February 11, 2016

Doc McStuffins Family Adopts a Baby & Upcoming Baby Themed Episodes

The McStuffins family experiences the joys of adoption and also now must adjust to a new baby in the house in a multi-episode story arc of Disney Junior's Peabody Award-winning animated series "Doc McStuffins," beginning FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EST) on Disney Channel.

Geared toward kids age 2-7 and their families, baby-themed episodes will continue to roll out on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney Junior on Demand throughout the spring, with storylines focusing on a variety of emotions and situations young children can encounter when a new baby arrives in the family.

Following is the full premiere schedule (all episodes will air at 8:00 a.m. EST on Disney Channel):


"Baby McStuffins" – Mom and Dad announce that they are adopting a baby and give Doc a new baby doll to practice her babysitting skills.


"Runaway Love" – Doc's little brother Donny worries that the arrival of the new baby will take attention away from him so he hatches a plan to run away. Meanwhile, Doc is so busy helping her parents prepare for the new baby that Lambie also starts to feel left out.


"Hooty's Duty" – When Doc realizes that the arrival of a new baby means a new group of baby toys will also be coming home, she seeks to put one of her own toys in charge of them, and Professor Hootsburgh proudly volunteers for the job.


"Bringing Home Baby" – The baby's gender will be revealed during this special 22-minute episode. Mom and Dad get the call that the new baby is on the way, so Grandma McStuffins arrives to take care of Doc and Donny. Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World") guest stars in the new recurring role of Grandma McStuffins.


"Baby Names/Night Night, Lala" – The McStuffins family comes up with the name for the baby and baby's new toy, Lala, has a hard time adjusting to her new environment.

"Doc McStuffins" has been lauded globally for its imaginative storytelling about a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys. Through Doc and her toys, the series models good health practices while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.

Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning Chris Nee and directed by Emmy-winning Norton Virgien, "Doc McStuffins" is a production of Dublin, Ireland's Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel.

The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as its health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families.

"Doc McStuffins" airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

To learn more about Doc McStuffins, visit - www.disneyjunior.com/doc-mcstuffins

February 10, 2016

Giveaway: 3 answers to children’s oral care questions & MAM dental products

February is National Children’s Dental Health Care Month and the MAM brand is bringing awareness to subject with 3 questions about children’s oral care

3 answers to common questions about children’s oral care

Here are some common questions about children’s oral care:

How to clean the inside of baby’s mouth?

Contrary to popular belief, proper oral care for baby should begin before the first tooth appears. The AAPD suggests parents gently wipe the inside of baby’s mouth and gums with a clean, soft cloth regularly to remove germs and leftover milk.

When to start using a toothbrush with baby?

As soon as teeth appear, start brushing two times a day with an age-appropriate toothbrush to gently remove plaque and bacteria. Look for brushes designed just for babies that have rounded heads and super-soft bristles.

When to start using toothpaste with baby?

When children reach the age of two, parents can use a pea-size amount of children’s toothpaste. Look for toothbrushes that feature indicator bristles to help determine the correct amount of toothpaste for little ones and use a toothbrush that allows mom and baby to hold the handle together for guided brushing. (The AAPD also recommends a smear of fluoride toothpaste for children under two who are at-risk for tooth decay. Health care professionals and pediatric dentists can help parents determine if baby is at-risk.)

As you can see, establishing an oral care routine early on helps set the stage for a lifetime of good dental hygiene!

MAM’s Children's Oral Care Line

MAM’s innovative oral care collection was developed in conjunction with health practitioners and developmental psychologists to help maintain baby’s oral health from birth and beyond. Like all MAM products the oral care collection in BPA-Free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-compliant.

Learn more about MAM’s Oral Care Line.

MAM Massaging Brush (3+ months)

Baby’s perfect introduction to the toothbrush, the MAM Massaging Brush features different surfaces to gently massage little one’s gums while easing teething pain and cleaning teeth. Its extra-long handle is made for parent and baby to hold together for guided brushing. Suggested retail price: $3.99.

MAM Training Brush (6+ months)

The MAM Training Brush features a round head that adapts perfectly to baby’s mouth. Soft bristles clean first teeth and gently remove plaque and bacteria from gums. An extra-long handle allows parent and baby to brush together for guided brushing. Suggested retail price: $5.99.

MAM First Brush (6+ months)

Little ones can brush their teeth just like Mom/Dad with the MAM First Brush. Its short, compact handle is ideal for baby’s tiny hands. Its round head adapts perfectly to baby’s mouth and soft, rounded bristles clean teeth while removing plaque and bacteria. In addition, the brush’s head features helpful indicator bristles in red to help parents determine the correct amount of toothpaste. Suggested retail price: $3.99.

MAM Learn to Brush Set (6+ months)

The MAM Learn to Brush Set includes 2 brushes: one with a long handle for baby and parent to brush together and one with a short and compact handle for children that have learned independent brushing. Red bristles indicate the proper amount of toothpaste to use. The brushes feature soft, rounded bristles which clean first teeth and remove plaque and bacteria. Suggested retail price: $7.99.

For more information about MAM products, visit www.mambaby.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/MAMbabyUSA
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/MAMBABY

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Play Fair NY: Toys and Entertainment Event for Families #PlayFairNY

Looking for a family friendly fun activity this weekend? Then get ready to attend Play Fair, a new family-friendly consumer event with hands-on exhibits, where attendees can see, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games from dozens of brands including Hasbro, Mattel, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Crayola, Bandai, Toys“R”Us®, Warner Bros and more.

Play Fair NY Toys and Entertainment Event for Families

Note: I received Play Fair NY tickets. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Presented by LEGO and Nickelodeon, Play Fair is debuting at New York City’s Javits Center on February 13-14, 2016, and thanks to KidzVuz, I have a family four-pack of tickets to giveaway!

Read on to learn more about this interactive experiences with the toys, characters, and personalities beloved by kids and families, hosted by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and LeftField Media!

Play Fair experiences include:

  • Check out the new Batmobile from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters March 25, 2016
  • Slide down the exclusive PAW Patrol slide, snap photos with PAW Patrol costume characters Chase, Marshall, Skye and Rubble, and get an exclusive look at the newest PAW Patrol pup, Tracker, who will join the series this fall
  • Join Hasbro for the ultimate lightsaber training session! With the help of the Empire Saber Guild, get a hands-on learning experience about lightsaber forms and techniques
  • Build a LEGO car and race it down a ramp against other LEGO builders
  • Explore the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tunnels and mimic their favorite Turtle moves with Magic Mirror technology
  • Enjoy the interactive Thomas & Friends experience by Mattel
  • Create their own toy review videos and have chances to win Toys“R”Us gift cards
  • Test out the newest Razor rides, like Jetts™, the new sparking Heel Wheels™, and other awesome Razor rides like the Power CoreTM E90, Crazy Cart™ and RipSurf™
  • Purchase exclusive collectible toys
  • And every attendee will receive a gift bag with toys and fun goodies from event sponsors

Play Fair’s live performances and appearances include:

  • Meet and take photos with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shimmer and Shine, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir, Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol, Dora, Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, and more
  • The cast of Nickelodeon’s hit show Game Shakers - Cree Cicchino (Babe), Madisyn Shipman (Kenzie), Thomas Kuc (Hudson), Benjamin Flores Jr. (Triple G), and Kel Mitchell (Double G) - will host a panel on Saturday to debut their new app, Nasty Goats
  • Jon Scieszka, best-selling author behind The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, will read from his Frank Einstein science book series
  • All-ages comic creators Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Abby Denson, Dave Roman, Matt Loux, and Misako Rocks! will sketch and sign their books for fans
  • Meet Toys“R”Us mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, enjoy story time and participate in fun birthday-themed activities
  • Take in episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors, We Bare Bears, and Teen Titans Go! on a massive movie screen
  • Take photos with Shopkins mascot characters, including Strawberry Kiss and Lippy Lips, and color your favorite Shopkins characters
  • LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi presents insider tips on creating LEGO masterpieces
  • The girls of Make it Pop will reveal their new fashion doll series on February 14. Join them on the Toys“R”Us stage at 11:30 a.m. for an exclusive interview, live performance and a chance to meet the cast
  • YouTube personalities including DisneyCarToys, Mommy and Gracie Show, and KittiesMama will meet with fans and host toy unboxings live on the Toys“R”Us stage

Tickets for Play Fair are available starting at $30 online and at select retailers across NYC. Those attending with children and friends can also purchase discount family packages online.

Attendees have the option to attend a variety of sessions throughout the weekend. Morning sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and afternoon sessions are open from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Consumers can also purchase a VIP Weekend Experience Pass for $145, which includes priority admission to all four sessions and a collectible exclusive Play Fair figure.

For more information about the event, visit www.playfairny.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/playfairny
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/playfairny

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February 9, 2016

Giveaway: Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

This weekend started the Chinese Year of the Monkey! Once again we're joining McDonald’s New York Tri-State to honor and celebrate Asian heritage and highlight their Lunar New Year 2016 calendar.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

Note: I received a Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar from McDonald's New York Tri-State, but was not required to blog about it. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To get a first look at the McDNYTriState Lunar New Year 2016 calendar, we visited their booth during the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

The theme of the Lunar New Year 2016 calendar is “Dreams Under the Moon” which explores the Asian American identity through a lush history of myths and folklore. These stories and characters have been passed on for hundreds of generations and help connect modern Asian Americans to their Asian roots.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

I love that the calendar includes beautiful illustrations by various artists of Asian decent including Korean and East Indian.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

While at the booth we met Ronald McDonald, who posed for a photo with my son and wish us a Happy New Year!

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

After visiting the McDNYTriState booth, we joined the crowds to enjoy the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony. It was a great way to start the Year of the Monkey!

McDonald’s New York Tri-State has participated as an official sponsor of four major Lunar New Year events in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. These include:

  • Chinatown New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony (Feb 8)
  • Flushing Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 13)
  • Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 14)
  • Brooklyn Lantern Festival (Feb 28)

Ronald McDonald® will make appearances at each event and marching in the two parades alongside McDonald’s franchisees and employees on a customized float.

This year’s sponsorship of the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony and Parade will mark the sixth year in a row that McDonald’s has participated at both events. The Flushing parade will be the Golden Arches’ third in a row.

To learn more about McDonald's initiatives in the Asian community, visit www.myinspirasian.com

For more information about McDNYTriState, visit - www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com

As part of our New Year celebration, I'm giving away McDNYTriState Lunar New Year calendars!

  • (1) of (2) McDNYTriState Lunar New Year 2016 Calendars


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February 8, 2016

LEGO Movie 4D Preview at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

We LOVED the LEGO Movie, so I was beyond excited to get a sneak-peak premiere of the brand new short film, The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.

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Note: I was invited as media to this event. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Since this was such an awesome event, I invited my sister and her family to join in all the LEGO fun.

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Before seeing the movie we stopped to pose for a photo with WildStyle

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Then we made our way through LEGO Miniland. My nephew loved pressing all the buttons and checking out the mini LEGOized sections

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Another quick stop to build a tower.....

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Then finally! We arrived at the LEGO cinema so I received my ticket to see The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure

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Before the start of the movie, we enjoyed a musical intro. LOL

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Then it was time to put on our 3D glasses and enjoy the show!

And enjoy it we did. The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure was funny, interactive and families who enjoyed the LEGO movie will love this continuation.

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After the film ended, the kids enjoyed some more LEGO fun....before going back to see The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure for a second time. It was that good!

Make sure to visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester and enjoy both the new film and other fun activities with your family.

Beginning on February 6, 2015, The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure (12 1/2 minute long film) will be shown every day at the family friendly Ridge Hill attraction.

Fans of the 2014 feature film, The LEGO Movie, will recognize the return of popular characters in this film, appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world in 2016.

The film follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard. After they receive a mysterious invitation, they are lead to a new theme park where all of the rides are based on the characters’ journey in The LEGO Movie.

But all is not as it seems as the heroes are once again thrown into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them!

Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.

The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure was written by Adam Pava (writer of The Boxtrolls) and co-written and directed by Rob Schrab (director of the sequel to The LEGO Movie debuting in 2018)

To learn more visit - www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/

February 6, 2016

kidpik launch girls fashion subscription box

Shopping for a young girl in your family just became so much easier! kidpik combines the luxury of personal styling with the convenience of box shopping, designed exclusively for the girls and tailored for your budget.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

During the kidpik launch event, I had the chance to learn more about the service and see some of the girls fashions that shipped in the box.

“Children’s preferences in clothing have evolved over the decades and so should the shopping and delivery system,” says Ezra Dabah, kidpik founder and CEO. “We are excited to deliver the ultimate shopping experience-- personalized, coordinated quality fashion outfits for the girls in your life, direct to your door.”

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

At kidpik, every item is designed and curated in their NYC studio. Their stylists and proprietary algorithms work collaboratively to remove the difficulty, time and guesswork from the shopping experience.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box
kidpik girls fashion subscription box

I was impressed that the girls fashion selections features pieces that were trendy but not too adult. I like that the boxes include a good variety of pieces for girls discovering their fashion style. There's lots to choose from.

Whether the girl in your family favors a look that’s Girly Glam or defines herself as Classic Chic, Modest or one of the other five lifestyle looks, kidpik interactive fun style quiz will help identify her unique style. Girls aged 3-12 (size 4-14), with the help of grown-ups, can define and own their style on the kidpik site.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

Each girl will receive her own personalized box containing 6 high- quality items, which may include a top, skirt, dress, layering pieces, and accessories -- designed to complete multiple mix and match outfits. Pik what they love and send the rest back free.

If you keep the entire box, you receive a 30% discount. After the discount, the boxes will range from $75-$100, bringing the average cost of each item to $12.50.

Also, shipping is always free both ways and kidpik offers seasonal or bi-seasonal deliveries.

kidpik wants you and your girl to feel good about the clothes she keeps and do good with the clothes she returns, so they came up with a plan for you and your girl to help a girl in need. Purchase the entire box and get a 30% discount; keep what she likes and kidpik will donate any returned items on your girl’s behalf through their charity partnership.

How awesome is that! kidpik, really aims to make your girl happy and your life easy.

To learn more about kidik, visit - www.kidpik.com

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

During a recent preview, I learned about MOBILITY by Nina Kids Footwear, a new collection of first walker baby shoes for both boys and girls.

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

The shoes are 100 percent soft leather inside and out. There is a proprietary insole insert, which tells parents when their baby’s feet are in the “ouch zone” (when their feet outgrow the shoes)” and should be replaced. 

All styles are constructed for maximum comfort, stability, flexibility and breathability.

"Retailers have been asking us to offer a collection of first walkers, given NINA's expertise with fashion and fit for kids," says Alan Paulenoff, Executive Vice-President of NINA's children's division. "These shoes are the very first shoes your baby will walk in, and we are committed to making them the best they can be.”

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes
Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

The collection has launch with 10 styles, six for girls and four for boys. The size range offered is 3-6 or 4-8, with two styles for both boys and girls offered in wide widths. The shoes retail for $45-50.

“In the Nina tradition, we are not doing the usual first walkers in white and pink,” says Nina Miner, Chief Creative Officer. “We have infused the line with the best fashion elements from our Nina girls’ collection and our Elements collection for boys. We've integrated the very latest technology rooted in our expertise and our commitment to making great footwear.”

To learn more about the Nina's Kid Shoe line, visit - www.ninakids.com

February 3, 2016

Burlington & WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams & Free Screenings

In connection with February being American Heart Month, Burlington Stores and WomenHeart are joined by Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host and heart health advocate, to serve as the voice and supporter of the #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Also to help educate women nationwide about the importance of their heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, Burlington Stores across the country will host free women’s heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart on Friday, February 5th from 11:00am -3:00pm.

Customers will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse and BMI checked by a certified health professional, talk with WomenHeart Champions, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy.

To learn more about this partnership and the importance of women being proactive about their health, I attended an event for a heart health panel discussion.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

The panel featured Wendy Williams, along with Mayo Clinic's Sharonne N. Hayes, MD and WomenHeart Champions, who are women heart disease survivors trained by WomenHeart as community educators, spokespersons and advocates.

During the panel Wendy shared about being healthy and why it's important that women learn more about their heart health.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

The women on the panel also shared their heart health story. While each woman lived a completely different lifestyles, each was affected by heart disease. To learn each woman's story, you can watch this video.

As you can see, there's no one trigger for a woman to develop heart disease. It can happen to any woman at any time in her life. So it's important to be proactive about your health, which includes getting checked.

Wondering if you should visit your local Burlington Store for the free screening? YES! Especially if you are a woman of color and here's a few why.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams
Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

Nearly 43 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
in the U.S., and it is the leading cause of death of American women.

To find a screening near you, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com/HeartHealth

Burlington and WomenHeart Healthy Heart

Burlington, Wendy Williams and WomenHeart want you to take the #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge. For every photo posted, Burlington will donate $1 up to $25,000,to benefit WomenHeart. to learn more and to show us how you are living heart healthy, visit http://goo.gl/OOt1WW

Also visit any one of Burlington’s 563 store locations from February 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016 to donate $1 or more at checkout. All funds collected will support WomenHeart to further the organization's mission of educating women about the importance of their heart health.

To receive a free WomenHeart online heart health action kit, visit www.womenheart.org

February 2, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer #AngryBirdsMovie

It's no secret that my family are big fans of the Angry Birds. I've blogged about playing the games, watching the cartoons, getting a few of the toys and of course we're waiting for THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE to open in theaters on May 20th, 2016!

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

Matter of fact, while at the movie theaters recently my son saw this display for THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE and had to get a photo. Can you blame him. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE display is pretty fun. Do you see those pigs? I'm still laughing when I look at this photo.

But guess who's not laughing. The Angry Birds! Ever wonder why those birds are so angry? Now we can find out when THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE opens.

Read on to learn more about the movie and watch the new trailer

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer


In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer
The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale,Keegan-Michael Key, Ike Barinholtz, Tituss Burgess, with Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage

The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder.

The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.AngryBirds-Movie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/AngryBirdsMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/AngryBirds
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/AngryBirdsOfficial

January 27, 2016

Review: Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld

When picking books for my son, I've always try to find books with diverse characters and great storytelling. Sadly it hasn't always been easy. While there's lots of books available, there isn't always books that feature diverse races of children and authors.

Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

That is why this year I wanted to joined in and support Multicultural Children’s Book Day, co-created by Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

The Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book.

MCCBD encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via the hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In support of MCCBD, I received the book Ellis and The Magic Mirror by Cerece Rennie Murphy.

Book Synopsis:
Ellis Monroe has always been curious about the world. When his father brings home an ancient mirror with the power to reveal the truth about the people and things around him, Ellis begins to see the world in a whole new way.

Right away my son was intrigued by the kids on the cover the book. We started to read it together to get a feel for the story and learn more about Ellis. My son soon became so interested in the story that he continued reading the story without me.

I had to finish my reading after him. LOL.

We both like that the kid were school aged like him. He could relate to story. There was a little history/culture tie-in lesson about Ellis family which was also nice. But it was the bravery shown by Ellis, his sister and his friend that makes this book a good addin for a children library.

Interested in finding more books like this?

  • Twitter Party! Join the Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party Tonight (1/27) at 9:00pm EST. Parents, teachers and librarians who register to come to the twitter party will have the chance to follow the #ReadYourWorld conversation and win (1) of (12) 5-book bundles plus one grand prize bundle. RSVP here

You can also learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors, who helped make #ReadYourWorld happen.

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You can connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on social media

Facebook - www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay

Twitter - www.twitter.com/MCChildsBookDay

January 24, 2016

Disney's "The Lion Guard" Animated Series, Kids Toys & Products #TheLionGuard

This month "The Lion Guard" animated series premiered on the Disney Channel and it was so great! Being a fan of "The Lion King" movies, I was excited to go back, as well as introduce my son to the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

In this new animated series we follow the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse (but so fun!) group of friends who unite to become "The Lion Guard" and protect the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the storytelling of "The Lion Guard". While watching the series we can learn about African animals and culture lessons. As a family of African decent, I really appreciate these tie-ins. It gives us a chance to learn African stories and saying, which leads to some fun offline discussions at home.

But the series isn't just about culture. My son enjoys watching the young friends gets themselves into (and out of) adventures. There's lots of fun moments between Kion (voiced by Max Charles) and his friends Bunga, the honey badger (voiced by Joshua Rush); Ono (voiced by Atticus Shaffer ); Fuli, the cheetah (voiced by Diamond White) ; and Beshte the Hippo (voiced by Dusan Brown).

You can watch Kion and his friends learn life lesson while trying to keep out of trouble in upcoming episodes:

"Can't Wait to be Queen" - January 29, 2016
"Eye of the Beholder" - February 5, 2016
"The Kupatana Celebration" - February 12, 2016
"Fuli's New Family" - February 19, 2016
"Fuli Speeds Ahead" - February 26, 2016

"The Lion Guard" voice cast includes: Rob Lowe as Simba; Gabrielle Union as Nala; Eden Riegel as Kiara; Sarah Hyland as Tiifu; Madison Pettis as Zuri; Jeff Bennett as Zazu; Andrew Kishino as Janja; Vargus Mason as Cheezi; Jonny Rees as Mzingo; Khary Payton as Rafiki; Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon; Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa; and Ernie Sabella who reprises his role as Pumbaa.

Ford Riley ("Special Agent Oso") is the executive producer. Howy Parkins ("Jake and the Never Land Pirates") is supervising director. Christopher Willis ("Mickey Mouse") is the composer and Beau Black ("Miles from Tomorrowland") is singer/songwriter. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

"The Lion Guard" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

To learn more about "The Lion Guard" animated series, visit - www.disneyjunior.disney.com/the-lion-guard

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

Once your kids start watching the series, you'll want to start shopping for a few of these Disney's "The Lion Guard" products including toy figures, talking plush, books, apps and more. All of which will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations in the coming weeks.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Just Play The Lion Guard Pride Land Play Set MSRP: $29.99 - Help the leader Kion protect the Pride Lands with the new Pride Land Play Set. Little Lion Guards will love exploring all the exciting features and accessories, including an exclusive Kion figure. Kids can test out the boulder launcher to keep adversaries away, use the secret leaf trap door to stop intruders, and capture any unwanted guests with the bone trap! A vine lift helps Kion easily get up to his look out perch to keep an eye on the Pride Land. In his downtime, Kion can play in the fun, working waterfall!
  • Collect the rest of the Lion Guard figures (MSRP: $12.99) to add to the adventure! For Ages 3+
  • Just Play The Lion Guard Talking Plush MSRP: $19.99 each - Kion and Bunga from the new Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard, come to life as talking, light-up plush with fun sound effects! Each character features the Mark of the Guard emblem on their arms, and when pressed, Kion lets out a roar and Bunga toots. These engaging plush friends stand about 14” tall and are sold separately. For Ages 3+
  • The Lion Guard Backpack MSRP: $18.95 - The Lion Guard has your child's back when they’re heading off to school or on a trip. This backpack features the young cub Kion from Disney’s new animated series. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com
  • The Lion Guard Tees for Kids MSRP: $14.95 each - Kion and Fuli star on organic cotton stylish tee as “the fiercest” members of The Lion Guard. The soft heathered tee features Kion, leader of The Lion Guard with flocked lettering that is sure to draw special attention. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Kion Plate, Flatware Set and Kion Cup for Kids - This melamine plate is as tough as Kion himself. MSRP: $6.95; Kion stands majestically atop the handles of this flatware set. MSRP: $6.95; Kion Cup with Straw for Kids. MSRP: $6.95
  • Wonder Forge Protect the Pride Lands Board Game MSRP: $19.99 - Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day! For Ages 4+
  • Jay Franco The Lion Guard Bed Set MSRP: $29.99 - The Lion Guard twin bed includes a comforter, sheets, pillow pal, and pillow cases. Available at Target: April 1, 2016
  • The Lion Guard App MSRP: $4.99 - In The Lion Guard app, fans can join Kion and all the members of the Lion Guard on action-packed adventures to protect the Circle of Life. When a difficult obstacle blocks Kion’s way, players must call on a member of The Lion Guard to help him complete his mission before the sun sets. For ages 3 – 5
  • Disney Press The Lion Guard: Can’t Wait to be Queen Imprint: MSRP: $4.99 - An adventure-filled 8x8 storybook with stickers based on an episode of the upcoming Disney Junior animated series "The Lion Guard." For ages 3 – 5; Grades Pre-K – K

January 23, 2016

Titanosaur Exhibit at AMNH Starts "Dinosaurs Among Us" Series

This month the new Titanosaur dinosaur exhibit opened at the American Museum of Natural History, and I was able to get a sneak peek. Which wasn't hard since the Titanosaur is so large that it's head peek out since it can't fit fully into the gallery!

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Matter of fact, the head of the Titanosaur is one of the first things you'll notice when you go to visit. Then you'll notice its 39-foot-long neck, which is part of the cast of this 122-foot-long dinosaur!

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

Paleontologists say that this dinosaur is a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as Titanosaurs, which weighed in at around 70 tons—as much as 10 African elephants. This dino is so new that it hasn't even been formally named by the scientists who discovered it.

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

The massive cast, created over six months by Research Casting International in Ontario, Canada in association with the Argentina’s Museo Paleontol√≥gico Egidio Feruglio, is based on 84 fossil bones that were excavated in Argentine Patagonia in 2014.

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

In total, scientists have discovered 223 fossil bones from six individuals at the site. The finds included a colossal 8-foot femur, or thigh bone, whose unique shape and size indicated to scientists that they discovered a new species—and one of the biggest dinosaurs ever found. One femur found at the site will be among five original fossils on temporary view with the Titanosaur.

The story of this new animal and its dramatic discovery, which is a BBC Production with PBS and THIRTEEN Productions LLC, will be the focus of Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant airing Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 8pm EST/7pm CST on PBS.

On Exhibit

The unveiling of the Museum’s new dinosaur is part of a series of events, public programs, exhibitions, and digital offerings highlighting dramatic developments in paleontology.

This spring, the Museum presents the new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us (on view from March 21, 2016, through January 2, 2017), which will examine how one group of dinosaurs evolved into the fascinating creatures we call birds.

Exploring topics ranging from flight to feathers, nests to wishbones, and brains to lungs, the exhibition will showcase remarkable new evidence for what scientists now call one of the best-documented evolutionary transitions in the history of life


Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested:
$17 (students/seniors) suggested
$12.50 (children) suggested

All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D films, and Space Shows.

Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, IMAX or 3D film, or Space Show:
$27 (adults)
$22 (students/seniors)
$16 (children)

Museum Supersaver includes all special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D film, and Space Show:
$35 (adults)
$28 (students/seniors)
$22 (children)

For more information about AMNH exhibits, call 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org

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