Archives for April 12, 2014

It’s WordGirl to the Rescue this Earth Day!

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It’s time for the “WordGirl News” report – and the Word of the Month for April is…“RECYCLE”!

 

It’s only right that this month’s word is “RECYCLE” – since it’s WordGirl to the rescue on April 22 with a special Earth Day-themed episode on PBS stations from coast-to-coast (check local listings). When the Birthday Girl learns that the Earth is having a celebration on her birthday, she decides to teach the Earth a lesson. Will WordGirl be able to foil the Birthday Girl and save the environmental holiday before it’s too late…?

 

The Emmy® Award-winning WordGirl, produced by Scholastic Media, follows the everyday life and superhero adventures of WordGirl as she fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage. Disguised as mild-mannered 5th-grader Becky Botsford, WordGirl arrived on planet Earth when she and her monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, crashed their spaceship. WordGirl possesses extraordinary strength, with the added benefit of a colossal vocabulary. Each episode introduces four new vocabulary words and reinforces their meanings in a variety of contexts.

Tune in to PBS on Tuesday, April 22, for a special Earth Day episode of WordGirl!

Happy Earth Day!

Self Disclosure: WordGirl sponsored.

In Time for Earth Day – Celebrate One of Nature’s Most Majestic Mammals – Bears KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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In an epic story, Disneynature’s new film, Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two young cubs are taught how to make their way in the world. Set in the grandiose Alaskan wilderness, the film follows them as they emerge from hibernation and experience the incredible world they live in complete with predators, avalanches and the search for food. “Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again,” notes KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12. See his full review below.

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Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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Video review available here.

I thought this documentary would be like a usual educational lecture-like film about bears and the life of a Mama-bear. Boy, was I completely wrong. Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again.

The movie has a mix of action, thrills, adventure, education, comedy and, of course, adorable human-like cubs. They make you fall in love the second you see them on the screen.

The story begins when a brown bear who lives in Alaska’s national park has just gave birth. She is planning to leaves her winter nest soon with new born cubs (Amber and Scout). Then she begins her big and hard journey trying to store enough food through the season. Her name is Sky. She meets a couple of friends and protects her little ones from predators.

This film has crazy close-ups on the bears. At one point I swore the bear was less than an inch from the camera. Unlike other documentaries, this one has a storyline. Honestly, I thought that this fit better as a movie. The narrator makes us believe that the bears have feelings. I would love to know how the cameramen got so close to the bears and watched bear when she was in her winter den. That was perfect and nearly impossible. Kudos to Disney Nature for bringing us this unforgettable experience.

My favorite scene is when they search for salmon. Scout and Amber go to the beach for the first time. While Amber keeps close to mommy, Scout is in the water getting clams stuck to his claws. The scene shows that there is some family fun time anywhere in the world. Even with bears.

This movie has some thrills and some violence, remarkable since it is unscripted. I recommend this for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Coming out in theaters April 18.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

 

Slammers snack line fuels healthy kids Giveaway Opportunity!

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When it comes to kids snacks there is never enough! Even more true when you insert the word healthy in front of snack.

Designed as fuel in organic snack form, Slammers is a super food snack line made with active kids  in mind and sold exclusively in the U.S. These on-the-go pouches are available at Target and Safeway locations in the following four delicious flavors:

EPIC – mangoes, bananas, oranges, carrots, Greek yogurt & real vanilla
AWESOME – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, beets, acai, amaranth (a highly nutritious gluten-free grain)
CHILL’N – bananas, blueberries, butternut squash, Greek yogurt & yumberry
PUMPED – bananas, pineapple, mangos, ancient grains, butternut squash, cinnamon

Slammers makes it easy for parents to encourage kids to snack healthy without pausing in the fun!

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We received samples of the Organic Slammers and they are a hit in my house! Epic is our favorite! I say ours because yes, they are for kids but I like them too! They are just the perfect size for school lunches and for outings too! Such a great snack item for active kids! Check out the website for more information.

We have added a Giveaway! Thanks to our friends at Kids Gourmet Slammers! Two winners will win a box of each of the four flavors. To enter leave a comment below telling us which flavor (listed above) you would be most excited to have your kids try! Next, go to the Slammers Facebook Page and “like” them. Deadline to enter is April 18th. 2014 at midnight. Two winners will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful.

America’s Family Pet Expo Returns! Coming Next week!

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It’s A Springtime Petstravaganza as America’s Family Pet Expo Celebrates 25 Years of Fur Flying Family Fun, Returns to the OC Fair & Event Center April 25-27
Thousands of animals, pet products, four-legged entertainment all weekend long
**Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

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– It’s the “Bow Wow Wow” and Cat’s Meow for your favorite furry, scaled or feathered friend.  America’s Family Pet Expo (AFPE) returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, April 25th – 27th.  Celebrating 25 years, this “spet-acular” event boasts a menagerie of animals including cats, dogs, miniature horses, birds, and exotic reptiles, all on display providing show guests the opportunity to experience these animals in a variety of different ways.  Interactive exhibits, educational shows and demonstrations, as well as the latest in pet trends and products for sale, make America’s Family Pet Expo fun for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now at www.PetExpoOC.org.   AFPE kindly reminds guests that the event is for humans only, pets are not allowed at the Expo.

“As our 25th year in Southern California,  we’re very proud to continue this tradition of providing exciting, family entertainment while promoting responsible pet care,” said Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “Every year the show grows in scope and size, from new product launches, educational seminars to our ever-popular animal adoptions, the Expo has become the ultimate destination for anything pet-related.”

 

New to the 2014 Expo is the “Extreme Canines Dog Stunt Show,” a high energy, fur-flying show with stunt dogs soaring for Frisbees, high jump flying through the air, jump roping, and running through obstacle courses.  Executive producer Chris Perondi’s show is not to be missed.

For reptile enthusiasts, Repticon, will offer guests the opportunity to touch and hold snakes, lizards, spiders , and dozens of other exotic reptiles and amphibians through hands-on demonstrations and exhibits.

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Returning to the Expo, is Dog Training with Renee.  Renee Jones comes from Alabama to teach show guests how to train their four-legged friends basic and complex commands.  She is a renowned Certified Professional Dog Trainer – “Knowledge Assessed,” and her Southern flair is a winning combination with canines and owners.

Always a fan-favorite, the ever-popular Splash Dogs take to the dock, offering a wet-and-wild canine competition as participating pups compete for the longest jump into the pool!

 

Who will win the title of Weiner Dog Race Champion? Throughout the weekend guests can watch the Wiener Dog Races as they race to the finish line.  The Dachshund traces its roots to Germany over 300 years ago, where they were bred to hunt badgers.  These puppies may be petite, but with enthusiasm and encouragement, pick your favorite dog and root them onto victory. This exciting event is presented by Old World Wiener Nationals Dachshund Races.

Interested in how canines are used to protect our communities?   At the Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations watch and learn how these K9 Officers and their pup-partners work and play while gaining a deeper appreciation for these canine protectors in our community.

Looking for answers on why your feline is finicky? The TICA Cat Show & Presentations allows you to learn about the many breeds of cats and their unique personalities.  Do you like to fly with a different crowd?  Be amazed while magnificent birds fly when The Birdman of Las Vegas soars into the Expo with a brand-new show.  

The Great American Petting Zoo offers several different animals for kids to touch, brush and feed.  Tucker’s Pony Rides, Human Hamster Wheel and Scooter the Mini Horse are some of the attractions and activities kids will love!  Also on hand will be Tickled Pink Face Painting so the little ones can “become” their favorite animal.

At the Kid’s Aquarium Contest, each participant receives a 10 gallon aquarium, heater, filter and water and the kids add their own fish and unique decorations.  The aquariums will be on display throughout the Expo and are judged according to age group and three categories:  Natural and Creative. Every participant is ultimately a winner because after the Expo, each child can bring home their creation.  Children are encouraged to sign up for participation in next year’s Kid’s Aquarium Contest.  School age kids, 5 to 16 years old are encouraged to participate.

Pet Adoptions will be handled on site for those looking to add a furry member to their family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Expo.

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General Admission, $13.00; seniors 60 and over, $11.00. Children 6-12, $8.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Parking is $7. Kindly leave all pets at home. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.PetExpoOC.org.

The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 60-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of AFPE.

My son and I really look forward to this event every year! It is one of our favorites! We love the Splash Dogs and my son loves seeing all the dogs and cats!

We have teamed up for a giveaway! We have a family four pack of tickets to giveaway! To enter, simply post a cute, silly or funny photo of your pet! Don’t have a pet? That is fine too! Maybe, you will find one at the Pet Expo! Email me a photo of your fave pet or simply tell us what kind of pet you would like! Deadline to enter is  April 2nd, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries! *I will be posting the photos you email* GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

Self Disclosure: I have received free ticket vouchers to facilitate this feature.

Photos we have received so far!

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*Submitted by Glenn and Dawn A