• The Book of Once Upon a Time
    Just For Fun,  Kid Friendly,  Product Reviews

    Disney Junior: The Book of Once Upon a Time

    Bought to you by Nuffnang and Disney Junior.  

    I don’t know about you, but Disney stories are very popular in our household.  The modern and the classics.  We have quite a collection of Disney DVD’s, most bought post children, but not all J.  Toy Story, Cars, Tangled, Aladdin and of course Frozen have all been watched over and over here, and still retain their magic for the kids and for us too. 

    The Book of Once Upon a Time

    However, I have to admit that until quite recently I did not know about Disney Junior The Channel.  Now, we don’t have pay tv (where it is found on Foxtel, channel 709) but for those like us, it’s also available online here.  And this week, Book Week, they are launching the new season of ‘The Book of Once Upon a Time’, a beautiful, locally produced storytelling series hosted by Kate Mulvany, a fabulous Australian actor and playwright.  And it’s brilliant to hear and watch an Australian accent!  Kate’s storytelling is fabulous.  They kicked the new series off on Monday 24th August at 7:10pm with “Snow White and the Great Jewel Hunt” and they’re going to follow up with new stories from “Winnie the Pooh”, “Aladdin”, “Sleeping Beauty” and, wait for it, “Frozen”.  Yes that’s right, there will be more Frozen for the kids to shout wildly about. 

    The Book of Once Upon a Time

    Last night, we watched “Snow White and the Great Jewel Hunt”.  Our normal bedtime ritual is reading a story all together in Ms 4’s room, before Mr 2 goes off to bed.  Last night we all watched the story together on the couch and it was lovely to see how the kids reacted to it.  The story was approximately 6 minutes, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, who can’t always sit and concentrate for too long, especially in the evening when they’re tired.  It was a lovely little magical moment to watch the kids faces as the story was told.  The format is a little nod to the tradition of classic story telling – Kate Mulvany sits in a comfy chair, turning the pages of a lovely big book, not only using character voices but also jumping up and re-enacting different scenes.  And there are moments of animation that add to the magical quality.  I was thrown back to my childhood, watching the seven dwarves and the classic Disney animated characters.  And I could see Ms 4, her face alight, loving the story telling as well. 

    At the end of each episode, the “Land of Once Upon a Time” lullaby is sung, and it was great!  The kids were about to launch into requests for another episode when the lullaby started.  It encourages kids to prepare for bed and snuggle down.  It was brilliant!  It supported me in pointing out that it was the end and time for bed – thank you!

    I know some parents are unsure about screen time and how to balance it in their kids’ lives.  I know we do, and it’s always something to monitor.  I quite like these little episodes because they are short, we sit with the kids and it’s storytelling, something we are very passionate about encouraging as parents.  Disney Junior know that parent’s want to encourage imagination in their children and that they also want educational content to include things like: Social skills, moral values , good basic habits and creative thinking.  And so, they combine the story telling with the following learning components: Early language and maths skills, encouraging healthy lifestyles and emphasising social and emotional development. 

    We had lovely time last night, and we will definitely be watching more episodes.  If you want to watch online just click here to go through to the Disney Story Room.  Or if you have Foxtel, you can tune in at 7:10pm every day on the Disney Junior The Channel.  The stories are available as eBooks from the Disney Store Central app, available to download from iTunes

    How about you?  Are you surrounded by a small army of Disney fans who will love this?  Let me know what you think! 

  • Crayola Color Wonder Review || www.tullyandmishka.com.au
    Kid Friendly,  Product Reviews,  Toddlers

    Product Talk: Crayola Color Wonder Review

    This product talk is bought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola.

    Crayola Color Wonder Review || www.tullyandmishka.com.au

    In this house, when the kids choose colouring as their activity of  the moment, I think two things.  What are they using to colour and what are they colouring on??  Because, you know, we are inundated with colouring books, and pencils, but somehow drawing on other things and with pens, textas or even crayon is a much more permanent way to display their artistic endeavor.  I present you exhibit A:

    Crayola Color Wonder Review || Tully & Mishka

    Yes, the other day, Mr 2 was having a great time colouring the chalk board.  He was very enthusiastic and when he called me over to see “look, Mum!  Look!” I realised he was colouring with crayons.  Not chalk.  Sigh.  So when Nuffnang offered me the opportunity to try the Crayola Color Wonder range, I was all for it.  After all, it was offered as a “mess free” activity.  Mess free?  Hells yeah.  Because frankly, this house doesn’t need more mess, for reasons best described by the forthright and awesome Janelle at Renegade Mothering.  

    Crayola Color Wonder || Tully & Mishka

    And joyously, the review included TWO packs!  Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (high school flash back anyone?).  Both kids sorted.  Basically, each pack comes with five textas and once colouring book.  The textas are clear, and it’s not until you (or your child, whoever gets the texta first) draws on the Color Wonder paper that the colour starts to appear.  When you’re a 2 year old kid, that’s hands down amazing.  I give you exhibit B: 

    Yes, that’s one excited little man!  And really, this stuff is cool.  It’s non toxic, there are hidden patterns in the pictures, and I have not found texta colour anywhere else, not their clothes, their hands or the walls.  Well, not from these textas anyway!  Seriously, I just got interrupted by Ms 4 telling me Mr 2 was drawing on the wall.  Gah! At least that was with chalk……
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    What activities do your kids love doing indoors?  Is it mess free, or full of fun and educative messiness??? Let me know!  And let me know if your kids love the Color Wonder range too 🙂 

    I’m linking up with Mama Raj Says’ Review Round Up!  

    And here’s a bonus video of Mr 2 and his speed colouring. 

     

     

  • Muppets Most Wanted Giveaway
    Blogging,  Family,  Kid Friendly

    Movie Review & Giveaway – Muppets: Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted GiveawayOn the weekend, I was lucky enough to receive family tickets to an advance screening of Muppets Most Wanted, thanks to Nuffnang.  This is the first free thing I’ve received blogging, so it was with much excitement that the Mister, Ms 2 and myself headed off to Village Cinemas at the Jam Factory.  Mr 1 stayed with nanny and poppy – he’s not quite ready for the movies.  Or rather, I’m not quite ready for a one year old at the movies!

    This was Ms 2’s first cinema trip.  She spied the poster on the way into the car park and exclaimed “look Daddy, it’s your favourite Weezer!”  The Mister’s fave band is Weezer and both he and Ms 2 love watching this clip.  Now, these weren’t just tickets – they were GOLD CLASS tickets.  Oh yeah.  Somehow I am going to have to explain to Ms 2 that the cinemas aren’t going to be like that again for a long time!  However, we all had a great time.  The movie was funny, if a little predictable, but Ms 2 was enthralled the whole time.  We loved Ty Burrell.  He’s very funny.  And Tina Fey is always great. 

    Now we aren’t the only ones to benefit from this – thanks to Nuffnang, I have a four ticket pass to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Just in time for the school holidays!  Sweet.  If you would like to win, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

     What kid’s show from your childhood would you like to see turned into a movie?

    The answer I like the best will win! This giveaway will be open until Friday 11th April 2014 at 8pm.  I’ll announce a winner on the blog on Saturday.  Make sure your email is attached to your blog post so I can contact you if you win!  *See below for participating cinemas. 

    Terms and conditions:  Open to Australian Residents Only.
    One entry per person
    The above question must be answered, by leaving a comment on this post. 
    The answer I like the most will receive the prize.
    Entries close Friday 11th April 2014 at 8:00pm Melbourne time
    The winner will be emailed on Saturday 12th April 2014 and announced on this blog.
    The prize is one pass to admit four people to the movie “Muppets Most Wanted”.  Participating cinemas – Ace Cinema, Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema, EVENT cinema, Grand Cinema, Greater Union Cinema, HOYTS cinema, Independent Cinema, Palace Cinema, Reading Cinemas, Wallis Cinema, Village Cinema.
    Prize is not redeemable for cash.
    Prizes are not transferable.
    The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.