Archives for June 14, 2015

Father’s Day cookies kids can make for Dad Father’s Day cookie recipe from FamilyFun magazine

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Father’s Day is only 1 week away!

Here’s a cute Father’s Day cookie recipe from FamilyFun Magazine. Kids can give dad the ribbon he deserves with five simple ingredients: a cookie, tinted frosting, M&M’s, chocolate frosting, and sour belt candy.

Father’s Day Cookies:
Show Pop he takes top honors with a blue ribbon Father’s Day dessert. Generously cover a round cookie (ours were about 2 inches wide) with tinted frosting. Press on M&M’s. Pipe on a message using chocolate frosting in a ziplock bag with a snipped corner or in a piping bag fitted with a writing tip. Trim two pieces of sour belt candy (we used Airheads Xtremes) as shown, then place on a plate and arrange the cookie on top. Present your deserving dad his award, along with lots of hugs and kisses.

Credit: Family Fun Magazine.

BeFunky Dad

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Looking for something fun and free for Dad this Father’s Day?

This Father’s Day there is a new FREE app that makes it fun and simple to turn a family photo into a work of art with just a few clicks; BeFunky.  Make Dad a fun cartoon, turn yourself into a cool greeting card, or even create a frameable masterpiece.   See some fun Father’s Day templates at www.BeFunky.com , which is one of the fastest growing photo editing apps and platforms in the world with over 45 million active user visits per month!

Credit: BeFunky. No compensation was received to post.

PBS KIDS announces Summer Safari programming and resources On-air programming, digital resources, partnerships and community activities provide opportunities for kids and families to learn and explore all summer long

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This summer, PBS KIDS is encouraging kids and their families to continue learning beyond the school year with a “Summer Safari” of content and activities. Developed to help bridge the summer learning gap, PBS KIDS’ Summer Safari includes specials and new episodes from DINOSAUR TRAIN, WILD KRATTS, CURIOUS GEORGE and WORDGIRL, free digital tools for parents and kids, and partnerships with AARP Foundation Experience Corps, I Can Read books published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, Reading Is Fundamental and National PTA that bring learning activities directly to communities.

 

“Research shows that it is critical to support children’s learning during the summer months to help prevent learning loss while they are out of school,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “PBS KIDS and our member stations are committed to making summer a fun and enriching time for all kids. Through this year’s Summer Safari programming, national partnerships and community activities, we will provide free PBS KIDS resources to families, helping them learn and explore during the summer months.”

 

Programming

 

DINOSAUR TRAIN: Zeppelin Adventure: PBS KIDS Summer Safari kicks off in June with one-hour specials from DINOSAUR TRAIN every week, including the premiere of DINOSAUR TRAIN: Zeppelin Adventure on Monday, June 15. In this all-new one-hour special, the Pteranodon family takes off on the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin to explore the continent of Pangea.

 

WILD KRATTS Wild Wednesdays: July is jam-packed with WILD KRATTS fun every Wednesday. The month kicks off onWednesday, July 1, with the hit movie WILD KRATTS: Back in Creature Time. Two new episodes of WILD KRATTS premiere each of the following Wednesdays in July. In addition, “Rhino Bowl,” an online game from WILD KRATTS, debuts this summer at pbskids.org. In this new mobile-friendly adventure, players must use rhinoceros-strength creature power to save the day.

 

CURIOUS GEORGE 3: Back to the Jungle: On Monday, August 17, the hit 2009 movie CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY is followed by the world television premiere of CURIOUS GEORGE 3: Back to the Jungle. In the movie, George goes on an epic adventure to space that crash lands in the jungles of Africa, leading to an unforgettable journey with some new animal friends.

 

WORDGIRL: This summer, WORDGIRL flies onto screens from coast-to-coast and flexes her crime-solving muscles in 20 never-before-seen episodes on PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App. Two episodes per week will premiere on air and on digital platforms.

 

 

AARP Foundation: PBS KIDS has partnered with AARP Foundation Experience Corps to extend the learning from this summer’s new WORDGIRL episodes. Through this initiative, AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutors, PBS member stations and their local partners will provide WORDGIRL literacy activity booklets to children in kindergarten through third grade. The activities build on the literacy and vocabulary skills addressed in the new WORDGIRL episodes, which will premiere weekly this summer. Episodes and materials will be available online at youtube.com/pbskids and youtube.com/aarpexperiencecorps, as well as pbskids.org/learn.

 

I Can Read! books published by HarperCollins Children’s Books: PBS KIDS and HarperCollins are offering free reading party kits for hosting an I Can Readathon event through participating retailers and PBS member stations. The kits include an I Can Read! activity booklet, reading logs, activity pages, stickers, certificates, a PBS KIDS Summer Safari activity chart and activity sheets.

 

Reading Is Fundamental and National PTA: PBS KIDS is partnering Reading Is Fundamental and National PTA to encourage families to explore reading and learning through a variety of activities this summer.

 

Digital Resources

 

PBSKIDS.org/learn: PBS KIDS provides parents with daily learning tips, extended learning ideas and recommended games and activities now through August 30 at pbskids.org/learn.

 

Free Apps: PBS KIDS offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids to support summer learning, including the PBS KIDS Super Vision App, now available on Apple Watch, and the popular PBS KIDS Video App. Information about the apps is available at pbskids.org/apps.

 

Free PBS KIDS Videos:  PBS KIDS will once again offer free episodes of favorite PBS KIDS series through iTunes this summer.

 

Local PBS Stations

 

PBS member stations across the country will be bringing PBS KIDS content to life in local communities to engage children ages 2-8 and their families in learning and fun. Local member stations will be partnering with organizations in their communities, including local libraries, schools, museums, social service agencies and more, to host hundreds of local events reaching hundreds of thousands of children and families and providing them with educational experiences, tools and resources.

 

Parents can follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook for more information on free summer learning resources and special offers from PBS KIDS and its partners.

Credit: PBS KIDS.

Tahoe Donner to Host Tribute Bands for Summer Concert on the Green

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Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green returns this year with ‘60s and ‘70s flair as the iconic rock and roll era is recreated on July 3 with Beatles and Rolling Stones inspiration.

Two all-star tribute bands will take the stage and transport guests back in time. Britain’s Finest brings the complete Beatles experience to Tahoe Donner, including the signature Beatles’ look, and The Glimmer Twins, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will captivate guests with the Stones’ greatest hits.

Summer Concert on the Green is an all-ages event and will take place under the stars at the Tahoe Donner Driving Range, located adjacent to Trout Creek Recreation Center at 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA, 96161. It is a tree-lined driving range with a gentle-covered slope, surrounded by forest and greenery. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, but attendees may also bring their own picnics, including low back chairs. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now but are expected to sell out before the event. For more information about Summer Concert on the Green, visit www.tahoedonner.com/summer-concert-2015. Guests may purchase online or by phone at 530-587-9400, ext. 0. Adult tickets are $35; children ages 7 – 12 are $15; and children 6 and under are free.

About Britain’s Finest

“Britain’s Finest is one of the most authentic Beatles tribute band to emerge in the last 20 years. Based in Hollywood, California this all-star cast has been rapidly gaining both national and international attention with their hauntingly accurate recreation of all the iconic eras in the Beatles history.” To learn more about the band and to see performance videos, visit: http://beatlestributeband.net.

About The Glimmer Twins

“Because of the uncanny resemblances to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their prime coupled with the special attention given to the minutest details both musically and visually, The Glimmer Twins deliver a classic Rolling Stones experience to their audience.” To learn more about the band and to see performance videos, visit: http://theglimmertwins.net.

Credit: Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members enjoying over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada. Tahoe Donner is a vibrant community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.

Located 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities – some which are for members only and others which are also open to the general public. These amenities can be explored in detail atTahoedonner.com.

For more information on Tahoe Donner, as well as its recreational facilities and events, please visit tahoedonner.comor call 530-587-9400. ‘Like’ Tahoe Donner on Facebook at facebook.com/tahoedonner and follow Tahoe Donner on Twitter @tahoedonner and Instagram @TahoeDonnerAssociation.

Summer Travel Must-Buy for your Dog!

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Since becoming a proud parent of a puppy, I am always on the look-out for cool products for my pup. Travel with my pup is a Must-Do so I was pretty thrilled to find out about a Travel Dog Bowl Set (includes 3). I love that they are collapsible and lightweight. Just perfect for my medium size dog. I would recommend for small and medium sized dogs. I like that they easily fit in my purse or backpack. They are super easy to clean and can even be put in the dishwasher. I also like that they can be used for both food and water.

More info:

5 inches Wide x 2 inches Height – 0.5 inches when compact – Convenient for Storage and Transportation – Simply Pop-Up and then Fold Away.

You can find them sold by For Dog Premium on Amazon.com. Currently, our readers are being offered a 20% discount! Simply use the code 5E34UO9I at check out.

Self Disclosure: I received discounted products in exchange for an unbiased review. 

A Place to visit this Summer: Soak City! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for a fun place to go this Summer to beat the heat? Soak City is one of our top picks! So much fun for the whole family! My son and I can’t wait to go this month. I like that there really is something for everyone. There are Banzai Falls and Old Man Falls for those who love the water slide thrills. My favorite is the Sunset River, which is lazy river action. Just my speed! I could stay in there all day! Luck for me, this is also my son’s favorite.

Soak City is open now 10 am-7 pm daily through the rest of this month and July. Hours vary in August and September. To find out more, check out the website.

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We have teamed up for a Summer Giveaway! One winner will win a family 4 pack to visit Soak City! (Parking is not included). To enter, check out the website and let us know which attraction you would be most excited about. Banzai Falls? Sunset River? Deadline to enter is June 20th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I did received a family 4-pack of tickets as a giveaway prize. Photo Credit: Soak City.