Oddball DVD Review & Giveaway


Oddball is a fun family movie based on an incredible true story.  Nine year old, Olivia, and her eccentric chicken farmer grandpa team up to save the penguin population near their homes.  After Grandpa Swampy witnesses his mischievous dog, Oddball, protect an injured penguin from a fox, he and his granddaughter set out to train Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary.  Olivia’s mother has been working very hard to protect these lovable penguins that have been enjoyed by their family for generations.  This heartwarming story is packed full of adventure and adorable animals. A great combination for a family movie!  My kids loved it!  There are even a few hidden laughs in the movie for the parents.  Oddball tells a very cool story that truly proves how amazing animals can be and opens our eyes to how beautiful nature is and how our actions may influence it!

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The trouble that this beautiful dog gets into during this movie caused many fits of giggles amongst my children.  My kids made me rewind this scene with the apples so they could see it again and again.

Check out the Oddball movie trailer for a sneak peek of this fun film!

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Oddball is now available for purchase on DVD.  You will find it online at many retailers including Target.

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One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Oddball on DVD!

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I received a copy of Oddball on DVD for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit Review & Giveaway


Nidecker is a family owned Swiss company that has been pushing design bounderies in both style and performance for over 100 years.  Today, NDK is a brand I associate with quality and reliability.  NDK products are well loved and used in my home.  Therefore, I was very excited to find several of their products online at SmartPlanet.  The most recent product we added to our home is the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit.  This round double decker food container completely separates your food into two compartments.  The best part is that each compartment has its very own lid.  Each compartment is microwave safe. Simply remove the lid from the compartment before heating up your food in the microwave.  Between the two compartments you have 32 ounces of food storage.  The twist on top lid also features a large handle that allows you to easily carry this meal kit.



I have a bit of an obsession with soups, so the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit has become my go to food container for soup!  My hubby just happens to make the best broccoli cheese soup and it is best enjoyed with some bread for dipping.  The top compartment is perfect for keeping my bread fresh and the bottom compartment is just the right size for a nice bowl of soup.  Using this meal kit is a great way to keep me from heating up too much soup and eating too much food for lunch!

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NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kits are available in four color combinations.  All four colors are available for purchase online at SmartPlanetHome.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit from SmartPlanet!

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I received a NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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I See Me! Personalized My Magical Snowman Book Review & Giveaway


I See Me! has a wide variety of adorable children’s books that can be personalized for any child.  These personalized books are filled with charming stories and colorful illustrations but most importantly they are personalized with care.  Each personalization in an I See Me! children’s book blends into the story leaving the child feel like the story was written just for him or her.  This winter I personalized the I See Me! My Magical Snowman book for my daughter and this story simply melts my heart.  The forest animals gather together to build your child a snowman.  When your child discovers the snowman, he or she reaches in for a hug.  To the delight of the child, the snowman comes to life!  This story is a great reminder of how powerful love can be when the snowman exclaims, “I became alive when you touched my heart!”

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Once the snowman comes to life the magical snowman and your child have many adventures in the snow.  The Magical Snowman is a fun and sweet story that reminds your little one of how special he or she is to you and the world.  Complete with a personalized message from mom and dad and photo of my daughter taken just before the book was made, my daughter’s personalized copy of this story, Charlotte’s Magical Snowman!, is a book she will treasure for years to come.


If you are looking to keep your little one busy during the winter months, I See Me! offers several other great products you can personalize!  They even offer personalized My Magical Snowman stickers, coloring book, puzzle, and placemat!

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Personalize a copy of My Magical Snowman today online at I See Me!  This book would make an amazing gift for your unique snowflake!  I See Me! offers 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can be confident in ordering a personalized book from the website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a personalized copy of My Magical Snowman from I See Me!


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I received a personalized copy of My Magical Snowman for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording


Get your little ones to burn off some energy this winter with the Fancy Nancy The Musical Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD.  This album consists of 11 fun songs that will have you and your little ones dancing and singing along to in no time.  Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording has encouraged my little ones to put on their own live performances right at home!  The song, You’ll Always Feel Much Better After Tea, has become a must during my daughter’s tea parties.  She has tea parties almost daily so this CD has been getting a lot of use!  Needless to say, my daughter loves this CD.  The Fancy Nancy Musical Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording can be enjoyed whether you have seen the musical or not.  In fact, my kids have never seen the musical and they enjoy this album very much.


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Fancy Nancy The Musical would make a great addition to your playlist and would make a great gift for any lover of music.  Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording is available for purchase on CD in stores as well as online.

I received a copy of Fancy Nancy The Musical: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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eShakti: We Design. You Customize


Finding clothing that fits your body as well as your fashion style can be a challenge.  Therefore, I find the company, eShakti, to be the perfect solution to this fashion dilemma.  eShakti has an amazing selection of women’s clothing and you can customize each and every piece!  I always feel better in clothing that fits my body well so shopping at eShakti is the perfect way to guarantee my clothing is going to fit well.  Some day I must try customizing a pair of eShakti pants but I never seem to get beyond all of their beautiful dresses.  Their dress selection is simply outstanding.  I happen to love wearing dresses.  A lot of people think of them as formal wear but I think they are the most comfortable form of clothing.  Since I live in a rather cold state, staying warm in dresses can be a challenge during the winter.  When I came across the cowl neck pleated cotton knit dress on the eShakti website, the pleats immediately caught my eye.  The pleats on the dress were very flattering on the model and the cowl neck simply looked warm and cozy.  I knew the dress would be great for winter.  Let the customizing begin!


The eShakti cowl neck pleated cotton knit dress is available in 7 colors.  However, your choices don’t end with color when shopping with eShakti!  You can customize the neckline, sleeves, and the length of this dress.  The eShakti website does a great job of informing you the best way to measure to get the most accurate size choice.

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When customizing my cowl neck cotton knit dress, I chose to change the sleeves and length of my dress just a tad.  I opted to have the dress to run just below my knee.  I liked this length so that you could see my leggings or tights yet my legs are still well covered in this cold weather!  In fact when I sit down, I often curl me legs under the dress and it feels like they are wrapped in a blanket.  I also wanted my sleeves to be fitted to my arms so I my arm width when placing my order.  The sleeves fit my arms perfectly.  They are fitted yet I still have room to move.  I opted to keep the thumb holes in the sleeves because sometimes I like to use them.  I also chose to keep the cowl neck line on my dress.  I find this style to be cute, comfy, and warm for winter.

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The purple color of this cotton knit dress is really pretty.  The stitching on my dress is perfect and the fabric is a great quality.  I especially appreciated the quality of this fabric while the wind wanted to blow me away during these photos! The pockets are also nice to have.  The pleats are my favorite detail on this dress.  They give shape to the dress and add interest to the dress as well.  They also give the dress a little flow.  The material is not super thin so this dress is great for winter as well as the cooler fall and spring days!

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eShakti has a beautiful Valentine’s Day selection available as well as the new Spring 2017 designs!  Plus, they are currently having a sale on these beautiful items!

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Customize your favorite eShakti design to get the perfect clothing just for you!  eShakti is offering an exclusive coupon code for The Children’s Nook readers!  Enter code, TCHNSNOOK when you shop eShakti from January 27 thru February 28, 2017 to get 10% off your purchase.  Follow eShakti on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay informed of new designs and promotions.


I received this customized eShakti dress for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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ezpz Mini Mat: Less Mess. More Fun.


Meal time just got a whole lot more fun and less messy with the awesome ezpz mini mat!  The ezpz brand makes high quality silicone all in one placemats and plate/bowl that suction to the table.  The ezpz brand is most well known for the Happy Mat but I must say their Mini Mat does not fall short on function or usefulness.  In fact, the smaller dimensions make the mini mat the perfect travel companion.  We take our ezpz mini mat with us every where.


What makes the ezpz mini mat so amazing?  This mat is a placemat and plate all in one that cannot be moved by your infant or toddler.  No more toppled plates and bowls!  The plate is divided into three sections giving it the look of a smiley face.  The two smaller sections are ideal for 2oz of food and the larger section of the plate is ideal for a 4oz portion of food.  The ezpz mini mat is a great way to teach your growing child how to become a more independent eater without the struggle of moving dishes.


As if the min mat itself is not already brilliantly designed, ezpz packaged this mat in a reuasable bag.  Simply toss your clean mat in the bag and stash it in your diaper bag or car and you are prepared to feed your active little one wherever you may go.  We use the mini mat at restaurants, parks, and more.  The mat provides a clean and easy to use surface for little ones and when you are done, simply toss back in the bag to take home and clean.  I usually wash mine by hand in warm soapy water because I usually need to wash the reusable bag as well.  However, ezpz mats are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe and free of BPA, PVC, and phthalate.

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The ezpz Mini Mat is 8.5 inches x 7.7 inches in size.  This provides a nice amount of space to eat off of yet it is still small enough to easily carry in your diaper bag.  The Happy Mat is 15 x 10 inches is ideal for at home or simply older children with bigger appetites. Three to four of these mats can even be stacked and carried with food! The ezpz Mats can be purchased in blue, lime, coral, and gray.

I received an ezpz mini mat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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Saran Wrap Ball Game


Looking for a fun and easy game that is great for any party?  The Saran Wrap Ball party game can be easily customized for any party.  Simply select some small fun items to roll into plastic wrap that are appropriate for your guests.  This can be adults only, kids only, or both…..you get to decide!  Remember to start with your best prize in the middle and add the others as you continue to wrap and build your ball.  I decided to throw a small ball together for my kids to unwrap on New Years Eve.  The center of the ball has a dollar bill (they are young and easy to please yet) and the rest of the ball is filled with candy, erasers, and coins.  With only three kids claiming all the prizes, I kept my ball simple.  Also, with no gender specific prizes since I will have boys and girls getting the prizes.  Simply add more items for a larger group of people.


Since my youngest is only 3 years old I kept the size of my plastic ball to be fairly small. I didn’t want the kids to get frustrated or bored with the game.  To play the game simply choose someone to be first at unwrapping the ball.  The person to the right of the person unwrapping rolls two dice repeatedly until he or she rolls a pair.  While that person is rolling the dice the first person continues to unwrap the ball and may keep any prizes he or she reveals.  Once the person with the dice rolls pairs the dice and ball get passed to the next person.  The game continues like this until the last prize is revealed.  This game is great for Christmas parties, birthdays, and any other group gathering really.


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Laser Christmas Lights: Decorating Made Easy


Add a fun and festive look to your home this holiday season with little to no fuss with Landscape Projector Lights.  From a distance of 25 feet these laser lights can cover up to 3900 square feet with pretty blue and green lights.  This projector is waterproof so it can handle being out in the snow or rain.  Our projector is staked in the ground of our front yard and surrounded by a lot of snow.


The small amount of time and energy needed to set up this projector is minimal.  These laser lights even have an internal clock of 6 hours that will start when you plug in the projector.  They will then turn off after 6 hours and turn back on again 18 hours later.  No need to worry about unplugging the projector or setting a timer!  Plus, this small projector takes up a lot less space in my Christmas storage bin than the piles of lights we used to use every Christmas.  This makes my husband very happy!

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This set of Landscape Projector Lights can be used either indoors or outdoors.  My kids loved how this projector lit up our ceiling with green and blue stars.  When the projector is outdoors shining on our home it still gave a magical feel inside when some of the light peeked through the windows.  My kids love these lights and I must say that their mom does too.  They are pretty and simple to use.  I love Christmas decorations but it can be time consuming and difficult to decorate outside.  The Landscape Projector Lights make decorating much easier and add a little magical feel to our home.


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The Landscape Projector Lights Blue and Green Laser Christmas Lights can be purchased online at Amazon.  These Starry Laser Lights LLC Landscape Projector Lights come nicely packaged with the laser light, ground stake, and manual.  These lights are great for the holidays and would be a pretty addition to any party or weddings as well.


I received a set of Landscape Projector Lights for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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I Love My Grandma Children’s Book


Quality time with family is special.  In fact, some of my most precious memories were created during simple moments shared with family.  Children will get excited over new toys and fun getaways but they will always remember and appreciate the time and attention you devote to them.   The new children’s book by best-selling author, Giles Andreae, I Love My Grandma reminds us all of how valuable time together truly is for all ages.  I Love My Grandma is a sweet book about a child spending the day with grandma and highlights how special the time shared between grandmothers and their grandkids truly is to the entire family.  The author does a great job of getting the reader to recall all the different ways he or she enjoys grandma.   I love how this story shares how grandchildren may enjoy the treats grandma gives them but the time spent talking together is equally if not even more important than the flashy adventures and special treats.  After all, its a grandmother’s right to lavish her grandchildren with goodies and love!


In the words of Giles Andreae,

“I hope your grandma’s just like mine. We really have the bestest time!”

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I Love My Grandma is available for purchase in stores as well as online.   A story sharing the many different ways in which grandchildren love to spend time with their grandmothers would make a great gift for any grandmother or grandchild.  Reading this story together will simply be yet another memory to cherish!

I received a copy of the I Love My Grandma book for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Oriental Trading Christmas Sale!


Whether you are hosting a holiday gathering or looking for stocking stuffers, Oriental Trading has a great selection of Christmas and Hanukkah items that are sure to brighten up your holiday.  Having the ability to shop for all of my party needs at one website makes preparing for a holiday event much easier.  Oriental Trading has fun party supplies that will give your party a festive look and feel.  Plus, you will find holiday themed candy, plates, cups, and more to keep your guests well fed!

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Looking to add a little holiday cheer outside?  Oriental Trading has a variety of outdoor holiday decorations available as well.  I recently added the North Pole Candy Cane Light-Up Stake Path Markers to our walk way.  This set includes six plastic candy canes that are strung together and light up with only one cord to plug in.  This makes assembly easy.  Simply stake each candy cane into the ground and these sweet little candy canes give off a festive glow.  These light-up candy canes do need to be placed fairly close together so if you are planning on covering a lot of ground you will need more than one set.  We usually get snow during the holidays so I left my candy canes stick out of the ground a bit so that they will stay above the snow once it covers the ground.

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If you have some stockings to fill this year, Oriental Trading has a great selection of stocking stuffers.  Holiday themed candy and fun goodies like these adorable Gingerbread Erasers make great gifts.  These Gingerbread Erasers are an amazing deal. One order includes 72 erasers.  My kids are giving them out to all of my cousin’s kids at our Christmas gathering this weekend.  My son’s birthday is only 3 days after Christmas so he is going to give each of his classmates one of these Gingerbread Erasers when his school celebrates his birthday this month and that still leaves several left over for my daughter to use during our tea parties!  These Gingerbread Erasers are small and simple yet very cute. The kids love them!

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Oriental Trading crafts and holiday themed art supplies are fun for home and at school.  Many of these items would make great classroom gifts!  Holiday crafts like these DIY Gingerbread House sticker sets are a great way to keep kids busy during holiday parties.

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However, our most recent Oriental Trading craft has been the perfect way for my kids to create homemade gifts and really get in the spirit of giving this holiday season!  The Fleece Candy Tied Pillow Craft Kit from Oriental Trading includes materials to make six fleece candy pillows.  The kit will result in three green candy pillows and three red candy pillows.  Simply tie the fringes on one end of the fleece candy and secure with a fleece strip.  Then stuff the pillow through the remaining open end. Once the pillow is completely stuffed tie of the fringes and secure with the last fleece stip.  The candy pillows are fun to make and my kids are very excited to give their creations as gifts this Christmas.  Their favorite part of this craft was pulling apart the stuffing and filling up the pillows!  These candy pillows would make very sweet gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, family, or anyone else on your shopping list.  Who can resist a sweet gift made by a cute kid?!

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Oriental Trading not only has great stocking stuffers but they also have a nice selection of Christmas ornaments and larger toys that would make great Christmas gifts.  In fact, you can find several Learning Resources toys available for purchase online at Oriental Trading.  I recently ordered the Smart Snacks Shape Sorting Cupcakes set and my 3 year old is obsessed with it.  This Learning Resources toy includes 8 cupcakes and a tray.  Each cupcake separates into two parts.  Pull of the frosting topping to reveal a shape cut out inside of the cake portion of the cupcake.  Each color of frosting has a unique shape extending from the bottom that will fit inside the matching bottom piece of the cupcake.  The muffin pan also has raised shapes that the kids.  This toy is fun for both boys and girls.  The colorful frosting and the required matching of shapes gives this toy educational value as well.  Overall this is a great toy, that my kids play with on a daily basis.

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Save up to 75% off on over 1000 Christmas Oriental Trading favorites!  New items have been added to the sale so be sure to check out to score great deals on fun holiday items.


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