Saturday, March 28, 2015

Winners!

The lucky winner of a variety of General Mills cereals and an exclusive Skylanders game set is...


The lucky winner of a $25 Walmart gift card from Febreze is...


The lucky winner of a Royal Silk Scarf and World Water Day Umbrella from World Vision is...


A big thank you to everyone who entered these fun giveaways! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Unique and Creative Storytelling Movie Experience for Kids: Moulin Roty's Cinema Box {Review & Giveaway}

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It is no wonder to me that, after spending the majority of their day following various rules, regulations, guidelines and instructions, my kids relish in being able to to relax into the world of open-ended play when they arrive home.

Don't get me wrong, I love their school and I know that they are stretching their imaginations and using their creativity while there, but when it comes to being home, I'm happy to let them take control (within reason) a bit more... particularly when their choices don't involve a screen or a power cord.

Which is why when I an introduced to items that are unique and clever; extremely well made in terms of safety and quality; and can take a "regular" concept and turn it into something filled with limitless, engaging possibilities, I am understandably intrigued.

What child wouldn't be amazed and fascinated by the versatile ingenuity of Moulin Roty's Cinema Box from Magicforest?

Moulin roty cinema box

Celebrating more than 10 years in the U.S., Magicforest is an American toy importer known for providing the very best in children's toys and games. Along with the other extraordinary European brands that they provide for specialty toy and gift shops across the country, Magicforest is proud to be the exclusive distributor of Moulin Roty, a highly regarded French toy company that has spent the past 40 years making young dreams come true.

Offering a whimsical line containing everything from soft baby toys to detailed dolls to expertly crafted wooden toys, Moulin Roty is no stranger to inspiring and delighting children of all ages.

With the arrival of their innovative Cinema Box, I had no doubt that we would soon have Moulin Roty fans in our household as well!

Moulin Roty Cinema Box

Completely simple yet unlike anything that I have ever seen, Moulin Roty's Cinema Box contains everything that a child needs to create and run their own miniature movie house. Who hasn't wanted to be in charge of inviting guests, advertising the show, and running the movie projector for their own cinema?

Moulin Roty Cinema Box review

Complete with one projector (a mini View-Master mounted on a flashlight), five image disks each with eight story pictures, 16 cinema tickets, 20 'Now Showing' signs, and a stylish box that turns into the cinema screen, all that this kit requires is a little imagination to put on a show!

Moulin Roty Cinema Box projector

The only aspect that took us a few minutes to figure out was having the ability to focus the projector (done by twisting/unscrewing the end), but once the girls and I had that completed, there was nothing to stop the show from going on.

Simply select one of the five discs (images portray five different tales: brave knight, stop thief, superhero, cowboy, and pirates), design a marquee on the 'Now Showing' pad...

Moulin Roty Cinema Box now showing

...pass out tickets to all of your favorite dolls, stuffed animals and kittens...

Moulin Roty Cinema Box show

...and start the show!

Moulin Roty Cinema Box toy

I love the way that the projector is so simple to use, as my kids haven't had a problem changing out the discs or turning them from scene to scene, and that the beautiful illustrations show up easily on the backdrop screen provided on the inside of the box.

Hearing the narration that they come up with each time has provided plenty of laughs and I adore how the Cinema Box seamlessly combines storytelling with movie-going with make believe. All that I need to do is pop some popcorn and sit back to let this kit work well for one child, two or more!

Magicforest Moulin Roty Cinema Box review
Magicforest Moulin Roty Cinema Box

For the child in your life that loves pretend play, Moulin Roty's Cinema Box would be a unique and special gift that can provide a new experience each time. As a big bonus, all of the pieces pack up so nicely and the box ties closed so there is never any worry of items getting lost or this kit not being able to travel well. It's always a great time or place for the theater!

Find out more about the Cinema Box and place your order (it retails for $40) by visiting ShopTantrum.com. You can also see more information on this as well as on many more amazing Moulin Roty toys by visiting Magicforest.com and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be able to provide a miniature movie experience in their household as well, because...

One lucky person will win Moulin Roty's Cinema Box from Magicforest!

cinema box giveaway


A big thank you to Magicforest for providing a Cinema Box for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Now Available: KIDZ BOP 28 {Review}

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A few weeks ago my girls and I gave three other young friends a ride home and, let me tell you, a minivan filled with five kids is infinitely louder and more chaotic than with just two.

However, as soon as I turned on the radio and the sounds of Uptown Funk filled the air, our three guests immediately stopped all conversation and started to sing along. While I was laughing at the sheer impressiveness that they were able to dance and sing simultaneously (and keep up with the beat), my kids appeared shocked into silence by the synchronization and the realization that the two of them really weren't all that familiar with the song.

The reason why? Because although Uptown Funk has easily been taking over the airways, my children don't really get into songs until they've had the chance to listen to them over and over and over (and over) when they receive a new CD from KIDZ BOP!

Fast forward to today and they can now recite all of the popular hits right along with the best of them thanks to the debut of KIDZ BOP 28!

Kidz Bop 28

After spending the last 10+ years delivering safe and entertaining music for kids, KIDZ BOP CDs are known for being a compilation of "today's biggest hits sung by kids for kids."

By taking the popular songs of the year, removing the suggestive lyrics and having them performed by kids (the current members are Ashlynn, Grant, Matt, and Bredia), it's no wonder that parents as well as children can appreciate these CDs — which is why millions and millions of them have been sold to date!

Kidz Bop kids

With today's release of the 28th KIDZ BOP album, the group has yet again taken this season's hottest songs and made them kid-friendly and fun. My entire family has been moving and grooving to this disc ever since it's arrival and I don't think that any of us could pinpoint just one favorite from this lineup:
  1. Uptown Funk
  2. Blank Space
  3. Lips Are Movin
  4. Jealous
  5. Blame
  6. Love Me Harder
  7. Steal My Girl
  8. The Heart Wants What It Wants
  9. Heroes (We Could Be)
  10. I'm Not The Only One
  11. Ghost
  12. Waves
  13. I Lived
  14. Thinking Out Loud
I'm pretty sure that Big Sister E has said, "I love this song, it's my favorite!" to at least half of these titles, Little Sister B has made up a dance to many of them, and how was I not familiar with Ella Henderson's Ghost before now? It's so catchy!

But, there's more! Along with recording KIDZ BOP 28, this talented group of kids is returning to the stage for their all-new "Make Some Noise" Tour!

Kidz Bop tour

From Tucson, AZ to Bethel, NY, the KIDZ BOP singers will be hitting city after city in 2015 and giving fans across the country a chance to see them live. If these CDs are as big of a hit in your house as they are in ours, head over to KidsBop.com/tour to see if/when they'll be near you!

Whether you're having a rockin' party or just want something that the whole family can enjoy in the car, KIDZ BOP 28 and the entire line of KIDZ BOP CDs are sure to be a hit. More details and purchase information can be found in the KIDZ BOP Shop (this CD sells as a BOGO for $14.98) as well as on Amazon (where it retails for $11.88).

You can also connect with KIDZ BOP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that you don't miss the latest and greatest, new releases, upcoming events and more.

Other than the copy of KIDZ BOP 28 that I was provided in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this product.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Guilt-free Indulgence with Krispy Kreme and Cinnabon K-cup Coffees {Sale!}

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We all have our strengths and our weaknesses when it comes to avoiding sweets and eating healthy. But no matter if you can't say no to anything chocolate (me!), crave salty snacks 24/7, or simply find yourself returning to the vending machine for one more candy bar throughout the day, we're all left with the same feeling of guilt.

What's the deal, taste buds? Why do you have to go for the things that make my brain (and waistline) so unhappy?

Fortunately, there is a happy solution that not only satisfies my sweet tooth but my morning coffee addiction in the form of the rich and delicious Krispy Kreme Smooth and Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll light roast coffees from Cross Country Cafe.

donut flavored coffee

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.

If you didn't know that you can have the delicious taste of Krispy Kreme's famous coffee or the freshly baked cinnamon rolls at Cinnabon made right in the comfort of your own kitchen, you've been missing out.

I'm telling you, the aroma alone from these K-cups is enough to start anyone's day off right and if you are assuming that they might taste sickly sweet and flavored, that's not the case. They're delicious!

krispy kreme cinnabon k-cups

What is it about donut shops that they seem to also know how to brew the best coffee?

Krispy Kreme is definitely not new to the world of coffee (a fact known by the masses of mega fans that they have from coast to coast), but their partnership with Keurig to debut their coffee in K-cup form has made coffee-lovers everywhere rejoice!

krispy kreme k-cup coffee

Currently available in regular and decaf, Krispy Kreme Smooth is an aptly-named light roast coffee that delights your senses from the first sip.

The aroma is strong and divine, the color is rich and deep, and the flavor is delightfully smooth. I always add a bit of cream to my coffee and found that the addition made this cup even more velvety and creamy than it began. I absolutely love it!

At the same time, I've been thrilled that Cinnabon partnered with the experts at Green Mountain Coffee to produce Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll Keurig K-cup coffee since its introduction. The collision of tastes in every cup goes perfectly with the ease and convenience of single serve coffee!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll k-cup coffee

I love the way that the cinnamon/sugar/vanilla flavor is smooth and tasty but not overpowering enough that it is too sweet to be enjoyable. This light roast coffee has just the right amount of Cinnabon cinnamon, brown sugar and frosting swirled throughout that the result is pretty much irresistible!

If you're a fan of Krispy Kreme coffee or the deliciousness of Cinnabon, you'll love that these coffees are available in K-cups for everyday or special occasions. But you know that you don't spend more than you have to, right? Instead it always makes more sense to head over to Cross Country Cafe!

As well as their low prices ensuring that you'll always get a great deal, they're currently having a sale on these exact Krispy Kreme and Cinnabon K-cup coffees!

k-cup coffee sale

Valid through March 31, 2015 or while supplies last, just enter the coupon code 15offkkcinn313 and you'll receive an extra 15% off. That makes your coffee taste even better, now doesn't it?

As a Cross Country Cafe Ambassador, I have been provided with products in exchange for my continued work with their company and affiliate links are included in the above post. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.