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30.7.16

When Penny Met POTUS #RaisingAReader

We like to read here. A little of this and a little of that. Classics that I read and loved as a child, all the way to books about monsters.  Now, we can add POTUS to the list.  Perfect for election year without getting into politics for the younger generation!  

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When Penny Met POTUS is a new picture book by debut author Rachel Ruiz, illustrated by Melissa Manwill.  The ideal book for this election season, When Penny Met POTUS is a unique and clever story that explores how children imagine their parents’ jobs and upended gender expectations. Penny is a young girl whose mother works for the President of the United States – the POTUS. She has heard the term POTUS over and over, but isn’t sure who or what he is.  When she imagines a POTUS she sees a giant, blue, friendly monster – and imagines all the adventures he goes on.  Finally, when she spends a day at the office with her mom, she asks a few questions, looks around, and gets to discover just who and what POTUS actually is - and what he (or she) really does.  The answer – while surprising to Penny – is ultimately just as cool as meeting a monster! 

Tips to help Raise A Reader @RARnational

Although summer is almost over for us, it is still going strong for others.  The list of "raising a reader" tips below talk about summer break, but it can be used throughout the year.  I know that nightly reading is part of Broxton's homework, so we will be trying a few of these tips out.  This is NOT a sponsored post, you guys know I love reading, so I wanted to share this with you!  

Here are some of the Raising A Reader tips for parents:
  • Reading often gets lost in the shuffle of summer activities such as camp, sports and vacation travel. Schedule a regular time to share books with your child and establish a regular routine to ensure reading doesn’t become a low priority and has the same importance as other activities.
  • It’s OK to let your child read e-books if he or she is comfortable using a tablet, but remember, whether it’s an e-book or a print book -- especially for young children -- the most important thing is to spend time together sharing the book. It’s about the experience, not the technology.
  • Make it fun. Have your child come up with a different ending to a story, play ‘what if’ with the characters or the setting, or read the book from end to beginning. Come up with fun ways to engage your child beyond the actual reading of the book.
  • Let your child choose. Books are great, but so are comic books, magazines and even educational websites such as National Geographic Kids or The Discovery Channel. Let them chase their interests and they’ll be reading more than they realize.
  • Create an outdoor reading area so the whole family can enjoy the summer weather and not feel stuck inside. Children generally read indoors, so being outdoors will create a new environment for enjoying a book and boost a child’s enthusiasm for reading.
  • Connect with other families to share books and arrange reading playdates. You can even set up a Facebook group to stay in touch and share ideas, swap books and make plans.
  • Write a book with your child about them, your family, their favorite foods or toy, their friends or whatever interests them most. Your child can draw pictures or use actual photos. If you’re worried that your child spends too much time watching TV or playing video games, have him or her tell you or write a story about their favorite TV show or video game. You can also use one of many templates available to create and print the book on your computer.
  • Invite the family pet to join the book sharing experience. Even if your child can’t read yet, have her ‘read’ the story to you and the pet. Children who can read will be able to practice their skills and children who have not yet learned to read will begin to think of themselves as ‘readers’ which is very important to lifelong learning.
  • Find books that are centered on summer activities he or she enjoys. If your child likes to go horseback riding, for example, find books about horses or stories with horses as an integral part of the plot. This will give a child a welcome change from the types of books read during the school year and better complement their summer.
  • If you are taking a trip, read books about your destination with your child before you leave. Do some research with them on the location and find things in the area they want to do while visiting. And don’t forget to play “I Spy” with road signs or license plates along the way.
  • If you are taking your kids somewhere for the day, such as a pool, the beach, a picnic or the zoo, pack a book to share and have a reading break or two during day. After an hour or so in the water, your child may enjoy 30 minutes of reading on a comfortable chair or even floating on a raft.
  • Create a summer reading challenge with family members or connect to your public library’s summer reading challenge activities. When your child meets the challenge make sure there is time to talk about the book, share the story with others and read the next book.
Raising A Reader is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to helping families develop, practice and maintain literacy habits for children ages 0-8 that are critical for a child’s success in school and in life. The program is evidence-based, with more than 32 independent evaluations showing that Raising A Reader significantly improves language and literacy skills, cognitive development, communication and comprehension skills, school readiness and social competence. Raising A Reader is implemented through a network of community partners that comprise more than 2,500 locations across the country including public school systems, libraries, after school programs, community agencies and other organizations both public and private. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Raising A Reader was founded in 1999 and has served more than 1.25 million families nationwide. 

29.7.16

Target or Walmart Gift Card #Giveaway #BackToSchool


Are you in back to school mode yet?  
It seems like summer just started, yet here we are buying school supplies and all that good stuff.  I thought I would go ahead and throw a gift card giveaway out there for you.  
Target or Walmart - your choice.  $20

Use it for back to school supplies, treat yourself to a pampering goody or two.  Maybe you want to buy groceries or a birthday present?  It doesn't matter to me.  
I just want to say THANK YOU to my readers!   

Enter on the rafflecopter form below.

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I made trail mix!! #sharelittlesecrets #BackToSchool

Looking for a fun after school snack?  Why not grab a few things and let your younger ones help you make a fun "trail mix" for when you need snacking on the go?! 
I will be totally honest with you - I have no creative flow when it comes to cooking or anything food related.  That being said, I deciided to try making trail mix and it was so good mixing it up with dark chocolate treats!   (I am 99 % always going to say NO to dark chocolate.  Well, I used to say no that often, but these little secrets has me saying YES!) 

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We were sent a selection of goodies from Little Secrets to check out and they were so good! We were all eating them plain, just enjoying the candies, but then I thought it would be fun to mix it up and make a trail mix.  Honestly, I was trying to find a way to savor the tastiness for a bit longer too!





I started the whole thing with placing the different candies in ramekins and letting everyone guess what flavor they were.  Each flavor was awesome and now I want to try the newest - Sea Salted Peanut and Toasted Coconut!  (They also have seasonal flavors like spiced pumpkin and peppermint, so seriously.. check them out!)   They have no artificial ingredients, so its okay to treat yourself to a nice mid day snack.  It would also be a great reward system for those that do sweet treats for the younger ones!  (Just a thought!) 

Want to know what I used to make my trail mix?
I didn't measure anything, so just mix in the amount you want to use.
Almonds 
Pistachios
Cashew 
Little Secrets Flavor of Choice 
Cranberries 

I made it, threw it in storage containers and then we snacked on it and packed it for lunches as well!  So good and sweet / salty.  YUM!!!!

What do you add to your trail mix? 

27.7.16

Booginhead to the rescue! Mama Must Have item right here!

Can you believe we just celebrated Savannah's first birthday???  It seems like just yesterday I was planning her arrival and adding things to my registry that I thought we would need. Now, we are a year later and I am still learning about many cool items.  Perfect for baby gifts for friends and family!

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One item that is officially on my EVERY MOM MUST HAVE THIS list?  The blanketgrip from BooginheadThis is not an exaggeration.  This is honest to goodness mama talk right here.  Let me just tell you..
See that photo above of Savannah? Well, it seems WHENEVER we go anywhere, her goal is to work and work until she gets her blanket off of her.  She loves swinging her feet (and grabbing her toes) and just having fun, so you can't get mad at her...  Well, I figured I would be smart and I would zip big brothers jacket around her and then add the blanket, no such luck... She somehow managed to get all of them off.  Talent.  That girl has talent!
We even went to Six Flags once... it was raining and I put the blanket on her to keep her "dry"  Yeah, that blanket ended up in the muddy water.  #momFAIL there.  Oh how I wished I was familiar with this blanketgrip then!  NO need to worry, I am all about it now!  
This thing is awesome!
*** Not my baby, not my blanket.  Image credit - Booginhead

It is a bit too warm to go putting a blanket on her right now, so I don't have an image of our own, but I did want to show you this adorable kid with their blanketgrip!  Booginhead also has pacigrips (and sippy cup holders) We have one of the holders for the sippy cup that we purchased and that thing is a lifesaver.  If you have been around kids, you know that dropping / throwing the cup is a part of life, well instead of trying to dive and catch it, or play scavenger hunt to find it, it stays attached with the grip!  Same thing goes with the pacigrip!  
Savannah has never been the one to need a pacifier, neither was Broxton... but she does like to use one from time to time... We keep the pacigrip with a pacifier connected to it on the car seat strap. She can use it to get her paci or even sometimes she just enjoys playing with the actual grip instead.The one that was sent to us is the sensory pacigrip, so it has that crinkly material in it that makes fun noises!  Whatever works!   

At only $9.99 each, you can spend less than $20 on two mama must haves!  Believe me, she will thank you for it!  I am telling you now, I am ready for the blanket this time. I will win that battle thanks to the blanketgrip!  Are you familiar with BooginHead?  If not and you have a baby or no someone that does, you need to familiarize yourself quickly. 

Garden Lites, perfect after school snack! #BackToSchool

I am not sure when school starts back near you, but around here, we are totally in back to school mode.  I feel as though we just got out and here we are headed back.  You know what that means?  A little bit of back to school posts to help get you ready for a new school year!   Stay tuned, I will be sharing back to school finds and why not throw in a gift card giveaway? The giveaway is a few days away, but I will tell you a secret, posting a relevant comment on all my back to school posts will for sure be an easy bonus entry for the gift card!  
Here we go!!!! 
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Today I want to share with you a snack we have tried in the past and loved, but oh my goodness, we tried a new variety and I am in desperate need to go and buy more ASAP!
Garden Lites.  Are you familiar with them?  


Garden Lites is proud to honor all of their customers who choose a healthy lifestyle, including those who are gluten-free—whether they suffer from Celiac Disease that impacts over 3 million Americans, or simply choose a wheat free diet for other reasons. Garden Lites aims to satisfy these customers’ needs with an entire range of delicious gluten-free foods for anyone making gluten-free choices, whether they have Celiac or just prefer gluten-free!
Oh my word.  These Veggie Cakes are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Available in the refrigerated section, Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes are delicious, vegetarian and only 100 calories! The first and main ingredient in every Garden Lites product is always a vegetable, and the Superfood Veggie Cakes are no exception, packed with seven delicious vegetable ingredients. Superfood Veggie Cakes are perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go, or also as a quick side dish at home to go along perfectly with any meal. It’s never been easier to eat seven vegetables at once.
I'm sneaky.  I didn't tell anyone what these were, except for breakfast muffins.  Once they tried them (and the chocolate) and enjoyed them, then I let them know they were full of veggies!  

Perfectly packaged for your child’s lunchbox are Garden Lites muffins, delicious, filling treats in which the first, and main ingredient is always a vegetable! With just the right amount of sweetness and flavor, these muffins are great for breakfast, lunch, dessert or anytime snack. All varieties are gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy free, Kosher Parve, low in calories and a great source of fiber with 3g of fiber, and 5g of whole grains.  These two ounce muffins are individually wrapped making them great for portability. They can be heated up in the microwave in only 35 seconds or can also be enjoyed at room temperature which is especially great for on-the-go snacking.  Best of all, busy parents can pack the muffins in their children’s lunchbox in the morning, and by lunchtime, they will be perfectly room temperature and ready to be enjoyed!

So, my take on them?  I thought they were wonderful.  Like I said, I was able to review some in the past and while I enjoyed them, the husband didn't so much.  (He saw the packaging and I think it threw a flag up.)  I love vegetables, so it was no surprise to me that I would enjoy.  This time around, I didn't let him see the packaging and once I took them from the freezer and heated them up, I put them in a travel container for him to take to work.  He actually enjoyed them and commented about how great they were.  I will tell you this, I only let him try the muffins.  I had originally planned to have the veggie cakes be part of our dinner one night, but after trying them beforehand, I knew this was a guilty pleasure I would only be sharing with myself.  I actually had them for lunch and dinner on several days, each day thinking I would share, but enjoyed it too much to pass along.  Hey, just being honest here!  Savannah actually enjoyed the muffins too and with Broxton it is never a big deal to get him to eat his vegetables... He loves them for the most part! I do plan on buying more of the veggie cakes, they were AMAZING and I promise to let them get a taste this next time around! 

I think that the Garden Lites line would be a great addition to lunches for the kids.  I also think they would make great after school snacks.  I did notice that they have several "veggie bites" flavors and I know I want to try them all out. Don't even get me started on the entrees!  If the muffins and veggie cakes taste this good, I can only imagine the flavor in those!   

Do you think this is a treat your family would enjoy?  Are you all vegetable eaters already?

Word World - It's Time for School

It is almost time for school to start back around here.  That means we are buying school supplies, getting  ready to get back into the early routine, enjoying the last days of summer... you know how it is.  I always hear about little siblings that get upset they aren't headed to school, so I thought it would be cute to share a DVD with you from PBS that helps preschoolers get ready to read!   WORD WORLD!!! We love that show!!!! 

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Image Credit - Amazon
Word World - It's Time for School

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing eight stories from PBS KIDS’ WORDWORLD series on the new DVD “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL.” In addition to going on eight fun-filled adventures with the WordFriends, WORDWORLD fans will find a special bonus book inside this DVD that features 16 pages of activities. The Learning & Activity Book offers families another fun way to teach kids new words and reinforce reading skills. This book, which features coloring pages, word searches, and other activities, will be included within this DVD for a limited time.

“IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” will be available on DVD July 26, 2016. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes and its SRP is $9.99. The “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” DVD includes the stories below.

“Shark’s First Day of School”
It’s the first day of school for the youngest WordFriends, but Shark is afraid to go. With the help of his good buddy, Duck, and some gentle encouragement from their teacher, Cat, Shark’s fear turns to confidence, and by day’s end he’s at the head of the class.
Build a Word: FLAG

“The Best Nest”
It’s Duck’s turn at show-and-tell at school, and he wants to bring the thing he loves the best: his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time?
Build a Word: NEST

“Sandbox Surprise”
Duck and Dog become curious about compound words when they discover the word “sandbox” is made of two words. How many words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose?
Build a Word: SANDBOX

“Duck At Bat”
Duck loses the letter “b” to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. He tries to build other words to hit the ball – MAT, HAT – but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word…and hit a homer!
Build a Word: BAT

“Totally Terrific Duck”
Bear is going to paint everyone’s picture today, and Duck wants to look “totally terrific” for his portrait. Not to worry! Frog and Sheep help him build a tie, top hat, and tutu – because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter “T.” A tie, top hat, and tutu? Now that’s one totally, totally, TOTALLY terrific-looking Duck!
Build a Word: TIE

“Tick Tock Space Clock”
When a mysterious rocket lands in WordWorld, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock. He searches all over WordWorld, listening for the special sound that will lead the robot to the clock that will save his home planet.
Build a Word: CLOCK

“Dog Wants to Play Ball”
Dog wants to play ball, but he’s having trouble communicating with his friends. Pig, Sheep, and Frog each think Dog wants to do what they want to do. When Bear actually takes the time to listen to Dog, Dog gets his wish…and everyone has a ball!
Build a Word: BALL

“Welcome Home, Duck”
Frog, excited about Duck’s return from a long vacation, makes a “Welcome Home” banner to hang over Duck’s nest. Problem is, the dock connecting Frog’s log to Duck’s nest has broken, so Frog has to find another way across. Frog tries building a sock and a block to replace the dock, but it’s not until he builds a rock that he can land on, halfway across the pond, that he’s able to get across the water to Duck’s nest.
Build a Word: ROCK

26.7.16

Wild Garden Snack Packs #BacktoSchool

I am not sure when school starts back near you, but around here, we are totally in back to school mode.  I feel as though we just got out and here we are headed back.  You know what that means?  A little bit of back to school posts to help get you ready for a new school year!   Stay tuned, I will be sharing back to school finds and why not throw in a gift card giveaway? The giveaway is a few days away, but I will tell you a secret, posting a relevant comment on all my back to school posts will for sure be an easy bonus entry for the gift card!  
Here we go!!!! 
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I don't know if they still have "snack time" in second grade, but I know they did in Kindergarten and First.  It was hard to try and find a great tasting snack to send in without constantly being on repeat.  Broxton used to be a fan of hummus, but has now decided that he has to be "in the mood" for it.  I love it whenever (and wherever) so when I was sent the selection of Wild Garden Snack Pack to Go, I thought this would be great to share with you all.  It is a hummus snack that does not have to be refrigerated!  I know there are many kids that are Gluten Free, so this works great for them as well!  
Traditional Hummus with Original Multi-Seed Crackers
Roasted Garlic Hummus with Veggie Chips
Traditional Hummus with Sea Salt Pita Chips

I did have a hard time deciding which was a favorite of mine.  They were all so good and I loved that the hummus actually came in a little squeeze pack so that I could put the amount I desired on each cracker / chip and not have a mess.  Each snack pack is packed ready to throw in a lunch box or bag for easy access!    Each box contains a bag with the chips / crackers and then the squeeze pack of hummus.  Easy!   Perfect for snack time in a class.  
This would actually make a great side item for a kid that packs their lunch too.  If you have a child like mine, he walks in the door ready for an after school snack, with these he can just grab the one he wants that day and go ahead and sit down while I am getting his sister out of her car seat and ready for play time.  If you want to stock up on them, this would also be a great teacher idea to throw in a back to school welcome gift!  

If you are looking to order some for you to have at your house, they can be purchased for $3.25 per box online.  

Are you a fan of hummus?  What about your children?  

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!  

Image Credit - Amazon 

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.
 
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