Dec 102013
 

I received the Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I can remember spending literally hours as a child playing with my Lincoln Logs.  I don’t recall which one it was, but I do know that they were a Christmas gift (there’s photo evidence to help my memory).  The rest of that day and many days into the future I would lay on the floor, carefully fitting the logs into dozens of different patterns.

Lincoln Logs were a tradition that I knew I wanted to share with Bubbles.  They inspire creativity, building skills, and imagination, which are great elements for playtime.  Plus it was something I could play with her that I already knew I enjoyed.

Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch

Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch Set - a Toys 'R Us Exclusive

I recently learned that K’NEX had released some new Lincoln Log sets – like the Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch (available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us).  There 124 of the same classic wooden logs that I played with, plus a few updated additions like plastic roofs and window and door inserts.  The Redfield Ranch also has two figurines that a ranch wouldn’t be complete without: a cowboy and a horse. Continue reading »

Sep 302013
 

I received a copy of The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition in order to facilitate my review.  All words and opinions are my own.

The Little Mermaid has been on my Top 5 Disney movie list pretty much all my life.  I can almost quote the entire thing, and I can definitely sing every word to every song.  You have to love whosits and whatsits.  Plus I could listen to Jodi Benson’s voice all day long.

I really thought it would be a movie that Bubbles would enjoy, too, but up until recently my only copy was an old VHS.  Crazy, I know.  But when we received The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo pack and I was finally able to introduce her to the magic of mermaids and love at first sight (or speak, in this case).  Turns out I was also introducing my husband to the movie.  I could not believe that he had not seen The Little Mermaid, especially because he never mentioned anything when we watched the stage show at Hollywood Studios in Disney World.

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

While I do love Ariel, I have to say my favorite character is probably Sebastian.  I love that little crab.  He cares about Ariel so much and tries so hard to keep her out of trouble.  And when she finds herself in a pickle despite his efforts, then he jumps in with both claws to help her in any way he can – even if he’s at risk of the wrath of King Triton. Continue reading »

Jul 162013
 

Filling stockings at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday.  There were many stocking traditions in my family.  Some evolved over time and some are still a tradition to this day.

As kids, we each had a stocking hanging in our bedrooms; they usually only had one or two items in them but they were great for kicking off the excitement as soon as our feet hit the floor.  Then we moved downstairs to the tree, where our stockings – beautiful, hand-knitted stockings that my aunt made each of us – had been left hanging from the fireplace the previous night.  Now they would be lying on the floor, filled to bursting.

We also had stockings waiting for us at my grandparents’ house a few hours later (some day I will fill you in on our entire tradition, which once included a phone call to my Grandmother at 3:30 in the morning).  Everyone in the family had one – my Gram had made them all.  For awhile my grandparents were responsible for filling them, but as the grandchildren multiplied and got older, we would all buy a couple of items for everyone else’s stocking.  It was fun to guess who had purchased what. Continue reading »

Apr 082013
 

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tour a Local National Boys & Girls Clubs of America Program This Week

After School Programs From BGCA

I’m mentioned a few times that I grew up in a very small town in Maine.  To give you some perspective on just how small, there are roughly 1400 people living there today.  There is a grocery store, two gas stations, a diner, a pizza place, and a handful of other random stores.  So, you know, small.

What we didn’t have were many after-school options.  If you weren’t playing a sport or didn’t have a job then there wasn’t much to do.  Fortunately most kids had parents that made sure where they were and what they were up to, but that wasn’t the case in every situation.  And regardless of checked in on, or not, it would have been great to have someplace to go where we could participate in fun activities, reinforce the skills and behaviors we learned in school, and to be active outside of the 20 minutes of recess we had each day. Continue reading »

Dec 052012
 

Win a Melissa & Doug Trunki – A “Terrific Twenty” item!

Views From the 'Ville 2012 Holiday Gift Guide - Melissa & Doug Trunki

A bit ago I shared with you Melissa & Doug’s “Terrific Twenty” list of the top toys for the holidays.  I hinted at the time that you should keep checking back for a giveaway – and here it is!  We are kicking off our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide and one lucky winner is going to receive a Melissa & Doug Trunki Suitcase of their choice!

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Giveaway closed.

I received a promotional item thanking me for sharing the Terrific Twenty list and this giveaway. No additional compensation was received and all opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family. The giveaway is solely sponsored by Melissa & Doug.