24.4.14

A Fun Adventure @FernbankMuseum

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Summer time is ALMOST here ... I tell you, it seems like I was just crying tears putting Broxton in preschool and now we are almost to the summer before he starts kindergarten!  What?!  
Well- if you are planning a vacation or a stay cation - look no further than visiting Atlanta!  
There really is so much to do around here ... from sporting events to museums, theme parks to many many great places to eat and shop.  Bottom line is that the options are endless... and if you are flying in - you have plenty of options of transportation, but if you want to rent a car, you can travel a couple hours to even more fun and adventure!  
Anyways, I want to share with you my experience at Fernbank, Museum of Natural History.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I posted a photo of the Fernbank sign... now, to tell you about our day:

I was able to take the boys there one day as part of our Spring Break...
I was honestly not really sure what to think, you know... would three boys enjoy a "museum?"
Score a couple points for me!  They loved it!

As soon as you enter Fernbank Museum, you are greeted with these HUGE "Giants of the Mesozoic" dinosaurs.
The boys were completely mesmerized with this (and I tell you, they are pretty massive and attention grabbing!)   
 Fernbank is actually a couple different floors and they give you a map when you enter.  I decided it would be best to start at the bottom and go from there...
Their "special exhibit" right now is actually whales... The 13 year old loved it, since he said they had been learning about whales at school and he was eager to read all about it and compare with what he had been learning.  I was excited that although it was "educational" he was still very excited about it all!  They had whale bones, video where they tagged whales, an area for you to hear whale songs and so much more...

This is a replica whale heart that was large enough for kids to climb through.  I believe there was a little tv set up in there for them to watch a short video, but I did not go in, so I could not tell you exactly.   
After exploring the first floor (they had a section on shells that I would have enjoyed looking at for a longer time, but Broxton wanted to go back to the dinosaurs.)  We did spot the Star Gallery and all of us stood there observing the ceiling in amazement at how peaceful and serene it was.  We then skipped the entry level and headed on to the top floor.....

Having a blast in the Nature Quest exhibit.  
On the top floor, I made the mistake of heading to the Nature Quest Exhibit first.  Once in there, I knew it was going to be quite some time to get the boys out, so I walked around exploring the area...
It was actually REALLY cool and a place that you could literally take the kids there and let them spend HOURS enjoying themselves...
In Nature Quest you have a couple different sections.  It was so neat!
You could go in one area to see all the coral, climb through the big tree house...  Look at little (pretend) turtles in one area, shine flashlights to see what animals you can find in another area, cross a rope bridge, use a pulley system to load items and take to the top floor / lower to the bottom level.  The boys had a BLAST in there and I am not really sure how long we stayed, but I had to pry the 3 of them out of there!!!
Mental note- come back again and plan to just spend most of our time in there!  

The next area we went to was the Reflections of Culture section - that was a quick walk through as the boys were interesting in the Sensing Nature area.....
 That was the second coolest part!  As soon as we walked in, we w ere greeted with a huge bubble making area.  I think they stayed in there making bubbles until I had them leave so that other kids could play!    If you want to be amazed at several different things, make sure you plan plenty of time to check out the Sensing Nature area...
They had the bubble area - several different vision trickery areas, a whole area I never got to and then the coolest - these big circles across the room.. you sat in one and someone sat in the other - then you spoke in your normal voice and you could seriously carry on conversations with the other person like they were right there beside you!     Oh yeah, then there was the section where you could pretend you were on the weather... the ball that has the static electricity (Broxton was AMAZED at that and had to do it over and over and over and over and did I mention over again?)  That and the tornado replica!!!

How big of a bubble can you make?  That was the goal, right?  
 While we were constantly in AWE with all of the discoveries in the Nature area - Broxton spotted more dinosaurs... So, we headed to check it out and explored all the other exhibits throughout Fernbank.
Like I said, if you are looking for a great time -  (you don't have to tell them its educational too) make sure you check out Fernbank!  It was a blast for the 4 of us and I am sure we will be back again soon!
Now, when people talk about how awesome it is, I can chime in and agree...
Dinosaur Exhibit at Ferbank

19.4.14

Read Along with Frozen

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Disney Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD is a nice new addition to our collection.  Personally, I am a HUGE fan of the movie, Frozen... and I love read along books for Broxton at this age.  With this particular book, I loved that it went a bit more involved with the Frozen story line than other books... and of course, the illustrations are awesome!  Add to it the CD and it is a win-win situation!!!!  
Run out and grab one for any last minute Easter gift ideas!  

Ages 3-5 Series: Frozen
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.Based on the Disney film, Frozen, this exciting storybook-and-CD set features thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original movie voices!

A Tale of Two Sisters

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If you are still looking for a couple last minute Easter ideas.... Keep in mind that Disney has released several new books from the Frozen Movie - for all different age ranges.  One of them is from their "Step into Reading" line - A Tale of Two Sisters.  
This is a step 2 book - "Reading with Help. Preschool - Grade 1.  basic vocabulary.  short sentences. simple stories.  For children who recognize familiar words and sound out new words with help."


Ages 6-8 Series: Frozen
Read along with Disney!
Follow along with word-for-word narration in this early reader based on Disney’s Frozen.Elsa and Anna are the royal sisters of Arendelle. When Elsa becomes queen, she accidentally creates a snowstorm in the entire kingdom!Join the adventure, encounter mystical trolls, meet a funny snowman, and anxiously wait to see if the sisters can save the kingdom in time.

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep

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After heading to the Atlanta Zoo last week, Broxton (like his mom) has fallen in love with the adorable panda bear.    I think they are the cutest things... and after seeing them in person, I love them even more... They are just soo cute and I love their paws!
So- with his new love, imagine the excitement when we opened up a new book the other day featuring a cute panda named Chengdu.  I thought the book was super cute- and just like Broxton since he "could not, would not fall asleep!"    Broxton had to join in with me reading about how Chengdu "could not, would not fall asleep" and we had a great time turning the pages reading this story!  

Synopsis:
High in his tree a young panda named Chengdu lies awake, even though everyone around him is quietly sleeping. He tosses and he turns. He scrunches and he squirms. But it's not until he finds the perfect spot—atop his brother, Yuan—that he finds rest. But now Yuan can't sleep.

This is a cute book and besides being great for an Easter basket, this would be a great way to announce a family trip to the zoo!!!

18.4.14

Honk Honk! Beep Beep!

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We were recently sent a new book for review and Broxton totally loves it!   The latest book?  Honk Honk!  Beep Beep!  by Daniel Kirk.  This is a colorfully illustrated board book that takes us on adventure of the toys through the night....  Broxton has "read" it to me on several occasions and I just love when I see him grab this book!   

Synopsis: 
Father and child rise early for a trip to watch the sunrise on the mountaintop.  Along the way they meet many friendly faces, some headed the same direction, and others in their own vehicles—big rigs, bulldozers and trains--with their own places to go and things to do. Nothing beats the start of a brand new day, especially when there are many vehicles to spot along the way.  

With a simple, playful text and boldly colored, toy-like illustrations, Daniel Kirk captures the fun of a special drive.

This would make a great addition to any Easter Baskets!!!  Do your Easter Baskets ever have books?  

Spongebob, Your're Fired! #review

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Just in time for summer vacation, Nickelodeon has announced the release of a new Spongebob DVD - Spongebob, You're Fired!   This DVD looks to be full of more antics from that big yellow Sponge!  You can also give your little one a little money in their Easter Baskets to let them go and get this once it is released!  (The release date is April 29th)  


SpongeBob, You’re Fired! Episode Synopses:
 
SpongeBob, You’re Fired
In order to save money, Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob. Unable to just “do nothing,” SpongeBob decides to go back to work doing anything, anywhere.
 
Neptune's Spatula   
On a visit to the Fry Cook Hall of Fame, SpongeBob inadvertently pulls a mythical spatula from a vat of ancient grease, thus giving him claim to the title of "World’s Greatest Fry Cook". When the act summons the great King of the Sea, Neptune, however, SpongeBob must face the disbelieving god in the Ultimate Cook-Off Challenge.
 
Welcome To The Chum Bucket          
Mr. Krabs loses SpongeBob's fry cook contract in a bet with Plankton and SpongeBob is forced to go work at the Chum Bucket. While there, SpongeBob is so homesick that he can't even fry up a single patty. At a loss, Plankton tries to comfort SpongeBob by showering him with gifts and attention, so much so that SpongeBob soon acts like a spoiled teenager. Plankton can't take it and ends up begging Mr. Krabs to take SpongeBob back. Mr. Krabs agrees to take him back, but he warns Plankton that it will cost him.
 
The Original Fry Cook
Mr. Krabs’ old fry cook pays a special visit to the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob is in awe of his predecessor, who has since become a world-renowned chef following his departure from Krabs' restaurant. When SpongeBob tries to impress the impressive chef, he instead finds his fry cook skills are in question. Taking the chefs critique to heart, SpongeBob decides to quit - his beloved Krusty Krab deserves someone better. Without his employee of the month, Krabs is stuck with an overpriced chef that will charge him an arm and a leg to flip one burger. He must find SpongeBob and convince him to return to work - or lose a fortune on his original cook.
 
Le Big Switch
After being enrolled in a chef exchange program, SpongeBob switches places with a snooty French chef from a high-end restaurant.         
 
Model Sponge
SpongeBob tries a career at being a model in a kitchen sponge commercial.
 
Employee of the Month
Mr. Krabs uses the award to drive SpongeBob, but he dupes SpongeBob into believing he might break his ongoing winning streak and lose this month to Squidward. Squidward could care less but goes along with the ruse for fun. But when a fearful SpongeBob works so hard he humiliates Squidward at work, the battle for the award begins.
 
Bossy Boots
When Mr. Krabs gives his daughter, Pearl, a job at the Krusty Krab, she starts to make some big changes in the menu and atmosphere. SpongeBob is threatened and doesn't like the new "management" but after a bit he gets used to it. It turns out that Mr. Krabs who hates all the changes, but he doesn't have the heart to fire his own daughter. Mr. Krabs commands SpongeBob to fire Pearl for him, but SpongeBob really doesn't want to. Mr. Krabs gives him an ultimatum, fire Pearl or he's fired from the greatest job he's ever had.
 
Krusty Dogs
Mr. Krabs decides to start selling hot dogs instead of Krabby Patties.
 
License to Milkshake
SpongeBob learns his milkshake license has expired, and is forced to go back to the milkshake academy.
 
Help Wanted
Encouraged by his best friend, Patrick Starfish, SpongeBob overcomes his fears and finally applies for that dream job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Challenged by the owner, Mr. Krabs, and his assistant, Squidward, to prove himself worthy of the job, SpongeBob rises to the occasion, with the help of one very special spatula, by feeding a sea of ravenous anchovies.
 
Wet Painters
SpongeBob and Patrick are wreaking havoc on the Krusty Krab, so Mr. Krabs decides to give them a little busy work. He tells them to paint his living room and gives them permanent paint. Very permanent. So permanent that he threatens to hang their butts over his mantle if they get it on anything. They manage to paint the entire room, covered in knick-knacks, without a drop anywhere…until they see a tiny, microscopic speck on Mr. Krabs' framed and prized first dollar! Their efforts to remove the paint only wreck precious dollar all the more. When Mr. Krabs comes home and finds it, he laughs; telling them the paint comes off with saliva. He licks the dollar and it's good as new. He laughs so hard at their fear of his wrath that he spits all over the room, and the paint drips off of all the walls.
 
Krusty Krab Training Video
The excitement! You are now a member of the official Krusty Krab crew! In this informative episode, you will learn all of the attributes necessary to become an excellent employee in the fast-paced world of fast food restaurants. Everything from personal hygiene to Krabby Patty construction is covered in this mandatory Krusty crew video.
 
Pizza Delivery        
Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob and Squidward go above and beyond the call of duty to make the first successful Krabby Patty pizza delivery. When the two become stranded in the desert, SpongeBob has to prevent the starving Squidward from eating the pizza before they deliver it.    

15.4.14

Marshall Publishing Comes Through Again with the Monster Truck DVD Collection

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Between Easter baskets, Spring Break and Summer Vacation there are plenty of opportunities to give a great gift to a Monster Truck fan you know!  Marshall Publishing has LOTS of DVD Sets sure to excite kids of all ages!  
We were sent the action packed Monster Truck DVD set and have reviewed their train DVD in the past.  Each time, Broxton squeals with excitement when he opens up a new DVD.  

Just check out the action that is packed on this two DVD set:

MONSTER TRUCK FANS HERE THEY COME, THE BIGGEST, BADDEST, TOUGHEST TRUCKS ON EARTH!.... IT’S THE “LOTS AND LOTS OF MONSTER TRUCKS 2 DISC DVD SET and FREE Poster"!”THRILL TO OVER 2 HOURS OF SPECTACULAR, BONE-JARRING, EAR SHATTERING, MONSTER TRUCK CRASHES, FLIPS, ROLLOVERS, RACING, WHEELIES, FREESTYLING AND DONUTS FEATURING SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS TRUCKS IN THE WORLD! WITNESS THE AMAZING ACTION OF YOUR FAVORITE “OLD SCHOOL” ORIGINAL MUSCLE TRUCKS FROM THE EARLY 80’S TO TODAY’S HIGH-FLYIN SUPERCHARGED MEGA-MOTOR MACHINES! CRANK UP THE VOLUME AND LET THE HIGH VELOCITY SOUND TRACKS AND SUPERCHARGED SPECIAL EFFECTS TAKE YOU TO THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!
DISC 1 - THE BIGGEST AND BADDEST You won’t believe your eyes as these “OLD SCHOOL” muscle machines fly through the air - flipping, twisting, tumbling and crunching their way to the ground with parts exploding everywhere! See all your favorite vehicles smash, crash, spin and roll out of control! Plus there’s mud-bogging, demo derby, motocross, daredevils, truck pulls and more! Modified Chevy Trucks and Ford Trucks like you've never seen before!
DISC 2 - TOUGHEST TRUCKS ON EARTH NOW IN WIDESCREEN! Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as we capture the incredible freestyle and racing thrills and spills action of today’s hottest monster trucks! See Bigfoot®, Tailgator, Barbarian, Bounty Hunter®, Outlaw, Hot Tamale, Avenger®, Big Dawg, Double Trouble, Toxic, Equalizer and many more! Plus, out of this world freestyle Motocross, Tuff Trucks, Quads, the car crunching Transaurus, RC Trucks, Kid KJ and more! This is one monster truck experience you’ll never forget!

THIS DVD is NOT available in stores, so head on over to this website and check it out. 
 
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