Archives for June 9, 2012

Music Review of the Week: Catch A Wave: Beach Songs for Kids

Catch A Wave: Beach Songs for Kids is simply fun for young kids! So, this isn’t quite as “cool” as the Beach Boys, but it has catchy classic songs that are sure to bring back childhood memories for Mom and Dad and kids will enjoy the catchy tunes.  Fun songs such as Catch A Wave, Surfin’ Safari, Little Old Lady from Pasadena and Surfin’ U.S.A may even find yourself singing along! Younger kids will enjoy the classic sing-along beach songs even if it isn’t the Beach Boys. We received this fun CD from our friends at Music For Little People. You can purchase the CD at If you would like more information about the record label, check out their website!

Coming to Theaters near you….BRAVE

BRAVE (In Disney Digital 3D™)



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Genre:                          Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Rating:                          PG

U.S. Release Date:        June 22, 2012

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Father’s Day Gift Suggestion from Chronicle Books: Handy Dad In The Great Outdoors

Looking for a great book for the Dad who likes to be outdoors? Handy Dad in the Great Outdoors by Todd Davis is a Dad-Must-Have! This book has great photographs by Todd Davis and Jared Cruce and helpful illustrations by Nik Schulz. There are more than 30 super-cool projects and activities for Dads and Kids. Everything from edible bugs to tarp surfing, to building a solar shower! The best thing is it has easy-to-follow instructions. This fun book is the follow-up to the popular Handy Dad. Extreme Sports athlete and TV Host, Todd Davis has put together more than 30 projects and cool activities to get Dad and the kids outside and entertained for hours! Retails for $24.95 and can be found at Chronicle Books. Chronicle Books has teamed up with us for a Father’s Day Giveaway!  One winner will win this awesome book! To enter, complete the entry form.  

Enter to win!

Enter to win our Hallmark Father's Day giveaway!
 Deadline to enter is June 20th at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

*I received this awesome book to facilitate this review, but opinions are my own.



Sam and the Sugar Bug by Dr. Humairah Shah

Looking for a fun way to get your children to brush their teeth? I received a wonderful book called “Sam and the Sugar Bug”, written by Dr. Humairah Shah and Illustrated by Javier Gonzales III. My son and I loved the book! Sam and the Sugar Bug is a fun book that will teach and motivate children to brush their teeth. My son liked the characters and I like how it reinforces brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Now, this fun and educational book is available on ibooks for $2.99 and it is even better with the interactive narration, fun characters that seem to come to life and the great sound effects! You and your child will love this book! Great for children of all ages! Find it here! You can also connect with Sam and the Sugar Bug on Facebook. 

You can also check out this wonderful blog for educational info in regards to children and taking care of their teeth. Would you like to win a hard copy of Sam and the Sugar Bug and a surprise children’s dental pkg. of goodies for your child?  If so, leave us a comment below telling us a great way you get your children to brush their teeth! Next, find Sam and the Sugar Bug on Facebook and “like” them. You can tell them we sent you! Deadline to enter is June 22nd at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from entries!* I did receive an ibook and hard copy book to facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

Lunchbox Love for Camp

Brand new for 2012 and perfect for this Summer:  Lunchbox Love for Camp 1 & 2. Is your child going away to Summer Camp for this first time?  Do you want a fun, loving way to stay connected?  Our friend’s at have the perfect answer! Lunchbox Love for Camp! These are awesome little cards with positive notes on the front and camp trivia on the back.  Guaranteed to cause smiles when your child finds these cool little notes of love. Great for packing in their clothes or sending in a care package or even a letter. The set includes Lunchbox Love for Camp Volumes 1 & 2 and each set contains 12 cards-so there are 24 in all. We received the set to review and what I really love about Luncbox Love is how positive the card messages are. I’m a firm believer in building a child’s confidence and messages such as “We’re very proud of you” and “I love the person you have become” (found in this set of cards) are two of the best messages of all to give to your child.  The set can be found at and retails for $5.98.

Our friends at Say Please are sponsoring a giveaway! It’s simple to enter! First, you must be a subscriber! Next, simply go to their Facebook Page and “like” them! You can tell them we sent you. Then, simply complete the entry form below.  Deadline to enter is June 21st at 12 pm. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

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Enter to win our Hallmark Father's Day giveaway!

Avon’s Bug Guard Collection! Keep those Bugs away this Summer!

Avon wants to help protect you and your family from mosquitoes, deer ticks and other certain biting insects during outdoor activities this summer. I’m excited to share the latest news about Avon’s legendary, bug repellent collection, as well as introduce you to Avon’s first-ever online game – the Bug Guard Game. The Skin So Soft Bug Guard collection is the go-to choice for insect repellency, featuring products that are tough on bugs but soft on you.


All products are DEET-free. Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents are suitable for the entire family.  Avon’s insect repellents have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and contain one of two EPA-registered active ingredients, IR3535® or Picaridin. The entire collection includes:


  • ·Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition ™ SPF 30 ($14-$16) – Combined sun and insect protection in one product and available in an Aerosol spray and Pump spray.  Strong and long-lasting repellency against mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.
  • ·Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16) – Protection during dusk & dawn, which is when mosquitoes are more active.  Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus.  Available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly Towelettes.
  • Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Lotions ($14) – Repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.  Aloe and Vitamin E-enriched formulas are available as a Gentle Breeze Lotion and Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.


(When using Avon’s insect repellents, read follow label directions & precautions)

Also, in case you forgot to use your Bug Guard insect repellent, Avon is now offering …


  • ·NEW Anti-Itch Spray – Provides temporary, soothing relief to itchy insect bites. ($10)

(Does not repel insects & use as directed)


Beyond just fighting off the bugs outdoors, Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug collection also helps you swat them away virtually with the first-ever Bug Guard game!  Check out The Bug Guard game on the Avon Facebook page.

The goal of this innovative game is for players to fend off bugs that are disrupting a virtual family picnic using various tools and Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard products. All Players can post high scores to their Facebook walls and share “Free Sprays” for their friends to use in the game. Additionally, everyone who plays will receive a free shipping code that can be redeemed at I really enjoyed this game!

I received samples of these products and they really do keep bugs away! I also sent one to a friend in another state, known for all its mosquitoes and she was amazed at how well it really works!  Our favorites though are the lotions such as the Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion. My son loves that it is blue! He says it’s too cool! Products are available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative, call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit