Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oriental Trading Company Review

Disclosure: I received the following products in exchange for a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the products.

This past month my oldest son turned 10 years old. He decided this year he wanted his party supplies and favors to be based on a Wizard theme, but he did not want a Harry Potter party. Although he is a big fan of Harry Potter, he had already used this theme in the past. I was a little nervous about how I would pull off a Wizard party. When I was searching online, I was only finding party supplies for a Harry Potter or a Wizard of Oz party. Fortunately, I came across the answer to my solution at the Oriental Trading Company.

At the Oriental Trading Company you can find craft and hobby supplies, toys and novelties, teaching supplies, party supplies, home decor, and holiday products. When I searched their website for Wizard party supplies, I knew that my son would be excited with their selection. For his party supplies, I ordered the Wizard Realm Dinner and Dessert Plates, as well as the Wizard Realm Luncheon Napkins. He especially liked the Dinner Plates because the picture on them had a spell book, wizard hat, potions, and a wand. To top it off, both the plates and napkins were purple and gold, and purple is his favorite color!

My son was even more excited about the party favors. We ordered purple favor bags, Black Candy Kettles, Wizard Glasses, Wizard Wands, Stretchy Skeletons, and jelly beans. The jelly beans were Jelly Belly Assorted Flavors and came as a set of 12 individually wrapped packages. My son thought these were a great addition to the favor bags because they could pretend that they were Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans. Since it was his birthday, we also ordered him Harry Potter Wire Glasses, which were a little fancier than the ones we put in the favor bags, and a White Wizard Beard with Mustache. He was excited to try on the beard when it arrived and loved it even though is was a little too big for him.

The Oriental Trading Company helped my son have a magical Wizard party. His friends loved the party favors, especially the Wizard Glasses and Wands. When we handed out the favors the kids had a blast running around after each other and casting spells!

If you are looking for party supplies, I would definitely encourage you to check out the Oriental Trading Company since they have a great selection of party supplies and favors.  I found their prices reasonable and I love that occasionally they even offer free shipping. By signing up for their emails, you can stay informed about sales and special shipping offers. If you are interested, you can sign up here.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the movie.
When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, they convince the entire Mystery Inc. gang to travel to WWE City in the Mystery Machine to enjoy the show. But the trip quickly turns into another mystery as WWE City is full of secrets! A mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show and steal the championship title belt. With the help of WWE Superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz, Santino Marella and Kane, Scooby-Doo and The Mystery Inc. gang team up to solve the case before it is too late!

Our thoughts: My boys are huge fans of both Scooby-Doo and WWE, so when they heard that a new movie was being released that combined both of them, they were thrilled! The day Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery arrived in the mail, they wanted to watch it as soon as they came home from school. They were so interested in the movie, they even wanted to skip dinner, which of course we did not allow. Since the movie arrived, they have watched it multiple times including a family movie night with my husband and me. After watching the movie, we discussed what we thought about the Blu-ray and it was unanimous- we all enjoyed it! We own many Scooby-Doo movies and this one has become my sons' favorite, which is not a surprise knowing how much they love WWE wrestlers.

My boys dream about attending WrestleMania some day, so they loved the idea that Scooby and Shaggy won the opportunity to attend. As they watched Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, of course they had to point out all of the wrestlers in it. They were very excited when they saw Kane and Vince McMahon as cartoon characters. My oldest son's favorite part of the movie was when Kane wrestled with the ghostly bear, and my middle son loved the cage match. I just enjoyed seeing how many wrestlers I could actually recognize, as well as seeing Scooby and Shaggy try to fight in their own match. Although many times we are not able to guess the villain in a Scooby-Doo movie, towards the end we guessed correctly. Despite knowing who was sabotaging WrestleMania, it still was an exciting movie to watch and one that my boys will watch over and over and over!

Buy it: Interested in buying Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. You can own it on Blu-ray combo pack or Digital HD on March 25th.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Toopy and Binoo Review

Disclosure: I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

With my youngest son about to turn two, I figure he will soon be ready to watch a little TV. So I was excited to be given the chance to review the series Toopy and Binoo, which is a hit TV series in Canada and is now available in the US on the TV YouTube Channel

Toopy and Binoo is an animated series that follows the adventures of Toopy, a tall and friendly mouse, and his best friend Binoo, a tiny and lovable white cat. The two make a great pair since talkative Toopy has a vivid imagination, while Binoo keeps his lips zipped and is logical and perceptive. As I watched a few episodes with my little one, I can see how the series can capture a child's interest. First, the characters are cute and encourage children to use their imagination. Second, the series inspires preschoolers ages 2 to 6 to expand their creativity while reinforcing positive values such as friendship, good manners, creative thinking, and humor. Last, the length of each episode is about five minutes which is just perfect for kids with short attention spans, while those with longer attention spans can watch a couple of episodes at a time.

If you have children ages 2 to 6, I would encourage you to check out the Toopy and Binoo TV YouTube Channel which features more than 100 episodes. Also to learn more about the show and to win some great prizes join in on a fun Twitter party on Thursday, February 20th at 1:00 pm. Follow #ToopyandBinoo to participate.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Frozen on Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18

With a one year old at home, I do not get out to the theater very often. But this winter there was one movie I just had to see with my two older boys and that was Disney's Frozen. I had heard so many wonderful things about this movie and let me tell you I was not disappointed. I loved the movie and so did my boys! We can't wait until it comes out on Blu-ray on March 18.  In case you have not seen it yet, here is the synopsis of the movie:

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

So mark your calendars, this is one movie you should buy! Trust me-it is fantastic!!

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. Just wanted to pass on this information to my readers.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Free App for Kids: Disney Puzzle Packs

If you have a Disney fan in your house, you might be interested in downloading a new app from Disney Publishing called Disney Puzzle Packs. This app is for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. With 100+ puzzles, characters from Disney Princess, Cars, Winnie the Pooh, Monsters University, and Disney Fairies, this app is sure to catch your child's interest. There are six types of puzzles (jigsaw, word find, spot the difference, matching and word jumble) and three levels of difficulty. To top it off, this app is free, so why not give it a try?

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I am just passing on this deal to my readers.

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