NEW Tickety Toc and Chuggington DVDs- Review and Giveaway

DVD giveaway

You may remember me writing a post last year about the Tickety Toc Toy Line Debut. Well today I’d like to introduce you to not only the new Tickety Toc DVD, “Christmas Present Time”, but also a new Chuggington DVD called “Chuggineers Ready to Build”! And if you stick around until the end of this post, you’ll be able to enter to win BOTH of these DVDs to add to your family’s collection! Hint: Stocking Stuffers!! :)

Chuggington and Tickety Toc DVD Giveaway

Let’s talk about “Christmas Present Time” first. This is the latest Tickety Toc film from Anchor Bay Entertainment, and it is sure to put you and your littles in the holiday mood! This DVD will be released on October 14, 2014, and it is all about Christmas time in Tickety Town. There are a total of five episodes on this DVD, including the Christmas Present Time extended special!

Tickety Toc DVD

Tickety Toc DVD

When I opened the case of this DVD, one of the first things I noticed was the book inside! I’m always a fan of new books, and we can never seem to have enough, so this was a great added bonus! The book is called “Welcome to Tickety Town”, and it makes a perfect bedtime story!

Tickety Toc Book

Also, starting this month, more than 100,000 Pik-Nik French Fried Onion canisters will have a special mail in rebate offer for the new Tickety Toc DVD, so if you don’t win it here, be sure to pick up some French Fried Onions from Pik-Nik and take advantage of that rebate!

Tickety Toc DVD

As always the independent twins, Tommy and Tallulah, solve different problems in each episode, and like most kids, they must ask for a little help from their friends when things get out of hand. Tickey Toc always touches on  team work and problem solving, which are important skills for growing preschoolers!

If you are interested in winning a copy of this DVD, please complete each section of the Rafflecopter below! And keep reading to learn more about the new Chuggington DVD!

Calling all little engineers! Brewster and the Chuggineers need your help!

In the latest Chuggnington DVD from Anchor Bay entertainment “Chuggineers Ready to Build”, Brewster joins the Chuggineers to help them build and repair all the things needed for the trains to smoothly do their jobs. Problems arise, and as they are solved your little trainee(s) will learn about safety, responsibility, and teamwork. Be sure to look out for new friends Payce and Cormac, too!

Chuggington DVD

Chuggington DVD

There are a total of five episodes on this DVD, set to release on October 14, 2014. The DVD also includes four bonus features, and you’ll find this awesome 2-sided Chuggington poster right inside the case!

Chuggington Poster

If you’d like the chance to win your own copies of “Christmas Present Time” and “Chuggineers Ready to Build” just fill out the form below! Good luck!


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Fall Bucket List 2014

It’s September 24th, and y’all know me, totally ecstatic! I was asked to make a post about our Fall Bucket List again this year, so here it is:

Fall Bucket List- Loving Life's Simplicities

Dobbs 2014 Fall Bucket List

  1.  Visit the County Fair
  2.  Attend a High School Football Game
  3.  Play in the Leaves
  4.  Go Trick or Treating
  5.  Go on a Hay Ride
  6.  Drink Apple Cider
  7.  Bake a Pumpkin Pie
  8.  Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
  9.  Wear Boots
  10.  Visit the Pumpkin Patch
  11.  Carve a Jack O’ Lantern
  12.  Decorate for Halloween
  13.  Go through a Corn Maze
  14.  See Boxtrolls at the Drive In
  15.  Eat Candied Apples
  16.  Buy 10 bags of Pumpkin-shaped Candy Corn and Devour Them All
  17. Paint Baby Pumpkins
  18.  Have a Bonfire and Make S’mores
  19.  Go to a Haunted House
  20.  Have Chili and Taco Soup for Supper
  21.  Host a Halloween Play Date
  22.  Throw Alton and Landon the Perfect Rocket Ship Party
  23.  Watch a Scary Movie
  24.  Make a Fall Wreath
  25.  Paint with Leaves and Apple Halves
  26.  Make Apple Scented Play Dough

I would love to hear about your family’s Fall traditions! Is there anything I missed? Leave your ideas in the comments section below, and feel free to save the image below and print your own copy of our Fall Bucket List to use for your family!!

Fall Bucket List Printable- Loving Life's SimplicitiesClick on the image so it will bring it up bigger, then right click on top of the image and save it to your computer, then print!

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Top Ten Frugal Party Planning Tips

Most of you know how much I love party planning. I have thrown parties for everything from birthdays to holidays to crafts, but my favorite type of party to put together is a child’s themed birthday party! I am often asked by friends, family, and even just acquaintances to help plan a party. They all not only want to know what food I would serve or what decorations I’d use for the theme they have chosen, but how I manage to throw all of my kids such elaborate birthday parties for cheap every year. I decided I would make a list of my top ten tips for frugal party planning success.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Party frugally from Loving Life's Simplicities

1. Choose 2 or 3 main colors for the party. Themes are so much fun to work with, and you can buy plates, napkins, garlands, bags, cups, etc. covered in great prints to fit any theme, but if you really want to keep things cheap, choose a few basic colors to use for all of your disposables from tablecloths to forks. You can check the party ware aisles at both Walmart and Dollar Tree for plates, cups, napkins, and silverware in a variety of colors for just $1 a pack! Skip the themed plates and save it for a more special part of the decor.

2. Choose a pattern. There’s just something about adding in polka dots, chevron, or bold stripes that really adds to the party. It breaks up all the main colors and is very pleasing to the eye. You don’t have to go crazy with it. A few polka dot balloons or a striped tablecloth is plenty to do the trick.

3. Never skip the basics. You would be surprised at the difference a pack of balloons, a birthday banner, and a some streamers make in the feel of the party. You can buy balloons packaged by color on websites such as Amazon or Oriental Trading, or you can go with the packages at Dollar Tree that have a rainbow of colors in each bag. You may choose to go all out and have them filled with helium at your local florist, or just blow them all up yourself and throw them in the floor. (Lots of fun for all the kids!) Streamers in the chosen party colors can be found for another dollar or two at… you guessed it!….Dollar Tree and Walmart.  Banners can be bought, but if you’re good with a hot glue gun, you should make your own!

Which brings me to number 4!

4. DIY everything you can. Make tissue paper flowers and pom poms, a birthday banner from cardstock and ribbon, a fabric garland, or cut large letters to spell the birthday boy’s/girl’s name out of cardboard boxes and then cover with coordinating paper.

5. The internet is your new bff. It’s nearly impossible these days to come up with an original party theme, so go ahead and Google yours to death. Then head over to Pinterest and type your theme in the search bar there as well. Be inspired!

*Plus you’ll find lots of tutorials from other great bloggers to make everything I mentioned in number 4.

6. Use flowers. They don’t have to be real. Dollar Tree, again, has a large assortment of fake flowers. Put them in vases, mason jars, milk jars, drinking glasses, whatever you can find. Flowers liven up the room…even if they aren’t alive at all! ;)

7. Get a head start. I usually try to have a theme selected at least 6 months out. You never know what you’ll come across while out shopping, when you don’t even have the party on your mind. You may find perfect favors at a deep discount or run across something at a thrift store that would fit your theme perfectly.

8. Shop thrift stores, yard sales, and Craigslist. You will be amazed at the random things you will find that others are throwing out or selling super cheap. I’ve used all sorts of things from thrift shops for decorating our kids’ parties. Just to name a few there were dog figurines at Laikon’s 1st birthday party which was puppy themed, a pig shaped candle at Alyssa’s 4th Piggies and Polka Dots party, and an antique milk jug at Alton and Landon’s 1st birthday party where the theme was cookies and milk. Anytime you are just browsing at stores and yard sales, keep an eye out!

9. Go through your own belongings. You might have a red serving platter from last Christmas that would work great at your daughter’s red and black ladybug party. Your son might have all 5 stuffed characters from Yo! Gabba Gabba that you could set around the tables with helium balloons tied to them at his YGG! birthday bash. Or the wicker basket you use as storage in the linen closet might be perfect for holding all the party favors.

10. Name the food. One of the main things that everyone always compliments me on is coming up with creative names for every snack on the food table. Most of them are my own ideas, but a lot of times I find them on Pinterest. Like I said there aren’t many unique themes left, and chances are, someone else has already done it. But nothing is cuter for a kid’s party than themed food! Chocolate doughnut “spare tires” at a truck or race car party, bone shaped cookies as “dog biscuits” at a puppy party, or “pigs in a blanket” at a pig party are all cute ideas! It helps tie all the food into the theme.`

If I could have any job in the world I would be a party planner. I love the search for random pieces to put on the tables. I love thinking up creative food names (who cares if they are a little far fetched). I love crafting decorations that make the parties really unique. What about you? Do you have any tips to add? Do you enjoy planning big parties, or are you more of a “pick up a cake on the day of and call it done” type of person?

Happy planning!

(If you would like to see all of my posts about our kids’ birthday parties just click on the word “parties” under the categories section over there to the right —————–>.)