Learning a second language with Whistlefritz is fun!
Learning a second language at a young age can play a key role in a child’s academic achievements which can help them immensely as they mature.
According to the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab, “Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past.”
Studies indicate immersion via learning and hearing. Eventually, if they are able to master speaking a new language, it may be the best way for kids to pick up new words and increase their chances of becoming bilingual.
Whistlefritz is an awarding program that uses language immersion so your child can learn how to speak Spanish or French! It was created after Founder, Heidi Stock set out on a mission to find a fun yet educational teaching materials for her children to learn a new language. She quickly realized that most programs solely featured cartoons and didn’t feature live speakers for children to watch the movement of their lips. Not finding what she wanted, Heidi decided to create it herself!
Whistlefritz’s programs allow kids to join a group of lovable characters. The set includes the animated mouse Fritzi, the animated mouse who whisks you on an adventure with her other colorful friends to learn another language! The combination of live-action, animation, and lively music makes the programs as entertaining as they are educational. Children will learn their second language through Whistlefritz the same way they learned their first language: through words used in context by live speakers in engaging games, well thought out skits and catchy music.
Whistlefritz’s collections include DVDs, flashcards and worksheets that are available in Spanish and French.
Enter to win a DVD and CD from Whistlefritz in Spanish or French, A 45 Value!
Ahhh.. Creating a will. One of the last things you ever want to do. Not only is it time consuming and a bunch of legal terms, but it is also talking about your possibly timely or untimely demise and something we really do not want to talk or think about. The fact is, it’s important. Especially if you have children.
I have been following the Dave Ramsey program for a little over a year now, and one of the things he preaches is the benefits of having a Will.
Many of us, when we think of a Will, we think of old age and how we will divvy up our belongings to our loved ones. The fact of the matter is, a Will is much more than that, and anyone over the age of 18, especially anyone with a child or children need to start thinking about their Will now. Even better, don’t just think about it, get it done.
A Will is there in case something were to happen to you to let your children go to whom you wish. Without a written, legal Will, there is a long process with the state in which probate court will need to be involved to decide the fate of where your children go. And who knows where they’ll wind up in the mean time…
There is an easy to use online program that literally makes creating a will a 10 minute thing. You can go to Trust & Will and create a Trust, a Will, or just a document to specificity the guardians of your children should something ever happen to you and/or your spouse. You can do all 3 in one document for a discount as well.
What’s the benefits of each? They break it down simply for you below;
Once you have the document completed, you can choose to print it yourself, or to have the documents sent to you (or both). You have to get it notarized in order for it to become a legal document, so you’ll need a physical copy no matter what.
That seems to be the biggest issue for people, finding the right place or the time to get the documents officiated and notarized. Luckily, if you have a UPS store by you, you’re in luck. Simply go to their website and click services. You’ll see a notary public section where you can make an appointment. I found it extremely convenient that they have weekend appointments. All in all it should take no more than 30 minutes. And bonus? They provide the signature witnesses as well which is another annoyance to find witnesses available yourself.
I was skeptical of it only taking 10 minutes, but honestly it did. It is such a simple process and my husband and I are happy to have this crossed off of our “adulting” to-do-list.
*Disclosure: I was provided product in order to review the item and give you my opinion of it.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET opening in theatres everywhere November 21st
In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guyRalph(voice of John C. Reilly)and best friend Vanellopevon Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman)leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internetwhere they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a placeVanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters onNov. 21, 2018.
New World Tests the Strength of Friendship
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” takes Ralph and Vanellope to a vast, unfamiliar world with
endless possibilities. When filmmakers put themselves in the characters’ shoes, they
realized Ralph and Vanellope would have completely different points of view when it came
to the internet. Says director Rich Moore, “They’re like a couple of small-town kids who
venture into the big city. One falls in love with the city, while the other one can’t wait to go
“Ralph is in love with the life that he has,” adds director Phil Johnston. “But Vanellope is
ready for a change—she wants to spread her wings a little. That creates conflict within
their friendship, which becomes the heart of the story.”
“I love that the film is about change,” says producer Clark Spencer. “Two best friends are
about to realize that the world won’t always be the same. The internet is the perfect
setting, really, because it’s all about change—things change by the second.”
The story kicks off in the arcade, where Ralph and Vanellope have been living
harmoniously—fulfilling their duties in their games during the day and hanging out together
in their neighboring arcade games at night. “Vanellope is lamenting the fact that her game
is getting a little boring,” says Johnston. “So, Ralph takes it upon himself to amplify the
excitement in Sugar Rush. And Ralph being Ralph—it doesn’t go exactly as planned.”
Ralph’s shenanigans trigger a chain of events that culminate with a player in the arcade
accidentally breaking the steering wheel off Vanellope’s game. When Litwak learns that a
replacement part would cost more than the game makes in a year, he has no choice but to
unplug Sugar Rush and sell it for parts. “The part they need to fix the game is at a place on
the internet called eBay,” says Pamela Ribon, who co-wrote the screenplay with Johnston.
“Ralph and Vanellope have never heard of the internet, much less eBay, but Litwak has
installed a router, so the arcade is actually online for the first time. They decide to take the
leap into this unknown world and travel to the internet in order to find the steering wheel
and save Vanellope’s game.
“The internet strikes them as loud, fast, crazy and completely unpredictable,” continues
Ribon. “Ralph is nervous and uncomfortable, and Vanellope is smitten, of course.”
Come spend An Afternoon with former New York Yankee, Tino Martinez! The first hour will be a moderated Q&A session with the audience and Tino. The remainder of the time is for meet & greets! VIP Package ticketholders go first, followed by Photo Op ticketholders.Please carefully read all packages to ensure that you are purchasing exactly what you would like.
Tickets can be ordered from HERE and details below;
VIP Package WITH my readers special code – tino (must apply at link above) Ticket includes admission into the Q&A, one (1) personal item to be signed by Tino Martinez, and one (1) professional photo with Tino. Each VIP Package permits ONE (1) guest/parent to accompany the ticketholder. The guest is NOT permitted to meet Tino, receive any photos, autographs, or collateral. The guest MAY accompany ticketholder into the Q&A session. **NO PERSONLIZATIONS OR INSCRIPTIONS**
VIP Package $150 Ticket includes admission into the Q&A, one (1) personal item to be signed by Tino Martinez, and one (1) professional photo with Tino. Each VIP Package permits ONE (1) guest/parent to accompany the ticketholder. The guest is NOT permitted to meet Tino, receive any photos, autographs, or collateral. The guest MAY accompany ticketholder into the Q&A session. **NO PERSONLIZATIONS OR INSCRIPTIONS**
Photo Op Package $60 Package includes admission into the Q&A, one (1) professional photo with Tino Martinez, and one (1) commemorative photo of Tino Martinez. This package does not include any autographs. Each Photo Op Package permits ONE (1) guest/parent to accompany the ticketholder. The guest is NOT permitted to meet Tino, receive any photos, autographs, or collateral. The guest MAY accompany ticketholder into the Q&A session. EXTRA ITEM TICKET CAN NOT BE ADDED TO THIS PACKAGE.
Q&A Ticket $25 Ticket includes admission for one (1) person into the one (1) hour Q&A session with Tino Martinez. This ticket is ONLY for the Q&A session, no meet & greet, autographs, etc.
Extra Item Ticket $55 YOU MUST PURCHASE A VIP PACKAGE (NOT PHOTO OP PACKAGE) FOR THIS TICKET TO BE VALID. This ticket allows a VIP TICKETHOLDER to bring one (1) extra personal item to be signed. (MAX 2 EXTRA ITEMS PER PERSON! VIP Package already comes with one (1) item to be signed. If one (1) Extra Item Ticket is purchased, VIP Package ticketholder will be allowed to have two (2) items signed total. If two (2) Extra Item Tickets are purchased, the VIP ticketholder is permitted to have three (3) items signed total. Please read carefully as these tickets will not be refunded.
Legendary MLB Athlete Tino Martinez, NFL Star Sam Darnold to Come to iPlay America
Freehold, N.J., November 2, 2018 – Four-time World Series Champion and Olympic gold medalist, Tino Martinez, and third-overall 2018 NFL draft pick and starting quarterback for New York’s “Team Green”, Sam Darnold, will be appearing at iPlay America. Martinez will be appearing on Saturday, November 10, and Darnold will be at iPlay America on Tuesday, December 11 for meet & greets with fans.
Tino Martinez is a two-time MLB All-Star with a Silver Slugger Award and Monument Park honoree at Yankee Stadium. Fans can spend the afternoon with world-champion Martinez as he recalls moments from his note-worthy career with the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. Doors will open on November 10 at 11:00 AM and the event will begin at 12:00 PM. VIP and photo-op ticket packages, as well as Q&A tickets are available for purchase. To view package options, visitwww.iplayamerica.com/event/afternoon-tino-martinez/.
Sam Darnold is the current quarterback for New York’s “Team Green” and third-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Before being drafted to NY, Darnold played for the University of Southern California. He will be spending the evening at iPlay America on Tuesday, December 11, giving fans the chance to meet him in person. Doors will open at 5:00 PM and the event will begin at 6:00 PM. Meet & greet packages are available for purchase atwww.iplayamerica.com/event/sam-darnold/.
“Meet & greets and Q&A sessions with notable athletes are always sought after by our fan base,” said Jessica Schwartz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for iPlay America. “We’re excited to present New York sports fans with the opportunity to interact with two local stars from the MLB and NFL with our Tino Martinez and Sam Darnold meet & greets.”
Check out what else is happening at iPlay America throughout the remainder of the year;
About iPlay America
iPlay America is theplaceto Get Inside the Fun! Its all indoor, family-friendly themed environment provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games, and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year round! The Event Center @IPA is home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings, and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine at Game Time Bar & Grill, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting attractions like 2-level Laser Tag, Indoor Go-Kart Track, Spinning Coaster and the Sky Trails® High Ropes Course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is a 2017 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun. iPlay America is located on Route 9 at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey.
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August’s box was a fun one! Here is what it included;
Much like a redbull but without the massive sugar count, and packed with iron this little drink is a nice pick me up.
These are cute little samples of Grandpa soaps. I love the witch hazel which naturally clarifies your hair folicals and scalp. It has the faintest smell, ordinarily I like a fragrant shampoo, but this was ok.
The Grandpa Soap Co – Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner
Protein bars are sort if my arch nemesis. Ive only met one brand that I liked, and sadly this isn’t it. I love me some peanut butter, but the consistency on this is hard to swallow. It might just be me being picky!
First of all, yes, an entire BOX of these came in my goodie box. How exciting! Unfortunately I am not a fan of blueberries so I had to spit this out after ther first bite (a little too bitter since it’s all natural) but my husband sure loved these. He ate the entire box of the 5 left in just 2 days. These equal vHealthy and happy husbands!
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What a blast my boys and I had today at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey.
Today was a perfect day to be at the LSC. 75 and sunny for the morning and we got there bright and early to get a jump start on Dino Dig!
This is a view looking down on the exhibit from the 4th floor. It’s a huge area of imagination and digging up REAL (ok, replica) Dinosaur bones!
We’ve been here before, but even though they’ve seen it, my boys still seemed to enjoy it just as if it was the first time again. Finding new dinosaurs, even dinosaurs eggs and poop!
Not to mention, I cannot get enough of this view! You can pay big money for a view as close as this to the NYC skyline. Many parts of the center allow for outstanding views but the Dino Dig section is basically in its backyard.
We wanted to also check out some of the featured exhibits on the third floor. These are the limited time, see em’ while they’re hot, catch them if you can kind of exhibited so I suggest you get on in!
Arthur’s World is pretty cute. It is an entire large portion of the 3rd floor dedicated to the children’s show “Arthur”. Although my kids were never into the show, they’ve both read the books and appreciated this fantasy room where they got to feel like they were part of the show.
They got to pretend to be school teachers and students of the class. There were changes of clothes they can even wear to get into character.
They also went “camping” and played house complete with a kitchen.
They looked around and played however it might be more in tune with the younger crowd.
The most popular new exhibit is the planetarium dome theater show theat runs every hour or so. It is included with the LSC day pass, but I believe they’d like you to sign up for showtimes to avoid having to turn anyone away.
I remember seeing shows in this awesome dome theater as a child. It used to make me dizzy, and still does,- but it’s worth it!
They have a few different shows all based on the solar system, we saw “beyond 2 worlds”.
My 6 year old was a bit nervous, gripping on to the seats because of the virtual reality like feeling you get. Eventually he settled down and enjoyed it. Both kids and myself left with a huge smile and slight headaches and dizziness. It’s a love/hate relationship!
Last but certainly not least, the awesome new exhibit GROSSOLOGY was so cool!
Having 2 boys, gross is a part of my daily vocabulary… this is not for the queezy people of the world. Many boogers, burps and farts are thrown around this room. Many..
I think my favorite part of this exhibit was the lifesize, real life operation game. Squishy organs you place one by one into a cartoon body, and then go to work getting a light flashing and buzzing if you even so much as tap the metal sides, just like the game!
They would stay in this exhibit for hours if I let them.
Aside from the fun new exhibits, we hit up some of our old favorites too. The touch tunnel;
The animal exhibits!
And so much more.
You definitely need a full day to really appreciate everything. There is a food court that you can stop and get a bite for lunch or dinner, so plan a full day here… see it all.
Take in all of the knowledge, fun, and views the Liberty Science Center has to offer. You’ll be happy you did!
Anyone else have a child who picks the most odd themes that they want for their birthday party?
My son dropped on me that he really wants to have a Bendy and the Ink Machine birthday party in our yard this year for his birthday next month. And guess what, there aren’t any party supplies at all for it at retail stores.
I know that he loves it, and he watches the videos on you tube, so guess what? This mommy has to do what mommy has to do to make it happen! Make it!
I decided to do like I did last year when he wanted to have a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed party and the were limited decorations to choose from. Large cardboard cut outs! Very simple and the best part, the kids can do most of the work. It isn’t child labor if they request to do it right??!? LOL. Just kidding. He was so excited to get to work on it.
The first step we did was getting the images to print out in a larger then one paper format. We used a free site called blockposters.com which helps you convert the images easily to multiple pages to create a poster.
Then we cut each piece of paper out and organized them together.
Look how great my little boy was doing. Yes, he really did this all himself!
Then, we used anything we had around the house that can act as a sturdy back for the image. We had one piece of a gift box, and some previously used shipping boxes that we cut to lay flat.
Then you just glue each piece on order, let them dry, and cut them out on the box. We also cut eyes holes out so that the kids can use them as masks.
For the happy birthday banner, I used my cricut explore and downloaded the banner file I liked for .99 cents.
I already had some cool vintage looking card stock on hand so it worked perfectly for this theme.
Also, to make it more fit the theme, I printed some of the images I found online of the characters and cut them on sticker paper that you can get at any craft store.
I have added the Bendy & The Ink Machine Birthday Party Invitation to my Etsy Store if you’d like to order! Digital File will be personalized for you! Click the image below!
It was a little time consuming, but fun to put together.
Here are some pictures of the FNAF them cutouts and party we did last year!
Check out the all new C-HR by Toyota. What a cool looking car right? Immediately I felt like it was a car of the future, especially with the back door handles higher up then normal, made it feel like a “special” vehicle that I’d feel proud to ride around town in.
My kids, my husband, and I went to Medieval Times over the weekend in Lyndhurst NJ and took the 1 hour ride in style with this beauty.
It has everything you’d expect from a 2018 vehicle, blind spot monitoring, large LCD touch screen with bluetooth capability, heated seating, and more, although navigation does not come standard which is interesting.
One thing that I found unique that may be a Toyota brand thing (this is my first time with a Toyota) is the back up camera comes up on the rear view mirror as opposed to what I am used to which is on the large LCD screen.
See how small it is? Personally I am not a fan of this for a few reasons. The number one reason being the picture is very small and grainy and I don’t quite get the point of it being there instead of a much larger viewing screen. The second thing is, as a mom, while driving I have enough distractions with the kids fighting over things in the back seat, It’s defintely a distraction to have to look into the rear view mirror foot the back up camera, and in the right side is the actual mirror which you can see out of the back, yes, but you also see little heads bopping around and hands flailing about. I guess I don’t really see the point of it IN the rear view mirror. Anyone?
I found myself not even using it and struggling to see out of the accrual mirror instead along with the turn your head to see technique which the back windows make it very hard to see out of since they’re small due to design.
I guess that’s a price to pay for external beauty. The vehicle itself shines no matter where you go because it is so different in its design.
I thought my kids would have a hard time opening the back doors themselves but once I told them where the door handle was (I admit, I let them struggle for a bit trying to figure out where it was #badmom) they were able to open it pretty easily.
Can you find the back door handle? LOL!
The inside front is much smaller then my husband and I are used to with me having a full size explorer, but it is roomy enough to get comfortable in after. Also, surprisingly The back seat is much roomier than you would think.
My stepfather wanted to go for a ride in the back seat with my youngest and he raved about how comfortable he was back there even though it’s a small sized crossover.
From the back it looks like a small hatch back, but looks can be deceiving.
Back again! Every year for the past 3 years I’ve brought you a chance to win FREE tickets for yourself or a friend to the highly anticipated NY Baby Show hosted by JPM and Family Media (8 years and going!).
I only have 10 tickets to give away for FREE and once they’re gone, they’re gone so get them now! Scroll to the “giveaway link” below or click the image above.
If you’ve never been and don’t know “what to expect”, well you’re in for a surprise. You do not need to be expecting you enjoy the show. Anyone with little ones would find this show to be an exciting adventure especially if you love shopping as much as I do!
Vendors from all over the place convene to bring you the best products of the new year, most at a show discounted price.
Not sure that you want to buy stuff and lug it back on the train or uber that day? No problem! You’ll get tons of informational materials from vendors and you’ll be able to order from home after the show with the same great discounts with year materials.
Check out aerial footage I took from the 2015 show #NYBSBloggerLounge @NewYorkBabyShow:
The 2018 New York Baby Show, on May 19 & 20 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 8th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.
We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. See below for details… etc.
**Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.
Are all of the 10 tickets already gone? No worries! I have a special code for my readers for you to get 50% off tickets:
Have you tried daily goodie box yet? I know I’ve been talking about it for a while, but in case you haven’t checked out my other posts, and this is the first one you’re seeing, I’ll let you in on the secret. It’s a monthly box that you can WIN for free. All you have to do ous go to www.dailygoodiebox.com and fill out the entry form and you will be automatically entered to win each month. You only have to do it once but you’ll be eligible monthly you win. And best of all? It’s COMPLETELY FREE! Just make sure to keep your address updated so the box makes it to you.
Another way to win a box is by participating im the Facebook threads. Go to facebook.com/Dailygoodiebox and check out all of the posts. There will be some saying that random winners will be chosen from those who poat, so for an extra chance, DO IT!
So now that you know how to win, it would be nice if I told you what was actually in the boxes right?? Down at the very bottom, I’ll link to my previous posts as well so that you can see the other items that have been featured.
Here are the products in the March box;
These were better then I thought. Ginger is really good for colds and coughs and has nutritional value but we seldom have it. These chews put it in a candy form, but leave the nutrition and health benefits. Covered in confection sugar , these little individually packed chews aren’t so bad.
Prince of Peace – Ginger Chews with Mandarin Orange
I always used to carry a tide-stick in my purse for on-the-go stain fighting super powers, but somehow I just stopped having one and I don’t remember why. . Maybe a villa super thief accidently pocketed it after asking to use it one day, but I can’t be sure. What I can be sure of is how excited I was to find this earth friendly stain remover pen in the box this month!
I was definitely not a fan of these. Great concept of little power caffeine capsules available at your fingertips, but the flavor was very odd. It says that it is wintergreen flavor, which I did taste, but there is an off aftertaste that tastes so powerfully like an artificial sweetener which I’m not a fan of. If they can get the flavor right, I’d definitely carry these little bad boys on me.