Kmart and The Big Layaway Giveaway!

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Did you know that the holiday season is a little over 3 months away?!?  My husband and I have been talking quite a bit about holiday gifts for the kids.  I don’t want to get them a ton of little toys that they only play with over the break from school and then they get tossed in the basement.  I was thinking about a Kindle Fire.  I figured they could play games on it, read books, etc.

My husband and I don’t usually get each other gifts for Christmas.  We’ll let the kids pick out something for us and that’s it.  Unless there is something we need.  Then we just wrap it up.  This year we will be getting each other a garage door opener.  Ours has been broken for quite some time.

Did you know that Kmart offeres free layaway?  I’m pretty excited about this!  I hate spending money on things like garage door openers, but I could put it on layaway and save up the money and then pay it off!  Here’s how Kmart’s layaway works:

  1. Bring the item or items you want to put on layaway up to the Kmart counter.
  2. Pay a down payment for the items you are putting on layaway.
  3. Make payments every two weeks.
  4. Pick your item or items up after your last payment has been made.

Check out this chart on how Kmart’s lawaway stacks up against the competition:


Right now Kmart is hosting Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway from September 9, 2012, through November 17, 2012.  There will be one winner at every store every week!  Simply put items in layaway and if you win, your balance will be paid off and the items will be yours!!  Can you imagine putting ALL of your holiday gifts in layaway and winning this contest?!?  How awesome would that be?  Here is what I would love to put in lawaway and win:


What items would you put on layaway?

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital!

Papi (voice of George Lopez) and Chloe (voice of Odette Annable) are back in this fun loving movie that is perfect for the whole family!  With the inspirational message to find and celebrate your inner strength, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta reminds both humans and canines about the importance of family, friends and teamwork.

It’s canine chaos as Papi’s family (both dog and human) move into the posh Langham Hotel, complete with a luxurious doggy spa.  But there’s trouble in puppy paradise when Rosa, the littlest member of the pack, feels smaller and less special than ever.

If you fell in love with these lovable pets in the past with the box office hit, Beverly Hills Chihuahuas and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, you are sure to love Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta.  This movie is based on the characters created by Jeff Bushell, the film is written by Dana Starfield.  It is directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Sara E. White.

Interested in the movie?  I bet you are!  The film will be available on September 18, 2012 (that’s in two days!!) and will be on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital!  At a running time of approximately 89 minutes, this is the perfect family movie night film!  Order a pizza, pop some popcorn and snuggle with your loved ones!

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Almost Naked Animals on DVD

Put a bunch of cartoon animals in their underwear and you will have kids all over laughing hysterically.  Almost Naked Animals, Cartoon Networks top-rated show for children ages 6-11, will be releasing volume 1 on DVD on September 25, 2012.

Almost Naked Animals:  It’s My Party! DVD Episode Synopsis:

It’s My Party – Episode 101
While getting the hotel ready for a big party, everyone gets trapped in the basement – with only Duck to save them.  Then, the Banana Cabana needs to be awarded at least one star by a reviewer in order to keep the hotel out of Poodle’s clutches.

Saliva Drive – Episode 102
Dirk Danger is holding a contest to find a sidekick for his new movie. Howie desperately wants the part, but when Octo wins, Howie has to help his friend make it through the stunts. Then, Howie finds a lost toy that – when you add water to it – becomes a monster truck!

One Star Hotel – Episode 103
Howie quits the hotel biz to try to lure his hero Dirk Danger out of retirement. Then, Howie leaves a humongous hunk of ear wax under his pillow for the Ear Wax Elf. But when the Elf doesn’t arrive, it’s up to Howie to figure out what he did to make the Ear Wax Elf mad!

What Would Batty DO – Episode 104
A Howie stunt goes very wrong and injures Poodle’s assistant, Batty, so Howie takes over as Poodle’s assistant while Batty recuperates at the Banana Cabana. Then, an electrical mishap leaves Duck with psychic powers – or so everyone believes. Poodle stages a Duck-napping in order to have a psychic of her very own.

Employee of the Month – Episode 105
Howie has been secretly awarding himself Employee of the Month for years. When the staff find out they challenge Howie to take on all their jobs and do them better. Surely he’s up to it!

Duck Vinci Code – Episode 106
When the Banana Cabana runs out of food (thanks to Poodle), Howie plants a ‘magic bean.’ Next thing they know, the bean becomes a monstrous animal-swallowing plant! Then, Howie’s trapped inside the Chateau Chattoo and all his friends are stuck outside, as a ketchup, mustard and relish hurricane rages across the beach.

My kids really liked this show.  They watched the DVD twice the first day we got it.  I have to admit, it was a little weird that the animals were in their underwear, but according to my kids, that’s what makes it funny!  And I have to admit, I laughed a few times while watching this show with them!

In addition to the DVD release, The Almost Naked Animals “Online Super Game” will be launching on September 25. 2012, as well.  Café Press has partnered with 9 Story Entertainment to launch a new online store on September 25th, featuring Almost Naked Animals t-shirts, notebooks and more.  I was sent an Almost Naked Animals care package, complete with a bag, volume 1 DVD, t-shirt, tote bag and a notebook.  Zachary instantly claimed the t-shirt and Bella took the notebook.

Almost Naked Animals can be found on Twitter and Facebook, too, so be sure to stop by and have some fun!


*I received a Banana Cabana Welcome Package at no charge in order to provide an honest review thanks to my friends at Child’s Play PR.  No form of monetary compensation was exchanged.  All opinions  are strictly my own*

Mattel Polly Pocket Review

One of the things I have noticed having a boy first and then a girl is that my daughter not only skipped over the whole toddler stage and went right from a baby to a kid, but she is more interested in boy toys, television shows, and activities than girly things.  Some say that’s not that big of a deal, and your right…it’s not.  However, watching her in Kindergarten this past year, the fact that she had more in common with the boys than girls posed a slight problem.  While most of the time the boys didn’t mind her playing, they didn’t always want a girl around.  Bella doesn’t understand that.

Despite all of that, there is one toy that Bella has ALWAYS liked that is rather girly and that is her doll house.  Knowing this, when I was given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour put on by Mom Central and Mattel to review Polly Pockets, I jumped at the chance.  I just knew she would like this toy.  She’s looked at them in the store before and has asked to get them.  When the box arrived I told her I had a surprise for her and need her help reviewing an item.  She was literally shaking, she was so excited!  It was too cute.

Bella has not put these toys down!  As a parent, I especially like the stick ‘n’ play feature of the toy.  Adding suction cups to the bottom of EACH item was genius on Mattel’s part.  There is nothing more frustrating to a child than knowing where you want a toy to sit, but then it move around because you bumped the side, etc.  I had to laugh though…Bella left her toy unattended while she left the room and her brother thought it would be funny to suction everything upside down.  I wish I could say Bella found it as funny as we did, but she didn’t!

Since getting the Polly Pockets, Bella has used her birthday money from last year to purchase another set to go along with what she received.  We’ve had some really hot weather lately and the kids have been playing primarily inside.  I hate seeing them play video games all day long, so something like Polly Pockets that supports and encourages creativity is great!  And believe me…Bella has an imagination!

I highly recommend the Polly Pocket Stick ‘n’ Play toys this holiday season (isn’t it crazy that I am already thinking about Christmas?!?).  If I had to suggest one thing to Mattel, it would be to make the shoes so they can’t come off!

Disclosure:  I received the above pictured Polly Pockets as part of a blog campaign courtesy of Mom Central and Mattel.  All opinions are 100% mine (and Bella’s)!


Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Blu-ray Combo Pack!

I will fully admit, I am not a fan of kid movies.  I actually fall asleep during them when I take my kids.  One of the theaters in the area has been airing $1.00 movies all summer long and last week it was Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  I was fully planning on taking my cat nap, but I absolutely loved The Lorax!  Not only was it super colorful, but the story was cute and kept you engaged!  But that doesn’t surprise me.  The Lorax is from the creators of Despicable Me and I really enjoyed that movie too!

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me!  Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams.  As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees.  Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

Both the Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack and the Blu-Ray Combo Pack is full of bonus features including games, sing-a-longs, how to draw Seuss characters and much more!  The movie is set to hit stores this week on August 7, 2012!  I have a feeling this one is going to sell out fast!  We have plans to have a family movie night this weekend to watch The Lorax and eat popcorn.

Did you see The Lorax?  Did you like it?


Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are solely mine.