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Dance Like Nobody's Watching with Odd Squad

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I know some people are all about " no screen time" during the week. Well, we use it in moderation and to be honest, I think each child is different and just because it might work with one, doesn't mean it will work with the others.  For us, we watch one show before bedtime. The show that Broxton is requesting right now?  Odd Squad.  I had never heard of it, but once we started watching it nightly, I think it is a great choice.  An added bonus?  It is all about MATH and that is his strong subject!  He loves it and is really good at it.  I love hearing him answer the questions as he watches the show!!!!  They have a new DVD being released on March 15th!!!  Grab it now and let the learning continue!!!!   (It comes on PBS if you want to watch an episode first!)  

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
When the alarm system at headquarters is triggered, Olive, Otto, Ms. O, and Oscar must avoid a series of booby traps in order to shut it off. They use their shoes to test the various patterns of the booby traps.

Olive and Otto must figure out how and why things are disappearing around town when all Otto wants to do is listen to a song by his favorite band, Soundcheck.

Soundcheck Part Deux
When the members of Soundcheck go missing, Otto and Olive must bring them back together in time for their big concert. Otto uses his special superfan closet to help collect data to solve the case.

A Case of the Sing-Alongs
When Mayor Macklemore catches a case of the Sing-A-Longs, Olive and Otto must discover the cause before the Mayor sings his way out of his job!

O is Not for Old
The agents throw a surprise party for Ms. O and are having trouble making decisions about the details. They send O’Malley to delay Ms. O by various means while they try to figure them out.

Mystic Egg Pizza
With the help of Odd Squad, Delivery Debbie and Delivery Doug must figure out why their food is disappearing.

Have you seen Odd Squad before? 


Ever been to a Swedish Easter Buffet? Now you can at Ikea

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IKEA Celebrates Spring with Annual Swedish Easter Buffet
Tickets to Easter Smörgåsbord Available for $16.99 Adults / $4.99 Kids 12 & Under; Discounted Prices for IKEA FAMILY* Members

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (February 22, 2016) – IKEA welcomes everyone to celebrate the dawn of spring with Påskbord, a Swedish smörgåsbord buffet celebrating the Easter holiday. Join IKEA for an all-you-can-eat buffet at stores** across the country on Friday, March 18, 2016.  Guests can enjoy a traditional meal of classic Swedish food offerings, such as Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, smoked salmon, Swedish ham, and much more at their nearest IKEA Restaurant**. Tickets to the buffet for IKEA FAMILY members cost $12.99 per person or $2.99 for kids 12 and under; for non-IKEA FAMILY members, the cost is $16.99 per person or $4.99 for kids 12 and under.

“Food is a staple for celebrating with family and friends,” said Patricia Meumann, IKEAFood Manager. “In Sweden, Påskbord is a food tradition that brings people together to celebrate spring and the Easter holiday. We look forward to sharing this tradition and our Swedish heritage with our customers.” 
The IKEA Påskbord menu*** includes:

First Course
Assorted herring
Gravad lax with mustard sauce
Marinated salmon with mustard sauce
Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce
Poached salmon

Second Course
Assorted Swedish cheeses
Tossed salad
Cucumber salad
Crispbread, crisp rolls, soft bread and thin bread

Third Course
Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes
Jansson’s temptation
Swedish ham

Desserts & Beverages
Assorted Swedish desserts and cookies
Fountain beverages and hot beverages
Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details – including local seating times – visit the “Store Locator” page on

For those who are not able to make it to the event, they can still bring Swedish Easter traditions home! Visit the Swedish Food Market in IKEA U.S. stores to purchase select items from the Påskbord menu, including KÖTTBULLAR Swedish meatballs, or to explore, find and try ingredients for other Swedish recipes, such as  salmon and avocado salad. 

Ingredients & Supplies
  • 500g LAX FILÉ salmon fillet
  • 2 avocados
  • Approx. 5.25 oz. haricots verts
  • Mixed green salad
  • 1 lime
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder

  • Bring 1 quart of lightly salted water to boil. Boil the haricots verts for 2 min., then keep under running water until cool.
  • Heat a frying pan or grill pan.
  • Season the defrosted salmon fillets with salt, black pepper, paprika and chili.
  • Grill each side of the salmon fillets for approx. 1 minute, high heat. Leave to cool.
  • Turn the beans with the green salad in a bowl and add olive oil, salt and black pepper. Squeeze half a lime in the bowl.
  • Distribute the contents of the bowl on 4 plates and add pieces of the equivalent of half an avocado to each plate.
  • Cut salmon fillets into smaller pieces and distribute on the salad on each plate and serve. Add an optional sauce, for example SÅS PEPPARROT horseradish sauce.

*IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more.  Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.
**Not available at the IKEA Carson store.
***Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

Planes, Trains and Trucks from Word World

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I have no shame in admitting that one of my favorite shows Broxton watched when he was younger was Word World.  I think the creativity is amazing that they made the words into illustration.  The cartoon is cute and it is teaching reading and spelling at the same time.  Education plus fun is winning in my book!!!   We had a few Word World toys (and coloring books) when he was younger, but no DVD's. I am THRILLED that we are adding the Word World DVD's to our DVD library now for Savannah! Yes, she will be getting this for Easter!!!  
Duck’s Family Reunion
Because they have rhyming names (and are both cute and yellow), Duck mistakes a truck for a long-lost relative! His best friend, Frog, is a bit ruffled at the epidemic of silliness going around, but ends up saving the day for Duck and his word “family” when the truck gets stuck in the muck!
Build a Word: TRUCK

Back on Track
While looking through his telescope, Frog notices that Kangaroo’s mail train is headed straight for a broken track! He has to rely on Bear and her tiny new tricycle to get him there to fix the track in time. And as if the tricycle isn’t tiny enough, Dog, Duck, Ant, and all his cousins climb on board to lend a hand. Will they make it in time?
Build a Word: TRACK

Frog and the Bug Band are headed to have some fun on the beach, but not everything goes as Frog had planned. Frog loses the letters “PL” from his plane and must search through the jungle to find them. After some crazy jungle adventures finding more words with “PL” sounds (including a run-in with a giant Frog-kissing plant), Frog realizes that fun doesn’t always have to be planned!
Build a Word: PLANE

The Race to Mystery Island
Pig and Frog are trying to out-do each other. Their competition results in a big race to Mystery Island. Each WordFriend builds himself several words to thwart his competitor along the way. After struggling while competing with each other, Pig and Frog both finally come to realize that the only way they can succeed is to work together.
Build a Word: BOAT

Wee Little Whale
Sheep rescues a tiny whale who is stuck in some seaweed and brings her home to her haystack. They quickly become best friends. But as Whale gets bigger and bigger, outgrowing Sheep’s teacups, bathtubs, and pools, Sheep realizes she must return her WordFriend to the sea. Although Whale may be big, her friendship with Sheep proves to be bigger, and the two discover a way to continue playing together!
Build a Word: SUB

Rocket to the Moon
Frog thinks that in order to build a big rocket he needs big, uppercase letters. While looking for a capital “T” Frog gets roped into watching the Little Piggies. How much trouble could that be? Big trouble when they build their own rocket and end up on the moon! Frog comes to the rescue, and just when he thinks he is stranded on the moon with the Little Piggies, he learns that lowercase letters are just as useful as uppercase ones.
Build a Word: ROCKET

Race to the Spaceship
Frog must help Robot get to the top of WordWorld’s highest mountain and build a spaceship in time to play spaceship tag. By adding one word to another, the WordFriends learn how to make a car, boat, and bike go faster.
Build a Word: SPACESHIP

Flying Ant
WordWorld is all abuzz – today is the Insect Air Show! All the bugs in WordWorld take to the sky to show off their flying skills. All the insects, that is, except Ant, who can’t fly. But Ant is a smart, industrious WordFriend, and with the help of his best pal, Pig, he searches for a word to get him in the air. After a few attempts, they find just the right word to give him the lift he needs to be the hit of the show.
Build a Word: KITE

Are you a fan of Word World like me? 


Caillou and Reading Rainbow? New DVDs being released

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Do you give gifts at Easter?  I remember the Easter Bunny coming to see me as a child.  It was fun to see my basket filled with candy and usually a stuffed animal of some sort.  My cousins always had what seemed to me to be a second Christmas.  It was insane the different gifts that they got.  I am not sure if it was all Easter Bunny, or if their parents gave them some gifts too, but either way, it was a lot of presents.  Broxton normally gets a little basket from the Easter Bunny, but nothing major. Since his birthday is in February (and Valentines is as well) he doesn't get an overload of candy.
I thought I would share a few DVD options if you are looking for suggestions for the Easter Bunny this year! I am most excited about Reading Rainbow!!!!  

Miss Nelson Is Back” – Reader: Ruth Buzzi
Illusions appear in abundance in this episode. As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone’s magic act. Ruth Buzzi reads “Miss Nelson Is Back,” all about a group of rowdy students who try to take advantage of their teacher’s absence when she’s out sick, and how she gets revenge on them by pretending to be “the meanest teacher in the world, Viola Swamp.”

Our Big Home” – Reader: Naomi Judd
LeVar visits the United Nations building to learn more about how different countries of the world try to work together. Naomi Judd reads “Our Big Home,” a poem about how everything in the world is connected and how we all must work together to make it succeed.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” – Reader: Helen Mirren           
LeVar and a friend point out that following recipes and cooking foods tend very much to be science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins. Helen Mirren reads “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World,” a tale about a lady who goes to elaborate lengths to get all the ingredients to make a pie after she finds her local grocery store closed.

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express” – Reader: Brian Dennehy
LeVar takes a train ride in this episode. Along the way, we learn about trains and how the transcontinental railroad came to be. Brian Dennehy narrates the true story of how a young teen named Kate Shelley saved the engineers of a train that crashed into a river when the bridge near her home collapsed, and how she got word to the nearest station to alert them to stop the express train.

That’s Mine!
Caillou learns that accidents happen sometimes. When Rosie accidentally scratches Caillou’s bike, he’s determined to take back all of his toys and keep their things separate…until he accidentally breaks Daddy’s guitar string. After breaking the guitar string and talking with Daddy, Caillou forgives Rosie and decides to share his toys once again.

Copycat Clementine
Clementine is being a copycat – and Caillou doesn’t like it. When Clementine copies his artwork at preschool, Caillou thinks this is the last straw…until Clementine admits she’s copying him because she really likes his artwork! With help from Miss Martin, Caillou realizes this is a compliment and he feels much better about Clementine’s copycat ways.

Caillou’s Poster
Caillou is excited about the opportunity to draw a poster for his friend Ted, at the grocery store. When Caillou gets his friends to help him with the poster, but doesn’t share the credit, Leo is upset. Caillou realizes he needs to make things right – and he has the perfect solution: he includes his friends in a photo shoot with their collective “masterpiece.”

Playhouse Play Date
Caillou and Sarah work together to decorate Caillou’s new playhouse. They even plan a playhouse play date for all of their friends! When the big day arrives – and Sarah is sick – Caillou decides to go ahead with the party…but soon realizes it isn’t the same without Sarah, especially since she contributed so much.

Caillou Conducts
The preschool has a visitor – Liz, a musician. She shows the kids all sorts of instruments and Caillou is excited when he’s chosen to be the orchestra’s conductor. In fact, he’s so excited, he can’t stop conducting those around him – at preschool and even at home! When Caillou refuses to share his conductor’s baton he soon learns how easy it is to hurt other’s feelings – and how it feels better to give others a turn.

Caillou’s Song
Caillou wants to learn to play a song on his little keyboard…only Rosie won’t leave him alone. She keeps distracting him, trying to chime in with her drum, and pots and pans, and silly singing. When Caillou sees his sister playing on a pretend keyboard – just like Caillou – he decides to let Rosie join in his music fun.

Where’s Caillou?
Caillou wants someone to play with, but he doesn’t want to play dollies with Rosie…again! In an effort to get away from his pesky little sister, Caillou hides. As Rosie searches around the house for Caillou, her efforts soon turn into a fun game of hide-and-seek…giving both siblings something fun to do!

Do you give DVD's for Easter?
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