Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fans of Peppa Pig Will Love Celebrating Spring with New Gardening Toys, Watches, Chalk and More... (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

I'm a Peppa Pig Parent!

What better way to welcome in spring than with the help of Peppa Pig and her friends?  As you know, I am a Peppa Pig Parent, and on occasion are sent fun packages for the girls to open and enjoy from Peppa Pig...well, not really, but when I tell them it is Peppa Pig related, they think Peppa sent the goodies especially for them. :-)

Last week, after a crazy week of doctors visit for a UTI and stitches for a torn earlobe -- yes, this Mama is ready for a vacation -- the girls arrived home to a big box in the garage.  They knew instantly that a box this size was sent from none other than Peppa Pig and they were right.  I couldn't get the box into the house fast enough for them. But, eventually it made its way to our living room floor and the girls assumed the position of posing with the box before they could tear into the box and see what Peppa Pig goodies were inside.  Here are the photos I snapped of the madness... :-)





We just started our garden outside so the adorable gardening toys from BB Designs that we were sent, which included a Peppa Pig rake and shovel, along with the pink bucket and watering can will definitely come in handy.   


Toys "R" Us even has this cute Peppa Pig Flower Garden Set - 8 Piece, which is only $17.99.  I plan to pick it up and give to Savannah in July as part of her birthday gift. She loves gardening and will love having her own tools and gardening belt like me. :-)  Isn't this the cutest thing you have seen...


The girls were quick to take to the driveway to try out their new chalk and a Peppa Pig chalk holder from Pamson and thought it was the coolest thing.  


They loved how the chalk holder kept their little hands clean and the chalk on the pavement and not on them or their clothes.  This was a win win for both them and me. as I didn't have to worry about soaking their clothes after play, and they weren't running to the sink to wash the chalk off as it felt yucky. :-)

Savannah is the oldest at almost 7 years old, so she called first dibs on the an oinktastic watch from Accutime.  But, I was quick to pick up another at Target, as you can't go wrong for only $9.99.  


Even though I am teaching the girls how to tell time with big and little hand clocks, they both loved how quick it was to look down at their wrists like a big person and be able to tell the time.  



Thanks to these fashionable Peppa Pig watches from Accutime, I don't have to worry about looking at my phone for the time as the girls are quick to tell me...."Hey, Mom it is 2:15" Hey, Mom it is 2:16." :-)

As for the Peppa Pig and the Backyard Circus” book, this was the first book we read at bedtime and had been a staple at bedtime ever since.  

Peppa Pig and the Backyard Circus

About this recent release:

"Step right up to Peppa’s circus — just the ticket for little fans!

Grandpa Pig is busy setting up a big tent in the backyard for Granny Pig’s garden party, but Peppa thinks it looks more like a circus tent. What could be better than to put on a circus show during the party? Danny Dog can be the strong man, Suzy Sheep the juggler, and George can wow the crowd as one of the cyclists. And it’s Peppa’s job to make sure the amazing feats go according to plan — she’s the ringmaster, of course!"

We ended up bringing the new DVD, “Peppa Pig: Around the World DVD in the car to watch on our way to a homeschool class the other day. 

Peppa Pig: Around The World

Even though the girls have already seen the special 15 minute episode and the 9 other episodes that make up this new DVD release, they were laughing and talking all about how much fun it was to watch.  And, on the way back home, they watched the entire DVD again, only to talk my ear off at dinner about their favorite parts and asking when they could watch it again.

I love being a Peppa Pig Parent and being able to share wonderful products like the ones we were sent with my readers, as I know many of you are parents and grandparents to little ones who can't get enough of Peppa Pig.  This is one of the few shows that I will sit and watch with the girls, and find myself enjoying the show.  Peppa and her friends take your little ones on fun adventures, while also teaching important lessons about friendship, working together and never giving up.  Peppa Pig really does a great job in sparking my girls' imagination and makes them want to act out the episodes they watch.  So, it is also a treat when we are sent books and DVDs about Peppa Pig as I know the girls will put them to good use and watch the DVDs and have me read the books time and time again.  

Why not welcome in spring (and summer) with your Peppa Pig fan and surprise them with some of the goodies now available at most retailers featuring everyone's favorite talking pig, Peppa.  Kid will love getting outdoors and tending to their gardens with their cute Peppa Pig gardening tools.  And, the pink Peppa Pig bucket is definitely going to make a splash at the beach when little ones take it to help make castles and collect seashells.  

And, if these Peppa Pig goodies weren't enough, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the brand-new app, Peppa Pig: Happy Mrs Chicken, which is now available to download – and it’s sure to provide snorts of laughter for Peppa Pig fans! 

Inspired by the “Happy Mrs Chicken” game from the series, the app encourages preschoolers to explore the wonderful world of Peppa through five fun-filled games. 

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Young players can see how many eggs they can lay with Happy Mrs Chicken, leave a seed trail to guide chicks through a maze and much more! 

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You can purchase and download this new Peppa Pig app through these three links for only $1.99 now:


So, what are you waiting for?  Welcome in spring and summer with these wonderful Peppa Pig inspired toys and goodies, and put a huge smile on the face of that special Peppa Pig fan in your life today. My girls are still smiling when I ask them about their new Peppa Pig goodies.  They love them, and I know your kids will, too! :-)


Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Idea -- Beauty and The Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack + #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with a promotional product from the vendor in exchange for promoting product and hosting giveaway.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.


The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack will be on sale for $7.99 starting May 12th through May18th. iTunes link: http://disneymusic.co/BATBiTunes.


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Looking for a last minute gift idea for Mom?  If she loved the new Beauty and Beast movie, still out in theaters, why not surprise her with the CD soundtrack?  I was sent the digital copy of the soundtrack back in March and still continue to listen it.  And, thanks to the kind folks at Walt Disney Records, they surprised me with a hard copy of the CD so that I can bring in the car and listen with my girls as we all sing along to our favorite Beauty and the Beast songs from the movie, which we have seen 6 times so far. :-)

Here is my review I shared back in March about this wonderful CD soundtrack, which would put a smile on any Mom's face this Mother's Day... :-)

My Review of this CD...

My girls and I can't wait until this Friday.  We have tickets to the 12 PM showtime of the new Beauty and the Beast movie.  I know we are not alone in the excitement of this new Disney movie, as my Facebook feed blows up every day with either new movie clips, friends commenting and sharing the John Legend and Ariana Grande music video, or just leaving comments about counting down like we are until the movie's release.  This is the one movie my girls and I couldn't wait to see for 2017.  I was going to keep the movie this Friday a secret, but the girls have been keeping a countdown chain so they knew when the movie would be in theaters.  And, they have been good with chores and doing their schoolwork, so instead of an allowance they asked last month to see this movie instead.  :-)  I couldn't say "No," as I really wanted to see this movie.  If you were a fan of the original Beauty and the Beast movie released in the 90's, then you will definitely want to check out this new version.  

I know what you are thinking...remakes of classic films are never good.  But, if you haven't seen the trailer for this new release, you really have to check it out.  I was a fan of Emma Watson in the Harry Potter films, so knew she would be a great Belle when I heard them talking about the movie being made.  She is simply stunning in the infamous dress at the end of the movie.  

The other day I surprised the girls with the Beauty and The Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which released back on 3/10. I was sent the digital copy of the CD to preview.  As soon as I started to play the tracks, the girls were quick to run to their dress up station to put on their Belle gowns.  Then, they took to the middle of the living to dance and sing along to the CD.  They especially loved the track Evermore by Josh Groban, as well as the duet “Beauty and the Beast” by GRAMMY® nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend. But, if you asked them if they had a favorite of all the 19 tracks we were sent to preview, they would say them all.  I have lost count of how many times we have listened to this soundtrack.  And, I know that once we see the movie on Friday, they will want to listen to it more. :-)

The CD contains the following tracks...

  1. Overture (From Beauty and the Beas/Score) (Alan Menken)

  2. Main Title: Prologue Pt. 1 (From Beauty and the Beast/Score) (Alan Menken)

  3. Aria (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Audra McDonald)

  4. Main Title: Prologue Pt. 2 (From Beauty and the Beast/Score) (Alan Menken)

  5. Belle (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ensemble - Beauty and the Beast)

  6. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Kevin Kline)

  7. Belle (Reprise) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson)

  8. Gaston (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Ensemble - Beauty and the Beast)

  9. Be Our Guest (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw)

  10. Days In The Sun (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Clive Rowe)

  11. Something There (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack)

  12. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Watson)

  13. Beauty and the Beast (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson)

  14. Evermore (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Dan Stevens)

  15. The Mob Song (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Evans, Ensemble - Beauty and the Beast, Stanley Tucci, Nathan 
Mack)
  16. Beauty and the Beast (Finale) (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Audra McDonald, Ensemble - Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson)

  17. How Does A Moment Last Forever (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Celine Dion)

  18. Beauty and the Beast (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (John Legend, Ariana Grande)

  19. Evermore (From Beauty and the Beast/Soundtrack Version) (Josh Groban)

And, here is more about the new Beauty and The Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is a must have for all Beauty and the Beast fans, and lovers of Disney movie soundtracks...


" Available now wherever music is sold and streamed, the “Beauty and the Beast” original motion picture soundtrack features an unforgettable score from eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken along with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two-time Academy Award® winner Howard Ashman. Also included are three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. “Beauty and the Beast” opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

From early on, one of Condon’s key objectives was to build upon the story from the animated classic, and the Oscar-winning director realized music could play a significant role in making that happen. By finding interesting variations on beloved songs like “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston” and with the addition of new songs, music could help push the story forward while elevating its emotional content at the same time.

New songs featured in the film and included on the soundtrack are: “Evermore,” a soaring ballad performed by the Beast (Dan Stevens); the heartwarming “Days in the Sun,” sung by Belle (Emma Watson), the Beast and the castle’s enchanted staff; and “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” sung by Maurice (Kevin Kline) and in a reprise, by Belle.

The soundtrack also features three brand new recordings including the duet “Beauty and the Beast” by GRAMMY® nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend. The iconic song originally recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, features Alan Menken’s haunting melody and Howard Ashman’s memorable lyrics, and, upon its release in 1991, went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award. The music video for “Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Dave Meyers (P!nk’s “Just Like Fire,”  Katy Perry’s “Firework”) and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axySrE0Kg6k.




In addition, five-time GRAMMY winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion performs “How Does A Moment Last Forever” and multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban performed the third track, “Evermore.”

The “Beauty and the Beast” original motion picture soundtrack features 19 tracks and is available wherever music is sold and streamed (http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkPhttp://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkhttp://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkWS). The Beauty and the Beast two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available March 10, feature additional tracks including score, demos and outtakes."

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Thanks to the kind folks at Walt Disney Records, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win a copy of this CD to enjoy or to share with their Mom or special Mother-figure in their life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!



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Monday, May 8, 2017

We Had So Much Fun Hosting a Magical SpinTales Pop-Up Storytelling Party a Few Weeks Back (Review) #tryazon #TrySpinTales

Disclosure:  I was selected by the folks at Tryazon.com to host a SpinTales party, in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.




SpinTales is a revolution in storytelling...



Unlock a world of stories hidden in the SpinTales duvet or rug with their free app

A few weeks ago when I have family and friends over for the Easter holiday, I introduced them all to the SpinTales rug from Tilt.  I wasn't surprised that no one at my Magical SpinTales Pop-Up Storytelling Party had heard of this product, as I myself wasn't aware of it until I was asked to try it out firsthand and host a party and introduce my family and friends to this new revolution in storytelling, like no other.

Before the guests arrived Savannah and Bella worked hard at putting together a 2-sided SpinTales Puzzle to display. :-)




After everyone was fed and happy, I had everyone come into the living and stand around the SpinTales rug I layed out on the floor and that my girls were standing on.  No one knew what to expect.  They all agreed that the rug itself was vibrant and full of color and that it was a fun jungle scene that would be perfect in a child's bedroom or their playroom.  But, the real fun was when I clicked on the free SpinTales app on our iPad and brought the rug to life. 





Yes, you read that right...the free app, which included 3 free stories offers a jungle full of adventure that comes alive right before your eyes with either the SpinTales rug or their twin duvet set. Through the use of augmented reality, users simply match up the AR markers in the app with printed illustrations on the rug, to activate a 3D world of stories.  The jungle stories literally come to life, and if you move the iPad or other compatible electronic device just right, you can make palm trees, lions and other fun jungle friends and scenes fill your room.  






We have used VR glasses and our phones and iPads for school purposes, but our experience was never like this one.  My girls really got into listening to the story and either clicking on tasks that appeared on the iPad screen, or doing a search and find to locate images that appear on the screen for them to hover over and bring to life.  As my girls showed off the rug and its many 3D features from the 3 jungle stories I downloaded before the party, all I could hear from family and friends were ehh's and ahh's.  They thought this was the coolest thing, and couldn't wait to give it a try themselves.  

It is hard to get grown adults to try out products, especially ones made for kids, but because of the the cool augmented reality features of the SpinTales rug, everyone wanted a try.  I couldn't blame them as I, too, was begging for a try the first time my girls gave the SpinTales app a try and I saw just what the rug could do when it was paired with the app.



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This was one party that I didn't want to see end as everyone was having so much fun.  I had adults and kids lining up on the rug trying their hand at jungle yoga poses, trying to get a lion to crawl on them, or simply wade in the waterfall and lazy river that leaped off the rug and felt like it was right in my living room.  









All the kids in attendance, who ranged in age from 2 1/2 through 10 years of age that this was so cool, and kept asking their parents for it so that they could enjoy.  :-)



Even though the rug and duvet set (each sold individually) retail for $99 each, it is well worth the price, as this is not just a fun interactive storytelling home decor piece for your child's room or playroom, but I hear more stories will be released, making this a product your child will use time and again, as new stories and features will be added to keep this current with your child.  My girls for one can't wait for more stories to release, but in the meantime, they are loving the 3 stories we have downloaded and showed off at our magical SpinTales Pop-Up Storytelling Party recently. And, whenever friends come to visit, they are quick to bring them into the playroom to demo the SpinTales rug for them, as their friends have heard them raving about the rug and want to see 3D world of stories for themselves. :-)







Here is more about the smart and interactive SpinTales jungle rug I demonstrated at my storytelling party recently...



"A beautifully illustrated rug for a kid's bedroom or play area that brings you into the adventures of three jungle friends: Milo (a boy who lives in the jungle), Huggy (a bear who likes to sleep), Stickers (a gecko who wears glasses). 





Explore every part of the jungle - big and small, up and down

Features:



"OPEN THE DOOR, INVITE US IN. LET’S DO SOME SPINTALES!"

  • 100% Nylon; Illustrated Area Rug, 4 x 6 ft
  • Imported
  • Beautifully illustrated rug for a kid's bedroom or play area that brings you into the adventures of three jungle friends
  • Augmented reality: match the AR marker in the app with printed illustration on the product to activate a 3D world of stories
  • Made of high quality materials: 100% nylon with a latex backing, digitally printed
  • Stories feature educational activities that encourage repeat play
  • Includes 3 free stories...hidden in a jungle of adventures! -- FREE app (iOS & Android)
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The Jungle Rug features a little jungle explorer, Milo, and his friends in a series of three adventures: Big And Small, Going Up, Getting Wet.



1. Big And Small - How much do you know about the jungle? Join Milo and take a closer look to discover all that you might have missed.
2. Going Up - Milo and friends learn that not everything in the jungle is as it seems.
3. Getting Wet - Swing from the trees and jump in the river and discover new experiences with Milo.



Every SpinTales story includes augmented reality to bring the story, and its characters, to life. The stories are not just printed on a page or characters on a screen. SpinTales come to life in your room. On your bed, Little Red skips to Grandma’s house and Jack climbs up the beanstalk. Milo juggle fruits, chases a toucan and does yoga with a frog on a rug in the middle of the room. 



Don’t expect to sit back and read these stories. It’s interactive. You have to move and stretch to discover and play with our characters.

Additional Key Features of the SpinTales Storytelling App...

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  • Stories feature educational activities that encourage repeat play. 
  • Fully animated characters with simple interactions for children, age 3 and up.
  • Parents choose to follow (or turn off) the narration included in each story.
  • Parental gateway available to make sure kids are safe and protected in this magical world. 
  • Wifi / 3G connection required to play with the app.
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My daughter Savannah has already added the SpinTales Duvet to her birthday wishlist. She had so much trying out the rug that when I told her that there was a duvet that was also interactive, her eyes lit up and she got so excited.  I showed her the video of the Duvet in action, and she said "I would really love to get this for my birthday."  Shh, don't tell her, but I picked up one for both her and Bella, so that they can enjoy the fun interactive SpinTales stories, and not fight over who gets a turn. :-)  And, I was able to score a 20% discount! -- keep reading to learn how you can save 20% the SpinTales rug or twin duvet set, too. :-)


If your children love interactive toys or you love surprising them with fun innovative products then you will want to check out the SpinTales Educational and Interactive Augmented Reality Enchanted Twin Duvet Set and Rug.  You and your children will have a blast watching the different stories come to life on the rug on duvet, right before your eyes. This is definitely one product I wish was around when I was little, as I would have been asking Santa for it, and playing with it with my family and friends.


To learn more about the SpinTales Educational and Interactive Augmented Reality Enchanted Twin Duvet Set and Rug, visit https://www.tilttextiles.com/ today.


--SAVE on Your SpinTales Purchase--



SpinTales is offering 20% off either the Rug or Duvet purchased through https://www.tilttextiles.com/ with the coupon code TRYAZON20.  



--BUY NOW--



You can purchase the SpinTales Rug as well as their interactive Duvet for only $99 each by visiting https://www.tilttextiles.com/.  Be sure to use the coupon code TRYAZON20 to save 20% off your order.  But act fast as this coupon code is only valid through the end of May. 

Disclosure:  I was selected by the folks at Tryazon.com to host a SpinTales party, in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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