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24.2.17

Pups Save the Bunnies

Looking for something to give as an Easter gift that isn't chocolate?  Why not surprise them with the cute group of Pups from Paw Patrol?  Right in time for Easter, Paw Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies is sure to bring smiles to your house!
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Just in time for spring, Ryder, Chase, Rocky, Skye and the rest of the gang are back with PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies, a new collection of exciting adventures that releases on March 7, 2017. The number-one kids' TV on DVD franchise, this latest PAW Patrol collection features seven new heroic rescues, including a double-length mission to save Adventure Bay's Easter Egg Hunt. Fans can watch as the pups try to protect Farmer Yumi's vegetable garden, save Mayor Goodway's tulip garden, investigate the disappearance of the songbirds and look for the lost sheep. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies will be available on DVD March 7, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 

PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies includes the following episodes:
  • Pups Save the Easter Egg Hunt - At Adventure Bay's annual Easter egg hunt, the search for a special egg leads the PAW Patrol on an exciting adventure.
  • Pups Save the Bunnies - When hungry bunnies invade Farmer Yumi's farm, Ryder and the PAW Patrol must save his carrots from their furry friends. 
  • Pups Get Growing - When fertilizer causes Yumi's crops to sprout humongous veggies, Ryder and the PAW Patrol must corral the stampeding produce before someone gets squashed.
  • Pups Save the Mayor's Tulip - Mayor Humdinger uses his Kit-tastrophe Crew to sabotage Mayor Goodway's perfect petals for the tulip contest, and night guards Rocky and Chase come to the rescue.
  • Pups Save a Stinky Flower - Mayor Humdinger drops off a gift, a flower that spreads a horrible stink when it blooms, to Mayor Goodway. When she tries to return it to him, she runs into trouble and has to be rescued by the PAW Patrol.
  • Pups Save the SongBirds - When all of Adventure Bay's songbirds go missing, super spy Chase leads the PAW Patrol on a mission to bring them home.
  • A Pup in Sheep's Clothing - The pups gear up and work together to find Farmer Al's missing sheep and catch the culprit who keeps letting them loose.
 

1-2-3 Moose - A Counting Book

March is Reading Awareness month, so I thought it would be nice to share with you a few books that would be great to share with your children this year.  There is no age too young to read to them, so I thought this 1-2-3 book would be perfect for Savannah.  It is a counting book and an animal book.  Oh, did I mention it is a board book, too??  Like I said, perfect!  
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1-2-3 Moose  is a counting board book, but it is also a great photography book with different animals.

Book Synopsis:
Eminent photographer Art Wolfe's images of moose, cougars, mallards, and sea lions are a wonderful visual aid for children learning to count. Wolfe draws inspiration from his home region, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, but the crisp photographs of bald eagles, sea otters, scallop shells, and trumpeter swans have a universal appeal. While the images engage young readers, Andrea Helman's short, accessible text introduces the animals with fun facts, so children learn without even realizing it.

We have really enjoyed this book.  The pictures are amazing and it is nice change of pace from typical children't counting books we are used to reading.  

Do you read to your children?

22.2.17

Odd Squad - The Movie

Math is not my thing. I can do it, but I don't really enjoy it.  Now, my dad and my brother?  That is another thing... they love it and use it every day in their line of work.  I am happy to report that Broxton will be following along them, as he loves numbers and I can proudly say that is is good at it. Last year, I was so happy and excited when we got a report from his school saying that in the math portions of tests, he was considered Advanced!    Yay!!! I know it isn't from me, so I can thank The Odd Squad for showing him numbers are cool and that you do actually use them every day!  He loves this show and when he found out they made a movie, he was so excited!   Now, he can watch it whenever he wants to!!!

Image Credit - Amazon 


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When a rival agency called Weird Team, led by Weird Tom (Jack McBrayer), arrives on the scene with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad suddenly finds it doesn’t have any cases to solve and goes out of business – forcing the agents to close up shop and go back to their lives as regular kids! Using math and teamwork, they soon uncover that Weird Team’s gadget isn’t actually fixing the problems around town, but only covering them up. Olympia and Otis join forces with Olive and Otto to stop Weird Team – and save the world from destruction! Click here to watch a clip from “ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE.”
 
When the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards were announced in 2016, ODD SQUAD earned four Emmys, including “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series” and “Outstanding Directing in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series,” adding to their string of Emmy wins. 

The popular live-action series is aimed at helping kids ages 5-8 learn important math and problem-solving skills. ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. The show airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

Are you fans of The Odd Squad? 
 

20.2.17

I love February, do you? #Giveaway

February is a fun month of celebration around here.
I became a mommy in February.  Valentines is in February.  Mardi Gras is in February. 
That works out great for you!  Want to know why???

I am giving one lucky reader a $20 gift card to your choice of Target or Walmart!
Just enter on the rafflecopter form below! 

Word World - Let's Make Music

There is no denying how much I love books.  I have loved books for as long as I can remember and I will tell you this, nothing sweeter than walking in a room seeing Broxton reading a book.  (Bonus points if he's reading to Savannah!)  He loves reading, ( Oh how I love saying that!)  and I hope Savannah loves it as she gets older too!
We recently had a conversation with my moms group about TV time and while some parents say NO TV, I have no shame in admitting that I will put the TV on when I need me time. You know ... BATHROOM ALONE, cooking, just a moment to think...  I do put on fun and educational shows, so give me some credit!  
Broxton grew up watching Word World and Super Why... and while I know that reading to / with him and him being in school helped, I can't help but think that him watching these shows helped to push him along too!!!  That being said, when I saw that Word World had "Let's Make Music" available, I knew I wanted Savannah to see it. Not only is it reading, which I LOVE, it is also music, which she LOVES!!!!   

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Dancing Dog
It’s the day of the WordWorld Concert and no one is more excited than Dog – he loves music. Unfortunately, he can’t play an instrument. With the help of his good friend Bear, Dog discovers that anyone can make music!

Duck Plays the Piano
When Bug, Bee, and Fly keep interrupting Duck’s piano lesson, Duck learns that some things are worth waiting for. He also learns that when a word has lots of sounds in it, you can build it sound by sound.

The Dancing Duck Bonanza
Duck encourages Shark, who is a great underwater dancer, to dance in his show. When Shark comes up on land to practice, he flops all over the stage like a…well, a fish out of water. But the show must go on! Duck must find a way to put on his show and include Shark.

A Star is Born
Duck gets a case of stage fright while singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” for all his WordFriends. Instead of singing the word “star,” Duck freezes and blurts out the first thing he sees. With a little word building, Sheep and Ant solve Duck’s problem, and soon a “star” is born.

Boppin’ with the Bug Band
Ant is having a band showcase on his radio show and while Bug, Fly, and Bee have some really good music, they need a lot of help with their lyrics. Frog teaches the Bug Band all about rhyming and they eventually give a fantastic performance.

Radio Read-a-Thon
Duck asks Frog to read his favorite book on Ant’s radio station because he can’t read it himself. But when Frog’s tongue gets tangled in knots, Duck realizes that he doesn’t need to know how to read to be able to look at pictures and tell a great story.

Dog’s Having a Party
Dog and Duck want to throw a house party at Dog’s house. But all they have is the letter “H,” and they don’t know what to do with it! With the help of Sheep, they soon realize that “H” is a fabulous letter; with it they can make hotdogs, hats, hula-hoops, and a great party indeed. Hurray!

Bed Bugs
When the Bugs accidentally break Frog’s brand new bed, they scramble to put it back together and make things right. Just one problem: they can’t tell the letters “b” and “d” apart! Can they figure out which letter is which – and rebuild Frog’s bed – before Frog returns home?

WORDWORLD, which won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children’s animated program, is designed to introduce, support, and foster literacy skills in children ages three to five. Young children explore the colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends – animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they represent. In each story, the WordFriends go on adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound. Once the word is built it “morphs” to become the spelled item – N-E-S-T becomes a nest!


Are you a fan of Word World?  

19.2.17

Children and Smartphones. What age works for you?

I am not sure how it is in your house, but around here, Broxton has already started asking for a cellphone. The answer is NO, but I was curious... what age do you think is a good one to start considering purchasing one? The post below is a guest post on thoughts and tips to making a big decision like this.

WHEN SHOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD A SMARTPHONE?
It’s the burning question on every family’s lips: At what age should you buy your kid a smartphone or similar mobile communications device? Ironically, as parenting experts note, there’s no one answer that fits every household. Rather, the decision when to invest in such devices is largely a function of family need, children’s maturity level, and both how well-equipped that you feel your children are to make good decisions and the safety tools that you’ve put in place to catch them if they should stumble.
However, in the interest of providing a succinct answer, be advised: Many parents first introduce a cell phone to kids around age 13. While some households lean a little younger, you’ll find it a fairly reasonable starting point if you’re looking for an opening guideline. That said, it may help to remember as follows from a practical standpoint. When you really should introduce a mobile device to kids’ lives is when there’s actually a meaningful, pressing need to do so. For example, when your child starts after-school activities and will be outside of easy reach and you absolutely, positively need to keep in contact with them.
That said, a few key pieces of advice to keep in mind as you weigh the decision are as follows:
  • Consider buying a cell phone that dials only your contact number if and when kids need to come home alone. Prepaid cell phones can also let you limit call times and features, restrict Internet usage, prevent access to unwanted features, and monitor overall usage, and usage patterns.
  • If you’re concerned about receiving unexpectedly large bills, or kids’ Internet activity, opt out of texting or endless data plans and choose a basic feature phone that forgoes bells and whistles such as downloadable apps, unlimited Web browsing and GPS tracking to limit children’s online interactions.
  • Always read the manual, research and go hands-on with phones, smartphones, tablet PCs or any high-tech device that provides VoIP or digital calling functionality before you hand them over to children. It’s imperative to know the ins and outs of the cell phone you’re considering for your child before you give it to him or her – a good rule of thumb for any high-tech device for that matter.
  • Consider restricting cell phone usage to only taking place in your presence until kids are mature enough to handle calls, texting and online interactions on their own.
  • Be certain to monitor cell phone activity and usage, and review your bill regularly for suspicious calls, activity or communications made when mobile handsets are supposed to have been shut down, e.g. 3AM on a Tuesday night.
In addition, before placing a smartphone or connected devices in kids’ hands, it is also important to share the following safety tips:
  • Never share personal information (e.g. your name, address, hometown, birthday, school or telephone number) online.
  • Never upload pictures or video of yourself onto the Internet where they can be accessed by strangers.
  • Never tell people where you’re currently located or headed soon, including when and where you’re headed out on vacation. Note that location-based apps may introduce check-in or activity-tracking features that may share this information inadvertently unless privacy settings are configured to prevent this.
  • Don’t download pictures, click on email attachments, or visit unsolicited online links from an unknown source.
  • Don’t be afraid to come forward and discuss it if you see something that you have a question about online.
  • Don’t forget that everyone is, to some extent, playing a character online – whether in a mobile video game or otherwise.
  • Set limits on screen time: 60 to 90 minutes makes a good starting point. Every hour of online activity should also be balanced with equal or greater time away from high-tech devices.
As you can see, the decision on when and how to introduce a smartphone to a child isn’t an easy or straightforward one. However, by following a few simple rules and guidelines, it becomes far easier to navigate – and far easier to help keep your kids safe online.
Award-winning professional speaker Scott Steinberg is a bestselling expert on leadership and innovation, and the author of Netiquette Essentials: New Rules for Minding Your Manners in a Digital World, Millennial Marketing: Bridging the Generation Gap and Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty. Among today’s leading providers of keynote speeches, workshops and seminars for Fortune 500 firms, his website is www.AKeynoteSpeaker.com
 
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