Review – and Giveaway! of My Friends Tigger & Pooh and Mickey’s Storybook Surprises

August 31, 2008 Categories: Contests , Reviews , TV on DVD | 73 Comments  

(My Friends Tigger & Pooh and Mickey’s Storybook Surprises were both provided to me by Special Ops Media for the purpose of this feature and giveaway.)


Join Pooh, Tigger, Darby and all your pals from the Hundred Acre Wood for this delightful treat full of fantas-terrific fun!

It’s fall, the time of year filled with surprises, and the gang needs YOU to use your super-sleuthing skills to answer a few tricky questions and solve some spooky-fun mysteries. Can Piglet’s friends help him overcome his fear of thunder and lightning by playing the Flashidy Freeze game? And when a piece of the moon “breaks off,” will Eeyore really take a rocket-ship trip to fix it?! There’s much more excitement in store, so get ready to laugh, play and sing along as you and your friends celebrate the harvest season and proudly proclaim, “This mystery is history!”

Yes, that says “Darby.” Christopher Robin is absent from this installment of the Winnie the Pooh franchise, which I find slightly blasphemous. It didn’t bother my 6-year-old Josiah, though, who enjoyed this DVD very much.

My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt will be available on DVD on September 2nd. The DVD special features include a special Halloween episode of Handy Manny and the “Super Sleuth Fall Harvest Festival” game.


The only thing more fun than listening to a story is actually being part of it. So just say the magic words, “Meeska Mooska, Mickey Mouse” – and let the enchantment begin!

When Donald Duck turns into a frog after drinking Professor Von Drake’s new potion, only a kiss from Princess Daisy can change him back. But she’s locked away in the Tallest Tower! Will you help Mickey choose the right Mouseketools to rescue Daisy and de-frog Donald? There’s nonstop fun, excitement and new challenges around every corner as you help solve a Goldilocks-style mystery, wake Sleeping Minnie from a hundred-year-nap, outsmart pesky Pete on a race through the woods and more!

Let your imagination soar as you join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and the whole Clubhouse gang of classic characters as they set off on amazing, music-filled storybook adventures inspired by your favorite fairy tales. No matter what your age, Mickey’s Storybook Surprises will make you believe in Mousekemagic!

We haven’t had time to watch this one yet, but Josiah loves the other Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD we have, so I’m sure it will be a hit, too.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Storybook Surprises will be available on DVD on September 2nd. The DVD special features include the “Tales from Toodles” Game.

Now, the fun part. I have one copy of each of these DVDs to give away to my readers. Here are the specifics:

1. Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm PST, Sunday, September 7th.

2. In your comment, please tell me which DVD is your first choice, which is your second choice.

3. On Monday, September 8th, I will use to generate two random numbers. If both winners prefer the same DVD, the first number chosen will get their first choice.

4. This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada only. (I’m paying shipping myself.)

5. Normally I say one comment per reader. However, this time I have a way for you to earn one more chance to win. Click over to my other blog, Books and Movies. Look around and find one book that I’ve reviewed that you would like to read, then come back here and tell me about it. Your comment must include a book that you saw me review at Books and Movies, or it won’t qualify for a second entry. While you’re there, you can also enter to win a copy of the novel Guernica.

Good luck!

Spouse Meme

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I saw this at The Bayer Family Blog, and thought it would be a good post for when I can’t think of anything else. :)

1. Sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Kevin’s favorites are Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Firefly, or Band of Brothers

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?
Thousand Island

3. What’s one food he doesn’t like?
Peas. Neither of us like peas, so you won’t see them in our house.

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?
Well, we’ve never gone to a bar together, but at New Year’s he likes to have a Kahlua and Cream.

5. Where did he go to high school?
Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon.

6. What size shoe does he wear?

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be?
He already does – he collects computers.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Turkey wrap: sundried tomato wrap, smoked turkey, havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing.

9. What would this person eat every day if he could?

10. What is his favourite cereal?
He hardly ever eats cereal, so I have no idea.

11. What would he never wear?
A speedo. :) I would say a tuxedo, but since our 11-year-old daughter is already planning her wedding and Kevin would do pretty much anything for her…

12. What is his favourite sports team?
He doesn’t really follow sports, but he’ll cheer for the Seahawks with me. Or else. ;)

13. Who will he vote for?
Oh, what a loaded question. We’ve had so many conversations, and neither of us have decided yet. I really do need to write that post that’s rambling around my head.

14. Who is his best friend?
I am!

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
He hates it when we’re arguing and I get sarcastic. Not that I do it very often…

16. How many states has he lived in?
Two – Oregon and Washington.

17. What is his heritage?
Our last name is Austrian – that’s all I really know.

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake?
Chocolate Crazy Cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.

19. Did he play sports in high school?
Not at school – I think he played on his church’s teams, though. Maybe softball and basketball?

20. What could he spend hours doing?
Playing Call of Duty online.

Let me know if you play along.

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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Summer isn’t quite over, I know, but for the purpose of the Summer Reading Challenge, it is. Here’s what I managed to get read during June, July, and August.

Continued reading (these are ongoing):

~ The Oxford Book of American Poetry

~ The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim


~ An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t by Judy Jones & William Wilson (finished 7/2) – 4 starsrelated post

~ She Always Wore Red by Angela Hunt (finished 6/3) – 5 stars

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro (finished 8/22) – 3 starsrelated post

~ Belong to Me by Marisa De Los Santos (finished 6/9) – 5 starsrelated post

~ The Host by Stephenie Meyer (finished 6/29) – 5 starsrelated post

~ Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer (finished 6/6) – 4 stars

~ Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer (finished 8/9) – 4 starsrelated post

~ Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset (finished 7/18) – 4 starsrelated post

Gave up on:

~ Petite Anglaise (ARC) by Catherine Sanderson

Didn’t get to:

~ Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Still reading:

~ Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears


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Sorry, everyone – just found out that video about the cell phone and popcorn in my previous post is a hoax. I’ll have to be more diligent in my research next time! It sure looked real, though.

Noah’s Reading – August 2008

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Make Friends, Break Friends by Peggy Burns

Jonathan’s Reading – August 2008

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Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple by Mary Pope Osborne
Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

Josiah’s Reading – August 2008

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Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield
That Stump Must Go by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Jason’s Bus Ride by Harriet Ziefert
Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All by Cynthia Rylant

Natalie’s Reading – August 2008

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A Race Against Time (Nancy Drew: All New Girl Detective #2) by “Carolyn Keene”
Pit of Vipers (Nancy Drew: All New Girl Detective #18) by “Carolyn Keene”
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Lights, Camera… (Nancy Drew: All New Girl Detective #5) by “Carolyn Keene”
Shadowland (The Mediator, Book 1) by Meg Cabot
Intruder (Nancy Drew: All New Girl Detective #27) by “Carolyn Keene”

Read Alouds – August 2008

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Crispin: Cross of Iron by Avi
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
It’s Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History by James Solheim

Links for Friday on Saturday

August 30, 2008 Categories: Books , Funnies , Homeschooling , Movies , Politics , Television , This and That , Videos | 1 Comment  

I think I’m recovered from our day-long Silverwood extravaganza. Did I mention that we left at 8:30 am and didn’t return until 10 pm? I’m looking forward to Tuesday, which – in spite of being our fifth day of school – will feel like our first day of school and life will begin to return to normal. Whatever that is. :)

Lots of exciting things happening in the news lately. Obama gives a darn good speech; McCain announces a surprise VP pick. And me? I’m still ambivalent about the whole thing. I’m musing over a post – that will probably be very long – about the whole presidential thing. Probably sometime this week, if I find the time to get the thoughts out of my head and into some kind of organized format.

But, for now, I promised you links – and do I have a bunch!

~ Entertainment Weekly counts down their top 25 Sci-Fi movies and TV series since 1982.

~ Speaking of sci-fi, Battlestar Galactica may be ending, but there are two projects in the planning stages that will continue the franchise.

~ Don’t Try This At Home has posted another hilarious video for her Sunday YouTube, called “Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife.”

~ Regardless of how you feel about either presidential candidate, I think this ad that McCain ran on the night Obama received the nomination was pretty classy.

~ For all of you fellow homeschooling moms who are beginning another year, I give you I Will Survive.

~ Any fans of Nathan Fillion from Firefly? He’s set to appear in a midseason series on ABC.

~ Update: Angie Hunt just commented to let me know that this video is a hoax. Sure looked real! I’m not a big fan of cell phones. Yes, I have one, and I use it very rarely – maybe twice a week. It’s simply a tool for emergencies or cases when I must reach someone and I’m not near a phone. I prepay for my minutes, so I don’t chat away on it. I don’t even know how to send a text message. I think a lot of people are very rude in how they use their cell phones – an opinion that was reinforced at a recent playdate at the park when one of the other moms proceeded to text message her teenage daughter and her mother for the entire hour she was there. She then stood up and informed the rest of us that she had lots to do and had to be going. Sigh. Anyway, this video reinforces my reasoning for not using my cell phone very often – and for not buying one for my tween daughter. It’s frankly a little scary. Hat tip: Angela Hunt.

~ Time has an amazing photo gallery from the Olympics. Some of the pictures are truly stunning.

~ Note to self: If ever in Japan, avoid the trains. Shudder.

At Books and Movies this week:

~ Review of Half-*ssed: A Weight-Loss Memoir

~ Review of The Devil’s Arithmetic

~ Reading Questionnaire

~ Teaser Tuesday

~ The Sunday Salon

~ Review of The Cross-Time Engineer

~ And, there is still time to enter to win Guernica