Wednesday, October 1, 2014

For the First Time in Forever... Disney Announces Special Frozen Event Package

Okay, admit it. Your kids are Frozen crazy.

I know my little girl is.

She's already informed me of her Christmas list this year and on it, yup you guessed it, everything Frozen.

Walt Disney World just announced your can now make your Holidays Sparkle (isn't it supposed to be freeze?) with a new Disney Hollywood Studio's Frozen Holiday Premium Package.

Photo Credit: Walt Disney World 

Starting November 7 with select dates (11/7 -19, 11/21- 12/9 & 12/11 - 1/4/15), for an additional $89.00 you can get reserved seating at "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" and reserved seats for viewing at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. PLUS (yes, there's more) a Frozen themed dessert party with yummy treats.

You'll also get a holiday themed lithograph and a Frozen trading pin in the package.

Not too shabby, huh?

You can find more information and book your Frozen party by calling 407-939-1854

So, would you do it???

Scholastic's Maya & Miguel Celebrates 10 Years!

Can you believe that Scholastic's Maya & Miguel is celebrating 10 Years! Time sure does fly with these two adventurous twins!

Scholastic has just announced that you can now score all 65 episodes of Maya & Miguel on iTunes! Talk about hours of entertainment (and learning!)! And you know I'm all about educational programming for my kiddos!

To celebrate you can download a special Maya & Miguel episode for free! Maya & Miguel: Vol 1 "Mala Suerte" is free until October 13, 2014 so go download it now on iTunes.

Here is the official press release with all the details:

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Pioneering Series from Scholastic,
Maya & Miguel, Celebrates 10th Anniversary With iTunes Debut!

Six Volume Launch Helps Mark National Hispanic Heritage Month

New York, NY, September 22, 2014 – "¡Feliz cumpleaƱos!" To celebrate its exciting 10th anniversary milestone, Scholastic Media’s award-winning TV series, Maya & Miguel, makes its debut on iTunes – just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). For the very first time, all 65 episodes of the energetic animated adventures of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos are now available for download on iTunes in a collection featuring six volumes for hours of hilarious entertainment – and multicultural learning – anytime, anywhere! In addition, fans can download a very special episode from Maya & Miguel: Vol. 1, “Mala Suerte,” for free until October 13.

“For more than a decade, young viewers, particularly English language learners, have strongly connected with Maya & Miguel, and we’re delighted to introduce even more kids and families to the spirited sibling stars and their engaging escapades with the upcoming launch on iTunes,” said Deborah A. Forte, President, Scholastic Media and executive producer and creator of the show. “Maya & Miguel was a groundbreaking success when it first premiered in 2004 and the show, with its emphasis on the importance of multiculturalism, friendship and family, remains just as relevant with today’s children and parents.”

As the Hispanic population in the U.S. continues to increase – Census Bureau data released in June estimates the numbers have grown to 54 million as of July 1, 2013 – it is more important than ever that all children see themselves and their cultures represented in the media.  The long-running Maya & Miguel TV series, airing on PBS KIDS (check local listings), chronicles the exuberant exploits of the dynamic duo, Maya and Miguel, along with their relatives and friends, set against the backdrop of a culturally-rich neighborhood. Showcasing a positive portrayal of Latino family life, language and cultures, the series aims to promote the value of a diverse society while supporting English language learning.
In addition to iTunes, episodes of Maya & Miguel are available for digital download in the LeapFrog App Center.
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media, the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including film, television, video, mobile and web, and a major developer and marketer of children’s brands worldwide. Among its award-winning and top-rated television productions are the animated series WordGirl®Clifford the Big Red Dog®The Magic School Bus®,and I SPY™ as well as the live-action shows Goosebumps® and Animorphs®. Soup2Nuts, a division of Scholastic Media, serves as its digital animation studio and offers full in-house production services, including the development of original series, writing, recording, music composing, design, storyboards, animation, and post-production. Visit www.scholastic.com and mediaroom.scholastic.com for additional information.




I received compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks, FTC! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Official Trailer - My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks

When I was a little girl, I LOVED playing with My Little Pony.



I had them all and would spend hours making up stories for them to act out.



And when I had girls, I couldn't wait to pass along my love of MLP to them. Luckily for me, Hasbro and Shout has made it super easy for me by bringing back my beloved toys (with a more modern look but hey, it works!).



My girls are just as hooked on MLP as I was.



We have tons of the ponies, all the movies and we watch the episodes online often.



It's a My Little Pony explosion in my house, seriously (We even have bedsheets).



My Little Pony: Equestria Girls was a big hit with my girls so I'm tickled to be able to share with them the Equestria Girls adventure continues with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks.



In theaters now, you can take your little girl to see it, like today! Yay!



Here's the trailer for the movie:







You can score tickets and get more information by visiting www.mlpeg.com 







I did not receive compensation for this post. It's all informative and 100% my own opinion. Thanks! 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Halloween is my favorite time of year.

I love everything about it. The costumes, the smell (yes, Halloween has a smell), the candy. Oh, the candy. It's so much fun and my girls are at an age where they really enjoy it as well.

One thing we do every year is hit up Walt Disney World's party for halloween: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).

It is seriously it's the event we look forward to every year and it's not just because we get boatloads of candy. There's something magical about going to a party that's only open to an amount of people (I heard only 5K, but I can't confirm numbers) and it definitely means LESS PEOPLE which equals out to LESS LINES!

And I love everything about Disney, except those lines on a hot summer day.

But MNSSHP gives you everything you want, including wait times like 15 minutes for the Mine Train (we loved it so much, we rode it twice!).  Most rides we just walked on without any wait! It's a Mom's dream come true!

Hello, Gorgeous! 


And Disney really has it down in the decorations department. Everywhere you looked you saw amazing touches of fall. The Mickey shaped pumpkins were my favorite. 

I also love all the costumes. We saw families in Incredible costumes, we saw Kevins from Up, Snow Whites, tons of Elsas', a few Storm Troopers and lots of Minnie Mouses (Mices?).  Disney policy doesn't allow scary or violent looking costumes and that makes this Mom breath a sigh of relief because I've got young kids and who needs that kind of scare when you're at Disney (the Haunted Mansion was enough for them!). 

My crew stuck with the Super Hero theme and wore capes. 


MNSSHP also has a great parade (Boo To You!) and an AMAZING fireworks show. The fireworks are breathtaking and will stop everyone in their tracks. There's also Villians' Dance Parties, shows in front of the castle and special character meet and greets throughout the park.

It was a great night for my family and I can't wait until next year to do it again. We had two happy (but exhausted) girls when we left the park around 1130 (the park stays open until midnight!). 

And remember the candy I mentioned, yeah... the loot was ridiculous. 


You can find out how to purchase your own MNSSHP tickets on the website. Your family will love you forever for it (my girls promised me they would!).


I attended this event as media and received tickets in exchange for my post. All opinions are 100% my own. Any questions, just ask! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wild Kratts Toys Roar into Toys R Us!

A few years back, I was getting my big girl ready for school and flipped on the TV to distract her while I ran around like a chicken without its head. I turned to PBS and went about my business. PBS is always safe so I am always cool when my girls watch it.

When I finally stopped, I noticed my girl was GLUED to the TV (not literally, of course.). The show was all about animals, which Roo adores.

I didn't catch the name, but the next morning she asked to watch the animal show again.

I hunted down the remote, did some searching and found out the animal show was actually called Wild Kratts. She sat down and watched it again and from there, she was hooked.

Now I know exactly who and what Wild Kratts is. The show goes on adventures and transforms into the animals they're discussing to solve the problems they face. At the end of every show they do live action with real animals and that's my favorite part of it. It's educational, fun and again, my kid LOVES it.

And now they can really activate their creature powers because there's a whole new selection of Wild Kratts toys at Toys R Us! They have a big assortment to choose from.

The press release gives all the details:



 "Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) – Fans can “activate” the amazing powers of all sorts of interesting creatures with these Creature Power Suits, one for Chris and one for Martin, each featuring a very special vest and gloves. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of the new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest for endless role-play fun!
·         Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) – Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’ and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!
·         Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) – Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Krattsadventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!
·         Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) –Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed   sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.
·         Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) – These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow – or collect them all!
·         Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) – Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!
·         Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) – Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set – available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin – comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them – anywhere they roam!"


In addition to the toys, they're unveiling a new book! Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphin is available now! The Step 2 Reader book features the Kratt brothers as they "dive in" to another adventure.

When my daughters got their hands on the toys and books, they were off on their own adventure and I loved it. Toys and books that cultivate imagination are just fine in my book!

You can pick up the toys at Toys R Us and the book at any local book store!

You can learn more about Wild Kratts by visiting the PBS website, Facebook or check out their tweets on Twitter



I received product in exchange for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Thanks! 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Reach: A New Angle on Brushing

We brush our teeth every day, twice a day.

I honestly never really give it much thought either. It's just something we're supposed to do.

And when I shop for a toothbrush, I don't really go beyond the color.

Sad, I know.

But that's all changed.

I tried out the new Reach Complete Care Triple Angle toothbrush and I know it sounds silly but as soon as I started brushing, I knew I was changed.

This new toothbrush really impressed me. It's got new angles to get all of your teeth (left, straight, and right!), a new head (larger than the average toothbrush without feeling like you're going to gag), a fancy grip (be honest you've slipped and jabbed yourself in the face with your brush before, admit it!), and more coverage.

I'm in love with a toothbrush.



Reach is also offering you a way to take your brushing to the next level. Sign up for their three-month program and you'll receive text messages to remind you to replace your brush every three months.

How silly and wonderful, huh? But I don't care, my teeth are benefitting.

You can pick yourself up these wonderful toothbrushes, in a single or duo pack, at your local retailer (retails for $3.99 to $5.99).


I received samples for this review. All opinions are 100% my own! Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mommy Guilt: I failed at Grandparent's Day

Last week a letter went home from the girls school notifying us of a Grandparents' Day breakfast they were hosting. It was stuffed in a backpack along with other papers and I took a look at it. It flittered through my head that the two grandparents that actually live well within distance of us wouldn't attend so I didn't give it any further thought.

Well, that's a lie.

It passed through my head again and I thought our great grandmother would like to attend... but that thought was tossed aside for some reason (probably had to do with a whiney child or grumbling stomach).

It didn't come up again today until I received a text: Why didn't you tell me about Grandparents Day?

And my heart sunk.

I dropped the ball.

Another text pinged: She's the only one without someone here.

And the guilt overcame me.

Forget the fact that I was swamped at work, dealing with an internet provider on the phone, a boss giving me a to-do list in the background.

All I could think about was my wee little girl standing alone in a room while all of her classmates had their grandparents hugging and kissing on them over bagels.

Talk about a shitty parenting moment.

Talk about mommy guilty times 100... 1000... Hell, I don't know if there's a numerical value for the level of shittiness I felt.

I tried to convince myself not to stress over it, the whole what's done is done motto ringing in my head. I tried to recall if my grandparents ever came to a "Grandparents Day" at my school when I was a child and they didn't. It wasn't a tragic life changing moment for me as a child.

I told myself a lot of whoppers this morning.

But nothing worked.

I can't get over it.

I feel like a horrible mother.

I can't shake the feeling.

Have I ruined her?

Yes, I know I haven't "ruined" her and I know that 20 years down the line she won't be in therapy telling her therapist that I was the main factor in a downfall because I didn't bring her GG to Grandparents day... Or will she? As Moms, we have the worst guilt and we hold on to it, forever. We have more issues than the kids ever will.

How do we overcome mommy guilty and focus on what's really important?