzes to bring this magical project to life! To view the project and enter for a chance to win a bunch of cool prizes, check this out:

In honor of Hi Babyboo! and their Kickstarter program, I’m excited to giveaway an autographed photo of Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance to one lucky winner.

Enter here:

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This is not a paid post, however I am receiving some cool goodies and am giving some away too.

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

Have you seen commercials on Disney or Disney Junior for “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace”? When the girls saw this awesome special they were super excited, so I figured some of you your children may be excited too. Here are the details!!!



Sofia and her family take to the high seas for a royal vacation in the first-ever “Sofia the First” prime time special: “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” premieres Sunday, November 24 at 7:00pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel.

The undersea adventure, in which Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid, features a special appearance by Princess Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” voiced by Disney legend Jodi Benson who reprises her iconic role from the animated film. The special also introduces a new character named Oona, a young mermaid voiced by Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”).



***A full-length preview of “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” will debut on and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets beginning Monday, November 11. The special will be simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel on Sunday, November 24 and will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox beginning Monday, November 25.

“Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” takes Sofia and her family on an extraordinary journey to Merriway Cove, where Sofia meets a young mermaid named Oona. After helping Oona untangle her fin from a net, Sofia’s magical amulet transforms her into a mermaid too, allowing her to explore the underwater world with her new friend. During their adventure, Sofia learns that mermaids mistrust humans and are angry that her family’s floating palace is in their cove. When Oona is captured by a horrible sea monster, Sofia – with a little help from Princess Ariel – must find a way to save her and create harmony between their two worlds.


Will you be tuning in?? What do you like about “Sofia the First”? Anything you don’t like about the show???

Little Pim Language DVD Review

I received two random Little Pim DVDs in order to review and post my honest thoughts on their product.

LittlePim_LogoR-FWLHave you heard of Little Pim? If not, Little Pim is a foreign language learning company that introduces children between the ages of 0 and 5 to a different languages using DVDs, music CDs, flashcards, and books.

Check out this short video:

**We were able to test out a couple of DVDs from the Little Pim collection, so please keep in mind that this review is only based on our viewing of the two DVDs and not the entire Little Pim program.

As we were watching the DVDs my girls (Lil C age 3 and Miss A age 6) really enjoyed the different characters that Little Pim has come up with. The characters themselves do not speak but are adorable and act out focus words.

The videos are geared towards children under 5 and held the attention of my 3-year-old longer than my 6-year-old, so I think the company has a good grasp on the age of their audiences.

Little Pim DVDs

The words that the videos were teaching were simple, but helpful words that I would want my girls to learn in a language program.

Again, we were not able to test the full program, but from the DVDs that we received we really enjoyed the program and I think with the activities and other DVDs included it would be a good language learning program for smaller children.

Find out more about the award-winning program by heading to their website


What language would you want your child(ren) to learn??



This is not a compensated post. Little Pim provided review samples in order for me to give you my honest opinions and thoughts. All opinions are my own, however yours may vary.

Meet the NEW Wiggles Cast Premiering on Sprout

While watching Sprout this morning, {yes we deviated from our usual Disney Junior, but since it’s summer we needed a little change up in our viewing} I spotted the new Wiggles Cast. Another parent had mentioned to me a few weeks back that there was a new cast, but I hadn’t heard anything before then.

Right before my eyes I spotted only one original Wiggle member (although some of the other cast members have remained), Anthony. In case you weren’t familiar with the Wiggles, Anthony is the blue wiggle who loves food. In this video from The Wiggles Website, all four original cast members explain to their fans about the changes, check it out:

After 21 years of performing it seems like most of the cast has decided that it’s time to hang over the reigns and let some younger members jump around, sing and make children happy.

I personally loved the original Wiggle cast, and even followed along when Greg was replaced by Sam due to health reasons. I think however, that The Wiggles brand has got it right, they respectfully are acknowledging the changes to cast and passing the torch, unlike the character changes in Fresh Beat Band, that seemed to cause quite the commotion.

Here’s the new Wiggles lineup:

The New Wiggles Cast

Lachlan Gillespie, aka Lachy, the new Purple Wiggle who has been with The Wiggles production in a variety of roles including Captain Feather Sword on the Dorothy the Dinosaur Traveling Show, and in The Wiggles tour as both a Wiggly Dancer and Wags the Dog.

Simon Pryce, the new Red Wiggle has been one of the main voice artists on Wiggles’ albums and has performed with The Wiggles, playing the role of Ringo the Ringmaster.

And last but not least, Emma Watkins, the new Yellow Wiggle, who is obviously a female Wiggle, the first full-time female Wiggle. Emma has appeared on the Wiggles since 2010 starting her career as Fairy Larissa and later performing as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, and as a Wiggly Dancer.

To read more about the NEW Wiggles Cast Members, head to the Wiggles website here:

These new Wiggles will appear for the new season of The Wiggles Ready, Set, Wiggle! on Sprout starting August 19, 2013 at 4:30pm and every Monday through Sunday at 4:30pm.


What do you think about the changes?? Who was your favorite original Wiggle??

Superbook DVD Review

I had the pleasure of working with CBN and MomSelect to bring you this post.


Earlier this month I let you know about the new Superbook Bible Stories Summer Series, did you get a chance to watch them on CBS or ABC?? If so, leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If not, no worries, Superbook is now available on DVD.

There are 14 DVDs in the Superbook DVD series:

In the Beginning
The Test!
Jacob and Esau
Let my People Go!
The Ten Commandments
A Giant Adventure
The First Christmas
Miracles of Jesus
The Last Supper
He Is Risen!
The Road to Damascus
***And a bonus: Revelation The Final Battle

We received 14 DVDs and I viewed them on my own since my girls can be very timid when it comes to content in movies. I am glad that I did watch the videos prior to showing them to Miss A {age 6} and Lil C {age 3}. My girls are extremely sensitive when it comes to “bad guys” in movies, and Satan is notoriously the biggest “bad guy” of them all. This series portrays a lot of imagry of Satan, throughout the Bible stories he’s a part of. Also watching some of the evil pharohs, the whale in the Jonah episode, and even Goliath would have bothered them. I did, just to be suer show them a portion of a couple of episodes I thought might be more “mild” and with their personalities and viewing preferences (and mine too) they just weren’t ready to watch the series.

I do love the way characters Chris, Joy and Gizmo start off the show and go back in time/in the Superbook and learn from Bible stories, and think that this DVD series offers valuable lessons that children of the appropriate age can appreciate, have fun with, and also benefit from.

The series is recommend for children ages 6 and up. Personally, I would say 8 to 10 years might be a more appropriate age, but that’s just my opinion.

I’m glad that I have these DVDs for when the girls are older and love that there are options out there for my children and yours to learn about the Bible in a unique way.

To purchase a copy of what could be your family’s favorite episode or to join the Superbook DVD Club head here:  Superbook DVD Club

*DVDs include both English and Spanish audio tracks and subtitles except Episode 1.


DVD Collection


Also, head to for more information on the series, to check out the kid’s site and to download the Superbook App.

**Since every child is different, I encourage you to head to the Official Superbook website, {available through the website listed above,} to view some of the episodes before your children watch them if there is a question of maturity or if the content is appropriate for their personality. You know your child best.



I received review products as part of a promotional program with CBN and MomSelect. The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest words. Your opinions may vary.

Turbo a Family Friendly Movie {Movie Review}

I received complimentary tickets to view this movie.

When it comes to entertainment for my family I’m a picky parent, so when I tell you I highly recommend the PG movie, “Turbo” you should know that this recommendation for me, is a big deal.

Turbo _voiced by Ryan Reynolds_ basks in the televised image of his idol race car driver Guy Gagne

Out in theaters today, this animated film will delight your entire family. Turbo features an all star line-up, including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world. His obsession with speed has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living, and he gets that chance after a freak accident leaves him with the power of incredible speed. The newly turbo-charged Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that the Indianapolis 500 has to offer. Joining Turbo is his dedicated pit crew of racing snails – a ragtag group of trash-talking adrenaline junkies tricked out with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.

Turbo -center, played by Ryan Reynolds- and the Racing Snails race to glory.

Miss A {age 6} and I took our friends, a mom and daughter (around the same age as Avery). We all really enjoyed the movie, and here’s why Miss A and I liked it:



  • GREAT background story. The underdogs, {Turbo and Tito} fighting for something they truly want, even when things don’t work out their way, but never giving up.
  • No “real” scary parts. There were a few really adventurous parts, and a couple of “bad guys”, but none of them really bothered Miss A nor were they inappropriately scary {no skulls, vicious anger, etc}
  • Awesome, fun animation. Some of the scenes were incredibly realistic.
  • My kind of music. The movie had a lot of music from “my time” some fun hip-hop songs, but really kept with the fast pace of the movie.
  • Camaraderie. I love the way the snail crew worked together, each playing their own role, and stepping in when they are needed.


Miss A:


  • The movie Turbo is super funny! I really liked White Shadow.
  • The 3D glasses were really cool, there were a few minutes I thought I could grab things in the air, but they were on the screen.
  • I want to see it again, and bring my little sister next time {age 3}


The only thing that Miss A didn’t like were the previews before the show, especially in 3D, so this may be a section of the show where you want to grab a snack or have your child engaged in an activity where they aren’t looking at the screen. 

When considering if your child would like it, of course take into consideration their age, how many other movies in the theaters they’ve watched, and also their maturity.

To put an age range on this movie I would say it depends on if you are viewing in 3D or not. For the 3D version, because it is more interactive and can scare or intimidate smaller children I would say ages 5/6 years old and up, and for the standard version I would bring our 3 year old for sure, but that’s also because I know she would sit and watch and not be bored, and I feel very comfortable with the content of the movie as well.

I encourage you to check out Turbo and if you do, please come back and let me know what your and your children’s thoughts were on the movie!! Happy viewing.



I received complimentary admission to view this movie, but was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are my honest thoughts of me and Miss A’s. Your opinions may vary. 

Are you a Do-It-All Mom?

This is a sponsored post from Style Network.

I am definitely a, “Do-it-all Mom”, I’m not patting myself on the back at all because I know there are plenty of moms (and dads) who do all that I do and some that do even more in a day’s work.

MommyB word cloudI love being busy, I’ll admit, but of course there are days when my plate is overflowing and I don’t know exactly which task to tackle first. Though life gets hectic, I wouldn’t trade being a mommy for anything, and occasionally I have to say no and try to find my own balance.

Are you that parent? Do you fill your plate up with activities, taking care of the kiddos, working, home life and more? How do you do it??

Tia & Tamera Mowry, who you may remember were the teen stars of hit comedy, “Sister, Sister” exemplify the delicate balance of juggling work and motherhood, marriage and family. In their Style Network docu-series “Tia & Tamera,” their parenting and business styles have evolved in two different directions, these twin sisters search to redefine their roles as women who also are wives, mothers and sisters.

Tia & Tamera - Season 3

I can totally relate to this video from clips from Tia & Tamara’s show, how about you??

Season 3 of Style’s hit show “Tia & Tamera” returns on Sunday July 14th at 8/7C. Be sure to check out more details on the Style Network’s Website HERE. Also make sure you check out the, “Who is your &” Sweepstakes and enter for a chance to win a $2,000 shopping spree to share with your “bestie” whether it’s your sister, best friend or significant other by entering the “Who is your & I Sweepstakes” on Instagram. And lastly, follow Style Network on Instagram.

This is a compensated post, all thoughts and opinions expressed in the above post are my own, your opinions may vary, but if you don’t love Tia & Tamara….we may need to chat.

Delivery Man Official Trailer Debut #deliverymanmovie

Delivery Man Movie

Family. To many family is a mom, dad, and maybe a sibling or two, but in my families, yes I said families plural one common thread runs through, and it’s love.

The definition of family has evolved, and mine is no different. While multicultural and interracial families are becoming more prevalent, our family is not the “norm”. I love my husband and my two beautiful girls and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If I were to map out my complete family tree you may get a little confused, but you’d see that I have great people in my life that truly love me and for that I am deeply blessed.

Speaking of wacky family trees, Delivery Man, is the epitome of a wacky family tree. This heartwarming comedy premieres November 22nd and features funny guy Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak, his friend and legal counsel Chris Pratt, and love interest Cobie Smulders.

Vaughn plays an underachiever going through the rigamarole of life searching for a greater purpose. After finding out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years prior, his life is turned upside down. He must decide whether or not to come forward to meet 142 of his biological children, and you just may be surprised to see his answer to that question unfold throughout the movie. To find out the answer, and get a first-look, check out the Delivery Man Official Trailer Debut here:

This is not a compensated post, I thought it would be cool to be a part of this prompt because there are 533 bloggers {the number of children Vince Vaughn’s character allegedly fathered in the movie} participating. 

Superbook Bible Stories Summer Series

I had the pleasure of working with CBN and MomSelect to bring you this post.

superbookfeature_LGGuess what?? The reimagined Summer Series Superbook is coming next month! If you have children ages 6 and up they may be excited to watch this upcoming series of Bible stories that not only teach great lessons, but are fun for the kiddos too.

Your children will love Chris, Joy and their funny robot Gizmo as they are beamed back to Bible times to relive the greatest stories ever told.

Visit the Superbook website here: for more information on characters, to play games, and find out more about details the upcoming television broadcasts.

In the meantime set your calendars and DVRs {if you have them}:

Superbook ABC Family Airings – 9:30 a.m. EDT:

July 1st – In the Beginning: Adam and Eve
July 2nd – Let My People Go: Moses
July 3rd – The First Christmas
July 4th – He Is Risen: the Resurrection of Jesus
July 5th – Revelation

**Since every child is different, I encourage you to head to the Official Superbook website, {available through the website listed above,} to view some of the episodes before your children watch them if there is a question of maturity or if the content is appropriate for their personality. You know your child best.

I’ll also be reviewing some of the episodes on my site again later next month so stay tuned. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this new series if you want to leave a comment below.

I received review products as part of a promotional program with CBN and MomSelect. The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest words. Your opinions may vary.