Sleepless Nights with the new Baby! Tips for helping Baby Sleep

Since Sierra has been born I have probably been sleeping about 5 hours a night and catching a short nap when I can through the week. So I wanted to share something I found with you guys that I thought could be f help to the new parents out there who want some restful sleep with their new little ones. These tips are from www.parents.com and they have so many great resources for moms.


Don't make eye contact.


You probably know to nix playing or singing during those wee-hour feedings, but you should also avoid gazing into your baby's eyes late at night. "When your baby locks eyes with you, it's almost like she's drinking a double latte-her heart rate speeds up, her blood pressure rises, and she becomes more awake," says Alan Greene, M.D., author of From First Kicks to First Steps. Do make plenty of eye contact during the day so she knows it's time to be awake (plus, it boosts brain development and bonding).

Regulate the temp.

You know how you sleep better when the room's a little cooler? Well, your bundle of joy is no different. Keep your baby's room warmer during the day and cooler at night, Dr. Greene suggests. The optimal temperature for infant sleep is between 65 and 70?F. If you don't have a thermostat you can control, leave the window slightly open or use a fan at night. (Just make sure your baby sleeps far away from windows and fans, and that the room never gets too hot or too cold.)

Use dimmers.

Light is one way to regulate babies' (and adults') circadian rhythm--the body's internal clock. Plug your lamps into dimmer units (available at hardware stores), and when the sun goes down in the evening, lower the lights--even if your baby isn't going right to bed. To reinforce these rhythms, make sure your home is brightly lit during the day, even if he's napping.

Make some noise.

Don't give your child the silent treatment. "Amazingly, the sounds they heard 24/7 in the uterus were about twice as loud as a vacuum cleaner, so babies love and need strong rhythmic noise," Dr. Karp says. Use a white-noise machine, a radio tuned to transmit static, or a nature-sounds CD?or let her sleep near the dishwasher.

Do the swing thing.

If you swaddle and use white noise and your baby's still waking up every hour or two, add the swing to the mix. Put your swaddled baby in the reclined seat and buckle her in. "It's a myth that you're starting a bad habit," says Dr. Karp, who adds that fewer than 5 percent of babies need the swing technique. You can gradually stop using it when she's better able to soothe herself.

Cut the caff.

You know too much java can rev you up and leave you wide-eyed. It can do the same for your little one if you're breastfeeding. Caffeine from coffee and soda can turn up in breast milk. "A large coffee drink can provide enough caffeine to affect a newborn," Dr. Greene says. "It accumulates in his body quickly and stays with him longer than it does with you?about 96 hours."

Fill 'er up.

Starting at around 5 p.m., decrease the time between your child's feedings. For example, if you usually feed her every three hours, do so every two hours in the evening. "This strategy gave my daughter a full stomach before I put her to bed and helped her sleep four- to five-hour stretches by week three," says Louise Johnson, a mother of two from Norwalk, Connecticut.

Give diaper duty a rest.

The truth is, you don't have to change your baby with each feeding. "If the diaper isn't soaked through or soiled and your child doesn't have extra-sensitive skin or existing diaper rash, skip this step," suggests Michel Cohen, M.D., author of The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent. Just use absorbent nighttime diapers and a thick diaper cream to protect his skin.

Bypass burping.

Many breastfeeding babies nurse less avidly at night, so it's not a must to wait (and wait) for that little gust of air. "At night, she'll probably be eating more slowly and therefore swallowing less air--so burping usually isn't necessary," Dr. Cohen explains. See how your child does without the burp; skipping just one step in the feeding routine can give you some extra shut-eye.

Hit the bottle.

If your breastfeeding newborn wakes often, make it a goal to get him used to drinking your pumped breastmilk from a bottle so you and your spouse can trade off feedings. By sharing the night shift, you both get to enjoy longer stretches of sleep.

Make over your room.

Everyone's heard about using blackout shades in the baby's room, but put them in your own too. You'll sleep better at night, later in the morning, and snooze more easily during the day while your baby's napping.

Do a quick spa treatment.

Studies done at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine found that newborns who had a bedtime massage fell asleep faster and slept more soundly than those who didn't have one. Before bed, give your child a 15-minute massage using slow strokes, moderate pressure, and a baby-safe oil.

Breathe easy.

One way to get into--and pass on--a mellow mood late at night? "Slow down your breathing. It sends your baby a signal to be calm," explains Georgia Witkin, Ph.D., author of The Female Stress Survival Guide. To pace yourself, use headphones to listen to music that's slower than your heartbeat (anything with fewer than 70 beats per minute, like a ballad), then breathe to the rhythm.

Give her a cozy sleep spot.

A bassinet can be moved into your bedroom and may improve the quality of your newborn's snoozetime. "Babies tend to sleep better in bassinets partly because they feel safer and more enclosed there, and partly because they're closer to their parents," Dr. Greene says. A co-sleeper can have the same effect.

See the light.

When it's time to rise and shine, get into bright light ASAP. "Exposure to light tells your biological clock that you should be alert," explains James B. Maas, Ph.D., author of Remmy and the Brain Train: Traveling Through the Land of Good Sleep. Head out for a walk with your baby or sit with her by a sunny window. It'll stimulate both of you?and help you remember the one other thing that's predictable about motherhood: No matter how tough the night shift is, the sun will come up tomorrow.


These tips can be lifesavers for a new mom. I have 3 babies and am still learning a thing or two. What do you do to get your child to sleep and sleep through the night?

Dropps Review! BEST OF 2015 PRODUCT

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With Sierra having so many allergies to everything from regular formula (she has to drink soy) to any type of scented product I had to go in search of a laundry product I liked that would be safe to use with her. Dropps met every area I wanted fast and easy to use, good for the environment and scent and dye free. The even have a formula especially for babies! I also love that you can buy online or at Wal-Mart. I was so excited to find that this wasn't an online only product as a lot of eco friendly/green products seem to be. Dropps is an almost perfect product which is why I had to include it in our newest and best of 2015 guide!


We tried the Dropps Baby Detergent Pacs first  they are scent, dye and enzyme free. They come in small pacs and large pacs and are available in packages of both 20 and 100. Since Sierra gets a lot of milk stains on her clothes I always used them in conjunction with Dropps Oxi Plus Stain Fighting Detergent Pacs, Free and Clear. The extra boost from the oxi plus stain fighting agents took all of the milk stains out of Sierra's clothes.



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Since Dropps had worked so well I decided to experiment with a scented load because if you read my blog you know that on of my loves in life is good smells candles, lotion and especially laundry! To my surprise we tried the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pacs, Fresh Scent and I found that Sierra didn't break out at all. I didn't risk using it on her clothes but I did mine; but with all other brands we had tried she would break out when I held her just from being in contact with my clothes. I decided since the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pacs, Fresh Scent didn't bother her I would try the Dropps Scent Booster Pacs in Lavender. I love Lavender! I have been using only the Dropps line now for almost a month and Sierra has had no issue. Dropps also makes dishwasher pacs but sadly I have no dish washer and couldn't try them but I know they would be great.
The only problem I could find with Dropps is sometimes you may have to run a load through twice because the pacs don't bust the first time. This will only happen with large loads. It happened when I washed a comforter and I believe it is just due to the fact the water doesn't hit the pac due to having so much fabric in the load preventing water from getting to the pac. It's an easy simple fix add no extra and just run the load through again. Overall I am very pleased with Dropps performance and so is Sierra!
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Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan Review! Best of 2015

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Ozeri is a company I am loving more and more. They have a large variety of products for the home, kitchen and bathroom and also many health and fitness products. I was able to try the Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan. This fan is absolutely amazing it is the best fan I have ever owned in my life. It goes above and beyond what any normal fan can do. Some of the Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan features include:

  • Engineered to generate more air velocity with less noise on a foot-per-minute to dB basis, setting a new benchmark for noiseless airflow.
  • Features 3 preprogrammed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort, and 3 whisper-quiet speed settings with 90 degree oscillation for optimal air circulation.
  • Includes 12 hour timer that can be programmed in 1 hour increments with push-button ease, and an enhanced-range remote control that conveniently stores in the fan.
  • Easy to assemble (no tools required). Ships with fan, base, extension column (to customize fan height), enhanced-range remote control, manual and warranty card. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
  • Boasts a sophisticated and stylish space-saving design that complements and enhances room décor.




  • My favorite feature of the Ozeri Ultra 42 Inch Wind Fan is its sleek design. My bedroom is where I have to have a fan and I hate having a huge fan that clutters up the bedroom. My new Ozeri fan it fits perfect with my room décor. I love that it makes almost no noise as I like to sleep with my fan on because I burn up in the night but hate the noise a regular fan makes. I also love that it oscillates so the whole room is equally cool. Did I mention it comes with a remote? I love that I can just lay right in bed and click to turn my fan off and on or to change the speed or temperature. This fan is perfect for any home and I am sure you will be satisfied with your purchase. In fact Ozeri guarantees your satisfaction! Order your today!



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    What's Your Style of Sexy?

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    Purex PowerShot Detergent Review!

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    Just when I thought Purex couldn't come up with anything better than Purex Crystals; they surprise me with Purex PowerShot Detergent. It's t he easiest way to do laundry I have ever seen. Just open the lid, flip and done. You are ready to wash your laundry. What I love is you are not wasting any detergent. I am never sure how much to use or not to use and with Purex PowerShot theirs no waste.

    Directions for Use
    First Use Only: FLIP bottle with lid closed to ensure a full first dose. Bottle should be completely upside down to fill the Purex® PowerShot™ engine inside. RETURN bottle upright.
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    Do you want to find out your Personality Profile?

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    How much does your social media following know about your personality? Apparently more than what we could ever imagine! Cubeyou has been working in the marketing field for 4 years. Two years ago, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, they developed a Facebook app called YouAreWhatYouLike that helps to uncover your personality based on your Facebook activity and background! What you like or don't like on Facebook tells a lot more about you than you realize and YouAreWhatYouLike analyzes all of your activity to give you  a comprehensive Personality Profile.


    This personality profile is estimated by Cambridge University, a trustworthy scientific, world wide known institution. I tried the app just out of curiosity and it was fun. The app provides a free, easy to use, scientific personality test. It's is all about having fun, being curious and open to learning more about yourself! It’s amazing how Facebook likes can be informative of our behavior and even our personality, it could be a little scary, but nowadays it’s a very discussed topic on the web!

    I was very surprised at how accurate YouAreWhatYouLike app was. It really made me stop and think about how easy it is for companies to target you for spending. What you like on Facebook of course you click the like button for it. So when that perfect scented spray from Bath and Body Works pops up and you click like. It tells all of the companies that sell lotion, perfume etc., hey she might buy us. That's why for a week you get ads in your feed for perfume! So of course the same thing would apply for predicting your personality! It is so simple that you don't even think about it. I found the app to be fun and definitely something you want to share with your friends! It is so simple you don't have to answer one question it just analyzes what you like on facebook already.


    This is the actual results of my personality profile. I am very flexible and spontaneous. I have always considered myself to be outgoing and competitive. Not t brag but I have a few awards. Most of all I am very emotional and very stressed a new baby and a total of three kids will do that too you. Especially being responsible for the only income in the household! YouAreWhatYouLike app is very much so worth giving a try go here http://youarewhatyoulike.com and check out your profile now!





    Gortons and the Sparkpeople Realistic Resolution Challenge! #RealisticResolution

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    My family loves Gortons so when I found out eating Gortons was part of the Sparkpeople Realistic Resolution Challenge  it was something I was very interested in trying! The challenge includes 30 days of meal plans, and making small changes each day in your eating habits and lifestyle in general. The challenges to me were pretty easy; some were a simple as cutting salt back. I am learning a lot and I am hoping to keep some of the changes in my diet and my families so we are eating and living healthier. To sign up for the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge with SparkPeople just click the link.
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    Perfect Valentine's Looks From The Sweetheart Shop!

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    Are you looking for the perfect Valentine's Day look? ModCloth's Sweetheart Shop has the perfect style just for you! The Sweetheart Shop has just what you need to get prince charming to look your way!
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    I love the Scarlet dress because it just screams trendy and would go perfect with a sexy red lipstick making lips so kissable. The shoes make the perfect accessory they have the perfect heel. A heel I a must for Valentine's Day to show off your legs! I love the sundae purse its flirty and says I am ready for a fun night!   Pair these three pieces from The Sweetheart Shop and you are sure to be a knockout this Valentine's Day!

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    Shindigz Angry Bird #Personalized Birthday Party!

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    Do you have an upcoming get together, event or party? Do you want the occasion to be perfect? Let Shindigz make your party the most memorable event of the year! I know I always stress over parties. So, this year I wanted Christian's birthday to go off without any issues and be absolutely perfect! Shindigz made the party amazing as usual! I trust Shindigz to make all my events a success! From ordering supplies, to ideas on party favors, even decorating the cake; Shindigz has it all. I love that on Shindigz you can order exactly what you need for your party. They have party packs that include everything you need in one package from napkins, plates, décor even the cake candles. Or if you are not looking for a package they have each item individually available for purchase so you can choose exactly what you need.




    I have had readers and parents from my sons class ask me time and time again how we make such great treat boxes! Well, it is that time of year again; Christian's 6th Birthday. This year h wanted an Angry Birds theme. I wanted to throw the entire party for under $100.  Impossible you say. Easy just start with Shindigz. I got everything we needed for $75 and Christian's cake was $14.99 leaving us $9 for pop, chips and extra candy to place in our treat bags and piñata.



    This year with Christian getting older he had some requests that were different than mom was used to. He wanted the kids in his class to come to his party but they are all very young (Kindergarten age). He was worried they wouldn't know who the invitation was from. Shindigz had him covered! We found some amazing personalized invitations and party supplies. We purchased plates and invites that had his name and picture on them. I loved the Blast Off space personalized decorations (pictured below is the site picture and our actual plates) so we could easily coordinate with his Angry Birds Space birthday party theme. Check out all the party supplies you can personalize here. I was very impressed at how well the personalized items turned out.


    Personalized Birthday Blast Off Dessert Plates

    The kids all look forward to the pinatas at our parties. It is something my kids are known for and the little ones have come to expect and look forward to. This time Shindigz had the perfect Pinata the Green Pig from Angry Birds. The piñata is our one big splurge it takes the place of games and the kids get a big kick out of it so I think it is worth the $19.99. We generally fill it with a pack of mixed favors and a pack of mixed candy which costs approximately another 10 dollars.

    Pinata Filler Bag

    Another thing the kids really love are the treat bags. The boys love making them and love giving them out t their friends. I think this is where people often spend a lot of unnecessary money. We can make treat bags/boxes for 15-20 dollars for up to 24 kids. I do them for Christian's class for Easter, Christmas all the holidays. This time we splurged though since we were only making 12 boxes. We purchased dino dig kits for each of the kids. It is a great activity for them; they love digging for the dinos and it gives them a little trinket to take home. They have their own excavated dino skeleton. We also added play dough and lots of candy. It was such a great party and the kids loved it!



    To order from Shindigz go to Shindigz website here . Make sure you are following Shindigz on social media below!  Shindigz does weekly competitions for your chance to win your own Shindigz goodies. In the past their giveaways have included entire party supply kits, 100 dollar gift cards, and personalized party goods.

    GlobeIn's Artisan Subscription Box!

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    All my reader's know how much I love to craft. I was so excited when I found the GlobeIn Artisan Monthly Subscription Box. GlobeIn features crafting products from different cultures to give you a unique crafting experience. I can just see myself totally immersed in GlobeIn's Artisan Box. GlobeIn also has a marketplace for you to shop. It is so diverse you will find anything from Mexican Skull Art to Russian Nesting Dolls. I really want to explore the Marketplace more. Feel free to check out GlobeIn's Marketplace here I saw so many one of a kind handmade pieces I would love like the ring below.


    The GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription box featuring GlobeIn's favorite products from global artisans. Each box is curated around a monthly theme selected by GlobeIn's editor with the aim of helping you experience new and interesting products and cultures. I am a huge subscription box fan and the Artisan Box is really unique I don't know of another service that offers the experience the Artisan Box creates for the price of only $29.99 per month. The more months you subscribe the bigger the savings.


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    The Artisan Box allows you to gift unique, handmade items to your friend, your mom or yourself. Learn about incredible people and their cultures. Support artisans from remote regions of the world. GlobeIn is dedicated to supporting artisans from all walks of life with an emphasis on artisans in the developing world where, after agriculture, artisan goods are the second largest source of employment.  GlobeIn is dedicated to reducing poverty by giving these artisans, and subsequently their communities, a global audience.  Each month, they select one exceptional artisan or artisan collective and ask their community to help crowdfund a special project. To learn more, purchase and connect with GlobeIn be sure to follow them on social media below:

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    Moxie Girlz Doll Giveaway!


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    Dora The Explorer: Mermaid Adventure Collection Review!




     
    DORA THE EXPLORER:
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     Join Dora on her greatest underwater adventures in the 2-disc DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection.  The DVD includes “Dora Saves the Mermaids” and “Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom,” plus two music videos. Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection is available on DVD TODAY.

    Dora the Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection Includes:

    DISC 1 - Dora Saves the Mermaids
    ·       Dora Saves The Mermaids
    ·       Fish Out Of Water
    ·       Treasure Island
    Bonus Features:
    ·       “Clean-Up Song” Music Video
    ·       Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Video

    DISC 2 Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
    ·       Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
    ·       Benny the Castaway
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    I was so excited when this collection came out because the kids love Dora and Mermaid's! This was a great collection and is right up every little ones alley! I especially love the lessons Dora teaches in every episode. My kids favorite episode was Dora's Rescues in the Mermaid Kingdom. For learning and fun purchase your copy of Dora The Explorer: Mermaid Adventure Collection today at Amazon!


    Campus Book Rentals Review!



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    Are you currently in college and going through the process of buying your textbooks? My sister is currently in college now and her books cost her almost as much as her tuition. We were looking for something to help her with the expense of books and found Campus Book Rentals to be a big help!  I am also a college graduate and have purchased single books that cost up to $400. I wish I had known about www.campusbookrentals.com and their Book Rental Program it would have saved me a lot of money. Why buy a book you will only use for one class when you can rent that same book for a fraction of the cost of buying? As most college students know textbooks change so often making the latest version obsolete within no time. Don't get stuck with a pricey textbook that you will only use for one class one semester when you can rent!


    Also, Campus Book Rentals has launched a new program where you the student can rent your own used textbooks. This would have been perfect for my Nursig Textbooks I wanted to keep them to study for my boards from later but that was 2 year down the line. I could have rented my textbooks for 2 years and collected all that cash. It's perfect for books you want to keep to study for boards but won't be using until you complete the rest of your credit hours. If you have a textbook you have purchased and no longer need or just wont be using that text book for a while and want to earn extra money instead of just having the textbook sit around; try the Rent Back program. The average student will make 2-4x more money renting their textbook than they would to sell the book back at the schools regular book buy back program. To check out more about the rent back program go to www.rentback.com for more details.




    If saving money isn't enough of a reason to buy Campus Book Rentals has now partnered with Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. With every textbook rental Operation Smile will receive a portion of the sales generated. Find out more about Operation Smile on the Campus Book Rental's website!








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    SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS TRIPLE FEATURE:10 HAPPIEST MOMENTS, HEROES OF BIKINI BOTTOM & LEGENDS OF BIKINI BOTTOM REVIEW!

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    SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS TRIPLE FEATURE:
    10 HAPPIEST MOMENTS,
    HEROES OF BIKINI BOTTOM &
    LEGENDS OF BIKINI BOTTOM


    BEFORE SPONGEBOB RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN THIS FEBRUARY, CATCH UP ON SOME OF HIS FUNNIEST ADVENTURES IN A BRAND-NEW DVD SET!
     
    Available on DVD January 13, 2015

     
    Just in time for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water in theaters nationwide this February 2015, fans can relive some of Bikini Bottom’s funniest moments in SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom.  This new DVD set is filled with over four hours of SpongeBob and his friends up to their usual antics in 24 classic episodes. Packed with non-stop fun, SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom is available on DVD January 13, 2015.
     
    SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom Includes:
     
    Disc 1 – “10 Happiest Moments”
    Episodes:
    ·       Tea The Treedome
    ·       Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy
    ·       Culture Shock
    ·       Karate Choppers
    ·       The Algae’s Always Greener
    ·       Just One Bite
    ·       Graveyard Shift
    ·       No Weenies Allowed
    ·       Roller Cowards
    ·       Christmas Who?
    Special Features:
    ·       Pilot Episode: “Help Wanted”
     
    Disc 2 – “Heroes of Bikini Bottom”
    Episodes:
    ·       Back To The Past
    ·       The Bad Guy Club For Villains
    ·       Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful
    ·       A Pal for Gary
    ·       Yours, Mine and Mine
    ·       Kracked Krabs
    ·       A Day Without Tears
    ·       Summer Job
    Special Features:
    ·       Animated Shorts: “Time Machine,” “Lesson Learned,” and “And Krabs Saved The Day”
    ·       Bonus Episode: “T.U.F.F. Puppy”
     
    Disc 3 – “Legends of Bikini Bottom”
    Episodes:
    ·       The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom
    ·       Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle
    ·       The Main Drain
    ·       Trenchbillies
    ·       Sponge-Cano
    ·       The Curse of the Hex
    Special Features:
    ·       Animated Shorts: “Things To Do When Encountering Legendary Creatures,” “Dance Break,” and “The Legend of SpongeBob”
    ·       “Behind-The-Scenes: Legends of Bikini Bottom”

    SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom Fast Facts
    Street Date: January 13, 2015
    Catalog: 59166591000 (U.S.), 59166592000 (Canada)
    Running Time: 289 Minutes

    Me and the kids really enjoyed SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom. Many of our favorites were included. Trenchbillies is a classic SpongeBob episode I think every Spongebob fan has seen and loves. That one was my families favorite episode in this 3 disc collection. I loved the Dance Break animated short also because it makes the kids get up and shake it with SpongeBob. It is always so cool to watch the kids get into a movie so much they dance. The great folks at Nickelodeon are teasing us so much with all of these great SpongeBob classics in SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom we can't wait for the new SpongeBob coming in February. Are you and your family excited to see the new SpongeBob?

    To purchase your copy of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The Squareshorts go to www.amazon.com January 6th! Make sure to visit Nickelodeon for all your favorite friends including SpongeBob and follow Nickelodeon on Social Media below:
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