Matching Family Holiday Pajamas by IFFEI

Everything is much different this year with Covid. We had to cancel our family photos this year, or at least delay them past the holidays, but that did not stop us from having our own family photo session and nothing makes for a great holiday photo session like matching family pajamas.

We actually did them last year too so it’s become sort of a tradition for us. I’m thankful we did because the made for great Christmas cards this year that I’ll be sending out to friends and family next week.

IFFEI has some of the best styles around to choose from, so many and their sizes are perfect for most families. We went with the “What the Elf” ones this year but it was so hard to choose. We got 10-11 for both boys, medium womans for me, and large men’s for my husband because he likes them alittle big. They fit perfectly. Tylers were a tiny but big, but he’ll grow into them for next year and can still wear them comfortably this year too, so it’s even better.

The quality of the pajamas is much more than you’d expect for the price. The white portion of the pants is not see through, but breathable and not too hot. The top green is the same, it stretches if needed, but it’s a soft cotton feeling material.

I mean, I can’t get over how much these matching family pajamas really made it feel like the holidays even though Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet. We had so much fun doing this shoot to show these off to you that we forgot we were “working” on this post to show you. As a parent, I will cherish these photos for years to come and week certainly be sharing this cuteness all over my social media and family texts.

Even my 12 year old got into the spirit. I haven’t seen him smile that much in a while and it was so nice to see both boys getting along genuinely and not staring at their electronics.

Check out all of the styles they have to offer of matching Christmas pajamas on their official IFFEI store. As with most Amazon offerings, most of these are prime and you can have them in just a couple of days. There’s still time to do your own little photo shoot and create an awesome Christmas card to get out. Don’t let Covid stop you from enjoying this special family time.

Daylight Saving Time – How Changes in Routine Impact Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Daylight Saving Time – How Changes in Routine Impact Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Jeffrey Selman, PsyD, BCBA-D, VP, Clinical Services for First Children Services, which serves children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Selman discusses below:

  • Tips for helping a child with autism cope with routine changes or new activities
  • The importance of strict schedules and routines for some kids with autism
  • Why changes in routine can cause difficult behaviors for kids with ASD
  • How First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and trained behavior specialists help kids with autism manage behaviors and establish routines through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum

How Changes in Routine Impact Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder by
Dr. Jeffrey Selman, PsyD, BCBA-D, VP, Clinical Services for First Children Services, which serves children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum.

  1. Tips for helping a child with autism cope with routine changes or new activities:
    Many children have difficulty responding to changes in routine. Humans in general are creatures of habit and change requires effort and energy. For children with autism, it is particularly challenging because the need for sameness helps create predictability and comfort in a world that may otherwise feel overwhelming. Rigidity and inflexible
    adherence to routines is hallmark diagnostic criteria for children on the autism spectrum. When there are changes, even subtle changes, it can be distressing and trigger disruptive behavior, tantrums and anxiety.
  2. The importance of strict schedules and routines for some kids with autism:
    It is important to maintain consistent routines and predictable transitions for children with autism. Often times, routines are utilized for parts of the day (e.g., morning routines, evening schedules, etc.), but some individuals benefit from added structure and for tasks to be broken down into shorter increments or steps. Children with autism may have difficulty with receptive and expressive language; therefore, visual schedules with pictures or written directions are encouraged.
  3. Why can changes in routine cause difficult behaviors for kids with ASD?
    Transitions can often trigger challenging behavior. Most children present with at least some resistance, often because we are asking kids to end a preferred activity (perhaps video games) to initiate a less preferred activity (dinner time). Challenging behavior may be a result of internal dysregulation (anger, frustration, anxiety, cognitive inflexibility)
    and reinforced behavior. We want to be sure we are giving ample preview and countdown before a transition occurs. Transitions should be highlighted within a more robust schedule for the day, and these moments can be role-played and rehearsed.
    Providing plenty of rewards can help reinforce the desired behavior. Parents, caregivers, and staff working with the child should remember to give specific, in the moment labeled praise. Some children will also benefit from tangible rewards, which can motivate a more positive response.
  4. How does First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and trained behavior specialists help kids with autism manage behaviors and establish routines through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum?
    Through our STRIVE Autism Care Continuum, First Children Services’ Board Certified Behavior Analysts and clinical staff develop programs for clients that address challenges with transitions and breaks in routine. Programs are delivered in clinical settings and in families’ homes where parents can receive plenty of one-on-one guidance, support and training. It is imperative that kids are exposed to similar structures and programming in multiple environments, and that parents understand how to implement the strategies in a natural, positive and consistent manner.

About First Children Services’ STRIVE Autism Care Continuum:
Part of First Children Services’ integrated care network, the STRIVE Autism Care Continuum is dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania with treatment plans focusing on increasing communication, social skills and life skills to help children ages 18 months and older maximize their full potential. Operated by premier providers of innovative and evidence-based services, the STRIVE Autism Care Continuum utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapies to provide every child with customized intervention plans tailored to their skills, needs, interests, preferences, and family situation.

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As a community-based provider, First Children Services is committed to expanding access to high quality care and vital support services through its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum as well as a wide range of home, school, and center based therapeutic and educational services to achieve life-changing outcomes for exceptional kids in the communities they serve. To learn more, visit firstchildrenservices.com.

Bev and Wally’s FREE Halloween Party Keansburg NJ

Bev & Wally’s FREE Family Halloween Party

Date: Sunday, Nov 1 Time:12:30-5:30pm

**face protection required**

This is a very weird time for all, and Halloween is sure to be weird this year. If you live in NJ, odds are you know of Bev & Wally’s on the Keansburg Boardwalk.

We’ve been there this year, and felt it was clean and safe. Enjoy a FREE good time with your kids in the spirit of Halloween, and BONUS! Kids Under 12 in Costume get a $5.00 Game Card!

Another bonus, the beach is always free in Keansburg, and even though it’s going to be a cold day, it is supposed to be sunny and there’s nothing like costume pictures on the beach!

FREE Awesome family friendly SAFE Halloween Party at Bev and Wallys Family Entertainment Center / Keansburg Amusement Park 46 Beachway

About this Event

Our annual Halloween Party is ON !

Family Friendly with all precautions to make sure everyone is safe . We clean with Biocide 100 to make absolutley sure we are free from any problems . Feel safe bringing your family out for an afternoon of fun .

MASK REQUIRED at all times for all guests for everyones safety.

The party will run all day so come early or come late JUST COME OUT ! Wear your costumes and we’ll be taking photos of everyone .

We will have candy for the kids and plenty of GAME SPECIALS for the day.

Due to COVID we will not be having the face painting this time but as soon as things get better we will have the face painter back as well as the other things we have done in the past .

Free parking in the front .

Get your FREE Tickets today and come enjoy the fun this weekend!

Holiday Gift Guide 2020 – For All Ages!

Take a first look at all of this seasons top toys! Act fast because we all know this year has not gone as planned so far… That may be the understatement of the year. I’ve compiled a HUGE list for you!

Shop early to make sure you get everything on time, supplies are all limited due to COVID overseas as well and difficulties manufacturing and exporting.

Top Toy Trends: At-Home Activities

SMARTLAB TOYS NEW Toys for 2020 including the Tiny Science Kits:

ELENCO/SNAP CIRCUITS Snap Circuits:

LEARNING RESOURCES Botley 2.0 The Coding Robot

Top Toy Trends: The ones you know and Love

http://www.playmatestoys.com

My son is the absolute biggest Godzilla fan. He has been waiting for the new Godzilla vs. Kong movie since the spoiler at the end of the Godzilla King of the Monsters Movie. These toys will be BIG this year for sure! Stay tuned for amore in depth review of them, some available at Walmart now!

PLAYMONSTER Build to Battle SnapShips we previously reviewed. These are some of the items that made the toy of my tons Christmas list.

FAR OUT TOYS Crash Circuit

BONKERS TOYS with ALL NEW RYAN’S World Toys every kid has been waiting for!

Also from Bonkers Toys,

SK8 Wheel Braille toys. These are based off of the actual skate materials used by the Braille Army fans. There are some awesome blind packs and sets with ramps for all of the skate fans out there.

We got a sneak peek at the Holiday of Play Zoom meeting with Bonkers

PLAYMONSTER Drone Home is a fun one we reviewed during a play demonstration at Sweet Suite with Playmonster. Be careful though, do not try to catch the drone, I hurt my finger pretty bad!

FUNKO GAMES Marvel Battleworld

WOWWEE BRAND TOYS are geared up this Holiday and taking over! They have a whole slew of top toys this holiday:

Top Toy Trends: Preschool Favorites:

Baby Shark Dancing DJ

Pet Starz:

Sing & Snuggle Plush, and the Musical Playpad, Power Treads, MiP Arcade, Hands Full, and Brite Brush, Game Brush and Power Treads:

STEP2 Side-by-Side Push Around SUV

STEP2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center **2020 Toy Insider Winner**

Ball Buddies Adventure Center is the 2020 Toy Insider Top Holiday Toy Winner!

BLUE MARBLE National Geographic Mega Science Magic Kits

Magic science your kids will love! These mind-blowing experiments aredesigned to be performed as a magic trick. This kit includes everythingyou need for 20 magic science experiments and a bonus experiment guidewith 30 experiments that can all be done with common household items.

•Great for ages 8 and up

•Perfect for virtual science magic show or distance learning activity

•Magic wand and gloves included to let your children play the part

•Illustrated experiment guide with kid friendly instructions

•Everything you need for 20 magic experiments

•30 bonus experiments using standard household items

•Price: $29.99

Top Toy Trends: Game on

HORIZON GROUP USA Mixy Squish Tabletop Creativity Desk allows kids to create their own squishys!

WECOOL TOYS: Great holiday gift ideas
for every price point!

EXPLODING KITTENS A Game of Cat & Mouth

http://www.lego.com

Send your 6-8 year old kids deep into a world of imaginative play, where they can create their own stories and build and rebuild their favorite characters!

http://www.mattel.com

See what’s new from
Thomas & Friends, Barbie, Hot Wheels, and UNO like this Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set:

Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™ Talking Thomas & Percy Train
Set (GLK80)
SRP: $49.99 | 3Y+ | Available Fall 2020 at Amazon, Target and
Walmart
● Sodor is usually an island in the middle of the ocean, but
sometimes, with the Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™
Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set, Sodor can also be in
the living room.
● This highly detailed playset features favorite places from
the island of Sodor, including the Vicarstown Bridge, the
Railyard, the Brendam docks, and Blue Mountain.
● It also includes motorized Thomas and Percy train
engines who recognize and talk to each other when they
meet on the track!
● Young conductors can help Thomas and Percy work
together by dropping boulders down in the Blue
Mountain cave for them to load and unload along with
other cargo at Bulstrode the boat and by creating their
own exciting adventures all around Sodor.

MOOSE TOYS Squeakee the Balloon Dog and #FailFix dolls

SPIN MASTER Present Pets, The Animal & Much More

SUNNY DAYS Ravel Tales, Pop N Play Playhouses, Wonder Wings plush,
and Maxx Action trucks

IMC TOYS NEW Cry Babies & VIP Pets

THE POP INSIDER: The Pop Insider launched its second annual
Geeky Gift Guide! Check out holiday gifts for every geek 🤓
on your list.

Disclaimer – I may have been given product in exchange for some items in this blog post but all opinions are my own.

Check out some of my other recent posts!

5 Simple Activities to do with kids during a Pandemic

Let’s face it. Everything these days consists of “in a Pandemic?” so why would kids activities be any different? You’re doing what in a Pandemic? That’s the question many ask and many answer “nothing” or staying safe at home.

That’s all fine and well however the days are still passing and if you have little ones, they may not understand why they can’t do their normal fun fall activities.

Here are some ideas to get the feel of Fall, but still keep simple and safe as needed.

Image: Just For Moms

1. Paint a pumpkin. Part of the fun is Pumpkin picking, but if you’re not ready to go out to public spaces just yet, pick a few up during your next grocery shopping trip, and some dollar store paint sets and you’re just about ready to get down to business. It’s much easier than carving, and much safer for little helpers.

Tip: Start with an idea from googling “pumkin painting” or use a favorite character photo. Draw the image onto the pumpkin with a pencil before committing with the paint.

2. Pick flowers and make plant baskets. By now your lovely outdoor garden is probably starting to whither. At least here in New Jersey we’ve gotten a slight frost or 2 and temperatures are sure to drop quickly. Instead of watching the flowers die or waiting to rip out a woody stick skelton version of your coleus plant, try picking the flowers and displaying their last bit of life in a vase indoors or pruning and potting your plants for inside or as front door decor.

Tip: Little hands cannot wait to pick flowers and any excuse to do so with consent is sure to be taken on with enjoyment. Identify the smells, textures and even the colors to make it extra fun! Hey, maybe you’ll wind up with a little future horticulturist on your hands.

Image: Pexels

3. Take a trip to the local zoo. If you’re feeling adventurous but not THAT adventurous yet due to the Pandemic, get a little normalcy in with a trip to your local zoo. Most zoos are limiting capacity even though mostly outdoor exhibits, and there isn’t much to touch, so you can enjoy a nice day out while the weather still cooperates and give the animals at least a reason to be where they’re stuck anyway (so sad). I’m sure they love to see people since they don’t have as many visitors these days, especially tiny ones with big smiles!

Image: Tasty

4. BAKE. Even if you’re not an avid baker there are many simple recipes including bake-free ones that little hands can get in on like oreo chocolate truffles which are one of my absolute favorites! Adding some orange food coloring to coconut flakes can create the Fall feel and with a dollop of green colored icing or chocolate you can even make them into cute little pumpkin replicas.

Another favorite that is so simple you’ll wonder how you haven’t been doing this your whole life is cake cookies.

Image: Tracie Lee (T.L Creations) & #Moving Forward (iamshannabee)

5. Paint Rocks. Find some rocks by taking a walk around your neighborhood or maybe there are some in your yard or local park. If you cannot find rocks “in the wild” hehe, you can always purchase a bag of larger rocks from your local hardware store. There are some really cute designs or sayings online, and you can use finger paint to make it little kid friendly or better yet…you do the painting (maybe add alittle paint and sip action) and then let your little ones choose where they go outside. To a neighbors porch? A random location for someone to find? A gift for aunts, uncles, or grandparents? The options are endless!

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and have some Fall fun in spite of the current situation in the World! And SMILE 😃

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

There are so many challenges out on Tik Tok and Snapchat that even some have been making the news that make you say “WHAT?!”. Well, here is a fun, safe, family challenge to keep you and your family occupied for at least alittle while while your stuck indoors once the weather gets cooler (and the Pandemic inevitably increases again).

How about a Disney movie challenge! Here’s how it goes. 26 letters of the Alphabet, 26 days of Disney Movies!

You have a member if your family chose a Disney movie (or any movie of the genre you want) that starts with the corresponding days letter stating with A and so on.

They must choose a movie that starts with that letter, or if it’s impossible to find one (such as X, then pick a movie that at least has that letter in its name somewhere). Yes it’ll get hard but that’s the point!

Not only may you discover some more Disney movies you love, but your family will have fun doing it and lasting memories.

Oh. And did I mention it eliminates the “I can’t choose a movie” or “there’s nothing to watch” slurs!

If you’re wondering how you get to these movies, many have Disney + these days or if you’re anything like me you have a huge Disney DVD collection (you don’t? Then start one at DisneyMovieClub), or skip the Disney theme all together and go with any movie with that letter that you have available to you. Either way it’s worth trying.

Have fun! Let me know some of your favorite Disney movie letters, mine is T!

Below is a list of Disney Movies in Alphabetical Order:
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • A Bug’s Life
  • A Far Off Place
  • A Goofy Movie
  • A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
  • A Tale of Two Critters
  • A Tiger Walks
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • ABCD 2
  • African Cats
  • Air Bud
  • Air Bud: Golden Receiver
  • Aladdin
  • Aladdin
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Aliens of the Deep
  • Almost Angels
  • America’s Heart and Soul
  • Amy
  • Anaganaga O Dheerudu
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • Arjun: The Warrior Prince
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Bambi
  • Bears
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Benji the Hunted
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Big Hero 6
  • Big Red
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost
  • Blank Check
  • Blue
  • Bolt
  • Bon Voyage!
  • Born in China
  • Brave
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Brother Bear
  • Candleshoe
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Cars 3
  • Charley and the Angel
  • Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
  • Cheetah
  • Chicken Little
  • Chimpanzee
  • Christopher Robin
  • Cinderella
  • Cinderella
  • Coco
  • College Road Trip
  • Condorman
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Cool Runnings
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Dangal
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People
  • Dasavathaaram
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • Dinosaur
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • Disney’s The Kid
  • Do Dooni Chaar
  • Dolphin Reef
  • Doug’s 1st Movie
  • Dragonslayer
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dumbo
  • Dumbo
  • Earth
  • Eight Below
  • Emil and the Detectives
  • Enchanted
  • Endurance
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Expedition China
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • First Kid
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Flubber
  • Follow Me, Boys!
  • Frank and Ollie
  • Frankenweenie
  • Freaky Friday
  • Freaky Friday
  • Frozen
  • Frozen II
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • G-Force
  • George of the Jungle
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence GITS2
  • Ghost of the Mountains
  • Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Glory Road
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Growing Up Wild
  • Gus
  • Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Heavyweights
  • Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
  • Herbie Rides Again
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Hercules
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Holes
  • Home on the Range
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Hot Lead and Cold Feet
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Ice Princess
  • In Search of the Castaways
  • Incredibles 2
  • Inside Out
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Into the Woods
  • Invincible
  • Iron Will
  • Jagga Jasoos
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • John Carter
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
  • Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Jungle Cat
  • Khoobsurat
  • Kidnapped
  • King of the Grizzlies
  • L’Empereur – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step[a]
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
  • Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
  • Make Mine Music
  • Maleficent
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Man of the House
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Max Keeble’s Big Move
  • McFarland, USA
  • Meet the Deedles
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Melody Time
  • Midnight Madness
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Miracle
  • Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Moana
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • Monkeys, Go Home!
  • Monsters University
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Moon Pilot
  • Morning Light
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mulan
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • My Favorite Martian
  • Napoleon and Samantha
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • Never a Dull Moment
  • Newsies
  • Night Crossing
  • Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
  • No Deposit, No Return
  • Now You See Him, Now You Don’t
  • Oceans
  • Old Dogs
  • Old Yeller
  • Oliver & Company
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • One Little Indian
  • One Magic Christmas
  • One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
  • Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Penguins
  • Perri
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Peter Pan
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pinocchio
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Planes
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Pocahontas
  • Pollyanna
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Popeye
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prom
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rascal
  • Ratatouille
  • Recess: School’s Out
  • Remember the Titans
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • Return to Never Land
  • Return to Oz
  • Return to Snowy River
  • Ride a Wild Pony
  • Roadside Romeo
  • Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
  • Robin Hood
  • RocketMan
  • Roving Mars
  • Run, Cougar, Run
  • Sacred Planet
  • Saludos Amigos
  • Savage Sam
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Scandalous John
  • Secretariat
  • Secrets of Life
  • Shipwrecked
  • Sky High
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Smith!
  • Snow Dogs
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Snowball Express
  • So Dear to My Heart
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Son of Flubber
  • Song of the South
  • Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
  • Summer Magic
  • Superdad
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tall Tale
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Ten Who Dared
  • Tex
  • That Darn Cat
  • That Darn Cat!
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The African Lion
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • The Aristocats
  • The BFG
  • The Barefoot Executive
  • The Bears and I
  • The Best of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures
  • The Big Green
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Black Hole
  • The Boatniks
  • The Book of Masters
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
  • The Castaway Cowboy
  • The Cat from Outer Space
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • The Country Bears
  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
  • The Devil and Max Devlin
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Fighting Prince of Donegal
  • The Finest Hours
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Game Plan
  • The Gnome-Mobile
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Great Locomotive Chase
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • The Happiest Millionaire
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredible Journey
  • The Incredibles
  • The Island at the Top of the World
  • The Journey of Natty Gann
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book 2
  • The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark
  • The Legend of Lobo
  • The Light in the Forest
  • The Lion King
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Littlest Horse Thieves
  • The Littlest Outlaw
  • The Living Desert
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • The London Connection
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Love Bug
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Million Dollar Duck
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • The Monkey’s Uncle
  • The Moon-Spinners
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Muppets
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D TNBC
  • The North Avenue Irregulars
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • The Pacifier
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Pixar Story
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Rocketeer TR
  • The Rookie
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • The Santa Clause TSC
  • The Shaggy D.A.
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Sign of Zorro
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • The Straight Story
  • The Strongest Man in the World
  • The Sword and the Rose
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Three Caballeros
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Tigger Movie
  • The Ugly Dachshund
  • The Vanishing Prairie
  • The Watcher in the Woods
  • The Wild
  • The Wild Country
  • The World’s Greatest Athlete
  • The Young Black Stallion
  • Third Man on the Mountain
  • Those Calloways
  • Toby Tyler
  • Tom and Huck
  • Tomorrowland
  • Tonka
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story 4
  • Trail of the Panda
  • Treasure Island
  • Treasure Planet
  • Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Trenchcoat
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Underdog
  • Unidentified Flying Oddball
  • Up
  • Valiant
  • Victory Through Air Power
  • WALL-E
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Walt & El Grupo
  • Westward Ho the Wagons!
  • White Fang
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf
  • White Wilderness
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  • Wings of Life
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zokkomon
  • Zootopia
  • Zorro the Avenger

Back-To-School: Educational Products For Kids During A Pandemic

Back-To-School: Educational Products For Kids During A Pandemic

These are unprecedented times, and everything is unpredictable including when school will get back to normal.

My kids are 100% virtual learning for the foreseeable future and although they adjusting wonderfully and I couldn’t be more proud of how they’re handling this huge change, we can’t help but feel there’s something missing.

I mean, my kids get socialization as much as possible like playdates at the local parks or at friends and family’s homes, and they talk on their phones along with their computer games but there is still something missing.

It’s the hands on experience of using your brain and hands together. I was happy to try out these 2 STEM items that help with this missing aspect. I personally loved Science as a child and thought these quick experiments were just perfect for the amount of time that would hold my 8 year olds attention and keep him interest.

The first up is the Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab. The absolute best part is that it isn’t a 1 time and done kit. There is a book if experiments to choose from using some provided materials along with household staples where they can be recreated as you wish.

We started started with the first project of the booklet and continued from there. I’ll admit, we went a good 3-4 days doing these experiments and I think he got alittle bored, but the kit is still on our kitchen table ready for the next experiment to be done when he’s ready which I’m sure will be soon.

They seem safe enough for a mature child to be able to do on their own, but it’s suggested that parents are there to assist (and it’s fun for us too!).

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Manufacturer points:
Explore the natural beauty and wonder of crystals by growing them yourself in many different shapes and colors! Set up your lab station — complete with beakers, test tubes, centrifuge, display dome, and more — and use safe, non-toxic crystal salts to conduct more than ten experiments in crystal formation. You can even make red, pink, blue, purple, and clear crystals using the spinning centrifuge! After you’ve completed the experiments in the kit, continue your crystal growing adventures using the cool lab setup and common materials from around your home. MSRP: $29.95; Ages 6+.

We also received some really simple but cool magnetic tiles, the Tileblox Rainbow 20Pc Set. These are great for all ages and can be used for hands on math or engineering. These can also be used for color and shape work for younger children and comes in handy to “quiz” them on how to make a rectangle, etc.. while they’re building.

Using their hands and minds is the skill we want to work on with these. It comes with a book of projects to follow along with, which my son enjoyed copying these, but then he went rogue and started creating his own creations using the blocks.

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Manufacturer points:
Discover the endless possibilities of Tileblox 20Pc set. With the step-by-step idea sheet, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces! A great set for beginner builders looking to explore and learn through play. Arrives with 8 Triangles and 12 Square in Rainbow colors. Each geometric shape contains magnets that let you build with endless possibilities! TileBlox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; Ages 3+

These are both Holiday gift worthy items!

DISCLAIMER: I received these items to review and share my opinion with my readers. The opinions are my own and not that of the manufacturer.

Simple Tips to Balance Home, Career and Family

 

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Simple Tips to Balance Home, Career and Family

Working from home full-time has its downsides—dealing with home and family life at the same time can certainly be taxing if you aren’t prepared to handle it. Indeed, it can be hard to strike a balance between these two very important aspects of life, which is why you must give yourself a little bit of help where possible, as well as take the time to give yourself some TLC. Let’s explore the ways you can make it work.

 

A Strong Case for Delegation

When you’re balancing remote work and family life full-time, it won’t be long before you realize that you simply can’t do everything yourself.

  • Delegation could save your sanity and help you run both your career and home more efficiently.
  • Identify work tasks you can easily outsource (if possible), then find expert freelancers to delegate them to.
  • On the home front, you can also hire professionals for cleaning your house, giving
    yourself one less chore to tackle.

 

A Real Need for Tech

Both work and family can be demanding, so it’s not at all against the rules to make efficient use of tech to help you do both—and ultimately, make your life just a tad easier.

  • Make use of remote work tools to help you work more efficiently and stay productive.
  • With kids underfoot, consider investing in age-appropriate electronics to keep them
    entertained while you’re busy with work.
  • Make sure that your kids are also learning while using tech, and look for STEM toys that are as educational as they are fun.

 

A Must to Maintain Self-Care

Make sure to give yourself time to reset and relax because you’ve certainly earned it.

  • A self-care routine is a real necessity when you work from home.
  • Make it a point to stay active as inactivity can be harmful to your health.
  • Stick to a structured routine when you work from home, so you not only get everything you need done, but also have enough time for yourself and for your family.

 

Yes, juggling work and family is a challenge magnified when you do both full-time and at home.

Know that there’s nothing heroic about running yourself ragged, so get help where you can, get creative, and, most importantly, get some perspective. You’ve got this!

SESAME STREET ‘ELMO’S PLAYDATE: SCAVENGER HUNT’ SPECIAL DEBUTS ON HBO MAX THURSDAY, AUGUST 6

SESAME STREET ‘ELMO’S PLAYDATE: SCAVENGER HUNT’ SPECIAL
DEBUTS ON HBO MAX THURSDAY, AUGUST 6

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CELEBRITY GUESTS AMY SEDARIS AND GABRIELLE UNION

JOIN SESAME STREET MUPPETS ON A VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

(July 29, 2020 – New York, N.Y.) – Summer is in full swing on Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are back with new games, activities, and celebrity guests – all from the safety of home – in a brand-new Max Original, Elmo’s Playdate: Scavenger Hunt, created and produced by nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and available on HBO Max Thursday, August 6.

Silliness and surprise twists abound in the half-hour special, in which Elmo teams up with Abby Cadabby via video chat for a virtual scavenger hunt. Aided by Sesame Street friends Big BirdGroverRositaOscar the GrouchBert and Ernie, Elmo’s dad Louie, and tiger Mr. Stripey, the duo invites children to join in the search for all seven items on their list using the printable worksheet linked here. Along the way, “Monster Foodies” Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up a tasty summer dessert, Amy Sedaris shares an easy craft the whole family can make, and Gabrielle Union leads Elmo and Abby in a sweet sing-along.

“Although summer looks different for many families this year, our Sesame Street characters once again show children that, with a little imagination, staying at home can still be fun,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We’re grateful to our partners at WarnerMedia and HBO Max for their continued support as we strive to meet the needs of children and families through learning and laughter in these challenging times.”

“The wonderful residents of Sesame Street always know how to make us smile and feel a little better,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, original content, HBO Max. “Our partnership with Sesame Workshop continues to bring joy to families through their educational entertainment made from compassion, understanding and fun.”

This special is the latest effort around the COVID-19 pandemic from nonprofit Sesame Workshop. Through Caring For Each Other, an initiative created by the Workshop in response to this crisis, families can access free resources specifically designed to provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and help children stay physically and mentally healthy.

Caring For Each Other is funded in part by Sesame Workshop’s new Critical Needs Response Fund, a crucial source of flexible funds designed to meet the urgent needs of children and families. To drive support for this Fund, Sesame Workshop has partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze to offer another virtual playdate – for one sweepstakes winner and a guest – with Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Abby Cadabby. The sweepstakes is now live and concludes on Wednesday, August 12. More details and official rules available here. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

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About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org.

About HBO Max
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, which debuted May 27, 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content, HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Website: HBOMax.com