Holiday Gift Guide: John Deere Gear Force Fleet: Harvest Action Combine

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This fall, John Deere introduced an exciting new addition to its award-winning toy line, the John Deere Gear Force Fleet.  This fleet consists of action-packed toy vehicles that offer endless farm and off-road excitement.  The Harvest Action Combine is designed to pick up and haul corn and when the hopper is full, Jackson and Hank can unload the combine with the corn launcher.  The corn launcher is a favorite in our house!  The new Gear Force Harvest Action Combine playset also includes Jackson (a farmer), Hank (a construction worker), a raging bull that’s ready to charge, a dog, and three accessories: a shovel, wrench and pitchfork.  Both Jackson and Hank have peg holes in the bottom of their boots so they can stand on the combine while working and embarking on adventures the kids create!  Their heads, arms, wrists, and legs move so these men can hold accessories, sit in the driver’s seat, and be manipulated by your child’s hands for fun imaginative play.

November 2014 208The John Deere Harvest Action Combine has a lot of detail that make this toy look very realistic.  My kids drive this combine all over the house and it always makes me smile when I see their curious faces up close to the combine so they can watch the combine at work.  The combine is supposed to pick up the corn and move it to the inside of the vehicle so it is ready to be launched.  However, our corn usually gets caught in the vehicle, so I just use the handle of a wooden spoon to get it out when this happens.  This toy would be perfect if that feature worked properly.  Even with the jamming of the corn, my kids play with this toy regularly.  They simply cannot get enough of the launching feature on this combine.  They love to see how high they can send the corn flying.  To my children’s delight this corn can be launched extremely high.

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The Harvest Action Combine has several buttons that make realistic sounds and flash on the vehicle lights.  The side panels of the vehicle have places for the tools to be hung and these panels also lift to expose more added details including a gear that can be moved around by hand.

My princess and her John Deere.

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This toy is great for both boys and girls, future farmers, princesses, and everyone under the sun. The John Deere Gear Force Harvest Combine simply delights my children and their friends, inspires creative play, and produces lots of giggles.

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The John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine is available for purchase at Toys R Us, Walmart, Amazon.com and John Deere dealers.

 

I received the John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Minted Holiday Cards and a $75 GC Giveaway!

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You may not know this about me but I am a card person.  I love giving and receiving cards.  It always brightens my day to get a pretty card in the mail.  Despite the freezing cold temperatures here in Wisconsin, I love the walk to my mailbox each day in December simply because I love finding holiday cards waiting to be opened.  This year I will be creating my family’s holiday card at Minted.com.  The 2014 Minted Holiday Card Collection is absolutely stunning.  This collection consists of fabulous unique designs and a whole lot of sparkle!

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The Luggage Tag holiday card is a super cute and unique way to send your holiday wishes a traveling to each and every one of your loved ones!

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The Minted 2014 Holiday collection has a wide selection of real foil-pressed cards that will leave your holiday card shining with holiday spirit!   The beautiful designs and classic holiday messages will showcase your holiday photos on thick luxurious card stock making each and every card a tiny piece of art.  The real foil-pressed cards are now available in gold, silver, and the new rose gold foil.  Looking at all of these beautiful cards makes me long for the sparkle and shine of holiday décor.  With this amazing Minted collection we can all add a little shimmer to our holiday cards as well!

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The Minted 2014 Holiday collection has a wide selection of real foil-pressed cards that will leave your holiday card shining with holiday spirit!   The beautiful designs and classic holiday messages will showcase your holiday photos on thick luxurious card stock making each and every card a tiny piece of art.  Looking at all of these beautiful cards makes me long for the sparkle and shine of holiday décor.  With this amazing Minted collection we can all add a little shimmer to our holiday cards as well!

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Not only are Minted holiday cards printed on quality card stock but they are customizable so you can create the perfect holiday greeting card for your family.  Minted also offers a wide selection of customizable products that would make outstanding gifts.  You can even create customizable wrapping paper to put them in!  Enjoy 15% OFF + FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING on all HOLIDAY CARDS!  Use CODE: HAPPYHOL15.  This promotion ends November, 24th!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a $75 Minted Gift Certificate!

Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 4, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S. and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Minted is sponsoring this giveaway and will provide the winner with the $75 gift certificate.

This is a sponsored post.  I will be receiving a gift certificate to purchase holiday cards from Minted in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine alone.

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New Kidorable Rain Coat! Plus an Umbrella Giveaway!

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Kidorable offers a wide selection of themed clothing and accessories for kids.  They offer a variety of themes for boys, girls, and even a few that work great for both boys and girls!  We love Kidorable products here at The Children’s Nook.  Not only are Kidorable products adorable but the quality is great as well.  My kids have a long list of Kidorable products including gloves, boots, coats, umbrellas, hooded towels, and hangers.  Each and every one of these items is well made and full of little details that make them more fun for kids to use and wear. 

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Kidorable recently introduced this swimmingly cute Mermaid rain coat to go along with the .  The Mermaid coat is simply adorable with its purple fins, refreshing blue color, and underwater details.  The inside of the Mermaid coat is lined with a soft light material with a sea shell design.  The Mermaid Rain coat fans out at the bottom to give it the look of a mermaid tail.  The colorful scale detail around the center of the coat may just be my favorite detail of all.  It is super cute and really makes the bottom half of the rain coat look like a mermaid’s tail.  The Mermaid Rain Coat even has Sea Star buttons and fun pockets to hold whatever treasure your child cannot leave the house without.  Please don’t tell me my kids are the only ones that must take a toy or some odd trinket from the house every time we leave!  The Kidorable Mermaid collection is soft and sweet and little girls simply look adorable in this Mermaid rain coat!

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Kidorable is offering a free Mermaid umbrella with the purchase of the new Mermaid rain coat today!  Enter the coupon code, SWIM, to receive a FREE Mermaid umbrella when they purchase a Mermaid Coat at www.kidorable.com.  This promotion ends today!  If you need a little inspiration in finding the perfect gift this holiday season, Kidorable has a fun Holiday Gift Buying Quiz you can take that is quick, easy, and educational!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win the Kidorable Umbrella of his or her choice!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 5, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Kidorable provided me with a Mermaid raincoat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Oriental Trading $500 Gift-A-Day Giveaway!

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Oriental Trading’s Gift-A-Day Giveaway has begun and the giving continues through December 13,2014.  Enter daily for your chance to win $500 in Oriental Trading products!  Imagine the fun you could have this holiday with $500 in Christmas toys, candy, stocking stuffers, and party supplies!  Visit www.giftadaygiveaway.com daily for more information and your chance to enter this amazing giveaway!  No purchase necessary

 

I received no compensation for this post. I simply wanted to share this fun giveaway with my readers!  Good luck!
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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway

The Three Dogateers are here to save the Holidays!  Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

Enjoy a fun family night watching The Three Dogateers starring Dean Cain, Richard Riehle, Bill Oberst Jr., Andrea Monier, and Sabrina Gomez!  Based on these fun GIFs this movies is looking to be a fun family must see movie!

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The Three Dogateers is available for purchase at Walmart on November 18th or simply  pre-order a copy online today!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of The Three Dogateers DVD!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on November 27, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S only.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  No P.O. Boxes! The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

This post is sponsored by RLJ Entertainment.  I received no compensation for this post.  RLJ Entertainment provided product information as well as the prize for the giveaway.  All opinions are mine alone.

 

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Leap into Gaming with LeapTV (Mommy Parties)

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We received the LeapTV gaming system and games featured in this post in order to host a sponsored MommyParties party for LeapFrog.  All opinions are mine alone.

LeapFrog is one of our favorite sources of fun and educational toys.  Therefore, it is no surprise that LeapFrog recently introduced a new gaming system that is actually both fun and educational!  We received the new LeapTV gaming system so we could throw one jumpin’ party.  Our LeapTV gaming party may have been the easiest party I have ever planned as a parent.  I had to put zero thought into entertainment because the kids were enthralled with the LeapTV from start to finish.  My biggest challenge was honestly getting them to stop playing the Pet Play World (which comes free with the LeapTV gaming system) so they would have enough time to try the Sports and Dance & Learn games!  The kids had so much fun playing with this new gaming system that they were seriously still talking about it the next day.

November 2014 577The LeapTV educational gaming system is ideal for kids ages 3-8.  I think this age range is pretty accurate; however, if your child has older or younger siblings in the house they will most likely get in on the fun one way or another.  A couple of my sons’ friends have another gaming system at their house so I thought it would be interesting to see if they found the LeapTV to be as exciting and challenging as their older gaming system.  Well, these boys had so much fun I could not keep them away even for a drink and snack!  I finally talked them into leaving their pets alone for a minute so they could eat a quick snack when one of the boys pets suddenly needed a bath.  We were all giggling when he went running from the table to take care of his pet.  At the end of the party the kids were literally on the floor still playing and giggling.

The game controller for the LeapTV has a brilliant design that allows it to easily transform into two different positions.  One position is designed to be held by one hand and looks like a wand. The other position is intended to be held by both hands.  The controller has an adjustable wrist band attached to it so the player using the controller can securely attach it to his or wrist.  This is helpful in preventing your young new gamers from accidently throwing the controller in the excitement of playing the game!  This controller can be held in either position comfortably by 3 year old during game play and he can also transform the controller himself.  A lot of the sports and dancing games don’t even require the use of the controller so if you worried about your child not being able to handle a controller well, don’t let that stop you.  This is one of the reasons I find the LeapTV to truly be the perfect way to introduce kids to gaming.  The kids get to learn how to use a controller during some features of the games and really develop those fine motor skills while building confidence in their abilities to play and have fun with the gaming system.

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I am so happy we had the opportunity to try the LeapTV because it has exceeded all of our expectations.  The kids absolutely love it.  It entertains our entire family.  My one year old will jump right in and join in on the fun.  Plus, my 6 year old will often help his 3 year old brother with the math problems in the games.  It is so much fun to see them work together while laughing and playing.  This gaming system is fun, educational, and inspires teamwork and competition.  The LeapTV is simply a great source of family fun.

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LeapTV as well as games for the LeapTV gaming system are available for purchase at most mass retailers as well as online at LeapFrog.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Knitwits Review & $50 GC Giveaway

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Looking for a quality hat with a little personality and a whole lot of style? Knitwits Originals are the best-selling animal hats in the world.  These hats are hand crafted from 100% New Zealand wool using Azo free natural dyes.  Each hat goes through a 12 step process from the washing and spinning of wool to final tailoring and finishing by hand to create the quality finished product that knitwits are known for.  The Knitwits factory looms run 12 months a year where they have perfected the art of crafting Knitwits three-dimensional hats and mittens to be the best animal hats on the market.  Since 2005 more than 2.6 million animal hats have been produced and shipped to over 14 countries!

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My kids have had their fair share of knit hats over the years.  The kids liked the fun and unique look of these hats; however, I always found them to be a bit flimsy and was never really impressed with their ability to protect their heads from the very cold weather we get here in Wisconsin.  When I was first introduced to the Knitwits Originals website, I was excited by the pictures of their products.  Not only were these hats and mittens super cute, but they looked well made.  The next step was the hardest…..only choosing one adorable hat out of a long list of great choices to feature here at The Children’s Nook!

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I easily found several hat styles each of my kids as well as myself would love to wear but in the end I could not resist getting my daughter the Hello Kitty hat and mittens set.  This set is actually available in a couple different color choices.  I chose the cream color for my daughter and let me just tell you that my baby girl and I could not love this set more!  The quality of the Hello Kitty hat is outstanding.  It is super cute and knit to perfection.  The material is very soft and the hat fits my daughter perfectly.  Based on how this hat fits my daughter I believe it is true to size and would fit most toddlers.  The hat is designed so well that it fits nicely to my daughters head and does not slide around yet I can tell this hat has room to stretch and grow with my daughter.  I love that I never have to adjust her hat when she is wearing her Knitwits Hello Kitty hat.  It never slides down over her eyes or twists to the side.  This brings me back to those inferior knit hats my kids have had in the past…they would always move around on my kids heads.

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The Hello Kitty mittens are as well made as the hat and the detail of the Hello Kitty design is perfect.  These mittens are soft and do a great job of keeping my baby girl’s hands warm since they actually stay on her little hands.  My daughter is not a huge fan of covering up her hands with mittens but she at least tolerates wearing her Hello Kitty mittens since they look so fun!  Knitwits offers a variety of hat styles in sizes ranging from infants all the way up to adults.  Knitwits hats and mittens are not limited to cute animal designs.  These quality hats and mittens are also available in fun character designs, cute cupcakes, and more!  Knitwits also has a new line of cotton beanies that is designed just for babies and kids.

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I told Little Miss C that it was time to go inside.  She got a little teary eyed and hung her head to pout.  Anyone else get the feeling that Hello Kitty is looking at me in disappointment?  Even one of Hello Kitty’s ears is tilted down.  Not only is her Knitwits Hello Kitty hat cute, but apparently it is loyal as well!

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Give the gift of warm and cozy this holiday season with Knitwits.  the Knitwits Hello Kitty Hat and Mittens set as well as all other Knitwits products are available for purchase online at the Knitwits website.  Be sure to connect with Knitwits on Facebook and Twitter because they often share awesome discounts on their social media pages!

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Have a Sesame Street fan on your shopping list? Don’t miss out on the Sesame Street sale at Knitwits!  Use code: 40%OFFSS to get 40% off your Sesame Street purchase.  Promotion ends November 21st!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a $50 Knitwits Gift Certificate!

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Giveaway will end on December 12, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S. and Canada!  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received the Knitwits Hello Kitty hat and mittens set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Review & Giveaway

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Meet Bronco the RC Triceratops, the first dynamic remote control dino from Switch & Go Dinos Turbo.  This talking Triceratops can transform into a sleek race car with just the push of a button!  The remote control is loaded with buttons that allow you to move Bronco forward, backward, left and right in both vehicle and dino modes. You can even charge the turbo boost lever to give him a burst of speed!  The lights and sounds buttons will turn the headlights on, produce realistic sound effects, and get the toy talking.  Your little one will learn some cool dino facts while having fun playing with fierce triceratops.


My 6-year-old has somewhat taken claim of our new Switch & Go Dino since he is the best at using the remote control.  All three of my kids can use the controller and have fun doing so but my younger two kids have the most fun when their big brother takes control and starts driving the Bronco!  They cheer him on when he does cool spin moves and then run away giggling when he starts to chase them.  The Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops is actually a toy that brings all of my kids together to play.  They love to play games with the Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops.  One of their favorite games is to play hide and seek with their new dino.  The younger two kids will go and hide and my 6-year-old will send Bronco out to find them.  When that talking Bronco arrives at their hiding spots, the kids burst into giggles.

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The Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops does require a lot of batteries so be sure to stock up before you give your little one this toy.  I was a bit surprised to find out this toy needed 8 AA batteries between the controller and the dino itself.  However, I quickly realized why when that toy turned on and started to transform, light up, talk, and race .  The dino and the controller both have an off switch so I just turn both off when the kids are not playing with it.  This will help prolong battery life!  Good news is….we are still on the first set of batteries.  The new Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops would make a great gift for any child that loves dinosaurs, race cars, remote control vehicles, toys that talk, light up…….the list goes on and on.  This toy has a lot to offer!

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Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops is available for purchase online at the Vtech website as well as on Amazon.  This toy is ideal for kids ages 3-8 but my 18 month gets a lot of enjoyment out of this toy with the help of her big brothers. 

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Vtech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops!


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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on November 30, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. only.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Vtech provided me with the Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops and product information for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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PBS Kids Holiday Programming

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On November 26, PBS KIDS will kick off the holidays with the return of CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas.  The holiday fun continues throughout December with new episodes from other PBS KIDS series. Viewers will help Otto and Olive solve a reindeer case in an all-new episode of ODD SQUAD celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with Peg and Cat in a one-hour PEG + CAT + HOLIDAYS special.  We had a chance to preview a couple of these holiday specials and my kids love the new Peg + Cat episode.  Peg counts to 100 for the first time ever during this holiday episode.  My son was very excited about this and ran around the house counting for the rest of the evening after watching the holiday episode.  At the beginning of The Christmas Problem, they sing the Peg + Cat theme song to the tune of Jingle Bells.  This episode is definitely getting us into the holiday spirit.  My 18 month old walks around the house saying, “Ho Ho Ho” just like Santa does in The Christmas Problem.

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The holiday specials continue with new engine friends Gator and Reg on THOMAS & FRIENDS and your little ones can enjoy a winter adventure featuring The Nutcracker Ballet with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD.  PBSKids also has a variety of fun holiday themed games and activities for kids to enjoy at the PBSKIDS website.

I received a screener copy with the Peg + Cat and ODD Squad holiday episodes for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Peppa Pig DVD Review & Giveway

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Peppa Pig is a British animated television show that is targeted toward a preschool audience.  However, this is actually one of the few cartoons that all  three of my kids enjoy and their ages range from one to 6 years old.  Over the past year my kids have developed a love for the Peppa Pig television series and it is now a family favorite in our house.  My hubby probably wouldn’t admit it but he loves this show as much as our kids.  I always find him absorbed in the show with the kids piled on his lap and before you know all of them are in fits of giggles over something silly Daddy Pig did in the episode.  Our three year old son recently started saying, “Daddy” with a bit of a British accent.  My husband and I can’t resist smiling when our little “George” starts calling for his Daddy.

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If you are not familiar with Peppa Pig, the show is centered around Peppa, a lovable little pig, who lives with her little brother, George, and her Mommy and Daddy.  Peppa and her family are quite sweet and funny.  Each “peppasode” is about 5 minutes long. I love that these are so short.  It allows to easily control how much tv time my kids get. Plus, I can easily allow all three of my kids to pick an episode of choice since they are so short.  Peppa’s Christmas My kids can’t get enough of these funny pigs and their love of jumping in muddy puddles.  My hubby and I often find ourselves laughing as well.  Therefore, we were very excited to find out that two new Peppa Pig DVDs were being released in the United States this holiday season.  Peppa’s Christmas was already released on November 4th, so you can already get your hands on this fun collection of peppasodes!  Peppa’s Christmas is loaded with 12 episodes to help you and your little ones get into the holiday spirit!  My kids are loving this DVD.

In December the Peppa Pig DVD titled, Bubbles, will be available for purchase.  This DVD has 14 fun-filled peppasodes for your little ones to enjoy.  My kids have enjoyed each and every one of these little adventures.  The bubbles on the home screen of this DVD have even mesmerized my kids.  I am not allowed to turn it off until they all jump around the living room pretending to pop all of the bubbles floating across the screen.  I always knew my kids loved bubbles, but who knew they were so exciting even on screen!

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Peppa’s Christmas DVD is available for purchase at all major retailers in the U.S. as well as online at Amazon.  The Peppa Pig Bubbles DVD will be released on December 2nd.  This DVD would make a great stocking stuffer!  After the excitement of opening up presents and eating Christmas cookies my kids are always in need of a little down time with a good cartoon.  Plus, these “peppasodes” may just buy you enough time to put together all those new toys without your little one breathing down your neck!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to these new Peppa Pig DVDs!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on December 11, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received the Peppa Pig DVDs, Peppa’s Christmas and Bubbles for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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