Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sing-Along Fun For The Whole Family

The day we received our Sing Along with Barbie DVD in the mail, Pudding Pie squealed with anticipation - we couldn't get the DVD into the player fast enough and, when we hit 'play', she wasn't disappointed. Sing Along with Barbie is a compilation of 12 songs from the popular Barbie movies, and Barbie lovers can join in karaoke-style.

Well, Pudding Pie is not old enough to read yet, but she listens intently and is fast catching on to the lyrics of her favorite tunes: "I Am a Girl Like You" (Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper), "Connected" (Barbie and The Diamond Castle) and "All For One" (Barbie & the Three Musketeers). Plus, she gets mom and dad to join in, and, with the on-screen lyrics being so easy to follow, we put on quite a family show!

Last week, we took our new DVD to a playdate at a friend's home and it was too cute to watch a four-year-old, a three-year-old and a two-year-old earnestly singing along, while executing all kinds of fabulous dance moves! I have a feeling that we're going to get a lot of mileage out of this Barbie DVD.

At only $9.99, the Sing Along with Barbie DVD is a great gift to give any Barbie fan.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

The Crimson Rooms: Intriguing Mix of Love and Mystery

If you're in the mood to curl up with a good read, Katharine McMahon's latest novel is one I recommend. Evelyn Gifford is the unconventional heroine in The Crimson Rooms, a novel set in post World War I England. As a woman struggling to establish herself as a female lawyer in a distinctly chauvinist society, her career challenges are laid out for her. We meet her as a 30-year-old, unmarried woman, resigned herself to a life without romantic love, and heartbroken over the death of her beloved brother, James.

Late one night, her world is turned upside down by the emergence of a woman with a child whom she claims is the son of the deceased James. The twists and turns of this novel make for a plot filled with drama and suspense; we are kept guessing to the last pages as we discover that things are not all as they seem. McMahon does not tie all ends off predictably, but rather concludes her novel with a beginning for the courageous Evelyn; the beginning of a true sense of self.
The Crimson Rooms is on sale from February 18th and the book will be available at the following online retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Indie Bound.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mom Central's Valentine's Day Gift Guide and Giveaways

It's February already and that means its time to celebrate the one you love! Before you start scratching your head and wondering what on earth you're going to get for that special person this year, click over to Mom Central and check out their second annual Valentine's Day Gift Guide and giveaways. Week one is currently underway, and they have some great gift ideas - I am loving the sassy lingerie from Frederick's of Hollywood!

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