In early June, I reached 2,000 Facebook fans and I was so excited that I decided to celebrate by offering a series of giveaways for my wonderful readers. I originally planned to host 5 giveaways, but I had so many companies respond with amazing products that I am thrilled to announce that I will be hosting 12 days of giveaways!
I am humbled and extremely happy that so many people take time out of their day to read about our family. This blog started as a journal about our daily adventures and has grown into a means to help support my family, something I never imagined possible. Be sure to visit each day to learn about a new company. On the final day, be sure to check out a special giveaway prize provided by me as a thank you to all of you.
Thank you to each and every one of you for reading my posts and sharing your thoughts and opinions in the comments!
If you've read my blog for long, you probably already know that Grace is obsessed with all things ballet. She had to have a ballet themed birthday party and takes weekly ballet classes that she absolutely loves. All I hear all week long is "Grace go to ballet class now please??" I kid you not, every single day she wears a tutu and if she is at home, she normally has a leotard and her play ballet shoes on (yes she has a play pair and a class pair because I didn't want her messing up her nice ones!) If you ask her to show you her ballet, you will be given a show of pliés, chassés, and pirouettes. It's been truly amazing to watch her love of ballet grow!
I never imagined when we were browsing Netflix last fall that she would find something so inspiring for her. As I was clicking through various kids shows, she spotted a show called "Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake". She begged to watch it and I couldn't blame her, the cover looked cute! That is when her love of ballet began.
She was glued to the screen the entire time. I remember being amazed because the show consists of a condensed performance of Swan Lake by the Paris ballet. The ballet is narrated by Prima Princessa, the pretty ballet fairy, and after each act, the children are encouraged to join in and dance. Ballet students from the School of American Ballet demonstrate steps from the ballet and then little ballerinas (preschool age) dance around and try the steps. These short scenes with the little girls all dressed up in tutus are by far Grace's part, but even during the professional performance, she was, and still is captivated.
I never expected her to sit through, much less enjoy a ballet performance. She was only 2 at the time. I obviously underestimated her! From that day on she has asked to watch ballet regularly. She dances along with the little girls and loves to try out the new moves. She doesn't like me filming her but I caught her doing this the other day:
When I emailed Prima Princessa to tell them just how much Grace loved their shows, they generously sent her a set of all 3 of their DVDs (Prima Princessa presents Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty) and a copy of their paperback book, Prima Princessa Ballet for Beginners. I cannot even begin to explain to you how excited she was when she opened the box.
We have watched all of the DVDs multiple times, we even watched one today. The book has become her choice every night for her bedtime book. She loves looking at all of the different dance steps and especially loves the end when the ballerina dresses up in "pretty tutus!" She shows me this tutu every single night and asks if she can try it on. I told you she's obsessed.
Prima Princessa was created by two moms who wanted to expose kids to ballet in a fun way. Here is more about this company:
Prima Princessa Productions is a mere two-person operation, the brainchild of two moms from New Jersey, Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller. During a play-date with their kids, the duo hatched a unique idea for a children’s dance-along series featuring world-class ballet. Prima Princessa brings high arts to young children through inexpensive and accessible multi-media platforms that kids use everyday. Attending a live ballet performance is costly and time-consuming. Ballet has been steadily losing its audience in this era of new media with downloads, web-casts, web-browsing, all free and immediate entertainment. Prima Princessa understands this trend and embraces new media by letting children experience the art form of classical ballet on their own terms in their own homes and schools.
To see a preview of the DVDs, click here. Learn more about Prima Princessa by visiting their website, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Prima Princessa presents Sleeping Beauty is available on Amazon Instant Video now! Or you can purchase the DVDs for only $6.99 from Amazon.com.
Prima Princessa has generously offered 5 of my readers each a set of the 3 DVDs! That means 5 winners will each receive a set of Prima Princessa presents The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake!
How to Enter:This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Follow the instructions on the widget to enter. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter. The giveaway runs through Tuesday, August 12th at 11:59 PM CST! The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or new winners will be chosen. This giveaway is open to US residents only.
Thank you to Prima Princessa for sending us the DVDs and book. I truly believe Grace is one of your biggest fans!