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Babies“R”Us for My First Easter products, gift basket ideas and more

 

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It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of Spring. Here in NY where I live we are expecting up to 4″ of snow. Almost all of the previous snow we had has melted. We’ve actually seen grass. Now it’s all going to be covered up again with another blanket of cold, wet snow.

Even thought the weather is not very spring-like, it’s still spring. Easter is just around the corner too.

Do you have a child or grandchild celebrating his/her first Easter this year?

I still remember my kid’s first Easters. In fact, it was on Easter that we announced to my family that we were expecting our son. We were having Easter dinner with my family and my husband and I handed out colorful plastic eggs. Inside was a note that read “I can’t wait to meet everyone around Thanksgiving.” I signed it “Love baby (our last name).” My son was a preemie and was born  in September, but that’s another story.

I wish I had photos of my kid’s first Easters on my computer to share. I have some photos on my hard drive. The rest are in photo albums.

Easter

I loved dressing them up for the holiday. I also enjoyed putting together their Easter baskets.

For their first Easter I didn’t give my kids any candy. They were only babies at the time. My daughter was 11 months old for her first Easter and my son was 7 months old for his. Instead I opted for books, plush bunnies and age appropriate toys. There was plenty of time for candy as they got older.

Babies“R”Us stores nationwide are stocked up with everything parents and gift givers need to make this Easter “eggs”tra (extra) special – especially for a little one just celebrating their first holiday. Babies“R”Us has adorable My First Easter products, beautiful Easter-themed apparel, gift ideas and more.

I remember my daughter’s first Easter. I didn’t get her an Easter outfit (I honestly didn’t think to do that). My mother in law insisted that we get her dressed up and purchased the most beautiful dress I have ever seen for a baby. I wish I had the photo readily available to share. Sadly she only got to wear it once (Easter). She quickly out grew it. If I recall I handed it down to another relative.

There are some super sweet ensembles available at Babies“R”Us. I am in love with the Easter theme onesie and pants (sold separately). They are available in both boy and girl friendly colors.

Easter Outfits

Babies R Us Easter Outfits

I also love the onesie with the bunnies on the feet. Too cute!

You can dress your baby up, or put them in a more casual outfit. I’ve done both with my kids. It depends on the situation (location) and the weather. With Babies“R”Us there are plenty of adorable options to choose from.

Every year – even when my kids got older – they would always have a book or two (plus some crayons and coloring books) in their baskets. I didn’t stuff their baskets with candy. I would rather give them fun things they can enjoy and a small amount of candy. Not only that their grandparents would always give them baskets overflowing with candy.

I love these adorable Easter books available at Babies“R”Us. I wish my kids were still little because I would buy these for them. Maybe I’ll just buy them for myself so I can enjoy the cute illustrations.

Easter Books

Babies“R”Us has plenty of basket fillers for a baby’s first Easter, as well as older children. It doesn’t have to be about the candy (especially for little ones). There are so many other fun and delightful things you could put in their baskets – items that can be enjoyed long after the holiday is over.

Easter products from Babies R Us

Babies“R”Us stores nationwide would also like to invite parents, grandparents and others to join them on March 28, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM for a fun and festive Easter event with will include interactive activities for the family. Attendees can experience a Bunny Hop around the store, photo opportunities and craft and story time, as well as a Pampers giveaway (while supplies last), participate in raffles and meet other local families and babies. More details will be available at Babiesrus.com/FirstEaster in the coming weeks.

You are welcome to bring your little “bunnies” too. Feel free to dress them up in their Easter best too!

If you would like to find a Babies“R”Us store near you there is a store locator at the above link (top of the screen – “Find a Store”).

You can also follow Babies“R”Us on social media such as Facebook and Facebook.

How did you celebrate your child or grandchild’s first Easter? Is there someone in your family celebrating their first Easter this year?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Babies“R”Us to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Nickelodeon DVD Collections Giveaway (ends 3/25/15)

 

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Are you looking for extra goodies to put in your child or grandchild’s Easter basket?

Are you looking for something to do on rainy Spring days?

If you answered “yes” to either question, I have a fun giveaway for you from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

This great giveaway includes the following titles – all of which are currently available where DVDs are sold.

PAW Patrol Marshall and Chase on the Case

PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase on the Case!

The PAW Patrol rescue pups, Marshall and Chase, take fans on eight exciting rescue missions.

Bubble Guppies Fin-tastic Collection DVD

Bubble Guppies: Fin-tastic Collection

Dive into this two-disc Bubble Guppies collection featuring eight episodes and tons of special features!

Nickelodeon Favorites Springtime Adventure

Nickelodeon Favorites: Springtime Adventure

Spring has officially arrived with this special collection featuring Wallykazam!, Bubble Guppies and more!

Max & Ruby Sweet Siblings

Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings

Share the love this Easter with the sweetest siblings around– Max and Ruby!

Blues Clues Get Clued Into School Pack

Blues Clues: Get Clued Into School Pack
This three-disc collection makes learning the alphabet, colors and shapes more fun than ever before!

This is an $83.95 value!

Your child or grandchild can enjoy them all now, or you can save them and give them out throughout the year (birthday, Christmas, end-of-school gift…).

One winner will receive all of the tiles mentioned above. 

Thank you Nickelodeon and Paramount!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 25, 2015 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 which DVD set your child/grandchild would be most excited to win?

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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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this giveaway for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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March is National Reading Month – Get some great tips from Olympic gold skater Kristi Yamaguchi (giveaway ends 3/29/15)

 

Child Reading

Did you know that March is National Reading Month?

Most people know that reading is necessary for a successful future. It’s important to encourage a love of reading, even at a very young age.

I love reading. I read all the time when I was a child and teenager. I loved reading so much that I kept most of my books from my youth. It was my plan to read my beloved books to my own children some day. I am happy to say that I did read my favorite books to my children. I still have them and plan on reading them to my grandchildren some day too.

I also kept my kid’s favorite books. I hope that one day when they are parents they will read their favorite books to their children too.

According to the US Department of Education, only about half of all young children who are three to five-years old are read to on a daily basis by a family member. That’s sad. I know that people lead very busy lives, but surely they can put aside 10-15 minutes once a day to read a story to their child or children.

It makes me sad when I go places, such as a doctor’s office, and see children as young as 3 years old totally immersed in a game on their parent’s cellphone when they should be reading a book.

Reading to a child

It’s up to parents, grandparents and care givers to help nurture a child’s love for reading. If you start when children are young they typically grow up to be active readers as young adults and adults.

I also took cues from my kids. When they showed interest in a book series or subject I would pick up books that would interest them from the library. In fact we used to make weekly trips to our local library. They used to love to pick out their own books to read.

For their birthday, Christmas and Easter they would get books from Santa and the Easter Bunny. Even the Tooth Fairy would bring them book every time they lost a tooth (and a quarter too).

I always made sure there were (and still are) ample books around for my kids. Even though they are teenagers now I still encourage them to read.

Some of my fondest memories with my children are reading them bedtime stories. I miss those days.

LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation have teamed up with Olympic gold skater Kristi Yamaguchi to help promote reading for National Reading Month.

Kristi is not only a mother, she is also a published author. She’s published two adorable children’s books – Dream Big, Little Pig! and It’s a Big World Little Pig! – as well as other books.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to ask Kristi a few questions about encouraging reading in children and what parents can do to help children read. Kristi answered my questions in this exclusive video (below). I hope you will take a few moments to check out her replies.

I appreciate that Kristi took the time to answer my questions. I also want to thank LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation for making this possible.

To encourage families to read together, LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation have a special initiative called the 20/20 Challenge.

During the month of March, parents are encouraged to take the pledge to read to their child/children for at least 20 minutes a day, every day. For every pledge LeapFrog receives they will donate 20 LeapFrog readers to Kristi Yamaguchi’s non-profit Always Dream Foundation. The books will be donated to under-served classrooms. Through this campaign the goal is to donate over 350,000 books to children in need.

Please consider being a part of this wonderful #LeapFrogChallenge. To learn more, or to take the pledge, visit www.LeapFrog.com/Challenge. The challenge ends on March 31, 2015 so I hope you will take the challenge right away.

20/20 Pledge

To help encourage you to take the pledge, I have an AUTOGRAPHED copy of a Kristi Yamaguchi book (at this time the title is not known). It’s an actual autographed copy, not a photocopy of an autograph.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 29, 2015 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 how you help encourage a child to read – OR – what was your favorite book as a child?

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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Kimberly

*I will received an autographed book 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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A new DVD from Max & Ruby – Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings

 

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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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Kimberly

*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

 

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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

Kimberly

*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

 

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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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Kimberly

*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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