Backyard BBQ Giveaway Hop (Ends 6/18) U.S.

By Ruth on June 3, 2013 in giveaway, review
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Backyard BBQ Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Backyard BBQ Giveaway Hop

All participating bloggers are offering a prize to help kick off the grilling season. After you enter all the sizzling giveaways, make sure to stop by The Review Wire to enter the Grand Prize! 80s Tees and Little Tikes will be sponsoring the Grand Prize. This hop will run from June 4-18. Get your grill on!

My giveaway will be just a little different.  I am adding in a nice portion for the BBQ portion.  A while back, Gorton’s sent me a spatula, apron, and oven mitts that were not needed by anyone in my family.  So they are unused, and I figured they would be a nice addition to the giveaway.  They are blue and branded with the Gorton’s name.

But I do have a couple of wonderful sponsors.  The bulk of my giveaway is for the kids.  So read on for more information and for a review of both sponsors’ products.  The sponsors directly sent me the items in exchange for my honest review, and that is what I will give you here.

Whatever I Watn to Be CD cover

Have you ever found your kids bored during a big BBQ party in the backyard?  I know that my daughter tends to get bored sometimes.  And when that happens, she runs off to play Wii or on the computer.  Wouldn’t it be better for your child to be able to put on a great music CD that is fun and educational?  I may very well have the CD just for you!

I got the chance to review Whatever I Want to Be put out by Young Avenue Kids.  This is subtitled Kids Sing the Classics.  Ilana Melmed is the creative force behind this project.  Her aim was to create a CD for young people that introduces them to classical music in a fun and educational way.   I am a firm believer in teaching kids classical music (I’m a music teacher, after all), and this CD is indeed a magnificent way to do just that.

My favorite part of the CD goes far beyond the music, catchy lyrics, and fun arrangements.  I love the portion after the music where the kids talk about each of the composers featured on the CD.  I think that kids learn best from other kids in many situations.  And this is certainly one of them.  Think of the facts your kids could learn by listening to this CD!

I am a substitute teacher, and because of my music teaching background, I often am called upon to sub for music teaching positions.  This is one of those CD’s that I plan to bring with me from time to time because it would be ideal for the kindergarten and first grade students.  I can see all sorts of possibilities.  My daughter is a little old for these, but even she agreed that younger kids would enjoy it.

Oral B monsters

My daughter is a big fan of Monsters, Inc.  She is definitely looking forward to Monsters University.  In fact, she is having a slumber party/movie party on the opening day.  Therefore, when I was contacted by America’s Tooth Fairy to review some Oral-B and Crest products that feature Monsters characters, you can imagine that I jumped at the chance.  It seems that getting children to brush their teeth can be tougher than “pulling teeth.”  At least when you can go to your nearby Walmart and pick up a toothbrush and toothpaste with fun characters, you might be able to solve your problem.

When the toothpaste and toothbrush arrived, my daughter did not hesitate to use them at once.  She is nearly ten, but it doesn’t mean that she is past fun characters in the midst of menial tasks.  She told me that the toothbrush has a nice ridge in the middle that seems to clean her teeth better, and the toothpaste has a good mint flavor.  I have a feeling she will be asking me to replace these once they are gone and/or worn out.

One U.S. reader will be win Whatever I Want to Be CD, two tubes of Monsters Crest toothpaste, two Monsters Oral-B toothbrushes, and the Gorton’s BBQ pack as mentioned earlier.  Enter the rafflecopter form below by 9 P.M. on June 18.  And then don’t forget to hop on for the chance to win even more prizes!
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43-year-old single mother of an active 14-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher

50 Comments

  1. ilana June 3, 2013 Reply

    Hi Ruth,
    I just wanted to thank you so much for your lovely, supportive and positive review of my CD “Whatever I Want To Be.” I just received the review from Elizabeth and was just thrilled to read what you wrote. My CD was just released and after all the hard work and many hours spent writing the lyrics and recording with the children of YOung Avenue it was really heart-warming to read what you wrote. Thank you so much from all of us!!
    We appreciate your remarks more than you know!!
    All the best,
    Ilana and all the kids of YOung Avenue!!

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      Ruth June 3, 2013 Reply

      It was my pleasure to review it. I plan to use it for many years to come.

  2. Janet Benthin June 4, 2013 Reply

    I love that Ilana used classical music on this CD…can’t wait to hear it!

  3. Dorothy Teel June 4, 2013 Reply

    Young Avenue Kids is named after the street llana grew up on in Johannasburg, South Africa and she hopes that her presentation of musich will help others nuture a love of classical music and make it fun, joyful and foster children and others to continue with classical music..

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      Ruth June 4, 2013 Reply

      You actually taught me something! I didn’t even notice that!
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  4. Christy Cummins June 4, 2013 Reply

    I learned that this CD is meant to foster a love of classical music in children.

  5. Christy Cummins June 4, 2013 Reply

    America’s Tooth Fairy is used to educate children in the importance of dental health in preventing dnetal disease.

  6. Christy Cummins June 4, 2013 Reply

    If you are unable to brush your teeth for a short period of time, eating an apple is supposed to be a good temporary substitute.

  7. chelesa sims June 4, 2013 Reply

    Ilana was born is south Africa. Whatever I want be is her first cd

  8. chelesa sims June 4, 2013 Reply

    The NCOHF health goal is to increase the need of children with oral heath care needs and complete their needs .

  9. chelesa sims June 4, 2013 Reply

    using dental floss helps to elimate plaque build up in betwwen teeth

  10. chelesa sims June 4, 2013 Reply

    using dental floss helps to elimate plaque build up in between teeth

  11. Mia J June 4, 2013 Reply

    I like that there are young people who are performing on this cd.

  12. wendy June 4, 2013 Reply

    classical music for the kids

  13. Georgia Beckman June 5, 2013 Reply

    I LOVE her picture info on the orchestra instruments & all of the info she has provided. I pinned it on to my EDUCATIONS RESOURCES board on Pinterest.

  14. Georgia Beckman June 5, 2013 Reply

    Ohhh! I learned that they have a free TOOTH FAIRY CLUB that you can sign your children up for & they will receive educational activities, tips and personalized letters from the ToothFairy!

  15. Georgia Beckman June 5, 2013 Reply

    As soon as they’re able to learn, teach them how to rub their tongue across their teeth to feel how clean they are after brushing & also as a means to let them know, if they’re not nice & smooth, you need to go brush. Also, keep fun toothbrush holders & toothbrushes for them. EYE CANDY SELLS!

  16. Amy Tolley June 5, 2013 Reply

    I learned this is a way to get children to love all kings o music and enjoy it…threw learning about all kinds of stuff while listening to music they normally would hear….great love classical music..

  17. Amy Tolley June 5, 2013 Reply

    the tooth fairy we have been following her for a couple of years shes great you get monthly emails on checking up on the progress of your child and lots of little projects and color sheets for them to do…

  18. Amy Tolley June 5, 2013 Reply

    teaching kids young to take care of their teeth and by watching their parents brushing do as a family together task…kids learn what they see and hear…

  19. natalie parvis June 5, 2013 Reply

    I learned that llana got her passion for classical music from her parents, who raised her in South Africa.

  20. natalie parvis June 5, 2013 Reply

    I learned that they have a toothfairy CLUB, which is awesome!

  21. natalie parvis June 5, 2013 Reply

    If a child’s parents suffer from oral diseases like periodontal disease or tooth decay, the child faces an increased risk of similar oral health problems.

  22. MaryAnn June 6, 2013 Reply

    I like how the classical music starts playing when you open up the web page

  23. polly June 8, 2013 Reply

    I like they have coloring pages for the kids

  24. polly June 8, 2013 Reply

    they have a kids club and you can get letters from the tooth fairy

  25. polly June 8, 2013 Reply

    put a timer by the bathroom sink so they brush their teeth a certain amount of time

  26. Dawn Monroe June 12, 2013 Reply

    I learned that she named the group after the street she was raised on in Africa. She wants to promote classical music for kids.

  27. Dawn June 13, 2013 Reply

    The best tips I know are to floss often and to visit the dentist twice a year. 🙂

  28. teresa mccluskey June 13, 2013 Reply

    Brush and floss daily 😀

  29. teresa mccluskey June 13, 2013 Reply

    National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® (NCOHF) is dedicated to eliminating children’s preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease by providing programs and comprehensive resources to deliver community-based critical preventive, educational and treatment services.

  30. teresa mccluskey June 13, 2013 Reply

    Named after a street in South Africa

  31. Velvet Hubler June 14, 2013 Reply

    I liked the Orchestra/Composers Quiz

  32. Velvet Hubler June 14, 2013 Reply

    I learned that Support from America’s ToothFairy / Canada’s ToothFairy provides materials for community outreach activities, oral health screenings and treatment for at-risk children, xylitol, fluoride and sealant products to prevent tooth decay and vital oral health education for all children and their families

  33. Velvet Hubler June 14, 2013 Reply

    When brushing teeth always use circular motion around the gum line

  34. Lana Bradstream June 14, 2013 Reply

    I like the free Americas Tooth Fairy Kids Club.
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  35. Lana Bradstream June 14, 2013 Reply

    My tip – find a dentist that administers novocaine slowly.
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  36. bn100 June 16, 2013 Reply

    floss everday

  37. bn100 June 16, 2013 Reply

    each Oral Health Zone (OHZ) engages all community stakeholders in a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of childhood tooth decay

  38. bn100 June 16, 2013 Reply

    they record fun, educational songs

  39. desiree June 17, 2013 Reply

    the music is for kid we do blue grass and they want to learn more

  40. desiree June 17, 2013 Reply

    my kid learn if you do not brush you get cavity

  41. desiree June 17, 2013 Reply

    the tooth pste and brush would come in handy kid start school and will be getting them

  42. Virginia June 18, 2013 Reply

    I’ve lived and worked in the Johannesburg area and know it well. I would love this book for my great grandchildren to know where Gigi lived and her family visited often. Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. Sherry Compton June 18, 2013 Reply

    If possible take your kids to meet the dentist and see the office before their exam.

  44. Sherry Compton June 18, 2013 Reply

    I like on Young Avenue Kids site the coloring pages. The circus performer and veterinarian ones my grand kids will enjoy.

  45. Sherry Compton June 18, 2013 Reply

    I like that America’s Tooth Fairy has a Students United program to get high school and college students involved in dental health of others.

  46. Vanessa June 18, 2013 Reply

    It is sung and played by real kids.

  47. Vanessa June 18, 2013 Reply

    America’s ToothFairy is dedicated to eliminating children’s preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease.

  48. meme June 18, 2013 Reply

    I learned they won the smart media award for their cd

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