5 Summer Reading Tips From Scholastic + Book Reviews!

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BACK TO SCHOOL! That was fast! It’s finally here and we were ready to go. After the most book-filled summer on record, I was thinking when school started they wouldn’t have nearly as much time. Turns out it has now become a habit, which is awesome! I am so grateful I was introduced to this exciting Scholastic program and it will definitely be a huge part of our summers in the years to come! It was a complete success, but it’s not over yet. There is still time to enter to win some prizes from Energizer and participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!



Energizer® and Scholastic are partnering to create the “Power the Possibilities” campaign which gives moms the tools they need to unlock their child’s talents, fuel their ambitions and set them up for future success. Parents can buy any specially marked pack of Energizer® brand batteries to scratch for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes that will power discovery and learning. Entering is easy! Just click ENTER TO WIN!

Prizes include a family trip to New York City, a Scholastic Study Corner Makeover, a tablet with Scholastic apps, a library of Scholastic books and more! Everyone who plays can also download free digital stories for their family.

4 Episodes On The Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures DVD + Giveaway

Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures includes 4 super-charged episodes of everyone’s favorite monster truck! My kids took a break from their homework to check out a couple episodes. Their favorite was “Epic Sail,” probably because it featured the ocean and a tropical island just like their home here in Hawaii! I thought this episode taught a great lesson about playing fair and the consequences of cheating. The other 3 episodes were great too…entertaining and full of educational lessons!


Here are all 4 episodes included on the Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures DVD:

1 – Bouncy Tires - When Zeg the dinosaur truck accidentally puts on a set of “Super Bouncy Tires,” he bounces out of control! Now Blaze and AJ have to experiment to find a substance adhesive enough to stop their bouncing buddy.

9 Episodes Included On “Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures” DVD + Review

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures includes 3 discs and over 4 hours excitement! All of the episodes included are double-length and each disc also has tons of bonus features like sing-alongs and interactive games. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my favorite episodes of Dora is “Dora’s Fairytale Adventure.” I was excited to see it included in this collection! The dress she has on when she turns into a princess is so cute! My boys and I also like “Pirate Adventure.” The songs in that episode are super fun! Overall, I thought this was a great collection of Dora the Explorer episodes!

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Here are all 9 episodes included on the “Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures” DVD:

Disc 1: “Dora’s Fairytale Adventure”

1 – Dora’s Fairytale Adventure

4 Episodes Included In Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD + Giveaway

Finally a Dora and Friends DVD all about dogs! My 8-year-old is obsessed with doggies of all types and was thrilled when Dora and Friends: Doggie Day arrived. She actually hadn’t seen any of the episodes included since we have been so busy this summer! We finally had a free afternoon last weekend and were able to watch the whole DVD. It was super cute, as are all Dora and Friends episodes. She had fun trying to figure out the breeds of all the dogs included and was excited to see one that looked like our dog! My son enjoyed the “Magic Land!” episode but our favorite was “Doggie Day!” I would recommend this fur-tastic DVD to any Dora fans!

doggie days

Here are all 4 episodes included on the Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD:

1 – Doggie Day!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge + Giveaway #SummerReading

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The summer is officially over for our family since school starts this week, but that doesn’t mean our #SummerReading challenge is over! If anything, my kids will be reading more! Participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was one of the highlights of our summer. My kids were always thinking of new places to bring the Energizer Bunny and finding new books to take with him. He has literally been around the entire island of Oahu since the beginning of July! We love the “Power Up & Read,” powered by Energizer® theme and feel like Scholastic and Energizer are the perfect match! 



Now in its 9th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program dedicated to stopping the “summer slide” by encouraging kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out. This year’s challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” powered by ENERGIZER®.

6 Episodes Included In Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Learn: Kindness” DVD + Giveaway

I’m a HUGE fan of the “Let’s Learn” series from Nickelodeon, but this latest DVD is my favorite so far! Let’s Learn: Kindness includes over 2 hours of episodes focusing on being kind to one another! I really enjoy the DVDs that teach about numbers, letters, etc., but I think learning the importance of treating others with love and kindness is the most valuable lesson you can learn! I love that Wallykazam! is included in this collection. He is one of our favorites! This is a great collection of episodes that will (hopefully) remind your kiddos to treat others the way they want to be treated!

let's learn kindness

Here are all 6 episodes included on the Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn: Kindness DVD:

1 – Wallykazam! –  “Totally Swamped” – Wally’s grumpy neighbor, Stan of the Swamp, won’t give back his new glider unless Wally can make him laugh– a real challenge since Wally has never even seen Stan smile! Can Wally use his magic stick to make “M” words that’ll get a chuckle out of the swamp monster?

TROLLHUNTERS Book Review + Giveaway

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The only way to get my 11-year-old to read ANYTHING is if it is scary or funny enough to hold his interest. Trollhunters was both. After telling him the premise and showing him a few pictures, he was in. We starting reading this book together before bed. It was gory, hilarious, suspenseful and perfect for my son. I don’t think my other kids would be able to handle it at 11, but it was okay for him. The story sucks you right in (literally) when Jim’s older brother vanishes after a late night bike ride. Flash forward 30 years and Jim Jr. is now trying to solve the mysteries of the evil, child-eating trolls. After entering their world he finally realizes his father isn’t as crazy as he once thought! The underground world is beautifully described and the illustrations make it all too real. I would even get spooked after reading when the house was completely silent! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little gruesomeness and isn’t afraid of the dark!


Two Exciting TMNT DVDs + Giveaway

Two of the latest Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVDs,”Return to NYC” and “Pulverizer Power” would be a great addition to any TMNT collection! I still love this show just as much as I did growing up and the new graphics and updated themes are an exciting addition. My 6-year-old loved the “Return to New York” episode…mostly because he is obsessed with New York since he is named after Staten Island! I would recommend both of these TMNT DVDs for any fan! They definitely won’t disappoint!

TMNT Return to NYC

Here is a list of episodes included in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to NYC:

1 – Vision Quest – Leo takes the Turtles to train in the woods in an advanced ninja ritual where they must overcome their weaknesses and face their greatest enemies in order to become true ninjas.

PAPER TOWNS Movie Trailer, Synopsis, + Giveaway!

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The Fault In Our Stars was one of the only books that I actually went to the store to buy…and I paid almost full price! Usually I will try and find books at the used bookstore or borrow it from the library, but I couldn’t wait! I fell in love with the writing style and was just as happy when the movie came out. THAT is why I can’t wait to see PAPER TOWNS! I haven’t read the book yet, but am determined to finish it before the movie comes out in a week. From the previews I can tell there are a few characters with quirky personalities, a unique storyline, and some great music. If you ask me, that is a recipe for success! If you are just as excited as me to check out this movie, enter to win the book and a gift card below! Then check it out in theaters July 24th!

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Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates DVD + Giveaway

If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, this is the DVD for you! Nickelodeon‘s Bunch of Play Dates includes 3 discs and 7 hours of educational Nickelodeon shows! One of the DVDs includes all dance themed episodes to get your kids on their feet! The second disc will have you rootin’ and tootin’ along with western themed episodes. The last disc will whisk you off to fairytale land with the Three Little Piggies and Little Red Riding Hood! This DVD set is jam-packed your kids’ favorite Nickelodeon shows! 

bunch of play

Here are all 18 episodes included on the Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates DVD:

Dance to the Music – 

Dora the Explorer – La Maestra de Musica            

Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance                       

Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock