There are few movies that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Many movies are aimed at kids, so the adults get bored. Other movies are aimed at adults and not appropriate for kids. Then there are the few movies in between that perfectly find the balance for adult humor and kid entertainment. Wreck It […]
“Henry! Don’t be horrid!” We recently had the awesome opportunity to preview the book-turned-movie Horrid Henry: The Movie before it is released onto DVD on March 12. The DVD package arrived complete with “horrid” items, sure to be Henry (and kid) approved: a hand buzzer, water balloon maker and the Horrid Henry DVD with […]
Christmas came early this year when Santa sent a message to my son through his virtual console, otherwise known as the Portable North Pole. I was a bit dubious about his reaction at first. At 4, my son is getting smarter by the day and at this age, I wasn’t sure if a message from […]
I had never heard about Cartoon Network’s quirky, animated series, Almost Naked Animals, until I received an inquiry asking if I’d like to review the first season, which will be available on DVD starting September 25, 2012. Almost Naked Animals features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones. The pack is led by Howie, the good-spirited but hospitality-challenged doggy manager of Banana Cabana, a beach-front hotel. Since I’m a fan of many quirky cartoons (Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, Archer and more), it looked like something that would appeal to my odd sense of humor.
My kids and I love to craft. Playdoh is always big in our house. We came across Floam thanks to Mamanista and couldn’t wait to see what we could create. Floam is a reusable molding compound that will keep you and your children creating endless possibilities for hours! Mold your floam into anything you can […]
Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month?
Having clean, well-equipped parks near our house has encouraged us all to be more active and to spend more time outdoors. My boys love visiting the park, and the playground with its twisty slides, bridges and swings is a favorite. I volunteered as a Parks & Recreation board member for a few years while I was serving on our local school board. In fact, my son now attends the soccer program that we discussed opening while I was on the park board.
I loved the way classic Reading Rainbow episodes featured books with few bells & whistles, and I credit the show with inspiring a lifelong love of reading. Since I’m a fan, I was delighted to learn that Reading Rainbow has returned in the form of an educational iPad app.
The Sportos™ Build-a-Sport blocks from Rosie Hippo owner Kimberly Bloom seek to engage kids’ minds and bodies by building designs of their favorite sports as well as those that will be seen in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
In most households with little ones, naptime can turn into a battleground.
Around the time she turned five, my daughter became more aware of the opinions of others around her. “What if they don’t like my project?” “What if they laugh at my jacket?”
We look for confidence boosters so that my daughter will focus on being true to herself. Books with a strong girl protagonist help spark discussion in our household.
Ida Louise and the Lucky Sweater, by Julie Augensen, is a charming story about finding confidence. Believing she has a lucky sweater, the title character has the courage to make new friends and have an adventure…