Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft is a Fun New Halloween Tradition Your Family Will Love (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Halloween is only a few short weeks away.  Are you and the kids ready for it?  My girls have their costumes all picked out, and I will be one of the few neighborhood stops that will be handing out healthy snacks when the doorbell rings and the kids yell, "Trick or Treat."  While my guilty pleasure is sweets...candy, especially, I try to instill healthy eating habits with my girls, all year round.  Yes, I know Halloween is all about how many houses a child can hit and how much candy they can fill their bags with (or pillowcases like back in my day), but wouldn't it be nice to start a tradition with your kids about Halloween being more than just eating all the candy your belly can hold?  Well, thanks to a fellow mom inventor, a new Halloween tradition is now available for you to start with your kids.  It is called The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft, and comes in a hardcover book and 12-inch plush doll, all included in a lovely keepsake box

You may be looking at this and think it looks like that Christmas elf tradition.  Well, it does contain a story to share with the children and doll to put on the shelf to watch over your kids, but other than hat, it is totally different.  This doll is not going to be reporting back to anyone if your child has been good or bad, thus not allowing them to trick or treat.  Instead, the Switch Witches are all about the candy.  How is that good, you ask?  Well, the Switch Witches need all the candy they can get their hands on to refuel, recharge their magic broom for flying and even heat their homes and bath water -- yes warty witches love to soak in a warm tub just like Mommy. :-)  So, the witches, once welcomed into your home, will set up on a shelf, fireplace mantle, or anywhere they can keep an eye out for candy coming into the house, so they can be ready to make a deal with your child(ren).  

What's the deal?  It is a simple one and one I think most kids and parents will like.  Your child will hand over all their Halloween candy in exchange for your toy.  Would your child be up for this deal with a Switch Witch?  

After I shared the story with them and we talked about the deal, my two girls agreed that come Halloween they were turning over their candy loot in exchange for a toy they really want.  Savannah is asking for a Patrol Patrol toy, while Bella wants a Disney Princess doll.

As a parent looking to instill healthy eating habits and limit the amount of sugar they eat, I love this idea, and will definitely be incorporating this as a new tradition in our house each Halloween. 

This is also a great idea for families who have children who suffer from candy-related allergies.  They may feel left over during holidays like Halloween. But, they don't have to anymore, thanks to the  fun new educational, healthy , and magical Halloween tradition that is The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft. I know it will be hard for my girls to give up their, and for me to say no to at least one Reese's, but we really want the Switch Witches to have all the necessary magic fuel they need, as to keep them happy in their Witchy World. :-)

I truly love seeing moms like Audrey Kinsman, invent and bring to market amazing products like this one, and love promoting them and getting the word out to my readers.  Did you know you can pick the The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft gift set up at your local Target store as well as at, in addition to other retailers including  At only $29.99 for the book and doll set, you can go wrong for this new Halloween tradition that you introduce this year.  Your kids will love the story and will want to take the deal in exchange for a toy swap. And, you will love not having to worry about cavities or upset tummies due to eating too much candy this Halloween season. :-)  It is a win-win for all -- your kids, you and the Switch Witches!

So, what are you waiting for?  Head to your local Target today, or order online, so you have enough time to introduce the The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft to your children, and to give them time to think of the toy they want in exchange for their Halloween candy.  And, if your kids love apps, make a point to check out the 3 new games, which released in August that go along with the The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft.  You can learn about this new digital app by visiting The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft interactive website.  Here you will also find fun Cooking VideosCrafts & GamesK-5 Worksheets and so much more. 

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Arriving Just in Time for the Holidays -- Chuggington DVD "The Big Freeze" Releases October 13! -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Super-Sized Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Featuring Never-Before-Seen Holiday Special, to Warm Hearts All Winter Long

My girls love tuning in to watch Chuggington on television, but have not helped me review a DVD in some time.  So, they were super excited when they saw "The Big Freeze," which arrives on DVD on October 13th, arrive at our door step.  They couldn't wait to watch this DVD, and were on their best behavior in hopes to watch it the same day we got in the mail. :-)  

This new Chuggington DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment included six fun-filled adventures – one of which is a never before seen holiday special episode.  While my girls loved the five other full-length episode, their favorite hands down was the holiday one.  I have lost count on how many times they have watched it, since we received this DVD for review.  And, I have to say, after watching this episode, it really does get you excited about the upcoming holiday season.  If my girls could, they would skip right over Halloween and Thanksgiving and get right to Christmas. :-)  

If you have a Chuggington fan in your life, this is one DVD you'll have to pick up to add to their growing Chuggington DVD collection.  Or, why not pick up a copy when it arrives on DVD on October 13th and add to their stocking. Either way, your little Chuggington fan will have a blast watching all 6 episodes - over and over again, just like my girls have been enjoying this upcoming release. 

More about this upcoming DVD release from Anchor Bay Entertainment:

"Cool high-speed adventure is on the way to preschoolers nationwide with the newest “Chuggington DVD, “Chuggington: The Big Freeze”! The latest release in the popular DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment is jam-packed with six fun-filled adventures – including a never before seen holiday special episode from the top-rated Disney Junior series. “The Big Freeze” pulls into retail on October 13,  just in time to help families from coast-to-coast celebrate the season – Chuggington style!

The chuggers perform one heroic rescue after another in this cool new seasonal collection of “Chuggington” adventures! When icy temperatures cause the town to run out of fuel and all diesel engines are grounded, it’s wheels-to-the-rails as Chief Jackman and his team of brave Chug Patrollers work together to find a way to the frozen docks to retrieve fuel and get the town of Chuggington moving once again. Fans can join Fletch as he tries to repair the lighthouse, chug along with Calley as she tests to become a first responder, watch as Brewster gets closer to being a Chuggineer, and more! “The Big Freeze” will help teach little chuggers nationwide important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork as they ride alongside their favorite friends, Wilson, Koko, Brewster, and Asher!

·         The Big Freeze – Never-before-seen holiday special!
·         First Responder Calley
·         On Track Brewster
·         Hodge Can't Wait
·         Zephie’s Star Club
·         Toot’s New Friend
DVD Bonus features:
  • Badge Quest Episode: “Share the Load”
·         Character Montages: “Daley” and “The Docks Crew” reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!” And, for double the turbo-charged adventures, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release in tandem the new-to-DVD dino-sized “Chuggington” title, “Wilson and the Dinosaur.”

Young fans can experience even more “Chuggington” fun at Amtrak Train Days events, taking place across the country. For information visit https://contraindication/events/.

Now in its fifth season on Disney Junior, “Chuggington” is a colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills. The series has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its U.S. debut in January 2010."


Thanks to the kind folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment, one lucky reader will win a copy of this upcoming DVD to share with that special Chuggington fan in your life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About “Chuggington

Chuggington is a contemporary, action-based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children ages 2-5. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills that empower them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading independent home entertainment company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015. Anchor Bay acquires and releases a wide array of filmed entertainment in the theatrical and home entertainment markets, including STARZ Original series, children's entertainment, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports and specialty films on Blu-ray and DVD formats. The company has long-term distribution agreements in place for select programming with The Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment ( is a full service distributor in the North American market. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business,

The Big Freeze
Street Date:                  October 13, 2015
Pre-Book:                    September 9, 2015
DVD Catalog #:           DV63070
DVD UPC #:                013132630700
Audio:                         Surround 2.0
Retail Price:                 $14.98
Genre:                          Children’s, TV on DVD
Rating:                         Not Rated
Run Time:                    73 Mins
Year:                            2015

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.