Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 10/9 #Superhero #LaurieBerkner

The Laurie Berkner Band, authentic superstars of kids' music, proudly announces the September 23rd release of Superhero, the highly anticipated first full album since 2008 loaded with all-new songs by beloved children's musician Laurie Berkner.

Jam-packed with 21 freshly composed Laurie Berkner originals plus two "bonus" tracks, Superhero is indeed the album Laurie's fans have been waiting for. With music ranging from quiet, a capella finger plays to get-up-and-dance full band anthems, this is Laurie Berkner at her absolute best.

Says Laurie Berkner, "I wrote Superhero thinking about many things that I found fun as a kid, and I'm so thrilled to have such wonderful guests to share that fun, including superstar crown prince of reggae, Ziggy Marley, super musical yogini Kira Willey, and our own superbassman, Brady Rymer, who gets a special slot up front in addition to his regular vocal and instrumental contributions as a member of The Laurie Berkner Band.

Superhero soars through a spectrum of musical styles, including '60s pop, rootsy rock, lullabies, reggae, Latin, and more. As fans have come to expect, all of Laurie Berkner's songs on Superhero speak to kids without talking down to them, through imaginative lyrics that both enchant and empower.

Laurie explains, "To me, Superhero is about self-empowerment -- being our best selves and discovering the superhero in all of us."

Brimming with contemporary edge and energy, Superhero leaps into action with a single bound, taking flight with the title track's splendid horn line and Laurie Berkner's exuberant vocals. "Superhero" has all the earmarks of a Laurie Berkner blockbuster: a powerhouse vocal showpiece that offers plenty of contrast, uncluttered instrumental and vocal textures, tremendous dance energy, and an empowering, joyful message for kids and grownups alike.

Selected highlights -- in an album abounding with great moments -- include the Caribbean flavored "My My Marisol," featuring 5-time Grammy® winner Ziggy Marley. Laurie's daughter, Lucy Mueller, charms listeners by singing with her mom on "Elephant In There," a story-song that offers a cure for imaginary internal elephants. Superhero comes to an emphatically empowering close with the ultimate superhero message in the shape of an eternally positive "Yes!"

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."

Superhero is now available wherever favorite albums are sold, at, and at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

Laurie Berkner Performance Highlights - July - December 2016
- November 12 - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
- December 3 - The Concert Hall @ New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY - Holiday Show!
- December 11 - Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ - Holiday Show!
- December 17 - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY - Holiday Show!

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My Review:
My three children are now nine, seven and four years old. They all still love The Laurie Berkner Band and their music! The Superhero CD has 23 Songs! It's great for road trips because you and your children can enjoy and sing along with the songs and not have to worry about the news or commercials while driving. I'd much rather listen to a CD then music on the radio when on a road trip. My favorite songs on the CD are: Superhero, Tallulah Jones, My My Marisol [feat. Ziggy Marley], This is How I Do It, Face to Face, Umbrella, Pajama Time!, and for sure, the 
We Are The Dinosaurs (Dance Remix)! We are the Dinosaurs was the first ever Laurie Berkner Band song that I heard, and it was my son's favorite when he was little! So hearing it Remixed is awesome!

Purchase your Copy Today on Amazon. (affiliate link).

Or you can Enter to Win your own copy below!

Enter using the Giveaway Tools Form for a chance to Win your own copy of The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD! Giveaway is open to residents in the main continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Winner of the Swan Princess DVD is:

Winner of The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD is: Jennifer B.

Join Swagbucks and Play nCrave Swago!

What I love about Swagbucks is they offer tons of easy ways to earn SB, which are points that can be redeemed for free gift cards! SWAGO is their version of Bingo, and is a fun way to earn easy SB by completing tasks on their site. This week they're running nCrave Swago which is just like regular Swago except all of the squares are nCrave activities to complete. Like regular Swago, complete as many nCrave Swago squares as you can to get the biggest SB Bonus possible. You’ll get a new nCrave Swago Board each day so come back each day to complete your nCrave Swago Board and claim your SB Bonus.

You’ll want to read the following because nCrave Swago will work slightly different than regular Swago.

  • Starting Monday, September 26th at 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT through Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT head to your nCrave Swago Board and hit “Join.”
  • Each square on your nCrave Swago Board will contain an nCrave activity to complete.
  • Once you complete the nCrave activity in a particular square the square will change color signifying the nCrave activity is complete.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your nCrave Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and SB Bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern each day so choose wisely.
  • Each day you will have a NEW nCrave Swago Board which will appear at 12:01am PDT/3:00am EDT. This means that you must submit your nCrave Swago Board before 12:00am PDT/3:00am EDT each day to claim your SB Bonus. Yes, that means you will be able to submit your nCrave Swago Board 4 times, once each day.
  • The game ends Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm PDT/Friday 2:59am EDT so make sure to come back to your nCrave Swago Board EACH DAY to complete nCrave activities and claim your SB Bonus.

Join Swagbucks Today and earn SB's to purchase gift cards and more, and make sure to play nCrave Swago!

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Saturday 9/24!

$25 Starbucks GC (@4pm CST) - U.S. - Erica Finds *FB

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! DVD - U.S. - Geek with Mak

Friday, September 23, 2016

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Friday 9/23!

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD - U.S. - My WAHM Plan *RC

Meadoria Teething/Nursing Necklace - U.S. - Love, Life, Laugh, Motherhood *RC

$5 Amazon Gift Card - U.S. - Close to Home *FB *RC

The Biggest Story DVD/CD Set - U.S. - Tots and Me *RC

The Biggest Story DVD and CD - US/CAN - Mom's Plans

The Biggest Story DVD and CD - US/CAN - Eccentric Eclectic Woman *RC

Over 250 Entries:
VIVE $50 Gift Card (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Gathering my Roses *GT

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD - U.S. - Confessions of a Frugal Mind *RC

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today  DVD - U.S. - My Crafty Zoo *RC

Purrball Meets Burrball In Brazil - children's book - U.S. - Capturing the Moment *RC

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Wednesday 9/21!

Sample Pack of natural living items (Seventh Generation brand coupon packet, samples of Seventh Generation brand Free & Clear baby wipes, samples of Seventh Generation brand natural laundry detergent, sample of Zarbee’s Baby cough syrup with agave, So Delicious Dairy-Free coupon packet, and a $5 gift card to Whole Foods Market (2 Winners) (@5pm EST) - U.S. - Balancing the Baby

Ghostbusters Dog Costume (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Mixed Reviews *GT

"Love Your Life Not Theirs" - book by Rachel Cruze - U.S. - Carrie Elle *RC

"The Light of the World" by Elizabeth Alexander - book (2 Winners) - U.S. - Bookhounds *RC

DVD and CD Audiobook of "The Biggest Story" - All 50 U.S. States - Finch N Wren *GT

The Whiskey Sea - book - US/CAN - Because Books

Over 250 Entries:
SmartPetLoveSnuggle Dog Blanket or $15 Amazon GC (@10pm CST) - U.S. - Chronic Mom Life *GT

One Gallon of Genesis 950 multipurpose green cleaner (@11pm CST) - U.S. - The Small Things *GT

"Seven and A Half Tons of Steel" by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez - U.S. - Chat With Vera *RC

ABC Monsters DVD (9/22 @9am CST) - U.S. - A Simple Life, Really? *GT

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Tuesday 9/20!

Digital Copy of Beauty and the Beast (4 winners) (@7am CST) - U.S. - Nashville Fun For Families *RC

"We Are Growing" - children's book, "Cookie Fiasco" - children's book, Branded cookies and branded pins and Elephant & Piggie finger puppets - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Baby, Baby! - Board Book - U.S. - Girls in White Dresses *RC

"The Recovering Spender" by Lauren Greutman - book (5 Winners) - Wondermom Wannabe *RC

CD "Live on Forever" by The Afters - US/CAN - Counting Pinecones *GT

$50 Gift Card to OshKosh B’Gosh - All 50 U.S. States - Making Time For Mommy

Toruk - The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil Family 4 Pack Tickets (in Milwaukee, at BMO Harris Bradley Center , From September 22 to 25, 2016) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 1 Stop Mom *GL

The Reading House: Blueprints for Building Better Readers - book - U.S. - Mommy Has to Work

Over 250 Entries:
Motown 25 DVD Collection - U.S. - Critical Blast *RC

Monday, September 19, 2016

Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time" Lead Role Pick! #AWrinkleInTime

I wanted to share some very cool and exciting news about the upcoming Disney film A WRINKLE IN TIME. After an extensive search, The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce that 13-year-old Storm Reid will play the lead role of Meg Murry in the upcoming Disney live action adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Said director Ava DuVernay,"After an extensive search that spanned multiple dimensions, we're overjoyed to welcome Storm Reid to WRINKLE IN TIME as our beloved "Meg." Storm is a tremendously talented young actress who embodies the hopes, dreams and spirit of a character much loved by audiences worldwide for generations. I can't wait to work with Storm as we chronicle Meg's epic quest, alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. Tesser well!"
Reid’s first theatrical film role was in the Academy Award-winning 12 YEARS A SLAVE where she played Emily, and she has also appeared in AMERICAN GIRL: LEA TO THE RESCUE and SLEIGHT, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she shot a starring role in Judy Greer’s directorial debut A HAPPENING OF MONUMENTAL PROPROTIONS (2017), alongside Allison Janney, Common and Bradley Whitford. She is represented by Stella Alex from the Savage Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Reid joins a cast which already includes Oprah Winfrey in the role of Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon in the role of Mrs. Whatsit and Mindy Kaling in the role of Mrs. Who. The actors shared the official news on Twitter. 
The film is directed by Ava DuVernay (SELMA) from a script by Jennifer Lee (FROZEN). Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand are producing the film, which will begin production later this year.

NEW Trailer For Disney's MOANA! #Moana

The brand new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' MOANA is finally here! The film, starring Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of “Moana”) and Dwayne Johnson (voice of “Maui”), opens in theaters in 3D this Thanksgiving!

Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure
Rating: PG
Voice Cast: Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk.
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Producer: Osnat Shurer

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana.”

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MOANA arrives in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

Brand New Featurette For Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE! #DoctorStrange

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DOCTOR STRANGE opens in theaters everywhere on 
November 4th!

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Monday 9/19!

Elephant & Piggie Love Reading Prize Pack - U.S. - Mom's Favorite Stuff *RC

Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Blu-ray/DVD (15 Winners) - All 50 U.S. States - Enza's Bargains *RC

1-month supply of coffee from Atlas Coffee Club - U.S. - Running with SD Mom

Baby Magic Bath Products - U.S. - brown girl gumbo

"Live On Forever" by The Afters - CD - US/CAN - Christian Bookshelf Reviews *GY

Paint for a Room Makeover from Prestige Paints - U.S. - Erin Spain

AT&T GoPhone + a $45 refill card - U.S. - Penelope's Oasis

Wi-fi enabled Air Purifier (valued $379) - U.S. - Clarks Condensed

Digital Copy of Beauty and the Beast (4 winners) (9/20 @7am CST) - U.S. - Nashville Fun For Families *RC

Over 250 Entries:
The League and the Lantern - book for kids ages 8 and up - U.S. - Kidlit *RC

Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit adult coloring book - US/CAN - View from the Birdhouse *RC

$150 Amazon GC (1 Winner), $25 Amazon Gift Card (2 Winners) - U.S. - Wise Bread *RC

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Sunday 9/18!

The Biggest story ever told DVD & CD (@3pm CST) - U.S. - A Day in the Life of Diapered Madness *GT

Pair of Compression Socks from PRO Compression (@5pm) - U.S. - Ali on the Run

WowWee’s Groove Cube – Awesome Mini Speaker - U.S. - Gaynycdad

Jungle Book Lithograph - All 50 U.S. States - Enza's Bargains *RC

Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern - All 50 U.S. States - The Philosopher's Wife *RC

Infuse Starter Kit (Mason Jar Pour Spout Set, Infuse Book & Frontier Spices: Birdseye Chili Peppers, Oregano Leaf, Black Pepper & Sea Salt) - U.S. - Greatest Grains *RC

Simple Squares Healthy Snack Bars (2 Winners) - U.S. - FitfoundMe *RC

Paperback copy of "Piper, Once and Again," by Caroline E. Zani - book - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - Books I Think You Should Read *GL

Custom Wood Clock from Story Cabin - US/CAN - Snippet & Ink

Teco Art Pottery Vase - U.S. - Town & Country Living

Pioneer drying rack (though if that is too large for you, you could opt for the Peddler instead) - U.S. - Small Things

Over 250 Entries:
$20 Burger King Gift Card - U.S. - Gaynycdad

$15 Chili’s Gift - U.S. - Gaynycdad

$25 Target Gift Card - US/CAN - Simplify For Happiness *RC