Veggie Super Heroes!

You cannot even imagine the excitement around our house when the trailer for The League of Incredible Vegetables came on before another Veggie Tales movie.

And then I showed it to the boys 🙂

The DVD arrived in our mailbox the other day and it did not disappoint! My super heroes needed to get into character right away…

The message of The League of Incredible Vegetables is one of overcoming fear – a message my boys picked up on very clearly in the first watching.

In fact, Big J told me his favorite part was when Junior realized he no longer had anything to fear because he trusted in God! And then my heart melted…

Obviously, Little J liked “the part where the little guy bounces all over the place!” {said with wild, crazy hand movements to illustrate}

And my favorite part? The AWESOME theme song from the Newsboys, which you can see right here:

I LOVE having a super hero movie for the boys that focuses on the true source of all our strength and power! Thank you, Big Idea!

The League of Incredible Vegetables is available TODAY and, of course, we think YOU need to see it, so Veggie Tales is giving away one copy right here today!

Just leave a comment on this post telling your favorite super hero to be entered!

You can also tweet and post on Facebook about this giveaway for extra entries! Just leave a separate comment for each entry!

This post will only be open until 6:00 p.m. CST tonight so it will be a QUICK one! And if you don’t win, you can join in with the Veggie Tales Twitter party tonight at 7pm CST and win one of NINE copies being handed out over there! Check out the Twitter party details here!

 

*I was given a copy of this DVD to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

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Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too!

We still call him Little J even though there is a younger brother in the house now.

At four years old, he’s in that stage where I can’t believe how fast he is growing but he still needs his mom and dad for certain things. Some days he seems so big, some days so small. I’m sure with him being the middle child, he will feel this way for much of his life.

He wants to be just like his brother. His big brother. But there are times he realizes he is just not quite big enough yet, and my heart breaks to think that he might feel he is not enough.

Little J wants big things to do. He wants responsibility. He wants to be included on projects and adventures. And we want him to know, although he is a “little brother,” he has plenty to offer to our family and the world!

I see it as he draws pictures with lots of details and explains every part to me. His pieces of art have a BIG place in my heart.

I see it as he learns to read and wants to share the words with all of us. Reading to Mommy or Daddy or one of his brothers is a BIG deal and we celebrate it!

Most of all, we see the great satisfaction on his face when he does a BIG act of kindness for someone in the family. We make sure kindness and compassion and service are rewarded because, even for adults, these are BIG things to do for others.

He may be a little guy, but he is capable of BIG things.

I’m so glad to know Veggie Tales has released a new DVD to proclaim to the world “Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too!”

When the DVD arrived, I made sure Little J knew this was HIS movie and the message was just for him. And he can’t stop talking about it!

More about Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too, a new compilation DVD from Veggie Tales…

Featuring favorite Veggie shows, including: Pistachio: The Little Boy Who Woodn’t (A Lesson in Listening to Your Parents), Lyle the Kindly Viking (A Lesson in Kindness), and Dave & The Giant Pickle (A Lesson in Self-Esteem), all with a message of how you don’t have to be big to be able to do great things! Plus all new footage from the adorable Veggie Kids!

Don’t miss this chance to encourage your little ones to do big things and enjoy more veggie fun!

Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too is available now for only $9.99 on Amazon!

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*I received this DVD to review from Big Idea. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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3-2-1 Penguins: Complete Season One!

There is just something nostalgic and wonderful about Saturday morning cartoons.

When our own children were old enough to start enjoying this special treat, I was pretty disappointed in the so-called cartoons for “kids” that were available. They featured disrespectful children, words we don’t say in our house, and were not how I wanted my children to spend that time!

Then we happened to discover that our local NBC station aired Veggie Tales every Saturday morning – and there was much rejoicing! And because of this revelation, we also discovered a new show that the boys latched on to right away:

3-2-1 Penguins follows two children, Michelle and Jason, as they take wacky adventures with space penguins Fidgel, Midgel, Zidgel, and Kevin! Space penguins?! Of course the boys love this show! Big J likes the show because “Midgel is cool,” and Little J because “Kevin is funny.”

And I love 3-2-1 Penguins because each episode has a wonderful Scripture-based character lesson to go along with it! Another great product from the great minds at Big Idea!

Maybe your family is not the Saturday morning cartoon type – you’re on the go or your children sleep in {can your kiddos train mine?!} – so you’ve never been able to catch an episode of this great show. I have good news for you today!

3-2-1 Penguins: Complete Season One comes out on DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18th! That’s right – a two-disc set of all 13 episodes plus lots of fun bonus features! And it’s a great deal at just $11.99 on Amazon!

I know your family will enjoy this quirky, character-building show as much as mine!

 

*I received a copy of this DVD to review from Big Idea. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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Be Still: A New Film from Lisa Chan

Every woman knows the feeling. Regardless of her age, her income, or her family situation, women today are facing the challenges of a busy life and the stress that comes with it. Obligations to children, husband, job, church, friends, committees, and the pressures of everyday life have created a spiritual crisis for women. Because in their efforts to be everything to everyone, women have forgotten the ONE who really should be their everything.

Do YOU know this feeling? I do. All the time.

I need reminders to just BE with Jesus often so I don’t neglect the most important of all my relationships. This week, that reminder came in a beautiful short film from a well-known pastor’s wife.

Be Still is a brand new film from Lisa Chan {wife of Francis Chan}, the first in a series entitled True Beauty. This 20-minute film is like listening to a girlfriend talk about how the busy of life has pushed out any time she once had for Jesus – and how she got that time back.

I was captivated by the storytelling from Lisa in this film because I felt like she was speaking my heart. The “busy” must wait. Stillness with our Maker is essential to our very survival as women, wives, mothers, and every other role we take on. I think this would be a fabulous discussion starter for a women’s group!

Take a minute to watch the trailer for this wonderful film…

I have one copy of the True Beauty: Be Still DVD to give away today!

To enter, just tell me what “be still” means to you!

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, September 11 at 9:00 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

 

*A review copy of this DVD was made available for me online. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

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What’s New from What’s in the Bible?! {Giveaway}

What’s in the Bible? has been busy, busy, busy making more DVDs and we are LOVING. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

Volumes 7, 8, and 9 round out What’s in the Bible’s overview of the Old Testament and they are all available now!

Volume 7: Exile and Return covers the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. I just love the story of Esther and What’s in the Bible? dedicates an entire episode to this book. Totally loved it.

Volume 8: Words to Make Us Wise tackles Psalms, Proverbs, and The Writings, including Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Oh, the hilarity that ensues when a show for kids tries to explain Song of Solomon…

And Volume 9: The Prophets wraps up the Old Testament by providing a very in-depth {but still fun) explanation of the prophets and their place in Biblical history! The boys have been walking around for days saying “Repent! Repent! snooze…” You’ll just have to watch it because it is totally awesome!

What’s in the Bible? is the best of both of worlds – the kids {and I} are completely entertained AND we are all learning so much about the Bible as we go! These DVDs are also a major part of our Bible curriculum for homeschool, especially for church and Biblical history.

And if you haven’t started your own What’s in the Bible? collection, now is the time! We’re giving away THREE COPIES of Volume 1 right here!

Just leave a comment here to be entered!

For optional additional entries, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and/or your blog! Leave a separate comment for each way you share!

This giveaway ends Monday, August 20th at 9:00 p.m. CST! Three winners will be chosen at random and notified by email!

If you are ready to buy any of the DVDs, just click here to get 20% off your order! What a sweet deal!

 

*I received these DVDs to review. All opinions are 100% my own!

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The Penniless Princess {Giveaway!}

Sweet Sara Crewe has everything a little girl could want – a loving family, lots of friends, and a closet full of frilly dresses!  But when life takes a turn and Sara goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what she has in her heart?

That’s right! Veggie Tales just released a brand new DVD and it is adorable!

Now, I will admit, at first glance I thought, “The boys are NOT going to like a movie with princess in the title!”

But The Penniless Princess isn’t just for girls. While the main characters are girls, the message is important for every child to hear: You are royalty in God’s eyes!

It didn’t hurt that Sara’s dad is for an adventure as the story begins, which is exactly what caught the boys’ attention! However, their compassionate natures were drawn in when Sara learns of her father’s passing and at that point, it didn’t matter to them whether the main character was a boy or girl. I was really touched at how badly they felt for Sara and how they recognized the unfair situation she was placed in.

The Penniless Princess carries such an important lesson for our children to learn at a young age: no matter what your life looks like, you are important and special to God. The cute songs and of course, the vegetables, just make it all the more endearing!

Oh yeah, and there is a HILARIOUS silly song about the ridiculous language of texting. I died laughing. The boys didn’t quite get it yet 🙂

The Penniless Princess is now available online and in stores! You can get $3 off in the stores with this coupon!

OR…

You can win your own copy here! Just leave a comment to be entered!

For optional additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the following you do…

*Follow @VeggieTales on Twitter

*Post about this giveaway on Facebook

*Tweet about this giveaway: Win The #PennilessPrincess, a brand new DVD from @veggietales, over at @homewiththeboys! http://bit.ly/TDtmAd

Get your entries in before 9:00 p.m. CST Thursday, August 16th! One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email!

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*I received a copy of this DVD to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and, as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

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Veggies Everywhere! {Giveaway}

Oh my, this post has been a long time coming as I should have posted a month ago, but trust me, the wait will be worth it for you, especially if you hang on to the end!

The incredible people at Veggie Tales have been super busy getting more awesome things ready for our kiddos and I get to share two of those exciting things with you today!

First up…

A BRAND NEW DVD!

Robin Good & His Not So Merry Men is a project that sprung from Veggie Tales listening to moms who wanted help in working through hurt with their children. I love that collaboration with parents! Here is more about the episode…

There’s no hurt too big for God! Robin Good has a mission – fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s band of friends desert him to give robbing a try. Can Robin overcome his hurt, show his friends what’s right and restore the townspeople’s hope? 

My boys could not be more thrilled about this DVD! Robin Hood is an attractive hero to boys, and now it is presented with the Veggie Tales twist and Christian values! We have all enjoyed watching it very much, along with a GREAT new song from Boyz in the Sink! You must check it out!

And secondly…

Veggie Tales has ventured into the world of Blu-Ray! We received a Blu-Ray player for Christmas, so I was thrilled to give these a try!

Six different Veggie Tales episodes are available in the Blu-Ray format: Pistachio, The Wizard of Ha’s, Moe and the Big Exit, LarryBoy and the Bad Apple, Big River Rescue, and Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella.

The picture quality on these Blu-Ray versions is AMAZING! Each episode retails for $16.99 {at Christian stores} and includes the Blu-Ray disc and DVD. This also includes some bonus goodies only available on these new versions! We have had so much fun exploring the new features!

Now that I have you all excited about the fabulous new things recently released by Veggie Tales, how about a chance to win ALL of them?!

One blessed reader will win ALL SIX Blu-Ray episodes AND the Robin Good DVD! Happy Monday to YOU!

Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite Veggie Tales episode of all!

If you want an extra entry or two, share this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook with a direct link to this post!

For posting on Twitter, just copy and paste this tweet: I love my Veggies! Enter to win 6 Blu-Ray episodes & the new Robin Good DVD from @homewiththeboys & @veggietales! http://bit.ly/z9Wjrm

Leave a separate comment for each way you share! {maximum three entries per person}

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, March 22nd at 9:00 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email!

Have a wonderful week!

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Disclosure: I received these products to review from Veggie Tales. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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What’s in the Bible? {Awesome Christmas Deal!}

I’ve written about What’s in the Bible? before. A few times.

We discovered it back in January of 2010.

The theme song has been stuck in my head ever since 🙂

If you’ve missed my previous posts and have NO idea what What’s in the Bible? is, it is the brain child of Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales.

{That man is a GENIUS.}

The What’s in the Bible? DVDs {six volumes so far} walk children through, obviously, what’s in the Bible, but also how the Bible came to be, who wrote it and lots of other facts, stories and TRUTH surrounding the Bible.

And the best part?

It’s all done with puppets.

No, not annoying or weird puppets. REALLY funny puppets. And catchy music. And a Sunday school lady with a flannelgraph. And Buck Denver. And…

Ok, seriously, you just need to watch a clip.

This is a promo for the brand new Christmas DVD called Why Do We Call It Christmas? Same characters, same amount of great information, plus lots of holiday fun! It will be airing on TV in some areas through the Christmas season, but you can get the same great deal here…

Great, right?!

If you’re wondering about the age level for these DVDs, let me share my thoughts…

What’s in the Bible? is totally entertaining and fun to my five and three-year-old. They LOVE it and ask to watch it ALL the time. They sing the songs, they laugh at the puppets, and most importantly, they pick up important truths from and about the Bible from hearing them over and over again.

However, I really think these DVDs are appropriate for all elementary-age children. It is fairly fast-paced and the information is not at a preschool level – we’re talking about the Pentateuch, for goodness sake! I believe that children of any age will get something out of this series – I have learned so much from it!

If you have ANY questions about What’s in the Bible?, I would be MORE than happy to answer them or find out the answers for you!

So here is the special you’re not going to want to miss…

 

The What’s in the Bible? DVDs are usually $12 a piece. This holiday season, click on the link above or in the sidebar and you can buy the first five DVDs PLUS the Why Do We Call It Christmas? special for $37.95 TOTAL. That’s almost HALF the original price!

And I’ll share this little disclaimer:

I am a What’s in the Bible? affiliate. That means if you click on the links in this post or the image in my sidebar and buy this special, I will get a portion of the sale back. I don’t do this for just any company or product.

I am a What’s in the Bible? affiliate because I LOVE what they are doing to bring more of the Bible into children’s homes and we truly adore these DVDs.

And we could use a little Christmas spending money. {Just being honest!}

With all of that said, this pack of DVDs would make a great Christmas present! And this deal is already running, so you can buy it now and check those special kiddos in your life off your list!

And now, I leave you with Big J, as a three-year-old, proudly singing the What’s in the Bible? theme song – Happy Monday!

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What’s in the Bible: Volume 5 {GIVEAWAY!!!}

My boys are in L.O.V.E. and so am I.

With what?

Learning about the Bible.

No joke.

This is why…

Oh my word, I could watch this DVD all day – it is FUN and we are learning so much!

What exactly is What’s in the Bible?

What’s in the Bible? is a new 13 DVD-series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible.

We’ve seen all five volumes that have been released so far, and this DVD, Volume 5: Israel Gets a King, is definitely our favorite! {check out the trailer here}

Volume 5 dives into the kings of Israel – fascinating stuff for all of us – but it also digs a lot deeper.

History, character, the consequences of sin, and even the TRINITY is covered in this volume. That was huge for me – I think every parent would love some help explaining the Trinity to their children!

Big J (5yo) has not stopped singing the song about 2nd Samuel {which I adore as well}, and both boys are walking around saying…

“Ish-Bosheth, Ish-Bosheth, nothing rhymes with Ish-Bosheth!”

I can’t make this stuff up friends.

Because of What’s in the Bible, we are talking, singing and learning about the Bible in so many new ways. I just KNOW your kids would love it as much as we do! We’ll even be using What’s in the Bible as part of our homeschool curriculum next year! {Stay tuned for more on that once we get rolling!}

I am blessed to be part of the What’s in the Bible Street Team, in partnership with Tyndale House, and that means YOU get the chance to win this DVD here today!

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered! If you choose to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your blog, come back and leave a separate comment for each action you take!

This giveaway will close, Wednesday, May 11th, at 9:00 p.m. CST and the random winner will be announced later in the week!

Oh, and by the way, this man is a genius.

In 1990, 24-year-old computer-animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully different way. A tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born. VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil’s faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children. Phil continues to pursue innovative new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs. His projects include Jelly Telly, which provides faith-based daily programming via the internet at JellyTelly.com

**As a member of the What’s in the Bible Street Team, I received a copy of this DVD to review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are 100% my own!**

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It’s Time for Veggie Tales!!!!!

My boys have a brand new favorite website.

Not that they spend a lot of time on the internet.

But they LOVE this new place…

Now, you may think “Wasn’t there already a Veggie Tales website?”

Actually, it was a Big Idea website, which is still there.

This NEW site is ALL for the kids! Games, activities, character pages, videos, stories and lots more!

Look at this fun home page…

The veggies right there on the kitchen counter, just where they are in every video! The boys loved that!

Actually, the boys love everything about the new site and haven’t stopped asking all day to get back on to the Veggie Tales site!

Their favorite parts so far?

The games…

Especially Veggie Football (which I found nearly impossible to do but they LOVED!)…

I heard them exclaim “SMACKADOODLE!” over and over as they got tackled. At least they were enjoying themselves!

They also love watching the videos and we made an e-card to send to one of Big J’s friends!

My favorite part?

Bible verses all over the place!

The characters say them, they are listed on each character page and there is a Daily Word feature with Qwerty – a new verse each day with a short explanation for the kiddos! LOVE!

I hope you’ll go check out the new site soon and have fun exploring it with your kids!

And if you do, come back and tell me what you and your kids loved about it and be entered to win…

The newest Veggie Tales movie, ‘Twas the Night Before Easter! We are loving watching this together, talking about helping others and discovering the true meaning of Easter! Plus, there is a brand new character and lots of fun music! I just love the Truth that is shared in such a fun way in every single Veggie Tales movie and ‘Twas the Night Before Easter follows in this tradition well!

So head on over to the new site, come back and tell us what you love about it, and be entered to win the DVD!

You can also share about this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave a separate comment telling us you did so for an extra entry!

If you want to tweet, please copy and paste this: It’s time for @VeggieTales with a new website and a great new Easter DVD! Enter to win with @homewiththeboys! http://bit.ly/dV4qoC

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, March 8th at noon CST! Winner will be chosen at random and posted later that week!

Enjoy the new site! And great job Veggie Tales! Thanks for putting so much time into this for the kids!

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Disclosure: I was provided a Veggie Tales DVD to review for this post. All opinions are 100% my own!

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