Archives for September 23, 2013

Have you ever wondered why kids are so enthralled with dinosaurs? R O A R ! ! ! DINO DAN DVD 4-Pack Giveaway!

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As any proud parent will attest to, kids as young as TWO years of age have been able to correctly identify a tyrannosaurus!

And older kids will organize backyard digs for dinosaur bones and beg to visit dinosaur exhibits at local natural history museums.

So what is behind kids’ fascination with dinosaurs? 

Freelance writer and book author Bob Strauss pondered this question for About.com and came up with some pretty solid explanations!!

·      For starters, he believes kids like dinosaurs because the huge, dangerous creatures are extinct, so kids know that dinosaurs are not a threat.

 

·      He also believe that dinosaurs are also role models for kids because dinosaurs are big and nobody tells them what to do – the exact opposite of a kid, who is small and is always being told how to behave.

 

·      Kids also like the size and scope of dinosaur skeletons, definitely a cool factor!

 

·      And they also like the possibility that, like Matt Larson, a paleontologist for the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, they too might be able to someday discover dinosaur fossils – as he did just this summer in the plains of northeast Wyoming!

 

It’s time for you and your kids to join in the prehistoric fun with Dino Dan, the award-winning live-action, CGI adventure series airing nightly on Nick Junior at 5p.m. (ET), which stars 18 true-to-life, photo-real dinosaurs alongside Jason Spevack (Fever Pitch; Sunshine Cleaning) as Dan “Dino Dan” Henderson.  Available on DVD from NCircle EntertainmentDino Dan, was created by Sinking Ship Entertainment.

  

Dino Dan is an ordinary 10-year old boy with an extraordinary obsession: he eats, sleeps and breathes dinosaurs. A typical day for Dan isn’t complete unless he’s racing a T-Rex on his school track, finding a Pterodactylus in his attic or getting a baby Brachiosaurus back to its mom. But kids don’t need to imagine dinosaurs because in Dino Dan, dinosaurs lurk around every corner, they’re behind every mystery, they fuel every adventure, and they help answer questions, too!

 

Dino Dan also specializes in getting his contrasting crew of classmates and teachers engaged in his larger-than-life adventures. Not only are Dino Dan‘s adventures incredibly fun, they’re also incredibly educational, as each episode centers around a common kid issue like having to play with your little brother, going to the dentist, or trying to win at hide ‘n’ seek. These, naturally, lead Dan to wonder how the dinosaurs would act in a similar situation.

 

As Dino Dan comes up with a dino question or experiment to test his theories, he’s also teaching kids about science. If his first theory proves false, Dan comes up with a partial answer or discovers new information to help him resolve the question. Then Dan discovers a new way of tackling the experiment and the problem is resolved.  And since the dinos in Dino Dan don’t speak, high-five, or use deductive reasoning, Dan and his pals work with the dinos’ instincts as part of their scientific method for proving theories.

 

Dino Dan DVDs are now available in a special 4-pack through NCircle Entertainment beginning September 24, 2013.  With a suggested retail price of $24.99 for four DVDs – Ready, Set, DINO!; Dino TrackersTo Catch a Dino! and Cretaceous Creatures! – the Dino Dan 4-pack also includes a bonus augmented reality feature on the DVD package that, when the code is scanned, brings dinosaurs to life!  The four-pack is available at Target stores nationwide from September 24.

My son and I received the DVD set to review and loved the first one! We haven’t had a chance to watch them all yet!  It’s educational and fun! It’s great that Dino Dan is a 10-year old boy who kids can relate to.

To celebrate, NCircle Entertainment is providing one of our readers a Dino Dan DVD 4-pack! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us your child’s favorite dinosaur! Deadline to enter is September 29th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

And the fun doesn’t stop there!  Fans of Dino Dan can visit the dedicated Dino Dan website at http://dinodan.com/ to enjoy a number of fun and engaging online games including an interactive Dig Site, fun Dino Facts, information about Dino Dan’s friends and even download Dino Dan apps.Dino Dan fans can also visit the Dino Dan Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dinodantv.

Nick Jr. also has a Dino Dan website, http://www.nickjr.com/dino-dan/, offering everything to entertain your budding paleontologists, including downloadable prehistoric printables for coloring to engaging dinosaur games and crafty Cretaceous creations including instructions for creating your own dino 3D mobile, a Dino Dan‘s dinosaur nest and even Dino Dan binoculars.  The Nick Jr. site also has recipes for fun Mesozoic Meals like giant dinosaur track cookies and there’s even a dinosaur Fun Facts for Parents which includes a pronunciation guide for dinosaur names like Euoplocephalus!

Dino Dan Disk 1 Dino Dan Disk 2 Dino Dan Disk 3 Dino Dan Disk 4

Self  Disclosure: I received free 4-Pack DVD set to feature Dino Dan.

 

Get-The-Look from Malan Breton with Babyliss Pro

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Malan Breton’s Spring/Summer 2014 presentation shown Saturday, September 7th at the Box at Lincoln Center.

Malan Breton’s collection represented a fusion of the classic, “Saville Row” silhouettes of 1960s British pop superstars and the decadent romantic fashions featured in Wong Kar Wai’s critically acclaimed film, “In the Mood for Love.”

Lead hairstylist, Jose Perales, Creative Director of Babyliss Pro, utilized the world’s first fully automatic professional curl machine, the Babyliss Pro MiraCurl, to create a structured yet feminine hairstyle to complement Breton’s designs. Please find steps to create the look below:

·         Begin by dividing hair into three sections – left, right and middle.

·         Curl large sections of the hair – 1 ¼ inch or greater – away from the face, using a large barrel curling iron.  Pin in place to set.

·         Next, begin curling small 1 inch sections of hair using the Babyliss Pro MiraCurl. Starting on the right side, curl hair using the tool’s setting fixed on left rotation. Repeat on the left side, with the tool’s setting fixed on right rotation. This will ensure that curls angle towards the face. Pin each curl to set, and then blow dry the hair using a diffuser, on a cool setting.

·         Leaving the middle section of hair pinned, brush out the right and left side curls using a bristled brush. Start at the root and work down to the ends. Perales recommends using a hairspray, such as Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray, while brushing to eliminate frizz.

·         Move on to the middle section, releasing it from the pins. Beginning in the back, working toward the front, tease each curl with a bristle brush at the root to create the illusion of thicker hair with more volume.

·         Lastly, brush the middle section back and secure with Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray.

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Babyliss Pro MiraCurl

The Babyliss Pro MiraCurl may be purchased by licensed hairdressers and cosmetologists through a professional beauty distributor or store. Consumers who wish to purchase the professional product may order through their local salon or stylist from $199.99 — $249.99.

 

SAVE THE DATE! CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SALE!

California Native Plant Society will host their annual native plant sale at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27   5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.    

PREVIEW NIGHT FOR CNPS, FOMM AND PVPLC MEMBERS!

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28    9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC