8/24/16

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/24 #linky

Tuesday Giveaway Link UP

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways
Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.



8/18/16

KIDZ BOP Life of the Party Tour #KidzBop #KBLifeOfTheParty #sponsored

I will receive promotional items for sharing this event.  All opinions are my own.

KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids' music brand, is celebrating its 15th birthday with a new "Life of the Party" Tour and you are invited!

KIDZBOP KIDS LIFE OF THE PARTY TOUR 2016
This new live show presented by kids clothing company Crazy 8 will be in Allentown, PA August 30th.  The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine's "#1 Kids Artists" for the sixth consecutive year.  In 2015, they outsold some of today's biggest artists, including Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, and Maroon 5.  The latest album in the series, KIDZ BOP 32,  released July 15th.


 

KIDZ BOP is known for their fun dance moves and covers of hit songs of the year.  {My girls enjoy watching them on youtube and dancing along} This family event will be a great way to end the summer!


KIDZ BOP


Where: The Great Allentown Fair
302 N. 17th St.
Allentown, PA 18104
When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
6:30 PM
Who: The KIDZ BOP Kids: Ashlynn Chong, Grant Knoche, Matt Martinez, and Sela Hack

To purchase tickets, visit: Ticketmaster.com . Price includes admission to the Fair. This event is rain or shine. No refunds, exchanges or upgrades are given for tickets.

KIDZ BOP


For more information about KIDZ BOP and the “Life Of The Party” tour, visit www.kidzbop.com/tour.

8/15/16

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/15 #linky

Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways=. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

A Million Fish...More or Less (Children's Book) US only Ends 8/20


I Love You Just Because (Children's Book) US only Ends 8/22





Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD US only Ends 8/24



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.



Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program @officedepot #sponsored #ODFcares #backtoschool


I received Office Depot sackpacks in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

It's Back to School season again and this year we are hitting a very important milestone.  AK is heading to Kindergarten!

Yes, there will be tears.  Mostly from me.  She will probably be thrilled to be hanging out with other kids and having new experiences.  It won't be such a huge adjustment since she will be only have a half-day program.  But it is still a huge milestone!  And we are totally ready (I hope!) for what the school year may bring.

Back to school shopping has been fun for us. She has enjoyed picking out new outfits for school.  There have been several fashion shows at home {and twirling, lots of twirling}.  And I love picking out new school supplies and helping her choose her favorite character backpack. 


Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program

Speaking of those all important school supplies, did you know that the Office Depot Foundation has an award-winning National Backpack Program?  


Since 2001, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation has given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks.   This year they will be donating 200,000 new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the US and internationally.  Isn't that amazing?  I love that they support education!


Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program


“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear.  But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite.  The sackpacks and school supplies we donate help to level the playing field and give these wonderful children a reason to stand just a little bit taller.”

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed the Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International. And for the eighth consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.

These specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in 7 bright and fun designs!  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler, and four crayons.  {The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings other than a removable tag.}  

AK likes the pink camouflage.   My personal favorite is the building bricks.  It's a great size for kindergarten; it's large enough to hold the take-home folder and supplies.   I like that they are water-resistant and lined yet still light-weight to carry.

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program


We were given sackpacks to donate in our own community as well.  I love that this program is helping so many children receive essential supplies to get them off to a great start this school year!
To find out more about the National Backpack Program, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org.

Office Depot Foundation

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8/12/16

Pete's Dragon In Theaters Today 8/12 {Movie Review} #PetesDragon

I attended a free screening for Pete's Dragon.  All information provided by Walt Disney Studios and opinions are my own.

Pete's Dragon


I always look forward to going to a movie screening.  Many times I know what to expect, but this time was different for me and AK.  I grew up in the 80's and 90's so Disney stories that I know well are Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid just to name a few.  Pete's Dragon was a story that I had heard, of but nobody had shared the story with me. So this movie was a new and fresh adventure for AK and I to enjoy together for the first time.  

The story-line was great and kept us glued to the screen throughout.  There was a range of emotions and themes from start to finish ranging from excitement, sadness, courage, friendship, faith, family, adventure, trust, love, hate, anger, teamwork, and perseverance.  

Pete's Dragon
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

It was a story of a boy plagued by sadness and loss who stumbles upon a dragon who becomes his best friend and protector.  Raised in the woods by a dragon for more than 5 years, it was fun to see Pete's first dose of human interaction with a loving family.  As time goes by, Pete and his dragon are ripped apart; later to be reunited, but not without some mega drama in the meantime.  

Pete's Dragon
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

Disney did a great job with the dragon (Elliot) in this story making him into a huge creature that is maybe a little scary (but not too scary for my 5 year old).  Disney designed Elliot to be very cute and cuddly, while still being strong and scary enough to be Pete's best friend and protector.  

Pete's Dragon
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016


As I mentioned before, AK was glued to the screen for the entire movie which does not always happen at her age.  That goes to show you how good the story-line is.  I noticed that the slew of 3 and 4 year olds in the theater made it most of the way through the movie without losing their focus.   

Pete's Dragon
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

Would I go again or recommend this movie to other families?  This dad says absolutely!  

I'm sure it will be another Disney classic added to my list of favorites.  If you're thinking of taking your kids to this movie get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and begin to believe that dragons really do live in the forest.  Between the two of us we give this 4 thumbs up! 

This review was written by The Attic Guy.  


"Behind The Wings"-On Set with Elliot- Clip: 




Don't forget to download these free Pete's Dragon activity pages before heading out to see it in theaters.

Disney's Pete's Dragon

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No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

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