MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS opens Friday, May 4th. I can’t wait to see- tons of action, superhero uniforms, some stellar, talented actors, superhero uniforms…great story…superhero uniforms…you know…the important stuff.
Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
In anticipation of this, I’m hosting a giveaway for a Marvel: The Avengers Prize Pack!
– MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS t-shirt in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL
– MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS set of 6 buttons
– MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS one pair of limited edition 3D glasses
*giveaway closed 4/26/12*My family loves to play games. Not just my immediate family but also my extended family. One game that is an instant hit in any crowd and great for all ages (even the under 8 crowd) is BOP IT! XT. This game is easy, it’s fun, and I dare you to NOT get the giggles!
I like this game because it’s so fun, but also because it’s not competitive really- its silly, it gets you moving, and is something easy to travel with and play almost anywhere you go. (I’d recommend using headphones if you are playing in a doctor’s offiice!!). ALL of my kids adore this game, espec ially when mom plays and I get all flustered.
Bop It! XT is one game sure to get kids up and moving this spring. As the game unit challenges you to “Bop it,” “Pull it,” Twist it,” “Flick it,” “Spin it,” and “Shake it,” you’ll have to think quickly while using increased skill and speed to perform the commands as fast as possible. The more commands you correctly follow, the faster the commands come!
It’s time to get moving. Can you keep up? When you turn it on, this totally cool Bop It game calls out commands. It’s up to you to “pull it”, “bop it”, “twist it” — or “flick it”, “spin it”, “shake it”! Can you keep up as the tempo revs?
Play Bop It! XT in party mode or solo — you can even plug in your headphones to keep the game all to yourself. Get it right and you can keep going, but if you get the moves wrong, your turn is up. Think you’ve got what it takes to beat it? Then, start the action!
Includes Bop It! XT game unit and instructions.
Includes 3 “AAA” batteries.
For 1 or more players.
Ages 8 and up.
One reader will win BopIt! XT !! This giveaway will be a FLASH giveaway- I will draw the winner after 10pm EST tonight 4/26/12.
To enter: Leave a comment and tell me your favorite game to play!
Extra Entry(s): Tell a friend about this giveaway- via email, Twitter, Google Plus, FB, etc.
That’s it! Winner to be chosen randomly. I need to send winner info by 5pm EST tomorrow 4/27/12 so winner only has a short time to respond. GOOD LUCK!
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own.
Have you heard about the Babba Box? If your kids love crafts and projects as much as mine, you need to check this out!
“Monthly subscription box for kids ages 3-6, delivered to your door filled with projects, activities, books, digital downloads and online content! It’s a theme-based box with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids!”
BabbaCo sent me a box themed “Sun, Moon and Stars“. My kids were THRILLED to receive a fun box in the mail just for them! This box was filled with great activities that both my 3 and 6 year old enjoyed. Here’s what my kit had in it:
-Supplies to create a Paper-Mache Moon nightlight
-Foldable Sport Glass
-Lunar Calendar Chart
-Constellation Frame Craft Kit
Of course my kids wanted to get right on the Paper Mache craft. It was reasonably easy to do and not as messy as I had anticipated. It took 2 days to apply both layers of paper mache, including drying time. My kids thought it was great fun to pop the balloon and have their very own “moon”. Once the moon was created, we simply placed the provided electric tea light inside and they had an instant night light. They love it!
The twinkle book and other activities have kept my kids busy for over a week. My oldest son has taken the foldable sport glass and now carries it with him everwhere! One feature that I really loved are all the online tools that correspond to your box. We were able to scan a QR code provided on the box for some great downloads related to the sun, moon and stars. They even offer a free app that teaches your little one how to play “twinkle, twinkle little star”. How cool is that!
BabbaCo has definitey put a lot of thought into their product. All the activities were fun and well thought out, requiring little to nothing in the way of extra materials. Absolutely everything is included. All activities could be completed relatively quickly and are perfect for the 3-6 year old set. We loved our Babba Box and will definitley be using them the next time we need a cool gift idea!
How a BabbaBox Membership Works:
Sign up for a monthly or an annual membership with your child’s birth date.
A BabbaBox full of activities arrives every month (starting the following month after membership purchase); get excited to create, explore, story tell, connect and learn together!
Check out member exclusive digital content and downloads approved by BabbaCo experts for your BabbaBox available on our website!
Kids anxiously wait at the door until your next BabbaBox arrives!
What’s in the box?
4 Major components are included:
2 to 3 projects kids do with their hands. ALL the physical materials included!
A theme-based product where your child will engage with the world & nature.
Carefully curated books to stimulate your kids’ imaginations.
Interactive learning with prepaid downloads approved by BabbaCo experts.
Why We Love The BabbaBox!
No more running around to craft and super stores to gather all the materials. Oh, and by the way, you don’t need to clutter your house with 200 googly eyes and bags of pom pom balls! Get exactly what you need in each box without the errands!
Each box has a retail value of $40-$50 plus the benefits you can’t even buy! The research, exclusive digital content, and special surprises in each box all add up to an amazing value.
Save MIND SPACE:
Our panel of experts give you the peace of mind that these activities and resources are truly enriching your kids! We do all the research and validation, so you can focus on the quality time with your children. Finally, something NOT on your to-do list!
These boxes start at a really affordable $29.99 a month.
One of our Readers will win their own BabbaCo box!!!!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just released “Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes” offering instrumental lullaby versions of 12 favorite tracks. This is one of the 67+ instrumental compilations TTLRS has done with lullaby versions of popular music.
I’m actually not familiar with The White Stripes, but looking around on the TTLRS site, there are many, many albums I’d like to purchase- for ME!! Sometimes I like to have relaxing music on when I’m driving, or relaxing, and my youngest can’t really sleep without some kind of sounds in the background…why not have some fabulous tunes to fall asleep to instead of water sounds? I love the variety TTLRS has- genre’s include today’s hot artists like Lady Gaga and Adele, Jam Bands like Dave Matthews, ABBA, Metallica– there’s a huge variety and I think that while the cute bears indicate that these titles are geared for the diaper crowd, they are also easily lent to uses like yoga, massage and really any time you want to chill and relax. It’s always nice to exposue our little ones (and ourselves) to different genres of music! Glee fans, check this out- I know a lot of my readers are Glee-ks!!
Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army
We’re Going To Be Friends
Fell in Love with a Girl
Steady As She Goes (Raconteurs)
The Hardest Button to Button
The Denial Twist
You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told)
Link to Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes on iTunes
A Beautiful Mess
Sleeping to Dream
You and I Both
Life is Wonderful
I Won’t Give Up
I Melt With You (made famous by Modern English)
Details in the Fabric
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)
Man In The Mirror
The Way You Make Me Feel
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Black or White
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
I’ll Be There
Say Say Say
I love having MY favorite songs to listen to- old and new, in instrumental form. Sure, they are lullabies, but they are tunes we know and love, and we’ve been actually making up some words to go along with the music.
One lucky reader will win a download of “Lullaby Versions of The White Stripes” AND another digital copy of any album on the TTLRS site!
I grew up reading the Richard Scarry books and have such fond memories of all the characters. Now that Busytown is popular again my children just LOVE watching them on t.v. I feel good about letting them watch this show and know that it is kid-friendly and innocent. Both my 3 and 6 year old boys enjoy the show and love solving the Busytown mysteries! When it came time to plan my 3 year old’s birthday party I knew that we wanted a Busytown theme. I was SO pleased to discover that Birthday Express carries all the Busytown party related supplies. These items have been hard to find in the past, but Birthday Express now offers everything I needed to plan a super duper Busytown Party!!!! The very generous folks over at Birthday Express sent me a great box filled with the following items to supplement my party: -Centerpiece-Placemats with activities on the back-Plates, Napkins and Cups-Stickers, Notepads and Tattoos-Balloons-Favor Boxes-Removable/Resusable Wall Decals-Pull String PinataI was SO pleased with the quality and variety of supplies that were offered by Birthday Express. All of the items had that “classic” Busytown look to them: just like I remember in the books from my childhood. I love that they offer some unique items as well, such as the: pull string pinata and removable wall decals. It’s the small details that really make a party special. The removable wall decals were really SO cool. I used them here on a chalkboard sign that we used to welcome
our guests to the party. After the party I removed the decals and placed them back on the sheet they came on. These little guys are reusable, so now we can use them on lunch boxes, bedroom walls, or anything else I can come up with! I was also impressed with how many stickers came on the sheets. All of the characters were represented and they came in different sizes to suit your needs. The reversible placemats were a huge hit as well. These thick paper placemats have a cute Busytown design on the front, with puzzles and activities on the back. I threw a bunch of crayons on the table and the kids spent a good 20 minutes working on their placemats. Everyone was excited to take their special mat home withem. The favor boxes were adorable as well. They were filled with the Busytown stickers, tattoos and notepads as well as their loot from the pinata. Everyone had a
great time with the pull string pinata. I have never used this type of pinata before, but it worked great. The pinata was easy to fill, via a hole in the side. We hung the pinata in the garage and the kids each took a turn choosing one string and pulling it until we found the “magic” pull string that broke open the bottom. It was really fun, and a lot safer than the old fashioned kind you have to break open with a bat. Much more appropriate from the 3-6 year old crowd. All of the party supplies from Birthday Express were really reasonably priced from around $3 to $20 each. You can throw a really great themed party for under $50. In addition, they offer party packs starting at $23.99. We had so much fun with the Busytown theme and all of our guests had a great time. They all commented on the adorable decorations and party favors. If you have a little who loves Busytown in your house, I highly recommend checking out these items!! Birthday Express offers Free Shipping with all orders over $50 using the code: FREE50.“Samples of these items were provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”
The How I Fought And Beat a Monster of a Stain Contest ends April 20! Have you entered yet? Remember, it isn’t just a prize that goes to the three winners- the winners’ schools will also receive $2000 in athletic equipment. I just left a Board of Finance meeting and if the towns you are all living in have a situation like ours, a $2000 gift of equipment would go a very, very long way and be oh so much appreciated!!
To enter, you must write your own personal story describing the worst stain you have ever encountered from the best time you have ever had. Get the family involved- something tells me you may have more stories and stains to share than you think!
Don’t forget to head over to enter BEFORE April 20 at midnight or you won’t be eliglible to win! Entrants do receive a FREE Scholastic book just for entering so everyone wins!
I hope one of my readers is one of the lucky three!
Have you checked out RadioShack’s Trade & Save program yet? Now through April 28, America’s Mobile Makeover Month by RadioShack guarantees at least $30 and up to $300 in immediate store credit when you trade in your working technology devices- mobile phones, cameras, video game consoles and more, through this special promotion. Additional specials will appear in weekly circulars available online each Sunday during the promotion. RadioShack’s hassle-free Trade & Save Program lets you trade in pre-owned technology — everything from mobile phones to cameras to video game consoles. It’s not a buyback program. Trade & Save accepts eligible electronics trade-ins no matter where they were purchased, there’s no cost to you and no receipt is required.
Not sure what your device is going to be valued at for trade in? Head to your nearest RadioShack location for appraisal or check their site to appraise from home. I have a few things I am going to appraise this week- we’ve started amassing a collection of previously loved devices that we just aren’t using any more, and I’d love to get something we can use instead! I like that the trade in items aren’t thrown away, they are either recycled or refurbished. Win, win. Nothing more into landfills, and we consumers get store credit to use. Just looking quickly at the site, I can get over $300 with just a few items we have in the house- that we are NOT using!! That’s half an iPad3!!
To learn more about Trade & Save or appraise your device, visit a nearby RadioShack, go to , or download the free RadioShack Trade & Save app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android.
One of the things I recommend looking into from RadioShack is the FitBit Ultra. The FitBit tracks not only your steps and activity levels but also sleep patterns. It’s great and very discreet- not something obvious to anyone around you. I actually brought it to the Chimpanzee premiere trip and then promptly left it on my capris I flew down in- which I didn’t wear again…so I have no idea what I walked while at Disney. That was what I wanted to see, how many steps I took!! OOPS! It’s kind of fun, and kind of addicting, and gives me a chance to challenge myself to get my 10,000 steps in each day. I find myself doing a lot more walking around the house and yard since it arrived. Technology can be so much fun- and so beneficial to our health with gadgets like this!!
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up quickly!! RadioShack has great gift ideas for anyone on your list…
Check out the bright snap-on iPhone 4/4S case, available in a variety of colors with some coordinating earbuds.
Reading is more fun in color, so brighten up their day with a NOOK Color for only $169! More than 2.5 million books, magazines, newspapers, interactive kids’ books, comics and graphic novels are available on the world’s most advanced VividView™ color touchscreen.
Navigate your way through the spring with a Garmin GPS. Each touchscreen navigator provides accurate, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. They also include free lifetime map updates. RadioShack has multiple models, all at affordable prices. This is a perfect Easter gift for the new driver or for taking some out of the stress of running the parent taxi service.
· Gear up for swimsuit season with new fitness products like the fitbit or nxe ActiveSLEEVE™. The fitbit Ultra Activity Tracker shows your real-time activity stats so you know how close you are to your goals. The ActiveSLEEVE allows freedom of movement and unobstructed use in a limitless variety of athletic activities, fitting an iPod nano® up to an iPhone® 4S and everything in-between. The moisture-wicking, high-end breathable material stretches to fit any arm size. Check out how RadioShack works by watching the videos below:
Inspired by her $100 Story, Madame Deals’ has made it her mission this year to unite people through good deeds and giveaways.
This week our friends from RadioShackare offering an amazing giveaway. This is your chance to Win a Kindle Fire for yourself and to pay it forward a $30 Gift Card that you can give to a friend!