Netflix and Nintendo Know How to Throw a Party!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 12, 2010

Technically, I guess I threw the party, but I couldn’t have done it without Nintendo and Netflix. In fact, they asked me to host a gathering in my home, for all of my friends, and they provided the fabulous food and entertainment, with little left for me to do.

My friends and I had a blast, as we watched the kids play new Wii games, but the best part was when we all settled down with popcorn and movie candy and watched Curly Sue, while it streamed through Netflix on our Wii.

You see, with a Netflix subscription you can watch all of the movies and shows you’d like with just the wave of a Wii wand, without having to wait for a DVD to arrive in the mail. It’s really quite convenient and super easy to use.

Would you like to try it? I have a Wii disc, good for a free 3-month Netflix trial, for three of you to win. Just leave me a comment and tell me why you’d like to try Netflix on your Wii. I’ll pick the winners next weekend.


Disney to the Rescue

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 18, 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that my kiddos are watching way too much TV these days. Full House reruns seem to be a favorite among the older ones, but when they finally sit down with their books or lesson sheets, the younger boys get to pick a DVD to pop in. Here are a couple of their favorites::


My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
After a mysterious shooting star falls in Rabbit’s garden, his vegetables suddenly become gigantic. And when our heroes eat the super-vegges, they get incredible superpowers! Dressed valiantly in brand new costumes and armed with their newfound super powers, the Super Sleuths set out to help friends all over the Hundred Acre Wood with their newfound brawn and always clever teamwork.


Handy Manny: Big Race
Gear up for high-speed fun with Handy Manny in this action-packed adventure. Share the thrill of a lifetime when Manny puts the pedal to the metal n the Wood Valley 500 car race. But first, can Manny, the Tools and their friend Elliot turn a broken-down jalopy into the coolest racecar ever?

Since these titles have been such great fun for my kiddos, they are sure to be enjoyed by yours! Head on over to Facebook and become a fan of “like” From Dates to Diapers. Leave me a message on our wall, telling me about your kiddos TV watching habits. Come on, be honest! Next Friday (May 28th), I will choose two random winners from our wall commenters, one to each win one of the above titles.

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We had a chance to screen “How to Train Your Dragon” at the IMAX Theater in downtown Sacramento, thanks to Walmart and DreamWorks, and I was pleasantly pleased because it held everyone’s attention, including mine and my 2-year-old’s.

Noah and I usually have similar attention spans when it comes to animated films, but less the buttery movie popcorn he shoveled down his gullet, he wasn’t distracted even once the entire 90 minutes. I, on the other hand, kept putting his giant 3D glasses back on his face every time they fell off…his nose was too small to hold them up adequately.

That said, I did see most of the film and felt that it had pretty decent character development, especially for an animated feature. It was exciting, had a great variety of funny looking dragons – and people – and had a few twists and turns that I didn’t expect. Who knew why dragons always flew off with their prey instead of eating it on the spot? This movie answers that burning question.

However the film did have some predictable outcomes, like good triumphing over evil, but that’s ok. I kind of like that. And it was appropriate for all ages.

Also, for the moms out there who loved Gerard Butler in “P.S. I Love You,” he voices the lead character’s father…and he doesn’t die! So that’s good.

One thing I couldn’t quite get was why some of the Vikings had American accents, one had a Scottish accent – Craig Ferguson of Late, Late Show fame teaches the up and coming how to fight and kill dragons – and one had an Irish accent. strange.

Anyway, I give it three out of four dragon heads. Good to see in the theater – opening everywhere tomorrow.

There is one other thing though…I kept waiting for the snowboard scene advertised during the Winter Olympics, but I must have missed it one of the times I was helping Noah with his glasses. Oh well.


A note from Christine::

The dragons have arrived at Walmart!

That’s right, Walmart has teamed up with Dreamworks to create a line of How to Train Your Dragon licensed toys, available exclusively at Walmart. The collection, created by Spin Master, features action figures and dragons, Viking play sets and role play toys, at affordable prices.

Are you planning to take your little vikings to see How to Train Your Dragon?
We’d love to know what you think!


Pistachio: A Lesson in Listening to Your Parents

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 20, 2010

PISTACHIO - VeggieTales
In true VeggieTales fashion, Pistachio: The Little Boy That Woodn’t, is fun and full of silliness all the while teaching a valuable lesson. Of course, Big Idea Entertainment follows it’s unique tradition of retelling timeless adventures – Pistachio is a creative parody of the beloved story of Pinocchio, and teaches a timely lesson on listening to parents and the importance of family.

Pistachio stars Larry the Cucumber as a toymaker named Gelato, Junior Asparagus as Pistachio, and many other Veggie favorites. The highlight for our family? The new silly song called “Where Have All The Staplers Gone?”

Would you like to win this fun DVD for your own family’s enjoyment? I thought so, and that’s why I’m excited to tell you that I have TWO copies to give away!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

  • Leave me a comment, before 9pm (pst) on April 2nd, telling me which VeggieTales movie or silly song is your family’s favorite.

Want a few bonus entries? Leave me a separate comment for each of the following:

  • Follow me on Twitter – I’m YoungMommy – and tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this giveaway and the hashtag #D2Dgvwy.
    TWO winners will be selected at random, and will be notified by email. Winners will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

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Alice in Wonderland :: A Giveaway

March 9, 2010

From Walt Disney Pictures and director Tim Burton comes the epic fantasy adventure Alice In Wonderland, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. We are very excited that Alice In Wonderland is now playing on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D! And, since […]

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Astro Boy :: in theaters this Friday!

October 20, 2009

As you may already know, my entire family was invited to Southern California, a couple of weekends ago, for a special viewing of the much anticipated movie, Astro Boy, at the Dick Clark Screening Room. Let me tell you, this movie was a hit with all our whole family! Even Noah snuggled quite content with […]

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