May 242012
 

Get ready for a YO HO great time this summer with Disney Junior’s interactive multi-platform "Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!" programming event. My son is a huge Disney fan and will be so excited!

Disney Junior’s "Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!" programming event kicks off on Monday, June 4 with a week of new "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" episodes airing on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (5:30 p.m., ET/PT). Also beginning June 4, kids and their parents can log on to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to print out pictures of their favorite Disney Junior characters to take along with them and include in photos of their summer adventures. Parents can then upload the photos of their child with their character for the chance to be seen on Disney Junior. The site will also feature a printable summer scrapbook, with new pages added each week through August 24.

Beginning Friday, June 15, new episodes of favorite Disney Junior series will air every Friday throughout the summer on both the Disney Junior programming block and the Disney Junior channel. During each episode premiere, kids will see a featured Disney Junior character of the day and can go online to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to unlock a new game based on that character.

Among the premieres are an episode of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" where Marina (voiced by recurring guest star Ariel Winter of "Modern Family") and the rest of the mermaids make Izzy an honorary mermaid, Friday, June 29; a special 45-minute episode of "Jungle Junction," where Zooter and Ellyvan care for a stranded baby FlaGoGo bird, Friday, July 6; Donald Duck serves as a reluctant babysitter for a mystery egg on "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," Friday, July 13; Jim Belushi guest stars as the recurring character Glo-Bo, a six-handed toy monster in "Doc McStuffins," Friday, July 20; Jane Kaczmarek guest stars in the recurring role of Red Jessica, a swashbuckling pirate gal who wins over Captain Hook in "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Friday, August 10; and a heartwarming episode of "Doc McStuffins" where Doc’s toy friends come to her rescue when she becomes the patient, Friday, August 17.

In anticipation of this summer’s programming festivities, the network today launched two new iOS apps, the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally" appisode app on iPad and "Jake’s Never Land Pirate School" gaming app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode brings viewing, learning and interaction together into one cohesive, fun-filled iPad experience. Fans 2-7 years old can touch, tap shake, swipe, drag and talk through an entire episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The activities presented in the "appisode" include valuable counting, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This is the first in a series of Disney Junior Appisodes to be released this year.

Using the "Jake’s Never Land Pirate School" app, preschoolers can become completely immersed in Never Land, completing pirate-themed challenges presented in Sailing, Music, Flying, and Map and Spyglass classes. Features include: hunting for doubloons on Doubloon Beach; a customizable pirate certificate signed by Jake; and the ability to import a child’s photo into Pixie Dust flying class.

Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block ended 1Q 2012 with its highest 1Q ratings ever across target demos Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5, Boys 2-5, Women 18-49 and Total Viewers (1.4 million), marking its 5th straight quarter of posting quarterly highs (1Q11 to 1Q12) in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5. Year to date, "Doc McStuffins" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" are the Top 2 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5, and the Top 2 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49. "Doc McStuffins" is also cable’s #1 series with girls 2-5 for the year. Moreover, the March 23 premiere of "Doc McStuffins" became the #1 preschool series launch in cable TV history in Adults 18-49. [Source: NTI, 12/26/11-5/20/12, L+7 ratings. "Doc McStuffins" series launch, 3/23/12, Live + SD; Series ranks based on program level data, most current, includes ties based on rating.]

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 29 worldwide.

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Pound Puppies Homeward Pound Review

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Mar 152012
 

I have always been a fan of the Pound Puppies. I was really excited when I saw that they are still on TV-only updated. My son has been a fan of Pound Puppies ever since he saw his first episode. We recorded quite a few episodes of Pound Puppies on our DVR so he could watch them. On this DVD, The Pound Puppies at Shelter 17 are on a mission to find forever homes for the homeless pups that come through the door. The Pound Puppies series currently airs on The Hub in the US and YTV in Canada.

The Pound Puppies Homeward Pound DVD was released on March 6 and contains five episodes:

  • Homeward Pound
  • My Fair Rebound
  • Quintuplets
  • K-9 Kid
  • Zoltron

 

The Pound Puppies  DVD also includes a bonus feature, "Learn To Draw Lucky". My son and I had a great time drawing Lucky.

I received a copy of this DVD for review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Review of The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish

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Mar 012012
 

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Drivers, prepare to buckle up! The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish arrived on DVD on February 14, 2012, from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Featuring 10 exhilarating episodes, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends also touts a color-your- own-cover activity.

Follow CHUCK THE DUMP TRUCK character and his incredible cast of friends in this delightfully fast-paced, song-filled, high-energy series for preschoolers. Every visitor to the truck stop where CHUCK lives fuels his exciting fantasies, and he enlists his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy to turn those fantasies into reality. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Tre

Caden was excited to be able to watch his new Chuck DVD on the way to school. He has been an avid Chuck fan ever since he first watched it several years ago. He was able to watch all 10 episodes over several trips to school. The 10 episodes include:

  • Race To the Race
  • The Best
  • Chuck’s Big Break
  • Game On
  • Revving Up Rally
  • Grandpa Treadwell
  • Chuck Backs Up
  • Need For Speed
  • Vertie’s Stunt School
  • Dancing Wheels

Every episode of Chuck has a lesson to be learned. In my opinion, it is a great way for kids to learn things that are important in life. Each character has their own unique characteristics:

CHUCK

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He’s a little dump truck with a big sense of humor and lots of energy. Chuck is always curious and has a way of dreaming big — then putting his dreams into action. He loves to go places and find out how things work, and he never backs away from anything new.

BIGGS

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This little monster truck loves to live large. Biggs has energy to burn … and a "go for it" attitude that keeps him ready for anything, anytime. He really stands out with his giant tires, rally flag, shiny tailpipes, and steer horns. You can just tell Biggs dreams of being a race star — and he gets plenty of practice racing against Chuck.

BOOMER

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Did you ever think a fire truck could be shy? Boomer is big, and he can be loud, but he needs Chuck around to pull him out of his shiny red shell. He may need a push to join in an adventure, but Boomer always jumps into action when it’s time to help a friend. His sirens blare and his lights flash — so you’d never guess that Boomer is really a quiet guy at heart.

DIGGER

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Digger is the strong, silent type of front-loader of Hispanic descent, happy to let his powerful scooper and backhoe do the talking for him. For the most part, he’s content to let others make the plans and just follow along, but he’s not without opinions. Digger is smart, gentle and considerate – He’d never use his great strength in anger. He’s also level-headed and surprisingly graceful for a truck of his size. Digger is completely, one hundred percent reliable. If he sets out to get something done, you can bet that he will, even if he’s up until the milk trucks make their rounds.

HANDY

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Handy is the “get it done” fully-loaded tool truck, who’s so fully loaded, he’s never quite sure of exactly what he has on board. He is a creative, inventive sort who’s up for anything, which makes him very simpatico with Chuck. He is always ready to use his Handy hook which enables him to do just about anything.

He’s also very encouraging, quick to note the gifts his friends have, even if they don’t, and to suggest to them ways they might think outside the box to use them. Handy is also very generous, willing to loan anyone any of his tools…After all, he probably has a spare inside himself somewhere!

ROWDY

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Rowdy the garbage truck has no clue that he’s smelly, loud, a little clumsy and completely excitable – and probably wouldn’t care if he did know! He’s a big, energetic, physical teddy bear who loves to collect off things, is eager to please, and even more eager to join in the fun, leaving a trail of garbage behind. Comments about his stench or the commotion he causes roll right off his back. Rowdy is proud of the things that make him uniquely him, and he’s not going to change for anyone…then he wouldn’t be himself. That sense of individuality makes him one of Chuck’s favorite people.

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If you hear the latest hot tune coming from over that hill, you better get ready, because that means Soku is on his way! And every time Soku comes to visit, this slick custom car has something new to pop out of his sunroof and show off – a new stereo, a new chrome hitch, a new gear rack, or a new paint job. He is a born show-off who always knows the latest and greatest of everything. One thing Soku is definitely not into is getting dirty – Hey, it’s not easy looking this awesome! Lucky for Soku, his vanity is endearing and he is extremely tech-savvy, knowing how every latest gadget on the market works. If he’s behind on a trend – or on something he thinks might be a trend – he works tirelessly until he is the undisputed expert…and sometimes his knowledge comes in very handy!

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PORTER

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RALLY

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Caden also loves singing the Chuck song-“Let’s go me and you…”

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Pound Puppies Coming March 6!

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Feb 232012
 

My son is an avid Pound Puppies fan. We can’t wait to catch the 5 fur-filled episodes and all-new bonus feature ‘Learn to Draw Lucky’ on POUND PUPPIES: Homeward Pound on DVD 3/6!

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Clorox Clean-Up Recipes For Fun #RecipesForFun

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Feb 192012
 

I love doing crafts and cooking with my son. He is my budding little chef/artist. Doing things together teaches him a lot of lessons about reading/following directions, cooking, cleaning,  and so much more. We have a lot of fun together and learn things at the same time.

There is a new web site that makes it even more fun- the Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun Site. You will find a variety of creative ideas for projects you can do with your kids. Recipes, crafts, science experiments and so much more can be found at the site. When you are finished with your projects, you can use Clorox to clean it up. In my opinion, nothing beats Clorox Clean-Up for good clean fun! 

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For our fun project, Caden and I decided to make some goo. It has been years since I played with goo. He was in for a surprise. What I like about these types of simple things to play with is that they are easy to make and in most cases, I have what is needed to make it. For our goo, we used:

  • 1 part warm water
  • 2 parts corn starch
  • Lime green food coloring

027We mixed it up and it took a few minutes of coaxing before he would put his fingers in it. Once I convinced him that it was fun he decided to actually play with it. We found the recipe at the Clorox Clean-UP Recipes for Fun Site, along with a myriad of other fun things to do. This fun project worked to get him distracted so he would quit trying to get his daddy on his trampoline with him. Be sure to check out the site for more activities you can do with your kids. 

While you are at the Clorox Clean-Up site, be sure to sign up to win $10,000 towards and Ultimate Mess Party! How much fun would that be?

About Ultimate Mess Party:

Just by registering, you’ll receive one sweepstakes entry into the grand prize for a chance to win $10,000 toward an Ultimate Mess Party. With $10,000, you and your family could get everything you need to enjoy the wettest, sudsiest, paintiest, muddiest party of all time. From a colossal cooking party to a monumental mud volleyball party, you choose the mess and let Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner do the rest.

Share Your Recipe:

Share your Recipe For Fun and receive 10 extra grand prize entries! And as a “thanks” for sharing, you can get a $1.00 coupon on Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner for your first recipe.

About Clorox Cleanup:

Every Recipe For Fun needs a Recipe For Clean. That’s why Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner with the combination of cleaner and the disinfecting power of Clorox Bleach lets you spray away messy play. So no matter how big a mess you make of it, Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner Cleaner with Bleach can be used throughout your house to quickly and effectively clean, disinfect, and deodorize.“

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Feb 022012
 

As a mom to a child that has speech problems, I am always on the lookout for products that can help with his speech disability. As a blogger, I was fortunate enough to be able to review the Rock N Learn Letter Sounds DVD. All I can say is WOW!! This DVD has helped us in so many ways.

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Caden was really excited to open the package when we got our DVD. He immediately wanted to watch it. That first day, I think he watched it 10 times. He followed along with what they were saying and repeated the letters when they were shown on the screen. I love the way that the DVD shows the mouth movements for each letter. Unfortunately with some letters (like K), it is hard to see the way you move your tongue in the rear of your mouth. Since receiving the DVD, he has learned to articulate his “L’s” and a few other letters. His teachers and speech therapist are very happy with the results.

Now, I know that I could leave it all up to his speech therapist to do all of the work, but as a parent, I feel like I should do what I can to help him at home. His speech therapist has been tremendously helpful in teaching him how to say his letters, but he only gets speech therapy at school for a few minutes a week. If you have a child with a speech problem, or even if you are just trying to get your child to learn his or her letters, the Letter Sounds DVD is perfect!! All-in-all, I would definitely recommend the Rock N Learn products for your child.

Rock N Learn has a variety of DVD’s based on ages and subjects such as:

BUY: You can purchase Rock N Learn DVD’s and CD’s from the Rock N Learn website. You can even use discount code JQ7711 for 25% off at RockNLearn.com. Did I also mention that the prices are very reasonable?

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Jan 232012
 

I am so excited-TruKids saved me from piles of laundry! My son actually washed his hair all by himself!! He will be 5 years old in a few weeks and he hates getting water in his face. I usually end up with 5 or 6 wet washrags after we wash his hair. The normal scenario is:

  • Give him a rag to put over his eyes
  • Use large cup to pour water on his head
  • Give him another rag during the hair wetting and another after
  • Shampoo his hair
  • Rinse the shampoo out
  • Give him another rag during the rinse and another after
  • Finished

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When I received the Silly Shampoo, he could not contain his excitement. He had to go take a bath right then so he could wash his hair. I expected that part but definitely did NOT expect him to want to wash his own hair. He could not wait to get the Silly Shampoo in his hands so he could rub it on his hair. Now, I did have to help with the rinse but I did not expect him to do that part. He was acting all kinds of silly in the tub, so I teased him about the Silly Shampoo making him silly. 004I also loved the smell. Even after a couple of hours, his hair still smelled good. When I have used other kids shampoos, they did not leave a refreshing scent.

We also received some Dancing Detangler to review. Since he does not have a lot of hair, I decided to use it myself to see how it worked. The Dancing Detangler also has a nice refreshing scent and worked very well at helping to keep my hair from being tangled without feeling icky at the end of the day like the spray in conditioners that I usually use. All-in-all, I loved the TruKid products and their brightly colored bottles. The catchy names are also a super great way to get the kiddo’s attention.

Trukid.com makes a variety of products for both kids and adults.Their shampoos, lotions, sunscreen and other skincare products are all natural and value-priced. The products are FREE of parabens, pthalates, gluten, BPA and many other harsh chemicals. Definitely a plus in my book. TruKid also focuses on creating healthy habits for children and promoting positive choices. Their product line is also accompanied by a host of fun, educational materials such as rhymes, songs and games. You can find fun downloadable printouts for the Earn-A-Star Checklists so kids can keep up with the good things that they do such as brushing their teeth, eating a healthy breakfast, etc.

To find more information about TruKid products and the ingredients used, be sure to visit the TruKid website at TruKid.com. You can purchase the products from the website. We also have a TruKid coupon code for you to use to get a free bottle of Silly Shampoo when you make a purchase of $35 or more. Be sure to enter the coupon code: sillymom (limit one use per customer).

You can also win the same products that I reviewed: Silly Shampoo and Dancing Detangler. Just enter your information in the Rafflecopter form below. Make sure to subscribe to TruKid’s mailing list, follow TruKid on Twitter and fan TruKid on Facebook for extra entries! Giveaway open to US and Canada only.

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Nov 082011
 

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In “The Chugger Championship,” Wilson, Brewster and Coco are back and ready to put their “wheels to the rails” for the biggest race in Chuggington! The exciting brand-new DVD features six engaging adventures that invite preschool-age fans and their families to join the three animated best friends as they prepare for a test, invent a new contest and pick up a fun hobby – all the while learning about the importance of accountability and responsibility – and that a true champion isn’t always the one who finishes first!

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