Now available from Nickelodeon – PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!


Paw Patrol

Woof! Woof!

Attention PAW Patrol fans – the patrol pups are back with an all new adventures including a new crew member in Nickelodeon’s newest DVD release PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!

The PAW Patrol pups are back with daring new rescues and a new puppy crew member in PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Fan-favorite Everest and high-flying rescue pup Skye embark on daring missions through the snow and ice to rescue their friends, protect stranded animals and guard their community!As the number-one preschool show on TV and featuring French and Spanish audio, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! is sure to be a hit with all of its good-hearted, adventure-seeking fans.

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! includes the following episodes:

The New Pup The PAW Patrol rolls out in their new PAW Patroller to save Jake when he gets stranded in the ice fields, but a new pup also pops up to lend a paw–the brave ranger, Everest!

Pups and the Big Freeze When a winter ice storm causes trouble all over Adventure Bay, Mayor Goodway’s car hits an icy patch and gets stuck in the snow.  Then, a train engineer can’t break on the icy tracks as it heads for a huge snow drift on the crossing. It’s up to Ryder, Rubble, and Everest to clear out all the snow and ice!

Pups Save the Deer – When a family of deer gets separated on slippery ice and a snowy hill, it’s up to Zuma and Everest to lead an icy rescue to reunite them!

Pups Make A Splash – When Cap’n Turbot’s boat runs aground, Ryder, Zuma, Skye, and Rocky must team up to save it before it sinks!

Pups Save A School Day Alex loses his back pack on the first day of school! Ryder and the Paw Patrol need to help him find it before the school bus comes.

Pups and the Trouble with Turtles Tons of Baby Turtles start to pop up all over town and it’s up to Ryder and the Pups to corral them all and get them back to their pond.

Pups Save A Flying Frog Marshall’s new pet frog, Smiley, is going to be in a jumping contest! The only problem is that during a practice run Smiley jumps right into Skye’s helicopter and it takes off! Now Skye and the Pups have to save Smiley, and get him to the competition in time!

This DVD is available today (September 1, 2015). Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

This DVD has a run time of 96 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.99.

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*I received a free DVD in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Lucy and the Magic Loom: A Rainbow Loomer’s Adventure Story


Photo Source: LoomLove.com

Photo Source: LoomLove.com

Available today where most books are sold is the children’s book Lucy and the Magic Loom: A Rainbow Loomer’s Adventure Story, by Alice Downes.

This story is based upon the Rainbow Loom, the 2014 Toy of the Year (as per the American Toy Industry). If you have children or grandchildren chances are you have seen one. They are looms kids use with tiny rubber bands to create bracelets, keychains and more.

My teenager daughter figured out how to make the bracelets with the rubber bands on her fingers (no loom needed). For the life of me I couldn’t figure out she did it. I also couldn’t figure out how to use the Rainbow Loom, yet I saw little kids playing with it and cranking out one bracelet after another.

Fun facts – the Magic Loom has sold over 8 million units worldwide along with 40 million rubber band packets. I was always buying different colored rubber bands for my daughter.

Now there is a delightful children’s book based on the Magic Loom toy – Lucy and the Magic Loom: A Rainbow Loomer’s Adventure Story.

According to Amazon;

Meet Lucy—twelve years old, missing her best friend, and just waiting for an adventure to come her way. When Lucy discovers a mysterious package at her front door, she’s certain it’s meant for her. Never mind to whom it’s addressed. She unties the green string and tears open the simple brown paper to reveal a loom—a golden magic loom. The magic loom leads her to a dusty bookcase and through a secret passageway, into an enchanted world.

This new world is filled with fantastic creatures, castles, and vast, colorful landscapes. Lucy quickly encounters several challenges that she can only overcome with the help of her loom. She’ll need to build a bridge, distract a giant beast, fly above an entire forest, and rescue a girl trapped in a castle.

Lucy will have to use her imagination and a lot of creativity to come up with solutions that will work. She must focus on her mission and never give up, even when things seem impossible. This story rewards kindness and generosity, and emphasizes the importance of friendship and helping others. And for any young reader who loves the Rainbow Loom, this is a story to get them excited about reading, too! Discover a new adventure series with Rainbow Looms!

Lucy and the Magic Loom: A Rainbow Loomer’s Adventure Story is for children 6-10 years old (K-5th grade) and is 112 pages long.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet, but the story does sound cute. It would make a great gift for a child especially if it’s paired with a Magic Loom. Imagine the adventures the lucky recipient could go on.

Look for Lucy and the Magic Loom: A Rainbow Loomer’s Adventure Story where ever books are sold.

Is your child/grandchild a fan of the Magic Loom? Do they know how to use one? Feel free to share your stories. I always love to hear from readers.

Rainbow Loom book


*I received a free copy in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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School supply shopping for charity thanks to Toyota


Back to school

Back to school shopping used to be a lot of fun when my kids were little. I truly enjoyed helping them to pick out their character lunchboxes, colorful backpacks and folders decorated with animals and funky graphics.

My kids are teenagers now. They rather we give them money to buy their own supplies, or they stuff everything into one binder. I think I would be in total shock if either of them had a folder with a cute character on it.

Sigh… I miss those days.

When children are little, back to school shopping can be the highlight of the year (next to their birthday and holidays of course). Sadly, many children across the country and their families cannot afford even the most basic supplies. That breaks my heart. That is why each year I take advantage of the awesome Back to School sales and purchase more than my kids could ever use to donate them to kids in need. I know a lot of people who do that.

This year Toyota is partnering with Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack to donate school supplies for kids in need too.

Operation Backpack wants to help children start the school year off right. Your donation to Operation Backpack provides backpacks, supports after-school and mentoring programs, and offers other vital services to a child in need.

It’s not just about school supplies – it’s also giving a child a chance to learn and grow.

Toyota was kind enough to send me a 2015 Toyota Camry and a $50 gift card to purchase school supplies to donate to children in need. For me that will be where I work. I see a lot of children whose families don’t have much, let alone school supplies.


This past Saturday my husband and I canvassed local stores (Staples, Office Depot, Target…) to see what sales were going on for Back to School shopping. I was determined to get the maximum amount of supplies out of the gift card.

Notice how empty the trunk is in the Toyota Camry. I was determined to fill it up with school supplies.

I’m glad that Toyota sent us the Camry. We did a lot of driving that day. We hit up eight stores that – EIGHT! Not to mention we had to stop for lunch.

Our daughter had to work so we took our son along with us. It wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do that day but after a while he really got into it and it turned out to be a great lesson in budgeting, looking for the best deal and giving to those in need.

The first few stores we stopped at DIDN’T have any great deals. They did in their flyer, but we didn’t come across any in the stores.



I was hoping to find crayons for less than $1 each.

We hit up four stores in the same shopping plaza. We really didn’t see anything that we thought was a great deal, so we hopped back into the Camry and drove up the road to Staples.



Staples had a lot of awesome sales going on and plenty of products in stock – except for the crayons I wanted to stock up on.

Staples didn’t have any small boxes of crayons in stock, but we were able to score single subject notebooks for .25 cents, loose leaf paper for .75 cents and two pocket folders for .15 cents. Talk about a great sale!





We made sure to pick up a variety of colors for the notebooks and folders (two of each color).

We also picked up pens, pencils and a few more goodies.

I was shocked that the bill came to $18 and change. WOW!!! We picked up 18 single subject notebooks, four packages of lose leaf paper, nearly two dozen folders and more. That meant we have a little over $30 left on the gift card. It was time to go to another store.



Filling up the trunk of the Toyota Camry with school supplies.

Filling up the trunk of the Toyota Camry with school supplies.

We still had more to get. I was determined to get crayons. I also wanted to get pencil pouches or cases to make up a few “sets” to hand out to children.

Our next stop was Target. There we did find crayons. They were more than I wanted to spend, but, at least I had them.

We also picked up erasers, pencil sharpeners, scissors and a few other goodies.


My husband, son and I were very pleased with all the goodies we purchased, and we still had a little money left on the gift card Toyota sent me.

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The Capt’n Crunch was for me – not back to school shopping.

After a quick lunch we headed over to our local Dollar Store to see if they had pencil cases/pouches and rulers.

Thankfully the Dollar Store had some awesome pencil pouches. Because I was running low on funds we were only able to get six of them – but that was OK. We picked up three girl-friendly colors and three boy-friendly colors.

In addition to the pencil pouches we picked up small flash cards (alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers…) to put one pack into each pencil pouch. We also picked up six books. I was hoping they fit in the pencil pouches. They did but once we filled the pouches the books no longer fit.


When we got home we poured out our “bounty” on the coffee table to separate everything. My husband and son helped me to fill the pencils pouches with crayons, scissors, an eraser, pencils, stickers, flashcards and other goodies.

My “game plan” is to give each child a filled pencil pouch as well as a folder, notebook and reading book. All the additional supplies (the left over glue sticks, notebooks, folders…) I’ll also donate.


I am very pleased with how they turned out.

Currently I have all the supplies and filled pouches in a tote bag that I am going to take to work with me this week. I cannot wait to see the look on a child’s face when I hand him/her a nice assortment of supplies to start their school year off on the right foot. I just wish I could have picked up more.


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This was such a fun day and I a glad that my husband and son were able to help me on my quest to get as many supplies as I could. Although he won’t admit it (you’ve got to love teenagers) my son enjoyed himself too.

It always feels great to give back. It makes my heart smile.

A special thank you to Toyota for letting us use one of their Camrys and for the gift card to purchase supplies.

The 2015 Toyota Camry that we drove is really nice. I have never been in a Camry before. I have seen them but never had the opportunity to drive one.

The Camry is very roomy. Even my son, who has long legs, was very comfortable in the backseat.

The trunk was also very roomy which was great because it held all our school supplies.

I love the color of the car they sent. Its an awesome blue color.





The Toyota Camry is a great family car. Both of my kids said they felt like they had plenty of room in the backseat. As both a driver and a passenger in the car I also felt like there was more than enough room.

The car drove very nicely – very smooth.

It has great pick up too. We live near a parkway which we drive on frequently and we were able to merge into traffic with ease.

Everything was positioned nicely as far as the interior is concerned. Everything was easily accessible.

We received a hybrid and it was VERY quiet. At one point when I was driving and stopped in traffic I thought the car had turned off because I didn’t feel or hear anything. It shocked me for a moment. I thought the car had broke down or shut off.


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We used the car a lot so far and it’s doing good with the gas as well. We haven’t had a need to fill up yet and we’ve used the car every day as well as the air conditioner.

If I hadn’t just purchased a new (used) car a few months ago I would certainly consider the Toyota Camry. So far I am enjoying the ride.

For more information about Toyota, or to find a location near you, visit www.Toyota.com. You can also connect with the brand on social media (all of the links found on the bottom of their website).

Be sure to check out the hashtags #ToyotaGivesBack and #LetsGoPlaces too.

I hope this post will inspire you to donate school supplies to children in need in your community or to donate to Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack.



*I received use of a car for one week as well as a $50 gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New from Nickelodeon – Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza now available on DVD


Pupply Palooza

Attention Nickelodeon fans – a new DVD collection is available today called Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza!

This family friendly and fun new collection features several popular Nickelodeon characters including PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and more.

Nickelodeon’s “PAWesome” new DVD collection Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza! is full of licks and tricks that is sure to win the hearts of every dog lover! This six-episode puppy-palooza includes adorable episodes of Nick’s most popular preschool shows like PAW PatrolBubble GuppiesDora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues. The tail-wagging adventures include rolling with the PAW Patrol to rescue Super Pup Rubble, helping Dora and Boots find a missing puppy, counting on Team Umizoomi to save a lost dog and more! The puppy party continues as the Bubble Guppies meet Bubble Puppy, and Blue prepares for a play date with her best puppy pal, Magenta!Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza! also includes the DVD debut of the brand-new Nick live-action preschool special Mutt & Stuff featuring the original star of The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza! will be available on DVD.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Puppy Palooza! includes the following episodes:

PAW Patrol: Pups Save A Super Pup/Pups Save Ryder’s Robot – Rubble is pretending to be a super pup, but when he gets himself in trouble, it’s up to Ryder and the PAW Patrol to save Rubble! / When Ryder’s Robot Pup breaks and starts going wild around Adventure Bay, it takes the whole PAW Patrol to help Ryder find it.

Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy! – Sit!  Stay!  Fetch!  Gil wants to adopt a puppy, but the Bubble Guppies have to learn how to take care of a pet before he can bring the little guy home.

Dora The Explorer: Puppies Galore – Dora, Boots, Benny and a stroller full of rambunctious puppies rush to save their puppy friend, Little Boots, before he wakes up a bear.

Team Umizoomi: Buster the Lost Dog – Milli, Geo and Bot are playing in the park with their friend Anna and her adorable dog Buster.  When a game of fetch goes awry, Buster accidentally jumps into the back of a truck that carries him far, far away…to a construction site!  To rescue Buster, the team must use their mighty-math skills to find Buster and reunite him with Anna.

Blue’s Clues: Magenta Comes Over – Blue has a playdate with her best friend Magenta. We play Blue’s Clues to determine what Blue wants to do when Magenta comes over.  In addition to finding Blue’s Clues, we identify and categorize footprints in the backyard with Shovel and Pail, explore the concept of opposites with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, and help the Felt Friends pick out costumes by making associations.

Mutt & Stuff – In this half-hour special, Calvin’s dad (Cesar Millan, original star of The Dog Whisperer) hands him the keys to Mutt & Stuff and makes him in charge of the only school on the planet just for dogs!  Calvin’s job to make sure all the dogs get a bubble bath before the Dynamo Doggy Frisbee Festival. When lovable 6-foot-tall fuzzy dog Stuff gets too excited around the newest puppy, the little pup gets scared and won’t get in the tub. Calvin helps Stuff learn a valuable lesson about acting calm around a puppy so it feels safe when it’s trying something new. Get ready for mounds of messy bubbles, heartfelt moments, unbelievable Frisbee tricks, a dog-themed dance party, and lots of slapstick doggy silliness! It’s all just a typical day at Mutt & Stuff!

The new DVD is available today (August 25, 2015). Look for it where DVDs are sold.

FYI… tomorrow is National Dog Day!

The DVD has a suggested retail price of $14.99



*I received a free copy in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Exciting Boppy, Shutterfly and Tiny Prints Deal



Times have changed A LOT since my kids were little. There are so many amazing new products available to make a parent’s life more easier as well as to better the lives of infants.

I work with little children and often we have babies come into our care. Today’s car seats and strollers are so high tech! Often I have a hard time figuring out how to remove the child from the seat or stroller. They are nothing like the ones my kids used 15+ years ago.

I’ve seen a lot of infant products that I really wish were available to me when my kids were infants. Take for example the built in “bunting” that comes with some car seats (to keep your baby protected from the elements) and containers that dispense the right amount of powdered formula for your baby’s bottle.


One product that I wish I knew about when my kids were babies is the Boppy Pillow. I’m sure most readers are familiar with the crescent shaped pillow.

The Boppy Pillow first came on the market in 1989. I didn’t know about them until my son was an infant (1999).

The Boppy Pillow can be used in a variety of ways. You can use it as a pillow to rest on, or rest your infant on, while nursing. It can also be used to prop your baby up when they are having “tummy time” on the floor. As your child ages the Boppy Pillow can be used as support to keep your baby upright and not falling backwards until they are strong enough to sit upright with no problem.

Because it’s a pillow I’m sure many other uses can be found for it as your child ages.

I was sent a Boppy Pillow which I donated to the classroom where I work. I am thrilled that we have one now. It’s something I have been wanting for the babies we care for. It makes me feel better knowing there is something for the baby to lean on so that they don’t fall backwards.

For obvious reasons I could not take a photo of a baby in the Boppy Pillow since it wouldn’t be my child, but here is the Boppy Pillow “in action” with one of our dolls.

Boppy Pillow

Boppy knows that every moment in a baby’s life is precious. That is why the brand has teamed up with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints for a special offer.

From now until December 1, 2015, when you purchase a specially marked award-winning Original Boppy Pillow (Bare Naked, Slipcovered, Heirloom and Luxe versions) you’ll find inside the package a coupon for a FREE $29.99 Shutterfly photo book and $20.00 towards your next order at Tiny Prints ($50 value).

With this amazing offer, moms and dads can upload their pictures to Shutterfly and select pictures from baby’s first year of life, first birthday party, or other special moments and capture them in a beautiful photo book. In addiiton, parents can go to Tiny Prints and select from their hundreds of adorable invitation and announcement styles, to create a stunning birth announcement, meaningful baptism invitation, or whimsical first birthday invitation.  With just one purchase, baby gets an award-winning pillow and parents get memories that last a lifetime! This is a deal that can’t be beat.


If you know of anyone who is expecting or recently had a baby and you are looking for the perfect gift, look no further than the Boppy Pillow. Its a must have for any new parent.

Boppy Pillows sell for $30.00 to $50.00, depending on the style. The pillow is available at major retail locations across the country as well as online shops.

If you would like to learn more about the Boppy Pillow visit the official website – www.Boppy.com. The brand can also be found on social media (links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website).

To browse the selection of invitations and announcements at Tiny Prints visit TinyPrints.com. Shutterfly can be found at Shutterfly.com. Both brand are also found on social media (links are found on their websites).

Have you ever used a Boppy Pillow before?

What do you think about this amazing offer?

Do you know someone who is expecting this year?

Bobby Pillow


*I received a free pillow in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Easy to do Glistening Salt Paint Art


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Working with little children I am always on the look out for something fun and easy we can do, most especially something that will appeal to a large number of children in a variety of ages.

I have found that children of all ages LOVE to paint. Some love to finger paint and others love to stand at the easel we have set up in our room and paint standing up as if they were the next Rembrandt or Andy Warhol.

Regular paints are nice but why not jazz things up a bit and add some sparkle and texture to your child’s paintings?

Have you ever seen salt paint before? It’s a fun craft idea that gives dimension to the things that you paint as well as a glistening appearance. It almost gives it a frosted appearance.

This is a fun craft to do together on a rainy or snowy day.

KinderCare has the perfect “recipe” to help you create your own salt paint works of art.


Glistening Salt Paint Art

From Van Gogh to Dali, the sky has always provided inspiration for artists. Whether it’s a clear, sunny sky or a starry night, just ask your child to look up to prompt this activity.

This art project is about free-form expression. Using sparkling salt paint, encourage your child to create the sky he sees with his eyes, or the sun that lives inside his heart.

What You Will Need:

Table Salt
Paint Brushes
Food Coloring or Liquid Water Colors
Child-safe Glue
Tag Board
Jar of Water
Cookie Sheet


1. Place tag board “canvas” onto a cookie sheet or old newspapers to contain the project and prevent messes

2. Use the glue to cover paper in a fun pattern for the sky

3. Liberally cover glue with salt and shake off excess

4. Drip a few drops of food coloring or liquid water color onto the tag board, making sure to focus on the glued areas. The salt will absorb the color. If using food coloring, you can dip a brush in water and add drips to the food color spots for a surprise.

5. Tilt the tray so the color rolls around the canvas, creating a beautiful, vibrant sky

6. Add some more salt to the food coloring or water color to enhance the sparkle effect

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Whatever the final project looks like, simply experimenting with a new artistic medium is exciting for kids. And the glistening paint will make a great addition to your refrigerator gallery.

Remember to chat with your child throughout the activity. Tell your child about the most beautiful skies you’ve ever seen, or reminisce about fun times when you got caught in a rainstorm together.

What kind of weather does she like best? When does the sun look prettiest?

If you would like more fun craft and activity ideas check out AdventureAhead.KinderCare.com.



*I have partnered with KinderCare to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in a any way. 

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