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28.1.15

Wonder Years Season 2

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Most shows today are not really family friendly (I hate admitting that, but I feel that way most of the time).  I feel like most shows are showing things that are inappropriate or the language is questionable...  But, there is a timeless classic that is sure to make everyone laugh and is perfect for the whole family! 
I told you before that Marc was a huge fan of the Wonder Years and I enjoy watching them as well (although I will say that I was not a die hard fan like Marc, but that might be an age thing too.)  If you are looking for a show to show what your childhood was like to your kids (sneak in a bit of childhood history) or you are just looking for a great show to watch, remember that the Wonder Years has FINALLY been released. You can purchase the whole season (or if you are not ready to drop that much money at once, you can purchase the seasons individually, as season 2 has just been released!)
 
 

For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late "60's, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).  Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.
In Season 2, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life.  Kids don't know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys.  On the home front, older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some back-bone.  His inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pas Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to stop developers from destroying Harper's Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories.  Re-pave paradise and put up a... mall?
 
 
Were you a fan of the Wonder Years? 

27.1.15

Need a Good Nights Sleep? @Breathe_Right #Giveaway

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Looking for a better nights sleep?  Why not look at trying Breathe Right Nasal Strips?
To be honest with you, I always associated them with people that snore, but even if you "think" you don't snore, you might want to try these out!  Read the article about snoring solutions if you are a snorer, or sleep next to one! 
We were sent samples of the Lavender Scented Strips to check out and let me tell you, it is a bit weird (to me) how it works!     It is this little strip, sort of like a bandage, but hard and not really "flexible" like bandages are.  You lightly scratch the top, like a scratch and sniff sticker, and you are greeted with a lavender aroma.  I did not think it was strong enough to be bothersome, but you do smell it, as that is the point of the scent! 
I had a hard time getting it to fit on my nose.  I will admit that I do have a smaller nose and most friends joke about it... so I was thinking that the children's size might actually be a better fit for me. Marc was excited to see them when they showed up in the mail and immediately put one on that night before he went to sleep.  He woke up saying that he liked the way the felt and that the scent was a relaxing one.   Since I did try it out ( I wanted to see how it worked) I will try and explain to you how it felt.  The easiest way to explain it was to say that it felt as though the nasal strip pulled the nasal passage open (remember I said it was a stiff material.)  It was not an uncomfortable feel, but it does take a minute to get used to it being on your face.  In the morning, it was easy to just peel it off, like a bandage normally is. 
 
Feel free to click on over to the FAQ to learn even more about Breathe Right Nasal Strips.
If you are interested in checking the lavender strips out, make sure to enter the form below!
 
I received the Breathe Right products/images mentioned in my post from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. I recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

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Looking for a different Valentines Gift? Love them with @Lottie_dolls

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Growing up, I loved playing with dolls and I loved a certain movie about a fun little girl that was the daughter of a pirate.  She was red headed ( Just like me) I love that this doll isn't like other dolls that have make up and non-realistic body proportions...   This is a great doll for open imagination play and the different themes of the dolls are sure to make kids excited to open this up! 
I think that this would be a great Valentines (or birthday) gift for a kid you know!!!
 

There is a pirate themed raft race at this year’s Branksea Regatta which starts at the pier and ends with a treasure hunt on Smugglers Cove beach. Lottie reads the tale of Grace O’ Malley, a real life pirate who lived many years ago in Ireland, and decides that Grace is going to be the inspiration for her crew. Grace’s father was a clan chieftain who taught her to sail and she eventually came to be in charge of hundreds of men and many ships and became a very powerful woman; a ‘Pirate Queen’.
Includes:
  • Brown corduroy shorts
  • Green sash
  • Orange and white striped long sleeve top with removable skull and crossbones patch
  • Pale blue waistcoat with black felt and button contrast detail
  • Cream tights
  • Pirate boots with buckle
  • Black Pirate Hat
  • A cutlass sword
  • Grace O’ Malley collector cards
Launched in August 2012, Lottie™ is a new, innovative doll for children aged 3- 9. Since her debut, Lottie has won 19 awards in the USA, Canada and UK, including 5 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards, generated international press coverage and been the beneficiary of positive parent and blogger reviews. Lottie is now on sale in 30 countries.
Lottie is fun and educational; an affordable, aspirational ‘pro girl’ doll.

Lottie's Key Features

  1. Child-Like Body

    Lottie’s body is based on the average proportions of a 9 year old girl, developed alongside academics in the areas of child psychology and nutrition. Lottie represents a healthy view on body image, and is a positive role model.
  2. Age Appropriate

    Lottie is all about doing many of the activities a real child her age would do, and is not concerned with growing up too quickly. Lottie doesn’t wear make-up, high-heels or jewellery.
  3. Ethnically Diverse

    Lottie dolls come in a range of diverse eye, hair and skin colours.
  4. Relatable #justlikeme

    Lottie wears the kind of clothes that kids wear in real-life, whether that is pretty party dresses, hard-wearing clothes and boots to get muddy outdoors, sportswear or fun dress-up costumes! Lottie is doing all the activities that ‘real’ kids do; be they ‘girly’ activities like ballet, or imaginary tea parties, getting muddy outdoors, being sporty and active, as well as robot- building projects, to stargazing and fossil-hunting. Imaginative dress-up play too, whether as a Queen or a pirate or superhero. Lottie represents all the positive, different facets of childhood, without limitation.
  5. Tactile Fabric and Hair

    Lottie’s hair is made from premium quality Saran, which has a wax component and a silky texture which means it does not tangle or knot. Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabric, with great attention to detail, and has Velcro fastenings, easy to dress and undress.
  6. Bendable Knees

    Lottie encourages children to be active and outdoorsy, she has bendable knees, and ball socket hips and arms. Lottie’s head can move from side to side, and Lottie can do the splits, all of which help for gymnastics, karate and playing with friends.
  7. She’s 18cm tall, and can stand on her own two feet

    (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small!)
  8. Awards

    Lottie has won 19 International awards, including 5 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards.
 

26.1.15

I Love You Near and Far

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Photo Credit - Sterling Publishing
 
 
A new book that we have added to our library is from Sterling Publishing, I Love You Near and Far. This is such a cute book and as soon as Broxton saw it, he immediately took it in the car with us for a ride to the store.  We have read it a few different times and I just think it is too cute.
It started off as a cute book that hit home for me, with Marc being in the military.  The miles were once far when he was deployed, but we talked about the love from daddy could go across miles and that is what this book tells. Since daddy is home now, we used this book to talk about how much he loves his family that isn't close in miles, but is super close in our hearts!  We love this book and love reading it and talking about all of our loved ones! 
 

I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child's point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near—but remain very close at heart.
Marjorie Blain Parker has written many picture books, including When Dads Don't Grow Up (Dial Books for Young Readers), Hello, School Bus! (Scholastic), and Mama's Little Duckling (Dutton Children's Books), which School Library Journal called "a standout." She lives in Denver, CO. Check out more of Marjorie's work at marjorieblainparker.com. 
Jed Henry lives in Provo, UT. Most recently he's the author and illustrator of Cheer Up, Mouse! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and I Speak Dinosaur! (Abrams). His book Can't Wait Till Christmas, written by Mike Huckabee, was a New York Times bestseller.

Kidz Bop 27 --- on CONSTANT PLAY in the car

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You know you have a kid that loves music when he sees the commercial for Kidz Bop and immediately starts asking you for the cd.  That is what happens to us whenever they release a new one!  I actually enjoy it, because the music is sung BY KIDS - FOR KIDS, so I don't have to worry about any issues with profanity!
The latest Kidz Bop has been on constant play in the car since it arrived in the mail!  He loves it and well, after a million times of hearing the same song, I just end up tuning it all out!  

The songs on Volume 27:
 Shake it Off
All About that Bass
Fancy
Boom Clap
Rude
Problem
Am I Wrong
Maps
Really Don't Care
Latch
Break Free
Cool Kids
Shower
Rather Be
Say Something

The thing is, he loves it so much (and truthfully, I love watching him sing and dance as he sings the songs, not knowing that I am watching him) but now  he has even bigger "dreams" ---  He has decided that he wants to go to a Kidz Bop show... and MEET the KIDZ that sing all the songs!  I don't know how or where that wish came from, but it is all he talks about now!  
If you have a music lover in your house, look at grabbing the newest cd!  This would also make a great gift for any teacher that might play music in the class from time to time!  I was thinking about giving a copy to the PE coach at school, since I noticed he does play music when they are doing their exercises some days!  Maybe you could buy a few CD's and donate them to your local PTA, that would be a great item to have on hand for any PTA functions!   Talk about a great way to know that they aren't hearing songs that have the wrong words in there!  

24.1.15

Drawing With Mark

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We have not watched a video yet ( not been on our best behavior yet, so we are working on not talking as much and listening more!)  but I did want to go ahead and share with you a great idea for a budding artist in your life!  
With Valentines around the corner, you could give the gift of drawing and skip the candy this year, if you are one to give gifts for that special day!  I think this would be fun and since it is geared for kids 5-9, I know when we do break it out, we will have an awesome time! 
Hosted by former Disney illustrator Mark Marderosian, the critically-acclaimed, nationally broadcast, multi-award winning series teaches kids of all ages how to draw, while also taking them on education journeys to fun and exciting destinations.  Each multi-episode DVD includes journeys, drawing lessons and a specially-designed insert with drawing exercises - perfect practice for any budding young artist!  Additionally, each DVD includes a bonus drawing lesson, and a draw-along booklet with a coloring page insert.
 
DRAWING WITH MARK includes 6 DVDs: A DAY WITH THE DINOSAURS & REACH FOR THE STARS; WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM & HAPPY TAILS, LET'S GO TO THE ZOO & ZOO STORIES; GOOD TO GROW & LIFE ON THE FARM; SOMETHING FISHY & A DAY AT THE AQUARIUM and the special three episode volume TAKE FLIGHT, AS THE WHEELS TURN & FIRE STATION.
 
A professional illustrator and creator of "Angels from the Attic," a comic strip that appears in 50 newspapers nationwide, Marderosian has a soft spoken and highly educational demeanor similar to Mr. Rogers and has been teaching children how to draw for over 20 years. Marderosian, whose  teaching style is inviting, warm and extraordinarily nurturing, teaches simple basic art lessons and discusses shapes, parallel lines, shading, dimension, stick figures and action lines, so the budding artist can feel comfortable moving forward and expanding his/her creativity. 
 
DRAWING WITH MARK is currently broadcast on 150 television stations reaching over 350 cities nationwide, is an entertaining, interactive, educational series featuring live action as well as animated "Angels from the Attic" characters.
 
In addition to its Parent's Choice and Creative Child Magazine awards, DRAWING WITH MARK is a Dr. Toy winner for "best vacation" product and was approved by Kids FIRST!, a voluntary collaboration consisting of more than 100,000 members whose mandate is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media. The series is also a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2013 Emmy® nominee in the Children's/Youth category in the Boston/New England area.
 
Have you ever seen an episode of Drawing With Mark?

Funny Side Up - The Tom and Jerry Show

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While Broxton and Marc are fans of Tom (Marc thinks they don't show Spike enough, as that is really his favorite) I personally love Jerry. Maybe it is just because he is so little and cute, but he is adorable to me.  No, I don't want him moving in or anything, but he is cute to watch on TV!
Broxton really enjoys watching this show, especially with his daddy, but let me tell you what we learned in Kindergarten this year... You aren't allowed to wear cartoon shirts if you want to fit in with some of the cool kids...  His was a vintage one, but we had a big discussion about wearing what you want and liking what you want.  Either way, that is here nor there, I just wanted to tell you that The Tom and Jerry Show - Funny Side Up was just released on DVD, so we have a new cute DVD for our collection!  

“With cutting-edge animation and innovative story-telling, The Tom and Jerry Show, has brought a classic cartoon to a brand-new generation of viewers,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up will delight viewers of all ages. We’re delighted to bring another entertaining Tom and Jerry release to consumers.”

Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focus on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him.

Featured Shorts:

·         Turn About/The Plight Before Christmas

·         Tuffy Love/Poof!

·         Top Cat/Mummy Dearest

·         Domestic Kingdom/Molecular Break Up

·         Just Plane Nuts/Pets Not Welcome

·         Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’/Road Trippin’

·         Magic Mirror/Bone Dry

·         My Bot-y Guard/Little Quacker and Mister Fuzzy Hide

·         Pipeline/No Brain, No Gain

·         Cat Napped/Black Cat

·         Hunger Strikes/Gravi-Tom

·         Ghost Party/Cat-Astrophe

·         Curse Case Scenario/Say Cheese
 
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