CLOSED Halloween fun with The Jim Henson Company! plus The Dinosaur train " Spooky Scavenger hunt" Book review and giveaway! Ends 11/11


   

The Jim Henson Company has alot of Halloween happenings this month! With all new Special Halloween Episodes of Sid the Science kid and Dinosaur Train and They also have some awesome Halloween Costumes that you can buy or make.


Dinosaur Train NEW EPISODE Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pond Pumpkin Patch premiere 10/20 on PBS Kids (check local listings)Repeats- 10/24, 10/28, 10/30 , 10/31



"In Haunted Roundhouse, dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decoratedtheir Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.  And in Big Pond Pumpkin Patch, the Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them."


Sid the Science Kid NEW EPISODE Spooky Science Special premieres 10/17 on PBS Kids (check local listings)Show Repeats- 10/25, 10/28, 10/30, 10/31 


"In Halloween Spooky Science Special, it’s Halloween time and Sid and his friends have dressed up in the spookiest andscariest costumes possible.  Sid is a bat with big fangs.  May is a spooky black cat.  Gabriela is a furry, yucky spider.  And Gerald is a super spooky skeleton that goes boo!  Susie (dressed as a silly mad scientist) loves their costumes, and helps the kids discover that Halloween can be spooky and scientific!  The kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our body frames!  At the Halloween party, the kids also investigate how to make icky, gooey green slime.  Susie then ends the day with a special “Halloween Parade” song so the kids can march around and show off their spooky and scientific costumes! "


We have already watched the fun new episodes! Every holiday we always enjoy watching all the new or old holiday episodes of our favorite shows these are new ones to add to our list of favorites! And of course my little girl has to wear her Buddy costume while were watching them!

Speaking of costumes The Jim Henson company has a ton of costumes of your favorite characters to choose from. Like Buddy or Tiny and so much more. and you can find a Sid the Science kid treat bag! They have also have created a Buddy or Sid the science kid costume that you can make at home!

Yes I have more to tell you about! To celebrate Halloween they have sent me the Dinosaur Train "Spooky scavenger hunt" book to review and a copy to giveaway!




 "The Spooky Scavenger Hunt” from Grosset & Dunlap in which Mr. Pteranodon takes Buddy and Tiny on a nighttime trip to the Big Pond for a spooky nature walk! Mr. Pteranodon and the conductor insist they can't be scared, but when the conductor's mom jumps out at them, everyone gets a good scare! This simple storybook is perfect for read-aloud fun!  Ages 4 - 8; SRP $3.99.



It is a very cute book and it definitely got my children into the Halloween spirit Its always fun to read books as a family especially holiday books. It is a great book and it didn't scare the children one bit it made Halloween fun! I don't want to give the whole story away since you need to read it for yourself!


One lucky reader will win "The Spooky Scavenger hunt" book!




GIVEAWAY!
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Tell me what you like to do to make Hallowen extra special for your little ones.
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This Giveaway is opento the US and Ends 11/11/2011 at 11:59pm PST. I will draw the winner using random.org. I will contact the winner through the email left in the comment's. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw an alternative winner. any entries that do not adhere to the contest rules will be disqualified

Disclosure: I received a product to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

Step2 Big Imaginations are cooking contest!



Step2 has an exciting new contest happening right now!


Oct 19th- Nov 20th you can head over and enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

Enter the “Big Imaginations Are Cooking” contest by submitting an essay (150 words or less) to http://www.bigimaginationscontest.com/
that tells a story about their kids playing in an imaginative, unstructured way.

The 10 Winners of the essay portion will receive a Step2 Play Kitchen, Video camera and will be eligible for the grand prize, Once the submit a 90 second video of there child (children) creatively playing with there Step2 play kitchen!

And The grand prize winner will win $5,000!

Check out the official rules for more info and entry requirements.



The First Years Spooktacular Costume Sweepstakes!




The First Years has an awesome Halloween Sweepstakes on their Facebook page!
To Enter go the The First Years Facebook page Halloween sweeps tab and submit a photo of your child in his/her cutest Halloween costume/gear.

The Sweepstakes Begins 10/24/2011 and Ends 11/1/2011

The First 25 Entrants will receive a Take N Toss variety pack

3 Random Grand Prize winners will win a
 Combination of (1) Ignite Stroller Abstract O’s, (ARV): $64.99 and (1) Baby Bundle - Gray, (ARV): $19.99

Be sure to check the Official Rules for Eligibility and Photo Requirements



Disclosure: I am being provided with a sample product in exchange for this post. All Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own



Kirklands Piper Hurricane candle set review and giveaway! Ends 11-7







Kirkland’s is a leading specialty retailer of home d├ęcor in the United States, operating approximately 292 stores in 30 states. Kirkland’s was co-founded in 1966 by our current Chairman Emeritus, Carl Kirkland. We opened our first store in Jackson, Tennessee and have grown steadily thereafter.


I love the fall season because there are so many Holidays fast approaching and I love to decorate for each and everyone of them! I couldn't be more excited when I was given the opportunity to review Kirkland's Piper Hurricane Candle set! I love Hurricane candles because there is so much you can do with them! Floating candles is one of my favorites or even using them as vases.



Set includes a 7", 10.5", & 14"H hurricane
Crafted of glass

Metal inserts in a bronze finish sit inside clear, glass hurricanes

Unique, "floating" design

Accommodates 3” pillar or sphere candles; candles sold separately


Aren't theses amazing!! I fell in love with them as soon as I seen them and have had a million compliments since having them. They were alot bigger than i expected this picture doesn't quite show how big they really are! when I first seen the picture I thought those were votives inside of them but those are pillar candles! I took a pic of mine and hope I got the full effect of how big they are. They retail for $29.99 and are worth every penny!


I'm not done decorating them this is just what I had on hand to use I think they look very festive for the upcoming holidays! I cant wait to use them for Christmas! There are so many possibilities to decorate with these. You can check out Mykirklands.com for some ideas or inspiration. And of course this review wouldn't be complete without an awesome giveaway!

Kirkland's has offered for one lucky reader to win a Piper Hurricane Candles set!




GIVEAWAY!
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Head over to Kirkland's and come back and tell me of another products they have you would love to use to decorate for the holidays!
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This Giveaway is open to legal residents of the continental United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico (the “Eligibility Area”), who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry and Ends 11/7/2011 at 11:59pm PST. I will draw the winner using random.org. I will contact the winner through the email left in the comment's. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw an alternative winner. any entries that do not adhere to the contest rules will be disqualified

Disclosure: I received a product to review in exchange for my honest opinion all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Bunk Beds That Match The Children And Not Just The Room.





A child's room is a direct reflection of who they are. Even with minimal furniture, a child's character is sure to shine through the room one way or another. One of the best things you can do as a parent is promote the child's unique personality by putting furniture in the room that can only add to the child's character and development. If there are 2 children sharing the same room this can easily be achieved with bunk beds.


Nowadays, bunk beds are manufactured in a variety of styles and shapes. There are town over twin bunk beds, which are great for rooms that have limited space, singles over doubles and even full over full bunk beds. The bigger bunk beds are ideal for larger rooms and older children are more likely to accept staying in a bunk bed longer if they have a full size bed underneath.


The only limitation you have when you are selecting bunk beds for your children is your imagination and what you want the furniture to reflect about your child. The bed shown here is a good example of a simple yet bold piece of furniture for a couple of boys that are rugged and need something sturdy.


If you want the bed to be a mainstay of the room for a few years anyway, the best thing you can do is bring your children shopping with you for bedroom furniture. Sometimes they will chose something that you never would have considered and it will suit the room perfectly! At other times, caution must be exercised and a compromise reached between both the children and the parents. Sometimes they will chose something that you never would have considered and it will suit the room perfectly! At other times, caution must be exercised and a compromise reached between both the children and the parents.


Here is a modern kid's room that is fantastic for on-the-go kids that want a practical yet appealing room to stay and sleep in.




Everything in this room has a purpose and is completely functional. The shelves match the bed in a striking red while the room appears clean and tidy with the pure white acting as a contrast. The accent rug adds a homey atmosphere – just enough to tone down the modern look and make the bedroom a place to call home.



Designing the room

When designing your kid's’ bedroom think outside of the box and have some fun with it. Try to tie everything together including the curtains or blinds, paint colors and accessories. Bright vivid colors will add energy to the room while muted colors will add a more peaceful atmosphere. A combination of both can also be accomplished by using some creative juice and working with your kid’s character.


When a bedroom is designed from one end to the other with care and thought it can end up being a masterpiece! Think about how much time your child will be spending in his room over the course of the next few years and what he will accomplish in it. Is there a space set up for homework? Does the tone of the room offer the proper sleeping conditions? Will he have friends over that he needs to entertain?


Set a goal for the room, what types of energy you want to add to it and work together with your children to plan it out. This can end up being one of the most exciting projects you’ll ever work on and can be a creative bonding time for both you and your children.





Disclosure: This post was provided by the sponsor.

Glow Crazy Distance Doodler deal Oct 22 & 23!



 Purchase a Glow Crazy Distance Doodler this Saturday or Sunday at any WalMart, Toys R Us or local retailer, and they will send you a FREE Glow Glove!




CLOSED Avery® Sticky Notes Mark the Spot” sweepstakes and a Giveaway! Ends 10/25




Avery has came out with some awesome new sticky notes! they are see through! they make it so much easier to mark stuff with out obstructing your view to what you are marking I love them and have used them a ton since receiving them. Not only did Avery come out with this awesome new product they have also launched an awesome sweepstakes!

Avery Marks the Spot Sweepstakes!

To enter head over to the Avery Facebook page under the Like us promo tab!

The Sweepstakes runs from October 3rd -25th and has a limit of one entry per person

20,000 winners will be selected at random to win a FREE pack of Avery® See-Through Sticky Notes.

 Five of those winners will be randomly selected to receive 100,000 Box Tops coupons (valued at $10,000) that will be applied to a school of their choice. The selected schools of the “Avery® Sticky Notes Mark the Spot” promotion will be presented with credit for the 100,000 Box Tops for Education®.


Awesome right?! I'm am very big on collecting boxtops because as little as it may seem they all add up and they help out the school immensely. To Mark the Launch of both the see through sticky notes and this awesome sweepstakes Avery wants to give one lucky reader a chance to win 6 packs of the See through sticky notes!
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This Giveaway is open to US and Ends 10/25/2011 at 11:59pm PST. I will draw the winner using random.org. I will contact the winner through the email left in the comment's. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw an alternative winner. any entries that do not adhere to my contest rules will be disqualified

Disclosure: I was provided with the product to review in exchange for my honest opinion all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

CLOSED Educational Insights race to 10,000 fans! $50 Giftcard 2 day giveaway!!! Ends 10/16!




               Educational Insights has set a goal to reach 10,000 facebook fans by the end of the weekend and to help they are offering me to giveaway a $50 gift card to one of you for liking their page! I have worked with Educational insights many times and love their products! They have an amazing selection of toys, games and other products that are both fun and educational and are great for parents, teachers, homeschooling Etc.. My children really love their games and toys and have never seen them have so much fun learning before that is why I am so excited to be able to give you all a chance to win a $50 giftcard just in time for the holidays!  

This giveaway will end in 2 days! I have never held a fast giveaway like this before so I hope it works out well. This will be a very easy entry too!
 

Mandatory Entry
Like Educational Insights facebook page and comment telling me you did.
(you must like their page in order to win)


Extra Entries

1.Tweet and or share the giveaway on facebook and comment with your link
( You can do both every hour if you would like)

And thats it good luck!

This giveaway will end 10/16 at 11:59 PST. PST. I will draw the winner using random.org. I will contact the winner through the email left in the comment's. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw an alternative winner. any entries that do not adhere to my contest rules will be disqualified




Disclosure: I am being provided with a giftcard in exchange for writing this post all thoughts and opinons are 100% my own.

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