>Barney: Furry Friends DVD Review & Giveaway!!



It’s a whole litter of fun with preschool favorite Barney & Friends in this all-new collection of “tails” about how special our furry friends can be with Barney: Furry Friends on DVD July 27, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®


Join Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and all their playground friends for some tail wagging adventures as they learn about dogs and cats.  From helpful guide dogs to feline family members, you’re sure to have warm-hearted fun in this very special doggie treat.  Find a lost cat, dress up and learn about tigers, meet neighborhood dogs Bingo and Pilgrim, join in for a rousing round of B-I-N-G-O and be a judge at a fun-spirited dog show!

My kids are loving this- again, with the singing and dancing.  They love to move and groove, what can I say?  They also love animals.  Since its Barney I know it won’t have offensive subject matter and I can let them watch and get something done (like dinner being cooked) uninterrupted.  I won’t lie, Barney isn’t MY favorite, but really, I don’t think an enormous purple dinosaur is really aiming for the adults as a fan base!!  He keeps the kids happy and gets them moving, so he can stick around.  

Want to check this out for yourself?  It’s coming out on DVD on July 27th.

Or, Enter to WIN here!
This one will be easy, everyone.  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Childhood song.  Want an extra entry?  Tell me your second favorite.

And of course, you can also Follow me on Networked Blogs, GFC, Facebook, Twitter and/or Subscribe by RSS or Email to my blog.  You can take 2 entries for each of these that you do!

Share this on any social networking site and get 1 entry/day per site.  Please leave URL and as always, include @mamatomjr if you tweet.

Comment on any NON-giveaway post (relevant to the post) dated 6/15/10 or later) and get 3 entries/post.  

This giveaway will end on July 31 at midnight, EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to initial contact or another winner will be chosen using random.org.  US only. 

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>Thomas & Friends:Creaky Cranky DVD Giveaway!!



Fizzling fireboxes! Steam along with four all-new adventures with preschool favorite Thomas & Friends™ when Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky arrives on DVD July 13, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. These all-new, never-before-seen on TV episodes in full CG animation feature Thomas challenging Cranky the Crane to see who can lift the heaviest loads. Thomas takes charge of the Sodor Steam Works and fulfills his dream of delivering the mail. Get your pink on with James’ new paint job and then try sing-along Karaoke fun with the bonus “Sound Song” Karaoke Music Video! Children will enjoy host Driver Perkins, who can ONLY be seen on DVD, and engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun!

Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, the Thomas & Friends animated series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

Thomas and his friends deliver cargo-loads of fun in this collection of uplifting episodes! Ride along as Thomas helps to deliver mail, mend engines, and prepare for the Spring Party on the Island of Sodor. Watch as Thomas learns that it pays to listen to advice, there’s more to a train than its undercoat, and that sometimes it takes a team of friends to reach your true destination.

Episodes include:
    • “Creaky Cranky”
    • “Tickled Pink”
    • “Steamy Sodor”
    • “Early Bird”
    • The “Sound Song” Karaoke Music Video
MY favorite is the Tickled Pink.  But I love all things pink!  I think the kids like Creaky Cranky best, although they all liked dancing with the music video.  Put music to something and they will have a blast!! 

Want to win a copy?

This one will be easy, everyone.  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Thomas friend.  Want extra entries?  Tell me your 2nd and 3rd favorite!!  That’s 3 entries already!

And of course, you can also Follow me on Networked Blogs, GFC, Facebook, Twitter and/or Subscribe by RSS or Email to my blog.  You can take 2 entries for each of these that you do!

Share this on any social networking site and get 1 entry/day per site.  Please leave URL and as always, include @mamatomjr if you tweet.

Comment on any NON-giveaway post (relevant to the post) dated 6/15/10 or later) and get 3 entries/post.  

This giveaway will end on July 31 at midnight, EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to initial contact or another winner will be chosen using random.org.  US only. 

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>Music, Music Everywhere DVD & Music CD Set Review– and, you can WIN!!

>Come sing and dance with favorite friends Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas & Friends and Kipper!

My kids L-O-V-E-D this DVD.  Lots of music, singing and dancing- even Baby B was swayin’ to the beat!!  
This DVD has 5 episodes:

Barney- “Play Piano with Me”

Bob the Builder- “Roley’s Important Job”
Thomas & Friends- “Tuneful Toots” 
Kipper- “Arnold’s Drum” 
and a BONUS

Angelina Ballerina- “Angelina’s Musical Day”

This DVD has something for EVERY preschooler in your life!!  This DVD also comes with a musical CD with 5 songs:
Barney- “P-I-A-N-O” 
“Good Manners”
Thomas & Friends “Roll Call” 
“Narrow Gauge”
Angelina Ballerina “The Next Steps Theme Song”
What I really like about this set- it has an episode or song for all 3 of my kids.  I also like that its just good, clean fun, and preschool-appropriate.  We don’t often watch DVD’s but I’ll grab this one for sure again!  Especially if this summer continues to be hot and so very humid as it has been so far!
Want to check it out for yourself?  This is out in stores TODAY, July 20, 2010.  It should cost about $14.98.  
Of course, why buy it when you can WIN it?  
One of my readers can win their own copy of Music, Music Everywhere!  
How to win?
Easy:  Tell me what your favorite character is from any of these shows included on the DVD.

Want extra chances to win?

Like me on Facebook

Follow me on Twitter
Comment on any NON-giveaway post on my blog (dated 6/15/10 or later) *4* extra entries
Enter any other giveaway on my blog *1* extra entry per giveaway
Subscribe to me with GFC or Networked Blogs (if you do both, give yourself a third bonus for being such a dedicated follower) 
Share this on any Social Networking Site and get 1 entry/day for doing so (please include @mamatomjr if you Tweet)
This contest will end on July 30, 2010 at midnight EST.  Winner will have 48 hours once winning notification is sent to respond or another winner will be selected using random.org.  US Only. 

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>Meet the Monkey Butts and then, enter to win for yourself!! (yes, its family friendly!)


Monkey Butt and Lady Monkey Butt just had a baby and now offer Anti Monkey Butt Diaper Rash Ointment and Anti Monkey Butt Powder for baby!

Sigh. I wish I could take credit for that clever little sentence above, but, alas, I cannot.  It doesn’t matter.  It’s still fun. 

Ok.  First off, let’s get you introduced to the Monkey Butt family.  First we have Monkey Butt:

He’s the one who started the family.

Then he met Lady Monkey Butt

And now there’s Baby Monkey Butt

Ok, maybe you are asking why I’m so obsessed with Monkey Butt tonight and what relevance it has to you, but stick with me.

The Monkey Butt family helps relieve friction- so no chafing or irritation.  Makes for a more comfortable you!  We’ve been using the Baby Monkey Butt powder on Baby B for a few weeks – since we use cloth traditional creams are not an option for us- and unfortunately a few brands I won’t name right now seem to get her red and irritated very quickly.  So we tried Baby Monkey butt and have been really happy with the results!

I’ve used Monkey Butt and Lady Monkey butt the past few times I shot a wedding with the fabulous Kathy B. and been quite pleased.  When we do weddings it often means long periods of time outside and moving around and standing directly in the sun so its nice to have the drying power of Monkey butt powder so I don’t end up with any unpleasant and unsightly sweat stains on my shirt, you know?

Anyway, not only is the Monkey Butt line fun, but its practical and useful.  And, effective.  This Mama Loves the Monkey Butts!!  So will you, too, when you get to TRY SOME for yourself!

You can, of course, BUY any or all types of Monkey Butt products.

You can also enter this contest for a chance to *WIN* some of them!!  And not one but TWO people will be winning-  One lucky person will win Monkey Butt and Lady Monkey Butt, and the other will win the Baby Monkey Butt Powder and Baby Monkey Butt cream.

How, you ask, do you win?

Like Monkey Butt on Facebook
Follow Monkey Butt on Twitter

That’s it.  Doing both means 2 entries.  Easy, peasy, don’t you think?

Of course, you can always get MORE entries if you
Like Me on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter
Follow me on Networked Blogs
Follow Me on GFC

**Comment on any non-giveaway post on my blog and get *4* extra entries!!
**Enter any other giveaway and get 1 entry per giveaway
**Share this giveaway on any social networking site and share the URL here.  If tweeting please use @mamatomjr

This contest/giveaway will end on July 30th at midnight EST.  US only.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond after notification is sent to respond otherwise a new winner will be selected in their place.  Winners to be chosen using random.org.

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>Come meet Peter Bargains!! Aroma Home Hot Hugs Review

>We have another furry friend in our house!  His name is Peter (Busy named him) and he’s great.  He is quiet, gives nice warm hugs, and doesn’t talk back.  He never asks to go outside either, nor does he talk back.  He’s my new love.

Here’s Peter’s photo before he came to live with us.  I’m having USB port issues and quite frankly, if I spend another *second* trying to get anything remotely close to a USB to work right now I’ll be flipping out.  So no Bargain family photos for this review, folks.  My apologies.  Get mad at the USB, not me.

He’s dashing, isn’t it?  Strong jawline…always smiling.

He’s Busy’s new best friend.  That’s right, not only does Peter have a magical belly with a microwaveable insert with lavendar and chamomile to soothe and calm you to sleep (read: kids to sleep), but he can play Go Fish like a rockstar!!  
Seriously, though.  Peter’s been great.  Especially on July 4th when our neighbors decided to shoot off LOUD scary fireworks.  My kids were freaked out, and took a few hours to calm them back down, after the fireworks display next door ended.  (They were impressive.  From an adult’s standpoint anyway).  I took the pouch out of Peter’s belly and popped it into the microwave for a minute, as per the directions, and put the pouch back in.  Busy took him up to bed with her and snuggled off to sleep.  She loves Peter, and the idea of Hot Hugs.  I do, too.  I’m guessing next time Mr. Bargains is travelling for work Peter will be camping out in MY room for the duration.  I love lavendar (Mr. B. is not a fan…) 
I think we’ll get several years of Hot Hugs from Peter.  I love how simple it is to use this little guy, and how nice it is to know its safe for kids to use as well.  Its also so nice to have warm hugs when you feel crummy.  
If you’d like to check out Hot Hugs like Peter (You can name YOUR Hot Hug whatever you’d like, of course), just head over to Aroma Home and poke around.   They make slippers, eye masks, and these super cute static-eliminating screen wipes like this little guy (we’ve named him Gary, already):

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>Zulily Review and Discount Code

>If you are not yet aware of member-only daily deal sites that offer some substantial discounts on name brand, high quality products, you are going to want to pay attention.  Today I want to tell you about Zulily  which is one of these sites, and it offers daily deals for Moms, Babies and Kids.  One thing I saw today that Busy and I both agree wholeheartedly would look absolutely adorable on Baby B is this whale bubble:

Its up for half price.  I’m a sucker for a cute bubble, and oh, is this adorable.  *Swoon.*  
You do NOT need a referral to join Zulily.  Just a few steps to sign up and you can shop away!!  You can invite friends and when they make their first purchase, you will get a $10.00 credit on your account.  
I do have a code I can share with you to get $10 off of a $50 purchase- 
Live 7/1/10-7/31/10
$10 off a purchase of $50 or more
One use per customer.

I love sites like this.  They help me afford to get something maybe a little bit better quality than I would otherwise have been able to afford!!

So, have fun shopping!!  If you do shop, please come tell me what you got.  I have the shopping itch but its not a good time for me to be spending so I have to live vicariously through you guys.  Please share your scores!

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>SunSmarty Swimwear (SeasonsUV Solutions) Review & Giveaway (Safe Fun in the Sun)


The awesome folks at Seasons UV Solutions (we consumers know them as SunSmarty) sent my kids some awesome swimwear a few weeks back.  Trust me when I tell you, that you won’t be able to stand the cuteness in this post (and if you can, well, just pretend you can’t.)  SunSmarty has offered ME and Mr. Bargains peace of mind that our kids are safe in the sun- and the kids LOVE wearing this stuff, because it looks and feels great.  
Cuteness Exhibit A: 
The Supergirl  suit that Baby B is sporting.  She kept tearing off the cape, so there aren’t pictures of it.  Its full of cute, pink, cape-y goodness, though, I promise.  
The suit is one piece- and its so easy to get on, even with a wiggling octopus like Baby B is.  The zipper up the back goes down pretty far and it makes for easy entry/exit.  For the baby sizes, there’s a zipper for easy diaper changes (thank goodness *knocking on wood* we haven’t needed to test that feature, yet).  Plus, as you can see, the sleeves and shorts of this go down pretty far- lots and lots of coverage.  There is a flap of fabric that covers the top of the zipper, too- no little red marks of irritation.  
Rule #1, says Baby Bargains- UV rays are bad.  Not only is she cute, she’s smart.  I remember the day I saw that Busy B had a tan line from her diapers- she’d never been outside without clothes on.  We’d always been diligent about sunscreen but only around her clothes and not under.  Ever since that day we have done sunscreen everywhere – before getting dressed!
Most children rack up between 50% and 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely…
A cotton T-Shirt has only about 5 UPF (that is like a 5SPF sunscreen)….SunSmarty Apparel has 50++UPF.
A bad sun burn before the age of 10 can give you up to a 50% chance of getting skin cancer as an adult.

This brings us to Cutness Exhibits B & C
My little Buddy.  It was absolute love at first sight when he saw this outfit.  I “fwy” mama!! “I fwy!!”  This may just be the cutest boy bathing suit I’ve ever encountered, hands down.  Look at my little superman.  Just look at how much sun protection he has, and can still move comfortably, and stay cool (this fabric dries super fast).    He is actually about to start flying in this shot.  Below, you can see the full cape effect.  In the water when he’s swimming, the cape floats behind him like he’s really flying.  It is just too much!!

Superheroes, by the way, are excellent dirt diggers and dumptruck loaders.  
We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need, and unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and even cancer. Even people in their 20s can develop skin cancer.

Final Exhibits of Cuteness: D & E
Here’s my Busy B doing what she does best- being busy. See her cute little outfit?  A little miniskort (yay, modesty!!) and the long sleeved top in the Graffiti Love design.   You can see below there’s a zippered pouch on the back.  Maybe some would think its storage for the shirt, but Busy thinks its for secrets and that its really cool.  

She has a coordinating hat, too (you know me, if there’s something I love as much as a bargain its matchy things…).  
All the safety benefits packaged so adorably- how can you resist?  They also sent us a ton of sunscreen samples which are SO perfect to keep in the diaper bag, and the beach bag, and the car- for sharing, for us- I left some at Busy’s summer camp just in case someone forgot theirs!!  There’s an entire page on the SunSmarty site devoted to sun safety. You should take  a few minutes and check it out although I did share above the key things that hit home to *me* — click here. 

SunSmarty has offered to do a giveaway of 1 Superman and 1 Supergirl  UV Swim and play all day wear, matching hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  Total Value approx. $74.00. 

The entries on this one are going to be done a bit differently.  SunSmarty wants to start promoting their Facebook page, so you will get the most entries by liking them there. (Who knows, maybe when you are on Facebook you should check MY Facebook page, you just never know when I offer some free extra entries to my awesome fans/readers!)   

Anyway, the mandatory entry and MOST entry methods will be entered on this form.  Clicking HERE will get you to that entry form also.  Or, HERE.  

What you can put here in a reply/comment are: Social networking shares (leave me the URL and include @mamatomjr if you tweet it) and votes for Picket Fences!!  (1 entry /day per vote or share)  

You can also put  5 entries in replies if you comment on any of my NON giveaway posts.  Enter another giveaway and get 1 extra entry per giveaway.  That’s a ton of ways to enter, many chances to win!!


This giveaway will end on July 23, 2010 at midnight, EST.  Open to US AND Canada!!!  Winner to be chosen by random.org.  In the event I don’t hear back within 48 hours I will select a new winner using random.org.  


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>Old Navy Coupon Winners!!!

74. ellecee said…
My tweet:


ellecee123 at gmail dot com

JULY 8, 2010 10:41 PM


27. Mel said…
ON 5 Entry rowland.melanie@gmail.com

JULY 11, 2010 5:25 PM

134. Lisa C. said…
Entered Melissa’s contest 8

lcrum at nova dot edu

JULY 9, 2010 8:58 AM

163. sarahm said…
I entered ‘A little bit of this and a little bit of that’ giveaway and told her you sent me!

entry 6


JULY 9, 2010 11:08 AM

125. Meghanz said…
I pick with jeans to a baseball game…

JULY 9, 2010 8:52 AM

90. Folashade said…
Following on Networked Blogs


JULY 9, 2010 12:29 AM

101. Anonymous said…
I love jeans at a park..art_attack2000@hotmail.com

JULY 9, 2010 4:50 AM

138. Melinda said…
a little of this entry 4
entered Melissa’s contest

JULY 10, 2010 7:24 PM

41. raya said…
It’s too hot for jeans so I would pair with a skirt for sure! ssummersl@cox.net

JULY 11, 2010 7:26 PM

78. Josee said…
I pair my Old Navy Racerback Tanks with a cute denim skirt. Winning combination for sure.

Thanks for the giveaway :)

jokparent at hotmail dot com

JULY 8, 2010 10:47 PM

I will be contacting you each now – as soon as I get confirmation from you I can get your info to get the coupons sent out!! Congrats!!

ALSO if you did win another contest for this and don’t need a 2nd coupon PLEASE let me know ASAP so I can choose another winner. :o)


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>Thumbing Through Thoreau- Blogmania 2010!!


“Words do not lose their truth by time or misinterpretation, but stand unscathed longer than he who spoke them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Today, Henry David Thoreau would be 193 years old.   His words are still applicable, and just as wise, today, as they were when he was still alive.  Thumbing Through Thoreau is a fully illustrated collection of his quotes available from Tribute-Books.  Tribute-Books is also participating in Blogmania, you can find their blog here.  (Blogmania will have something for everyone, and then some!!)

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