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Review and giveaway: Scholastic Storybook Treasures – Stone Soup and Stories about African American Heritage featuring March On!

UPDATE: The giveaway winners are # 10 Nina S., who has won the March On set, and #61 Char W., who has won the Stone Soup set. Thanks to all who entered!

If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you probably know that I am a huge proponent of reading and not a huge fan of television. There are some high-quality TV programs and DVDs for which I make an exception, however. Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs fall into the “exceptional” category. Last year I posted about how excited I was to find the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD Collections at a deep discount. These DVDs have become absolutely our favorite things to watch. They’ve gotten us through many a long car trip, and they’ve exposed my girls to some excellent classic children’s stories!

What are Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs? They’re movie adaptations of the best children’s books available, some of which are decades old and some of which are very current. By watching these, your children will learn SO many of the stories that, really, all children should know.  (Here’s a list of many  – but not all – of the stories that are featured.) They assist with literacy in two ways. First, the words to each story are displayed on the screen so children can follow along. Second, your children will recognize the books when they’re in the library or the bookstore and will beg to take the stories home and read them. (This happens to us every Tuesday during our weekly library trip.)

You can browse through all their available titles here, and New Kideo (the company that brings you Scholastic videos) is offering a 20% discount with coupon code NEWKIDEO20.

My girls got three great DVD collections for Christmas, and we have really enjoyed watching them: The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog, The Magic School Bus Field Trip Fun & Games, and My First Collection, Volume 4 Featuring Robot Zot. My 3-year-old daughter’s favorite is The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog. It includes an interview with author Mo Willems, and after we watched that my daughters asked if they could be authors and ran to their art table where they promptly began writing their own books. I was thrilled! My 5-year-old daughter is really into the Magic School Bus DVDs, and she told me she’s a “science girl.” She had the chance to do an optional project for her school’s science fair and has created a pretty cool display on rainbows; she first got the idea after watching the Magic School Bus episode that discusses rainbows and light waves. I can heartily endorse all of these DVDs!

Last week we had two new DVDs come in the mail. Scholastic has just released two new titles:


We really enjoyed getting to review these titles! My girls both enjoyed the Stone Soup DVD as much as they have other Scholastic DVDs in the past. My oldest daughter even exclaimed, “Stone Soup! I love that story! My preschool teacher read that to us!”

This was the first year that we attempted a small history lesson on Martin Luther King on January 21 and most of it went over their heads, and we had the same experience when we reviewed the March On! DVD in the second collection. They’ll be ready for it when they’re a little older than 5 and 3, so we’ll be trying this one again in the future. Other DVDs in this set feature favorite stories like Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears as well as new-to-us stories about Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, and we enjoyed those thoroughly.

I am THRILLED to be able to offer you all a giveaway of these two new releases from Scholastic Storybook Treasures! There will be two winners; if you win I’ll let you pick which title you’d like in the order that you’re randomly chosen. Here’s more info on each release, followed by info on how to win.


Just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about some of Asian culture’s best loved tales, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ releases STONE SOUP…AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE ASIAN TRADITION.  Highlighted by author/illustrator Jon J. Muth’s award-winning take on “Stone Soup”, the new DVD also features three other classic tales, as well as a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators.

“Stone Soup” is a classic folktale about the strength people possess when they work together. The three other stories on the DVD include “The Five Chinese Brothers”, “Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China”, and “Stonecutter”.  These colorfully animated adaptations of classic stories feature celebrity narration by B.D. Wong (Law and Order: SVU).

The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Jon J. Muth, the award-winning author/illustrator of “Stone Soup”, “The Three Questions” and other popular stories for kids. Muth also illustrated cards for Magic: The Gathering.

Format: DVD/Single, Run time: Approx. 43 mins. + extras, Price: $14.95




Commemorate Black History Month and learn about African American traditions with STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FEATURING MARCH ON!, a specially-packaged 3-disc set from Scholastic Storybook Treasures™.  Featuring thirteen award-winning animated adaptations across three hours from some of the most talented authors and illustrators working today, this is a set that will be treasured by families year round.

In MARCH ON: THE DAY MY BROTHER MARTIN CHANGED THE WORLD, written by Dr. Christine King Farris, illustrated by London Ladd and narrated by Lynn Whitfield, Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister travels back to 1963 to present a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day when Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech”.  Powerful, entertaining and unforgettable, additional stories – narrated by celebrities such as Michael Clarke Duncan, James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Samuel L. Jackson – include: “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, “Duke Ellington”, “Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa”, “Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad” and “Martin’s Big Words”.

As with all Scholastic Storybook Treasures releases, the stories include a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators.  The set also features bonus programming including interviews with authors and narrators including Christine King Farris and Ellen Levine (“Henry’s Freedom Box”).

Format: DVD/3 Discs, Run time: 180 mins. + extras, Price: $24.95. March On! coloring sheet available to print hereWhy Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears coloring sheet available to print here, and Martin’s Big Words coloring sheet available to print here.

Here’s how to enter to win one of these great collections:

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me which of the above collections you’d choose if you win. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 6 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday February 4. I will choose two winners (one for each title) on Tuesday February 5 using and will contact them via email.

Thanks to New Kideo (the children’s division of New Video Productions) and Scholastic for providing the DVDs for this review and giveaway. All opinions in this review are solely my own. Giveaway open to US readers only.

164 comments January 30, 2013

Kroger trip 1/29/13: saved 88% (kind of) plus half off meat at The Market

I went to Kroger for the Mega Event today, and did pretty well! Most of my coupon matchups can be found on the Southern Savers coupon database. I checked out in two transactions: the first one with my items that would generate Catalinas that I turned around and used on my second transaction.

Transaction 1: spent $37.54 and saved $14.57 (29%)

Transaction 2: spend $7.59 and saved $41.96 (88%, includes 2 Catalinas from Transaction 1)

Part of the reason the first transaction was so high was because I bought 5 boxes of Crystal Light Energy with NO coupons 🙁 I am addicted to that stuff! But, because I bought 5 boxes I received a $5 Catalina. Buying 4 boxes of Capri Sun also generated a $3 Catalina and I used the B3GO coupon from the 1/6 SS.

Other deals: the Cocoa Crispies are in the clearance corner for $1.80 and my husband loves them. Also, I bought the BBQ sauce because they had peelies on them for $1/1 Kraft Shells & Cheese, and since they were only $0.49 each it made me $0.51 as I was planning on buying shells & cheese anyway. The Egg Beaters were free with the e-coupon Kroger released on 1/25 only, and the Liberte Greek yogurt had a $0.30/1 e-coupon on Kroger’s website (but they’re not part of the Mega Event sale). The Wheat Thins were $0.99 after I used this printable coupon.

So, that was fun! I will probably make one more trip to try to find the floss from the moneymaking deal I posted here (of course the shelves were cleared!)

If you’re heading to Kroger, make sure you look over the available printable coupons here first!

Oh, and after Kroger I headed to The Market in Maryville and bought the meat pictured. Total was $50 and I used my $50 Groupon (no longer available but there’s a different one here!) so I paid $0.27 OOP. Love that place!

Add comment January 29, 2013

Free Dunkin Donuts coffee through Jan 29!


Have you been to our new Maryville Dunkin Donuts yet? Just a head’s up that they’re offering free coffee through January 29 as an opening special. No purchase needed, although let’s be honest, you’ll probably buy a doughnut. If you’re trying to be healthy-ish, they have wheat bagels with cream cheese, too.

Add comment January 28, 2013

20% off day for Big Lots Buzz Club members: look at all I bought for $34!

Don’t forget, today is is 20% off day for Big Lots Buzz Club members (their free frequent shopper program). All you need is your Buzz Club card – no coupon or anything else. It’s a great day to stock up on staples. I got all of the above for $34, including $10 worth of Bob’s Red Mill organic items and a bag of Starbucks coffee!!

Plus, there’s a $1/$10 coupon in the Blount County school coupon book you can combine with the sale!


Add comment January 26, 2013

Giveaway: win passes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Fully Charged—Gold Edition (6 winners!)

UPDATE: The winners are comments #22 Melanie C, #67 Michelle, #32 Katy R., #49 Cindy M., #60 Kim, and #44 Brandy H. Thanks to all who entered!

True story: I was in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus once. It was when I was four years old, and they were premiering the Living Unicorn. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime, but my job was basically to ride around the rings in a car that was being chased by clowns. It was a traumatizing fun experience. I’m still not really big on clowns…

But, I’ve always loved the circus, and now my daughters do too!

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is bringing its Fully Charged—Gold Edition show to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum February 21-24, and I’m so pleased that the lovely folks at Feld Entertainment have given me passes to give away to you all!

First, here’s a deal for everyone. You can currently purchase tickets at or by phone at 865-656-4444 or 877-995-9961. You can also buy them in person at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office. Mention code SAVE5 for $5 off! (Not valid on VIP, VIP Floor or front row seating.)

Here’s the Show Schedule:

Thursday February 21 @ 7pm

Friday February 22 @ 10:30 am (children’s show) and 7pm

Saturday February 23 @ at 1pm & 5pm

Sunday February 24 @ at 1pm & 5pm

Now for the giveaway…

I am giving away six sets of four passes each; these passes can be exchanged for tickets at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, and are good for all reserved seating tickets except for front row and VIP tickets. You’ll want to redeem passes as early as possible to get the best seats, which is why I’m doing this giveaway so early! Here’s how to win one of the six sets of passes:

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Thursday January 31. I will choose six winners on Friday February 1 using and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received passes to the circus for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to share with my readers. Tickets will be mailed out to winners at the addresses provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

121 comments January 25, 2013

Make $1.20 buying floss at Kroger starting Jan 28 (but print coupons now)

Starting January 28 you will be able to pick up free floss (+ moneymaker) after combining a coupon with a Catalina at Kroger.

You will want to print your coupons now since they might not be available when this deal starts. Here’s what you’ll want to do:

Print: $1.00/2 Reach Floss coupon

Catalina Details:

  • Buy two Reach Floss Get $1 oyno
  • Buy three Reach Floss Get $2 oyno
  • Buy four Reach Floss Get $3 oyno


Buy four Reach Floss at $.95 each
Use 2 $1/2 Reach Floss Printable Coupon
Get $3 oyno Catalina coupon
Free + $1.20 moneymaker after coupons and Catalina!

Thanks, For the Mommas!

Add comment January 21, 2013

Apply by Jan 25 to get free books to hand out on World Book Night!

World Book Night is April 23, 2013, and you can celebrate by applying to be a giver! It’s really easy: just fill out the application here and if you’re selected, you’ll receive 20 copies of one of the book selections to give away to light or non-readers. You’ll need to apply by January 25.

Here are the books you can choose from:

And here’s more info on the program from the World Book Night folks:

Volunteer book givers are central to World Book Night U.S., putting wonderful books into the hands of light or non-readers in their communities.

On April 23, 2012, U.S. book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country. And we’re doing it again together this year!

We provide the free books, and the book givers seek out light or non-readers, especially people who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography. Book givers receive 20 free paperback copies of one World Book Night title, not too many to carry but enough to share with a good number of potential new readers.

Are you interested in becoming a World Book Night U.S. book giver? We ask you to fill out the World Book Night U.S. online application; click here to begin. You will be asked what your first, second, and third book choices are, why you wish to share these books, and where you will go to personally hand out the books. Apply by January 25, 2013.

Thank you for supporting World Book Night U.S.!


Add comment January 19, 2013

Box Top Tuesdays are back at Chick-fil-a, plus Daddy/Daughter Date Night

Box Top Tuesdays are back at Knoxville area Chick-fil-a stores! Here’s the schedule through 3/5 courtesy of the Hunter’s Crossing Chick-fil-a entrance door poster. Because this blog is professional like that 🙂

Also, there is a Daddy Daughter Date Night on January 29th. You can make reservations here. My girls went with my husband to this last year and really loved it!

Add comment January 19, 2013

Jay and Laura Laffoon to host ultimate date night weekend experience for couples Jan 25-26 at Alcoa Hilton

Looking for a fun way to celebrate a little early this Valentine’s Day? First United Methodist Church of Maryville and 106.7 The Light are presenting an Ultimate Date Night weekend experience for couples featuring nationally-acclaimed marriage speakers and comedians Jay and Laura Laffoon. The event will take place January 25-26 at the Alcoa Hilton, and tickets can be purchased online or in person from First UMC or at Cedar Springs Bookstores. You may also purchase tickets by calling the church directly at 865-982-1273. The cost is $75 per couple.

A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the Hilton for couples wanting to stay overnight. Just tell them you’re attending the Ultimate Date Night event when you reserve your room.
You can find out more about Jay and Laura Laffoon by visiting their website or by watching the clip featured here.

Thanks, Brittany!

My husband and I received complimentary tickets to this event, but I was not otherwise compensated in any way for this post. All opinions remain my own.

Add comment January 12, 2013

No nonsense leggings with boots: a simple, affordable look

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I just got back from the Passion conference in Atlanta, and while I was there I was surrounded by college girls who were wearing leggings and boots. Seriously, every other girl was sporting this style. I’ve always liked the look of boots with leggings – the equestrian look – and this Christmas I invested in a pair of flat-heeled boots (that I got on Zulily for a little over $20!) and I love the way they look with leggings!

No nonsense tights and leggings are so soft, and even though they’re fitted, if you wear something long, it can be a flattering style. Here’s a look I put together on polyvore, featuring No nonsense leggings and my dream boots:

No nonsense leggings are a really cost-effective way to update your wardrobe. You should probably start with a pair of brown or black ones, if you have conservative tastes like me, but I also saw a lot of little fashionistas last week wearing leggings in all colors of the rainbow. You can easily find No nonsense leggings and tights at your local drugstore (great way to use up ExtraCare Bucks or Register Rewards!) or at mass retailers.

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Add comment January 12, 2013

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