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29.7.15

Get #BackToSchool Ready with a New Planner from @orderoochaos

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I am not sure when school starts where you are, but here in Georgia, we have some schools that start back on August 3rd, some on August 7th and I am sure there are other dates too.  The point I am trying to make is that school is about to start here, so that means we need to get our things in gear and get organized and ready!
One thing that I think will be a great help to me this year?  The 2015-2016 Academic Planner from Order Out of Chaos.  We received one in the past, I am 99% sure I gave it to one of the boys to help them with their time management, but this bad boy here is going to be all mine!  
No, Broxton doesn't have 9 million classes and what not, he is still in Elementary school, but I think it will be a benefit to try and keep us organized!   Just check it out!!!!  


I love that the one sent to us is a gender neutral color.  Also, the fact that it is bright orange makes you see it and hopefully will not leave it behind on your desk!  It is a spiral bound one, so you can lay it flat for easier writing, or you can fold it over to be a one paged book.  They also have holes punched in, in case you want to add it to a 3 ring binder.  

Once you open the book, you have  a Student Information section. (I already filled it out, so I am not going to show it to you, it just asks for your contact information... it asks for your name / address / email address/ phone number.  It also asks for your school name and number.)  I do like that they have a spread in there to show you pointers on how to get the most out of using your planner.  I believe that many kids (some adults too) do not have very good time management skills, so this would be great to read to make sure you are using it to the best of your ability.
Example - Write in shorthand (or texting) to make sure you don't miss what your teacher is saying.
Use sticky notes to remind yourself about events.  
They have also included a 2 page spread showing the school year at a glance.  I will be using this to mark the days that school is out as well as early release days.  

Then, each page has a section for your daily work that needs to be done (with a place to put a check mark once you have completed the assignment.)  There is also a bottom section on each day for you to add notes.  

At the start of each month, you have a month at a glance and a page for any notes you might need for the upcoming month. 

I feel that this book is very well thought out and organized. As I said, I plan on using it this year.  I think it will be great to keep up with all the events going on at Broxton's school, his work assignments, the sports he plays and then any appointments for Savannah once she arrives.

You can order yours now and be ready for when school starts where you are!  

27.7.15

It's Dora, The Explorer!!! In 2 new DVD's!!!

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As I have mentioned before, Dora has grown up right before our eyes!   I love that Nickelodeon has allowed her to grow up and the kids that were fans of hers from the start can grow and keep watching, without feeling like they are watching a "baby show."  The best part is that they still have the original Dora still available for a new generation of fans!!! ( I can not tell you how many Dora book bags I saw at Broxton's school last year!)
Check out two new DVD's being released this August for Dora fans new and old!  

Dora’s DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures, features three of her most exciting and educational adventures. These three double-length episodes follow Dora and Boots as they encounter pirates, fairytale characters and a dancing elf. With three DVDs and over four hours of adventures and special features, this is a must-have for any Dora fan. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures arrives on DVD onAugust 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures DVD includes the following:
  • Disc 1: Dora’s Fairytale Adventure
    • Dora’s Fairytale Adventure               
    • What Happens Next?                       
    • The Magic Stick       
    • Special Features:
      • Sing-Along (Fairytale Land Theme Song; Magic Music Box Song; Caliente!; We Did It!)
      • Song Selection                      
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • "Find the Fairytale Friends" Game                
  • Disc 2: Dance To The Rescue
    • Dora's Dance to the Rescue              
    • Rescue, Rescue, Rescue!                    
    • Leon, the Circus Lion
    • Special Features:
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • Song Selection                      
      • Nicktrition Tips for Parents            
  • Disc 3: Pirate Adventure
    • Dora's Pirate Adventure                   
    • Dora Saves the Prince                      
    • El Coqui
    • Special Features:
      • 2 Dora Sing-Along Songs
      • Bilingual Flashcards  
      • Sing a Pirate Song (Interactive Game)
      • Oobi - The Friend Who's Always With You: "Play Ball"   

Dora and her friends must complete a “ruff” mission to help their puppy friend Cusco reunite with his brothers before Doggie Adoption Day in Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! Viewers can learn Spanish and more with this multilingual DVD, while also exploring three bonus episodes including Dora’s journeys to Magic Land, Opera Land and Fairytale Puppet World! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! arrives on DVD on August 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD includes the following episodes:
  • Doggie Day!
  • Magic Land!
  • Dora Saves Opera Land
  • Puppet Theater

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD Fast Facts
Street Date: August 4, 2015
Catalog: 59168869000 (USA); 59168870000 (CN)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish and French Dolby Stereo
S.R.P.: $14.99


26.7.15

Great books from @disneyhyperion for #SummerReading

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School is about to start here, but that doesn't mean that the reading has to end.  I know that kids have a good amount of school work, but lucky for us, some of it includes nightly reading.  When I was growing up, my Nana would make me read the newspaper to her, she said it would help with my reading and my vocabulary.  I did it, but I know I would have had more fun reading books that were filled with characters I loved too!!! (She did take me to the library all the time, so no worries, I had fun reading material too!)  Anyways, I wanted to share a few new books from Disney Publishing.  If you don't want to add to your home library, think about buying a couple and donating them to your local school, the kids will love you for it!!!!

Age 6-8
Join Anna and Elsa as they discover a mysterious mountain monster, have a royal sleepover, babysit the trolls, and more! With 12 Frozen stories that can each be read in 5 minutes, this padded storybook is the perfect fit for bedtime, storytime, or anytime!

Age 3-5
Take Cinderella’s puppy, Pumpkin, on the go with the new Palace Pets Touch-and-Feel Purse Book. This exciting new format is sure to become every young girl’s favorite accessory.

Age 3-5
During a game of hide-and-seek, Stuffy finds an adorable rollie toy named Squibbles. Squibbles follows Stuffy everywhere -around the park, in the clinic, and, worst of all, in all of Stuffy’s awesome hiding places! Everyone thinks Squibbles is adorable, but Stuffy thinks the little fuzzball is a huge pest! It’s up to Doc and Stuffy to find Squibble’s owner, but after spending time with the fun little toy, will Stuffy be able to give him up? Join Doc and her toys in their adventures in this special hardcover storybook with colorful illustrations.
 
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