Disney Junior announces Give a Book, Get a Book campaign


Disney Junior Give a Book, Get a Book

If you're reading this blog post, I'm guessing you already know how to read.  And I'm guessing you already know how important reading is for your child's future.  You probably know that reading to your child helps develop their creativity and imagination.  You probably know that letting your child see you read, and having books available in your home, increases your child's chances of being a good reader even more.
Disney Junior Give a Book, Get a Book
(Yes, that's LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow reading to the lucky kids at the Disney Social Moms Celebration!) 

No, I'm not worried about you or your child.  You are doing a great job!

I'm worried about the families who don't know about these things.  I'm worried about the families that do know about these things, but don't have the resources or opportunities to do anything about it. They may work two jobs, leaving them no time or energy to read to their kids.  They may not be able to afford their own books, or have access to libraries with books.  Did you know that in some low income communities, there are as little as 1 book for every 300 people?  This country spends $300 trillion on defense, and leaves 300 people to share 1 book.  What a disgrace.

If we don't educate our children, we don't have a future.  Something has to be done.  In my years as a blogger, I'm proud to have worked with various brands to promote programs designed to help children in low income communities discover the joys of reading.  This month, I'm proud to add Disney Junior to that list.
Disney Junior Give a Book, Get a Book


On April 12, at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at the Disneyland Resort, Disney Junior announced their partnership with First Book in the Give a Book, Get a Book initiative. Between 4/21/2014 and 9/30/2015, families can enter special codes at giveabookgetabook.com. Once you enter the code, two magical things will happen:

1) You GET a free Disney Junior digital book!
2) Disney will GIVE a book to a family in need!

Yes, that's right -- Every time someone enters a code, Disney will donate a book to First Book, a non-profit social enterprise that provides new books to schools and programs serving children in need, all over the country.  Disney will donate up to one million books!  You even get to specify the region where the book goes.  I've worked to get books into the hands of kids in nearby school districts like East Palo Alto and Redwood City, so I'd love for my book donation to go there.

Here's how to get the codes:

1)  Purchase specially marked Disney Junior products and books which include a redemption code.

2)  Give a Book, Get a Book bookmarks with redemption codes will be distributed to visitors at participating public libraries and Radio Disney events throughout the summer.

3) Starting April 21, Disney Store locations will provide an enhanced interactive "Storytime Powered by Give a Book, Get a Book" featuring two new stories from Disney Junior favorites, "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates."  Children at these events will be given a free book along with a redemption code bookmark.

4) Disney Store locations will host special storytime events at Boys & Girls Clubs of America in multiple markets across the U.S. Children at these events will be given a free book along with a redemption code bookmark.

Disney Junior Give a Book, Get a Book
(And yes, those are Disney Junior Stars David Arquette -- voice of Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates-- , Ariel Winter -- voice of Sofia from Sofia the First -- and Tim Gunn -- voice of Baileywick from Sofia the First -- reading to the kids at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!)
What a wonderful way to help kids all across the country experience the joy of reading!  And what a wonderful way to help your kids experience the joys of giving back to the community!  Visit www.giveabookgetabook.com for more details.  Happy reading!


Photo credit:  Disney / ABC Television

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. The conference fee I paid included discounted lodging and park tickets for me and my family.  I was not asked or required to blog about the conference or any of its sponsors.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.


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Simply to Impress Graduation Cards


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The schoolyear seemed endless last August, but now that we're  less than 2 months away from summer, the time seems to have flown by!  It hardly seems possible, but school is almost over and my kids are moving up a grade.  For those with kids graduating from grade school, middle school, high school, and college, the end of the school year has even more significance.  I still have a year until my boys graduate from grade school and my girl graduates from middle school, and I'm already teary-eyed just thinking about it.
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There's no better way to commemorate your child's graduation than with a party, a special dinner, or even just a graduation card sent to family and friends to proudly announce your child's achievement.  To that end, Simply to Impress has a beautiful line of graduation announcements and graduation invitations.   This online stationery company is impressive by name and impressive by nature!  They sent me a sample box of graduation cards and invitations to examine, and each one is exquisite.

Simply to Impress has dozens of designs to choose from, ranging from traditional and classic invitations to more modern, whimsical designs, in a variety of sizes, including square.  You can add photos of your graduate and you can customize the wording of your announcement or invitation.  You can choose from four finishes: glossy, matte, linen, or fashion pearl. Some designs have fancy edges and borders.  You can even customize the back of your card!  They have a variety of colors and patterns, or you can add photos or text to the back of the card.


Your order arrives in a beautiful box that is perfect for storing the graduation announcements and invitations of all your child's friends.  The cards are printed onto heavyweight cardstock; you can really see and feel the quality.


What's even more impressive than the quality of their cards is the quality of their service.  Every order is personally examined -- and I know this because I ordered holiday cards from Simply to Impress last December.  I was emailed by a Simply to Impress customer service representative who informed me that my photo resolution was too low.  She then worked with me to change my photos and layout and make my card even more gorgeous!  I was so happy with the quality when they arrived -- but that wasn't enough for Simply to Impress.  I received a second box of cards shortly after my first box arrived, because they discovered there had been a quality issue with the printing.  I certainly couldn't see anything wrong with my cards, but Simply to Impress sent me a replacement order, for free.  I can honestly say I have never received this level of service from ANY stationery company.

A graduation is a special event, and it deserves to be celebrated in a special way.  Make sure you honor your child's achievement and shout it out proudly to the world with Simply to Impress!


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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaways here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Enter the First Annual Loomy Awards (and an Original Loom Boom giveaway for you!)



Are your kids crazy about loom bracelets?  Mine are, and every day our bracelet collection keeps growing! Loom bracelets are all the rage, and it's not just about bracelets any more.  Every day I see more and more amazing loom bracelet creations -- it's amazing what you can create on a loom bracelet these days!  You can make keychains, charms, phone cases, pencil grips, even gloves and hats!  And oh, the designs: owls, octopi, practically every animal under the sun (including imaginary ones like unicorns, Smurfs and Minions), characters (Disney princesses, Katniss, Miley Cyrus)... objects (cameras, peppers, flowers).... the list goes on and on.

It's about time that somebody came up with prizes for the best loom bracelet creations, and fortunately the Original Loom Boom is stepping up with the very first Annual Loomy Awards!  They are calling on all crafty souls to submit their best loom bracelet creations for the chance to win cash and prizes.  Here are the details:


January has the Golden Globes, February hosts the BAFTAs, and March is home to the Oscars. What better time than awards season to announce the first ever award for loom bracelet fanatics! This April, “loomers” from far and wide will submit their creations for a chance to become a Super Loomer in the 1st Annual Loomy Awards!

The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

What are you waiting for?  Need some inspiration to get crafting?  How about the chance to win a Loom Boom of your own so you can neatly and easily display your loom bracelet creations?

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One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive an Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its-kind product to help you organize, display, transport, and share your loom bracelet creations.

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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on April 25,  2014; I will draw a winner at random, on April 26 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.


Disclosure: I received a Loom Boom as a thank you for posting about the Loomy Awards, as well as a second Loom Boom to give away. Promo information (in italics) is provided by The Original Loom Boom. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Softsoap introduces Acai Berry & Coconut Island Quench scents



Have you tried Softsoap's latest body wash scents?  Softsoap sent me samples of Acai Berry and Coconut Island Quench to their line of liquid body wash.  They both smell great!  The Acai Berry has a strong, tangy, fruity, berry scent that's very invigorating and energizing. The Coconut Island Quench has a rich, buttery, sweet coconut scent that feels relaxing and indulgent.  I've always loved Softsoap because they smell just as great and as expensive brands, and they clean and moisturize just as well.  Now I've got two more reasons to love Softsoap....

Disclosure: I received samples for review. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Show Off Your Shoes at Ross Dress for Less and Win (and a giveaway for you!)



Everyone loves showing off their new purchases, especially when you got them at a discount!  That's the idea behind Ross Dress for Less' new contest:  Show Off Your Shoes selfie contest.  Who doesn't love taking selfies?  And who doesn't love showing off their new spring shoes?  Only this time, you could actually win some money for it!  Joining couldn't be easier:

  • Snap and upload your best Ross shoe selfie, then share with your friends and encourage them to vote for you.
  • At the end of the promotion, the top three shoe selfies with the most votes will receive the grand prize, second prize and third prize of a $500, $300 and $100 Ross Dress for Less gift card!
  • Additionally, each week one winner will be selected at random to win a $50 Ross gift card.

Things get even easier when you shop at Ross, because they have so many cute shoes in all styles and sizes, so you're sure to find a pair worth showing off!  Ross sent me to one of their stores yesterday to find my the perfect pair of spring shoes, and as usual, the store did not disappoint.  Their shoe racks are full of the latest spring styles at great prices.  In fact, on this particular trip, I ran across a brand-name pair of shoes that I already own (and love and wear to death because they are so comfy) -- selling for half the price I paid!

Since we are going to Disneyland next week, I looked long and hard at these comfy sneakers ($14.99):


Hmmm... they're comfy, but not as girly as I wanted for this trip.  These Mary Jane sneakers became another candidate ($16.99)....


... and so did these ($24.99).  Navy is the new black, and these were quite an upscale name brand, so I was really tempted to get them.


In the end, the lure of spring and all things green was too much, and I went for these flip flops -- but they're not just any flip flops!  They have the airiest soles (can you guess the brand?), with actual arch support, leather instep, and the daintiest flower detail on the strap.  I'll actually be able to walk around Disneyland in these! Best of all, they were just $13.99!  They were the perfect pair of shoes to get at Ross this spring, and the perfect candidate for Ross's Show Off Your Shoes promotion.  I uploaded the photo on to Facebook, and I'm hoping it will get enough likes to qualify me for a prize!


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One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a $25 Ross gift card to shop for the perfect pair of spring shoes!

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Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop at Ross and a second gift card to give away.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Giveaway: Kohl's and Disney introduce the new Magic at Play Collection for Jumping Beans


Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans
One of the best ways to show your Disney Side is to wear Disney themed clothing!  This spring, Disney and Kohl's are going to make showing your child's Disney Side a whole lot easier with the introduction of a new line of Disney-themed clothing.  Yesterday (April 3), Kohl's Jumping Beans line of kids' clothing launched the Magic at Play collection.  I went to Kohl's to check it out, and was delighted to discover that the collection is just brimming with playfulness and practicality, plus a whole lot of Mickey and Minnie magic.
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans


Here's an overview of the collection. I love the red, white, and blue color scheme: it's patriotic enough to wear on the 4th of July, but not overtly so.  The stripes in the girls' clothes lend a nautical, spring/summer vibe, and the grey tones on the boys' clothes make them look like collegiate athletic wear.  They have just the right touch of childish whimsy and cool style!
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans

I also love the fact that kids don't have to sacrifice comfort in order to look good.  Each piece I saw in the store feels soft and comfy, easy to put on and easy to wear.  Each piece is full of whimsical detail (check out the neckline of the boys' shirts below), and even though the girls' collection has lots of ruffles and bows, you won't find your daughter scratching uncomfortably at the end of the day.
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans


Here are my favorite items from the collection:

How I wish they made this in an adult size!  I would totally wear it.  It's perfect for those cool spring evenings at Disneyland!
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans


 My boys' favorite sport is soccer, so I know they would love all the soccer-themed shirts and shorts in this collection.
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans

The FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil this summer, and this adorable red, white, and blue kit  would be the perfect way for your little footballer to show support for Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and the rest of Team USA as they play for the championship!
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans

The new Magic at Play Collection only goes up to a size 7, so I wasn't expecting anything to fit my boys -- but I spotted a 7x size, bought it, and lo and behold!  Jammy just managed to fit into the soccer performance tee!  He doesn't like his shirts baggy, and as I suspected, he really wanted that soccer shirt :)
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the second (blue-sleeved) soccer performance tee in our local Kohl's, but this muscle tee caught my eye.  Again, the 7x size fit my sons (they are average-sized 10 year-olds), so 3Po claimed this one.
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans



If you and/or your child is a Mickey or Minnie fan, a trip to Kohl's is a must!  And if you enter the giveaway below, you just might win a $50 Kohl's gift card to make your trip to Kohl's a bit more magical.... :)
Kohl's introduces Disney Magic at Play clothing for Jumping Beans




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Disclosure: I received a Kohl's gift card to purchase items from the collection to review, as well as a second gift card to give away, courtesy of Disney Consumer Products.  Stock photos courtesy of Disney Consumer Products. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters today


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Marvel fans, it's time to strap on that shield and pull on that mask, because Captain America is back!  Chris Evans reprises his role as America's first superhero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opens in theaters today.  I had the pleasure of watching an advanced press screening a few days ago, so I can tell you now, watching this movie is a  Must-Do item on your Spring Break list!

Captain America 2 starts out where the Avengers movie left off.  A traitor has infiltrated SHIELD, and someone is trying to kill a certain well-known SHIELD agent (I won't say which one!).  Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, joins forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, to figure out who's behind it, and why.  Captain America and Black Widow end up being hunted by SHIELD as they try to hunt down the assassin, a mysterious figure known as the Winter Soldier.

For a superhero movie, Cap 2 has quite a lot of plot twists and turns, with at least 3 people whom you thought were dead coming back to life.  The level of intrigue makes it almost like a spy thriller, that kept us on the edge of our seats, trying to figure out whom to trust, whom not to trust, and who the heck that Winter Soldier could be.


Some of my favorite things about the movie:

I was so psyched to see Marvel featuring another superhero of color in a blockbuster movie: The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie (the first being James Rhoades aka Iron Patriot, played by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2).

I loved seeing SHIELD agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) take on a larger role in this movie and show audiences just how amazing he is.  His action scene in the coolest car ever was one of my favorite scenes in the movie.

Scarlett Johansson is as badass as ever, it's so great to see a strong female character in a superhero movie!  That said, I like the romantic tension between Black Widow and Captain America -- and I like it even more that despite the tension, they keep things platonic.

Robert Redford as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  Brilliant.


My movie date for the night, Jammy, gives Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2 thumbs up!  I have to agree.  I'm so glad I watched it -- and since I have 1 other superhero movie-mad son, I'll probably end up watching it again -- and I certainly don't mind one bit.  Don't miss it!


About the movie
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.



Disclosure: I was invited to an advanced media screening of the movie. Plot information (in italics) is provided by the Disney via Allied Integrated Marketing. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaways here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Nuclear Cowboyz enthralls audiences in San Jose


Nuclear Cowboyz

Spring break has arrived, and boy did we start it with a bang!  We saw Feld Entertainment's amazing freestyle motorcross stunt show, Nuclear Cowboyz, over the weekend.  The Pea gave her ticket up to spend the day with a friend, so 3Po and Jammy invited a friend, and all 3 boys loved the whole show.  Actually, I should say all 4 boys, because Alfie enjoyed it as much as the boys did! It's chock-full of high-flying stunts and tricks that left us gasping and yelping in disbelief.  We were literally on the edge of our seats!

The excitement and energy levels were high even before the show started.  Vendors were selling cotton candy with a special Nuclear Cowboyz beanie, mohawk headbands, and some really cool Nuclear Cowboyz shirts.  There was a section roped off for autograph signing after the show.  When we peeped into the show area, we were amazed by the height of the ramps and runways!  Most were taller than a one-story house, and they must have been spaced at least 50 feet apart.  Some were connected by narrow catwalks or smaller ramps.  The whole setup looked unbelievably scary.
Nuclear Cowboyz

Once the show started, we realized that what these motorcycle riders were doing was even scarier than we had thought!  They zoom up, launch themselves off the ramps, do some kind of crazy trick while flying through the air -- somersaults, handstands, twists, turns, lying down, and my favorite, completely letting go of the bike in mid-air and spreading their arms like they could fly forever -- and landing safely on the other end. Other times, they were pulling wheelies (riding on the back wheel), stoppies (riding on the front wheel), and jumping up and down levels like they were just pedal bikes instead of motorcycles.  I tried to take photos, but I ended up with blurry images because the lights were so low and they were moving so quickly:
Nuclear Cowboyz

The best way to appreciate their tricks is to watch a video of them in action. Don't worry, this video isn't very long, just 4 seconds... but it's 4 seconds of awesomeness:


One of the best tricks of the night was so spectacular, I didn't even have time to take a photo of it.  One of stuntmen was riding around with his back on fire.  Yes, the dude was On. Fire.  Both literally and figuratively. It was the only time during the whole show that anyone had performed a trick like that, as opposed to all the other tricks, which were repeated quite a few times over the course of the show.  That made the Flaming Dude  even more of a moment to treasure.
Nuclear Cowboyz

Two things that made the show more than just a motorcycle stunt show:

1)  In between motorcycle stunts, the Shaolin Kung Fu warriors kept everyone enthralled by their kung fu performances; my favorite parts were when one of the warriors broke a pole over another warrior's head, and when another warrior balanced himself on the tip of a spear (he ended up horizontal, with the only the tip of the spear touching his stomach.  How he escaped impalement is beyong me.

Here's a brief (and blurry, sorry about that!) clip of the Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors in action:


2)  The special effects were pretty amazing, and they entertained me throughout the show!  There were laser beams going forming all kinds of intricate patterns, from lightning to death rays to teleportation rays and more.
Nuclear Cowboyz

There were columns of flame shooting up so high that we could feel the heat all the way from our seats.
Nuclear Cowboyz

There were also fireworks going off every now and then, to punctuate a particularly cool stunt.
Nuclear Cowboyz


A word of warning: the noise level was loud at its quietest moments and deafening at its loudest, and you never knew when the fireworks were going to explode, so I found myself jumping in my seat more than once.  If you're planning to attend the show with young kids, make sure you bring ear plugs!  If you forget your ear plugs, you can roll up a wad of tissue paper and stuff it in your child's ear.

Oh, yeah: there's actually a story that ties the whole show together (spoiler alert!).  The Nuclear Cowboyz, the good guys (a group of motorcycle riders and kung fu warriors) have been captured by an evil queen and forced to compete against her army -- the Shadow Army, also consisting of motorcycle riders and kung fu warriors -- in the ultimate showdown of good versus evil.  The Nuclear Cowboyz win, of course, and in her anger and humiliation, the evil queen prepares to kill her Shadow Army commander.  But the Nuclear Cowboyz commander saves the Shadow Army commander, and in gratitude, the Shadow Army joins forces with the Nuclear Cowboyz to destroy the evil queen once and for all.  

Yes, I did warn you that this was a spoiler alert, but the story doesn't really make a huge impact on the show; you don't need to know the story in order to enjoy the show.  In fact, I'll bet that almost all the little kids and probably half of the adults weren't really aware that there was a show.  The roar of the bikes and the rock music and the fireworks were so loud, the narrator's voice over was kind of lost in the cacophony!


Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre‐Show events. Show information and trivia (in italics) were provided by Feld Entertainment. The views and opinions expressed here are my own. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Sing Into Spring Giveaway from Walt Disney Records



Disney music

Spring break is upon us, and you know what that means: road trips!  I'm taking the kids on lots of mini day trips around the area, then they get a special treat the week after, when we all drive down to Anaheim for the Disney Social Media Moms conference!  And what better way to get into the Mickey Mouse spirit than by playing Disney songs on the drive down?

I've been listening to Disney tunes all my life, and I started collecting Disney cd's in my 20's.  I have quite a few of the classics, and in the years since my kids were born, we've amassed a decent collection!  They are great to put on during kids' parties and playdates, and the kids like to listen to them while they chill out at home.  I also have a Disney running playlist on my phone with my favorite upbeat Disney tunes to inspire me while I run!

To celebrate spring, Walt Disney Records (via Entertainment New Media Network) sent me a gift pack of four great Disney cds:  the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack, the Frozen soundtrack, the Austin & Ally (tv series) soundtrack, and Disney Channel Play It Loud, a compilation of some of the Disney Channel's most popular tunes.  We don't own any of these CDs (except Frozen, I had to buy that right after watching the movie), and the kids love Teen Beach Movie and Austin & Ally, so we were really excited to receive them.  Our drive down to Disneyland is approximately 6 hours, but with these CDs the magic and excitement will start as soon as we pull out of our driveway!


Win a set of Disney CDs
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a set of Disney CDs filled with tunes for preschoolers!

  • Doc McStuffins soundtrack
  • DJ Shuffle
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates / Yo Ho Matey
  • Frozen soundtrack


One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a set of Disney CDs filled with tunes for kids and tweens!

  • Austin & Ally: Turn It Up soundtrack
  • Disney Channel: Play it Loud
  • Teen Beach Movie soundtrack
  • Frozen soundtrack

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Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite Disney tune.  Please indicate in your comment whether you would like to receive the preschool pack or the tween pack!

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on April 9, 2014; I will draw a winner at random, on April 10 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.


Disclosure:I received a set of cds from Walt Disney Records (via Entertainment New Media Network) and two extra sets of cds to give away.. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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