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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com
It’s simply amazing how quickly kids grow out of toys, isn’t it? One day they’re happily chewing on board books and the next they’re busy playing games on your iPhone that even you wouldn’t know how to play. This week’s deals can help you keep up with your little one’s growing toy needs without spending a ton of cash at the same time. Check out these discounts on items from Leap Frog, Disney Store, kidrobot and more.
- Leap Frog. 15% off orders over $20 (Coupon code: APRILBABY). Expires Today!
- Build-A-Bear Workshop. $6 off stuffed toys orders $12 or more (Coupon code: 2000574). Expires 8/20/2014.
- Sensational Beginnings. 20% off on all orders (Coupon code: SP2014). Expires 6/30/2014.
- Disney Store. Save $15 off your purchase over $100 or more, plus free shipping (Coupon code:DMR15). Expires 6/30/2014.
- kidrobot. 20% off Marvel toys (Coupon code:KRMARVEL41420). Expires 5/31/2014.
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Friday, April 18th, 2014
By Chelsea P. Gladden, BreezyMama.com
Lately, it seems as though it’s getting harder to find a kid’s movie that isn’t too scary for my 5-year-old, yet can still keep her entertained. Frankly, I thought I’d be safe with another gem from the Disneynature series, and in general, this movie worked well for my daughter. However, Bears, like many quality wildlife shows, features the raw, often scary story of survival, which required this mama bear to be on high alert for scenes that might be too much for her litte cub.
Following a mother brown bear and her two newborn cubs for a year, Bears gives a glimpse into their lives: from waking up after hibernation in need of finding food, to avoiding avalanches, threatening rivals and other predators, such as a pesky wolf.
From the beginning, we learn that many cubs don’t survive their first year and immediately the tension is palpable. Fears that an overly hungry rival bear may try to eat them (and actually does go after them!) combined with the over-eager wolf ready to pounce the second the mom turns her back, lead to some anxiety-filled moments that had us on the edge of our seats.
To top it off, the mama bear’s conscious effort to search for food in less threatening environs nearly has her starving to death and you can actually start to see just how emaciated the nursing mother becomes.
Set in Alaska, the documentary is just as captivating a story as any animated cartoon; my daughter and I couldn’t help but root for our heroes every step of the way. Narrated by John C. Reilly, the script offers up humor and playful moments as well. Overall, it wasn’t too scary for my daughter, but the tense moments had her squirming.
At one point, the boy cub gets stuck in water as high tide comes in and my daughter reached for my hand as we hoped he wouldn’t drown. Another particular scene that my little cub found frightening was, “When the [male rival] bears fight.” Other than those moments, she seemed to handle the “scary” scenes well.
Since I saw Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (where the mother dies), I was concerned about whether the cubs would make it and they definitely tease throughout that they likely won’t! SPOILER ALERT: They do survive their first year and their mother fuels up on enough milk to feed them during hibernation to keep them alive for the next spring.
Taking a cue from my daughter’s reactions, however, Bears would be a little too intense for my 3-year-old twins, but any child over age 4 should be fine. Also, the pacing is on the slow side and toward the end, I was concerned it wasn’t going to hold my daughter’s attention for much longer as she started to get antsy in her seat. If your child has a short attention span for movies and television, this movie might not be a choice for her.
That being said, my daughter declared a few times afterward, “It was awesome!” She also added in the car ride home, “Mama, animals are great movie stars!”
Entertaining and informative, Bears demonstrates no matter what your species, a mother’s love for her family is a powerful thing — right down to the occasional bear hug.
Disneynature’s Bears opens in theaters everywhere 4/18/14
Grade on a scale of kid’s films: B
Rated G, Minor conflict among animals; Tense moments; 77 minutes
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Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Are you home with your kids this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Then you’ll all be around for a children’s television event: the premiere of the first Western for preschoolers! Disney Junior’s Sheriff Callie’s Wild West follows a loveable feline law enforcer (voiced by Mandy Moore) and her friends on their adventures in the frontier town Nice and Friendly Corners. Each animated episode features two 11-minute stories focused on teaching valuable life lessons, such as the importance of sharing, honesty, and being a good friend.
We’re particularly excited about Sheriff Callie because she’s a positive female role model for kids. And as you would expect from a show utilizing the talents of singer Mandy Moore, each episode also features two original songs. Plus how can you resist that adorable cactus-wearing a cowboy hat?
Be sure to watch this exclusive preview of the show, and tune in on January 20th at 5pm EST/PST on Disney Junior!
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Every Disney buff loves reliving classic moments with their favorite characters from the screen. So it’s safe to say you’ve probably also wondered what it would be like if your beloved pals crossed paths outside the movies.
Launched this past summer, the Disney Infinity video game makes that dream a reality. Kids and their nostalgic parents can put iconic characters, like Sully and Captain Jack Sparrow, alongside each other in locales from films such as The Incredibles and Cars.
The figures work across multiple platforms, so whether you’re an Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo user, you can play at a friend’s house too. Plus, families will love the fact that the game encourages cooperation and teamwork (like using your character to pick up another and help them complete a mission). Kids can also get their creative juices flowing by downloading the free Disney Infinity: Toy Box app for PC or iPad, and using it to create their own worlds, which can later be shared across consoles.
Disney Interactive is offering an awesome prize package for ONE lucky gamer, including Disney Infinity along with its base, three Infinity figures and play sets, and a first power disc, which introduces extra powers or gadgets into the game. Plus, the winner will receive exclusive web codes to unlock content online and on mobile devices.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and December 23, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 26 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Congrats to Angie Uribe!
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Animated movies are great for entertaining kids as well as imparting a little wisdom. If there’s one message young ones will get from watching Disney’s Planes, it’s that no dream is too big.
Fans of the film will be familiar with Dusty Crophopper, a cropduster plane that dreams of becoming a professional racer. Despite the fact he’s meant to spray cornfields, Dusty embarks on a journey across the world to create his own destiny.
Though he definitely encounters a hitch or two along the way, the important thing is that he never stops fighting to reach his goals. As a parent, it’s safe to say you want the same for your child, and Parents’ latest giveaway is here to offer some inspiration.
Walt Disney is offering a Planes gift basket, complete with a Blu-ray combo pack, Wii game, action figure and interactive book to keep your child flying high. The movie will be officially released on DVD and Blu-ray November 19.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Monday, November 18, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back here November 19 to see who was chosen and look out for a message from us on Facebook. Goody luck!
Our winner has been chosen. Congrats to Debra Anne Raggio Thompson!
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Friday, June 28th, 2013
Kowabunga! Summer’s in full swing and that means one thing: It’s time for fun in the sun. So stock up on these beach bargains, currently available at Shop Parents for up to 40 percent off.
• Get them swimwear that features their favorite Disney characters, such as a pink polka-dotted Minnie Mouse two-piece or a rad pair of Toy Story swim trunks.
• Protect them from the sun’s rays with Banana Boat’s Natural Reflect Kid’s sunscreen and, for the little ones, a reversible canvas sun hat.
• Inspire their creativity (and a few kooky sand confections) with imaginative beach toys like Melissa & Doug’s Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set and Happy Giddy Sand Toy Set.
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Friday, June 7th, 2013
Does your child’s room have a theme? Often we start out theming a baby’s room, and then as he or she grows, it becomes a bit of a hodge-podge of whatever they’re into at the moment. My daughter’s room started out red and flowery but then grew pink as she went through her pink phase, and now it looks like an American Girl store exploded into a stuffed-animal emporium. My son’s room had a transportation theme originally, but now he’s put Star Wars stickers all over one wall and pictures of penguins on another. And graffiti on the closet. Sigh.
What I need is a weekend to devote to cleaning/organizing/painting and yes, giving a real “look” to each of their rooms. Maybe it will happen this summer.
Part of what’s inspiring me is that the Disney folks came through our offices to talk up their Disney paint line, with lots of pictures of perfectly pulled-together kid rooms. I know our rooms won’t ever look as clean as their models, but at the same time, I know I can do better than we’re doing now!
Disney Paint is going to give two lucky commenters a Disney-themed comforter plus a $150 Walmart gift card to get going on your child’s room upgrade. You can choose between a Cars 2-themed comforter and a Disney Fairies comforter. All you have to do is leave a comment below; you can leave up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Thursday, June 13th. Check back here on the 14th and we’ll announce the winner (and contact the winner via Facebook; look for our message in your “other” Facebook message folder; I’ve included a picture so you can see where I mean!).
Read the official rules here. Goody luck!
Congratulations to our winners Nicole Amorosi Rollins and Nicole Crisafulli Grant!
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Friday, December 7th, 2012
It’s around this time of year that families like to cuddle up and watch a good movie, and what could be better on a cold night than a little Disney magic? To help kick the holidays into high gear, we’re giving away a basket full of hit Disney flicks to one lucky reader! The prize pack includes Cinderella, Finding Nemo, Brave, The Secret of the Wings, and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. Enter to win by posting a comment below. We’ll pick a winner in a random drawing. For the full rules, click here. Goody luck!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on December 7, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on December 14, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at www.goodyblog.com. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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