Category - Reviews

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

Carry-Her® Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Carry-Her Review and GiveawayIntroducting Carry-Her Incorporated

Founder and inventor of the Carry-Her doll carrier, backpack, Roberta Wagner is first a mom. While she grew tired of lugging around her little girls doll, she was inspired to create the solution. Ro was very happy to allow her daughter to bring her doll on excursions. She was not so happy when shortly into the trip, the doll was under her own arm, not her daughters. Ro realized she was not alone. Several trips to NYC, and numerous tea party’s made it more evident. Moms everywhere were left toting dolls. Some moms had a doll under each arm, others even more. Something needed to be done. There had to be an easy way for young girls to carry their own doll. 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

Lock & Mane Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Lock & Mane Review and GiveawayI first heard about Lock & Mane on Twitter and was overwhelmed, (in a good way), at the number of hair care products that they carry. It could be that I’m so out of the loop being a busy mommy, but they have a ton of products I’ve never even heard of. Another thing that amazed me is they have a product for everything from dandruff to dry shampoo to men’s shaving products and more! 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

Holey Donuts Giveaway {CLOSED}

Holey Donuts Logo GiveawayUnfortunately, I have not had the chance to sample the delicious sounding treats from Holey Donuts.  However when I was on the Weight Watchers weight loss plan I did hear great raves and reviews about Holey Donuts.

I know the words low-fat and donut don’t normally go together, but Holey Donuts has a large variety of mouth-watering flavors with as little as 3 grams of fat and 150 calories per donut. Isn’t that amazing?? Holey Donuts offer assortments or you can select boxes of your favorite flavor.

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Be Nice Review

Be Nice ReviewI find it so hard to get my 64 ounces of water especially now that the cold weather is here. I’m just not interested in H2O even though I know it’s good for me and this little baby that’s growing inside me. Well, I found a product that makes getting my daily requirement of water much easier. Be Nice Prenatal packets are not only a more flavorful way to enjoy your water, but they also include essential vitamins and DHA. You can drink Be Nice before, during, and after your pregnancy to get the benefits of this all natural product. Read More

Expressiva Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Expressiva Spotlight Giveaway LogoExpressiva Nursing Wear is great for moms who want to nurse their child discretely and look good in the process. From tops and bottoms, to night wear, and accessories. Expressiva has your nursing needs covered, literally. One of the reasons I love Expressiva is that their prices are pretty reasonable in regards to nursing wear. They have a great selection and many different colors to choose from as well.

Expressiva Spotlight and Giveaway TopExpressiva invites their customers to use their rating system, which I found extremely helpful in deciding which size shirt to buy. The Pleated Scoop Neck that I got as a generous fit and has some great reviews from moms who’ve already worn it and tried it out. I love that!

While you can’t buy Expressiva clothes in stores, their customer service and sales departments are very on top of all their orders, plus their return policy is very mom friendly. Not pregnant or nursing, but know someone who is? Expressiva offers gift certificates from $25 to $200 making this a wonderful present for any expecting mom.

Expressiva Giveaway Gift CertificateBuy any great Expressiva products here:http://www.expressiva.com Expressiva is also giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $35 gift card to anything in their online store. 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