Lalaloopsy “First Steps” DVD & Doll Giveaway (ends 10/20/14)


Lalaloopsy First Steps

I remember the very first time I “met” Lalaloopsy. We were having dinner with family friends and their young daughter brought to the table several tiny rag doll looking dolls. I thought they were super adorable. When I asked what the dolls were called I was told Lalaloopsy. Ever since that first day I saw the dolls I have been a fan. Even though my kids are teenagers and are not into the show I still think they are super adorable characters.

I work with young children and I have heard the children mention Lalaloopsy on more than one occasion. We also have a Lalaloopsy coloring book at work which is very popular with the little ones.

What is not to love about the Lalaloopsy dolls. They also have an adorable and entertaining series on Nick Jr.

Since they were first released Lalaloopsy has been made available in a variety of products such as big dolls, tiny dolls, play sets, costumes, DVDs, books and more.

There is a new DVD that is available today (October 14, 2014) on DVD, Digital HD and VOD (Video on Demand) called Lalaloospsy Babies: First Steps. The DVD is from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The new movie explores the magical beginings of the Lalaloopsy friends.

Join the Lalaloopsy friends for this sweet movie about their first adventures together! After they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the friends reminisce about their nursery days where they found their special bond and first met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.


Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures

  • Apple Pickle Pie
  • Timber

Lalaloopsy Babies: Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze

The DVD is super adorable. The Lalaloopsy friends are cute as they can be to begin with. Dare I say they are even more adorable as babies.

Check out the trailer for the new DVD.


“Sew” Cute!

In addition to the new DVD fans of the show can also purchase dolls from the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line including the Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls. The Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

We have one of the dolls (Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Blossom Flowerpot Doll). She’s a nice size doll (perfect for a toddler to hold and snuggle with) and she comes with three several diapers, a hat, bib, botltle, bowl, spoon and a charm bracelet for your little one to wear. Her head, legs and arms move

This doll has magical coloring changing diapers. When you feed the doll (water) and press it’s belly button she “poops” magical charms. The button releases water into the diaper which “frees” a little charm that is buried in the diaper. Personally I think it’s a very strange idea, but I guess some kids enjoy it. At least it’s better then the dolls I played with as a kid (40+ years ago) that ate “food” which got all moldy and rancid inside the dolls stomach. I’m sure my mom would have preferred giving me a doll that “poops” charms from drinking water then trying to figure out how to clean and disinfect a doll with mold in it’s gut.

You don’t have to make the doll drink water if you don’t want to. I am donating our doll to my job for the little ones to enjoy. I don’t plan on filling the bottle up with water. The kids can simply make believe there is liquid in the bottle.

Look for both the new video and a dolls at a retail store near you.

Diaper Surprise and DVD

I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader – a Lalaloopsy prize package! The prize package consists of TWO Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise dolls (Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Peanut Big Top Doll and Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Blossom Flowerpot Doll) and a copy of the new Lalaloopsy DVD Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps!, compliments of Lions Gate Home Entertainment. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

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


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Caillou 25th Anniversary DVD & Book Gift Set


Caillou 25th Anniversary Gift Set

Are you familiar with the adorable little boy named Caillou? You can find him at PBS Kids.

Caillou is celebrating a big anniversary this year. The popular children’s series is turning 25 this year. I can’t believe it’s been around that long. I remember my kids watching the show when they were little but I never could have imagined that the show was around for so long.

If you are not familiar with Caillou he’s a four year old boy who lives with his parents and younger sister Rosie. He has a wonderful imagination and is able to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every day is an adventure for this inquisitive and imaginative little boy.

To celebrate his anniversary, PBS Distribution is releasing today (October 14, 2014) a special 25th anniversary DVD and book gift set. The DVD features “Caillou’s Family Favorites” (14 episodes in total). The beautifully illustrated book has 48 pages and features not one but two stories – Training Wheels and Captain Caillou.

The episodes featured on this special DVD include;

Caillou’s Surprise

  • Caillou’s Surprise
  • A Surprise for Miss Martin
  • A Surprise Sleepover

People I Love

  • Mystery Valentine
  • Dancing at Grandma’s
  • Play Ball!
  • Caillou’s Sleepover Guest

Captain Caillou

  • Captain Caillou
  • The Loudest Noise
  • Caillou’s First Wedding

Knowing How!

  • Skating Lessons
  • Where I Live
  • Just Like Me
  • Just In Time

In addition to these episodes the DVD also contains fun interactive games and coloring pages which are sure to delight any Caillou fan. There is also an option Spanish audio.

As a parent I know that some “kiddie” shows can easily get on your nerves, especially ones which repetitious music or scenes. Caillou is not one of those shows. I find the show to be delightful and charming and I absolutely love Caillou. I always have. I think he’s adorable. We even had a Caillou doll at one point (we either gave it away or it’s packed away in the basement).

The book is a wonderful addition to this gift set. Each page features colorful illustrations and enough text to keep a little ones attention. It’s an easy reader too so older elementary aged children could easily read this on their own.

With the holiday season fast approaching this would be a wonderful gift for the Caillou fan in your life. The set has a suggested retail price of only $14.99. It also runs for about 100 minutes.

Look for Caillou 25th Anniversary DVD & Book gift set where ever movies are sold.

For more information about Caillou, games and coloring pages visit the official Caillou website at PBSKids.org/Caillou.

Is your family a fan of the adorable little boy Caillou? Do you have a favorite episode or character? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*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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Ella the Elephant Season One Volume One now available on DVD


Ella the Elephant DVD

I enjoy watching children’s shows sometimes. That doesn’t make me weird (does it?). I just find them so sweet and charming. Even though I’m an adult I still get a kick out of watching shows on Disney Jr., Nick Jr., and PBS. It makes me miss those years when my kids were little. Sigh… they grow up so quickly.

There is a series I have seen from time to time called Ella the Elephant. It’s a show on Disney Junior.

Ella the Elephant first air on Canadian television. It premiered on Disney Junior in February of this year.

The show is based on book written by Carmela D’Amico and Steven D’Amico.

Journey to an island of adventures where the magic of friendship has never been so much fun! Join Ella the Elephant and her kindhearted friends in this all-new animated series featuring 8 charming episodes. Elephant Island is home to many curiosities, but when Ella and her friends’ appetite for fun lands them in some tricky, often hilarious situations, it’s up to Ella’s imagination and her magic red hat to save the day! It’s a collection of teamwork, lessons and adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

This is truly a very sweet series. It’s hard not to fall in love with Ella and her friends. They are cute and entertaining.

Sometimes kiddie shows can be a bit too much for adults, but I didn’t find that to be the case with this show.

Ella the Elephant is a computer generated animated show. The interesting thing is that the background looks more like illustrations from a book. It’s really a unique looking animation. I like the illustrated look. I think it adds to the shows charm.

If your child or grandchild is a fan of the show you’ll be delighted to know that Ella the Elephant Season One Volume One: The Magic of Friendship is now available on DVD. The DVD features eight Ella the Elephant episodes.

  • Ella’s Got Talent/Safety First
  • Trunk Trooper/Ella in Charge
  • Girl’s Club/Soapbox Squabble
  • Treasure Hunters/Ella Borrows Trouble
  • Ella Bakes a Cake/Camp Ella
  • Ella on the Ball/Up, Up and Away
  • Tea Party Trouble/Home Again
  • Ella’s Carnival/Monkey Business

If you’d like to check out Ella’s YouTube channel where you can catch snippets of the show’s episodes you can find it here – Ella the Elephant on YouTube.

Look for the DVD where DVDs are sold. It has a suggested price of $14.98.

You an also check out the Ella the Elephant page on Disney Junior’s website. There you can find games, coloring pages and more! DisneyJunior.com/Ella-the-Elephant.

Is your family fans of Ella the Elephant? Do you have a favorite characters and/or episode? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Ella the Elephant


*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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Birds Eye Veggin’ In LA With Laura Marano Sweepstakes



As a mom I know first hand that it’s not always easy to get your kids to eat what you want them to, especially if you have a picky eater (or two) in your home.

Did you know that only ONE is ten children eats the recommended amount of vegetables*? (*Statistics from USDA State of the Plate) That is sad! Vegetables are so good and can be made in so many different ways. Parents need to take this seriously and find delicious ways to incorporate vegetables into daily diet.

I’m grateful that my kids have always loved vegetables. When they were little I fed them all vegetables including the vegetables that many children run away from like spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Even now as teenagers my kids love vegetables. We eat broccoli several times a week too. They also eat things like chickpeas as a snack.

Our daughter actually prefers vegetables raw over steamed (I always steam veggies). There are some vegetables, like carrots, she refuses to eat cooked. They must be raw.

I think the key to getting kids and “big kids” (aka – your significant other) is to serve them delicious recipes that incorporate vegetables. They will be too busy enjoying the flavorful meal that they won’t stop to think about the vegetables they are eating.

Birds Eye® and the Walt Disney Company® want to make sure children are eating their vegetables. They have teamed up to increase vegetable consumption awareness among children in the United States.

Veggin in La Sweeps

The brands came up with an initiative called The Veggin’ In LA With Laura Marano Sweepstakes presented by Birds Eye. Their objective is to show children that veggies are “cool”, fun and delicious.

The sweepstakes is currently running and will end on September 24, 2014.

The grand prize is a wonderful Los Angeles, California, to “veg out” and enjoy a private dinner party with Laura Marano, one of the stars of Disney Channel’s popular comedy series, “Austin & Ally,”and a Birds Eye chef.

“We can’t wait to start the sweepstakes and get kids excited about vegetables one bite at a time,” explained Mike Barkley, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Birds Eye. “The collaboration between Birds Eye and Disney is a perfect fit, as we’re both fully committed to children’s wellness and improving the vegetable consumption in this country.”

The sweepstakes is part of Birds Eye’s “Step Up To The Plate” campaign, dedicated to encouraging kids to try new veggies, while helping parents explore different preparation methods and approaches to making veggies fun. The sweepstakes also supports the Disney “Magic of Healthy Living” initiative, which partners with parents and inspires kids to live a healthier lifestyle.

Entering is super easy to do. Simply purchase any Birds Eye products and visit Disney.com/Veggies and input the UPC codes from the Birds Eye product/products.

There is no purchase necessary. You can also enter without the UPC code by sending the keyword “VEGGIES” via a text to 347639 (Disney).

Not only is this an easy sweeptakes to enter it’s also a healthy one because it will encourage families to take their veggie intake more seriously.

Does your child/grandchild enjoy a variety of vegetables? Do you think your child/grandchild gets enough vegetables in their daily diet?

How do YOU get your child/grandchild to eat their veggies? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Laura Marano

Laura Marano


*I have partnered with Birds Eye to bring you this information. I received free product coupons and branded items in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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New from Nickelodeon – Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes

Lets Learn Patterns and Shapes

A new DVD will be released tomorrow (September 9, 2014) from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment called Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes.

With the new school year already in full swing, this DVD would be perfect for a little one who has just started nursery school or Pre-K. It’s also a fun DVD for children who are big fans of popular Nickelodeon programs such as Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Team Umizoomi.

This new DVD is part of Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Learn” series.

In a fun-filled two hours of “edu-tainment,” kids can play along to five new episodes from Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Ni Hao Ka-lan! as they explore circles, squares, triangles, and more. The set also includes a shapes worksheet!

The episodes featured on this DVD include;

  • Team Umizoomi: Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit
  • Dora the Explorer: Catch the Shape Train!
  • Ni Hao Kai-lan: The Dinosaur Balloon
  • Blue’s Clues: Shape Searchers
  • Blue’s Room: Shape Detectives

The DVD has a run time of 138 minutes and is distribute by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

What I love about DVD’s like this is that they make learning FUN. For most kids it seems like regular episodes to their favorite television shows. What they don’t realize is that they are learning at the same time they are being entertained by their favorite characters.

As a mom I feel like my children learned better when it was fun and entertaining, not boring. Actually I think I learn better too when it’s more fun then learning.

I love that the set also includes worksheets for your little ones to practice with. It’s nice that Nickelodeon and Paramount added that nice bonus with the DVD.

Look for Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes where most DVDs are sold.

For more information about Nickelodeon shows visit www.Nick.com.

What do you think about using entertainment to education children? Is it a medium you use in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*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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Back to school with Crayola (giveaway ends 9/20/14)


Girl drawing back to school

By now most kids have started off the new school year. Some children started back week’s ago. My children started last week..

My kids are in high school now. We never know what kind of supplies they need until they attend their first day of class. We always pick up the basics before school starts (lose leaf paper, pens, pencils, highlighters…). We have to wait for school to start before picking up binders and notebooks.

I miss the days when my kids went to elementary and middle school. We always received a supply list in the mail before school started so we could get all the supplies before school starts and be able to take advantage of the great sales.

One staple that was always on the supply list was Crayola crayons. I miss those days! There is nothing nicer then a brand new box of Crayola crayons. I still remember when I went to school and my mom would buy me a box of crayons as part of my school supplies. It was my favorite supply because I’ve always love to draw, doodle and color. I even love the smell of a fresh box of crayons and how all the tips are perfectly sharpened.

Sadly high school doesn’t require crayons, but they do request students have markers and colored pencils. Crayola makes markers and colored pencils so I am still able to buy Crayola products for my teenagers.

I recently went to Staples to stock up on some Crayola products. Some were for my kids (markers and colored pencils) and the other products I am donated to my job. I work in a childcare situation caring for children at our local courthouse. The children in our care are there for a variety of reasons in Family Court (divorce, custody, paternity, order of protection…). As you can image the children all love to color, so it’s always nice to have an ample amount of crayons on hand. The children also love to paint so I pick up some washable paints too.

I was a bit “iffy” about picking up markers. Markers can be so messy. However Crayola carries washable markers. As per my boss older children often request markers so I made sure to include those in my shopping trip.

Check out all the goodies I picked up.


I picked up three packages of Crayola Colored Pencils. One was for my son (he needs it for school) and two for my job.

The Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are new for this year. I picked up two packages – one is a bit thicker than the other. The all-new washability technology allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing and painted walls. Ultra-Clean will allow teachers to wash off common classroom desks with ease.

In addition I picked up a larger set of washable markers and a package of Pip-Squeaks markers for little hands.

I purchased three boxes of Crayola Crayons for my job and a big box of 64 crayons for me. My husband and I love to color. I know that sounds strange but we find it relaxing. We especially love to color holiday related images. :-) We’re just big kids at heart.

The Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers are also new for this year. These are for our dry erase calender at work. These dry erase markers are designed to help maximize classroom visibility. They are also new for 2014. The Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers have improved color vibrancy, making them easier to read.

Lastly I picked up a couple of packages of Crayola Washable Watercolors paints. The kids love to paint but the paint we currently have in our room is not washable, there fore we rarely take it out (unless it’s an older child).

Crayola products are available at many retail locations across the country including grocery stores, drug stores, department stores, office supply stores and toy stores.

For more information about these and other Crayola products visit www.Crayola.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.

Crayola Logo


Crayola would like to give a lucky reader a $25 VISA gift card that you can use to pick up some Crayola products or other back to school supplies you might need. Thank you Crayola!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Crayola product is?

For Extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a gift card to purchase Crayola products. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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