Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band: The Dirty Socks Come Clean Album Review and Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 10/14



featuring special guest: LAURIE BERKNER 

My children decided that running around the house and taking their socks off and throwing them in the air was the best way to dance around to The Dirty Sock's "The Dirty Socks Come Clean" song. They were having so much fun jumping around and trying to catch their socks and throwing them back up in the air! They were laughing and giggling, and just having a great time listening to the first song and the rest of the songs on the album. The songs are all in different styles.

The song "Garbage Bugs" will make you feel as though your sitting in your beach chair on a tropical beach somewhere, watching them sing the song to you. It takes me away from everything else going on in my world, and into another place in my mind that is calming, soothing, and relaxing.

"We're In Love" is the song from The Dirty Sock Funtime Band's album that features Laurie Berkner! My children and I really enjoy listening to any music sung by Laurie Berkner and The Laurie Berkner Band too!

Press Release Information:

"The Dirty Sock Funtime Band: This band may have the perfect name for dancing feet. The group's music is a signature mix of rock, funk, hip-hop and country." -- The New York Times

"Don't let the wigs and bright clothes fool you: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is the closest thing to arena rock that the New York kids' music scene has got." -- Time Out New York Kids

NEW YORK -- They're back! That wild Technicolor musical adventure known as The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is poised to hit the ground running with the October release of their all-new CD, The Dirty Socks Come Clean, featuring kids' music luminary Laurie Berkner as special guest.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band burst onto the national scene when hits "Dino-Soaring," "Music Everywhere," and "No Good Reason Party" aired as music videos on Nick Jr.'s Jack's Big Music Show, demonstrating a fun, musically intelligent, and rocking side of the kids' music scene that few had experienced before. The band's high energy, thoroughly irresistible music has literally circled the globe through live performances at U.S. Navy bases in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, along with wildly acclaimed outings from coast to coast in the U.S.

The Dirty Socks Come Clean gives kids the grooves to get them dancing, the stories to keep them listening, and a host of outrageous characters, with humor that's wild and crazy but never cloying. The stunning impact of the band's energy is balanced by the cleverness of its compositions and the smartness of lyrics that offer large words and large ideas. For parents, the songs are just plain good rock music, filled with hip, witty references and absolutely superb musicality.

Inhabiting a world where anything can happen, The Dirty Socks Come Clean runs an extraordinary gamut of musical styles, from "We're in Love," a bit of laid-back 1930s swing where kids' music superstar Laurie Berkner fronts the band with a "pitch perfect" girl singer lead, to the steel pan-drenched Caribbean calypso rhythms of Soca in the humorous "Garbage Bugs," to "I'm Hungry," where Eastern European flavors of gypsy and klezmer blend in a tantalizing dish of zany wordplay. "Hold of the Sun" offers driving vocals (with a tip of the hat to The Beatles) and a hot Stratocaster-type guitar solo, while the African-flavored "Danceology" offers an even hotter horn line that sizzles with pure dance music fever. The Dirty Socks Come Clean balances these energy blasts with several tender and heartfelt ballads like "Mama's Song," co-written by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors.

Known as the highest energy kids' rock band ever to break out of NYC, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is an outgrowth of Kids Creative, a tremendously successful, non-profit rock 'n' roll peace education program for NYC kids in which, among other activities, schoolchildren write and perform original rock 'n' roll musicals. Since the establishment of Kids Creative in 2000, enthusiastic parents had been urging co-founders, brothers Stephen and Adam Jacobs, to make available to the general public the music they'd been writing for and with the kids. Notes Adam Jacobs, "We were writing music for our Kids Creative classes and distributing as many as six albums to families every year. We needed a name for the band in order to release our first album, The Search and Rescue of Genius Backpack, and Stephen came up with 'The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.' We played our first live show in March 2004, and the rest is history."

Check out The Dirty Sock Funtime Band's website!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of  The Dirty Sock Funtime Band: The Dirty Socks Come Clean Album on CD in exchange for me review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Winners of the Children's Music CD's Are:

Winner of the Deep Sea Diver CD is: Debby Chandler

Winner of the Desert Island CD is: Stephanie King

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Dark Secret Love - book - U.S. - Networking Witches *RC

Power Rangers Ultimate MegaForce DVD - U.S. - Coupon With Cents *RC

Carpet Scratch Stopper - U.S. - Parsimonious Pash *RC 

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Coupon for Free Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi - U.S. - Kids and Deals *RC

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“Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” - book - U.S. - merriement design *RC

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Chimpancheez - camera buddy - U.S. - A Nation of Moms *RC

Friday, September 27, 2013

POOCHAMUNGAS Block Party (Children's Music) Review! (Release Date Oct. 8th, 2013!)

Most children LOVE to listen to music. I know that mine do! Especially music that is made for them with easy lyrics about things that children understand. We mostly listen to music when riding in our truck, to school, home from school, to the store, or when running errands. I also like to play music for them on school breaks and sometimes on the weekends when we are hanging out at home. It helps the children and I stay active, and get some energy out.

Poochamungas's song lyrics are rated G, for everyone. There is no hard rock, rap, or anything that you would need to worry about when your children are listening to their music. It's fun, easy to learn, great to dance to, and just overall, awesome! My four and six year old's favorite songs are: "Around the World," "Big Red Fire Engine/Truck," and "Imagination Train." To listen to these songs and other songs on their Block Party album, go to their website!

"Poochamungas, an Americana rock-n-roll outfit from the second city, rocks a clean electric guitar and a jumpy piano on their canine-centric self-titled track from their brilliantly named kindie debut, Mud, Mommies, and Mayhem." -- Jeff Bogle, Out With The Kids

"A great blend of blues, folk and Americana. With lyrics that talk straight to the kids and music sophisticated enough for the whole family to enjoy, Poochamungas will get toes tapping and bodies moving," -- Dave Loftin, The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

CHICAGO -- Led into action by a real-life, full-time Chicago firefighter, kindie rock band Poochamungas is all set to blaze a trail on the national scene with the September 17 release of their second kids'/family CD, Block Party!

Block Party! follows hot on the heels of Poochamungas' NAPPA award winning debut album, Mud, Mommies and Mayhem, continuing the band's tradition of "musically diverse, rockin', angst-free music." There's nothing pretentious about this group. Block Party! cooks up a down-home, musical celebration with friends and family. This CD is about fun and sharing good times, pure and simple.

The straightforward, uncomplicated musical charm of Block Party! harkens back to Poochamungas' firehouse origins, when John Joyce, a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Fire department, teamed up with fellow firefighter Pete Cunningham to see how far they could go with their musical talents. The pair had always enjoyed each other's company since their days together in the Chicago Fire Academy, and their mutual love of music soon began to consume a big part of their lives. In 2008, Poochamungas was born!

Block Party! revs up the fun-o-meter with "Around the World," a bit of rocking '50s style topped off by a driving honky tonk piano reminiscent of early Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley, followed by a great action song about bike riding, "Till the Sun Goes Down." In contrast to the driving intensity of the first two numbers, "My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)" is a kind of hometown, Americana nostalgic reverie of neighborhood good times from the perspective of a young parent -- something of a rock 'n' roll Rockwell. Another highlight, reflecting the band's firehouse connection, is a spiffy rhythmic ode to the fire truck, "Big Red Fire Engine/Truck."

Order or download your copy of POOCHAMUNGAS Block Party Album from Amazon, iTunes, or starting October 8th, 2013!

POOCHAMUNGAS Upcoming Performances:
October 31 - Trunk or Treat, Chicago, IL
November 16 - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA

Check out the Poochamungas website at 

Disclosure: I received a copy of the POOCHAMUNGAS Block Party CD in exchange for my review. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Friday 9/27

Squooshi Starter Kit (6 Reusable squeezable food pouches) ($39.99 ARV) - US/CAN - Does Mommy Love It

Viva Labs Essentials Pack - US/CAN - Bright Bird Deals *RC

Kingston SD cards, USB flash drives, MobileLite wireless card readers, and a big daddy 240GB HyperX solid state drive - U.S. - Some Gadget Guy

Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat - U.S. - Lille Punkin

Shave Mob Men or Women's - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

HyGenie Sanitizer (for baby products) - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC 

Giveaways With Over 200 Entries, but under 500!:

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind CD - U.S. - Networking Witches *RC

Skin Authority Products - U.S. - Ask Away *RC

Green Golly and Her Golden Flute - book & CD - U.S. - Reviewed By Mom *RC

Gift card for a FREE small Mocha Cookies & Cream Milkshake at Chick-fil-A - U.S. - Ask Away *RC

Pink & Grey Peacock Dress from Ode Kids - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Thursday 9/26

Moonscope from Educational Insights - U.S. - Centsable Coupon Lady *GT 

Family 4pk. of Tickets to see Disney Jr. LIVE at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN - Save Green Being Green *RC 

$35 gift card to Pippy Lou (children's clothing) - US/CAN - Does Mommy Love It

Real Tooth Fairy Prize Pack, including 2 award-winning books with charms on the satin bookmarks, a 1 month VIP upgrade, and 5 personalized Magic Letters - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Pair of tickets to The Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim, CA (5 winners) - all those things i love

Giveaways With Over 200 Entries, but under 500!:

Squeem Perfect Waist Cincher ($55 ARV) - U.S. - *RC

R.L. Stein's The Haunting Hour - Volumes 5 and 6 on DVD - U.S. - Reviewed By Mom *RC

Barney Most Huggable Moments DVD (@9pm CST) - U.S. - Centsable Coupon Lady *GT

Mega Bloks - First Builders Billy Beats Dancing Piano - U.S. - Trendy Mom Reviews *RC

Müller yogurt prize package (void in some U.S. states) - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Four pack of products from the Redmond Trading Co. - U.S. - Your Golden Ticket Blog *RC

Set of any five Clip board Cases of your choice - U.S. - USA Love List *RC

$25 Lowe's GC - U.S. - Traverse City Savers *RC

Shirley J mugging - Pumpkin spice bread, chocolate brownie cake, and quiche in a cup - U.S. - Daisy's Reviews *RC

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer - U.S. - Daisy's Reviews *RC

BeKool Prize Pack - U.S. - DevotedMommyof3 *RC

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Enter for a chance to Win a $10 Gift Code! (U.S.) Ends 9/30 *RC

Enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Code 
on Coupons and Kids! 

Use the Rafflecopter Form to Enter!
Giveaway Ends 9/30. 
Open to U.S. Residents only.

ShooShoos USA Fall Sale - 30% off Code! (Ends 9/29)

Go to ShooShoos now to order some shoes for your little ones!

Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice – A New Head Lice Resource for Parents

Disclosure: The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Did you know that at any point, one to three percent of children in elementary school may have head lice? During an outbreak, that number may be as high as 25 percent. As the school year begins, turn to for tools and tips on finding, treating, and talking about lice. The Headfirst! Expert panel has the information to arm all parents should they have to battle head lice!

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Wednesday 9/25

Max-Freeze, Max-Heat, and Crack Cream from Zims - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

Two Tickets to see The Clean Guys of Comedy tickets to the Thursday, September 26th show at 7:30pm show at Regal Eagan or Regal Brooklyn Center theaters in Minnesota - The Review Stew *RC

$10 Starbucks GC - U.S. - BargainPier

Natural Miracles Product of your choice - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Bash & the Pirate Pig - children's book - U.S. - Coupon With Cents *RC

7 Men: And the Secrets of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas - book - U.S. - happy deal happy day *RC

Swimming in the Moon - book - U.S. - Reviewed By Mom *RC

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$100 GC to the grocery store of your choice - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

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Perricone MD Photo Plasma ($69 value) - U.S. - Luv Saving Money *GT

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Del Monte Fruit Bursts Prize Pack - U.S. - A Lucky Ladybug *RC

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Game set from Tech Timeout - U.S. - TDB *RC

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Protein Bakery Prize Pack - U.S. - Ask Away *RC

Swimming In the Moon - book - U.S. - Reviewed By Mom *RC

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Tuesday 9/24

The Lorax Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack - US/CAN - Luv Saving Money *GT

NatureBox monthly snack box ($19.95 value) - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

Infant Toy from Skip Hop's New toy line - U.S. - Lille Punkin

The Lorax Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack - Saving Your Green *RC

VeggieTales- MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle on DVD (2 winners) - U.S. - Growing My Kids Reviews *RC

Pass to the Moms Meet Summit 2013 (October 6th to 8th in historic Philadelphia, PA) (2 winners) - Peace Love Organic Mom *RC

Annie's Natural Dog Treats Gift Basket - U.S. - Retro Housewife Goes Green *RC

Puppy in my Pocket (Adventures in Pocketville) Puppy in my Pocket DVD (@6pm CST) - U.S. - Centsable Coupon Lady

$40 electronic GC to (9/25 @2am CST) - U.S. - Giveaways 4 Mom *GT

Giveaways With Over 200 Entries, but under 500!:

$50 GC to Babies R Us - U.S. - Lille Punkin

One Clothing item from the eSkakti Fall Collection - U.S. - Having Fun Saving *RC
Bash and the Pirate Pig - children's book - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

8×10 canvas from easy canvas prints - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC
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Erba Vita Complete Children's Line ($71 value) - U.S. - The Thrifty Housewife *RC

Diamond Candle - U.S. - Woman of Many Roles *RC

4oz Bottle of Acupress - U.S. - Out of the Bags *GT

Totseat portable child seat from Svan - U.S. - The Review Stew *RC

Box of Eatwhatever Breath Mints and an Eatwhatever Tote Bag - U.S. - Networking Witches *RC
Five All Natural Mandelbroyt Papa Ben’s Family 5-packs (valued at $34.95 each - One of each of the following five flavors: The Original Family Recipe, Minty Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Espresso Bean, Lemon Blueberry with Poppy Seeds & Spicy Chipotle with Ginger and Dark Chocolate) - U.S. - Romy Raves *RC

Monday, September 23, 2013

Winners of TWO Giveaways Are:

Winner of the Size 5 LUVS Diapers is:
Stephanie King

Winners of the 4-pk. of tickets to see Disney on Ice 
in Nashville, TN are:
Taryn Pasco and Sherry Durham

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Monday 9/23

The Sea Squadk Puppets on a Stic (@11am CST) - U.S. - Centsable Coupon Lady *GT

Aquascope from Educational Insights (@12pm CST) - U.S. - Centsable Coupon Lady *GT

Recess Monkey's "Deep Blue Diver" CD - music for children (and parents too!) - U.S. - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC 

Recess Monkey's "Desert Island Disc" - U.S. - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC 
Own It and Grace Unplugged - books - US/CAN - Living (the best of) Life in My Dreams *RC

The Lorax Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack - U.S. - Kids and Deals *RC

3D Interactive Puzzle Game of your choice - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

Tiltpod by Gomite, for iPhone 5 - US/CAN - Does Mommy Love It

I'm not Weird I have SPD - book - U.S. - Michigan Hedgehog *GT

Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder - book (SPD) - U.S. - Michigan Hedgehog *GT

Blister the Velociraptor Switch and Go Dino - U.S. - Becoming Homegrown *RC 

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Mountain Rose Herbs (dried elderberries, echinacea and chamomile teas, cocoa butter, and avocado oil) - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Three coupons for Free 8th Continental SoyMilk (3 winners) - U.S. - Mommy's Favorite Things *RC

Nahgum Teether ($19.99 ARV) - U.S. - Mommy's Favorite Things *RC

Lilla Rose item with a retail value of $16 or less - U.S. - Busy Mama 911 *RC

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Lala-Oopsies: A Sew Magical Tale – The Movie DVD - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Dental Prize Pack (RV $107) - U.S. - The Review Wire *GT

Balboa Baby – High Chair Cover - U.S. - Wee Share *RC

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy First Day of Fall!

The leaves here in Tennessee started changing about two weeks ago, and the weather during the day is cooler, and in the 50's at night now. The photo above were of my children and I, and the second one below is of Hailey when she was about three months old. We need to aim for a great photo this year!

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight, Sunday 9/22

Hasbro KRE-O Toys - U.S. - gaynycdad

One Year of Back-Up from Carbonite - U.S. - gaynycdad

CartoonNetwork’s Ben10 Action Figures - U.S. - gaynycdad

Pair of Tickets to The Mother of All Baby Showers event in South Florida (3 winners) - U.S. - April Go Lightly *RC

$30 GC for Firmoo Classic Series Glasses (5 winners) - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Power Rangers - Ultimate Team Power DVD - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

$30 GC to - U.S. - Unschooling Mama *RC

$25 gift card to Gordmans - U.S. - Making Time For Mommy

VIP Coupon good for one FREE Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Pickles (5 winners) - U.S. - A Frugal Friend

Grace Unplugged and Own It: Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith - books - U.S. - Our Village is a Little Different *RC

$30 GC to - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Power Rangers: Megaforce DVD (@8pm) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

Energizer Batteries, Cars or Princess Nightlight and Flashlight Package (@8pm) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

Country Crock Prize Pack (6 Winners) (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Ross Dress for Less $25 Gift Card (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice - book (3 Winners) (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Oliver's Labels Back to School Labels (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Recess Monkey Desert Island CD (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale - U.S. - Susie Q-pons *RC

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Family 4 Pack of Tickets to see Disney on Ice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN (2 winners) - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC

$25 Children’s Place Gift Card - U.S. - gaynycdad

Disney’s Brave Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray / DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

Gleeful of your choice (3 winners) - U.S. - I'm A Blessed Mommy *RC

CrunchMaster Snack Crisps - 6pk. - U.S. - Chat with Vera *RC

Balloon Trees - kids's book - U.S. - Chat with Vera *RC

Nature Recycles How About You? - children's book - U.S. - Chat with Vera *RC

Spike Seasoning Prize Pack - U.S. - Our Village is a Little Different *RC

Buddy Fruits gift basket - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Yak Pak Item of choice - U.S. - Just Another Statci Heart *RC

VTech InnoTab 3 Learning Tablet - U.S. - Cooke's Frontier *RC

Pack of twelve (12) Zipzicles (3 winners) - US/CAN - Mommy's Milk Zombies *RC