In the world today kids are getting less active which is really sad. With all the electronic devices at their fingertips, exercising and going outdoors is pushed aside. Kids learn from parents and when we don't motivate them to get out and move, chances are they won't.
Our family is pretty active but there are times when we have to motivate the boys by giving them new games and activities. Just like adults, kids can get lazy when it comes to physical activity..especially if it's boring.
LeapFrog LeapBand . They love taking care of their pets, feeding them and earning jewels. The jewels are like points, so when they get enough jewels they can unlock another pet! My seven year old loves doing the physical challenges as well! They have they popping like popcorn, hopping like a kangaroo, walking like a turtle, etc.
Similar to other LeapFrog products you can choose to set it up via the computer when you first receive it so that you are able to track their progress. The opted to wait for awhile to do this since the boys were excited to give it a try, but all in all it's a simple process and doesn't take long at all.
The band has a high-resolution color screen, is water-resistant and is rechargeable which makes for a very happy mom! My boys can go through batteries like crazy so when products are rechargeable, that's a plus in my book! Not only does it keep kids active, but they also wear it as a regular watch as well! My seven year old loves the stop watch as well. He loves for us to time us to see how fast he can run around the house, bike down the driveway, etc.
Basically the more active kids are with their LeapBand, the more fun they'll have with games and rewards. As they earn points, they can unlock up to 8 pets, play up to level 10 with each pet before unlocking a new one. With each level of play, they get rewards like a variety of toys for their pet. It also helps keep them engaged and learning with mini-games like Pet Boogie and Pet Chef.
In Pet Boogie, they can create and practice a pet dance and with Pet Chef, they help the pet collect food and make healthy snacks! They can play in their pets world and visit Pet Parlor to pamper pets with glitter soap bath or collect new pet toy rewards in Pet Play!!
Both my soon to be four year old and seven year old have enjoyed using the LeapBand, but I will say that my seven year old has it on more than my four year old. He is always doing the jumps, hops and challenges. My four year old uses it mainly to play with the pets at this point.
LeapFrog LeapBand comes in three colors (pink, blue and green) and is available at most retailers like Toys 'r' us and Target for $39.99.
My almost four year old has been potty trained since it was 24 months. We started when he showed signs that he was ready and never had a problem during the day. Now at almost four we still have problems with bed time wetting and lately we have noticed that it was embarrassing him for to put a diaper on him "just in case".
His older brother never picks fun of him for wearing a night time diaper but he sees that as a baby thing and is quick to tell people that those aren't his because he is a big boy. Recently we have had the opportunity to try out GoodNites *TRU-FIT* and they are pretty amazing.
As you can see in the above picture, they look like actual underwear and remind me almost of the cloth style diapers we used to use. There is an absorbent pad that slips into them and no one knows but me and my four year old.
The GoodNites *TRU-FIT* are real, machine-washable underwear with fantastic nighttime protection! You don't have to order these online which is a plus! I have found them in our local Walmart recently which makes it easy to get your hands on the inserts that are needed for these! These give him more confident and he no longer seems embarrassed and afraid that people are going to call him a baby for wearing diapers. There are other night time undies on the market but these are above them all in my opinion.
GoodNites *TRU-FIT* is available for boys and girls in sizes S/M and L/XL. My almost four year old is in a S/M and weighs around 40 pounds. He still has a lot of growing room in them. Just out of curiosity my seven year old tried them on and he is 50 pounds and they fit him as well.
To learn more about GoodNites *TRU-FIT* and bed-wetting, be sure to check out their website GoodNites.com.
Switch on your proton packs because the boys are back in town! Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have joined together to mark the 30th Anniversary of the iconic blockbuster motion picture franchise with an exclusive offer of two new marshmallow Kreme™-filled Ghostbuster treats inspired by the supernatural comedy’s sweetest villains. In conjunction with the release of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release, Krispy Kreme is introducing Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts that will be available September 29 through October 31, 2014 at participating Krispy Kreme® US and Canadian locations. While supplies last. Now through September 29th, contact your nearest participating Krispy Kreme location to pre-order five dozen or more Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Doughnuts.
Visit KrispyKreme.com for your nearest Krispy Kreme location.
Each GoPicnic snack kit is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor, keeping consumers satisfied throughout the day. The convenient, single-serve snacks offer a variety of special dietary options including gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and non-GMO. Like all GoPicnic products, the entire line is free of artificial colors, flavors, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup or added MSG.
GoPicnic’s new line of grab-and-go snack kits features:
Almond Butter + Multigrain Crackers: Creamy almond butter paired with crispy multigrain
crackers. The Almond Butter + Multigrain Crackers snack is gluten-free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO and has 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 270 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Black Bean Dip + Tortilla Chips: Confetti tortilla chips paired with a classic black bean dip. The Black Bean Dip + Tortilla Chips snack is gluten-free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO and has 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 200 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Creamy Herb Dip + Multigrain Pita Chips: Classic herb gourmet cheese dip paired with crunchy multigrain pita chips. The Creamy Herb Dip + Multigrain Pita Chips snack has 8 grams of protein, 1 grams of fiber and 230 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Hummus Dip + Multigrain Pita Chips: Rich hummus paired with crunchy multigrain pita chips. The Hummus Dip + Multigrain Pita Chips snack is non-GMO, vegan and kosher and has 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 210 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Red Pepper Hummus + Multigrain Crackers: Red pepper hummus paired with crispy multigrain crackers. The Red Pepper Hummus + Multigrain Crackers snack is gluten-free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO and has 5 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 170 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Zesty Salsa + Tortilla Chips: Confetti tortilla chips paired with zesty chunky salsa. The Zesty Salsa + Tortilla Chips snack is gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO and has 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 160 calories. MSRP: $2.99
Disney's "Planes Fire & Rescue" is landing on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms November 4th! The follow-up to last year's "Planes" comes the world famous racer Dusty Crophopper who joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. The high-flying comedy adventure also comes jet packed with an all-new exclusive animated short, deleted scenes, music video and more!
I had the opportunity to review Precious Child an album from Darryl Tookes and Joe Black. This beautiful album is written from a Daddy's perspective and celebrating the love of his child. Not too often do we get to hear a children's cd that features jazz as the genre but this album brings us that soft romantic feel. It really is a sweet album. I personally loved The Nursery Rhyme Song - singing a nursery rhymes is a great way to learn them. Rock A Bye Baby is a great classic - you'll be singing this one as you lay your little ones to sleep. This album is written and sung from a Daddy's perspective. A father's love flows through the lyrics - this is such a nice treat. Usually it is the Momma's that sing their love. I just loved that the men shared their feelings as well.
Take one jazz legend -- the late Joe Beck -- who collaborated with practically all the great jazz musicians of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, and Peggy Lee. His work as a producer/arranger/composer included clients like Frank Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, Larry Coryell, and Esther Phillips.
Add to the mix Darryl Tookes, a signature artist with an "angelic" voice (NY Newsday), who has recorded and performed on landmark projects with Sting, Paul Simon, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Carly Simon,. Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Leonard Bernstein, Jessye Norman, and many more.
Season all that talent with two supreme artists' desire to express deep love for their children, and the result goes far beyond commercial interests into the realm of the sublime. This is Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies.
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Daddy's Girl
- The Nursery Rhyme Song
- Only a Matter of Time
- Precious Child
- Daddy's Always Here
- Rock A Bye Baby
- Little One
- I Love You Too Much
- Bye Bye Lullaby/ Brahms' Lullaby
Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies will be available at amazon.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, and many more digital storefronts, with physical CDs available through MGP Records' online store.
Sharing bible stories with little ones is just so much fun! They are discovering the famous stories of Adam and Eve and Noah for the first time. As a mom it is just so much fun to see them learning - and understanding God's story.
I recently was sent Treasury of Bible Stories - Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times for review. This book was lovely! Think Dr. Suess telling bible stories. The tales flow easily on the lips and are adorably written. It starts with Adam and Even and ends with Jesus Rising! The cute pictures add to the wonderfulness of this book!
- Tricked by a Snake
- Every Beast Times Two
- Dreams That Were Dreamed
- Jochebed's Secret Joy
- "Let My People Go!"
- A Wall of Water
- A Silly-Sounding Plan
- A Shout for the Lord
- The Biggest and Toughest
- God's Bigger Plan
- Daniel for Lunch
- Food for a Fish
- Good News of Great Joy
- The Good Dunking
- A Better Path
- The Good Neighbor
- Lost and Found
- The Payment for Our Sins
- He Has Risen!
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
I will be the first to admit that I take tons of video and rarely do anything with them. They set on my phone or video camera and no one ever gets a chance to view them. I had heard of RealPlayer Cloud in the past but just recently took the plunge to check it out.
I am not the most tech savvy person in the world, I mean I didn't jump on the smartphone wagon until seven months ago. I thought for sure that RealPlayer Cloud would be a headache to deal with, but to my surprise it was super easy. I was signed up for my free account and uploading videos in a matter of minutes!
RealPlayer Cloud allows you to shoot videos directly from within the app and add them to your cloud account; free up space on your phone or tablet by adding videos from your camera roll to your account; and move videos on your computer to your account. Since I have started using this program, the family can actually enjoy all the videos that I capture.
Not only does RealPlayer Cloud allow me to organize my videos but I can also share them with family and friends without having to upload to other places. There is also no length limit on sharing a video taken from my iPhone which is pretty awesome!
Since I mentioned that it frees up space on your phone and computer then I'm sure you are wondering how that works. Well once your videos are uploaded to RealPlayer Cloud, not only can you watch them on any device, you ca move them to that device as well. It's easy to do this via download action in your account. Just download the video to whatever device you're on and it will be added to your camera roll or saved to your computer-and automatically formatted for that screen!
RealPlayer Cloud also have recent activity which you can see in the picture I posted above. When you launch the app or visit the website, you will see your most recent activity across all your devices. This enables instant access to resume unfinished videos and see the latest uploads from different devices. For example, if you start watching a video from your account via the web browser, you can easily finish watching on your iPad from the point where you left off. Or if you started an upload from your PC at home and take off to run errands, you can see the upload finish on your Android phone while out-and-about and start watching right away!
This has been a lifesaver for my phone's memory and has always made it easier to share videos with family and friends! You can also view it from the Roku...so stay tuned and I will tell you more about this in a couple of days!!
For more information on RealPlayer Cloud, you can visit real.com. You do receive 2GB of memory free upon signing up for your account, but you can purchase more memory if needed!
BIC USA Inc. is National Pen Sponsor of Kids In Need Foundation National Network of Resource Centers
Through its charitable giving and community care program, BIC HONORS, BIC USA Inc. will provide its well-known line of stationery products, which include pens, mechanical pencils, and correction products to the Kids In Need Foundation. The donated items will be made available to teachers from low-income schools who visit the Resource Centers to obtain free supplies for their students and classrooms.
This sponsorship continues a decade-long relationship between BIC USA Inc. and the Kids in Need Foundation.
“We are thankful to BIC for supporting our mission, which is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing school supplies nationally to students most in need,” said Dave Smith, executive director, Kids In Need Foundation. “We serve 3.6 million students annually, and pens are one of our six core items of essential tools that students need to thrive in school."
“We are thrilled that BIC HONORS can help support the Kids In Need Foundation,” said Susan Lanzarotto, director of Stationery Marketing for BIC USA Inc. “Through this partnership we are helping to build stronger communities by providing our stationery products to students who are in need so that they have the necessary learning tools to excel during the upcoming school year.”
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1995, the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 32 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, two Kids In Need Teacher Grant programs provide K-12 educators with funding to support innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $550 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 3.6 million students and 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.5 million in grants to teachers. Kids In Need has earned the Gold GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency, and has consistently received high ratings from Charity Navigator, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.
Ashley Tisdale makes magic in her Daytime Emmy nominated role as television's favorite teenage witch in the hugely entertaining movie adventure Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch: A Witch and the Werewolf-The Movie that was released today on DVD and Digital HD.
Sabrina, everyone's favorite half-human, half-witch, is back in a magical movie adventure filled with spells, excitement and tons of fun. When a magic jacket turns Sabrina's friend Harvey into an uncontrollable wereworlf, Sabrina's off on a wild chase between the human and witch worlds to stop his rampage. Join Sabrina on her bewitching escapade to find a cure and save the day!
Some of your best Instagram pictures can be too good to stay limited to the computer screen. When you want to bring your digital pieces into reality, use this tutorial to assemble your DIY frames.
Your first step is to obtain all of the materials that you will need to properly complete the project. They include:
Mat (depending on the image size)
Saw tooth hanger
Tape measure or a ruler
You may also benefit from having the following tools on hand:
For the purposes of this tutorial, the instructions provided are based on a project that would frame an image that is 4x4”. For that reason, it will involve the use of a mat.
Begin by centering the image on the mounting board. To make it easier to change mats, the photo can be hinged onto the mounting board. To do this, a strip of hinging tape, such as Filmoplast P90 tape, can be applied to the top of the image, so that half of the strip overlaps the edge of the picture, and the other half adheres to the mounting board.
The mat can either be set on top of the mounting board, or – if the margins are tight between the image edges and the overlap of the mat, ATG tape can be applied to the back of the mat. The mat opening should be aligned with the image, and then gently press down to secure it in place. This will stop the mat from accidentally revealing the photograph edges through the opening. This issue can also be remedied by determining the mat board overlap. This technique can, however, be challenging if too much of the picture is covered by the mat.
Peel the protective paper layer off of one side of the acrylic. It is best to leave the other side covered at this time to reduce the risk of having dust cling to the glazing and to lower the possibility of scratching the glaze during the framing process.
With the paper peeled off one side, place the exposed side down on top of the newly matted artwork. With that in place, you can then remove the second side of protective paper. Be careful as you do this as the remaining paper can be challenging to peel away and can cause the acrylic to lift up and away from the artwork. That can cause a type of vacuum of static to form, causing a surprising amount of dust to adhere to the underside of the glazing. Hold the glazing down as you peel the backing off in order to prevent this highly frustrating occurrence. That extra precaution will save you a lot of anger and/or tears.
Once the two sides of protective paper have been removed, carefully flip the entire “stack” of different materials so that it can be gently set into the frame opening. Place a mounting board down on the back and use a point driver (or use your alternative method of preference, such as wire brads or glazing points) to keep all of those materials in place within the frame.
You’re all set. Your newly completed Instagram picture framing project is now ready to be hung on a wall to enhance the look of any space you choose so that you will be able to appreciate it whenever you want. By following these steps, you’ll have everything you need to complete your framing just as you want it to look.
Read more about Instagram framing at AmericanFrame.com.
Mike is the man behind the mission of getting your picture frames produced and out the door quickly, correctly, with custom frame shop quality. Once your order is placed, it is in the hands of Mike and the many people he has trained over his 35+ years at American Frame. Read more of Mike’s framing tips on his blog – Ask Mike.
I know it's no surprise to all my readers that I love Hallmark Channel Movies. They are all family friendly so I never have to worry about my boys watching them or timing it at a time when they go to sleep.
My Gal Sunday which was released on DVD and Digital platforms on August 26th and our family enjoyed it.
My Gal Sunday is romance and crime-solving combined when Rachel Blanchard and Emmy nominee Cameron Mathison star as an unstoppable husband-and-wife private eye team alongside Jack Wagner.
A newlywed couple proves their crime-solving prowess when their political ties and successful private-eye business suddenly puts them in grave danger. When their parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother, the duo most work together to uncover the clues that will save their parents' lives-and put their own on the line.
All in all this is a must-see in my opinion. Sure, its similar to a lot of romance novel type movies out there but it's still enjoyable. It add just enough suspense to keep the audience interested.
My Gal Sunday is currently available on Amazon for only $12.98.
I started making our own bread a few years ago. I have perfected as I went, but until I had the opportunity to check out Orwashers Artisan Bread: 100 Years of Techniques and Recipes I never realized how much there was still to learn!
Orwasher's Bakers, located in New York, is one of the last vestiges of the thriving German, Czech and Hungarian immigrant population that lived in that area around the start of the 20th century. Established in 1916 under the name A. Orwasher Handmade Bread Inc,. Orwasher's was purchased in 2007 by Keith Cohen and is considered one of the top ten bakeries in America.
In 2009, Cohen collaborated with Channing Daughters Vineyard in Long Island to create a line of Artisan Wine Breads called Oven Artisans. Using wine grape starters and a baking technique that dates back to Ancient Egypt, the special flavor of these breads is created when natural yeast from fermenting grapes permeates the air and lends itself to the leavening process. Cohen Premiered his beer bread in 2010-a chewy, dark-hued creation with a nutty, robust flavor that is created by mixing Sixpoint Craft Ale's Otis Stout into the dough.
The Orwashers Artisan Bread features techniques used to make wine and beer breads, as well as recipes for Orwasher's most famous breads since everyone isn't able to visit this amazing bakery! Inside this book you will discover
- Insider tricks to making artisan bread from one of New York's best bakeries
- Cherished recipes from Orwasher's famous bakery, adapted specifically to facilitate home baking
- Techniques for making bread from artisan starters
Makes 4 loaves.
By using "unusual" ingredients to create new flavors and textures, Artisan Bread is the perfect baking adventure for foodies and cooking enthusiasts a like.
While this is an amazing book filled with delicious recipes I'm not sure how a beginner would do. However, if you are an adventurous baker and always ready for a fun challenge like I am, then this is a book I would highly recommend!
- Talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch to a participating Krispy Kreme shop for one FREE Original Glazed doughnut
- Come in to a participating Krispy Kreme location in full pirate costume for one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the following items: No Weapons Allowed!
Even though we have missed national Lemonade day (August 20) doesn't mean that we still can't enjoy delicious lemonade!
We recently had the opportunity to try Third Street products and were very impressed! The Third Street products are all-natural iced teas, chai and lemonades and are available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide.
The Third Street Pucker Up is Non-GMO Project verified and Fair Trade Certified. It is a tasty blend of organic lemon juice and organic cane sugar. My boys love sharing a bottle of this on occasion. It's one of their favorites when it comes to lemonade.
For a special treat, I have to say that I am rather fond of the Third Street Half and Half. It's also Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Certified and USDA Organic. This is a wonderful balance of ice tea and lemonade. The sweetness isn't overpowering which is what I love since for the most part I only drink unsweet tea.
Recently we had the opportunity to check out an AMAZING recipe book titled, The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet and I have to say that this title rings true! I have tired numerous recipes in this book and not only did my picky seven year old love them, but even my husband found them flavorful and delicious.
One of my boys daily favorite is the hulk smoothie! It's such an awesome way to make sure that they get their fruits and a serving of veggies in them. Normally for my three year old he gets his veggies but my seven year old has never been a huge fan, but stick the word HULK in front of smoothie and turn it green and it's a WIN!!
We all know healthy lunches are vital in keeping kids sharp and at their best all day long, yet recent studies have shown that many school-bought lunches are falling short on nutrition. Homemade lunches are a great way to nourish children with pure and wholesome ingredients while giving us parents a peace of mind of knowing how their food is prepared.
The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is the perfect counter-top companion for parents who are simply too busy to generate limitless recipes and lunch ideas on their own. This guide contains simple and approachable recipes designed to suit every age and every stage, allowing parents too:
- Bring variety back into your lunch box routine with easy to prepare meals
- use fresh ingredients to add a variety of foods to their child's diet
- Prep kids' lunches well in advance
- Makes proper kid-sized portions based on the child's age and needs.
- Ricotta and Jam Pancake Sandwiches
- Cheddar and Pear Quesadilla
- Meatball Dippers
- Homemade Ramen
- Creamy Avocado Pasta
- Blueberry Lemon Smoothie
- Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs
The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet can be purchased on Amazon for $15.80 for Paperback and $11.99 for Kindle.