MAX 2: White House Hero Blu-ray Review & Giveaway!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment recently introduced the new original family film, Max 2: White House Hero.  Duty calls again, and our hero, Max, returns to action in this new film.  His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

To celebrate the release of Max 2: White House Hero, this fun game was created where you can help Max save TJ and Alex! Click on the game screen via the app to jump over obstacles and make your best time.  The game is fun and fairly easy but I have a feeling you will all easily beat my time!

My kids and I watched this action packed film last night and it had my kids squealing in delight.  Max amazed us over and over again with his rescue skills.  Hint: Be sure to keep watching after the film is over because several of our past presidents are pictured with their own real life pups!  My kids loved seeing those pictures.  Max 2: White House Hero is a great family film.  My 9 year old son loved the movie and Max even managed to keep my 4 year old engaged throughout this 83 minute film.

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MAX 2: White House Hero is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray!  This new original film is also available on digital HD.  Visit the Max 2 movie website to learn more about the film and see video clips from the movie!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of Max 2: White House Hero on Blu-ray!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 7, 2017.  This giveaway is open to U.S residents only.  The winner will be selected by and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Warner Bros. will be providing the winner of the giveaway Blu-ray.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool Review & Giveaway


Car trouble and vehicle accidents are things we all hope to avoid.  Unfortunately, these events can happen and being prepared in an emergency can be a life changer.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a small yet handy tool to keep in your vehicle.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a vivid yellow color making it easy to find in dark storage areas of a vehicle.  This tool may be small but it contains an emergency hammer, seat belt cutter, road flare, flashlight, and a magnetic base.

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The seat belt cutter will allow you to quickly escape the vehicle if needed.  The emergency hammer will allow you to break auto glass.  The magnetic base conveniently holds onto small items such as screws or keys.


The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool requires two AA batteries in order for the flash light and road flare features to work.  Simply twist off the top part of the tool to insert the two batteries and it is good to go.  The Beacon Button will turn the road flare on when pressed.  The button closest to the top of the tool will turn the flashlight on and off.

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I love how simple this tool appears yet offers so many uses.  I have even walked my kids through the features of this tool.  I want them to be familiar with it in case of an emergency since I am often traveling with them in the car.

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The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanetHome website.  This affordable tool is a must for every vehicle.  With many summer adventures ahead it never hurts to be prepared when on the road!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 1, 2017.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received a Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Vampirina at the Beach


Meet Vampirina,  an adorable vampire who just happens to dance through life one plié at a time!  Yes, even little girl vampires dream of becoming ballerinas.  Vampirina is sweet and girly yet fearless and fun.  Vamperina and her friends remind me of a blend of the classic TV family, the Munsters along with the Disney character, Princess Sofia.  Its both gothic and girly.  Author, Anne Marie Pace has created a fun and playful character with Vampirina and manages to tell a fun and upbeat story about characters that are often viewed as gloomy or unfriendly in her new book, Vampirina at the Beach.  Who knew vampires and werewolves could have so much fun!?  My very own extremely girly girl loves this book and her big brothers enjoy it as well.  The book itself is an easy read but combined with the illustrations by Leuyen Pham, my kids ranging from ages 3 to 8 are all extremely engaged with Vampirina at the Beach.  In fact, my kids spend several minutes exploring each page every time we read this book.

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My daughter is already requesting more Vampirina books.  Thankfully there are more Vampirina adventures to be read in books as well as more to come on Disney Junior.  Be on the lookout for the premiere of the “Vampirina” TV series coming to Disney Junior in  2017!

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Vampirina at the Beach is on sale now!  The beachy theme is perfect for summer and this dancing vampire and her goulish friends are equally festive for fall.

I received a copy of Vampirina at the Beach for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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SmitCo LLC Little Girl Dress Up


Do you know a little girl who loves to dress up or simply loves to embrace her inner princess?  Then you will want to check out these adorable SmitCo LLC dress up sets.  SmitCo LLC has a fun selection of affordable gifts for girls ages 2-12.  These gifts are not only fun but also inspire creativity.  SmitCo LLC wants to make its customers shopping experience an easy and joyful one.  Therefore, the entire Little Girl Dress Up set comes nicely packaged in a pretty fold-over bag that snaps close and is ready to be gifted.  Just sit back and enjoy your little one’s excitement as she reveals all of the goodies inside!


Once my daughter unpackaged each and every beautiful treasure, she could not put them on fast enough.  To say she was excited is an understatement.


This Little Girl Dress Up set has already inspired hours of imaginative play.  This little princess has danced, cast spells, and embarked on many adventures!

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My daughter received the purple Little Girl Dress Up set from SmitCo LLC.  The veil is super cute and nice quality.  The material is not scratchy and has proven to be durable.  The flower crown looks adorable and makes it easy for my daughter to put the veil on herself.  Plus, she can dance, twirl, and be a princess without it falling off her head!  The long satin gloves have a bow at the end and leave your little one feeling fancy.


The SmitCo Little Girl Dress up set also includes a beaded necklace and two bracelets.  The style of each set of bracelets varies.  However, all of the bracelets are stretchy in design making them easy for a child to put on and take off. Perfect for dress up!  Every girl needs a pretty bag so this set is complete with a small coin purse.  The coin purse will coordinate with the color of your dress up set.  My daughter loves purple so we ordered the set with the purple veil and coin purse.  My daughter loves the shiny sequins on the coin purse.  She fills it every day and carries it around with her wherever she may go.

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This set makes the perfect gift.  The SmitCo LLC Little Girl Dress Up set is available for purchase online.

I received the SmitCo LLC purple Little Girl Dress Up set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Label Daddy: Summer Labels


Save 25% on Label Daddy labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are great for adults too! — Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

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Save 25% on your entire Label Daddy order!  This is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY25 at checkout.


I will receive review items in exchange for this post and an honest review.

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SmitCo: Fun and Adorable Products for Girls!


SmitCo LLC offers quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12.  SmitCo has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as several different nail art sets to provide hours of fun.

A huge hit is the brand new Mermaid themed scrapbook kit as well as 3 unique princess dress up sets.  SmitCo products also include rose gold, gold or rhodium plated jewelry and sets, as well as very popular stretch sets for little girls – all packed in cute gift boxes.

Find all the great products here:

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My readers get to save!   Get 20% Off Entire Cart Of Gifts! Go to: and use coupon code N3CQD6AE on checkout.  We trust you will find some or all gifts here for the princesses on your list!


Product I will receive a free product to review in a future post.  All opinions are mine alone.

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St. Patty’s Day Celebration Ideas and $50 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway


Looking to be a little more festive this St. Patrick’s Day?  You are in luck because Oriental Trading has hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day accessories, party supplies, crafts, and much more.  Oriental trading has a wide variety of green party supplies that work well with any St. Patrick’s Day theme.  They also have several party supplies that are specifically designed for St. Patty’s Day such as the St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow plates and shamrock stir sticks featured here.


My guests will each grab a seat to claim these St. Patrick’s Day goodies.  Each place setting consists of a stress toy frappe, wrist band, green fortune cookie, stir stick, as well as a fork and plates to eat more festive foods.


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The green and gold sequin fedora and St. Patty’s Day wrist bands are fun and easy ways to dress up for the day.  The fedora fits myself as well as my kids.  The wristbands will fit adults better than young children.  The wristbands can stretch far enough to wrap around a sippy cup so my daughter likes to use her wristband to decorate her cups.


Oriental Trading has a great selection of toys and treats that will have your guests feeling lucky to receive.  The pom pom assortment pack from Oriental Trading consists of a rainbow of colors that are a fun and festive way to appeal to all your guests.  Oriental Trading does offer packs of pom poms that are all one color so you could simply order a set of green if that would suite your St. Patrick’s Day party more.


These green coins make great party favors as well as décor.  One side of each coin says, “four leaf clover for good luck” with the flip side having a four leaf clover on it.  I will be hiding these so my kids and their friends can go on a hunt for the leprechaun’s treasure.  These Good Luck coins will be providing a wealth of entertainment for our festivities!

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Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Sale online at Oriental Trading.

Win It!

March is Craft Month and Oriental Trading is celebrating by giving away a $50 Oriental Trading Gift Card every day!  Oriental Trading wants this giveaway to be fun and easy so there are two different ways for you to enter for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes!craft month contest:

  • Post a photo of a project you’ve completed on Instagram with the hashtags #orientaltrading and #contest.


You can enter an image you’ve already posted or uploaded, but you will need to post or upload it again so your entry counts. Unfortunately, editing an old Instagram post with the new contest hashtag won’t work.

This contest is to celebrate National Craft Month, however, it is not limited to craft images so you may post your lesson plans, parties, playdates or any other awesomeness you’ve created.  Most importantly, your image needs to include at least one Oriental Trading product.  There’s no limit to the number of entries you can post. Winners will be announced on Facebook each day at 3 pm Central and will have 3 days to email and claim their prizes. For full rules, please see our blog.


I received St. Patrick’s Day Party supplies and décor from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Daily Goodie Box: It’s More Than Just Free Samples!


I recently became a member to the Daily Goodie Box.  It is free to join!  After becoming a member I received a Goodie Box filled with full size samples.  I love trying new things so I am so in love with this idea.  The Daily Goodie Box is a great way to try new brands and products.  This box is truly full of goodies!  You get a wide variety of products to try and they are not itty bitty samples sizes either.  The Daily Goodie Box I recieved contained coffee, popcorn, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and much more!

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Our Goodie Box was filled with a wide variety of products and flavors.  This is a great way to encourage your family to try new things!  My kids loved the raspberry Fig Bar.  I managed to sneak a few bites and the raspberry flavor was excellent.  The Gary Poppins lite popcorn is a great healthy snack. I am definitely going to try some of the other popcorn flavors soon.  I personally love the Xylichew spearmint gum I received in the goodie box. The flavor is really refreshing and the packaging is convenient for me to keep in my purse.

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This was my first experience with Nellie’s Natural Laundry Soda and I am really happy with its performance so far.  The bag comes with a scooper so you can easily measure out the needed amount to wash a load of laundry.  This sample bag includes enough laundry soda for 15 regular size loads of laundry!  the Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste is free of color which I personally enjoy.  We tried the blackcrurrant flavor.  My kids don’t mind it but they still prefer strawberry flavor more.  Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste is available in several flavors as well as a flavor free option.


Coffee Blocks Better Butter Coffee is made up of instant coffee, clarified butter from grass fed cows and other organic ingredients.  Simply add a mixture of hot and room temp water and mix to enjoy a cup of butterlicious coffee.   This cup of butter coffee perked me right up.  It is an interesting twist on traditional coffee that was fun to try and easy to prepare.  Tip: if you have curious kids around let them help prepare it.  My kids loved getting to look at it the coffee at different stages.

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Become a member today for your chance to get picked to review a Daily Goodie Box!  It is a fun and easy way to try new products.  The products in our goodie box were made of quality ingredients and definitely worth trying!

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3DLightFX Star Wars R2D2 NightLight


3DLightFX has created some seriously cool wall décor for kids and collectors.  The 3DLightFX Star Wars R2D2 recently busted its way into my son’s bedroom and has been a smash hit with everyone who sets eyes on it.  This R2D2 mounted on the wall is truly eye catching.  It does not look like your average wall décor.  The robot is mounted flush to the wall and appears to be coming through it at an angle.  This makes an impact on anyone who steps into the room.  The fun of 3DLightFX wall décor is not limited to Star Wars fans as they offer a great selection of characters as well as sports themed lights.

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A wall decal provides the look of your wall being busted and the decal conveniently marks the two places where the screws should go to mount the light on the wall.  The light itself is light weight yet sturdy.  The light feature is battery operated leaving the 3D light to be cordless.


My boys are big Star Wars fans and they love this 3D light.  Two different spots on R2D2 send off a soft glow of light that can be turned on manually or set to timer.  The light is not very strong but we didn’t expect it to be.  We ordered the 3D light more for the look than to function as a night light.  However, the fact it lights up does at to the fun. My kids think the R2D2 is extremely cool looking and all of their friends love it as well.  The idea of your favorite Star Wars character busting into the room has great appeal to the kids.

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Star Wars 3D Wall Nightlights including the R2D2 are available for purchase in Target stores as well as online at Target.

I received the 3DLightFX R2D2 Star Wars 3D Wall Nightlight for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the product I reviewed.

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Sukey’s House!: with Sukey Molloy & Friends


Sukey Molloy has been entertaining children for many years and her work has been honored with Parents’ Choice, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Prefered Choice, Creative Child, and Mom’s Choice Awards for over a decade.  My kids have been enjoying Sukey’s Circle! for years so we were excited to find out that Sukey and friends recently released a new DVD, Sukey’s House!   This DVD consists of 18 songs live from Sukey’s living room and 2 of these songs have yet to be recorded on CD!  Volumes 1, 2, and 3 contain 1 hour and 13 minutes of fun songs perfect for young ears.  Sukey’s happy face and gentle voice make a warm and welcome source of children’s entertainment.  My kids instantly feel comfortable with Sukey’s presence when she is talking or singing on our television.  She often reminds me of my son’s kindergarten teacher who I used to call the child whisperer.  She can silence a room and command complete attention without ever raising her voice.

Sukey’s House! DVD features classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Little Star yet contains many more new fun songs for your little ones to enjoy and memorize. If you little ones love Sukey, be sure to check out Sukey’s Circle! as well.  Sukey’s Circle! shows air on BabyFrist TV, Happy Kids (Roku), and YouTube.

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Sukey’s House with Sukey Molloy & Friends Volumes 1,2, and 3 is available for purchase online at several stores including Target and Amazon.

I received a copy of Suky’s House! for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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