Me and Veggie Tales go way back. The church the hubby and I met at was chock full of Veggie Tale voices. Ok, so there were a few. But I KNEW them and they did voices for me. So before I even had kids I was a fan. Then I had kids and became a REAL fan. Humorous vegetables talking about Jesus? I can reinforce biblical truths AND get my kids to eat more veggies at the same time. Win-win.
Then on my trip down to the Dominican Republic, us mommy bloggers were accompanied by a few Veggie Tales staff who were working on a partnership between Veggie Tales and World Vision. I began to tell them of my deep abiding love for the Veggie Tales and they shared with us a new Veggie Tales movie was coming out soon and maybe we could work together to promote it.
Now, a side story. Before I had I was one of those annoying people without children who swore I would not do all sorts of things “once I had kids”. One of the things I SWORE was that if I had girls, they would NOT do the whole princess thing. I was surrounded by my friend’s girls who were up to their eyeballs in Disney princesses and I just found the whole thing appalling. And then I had little girls. Who will turn anything into a wand much like boys turn anything into a gun. If it was princess, they wanted it. And as many a sucker mom will do, I indulged the princess inside my girls.
Partly, because I know that God puts that desire in us to want to be cherished and loved. And because God puts it in us, I can use princess stories as a way to share with my girls that the princess stories are far removed from reality and that in reality they are “real princesses, daughters of a King.” But frankly, I worry that Disney has a better marketing team at times and that my message is losing.
Well now I have help. It is like Veggie Tales is my fairy godmother. Sweetpea Beauty takes the Disney fairytales and turns them on their head. There are two stories that combine Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and a few other minor princesses thrown in. The messages in both are similar. That our true beauty comes from within and that our value comes from God. Perfect messages to counteract the princess message that being beautiful is everything and that our goal in life is to find a prince. And my girls loved it.
But my favorite part is the theme song. Partly because it is sang by one of my absolute favorite singers, Nichole Nordeman. But mostly because I need the message of this song. I find myself getting choked up every time it comes on. And then I watch my two little princesses dancing around to it and my heart prays that they will really hear it. Do you really hear it?
I have an awesome giveaway for all my princesses ;) Two actually. One is a fun Sweetpea Beauty gift pack. The movie, the CD and a few other fun extras thrown in. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Veggie Tales movie is. For an extra entry, participate in Things I Love Thursday and leave an extra COMMENT besides you link below because I will draw the winner from the comments.
Now the second giveaway you are going to have to work a little harder for. But if you participate it will also get you an extra entry into the first contest. The Veggie Tales have a live show that is making a nationwide tour this fall. I have a prize pack with free tickets to the live show for their family, access to the character meet and greet, and a free DVD library from Veggie Tales. That is HUGE!! To win, you need to post a video of yourself and/or your kids singing their favorite Veggie Tales silly song. Make sure to link back to this contest and leave a comment so we can come watch the fun. Also, with your permission, Veggie Tales will post the winner’s video on the live show Facebook page.
For the rest of you I have this:
Ok, got all that. Whew, I am worn out from typing it, but SO excited for one of you to win the grand prize. Contest will end next Wed. Sept. 15th.
Now, what do you love? Besides a chance to see Bob and Larry live. Write up a post about it, link back here, link up below, spread the comment love around. All the official Things I Love Thursday rules are here. Thanks as always for participating. And good luck!!