Saturday, October 24, 2015

Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs CD #Review & #Giveaway! (US/CAN) Ends 11/8 #HolidayGiftGuide #StockingStuffer

Laurie explains, "I made my first recording, Whaddaya Think Of That? because I wanted families to have a way to listen at home to the songs I was singing with their kids in the classroom, especially the ones I had written, which they wouldn't have know otherwise.  I included traditional songs, too, because I wanted some of the music to be very familiar.  With each consecutive album, my own originals became more and more of what the kids wanted to sing, so I got away from recording the traditional songs I grew up with.  Now, with Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs, I'm doing the opposite and exploring many of the songs that were so formative for me and helpful in my early days as a music teacher."

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the "kindie" music genre and was crowned "the undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA Today.  The Wall Street Journal noted, "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups."

Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show (now available on the NOGGIN video subscription app). She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing it, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel, makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show, and is a frequent presence on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live channel.

The Laurie Berkner Band features: Laurie Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.  Visit Laurie Berkner's website for more about the band, including press photos and tour dates. 

The legendary Laurie Berkner — crowned "the queen of children's music" by People Magazine — released her tenth album on October 23rd. Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs will be a two-disc set including 51 well-loved, traditional children's songs, plus six "bonus" tracks of favorite Laurie Berkner originals. This is the only album Laurie has ever created that is comprised almost exclusively of traditional songs.

Says Laurie, “I grew up with many of these songs, and I’m sure parents and grandparents will remember a lot of them from their own childhoods. I’m excited about sharing these classics with kids who may not have heard them before and also introducing my versions of songs that might already be family favorites. In the true folk tradition, I’ve added some of my own lyrics and my own spin to many of these traditional songs. I’ve kept a folk or rock feel for most of the numbers, with a little reggae thrown in here and there for fun!”

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My Review:
I LOVE Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs CD! I too grew up listening to many of these songs! My father loves trains and he taught me "The Little Red Caboose" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad," and more! It's been fun listening to this CD with my three children in the car and teaching them the songs too! Some of the songs are changed up a little bit. To me, they sound a little jazzy and it makes them more fun to listen to. Some of the songs are "Amazing Grace," "The Wheels on the Bus," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (which my children loved) and "There's a Hole in the Bucket" (my 6 year old daughter and I were busting up laughing after this song was over!).

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Jane the Virgin The Complete First Season DVD!

Named AFI Top 10 Program of the Year 2014,
2014 Peabody Award Winner,

Winner Of The 2015 Golden Globe® Awards For Best Performance By An Actress (Gina Rodriguez) In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical,
2015 People’s Choice Award  Winner For Favorite New TV Comedy

Just in time for the season two premiere on The CW, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the critically acclaimed series from showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning executive producer Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser). Based off of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen, the series stars Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown, Go for It! Our Family Wedding), Andrea Navedo (Remember Me, Washington Heights), Yael Grobglas (Reign), Justin Baldoni (Everwood, Spring Break Shark Attack), Ivonne Coll (Teen Wolf, Switched At Birth) Brett Dier (Ravenswood), and Jaime Camil (Qué Pobres Tan Ricos). The 5-disc DVD set includes all 22 episodes from the first season, plus hilarious never-before-seen bonus features. Jane The Virgin: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $49.99 SRP. Now available to purchase.

Set in Miami, Jane The Virgin follows the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva. Jane (Rodriguez) is a 23 year old hard-working, religious Latina woman, whose family tradition and vow to save her virginity until marriage to a long time boyfriend and detective, is shattered when her doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy, and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.

The DVD Includes All 22 One-Hour Episodes From The First Season, Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes, And Much More!

      Jane the Virgin: Immaculate Creation
Go behind the scenes and get a peek into the creation of the show.
       Getting to Know the Cast of Jane the Virgin
How well do the cast know each other? We’ll find out with this fun featurette as the co-stars get an opportunity to ask each other questions and guess each other’s answers.
      Gag Reel
      Deleted Scenes

Disclosure: I received a copy of Jane the Virgin Season 1 on DVD in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Dinosaurs Living In My Hair - Children's Book #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 11/8 #HolidayGiftGuide

Multi-award-winning book helps children of all ages embrace being different; a portion of the proceeds go to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, which supports individuals dealing with the autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss.

A movement is afoot. It’s called the DLIMH movement, and it’s based on the popular new book “Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!” by Jayne M. Rose-Vallee. Jayne hopes this book encourages children to embrace and celebrate their differences.

This whimsical book of rhymes with beautiful watercolor illustrations details how a little girl’s curly hair makes her mornings difficult. Inspired by Rose-Vallee’s daughter Lauren, now immortalized in the book as the hapless Sabrina, the response to rhymes like those excerpted below has been enormous from both boys and girls:

- I think I see movement.
- Is Mom really right?
- Do dinosaurs live
- In my hair out of sight?

“Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!” received the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Award in two categories, Gold in Poetry and Silver in Cover Design. The book also received the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Children's Picture Book.

Rose-Vallee has now created a line of hair accessories, apparel, and a handmade Sabrina doll available at She comments, “Our Facebook page is starting to have children send in their photos holding their dolls, reading their books, wearing their sweatshirts – all with CRAZY HAIR! It truly is a movement.”

Meanwhile, a portion of all profits from the sale of the book goes to support the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). Rose-Vallee explains that while the fictional Sabrina is blessed to have the problem of dinosaurs living in her curly thick hair, over sixty million people in the United States experience some form of hair loss, many of them children. Children suffering from this condition face tremendous challenges, and the NAAF offers support and tools to help them overcome emotional pain and build self-confidence; it also provides classroom education essential to advocating for them.

About the Author:
Jayne Rose-Vallee is a writer and the founder of Rosevallee Creations. Growing up on a farm in Battle Creek, Michigan, taught her hard work and a little bit of dirt builds character, and her mother's love of poetry and quick-witted humor sparked an early appreciation for good rhymes. Having raised three children, she found time in this next chapter of her life to follow her passion and write. She started Rosevallee Creations in 2014, and her website offers accessories to the “Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!” (DLIMH) book, which has catapulted her into a new business venture. She has formed a relationship with Jane Tran from LA to create hair accessories designed specifically for the DLIMH brand.

My Review:
This is an adorable children's book about a little girl named Sabrina with blonde curls. She tries to comb her own hair, and it doesn't work because she's little, and her hair is just too curly. So her mom helps her and mentions something about creatures living in her hair, which makes Sabrina's imagination flourish thinking that there might be dinosaurs living in her hair! This is a great anytime story for boys and girls from ages 3 to 8. Even my eight year old son liked this book!

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Saturday 10/24, Low Entry Giveaways!

My Dream For You Is Happiness - Children's Book (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Royalegacy Reviews and More *GT

Case of Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water - U.S. - Dangerous Cupcake *RC

Giveaways with over 250 entries:
Barbie and Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure DVD (@11am CST) - U.S. - Eclectic Momsense *GT

Bottle of Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer (@9:59pm CST) - US/CAN - Penny Minding Mom *GT

Home Alone 25th Anniversary Gift Set - U.S. - As the Bunny Hops *RC

Scentsy Clothing Conditioner - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday 10/23, Low Entry Giveaways!

$100 Visa GC - U.S. - Cuddles & Chaos

“Fading Memories” by A. M. Willard eBook - U.S. - The Bookish Ailurophile *RC

Four Boxes of Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Donuts (5 winners) - Main 48 U.S. States - A Humble Bumble *RC

Hip & joint supplement for dogs - All 50 U.S. States - Read More Books *RC

Four Boxes of Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Donuts (5 winners) - U.S. - A Humble Bumble *RC

Giveaways With Over 250 Entries:
PeachSkin Sheets (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Adventures with Kiddos *GT

Aloe Heat Lotion - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Digital copy of The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1) by Michael Gibney - Worldwide - Susan Heim on Writing *RC

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday 10/21, Low Entry Giveaways!

$100 Amazon Gift Card (@10:59pm CST) - Worldwide - Makobi Scribe *GT

Purina Pro Plan Prize Pack (@10:59pm CST) - Worldwide - Makobi Scribe *GT

Impractical Jokers DVD Giveaway for Seasons 1, 2 & 3 - All 50 U.S. States - Enza's Bargains *RC

Girly Glam Prize package valued at over $200: 1 Sylvie tulle skirt from Azazie in the size and color of your choice, Kendra Scott pendant necklace in orange coral and Gorjana statement earrings - US/CAN - with wonder and whimsy *RC

$25 Damsel in Defense Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Beneath the Surface - Book (10/22 @8am CST) - U.S. - 30 Something Supermom *GT

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday 10/20, Low Entry Giveaways!

Gift card worth the amount of a free month’s supply of milk (valued at $18 per month) (2 Winners) (@12pm EST) - All 50 U.S. States - B-Inspired Mama

NKJV Study Bible for Kids (@11pm CST) - U.S. - Carter Chaos *GT

Woodlawn, by Todd Geralds, Touchdown Tony, by Tony Nathan, When God Shows Up, [devotional] by Robert Noland, WOODLAWN official T-shirt - U.S. - What Words Cannot Express *RC

CEB Student Bible - U.S. - The McClanahan 7 *RC

Style Session & a JCP Gift Card ($150 I think!) - U.S. - Curlybyrdie Chirps *RC

$25 Rodan and Fields Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Follicleanse OS Kit with Zinc - U.S. - Quirkified *RC

"In His Keeping," by Maya Banks - book - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - Books I Think You Should Read *GL

OB Tampon Coupon with 2 BOGO Goodness Knows Snack Squares Coupon (2 Winners) - All 50 U.S. States - Wanderings

Giveaways With Over 250 Entries:
3-month supply of Baby Food Pouches and Snacks from Plum Organics (@12pm EST) - U.S. - Love Taza

Ghanain Goodie Giveaway (Ipad Case, Ghanaian Beads, Magnet and Bookmark) - Worldwide - The Dubinskys' *RC

Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury - book - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC

Milk and Sass Sugar Twists - 6 Packages - U.S. - Linda's Lunacy *RC

$10 iTunes GC - U.S. - Two Bears Farm *RC

Ten Foot Long Lightning Cable - U.S. - Just 10 More Minutes *RC

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday 10/19, Low Entry Giveaways!

Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup Play Set (@11am CST) - U.S. - Mama's Little Minions *GT

Medela Freestyle Breastpump - U.S. - Our Piece of Earth *GT

"The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet" - book - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - New in Books *RC

Dr. Jackie Black’s Love Like a Black Belt Book - U.S. - Jackie Black *RC

Giveaways Over 250 Entries:
Moose on the Loose Children’s Book - U.S. - Reviews, Chews & How-tos *RC

Hardcover copy of "The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen," by Katherine Howe - All 50 U.S. States - Books I Think You Should Read *GL

Nimnyk Diaper Bag - U.S. - Just 10 More Minutes *RC

Win or Lose, I Love You! - children’s book - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC

4 Jim Henson Company Halloween DVD's, 2 Doozers Paperback Books, Enchanted Sisters: Winter’s Flurry Adventure Book - U.S. - Crazy About My Baybah *GL

$10 Marie Callender's Gift Card (5 Winners) - U.S. - Crazy About My Baybah *GL

Essential Oil Diffusing Bracelet - U.S. - Mom in Training *RC

Mama & Baby products worth over $400 - U.S. - Will Run For Margaritas *RC

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday 10/18, Low Entry Giveaways!

Baby Genius prize package (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

$10 iTunes Gift Card (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Books, Bargains, Blessings *RC

Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 DVD - U.S. - Bring It On Mom *RC

Honey and Tea Prize Pack from Golden Blossom Honey (HRP (Historic Royal Palaces) Earl Grey Imperial – 30 Sachet Tin, HRP Hot Cinnamon Spice – 30 Sachet Tin, 24oz bottle Golden Blossom Honey and a 12oz bottle Golden Blossom Organic Honey) (ARV $40) - U.S. - MumbleBee Inc. Deals and Steals *RC

Hasbro’s DOHVINCI SPOTLIGHT SPIN STUDIO Kit - U.S. - gaynycdad

Entenmann’s Halloween - U.S. - gaynycdad

StikBot - U.S. - gaynycdad