March 03, 2015

Bubble Guppies Fin-Tastic Collection Now on DVD

This spring, dive in with the Bubble Guppies for six underwater learning adventures in the new DVD collection Bubble Guppies Fin-Tastic Collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Bubble Guppies Fin-Tastic Collection will be available on DVD today, March 3, 2015, for the suggested retail price of $21.99.


March 02, 2015

PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! Now on DVD

Did you know Paw Patrol was a winner of the 2104 Parents Choice Award in the TV Category for Fun Stuff (K2-5)?

Everyone’s favorite PAW Patrol rescue pups, Marshall and Chase, take fans on exciting rescue missions in this new DVD release from Nickelodeon’s number-one preschool series, PAW Patrol. PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! stars Marshall and Chase alongside the other PAW Patrol pups in eight new, action-filled adventure fans won’t want to miss. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! will be available on DVD today, March 3, 2015, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.


PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! includes the following episodes:

Pups Pit Crew/ Pups Fight Fire - Ryder and the PAW Patrol have to rescue Alex when he takes off on his new “super trike.” Marshall proves to be a true hero when he puts out a real fire during a race for the Fastest Fire Pup trophy.

Pups Save a Hoedown/ Pups Save Alex - It’s Adventure Bay Western Days. The whole town is enjoying the activities when a herd of cows escape from a train at the railway station. Now it’s like the real old west, with the PAW Patrol rounding up cows. When their friend Alex decides he wants to be a member of the PAW Patrol the pups and Ryder let him come along for the ride. Rescuing Cali the cat from farmer Yumi’s barn becomes more of a challenge when Alex tries to help!

Pups Save a Monkey/ Pups Save a Hoot - When Mandy the monkey escapes from her cage on the train, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are lead on a wild chase through Adventure Bay. During a bad windstorm, Ryder and the PAW Patrol have to save an Owl trapped in a blown over tree and reunite her with her baby, Little Hootie.

Pups and the Lighthouse Boogie/ Pups Save Ryder - Mayor Goodway and Alex take a rowboat out into the bay to get a closer look at a baby whale. A storm is approaching though and the rowboat drifts out of control towards the sea. It's up to the PAW Patrol to rescue them! While out on a hike Ryder discovers Garby the goat stuck on a cliff edge. He attempts to rescue Garby, but gets stranded in the process. Rydercalls the pups for help but drops his Pup Pad down the cliff side and it’s up to the PAW Patrol to save him.

Bonus Features:
“Pup, Pup, And Away! Video Storybook”


PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! Fast Facts:
Street Date: March 3, 2015
Catalogue: 59166544000
DVD SRP: $14.99
DVD Running Time: Approximately 92 minutes

PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase On the Case! is available at the Nickelodeon online store at shop.nick.com at stores nationwide including Target, Walmart and also online at resellers including Amazon.

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February 12, 2015

The First Years Welcome to the Family Video Contest

Through March 1, The First Years is casting young families with unique stories for a cool new online reality series at family.thefirstyears.com. The more individual the story, the better!

Families who enter have the chance to star in the series plus score $7,500+ in prizes. The First Years is looking for a cast of characters from a wide variety of backgrounds to show America what the first years of parenting are really all about. New parents with children ages newborn to 20 months, and expecting parents, are all invited to enter. The deadline for submissions is March 1.

All it takes for a shot at starring in The First Years Welcome to The Family Video Series is a 30-second to 1-minute Smartphone video and 100-word (or less) story about what makes your family’s story totally unique.

New parents (with children ages newborn to 20 months) and parents who are expecting a new arrival before June 1, 2015 are invited to enter the contest at family.thefirstyears.com by submitting:

1.A Story: In 100 words or less, parents will be asked to describe what makes their new family totally unique by giving an up-close-and-personal look at the parenting journey their family is taking. The more individual their story is, the better!

2.A Video: Parents will be asked to share a 30- to 60-second video that shows what parenting moments are really like in their home – the good, the bad and the “I-can’t-believe-that-happened” moments. Think reality TV, only actually real – no holds barred!

More details are available at family.thefirstyears.com. So, bust out the smartphone and start filming! The deadline for entering The First Years Welcome to The Family Video Series contest is Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Shopping for the "Perfect" Bible

I love our pastor.  He doesn't just stick with the King James version of the Bible.  He invites us to explore other Bible translations such as the NIV, ESV, NLT, NLV, The Message and others.  He is a believer of using whatever it takes to make the believer understand the Word.  A visit to a local bookstore will reveal finding the perfect Bible to gift someone is no easy task.  There are so many to choose from. 

Whether you're looking for a Bible for a Breast Cancer Survivor or welcoming a new addition to the family, Bibles make great gifts.  Each year my church gifts graduating seniors with an engraved Bible.  My husband STILL has his and reads from it daily.  I remember when my kids were born my mom entrusted me with the family Children's Bible.  She purchased it in the 1970s from a door to door salesman.  It's a family treasure and one I hope to gift to my children and grandchildren in years to come. 

Do you remember your first Bible?  I can't say I do but I remember the first Bible I ever loved.  It was the Children's Book of Bible Stories.  A friend who was a Jehovah's Witness gifted it to me when I was a teenager.  This was the first book of Bible stories I gifted to each of my children.  Now they're older and have Bibles of their own but this book of Bible stories was they're first and has a place on their bookshelf for all to see. 

Hadn't thought much of gifting the Littlest One with a Bible until I received The Little Chick's Bible.    
The Little Chick’s Bible is a soft, cuddly Bible that children age 2-5 can call their own. Throughout this plush-covered book little ones learn that they’re loved and cared for by God as they hear about God’s faithfulness in stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. With sweet, rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this soft and cuddly character storybook Bible is sure to become a classic with preschoolers.

The Author PJ Lyons received a Master's Degree in Writing for Children at Vermont College and is the author of The Little Lion's Bible, The Little Lamb's Bible, and The Wonderful World that God Made. She currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Little Chick's Bible is a wonderful book of Bible stories for little ones.  In addition to being a cute book of Bible stories, the book would make a wonderful addition to your favorite church nursery.  It is absolutely adorable.

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January 26, 2015

Take a Stand Against Bullying

Bullying doesn't end in the hallway anymore-with a smartphone or tablet, it can happen anywhere.

Over the weekend, our church announced a campaign for our primary students to combat bullying.  It was interesting listening to a group of 4-, 5-, and 6-year old children describe their encounters with bullies at their school.  4-, 5- and 6- years old is way to young to even understand the concept of bullying, yet these youth clearly identified bullies at their school and some of the mean things they witnessed children doing to other children.  The adults in attendance encouraged the youth to STAND UP TO BULLIES and reminded them to ALWAYS do the right thing.  

Bullying has been a topic on the PTA and school board calendars for months and I am glad our school district created a Task Force to find ways to reduce and hopefully eliminate bullying in our schools.  I was proud to serve on the committee to develop the program and address parental concerns.  It will be interesting to see how long before a noticeable decrease in the reporting of bullying events occurs.  I'm hoping it will be soon as stories of children committing suicide due to being bullied at school continues to make the news from time to time.

We must do our part and stand up and teach our kids to stand up to bullies.  StopBullying.gov offers guidance on what we can do to combat bullying:

  1. Treat Everyone with Respect
  2. What to Do If You’re Bullied
  3. Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying
  4. Stand Up for Others
  5. Get Involved 
For more tips, visit www.stopbullying.gov

There are a bunch of fab reads about bullying which offer tips on deal with bullies.  You Can't Sit with Us by Nancy Rue is one great read.




According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied-and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.

Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.

You Can't Sit With Us tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesn't always end at school-it can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.

My Thoughts
   Bullying has entered the 21st century and many kids are now bullied via social media.  Rue does a great job telling the story from a tween's perspective.  The characters are your stereotypical middle school girls.  There's the new kids; the shy, studious one; the popular bully and the her followers.  There's definitely a character your middle school-aged child or educators at your local middle school will recognize.  If your tween daughter is being bullied she may find You Can't Sit with Us to be a pretty good read.  

  The book deals with a very sensitive subject in a very kind and delicate matter, which makes it age appropriate for the 9-12 age group.  There are elements of taunts and teasing which may seem a little harsh but the reality is bullying is harsh and again, Rue deals with the subject in a delicate manner.

Overall, a decent read.  

About the Author
     Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs.

There are some other great books about bullying.  Be sure to visit your local bookstore, check out Amazon.com or even ask your child's teacher for some recommendations.

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