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  • Great Responsibility Quotes For Kids

    Inspire My Kids
    Maggie Hofstaedter
    15 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    When you think of the word “responsibility”, what comes to mind? Getting your school assignments done on time? Helping your family with the daily chores? Watching out for your little brother or sister? Responsibility definitely means all those things, but it means something more too.  Responsibility is also about looking inside yourself and doing all you can to be the best person possible. And trying to see what you can do to help others.  In short, when you practice responsibility, you’re on your way to making your life the very best it can be! Here are some…
  • Memorial Day Worksheets for Kids

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    Wendy Piersall
    17 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Free Memorial Day printables for kids, including worksheets, a word search, and a Memorial Day poem. The post Memorial Day Worksheets for Kids appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • My spring body image hack

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    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My 10 Year Old Son Has Cancer

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    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    A lot has been going on behind the scenes of this blog in the last several months. I have started and stopped this blog post so many times, but I know I need to share.In mid December of last year,  my son was diagnosed with cancer in an extremely rare part of his body. He has Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in the boney area near his sinus, nasal cavity and skull base and he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment since Christmas Eve. It is very rare to have this kind of cancer in this area in a pediatric patient. We've been on this journey now for somewhere around 4 months with a…
  • Make Music With Kids This Summer

    Listen & Learn Music
    21 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    We captured this moment in one of our early childhood classes earlier this month, and it is basically the perfect photo for this blog post. An adorable child decked out in her summer shades, clacking away on castanets — yep, pretty much sums it up! I’ve mentioned here before that my early childhood music program really took off last summer, which was my impetus for creating the online course Create, Market, Make Music! It covers all the bases I ran while designing and implementing my own program, from the very beginning planning stages to communicating with families after the…
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  • Cool and Thrilling Summer Fun

    19 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Whether you need to cool off from the hot summer sun or need to take a wild thrill ride, you will come across in just about every state in the USA, a water park or amusement park just right for you and your family this summer.      Summer Spactacular EntertainmentMany of you will hit the roads with your family this summer to visit relatives, friends or enjoy a fun family holiday. ...
  • Armed Forces Day

    11 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    Celebrate the contributions of the United States Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard during war and peace on May 16, 2015.During Armed forces day you may fly your flag on your house and attend some organized events that celebrate the military service members and their importand contribution they make for us each day to keep us safe and free. Below you can find ...
  • Having A Healthy Fun Summer

    7 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Healthy and Safe Summer FunIt is that time of year again when the school year is nearing its completion and you will be away on summer vacation. During this fun time Hellokids hopes that you and your family remain safe and healthy!You may be familiar with the 95210 health initiative program that your school may have participated in during the school year, viewing videos and ...
  • In Honor of Mother's Day

    4 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    Shower Someone Special with Love on Mother's DayAll year long you have someone special in your life that is there for you when you need them, they do special things for you, they guide and lead you, they love you unconditionally. This person may be a mother, grandmother, aunt, or sister. This special person could also be a teacher from school, a neighbor or family friend. Whomever this ...
  • New Book -

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:39 pm
    New Children's Book - Fish Also Go To Heavenwritten by Tammy Brown ElkelesFish Also Go To HeavenYoung Ellie loves her ginger fish. But fish do not live forever. What happens to them?Ellie's best friend is her little goldfish. Spending every moment she can with him and telling him all her secrets. And at school she talks about him all the time as well. But one morning little “Fishie” ...
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  • How to Rise from the Slush Pile When Submitting to Publishers

    Guest Author
    18 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    By Guest Author by Jane McBride   We’ve all heard of it. Many of us have visited it on more than one occasion when submitting to publishers, though our visits haven’t been intentional. Where have we made these unintentional and frequently painful visits?   The slush pile.   For the uninitiated, the slush pile is the abyss where unsolicited manuscripts (those sent to editors by authors they haven’t worked with in the past) too often end up.   How do we avoid this dreaded place?   Let’s start at the beginning, before you’ve ever sent your manuscript off.
  • 10 Rules for Writing for Children

    Guest Author
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.   So, you dream of writing for children.  But are you willing to invest the time and effort?  Many people believe they can dash off a picture book in an afternoon, when in fact writing for children is a complex art in itself.   Begin by making a commitment to writing well.  Here are a few tips.   Take the time to learn the craft. We were all children, but very few of us can instantly produce a book that will appeal to today’s readers. So it’s important to study the craft of writing for children in this generation,…
  • A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload

    Jon Bard
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Jon Bard     Overwhelmed with writing instruction, market leads, helpful tips and “to-do” tasks? Jon has a quick, cheap and effective way to clear your mind and put all the information you need at your fingertips:         This is a post from Read the original post: A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload
  • Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World

    Laura Backes
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Laura Backes Just in time for Earth Day, picture book author Miranda Paul talks about her new picture book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, how to write impactful stories for children, and why we need more diversity in children’s literature.     Isatou Ceesay speaking to a group of children about her plastic bag purse project in Fort Collins, CO in March, 2015.       This is a post from Read the original post: Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World
  • Jon Reviews a Very Cool Piece of Software for Writers

    Jon Bard
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    By Jon Bard   While there are some excellent higher-end software tools to help writers flesh out a story, many lower-cost programs don’t quite get the job done.  Here’s an exception:   Fiction Ideas is an inexpensive Windows program that makes coming up with story ideas and plotting your novel or short story easy and fun.  It’s particularly strong at helping you build characters and develop plots.   In this video, I walk you through the program and demonstrate how to build a story step by step using the software.   Here’s our affiliate link to…
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  • The 2015 School Kids Healthcare Catalog Is Here!

    SKHC Editor
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    It’s been a long time coming, but the 2015 School Kids Healthcare catalog is finally here!  Request your copy today and see new products including: Cardiac Science AEDs CPR RsQ Assist® 30:2 Medstorm Pocket Mask Electric Lice Comb Safetec SaniZide Pro® 2-Minute Surface Disinfectant Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System Also look for new callouts throughout the School Kids Healthcare catalog to quickly find Online Loyalty brands.  With the School Kids Healthcare Online Loyalty Rewards Program you will earn points on your online purchase of select loyalty branded products at published list…
  • Introducing the Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System

    SKHC Editor
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is helping keep classrooms and public buildings safe in the event of an active shooter situation.  The Barracuda™ is a security device that can be installed in a matter of seconds in emergency situations to protect occupants against building intruders. The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is available in three configurations to ensure a perfect fit for your door: Barracuda™ Model DSI for Inward Swinging Doors Barracuda™ Model DSO for Outward Swinging Doors Barracuda™ Model DCS for Scissor Action Door Closers The Barracuda™ Intruder…
  • Hand Washing 101

    SKHC Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Did you know that many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water?  If soap and water are not available you can always use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. So, when exactly should you wash your hands?  Here are some prime examples: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut…
  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    SKHC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.  Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August. Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Addition of CPR RsQ Assist® Device to Product Line

    SKHC Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Cudahy, WI – September 8, 2014 – School Kids Healthcare (SKHC), a leading distributor of school nurse supplies and health room equipment, announced the addition of CPR RsQ Assist® to its growing line of medical supplies and equipment. FDA-Approved CPR RsQ Assist® Makes It Easier for Anyone to Perform Hands-Only CPR CPR RsQ Assist® is a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved hands-only chest compression device designed to eliminate the intimidation factor of performing CPR.  This easy-to-use device guides you through the steps of performing effective CPR, and has been shown in independent…
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  • Home Cookin': Green Pea Hummus

    Erinn Simon
    20 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Everyday, my kids come home from school famished. I’ve learned that I need to get a snack in front of them immediately if I want homework, violin practice or playdate success.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Roots and Wings: Gleanings

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    19 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Roots and Wings is a follow-up to Jessica Lara Ticktin's blog series On the Fly: Homeschooling Adventures Around the World, in which she chronicled her family's recent four-month international adventure. In this series, she explores her family's efforts to incorporate what they learned from their trip into their daily life in Vermont.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Get Out: Microadventures

    Sarah Galbraith
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    For me, life is all about the 5 to 9, meaning the hours that I am not at work. Don’t get me wrong, I love the working hours of my day and view my work as a nonprofit program manager as a contribution to society.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Will You Go Out With Me?: Wings Over Plattsburgh

    Angela Arsenault
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    After a long, frozen winter spent mostly apart (Ryan's band was on tour), Ryan and I wanted to do something extra special for our first date back in the “One Awesome Date a Month” saddle. Our last date was three months ago and between whipping donuts in our car on the frozen lake and eating tasty cider donuts afterwards, it was pretty epic.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Coconut Horchata

    Erinn Simon
    6 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    I love Mexican food all year long, but Cinco de Mayo really makes me want to go all out and try something new. Taco night is a regular thing at our house, so I was so excited when my new issue of Saveur magazine arrived with a feature on the best California tacos.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' citing 'heartbreaking situation' - Washington Post

    Google Inc.
    22 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Entertainment Weekly (blog)TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' citing 'heartbreaking situation'Washington PostOne day after Josh Duggar apologized amid allegations that he molested multiple young girls during his teens, TLC announced that it “has pulled all episodes” of “19 Kids and Counting,” the reality show that made Duggar and his family famous. “We are ...TLC airs 19 Kids and Counting marathon after Josh Duggar child molestation Entertainment Weekly (blog)Josh Duggar: Mike Huckabee Defends the '19 Kids and Counting' StarABC NewsTLC pulls '19 Kids…
  • How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School? - NPR

    Google Inc.
    22 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    NPRHow Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?NPRIt seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in a slum in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good. The study, a working paper and more »
  • Kelly Rutherford Says Ex Won't Let Her See Kids Until She Turns Over Their ... - People Magazine

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    22 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    People MagazineKelly Rutherford Says Ex Won't Let Her See Kids Until She Turns Over Their People MagazineBut the Gossip Girl star tells PEOPLE that Giersch would not allow her to see their kids after arriving in France for her latest trip Thursday – and claims that the German businessman won't let her be with them unless she turns over their U.S. passports.Kelly Rutherford's ex, Daniel Giersch, blocks her from seeing kids in Monaco New York Daily Newsall 16 news articles »
  • New Kids on the Block older, but still have a lot of fun - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Google Inc.
    21 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    New Kids on the Block older, but still have a lot of funMinneapolis Star TribuneNew Kids, who ignited the boy-band craze in the late 1980s and early '90s, have been on the comeback trail since 2008. In 2011, they wove together a brilliantly choreographed concert tour in which they literally shared the stage with Backstreet Boys, ...and more »
  • Mark Zuckerberg says video games can help kids become programmers - The Verge

    Google Inc.
    22 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Christian Science MonitorMark Zuckerberg says video games can help kids become programmersThe VergeMark Zuckerberg credits video games with getting him into programming, and he thinks they could help others kids, too. Last week, the Facebook CEO held a town hall Q&A at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where he fielded questions ...Mark Zuckerberg: Kids playing video games can lead to programming careerChristian Science MonitorZuckerberg: Gaming Helps Kids Get Into TechValueWalkall 4 news articles »
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  • Abusive boyfriend who beat his partner to death the day after she...

    22 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Courtesans, samurai and tender family scenes: Stunning color photos of Edo-era Japan dating from 1863 to go on display Suspect wanted for quadruple murder of CEO and his family busted with a box truck full of cash: Dramatic late night DC arrest of local welder and his five 'accomplices' Husband of murdered maid reveals how he knocked on door of DC mansion at time of attack but left after receiving a bizarre cell phone call from inside saying his wife wasn't there How murdered maid spent 13 years sending money home to her children in El Salvador to pay for their education 'I'll drop you one by…
  • Schools still out for Nepal kids

    22 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    While some schools in Nepal are a week away from reopening following two massive earthquakes, there will be no lessons for close to a million students. Australian aid worker Sarah Ireland has just returned to Melbourne after several weeks in Kathmandu where Save the Children has been busy setting up tents for use as temporary classrooms.
  • Police: Deaths of couple, 2 kids appear to be murder-suicide

    21 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Anchorage police say the shooting deaths of a couple and their two children at a home last week appear to be a case of murder-suicide. Police said in a statement released Thursday that evidence points to Curtis Young III shooting and killing his girlfriend, Desiree Gonzales, and their two children before turning the gun on himself.
  • States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

    21 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to reduce testing time by about 90 minutes was made by the states and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC.
  • Duggar son apologizes after molesation accusations surface accused of ...

    21 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Josh Duggar, a member of the family depicted in the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," was targeted in a police investigation nine years ago over accusations he molested five young girls -- with at least one of the victims being his own sister, TMZ reported Thursday. TMZ and other websites reported that Duggar was accused of molesting as many as five young girls during two occasions at his house dating back to 2002, when he was 14. Some of the girls were asleep at the time, others were not.
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  • Check out these amazing manga competition entries from ComicFest

    21 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Can you spot your entry from ComicFest’s Make a Manga competition? We were so impressed with all your artistic abilities!    
  • Join the Anti-Princess Club – 4 great new children’s book to try

    20 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    If you don’t like pretty pink tutus, pink tiara’s or anything to do with princesses then you might like to check out the Anti-Princess Club series. Grace, Emily, Bella and Chloe are four friends who are sick of the world treating them like princesses. They each have a talent that the world doesn’t normally think a girl should be good at. One is very good at maths and computers, another is good at science, another is really good at sport and the last is good at building and art. And they all have a motto – “We don’t need rescuing”. So take off the…
  • Top 10 childrens DVDs for April 2015

    19 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Last month’s best loved childrens DVDs showed that oldies are goodies, with My Little Pony and the Legends of Chima claiming top billing. Grab these great DVDs for rainy winter indoor entertainment. 1.  My little pony, friendship is magic. 2.  Legends of Chima. 3.  Dragons 4.  Strawberry Shortcake. 5.  Dino Dan. 6.  SpongeBob SquarePants. 7.  The BoxTrolls. 8.  Shaun the sheep. 9.  Dinosaur train. 10. Despicable me.
  • What to do when it’s wet outside

    18 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It is cold. It is wet. And in some places it’s been flooding. You guys can’t just go outside on an adventure in this kind of weather. Although some of you Wellington kids have had adventures indoors using boats to sail through your school corridors. We don’t think you’ll be able to be an indoor pirate all winter long so here are some suggestions for cool as activities you can get up to at home and series you can read from our collection!   101 Dog Tricks: Kids Edition  by Kyra Sundance is a super cool book that has activities you can do with your pet dog! It keeps them…
  • Top 10 Children’s comics April 2015

    17 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    What did April’s favourite comics look like? Snoopy and the gang came in tops! Adventure Time was in the running, we have a brand new Adventure Time Candy Capers that’s just hit the shelves.  It has some great cover art at the back to have a look at.  There’s a new Chi’s Sweet Home on order, so get your reserves in and be one of the first to read the new volume. 1. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz 2. Garfield by Mark Evanier 3. Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka 4.  Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce 5.  Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi 6. Adventure Time by Ryan North 7.
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  • How To Become A Great Cook: Easy Tips And Tricks

    14 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Don’t think of cooking as a chore that must be done. Think of it as a fun, exciting hobby. Anyone can become a good cook when they have the tools and knowledge to learn. The perfect advice is contained in the following article. When you decide to cook with skewers there are a few strategies […] The post How To Become A Great Cook: Easy Tips And Tricks appeared first on Holy Meat Balls.
  • Furniture Buying Tips You Need To Know

    10 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    There is a good bit to know when you buy furniture. You want to find the best price for your needs; one that you’re comfortable with. Many people searching for furniture want to know if this can be done in a simple way and yes it can be done. Becoming educated on the matter can […] The post Furniture Buying Tips You Need To Know appeared first on Holy Meat Balls.
  • Burnt Toast, Ways To Avoid Ruining Your Food

    7 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Cooking is something that is so beneficial and useful in a number of ways. Almost everyone enjoys eating, and it is even better when you or one of your family members is the one that did the cooking. Unfortunately, not everyone has as much skill as they desire. The following article will give you useful […] The post Burnt Toast, Ways To Avoid Ruining Your Food appeared first on Holy Meat Balls.
  • Quick And Easy Fixes For All Your Cooking Questions

    4 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    As with anything else, a novice must start somewhere Most people don’t naturally know how to cook. Luckily, it is fairly easy to learn to cook basic foods. There a few things you need to know before beginning your journey in cooking. The tips below should get you started on the right path to becoming […] The post Quick And Easy Fixes For All Your Cooking Questions appeared first on Holy Meat Balls.
  • Amazing Advice For All Your Cooking Questions

    1 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Not everybody is blessed with amazing skills in cooking. However, even professional chefs can improve their skills. Cooking is a skill that we get better at as we grow in our lives. But, if all you’re looking for are some quick tips to improve your kitchen prowess, this article’s advice can help, too! While it […] The post Amazing Advice For All Your Cooking Questions appeared first on Holy Meat Balls.
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

  • Lesson Plan Ideas for Learning about Clouds

    Lorna Doone Brewer
    17 May 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Here are a few simple and fun ideas for teaching about clouds in the classroom. The post Lesson Plan Ideas for Learning about Clouds appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Summer Watermelon Recipes and Watermelon Carving

    Wendy Piersall
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Watermelon carving and watermelon recipes for summer, 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Plus use our Halloween pumpkin carving stencils to make Halloween Watermelons! The post Summer Watermelon Recipes and Watermelon Carving appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Memorial Day Worksheets for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    17 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Free Memorial Day printables for kids, including worksheets, a word search, and a Memorial Day poem. The post Memorial Day Worksheets for Kids appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Tissue Paper Flower Topiary

    Wendy Piersall
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Make a tissue paper flower topiary perfect for Mother's Day, spring or summer crafts, or for a birthday present for mom. The post Tissue Paper Flower Topiary appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Mother’s Day Story Starters

    Wendy Piersall
    1 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Here are three printable writing prompts for Mother's Day in May. The post Mother’s Day Story Starters appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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  • Homemade Paper

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Give old scraps of paper a new life! Making your own paper is fun and easy.
  • Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your kids can make their own colored chalk with this children's arts & crafts activity!
  • Comic Clips

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    If your family loves the funny papers, they'll love getting creative with this easy activity.
  • Wet Footprints

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This easy outdoor activity provides a fun way to learn about the feet and the length of a stride.
  • Wrap It Up

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have your kids invent packages designed for their favorite products.
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  • I Love You Because…

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ask your preschooler why she loves daddy, and make a "love note" from her answer.
  • Connect-the-Dots Alphabet

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When you make this puzzle for your preschooler, use letters instead of numbers to plot the pattern.
  • Birthday Time Capsule

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Grandparents and grandkids alike can record their responses for preservation in a birthday time capsule.
  • Making Music

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bring a little music into your kids' lives, with instruments they can make at home.
  • Colored Sand Keepers

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Collect some clear glass jars, some sand, and powdered paint, and get started designing your own colored sand keeper!
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  • No Or's, And's, or But's

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this challenging game, you and your child create a story word-by-word.
  • Towel Trick

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Impress your friends with this safe version of whisking the tablecloth out from under items on the table.
  • Tap Dancing

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity shows children how to make homemade tap shoes.
  • Tornado in a Bottle

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this science activity, children create and view a water tornado, using two 2-liter bottles.
  • Categories Unlimited

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Simple word games can get children involved and keep them busy while you cook.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Throwback Thursday – Camp Doll Diaries

    21 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    So much excitement and news in the doll world right now – and its not all AG – but we are also sooo excited for another summer of fun Camp Doll Diaries which starts June 1. As part of the pre-camp fun, today’s Throwback Thursday features Camp Doll Diaries photos from the past by our readers.   From Linda R - Nikki is ironing on her Doll Diaries Camp Iron ons that she ordered from the Doll Diaries Esty Shop. She can’t wait for camp! From Tea Time with Melody Q – Tea Time with Melody Q girls hanging out in the Bison cabin doing the “Create-A-Story”…
  • Matching Dolly and Me Camp Bracelets Made by Finger Knitting

    20 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Karen here and my niece Thea and I had fun making these easy friendship bracelets for camp! When I went to camp years ago we would make a bracelet like this and then add a bead for each station we went to. Here is an easy tutorial for you to make a bracelet like this for yourself your friends and your dolls. To make your own you will need: Yarn Scissors Beads if you wish A Ruler Step 1- Gather your supplies together. Unroll or pull 18 inches of yarn from your yarn ball and use your scissors to cut it away from the ball. Step 2- Make a slip knot on one end of your yarn leaving a small tail…
  • Groovy Tie Dye Shirts for Julie and Ivy

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Julie and Ivy had a tie dye party and each made a shirt. These best friends are right at home wearing tie dye because they are 70′s girls through and through. Tie dye isn’t just for the 70′s, these bright splashes of color are just as cool today! Summer is the best time to have your own tie dye party!  I love summer projects and crafts and this one is a favorite!   Tie dye is perfect under a shady tree in the grass.  Twist and tie a shirt and add color.  My favorite part is discovering the design the next day when you open it up to see the splash of color!   It never…
  • American Girl 30% Off at Zulily Today

    18 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    In case you haven’t already seen it, American Girl has a pretty good selection on Zulily right now. They have the snack cart on sale for $119, dolls and an outfit combos for $99, and plenty of Bitty Baby items, too. If they don’t show up on the Zulily homepage, you may need to type in American Girl in the search bar. If you have not used Zulily before, you need to sign up for a Zulily account in order to see the various deals. Each day new deals are featured and you can heart your favorite brands so that you get a notification when they are on sale . If you invite friends (like I…
  • May 17 Sunday Showcase Part 2

    17 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Sorry for the technical difficulties today! Here are the Sunday Showcase submissions that I did not get uploaded this morning. Thanks again for your patience. From Kristen L.- On the behalf of all my dolls, Grace and Ivy thank Doll Diaries for the Doll Diaries goodies for entering the CDD Logo Contest. From Laura V.  From Katie M. From Suzanne - My Japanese Licca doll relaxes in the new lounge chair I made from an empty sushi container. From Isabella and Kit - All the dolls are headed to the beach. Josie and I planted some Marigolds , and we hope they sprout into big , beautiful , colorful…
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    Science teacher

  • Seeds of faith, seeds of fear

    17 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    "There are no unsacred places;there are only sacred placesand desecrated places."Wendell Berry (from "How to be a Poet")I planted a few seeds back in late winter, when I had faith that the light would return, though I did not believe it. The light has come back (again), and though I cannot believe it was ever dark, I fear its return.Faith and fear drive my past and my future. But neither past nor future are sacred places. Only the real is sacred, and only now is real.What once were seeds now sit in flats,  now growing, now knitting together the stuff of life. The stuff of life is the…
  • Faith in science education

    10 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    We live in a land of magic and ignorance, where faith trumps the seemingly more mundane business of living--faith in a supernatural world, faith in life-saving technology, faith in a life lived on screens, faith in faith.The practice of science holds immense power--there's a reason politicians and economists push STEM--but they confound science with faith in science.Technology is not science.Learning the vocabulary of mitosis is not science.Building bridges from toothpicks and marshmallow is not science."Knowing" the Earth revolves around the Earth is not science.The Church of Science…
  • As the world turns....

    9 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The Next Generation Science Standards needs teachers who know science, and kids who trust their own eyeballs.The idea seems so simple, so basic, that to challenge it leads to ridicule.How do you know the Earth revolves around the sun?What evidence do you have?What evidence do you need? I've got plenty of evidence that the sun revolves around the Earth, evidence easily available to our children. The sun rises from one side of the horizon, and settles a few hours later on the other side.If you sit still in late afternoon, you can see the shadows lengthen. Next time you "teach" a child…
  • Why the Next Generation Science Standards are doomed

    2 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    I really, really like the idea of teaching science to kids. Maybe one day we'll even try it. But the Next Generation Science Standards, as currently written, won't get us there.The drive behind the standards is economic, not philosophical. It's about children being prepared "to succeed in a global economy," about "essential preparation for all careers in the modern workforce," for fixing our "high-tech trade deficit."Even so, I had hope--science is science, and a child immersed in studying the patterns of the natural world, learning how to analyze, mastering the logic needed to pull…
  • Lessons from Ferdinand the Bull

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The blossoms are blooming again--originally posted a year ago.The Story of FerdinandThe cherry blossoms are a week late this year--they know better than I do when the bees will be around, so I do not begrudge their timing.Several cherry trees line Liberty Street here in town, a road I've walked a few thousand times on my way to and from Bloomfield High School. A few have branches low enough for me to bury my nose into their blossoms, so I do, but not before I check for bees. The bees have work to do.We are (mostly) visual creatures. We analyze light, look for patterns, capture it digitally so…
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  • Adventures for the Long Weekend

    22 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Memorial Day weekend. Huzzah! It’s finally here. As always, we have lots of fun plans in mind. Here are a few on our weekend wish list: Listen We’re hoping the weather will be kind to us tonight, so we can check out Cassidy Holden and the Orleans Kids at Congress Square Park in Portland. The event is part of the Portland Swing Project, which showcases music and dance from the 1920s-40s through live music, dances and performances. CP#1 and #2 love all kinds of music, and we can’t wait for them to experience live jazz. Explore CP#1 broke her foot while running in heels (true…
  • Fast and Easy Frozen Yogurt

    15 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Ever since reading this cookbook, our family has worked hard to eat whole foods as often as possible. We’ve also given up weeknight desserts, and sip homemade smoothies or enjoy big bowls of fruit with fresh cream instead. Our new favorite treat is this easy frozen yogurt that you can make in a food processor. And all you need is four simple ingredients: the frozen fruit of your choice, whole milk yogurt, honey and lemon juice. That’s it! Serves 2-3 2 cups of frozen strawberries, mango, or the fruit of your choice 1/4 cup of whole milk yogurt 1-1/2 Tablespoons of honey…
  • Shop Maine Mother’s Day Wish List

    6 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Mother’s Day is MP’s favorite holiday. What’s not to like about a day devoted to moms and all they do? She has a few items on her wish list this year—all from some of her favorite shops and craftspeople in Maine: MP has admired this necklace from Turtle Love Co. for years now. Their mom and baby necklaces are pretty darn cute, too. Wyler’s in Brunswick is one of MP’s favorite gift shops. She spotted these sweet succulent plants on their Facebook page. The colorful pots would look great in the kitchen. MP has been running for over a year now, thanks to this…
  • May Celebration: Broadturn Farm

    1 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    It’s May! Finally. Our lawn is becoming greener, flowering trees are in bloom, and there are daffodils sprouting up everywhere. Last year, to celebrate this greening of our landscape, we traveled to Broadturn Farm in Scarborough for a May Day celebration. MP has long admired the farm for its beautiful flowers and farm-based educational programs. She couldn’t wait to visit with the kids and Grandma Cookie. When we arrived, we found a collection of little ones and grown-ups circling around the May Pole. CP#1 and Grandma quickly joined them. CP#2 on the other hand, played the too cool for…
  • April Vacation Week Wish List

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    CP#1 broke her right foot over Easter, so our school vacation plans are limited to places we can easily get around. We’re considering a trip into Boston to visit the Franklin Park Zoo. MP, who is in need of warmth and flowers, is especially intrigued by the indoor tropical rainforest. And the zoo also provides wheelchairs to guests on a first come, first served basis, which will be a great help to our injured girl. If Boston doesn’t make it into our plans, we may try going local to the Maine Wildlife Park. MP and DP haven’t been there with the kids since they were toddlers, so it will…
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    Playground Confidential

  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Image via Flickr cc license.  Beards and man buns can step aside because the latest dude trend is the dadbod. It all started about a month ago when Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” on The Odyssey. Then last Thursday New York Mag’s The Cut tried to figure out what ... [Read more...]The post The real reason I dig a dadbod appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Asia de Cuba - New York

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's Asian cuisine engineered by a Cuban born and raised chef done with a Latin twist. It speaks true to the character of New York City as its innovative, appeals to the senses and runs the fine line between sophisticated and whimsical. There's a representation through the food of one man's dream to make it big in New York, this man being chef Luis Pous but more importantly it holds a much larger significance within a unique social context.  The menu is exquisite and genuinely original. From black bean & plantain empanadas to ginger & papaya marinated palomilla, there's something…
  • The Wave - Philip Thurston

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s a natural phenomenon where gravity is defied and so be it is logic, a point in a vast ocean where one wave does the unnatural by going against the grain. You can either attempt to understand it or you can simply go with the flow, appreciate it and feel blessed you were there to see it. Relax the mind and appreciate with the heart.     This is in essence what photographer and writer Philip Thurston does, capturing the seldom moments which most of us may never get to see, delivering them via beautifully taken photographs. This stunning piece is far more than just a black…
  • Daniel Buren - Child's Play Exhibition, Naples

    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you are in Naples this summer, check out the Madre contemporary art museum’s, Child’s Play, created by by the 77-year-old French artist Daniel Buren. Buren, known for his use of bold stripes in his installations, cooperated in this work with French architect Patrick Bouchain. As his inspiration Buren used the ideas of Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (1782-1852), the German pedagogue who created the concept – and word - of kindergarten. A large room on the museum’s first floor is now a colorful miniature city where the guests, adults and kids alike, can walk and…
  • Mama Smile - Tokyo

    9 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In this children’s indoor playground called Mama Smile, French-born, Tokyo-based architect, Emmanuelle Moureaux, has created a friendly and harmonious atmosphere that gives both children and parents a break from busy shopping. Located inside a shopping mall in the town of Mito 100 miles North East of Tokyo, Mama Smile looks deliciously inviting with its soft, muted color palette and its friendly visual language employing the simple shape of a house. Moureaux says that the colorful space is also expected to help with the growth of the mind of the child from the viewpoint of…
  • Pretty Beach House - Bouddi Peninsula, Sydney

    7 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How do you create a powerful experience that leaves a mark on your customers? This important question continues to drive brands of all sizes to seminar after seminar. And, sometimes, some brands do get it right, and sometimes, despite substantial investment, they don't. Which is why we loved it when, in 2009, we stumbled on a small, independent Australian resort that had nailed it. In the crowded market of luxury/boutique travel emerges Pretty Beach House, nestled in the escarpment above Pretty Beach on Bouddi Peninsula, on the New South Wales Central Coast just 100 kilometres north of…
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    Little Food Junction

  • Oatmeal Fun -2

    5 May 2015 | 11:37 pm
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-2 ~ Summer brings a wealth of delicious juicy produce, from mangoes to melons from lycheesto stone fruits the list is endless. Of all the summer fruits my family eagerly waits for the special summer bounty of gorgeous ripe luscious mangoes,to eat as it is or for relishing in innumerable gluttonous avatars - aamras, srikhand, popsicles,shakes, smoothies, cheesecake, salsa or as a generous topping on daily oatmeal.  Civet Cat Oatmeal Mango oatmeal - with chopped mangoes, grapes and bananas Scorching summers are…
  • ~Oatmeal Fun-1 ~

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-1 ~ A big bowl of oatmeal with loads of diced seasonal fruits and a light drizzle of honey is my most loved breakfast. Over the years the Indian market has seen a sudden boost in the oatmeal sector, from plain oats to flavored from sweet toppings to savoury Indian versions, the humble bowl of oatmeal has come a long way. Oats is nothing less than a power food, being rich in dietary fibre, it helps one feel fuller for a much longer period of time and makes a perfect kid friendly breakfast too.If your child…
  • Easter

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    ~ Easter 2015 ~Easter is just around the corner and I am sure lil ones at your house too are hopping around and  enjoying their easter/spring  break. The earthy smell of spring ,with a hint of summer in the air,is totally divine. Warm  sunshine has bid adieu to the last winter blooms. The  chrysanthemums and charismatic dahlias have been taken over by vibrant hibiscus and soothing periwinkles and of course ruby Easter lilies are blooming all over. Easter…
  • Alice in Wonderland

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    ~Alice in Wonderland ~ ( featuring Kids Culinaire- kids culinary event ..truly a very first of its kind ) Spring is the most beautiful season of the year !!Warm bright sun, gorgeous carpet of spring flowers and lush green grass with hovering bees and butterflies  is surely a treat to senses. The cool breeze gives the perfect excuse for even lazying around with your favourite book. Lil one is a big girl now (thats what she likes to be called in std 5.) I…
  • Leps' world

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Go Green ( Crazy over Leprechauns !!) Spring is the season of new beginnings. The trees that had shed all their leaves in the winter frost, come to life again. Vibrant colourful flowers, glossy leaves with butterflies and bees hovering all over the bright hued mustard fields and cool breeze makes everything so lovely. My daughter is enjoying her spring  break these days,besides spending her time playing outdoor games with friends she loves reading loads of storybooks.Few months…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

    1 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    I know, it’s not officially summer yet…. but I am so ready for summer! It’s been a chilly spring here in Ohio, after a downright freezing winter, and I’m ready for some sunshine and warmer weather! This lemon cake mix cookies recipe reminds me of warmer days and fun in the sun! The cookies are [...] The post Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • How to Plant a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Spring is the perfect time for family and friends, so why not consider planning a spring scavenger hunt? A spring scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids outdoors, active, and celebrating all things spring. Planning your own is easy especially when you give these tips for how to host a spring scavenger hunt [...] The post How to Plant a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 7 Easy Easter Party Ideas for Kids

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Children love holiday parties and Easter is no exception! If you are planning an Easter party for your little bunnies, take a look below at some helpful tips to make it the best bash yet! Planning your own Easter party for kids is easy, you just need to get a little creative and be willing [...] The post 7 Easy Easter Party Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Who would like to win a $25 Family Dollar gift card? I’m excited to say we have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! The $25 gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions are my own. [...] The post Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • American Girl Party Ideas

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    If your child is a fan of all things American Girl Doll, an American Girl themed party might be for you! You can plan your own American Girl themed party easily and inexpensively, you just need to get a little creative. An American Girl themed party is the perfect way to spend a birthday or [...] The post American Girl Party Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 18

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Back in December, my family moved from one side of the neighborhood to the other with an 18-month-old in tow and another baby on the way. Here I was thinking that was a difficult transition…and then I interviewed music therapist Allison Hingley. She moved across the country with a two-week-old newborn, and that was just one of MANY big life changes Allison went through in a relatively short amount of time. She certainly inspired me to believe that anything is possible when it comes to raising a family and pursuing a fulfilling carer. Allison talks about raising a toddler and newborn…
  • Make Music With Kids This Summer

    21 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    We captured this moment in one of our early childhood classes earlier this month, and it is basically the perfect photo for this blog post. An adorable child decked out in her summer shades, clacking away on castanets — yep, pretty much sums it up! I’ve mentioned here before that my early childhood music program really took off last summer, which was my impetus for creating the online course Create, Market, Make Music! It covers all the bases I ran while designing and implementing my own program, from the very beginning planning stages to communicating with families after the…
  • {Mama Moment} Preparing for Maternity Leave

    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    When I originally laid out my school year schedule way back in August, I wasn’t pregnant and therefore planned to end the spring session at the very end of May as usual. Now here we are, in the final days of May — less than a week away from my due date. And I’m still working. My son’s due date was in mid-June two years ago, and the timing was PERFECT since I was able to finish my spring session and then have a week off before he was born 6 days early. Little did I know just how valuable that week off was! Although I’m still feeling great, it’s getting…
  • Keep Calm and Sing On

    19 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    As I mentioned last week, I’m currently participating in the #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge hosted by Julie Palmieri at Serenade Designs. This week’s prompt was to share a quote that we love and/or makes us think, and then write a blog post reflecting upon that quote. I’ve come across many inspirational, motivating, and thought-provoking quotes in the past, and while the one I shared above may not be the most prolific, it is definitely the most applicable to my life right now. I kind of have a lot going on at the moment, which is not news if you’ve been reading my blog…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 17

    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I sat down to interview Kristen O’Grady via Skype for this episode, she told me about how she and her daughters had just returned from a day trip to the beach. I have to admit, I was a little jealous of how she had spent her Monday. Kristen explained later in the interview that this day of the week is “Girls’ Day” in her family, because she works on Saturdays. I love hearing the details when it comes to how my guests make the best of their busy schedules, and Kristen had some great insight to share. As usual, I was taking notes on some of the ways I can do the…
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    Artful Adventures

  • Manga Self-Portraits

    18 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    I think I’ve written in the past about the comparative lack of creative art opportunities made available to boys – especially by manufacturers. The fact that there are huge numbers of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spring Arrivals in Store

    3 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    It’s been a long time since I last offered a post about some of the new arrivals in store, so I thought it was about time I shared a few of our favourite new arrivals. There is never enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drawing Projects with Children – a Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    There are no shortage of practical books about art out there for children, but speaking as someone whose first love in art is drawing, I was curious to review Drawing Projects for Children by Paula... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drawing with Charcoal

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Charcoal is my all time favourite medium for drawing –  I love the speed and spontaneity of the medium. However there is no doubt that it’s not something used a great deal with young... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Charity Partnership

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Here at Artful Kids, we firmly believe that art and creativity should be a part of every child’s life. To this end, I am pleased to announce that we have teamed up with The Young Gallery in Scotland,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Kid Crave

  • Places to buy custom monster high dolls online

    21 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    After publishing the new monster high doll list for 2015 article, I have received plenty of feedback. One of which is from folks asking for places where they can buy custom monster high dolls online. It seems like these guys are hardcore collectors who have almost every commercial available monster high doll in their collections […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • 8 essential camping gear for babies

    19 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Taking a baby with you on your family camping trip is always going to be a challenge. I remembered going on a holiday trip in Taiwan with one of our couple friends who bought along their 2 year old boy. Oh boy, talk about challenges then! One moment, it was him having a stomach ache. […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Mooshka dolls reviews

    Brooke Dowd Sacco
    15 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Although not as popoular as the new 2015 monster high dolls, Mooshka dolls have a fan base on their own. If you are new to this brand, this review will tell you know why girls are loving it and why you should buy one for yourself or your daughter   What are Mooshka dolls – […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • New monster high dolls 2015 list and names – Preorder them now!

    3 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    Monster high dolls are a huge hit with girls everywhere. As parents, you should skip the Christmas rush and prepare to buy monster high new dolls for 2015 now. Most store don’t have them in stock yet but you can pre order them so that you can be confirmed that your kids will get them. […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Best camcorder for kids review

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you want a gadget that your kid can enjoy for hours, try to buy the best kids camcorder as it can provide hours of fun and exploration. In the past, video recorder or camcorder is something only adults can afford to tinker with. Now, with advances in technology, toy companies are producing state of […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Rain Songs for Kids

    21 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I am just finishing a preschool unit on rain. We have had fun singing lots of Spanish rain songs.  We have also played fun rain games that help kids master the vocabulary associated with rain and storms. I like to give them lots of practice with the different forms of llover, and singing is a great way to do that. Try these Spanish rain songs with your kids. If the song is available on iTunes, I linked the title so that you can listen to the clip and buy the song if you like. If there is a video on YouTube, I linked to that too, but several of the songs are not available there. I have…
  • Animals in Spanish: Wild Animal Activities

    19 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Talking about animals in Spanish introduces children to a lot of language. Learning about animals, children hear common Spanish verbs, descriptive words and vocabulary for the natural world. Of course, kids love animals, so they also enjoy activities and books related to them. Try these ideas for teaching children language related to wild animals in Spanish. These suggestions are part of the Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga series. You can find more information about the series at the end of the post. Songs about Wild Animals in Spanish There are lots of songs in Spanish about wild animals and going to…
  • Emotions in Spanish: Mara sin cumpleaños

    17 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Do you talk about emotions in Spanish with kids? Be sure to take a look at the picture book Mara sin cumpleaños. Peruvian-born author Mariana Llanos publishes stories for children in both Spanish and English. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, Mara sin cumpleaños is perfect for talking about feelings. It is also a very entertaining story! Mara sin cumpleaños is available on Amazon and on the author’s website. Award-winning author Mariana Llanos also has a wonderful program of school visits using Skype or Google+. One of her lessons is about emotions, and she reads Mara sin…
  • Spanish Stories Free Download: Otros Cuentos

    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The idea behind these Spanish stories is so clever! They are bedtime stories that ask kids to participate by drinking a glass of milk by taking a sip when a character drinks.  Jorge Argueta wrote the stories as part of the Otros Cuentos campaign to promote a bedtime routine. All of them use this fun method of engaging kids. In August 2013, award-winning author Jorge Argueta teamed up with the California Milk Processor Board to promote healthy bedtime routines for kids. The campaign encourages kids and parents to enjoy bedtime with a story and a glass of milk. Jorge Argueta wrote 7 Spanish…
  • Homeschool Spanish Curriculum: Calico Spanish

    11 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I have recently had the pleasure of working with Calico Spanish Homeschool Learning Series Level A. What a great program! I am so pleased to be able to share this homeschool Spanish curriculum with you. You can learn more about the curriculum on the Calico Spanish website. Designing a good homeschool Spanish curriculum is very difficult. The content has to be engaging and effective. It also must be presented and structured in a way that parents who are not familiar with the language can successfully teach their children. In other words, designing a quality homeschool Spanish curriculum means…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • A photo diary of our first few weeks after #osteosarcoma diagnosis.

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    While we are months from those first few weeks of treatment, I thought I would share some photos from our first few weeks after surgery. I was going to share some of the photos from the first few days  before surgery - but they are too painful for me to look at right now - when I think about how close we were to some severe permanent physical changes like vision loss and eye loss and cognitive function loss I am overcome with humility for God's goodness and faithfulness to us.Post biopsy/tumor resection.Christmas Day in the hospital...this was a really tough day.Get well cards from his…
  • My 10 Year Old Son Has Cancer

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    A lot has been going on behind the scenes of this blog in the last several months. I have started and stopped this blog post so many times, but I know I need to share.In mid December of last year,  my son was diagnosed with cancer in an extremely rare part of his body. He has Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in the boney area near his sinus, nasal cavity and skull base and he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment since Christmas Eve. It is very rare to have this kind of cancer in this area in a pediatric patient. We've been on this journey now for somewhere around 4 months with a…
  • Netflix's New Original Series For Kids All Hail King Julian

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We are always looking for new shows to watch on Netflix Streaming. Did you know Netflix is releasing yet another We love Dreamworks' Madagascar movies and all the crazy fun spin-offs like The Penguins of Madagascar and of course that hilarious "Lord of The Lemurs" King Julian. Get a sneak peek at the all-new Netflix original series All Hail King Julian. Can't wait for Dec. 19? Me Either.Get ready for the holidays with King Julien's friends from Madagascar...Merry Madagascar is one of our favorites! King Julian and his "Merry Julian-uary" antics make us laugh every time!1. Merry…
  • Easy Cupcake Liner Snowman Craft For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    This Snowman Craft for kids is easy to make. All you need is mini cupcake liners, construction paper, markers, glue, a smudge of paint and glitter (Oh, and a few small buttons).Directions:Start with a piece of blue construction paper.Tear a piece of white construction paper in half to create the snowy landscape. Glue it to the piece of blue construction paper.Flatten out 3 mini cupcake liners. Glue them top to bottom onto the construction paper.With a black marker draw eyes and  mouth.With an orange marker, draw the nose.With the black marker, draw arms out from the middle cupcake…
  • All New Netflix Original Veggie Tales in the House

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My kids love Veggie Tales.They've been watching Bob and Larry since they were very little. We love that you can watch so many Veggie Tale classics on Netflix streaming. As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I just learned that Netflix has teamed up with the folks at Veggie Tales to bring you an all new Netflix original series called "Veggie  Tales in The House." Bob, Larry and the whole gang show up for fun. Each episode has two 11 minute stories centered around an important life lesson. In the very first episode, Larry the Cucumber and Laura the Carrot learn about responsibility when they…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Louis Braille – While Just A Teen, He Became a Pioneer for the Blind!

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    16 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Back in the nineteenth century, when Louis Braille was just three years old, an accident left him blind. As he grew, Louis wanted to read and write, but he felt frustrated with the few slow, difficult methods available at the time for blind people. So Louis came up with an idea, and as a teenager, he invented a special “language code” that would help make it much easier for blind people to read and write. Louis’ code revolutionized the world of blind people, and in his honor it eventually became known as Braille. Today, Braille has made it possible for millions of…
  • Great Responsibility Quotes For Kids

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    15 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    When you think of the word “responsibility”, what comes to mind? Getting your school assignments done on time? Helping your family with the daily chores? Watching out for your little brother or sister? Responsibility definitely means all those things, but it means something more too.  Responsibility is also about looking inside yourself and doing all you can to be the best person possible. And trying to see what you can do to help others.  In short, when you practice responsibility, you’re on your way to making your life the very best it can be! Here are some…
  • Zach Hodskins: One Armed Star Hoopster and Amazing Role Model

    Michael Stutman
    9 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Zach Hodskins was born with one arm, but from a very young age he has focused on his ability rather than his disability. He took a love of basketball, a positive attitude, faith and great determination to build his skills to be become one of the top High School players in Georgia. “I just love basketball so much, and my motivation was so great that, even if I wanted to give it up, I just couldn’t. It’d tear me up. So, I just kept going hard every day, and I made it,” Zach told ABC News. In fact, Zach is not only a top High School player, but has been recruited by the University of…
  • Great Quotes for Kids About Hard Work and Doing Your Best

    Michael Stutman
    7 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Sometimes, doing your best work or trying your hardest at something is difficult.  It may have to do with trying to do something new for the first time, like a new sport or activity at school.  It may have to do with doing homework for a subject that is not your favorite or is not your best. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”  And as Albert Einstein added, “we have to do the best we can.  This is our sacred human responsibility”. Developing the habit of trying your hardest and doing your best work is something that will…
  • Great Leadership Quotes for Kids

    Michael Stutman
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    Anyone can be a leader and the world definitely needs lots more good leaders! What is leadership? It is all around you and shows up in many ways.  Leadership is… Doing the right thing without being asked or when no one is watching Helping others in need Guiding others on the right path Setting a good examples for others and being a good role model Stand up for others even when it may be the hard thing to do Leadership is one of the most important skills you can learn to be the best person you can be and make the world a better place.  The great thing is, you have the opportunity to…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 13 Secret Beach Towns Perfect for Your Next Vacation

    Gabby Cullen
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    You’ve bought a brand-new stash of sand toys and the kids have been modeling their puddle jumpers for the last two days. All that’s left is to scout out a killer spot that’s more Cast Away than Beach Party and doesn’t cost a million (sand) dollars. Perfect for families, and even more perfect for your budget, we’ve found 13 under-the-radar beach destinations to check out when booking the family trip. Flip through to find your newest hidden gem. What’s your favorite beach? Tell us about it in the comments! —Gabby Cullen
  • Life’s a Beach: Fun Sand & Surf Activities for All Ages

    Abigail Matsumoto
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Get ready for fun in the sun (and sand)! Once your little dudes and dudettes have exhausted the waves, there are plenty of land-based activities to keep them busy until sunset. Check out our list featuring everything from relay races to sea-themed scavenger hunts, and ensure that everyone has a blast by the shore this summer. 1. Create Beach Art with Found Shells This two-in-one beach activity is a perfect way for your little explorer to showcase their artistic side. Get an early start and collect as many colorful shells as possible. Then create an outline of your favorite sea creature in…
  • Bury Your Head in 18 Amazing Sand Sculptures

    Christal Y.
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    What does Batman, Albert Einstein and Hello Kitty have in common? They’ve all been recreated out of piles of sand! Better check your toy supply before heading on vacay this year because beach art has gone way beyond castles and moats—recreating classic storybook characters and carving out gigantic replicas of famous people is the new thing. Flip through the gallery to see the magic. Planning on heading to the beach to get your sand fix? Let us know what kind of amazing sculpture you’re going to make!  — Christal Yuen
  • 10 Essential Apps for Portland Parents

    Maura O'Brien
    21 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Ready, set, go! On your next outing, arm yourself with the following apps Portland parents can use to keep the family moving, organized and informed. Whether heading to the zoo, hopping on TriMet, or looking for public art downtown, take a minute to download these essential apps that will make life as a parent far less busy and so much more fun. What are your favorite apps as a Portland parent? Let us know in the Comments below! — Maura O’Brien and Marianne Walters
  • Family Campsites for Fun Summer Overnights

    Rebecca Little
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Grab the s’mores ingredients and flashlights: It’s camping season. There is a lot of rugged wilderness and great scenery in the upper Midwest — which means plenty of room for your kiddo to roam and explore nature. Can’t beat that kind of vacation! From playground-packed campsites with built-in family itineraries to lush open landscapes dotted with waterfalls, here is what you’ll find within a short drive. photo: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park  Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Chicago Millbrook, Illinois – 1 hour away The setting: With play equipment and…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Why I Say Thank You to My Husband

    19 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    I’ve been thinking about this post for a while now. Every time I read a post that belittles someone’s contribution to the family, I’m upset. Often it’s straight up husband bashing. We need to stop. There’s an important reason why I say thank you to my husband. Maybe you should, too? …
  • Backyard Treasure Hunt with Picture Clues

    16 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This #ShareFunshine post is sponsored by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. Create a backyard treasure hunt for friends and family. It’s the perfect activity for a Memorial Day picnic, 4th of July celebration, or any other summertime get together. Using picture clues lets even the youngest treasure hunters play along. It also helps beginning readers …
  • 3 Very Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Scavenger Hunts

    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We’re featuring three books by Eric Carle for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. We had lots of fun creating our own Very Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Scavenger Hunts. StoryToys (our sponsor) sent us The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – Play & Explore app to try out as well. You have a chance to win …
  • Invite the Neighborhood Treasure Hunt

    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Create a neighborhood treasure hunt with sidewalk chalk clues. It’s a great activity for those spring and summer evenings when everyone is outside. The neighbor kids will love the surprise at the end. Invite the Neighborhood Treasure Hunt Start by thinking of clues for your treasure hunt. What landmarks are in your neighborhood? Do you …
  • Farm Animal Treasure Hunt for Toddlers

    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Does your child like animals and finding treasures? Then, you will love this animal treasure hunt for toddlers. It’s so easy and tons of fun! Plus they’re working on lots of skills in the process. Farm Animal Treasure Hunt for Toddlers Gather up some farm animal toys. We used the …
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  • You’ve Asked me About the Next Book

    15 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I have some big news that I’ve been holding on to for a week or so. Deep breath…I have a new book deal!! The book will be published with Roost Books, the publisher of my first book, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. I’m thrilled to work again with my very favorite editor, Jenn Urban-Brown and of course my amazing agent, Erica Silverman. These two women have been the most patient of friends and the best hand-holders as I built up enough energy to write another book. Writing that first book was a huge learning experience, and one of the things I came to…
  • The Best YouTube Channels to Follow for Creative Kids Activities

    15 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As you might know, I recently launched a new YouTube channel for TinkerLab: TinkerLab®TV. The idea behind this channel is to share videos that celebrate hands-on making that encourage creative and critical thinking skills. On my channel, you’ll find project ideas that focus on the intersection of art, science, and technology, interviews, answers to your burning creative questions, and more! Check out my YouTube Welcome Video! The Best YouTube Channels to Follow for Creative Kids Activities To celebrate this launch, I’m sharing 8 YouTube Channels to Follow for Creative Kids…
  • Drawing Prompt | Design Your Own Characters

    7 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    If you’re looking for a fun drawing prompt that encourages imaginative thinking, this Creative Table drawing prompt is sure to please. My four-year old found it enthralling, and soon after completing these, she invented her own prompts for her dad to work on. The idea is simple: Set up a sheet of paper with basic animal or people parts, and then invite your child to fill in the missing parts of the bodies with their own ideas. So, for example, draw bunny ears and a tail, and leave the rest of the image blank. I’ll share some ideas in the photos below. See This Drawing Prompt in…
  • Paper Plate Weaving | Make a Doll Hammock

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Have you ever tried circle weaving on a paper plate? Today, I’ll both share how to make a paper plate weaving, and also how to turn that weaving into a sweet little hammock for a small doll. My girls, ages 4 and 6, adore these hammocks, and my older daughter quickly adopted the one you see here. Check out this video of the entire process — I’ll share more a more detailed tutorial below. Supplies for Paper Plate Weaving Paper Plate Yarn Scissors Popsicle Stick or Choptick Paper Plate Weaving Steps Step 1: Cut notches in around the edges of the plate. This has to be an ODD…
  • Spaghetti Tower Marshmallow Challenge

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Do you know about the Spaghetti Tower Marshmallow Challenge? This is one of those legendary team-building challenges that I’ve been hearing about for ages and have never tried. It encourages the design mindset and supports basic engineering principles.  The basic idea is that a team is given a handful of supplies to work with — spaghetti, tape, and string — and given 18 minutes to build the tallest possible tower that can SUPPORT a marshmallow. And the point of it? The team will practice the design process that includes thinking, doing, prototyping, and iteration. This…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Best Umbrella Strollers of 2015

    Carol Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    A stroller can be a real life-saver for busy parents who have their arms full! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been grateful to have one in my car. Some strollers are more convenient than others, however. This is especially true for the types of activities you frequently take part in where loading and unloading a bulky stroller is not very practical. We found some of the latest picks that moms chose as their favorite to bring you this list of best umbrella strollers of 2015 that are actually quite sturdy and durable.Best Umbrella/Lightweight StrollersConvenient travel…
  • What Are the Signs Your Child is Gifted?

    Carol Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Every parent loves to brag about their child’s achievements, talents, and special skills. It’s perfectly natural for parents to brag on their children and everyone feels their child is so smart. With smart toys designed to challenge and encourage learning and development, it’s easy to see how a child’s intelligence can be influenced. Children’s minds are like sponges that absorb a lot of information, but some may be better at retaining it than others. Your child’s brightness on certain things could be signs your child is gifted. Of course, every parent feels their kid…
  • When to Make Preparations for Baby’s Arrival

    Carol Johnson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There are a lot of things you will need to do before your baby arrives. Being well prepared is important so you have everything covered. I’ve provided this guide on the best time to make certain preparations for baby’s arrival so you don’t have to stress at the last minute.Very few first time parents go into their pregnancy expecting to have an early baby, but prematurity is more common than you might think. Preparing for the unexpected will help make things much easier if your baby does come before their expected due date.Create a Savings Plan Babies are expensive, that’s no doubt.
  • What is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood?

    Carol Johnson
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You have most likely heard of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, commonly known as SIDS, but there is far less awareness of sudden death that occurs in children. What is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, you ask? It affects older children and has no known cause or cure. There’s very little information on this condition, but with future research there can hopefully be more understanding for parents.An estimated 200 children over the age of 12 months die each year in the U.S. unexpectedly from SUDC. Among these, 79% of deaths occurred at home. When there is no determined cause of death…
  • Stainless Steel vs Plastic Baby Bottles: Everything you need to know

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Many women opt to breastfeed when their bundle of joy is born, however as it is not a choice for everyone, bottle-feeding is the next best option to feed your baby the important nutrients and vitamins they need. When choosing a baby bottle, it is automatic to purchase a plastic bottle, as this is one of the most popular choices on the market. However, thanks to new technology and research, stainless steel bottles have become a new way of feeding your little one.PLASTIC BABY BOTTLE Since the glass bottle has become pretty much obsolete, plastic baby bottles have been the popular choice when…
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    Expert Advice

  • SoCozy Brand Video

    6 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
  • The 5 Tips for Happy Mornings

    6 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Sometimes the morning rush hour of out the door for school is more hectic and stressful than bumper-to-bumper traffic. Between breakfast and brushed teeth and homework in the backpack, hairstyling often takes a backseat but it doesn’t have to. We’ve got 5 stress-free time-saving tips to help you get your kids ready for school fast and keep your morning sanity (and your kids from looking like a wreck when they walk out the door). 1. Shower the night before. Imagine a morning when no one is arguing over hot water or pounding on bathroom doors yelling, “Hurry up!”…
  • Boo! Lice Prevention Shampoo

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
  • Behave Styling Cream

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
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    9 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Buy an Instrument Day!

    Colleen Butler
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    It's Buy an Instrument Day! We have lots of fun little instruments: Whistles and Flutes and Kazoos!#BuyanInstrumentDay
  • No Dirty Dishes Day!

    Colleen Butler
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is "No Dirty Dishes Day"!  We only know 2 ways to do this: 1. Eat every meal out Today 2. Use Paper Plates (We Have'em in lots of Vibrant Colours!) Consider Taking a Break from doing the Dishes Today...
  • It's Leprechaun Day!

    Colleen Butler
    13 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    May you have the "Luck of the Irish!" on this Day ... the Day of the Leprechauns!
  • It's Eat what you Want Day!!

    Colleen Butler
    11 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    What do you like to Eat at Parties? (Besides the Cake of Course).
  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Colleen Butler
    10 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    To all those Hard-Working Moms out there ... Enjoy Your Day!
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  • Hands on with the Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box

    Andy Robertson
    21 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    This year’s Toy Box is looking rather tasty for Disney Infinity 3.0, and that’s before you even consider the Star Wars characters and adventures. We had a look at one of the new Toy Box games for this year’s Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Speedway. It offers a kart-racing challenge to play with any of your Disney characters from the current and previous games. The expansion is developed by Sumo Digital on the Disney Infinity Toy Box platform and is an good example of what can be achieved in the game creator with time and talent. Sean Millard from Sumo Digital, explained the…
  • Lego Dimensions trailer adds Doc Brown to the line-up

    Andy Robertson
    20 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    This new trailer for Lego Dimensions not only adds Doc Brown to the playable character line-up but stars Christopher Lloyd himself. Along with a host of new game-play footage and new characters for both DC Comics and Ninjago we get a close up look at the second pack for Back to the Future. This includes Doc Brown, as we said, but alongside him a rather nice miniature Lego-ized version of the time traveling Loco. There’s still no firm news on when we we see Portal, Doctor Who, Jurassic World and The Simpsons confirmed, but already the line-up for the game is getting very long. The…
  • LEGO Mixels series 5 opened at Hamleys

    Andy Robertson
    15 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    With Series 5 Mixels almost in stores we finally have a close up look of both the packaging and the builds themselves. The Lego Mixels support a Cartoon Network series that has proved pretty popular with younger viewers. Each season of episodes comes with its own range of Lego Mixel collectables. What’s nice here is that the toys aren’t in blind bags so you can see what you are getting before you open the pack. As you can see in this video from at Hamleys Toy store in London this didn’t detract from the fun of opening and building each of the new characters.
  • LEGO Jurassic World packs in 20 reptiles

    Andy Robertson
    14 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    The latest trailer for Jurassic World includes an impressive array of different dinosaurs. The final game will include 20. With the game releasing in June it’s no surprise that we are getting more game-play footage of the game and details around how things will work in practice. It seems these dinosaurs are fully playable and also customisable. The thought of romping through the various Jurassic Parks with our own customized Raptor is almost too good to be true. Or perhaps we could pop a T-Rex head on on a super long Diplodocus neck. This is sounding a lot of fun already. Interestingly…
  • Splatoon demo hits the ink spot

    Andy Robertson
    12 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    It’s been a long time coming but last weekend we finally got our hands on a proper “in the wild” demo of Splatoon. First impressions are strong. The game not only ran smoothly throughout but also matched players without delays. As you can see in the video below, it’s a game that players of all ages will enjoy. But the level of depth and immersion involved here is more than we expected. The demo offered four standard weapon loadouts but in the game proper you’ll be able to endless customize how your character looks and plays. The sheer number of options available…
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • CDL 048 – 8 Reasons Why Your Story Matters

    Jeff Stephens
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Why You Need to Share Your Online Journey with Those Around You Last week I talked about digging into the details. I provided 4 reasons you should pay attention to the details when you create and consume content. This week I want to talk about our online journeys. In particular, I want to talk about how we should be sharing our journey with others. (Listen to the audio podcast by clicking on the play button) Your story matters. There is a lot to do when you are building an online platform. The number of tasks on your to-do list seem to only get longer with the passing of each day. How Do…
  • CDL 047 – Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Details in the Content You Create and the Content You Consume

    Jeff Stephens
    14 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Do Not Lose Track of the Value of the Details On this week’s podcast, I dig into the importance of details. I share 4 reasons you need to pay attention to details when you create content and 4 reasons when you consume content. As an added bonus, you can download the FREE Blog Detail Checklist by clicking on the button below. Click Here to get the Blog Detail Checklist This checklist gives you multiple items you need to check before you hit that publish button. Don’t drive your audience away due to silly mistakes and a lack of attention. Make sure you grab the checklist today! Why…
  • How to be an Entrepreneur…Without Being a Bad Parent

    Jeff Stephens
    7 May 2015 | 6:12 am
      5 Ways to Build an Online Business While Being There for Your Kids Being an entrepreneur can be very fulfilling. Being an entrepreneur can also be time intensive and downright grueling. That does not mean it should consume you, especially if you are balancing parenthood while building your online platform. Time is a precious commodity that continues to taunt you. You have glorious ideas of what you could build online, yet life constantly gets in the way. Your kids demand your attention and your job saps your strength. How in the world are you going to be successful as an entreprenuer,…
  • CDL 046 – OMG! What Do You Do When an Influencer Reaches Out to You?

    Jeff Stephens
    5 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Strategies to Capitalize on Potential Relationships with Influencers In this week’s episode of the Crazy Dad Life podcast I share 7 ways you can engage with influencers and maybe establish a true relationship going forward. I also share my Michael Jordan story! (yes, he had me shook) 7 Things to Do When an Influencer Hits You Up Here are 7 quick and easy approaches you can take if, and when, that major industry beast just so happens to send you a message. 1. Calm the F*&$ Down It is natural to be a little freaked out and jittery when someone of influence actually realizes you are a…
  • CDL 045 – An Update on One of My Side Hustles

    Jeff Stephens
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    A Behind The Scenes View Into a New Business Venture In this week’s episode I update you on the latest happenings with one of my side hustles. You’ll hear some of the organizational items we are working through, the status of our audience building efforts, and how we have been hosting live events using the WordPress EventEspresso plugin. You will also hear our next steps and where we are planning on taking the business in the coming months. All of this is to provide a behind the scenes look at a couple of guys standing up a business in our off hours. Hopefully you will learn…
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  • What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

    Tanya Van Court
    8 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Popular culture has long dictated not only which holidays should be considered “official,” but also how we should spend our time and money on each given holiday. Why doesn’t anyone buy a tree for Mother’s Day, as an example? I … read more The post What I Really Want for Mother’s Day appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Three Little Wolves – Thoughts about Baltimore and Beyond

    Drew Kristofik
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    The Co-Founder of two of our favorite New York Kids’ programs, NY City Explorers and Backpacks and Binoculars‘ own Kisha Edwards-Gandsy, wrote a beautiful piece that resonates in the wake of Baltimore’s upheavals this week. She kindly agreed to let … read more The post Three Little Wolves – Thoughts about Baltimore and Beyond appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Mesa Art Studio: The Art of Summering

    Drew Kristofik
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Summer is the perfect time for kids to brush up on artistic skills and, for kids in the Salt Lake City area, Murray’s Mesa Art Studio provides excellent opportunities to spark creativity, explore mixed media (oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolor, … read more The post Mesa Art Studio: The Art of Summering appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Get Your Kids Moving this Summer at i9 Sports

    Darius Goore
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    After a school year spent mostly indoors or behind their desks, summer beckons kids to spend full days running, jumping, and exercising. And parents in the Durham, North Carolina vicinity can take advantage of one of the country’s best sports … read more The post Get Your Kids Moving this Summer at i9 Sports appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Bear & Boo

  • How to Make A Bow Tie Really Stand Out

    11 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    When your little guy dresses up in a bow tie or pairs is with a casual look, sometimes you’ll really want to make it “pop” and stand out against the rest of an outfit. We’ve put together a few style ideas on just how to do that! Check them out below! Pair it with Matching Accessories A matching hat, suspenders, socks, etc. can make the colors in the bow tie stand out and draw your eye to it. Wear it with opposites Wear dark bow ties with lighter colors and light colors with dark. No need to be matchy-matchy, just make it look good!   Wear it with a vest A bow…
  • Grow with other Dads in a Book Club!

    1 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    If you haven’t heard yet, our founder started a book club for engaged dads, dads-to-be, and men considering fatherhood in the future! It’s never too early (or too late) to become the best father you can be. Reading provides insight and information from other parents that can help us learn and grow as we discuss the information and opinions together.There is so much behind the purpose of staring this book club, and we shared it all over at The Good Men Project. Head over there and read about why we feel this book club will be so valuable for fathers!…
  • Maternity Fitness Apparel for Mamas to Be

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Not ready for the accessories yet? We have something for all you moms-to-be who aren’t quite ready to start shopping for baby headbands and bow ties just yet! Maternity fitness apparel is a little scarce if you haven’t noticed…incredible quality, supportive active wear is almost non-existent. Almost. Our good friends at have that support and quality that you want and a little something just for you Bear & Boo fans…10% OFF! Using code: N5IGHPK7 Their mission says it all, and they are determined to give women, not just comfort, but style and…
  • Tips for Cleaning House Before an Event or Travel

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I love more than coming home to a clean house after a nice vacation. There’s already plenty of laundry piled up in the suitcase, so the last thing I want to do is clean the house! Another thing I’m not a fan of is scrambling to get everything squeeky clean before guests arrive. I’ll admit, there have been probably dozens of times where I am mopping floors literally up until someone knocks in my door…and its’ stressful. While this is fresh on my mind because we are both going on a short vacay soon AND expecting…
  • Connecting With Your Kids When Life Gets Crazy

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Let’s face it, sometimes life gets completely crazy, and between school pick-ups/drop-offs, work, running businesses, making meals, or whatever else you may have going on any given day, we sometimes miss little opportunities to connect with our kids and make them feel special. We are very accustomed to these overly-busy days, but we also notice that when there is a lack of enough attention or focus on them, kids tend to get frustrated. This is something that we strongly try to avoid and there are a few things we do to help eliminate our kids from feeling like they are not getting the…
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  • Travel Wardrobe Essentials

    22 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    With the holiday (hopefully now) booked, it’s time to update their travel wardrobe. Our SS15 collection has everything from breezy linens... Read More
  • Blooming Lovely!

    20 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    The wonderfully British, Chelsea Flower Show, has bloomed this week, so we’re celebrating all things floral! With our co-founder, Emily,... Read More
  • Sunuva in Family Traveller

    18 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    We couldn’t be happier with our feature in May/June issue of Family Traveller. Our Reversible Heart Bikini took centre stage... Read More
  • Appsolutely Essential: Travel Apps We Love

    15 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Now you’ve got the holiday booked (the easy bit), it’s time to get organising (the procrastinating bit) – and if... Read More
  • Europe in 5 Outfits

    12 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Effortlessly chic, always luxurious and eye-poppingly beautiful: swoon over these fabulous corners of Europe and discover the accompanying outfits to... Read More
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    Today Box

  • Should We Eat Bugs?

    Erika Lowe
    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Should people eat bugs? TED-Ed explores the practice of eating bugs around the world. The post Should We Eat Bugs? appeared first on Today Box.
  • Sports in Slow Motion

    Erika Lowe
    22 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    You can really appreciate the beauty and skill involved in extreme sports when shot in slow motion. Jacob and Katie Schwartz filmed talented skateboarders, parkour masters, motocross athletes and gymnasts to create this film. The post Sports in Slow Motion appeared first on Today Box.
  • Dog Playing Catch

    Erika Lowe
    21 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    This dog can play catch for hours on the stairs of this house. The post Dog Playing Catch appeared first on Today Box.
  • A Kid’s Imagination

    Erika Lowe
    21 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    What do you like to imagine you’re doing when you play outside? The post A Kid’s Imagination appeared first on Today Box.
  • Fact of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    20 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    House flies can move their wings up to 200 times per second and fly up to five miles per hour! The post Fact of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
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    Time to Dress Up - News

  • Go Wild at Family Friendly Festivals this Summer

    Stephanie Watson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Festivals for me were always about enjoying a few drinks from the cider bus whilst watching bands at Glastonbury.Now I'm a mum, I'm look for a whole different festival experience.Luckily, Camp Bestival is a perfect mix of family friendly fun as well as live music.  The event that takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from the 30th July to 2nd August 2015 and features some great acts for a mixture of tastes, from the Kaiser Chiefs to Professor Green to Ella Henderson, you're sure to find someone playing that takes your fancy. What appeals to me most about Camp Bestival is that it's mostly…
  • We're Now on Alltop

    Ayshea Elliott
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    I'm delighted that our blog has been accepted onto, you can find our feed on, please add us to your feed if you're on there.
  • Top 10 Princess Dresses with a real WOW factor

    Stephanie Watson
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    If your little girl loves dressing up as a princess, then step away from the racks of Disney dresses and give them something really special and unique to dress up in.  Here's our top 10 princess dresses that offer quality and style you won't find on the high street. 10. Ballerina Princess Dress Up Glitter, sequins and a tutu, what more could they want?! This is the perfect dress up for the girliest of girls and comes in a range of sizes from 18 months to 8 years. 9. Candy Princess Dress Up With glamorous  jewels on the bodice, this beautiful pink princess costume with silver trim is just…
  • A Party Fit For a Princess

    Stephanie Watson
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Frozen was so 2014, it’s all about Cinderella in 2015 with the release of the latest adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh so there’s no better time to throw a princess party.  A princess party is a delightful theme for your little girl’s birthday and whilst it seems very gender-specific, don’t forget, every princess wants her prince, so boys are allowed! The enchanted castle To decorate for a princess party I think anything girly works.  So think pom poms, balloons, feathers etc in pinks and lilacs.  A nice touch, is to get a balloon arch made for the princesses to walk through…
  • Hop, Skip and Jump into Easter!

    Stephanie Watson
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    Make your Easter egg-stra special by dressing up your little one in a fabulous high quality Easter bunny, chick or lamb fancy dress costume.  Your baby may be too little to take part in an Easter egg hunt, so dressing them up is a cracking way for them to be involved in the they'll look super cute! Deluxe Easter Bunny Fancy Dress This is our most detailed Easter bunny outfit, supersoft with stick up bunny ears and a bunny tail. Available in a range of sizes from 6-24 months, this costume is also practical with snap fasteners for a quick nappy change and skid resistant feet…
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