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.

More and more they are the ones who teach this mom how to use my smartphone and other devices. They’re also my greatest resource in finding out about the newest apps and games to download!Continue reading ⇒

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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“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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Bringing a Child’s Artwork to Life With Their Own Custom Made Stuffed Animal – Budsies Review

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up that you carried everywhere with you? What about your kids? Do they have a favorite that they can’t seem to put down?

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Check out these stuffed animals, they’re my kidlet’s newest favs. Not only are these dolls cute, cuddly and colorful, but my kidlets actually designed them.  Yes, these two dolls were created from artwork that my kidlets made and turned into a reality through a wonderfully whimsical company called Budsies.

Budsies brings artwork to life created by children (or adults!), by creating one-of-a-kind stuffed dolls.

The Budsies process to make your own doll is super simple. Your child creates a color drawing using crayons, markers or even paint. It can be of anything your child desires…an animal, a person or even an object. Then you take a picture of it and upload from your computer or smartphone to Budsies website to order. In five weeks or less a custom-made stuffed animal inspired by your child’s drawing arrives at your home.

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Finding Pixie Dust & Getting To Go “On The Road” With Disney Social Media Moms

I’ve got a confession to make. I never stepped foot inside a Disney Park until I was an adult. My father wasn’t much into amusement parks, so growing up it was never a destination my family ever considered for vacation. It wasn’t until I was 22 years old and on a business trip to Southern California. With some down time, a colleague suggested we head on over to Anaheim and check out Disneyland.

THM_DisneyOTRPhilly_2aI was mesmerized and fell in love the moment I entered!

Walking thru Sleeping Beauty’s castle, wearing my very first pair of Mouse Ears, riding on the Railroad, getting drenched on Splash Mountain and having my picture taken with Winnie the Pooh was like taking all those Disney movies and TV shows I watched growing up come to life right in front of my eyes!

It took me another two more years before I made it to all the parks in Orlando, but since then I’ve been back many times.  My most recent trip was last spring when The Hubs and I took the kids on their first visit to Walt Disney World Resorts.

Seeing Disney through their first time eyes was amazing. It’s something I’ll always treasure as a parent and as a Disney fanatic. It truly is the “happiest place on Earth!”Continue reading ⇒

Liberty Science Center – #ScienceSummerFun Giveaway

What do you do with your kids on summer days when you’re tired of going to the park, beach, library or movies? What about on rainy days? While the Hubs and I might want to go to a museum, the kidlets prefer places where they can have lots of fun and get “hands on.”

PrintThe Liberty Science Center is just the place to meld our parental & kidlet preferences. It’s a 300,000 square foot fun learning center located on the banks of the Hudson River in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.  You should make the trip over there just to see the spectacular and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, including the Freedom Tower.

Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center (LSC for short!) features 12 museum halls featuring ongoing exhibitions such as Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Energy Quest and Communication. They also host a live animal collection with 110 species and giant aquariums where you can actually touch sea creatures. The Center also houses a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome theater and tornado/hurricane-force wind simulators.

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Family Friendly Video Game Preview: LEGO® Ninjago™: Nindroids™ & Game Giveaway

After our plans for a day at the beach were thwarted by combination of horrific traffic and drizzly weather this past weekend, the family wound up stopping at a local mall to eat lunch and do some window shopping.  We eventually wandered into a GameStop store, since my seven-year old son has turned into quite the gamer.

LNN Poster Charging RGB 1as Preview When he’s in a competitive mode, he plays Xbox with either his dad or friends. More often though, he likes playing solo, and turns to his  Nintendo 3DSXL, which he got for his birthday last year instead of having a party.

He’s got quite the growing roster of 3DS games in his collection, but his favorite ones by far are LEGO®-related games. So when he saw an in-store ad for LEGO® Ninjago™: Nindroids™ he went crazy and can’t wait to get the game to try it out for himself.

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Kid Lit: Avoiding “Summer Slide” – Read A Book, Or How About Forty Of Them!

Ah, summertime!  It’s what my kidlets look forward to all year.  Two solid months of fun, excitement and no stress.  Days filled with playing, hanging out with friends, swimming, making crafts and eating lots of ice cream.   Hearing about my kidlet’s daily adventures makes me wish I could be a kid again – having a pretty-much carefree summer instead of going to work everyday.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-boy-girl-reading-books-image19977713However, as many of you moms out there would agree, while I want my kidlets to enjoy their break, I don’t want them to suffer from “summer slide.”  That’s what happens when young minds sit idle for weeks at a time without any learning instruction.  To help avoid this, I enrolled both the kidlets in our local library’s summer reading program.

Each of my kidlets – my son is almost seven, my daughter is 4½ – got their own personalized reading log.  We keep the logs hung up on the bulletin board in our kitchen for easy access.

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