Feb 20

Toopy and Binoo Animated Series & a Twitter Party!

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I was recently introduced to a animated series, Toopy and Binoo, geared towards the preschool audience.   Toopy and Binoo have many adventures together, while trying to teach lessons about friendship, good manners and other important values. My daughter watched several of these five minute episodes and she found them really entertaining and funny.  She guessed what would happen next, and also tried to tell Toopy and Binoo what they should do.  She is 5 and in Kindergarten, so she falls within the recommended age of 2-6, for which this program is geared towards.

If you would like to see if your child would enjoy Toopy and Binoo, they are now available for the first time to US audiences on the Toopy and Binoo TV YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/toopyandbinootv  The Toopy and Binoo series is originally from Canada, and the YouTube channel brings over 100 of the five minute episodes to US audiences. There will be a Tipoo and Binoo Twitter Party on Thursday, February 20th at 1:00PM, in which you can learn more about the show and win prizes!  Follow #ToopyandBinoo to participate.

Disclosure:  I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Nov 26

The WCS Toy Drive – Everyone can use some extra love this season!

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From November 16th through December 31st, join the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo in their efforts to spread a little love this holiday season.

All five parks will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for donation to help support local families in need. The Bronx Zoo will be participating in the Bronx Borough President’s annual toy drive in support of families of local veterans and active duty military members. Central Park Zoo will join the fun and donate to families of local veterans and active duty military members as well. In addition, The New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo will be collecting toys to donate to some of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. For every new toy donated you can receive one free general admission ticket.* Toys can be dropped off at the gate; admission is not required. Your donation can make all the difference.

*Free ticket to the Bronx Zoo when donating at the Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo, or Central Park Zoo. Free ticket to the New York Aquarium when donating at the New York Aquarium or the Prospect Park Zoo.

For more details, please visit http://bronxzoo.com/toydrive/.

 

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was provided for posting this information.

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Oct 2

Raise a Giant: Stand Up Against Bullying With Green Giant #MyBlogSpark

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Green Giant is currently sponsoring a “Raise a Giant” bully-prevention campaign.  This campaign focuses on encouraging children to stand up against bullying, by asking them to stop and telling an adult.  My children are only in Kindergarten and 2nd grade, and I can see how much they want to fit in and be accepted by their peers.  I know it would be devastating for them to be left out or bullied by other children.

As a Mom, I strive to keep an open line of communication with my children to make sure they are being treated well, as well as encouraging them to look out for other children.  I think it is important for parents, and those in leadership roles to raise a giant by encouraging our children to stand up for others.  It only takes one person to make a positive change for someone being bullied.

I encourage my readers to write letters to their children, and submit them to RaiseAGiant.com.   This is my letter.

 

To My Children,

You are optimistic and loving, usually with bright smiles on your faces.  My son, you have a calm nature and shy away from any violence.  You love science, math, animals and asking many what-if questions.  You became a vegetarian this past spring to express your love of animals.  My daughter, you are sweet and love to make new friends since you have started Kindergarten.   You enjoy playing  school and church as well as any game where you can pretend to be a teacher.  You are a great listener and you also like to speak your mind.  You should both be proud of your unique personalities, and don’t change for anyone.

I hope that you can both speak up if you see others getting bullied at school.  Bullying involves both mean words or actions to those around you.  If you see a kid being left out or upset, please offer them words of kindness.   Son, I know you have done this in the past.  If you see someone getting bullied, tell the bully to stop.  Go tell an adult.  Sometimes it only takes one person to speak up.  Be a friend.  Bullying is never OK.

I have told you about some of my struggles since I was one of the only kids with red hair and freckles in my grade school.  Kids don’t like different, and I was called names.  I told my teacher, but unfortunately not much was done.  That’s the way it was in the 1980′s. I hope in the 2010′s that you can stand up, and be a Giant for others around you that may face challenges.  I promise to always help you through any struggles as well, and to stand up for you.

Sincerely,

Mom

 

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Excited to go to school


Here are some helpful tips if you are looking to have a discussion about bullying with your children.

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Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark. 

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Sep 27

Produce for Kids and ACME Markets

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This October, Produce for Kids and ACME Markets will launch a year-long program designed to help busy parents easily find healthy snacks for their kids. The refreshed Healthy Kids section, housed in the produce department of all ACME Markets, will be stocked with grab-n-go produce products that are participating in the ACME Healthy Families, Helping Kids fall campaign.

The new section will launch along with the Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign which will run from October 4th – October 31st. The campaign supports local health and nutrition-based classroom projects in ACME markets through DonorsChoose.org. In-store signage for the Healthy Kids section will feature Chef Chica from the popular Sprout® original series, The Chica Show. To learn more shoppers can visit the newly redesigned www.produceforkids.com.

Below are some nutritious and delicious brand new fall inspired Produce for Kids recipes that will keep the whole family nutritiously fed from breakfast to dessert:

Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients:

1 cup canned pumpkin purée

2 cups lowfat vanilla yogurt

1 cup spinach, loosely packed

½ cup pomegranate juice

1 medium banana

1 medium mango, chopped

1 tsp. cinnamon

⅛ tsp. cloves

 

Directions:

  1. Place pumpkin, yogurt, spinach, juice, banana, mango, cinnamon and cloves into blender. Blend until smooth.

 

Suggested Sides for a Complete Meal:

•       1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. nut butter

 

Recipe by Christine Pittman of Cook the Story

 

Hearty Turkey & Kale Chili

Serves 8

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

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Ingredients: 1 lb. lean ground turkey 1 medium onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1½ Tbsp. chili powder 1½ Tbsp. cumin 2 tsp. dried oregano 2 Tbsp. tomato paste 2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained 1 can (15 oz.) low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed 1 can (15 oz.) no salt added corn, drained ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth 4 cups kale, tough stems removed, chopped

1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt

1 cup unsalted tortilla chips, crushed

 

Directions:

  1. Add turkey, onion, pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, tomatoes, black beans, corn, broth and kale to slow cooker, and cook on low 8 hours.
  2. Top with Greek yogurt and tortilla chips.

 

Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Ingredients:

4 large apples

2 pears, peeled, chopped

½ lemon, juiced

¼ cup pecans, finely chopped

¼ cup dried cranberries

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

⅓ cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp. caramel dip

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Remove tops from apples and core, leaving apples whole. Sprinkle inside with lemon juice.
  3. Mix pear, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in bowl.
  4. Tightly pack apples with pear mixture. Place in baking dish and add water to fill pan ½-inch. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until apples are soft.
  5. Drizzle with caramel dip.

Disclaimer:  I am eligible to receive an ACME gift bag for providing this information, which was provided by Child’s Play Communications on behalf of the ACME Markets Team an Produce for Kids.  No other compensation was received.

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Sep 21

Review of the Snuggie from Tmart

Posted in Reviews, What's New

Now that the cooler days of fall are starting to arrive I often find myself reaching for a blanket to stay warm. The problem with blankets is they don’t cover my arms, which often get cold when I am sitting in my living room.  When tmart contacted me to see if I would like to review their burgundy red blanket with sleeves, I was interested in the opportunity. The Snuggie arrived in neat packaging, and I unwrapped it to reveal the thick, plush fleece fabric.  I love the bright red color.

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For anyone that is not familiar with the concept of the Snuggie, it is a wearable blanket long sleeves. The sleeves are roomy, allowing you to still use your hands to work on the computer or use the remote control.   The Snuggie drapes over your front, so that when you are sitting and relaxing, it covers you.  Since I often work on my computer, I found the sleeves to be convenient and very comfortable.  The entire blanket is long and very generously sized.  This would comfortably fit both men and woman of all sizes, and even kids too.

The Snuggie keeps me very warm and the fabric is so soft and comfortable. It is a quality product, that I can tell will last for years to come. The Snuggie will help me stay warm in style this fall and winter, and keep the thermostat low, saving some money.  My kids also love it!

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The Snuggie from Tmart.com is available in burgundy red or royal blue.  It is available at Tmart.com for $13.42, with free shipping worldwide.  A Snuggie from Tmart would make a fun yet practical gift for friends and family members that may be difficult to buy for.  It can be worn at home, or during outdoor events like football games.  I would definitely recommend purchasing the Snuggie from Tmart.com.

Disclosure: I received this product free of cost to facilitate this review. The opinions stated are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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