A new DVD from Max & Ruby – Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings


Max and Ruby

My son is embarrassed to admit it, but when he was little he was totally in love with Max & Ruby, the super adorable brother and sister bunny duo. He loved them so much that I purchased him the plush versions of the characters. They were one of his favorite toys.

A few years ago when we were “downsizing” our condo in preparation to sell our condo and move, we purged our home of a lot of “stuff” we no longer needed or wanted. When we came across the Max & Ruby plush bunnies my son told me to keep them. They now reside in a box along with my son’s favorite plush toy, his cat he named Bear.

It’s nice to see that Max & Ruby are still bring smiles to children’s faces today. In fact, they have a brand new DVD out TODAY that would make a great addition to a family’s DVD collection, especially if someone in the family is a Max & Ruby fan.

This DVD would also make a addition to an Easter basket.

Fans won’t want to miss the exciting fun-filled adventures of the dynamic brother-sister duo Max and Ruby in the brand-new DVD, Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings.  The DVD features 12 episodes of the hit Nickelodeon preschool series based on acclaimed author Rosemary Wells’ classic children’s books. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings will be available on DVD on Feb. 17, 2015.

The Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings DVD includes the following episodes:

Max Says Hello” – Ruby needs to prepare her tea party, but Max is too busy saying “hello” to all his toys to help out.

Ruby’s Spa Day” – Ruby and Louise try to have a relaxing spa day but Max insists upon playing his noisy new drum.

Ruby’s Tai Chi” – Max’s toys interfere with Ruby and her friends practicing their Tai Chi routine.

Engineer Max” – Ruby wants to get Max to Grandma’s house for a special surprise, but Max just wants to ride on the toy train at the store.

Max’s Toy Train” – Ruby wants to get ready for a sleepover at Grandma’s, but Max just wants to play with his new train.

Max’s Train Ride” – Ruby wants to have a very special dolly tea party with Grandma, but Max wants to go for a train ride.

Max and Ruby’s Train Trip” – Max can’t wait to ride on a train, but Ruby knows you have to get on the right train at the right time.

Go To Sleep Max” – Ruby wants to go to sleep in their sleeper car. But Max just wants to stay up.

Conductor Max” – Ruby wants to give Aunt Claire and Uncle Nate a card, but Max is intrigued with the conductor’s hat.

Space Bunny” – Ruby wants to make a scrapbook for Grandma while Max is acting out the adventures of “Space Bunny!”

Max’s Sprinkler” – Ruby wants to have a perfect Summer Fashion Party, but Max is intent on playing with the sprinkler.

Max’s Pogo Stick” – Ruby wants to surprise Grandma by planting daisies in her garden, while Max is trying to learn how to hop on a pogo stick.

The DVD runs for 96 minutes and has a suggested retail price of $14.99. Look for this DVD where most movies are sold.

Is your child or grandchild a fan of Max & Ruby?

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*I received a free screener 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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Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory on DVD February 17, 2015


Blaze DVD

My kids are teenagers so I am not always on top of popular children’s shows like I used to be. I do work with little kids so every now and then I learn about a new television show/series from them.

Sometimes my husband and I will flick around the television channels and stop on a show we have never heard of before just to check it out. Children’s shows are so much different then the ones my kids used to watch when they were little.

Nickelodeon has a new series that I know my son would have gone crazy for if he was still little. It’s called Blaze and the Monster Machines. Have you seen or heard of this series before? I bet this is a popular show with little boys – and some little girls too (I was very much a “Tom boy” when I was little).

Nickelodeon is releasing on DVD today (February 17, 2015) it’s first Blaze and the Monster Machines. Here is some additional information;

Nickelodeon’s new preschool series, Blaze and the Monster Machines, makes its DVD debut with Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory.  The first preschool show on TV to feature an in-depth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum, Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ.  The DVD features the hour-long series premier episode, “Blaze of Glory,” plus a special bonus episode.  Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory arrives on DVD on Feb. 17, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

About Blaze and The Monster Machines
In Blaze and the Monster Machines, monster truck Blaze and his driver AJ have adventures that explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work.   Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism..

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory DVD includes:
“Blaze of Glory” –  – Blaze and AJ are introduced to a world of racing monster machines in the town of Axle City.  When Crusher, a troublemaker truck, uses his dirty tricks to try to win the championship race, Blaze does everything he can to help his friends and beat him to the finish line.

“The Driving Force” (Bonus Episode)  – When Starla, the friendly cowgirl truck, loses one of her pistons Blaze and AJ set out to get it back. But they’ll have to hurry before Crusher gets his greedy tires on it.

The DVD has a run time of 68 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.99.

Look for this new DVD where ever DVDs are sold.

Is your child or grandchild a fan of the new series? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.

Blaze and the Monster Machines


*I received a free screener copy 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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Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures



After the winter we’ve been having we are looking forward to the warm, sunny spring days. I’ll even take some rainy days over the blistering wind and knee high snow drifts.

To help brighten up the gloomy winter days, Nickelodeon is releasing a new spring themed DVD featuring many popular characters including Dora, Blue’s Clues, Bubble Guppies and the new Wallykazam.

Here is some additional information about the title.

Spring into the warm weather with Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures, a new DVD collection with over 2 hours of fan-favorite episodes including Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Wonder Pets, Blue’s Clues and the DVD debut of Wallykazam!    Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures will be available on DVD on February 17, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99

Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventures includes the following episodes:
·       Wallykazam: Picnic: Impossible
·       Bubble Guppies: The Spring Chicken is Coming
·       Team Umizoomi: Umi Egg Hunt
·       Dora the Explorer: King Unicornio
·       Blue’s Clues: Nature
·       Wonder Pets: Help The Easter Bunny!
·       Wonder Pets: Help The Groundhog!

The DVD is available TODAY where most movies are sold. It has a run time of 144 minutes.

This DVD would make a great addition to a child’s Easter basket. My husband and I would stuff books, DVDs and arts and crafts supplies in our kids Easter baskets and just a little bit of candy (their grandparents made sure they received A LOT of candy).

Even though this DVD has a spring theme it can still be enjoyed year round.

Have you seen any of these episodes? Does your child/grandchild have a favorite show or character featured on this fun theme DVD? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Sterilizing baby bottles (and more!) just got easier with UviCube


Baby Bottles

I would not consider myself a “germophobe”, but I am concerned about germs and bacteria and the harm it can cause my family. I’ve always been that way – ever since my kids were babies.

Most first time parents are overly cautious when it comes to germs. They even go so far as to make sure everyone washes their hands before touching the child. And heaven forbid a pacifier or teething toy falls on to the ground. I think most parents would rather toss it away instead of having to boil water to sterilize it again.

Our son was a preemie and we had to be extra careful to ensure he didn’t get sick. I still remember boiling huge pots of water to drop all his bottles, nibbles, pacifiers and other items that went into his mouth (teething rings, favorite teething toy…). It was time consuming to say the least. Every night (sometimes even during the day) I had to boil everything to make sure it was sanitized. I always dreamed of an easier way to make sure our children’s items were sanitized for their protection.


There is a new product on the market that makes sanitizing your baby’s bottles and pacifiers quicker and easier. It’s called UviCube.

UviCube Dries, Disinfects and Stores. Unlike traditional sterilizing baby bottle methods, UviCube has a drying function for baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers and other similar containers before disinfecting them with the power of UV light. This ability allows you to save time, including precious counter top space instead of having to lay out all of your baby’s items out to dry.

The UviCube looks like a small “microwave.”


UviCube uses a low-heat infrared light to dry and UV light to disinfect. You don’t have to worry about burning your fingers like you would with boiling water.

It’s important that your baby’s bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups and other things they put in their mouths be sanitized. Their immune and digestive systems are not as strong as adults. They are still underdeveloped and weak.

I have actually seen mom’s pick up their child’s pacifier from the floor (after the baby dropped it), put it in THEIR mouth to suck it clean and then put it back in their baby’s mouth.


That is gross on so many levels, not to mention completely unhealthy.

UviCube can house several bottles (depending on the size) so you can dry and sanitize several bottles at one time. Talk about a time saver. I wish we had something like this when my kids were little. It would have saved me from having to fill a pot with water, wait for it to boil, drop in the things I wanted to disinfect, watch them in the water for a few minutes, then take the out and let them air dry on the counter. With UviCube you simply pop the bottles (after you clean them) into the UviCube and in no time they are dry and disinfected. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!


You can even store your baby’s things (bottles, cups…) inside the UviCube to free up space on your counter top.

UviCube is not only for baby things. The UviCube can be used to disinfect and sanitize other things like remote controls, toys, cellphones and more. I like that it does more than just sanitize baby items.

Did you know that your cellphone has more germs and bacteria on it than a public restroom toilet? It’s true! Google it. Tests have proven that cellphones carry a lot of harmful germs and bacteria on them including E-coli and Staphylococcus (which causes Staph infections).

The UviCube is great for the whole family to use. It’s not just for baby items.

If you would like more information about UviCube visit www.UviCube.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

UviCube is not available for purchase – yet. You can sign up on their website to be notified when the units are available. However they have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now and they have surpassed their goal amount.

I’ve seen plenty of Kickstarter campaigns over the past couple of years and I can tell that UviCube is a very popular because they have surpassed their goal amount and they still have about a month and a half to go on their campaign. That is amazing! You can tell that people can truly see the value in UviCube.

You can see what others are saying about this campaign using the hashtag #KickstartUviCube.

There are different donation options for UviCube from $1.00 and up. There are special rewards for the various amounts donated.

For more information about the UviCube Kickstarter campaign, or the make a donation, visit UviCube on Kickstarter.

What do you think about UviCube? Does it look like something you and your family could use?



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Dora in the City – New DVD and series on February 10, 2015


Dora and Friends DVD

Is your family a fan of Dora the Explorer? If you answered “yes” you might in interested in knowing about a new Dora DVD – Dora and Friends: Into the City! – which is available today (February 10, 2015) where most DVDs are sold.

Nickelodeon’s new hit preschool series, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, starring the world’s most beloved explorer makes its DVD debut on February 10, 2015. Dora and Friends features the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community–having both real-life and magical adventures along the way.  The Dora and Friends DVD collection takes viewers on four music-filled adventures with Dora and her new group of friends – Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana and Pablo – who share her passion for learning and exploring.  The series features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, Spanish language and Latino culture.

Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora and Friends arrives on DVD on February 10, 2015, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

About Dora and Friends: Into the City!:
Set in the fictional city of Playa Verde, Dora and her friends go on adventures, whether it’s rescuing a lost stuffed monkey for a little boy in the hospital or returning a ring to an ancient Mayan Princess.  Throughout her journeys, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome any obstacle.

Dora and Friends DVD includes the following episodes:

We Save a Pirate Ship! – Dora and her friends are at a Pirate Festival to benefit the restoration of the city’s ancient seaside fort, and Dora promised a little boy named Jorge that he could steer the festival’s pirate ship ride.  But when the pirate ship ride doesn’t show up, Dora, Kate and Pablo must build their own. They find an enchanted ship’s wheel that takes them to a talking pirate ship with secret treasures.

The Magic Ring – Dora and Naiya are helping out at story time with the younger kids at school when Pablo discovers a mysterious ring that shrinks him.  Dora and Naiya search through the library and find the secret of the ring, discovering that it’s been stolen and lost by an evil wizard from long ago. The only way the spell can be broken is by putting the ring back on the owner’s finger, an ancient princess.

The Royal Ball – Dora and her friends are having a Royal Ball in honor of all the kids who helped clean up the city park.  Dora and Alana head to the costume shop to get dresses, and find a golden gift box with a beautiful dress that’s perfect for Alana.  The golden box comes to life and tells them that the dress is for the princess – it’s his job to get it to her!  The box magically transports them to the royal grounds where they must escape a dragon and rescue the box from crocodiles.

Dance Party – Dora and her friends are putting on a dance party to raise money for the town’s new dance school. Alana convinces Pablo to teach her a simple step as a mirror ball magically transports them and Dora to the land of Baila, where they meet Celia.  She explains to them that her overprotective father, the mayor, has outlawed dancing after she stubbed her toe at her first dance.  Celia needs Dora and her friends’ help to convince the mayor that dancing is safe and fun.

The DVD runs for 92 minutes and has a suggested retail price of $14.99.

I like the Dora and her friends are able to explore and go on adventures in a city instead of the woods/jungle where she normally goes on adventures. I think a lot of little children will be thrilled to see Dora and her friends exploring city places, similar to where they live. I think that will show children that you can have fun adventures and learn just about anywhere you live.

Seeing the “new” Dora is a bit odd for me since my kids grew up with the original Dora. I find it interesting that she has changed and matured a bit. I guess they did that to make her more appealing to today’s children?

Dora and Friends Screen Shot


*I received a free copy 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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Encouraging your child to create their own desitiny



As a parent it is my responsibility to help to encourage my children to “reach for the stars” and to create their own destiny.

Things were a lot easier when my kids were little. Our daughter wanted to be a fashion designer ever since she was six years old. When she was around nine years old she came up with an idea for a fashion brand that would serve people of all sizes. She wanted to make the same clothing and styles available to everyone, no matter what your size. So a person who is a size 3X could wear the same nice outfit, blouse or pants as someone who is a size 2.

Our daughter is graduating in June and heading off to college in the fall. She has no clue what she wants to do with her life. She no longer wants to go into fashion design. I think she’s a bit put off by how competitive it can be. We always tell her if that is what she truly wants to do then she should go for it.

Right now she’s not sure what she wants to do. She’s tossing around ideas like becoming a teacher, physical therapist, lawyer or psychologist. She’s not sure what path in life she wants to head down… yet.

Our son really hasn’t figured out what his destiny is. He has a few more years of school left before he graduates. He has time but it’s still nice to have some idea of what you want to do with you life.

Currently he is thinking about a career in film. He’d love to attend the New York Film Academy in New York City, but its a very expensive school and I doubt we could afford it. We’re hoping there are more affordable option that have a film major.

I have a feeling is destiny will involve either film, photography or something to do with weather (he’s always been fascinated by weather, especially snow).

No matter what our kids decide to do with their lives we will always be there to support them and encourage them 100%.

Speaking of having the power to create your own destiny, there is a new special premiering on NetFlix about creating your own destiny. There are also two other original series premiering later on this month which also touch upon kids creating their own destiny.

Ever wonder what happened to the storybook characters we grew up with like the Mad Hatter, Snow White, and the Evil Queen? Turns out they are parents now too, and their children are studying at the enchanted high school of Ever After High, a boarding school for teens destined to follow in their famous parents’ fairytale footsteps. The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, premiering Friday, celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.

In two other Netflix original series premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids (2/13), and Richie Rich (2/20), the same entrepreneur we grew up with, is back but this time his refusal to eat his veggies has made him a trillionaire.

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1. Ever After High (2/6)
2. Mako Mermaids (2/13)
3. Richie Rich (2/20)

Netflix has plenty of other great films and series for little kids up to ups “big kids” (adults) which can help encourage people to create their own path in life and to “go for it.”

Here are some suggested titles for Little Kids, Big Kids and Teens/Adults you might be interested in.

Little Kids

Little Kids

1. Build and fix things: Handy Manny
2. Make a discovery: Sid the Science Kid
3. Walk on the moon: Justin Time: Blast off!: S1E13
4. Explore the ocean: Octonauts

Big Kids

Big Kids

1. Make sweet treats: Cupcake Wars
2. Get into show biz: Fame High
3. Represent Team USA: The Gabby Douglas Story
4. Master the kitchen: Chopped



1. Get the corner office: Undercover Boss
2. Travel the world: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
3. Walk the red carpet: Liz & Dick
4. Run my own restaurant: Wahlburgers

One way to help keep you focused on your goals and what you’d like to achieve in life is to create a Vision Board. I actually created one a few years ago for myself. There is not specific way to make one. You can make one as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Visions Boards can be made by young children and by adults. Even adults can use a little inspiration.

I even took a course on Vision Boards years ago.


Here is a great example of a Vision Board you and your child could make – DIY “Create Your Own Destiny” Vision Board.

For more information about Netflix and all their available programming please visit www.Netflix.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you encourage your child to seek out and fulfill their own destiny? Feel free to share your tips, suggestion nd advice. It could be helpful for others.



*I was not compensated for this post. I receive a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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