Archives for February 25, 2016

SkyDream Dog Leash, Nylon Webbing Great for Training and Walking!


I like this Dog Leash because it seems sturdy and well made. I also love the bright blue color and it goes great with the Blue Collar by this same company. The leash isn’t very long so it is a short leash and I find it perfect for training and for walks when I need to have my dog on a short leash. It seems well made and I am very happy with this product. My dog seems to like it too!He doesn’t try to bite it up like he does with many other leashes. This one is a real dog must-have!

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SkyDream Dog Collar, Nylon Webbing Great for Dog Walking!


I love how well this Dog Collar fits my dog and it seems safe. I also love the bright blue color and it has replaced our dog’s previous collar. I highly recommend! It’s a real Dog Must-have! I like that it seems durable and is simple to put on. My dog seems to like it too!

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Books of the week! A Series about Bullying that teaches young children how to make a difference with this issue and Two books that will teach children about Chinese Culture in a fun way!

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What Would JeeMin Do: Master Martial Arts Duo Pen Powerful Series of Anti-Bullying & Stranger Danger Kids Books. It’s Time to Kick Adversity’s Butt!

There’s no way to sugarcoat it, bullying and dangerous contact with strangers has become a fierce epidemic for modern young children and turns the lives of millions into a misery. Most victims find it hard to speak out and, acutely aware of young minds and their thirst for stories, one U.S. couple has found a novel way to reach out to them and their peers.

‘What Would JeeMin Do’ is the new series brought to market by Master martial arts instructors, Lori and Matthew Brown. The series’ eight current volumes have a bold and clear-cut goal: to teach children what bullying and stranger danger really is, how it can plight their lives and what they can do to help themselves and friends who may be suffering.

Series synopses:

‘Being Bullied at the Park’ – While at the park, JeeMin sees a little boy getting bullied and not sure what to do. She learns ways she can help the little boy learn confidence to overcome the fear of being bullied and to stand up and say STOP.

‘Bullies On The Bus’ – JeeMin helps her friend Joey who is bullied on the school bus. Finding out this is normal for Joey; JeeMin encourages him to get help from their teacher.

‘Cyber Bullying’ – JeeMin is at a friend’s birthday party. Her friend shows off her new cellphone she had received for her birthday. Being so excited she passes hernumber on to several friends, some who send her very unkind bullying text messages. JeeMin and her friend learn what to do in this bully situation.

‘Words Do Hurt’ – It is a new school year, JeeMin and her friends are starting the third grade. A new girl from a different country has started at JeeMin’s school. JeeMin and her friends befriend the new girl who is treated very badly by kids from the fourth grade. In the process, they help teach that bullying is wrong and words do hurt.

‘Home Alone Stranger at the Door’ – JeeMin is home alone after school; a stranger is knocking at the door. JeeMin’s parents teach her what to do. JeeMin teaches her friend about strangers at the door when home alone.

‘Halloween Stranger Safety’ – Halloween approaches, JeeMin and her friends prepare for trick-or-treating by going to their karate class to learn Halloween Safety and Stranger Danger.

‘Stranger in the Shadows’ – One evening JeeMin and her mom go to the grocery store to find a stranger in the shadows watching them. Together they learn what to do about strangers while out at night at the store.

‘Stranger Near the Neighborhood’ – JeeMin and her friends walk to school not aware they are being watched and followed by a stranger, later to be approached by the stranger. JeeMin shares with her friends what her parents had taught her about strangers.

“Our primary goal was to educate and empower those who have become victims of bullying or strangers,” explain the authors. “Children find it very hard to reach out to anyone about such emotive subjects, so we wanted to create a character through which they could find a friend and draw comfort. Equally, the books are a vital tool for parents, schools and community groups to use for the prevention of bullying and other forms of abuse.”

Continuing, “You’ll notice that the situations JeeMin gets into are very eclectic and varied, and that’s a deliberate attempt to show that bullying and strangers are two harrowing realities that know no boundaries – be in in school, at home or even just while out walking the streets. We need children to be aware of the constant need for vigilance.

The Browns’ work has scored rave reviews. For example, Richard comments, “Should be in every school. Can’t wait for other books in the series.”

I received a copy of one of these books and I highly recommend this series of books. Bullying is a very big and important issue and I am impressed with how this book teaches that children can help other children deal with this issue. A must-read! 

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I love these next two books!
To introduce children to Chinese culture at an early age, China Institute in America created the “We All Live in the Forbidden City” book series. The books are part of their children’s programming which aims to bridge the Asian culture gap through educational resources and regional workshops.
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What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor? (ages 8+)

Engaging stories take kids through the average life of an emperor and learn about the real people who lived in the palace, including the prince who fought off a rebel invasion, the palace maids who lived in the Inner Court, the emperor who ruled twice, and the emperor who loved crickets.
Author Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture.

I really like this one especially since it is for older kids. My son (who is 12) found this one interesting and I love that it teaches about Chinese Art and Culture. 

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Bowls of Happiness (ages 4-8)
Created by internationally renowned artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this China Institute book teaches children about Chinese artwork and culture and their universal spirit of generosity, love, and respect for nature. The loveable illustrations are coupled with photographs of porcelain art found in the Palace Museum’s collection. Kids learn about how bowls are made and be able to draw their own Bowl of Happiness after reading the story.

I absolutely love the illustrations in this book and love the positive message that this book portrays. A must read for children ages 4-8!

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Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.



The Singing Lizard (Liz DeRoche) Club Called Awesome AlphaBeat Records Releasing on 25 March 2016!


As one of the first artists to combine original and traditional children’s music with electronic, pop, and dance genres, Liz DeRoche (a.k.a. The Singing Lizard) moves listeners to the beat of an entirely new style she calls “Electro-Kindie.”  The Singing Lizard is thrilled to announce the March 25 release of her third album for families, Club Called Awesome.

Described as “Regina Spektor mixed with Daft Punk,” The Singing Lizard is an electro-pop singer/keyboardist/drummer who creates seriously fun dance parties for all ages.  Enthused Marcy Fisher of Our Kids, “Her songs will have you digging into your imagination and shaking your tail feather!”

Inspired by Radiohead, Daft Punk, and Bjork, Liz DeRoche wrote, recorded, mixed, and performed all the vocals and every instrument onClub Called Awesome.  The thirteen original songs on the album are replete with highly imaginative, plot-driven lyrics, tight electronic elements, and anthemic choruses that touch on themes ranging from starting a club where everyone’s invited, being yourself, and trying new things, to enjoying the outdoors and growing up.

Exhibiting a penchant for mixing mediums, Liz DeRoche has created a comic book to accompany Club Called Awesome.  With text by Liz DeRoche and colorful illustrations by Marc Rene, the Club Called Awesome comic book encourages listeners to follow along as three young adventurers band together to start a club called Awesome, meet a robot named Beat Bot, make new friends, play games at the park, take a bite of something new, and celebrate every day.

The flip side of The Singing Lizard as a solo project for kids and families features Liz DeRoche performing and recording music for grownups with The Pushovers (since 2009), Cane & the Sticks (since 2011), and Tom Goss (since 2013).  Liz tours regularly with Tom Gossand, on his latest release, Wait, she played drums and piano/keyboard, as well as doing the vocal arrangements.  She has produced several remixes for Goss, and on his upcoming album she sings back-up vocals.
A native of Western Oregon, Liz DeRoche traveled the world prior to settling down in Washington, DC, where she lived for eight years.  Since January 2015 she has been happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area home.

Previous albums by The Singing Lizard include Make Believe (2013) and AlphaBeat (2010).

I like the electro-pop sound of this album! I think that young children will just love dancing and singing along! be on the look out for this one in March!

Club Called Awesome will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp, and at The Singing Lizard’s live shows.
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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post.

U.S. Bank OC Marathon Announces NutriliteTM as Presenting Sponsor of Kids Run the OC


The U.S. Bank OC Marathon is pleased to announce that NutriliteTM will continue as the Presenting Sponsor of Kids Run the OC (KROC) annually through 2018, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to supporting youth wellness and healthy living.

“We are very excited to have Nutrilite™ return to the OC Marathon family as the Official Kids Run the OC Presenting Sponsor,” commented race director, Gary Kutscher. “We are committed for the next three years to enhancing the event experience and making this year’s Kids Run the OC the biggest and best-ever.”

The Nutrilite™ brand offers families a complete range of nutritional supplements and health-related products designed to address the nutritional needs of anyone at any life stage.

“Supporting the OC Marathon and Kids Run the OC is a natural fit for the Nutrilite™ brand and we look forward to supporting youth wellness and healthy living through these events over the years to come,” commented Jim Siewertsen, vice president, Nutrilite™operations.

KROC is an exciting training program, in 114 Orange County schools and agencies in 2016, provided by the OC Marathon Foundation designed to help children in Orange County become more physically fit through the encouragement of healthy habits to combat the onset of childhood obesity. KROC certified coaches lead children through dynamic games to improve speed, agility, flexibility, and hand/eye coordination. Over the course of 10 – 12 weeks, students at participating schools will accumulate more than 25-miles of exercise through the training program and will be prepared to finish their own “marathon” by completing the “Final Mile” at the Kids Run the OC onSaturday, April 30 during the U.S. Bank OC Marathon event weekend.

In 2015, KROC attracted more than 6,200 participants from more than 90 schools and agencies in 18 Orange County school districts making it one of the largest youth events in the country. Now in 2016 the program continues to grow with more than 7,500 children registered for the “final Mile” and thousands more utilizing the program in their participating schools.

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