Gnomeo & Juliet on DVD & Blu-ray May 24th!

This coming summer to the U.S., don’t miss the chance to bring home GNOMEO & JULIET – the hilarious twist on William Shakespeare’s legendary tale Romeo & Juliet as you’ve never seen it before, perfect for the whole family.  Enter the secret world of garden gnomes and meet two adorable gnomes from completely different worlds who fight the odds to be together.  From a director of Shrek 2, and featuring fun, all-new music by Sir Elton John, the out- of-the-ordinary animated comedy GNOMEO & JULIET releases on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand – May 24, 2011. 
Uniquely packaged with families’ top of mind, GNOMEO & JULIET will be made available for purchase by Walt Disney Studios as either a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 3D + DVD with Digital Copy), a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 2D + DVD) and/or a 1-Disc DVD.  Disney Blu-ray Combo Packs provide families with an enhanced entertainment experience – with the value and flexibility to enjoy your favorite movies on a variety of platforms of choice.  
And for those who enjoy to learn more about the making of the film, GNOMEO & JULIET  discs come enclosed with never-before-seen bonus features including “Elton Builds A Garden,” “Frog  talk with Ashley Jensen,”, “Crocodile Rock Music Video featuring Elton John and Nelly Furtado.” And for those who purchase the Blu-ray Disc, it includes hours of extra exclusive bonus features including alternate endings, deleted scenes and more. 



“Makes you smile from start to finish.”  
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 
GNOMEO & JULIET is brought to life by the extraordinary voices of Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) as Gnomeo; Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) as Juliet; Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Inception) as Lord Redbrick; Jason Statham (The Trasnsporter franchise) as Tybalt; Ashley Jensen (TV’s Ugly Betty) as Nanette; Patrick Stewart (X-Men franchise) as William Shakespeare; Ozzy Osbourne (TV’s The Osbournes) as Fawn and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter  franchise) as Lady Blueberry.  
“It’s family-friendly fun.”  
     Ashley Muldoon, OK! Magazine 
Bonus Features: 
DVD & Movie Download: 
Elton Builds a Garden 
Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen 
“Crocodile Rock” Music Video, featuring Elton John and Nelly Furtado  
Blu-ray: 
DVD Bonus plus: 
2 Alternate Endings with Filmmaker Introductions  
Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions, including: 
o 1 Alternate Opening 
o 1 Alternate Scene 
o 6 Deleted Scenes  
The Fawn of Darkness, featuring Ozzy Osbourne  

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Finding the perfect first job

 Guest post by Esteban Vinson

I just graduated from school about two months ago and I’m now in the middle of searching for my first real job. I went to school for advertising but unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of agency positions here in my new town. I’ve expanded my search to include marketing and even sales, but I’ve not had a lot of luck so far. I usually use my ClearwireInternet.com wireless connection to search during the day and spend my nights at networking events and ! seminars for my profession. I’m hoping this way I can meet someone in the field who may know of an entry level position, which is all I need to get started! Job searching online is pretty tough, but I’ve been doing a lot more than just trolling the job posting boards. The best tactic, in my opinion, is to contact HR departments directly, so I’ve been doing a lot of corporate research to find names and email addresses. I know it won’t be long before I find the perfect first job, but it’s actually been a lot of fun trying to gain traction here in town!

Nonsense & Whimsy Mother’s Nest Pendant Giveaway

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, May 8, 2011. This is one of those times of year when I really search for the perfect gift for my mom. This year I was thrilled to find this beautifully handcrafted Mother’s Nest pendant from Nonsense & Whimsy. Even better this piece can be customized to your needs.
 
First they start with freshwater pearls and wrap them artistically in a silver-plated wire nest. Once this is complete the pendant resembles a lovely bird’s nest displaying the number of eggs (pearls) you request. For me it would be four shining ovals wrapped cozily in a nest created just for me.
I feel in love with this piece right away and the thought I would put behind it. The nest symbolizes all of the hard work it takes in being a parent and the wish of keeping our children safe by our side. Then add one freshwater pearl for each of your/her children and you have a stunning piece that will surely bring a question or two around when worn. I can’t imagine a more lovely gift idea that this.
BUY IT: The Mother’s Nest pendant is available directly from Nonsense & Whimsy, http://www.etsy.com/shop/nonsenseandwhimsy.

Deal Alert: Enter code “MOTHER” at the checkout to receive free shipping on all in stock items this entire week before Mother’s Day (from now until April 29th).
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One lucky Mom to Bed by 8 reader will receive a Mother’s Nest pendant of your own.
Here is how to enter:
Visit Nonsense & Whimsy and tell me another piece you would like to have.
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Giveaway ends April 29th at 11:59pm Central. Contest open to US residents.

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Cascadian Farm “Change Flows” initiative information and Giveaway

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CASCADIAN FARM CELEBRATES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY WITH “CHANGE FLOWS” INITIATIVE
Organic Pioneer Contributes $50,000 to Support Water Protection and Restoration.

Cascadian Farm®, a leader in the organic food industry, announces its “Change Flows” initiative, a program celebrating the company’s nearly 40-year commitment to sustainability. A pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic, Cascadian Farm understands how precious water is to life, vitality and growth, and is asking Americans nationwide to join the company in an effort to restore and preserve our most valuable resource.
 From now through April 30, consumers can help make “Change Flow” by visiting www.CascadianFarm.com to “like” the U.S. region they think is most deserving of a river cleanup.
 As part of the “Change Flows” initiative, Cascadian Farm is contributing $50,000 to American Rivers, the nation’s leading environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the nation’s rivers, , a mission that perfectly aligns with Cascadian Farm’s commitment to water as an important resource for crops, farms, communities and the environment.  Cascadian farm’s organic farming methods help preserve and improve soil quality, by reducing the amount of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers in local water sources.
 “Cascadian Farm has always believed that we can make a difference beyond the food we produce, and there is no more precious resource than water,” said Tom Nientimp, marketing director for Cascadian Farm.  “We hope to inspire consumers to make a difference in their communities, and we’re excited to see which region receives the Cascadian Farm Change Flows river cleanup.”
 “If we want healthy communities, we need to invest in healthy rivers,” said Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of Conservation for American Rivers.  “More than 65 percent of Americans get their drinking water from rivers, so it is vital that we protect and restore our rivers and streams.  We are excited to work with Cascadian Farm, a company that shares our passion and dedication to protecting rivers and clean water for future generations.”
 A recent survey by Cascadian Farm revealed additional insight about Americans’ understanding of water conservation and the availability of clean water.  Eighty-six percent of Americans overestimated the percent of water on earth available for everyday use (one percent), and nearly all Americans (92%) underestimated the water usage of a family of four (400 gallons per day).  The survey also revealed that less than half of American adults are aware that nearly 40 percent of America’s rivers and streams are too polluted for basic uses such as fishing or swimming.
With water being such a precious resource, Cascadian Farm hopes to inspire consumers to think differently and learn more about the importance of water. In addition to voting for a river cleanup, consumers can visit the Cascadian Farm website to learn simple ways they can make a difference for and contribute to sustainability.
To learn more about the Cascadian Farm “Change Flows” initiative and to vote for a river cleanup in your region, visit www.CascadianFarm.com.

ABOUT CASCADIAN FARM

Cascadian Farm is one of the country’s leading brands of organic foods, offering more than 75 products from ready-to-eat cereals and granola bars to frozen fruits and vegetables, juice concentrates and fruit spreads. People have enjoyed our great-tasting and convenient organic foods for nearly 40 years. Visit www.cascadianfarm.com to find more information on our products, download coupons and learn how every delicious bite is good for you, your family, and the world we share.
ABOUT THE CASCADIAN FARM WATER SURVEY:
The 2011 Cascadian Farm Water Survey presents the findings of a survey conducted by ORC International on March 10-11, 2011, among a sample of 1,024 adults comprising 502 men and 522 women 18 years of age or older.  The margin of error associated with a sample of this size is ± 3%.
ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS:
American Rivers is the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive. American Rivers protects and restores the nation’s rivers and the clean water that sustains people, wildlife and nature. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters, with offices in Washington, DC and nationwide. 
Visit www.AmericanRivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers, and www.twitter.com/americanrivers
Press release provided by Lindsey Shumway, for Cascadian Farm


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One lucky Mom to Bed by 8 reader will receive Cascadian Farm cereal and water bottle.
Here is how to enter:
Visit www.CascadianFarm.com to “like” the U.S. region they think is most deserving of a river cleanup.
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Select which river they will help cleanup next! #Win Cascadian Farm cereal and water bottle at @momtobedby8 #Giveaway
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Giveaway ends April 30th at 11:59pm Central. Contest open to US residents.

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The CBC Collection at Chesapeake Bay Candle review and giveaway

One of my biggest pet-peeves is a great smelling home. I want you to take a big breathe in and sign when you walk into my home. While we cannot afford a ten thousand dollar sitting room set to draw you in. I can however add a $20 filled candle from The CBC Collection at Chesapeake Bay Candle that will make you think you just walked into a lascivious resort and spa just by scent.
It is nearly mind boggling how something as simple as the Vanilla Bourbon Filled Candle being added to a guest bathroom can disperse a smell so amazing that it runs through the hallway leading up to that room without even being lit. Once it has been sent into a flame my world is completed with the sweet smell of vanilla and a hint of caramel. It is enough to make one fall asleep in a warm tub of bubbles.

Now the Bamboo Eucalyptus Filled Candle is another world entirely and I like to place this one in our mud room. As odd as that may seem it gives off a relaxing and sensual bamboo smell that reminds me of a spa in a five star resort. I have yet to light this one because it flows so well with my entry décor and adds a light scent to the room that I just adore. I am sure that when our next home hosting event arises I will find myself doing so to bring a more adult feel to the room but for now I am happy with it as an eye point on the sofa table.

Both of the filled candles are created with colored wax in a matching glass holder/vessel with Chesapeake Bay Candle’s distinctive suede finish. They are 9 ounces and burn time is 40 hours which for since I burn at around an hour each use that would give me 40 plus uses. I think that is great over what we previously used which tends to last for a max of 10 burns.
I am impressed with the quality of the filled candles from Chesapeake Bay Candle. They carry a lovely scent before burn and it continues on through the life of the candle. You get a great value and 40 hours of burn time. They also carry a very modern look in color, style and shape which is very important in my home décor design. Honestly I can’t to try more of their products.
Chesapeake Bay Candle is the home fragrance brand synonymous with stylish design and unique, nature-inspired fragrances. Based in Rockville, MD, the brand draws inspiration from the serene beauty of Maryland’s idyllic shoreline. Season after season Chesapeake Bay Candle provides style, fragrance, and ambiance to millions of families around the world.”
BUY IT: The Bamboo Eucalyptus Filled Candle and Vanilla Bourbon Filled Candle are available directly from the http://www.chesapeakebaycandle.com/.

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Giveaway ends May 17th at 11:59pm Central. Contest open to US residents.

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The best Mother’s Day cards are still the handmade ones




Be a part of Fox’s “Million Moments” campaign

Celebrate A Year of a Million Moments
With Blu-ray Discs and DVDs
Just In Time for Easter
Now Available From MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
April is “Family Moments” month! Be a part of Fox’s “Million Moments” campaign, a yearlong event featuring seasonally timed Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases grouped thematically by month, to celebrate the studio’s extensive catalog of films and the fans who love them. For more information about Fox’s “Million Moments Campaign,” including details on how to win a million dollars visit http://www.yearofamillionmoments.com/. 
The Easter collection contains hours of family moments with favorites like Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Horton Hears a Who, Pink Panther 2, and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.   Also look out for classics like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Sound of Music to round out your collection.
Relive the best moments in family film on Blu-ray and DVD, now with Movie Money good towards the theatrical release of Rio:
              Ice Age
              Ice Age: The Meltdown
              Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
              Alvin and the Chipmunks
              Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
              Night at the Museum
              Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
              Horton Hears a Who 
              Pink Panther 2
              Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (BD only)
              All Dogs Go To Heaven (BD only)
              Igor (BD only)
              Secret of Nimh (BD only)
              Fat Cat Double Pack: Garfield 1 & 2 (BD only)
              Garfield The Movie (DVD only)
              Garfield A Tale of Two Kitties (DVD only)
              Robots (DVD only)
See your favorite family moments debuting this Easter on Blu-ray Disc:
              All Dogs Go To Heaven
              All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
              Anastasia
              Because of Winn Dixie
              Dr. Doolittle
              Flicka
              Legally Blonde 2
              Material Girls
              Picture This
              Teen Wolf
              The Bible
              The Greatest Story Ever Told
              The Secret of Nimh

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment.  Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets – from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles.  Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive.  In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries.  MGM ownership is as follows:  Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%).  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Review and Coupon

One of my oldest daughter and I’s favorite films is High School Musical (and the sequels that follow)’ so naturally we were excited about the release of Ashley Tisdale’s new movie, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. There is something magical about her sweet and materialist personality. I know that my daughter is obsessed with pink now because of this movie: pink clothes, bubble gum pink walls, pink bedding and the list goes one.

The movie starts out displaying a rich, spoiled and newly graduated girl that dreams of becoming a person of her own. So as you can imagine she moves off to the big city and things get a little rocky. Life alone is not as easy as it would seem. I personally liked how Ashley’s character handled the arising issues with grace and style, never faltering to bad temptation.
The expected villain, being the peer she looked up to was a nice twist to Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. It is always like I tell my little girl, things are not always as they seem. I really think it helped her realize that even though someone may have more than she does, it does not make them a better person.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and have watched it three times in the last two weeks with all of my children. Fingers crossed we will see more of Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) in the future.
Disney Movie Rewards currently has a $8 off coupon for the Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Combo Pack!

A full three minute sneak peek of the movie is now widely available for fans of all ages to get a glimpse of this hilarious fish out water tale about a small town Diva and her dog’s adventures in New York City at http://www.youtube.com/disneymovies
Additionally, a brand new Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure facebook page  (www.facebook.com/DisneySharpay) and Twitter handle (@DisneySharpay) have also launched so that fans can join and stay on-top of all the latest news, sneak peeks and messages from key cast members. 
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure releases nationwide as a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack Superset 
(Blu-ray + DVD+ Digital Copy) which includes a limited edition pink clutch purse, a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), and a 1-Disc DVD.  Hilarious bonus features include bloopers of Ashley Tisdale and cast, special footage shot on-set by actor Austin Butler, and, exlcusive to the 
Blu-ray disc, ”The  Evolution of the Sharpay,” a fun look back at the famous High School Musical character, Sharpay Evans. 
From the original producers of High School Musical and the director of The Tooth Fairy, Sharpay’s 
Fabulous Adventure is a witty comedy about pursuing your life-long dreams and believing in yourself. The films catchy tunes, Sharpay’s lavishly glittery “pink” outfits, and the adorable featured male co-stars – Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected,” “Ruby and the Rockits” and “Zoey 101”) and 
Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) – will be sure to keep viewers fully entertained and laughing throughout. 
Bonus Features: 
• BLOOPERS (on Blu-ray & DVD) – Ashley Tisdale and the cast cut up on set. 
• AUSTIN CAM (on Blu-ray & DVD) – Actor Austin Butler, who plays student filmmaker Petyon, not only shoots scenes needed for the movie, but takes his camera behind the scenes to see how Ashley Tisdale has fun between takes. 
• THE EVOLUTION OF SHARPAY (on Blu-ray only) – Ashley Tisdale traces the development of her bigger-than-life character from the High School Musical movies through her current movie. 



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THE HELP opens in theaters everywhere on August 12th

THE HELP
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Genre:                                   Drama
Rating:                                  PG-13
U.S. Release date:              August 12, 2011
Cast:                                      Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone
Director:                               Tate Taylor
Producers:                           Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Executive Producers:        Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei                                    
Screenplay by:                    Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by:     Kathryn Stockett
                                                             
                                                                                  
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

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Disneynature’s AFRICAN CATS is this season’s must see family film!

AFRICAN CATS

DISNEYNATURE

Website and Mobile Site: Disney.com/AfricanCats

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Genre:                                                   True Life Adventure

Rating:                                                  G

U.S. Release Date:                              April 22, 2011

Narrator:                                              Samuel L. Jackson

Directors:                                             Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill

Producers:                                           Keith Scholey, Alix Tidmarsh

                                                               

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.  Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”).  An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.


Notes:

·         “African Cats” is the third release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  Launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories, Disneynature was behind both “Earth” and “Oceans.”  

·         “Earth,” the first film to premiere domestically under the new label on Earth Day 2009, garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary.  On its opening day, the film also broke the single-day box-office record for a nature documentary. 

·         Hitting theaters on April 22, 2010, “Oceans” was the #1 film that day and had the third highest opening weekend box-office gross of all time for a nature film.  “Oceans” is the third highest grossing feature-length nature film in history. 

·         Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1949), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958).  The films earned eight Academy Awards®. 

·         Narrator Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award® for his performance in “Pulp Fiction.” His credits include big-screen hits like “Die Hard: With a Vengeance,” “A Time to Kill,” “Stars Wars:  Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace,” “Shaft,” “Changing Lanes,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “The Incredibles,” “Cleaner,” “Unthinkable” and “Iron Man 2.”

Leaping into theaters on Earth Day, 2011, “African Cats” features the real-life love, humor and determination of the kings of the African savanna: Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion.

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Earth Day with Wild Kratts

Did you know?

Cool Animal Facts from the Kratt Brothers to Help Young “Creature Adventurers” Celebrate Earth Day!

Amazing animals are all around us – whether we live in the suburbs, the city or the country.
The Kratt brothers’ love of animals stems from their experience with creatures right in their backyard when they were kids.  Here are facts about just some of the fascinating creatures you may encounter in your backyard!
  
*  Gray squirrel – Found in several regions of the U.S., just one of these bushy-tailed creatures can bury and hide thousands of acorns in a single season.
*  Pigeon – Pigeons feed their babies, or “squabs,” a milk-like substance.
*  Earthworm – These wiggly creatures don’t have lungs, instead they use their skin to breathe.
*  Peregrine falcon – This formidable hunter flies at speeds of up to 240 mph to catch its prey midflight.
*  Raccoon – Raccoons are famous for “washing” their food – but they really feel for food in the water with their very sensitive hands! Plus raccoons just like to handle their food before they eat it.

And don’t forget to tune in to TWO NEW EPISODES OF WILD KRATTS for LOTS more intriguing information about animals – just in time for Earth Day!
Join the Wild Kratts team for Wild Kratts: Falcon City to meet the world’s fastest animal – the Peregrine falcon – and Wild Kratts: The Blue and the Gray to encounter Blue jays, Gray squirrels, Bobcats and Goshawks!  These exciting new episodes starring zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt premiere this month as part of PBS KIDS’ special family-friendly Earth Day programming (check local listings). 
Wild Kratts is the newest series from the Kratt brothers, creators of the Emmy Award-winning Zoboomafoo and Kratts Creatures.  The series transforms the creature adventurers into animated versions of themselves for the very first time so they can bring school-age viewers along as they capture rare, fascinating and never-before-seen wildlife moments.  Featuring a dynamic combination of live-action and animation, the series showcases the science behind the amazing natural abilities of animals.     
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Build a Dream Playhouses Imagine Wagon Review & Giveaway

No matter what gets delivered to our door by the mailman, my children’s favorite part is the cardboard box especially when they are big enough to play in. So what could be a better imaginative playtime tool than a structure made from none other than cardboard? Build a Dream Playhouses did just that by delivering safe, affordable, eco-friendly products that stimulate and encourage the endless imagination of children of all ages.
Our first experience with Build a Dream’s cardboard playhouses came in the form of a tall, thin box at my doorstep on afternoon containing the Imagine Wagon. I got so excited thinking of all the fun the kids would have in an ice cream truck. As a child I would wait during the summer by the window or fence at the same time five days a week to hear that funky toon coming down the street. I couldn’t wait; so we got started right away when they arrived home from school.
The structure was simple to put together, almost like a supersized popup book. Once the Imagine Wagon was up and standing secure, I took out the pip squeeks and we all took a turn coloring it in. Now my children are 6, 5 and 4; so you can imagine it does not look as great as the one below in design, but the scribbled made no difference in the amount of fun we had.
Features
·         – Spacious interior
·         – Rear entry double doors
·         – Fold down dashboard
·         – Side view cardboard mirrors
·         – Includes luggage rack, ice cream signs and light bar
A few days later they were being rambunctious and toppled the truck over. I was able to get it pushed back together corrected and added some glue to the places that would normally come apart for storage. All together with continuous play; it lasted about a month in my home. I will be honest and say that my children are a little rougher than most at their age; so I can see how this could last much longer for others.
We actually have a carnival birthday party planned this summer and will be purchasing a few of their structures for this event including another Imagine Wagon (to serve ice cream from), Snack Shake (to use as the outside of a ring toss game) and the Cosmic Cruiser (purely because it looks cool).
I suggest giving one of the Build a Dream Playhouses a go. It is a wonderful family activity that your child like mine will enjoy long after it is completed. They also make great prop ideas for parties and children oriented get-togethers.
BUY IT: The Imagine Wagon and other Build a Dream Playhouses are available directly from the http://buildadreamplayhouses.com/.

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One lucky Mom to Bed by 8 reader will receive a Build a Dream Playhouse of your own.
Here is how to enter:
Visit Build a Dream Playhouse and tell me which playhouse you would like to have if you won.
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Giveaway ends May 17th at 11:59pm Central. Contest open to US residents.

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This is Your Brain in Love (Book) Review

Using the latest in brain research, This Is Your Brain in Love helps couples become Master Level Lovers by encouraging each mate to bring their healthiest, most balanced and joyful self to their marriage.
Dr. Henslin speaks to the vital connection between spirituality and sexuality. He identifies the five types of lovers, with ground-breaking insights and effective solutions for the challenges presented by each:
* Scattered Lover
* Over-focused Lover
* Blue Mood Lover
* Agitated Lover
* Anxious Lover
Filled with relatable stories and humor, this is not your boring brain book! Engaging and practical, Dr. Henslin provides an amazingly accurate, scientifically-based brain test to help spot typical brain imbalances. (And yes, most everyone has at least one!)
My Review:
Unfortunately this was not a book I would buy again. It was written in a professional format that I did not find very appealing when it comes to sensitive topics like love and lovers. It was almost like reading a book on the scientific physics of relationship styles, slightly boring but informational.
However if you dare to read this from cover to cover, you will be able to fit your style and that of your partner into one of the categories. Then Dr Henslin offers written teaching to help you improve your methods of love into what he labels as the mater level. Seriously we are not all rambunctious, free willed youngsters just coming into our own. Most that would consider this book (as I did) are just trying to come into our own more and discover ourselves again.
The only portion of the This is Your Brain in Love that I found read worth for me was the appendix section which contained some good information on women dealing with hormonal issues (both mild and slightly out of control). Though learning to control your hormones seems to have little weight on becoming a better lover, at least in my case.
BUY IT: This is Your Brain in Love is available at many bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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The WorryWoo Monsters Plush and Book review and giveaway

Do you have shy children or one who worries more than they should? Well I most certainly do! My Elliot at age one is afraid of anyone he never met or has met and forgotten about. Then my youngest daughter is labeled whiney by some because she tends to be very sensitive in all situations. Now while I have read loads of information on breaking them from these shells, it seems very normal that a child go through phases such as these. So to help them feel more comfortable we gave each their own WorryWoo Monster.

“The WorryWoo Monsters, a series by Andi Green, was first seen in a New York City art exhibition in 2001. Originally called The Monsters in My Head, Green wanted to create characters with a story that each embodied an emotion. Using her design and illustration background she built 5 light boxes, 24”X36” in size, each containing a monster with its story Xerox-transferred to the front of the box. From loneliness to confusion, she began tackling complicated feelings and transformed them into quirky, loveable characters. Her message of “embrace your emotions” received such a positive response, she was asked by many if she ever considered turning her single art pieces into storybooks. In 2002 she began to expand her concept, but it wasn’t until 2007 that she decided to publish and produce her new collection.”

My baby claimed Nola for his own right out of the box. She arrived just in time for us to being preparing him for doctor’s visits and surgery to come. I knew that both of these would cause him stress from being around new people who poked and prodded at him. We take Nola with us wherever he goes that is new and possibly scary for him. While it has not tamed his fears, he does hold and play with her to help pass the time. She is very soft and huggable as you can see.
Nola also arrived with the The Lonely Little Monster which is an imaginative tale by Andi Green which deals with the importance of seeing the world in a different way. Through the use of whimsical illustrations we follow the main character as she ponders her plight. The heartwarming ending puts a positive spin on a common situation and proves that things can change, especially if you open your eyes! All WorryWoo storybooks are printed with environmentally friendly soy inks.
Squeek is The Monster of Innocence and needs to step outside his bubble. This was the perfect choice for my Natalie who tends to be a loner and as mentioned before wears her feelings upon her shoulders. Since his introduction Squeek has went to show and tell twice, been on a ride to the shopping plaza and is my little girl’s bedtime pal. This adorably cute cotton candy pink monster even rides in circles with her on the scooter and has teatime on the weekends.
The Monster In The Bubble is a story about how Squeek hides in his cozy bubble dreaming of all he could do if he just stepped outside. This was a wonderful read for us as a family. I found that not only did Natalie feel connected to him but it also helped my other children understand a little more about the way she may feel.



We are thrilled to have the WorryWoo Monsters and have seen how children feel close to their stories and enjoy the adorablely soft plush. They would make excellent ideas for a child that is just starting a new routine (school, daycare, etc), first time dentist or doctor’s visits or just if they have a shy or worrisome personality like my two children do. In fact I really am considering Fuddle for my oldest daughter’s birthday. This is the Monster Who Couldn’t Decide and we see a lot of that now in her.
BUY IT: Nola, Squeek and other WorryWoo Monsters are available directly from the WorryWoo Store.
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One lucky Mom to Bed by 8 reader will receive a WorryWoo Monster plush and book set.
Here is how to enter:
Visit WorryWoo and tell me which monster you would like to have if you won and who you would give it to.
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#Win a WorryWoo Monster plush and book from @WorryWooMonster at @momtobedby8 #Giveaway
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Giveaway ends May 17th at 11:59pm Central. Contest open to US and Canadian residents.

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$1 thank you cards from Pear Tree!

On April 20th and 21st Pear Tree Greetings will be offering six thank you cards for $1!
The featuring thank you cards are from their graduation collection, just in time for graduation parties. It is perfect for grads, but the designs are versatile so you can thank people you have been meaning to for the past couple months- your babysitter, a teacher, a co-worker, your walking partner or even a blogger.
Whoever the people may be you can now send stylish stationery for only $1. This is such a great deal; we wanted you to be the first to know! Check out this page: http://www.peartreegreetings.com/content.jsp?pageName=one-dollar-thank-you-cards for details on how to purchase your thank you cards. But hurry back because there are only 5,000 packs!

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