Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dinosaur Train: The Spooky Scavenger Hunt Book

Do you know Dinosaur Train on PBS? It's a great show about some friendly dinosaurs that everyone can love. The show is about friendship, family, and adventures. Your kids will enjoy meeting new friends, learning about dinosaurs, and seeing new places. In their book The Spooky Scavenger Hunt Buddy, Tiny, and some of the other Dinosaur Train friends are on a spoooooky adventure this time:

"The Spooky Scavenger Hunt” is from Grosset & Dunlap in which Mr. Pteranodon takes Buddy and Tiny on a nighttime trip to the Big Pond for a spooky nature walk! Mr. Pteranodon and the conductor insist they can't be scared, but when the conductor's mom jumps out at them, everyone gets a good scare! This simple storybook is perfect for read-aloud fun!  Ages 4 - 8; SRP $3.99.

My son thought this book was great. He is really into "spooky" things right now. He loves the Goosebumps movies and other kids things that have a little fright factor. Seeing some of his Dinosaur Train friends taking a spooky scavenger hunt was fun to find out what really happens. This book is not the scary kid of spooky...it's the fun kind. When your kids see what that the spooky things are really simple mysteries to solve, they will like it.

You can find out more about Dinosaur Train and other PBS shows at www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrainwww.pbskids.org/parents and www.henson.com. You can also connect with them on www.twitter.com/pbskids and www.facebook.com/pbskids. The Dinosaur Train: The Spooky Scavenger Hunt book is available in stores and online as well.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Stanley Glass Cleaner & Stanley Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion

For 70 years, Stanley Home has been offering quality cleaning, home, and personal care products to North American homes and families. StanleyHome representatives are the heart of the company, helping sell great products at a great price, while enjoying the at-home business opportunities that come with being an independent Customer Representative.
Now, Stanley Home is pleased to introduce you to our new Glass Cleaner Foaming Spray; featuring GrimeGuard™, this dual-action foam forms an effective barrier against dirt and spot build-up. The addition of powerful ammonia means that your cleaning is made easier, and your surfaces stay cleaner longer, with simple upkeep. No streaks, quick-drying, and easy-to-use! http://www.shponline.com/english/shop_product_detail.asp?CatID=24&ProductID=693 
Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion has all the robust soothing action of a visit to the spa, available at the cost of your usual care product. With peppermint, menthol, and camphor oils, Essentials Foot Lotion is an invigorating foot therapy; moisturizing and working deep to help your feet unwind. With a collagen-rich formula, the Foot Lotion helps your feet stay young and pliable. StanleyHome is here to assist in all aspects of home care, and the Foot Lotion is just one small part of that.  http://www.stanley-home-products.com/item/Essentials-Feet-TreatMint-Foot-Lotion-94 
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I like to have my windows and mirrors clean. The bathroom, kitchen, and dining room/entry are the biggest places that I notice when windows and mirrors are dirty. I probably clean the bathroom mirror and window the very most. I have been using the Stanley Glass Cleaner Foaming Spray with GrimeGuard for a while now in there. I really like the foaming action. That's something I'm not used to with a window cleaner. It is easy to spray the window/mirror and the foam expands and covers the whole area. Plus it doesn't drip all over like most window cleaners. The foaming action lets it stay put and loosen up the grim. All you need to do is use a paper towel to wipe the foam away. I have noticed (specifically on the mirrors) that there is a bit of a film left when I wipe away the cleaner. But all I need to do is rub in a circular motion and it's gone. I've noticed that I can clean the mirror less often when I clean with this. It gives it a nice clean surface that protects it longer than with normal cleaner. The Glass Cleaner Foaming Spray is great and works on every window in your home.

The Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion is fun for relaxing. When your feet are worn out and in need of a little TLC, this is a good way to unwind. The peppermint and other oils in the lotion are very soothing. I like to put it on before bedtime, then put socks on for the night (or at least part of the night until I get too hot and kick them off). It leaves my feet soft and rejuvenated. You'll like this one for a little spa treatment at home.

You can find these and other Stanley Home Products at http://www.shponline.com/.

*Disclaimer: I received these products for review. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, January 30, 2012

Treat Your Hair & Skin Right for Winter

As we move away from the warm summer weather and  briskness of fall into the cool of winter, it’s time to adjust our beauty routine; preparing our hair & skin for the harsh weather!

Davines OI/OIL ($39 at www.davines.com for salon locations)
Essential Haircare OI/OIL goes to work on all hair types, especially dry, frizzy hair, detangling and smoothing strands. Unlike some oils that weigh hair down, Davines’ lightweight oil blend imparts remarkable softness, frizz-control and shine, as well as significant dry-time reduction when used on damp hair. OI/OIL is powered by antioxidant-rich Roucou Oil, a beta-carotene-rich native Amazonian plant.

Upper Canada Soap Naturally Signature Collection in Golden Maple Sugar
The scent of fresh maple syrup blended with lightly sweetened butter and warm undertones of brown sugar always remind me of the fall.  This line from Upper Canada Soap offers superior nourishment and moisture for naturally healthy, glowing skin!
·         Hydrating Shower Gel ($9.99 at www.uppercanadasoap.com): This pH-balance blend of Glycerin and White Tea Extract cleanses the body of impurities while replenishing lost moisture.
·         Nourishing Lip Balm ($4.99 at www.uppercanadasoap.com): This emollient-rich balm envelops thirsty lips in moisture with a blend of Shea Butter, Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter, and Vitamin E.


Atopalm Skincare
Designed particularly for skin suffering from allergies, rosacea dryness and sensitivity in need of gentle yet powerful treatment, each paraben-free Atopalm product is powered by Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested MLE formulas—plant derived ingredients that mimic skin’s natural structure and restore skin's protective moisture barrier system. This unique complex hydrates, soothes and calms skin in distress, leaving dry, sensitive skin visibly renewed.
  • Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream ($18 at www.atopalmusa.com) – This restorative, moisturizing cream provides a smooth foundation for even, long-lasting makeup application. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, the gentle yet hydrating cream supports beautiful, healthy skin.
  • Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($18 at www.atopalmusa.com) – A moisturizing emulsion that promotes younger, brighter-looking skin with a hydrating antioxidant blend, this nourishing hand treatment delivers lasting protection.


As you've seen from some of my previous postings, I do tend to have issues with dry hair and skin in the winter months. I know I am not alone. And I'm happy that there are some products out there to help me out.

The Upper Canada Soap Naturally Signature Collection in Golden Maple Sugar Body Soap shown above is fantastic. I love the gentle soap that I can use on my skin. The smooth soap is easy and quick to use in the shower every day. I even used mine to shave my legs with. It helped leave them silky and not dried out like regular soap would.

I also really like the ATOPALM Moisturizing Hand Treatment. This is a great lotion that I can quickly put on my hands every day as needed. If my hands are really dry I can use it each time after I wash my hands during the day. And another thing I like to do is put it on just before I go to sleep at night. It gives the lotion time to soak into my skin and keep it moisturized while I sleep. Plus since I'm not brushing it off or washing it off with water then, it makes my hands silky and soft when I get up in the morning.

You can find these products and more from the same companies at their respective websites www.uppercanadasoap.com and www.atopalmusa.com.

*Disclaimer: I received some of these products to review. All opinions are my own.*

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer

Last fall at the Emmy's Julie Bowen looked amazing on the Red Carpet under the bright lights. When she was asked "Who are you wearing?" she answered Jergens Skincare. When she was getting ready she put on the dress, shoes, make up, jewelry and before all that she got her skin ready with Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer.  It gave her radiant skin for a glamorous night.

This time of year I have terribly dry skin. I tend to battle dry hands off and on all year, but in the winter it's worst. My hands, arms, stomach, back, and legs also get really dry when it cools off. It's always necessary to have a good lotion around for the times when I'm dry and itchy and need a boost to my skin.

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer is made to get to the point and heal dryness at the source so you can have healthier skin right away. This lotion is a great consistency and rubs easily into my skin. For me this is really important, because I don't want to feel greasy to get lotion on everything that I touch.

The fast-absorbing body lotion penetrates through 5 layers of the skin's surface to lock in moisture, instantly doubling hydration and tripling skin's moisture content with continued use. By infusing skin with a powerful blend of vitamins C, E and B5, Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer deeply nourishes and replenishes. Offering 24-hour relief, the conditioning moisturizer not only heals even the driest skin, but also softens and smooths, making the difference between dry skin and divine skin.

Let me tell you, this lotion does what it promises. I like it a lot. It's smooth and soothing for my dry skin. Used regularly you won't have problems with dry skin at all. You can find Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer in stores and online as well.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Families of Philippines & Families of Germany DVDs

It's always good to learn about other cultures and countries. Some people are fortunate enough to be able to take trips around the world and visit new places. Then there are some of us who can't do that, so having some other resources to help us learn more about families around the world helps. That's why the Families of ... series is so great for families. You can teach your kids about different countries and cultures without having the hassle of air travel with children. The newest Families of Philippines and Families of Germany DVDs  bring us into the homes of people living in the Philippines and Germany, so we have a little taste about what things are like in their countries.

*Cincinnati, OH (August 25, 2011) - Come spend time with four young citizens growing up in two of the most populous countries in the world in Families of Philippines and Families of Germany, the newest titles in the award-winning Families of the World series, venturing onto DVD September 20, 2011 from Master Communications. 
The series - 27 titles and growing - enables future travelers to reach across the globe and visit other people and cultures, all from a child's point of view. Always focusing on two children from differing households, one urban, one rural, and narrated by children, Families of the World DVDs invite viewers to follow two families' daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist between them, as well as us. 
The Southeast Asian country of the Philippines, known officially as the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelago consisting of over 7,100 islands, has the fifth longest coastline in the world (over 22,500 miles), experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity and combines both Eastern and Western cultures. 
In Families of Philippines, meet 13-year old Khim, a boy who lives on the rural island of Cebu with his grandparents, aunt and her two children. Living close to the coast, see the dozens of outrigger boats Khim points out as he explains how the fisherman collect the fish that he and his family eat nearly every night. Awaking early in the morning from his sleeping mat, Khim bathes, eats, and then makes the 10-minutes walk to his public school, which boasts over 10,000 students. Studying plants, computers and other subjects, his favorite class is science. On the way home from school, he stops in the local video arcade to play games with his friends. Later at home, he completes his chores, which include feeding their goats, collecting firewood and cooking the rice for dinner. A fan of dance and karate, Khim is an active, happy boy! 
Shahani, 7, lives in the capital city of Manila, a thriving city boasting many modern skyscrapers. Living with her mom, dad and older sister, the early riser (5 a.m.!), gets help from mom getting started in the morning before she's off to school, where she wears a name tag to help the teachers with the over 5,000 students. During the 10 months she attends school, she studies English among other subjects. Mom shops for fresh fish and vegetables every day while Dad works as a children's costumed birthday party entertainer and also teaches dance, which Shahani also studies (and excels - she won a local competition and was featured on television). Enjoying adobo stew for dinner and mango for dessert, she and her sister welcome friends over in the evening for games and fun, then it's off to bed for rest before her big test the next day! 
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a parliamentary republic consisting of 16 states, boasts one of the world's largest economies and is the 14th most populous country in the world. The divided parts of East and West Germany were united in 1990 after the celebrated destruction of the Berlin Wall. 
In Families of Germany, meet seven-year-old Sophia from the village of Reimershausen, who lives with her parents, sister Johanna and brother Simon. After a breakfast of bread, cheese and jam made from the fruit in their garden, she is off to school where she and her 19 classmates study English and biology among other subjects. Sophia studies guitar after school when she's not helping out at a neighbor's farm where twice a week she feeds cows and collects eggs from the chickens. Following dinner, she heads back to school cfor crafts and skits. During the weekend her family eats breakfast together, then enjoys activities - this particular weekend they are celebrating St. Martin's Day, visiting Marburg Castle and attending her sister's choral concert. A bedtime story from mom and dad and it's off to sleep! 
Ole is ten years old and lives in the capital city of Berlin with his parents, two brothers and two tortoises. It's Halloween, so we get to tag along as Ole carves pumpkins, prepares treats for his neighbors before taking two trains to spend the day uptown, where we see conversation bikes, Segues and tour boats on the river. Upon their return, they head out for some trick-or-treating. The next day it's back to school where Ole studies English and math while his dad, an engineer, works at a jet plane factory and mom teaches at an animal museum. After school it's time for homework and dinner before heading off to handball practice. It's been a long day, so bedtime is a welcome event! 
Families of the World is recommended for ages 5-11 and retails for $29.95. The series features families in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico (includes Spanish and English soundtracks) and More Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. 
Each DVD includes a free PDF Teacher's Guide, which features the script, copy-ready maps, discussion and activity guides, recipes, glossaries and more. To order Families of the World DVDs, call 1-800-765-5885 or visit www.familiesoftheworld.com.

Not only are the Families of Philippines and Families of Germany DVDs a great way for children to learn about other countries and cultures, but these are told from a child's perspective. I think it makes it so much better for children to relate and learn some fun things about these countries.

These DVDs will make a great addition to your DVD collection. It's great having education videos that your children and you can enjoy together. They are also great in a school setting. These are perfect for the school library to use in classrooms. It's a creative, fresh way for students to learn about countries. As a teacher, myself, I think kids will enjoy this as an additional way to learn. It shakes it up from the old boring textbook too.

You can purchase  the Families of Philippines and Families of Germany DVDs from Master Communications by calling 1-800-765-5885 or their website www.familiesoftheworld.com.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, January 23, 2012

Not You Too!

As a blog reader, one of my biggest pet peeves about blogs is partial feeds. If you read through blog posts in a feed reader, you know what I'm talking about.

I like being able to read a full blog post in my feed reader. Then if I really like the post, I will click through to your blog and leave a comment. (Or I will click through for a fun giveaway that I want to enter too.) But when I have to click through to your blog simply to read the rest of your post, about 99% of the time I won't do it. I don't like messing around. I want to be able to read through blog posts quickly, and save the ones I need to come back to. When I can't read a whole post, I lose interest quickly.

I understand that bloggers want more people to click through to their blogs. Maybe it's for stats or maybe it's for ad revenue. And honestly, those reasons don't bother me. We'd all be happy with better stats and a little extra money in our pockets. But you have to think about how many people this will turn away...like me. How many of your readers will not bother clicking through?

How do you feel about this issue? As a blogger? Or as a blog reader? What do you think about partial feeds? Are you OK with clicking through to finish reading? Or are you like me and that blog probably won't last long in your reading list?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

DidiPop Everyday Adventures CD

Maybe you remember hearing the name DidiPop here before. Well if you did, first of all you have a great memory, and secondly you're right. You have seen her music featured here before. Last year I review DidiPop Goes to Hawaii. DidiPop is a great children's music artist that my family has really enjoyed. And now she's at it again with a new CD called DidiPop Everyday Adventures.

A little more about Everyday Adventures:
Routine becomes magic as DidiPop sings her way into children's hearts. "Everyday Adventures," her new CD co-produced in Nashville with Brad Jones, bubbles with rhythmic delight. 
The lyrics deliver the empowering message that life can be a wonderland of fun, love and laughter. The song, "Yellow Car," inspired kids to count cars, make wishes and have fun driving with the family. "The Cool Alphabet Song" plays with sound as it both teaches and tickles imaginations. Later, in "Neferdidi," a dancing genie whisks children's [sic] to Paris. 
Among the lessons children learn through this CD are: counting, the alphabet, French vocabulary, how to feed pets, table etiquette, days of the week and months of the year. "Everyday Adventures" is a musical adventure for the whole family.

And a little about DidPop- A Decade of Adventures:
2001: Deborah Poppink creates "The DidiPop Show" at the request of Chris Carter (creator of "the x-files") and writes 6 original songs for the pilot. She teaches music and is known as "piano teacher to the stars" in Los Angeles. TV shows "The x-files" and "Jack and Jill" use her songs and she signs a world-wide publishing deal with Bug Music. 
2004: Deborah releases her grown-up CD and marries Bug Music president David Hirshland. She has Delilah and, after 20 years, takes a break from teaching and entertaining. 
2005-2008: Motherhood inspires a fresh batch of songs. She has Hannah at 43 and soon after heads to Nashville to record songs with Brad Jones. She creates her first YouTube video titled "The Cool Alphabet Song". The song receives a John Lennon Songwriting Award, the video goes viral and is licensed to an English language teaching program in Holland. She debuts at The House of Blues as DidiPop. 
2009: On a family vacation in Maui she writes the CD "DidiPop Goes To Hawaii" and records again with Brad Jones back in Tennessee. She hones her skills as an animator/videographer, developing a following on You Tube, and continues to perform. 
2011: She releases "DidiPop Goes To Hawaii", creates an eBook, publishes a monthly newsletter and is featured in Ladies' Home Journal. She produces a series of holiday music videos and local kindergarten classes perform her songs in their school concerts. "DidiPop Goes To Hawaii" is a hit with libraries around the country and goes up for Grammy consideration as best children's album. "The Hawaiian Alphabet Song" wins the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Wilco invites her to play at their Solid Sounds festival in Massachusetts and her YouTube views top the two million mark. She releases her latest children's music CD: "Everyday Adventures".

I think it's great when a mom can create things to help children and other moms. Deborah Poppink saw a way that she could reach children through music. And the music is great for children, moms and the whole family. We have enjoyed the latest CD Everyday Adventures. I like finding children's CDs that I don't mind hearing over and over when I'm in the car with my son. This one fits that bill! It will make a great addition to your children's music library. It's perfect for kids ages 1-7 years old.

You can learn more about DidiPop and her children's music at http://didipop.com. There is a beautiful photo of Deborah with her daughters and more about her and her passion for music. And she has a new blog that you might enjoy as well-  http://didipopmoms.wordpress.com/. You can see DidiPop's personal side and some of her YouTube creations as well.

You can purchase DidiPop's Everyday Adventures CD through her website- http://didipop.com, cdbaby.com, or on Amazon.com.

*Disclaimer: I received a product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Friday, January 20, 2012

Big Bully CD {Giveaway - Ends 2/3} (CLOSED)

*This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner listed below.*




"A hidden gem! Great messages for kids...takes the important messages we want our kids to learn and embrace, but presents them in a way that's fun and unassuming."
- Common Sense Media review of Recess Music's Celebrate Earth

"Really nice tunes for environmentally conscience kids and parents."
- Lahri Bong, 2011 Parents' Choice Award review of Recess Music's Ocean Motion

"A wonderfully catchy and uplifting children's music album. Highly recommended."
- Midwest Book Review review of Recess Music's Wild Child

ST. PAUL, MN (September 18, 2011) - Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, has launched its "Best Foot Forward" series of CDs with Big Bully (Big Round Records, $12.99, for ages 4-11, run time 43 minutes).

One could consider Recess Music's "Best Foot Forward" series the musical complement to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant "course in manners" that reinforces a profound subtext and encourages kids to be the very best they can be. Almost all children want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, "I'm sorry" or how to live by the rule of "no put-downs" toward others. Big Bully presents songs promoting these healthy, positive ideas by asking the question "Why can't we just be friends?" The album also provides a good antidote to the violence and bad manners that permeate so many video games and television shows.

The folks at Recess Music hope that Big Bully will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educations about harmony, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape.

Features artists on Big Bully include such kids' music luminaries as Milkshake, The Hipwaders, and Renee & Jeremy. The album opens with The Uncle Brothers' wonderfully alliterative, two-beat country tune, "Bully Bubba," explaining why bullies do the things they do and providing solid, practical advice: When you ignore them, they will go away! In up-to-date folk style, Nancy Tucker's "Most Valuable Player" pays tribute to doing the right thing, declaring, "No matter what the scoreboard said, that kid came out a winner." The Hipwaders encourage kids to develop a positive attitude to behavioral consequences with their upbeat song "Time In Time Out," while Mary Kaye's "Mean Ogre" features a really mean orge singing about refusing to change. The country/rock "Me Last Attitude" by The Happy Crowd helps foster a gracious attitude that includes thinking of others first. Milkshake's  colorful, rocking "Enemies" portrays best friends who, unfortunately, sometimes act like enemies. "One and Only Me" by Janet's Planet and "I Can Make a Difference" by J.P. Taylor & The Academics emphasize self-understanding and self-validation. The Hill Brothers have fun with "Vicious Vinnie," a droll minor key song in praise of "talking it out" with teachers. Susan Salidor's lovely ukulele waltz "I'm Sorry" offers a variety of ideas for how to apologize. More good advice for kids is given on Lyle Cogen's rap, "No Put Downs," and Lou Del Bianco's "Bad Day Today." In Leslie Bixler's lyrical "Can You Imagine?" the focus is on empathy, with children being taken through situations where they "take a while in someone else's shoes." Glenn Colton shares more insights about bullies on "Don't Bully Me," singing "Bullies are like babies in disguise." Renee & Jeremy bring the album to a peaceful close with their mellow "Wishing Well," a song conveying wishes of peace, love and well-being to all.

Regarding the "Best Foot Forward" series, Recess Music's founder Nancy Doan explains, "Every person has, at one time or another, attempted some level of self improvement. Perhaps a book on table manners before the first big dinner-and-dance date for the freshman in high school, or a lesson on how to compose an official report to the boss. It's about putting out 'Best Good Forward.' We, as a society, value being organized, mannerly, fair, and appropriate in out day-to-day exchanges with others. For our children, the first experience in the sand box or on the swing set often provides a simple lesson in taking turns or considering the feelings of a new playmate. None of these ideas are new. They are, in fact, universal. Kindness, sharing, understanding, being thankful, and seeking peace are central to the human experience for each generation. These are the concepts upon which our 'Best Foot Forward' albums are based."

While experiencing a multi-faceted life as a mother, wife, and minister, Nancy Doan became convinced of the need to make the world a better place through a two-fold approach: sustaining our environment and teaching kindness. Because music held a prominent place in both hr own childhood and her experiences as a mother, Nancy developed an appreciation of the power of music as an educational tool.. When the onset of systemic lupus erythematosus dictated a career change, she cast about for a way to continue to serve the causes to which she had dedicated her life. This search ultimately led to the creation of Recess Music, as a company dictate to the twin goals of environmental awareness and social empathy through its "Celebrate Earth" and "Best Foot Forward" series of recordings.

The second "Best Foot Forward" series CD is UR SOME 1. The album highlights self-esteem and will be released in October 2011. Fall 2012 will see the release of the third "Best Foot Forward" CD, Someone Else's Shoes, which will focus on understanding and empathy for others.

Fulfilling its declared mission of entertaining, encouraging, and educating children and families about the wonders of our planet through the "Celebrate Earth" series of CDs, Recess Music has released four "Celebrate Earth" albums, beginning with Celebrated Earth in spring 2010. Growing Veggie Coup followed, with songs chosen for their focus on gardening and sustainable farming practices. The music of Ocean Motion, the award-winning third installment of the "Celebrate Earth" music series, is dedicated to the understanding and preservation of the worlds' ocean life and its habitats. Wild Child, released in August 2011, is a collection with a focus on the wonders of Africa. Next in the series, in spring 2012, will be La Bella Stella, a celebrating of our universe.

Bully Bubba - The Uncle Brothers
Most Valuable Player - Nancy Tucker
Time In Time Out - The Hipwaders
Mean Ogre - Mary Kaye
Me Last Attitude - The Happy Crowd
Enemies - Milkshake
One and Only Me - Janet's Planet
Vicious Vinnie - The Hill Brothers
I'm Sorry - Susan Salidor
I Can Make a Difference - J.P. Taylor & The Academics
No Put Downs - Lyle Cogen
Bad Day Today - Lou Del Bianco
Can You Imagine - Leslie Bixler
Don't Bully Me - Glenn Colton
Wishing Well - Renee & Jeremy

As you can see Big Bully is a great CD for children and families. The wide musical styles will appeal to everyone in your family. The fun lyrics are great for your kids. They will love singing and dancing along. And as a parent or grandparent you know that the music your kids are listening to is good quality, great lyrics, and even teaching them about not being bullied.

You can find the Big Bully CD at www.recessmusic.com, amazon.com and its international affiliates, iTunes, and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S. And you can check out more at www.recessmusic.com.

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*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Timmy Time: Hide and Seek DVD

is a buddy of Shaun the Sheep's. We've been watching Shaun the Sheep for a few years now and have always loved him. When we first started seeing Timmy Time on Disney, we were thrilled. Timmy Time is great with all the other little animals. The silent antics with their little "baa"s and "hooty hoot"s are so funny. I think kids and parents alike can see what fun Timmy Time is. And they will love him in the Timmy Time: Hide and Seek DVD.

Timmy Time™: Hide And Seek 
Play Hide & Seek With Your Favorite Preschool Friends! 
From Lionsgate And HIT EntertainmentStreet Date: 9/20/11DVD SRP: $14.98 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONReady or not, here he comes! Preschool favorite Timmy and pals Yabba, Paxton, Bumpy, Mittens, Stripey and the rest are back for five all-new, antic-filled, good-hearted episodes in Timmy Time™: Hide and Seek, available on DVD September, 20 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. 
With slapstick humor and not a single line of dialogue, "Timmy Time" follows a day in the life of preschoolers, where they learn lessons about friendship and trial and error to which every young child can relate. "Timmy Time" airs on Disney Channel's Disney Junior programming block for kids ages 2-7 and their families, airing in more than 99 million U.S. homes. The show is created by Aardman studios, the Academy Award®-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit™. 
DVD SYNOPSIS:Come out, come out wherever you are to join Timmy and his preschool playmates for hide and seek and so much more! From finding the perfect hiding place for noisy Paxton to making paper boats with a sneezy Stripey, Timmy and his friends uncover adventure and surprises filled with fun and laughter in these five adorable stories that the whole family will enjoy. 
  • "Timmy Tries to Hide" - The class is playing Hide and Seek, but no one wants to hide with the noisy Paxton, who keeps giving them away. Timmy finally helps Paxton by hiding with him behind some hay-bales. But they're so well hidden that when it comes to Snack Time, no one can find them!
  • "Timmy Gets the Job Done" - It's time for spring cleaning in the Preschool, but all Timmy wants is to go outside and play. Rushing his chores, he ends up making more of a mess, getting himself into trouble and being sent to sit on the Naughty Stump. Timmy finally learns to finish his jobs properly so he can join the others in their play.
  • "Timmy Goes Bang" - After hearing thunder during a storm, Timmy becomes fixated with loud noises, banging anything he can find! But poor Apricot is frightened by all these sounds, until she finds something to bang for herself...
  • "Timmy Wants the Beret" - Ruffy is wearing a beret... and Timmy wants it! After successfully getting hold of it, Timmy also takes Otus' hand-puppet and Mittens' wagon! But he doesn't know what to do when his beloved teddy-bear goes missing...
  • "Timmy Afloat" - The class is making boats, but Timmy has been paired with a very sneezy Stripey, who keeps ruining his efforts. When Stripey accidentally breaks Otus' boat, Timmy is forced to give the little owl his boat. Finally, Stripey's sneezing comes in handy and pushes the pair's new paper-hat boat to the finish line!
  • Timmy Time Sing-Along
  • Timmy's Days of the Week (educational special)
Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © Aardman Animations Limited 2010. 'Timmy Time' (word mark) ad character 'Timmy' are trademarks used under license from Aardman Animations Ltd. All rights reserved © HIT Entertainment Limited. HIT and the HIT logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target: 2-5 years old
Closed Captioned: English
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 45 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.timmytimedvd.com

This DVD was fun and entertaining like you'd expect from Timmy Time. My son and I enjoyed it. The "Timmy Tries to Hide" episode is so funny. We all know what it's like to try to play a game with someone who doesn't get it. Ever try to play hide and seek with a very young child? It doesn't last long. I feel Timmy's pain. :)

You can find Timmy Time: Hide and Seek DVD in stores and online now. For more information be sure to visit Timmy on his website- www.timmytimedvd.com or Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/timmytime.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Petjamas & Snugglebags for Pillowpets

Do your children have Pillow Pets? Maybe they got a new one for Christmas. Or perhaps they've had their beloved friend for a while. My son has a penguin and unicorn Pillow Pet. He loves them and often has them out to play with, sleep with, or take along when we're traveling. Now you can have some fun accessories and a good way to keep your Pillow Pets neat and tidy with Petjamas and Snugglebags.

Petjamas are changeable, washable covers for your favorite plush pillow toys. They are a combination pillow slipcover, outfit, and carrier for your favorite Pillow Pet. Petjamas are interchangeable and made of super soft materials and fit on your pillow toy like a glove. The fabric is ultra soft that's irresistible for any kids to snuggle with. It has pockets that store your treasures and belongings. And there is a convenient handle that makes it easy to grab on the go and bring with you anywhere. Go see all the different varieties available at www.snuggletimetoys.com.

Perfect for sleepovers is the Snugglebags. They are reversible, washable sleeping bags for your favorite stuffed toys. Snugglebags are a combination pillow slipcover and sleeping bag for your favorite stuffed toys. Snugglebags are cushy, convertible and made of polyester fiber batting. They are versatile and the simple design fits a variety of sizes and styles of stuffed toys including Pillow Pets. The material they are made with is 100% polyester fiber batting, plus its water resistant material cleans easily and wears long. You can get the Snugglebags in Midnight Snack (blue/orange) or Dreamsicle (pink/purple). See more about them at www.snuggletimetoys.com.

We got the black & white Petjamas to put on Zachariah's Penguin Pillow Pet, which is from the Quilty Collection. And we got the Midnight Snack Snugglebag. The Petjamas fit nicely over our Pillow Pet. It snuggles right in around the animals head and even has velcro closures on each side of the head. There is a nice handle that makes carrying the Pillow Pet very easy. I like that the Petjamas still allow you to fold the Pillow Pet with it's own velcro on the sides. There was a minor issue with the velcro coming unstitched from the Petjamas when it's closed. I'm not sure why this happened, but it's not a huge deal. But if left closed, I think our piece of velcro might completely come off.

The Snugglebag only comes in two colors. But those colors go fine with many of the Pillow Pet options. Since the Snugglebags are reversible, you can choose which color you'd like to see on the outside. These are just like miniature sleeping bags. It's the same silky fabric with a zipper down one side. And the great thing about the Snugglebag is that you can use it for other stuffed animals in addition to Pillow Pets. Our Pillow Pet fit nicely inside when it's unfolded, and there is plenty of room if you folded it up in there too. It's like having a little pet sleepover when your kids use this.

Petjamas and Snugglebags are recommend for children 3 and up. You can find both of these products online in the SnuggleTime store at http://www.snuggletimetoys.com. Petjamas retail for $9.44 and Snugglebags for $12.99.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, January 16, 2012

Barney: Big World Adventure - The Movie DVD

There is a lovable, fun, purple dinosaur that has always been a favorite in my house for many years. His name is Barney. First when my sisters were little, they enjoyed watching him each day. Then my son when he was younger started watching it. He was hooked from the very beginning. We have so many Barney DVDs. I haven't even tried to count how many we own (it's a ton). Now my nephews are just the right age to introduce to Barney. I hope that they enjoy him just as much as my son did, so I can start passing videos on to them.

Barney has made many great shows and movies. This new one- Barney: Big World Adventure - The Movie - is a great DVD. Your preschoolers will enjoy this, especially if they are already a Barney fan. Check out all the fun adventures that they can have in this full-length feature movie.

Barney: Big World Adventure - The Movie
Available On DVD, Digital Download And On Demand
September 13, 2011 FromLionsgate And HIT Entertainment 
Street Date: 9/13/11 
DVD SRP: $14.98 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONIt's a super-dee-duper journey of dinosaur-ous proportions when Barney™ and his playground friends take a balloon ride around the world in the all-new Barney: Big World Adventure - The Movie coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 13, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. This colossal adventure features preschoolers' favorite loveable, huggable T-rex, Barney, on a trip to Spain, Kenya and China where he meets new friends and learns about various cultures. 
Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment, toys and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends™ is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®. 
SYNOPSISClimb aboard a big balloon with Barney, Ben and Emma as they embark on a super-dee-duper world adventure! The friends visit everywhere they can imagine in this all-new movie! Together they encounter princesses and kings, musicians and magicians, puppeteers and artists across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. As the trio experiences new cultures and languages from around the world, Barney demonstrates the importance of the most universal language of all: friendship. 
  • Big Balloon Adventure Game
  • BJ™'s Elephant Adventure Game
PROGRAM INFORMATIONYear of Production: 2011Title Copyright: © 2011 Lyons Partnership, L.P. The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P. Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.Type: Home Entertainment Premiere Rating: Not RatedGenre: Children/FamilyAge Target: 1-5 years oldSubtitles: NoneClosed Captioned: English and SpanishFormat: Widescreen Feature Running Time: 60 minutesDVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby DigitalProgram Website: www.barney.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/barney

When you let your children watch television, you want to make sure it's something that's good for them. It's even better if it is educational as well as entertaining. We've found that Barney is like that. It's entertaining and fun for kids with the imaginative play, singing and dancing. But there are so many things that my son learned from Barney. He loved learning more about the seasons with Barney and so many more things too. That's why we like the Barney: Big World Adventure Movie DVD. Who wouldn't love traveling around the world in a hot air balloon meeting new friends!

You can get the Barney: Big World Adventure - The Movie DVD in stores and online now. Your kids will enjoy this movie. It also makes a great, easy birthday present for little family and friends.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System

As a stay at home mom/housewife cleaning is part of my daily routine. And I wash a lot of dishes, especially since we don't have a dishwasher. Products that can make this job easier are always great to check out. Since dish washing is my least favorite chore, I'll take anything that truly helps and makes washing dishes and cleaning my kitchen simpler.

Lysol is a product name that goes hand in hand with household cleaning. They have many products with cleaning and healthy families in mind. Now they have a fun new product to help every family in the kitchen. It's multi-use purposes are great. The new Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System is a great addition to their product line.

Lysol discovered a contradiction. You keep multiple products around the sink to tackle all of your cleaning tasks--from greasy dishes to messy surfaces and germy hands. However, the more cleaning products you touch around the sink, the more dirt can spread around the kitchen and the more germs you can spread on your hands. 
Introducing NEW LYSOL No Touch Kitchen System - one solution for a clean kitchen and healthy hands. 
The automatic, hands-free dispenser is designed to fit your cleaning needs for a health home. 
Sparkling dishes: Powers through grease and food residues to leave dishes sparkling clean. 
Clean kitchen surfaces: Cleans all types of kitchen messes - from food spills to tough grease. 
Healthy hands: Kills bacteria on hands as it gently cleanses them.

The Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System is easy to install and begin using right out of the package. Once it's turned on, you just reach under the sensor to get the perfect amount of soap for washing your hands, doing dishes, or other cleaning chores. With the no-touch feature, you won't have to worry about spreading germs around with everyone touching the soap dispenser.

I set up our Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System at the back of my kitchen sink. It's very easy for my son to use. He's had problems with reaching the soap before when it's in the back, but with this he only has to put his hand under it and it works wonderfully. The Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System was especially handy during my holiday baking. I could wash my hands and wash up a few dishes quickly with a little soap and water. This is important for me, because there are some pans and cooking tools that I inevitably end up wanting to use over and over.

The only thing that bothered me a little about this was I had to be careful where I put it on the sink. If it was near the faucet or sprayer, it would sometimes trigger and dispense soap when I didn't want it to. Or if someone put a dish into the sink and got too close to the sensor that happened to. You just have to be careful of where you place it, so that it isn't losing soap unnecessarily.

You can find Lysol No-Touch Kitchen Systems in stores near you. Find out more about them on their website- http://lysol.com/cleaning-products/kitchen-system/no-touch-kitchen-system. The make 3 great scent varieties- Sparkling Tangerine, Shimmering Berry, and Sunkissed Lemon. I really enjoyed the tangerine one that we tried. The smell is very refreshing. The Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System is a great addition to your kitchen and something I think every family should have.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chanukah Fever CD by Mama Doni

 I know that Chanukah is over. I just didn't want you to miss out on this great CD. I always put away seasonal things and then bring them out every year. It's always fun to find new things and stash them away for next year too. Then when you open the box, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find something new that everyone can enjoy together. So even though Chanukah is over, I hope you'll consider this CD for your holiday collection - Chanukah Fever by Mama Doni.

As seen on FOX-5's "Good Day New York," NBC's "Weekend Today in New York," SHALOM TV, and E Channel's "The Soup"... 


"Her stage name may sound as if it belonged on a jar of pasta sauce, but Mama Doni is an idisputably Jewish performer. Doni Zasloff Thomas in real life, she specializes in putting a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin." - The New York Times

"Who can resist "Latke Man," "La Vida Dreidel," "Dear Hanukah Harry," and other oy so catchy titles? New Jersey's Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles." - Boston Globe

"Mama Doni seamlessly merges girl pop with real lessons in Jewish culture...This album not only instills pride in one's heritage, but also makes it very, very fun." - Lahri Bond, 2011 Parents' Choice Awards

MONTCLAIR, NJ (October 24, 2011) -

"Who can resist "Latke Man," "La Vida Dreidel," "Dear Hanukah Harry," and other oy so catchy titles? New Jersey's Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles." - Boston Globe 

"Mama Doni seamlessly merges girl pop with real lessons in Jewish culture...This album not only instills pride in one's heritage, but also makes it very, very fun." - Lahri Bond, 2011 Parents' Choice Awards 

MONTCLAIR, NJ (October 24, 2011) - The inimitable Mama Doni brings her special brand of "Funky music with a Jewish twist" to her classic holiday CD, Chanukah Fever (Mama Doni Productions, $15, run time 36 minutes, all ages). The album, resplendent with Mama Doni's signature style, features 10 Mama Doni originals, plus 4 favorites from her previous EP, I Love Chanukah! 

Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, is the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band,honored with a 2011 Parents' Choice Award for their recent release, Shabbat Shaboom, and write of the Simcha Award for "Inspiring Joy Through Music" in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. 
Chanukah lasts only either days, and Mama Doni says, "Enjoy!" The popular sing/songwriter expands the horizons of traditional Jewish music, with a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and "Jewgreass" - all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility. In Chanukah Fever, Mama Doni spices these eclectic, colorful elements with a razor-sharp, sophisticated humor that makes latkes, dreidels and Yiddish expressions cooler than ever. 
If Spike Jones and his City Slickers were Jewish, they might have created Chanukah Fever. Quirky, zany, off-beat, and unpredictable, the album's highlights include such songs as the title tracks, a dyno-mite ditty about disco dreidels, a million latkes, and dancin' for either whole days and nights (with as much variety as could possibly be put into one song); "Honey, This Aint's Money!," in which Johnny Cash meets Bubbie meets "Hot Rod Lincoln," a completely nutty "Jewgrass" sing-along in "Bubbie's Mi Yamelel"; "Latke Man," a retro-swing pop song about a potato-lovin' fella; "The Funky Gold Menorah," a kid-friendly hip-hop dance tune about a "Super Fly Judaica sensation; "La Vida Dreidel," a Jewish twist on Latin style; and "I Say Chanukah (You Say Hanukah!)," a quirky steel drum, island-style number.
According to Carried Stetler in The Star-Ledger, Doni Zasloff Thomas "is proud to have a schtick. And that schtick, she asys is to 'Jewify' all forms of music - from country to reggae to holiday songs." The Miami Herald enthused, "Not since Woody Allen's Radio Days has American Jewish youth culture been celebrated with such a sublime mix of silly and substantive." 
Mama Doni, a resident of Montcalir, New Jersey, hopes that her music will add some Jewish flavor to the lives of people everywhere. She speaks with great passion about preserving the priceless Yiddish and Jewish spirit by imbuing it with a contemporary vibe that connects to life in our times. 
Mama Doni's recordings are available nationwide, as CDs and digital downloads, from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, FYE.com, iTunes, and select Costco locations. Projects currently in production include a Mama Doni book, DVD, and new CD. A TV pilot is also in the works!

Chanukah Fever Song List:Intro, Chanukah Fever, Latke Man, Honey, This Ain't Money!, The Legend of Sour Cream vs. Applesauce, The Funky Gold Menorah, Bubbie's Mi Yimalel, Eight, A Land Called Sufganiyot, Dear Hanukah Harry, Mac A. Bee, I Say Chanukah (You Say Hanukah), La Vida Dreidel, Ma-oz Tzur Finale.

The Chanukah Fever CD by Mama Doni has already been described so well. It's a wonderful mix of all sorts of music...all with a little Jewish flavor. Whether you're Jewish or not, this is a fun album that your kids will enjoy. We like the other Mama Doni CDs that we've heard and this is just as good. Check it out for yourself soon.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.*

Shalom Sesame DVDs

Have you seen the Shalom Sesame DVDs? They are so much fun. The Sesame Street muppets teach children (and their parents too) about the Jewish culture and Israel. I am not Jewish, so a lot of this is new information for me. I love learning about different cultures and traditions, though, so watching these is always a learning experience. It's the same for kids. The DVDs have some of their favorite characters teaching them all these great new things. And if you are Jewish, it's a great way to teach your young kids more about your traditions and culture.

Shalom Sesame Overview:Join lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven, Broadways' Beauty and the Beast) as they travel to Israel in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel's Channel HOP! Designed to help bring the vitality of Jewish culture and tradition, as well as the diversity of Israeli life, to American children and their families, each 30-minute, live-action and animated DVD focuses on storylines drawn from Jewish cultural traditions, highlighting lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values.

It's a Sweet New Year with All-New Shalom Sesame DVDs 
 The Sticky Shofar
 Monsters in the Sukkah 

DVD Synopsis:The Sticky Shofar - It's Rosh Hashanah, and Avigail discovers that honey is sweet and very, very sticky! Grover, Avigail and Brosh learn a valuable lesson in friendship and forgiveness, just in time to start the New Year right. R/T: 27 minutes. 
Bonus extras of 25 minutes include Trailer, Sneak Peeks, Grover's Video Player "The King and the Bee," and Grover's Sing-A-Long/Karaoke "Rosh Hashanah Hannah," a spoof of Hannah Montana. 
Monsters in the Sukkah - Avigail and Brosh's plans to welcome their guests come crashing down with their sukkah. Oh no! How can they rebuild it in time for Sukkot? With a little help from their friends, of course! With Anneliese van der Pol. R/T: 26 minutes.
Bonus extras of 24 minutes include Trailer, Sneak Peeks, and Grover's Video Player "Kids on a Kibbutz."

Adventures in Israel
DVD Synopsis:Adventures in Israel - Anneliese's adventure in Israel is almost over, but there are still so many sights to see before she goes. Meanwhile, Grover explores Israel his own way...by balloon! R/T: 27 minutes 
Bonus extras of 25 minutes include Trailer, Sneak Peeks of all the titles in the Series, Grover's Sing-A-Long & Karaoke of "Rubber Duckie" in Hebrew and Grover's Video Play segment of the song "There Must be Another Way" by Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad and the Shalom Sesame puppets - the song that represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, sung in Hebrew, Arabic and English.


The Full Series of the NEW Shalom Sesame Now in a 12-DVD Gift Box
The Gift Box:Culminating a year-long campaign during which individual DVDs were released every few months to coincide with the Jewish holiday seasons, the entire set is now available for the first time. It comes boxed in a handsome slipcase, at a savings of close to $30.00 if purchased individually, making it perfect for Chanukah gift-giving. 
Each DVD in the set includes a wealth of over 20 minutes of bonus extras including trailers, sneak peeks of all the titles, Grover's Video Player (music videos), sing-alongs and Karaoke of favorite tunes like "Aleph Bet Song," "Rosh Hashana Hannah" (a spoof of Hannah Montana), and the famous "Rubber Duckie" song (in Hebrew) among others. One of the highlights of the Grover's Viedo Play on Adventures in Israel is "There Must Be Another Way" by Achinoam Nini, Mira Awad and the Shalomg Sesame puppets - the song that represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, sung in Hebrew, Arabic and English. 
Shalom Sesame 12-DVD Gift Set Collection includes the following programs:Welcome to Israel
Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
Shabbat Shalom, Grover!
Grover Plants a Tree
Mitzvah on the Street
Be Happy, It's Purim!
It's Passover, Grover!
Grover Learns Hebrew
Countdown to Shavuot
The Sticky Shofar
Monsters in the Sukkah
Adventures in Israel 
Awards: * CINE Golden Eagle Awards: Shalom Sesame 12-DVD Series won in the Professional Telecast Fiction Division. (2011)
* Hugo Television Award Certificate of Merit: Children's Program for It's Passover, Grover! (2011)
* Dr. Toy Award Best Pick Award. (2010)

We've watched several of the Shalom Sesame DVDs and have thoroughly enjoyed them. If the topic intrigues or interests you at all, I can highly recommend these high quality videos. They are well-made and great for children and the whole family. I think you'll enjoy watching these with your children as much as I did. They would also make a great addition to any elementary school's library video collection.

You can learn more about Shalom Sesame at www.shalomsesame.org, view Shalom Sesame previews and video clips on YouTube at www.youtube.com/shalomsesame, and visit Shalom Sesame on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShalomSesame. To order Shalom Sesame DVDs visit www.sisuent.com.

*Disclaimer: We received a product to review. All opinions are my own.*