Making A New Disney Animated Classic – “Frozen” TV Special

My daughter is a “Frozen” fanatic!  She’s seen the movie too many times to keep count and sings along with the soundtrack at the top of her lungs.  Her room is covered in “Frozen” posters, she has all the dolls and is has an entire back to school wardrobe of t-shirts, underwear, socks and sweatshirts featuring the smiling faces of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.  She also has a new light up backpack to take to pre-k that makes me a little dizzy when I look at it!   Her latest acquisition?  “Frozen” bed sheets and blanket so she can dream all night of her favorite Disney film — so sorry, “Cinderella” you’ve officially been bumped to #2!

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As for me, I am amazed at the stunning beauty of “Frozen.”  It is like no other animation I’ve seen before.  I was blown away by the scene where Elsa built her Ice Palace, it felt and looked so real.  You could see the incredible details of the snowflakes in that scene, from the ones on Elsa’s cape to the floor of the palace she builds – to the columns, the staircase and even the chandelier.  Apparently it took more than 50 animators to create that scene alone!Continue reading ⇒

Kid Lit: Back To School Books #BTS

Whether your children are going to preschool for the first time, entering kindergarten or another elementary school grade, going back to school (BTS) can be both an exciting and daunting experience for children. Reading books about BTS can help ease children’s nerves and reassure them about starting school, going to a brand new school or even entering a new grade.

Here are few of our family favs:

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The Pout Pout Fish Goes To School (Macmillian)

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Tick “Tech” Tock – Vtech Kidzoom® Smartwatch Review & Giveaway

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Are your kids like mine, tech-savvy?

At age seven and just a smidge under five, I believe my son and daughter’s brains were  pre-wired in the womb to figure out today’s technology.

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What I Learned This Summer….

End-Of-SummerIn just a few short days Labor Day will upon us and bring with it the (sad) unofficial end to summer.  In exactly one week from today the pressures of back-to-school, including new teachers, new friends and homework along with hectic schedules of kids’ activities will once again begin in our household.

 

The kidlets are enjoying their last few days of summer by jamming in as much carefree fun time as possible – hanging with friends, playing sports, swimming and sleeping in!

I’m also getting ready by taking a few deep breaths to help find my “happy place” before the insanity of the school year begins. Part of that is taking a look back at all the fun and adventures we had as a family this summer.

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Kid Lit: Comic Books For Kids

Recently my kidlets discovered the wonderful world of comic books. I think comic books are a great way for children to get interested and excited about reading as well as helping to develop and stimulate their imaginations. The illustrations, the exaggerated characters and the way panels are arranged in comic books help to pique a child’s interest.

THM-comic-book-kidsHowever, I quickly learned how important it is to be sure that my kidlets are reading age appropriate material. See if you, or your child, base reading choices  solely on the comic book cover art, you can easily be deceived and accidentally expose your children to themes they may not be ready for.

See comic books have a reputation for being “for kids,” but quite the opposite is true. Walk into a comic book store – yes they actually do still exist – and who do you see hanging out in the aisles and checking out the latest releases? It’s not kids, but rather adults.

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Getting The Kids Ready For Back-To-School With Backyard Grilled Pizza Party & Craft #FoodMadeSimple #Shop

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Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer! While we all wish that summer could always be here, our family fun in the sun is starting to wind down and August just flying by.

In just a few short weeks both of my kidlets will be heading back to school. We live in the NYC metro area so school starts after Labor Day, but I know that in some places school is already in session! While my kidlets are sad about the summer ending, they’re also excited about a new school year, new teachers and seeing all their besties everyday again!

THM-Food-Made-Simple-Jacks-Pizza-PartyTo get the kidlets back into a school mindset, The Hubs and I threw them a little back-to-school outdoor pizza party complete with pizza-themed craft this past weekend!

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#Palmolive25Ways – Dish Soap Paint Kids Craft {#Cbias}

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Do you see that bottle next to your sink? Yeah, that one.  Just a simple bottle, you may observe…filled with liquid, specifically Palmolive Dish Soap. It may be green, pink, white, clear or orange, but liquid soap serves but one purpose, and one purpose only. Cleaning dirty dishes….or so you’ve been led to believe!

Come with me and travel through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose only boundaries are that of your imagination! Your next stop is, no, not an episode of the “Twilight Zone,” but #Palmolive25Ways you never thought to use dish soap.

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Shopping In My PJs – A Walmart/P&G Giftcard Giveaway

The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. All opinions though are my very own.

Ah summer. It’s definitely my favorite season of the year. I love to be outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and spending as much time with my family as possible. So why would I want to interrupt my fun in the sun to run errands at the grocery store to pick up household staples when I can have them conveniently delivered right to my doorstep?

Walmart.comWith a just a few quick clicks of my mouse on Walmart.com or taps on my phone with the Walmart Smartphone app, I can get great deals on all my household essentials and have them shipped to me for free, when I spend $50 or more.

You may not know it, but I’m a total neat and clean freak when it comes to my home.  “A place for everything and everything in its place” is my motto.  I hate dishes left in the sink at night, laundry in the hamper and the worst is dirty floors.

So when I logged onto Walmart.com I was looking to stock up on cleaning supplies.  I found loads of Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products at great, low prices.  Suddenly, I was transported to my happy neat & clean place.

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“Annedroids” Has Girl Power!


THM_Annedroids_1If you were to look a photo collection of my daughter, you’d definitely notice a certain pattern.  She’s always wearing some sort of super hero t-shirt and she’s flashing either a thumbs up or “V” sign with her fingers. At 4 ½ years old, she’s all about “girl power.” She’s not one to be left behind and she’s constantly proving that she’s just as smart, tough and adventurous as her seven-year old brother is, or anyone else for that matter!

It’s for those reasons and more that I like “Annedroids” from Amazon Studios. “Annedroids” is a new science based-action adventure series that follows an eleven year old genius and kid scientist named Anne, who has invented and built her own amazing androids in her junkyard laboratory. Anne is joined by her two friends Nick and Shania and together this kid trio makes amazing scientific discoveries while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all, growing up.

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The Wall of Sound – HTC One Harman Kardon Smartphone & Sprint Sound Sessions Review #SprintMusic #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Sessions. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” As always, all opinions expressed on this site are my very own.  Please be sure to do your own research, as your opinion may differ.

Have you ever heard the saying “music hath charms to soothe a savage beast?”  Not that I am comparing myself to a savage beast, but music certainly plays a role in setting both my temperament and emotions.

When I’m working in my office, I often listen to music played off my smartphone. I mostly listen to 80s music.  Lots of songs from that era feature fast tempos that help me get into a groove when I’m writing.  When I’m in the kitchen, I’ll play hits from the 70s including tunes. The sing-songy nature of that music gets me moving melodically as I make dinner.   If I want to chill, I listen to classic crooners from the 1950s.

However, just as important as the music selection is to setting my mood, so is the sound quality. Quite honestly, the sound quality from most smartphones is pretty horrible — whether it be for music, video or just plain talking on the phone. It always sound tinny and the music is muddy, never quite picking up bass or drum beats.

THM_HTCHarmanKardon_2That was until I got to personally experience the HTC One® Harman Kardon® edition – a Sprint exclusive smartphone with a premium sound experience. I first checked it out at a Sprint Sound Sessions event that was recently held in NYC.

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