Archives for March 23, 2015

A Girl Like Her – An Emotional Docu-drama About Bullying

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16-year-old Jessica Burns has a secret that she’s afraid to share with anyone – except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year she’s been victimized by another girl – her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School’s most popular and beautiful students. What can you do when the world sees the image of a person but not the reality? With Brian’s help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery’s relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed-bringing both girls and their families face to face with the truth. KIDS FIRST! Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film should be seen by everyone over the age of 9. This film shows you that the world isn’t always a happy place with sunshine and smiles.” See his full review below.

A Girl Like Her

By Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Critic

 

This is a film that looks like a real, although its not, bullying story. It concentrates on everybody who is affected by it. It shows who does what about it and why. A Girl Like Her can truly show that something may seem so small, can mess up so many people. This movie isn’t a romance or comedy or an action packed adventure, quite the contrary. It shows a journey, a drama-filled one. It will not make you laugh. However, it may make you cry. It is about bullying which should not be referred to as a joke.

 

The story is about a girl named Jessica who goes to one of the best public high schools in the nation. However, after refusing to let her ‘friend’ cheat on her test, she starts getting bullied. She makes her best friend tell no one of this. But the friend decides something else. He gives her a hidden camera to wear and this documents all the bullying. Soon, she tries to commit suicide and the movie shows the struggle of not only the victim and her family, but everybody – the bystander, the bully, the administration, everybody.

 

This movie is truly emotional. It is made to look like it is documenting a real story. I didn’t even know it was fake till the end! That’s how good of a job it is! The acting is truly wonderful. This is the only time I have ever truly hated a character then, felt pity for the character. This is the bully. The director does a wonderful job showing the emotions of characters and proving that bullying isn’t just a normal part of life to deal with. It is a serious matter that has killed hundreds of children.

 

I cannot choose a favorite scene because I would rather that this movie doesn’t need to tell people about bullying. My least favorite scene is when the school administration denies the need to institute anti-bullying policies and tries to brush it away as nothing. The school acts like it’s nothing and it shows you how quickly a school will put bullying as nothing to be worried for their own benefit.

This film should be seen by everyone over the age of 9. This film shows you that the world isn’t always a happy place with sunshine and smiles. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars because it is a wonderful movie and something we all know is taking place. The only thing I would have liked to have seen in this film is a message at the end or beginning saying that this is WRONG and this is no laughing matter. And, they should recommend resources that kids and parents can go to.

This film comes out in theaters nationwide on March 27.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

 

 

 

 

Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter Giveaway Opportunity!

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HOP, POP and JUMP into Easter with kaboom! Entertainment!

Read all about these fabulous Children’s DVDs in our Media reviews this week!

We have teamed up for a Easter Giveaway! One winner will win both DVDs! To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you are looking forward to Spring Break this year! Deadline to enter is March 28th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Prize will be shipped to the winner.

 

 

Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter A great gift for young children this Easter!

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POP: Launched on March 10th!  Zack & Quack are coming to the U.S. for the 1st time on DVD in the release Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter. This series follows the adventures of a dynamic boy named Zack & his best friend, an impulsive young duck, called Quack. They live inside the most amazing pop-up book ever! It’s a place full of fantastical surprises – where pulling pop-ups makes exciting and unexpected things happen. New worlds and fantastic voyages quite literally unfold before your eyes in this five episode DVD.

I received a copy of this DVD and loved the amazing pop-up book theme! Young children will be amazed and delighted with this fun adventure! This would make a great gift for Easter! 

Also available for younger children this Easter is Guess How Much I Love You – The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare – Someone Special as the ideal HOP DVD! Look for it near you! I know my son loved this story when he was a toddler.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of Zack & Quack to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

HOP, POP and JUMP into Easter with kaboom! Entertainment! Include Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles in your little ones Easter Basket and fill the holiday with fun, family viewing!

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JUMP: Since March 10th Peppa Pig, the lovable little piggy, is back and up to her usual activities in her newest release Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles. This new DVD is filled with 10 fantastic “peppisodes” that include all the kindness, laughter, fun and gentle life lessons that make Peppa Pig one of the world’s most beloved preschool friends. So spring forward and follow along with Peppa Pig, her brother George, Mummy, Daddy and their animal friends – Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony and Danny Dog – as they play, learn and jump in muddy puddles!

  • Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles will also be offered in a limited edition DVD + Ty Beanie Gift Set – also launched on March 10th – at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Toys “R” Us.

I received a copy of this DVD and if your child loves Peppa Pig, they will love this one! I like that it is fun and colorful and Peppa Pig is such a likable character!

Stay tuned for our coming up Easter Giveaway!

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Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this post.

 

Curious George Swings into Spring airs in one week!

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Episode Airdates and Descriptions (check local listings for air times and more details)

CURIOUS GEORGE Swings Into Spring – Airs March 30 and April 3, 2015
In CURIOUS GEORGE Swings Into Spring, George has a case of spring fever and wants nothing more than to play outside with his best dog pal, Hundley. However, serious “lobby” dogs like Hundley have no time for spring. When misfortune strikes and their building is flooded, Hundley accepts George’s invitation to visit the country. George tries to share the joy of spring with him, but then Hundley gets lost! Will George be able to rescue Hundley — and will they finally get to enjoy spring together?

George’s Curious Dragon Dance / Bowling for Bobolinks” – Premieres March 31, 2015
George’s Curious Dragon Dance: George and Marco are excited to help their new friend Lily practice the dragon dance for the Chinese New Year parade!  But when they accidentally ruin the nose on the dragon costume, it’s a race against the clock to fix it in time. Can this monkey mend a dragon or will this New Year be out of luck?

Bowling for Bobolinks: Monkeys LOVE bowling, especially when high scores raise money for their favorite songbird – the bobolink!  But when George finds himself dodging runaway balls and flying shoes, he worries the charity event will be a bust.  Could mixed-up bowling shoes be causing the chaos?

“Curious George’s Amazon Adventure / Monkey Senses” – Premieres April 1, 2015
Curious George’s Amazon Adventure: To raise awareness for the rainforest, Professor Wiseman enlists George and the Man with the Yellow Hat to help make a movie about the different plants, animals, and insects that call it home.  But when a frisky tamarin monkey runs off with their camera, the chase is on!  Will George’s jungle instincts lead him to the camera or is the movie over before the big premiere?

Monkey Senses: When George, Gnocchi, Hundley and Steve get stuck in the back of a delivery truck and end up lost, what’s the one thing they have in common?  Their senses!  George’s eyes, Gnocchi’s nose, and Hundley’s ears provide the memory clues they need to figure out the way back.  And with the help of Steve’s brain, home is just hop, skip and boat ride away!

Credit: PBS KIDS!

Join Caillou and kaboom! Entertainment for a Twitter Party – March 26 @ 1 PM EST

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved children’s brand, Caillou! To celebrate, Caillou and kaboom! Entertainment are having a PARTY and YOU’RE invited!

On March 26th,  Caillou is hosting a Can Do Caillou Twitter Party! Beginning at 1 PM EST, @CaillouDHX and @kaboomkids will be tweeting questions for fans of the brand to engage with, using the hashtag, #CanDoCaillou. Every participant who uses the hashtag has a chance to win 1 of 5 Can Do Caillou Prize Packs! Please see the attached email invitation for more information and be sure to follow both Twitter accounts.

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MAM Bite & Brush Teether Receives 2015 What to Expect “Editors’ Picks” Award In What to Expect’s Second Annual “Moms Love-It” Awards Award recognizes exclusive group of products offering superior solutions for moms, as chosen by panel of WhatToExpect.com staff members

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MAM, a world leader in innovating and developing top quality baby care products for over 35 years is pleased to announce the MAM Bite & Brush teether has been named a recipient of a 2015 What to Expect “Editors’ Picks” Award  in What to Expect’s second annual “Moms Love-It” Awards. The WhatToExpect.com “Moms Love-It” Awards, honors 40 of the best products for baby registries, as chosen by experienced moms from the What to Expect community.  The What to Expect “Editors’ Picks” Award category award recognizes an exclusive group of products offering superior solutions for moms, as chosen by a panel of WhatToExpect.com staff members.

 

The annual awards are based on the crowd-sourced baby registry “Moms Love-It” list hosted by WhatToExpect.com helps simplify an often overwhelming process as new parents navigate through aisles of baby products, many without any prior knowledge of the category. It also provides parents with much-needed help when building their dream baby registries, as they can create an online registry of WhatToExpect.com Moms Love-It favorites at Babies”R”Us® stores or online at BabiesRUs.com.

 

MAM Bite & Brush Teether

The MAM Bite & Brush Teether compliments daily oral care by gently cleaning baby’s first teeth.  Sensitive gums are instantly soothed by the gentle massaging action provided by the teether’s unique soft bristles.  Its extra lightweight design and innovative ring shape make this teether easy for baby to hold.   Recommended for babies age 3+ months.  Suggested retail price:  $6.99.

 

MAM’s Bite & Brush Teether is available at Babies “R” Us at a recommended retail of $5.99, http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3977483&cp=&parentPage=search.

 

For the full list of award winners, visit www.WhatToExpect.com/MomsLoveItList. Award-winning products can be found at Babies”R”Us stores nationwide and online at BabiesRUs.com, easily identified by the WhatToExpect.com “Moms Love-It” seal of approval.

We have teamed up with MAM for a Giveaway! One winner will win a $30 assorted package of MAM oral care items! To enter just leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is March 29th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first soother in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 50 countries and on five continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items and coordinating accessories visit www.mambaby.com.

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It’s looking like Easter with Hallmark!

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Happy Spring! It’s starting to look like Easter and what better way than to celebrate with Hallmark gifts and cards? As most of you already know…I am a big fan of Hallmark! These items are truly my favorite this Spring and Easter holiday. My absolute favorite is the Flappy Happy Chick! This one made me smile really big when it started dancing and singing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. I remember this song fondly from my younger days and this is just adorable! At first, I thought this would be best for a really young child but when it stated singing..well, I realized that this would be great for all ages even Moms! I love how this chick bops to the beat…just too cool! You can find her online at Hallmark.com.

More info:

  • Plush fabric.
  • Features sound and movement when activated.
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (included).
  • 6.5″ W x 8.5″ H x 6″ D

 

Another Hallmark craze is the Itty Bittys!  Have you seen them yet? They are just too cute! I received Thumper & Flower in a cute mini Easter basket. These itty bittys are just so much fun to collect and are also perfect for all ages. I also like that there are so many different characters to select from! I’m sure there is one for everyone. I love Thumper & Flower because they are perfect for Easter but there are also Peanuts and Wizard of Oz and so many Disney themed characters. They are affordable at $6.95.  Right now Hallmark has a really special offer that you don’t want to miss! There is an itty bittys BOGO 50% offer that’s going on now through Easter:

http://www.hallmark.com/itty-bittys/

http://shop.hallmark.com/itty-bittys/

You really don’t want to miss this deal!

Last but not least..there are Hallmark Cards for Easter! I received a collection and love them. What I like best about Hallmark cards is the variety and that you really can find the perfect card for anyone. They have some really cute ones this Easter!

We have teamed up with our friends at Hallmark for an Easter Giveaway! One winner will win the same set of itty bittys in a basket that I received and an Easter card pack (est. value $25). To enter, leave a message telling us your favorite itty bitty collection. (You can click on the links above to see the choices!) Deadline to enter is March 27th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the products mentioned above to facilitate this holiday feature and giveaway.