Disclosure: These items were received free of charge but all opinions are always my own.

Looking for some unique Valentine’s Gift Ideas for 2017?  Check out a few of my recommendations below……

Queen of Katwe.

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Disney presents Queen of Katwe, a movie based on a vibrant true story starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. A Ugandan girl’s life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess in this celebration of the human spirit.

Home audiences will cheer for Disney’s Queen of Katwe, which has earned widespread critical acclaim. Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired.  According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”

Definitely a movie for the whole family.  It’s well-done, stars one of my favorites (David Oyelowo) and is so inspirational!

Available on Amazon on Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Pinocchio.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection presents a timeless story for a new generation. With his friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty and honesty in his quest to become a real boy.

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Disney’s timeless tale Pinocchio, considered one of the greatest animated films ever made with two Academy Awards, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Now it will delight a whole new generation of dreamers with its masterful animation, unforgettable characters and award-winning music. The movie which inspired the world to wish upon a star, arrives for the first time on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Jan. 10, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 31 with hours of new and classic bonus features.

I grew up with this movie and even directed a kids production of Pinocchio.  I am thrilled that we now own this for our kids!

Available on Amazon Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Annie’s

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If you are getting your kids snacks for Valentine’s Day, why not make it snacks you can believe in and they will enjoy?  We LOVE Annie’s products!  Their cereal is awesome, their soups amazing and we love everything in this photo!  The pancake mix makes some great pancakes (or waffles).  The soups are really good and so nice and easy.  Since they come in boxes, our kids are able to easily make this soup on their own.  And who doesn’t love their Cheddar Bunnies?

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You can shop the full line of Annie’s products on their website.

Groggle’s Monster Valentine

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Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world.

Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But there’s just one problem—gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! He has a monster appetite!

Groggle tries again, this time writing poem after poem to make sure he has some extras just in case. He picks skunk flowers, carefully ties on snake bows, and sprinkles shiny beetle glitter. He decorates each card with care. But . . . gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! Groggle’s monster impulses foil his efforts and he’s run out of time.

Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale.

Fans of Rachel Bright’s The Love Monster series will fall in love with Groggle and his Snarlina!

Jack thinks this book is hilarious!

Available for under $8 on Amazon!

Tracing books #ad Tracing books #ad

These cute books by Angie Hewitt are Jack’s new favorites.  To be honest, I was a bit surprised.  They are very simple.  But he LOVES tracing the numbers and counting.  In the shapes book, he can trace the shapes and work on his colors.  We read these 4-5 times a day right now!

Colors and Shapes:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn about basic shapes and colors. Practice tracing squares, circles, triangles, and more, all while learning to identify the color of each shape.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
Colors and Shapes is an engaging and fun-filled way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

First Numbers:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn numbers 1–10. They can practice their numbers by tracing the grooves with their fingers from one snail all the way up to ten leaping frogs.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
First Numbers is an engaging and colorful way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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