5 Back-to-School NCircle DVDs + Giveaway

Fall is here and that means school is back in session! Whether your children are starting preschool, or high school, all kids need a break from the homework and schedules! Why not take a break with NCircle Entertainment? They have several DVDs that are entertaining, educational, and exciting! Featured here are 5 back-to-school themed DVDs that your kids will love. Right now my 4 youngest are 6, 7, 8, and 10. I thought they might be a little old for a few of the shows that arrived, but they were soon all on my bed watching Octonauts and then Sid the Science Kid. As a mom, I appreciate how educational the NCircle shows are and I love the fact that they all include great music! Here are the 5 DVDs we were able to check out and a synopsis of each!

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The Wiggles: Apples and Bananas

10 Reasons To Read “Bramble and Maggie” Books + Giveaway

My daughters (ages 7 and 8) LOVE animals are were so excited when they saw the three Bramble and Maggie books! So excited, in fact, that they decided to bring them to school to show their teachers and read to the class. This would be the reason there are no pictures here of my kids reading them! I took a picture of the books as soon as they arrived and haven’t seen them since. I should really just go to their classrooms and track them down, but I also love the fact that they are sharing the books with their classmates! I was super impressed with the entire series. The books were gorgeous, the stories were interesting, and they were just the right length for my 1st and 3rd graders. Some of the words were challenging, but not enough to make them give up. They also got very attached to the characters and talked about them as if they were real. (Which was adorable.) I found out after starting this post that the author also wrote one of my daughter’s other favorite books, Siage Paints the Sky (American Girl series). No wonder they fell in love with this series! We can’t wait for the next book to come out! Until then, here are 10 reasons to check out this fantastic series.

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Here are 10 reasons to read Bramble and Maggie books:

1 - The stories are engaging and great for kids ages 5-9.

10 Features Of Rockwell Sonicrafter F30 + Giveaway

In our house, the roles are sometimes reversed. My husband does laundry, doesn’t like being dirty, and calls people to fix things. I enjoy fixing things, love getting my hands (and anything else) dirty, and have a blast building and putting things together. When I was offered the chance to check out Rockwell’s latest products, I couldn’t wait! My hubby couldn’t have cared less about the awesome power tools I got to try out. I was challenged to carve a pumpkin using Rockwell’s Sonicrafter F30. FUN!!! After getting a pumpkin, I told my kids as soon as their homework was done, they could WATCH me carve a pumpkin…man-style. I probably should’ve taken this project outside, but I had already gotten everything ready so I used my kitchen counter. After drawing a super-cute picture on the pumpkin, I went to town with the Sonicrafter. It ended up being the fastest pumpkin carving experience ever! The motor was small, lightweight, but powerful! There may have been pumpkin juice flying all over me (and my kitchen) but that just made it even more exciting! I can’t wait to use the Sonicrafter F30 to make a small table for my patio. It was easy to put together, came with attachments and a perfect sized carrying case! If you are looking for a fun way to carve pumpkins, or a great gift for your husband check out the Sonicrafter F30 at Lowe’s!

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Here are 10 features of the Rockwell Sonicrafter F30:

1 - Includes over 30 accessories! A sanding blade, several sanding sheets, blades, and more!

2 - The Sonicrafter has a universal fit system that allows you to use accessories from other brands.

7 Episodes In “PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues” DVD + Giveaway

With a family full of animal-lovers, PAW Patrol is still our favorite Nick cartoon! My kids were thrilled to check out the latest DVD, and see the episodes that they missed.  Their favorite episode by far was the double-length Christmas episode! They missed this episode when it aired last year. In “Pups Save Christmas” Santa’s sleigh crashes on Christmas Eve! Luckily the PAW Patrol is there to save the day. Can they fix the sleigh, round up the presents, and find the reindeer by Christmas Day? Take a wild guess :) This is a super cute collection of episodes that any kid will love!

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Here are 7 episodes included in the new “PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues” DVD:

1 - Pups Save Christmas

10 Songs In Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish DVD + Giveaway

I loved Animaniacs as a kid, but kind of forgot about them until I heard someone singing the song where they list all the countries. After remembering how awesome they were, I got on Amazon and bought all three seasons so I could watch with my kids! I love the dark humor, clever writing, and cameos. It’s almost better now that I know who all the famous people are that make random appearances in several episodes! One thing not included in the DVDs I bought was Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish. I remember watching this full length film years ago and was super excited to add it to our collection. I love the songs! They are so unique and informative. Who knew learning could be so fun? This is a great DVD for any and every Animaniacs fan!

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Here is a list of 10 songs in Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs Wakko’s Wish DVD:

1 - The Wishing Star

2 – Never Give Up Hope

10 Episodes In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two + Giveaway

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two includes all 26 episodes on four discs. That’s 572 minutes of Scooby Snacks, frightening mysteries, and Scooby Dooby Doo! In case you haven’t figured out over my past few years, we love Scooby! Who doesn’t? We have a dog named Jinkie and even my almost-40-year-old husband will sit down and watch with the fam. My kids like watching Mystery Incorporated on Cartoon Network and now they can catch up on all the episodes they missed from season 2! Somehow Scooby has managed to keep his same fun-loving personality through decades of television specials, live action movies, spin-off series’ and more. We still love him just as much as we did during the Saturday morning cartoon days! He will never get old, and this new series is proof of that!

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Here is a list of 10 episodes in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The Complete Season Two:

1 - The Night the Clown Cried

2 - Art of Darkness

10 Fun Facts About “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a great movie for the whole family! I loved the book when I was a kid and enjoy reading it to my own kids. We all knew the story, but it’s always interesting to see how it plays out on the big screen. With Disney at the helm, I had a feeling it wouldn’t disappoint! I felt like they did a great job casting each member of the Cooper family. They  had distinct personalities that you can’t help but love! Alexander himself was exactly what I had imagined…goofy, awkward, kind, and an all around good kid. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day reminded me that even on the most stressful, chaotic, insanely-busy days, you can’t forget what is most important….family. They are (or should be) there through thick and thin encouraging you to follow your dreams even when life has other ideas. The message of this movie was heartfelt even with all the hilarious antics. You should definitely take the whole family to this one!

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Here are 10 fun facts about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:

1 - Ed Oxenbould, who plays Alexander in the movie, is actually Australian. He did a great job with his American accent! He did have a little help from a dialect coach on set. 

10 Features Of PureGear’s “HIP Case+” + Giveaway

Every year for my birthday I get a new iPhone. I couldn’t wait for the iPhone 6 to come out, but was kinda sad to get rid of my huge stack of iPhone 5S cases. I love PureGear’s  cases and had so much fun switching them out depending on my mood. I must say that the iPhone 6 is definitely worth starting over with my collection! The first case I was able to review was the HIP Case+. It has everything I have come to expect from a PureGear case and more! Protection, extra storage, and a convenient clip are just a few reasons I love the HIP Case+. Don’t have an iPhone 6? PureGear is giving one away (with a HIP Case+ of course!) Click here to enter. There are only 8 days left for this contest! Already have an iPhone 6? Enter to win a HIP Case+ below! 

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10 features of PureGear’s HIP Case+:

1 – Offers superior protection from falls, scrapes, and scratches.

2 – Sturdy clip allows you to attach your phone to almost anything! 

10 Features Of PureGear’s Universal Tablet Folio + Giveaway

When my daughter decided to use her birthday money to buy a Kindle Fire, I thought it was a great idea! I also immediately started thinking about getting her a case because I know how much she loves setting her stuff down on the floor and other random places! I didn’t want her investment to be completely wasted because of one small accident.  PureGear’s  Universal Tablet Folio was the perfect solution. It had everything we were looking for in a case, and fit like a glove! Here are 10 features of this awesome case!

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10 features of PureGear’s Universal Tablet Folio:

1 – Sturdy – The thick cover and back keep your device protected from drops and scratches.

2 – Magnetic Closure – The strong, magnetic closure keeps the cover closed but also stays out of the way when propped up.

10 Of The Best “Hey Arnold!” Episodes + Complete Series Review

Any kid growing up in the 90′s knew about Hey Arnold! and now with the release of the entire series on DVD, this generation can appreciate the cleverness of this classic Nickelodeon show! I wasn’t allowed to watch a lot of TV growing up, so when I did get the chance I made sure it was worth my time! Hey Arnold! was always a favorite so I was thrilled to be able to share the whole series with my kiddos, especially my 10-year-old son. He can totally relate to Arnold and his mission to always bring out the best in everyone. He had never seen an episode before so it was fun watching him enjoy it almost as much as I did. Some of the episodes I had never seen, and the ones I had seen reminded me how brilliant the writing is! I think I took that for granted as a 9-year-old. We haven’t made it through the entire series yet (because I don’t let my kids watch a ton of TV either) but we are having a blast starting from the beginning and watching in order. Hey Arnold!: The Complete Series will be released on November 11, 2014. This would also make a great gift for any Hey Arnold! fan!

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10 of the best Hey Arnold! episodes:

1 – Stoop Kid - Arnold’s football lands on the stoop of “Stoop Kid,” – a bully who has lived his whole life on his stoop, and is highly protective of it. But, when it’s Arnold’s fault that Stoop Kid becomes the joke of the city, he must help Stoop Kid face his biggest fear – leaving his stoop for the first time.