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26.7.16

Broxton's Favorite Show - Odd Squad - The O Games

You know how you get the end of the year report card during the summer?  Well, when Broxton's arrived, I was proud for the good marks he got.  Want to know something else??? There was an additional sheet in there about testing scores... and MY BABY BOY scored "ADVANCED" in math!!!  YEAH!!!! I was so proud.  He was proud too. He loves math and I honestly love when he watched Odd Squad, because I get to watch his little brain at work as he answers the math questions with the show!!!   I am so happy we received this DVD to add to our collection. I am giving it to him as a back to school surprise!  
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Odd Squad- The O Games 

Things are about to get very odd…! PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “ODD SQUAD: THE O GAMES” on DVD, the latest title from the hit live-action PBS KIDS series ODD SQUAD. This new DVD featuring five stories from the popular series, one of which is a special extended adventure, will be available to fans nationwide beginning June 28.

In the story “The O Games,” select Odd Squad agents square off in several crazy math challenges – from the blob toss to the 25 centigurp dash – for a chance to be Ms. O for a day and run Odd Squad! Agent Otto is chosen to compete, but so is the villainous Odd Todd, Agent Olive’s former partner! Will Odd Todd strategically eliminate each of his competitors so he can win the competition and shut down Odd Squad forever?

Also featured on the new DVD is the story “Bad Luck Bears.” When a basketball behaves oddly at practice, the Bears’ coach seeks the help of the Odd Squad to set things straight. During a meeting at headquarters, Otto discovers that bad things happen to the Bears whenever the number 13 is involved. As the Odd Squad works to eliminate any 13s on the players, the Bears learn how different number combinations add up to 13.

“THE O GAMES” (SRP $12.99) has a run time of approximately 75 minutes and includes the following stories:

“The O Games” (extended adventure) - Odd Squad agents compete in several games to determine who gets to be Ms. O for the day.

“Bad Luck Bears” - When odd things start happening to the Bears basketball team, Olive and Otto must get to the bottom of the mystery – before the big game.

“Whatever Happened to Agent Oz?” - Olive tells Otto the story of what happened to Octavia’s partner, Agent Oz.

“Not So Splash”In the middle of summer, Olive and Otto must figure out why parts of the town are turning snowy and cold.

“Skip Day” - When Olive catches a case of The Skips and goes missing, rookie agent Otto must solve his first case by himself.

25.7.16

Super Why and Peg + Cat = Great Educational Shows from PBS

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Broxton used to love PBS when he was younger and I really hope that the shows we fell in love with in his toddler stage are shows that Savannah grows to love as well.  One show that I thought was awesome? Super Why!!!  LOOK IN A BOOK!!!!!  If you know me, you know I love reading, so the cartoon that promotes reading is of course one I will want to see.  Broxton had several of the toys when he was younger and I am glad to see they are still producing great shows for the younger kids to enjoy these days!!!   The latest?  Goldilocks and the Three Bears and other fairy-tale adventures!  


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This DVD includes two stories that feature Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the first story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” kids help Alpha Pig identify the letters to spell CHAIR, watch as Wonder Red sings about words that end in “airs,” and learn an important lesson about cleaning up. In the second story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Mystery,” the Super Readers follow alphabet paw prints and help Princess Presto spell DOOR in order to uncover the answer to how Whyatt can convince his brother Jack that he did not break his guitar string.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS” will be available on DVD June 21, 2016. The DVD has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and an SRP of $9.99. The episodes included on this DVD are listed below.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Whyatt accidentally messes up Jack’s room and is in BIG trouble with his big brother! The Super Readers pay a storybook visit to Goldilocks and the Three Bears and find Goldilocks surrounded by three broken chairs, three bowls of porridge, and three times the mess! How will they solve this problem before the bears get home?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Mystery
There’s a mystery in Storybrook Village – the case of the broken guitar string! Jack thinks Whyatt is the culprit, but he knows he’s innocent! The Super Readers fly into the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and meet up with Goldilocks, who is just as determined to prove that she didn’t make the mess in the Three Bears’ house! What will it take for Goldilocks, and Whyatt, to convince everyone they’re telling the truth?

The Magic Porridge Pot
The Super Readers fly into the story of The Magic Porridge Pot to rescue a little girl whose magical pot just won’t stop making porridge! Will the Super Readers be able to help or will they end up with more porridge than even the Three Bears would know what to do with?

Bedtime for Bear
Baby Joy is afraid of the dark! To show her there’s nothing to fear, Super Why and his friends fly into Bedtime for Bear and meet Charlie – a bear who is scared of just about everything! The Super Readers shed a little light on the problem (literally) while Charlie discovers a bit more about the world outside his cozy cave.


SUPER WHY! helps kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. The program features a team of superhero characters with reading powers who jump into books to find answers to everyday preschool challenges. SUPER WHY! airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

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Peg + Cat is a show that we are a bit too late (or a bit too early) to know much about.  According to how you look at it.  We have watched a few episodes, thanks to being able to review them!   We love them and while Broxton has "matured" out of the shows like this, he will stop and watch when I put it on for background noise with Savannah from time to time.  Are you fans of Peg+Cat?  If so, check out the new DVD...if you are not familiar and you have preschool aged kids, you might want to check it out soon!  

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The run time of the new DVD “OUT OF THIS WORLD” is approximately 60 minutes, and its SRP is $6.99. The stories featured on the DVD include:

The Doohickey Problem
When their space ship is smashed, Peg and Cat must reassemble its variously shaped parts, and retrieve 16 stolen doohickeys.

The Long Line Problem
While waiting in a long line, Peg and Cat try to help Richard realize his dream of being first in line for the first time.

Richard the Third
At Richard’s family’s highly competitive annual picnic, Peg and Cat try to help Richard achieve his dream of not coming in third in every single event.

The T-Ball Problem
Peg’s t-ball team, the Mighty Nine, have no chance against a team of alien all-stars – unless Peg can use the aliens’ t-ball cards to predict where they’ll hit.

Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat encounter an unexpected challenge that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills. While it teaches specific math lessons, the series also emphasizes resilience and perseverance.

When the nominations for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards were announced, PET + CAT was nominated for five awards, including: “Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program,” “Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program,” “Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program,” “Outstanding Music Direction and Composition,” and “Outstanding Original Song” for “Fairy Tale Wedding.” PEG + CAT won for “Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program” and “Outstanding Music Direction and Composition.”    


Are you familiar with either of these shows?

How far has it gone? Charge It Forward Campaign going strong!

I will be working with MyCharge in a review for back to school.  I wanted to go ahead and share a pretty cool campaign they are currently running. I am no where near a local event, but I think the fact that you can log on and see where the charger has gone is so cool!  I can not wait to hear the amazing stories that comes from this campaign!  Read on:

Low Power Smartphone Batteries Get A Little Help from Friends
myCharge’s Charge It Forward campaign releases free power into the hands of helpful strangers, asks everyone to pass the charge on

According to a 2015 study from Deloitte, people in the United States across all age groups check their phones an average of 46 times per day. It is no wonder that smartphone batteries are constantly drained of power and people are always searching for a power cord and outlet. myCharge, a leading portable power bank manufacturer, hopes to lend a helping hand the next time anyone finds themselves with a low battery and an urgent need to send a text or make a call with its new Charge It Forward campaign.

Over the next several months, myCharge will be releasing free, specially marked portable chargers. myCharge power teams will hand out over 25,000 chargers at 12 events across the United States with one simple ask, that everyone use the devices then pass them on the next time they come across someone with a low battery and no way to charge it.

To encourage people to do the right thing and pass on the charger instead of keeping it, each Charge It Forward device will be marked with a unique number. Texting that number will direct the person in possession of the charger to a website where they will join that particular charger’s team. Teams will be able to track how far their charger has traveled on the website. And, each month the team whose charger travels the furthest distance will be eligible to win amazing prizes including trips, chargers and gift cards. One lucky individual will also be randomly awarded $1,000 at the end of the year for “charging it forward”.

The Charge It Forward event schedule includes stops at:

The Belmont Stakes – June 9 – June 11, 2016 in Belmont, NY
Rock the Garden – June 18, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN
CE Week – June 21 – June 23, 2016 in New York City
Summerfest – July 6 – July 10, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI
The Beats Run – July 15, 2016 in Seattle, WA
The NASCAR Brickyard Race – July 23 – July 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN
Hood to Coast – August 26 – August 27, 2016 in Portland, OR
Cincinnati Reds Game – September 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH
Stanford vs. USC Football Game – September 17, 2016 in Stanford, CA
Chicago Marathon – October 9, 2016 in Chicago, IL
Tennessee vs. Alabama Football Game – October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, TN

“That feeling of dread when you look down at your phone and see a low battery alert, knowing that you have no cables, adapters or a portable charger on hand, is something we have all experienced. In today’s world being cut off from technology for a few minutes or hours means missing out on something, which leaves us all running for outlets or asking strangers for a charge on a regular basis,” said myCharge VP of Marketing, Julie Pickens. “We want the Charge It Forward campaign to help people out when they are in a power pinch, and we hope that we will get to hear some great stories along the way like a family being able to connect in an emergency or someone being able to deliver good news like the birth of a baby or a new job. By empowering people to do a little good by passing on a charger they got for free, we anticipate that those who are touched by the gesture will want to do a little good of their own.”

About myCharge
myCharge, innovators in portable power create the ultimate portable power solutions for anyone, anywhere who needs to stay charged. Incorporating the highest quality components, cutting-edge design, and smart technologies, myCharge responds to the latest technological advances by providing products dedicated to restoring everyday balance and fulfilling consumer needs in today’s on-the-go, always connected, digital society. Learn more online.

23.7.16

Sports Day with Paw Patrol

Ever since the very first time we laid eyes on Paw Patrol, those cute little pups have held a special place in our hearts.  Even crazy Mayor Goodway is pretty special! Join along as we watch the latest DVD from Nickelodeon with those crazy pups!  Who is your favorite?  I love Marshall (and Skye too!)  This DVD has several of the sports episodes on here, great for summer and after school treats!
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The PAW Patrol pups know how to mix fun and responsibility in this new DVD, PAW Patrol: Sports Day! available on August 2! Everyone's favorite rescue pups are back in action in six exciting, sports-themed adventures and rescues. This DVD contains many adventures, including Ryder and Marshall forming a basketball team to help Mayor Goodway, Everest snowboarding to make a daring rescue and the Pups using their brand-new Air Patroller to find friends in need. There's no denying the Pups know how to be brave and have fun! Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Sports Day! joins the rest of the PAW Patrol releases as the hottest preschool TV DVD franchise on the market, and will be available on DVD August 2 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 
PAW Patrol: Sports Day! includes the following episodes:
  • Pups Save a Basketball Game - Mayor Goodway needs a basketball team, so she calls Ryder and the PAW Patrol for help. The pups become the Adventure Bay All-Stars and they'll need everyone, including a reluctant Marshall, to pitch in and help win one for Adventure Bay.
  • Pup-Fu! - The PAW Patrol and the mischievous kittens from Mayor Humdinger's Kit-tastrophe Crew are both competing for their martial arts belts when they come across an ancient scroll that holds all the secrets. Mayor Humdinger steals the scroll and the PAW Patrol is called upon to find and return it back to Sensei Yumi.
  • Pups Save the Mayor's Race - It's the annual Mayor's Race and Mayor Goodway is determined to beat the cheating and devious Mayor Humdinger. Mayoral contestants need to row a boat, swim and run a foot race to the finish line. The pups need to help Mayor Goodway train for the race and clean up Mayor Humdingers' disasters.
  • Pups Save a Snowboard Competition - Jake and Everest are excited for the big Snowboard Competition, until they look outside and see the course is completely buried under a blanket of snow. The rescue pups help clear the course and rescue the Kit-tastrophe crew kittens who veer off-course and fall off a cliff. Everest uses her grappling hook to lower Ryder down the edge of the cliff and her snowboard jet pulls them back up to safety.
  • Pups Save the Soccer Game - When Mayor Humdinger challenges the Adventure Bay team to a soccer match, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are called in to play. The PAW Patrol players start strong but a series of mysterious mishaps jeopardize their team's victory. The pups must work as a team to overcome some dirty tricks by Mayor Humdinger and pull out a win.
  • Pups Take it to the Sky - The PAW Patrol takes to the sky in their all new Air Patroller airplane!  When an active volcano spews out hot lava and scatters a frightened monkey family, it's up to the PAW Patrol to gather them all and bring them back to safety.

21.7.16

Upcoming Events at @LDCAtlanta

Back to school is almost here, so that means time to bust out the calendars to plan the who/what/when/where and why for all the events about to take place.  Make sure to see if Legoland Discovery Center, Atlanta, has anything you would be interested in.  I just wanted to share this with you, since we all know how much my boy loves his Lego blocks!


July 21, 2016 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to host Master Builder Adult Night on July 21

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta welcomes adult fans of LEGO® to its upcoming Master Builder Adult Night on Thursday, July 21 from 7-9 p.m. Aries Viera, the Master Model Builder himself, will lead three adult build classes throughout the night focused on detailing with small pieces, creating a Minilander and building sideways using the S.N.O.T technique (aka: Studs Not On Top!).

WHAT: Master Builder Adult Night

Learn building tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder himself with three adult build classes! Guests will have access to the LEGO Factory Tour, MINILAND, Pirate Adventure Island, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice, the 4D Cinema and model building in addition to the cafĂ© and LEGO shop.

WHEN: Thursday, July 21 from 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta  Phipps Plaza | Buckhead
3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door for $19.95 or online ahead of time for $14.95.


August 20-21, 2016 
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta to host Ninjago Weekend August 20-21

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta challenges families to take their ninja skills to the next level by attending Ninjago Weekend August 20-21! Guests can enjoy themed builds in the Master Builder Academy, Ninjago poster giveaways, a meet and greet with Kai - the master of Spinjitzu! - and plenty more fun throughout the weekend.

WHAT: Ninjago Weekend at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

WHEN: Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Third Floor, Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door or online ahead of time. To guarantee entry, purchase online,

August 24, 2016 
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to host Homeschool Day on August 24

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites homeschoolers to get back into the school groove with its Homeschool Day on August 24! Local homeschoolers and their teachers will enjoy a fun-filled day complete with free LEGO® Education Workshops and activities to prepare for the upcoming school year.

WHAT: Homeschool Day - Local homeschoolers will enjoy a fun-filled day of LEGO Education Workshops and activities to gear up for the school year!

WHEN: Sunday, August 24 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Third Floor, Phipps Plaza | 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead

HOW: Homeschool Day is FREE for teachers and $7.00 per student.
Local Homeschools can reserve a field trip by visiting online and completing the registration form. Homeschools must send the registration form and declaration of intent via fax to 404.848.9591 or email at LDCATL.Groupsales@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com prior to visiting

Pete the Cat #MagicSunglasses #giveaway

If you enjoy reading and love kids books, you need to check out Pete the Cat, if you are not familiar yet.  We were introduced to Pete when Broxton was in K-3 and we have loved him ever since.  He is one cool cat and in the latest book from Put Me in the Story, you can see just how cool he is!   We were lucky enough to get to review a copy and I am so excited to give it to Broxton!  

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Pete the Cat and Broxton's Magic Sunglasses from Put Me In The Story has your child as the star of the book with Pete the Cat!!! I know that Broxton is a little too old for this, but as much as he used to love Pete the Cat, I thought it was a cute book to give him for him to read to Savannah!  (Not many more sweeter sites / sounds than to see/hear your child reading to their younger sibling!)
As you turn each page, Pete meets friends along his way.  Each one seems to be having a crummy day, but it all changes once they put on Broxton's Magic Sunglasses! It is pretty neat that when they put on the sunglasses, the picture of Broxton is right there for the reader to see and enjoy!  


With the Sky So Bright you have to wear shades, you can bet you are pretty lucky to get to view the world through Broxton's magic sunglasses!    Just reading the book made me feel alright too!  

I know you would love to win this for someone you know!  Now, you can enter to win an awesome prize pack from Put me in the Story! 
You could even personalize it with a photo and name of a favorite teacher! How cool would that be for them to have in their class year after year?!

Let me know if you enter.  I would love to see your sunglass selfie, so tag me in it too if you think about it.  Good Luck!

Giveaway Info:
Tour-Wide Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a #MagicSunglasses Gift Bag
#Magic Sunglasses Gift Bag Includes:
·         Personalized Pete the Cat Rock On Tote Bag
·         Personalized copy of Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
·         + 2 personalized books of winner’s choice from Put Me In The Story

Enter via the Rafflecopter by doing any of the following:
·         Sharing your Sunglass Selfie! Share a selfie of you and your child wearing sunglasses with the hashtag #MagicSunglasses
·         Sharing a Tweet
·         Signing up for Put Me In The Story’s newsletter

Blaze and the Monster Machines - Fired Up!

Alert!  Alert!!  Alert!!!
Calling all fans of Blaze and the Monster Machines!  July 12th brought a brand new DVD.  Make sure you head out now to pick it up!  Perfect for a back to school "movie marathon" or even a rainy day cuddle session with your little ones.  Anything that incorporates STEM is awesome to watch and learn from.  


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Blaze must put his best "wheel" forward to save the day in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! Fans of the speed-racing, STEM-savvy monster truck won't want to miss this brand-new DVD collection that includes some of the most high-octane action adventures yet! Whether it's morphing into a fire truck and putting out fires, embarking on slippery adventures to save a truck wash, or racing to deliver medicine to cure sick trucks, Blaze, AJ and their friends are sure to use science, technology, engineering and math to save the day! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! races onto DVD on July 12, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! DVD includes:
  • Fired Up! - Blaze smells smoke at Axle City's garage, so he calmly and courageously leads his friends outside to safety. The Fire Chief is impressed with Blaze and encourages him to work hard to earn his firefighter badge and join his team. Blaze and AJ set out on a series of thrilling adventures to avert disaster in Axle City. 
  • Five Alarm Blaze - While racing at the Monster Dome, Blaze must transform into a fire engine to put out a fire. As all the racing fans celebrate his heroism, Blaze and AJ get a call from the Fire Chief and his crew who need their help. Blaze has to race to the emergency, overcoming obstacles and preventing catastrophes along the way. 
  • Trouble at the Truck Wash - When Crusher pours too much soap into Gabby's Truck Wash, its pieces explode out across Axle City! Blaze and AJ must embark on a sudsy, soapy quest to track down the missing pieces and rebuild the Truck Wash.
  • Sneezing Cold - Gabby, Blaze and AJ are out in the wilderness when they get a call-all of Blaze's friends have come down with a silly sickness called the Sneezels! Now our heroes must race back to Axle City to deliver the fuel that the sick trucks need to feel better.
 
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