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Announcement:
Sorry I have been MIA, I am still here!
It's been a busy summer with my kids and the family, so I have not been able to update as often as I like.
But with my kids heading back to school,
I am back and hopefully I will have everything up and running like usual soon.
Thank you for your patience!


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August 28, 2014

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series Books Review & Prize Pack Giveaway

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

Just in time to keep busy hands and minds engaged this summer, Silver Dolphin Books, a publisher of high-quality novelty and activity-based books for children has once again joined forces with Hasbro, Inc’s famed PLAY-DOH brand to debut three NEW series of books, all of which continue to live up to their tag line…“Where Learning and Creativity Take Shape." 








 

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series:

Explore the pages of these entertaining books with your trusty animal guides as they share their knowledge. This exciting, new series provides youngsters with interesting facts about their favorite things. Each  10-page, full-color book includes five tutorials and four cans of PLAY-DOH compound, so young sculptors can create their own imitations of the PLAY-DOH illustrations as well as add finishing touches to each scene in the book. The first title in the series is PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: In The Jungle which features the adventures of a little lion who makes five new friends as he explores the jungle – a cheeky monkey, a happy hippo, a friendly frog, a sneaky snake, and a spotted giraffe.  PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: Under the Sea  takes young readers deep into the ocean with an adorable octopus, a super sea star, a clownish clown fish, a fancy sea horse, and a not-so-scary shark. Each colorful page includes amazing facts about sea and its inhabitants making learning fun.
 

PLAY-DOH: Sound Series:

Stretch those vocal chords – it’s time for sing-along! In this musical series, two childhood mainstays come together – PLAY-DOH sculpts and nursery songs. Press the button on the musical books and follow  along with illustrations of lovable animals. All pre-schoolers will love the classic childhood tunes of PLAY-DOH: Old MacDonald Had a Farm with all of its moo-moos here and oink-oinks there and PLAY-DOH: The Wheels on the Bus that go ‘round and ‘round. The books are sure to perfect to bring along on family summer road trips.


PLAY-DOH: Story Fun Series:
Little ones love to explore the world. With trips through the truck yard, the farm, and the jungle featuring adorable PLAY-DOH animals, these books teach children – ages 3 and up – about their environments and  the places they live. Each 12-page board book comes with a can of PLAY-DOH compound making it fun to transform dirt and rubble into a beautiful city in PLAY-DOH: Trucks; create new animal friends for Mommy and Baby Giraffe in PLAY-DOH: Jungle Friends; and spend a day on the farm with PLAY-DOH: Farm Friends  and learn about the many farm animals that Mommy and Baby Cow meet.

My 8 year old daughter has not played play-doh in years, but seeing how much fun her brother had learning and creating things using the play-doh books definitely got her interested in them once again. My kids spent many summer afternoons sitting in the backyard playing with play-doh and checking out these book. They are great for learning as well as a way to keep the kids entertained.

Silver Dolphin Books is offering a prize pack of all 7 PLAY-DOH books making their debut this summer (US only please). This giveaway ends on Aug 30, 2014.

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

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National Geographic Kids Books Summer Boredom Buster Review & Giveaway

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

National Geographic Kids Sticker Activity Books bring National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format and feature mazes, spelling and pattern games and drawing activities.  The Amazing Pets Sticker Activity Book features animals that kids can't get enough of like dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters, bunnies, and birds, to name a few, while the Super Space Sticker Activity Book is  chock-full of stars, planets, comets, aliens and everything out of this world.   







Weather you've been transported back in time to the land of dinosaurs or the Middle Ages, captured by pirates, or run your very own pet resort,  the National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-In series lets kids tell -- and star in -- their very own story.   Combining National Geographic Kids' photography and illustrations in colorful, laugh-out-loud pages, these engaging, entertaining and educational books challenges kids to think about words in creative ways, and write their own wild and wacky stories.
Funny Fill-In:  My Dinosaur Adventure -- You've just been transported back in time— to the land of the dinosaurs! 
Funny Fill-In:  My Pirate Adventure  -- You've just been captured by pirates! 
Funny Fill-In: My Medieval Adventure -- On a family trip to the Renaissance Fair, you meet a wizard who send you back to the Middle Ages! 
My Funny Fill-In: My Pet Adventure -- You've just been assigned to watch over the family pet resort, kennel, and animal hospital! 


Quiz Whiz 3: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-Bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions is packed with fantastic photos, themed quizzes, true-and-false questions, photo-driven quizzes, and includes questions about animals, weather, countries, and lots more. Kids will have a blast quizzing themselves and their families on tons of fun trivia! 

My daughter loves National Geographic Kids Books. Although she has been keeping busy with plenty of activities and playdates this summer, when she is relaxing at home, she loves reading through these books. 

Many thanks to National Geographic Kids Books, the company is offering a Summer Boredom Buster Giveaway.The giveaway, which is also comprised of all 7 titles listed above, is open to US residents. This giveaway ends on August 30, 2014.

*You must follow Sugar Pop Ribbons through Google Friend Connect to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*You must also leave me a comment using the blogger comment form for this post to be eligible to win this giveaway.






August 27, 2014

DISNEY LIVE! Mickey's Music Festival Coming soon!


Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Long Beach, CA. Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival strives to be the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 27, 2014!

“One song can touch millions of people around the world and Disney has been at the beat of this concept for years by making music a main ingredient of storytelling,” said Producer and CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld. “In Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival we are celebrating with the Disney characters to a soundtrack of the latest sounds and chart-topping hits. We want our guests to walk away with lasting memories and singing these unforgettable melodies long after they leave the show.”

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters, begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm. And family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.

“We’ve created an environment where audience members will be able to connect with the Disney stars,” said Alana Feld, Producer and Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment. “Within each concert moment are elements of personal interaction and the audience will be harmonizing, dancing, laughing and having an outrageously good time with the characters.”

The father-daughter production team, Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, has hand selected award-winning creative talents whose credits span from working with Madonna to winning a Latin Grammy® Award to designing hundreds of costumes for Disney theme park shows:

Director/Choreographer Fred Tallaksen Award-winning choreographer of Madonna’s “Sorry” video and the finale of her Confessions World Tour; in 2008, earned a Latin Grammy® in the Best Video category for Juanes’s “Me Enamora;” has choreographed for many TV shows, including “Modern
Family,” “Outsourced” and “Wizards of Waverly Place;” skating consultant for “Austin Powers IIIGoldmember;” and directed and choreographed for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!

Writer Jeremy Desmon’s credits include The Girl in the Frame, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Storybooks and Curious George Live!. He received the 2007 Kleban Award for excellence in Musical Theatre Bookwriting, and is also a recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Fellowship

Scenic Designer Rick Papineau Vice President of Scenic Elements at Feld Entertainment; veteran designer who creates props, scenic elements and special effects for all of the company’s touring shows

Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom Designed costumes for more than 15 original dance shows in Downtown Disney; designed costumes for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy; Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! and Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After

Lighting Designer Sam Doty Assisted in the building and planning of every Feld Entertainment show since 2006, including Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival and multiple editions of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus

Music Director Stan Beard has arranged and written the musical score for numerous domestic and international Disney On Ice productions, and has worked in the recording studio with such luminaries as Streisand and Frank Sinatra

LONG BEACH
Terrace Theater 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Show Date & Time: Sat 09/13/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM), Sun 09/14/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM)
Tickets Start at: $25.00
To order tickets by phone: (562) 436 - 3636
Online: www.ticketmaster.com

HOLLYWOOD
Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Show Date & Time: Fri 09/19/2014 (4:30PM), Sat 09/20/2014 (10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM),
Sun 09/21/2014 (1:30PM, 4:30PM)
Tickets Start at: $25.00
To order tickets by phone: (323) 308-6300
Online: www.ticketmaster.com





August 11, 2014

SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Set Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


“SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIESCOMES TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORMS AUGUST 12th

The favorite Nickelodeon ninja series, now for the time as a complete set!

Voiced by Kids’ Choice Award Nominee Nathan Kress (iCarly), Daytime Emmy® Award Nominee Jessica DiCicco (The Emperor’s New School, Adventure Time) and Kimberly Brooks (Doc McStuffins), SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIES is being released on DVD and digitally in the United States for the first time ever!

Synopsis: SHURIKEN SCHOOL follows the extraordinary adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Eizan Kaburagi and his friends during their first year at a ninja school. They invent the craziest weapons, using highly original components. They learn to pass through walls, disappear in clouds of smoke and fly over rooftops. The methods at this school are not particularly orthodox, and anything can happen, as absurd as it might seem. Get caught up in the action as Eizan and his eccentric classmates perfect their ninja skills in all 26 adventurous episodes!
TRAILER: Shuriken School

DVD Product Information
# of Discs: 4                                                       
Runtime: 10 hrs 5 mins
Language: English (dubbed)                                    
Color: Color
Widescreen: Yes                                                
Prod. Year: 2004
Rating: NR                                                            
Genre: Animation
Subtitles: No                                                            
CC: Yes
ITEM #: 88131604000                                    
UPC: 025192231667

Our Review:
My 8 year old loves ninjas, but there are not many kids friend movies or TV series about ninjas. As such, Shuriken School was an instant hit with her. The DVD set we received to review contained 26 great episodes about a 10 year old boy named Eizan kaburagi and the adventures he has with his friends at the first year of ninja school. What DD loves about the series is all of the cool things she gets to learn about ninjas. She was not familiar with all of the special skills that a ninja possesses, so she enjoys watching how the kids learn these skill at the school. Shuriken School is a great series for kids who are fascinated by ninjas and want something more than the typical kids' animation they see on TV. 

To buy the series, please go to Amazon.com.  
 


DISNEY LIVE! Mickey's Music Festival Tickets on Sale


Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival debuts in Long Beach, CA. Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival strives to be the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 27, 2014!

“One song can touch millions of people around the world and Disney has been at the beat of this concept for years by making music a main ingredient of storytelling,” said Producer and CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld. “In Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival we are celebrating with the Disney characters to a soundtrack of the latest sounds and chart-topping hits. We want our guests to walk away with lasting memories and singing these unforgettable melodies long after they leave the show.”

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters, begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm. And family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.

“We’ve created an environment where audience members will be able to connect with the Disney stars,” said Alana Feld, Producer and Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment. “Within each concert moment are elements of personal interaction and the audience will be harmonizing, dancing, laughing and having an outrageously good time with the characters.”

The father-daughter production team, Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, has hand selected award-winning creative talents whose credits span from working with Madonna to winning a Latin Grammy® Award to designing hundreds of costumes for Disney theme park shows:

Director/Choreographer Fred Tallaksen Award-winning choreographer of Madonna’s “Sorry” video and the finale of her Confessions World Tour; in 2008, earned a Latin Grammy® in the Best Video category for Juanes’s “Me Enamora;” has choreographed for many TV shows, including “Modern
Family,” “Outsourced” and “Wizards of Waverly Place;” skating consultant for “Austin Powers IIIGoldmember;” and directed and choreographed for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!

Writer Jeremy Desmon’s credits include The Girl in the Frame, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Storybooks and Curious George Live!. He received the 2007 Kleban Award for excellence in Musical Theatre Bookwriting, and is also a recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Fellowship

Scenic Designer Rick Papineau Vice President of Scenic Elements at Feld Entertainment; veteran designer who creates props, scenic elements and special effects for all of the company’s touring shows

Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom Designed costumes for more than 15 original dance shows in Downtown Disney; designed costumes for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy; Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! and Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After

Lighting Designer Sam Doty Assisted in the building and planning of every Feld Entertainment show since 2006, including Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival and multiple editions of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® circus

Music Director Stan Beard has arranged and written the musical score for numerous domestic and international Disney On Ice productions, and has worked in the recording studio with such luminaries as Streisand and Frank Sinatra

LONG BEACH
Terrace Theater 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Show Date & Time: Sat 09/13/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM), Sun 09/14/2014 (1:00PM, 4:00PM)
Tickets Start at: $25.00
To order tickets by phone: (562) 436 - 3636
Online: www.ticketmaster.com

HOLLYWOOD
Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Show Date & Time: Fri 09/19/2014 (4:30PM), Sat 09/20/2014 (10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM),
Sun 09/21/2014 (1:30PM, 4:30PM)
Tickets Start at: $25.00
To order tickets by phone: (323) 308-6300
Online: www.ticketmaster.com





August 10, 2014

Mythbusters Collection 11 DVD Set Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters Collection 11
Continuing their legacy as myth-busting masterminds, head Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage tackle the world’s mysteries in Mythbusters Collection 11.  Exploring all forms of unusual – from bazookas and toilet bombs to duct-tape airplanes and rock sleds – this dynamic duo leaves no mystery unsolved. Additionally, this collection features Jamie and Adam’s creative attempt to create a Newton’s cradle using wrecking balls. With a total run time of 430 minutes, this DVD has an SRP of $29.93. Street date: August 5, 2014.

Our Review:
It's hard to believe that Mythbusters have been running for so long. I love this show not only because it is educational, I also think it is very entertaining. I love that in each episode Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savege takes a myth and try to address it scientifically.  I also think it is great that they don't just conduct 1 scientific experiments, multiple experiences take place so that there is no doubt in everyone's mind that a particular concept is a myth. 

If you are a fan of  the show, you will want check it out. 

To buy the DVD set, please go to Amazon.com.  
 

July 31, 2014

sphero 2.0 Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

My kids are enjoying their summers off. Since they are out of school, they have been busy with lots of fun activities like going to the local lake, swimming in the pool, or having playdates with friends so far. You would think that since they have so many things scheduled on their social calendar, they would be content. Sadly, if this mommy needs a break, her kids would start complaining about how bored they are. Well, sphero 2.0 arrived to our house at a great time. We had some pressing issues happening in our household. My husband and myself had our plates full and we simply could not entertained our kids entertained while we were busy making phone calls to insurance companies or addressing some issues that we needed to deal with right away. Frankly, the kids are starting to get tired of playing on their tablets. So, the sphero 2.0 was a fun new toy for them to check out.
We downloaded the appropriate apps for sphero 2.0 on all of our tablets. Our family of 4 actually own 6 tablets (I know, it's nuts). Once we downloaded the apps, we handed the sphero 2.0 to our 8 year  old daughter first. She played through a few games, She loved Draw & Drive app the most. When her little brother saw how much she was enjoying playing with this new toy, he wanted in on the action. He liked Sharky, but he was definitely not very good at playing it.

As a family, we tried ColorGrab and SpaceParty! and we thought that the SpaceParty was a lot of fun. Although we could have played the game without the sphero, but we thought that using it made it more entertaining. The only problem with us using it as for family game night is that our 3 year isn't ready to play most of the games, so there was a lot of frustration on his part. On the other hand, when our daughter had her friends over for a sleepover, she played some games using the sphero with her friends, and the girls just loved it.

After playing and testing out sphero for a few days, the kids are in love with their new toy. I will have to admit that there was some fighting between my kids on who should be able to play first and if every person got to play with it as long as the other person does. To make things easier on us, we have allowed our little guy to practice/play on his own (right before he goes to bed) so that he will be ready for our next family game night.
Retailing at $129.99, it might sound pricey at first. However, the apps are free and my kids have enjoyed playing with every app we downloaded for the sphero so far. Considering how much fun they have had with it and how it is a great addition to our family fun night, I think it is worth the retail price if your family will use it as much as we do.

To learn more about this great product, please visit its facebook wall at https://www.facebook.com/GoSphero or follow it on twitter at https://twitter.com/intent/follow?screen_name=gosphero