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



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

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – A new original series now available on Netflix


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Debuting on Netflix is an original series called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show is the brainchild of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. It starts Ellie Kemper (The Office) as Kimmy, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) as Kimmy’s boss Jacqueline Voorhees, Tituss Burgess (30 Rock) as Kimmy’s room mate Tituss and Carol Kane as Lillian, Kimmy’s landlord.

Kimmy and four other women were found living in a bunker under the ground. They were brought there by a cult leader who convinced them that there was an apocalypse and the world they once known was all gone.

The other women who were with Kimmy opted to return to their former lives. Not Kimmy. She wanted to start a new life, and in all places, New York City.

Kimmy is from a small town and is far behind on today’s world. She manages to find an apartment that she shares with a many name Tituss. Tituss works as a sidewalk character (Iron Man) in Times Square. His dream is to perform in the Lion King on Broadway.

Kimmy also finds a job with a snooty rich woman name Jacqueline Voorhees. She was hired to take her son to/from school and other miscellaneous job. However Kimmy has taken on the whole family including Jacqueline’s underage, alcohol drinking step daughter.

Will Kimmy find success in the big city? Will she find love, friendship and a new found lease on life? To find out you need to watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which is now available on Netflix. Several episodes are currently available. There are currently 13 episodes available.

Here is the series trailer for your enjoyment.


I watched the first three episodes thus far. It’s a cute show. Kimmy is a likable character and you’ll find yourself rooting her on and hoping that she finds success and happiness and is able to make up for lost time.

I couldn’t imagine being in her shoes. Imagine being so “out of it” for many years then having to try and acclimate yourself to a whole new world.

I sort of felt that way when I returned to work after a nearly 18 year hiatus. I’ve been working since I was 16. At one point I had two part time jobs and went to school full time. I have always worked. When our first child was born it made better sense for me to quit my job and become a stay at home mom. It would have cost MORE money to put our daughter into childcare.

We never anticipated that I’d be a stay at home mom for so long. When our son was born he required a lot of therapies (Physical, Occupational and Speech). They came to our home twice a week (each) for about two years.

I have worked over the years. I had a very successful home business for 7 years. Sadly I lost my passion for it and closed down. That is the same time I started blogging and I have been blogging ever since.

I returned to the workforce this past summer. It took a while for me to get back into the swing of things. I was so used to doing my own thing on my own time. I didn’t have to worry about driving in dangerous driving conditions (snow, ice) or having to worry about being someplace at a specific time. I also didn’t have to worry about what I wore. My “work clothes” consisted of sweats and tee shirts for the most part. Now I wear nice blouses and slacks.

It took a few weeks to get used to things again, but I did. Thankfully it was a lot easier getting used to being a part of the work force again then it would be to try and get used to living in a whole new place (NYC) and a whole new world like Kimmy has to deal with on the Netflix series.

What about YOU? Have you had a personal experience with something where you felt the need to “catch up?” Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

For more information about Netflix visit www.Netflix.com. Be sure to check out the new original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Netflix is also on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have seen the series please feel free to share your thoughts about it.



*I was not compensated for this post. I receive a free membership and goodies in exchange for my participation. 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


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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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.

create your own destiny

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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