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Learn Lessons of Love and Laughter in the Foreign Film, HEIDI

Learn Lessons of Love and Laughter in the Foreign Film, Heidi…
Sweet, touching, and full of love, Heidi is a story of a little girl with a big spirit who overcomes the narrow minded attitudes of a few adults in her young life. She wins the heart of her grandfather and two friends from complete opposite class standings. Her smile never fades even through the darkest of times and always shows that kindness, laughter, and love will prevail.
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Throughout the film, you are treated to the stunning countrysides and mountains of Germany and Switzerland. But it is through Heidi’s eyes and heart that we discover how her life is far more rich living in her grandfather’s primitive Alps cabin than it could ever be in the mansion of the governess.
Watch here as Heidi meets the governess, Miss Rottenmeier.
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Heidi (Anuk Steffen) lernt Lesen in Frankfurt
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Klaras Großmutter (Hannelore Hoger) liest mit Heidi (Anuk Steffen) ein Buch

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Heidi is available TODAY (4/4/17) as a DVD (exclusively at Walmart) or Digital.
More from Film Movement:
“An international box office smash, filmed on location in the Swiss Alps,
this Dove Foundation “Family Approved” live-action feature based on one of the best-selling children’s novels of all time, makes its U.S. debut on DVD and Digital April 4, 2017.
With more than 50 million copies in print, Swiss author Johanna Spyri’s beloved 1880’s novel, “Heidi,” is one of the all-time classics of children’s literature, which has also spawned numerous adaptations – from a 1937 Shirley Temple vehicle and several Japanese anime series to a Hanna-Barbera feature.  This April, Omnibus Entertainment invites families everywhere to head for the hills with HEIDI, a new, lavishly produced adaptation starring Bruno Ganz and marking the big screen debut of Anuk Steffen as the titular Swiss mountain girl.
Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her eccentric grandfather, Alpöhi (Ganz), cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the breathtaking Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to grandfather’s goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest.  But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is whisked to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete.  The idea is for her to stay with the wealthy Sesemann family and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, under the supervision of the strict nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier.  Although the two girls soon become close friends and Klara’s grandmother awakes a passion for books in Heidi while teaching her to read and write, young Heidi‘s longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger.
Spyri originally published “Heidi” as a two-volume novel – “Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning” and “Heidi: How She Used What She Learned” – and, according to the original subtitle, was written “for children and those who love children.”  Aside from being translated from the original German into over 50 different languages, HEIDI has also become an enduring figure in children’s entertainment through many theater productions; television programs, including one by the BBC and one by Walt Disney; films, including a silent one; a musical play co-written by Neil Simon; a video piece with Paul McCartney and Mike Kelley, and a talking dog version with Angela Lansbury.  There is even a “Heidiland” in eastern Switzerland.

Called “handsomely crafted” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post), this most recent adaptation, an international box office smash that has played at top children’s film festivals across the U.S., also captured the award for “Best Children’s Film” at last year’s German Film Awards.  Omnibus Entertainment’s DVD features both the original German language version with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed version.

HEIDI (111 minutes) Directed by Alain Gsponer. Starring Bruno Ganz, Anuk Steffen, Isabelle Ottman, Quirin Agrippi, Katharina Schuettler, Hannelore Hoger, Maxim Mehmet, Peter Lohmeyer, Anna Schinz, Jella Haasse.
An Omnibus Entertainment release, distributed by Film Movement.”

Giveaway on Shanti Mom For One!

Giveaway on Shanti Mom For One!


Oddball is a dog. A really sweet dog. But he’s a dog who gets into a lot of trouble. Until he finds his calling…penguins. “Oddball” is a sweet, loving, and happily ending story for the whole family. The cast of characters, both human and not, are as different from each other as they can be. But somehow they all come together to show that persistence, love, and instincts can solve the toughest problems. We promise you will adore this movie! Enter my giveaway to win the DVD or Digital Copy.

A little more from Entertainment One:

“Oddball is based on the true story of an eccentric chicken farmer, who with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.”

Thank you to Momentum Pictures for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and giveaway. Good luck everybody!!

Shanti Mom For One is my main site, through which I connect with other moms looking for a way to transition from a life dominated by the needs of little people to a more balanced existence with peace, joy, and contentment. You can join my Facebook group and be part of the conversation. Moms are amazing. I’ll try to remind you of that every day.

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Saddle Up with the Okee Dokee Brothers!

Saddle Up with the Okee Dokee Brothers!
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We received this CD/DVD a few days ago. Guess what my daughter won’t stop asking for? Even when we picked up Gappy (her gramma) at the airport, the Okee Dokee brothers were the first line of business. She adores these guys! I do too.

It’s not just their music that’s tons of fun. It’s their personalities. They are talented, funny, adventurous, and a little bit silly. Their DVD makes you want to jump on one of those horses, ride off into the sunset, and wake up the next morning in your tent for another day of adventuring! Check out the Okee Dokee Brothers and get yourself down on the range!

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

Saddle Up!
A Western adventure album from The Okee Dokee Brothers
The duo’s third and final Adventure Album, out today, features a CD and DVD; an illustrated storybook will be published on Tuesday, and Netflix will stream the “Saddle Up” video beginning in June. Tour continues through August.


Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album


Celebrate the “Good Old Times” the new music video debuting today (click on the image below to view):

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Today, the Grammy Award winning duo of Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander trade their paddles (Can You Canoe?) for saddles, and their hiking boots (Through the Woods) for cowboy boots, with their third Adventure Album. By riding horses and writing songs for 30 days along the Continental Divide, they present another album to inspire families get outside and be creative: Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album.

Featuring a diverse collective of musicians – John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Carlos Medina (Norteño accordion), Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Jim Campilongo (The Little Willies), and The Benally Family (Navajo style singing) – Saddle Up melds “musical styles ranging from cowboy folk to Mexicali folk to bluegrass” (No Depression) with stories inspired by exploration through five national parks and camping along the Continental Divide. The melodic tunes cover tales of western wildlife, Navajo stories, Southwest-style Spanglish, the issue of guns in western lore, friendship, and more.
On Tuesday, May 17th,The Okee Dokee Brothers will also publish their very first picture book  with music from all three of their Adventure Albums: Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs (Sterling Publishing).
The full-length “Saddle Up” movie will stream on Netflix starting in June. More information is at www.okeedokee.org .


Saddle Up! with The Okee Dokee Brothers on Tour
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Chances are, these dudes will be moseying right on into your town:


Sun., May 15 / Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center / Fayetteville, AR
Thurs., May 19 / WYO Theater at UNPLUG Fest / Sheridan, WY
Sat., May 21 / Fitzgerald Theater ‘Saddle Up’ Album Release Concert / St. Paul, MN
Sat., June 4 / Barnes and Noble In-Store / New York, NY
Wed., June 15 / McCallum Theatre / Palm Desert, CA
Thurs., June 16 / Heart and Soul Concert at Denver University / Denver, CO
Sat., June 18 / Barnes and Noble In-Store / Washington D.C.
Sat., June 18 / SiriusXM Campfire Sing Out / Washington D.C.
Sun., June 19 / AMP by Strathmore / North Bethesda, MD
Sat., July 2 / Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center / Spicer, MN
Sat., July 2 / Minnesota Zoo Overnight Camp Out / Apple Valley, MN
Fri., July 8-Sun., July 10 / Winnipeg Folk Fest / Winnipeg, MB
Sat., July 16 / RiverSong Music Fest / Hutchinson, MN
Sun., July 17 / Hennepin Church / Minneapolis, MN
Fri. and Sat., July 22-23 – Storybook Land – Aberdeen, SD
Sat. and Sun. Aug. 6 – 7 / Big Top Chautauqua / Bayfield, WI (opening for The Nitty GrittyDirt Band)
Fri., Aug. 4 – Meeker County Fair – Litchfield, MN
Sat., Aug. 13 / Richland Library / Columbia, SC
Sat., Aug. 20 / Georgetown Church of Christ / Georgetown, TX

CD/DVD Giveaway for Father’s Day!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy of Hot Air in exchange for this review and giveaway.

Recess Monkey Hot Air (CD and DVD) ~ Witty songs and an adventurous tale told in vibrant animated style on the accompanying story video. This leading Seattle family rock band plans dozens of concerts, almost every day this summer. Catch band mate Jack Forman Monday through Thursday on SiriusXM’s “Live from the Monkey House,” too! Available June 16th.

Recess Monkey is the nationally acclaimed trio of teachers who make music for kids and families that truly rocks. Seamlessly meshing their indie-rock roots with their keen awareness of childhood themes, the band continues to make waves coast to coast. “Deep Sea Diver” is the band’s ninth album, showcasing the high-energy, pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited that has launched them into national awareness.

How cool is it to see a group of Dad’s playing music, having fun, and living the life of kids! Why not? We’re all kids at heart if we want to be and can share that joy with our children and many across the globe.

The Hot Air CD and DVD immediately reminded me of the Beatles. And specifically brought me back to the music and images of Across the Universe. Now, of course, my three year old would have no idea what I’m talking about, but it certainly had me hooked!

This is a perfect Father’s Day gift! Whether you are watching the DVD or listening to the CD, the whole family will smile, dance, and play the day away!

Please go to my blog’s Facebook page to enter the giveaway for this awesome CD/DVD!

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Emma said: “Andrew doesn’t have his buddies yet.”






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DVD Review: “Big Block Singsong”

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary copy of Big Block Singsong, Season 1, in exchange for this review and announcement.

On May 25th, Season 2 of Big Block Singsong will debut on Disney TV. We’ve got Season 1 and we can’t wait for the fun to continue. These cute little guys are true to their name. I suppose you could call them a bunch of block heads. But they have such talent! They sing cute songs, wear funny disguises, and teach some valuable lessons. Whatever it is, it works for my daughter, and she loves to sing along!

Here you see her jamming to “I’m not right-side up; I’m upside-down!” and “I’m up-high… now I’m down-low!” She also enjoys “You brush them all around, you brush them up… and down!” and “What do you see? Hair!”dvd review

These sweet and square characters teach about emotions, diversity, hygiene, no-breastcancer.com, body parts and much more. They’re fun, energetic, and downright cute. Be there or be square…sing along with Big Blocks!


Big Block Singsong Debuts Season 2 on Disney TV
Creators Celebrate New Album and Video Releases on May 25th

“Highly recommended.” ~ Zooglobble
“Priceless gems…we are completely hooked.” ~ KidsCanGroove
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April 27, 2015 ~ The second season of 20 animated music video episodes from Big Block Singsong begins airing on Disney Junior US and the Disney Channel US on May 4th. To celebrate, new collections of the 49 episodes from Season 1 will also be available for download via iTunes and Google Play, and 25 more songs from Season 1 will be available as a digital album release on May 19th.Big Block Singsong is created by Goddard/Brown for the CBC in Canada and also airs daily on Disney Junior and weekdays on Disney Channel in the US (as well as Disney Junior Australia, Japan and Spain, Nick Jr. UK and many other networks around the globe). All rights for the series are distributed internationally by Bejuba! Entertainment. Kaboom! Entertainment/Phase 4 Films (now housed under eOne Entertainment) debuted the “Big Block Singsong Volume 1” DVD and Digital Download last fall, and record label Razor & Tie, also released a digital album of “Greatest Hits.” The DVD just won a Kids First! Endorsement.Fans around the world are responding in droves to this wryly funny animated musical phenomenon. Parents report that their kids “stop in their tracks” whenever Big Block Singsong episodes air on TV and post their themed birthday party images regularly on Facebook. Big Block Singsong YouTube views recently surpassed 22 million views. The Season 1 hit song “Princess” has remained top of the charts on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live since March. Critics are raving too; Zooglobble calls these videos and songs “tons of fun” and “highly recommended.”Big Block Singsong is the brainchild of  Warren Brown (director and visual artist) and Adam Goddard (composer and recording artist). The Toronto-based creators collaborate closely as they create these “bright, in-your-face silly and catchy” (CoolMomPicks) songs and videos. Learn more about Big Block Singsong at www.bigblocksingsong.com
More about Goddard/Brown Inc.
Goddard/Brown is composer and recording artist Adam Goddard and director and visual artist Warren Brown. Together they produce music and animation, collaborating from development through to post-production resulting in highly entertaining, innovative and memorable work.The duo is behind the hit preschool series Big Block Singsong. Goddard/Brown is located in Toronto,Ontario,Canada.More about Bejuba! Entertainment
Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children’s and family entertainment to the global marketplace.The catalogue is filled with more than 600 half hours of award-winning content. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, financing (closing-gap financing) third-party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising. The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-winning children’s and family-oriented animated and live-action programs. Titles include Stella and Sam, The Hive, Big Block Singsong, Jar Dwellers, and Fuzzy Tales. Bejuba! Entertainment has offices in Canada and the United States.