Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2k Fan Giveaway! Day 9: Prima Princessa Ballet DVDs

Disclosure: I received a set of DVDs and a book from Prima Princessa to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. 


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!
 



Prima Princessa Review

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.

I love that she is able to get a taste of fine art through these DVDs and this book. Attending ballet is expensive and I'm not sure that she would be able to sit through an entire professional performance. I really enjoy watching these DVDs with her as I rarely get the chance to go see fine art performances anymore.

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.

Giveaway

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:
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Thank you to Prima Princessa for sending us the DVDs and book. I truly believe Grace is one of your biggest fans! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

2k Fan Giveaway! Day 8: Green Toys Train

Disclosure: I received a train from Green Toys in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

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!


Green Toys Train Giveaway

Choo choo! One of my favorite toy brands, Green Toys, recently gave us the chance to try out one of their newest toys, the train. We love Green Toys! Grace received one of their dump trucks for her first birthday and over 2 years later, it still looks almost perfect despite lots of rough play.


Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.

All Green Toys are made in the USA and are mainly made with recycled milk jugs. They contain no traceable amounts of Phthalates or BPA and are packaged in environmentally friendly packaging. No unnecessary zip ties or twist ties are used in the packaging making it quick and easy to get the toy out for your excited child. 



It was a challenge to get this picture as both kids were basically attacking the box wanting to play with the train. Connor is obsessed with trains right now so I knew that it would be a hit but even I'm surprised by how much he loves this toy.


He loves taking the top off of the caboose and putting things in it. He thinks it's hilarious to move the bears around in the train and I hear him constantly pushing the engine around yelling "choo choo!"

Unlike other train sets I've seen, it is super easy to attach and detach the cars from the engine. The kids can play with this toy completely independently. Connor is extremely rough on his toys (he throws things, bangs them on things, yeah, he's a boy), but this train is so sturdy that he hasn't damaged it at all.

Because it has no metal axles or external coatings, this train (like all Green Toys) is a perfect outside toy. We can play with it in the dirt or in the water table and simply bring it inside and stick in IN THE DISHWASHER! Yes, you read that right, Green Toys can go in the dishwasher!! How amazing is that?

Both kids love this train and I know that it will continue to be a favorite. I'm pretty sure Connor is going to be getting the rocket for his birthday.
It looks like so much fun!

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a train from Green Toys!

How to Enter:
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Thanks to Green Toys for sending us this train!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2k Fan Giveaway! Day 7: Pint Size Productions Personalized Board Books

Disclosure: I received a personalized board book from Pint Size Productions in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

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!


Pint Size Productions is the only printer and manufacturer of board books in the USA! They produce board books in both large and small quantities. Thy have an exclusive licence for the only customized Sandra Boynton board book in the world and are the exclusive producers of adorable plush characters from Boynton''s books. They are unlike any company I've ever seen as they offer production of single orders of personalized digitally printed board books. Using one of their templates, you upload your photos and text and they will print, bind and ship you your own board book in 10 days. How amazing is that? I thought about creating a book with pictures of both kids, but I couldn't resist the Sandra Boynton "Are You A Cow?" personalized book. We love all of her books. They are the perfect length for a toddler attention span and the characters are adorable.

It is super easy to design your book. When you pick your template, the site gives you a list of instructions and then walks you through each step of entering your text and uploading pictures. The site allows you to preview each page of your book as you work. Here was one of my previews:


After adding all of your pictures and text, you check through the preview one final time before approving your book and ordering it. They say it takes about 7 days to print and bind your book but I was pleasantly surprised when my book shipped after 2 days! 

I must admit that Connor tears up books right now (this is heartbreaking as a librarian!) so the only books I allow him to have right now are thick, good quality board books. He was super excited to get a new book to add to his collection. This book is very high quality with thick pages and bright colors. He has flipped through the pages many times by himself and he hasn't ripped it. 

He loves to read this book!

Hearing his name and seeing his picture gets him very excited. He brings it to me to read over and over again. When we get to the final page "you must be a Connor" he laughs every time and points to his picture.



If you aren't familiar with "Are You A Cow?", it is a question and answer format book that asks the child if they are a cow, a duck, a frog, etc. Connor thinks this is absolutely hilarious as it uses his very favorite word "no" after each question. I've started using this to distract him during diaper changes and it works well. I finally caught him on video doing it:


He loves pointing to his picture on the back of the book at the end. It's pretty adorable.

I cannot say enough good things about this company. The ordering process was easy and we love the book. This would make a perfect birthday present for any child! They also make cute plush characters from Boynton's books. I really want the cow!

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a personalized board book of their choice from Pint Size Productions!

How to Enter:
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

2k Fan Celebration! Day 6: Daddy & Company Skincare Set

Disclosure: I received a set of Daddy & Co skincare products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

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!




I've posted before about how much I love Daddy & Company

Daddy & Company is dedicated to providing dads in every stage of fatherhood a way to proudly proclaim, "I'm the Daddy!" Daddy & Company is committed to excellence and strives to deliver quality products at great prices while ensuring the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.

Daddy & Company recently released their newest line of daddy products, Daddy's Health & Skin Care. They were developed by a pharmacist and daddy of seven. Each product is free of harmful chemicals, eco-friendly, and safe for you and your children. All of the products are Healthy Child, Healthy World certified and made in the USA. They are pharmacist recommended and daddy approved! The line includes baby lotion, baby bubble bath, baby shampoo & body wash, organic baby powder, and bug spray. 

We got the chance to try the baby lotion, baby shampoo & body wash, and baby bubble bath in the calming lavender scent. Connor has very sensitive skin and I am always very careful about the products I use for him. I love that these products are all hypoallergenic and free of artificial dyes. I was pleasantly surprised by the lavender scent, it was light and not too overwhelming. The shampoo and body wash did their job well. Connor had spent a lot of time outside that day and he came out smelling nice and fresh. Grace loved the bubble bath, it made lots of long lasting bubbles. She also approved the lotion saying it smelled "great!" She begged me to put more on her so it has become a nightly ritual. Each of these products is also available fragrance free.

Connor says you should check out Daddy & Company's new health & skincare products!
To learn more about the Daddy & Company Health and Skincare line, check out their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a set of 3 Daddy & Company Skincare products!

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 Saturday, August 9th at 11:59 PM CST! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

2k Fan Celebration! Day 5: Joosh's Juice Bar

Disclosure: I received a copy of Joosh's Juice Bar to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

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!



I'm lucky that my kids love books as much as I do. Any time I get a book in the mail to review, they get very excited. When Joosh's Juice Bar by Josh Gottsegen arrived, Grace wanted me to read it to her right away.
When Joosh’s Juice Bar runs out of strawberries, the youngsters are asked to go on a “strawberry run.”  Mo and Coco, along with rainforest friends Randy (a mischievous monkey) and Kwamee (a wise green lizard), travel through the Tropland Rainforest and stumble upon a unique glowing berry in Don Ribbit’s forbidden Swampland. Mo and Randy pick the berries, eat them and bring them back to Joosh’s Juice Bar. What seemed like a great idea at first turns sour as Joosh and his wife Holly return home to the juice bar and find the boys making a new juice with the berries! To their surprise, Randy and Mo, along with the animals that also drank their new blue juice, are glowing blue from head to toe! The Joosh Man takes Coco and the boys to seek aid from Doctor Boo Boo (a toucan bird). Will they find a way to wash the blue glow away? Will they get back home safely before dark and the impending rain storm?

While my kids are not quite old enough to get the obvious metaphor about the berries being chemical filled junk food, they do love the pictures. The illustrations are bright and fun. Being set in the rainforest, Mo and Coco interact with many different animals and Grace loves identifying all of them. She also enjoys the rhyming text. I will warn parents that this book is a little long for young one's attention spans. Connor likes the pictures but won't sit through an entire reading. My only criticism is that some of the placement of the words on the page can make it a little difficult to read. 

This book is a great subtle way to teach kids to avoid chemical filled junk food and to stick with healthy fruits and vegetables. This will be a book I will read to them for many years to come.

Learn more about Joosh's Juice Bar on their Website (you can even email your favorite character!), Facebook, and Twitter.


Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of Joosh's Juice Bar!

How to Enter:
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

2k Fan Giveaway! Day 4: Sea Life & LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

Disclosure: I received press passes to Sea Life Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center in exchange for my review previously posted here. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

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!

Day 4 of my 2k Facebook Fan Giveaway Celebration is a perfect adventure for your family for summer vacation. If you live in Kansas City or are planning a vacation, enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discover Center in Kansas City, MO!



We recently got the chance to visit Sea Life and LEGOLAND and both of my kids loved it! Both attractions are perfect for kids of all ages. Read my review of our visit now


Giveaway

Enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Sea Life Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center!

How to Enter:
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Park Place Leawood: "Around the World" Street Fair

If you haven't had the chance to read my review of Leawood's shopping destination Park Place, you should!


With many fabulous shops and restaurants, it's a great place to take your family. I learned during my tour that Park Place offers many great events throughout the year, and one of the biggest is this weekend. The "Around the World" Street Fair is this Saturday (7/26) from 5-10 PM and will feature entertainment for all ages and delicious food. I'm hoping to attend with my family and you should too! 

Here is more information about this event:

Make plans for the outdoor celebration of the summer as Park Place hosts an “Around the World” Street Fair on Saturday, July 26.  The free, open to the public event will offer a taste of various cultures, through live music, street performers, fashion, food and drink, art and more. All of the legendary Park Place restaurants will line the streets with food and drink booths as they offer a culinary sampling from around the world — Japanese, Mexican, Italian, American and more. In addition, the Park Place boutiques will offer a dazzling display of men’s, women’s, children and bridal fashion in a choreographed fashion show to live instrumental rock music. 

For entertainment, two stages will showcase a variety of multi-cultural local and regional music and dance performances for all ages to enjoy, from opera to mariachi to Irish rock, culminating in a grand finale of acrobats, fire and aerials. At the same time, themed performers will roam the streets of Park Place representing a variety of countries, like Scottish bagpipes or a Bavarian accordion player while a Chinese dragon makes periodic appearances to the delight of kids from two to 92. 


In addition to serving up plenty of food, fashion and fun, the “Around the World” street fair will also raise funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Affiliate.  Komen KC provides breast health awareness, education, advocacy and life-saving screenings to the community.   For a donation, attendees will be able to participate in the creation of a collaborative multi-cultural mural spearheaded by Pinot’s Palette.  Guests can also bid in a silent auction for the completed work of art throughout the evening, with the winning bid to be announced at the conclusion of the event.  Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase a VIP seat to the fashion show for an additional donation of $25 to Komen KC.  There will be a Susan G. Komen booth on site providing information on future involvement opportunities.

For more information about the event, a detailed schedule, hotel and parking information, check out Park Place's website now! 

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