Archives for May 1, 2014

PBS KIDS RELEASES PEG + CAT MUSIC ALBUM Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, album features songs from the math and problem-solving preschool series, extends PBS KIDS’ collection of children’s digital music offerings


Today, PBS KIDS added another album to its digital music collection with the release of “PBS KIDS Presents: Peg and Cat’s Really Big Album” from the hit preschool series PEG + CAT. Now downloadable on iTunesAmazon and Google Play, the album features 22 songs from the show, designed to help further the series’ math and problem-solving curriculum. Available just in time for summer travel, the album includes tunes such as “100 Is One Zero Zero,” “Sorty Sort Sort” and the series’ popular theme song, to help families extend math learning while they are on the go.
“Music can be a powerful tool in helping children build critical skills for success in school and in life, and it is a central part of PEG + CAT,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “The songs on ‘Peg and Cat’s Really Big Album’ introduce foundational math and problem-solving skills in a fun and developmentally appropriate way, while engaging the whole family.”
PBS KIDS has released seven music albums to date, including three albums from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: “Life’s Little Lessons,” “Big Feelings” and “Snowflake Day.” Additional PBS KIDS music releases are planned for the coming months.
PEG + CAT debuted last fall on PBS KIDS and follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures and learn foundational math concepts and skills. Created by Billy Aronson (Rent, Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!) and produced by The Fred Rogers Company, PEG + CAT brings young viewers a new way to experience math through Peg and Cat’s relatable, and often hilarious, adventures. Each PEG + CAT episode features original songs and fascinating stories in which Peg and Cat encounter a problem that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills to save the day.
PEG + CAT airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and offers a wide variety of digital content that includes online games, streaming video, hands-on activities and a mobile app on
Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and CPB, PEG + CAT is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS Ready To Learn Initiative. Ready To Learn is a federal program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families.
“Peg and Cat’s Really Big Album” is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to provide educational content for kids wherever they live, learn and play – on TV, online, on mobile devices, in the classroom and through educational toys and music.
“Peg and Cat’s Really Big Album” Includes the Following Songs:
“Peg + Cat Theme Song”
“Pickin’ Up Chickens”
“100 Is One Zero Zero”
“Sorty Sort Sort”
“I Like Circles ’Cause They’re Round”
“Magic Cylinder”
“4 + 1 = 5 Lullaby”
“Nineteen Twenty Yoww!”
“Add One”
“Ten Friends”
“Stick on the Line”
“Measure in Me’s”
“You Can Count on Me”
“Do It Like He Drew It”
“Short Short Short Long”
“Over Under In-between”
“More Than Less Than”
“Jump in a Lake”
“Mr. Baby Fox”
“I’m Spherical”
“Halloween Night”
“Problem Solved”
Total Album Duration: 30 minutes, 43 seconds
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter andFacebook.
About CPB 
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services.
About The Ready To Learn Initiative 
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.

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Olay’s Your Best Beautiful campaign

With Mother’s Day approaching, the impact of women in our culture is top of mind. Every day we hear and see the increasingly larger role that women are playing in the public eye. But extraordinary women don’t only live on TV or in board rooms; they are in every state and zip code across the country. This is why Olay is celebrating ALL women who inspire us to never settle.


Olay has partnered with award-winning portrait photographer Sue Bryce, who is known for “The Light that Shines” mini-documentary, to feature women who never settle each and every day. From raising awareness about skin cancer prevention to making a difference in their community, Sue has captured and curated an inspirational film series about truly remarkable women.



Wife. Mother of Two. Skin cancer survivor.


Hillary grew up in California where she often skipped SPF without worrying about the effect it had on her skin. Then, at only 25-years-old, she was diagnosed with skin cancer. Today Hillary has beaten skin cancer four times and instead of letting her diagnoses control her life, she has used them to educate others about the importance of daily SPF usage. View Hillary’s story here.



“Beauty is not a competition. All women want is to be the best version of themselves.”


Sue Bryce is an award-winning photographer and one of the world’s leading instructors of portrait and glamour photography. Sue is best known for her unique style of contemporary, fashion-inspired portraiture as well as her ability to capture inspiring personal stories. Her life mission is all about beauty, empowerment, and confidence – and together with Olay, she is capturing Best Beautiful stories of real women. View Sue’s story here.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: Olay.

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First of its Kind XO Tablet Helps Kids Learn and Explore Their Dreams Giveaway Opportunity! New tablet designed and developed by One Laptop Per Child for sale in the U.S. by strategic partner, Vivitar

XO Tablet Makes Learning Fun with Free Educational Apps Plus Full Android Functionality

On the Only Multilingual, Multi-User, Google-Certified Tablet

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 The new family-friendly XO Tablet was available on July 16th on and has been in Walmart stores since August 1, and  provides kids with a fun and exciting new way to build, learn and dream at their own pace via a powerful Android tablet packed with free educational games, apps, videos, e-books and more.It is also now available at Target, Amazon, and Toys R Us.  The flexible tablet also grows with the family offering up to three separate user accounts plus full-fledged Android tablet functionality with parental-controlled access to conventional Android apps and the Google Play store.


“The XO Tablet is the first and only tablet designed specifically to help kids explore their dreams and spark their imaginations,” said Jeff Saka, president of Vivitar. “Not only does it combine active learning with fun, imaginative play, but parents can also feel confident in giving the durable and secure XO Tablet to children of any age—and they can even use it themselves.”


The only multilingual (English/Spanish) and Google-Certified tablet for kids on the market, the XO Tablet and on-board XO Learning System were designed and developed by One Laptop per Child (OLPC) to harness the power of a touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn.  The tablet’s child-friendly interface, cover and packaging were developed by legendary designer Yves Behar and his team at the Fuse Project. Priced affordably at just $149.99 MSRP, the XO Tablet from Vivitar features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 dpi hi-resolution screen and a 1.64GHz dual-core processor running the latest Android Jelly Bean OS with nearly 8 hours of battery life to deliver a high-performance user experience at an exceptional value. The tablet will also be available in Canada and Europe in the French and Italian languages later this year.


“Touchscreens are intuitive for children, making the XO Tablet an optimal platform for educational interaction and creativity and ideal for our US retail debut with Vivitar,” noted Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman and CEO, OLPC.  “With the XO Learning System at the center of this tablet, OLPC along with our content partners, are able to offer curated, state-of-the-art learning technology to kids and their families across the country.”


XO Learning System content has been curated and selected for age-appropriateness and learning value by OLPC in collaboration with Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and teachers make informed decisions about media.  Additional OLPC partners include Oxford University Press, Discovery Kids Puterbugs, TED, Story Emporium, MyCityWay, Pipo Ceibal, Little Pim, WeWantToKnow-DragonBox, JokerWare, Zeptolab, Brain POP, Kids Yoga Journey, Bankeroo, Sesame Street and others.


Dreams Dashboard and On-Board Apps Provide World-Class Educational Curriculum

The XO’s unique Dreams interface lets kids explore more than 100 free pre-loaded apps, games, books and other content—over a $200 value—based on subject areas, interests and skill level. Children can choose their own learning adventure depending on what they want to be today, or when they grow up. Options like “I want to be an…” XO Artist, Engineer, Chef, Mathematician, Musician, Teacher, Traveler and more give kids a wide array of activities to choose from with content created by world-class partners.


XO Journal, Parental Controls Provide Insight and Security

The XO Tablet is designed to help parents become actively involved in their child’s tablet use and learning progress. With support for up to three user accounts, parents can set specific permissions for each user to control access to apps, the Internet, games and Google Play. These password-protected privileges can be adjusted anytime as the child matures to offer wider access and more capabilities.


With the innovative XO Journal tool, parents can gain unique insight into how each child is using the device, how much time they spend on each app, and where their interests and strengths lie. Parents can even view each child’s learning progress and how their performance compares to other children of their age.


Each XO Tablet features both a front- and rear- facing camera and comes with a protective bumper case and charger.  For more information, visit

We received the XO Tablet to review and I have to say that we are quite impressed! I love that it includes Educational Curriculum and I really like using this for homeschooling! I love that they have the different categories such as I want to be an…XO Astronaut, XO Writer and so many more. This is a full Android Tablet with Parental Controls.What more could you ask for? This really has become one of my favorite resourceful tools for teaching my child. 


About Vivitar
Vivitar is a leading provider of photographic, audio and optic devices and related accessories with a rich 75-year heritage of technology innovation and affordability dating back to 1938. Building off the success of its legendary Series-1 lenses and flashes, the company has steadily expanded its product portfolio to include cameras, camcorders, accessories and now tablets tailored to the needs of today’s families. Vivitar is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with additional offices across the United Kingdom, Latin America, Canada and Hong Kong, and global retail distribution spanning more than 100,000 locations in both mass market and specialty channels. For more information, visit


About XO Tablet, XO Learning and One Laptop per Child

The XO Tablet has been fully designed and developed by OLPC to harness the power of a connected touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn. Its launch also marks the global debut of the XO Learning System, designed as a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as part of OLPC’s mission. OLPC was launched in 2005 at the MIT Media Lab as a project to provide a modern education to every child around the world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization has since distributed 2.5 million of its specially designed XO laptops to children in 60 countries, and the XO Tablet extends that experience into a modern tablet form factor.


Visit OLPC at

For FAQ’s, where to buy and more information on the XO Tablet, visit

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! I am so excited about this one! One winner will win their own XO Tablet!

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Leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win the XO Tablet! Next, “like” the Vivitar Facebook Page! Don’t forget to “like” our page too! Deadline to enter is May 10, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I received a free XO Tablet to review and feature but any opinions expressed are my own.