August 27, 2014

Back to School with the WWE and the S.T.A.R. Alliance #WWEMoms

This month we received a fun package to welcome us into the WWE Ambassador Program. Our package contained a few items to help get my son get ready for back to school including a WWE Superstars lunch bag.

Back to School with the WWE S.T.A.R. Alliance

Note: I'm part of the WWE #WWEMoms Ambassador Program and will share information about their activities and products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

I confess I was tempted to keep the lunch bag for myself since it features some of my favorite WWE wrestlers. *swoon* But I knew my son would be excited to received the lunch bag and other items. And I was so right. He immediately started talking about what items he'd pack inside for school. Ha!

Besides the lunch bag we also received some info about the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a new collaboration just launched to help put an end to bullying that includes a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition.

As a parent I'm excited to share this news. The issue of bullying is something I've been concerned about for a long time now. It's a serious problem our kids face but hopefully with more awareness and anti bullying support we can tackle this issue. Like a WWE Superstar!

Read on to learn more about the S.T.A.R. Alliance

WWE S.T.A.R. Alliance helps end bullying

The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative, have launch the S.T.A.R. Alliance to help put an end to bullying.

Members of the S.T.A.R. Alliance will join WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstars such as Big Show, The Miz and Mark Henry, and The Creative Coalition to spread the Be a STAR message of showing tolerance and respect to help combat bullying.

Select S.T.A.R. Alliance members will also participate and share their stories at Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies across the U.S. as part of WWE’s community outreach events.

For more information, visit the S.T.A.R. Alliance website

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August 26, 2014

Review: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch Teaches Kids Time Management Skills

Last year while in kindergarten, my son started to learn about clocks and how to read time. Most clocks these days are digital so telling time is sort of a cheat for him. But I think it's still important for him to learn how to "read" an old fashion clock face, as well as understand the different ways you can use time.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To help teach my son more about reading time, I used one of VTech's newest devices, their Kidizoom Smartwatch. The Kidizoom Smartwatch has great sections for teaching about reading time and time management including an alarm clock, timer, and stopwatch.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

My son was really excited about all the different ways he can learn about time. He wore his watch proudly and was excited to share what he learned with friends and even strangers. Ha!

In the video below, I highlight some of the time teaching features and how parents can use them with their child.

While the Kidizoom Smartwatch is awesome for teaching time, that's not the only thing this smart watch for kids can do.
  • With the Kidizoom Smartwatch kids can capture photos, edit with photo effects, record videos and play three built in games.
  • It has a rechargeable battery and is also PC compatible, so all your kids photos and videos can be uploaded for editing via the Learning Lodge.
  • As shown in my demo video, it has a 1.4’’ colour touch screen and built-in motion sensor, as well as a customizable watch analogue and digital clock display.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch is easy to use and very interactive for today's digital kids. It's available for MSRP $59.99 and recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Britax Affinity Free Ride Promotion 2014

On Sept. 20-28, 2014 Britax will once again have its biggest promotion of the year with the Affinity Free Ride Event. For a limited time, receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat or Affinity Bassinet when you make a qualifying purchase.

Britax Affinity Free Ride Event 2014

Affinity Free Ride Promotion

Sept. 20-28, 2014, at participating U.S. retailers while supplies last
Receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat (MSRP $179.99) or Affinity Bassinet (MSRP $199.99) with the purchase of:

Tech Tues: RavPower External Battery Chargers Review

Like many of you, I use my digital devices all day long. From checking emails to streaming videos to entertain my son, I need my devices to be charged and working. One of the best ways I keep my devices charged while on the go is with external battery chargers.

RavPower External Battery Chargers

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

For the last few months I've been reviewing two of RavPower external battery chargers and have been pretty impressed with both of them. There was more then a few times I was covering a blog event but my devices were running low on power. The RavPower external batteries charged my devices quickly with a lasting charge so I could finish covering the event with no worries.

The RavPower external battery each comes with some cool features. Check out my video demo to learn more.

The RAVPower Element External Battery Charger features
  • Compact & Portable design ensures you the perfect On-the-Go experience. Mini smart outside but giant and powerful inside. Battery cells enable you run 6 extra hours for iPad, 30 hrs extra talk, 140 hrs extra music and 2-3 charges for most mobile phones
  • Automatically power off function in 20 seconds without charging can largely save the energy
  • Output: DC 5V 1A; Input: DC 5V 1A; 4 intelligent LED status bar indicates the current battery status; flashlight for night and darkness use
The RAVPower Luster Mini Lipstick External Battery Charger features
  • Stylish, lipstick-shaped, lightweight design (4.17 x 0.9 x 0.9in, 2.81oz) fits easily into any pocket or bag.
  • Add more than a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to your iPhone 5 / 4 / 4S / 3G / 3GS. On most other phones, benefit from 1 full charge or 96+ hours of audio playback.
  • Duo purpose design: Power bank and a flashlight.
Whether you are looking for something fashionable or just something that gets the job done, RavPower external battery chargers has options that can be a good fit for you.

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August 25, 2014

WWE Slam City “Between a Rock and a Pizza” Episode #WWESlamCity #WWEMoms

During our first visit to a WWE Monday Night RAW, I first learned about about Slam City, WWE’s new kids property that includes an original animated short series and line of WWE Slam City merchandise.

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The 26-episode series is comprised of two minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars in their new animated world, WWE Slam City and is filmed in stop-motion animation. It also features a new WWE animated character The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs.

What an idea for an animated series. Can you imagine the WWE Superstars doing regular day jobs?

The latest episode features one of my favorite WWE Superstars The Rock! in a skit about pizza. Oh man you have to watch it! I laughed so much.

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Shout! Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation - Turtle Power DVD Review

Lately my son has been all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've introduced the cartoon series to him a while ago and he's watched it off and on. But now that he's 6 years old and into ninjas and fighting, it seems he's taken a serious interest in the ninja turtles.

Shout Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To support his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interest, we recently reviewed the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power DVD, which is one of the new DVD's being released this month from Shout! Factory.

Shout Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power

This DVD was more live action then cartoon and my son enjoyed watching the turtles in a new way as they went on adventures, fought with the bad guys and enjoyed pizza after saving the day! If your child is also a fan of the Teenage Mutation Ninja Turtles, they'll also enjoyed this DVD.

More about the DVD

In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power, everyone’s favorite turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, along with the newest addition to the family, Venus Di Milo — are back! They’re on a mission to rescue Master Splinter from the evil Dragon Lord and his horde while staying clear of other new foes like the vampiress Vam-Mi, the yeti Silver and the big-game hunter Simon Bonesteel who are all out for their shells!

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power contains six episodes from the live-action series, as well as the special Power Rangers In Space crossover episodes “Save Our Ship” and “Shell Shocked” as a bonus feature!

Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 of 3-DVD box set

In Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1, a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 22 episodes of the series, the Power Rangers battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed. When word reaches the remaining Power Rangers that their founder and mentor Zordon has been captured by a coalition of villains, the remaining Rangers journey into space aboard a NASADA space shuttle in the hopes of rescuing him.

Deep in space, they discover the Astro Megaship, the mobile base of operations for Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Joining forces, they draw power from their new Astro Morphers to take their fight against evil anywhere necessary and to find Zordon before it’s too late. Fighting a union of all their past villains, led by the monstrous Dark Specter and his trusted captain Astronema, the Rangers are in for the biggest fight the universe has ever seen!

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Movie Mon: Get Dolphin Tale 2 Advance Screening Tickets for Free #DolphinTale2

Warner Bros. is screening DOLPHIN TALE 2 in NYC on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and you are invited! Read on to find out how to get FREE passes to the advance screening.

Dolphin Tale 2 Movie


Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and rehabilitation—thanks to the invention of a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”

The cast of the original film are returning including Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and the dolphin Winter.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 is in theaters Friday, September 12. This film has been rated PG

Ready to get your advanced screening tickets? Getting the passes are easy.
Just a FYI, seating at the screening is not guaranteed since it's on a first come, first serve basis. So make sure to get there with your printed pass earlier!

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Movie Mon: I Am Eleven Film Trailer & Opening Theaters #IAmEleven

I AM ELEVEN is a new film opening in theaters starting this September 2014, that I think families will enjoy. Do you remember when you were 11? The I AM ELEVEN film weaves together deeply personal portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

I Am Eleven Film Trailer and Opening Theaters

Movie Synopsis:

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from all around the world.

The film touches on what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence, that fleeting moment when childish naiveté has faded, yet teenaged self-consciousness has not yet taken hold. These young minds, still unguarded and remarkably honest, offer a powerful insight into the future of our world.

Movie Official trailer:

As straight up and personal as the ’7 Up’ series, and with the comedy and honesty of ‘Spellbound’, this documentary enables us to explore an age where these ‘not quite kids, not quite teenagers’ briefly linger, between the frank openness and sometimes naivety of childhood, and the sharp and surprisingly brave wisdom and knowing of adulthood. As much as it is a story about them, it is a story with them, of what it is like to be eleven today.

I AM ELEVEN, directed by Genevieve Bailey, is being distributed in the United States by International Film Circuit.

I AM ELEVEN will open in theaters starting this September before expanding throughout the fall including:

New York on September 12
• AMC Empire 25
• Village East Cinema

Los Angeles on September 19
• Laemmle Royal (Los Angeles)
• Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
• AMC Burbank 8
• AMC Orange 30
• AMC Rolling Hills (Torrance)

San Francisco on September 26
• AMC Metreon
and more theaters to be announced soon!

Additional markets already confirmed include Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and many more.

The acclaimed film, which played at festivals in the United States and around the world, recently completed its theatrical release in Australia where it played a record-breaking 26 weeks, one of the longest theatrical runs of any documentary in Australian film history.

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5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios

Earlier this summer Amazon Studios debuted 3 of its first kids series and I attended screening events for 2 of the 3 which were Tumble Leaf (read my recap), Creative Galaxy (read my recap), and Annedroids.

If you've watched some of the premier episodes of the kid shows, you'll be excited to learn additional episodes of these series will debut this fall on Prime Instant Video: Tumble Leaf on September 5, Creative Galaxy on October 3, and Annedroids on October 30

5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios

But that's not all. Amazon Studios will also release 3 more animated kids pilots:
  • Buddy: Tech Detective (for preschool-aged children) - Written by Jennifer Hamburg (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Henry Hugglemonster), produced by The Foundation, a part of Zodiak Kids, and animated by Jellyfish Animation Limited, Buddy: Tech Detective is an exciting preschool whodunit that follows super-sleuth Buddy, his incredibly organized best friend Trudy, the funny furry ferret Ferdo and you, the smarty-pants viewer! Using a myriad of interactive technologies, Buddy and his team gather evidence, follow cues and crack the case.
  • The Stinky & Dirty Show (for preschool-aged children) - Based on the “I Stink!” book series by Jim and Kate McMullan, is written by Guy Toubes (The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi) and animated by Brown Bag Films, Ltd (Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, Doc McStuffins). The Stinky & Dirty Show follows the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader. Whether it’s rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboat, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky & Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who make plenty of mistakes along the way. For them, hilariously failing turns out to be the most fun path to success.
  • Niko and the Sword of Light (for children ages 6-11) - Based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jim Cummings (Shrek) lend their vocal talent.

5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios will also release two live-action kids pilots
  • Table 58 (for children ages 6-11) - Written by May Chan (Phineas & Ferb, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures), Table 58 is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek). In Table 58, they’re not a part of the popular crowd, and they’re not a part of the geek crowd. The only thing they’re a part of is Table 58: the odd table in the lunchroom, made up of kids from all different cliques who have been ousted from the table where they seemingly belong. When new kid Logan moves to town, he rallies the group of six mismatched middle schoolers to form a tenuous partnership in order to help each other get back to their rightful place in the cafeteria.
  • Just Add Magic (for children ages 6-11) - Based on Cindy Callaghan’s young adult book of the same name and adapted by Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco (Sullivan & Son, Fairly Odd Parents, My Little Pony) and Nancy Cohen (Sabrina, The Thundermans), Just Add Magic is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward). The story centers on Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s, Darbie and Hannah, who stumble upon her grandmother’s mysterious cookbook in the attic and discover it has some interesting recipes. The Shut’em Up Shortcake actually silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and when the Healing Hazelnut Tart quickly heals Darbie’s ankle, the girls discover they have the power of magic.
You can watch and provide feedback on the shows you want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. You can also watch the pilots using the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs.

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August 23, 2014

Alberto VO5 Salon Series Review & Anti-Frizz Hair Tips

This summer I've spent a lot of time outside and my hair has been paying the price. It's currently dry, frizzy and in need of moisture to deep conditioning. To help give my hair some much need TLC, I reviewed a few of the latest Alberto VO5 Salon Series products.

Alberto VO5 5 Salon Series Review

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

The first product I used was The Hot Oil treatment to add extra moisture to my hair. Then I used The Shampoo and Condition, which left my hair feeling smoother and more manageable. I finished off with the Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream which helped me hold my hair style and added shine.

The product really worked as claimed and helped my hair be nourished and less frizzy.

I know many of my readers are also dealing with frizzy hair. To help I have a giveaway for Alberto VO5 Anti-Frizz Hair Products on my other blog. Make sure to enter!

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Alberto VO5 also wants to help with these five-step Anti-Frizz Hair tips:
  • Step 1 – Pre-Shampoo Treatment. VO5 pioneered mass Hot Oil Treatment, with a 5-vitamin and protein rich formula to moisturize and condition hair from roots to ends, helping to restore shine, strength and silky softness while smoothing hair cuticles and helping prevent frizz. One minute once a week is all it takes to avoid frizz.
  • Steps 2 & 3 - Shampoo and Condition. Products like VO5 Salon Series Smooth + Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner contain a unique smoothing complex that helps manage unruly hair and help eliminate frizz, pronto!
  • Step 4 – Styling Prep. VO5 Salon Series Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream preps hair for the rigors of styling by nourishing hair, reducing frizz and boosting shine.
  • Step 5 – Finish. Use Perfect Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray to help fortify your hair for a healthy shine that perfectly finishes any style.
All throughout August, Alberto VO5 will offer frizz fighting tips and tricks on its website, feature expert advice on video, a frizz-fighting toolkit and coupons for VO5 product. On the VO5 Facebook page and website, VO5 fans will have the chance to win up to $5,000 in cash and Alberto VO5 products through a Hot Oil Hot Summer Sweepstakes.

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August 22, 2014

Giveaway: Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program 2014

Once again the Office Depot Foundation will help deserving children start school on the right foot by donating 350,000 sackpacks in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program, which is now in its 14th year.

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program

Intended primarily for use by students in grades K-5, the sackpacks also are suitable for older children, who use them in a variety of ways. The sackpack is compact and stores flat, yet still offers plenty of room for books and other school items.

The specially designed sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are new for 2014 and feature seven kid-friendly designs – two for boys, two for girls and three that are unisex. Each includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

The specially designed sackpacks are manufactured exclusively for the Foundation. Highly contemporary in their design, they are made from the same sturdy material as backpacks, are water-resistant and lined to provide extra protection for their contents. They feature strong ropes and have no metal parts.

The sackpacks are being donated throughout the summer as the Foundation carries out the 14th year of its National Backpack Program. Every Office Depot and OfficeMax store in the United States has received approximately 50 sackpacks to give to nonprofit organizations and schools in their communities.

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Do you know a child who needs a sackpacks so they're ready for school? The Office Depot Foundation has generously provided one for this giveaway

  • (1) Office Depot Foundation Sackpack

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. August 31, 2014.

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August 21, 2014

Macy's & Radio Disney Back to School Event in Downtown Brooklyn #MacysBTS #Sponsored

Looking for a fun activity this weekend? Then visit Macy's in Downtown Brooklyn for a “Back to School – Radio Disney event that’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

Macy and Radio Disney Back to School Event in Downtown Brooklyn

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During this Macy's #MacysBTS event families can see what's trending for boys and girls fashion from graphic tees to denim to skater-inspired dresses. It will an afternoon with Macy's and Radio Disney enjoying family friendly activities including for crafts, face painting, games and prizes.

Where: Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn, 422 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Date: August 23rd, 2014 at 2pm
Location: Kids Department, 4th Floor

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Not in the Brooklyn, NY area? No worries since Macy's is holding “Back to School – Radio Disney" Events in other cities. Check below to see if one is happening in your area

Macy's Great Lakes
Mentor, OH
Kids Department, Lower Level
August 23rd, 2PM

Macy's Bridgewater Commons
Bridgewater, NJ
Kids Department, 3rd Floor
August 23rd, 12PM

Macy's Arden Fair
Sacramento, CA
Kids Department, Lower Level
August 23rd, 1PM

Macy's Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks, CA
Kids Department, Level 1
August 23rd, 2PM

Macy's Park Meadows
Littleton, CO
Kids Department, Level 3
August 23rd, 2PM

Macy's Robinson Town Centre
Pittsburgh, PA
Kids Department, 2nd Floor
August 23rd, 1PM

Macy's Downtown Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
Kids Department, 4th Floor
August 23rd, 2PM

Macy's Clackamas
Portland, OR
Kids Department, Lower Level
August 30th, 1PM

Macy's Walden Galleria
Cheektowanga, NY (Buffalo)
Lower Level
September 6th, 2PM

Macy's South Shore Plaza
Braintree, MA
Kids Department, 2nd Floor
September 13th, 2PM

For more information, visit the Macy's Back To School events website

August 20, 2014

My Son Got Moves Like Jagger - Wordless Wednesday

Today my son joined his class for a little performance at his YMCA camp

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It was really cute when the Maroon 5 "Moves Like Jagger" song came on and the kids came on stage wearing shades and dancing. They danced and sung their little hearts out.

I was so proud to see my little superstar.

What was a superstar moment for you or your child this week?

Giveaway: Chillicious Thermals Kids Bags by Thirty-One Gifts

Get your child ready for lunch time with one of these adorable kids' Chill-icious Thermals. Thirty-One Gifts has these until the end of August but you can win one for FREE by entering this giveaway!

Chillicious Thermals Kids Bags by Thirty-One Gifts

The Chill-icious Thermals are available in the following two style:
  • Animals and Insects: These cute thermal characters are great for kids of all ages! The inside has enough room for lunch and snacks, and the outside is completely wipe-able, so no messy fingers can hurt it! They include the Messy Monkey, Tweet Heart bird, Hoo's Hungry owl, and Silly Stinker stink bug.
  • Patterned Thermals: With a front pocket that allows personalization, everyone will know where their lunch is! There are four thermals in decorative patterns that can be embroidered with a child's name, initials, a word, or a sports or activity icon. Patterns include Coral Mod Dot, Camo, Turquoise Quilted Chevron, and Navy.
These thermals are great for the whole family! Each insulated bag has enough room for a water bottle, sandwich container and a snack. They also have a zipper closure with pull tabs that are easy for little hands to use. Matching ice packs also are available for each thermal bag.

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  • (1) Chillicious Thermals Kids Bag (Your Choice of Style) with or without embroidery, and a matching ice pack.

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August 18, 2014

Netflix Kindness Punch Box & 12 Titles That Promote Acceptance #StreamTeam

As my son gets ready to go back to school, I hope to get him prepared with everything he needs to know. He's already gotten the basics of reading, math and writing down so this year I wanted to focus on his social skills. The age of 6 years is a good time to reinforce how he should act with his classmates, teachers and anyone he meets.

Netflix Kindness Punch Box

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One of the lessons I want to refresh with him is how to be kind. Which for a 6 year old isn't always easy. At this age he still has some "me, me, me" tendencies that he needs gentle coaching away from. This month I plan on using the Kindness Punch Box suggested by Netflix.

The Kindness Punch Box is really a simple idea but is a great way to encourage your child to do random acts of kindness. With the Kindness Punch Box, your kids can break through each tissue-papered hole to reveal a kindness challenge, like smiling at everyone you meet or making a sweet treat to share with your neighbors. There's lots of little ways kids can do a kind act that has big results.

Another way to help kids learn the lesson of being kind is by watching these 12 Netflix titles that promote kindness and acceptance.

12 Netflix Titles that promote kindness and acceptance

For your big kids:

1. Rudy
2. Mulan
3. A Mile in His Shoes
4. Radio
5. Good Luck Charlie: Down a Tree
6. Glee

12 Netflix Titles that promote kindness and acceptance

For your little ones:

1. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other
2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 3, Ep. 4: One Bad Apple
3. Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy's Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5. Super Why, Season 1, Ep. 61: The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan
6. The Fox and the Hound

Hopefully our kids will learn that kindness and acceptance are just as important as any academic lessons.

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