The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Giveaway: Bedtime With Elmo DVD

bedtime-with-elmo-dvdIt’s bedtime on Sesame Street and like all little children, Elmo doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, he wants to play.  After all the 4th of July festivities this year, children across the country will be feeling the same way, and Sesame Workshop is ready to help!  The nighttime routine gets a little easier when Bedtime With Elmo debuts on DVD July 7 from Genius Products and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

Here are some of their great tips for getting kids in bed…and keeping them in bed:

-Establish a Consistent and Positive Bedtime Routine
Help your child transition to bed by having predictable activities that take place at the same time each night, such as going to the bathroom, brushing teeth, getting into pajamas and reading stories. Children can be comforted by routine and benefit if their bedtime schedule is followed as regularly as possible.

-Quiet Playtime
Help your child wind down from the day by getting him into pajamas earlier than usual and engaging in relaxing activities like reading, playing a quiet game, doing a puzzle, or drawing together. Give him extra long cuddles before putting him to bed!

-Sharing Special Moments
Talk to your child about her day before going to sleep. Ask her to choose a favorite part of the day and discuss why it was special. Encourage her to think of something that she is looking forward to doing tomorrow as she falls asleep.

-Bedtime Stories
Help your child choose a favorite book at bedtime. After reading the story, ask him what he thinks his favorite character might do to get ready for bed. Talk about ways his bedtime routines might be similar or different. Remind him that everyone needs a good night’s sleep to feel rested and energized in the morning!

-Glimmer of Light
Help your child feel safe when sleeping in the dark by placing a small night light in his room or hallway. You can also let him keep a small flashlight under his pillow to help him feel safe. Talk to him about how he is feeling and let him know that while it is okay to be scared, reassure him that there is nothing to be afraid of in the dark and you are always close by if he needs you.

-Sweet Dreams
Provide your child with a quiet, cozy and comfortable bedroom for her to sleep in. Your child should look forward to sleeping in her room and feel safe and secure. Allow her to have her favorite blanket or stuffed animal nearby for comfort when going to bed. You can also set up a CD player to play soft calming music or lullabies as she falls asleep.

We are lucky enough to have three copies of Bedtime With Elmo to give away to three lucky winners on our site. Please leave a comment by Tuesday (07/07) at 8PM EST and tell me one tip/trick you use for getting your children in bed.

Giveaway Results: Yo Gabba Gabba New Friends DVD

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Thank you to everyone who entered this great giveaway. We would like to congratulate Wendi Smith (Commenter #133) on winning this and making her great suggestion to have Reese Witherspoon guest star on the show. We couldn’t agree more and loved all of your great suggestions. Please check back each Tuesday for a

I don’t know about your kids (or even about you), but our family is a huge fan of the Yo Gabba Gabba series. I was so excited to hear that they have a new DVD, called Yo Gabba Gabba!: New Friends!, coming out. Even better is that we can give a copy away to you!

Jack Black joins the cast of the critically acclaimed, popular live-action preschool program, Yo Gabba Gabba!, when it’s newest DVD hits retail April 7.  Using upbeat music to highlight simple life lessons and universal experiences in the lives of preschoolers, DJ Lance Rock hosts and brings to life four friendly monsters and one robot in a colorful land full of music and laughter. Yo Gabba Gabba!: New Friends! features 4 new-to-DVD episodes that teach your children to handle emotions and social situations through dancing and games.

To enter to win a copy of this DVD, tell me what celebrity would you love to see rocking it out on Yo Gabba Gabba. Please leave your comment by Tuesday (04/14) at 8PM EST to be entered to win this great DVD. Thank you for entering and good luck to each of you!

Roxio Easy VHS to DVD

roxio_vhs-dvd_packagingMy family has quite the collection of home movies. It became an annual tradition to gather around the television and relive all of those moments on New Year’s Eve. There were tears shed for the loved ones we had lost and giggles over our rowdy childhood behavior. Of course, the most infamous video in our family is the dance rehearsal where I do everything exactly the opposite of what I am supposed to be doing and the teacher is calling out to me, “Other foot, Amy. Wrong way, Amy” At the end she says, “Nice smile, Amy” and the laughter erupts. Oh, how could I live without replaying that precious angst over and over again? Or that eighties hair? Or the way I held my head to one side to flick my hair in that way only a thirteen year-old could.

No longer do you need to worry about figuring out how the heck to play those videos when your family has upgraded to the DVD system. Roxio has a handy little program out called Roxio Easy VHS to DVD where you can transfer those old home movies over to DVD.

I have had the good fortune to try out the Roxio easy VHS to DVD product and I have to say that it really lives up to it’s name.  You just plug in the small USB video capture device, load one disc of software and that’s it for installation.  The software is simple and you will find that quickly you are transferring your memories from VHS tape to DVD.  I would highly recommend the Roxio easy VHS to DVD  to anyone.

The ease of use, after reading other reviews, will depend on what updates are installed on your computer. The majority of user complaints have been from the difficulty with the initial set-up. As outlined above though, those moments of effort will pay off in the end so you can endure those painful adolescent moments over and over again.

You can use the same program to also convert LP’s and tapes to CD. I haven’t gotten a chance to try this yet, but I can’t wait to burn those great Karaoke mixes I made of myself singing my favorite Madonna songs from my youth. My parents may have not appreciated it then, but I bet they will love it as a Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gift.

Suggested Retail Price: $48.99

Website For More Details: Roxio Easy VHS to DVD

Giveaway Results: Quantum of Solace DVD from PowerPlay

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Thank you to everyone who entered this great giveaway. We selected our ten winners and they are Commenter #355, 324, 159, 55, 137, 17, 253, 15, 106, & 189. All of our winners have been contacted via email. Congrats to all of you and check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

We have a great new giveaway to share with all of our Twilight fans. We are giving away TEN copies of the new Quantum of Solace to ten lucky readers from Hollywood Video.

They wanted to share with our readers about their new PowerPlay subscription service. PowerPlay is a new comprehensive and convenient subscription service that offers the best rental value on a large selection of movies and video games from Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores with no due dates or late fees. Families can get what they want to watch, when they want it, and get more for their entertainment dollar. You can sign up for PowerPlay at any local Hollywood Video or Movie Gallery store.

How it works: Movie and game enthusiasts can take advantage of PowerPlay by signing up at their local Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores. Customers receive a monthly allotment of points for movie and game rentals based on the plan they purchase.

They offer four plans

Silver  $7.99   8 points per month

Gold   $14.99  15 points per month

Platinum $24.99  25 points per month

Diamond $39.99  Unlimited Rentals

Every month, members acquire points according to their plan. Points roll over from month to month and can be redeemed at the register the same as cash for any rentals at the following rates

Library Movies  $2 2 points

New Release Movies  $3  3 points

Blu-ray Movies  $4  4 points

Video Games*  $5  5 points

*Each level has a designated limit on how many rentals can be out at a time

**Video games are 5-day rentals, subject to a per day late fee of 1 point, or 99¢

To enter to win, please just leave me a comment! You can leave a comment until Tuesday (03/31) at 8PM EST. You can only enter one time! If you do not follow the rules, your entry will be considered invalid. Ten winners will be chosen at random. Thank you and good luck!

Giveaway Results: The Twilight DVD from PowerPlay

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest and offer feedback on our site. Our winners were chosen at random. We would like to congratulate commenter #50, 452, 250, 130, 278, 209, 55, 456, 299, & 87. All winners have been contacted by email to collect their prize packs.  Please check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

We have a great new giveaway to share with all of our Twilight fans. We are giving away TEN copies of the new Twilight DVD to ten lucky readers from Hollywood Video.

They wanted to share with our readers about their new PowerPlay subscription service. PowerPlay is a new comprehensive and convenient subscription service that offers the best rental value on a large selection of movies and video games from Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores with no due dates or late fees. Families can get what they want to watch, when they want it, and get more for their entertainment dollar. You can sign up for PowerPlay at any local Hollywood Video or Movie Gallery store.

How it works: Movie and game enthusiasts can take advantage of PowerPlay by signing up at their local Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores. Customers receive a monthly allotment of points for movie and game rentals based on the plan they purchase.

They offer four plans

Silver  $7.99   8 points per month

Gold   $14.99  15 points per month

Platinum $24.99  25 points per month

Diamond $39.99  Unlimited Rentals

Every month, members acquire points according to their plan. Points roll over from month to month and can be redeemed at the register the same as cash for any rentals at the following rates

Library Movies  $2 2 points

New Release Movies  $3  3 points

Blu-ray Movies  $4  4 points

Video Games*  $5  5 points

*Each level has a designated limit on how many rentals can be out at a time

**Video games are 5-day rentals, subject to a per day late fee of 1 point, or 99¢

To enter to win, please just leave me a comment and tell me what you would like to see more of on our site? You can leave a comment until Tuesday (03/24) at 8PM EST. You can only enter one time! If you do not follow the rules, your entry will be considered invalid. Ten winners will be chosen at random. Thank you and good luck!