Nickelodeon Team Umizoomi, Victorious and More New Releases

There was one last DVD from Nickelodeon that I hadn’t shared with you all and then there are a few more that released in July I think you must know about! There are a number of DVD releases from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon each month and I plan to share them with you as soon as possible, this means either shortly after release date or shortly before release date. In this case, I am sharing  a bit after the release date.

Team Umizoomi 1,2,3..

Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world. The Umi Team is not complete without their Umi Friends (home viewers), who help the team along the way while practicing various math skills. Set to a soundtrack of preschool-friendly pop songs, the series is designed to build upon preschoolers’ conceptual understanding of math as they are exposed to core mathematical concepts like numbers, counting, computations, measurement, patterns and shapes.

Released June 28,2011. Special Features include Meet Geo, Meet Milli and Meet Bot. Running time is 95 minutes. Suggested Retail Price is $16.99

Victorious Season One: Volume One

Victorious is created and executive-produced by Dan Schneider, who also created other Nickelodeon hits like iCarly, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, The Amanda Show and Kenan and Kel. The show follows teenager Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) who attends the prestigious performing arts high school, Hollywood Arts. From her first day at the school, however, Tori feels out of place among the talented students, especially mean diva Jade (Elizabeth Gillies, Broadway’s 13). But with the help of her older sister Trina (Daniella Monet, A Fairly Odd Movie, Nancy Drew) and new friends including the musically gifted Andre (Leon Thomas III, August Rush, Broadway’s The Lion King, iCarly), brooding bad boy Beck (Avan Jogia, Spectacular!), eccentric Cat (Ariana Grande, Broadway’s 13) and lovable but psychologically scrambled ventriloquist Robbie (Matthew Bennett) – Tori realizes that she was born to perform and that entertaining people not only makes her happy but may change her life. The series, a co-production with Sony Music, features original songs performed by Justice and the ensemble cast. Since its launch last April, Victorious has been the number-one program in its timeslot on all TV with kids 6-11, tweens 9-14, and teens 12-17, reaching 14.4 million kids, 15.1 million tweens, and 11.4 million teens each quarter.

Released July 5,2011. Special Features include Meet Tori Vega, Meet the Cast, Music Videos. Running time is 243 minutes. Suggested Retail Price is $19.99

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Party Pack

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do every day, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

Released July 12, 2011. Special Features include Nicktrition Tips for Parents, Baby Nick Jr Music Video. Running time is 291 minutes. Suggested Retail Price is $24.99

Yo Gabba Gabba: Party in a Box

Yo Gabba Gabba: It’s time to get those dancing shoes on and prepare for some fun in Yo Gabba Gabba: Party in a Box! This three-DVD box set includes Birthday Boogie, Clubhouse and Dancey Dance Bunch so get ready to explore everything from animals and new foods to birthdays and dress-up. Special guests in this collection include Erykah Badu, The Ting Tings, and Elijah Wood. Additionally, Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh appear in their recurring segments.

Released July 12, 2011.  Running time is 297 minutes. Suggested Retail Price is $24.99

Will share more July releases and August releases ASAP!

Disclosure: I received all of these DVD’s for free. My family would enjoy these shows whether we received the DVD for free or not. All opinions are that of my own.

Holiday Gift Idea; Tea Hampers, Breakfast in Bed Hamper

I hear it on the radio and see the commercials on television; Christmas in July is happening and well with that comes the thoughts of some great holiday gift ideas. Today I wanted to discuss the idea of gift hampers for your special loved one. You see they have breakfast in bed hampers which would be a great Mother’s Day gift, never mind Christmas. Moms everywhere would love to have a breakfast in bed hamper because it’s the second best thing to a real breakfast in bed!

Even though talking about Hampers for Christmas may seem like I am rushing that white Winter scene, but in all reality it’s true that you must plan ahead for any big holiday. Christmas is just around the corner, just as school starts you will soon feel the NH air get crisp and cooler until the leaves turn color and then boom Winter in NH is outside of our kitchen windows. Speaking of kitchens, an afternoon tea hamper would make a great gift idea for that grandma in your life who loves to sit down for a nice afternoon tea while socializing with friends.

Although around here we call these gift ideas, baskets, over seas and in other countries a gift basket happens to be referred to as hampers so remember all of you who have no clue what I am talking about, think “gift baskets” not “laundry hampers”. The next time you are looking around for a gift idea for your family members, remember that hampers are a great gift idea any time of year.

Maybe next year for a celebration of Summer event you can get your loved ones a Summer essentials hamper to be certain they have a positive jump start to their Summer vacation! Not sure what your loved one will like for a hamper gift basket? Well then why not get a gift voucher, same as a gift certificate to ensure your family and friends can choose the hamper that fits them best.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from a campaign on PayPerPost.

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Ragu Moms The Word on Dinner: Table Manners

Today I am going to talk table manners because that is the topic being discussed over on Ragu’s Facebook Page. I am a Ragu Brand Ambassador for Moms the Word on Dinner and excited to be discussing some great topics with you. If you want to carry on this conversation you can visit Ragu’s Facebook page to watch the video, which includes one of my fave bloggers, Trisha from MomDot.

The question is what is your stance in Table Manners! Are there specific no no’s, do you have certain rules that you always follow? What are your table manners when eating in you kitchen?

What Are The Rules in my House Regarding Table Manners?

I am a HUGE let’s have dinner as a family kind of person. Dinner time has always been an important part of my day. I don’t care if we eat breakfast and lunch together but dinner is a must for family sit down time.

As far as rules, I am not sure if I really have any spoken rules, they are more common sense rules such as;

  • Be polite and respectful.
  • If you throw food your plate is taken away until you pick up that food that has been thrown (yes I have a two year old who is currently testing limits)
  • Allow everyone, yes even the little brothers, to take part in the conversation talking about our day.
  • No watching TV.

For the most part I am relaxed at dinner, it is a time for us to talk about our day, even the two year old has something to say about the fun day he had with Mama. It’s a time to discuss family, what’s going on in our lives and minds. I am BIG on keeping the topics on a positive note during dinner, if there are any “issues” that dwell on the negative we can discuss them later on privately.

Dinner is simply one big happy meal, well minus the sibling bickering on occasion and two year old instigating his big brother and sister ;-)

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Hana Professional Flat Iron Results

A long time ago I received a Hana Professional Flat Iron and my sister uses it often when she sleeps over for her hair, but the other day I had her use it on my long, thick hair and wanted to share the results.

And after about half hour to forty five minutes the results were in and I was ready to go out looking rather cute I must say…

So what do you think? Does my hair look good straight?


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Horizon Organic Farm Visit

My sons and my father went along with me to a Vermont farm that is part of a chain of around 100 New England farms who provide Horizon Organic milk. We took a day to learn about how organic milk is made but first off we wanted to learn how the animals are taken care of, what having a farm is all about and simply enjoy some laughter and good times.

The farm is called The Farmstead at Falls Hill in Tunbridge, VT, and is only about an hour or less drive from my home in NH. My father being a farm boy was all about heading to check out this local New England farm to see how it is all done.

I guess out of the whole trip the thing that stuck out to me most is that I learned organic basically means you treat the animals as if they are your children and if you wouldn’t eat it then they won’t be eating it. Another thing that intrigued me is that the cows don’t take antibiotics, one of the best natural remedies for any sickness is garlic. Garlic is used for the cows and guess what? I can relate to using garlic as a way to help me feel better, it is an amazing thing to have as part of your daily diet to ensure you don’t get so sick all of the time. I am happy the cows get this to help them stay healthy & well.

The reason for my visit to this farm was to ensure that I help spread the word and awareness of the brand changing names. Here is a blurb provided to me to give you information on how The Organic Cow is now Horizon Organic:

The Organic Cow (which you may have seen or purchased in
your local grocery store) is now changing to Horizon® organic milk. The Organic Cow has actually been partnered with Horizon, sharing the same milk supply, for more than 10 years. In fact, Horizon works with the same network of 100 family farms in the New England area as The Organic Cow did.

So we had a great time learning about Horizon Organic dairy and the boys even enjoyed a cheese stick from Horizon Organic as well as some Horizon Organic chocolate milk, which they LOVED.

Disclosure: This was a compensated trip, however, all opinions are that of my own!

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