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!

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!


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.


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


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=. 

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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

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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.

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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

Follow Pete's Dragon #PetesDragon

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


Go #BacktoSchool with Peppa Pig @fheinsiders #PeppaPacks #PeppaPigDVD #sponsored

We received a Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD and party items as a Fox Insider.  All opinions and love for Peppa Pig are ours.

It's time for one last Sunny Vacation with Peppa Pig before school starts!  To celebrate the DVD release, Fox sent over some fun goodies for us to have a Peppasodes screening & pack up for school party.
Peppa Pig Back To School

This is timely for us as my oldest will be heading over to Kindergarten in a few weeks!  {Can you believe it?!}

We started off our Peppa celebration with a fun Peppa Pig Alphabet Scavenger Hunt at our local park.

Peppa Pig Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Alphabet scavenger hunt PrintableI printed a free Alphabet Scavenger Hunt worksheet from theresourcefulmama.com.   
This uses letter identification, sound recognition, and critical thinking skills.  The check list is easy for my 5 year old to do all by herself (I wrote the words that we found for each letter to remember them later).

We also made these Peppa Pig masks from nickjr.com to take with us. This is great for practicing cutting skills (with some help from a parent).

Peppa Pig Mask

How to make a Peppa Pig mask:

Peppa Pig Mask1.  Print and cut out the templates
Peppa Pig Mask2.  Attach to pink construction paper 
3.  Cut around the template carefully
4.  Poke holes in the eyes and then cut around the eye holes 
5.  Attach a popsicle or craft stick with glue or tape on the back
6.  Use a pink crayon to draw on the nose and cheek 

The girls had fun pretending to be Peppa going on a scavenger hunt (although my 2 year old didn't want a picture with hers).  

Peppa Pig Scavenger hunt

Peppa Pig Scavenger hunt

We found a lot of letters like W for water, P for Playground, D for dinosaur, T for tall trees, and S for sliding with Peppa & George!
Peppa Pig Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

It was a hot day at the park so we headed home to cool off.  At dinner, we used these fun Peppa Pig divided plates to eat fruits, pasta and veggies.   They are great for making sure food doesn't touch (which is a must with my 5 year old) and are portable for school lunches or even a picnic.

Peppa Pig Lunch Box

Then we all sat down to watch Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation.

Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD

It’s time for a special Family Holiday! Celebrate the summer as we come along with Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig on a Sunny Vacation abroad. Peppa is enjoying all of the ts and sounds of Italy, but she also can’t wait to go home and see her friends! “Peppa Pig’s Sunny Vacation” on DVD is packed with excitement as Peppa and her family set off on their trip across Italy. Kids and parents alike will love the four-part sunny special with 8 additional super fun-filled Peppasodes! 

The girls enjoyed coloring in their Peppa Pig tote-books while watching Peppa, George, Mummy Pig & Daddy Pig on their vacation.  This mom could totally relate to Mummy Pig's packing problems!  The girls loved every adorable episode.

Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD

Activity Sheets/Printables
*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print 

Back to School Tips:

1.  Leave your backpack by the door the night before.
Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig © ABD Ltd/Ent. One UK Ltd 2003

2.  Pack up your child's lunch at night so mornings aren't so rushed.

3.  Freeze a yogurt tube or juice box to use as an ice pack in your child's lunch.  It'll defrost by lunch time and will keep other items cool.

4.  Use a closet organizer for days of the week.  Have your kids pick out their clothes for each day and put in the slots over the weekend.  This will hopefully be a time saver in the mornings.

5.  Start the back-to-school sleep routine a couple weeks before school starts.  Set a consistent bed time and an alarm for mornings.  This will make the transition a little easier.

Peppa Pig Family Movie Night 
If you're looking for more Peppa Pig themed movie night ideas, check out these posts from other #FHEInsiders:

How to make Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Snack- MommySnippets.com
Peppa Pigs Muddy Puddles

Peppa Pig Bento Lunch
Peppa Pig Bento Lunch


One reader will win Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD
Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD
Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

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Disclosure:  I received Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation and other Peppa items as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


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