Monday, February 29, 2016

Keep Your Kids' Toys Feeling Fresh and New This Winter and Spring with Pley #sponsored

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

I spoke too soon when I told a friend that this winter the girls were relatively healthy, with only one mild cold.  Shortly after saying this, I jinxed myself, and myself myself caring for my two girls, who for the past few weeks have been battling head colds, stomach bugs, runny noses, congestion, name it.  When it seems like they are getting better, they seem to catch something days later and are laid up again.  And, it doesn't help when everyone else is sick and crowding the doctor's office and pharmacy.  It seems like the germs are out there in full force and we keep bringing them home with us. 

You may recall me sharing how I homeschool my girls.  So, even though they have been sick, I have had to find times during the day that they have enough energy and desire to do school work.  I have had to get creative as oftentimes they would rather lay on the couch or play with a toy or two for a short time before needing to rest.  But, thanks to Pley, the online toy rental service, my mom has become the cool grandmother.  Well, she was cool before enrolling in this monthly service, but has become even cooler as she has been visiting the girls on the weekends to bring them soup and jello and play a bit.  Each and ever time she has come these past couple of months, we brings with her new toys for the girls to play with.  And, on the few occasions we have gone to visit them to get from fresh air and get out of the house, she has new toys waiting for them to play with.  

I don't know about your kids, but my girls' eyes always light up when they see a new toy.  Even if it is a toy they only play with for a short time, that newness really intrigues them and they can't wait to play with it.  You may recall me sharing about Pley last month in a post about taking control of your toy clutter.  If you missed my post, you can read it here:

My house is filled with toys from top to bottom, but the girls continue to ask for new toys.  With only limited space and knowing that most of the toys they show interest in will only be played with a handful of times before I have to put away, I have found Pley to be a wonderful service.  And, my mom is finding this out to, as she can swap up toys based upon when the grandkids will be visiting, so that she will have toys on hands for them to play with.  And, when the grandkids go home, she sends back the toys they used for new ones...ready for the next time the kids come to visit. The best part is that she doesn't have to worry about toy clutter or finding a place to store toys the grandkids only occasional play with, but may so interest again in the future.  Pley offers her the ability to have the latest and greatest toys and more, without the hassle of storing. Currently, Pley offers access to a large selection of educative toys, including 400+ LEGO sets and popular robotics toys. And, they are always on the hunt for the best toys, so their assortment continues to reflect the latest and greatest toys 

Video Walkie Talkies

Just last month the folks at Pley introduced new toy options to they already diverse line up.  Now you will find doll clothes, electronics (remote BB8 anyone?), and even preschool toys when you sign up and start renting toys from Pley.    

Lea’s Rainforest Hike and Accessories

My First Circus
FYI...All these toys come at a low price point vs. buying toys. Average members save ~$800/year. 

Now can you see why my girls and their cousins think my mom is the coolest! :-)  If only they had Pley around when I was little.  I would have loved to have received new toys each month to play with and send back when I got bored with them for new ones.  Really is a sweet deal if you ask me, especially with Pley adding a new new option to their line up, where for the low price of only $9.99, children can received one toy a month.  

Zuppies Spot
"Besides having access to a variety of toys, kids learn the concepts of sharing and reducing waste for the environment. "

Thanks to Pley, I have found a way, along with my mom, to keep my girls' toys feeling fresh and exciting during these long winter months.  They love being surprised with a new toy in the mail and playing with it until they are bored.  Then, we send it back to Pley and wait for a new toy the girls have been itching to play with in the mail.  They love the experience of new toys each month and I love not feeling like I am throwing away money each month on toys that only get played with a few times.  The money I have saved on not buying new toys since enrolling in Pley, I have been stashing away in a savings account that we will use come the summer time for a family vacation.  I can't wait to surprise the girls with a fun vacation and share how cutting down on careless toy purchases helped pay for a trip the whole family can enjoy.

Have your kids already gotten tired of the toys Santa brought them?  If they have been asking for you to take them to a toy store to buy more toys, why not think twice about that new toy purchase, and instead head on over to today and sign up.  Compare only paying $9.99 a month for a new toy in their online toy rental service to what toys go for nowadays.  The other day I spent almost $30 on a doll for my girls to give their friend for her birthday.  I should have given a gift card instead to Pley, and she could experience 3 months worth of toys instead of one toy.

Stay tuned as I will be sharing my top 5 Easter gift ideas in the coming weeks, with one of the toys being one that my girls tried out through the Pley service and we ended up buying as they loved it so much, and continue to play with it, day in and day out.  But, in the meantime,  be sure to head on over to to learn more about this wonderful toy rental service. Maybe Pley is what your family has been searching for when it comes to taking control over the toy clutter in your house.

Stay up-to-date on all related to Pley including special offers and discounts, giveaways and more by following their social media channels:
Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Love Magformers? Save 30% on Your Next Order from @magformers @usfg


This past Christmas my girls' got the best gift from my parents...a MAGFORMERS set.  Have you see these or does your child own a set of these amazing magnetic building toys?  They really are neat.  I have found myself sitting with the girls for hours building with their sets, and finding new things to build.  

Here is more about MAGFORMERS in you are not aware of them...

"MAGFORMERS is the industry leader in magnetic building toys for children. We believe it is vital for children to develop through creativity and our patented, 'always attracting' magnetic technology delivers a unique constructional play experience. It is MAGFORMERS commitment to providing a high quality, reliable product that inspires the creators of the future

Create 3D structures from 2D nets with MAGFORMERS NEW 26Pc NEON Set. Containing Neon colored squares and triangles that are ideal for little fingers to hold, the 26Pc is the perfect toy for building the 'magic ball', houses, towers and much more! See what your imagination will create!

Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you'll always hear the MAGFORMERS click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store!"


Want to try out MAGFORMERS with your child?  This building set would more for a great Easter basket filler. And, here is a great offer to save 30% off your next MAGFORMERS purchase. Visit and at checkout use coupon code "Magformers30".  But, act fast as this coupon code is only valid for a limited time only!


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Get Ready for a Very Special "Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots" Episode Airing This Sunday, 3/6 + Fun Facebook Photo #Contest

I'm a Peppa Pig Parent!

"Peppa Pig is making a BIG splash this spring with The Golden Boots TV special, DVD and app! With out-of-this-world adventures and loads of muddy puddle fun to be had, Peppa Pig’s The Golden Boots celebration kicks off on Sunday, March 6, and we’d love for you to be a part of it and spread the word to readers everywhere so they can join in, too!

Tune-in with your little ones!

On Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m. ET on Nick Jr, tune-in to Nick Jr. for a very special “peppasode”! In “The Golden Boots,” Mrs. Duck takes a liking to Peppa's favorite Golden Boots and runs away with them! With the help of her friends, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George, and Grampy Rabbit, Peppa must travel across land, sea, and even into space to track down the Golden Boots before the big Puddle Jump competition! Leading up to the debut of The Golden Boots, fans can celebrate  Peppa Pig “Super Fan Sunday,” with back-to-back episodes airing all day long on Nick Jr., beginning at 11 a.m. ET!

Bring home muddy puddle adventures!

The Golden Boots DVD, the latest Peppa Pig release from Entertainment One, splashes onto shelves from coast-to-coast on Tuesday, March 8. The brand-new DVD features ten snortingly-funny “peppasodes,” including: “The Golden Boots,” “Horsey Twinkle Toes,” “Shadows,” Kylie Kangaroo,” “Captain Daddy Dog,” “The Little Boat,” “Going Boating,” Grampy Rabbit in Space,” Desert Island,” and “The Fish Pond.” 

Get app-y with Peppa!

Peppa Pig’s Golden Boots app, launching Sunday, March 6, provides endless fun for fans everywhere! Inspired by Peppa Pig’s “The Golden Boots” special episode, the new app lets young players join Peppa on a day of exciting adventures to help her find her missing golden boots! The brand-new app, from Entertainment One and produced by Kids Industries, features six engaging games that give preschoolers the chance to interactively explore the wonderful world of Peppa Pig with familiar locations and immersive activities. Fans can design Peppa’s new rain boots while playing Dress Up Peppadraw and write in the mud in Muddy Puddle; blast off on a rocket ship in Space Adventures; make a special visit to Miss Rabbit’s Gift Shop; chop up tasty food in Feed the Ducks, and sing along with the Muddy Puddles Song!

-- Enter the Peppa Pig Facebook Photo Contest Starting March 7th --

For even more Peppa Pig fun, a very special “Peppa Pig and The Golden Boots” Facebook photo contest is kicking off on Monday, March 7, so be sure to check  or for more information and for your chance to enter to win an oinktastic Peppa Pig prizepack!

Airing each weekday on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles. All episodes are wholesome entertainment for the entire family; Peppa’s adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter. Peppa Pig episodes are available on DVD, and for download on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. For more information on Peppa Pig, please visit the popular website and check out Peppa on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


Here are some fun Peppa Pig activity sheets to download and print out for your child to enjoy as they wait for the upcoming Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots episodes, airing on Nick Jr. this Sunday at 6 PM EST.  Enjoy!"

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Available Today on DVD -- Chuggington "Delivery Dash at the Docks" Releases (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.


Latest Title in Popular Chuggington DVD Collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment Includes Collectible Daley Toy Train from TOMY!

Even though my girls are getting older and moving onto more "big girl" type shows and movies, one of the first animated series they watched as toddlers continues to be a favorite among the two of them -- Chuggington.  Do you have a Chuggington fan in your life?  If so, then you have probably sat and watched a few episodes (probably more) of this cute series, which follows three chuggers in training, Brewster, Koko, and Wilson, as they learn the ropes on how to be Chuggers in Chuggington, all while learning lessons along the way including the important of friendship, teamwork, and never giving up.

So, when my girls saw the new Chuggington DVD (with toy engine) arrive at our doorstep, they were over the moon excited and couldn't wait to watch it.  Thankfully because we have so many Chuggington chuggers, they didn't fight over who would get the new special Daley collectible toy train, which is included in specially marked boxes.  Instead, like the chuggers in training, they shared and played together with the new toy, as they settled in on the couch to watch this new release.

Here is more about the release, Chuggington "Delivery Dash at the Docks" in case you didn't know about it...

"A special delivery of traintastic fun is coming down the tracks for young trainees all across the country this season with “Delivery Dash at the Docks,” the newest release in the much-loved “Chuggington DVD collection. The brand-new title from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains six standout episodes from the fifth season of the top-rated Disney Junior series as well as trainloads of exciting bonus features. The DVD features two new characters, Daley and Skipper Stu, and is available with a very special Daley collectible toy train from TOMY™ to give preschool fans and their families even more to honk their horns about! “Delivery Dash at the Docks moves full steam ahead to retail nationwide on February 23, 2016.

In “Delivery Dash at the Docks,” Koko is thrilled to be spending the day training with Chuggington's new express delivery engine, Daley. Together they pick up and deliver important packages all around Chuggington, frequenting the bustling docks where Skipper Stu, Chuggington’s new Dock Master, is loading and unloading the ship. Through their engaging adventures, Koko, Skipper Stu and all the Chuggers learn the importance of patience, paying careful attention to detail and teamwork!

·         Delivery Dash at the Docks Special
·         Sinkhole Rescue
·         Cormac Patrol
·         Trainee Camp
·         Tour Guide Harrison
·         Delivery Challenge

DVD Bonus Features:
·         Badge Quest Episodes: Buddy Badge and Follow the Leader
·         Character Montages: Olwin
·         Coloring Pages, the long-trusted source for family-friendly media reviews, reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!”

For additional “Chuggington”-themed adventure, fans can visit the Amtrak Exhibit Train Tour as it travels across the country. For more information visit:

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."


With Easter fast approaching...yes, it is in March this year, this DVD would make for a great basket stuffer for that special Chuggington fan in you life...that is, if you can keep if from them until Easter.  I know I wouldn't be able to do, as I know just how much my girls love Chuggington and love every opportunity to snuggle with them on the couch and watch their shows with them.  They get so excited and animated as they watch the shows and will talk your ear off for days later about their favorite parts, or ask when they can watch again. :-)

This new release does a great job in teaching little ones about being a good friend, helping those in need and team work.  From start to finish, both of my girls stayed engaged and loved every minute of this new Chuggington DVD.  They loved seeing Koko working with Daley, Chuggington's newest express engine.  Bella was excited to see Skipper Stu on this DVD as she likes the name and giggles every time she sees this new Dock Master to Chuggington station.

Both of my girls highly recommend this new DVD release, as when asked, they gave two big thumbs up, as they grinned from ear to ear.  So, it's a winner in our house, and will be in yours, too!

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,

About Amtrak®
Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman.  Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at, Like us on and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.

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.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Arriving Tomorrow on DVD -- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 (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.

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Two-Disc DVD Set Features Thirteen 22-Minute Episodes
for Over Four Hours of Scooby-Doo! Content

I grew up watching Scooby-Doo with my brothers, and continued to watch the newer Scooby-Doo versions over the years.  Some worked, while others made me wish they never tried to revamp such a classic show.  And, as  a result, I found myself not watching new shows or movies, even if they looked worthwhile, as I didn't want to be disappointed.  If you are a true Scooby-Doo fan then you know what I am talking about.  I have seen many online forums where people talk about shows of the 70's and 80's and Scooby most always comes up, especially when a new DVD or series is released. 

Tomorrow's DVD has been talked about online for a few months now thanks to the DVD release announcement last fall.  Being a blogger, I was lucky enough to be set a review copy to see this all-new series from Warner Bros. Animation.  I am so glad I gave this new animated comedy series a chance as it really is amazing.  Yes, there are changes that you will notice from the classic Scooy-Doo series, like a new voice for Velma.  Some of the characters are also revamped to go with the times like Daphne's character - you will have to pick up this new release to see what I mean. :-)

I loved that this new release was made up of two DVDs as it made for a fun binge watching of  Be Cool Scooby-Doo! the other night with my husband.  I wanted to screen this new series before sharing it with the girls.  My husband, who also grew up watching Scooby and Shaggy agreed that this was a nice revamp to the classic and was not a flop.  We both found ourselves sharing past childhood memories of our favorite Scooby-Doo moments and talking about the 13 full-length episodes that make up this new 2-DVD set.  

My girls haven't had a chance to watch all the episodes yet.  But, the ones they have seen, they have loved.  Bella has also been busy trying her hand at a Shaggy impression, while Savannah thinks she has nailed Scooby-Doo. :-)  Gotta love kids! 

More about this upcoming DVD release:

"Be Cool Scooby-Doo! is an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. The Scooby gang is back, with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. With high school over and one last summer to live it up, the gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure. But monsters and mayhem keep getting in the way!"

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, the newest adaptation of the classic, animated mystery series will be released on DVD for the first time by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) February 23, 2016. Get those Scooby snacks ready! That lovable Great Dane is back to entertain viewers with new mysteries, more cool adventures and non-stop fun in this updated version of the legendary cartoon. It’s a new look and feel for the Scooby-Doo! gang as they hit the road in a state-of-the-art Mystery Machine and get wrapped up in a set of intriguing new mysteries. Titled Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1, this release will retail for $19.97 SRP.

In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1, high school is over and Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred have just completed their senior year. What better way to celebrate summer break than by going on a road trip? This could be the gang’s last summer together, so the teens decide to live it up by hitting the road in the Mystery Machine in search of fun, laughs and great adventures. Along the way, the teen sleuths encounter some of the most mind-blowing mysteries yet. Will Scooby-Doo and the gang complete their trip or will ghosts and monsters throw them off course? Viewers will want to come along for the ride in this freshly redesigned, smart, funny adaptation of the legendary cartoon classic!

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 will keep Scooby-Doo! fans entertained with its contemporary look and engaging new mysteries,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “While it’s the sameScooby-Doo! we know and love, this version takes a closer look at each of the Mystery Inc. characters, their individual personalities and the dynamics they all share. We’re excited about this new release.”

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! premiered on Cartoon Network October 5, 2015 and continuously ranks #1 in the timeslot for boys 6-11 and #2 for kids 6-11."

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.
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Air Bud Entertainment's "Monkey Up" Now Available to Own on DVD and Digital HD (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.

He’s the ‘Fast and the Furriest’

The Creators of AIR BUD and AIR BUDDIES Present
An Exciting All-New Family Movie

On Digital HD January 19 and DVD February 2, 2016

Awarded ‘Family Friendly’ Certification by The Dove Foundation

It is hard to find a good family-friendly movie that the whole family will enjoy come family movie night.  But, thanks to a handful of DVDs recently sent to us for review, I haven't had to look far for a good movie to watch with the family, that wasn't enjoyed by all.  This past Friday night, after our homemade pizzas were made and eaten and I popped a large bowl of popcorn, we snuggled up on the couch to watch the recent DVD release, Monkey Up from Air Bud Entertainment.  

I have to admit, my husband and I were skeptical at first at how good this movie would be.  While the cover art looked cute with the monkeys, we have not had luck with similar monkey movies.  But, I have to say that as soon as the movie started playing, everyone was smiling and laughing and having a great time.  Even my husband, who is hard to impress when it comes to kid-friendly movies, was having a blast with this cute Dove-approved movie.  

Who doesn't love a monkey dressed up?  My girls fell in love with Monty and couldn't stop laughing at this silly things he did, like skateboarding.  You can count on a bunch of monkeys to get into trouble...aka...monkey business...and, that is what you get with this adorable and oh so entertaining family-friendly movie, Monkey Up.

If you are looking for a movie to share with your family and one that everyone will enjoy watching, then I highly recommend Monkey Up.  Get ready to laugh and smile from ear to ear as Monty the talking monkey will steal your heart from the start.

Check out the trailer for this cute family-friendly movie and learn more about it...


"Meet Monty -- a precocious actor, spokesperson and… a talking Capuchin Monkey!  He’s the face of the energy drink, ‘Monkey Up,’ but he dreams of becoming the first award-winning monkey movie star.  When the greedy owner of Monkey Up has other plans for Monty, the chase is on! He escapes with the help of his new family, the Andrews, and his hilarious primate siblings, Mort, Mooner, and Melody in an uproarious chase that proves Monty really is the ‘fast and the furriest’. Together they help Monty discover that fame and fortune come and go, but family is forever!"

More about this recent DVD release:

"Air Bud Entertainment, the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ films is proud debut an all-new family movie, MONKEY UP, on Digital HD January 19, 2016 and DVD February 2, 2016.  A hilarious and heartwarming movie for the whole family, MONKEY UP stars ‘Crystal’ the adorable and multi-talented Capuchin monkey that audiences have fallen in love with in dozens of films including those in the The Hangover and Night at the Museum franchises.  The exciting new adventure introduces Crystal’s character ‘Monty’ -- the star of Monkey Up energy drink commercials…who dreams of breaking out of advertising to become an A list player on the Hollywood scene.

Marking the first time Crystal the monkey has landed a starring role, the film has been rated ‘Family Friendly’ by The Dove Foundation.  This recognition is awarded to movies, DVDs, made for TV movies and specials, books and other entertainment products that portray and encourage positive values.

The creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category for decades, MONKEY UP is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the production team that has entertained generations with their hugely popular Air Bud and Air Buddies movies.   MONKEY UP will be released through Air Bud Entertainment’s partnership with Alchemy, the leading independent film and television distributor.

Joining MONKEY UP primate star Crystal, are John Ratzenberger (TV’s Cheers, all Pixar films), David Milchard (YouTube sensation Convos with my 2-Year Old), Danny Woodburn (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2), Erin Allin O’Reilly (Dumb and Dumber to), Jonathan Mangum (House at the end of the Drive) and Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect 2) who lends his voice to Crystal the monkey in her role as ‘Monty.’   MONKEY UP is directed by Robert Vince.  It is written by Robert Vince, Anna McRoberts, Kirsten Hansen and Mary Pocrnic.  Produced by Anna McRoberts.

Exciting promotional partners supporting the MONKEY UP release include Riviana Foods' Success® Rice, Diana’s Bananas Inc., Flatout Flatbread, and Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores.

MONKEY UP is rated ‘PG’ by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)."
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About Air Bud Entertainment
Air Bud Entertainment (ABE) is the company behind the beloved AIR BUD and BUDDIES franchise. For nearly 20 years, the AIR BUD and BUDDIES films have become an established and trusted family brand. ABE created the four-paw icon of this generation, which has become part of our social fabric across generations of children, parents and grandparents.  ABE's exciting new movies will be available across numerous multi-media and digital platforms. Fans can also watch exclusive programming on the recently launched Air Bud TV including original, all new short form content and TV series, in addition to sneak peaks of their adorable family-friendly films. Please visit  and subscribe to

About Alchemy
Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America, specializing in the highest quality content. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies for the top family entertainment companies and brands, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. The company has distributed works ranging from some the most well know known franchises to those of the finest independent filmmakers in the business. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes and Netflix. 

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.

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Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! Available Now on DVD Review and #Giveaway

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


It wasn't until I started homeschooling my girls last year that I really took a look at the shows they watched as well as others airing on popular kid-friendly channels, to see how they could be incorporated into my lesson plans and themed weeks.  As I started to put together my weekly lessons, I found myself always looking to Blaze and the Monster Machines, as this popular series on Nickelodeon is filled with STEM adventures, that both boys and girls will enjoy.

When my girls first sat to watch this show, they didn't think they would be into it as it looked like a boys show.  But, within the first few minutes, they were hooked.  And, from that point on they have been Blaze fans.  I love hearing them talk about the show and things that they have learned.  And, it is even better when they can relate what they saw on the show to what we have been learning.  This is when I know they are really taking in what I am teaching them and understanding it, thanks in part to educational shows like Blaze and the Monster Machines.

Being such big fans of Blaze and the Monster Machines, I made a point to get my hands on a copy of the recent Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! DVD, which hit store shelves back on Feb. 16th.  This DVD featured four full-length episodes which have already aired on Nickelodeon, and that include a plethora of educational content including science and math knowledge.  As a homeschooling mom I was so happy when I sat down and watched these episodes.  A couple I had seen before with the girls, but the others made me get excited about creating fun lessons around the episodes, so that I could share the episodes with the girls and talk about them afterwards.

More about this recent DVD release:

Blaze, AJ and Zeg race back onto the screen for more dino-mite, S.T.E.M adventures in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! available on DVD February 16, 2016. Blaze and his pals make their third DVD appearance in this exciting collection of episodes featuring new dinosaur and monster-truck friends and of course plenty of science and math knowledge! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! races onto DVD on February 16, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! DVD includes:

Zeg and the Egg - Zeg is out smashing things with Blaze and AJ when he finds a tiny dinosaur egg. The three friends must embark on an epic journey across a prehistoric landscape to return the truckodactyl egg to its mother.

Dino Dash - Blaze and AJ are playing with their friend Zeg when he accidentally gets blasted by a geyser into a faraway mud pit. It's up to Blaze and AJ to save Zeg using an engineering design inspired by their new dinosaur truck friends to rescue him before he sinks into the mud.

Gasquatch - When Blaze and AJ head off into the woods to find a missing ball, they discover and befriend a misunderstood monster truck named Gasquatch.  Gasquatch and his new friends travel back to Axle City where he earns the love and respect of all the trucks in town by sneezing away a storm cloud. 

Dragon Island Duel - It's the day of the Dragon Island Duel, a one-on-one race between Blaze and Crusher across tropical Dragon Island.  Crusher cheats and sends Blaze away before the race, leaving AJ to rescue his best friend and bring him back to the starting line. 

SPECIAL FEATURE - Blaze of Glory Video Storybook


I could go on and on about how great this recent Blaze and the Monster Machines DVD release is.  But, how about instead you pick up a copy and share it with your preschooler and early education aged children.  If they are not already fans of Blaze and the Monster Machines, they will be after watching the four episodes that make up this recent release.


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Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! Fast Facts:
Street Date: February 16, 2016
Catalog: 59172556000 (US); 59172557000 (CAN)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish & French Dolby Stereo                               
S.R.P. $14.99

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