Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you have a Ballet Dancer to shop for this Christmas?

Do you have any dancers on your shopping list this year?  Is there a special little girl that loves ballet?  If so, I have a couple reviews you will be interested in. 

First, Prima Princessa has recently released their second dvd ~ Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker.  Ever since I first learned about Prima Princessa Swan Lake, I have been waiting for them to release The Nutcracker.  This is my girls favorite ballet.  My oldest even got to dance in it 2 years in a row when she was younger.  It holds a special place in our hearts. 

This family Christmas movie is the perfect Holiday Gift for girls ages 3 to 7. Join Prima Princessa, the adorable cartoon fairy ballerina princess, as she takes you on an amazing Christmas adventure filled with snow fairies, toy soldiers, sugarplums and sweets galore!  Get on your pretty tutu and get ready to dance with the San Francisco Ballet as they perform excerpts from their world famous ballet “Nutcracker.” Between acts your kids will get up off the couch and dance along as they learn real ballet steps demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.
The Prima Princessa Presents series is designed by two stay at home mom-entrepreneurs on a mission to bring the beauty and magic of ballet into the lives of children everywhere.
You can purchase Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker on Amazon with a retail of $12.99 and is usually cheaper!  If you don't have the Swan Lake dvd, you can pick that up as well.
Why not pick up one or both of the dvds, gift box it with a tutu for dress-up or dance class.  This would be a great gift for girls age 3 - 6ish.  My 8 & 12 year old would have loved these as a gift.  My 8 year old actually loves both of these dvds and does watch them.  They are definitely geared towards 3 - 7 though.


This next item I was so excited to learn about.  505 Games has just released the very first ever Ballet Video game for the Wii!  How cool is that?  You see all the sports, cheerleading, even dancing ~ you never see ballet though.  Ballet is the foundation of dance.  It is such a great activity for kids to take part in.  Not only will it teach grace, but balance and core strength.  
My Ballet Studio, players can pirouette, pliƩ and perform en pointe on the Nintendo Wii Balance Board as they embark on a journey to become the best ballerina!
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo Wii allows players to practice authentic ballet moves. Young ballerinas are encouraged to study hard at ballet school and learn real techniques in movement and position lessons and performance modes. My Ballet Studio comes complete with multiple mini-games where players can earn money to buy new clothes and accessories from tutu to tiara to complete their performances with the perfect look. Gamers will be able to track their progress and measure how close they are to perfecting their dream routines.
"As a fun video game that also encourages an active lifestyle, My Ballet Studio is a terrific game for kids this holiday season," said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games (U.S.).  "Aspiring ballerinas can learn new moves and practice steps with their friends in My Ballet Studio."
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo DS includes interactivity features for aspiring ballerinas on the go. Players can challenge their friends in ballet competitions via the wireless gameplay mode and share unlocked costumes that will provide brand new looks to their characters.
I was excited to see that this game is compatible with the balance board from Wii Fit Plus as well.  I talked hubby into getting me one for Christmas.  He wasn't thrilled since he thinks it will sit around like all my other exercise stuff, lol.  I was happy to show him that when I got my game in the mail!
This game is a great way to see if your little one will enjoy ballet before shelling out the big bucks for a class.  It is also great for girls already in class.  Most girls love to practice and this is a fun way for them to do that. 
My Ballet Studio is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now on both Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS for $29.99. Both versions can be purchased online at Amazon, along with many other video game retailers.
 
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Green Works New Laundry & Stain Fighter!

I really like the new Green Works line by Clorox.  I use several of the products in my home currently and am exicited that they are expanding the line to include new products.
They now not only cover the bathroom and kitchen, but our laundry rooms as well. With its efforts, Green Works continually makes it simple for Moms to incorporate green living into their households. The Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, launched this past summer, upholds the same high-performance standard as other cleaners from the Green Works line. As we take care that chemicals don't find their way into our kids' hands, food, and toys, we don't want harsh chemicals on their clothes either.
Green works laundry are a  natural plant-based detergent and stain remover. This resulted in a patent-pending formula, which the Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment program recognized as safer for families.
 I was sent one laundry detergent and one stain fighter to sample out.  I first want to say that I really liked the scent.  My husband even commented on liking it.  I have been using it for a couple weeks now and really like it.  I haven't noticed any difference in my laundry at all.  Everything is coming out clean with a nice scent.  I'm very happy with Clorox Green Works for laundry!
You can visit www.greenworkscleaners.com for more information.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a bottle of Green Works Natural Detergent and Stain Remover to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Squeeballs Review & Giveaway ~ CLOSED

I  have a fun review and giveaway for you today.  It is brought to you from Performance Designed Products (PDP).  PDP sells all those great accessories for all of the various gaming platforms.  With over a decade's experience in the gaming industry, it doesn't come as a surprise to me that PDP is the first to  introduce the world's first cross-platform motion game.  



Here is more information on the game:

Squeeballs are 12 toys that are manufactured on a secret island somewhere in the Pacific. Before they can be sold to children around the world, the Squeeballs must be fully put to the test...to the point of destruction! You can blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and bounce the Squeeballs. The game features a unique collection of 11 party games, each taking place in a different environment from lava-filled canyons, bowling alleys and kitchens to science labs and snow-capped mountains. As the game progresses and more challenges are met - each one more difficult than the last - the game showcases more than 150 unique challenges.

Squeeballs Party is available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS/DS Lite/DSi, Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The Wii version features 11 party games; other versions vary in content. "Squeeballs Party" is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) with the descriptors "Cartoon Violence" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Find more information at www.Squeeballs.com.

I was sent the Wii version of this game to review, along with 2 adorable Squeeball characters.  Let me tell you this game is fun.  It does have a bit of violence to it though.  When you are putting the squeeballs to the test, you are really putting them to the test.  Again, it can get a bit violent.  The rating of E10+ is a very fair rating, so if you  have younger kids, you might want to test this out yourself first.

Squeeballs Party used to retail for $29.99, but they recently lowered the retail down to $19.99!

Onto the Giveaway ~ I have one copy to giveaway to you.  Visit the Squeeballs site, then leave a comment telling me if you'd like to win; a Nintendo Wii Squeeballs game or the Nintendo DS Squeeballs game.

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Contest will end on December 20th at 11:59pm

Winner is Danetta

Disclosure ~ Performance Designed Products sent me the Nintendo Wii version of Squeeballs at no charge for my review.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

PulseYoga DVD Giveaway ~ Closed

I have a great giveaway for the upcoming new year.   How many of us make a resolution to lose some weight for the new year?  Even if you don't do resolutions, most woman want to lose some weight after the holidays.   Thanks to KMR Communications, I have one Pulse Yoga DVD to giveaway.


Pulse Yoga is a result of Argie Tang's personal quest to find yoga routines that accomplish much more than other yoga styles. 

A few years ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia. This is almost osteoporosis, but not quite. I was shocked as I have been practicing yoga for so many years and consider myself to be in very good physical condition. The doctor told me that I needed to do some sort of weight training program. I have never really liked working out in a gym, always preferring yoga. I also did not want to give up precious time allotted to my yoga practice, so I decided to incorporate free weights into my yoga routines.

Pulse Yoga I Basic
Pulse Yoga I Basic
A basic yoga routine that introduces the Pulse concept of micro movements within a posture. Key areas such as abdominal, lower back and gluteous muscles are targeted. Alternating right/left pulse movements with free weights define and sculpt the upper body.
  • Apply the use of free weights in novel ways to basic yoga postures
  • Strengthen and tone key areas such as the abdominals, lower back upper arms and gluteus
  • Teach core awareness
  • Stretch chronically tight areas such as the hamstrings and hip flexors
Pulse Yoga I Basic DVD
60 Minutes

Only $14.99


To enter this giveaway ~ Tell me, do you make resolutions?  Why or why not and does that include weight loss?

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Contest ends on December 28th at 11:59pm.  Winner is Lys

I was not paid, nor did I receive any free items for this post. 
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TNT: Men of a Certain Age

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TNT is hands down, one of my favorite channels.  Not only do they play my all time favorite show Charmed, several times of a day ~ they also come out with great new series as well.  The Closer and Dark Blue are two of my favorite TNT originals.  Now I believe, they have just came out with another soon to be favorite of mine.  Their newest creation is called Men of a Certain Age.  This isn't some off the wall show either, there are big names in the show.  The three main actors in the show are Ray Romano (Joe), Scott Bakula (Terry) and Andre Braugher (Owen).

I was sent a copy of the first episode that airs Monday December 7th to watch.  Let me tell you this show is funny.  I'm so excited for this series.  If you haven't seen the commercials yet, the show is basically about these 3 aging men.  I'm just going to take the show premace from TNT's website because they say it better then I do !

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” For three men entering the second act of their lives, those words are starting to hit home in TNT’s newest original series, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. This wry drama stars Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, TNT’s Salem’s Lot). It marks a return to series television for Romano, who created MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE with Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce. The two serve as executive producers, along with Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, from TNT Original Productions, is set to debut Monday, Dec. 7, at 10/9c, following an all-new episode of the network’s hit series THE CLOSER. The premiere episode is written by Romano and Royce and directed by two-time Emmy winner Scott Winant (thirtysomething).

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he’s spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.

These friends face very different challenges. Joe, who currently lives in a hotel, tries to connect with his kids and is dipping his toe in the dating pool, while also struggling with the gambling problem that may have ended his marriage. The unmarried Terry scoffs at domestic issues but sometimes wonders if his own single life is all it’s cracked up to be. Owen does everything he can to climb the sales board at his father’s car dealership and keep his cool over the seemingly endless renovation project in the home he can barely afford. Through it all, these men are there for each other when it counts.

I'm putting this show on my must watch list.  Woman view aging differently then men do.  I can't wait to see all the funny moments in these mens lives.  Knowing how funny Ray Romano is, this is sure to be a huge hit.  Plus I love Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap & Enterprise!). Another thing I like about this show ~ it is one that both men and woman should enjoy.  Sit down and relax with your hubby and get a few laughs out of aging :)

Men of a Certain Age will premier Monday December 7th at 10pm on TNT.  Check your local listings.  This is a must watch, I'm telling you.  Forget about your Christmas stress for a bit with Men of a Certain Age.
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