10/27/2011

Peter Pauper Press

Owls Bookmarks @ Peter Pauper Press

Peter Pauper Press
www.peterpauperpress.com

Recently,  I won a contest at Networking Witches for $25 Gift Certificate towards merchandise from Peter Pauper Press. I selected items for my teenage daughter's upcoming birthday. I chose the Owls Giftbag, Owls Bookmarks, Owls Journal and Owls I-clip Magnetic Page Markers.

Halloween is closing upon us. Check out the  Halloween Cupcake Kit(SRP $9.95). Also, there is a Christmas Cupcake Kit(SRP $9.95).


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10/26/2011

The Deedle Deedle Dees Present Strange Dees Indeed CD

"The Deedle Deedle Dees have been making family music that is simultaneously among the most fun and the smartest for a number of years now.  "Strange Dees Indeed" takes it to a new level, with Dean Jones's fantastic production and a set of songs that ranges from raucous to quiet and touching.  There's not an ounce of condescension in the band or its songs; this is simply great songwriting and
music that happens to be for kids."
Bill Childs, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child




 Strange Dees Indeed
Brooklyn's educational rock band returns with new original songs about history, legend and science 


(New York, Fall 2011) The Deedle Deedle Dees, a Brooklyn based educational rock band which Paste magazine hailed as one of the top “Music Picks for Families” this year, will release Strange Dees, Indeed at family concerts in Massachusetts and New York on October 29th and November 5th. 


The Dees’ new album of 19 new songs pays tribute to heroes like Marie Curie, Abigail Adams, Sacagawea and Cool Papa Bell, plus a host of unusual places and people.

The Deedle Deedle Dees are four teachers and musicians who were raised on Schoolhouse Rock, the Pixies, the Muppets and Tom Waits. With an approach unique to children’s music, The Dees are not content to offer fluffy-happy tunes. Each catchy piece is based upon something from history, science and folklore, and the Dees offer a fresh perspective even on the most familiar people and places.

Strange Dees, Indeed opens with a practical exploration of the Hindu philosophy of Ahimsa(“no harm” in Sanskrit), with the acknowledgment that even grownups have a hard time staying Gandhi-cool in the face of aggression. Another song follows the famous scientist Marie Curie as she smuggles radium in her suitcase. Every song tells a story or paints a picture, whether it be Sojourner Truth singing to a hostile crowd on a moonlit mountaintop, or Sacagawea seeing the ocean for the first time with her baby on her back, or an eerie view of the detritus at Dead Horse Bay. In “a song for Abigail Adams,” John Adams sends an indie-rock love letter to his wife. And one of the Dees’ grandmothers remembers what it was like to bump into NYC Mayor LaGuardia’s big belly back in the day.

The Deedle Deedle Dees’ music consistently wins raves from teachers, parents, and radio DJs alike. Miller provides lead vocals, bass and rhythm guitar. The other Dees sing and play along: Ari Dolegowski (Moby Dee) on mandolin and guitar; Chris Johnson (Booker Dee) on piano, keyboards, melodica, stylophone, electric bass, banjo, accordion and ukulele; and Ely Levin (Otto von Dee) on drums and percussion. Dean Jones, a fixture in the “kindie rock” movement, produced this wide-ranging album, with musical styles that will appeal to music fans of all ages.

The Deedle Deedle Dees’ two previous family music CDs, Freedom in a Box (2007) and American History+ Rock and Roll = The Deedle Deedle Dees (2009), won national acclaim. The Dees perform interactive, educational shows throughout the year at schools, libraries, theaters, parks and other family venues. They also develop original songs and shows based on curriculum via in-class workshops, long-term residencies, and other cooperative programs with schools.

The Deedle Deedle Dees plan CD release concerts on October 29th at the Eric Carle Museum, and on November 5th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. To get the full story behind each song, go to the band blog: http://teachddd.blogspot.com/

Get more information and fall tour scheduling at www.thedeedledeedledees.com


My Thoughts

As mentioned above, Strange Dees, Indeed focuses on people, places and nature from our history. Kids will enjoy the upbeat rhythm and fun lyrics. Encourage your child to listen for the wide range of musical instruments as they sing-along. I think Strange Dees, Indeed is very unique and entertaining.


GAhome2mom
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Slugs & Bugs Under Where? in Concert


Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies

Family Christian Stores has released the new album called Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies.

If you are in Georgia you can check out the live concert on October 29th in Evans, GA and/or October 30th in Conyers, GA. You can purchase the album at the Rabbit Room.

You can follow them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.slugsandbugs.com/.

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Dr. Seuss' The LORAX



What better way to celebrate Halloween than to create a Lorax O’ Lantern for all to see!

Use this free pumpkin carving template and bring The Lorax to life on your front step. Once you’re done post/tag your creation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/theloraxmovie.


ABOUT THE FILM:
Release Date              March 2, 2012
Studio                         Universal Pictures
           
Starring                      Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White
Directed By                 Chris Renaud
Screenplay By            Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced By               Chris Meledandri, Janet Healey, Audrey Geisel

Plot Outline
The 3D-CGI feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Ashley, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me," "Hop"). http://www.theloraxmovie.com



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10/25/2011

TEENY TINY AND THE WITCH-WOMAN…AND MORE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STORIES!



Teeny Tiny and the Witch-Woman...and More Spooky Halloween Stories! SRP $14.95
TEENY TINY AND THE WITCH-WOMAN…AND MORE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STORIES! 


Witches, ghosts and goblins are not so scary in this kid-friendly Halloween collection
 Just in time for Halloween, Scholastic presents 5 not-so-scary stories – all treats and no tricks – with TEENY TINY AND THE WITCH-WOMAN…AND MORE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STORIES!   Sweeter and more colorful than a bag of candy corn, this themed DVD collection is highlighted by the lead story, “Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman”, a spooky-ooky story about a boy who outsmarts an old witch-woman before she can cook him and his brothers for dinner.  Other witchy, creature-laden tales includes “The Boy with Two Shadows” by Margaret Mahy, “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” a lively poem which introduces a spooky array of creatures and Spanish words to little niños narrated by Maria Conchita Alonso, James’ Stevenson’s “What’s Under My Bed”, and the superstition-filled  “King of the Cats” by Paul Galdone.  Supporting reading skills, creativity and self-esteem, the DVD includes Scholastic’s innovative read-along function as well as an interview with “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” author Marisa Montes.




My Thoughts

If your child enjoys spooky-ooky stories then Teeny Tiny and the Witch-Woman...And More Spooky Halloween Stories! maybe what you looking for to entertain your little ones this year. My six year old daughter liked "What's Under My Bed" by James Stevenson the best.

I always enjoy watching the author interviews from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. You can was the interview with Los Gatos Black on Halloween author Marisa Montes.

For more information about Scholastic Storybook Treasures visit www.scholastic.com and www.newkideo.com.

~GAhome2mom
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THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG…AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS

THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG…AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS

THIS OCTOBER, ONE OF TODAY’S BEST-SELLING, BEST-LOVED  AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS RETURNS WITH AN ALL-NEW DVD  FEATURING EVERYONE’S FAVORITE PIGEON!

THIS OCTOBER, ONE OF TODAY’S BEST-SELLING, BEST-LOVED  AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS RETURNS WITH AN ALL-NEW DVD  FEATURING EVERYONE’S FAVORITE PIGEON!

This October, “Sesame Street” veteran, Emmy Award®-winner and one of contemporary kid lit’s best-selling author/illustrators, Mo Willems, returns to DVD with an all-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ installment featuring his best-loved characters with THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG…AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS.

In the lead story -- an animated adaptation of the sequel to his best-selling “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” -- Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, but a sly and hungry duckling comes along who also wants a bite.  Who will be the more clever bird? Find out in this fast, funny feature, narrated by Mo and his daughter, Trixie.  Helping kids enhance reading, cooperation and problem-solving skills in an enjoyable and entertaining way, additional stories on the DVD -- which combined have won more than 10 prestigious awards including Caldecott Honor, Parents Choice Gold and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video – include “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”, both of which are also narrated by Willems and Trixie.

Bonus features on top of the innovative read-along function include the featurettes, “Getting to Know Mo Willems” and “Animating Pigeon” and an interview with Willems himself, making THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG one of the most delectable DVDs of the holiday season!

Format: DVD/Single
Run time: Approx. 64 mins. + extras
Price: $14.95srp
Street Date: October 25

For more information,  visit http://www.newkideo.com/. New Kideo, the online home for the DVD line, also has a new Facebook page:  visit www.facebook.com/pages/New-Kideo/169330949777241


My Thoughts

My girls and I enjoyed Mo Willems three stories from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!... and more stories. Mo Willems has a unique style of writing and has shown he is very creative as an illustrator.

Of the three stories presented we liked the Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed the best. We wished we could have reviewed his first volume. We like that he included his wife Cher and his daughter Trixie as part of each story narration.  You must check out Mo Willems interview as well. He gets four stars from us!

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10/23/2011

Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery RhymesSongs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

NEW RELEASE!
Songs from the Baobob:
African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes
"A nice way for you and your young ones to explore the world through music. Definitely one of the best kids' music CDs of 2011!"
--
Warren Truitt, Kidsmusic.About.com


Songs from the Baobob:
African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes


Colorfully illustrated hardbound story book includes a CD featuring songs and chants performed by mothers and children, in 11 languages,
available for the first time in North America, from The Secret Mountain

Montreal, October 12, 2011 - The Secret Mountain is proud to announce the North American publication of an acclaimed book-and-CD set including 29 lullabies and soothing rhymes meant to soothe babies to sleep. Mothers and their children sing these pieces in eleven languages, representing the rich cultures of ten countries from the coasts of Senegal and Mali to the savannahs and forests of Rwanda and the Republic of the Congo. Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes is reaching retailers' shelves this month, in time for holiday gift-giving.
The book features colorful illustrations by Élodie Nouhen as well as full lyrics in the original languages, translated into English. A map and explanatory notes serve to make this an enchanting educational experience for adults as well as children.



Paris-based musician and educator Chantal Grosléziat recorded these pieces with singers from each culture. Paul Mindy arranged each piece with traditional instruments, including the kora, balafon, kalimba and rain sticks. The lullabies and rhymes make frequent references to animals and the natural world. For example, the Central African Republic lullaby “Dunga” urges the newborn to “take your strength from nature.” Family relationships, and in particular the loss of a parent, are find a place in these songs from cultures where disease, famine and war are part of everyday life. A song from Mauritania tells the baby, “your mother has gone to search for jujubes,” and a piece from Guinea evokes the sad fate of orphans, saying “Sali Wonde, nothing is eternal.”



The Secret Mountain is dedicated to the creation of children’s books, videos and music of the highest quality. The French imprint – La Montagne Secrète – is considered to be one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France.

Details:
64 pages. CD duration: 48 minutes.
Trade paper with CD. Full color illustrations, including one map.
Recommended ages: 5 to 7.
Suggested retail price: $16.95 (US)

More Information about The Secret Mountain:


My Thoughts

I am always interested in other cultures and Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes is right down my alley. Even though I do not understand the languages, I think it is a beautiful way to share in another countries customs. Please take time to go and listen to samples for yourself.

~GAhome2mom
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10/18/2011

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


View the video below on October 19th to help Mary Kay take a stand against Domestic Violence!

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month (October), Mary Kay® premiered documentaries to put a national spotlight on the cause. Women nationwide, alongside female celebrities Maria Menounos ("Extra"), JoAnna Garcia Swisher ("Better with You") and Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids"), joined forces through the Mary Kay Inspiring Stories program to unite their voices to make a difference.
We are banding together on October 19th and hope that on that day you will help us support the cause and bring attention to the issue of domestic violence by watching the below Give Joy documentary short narrated by Alexa Vega. With each view we can change the future of domestic violence today.
Through Mary Kay Inspiring Stories, the company will support donations to domestic violence shelters nationwide. You can join the cause in three ways:
  • View and share the films at www.marykayinspiringstories.com
  • Purchase a Limited-Edition Beauty that CountsTM Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick through December 15th:
    • From every purchase of each aptly named "Give Joy," "Give Hope" and "Give Dreams" lipstick, $1 will be donated to the Mary Kay Foundation to assist efforts to end domestic violence. Shop now.
  • Become a fan of Mary Kay at www.facebook.com/marykay:
    • Mary Kay Inc. will donate $1 to the Mary Kay Foundation for every new Facebook fan during the month of October - up to $1 million.
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Big G Cereals and DC Comics

Big G Cereals and DC Comics

Hold on to your capes for a breakfast of heroic proportions!

Big G cereals and DC Comics have combined powers in their dedicated efforts to promote reading among children. They have enlisted the help of the Justice League, from Batman to Wonder Woman to Green Lantern, and they are coming right to your breakfast table! Available now, specially marked Big G cereal boxes feature action packed, collectable Justice League comic books.

Want more action adventure? Each comic contains a link to www.BigGCerealHeroes.com for continuations of each story, not to mention a cut-out DC Super Hero mask on the back of the box perfect for helping the Justice League fight crime at breakfast time!


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10/13/2011

Halloween Spirit

 Halloween Spirit







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Wordless Wednesday: Jelly Fish

Wordless Wednesday
Topsail Island, NC (near this area)


Is it a Jellyfish?

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Giveaways - Thursday

Giveaways: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Woman's Day


Table for Five Blog:

 Mommies With Cents:

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10/12/2011

Defiants 4 x 4s on SALE at Target!

 Defiants 4x4s SALE @Target


If you have kids who like to play with trucks (or have friends or readers who do!),  then this is the project for you!

Defiants 4x4s are mighty, mini, motorized 4x4s that can take on any challenge! Pocket-sized Defiants 4x4s have real gears, for Power, Speed and Freewheeling Action.

Defiants 4x4s automatically shift into freewheeling mode for insane stunt jumps or reckless downhill runs! And blazing headlights light the way!

The Defiants FlexTerrain system is fully modular, with playsets and accessories that can be customized into endless configurations. Each playset connects with every other set for rich, off-road action and expanding play value.

Defiants BlitzForce military-themed vehicles and playsets honor the spirit of freedom and power that kids love!

The first wave of over 50 collectible styles for 2011 began to arrive in stores over the summer. Vehicles are powered by two AAA batteries.

If  you are doing some early holiday shopping this year, check out the new Defiants 4x4s @Target for just $5.99 now thru 11/5! http://bit.ly/Defiants.



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10/11/2011

Hanes Virtual Comfort Package

Hanes Virtual Comfort Package


Check out the new Hanes Virtual Comfort App on Facebook! This new app allows fans to personalize and send free virtual Comfort Packages to family and friends.
 
With every Comfort Package sent, Hanes will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (up to $25,000) to promote early cancer detection and provide mammograms for those in need.

The news Hanes Virtual Comfort App allows us a place to freely share our feelings, thoughts and encouragement for those dealing with Breast Cancer. It is simple. Click the Pink tab located on the Hanes page to create your free Comfort Package. You can customize the packages using photos, recipes, videos, music and much more. Won't you help bring a smile to someone today?


DISCLOSURE:  I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in the post are my own.


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Hellman's Chicken Challenge

Hellman's Chicken Challenge

Hellman's Chicken Challenge


Hellmann's transforms your chicken into a juicier, crispier, more delicious meal.  Spread the word about Hellmann's weekly Chicken Challenge - a series of head-to-head chicken dish challenges to help moms diversify their dinner routine.


Hellmann's is on a mission to help moms break out of their dinner menu monotony by offering such easy, delicious and family-friendly recipes as Parmesan Crusted Chicken.  With only four ingredients and four simple steps, it's on of Hellmanns.com most popular recipe.

Join in the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge each week at Hellmanns.com as Parmesan Crusted Chicken goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy chicken recipes.

Cast your vote for your favorite and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week.

For more information on the Chicken Challenge or Hellmann’s products and recipes, visit Hellmanns.com

There's a new @Hellmanns #ChickenChallenge this week! Vote for your favorite recipe & a chance to win $250! http://bit.ly/ChixChlng

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The Jimmies - Practically Ridiculous CD

The Jimmies - Practically Ridiculous SRP $13

 The Jimmies ~ Practically Ridiculous 

Voted TOP 20 Best Kids Album of the Decade by AOL's ParentDish. 

Recently, we won a copy of The Jimmies ~ Practically Ridiculous CD from Connected2Christ Blog.  My six year old daughter was temporarily preoccupied with The Jimmies Whoopie Cushion that arrived with the CD. She did enjoy listening and dancing to the songs.You can listen to fun songs like Birthday, Toothless Lament, and Gonna Get a Hamster. There is a total of twelve fun songs to listen to.

Visit them online to find out about upcoming concerts in your area at http://www.gimmejimmies.com Also, you can join them on Facebook and Twitter @TheJimmies and @Pluckypea. 

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