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Summer Baby Roundup 2018!

Summer is here! Can you believe it?! Here are Summer Must-haves for mom and baby (or toddler!)

Is your beach umbrella always blowing down the beach? This one will solve that annoying problem!

#1 Noblo Umbrella Buddy

A beautiful beach day can turn ugly fast with a fly away beach umbrella. This can cause nasty injuries to your kids or other beachgoers. I love the Noblo Umbrella Buddy is a clever beach umbrella anchor. Very compact so you won’t notice anything extra in your beach bag. This unique, eco-friendly nylon bag fills up with beach sand, then attaches to your beach umbrella, and voila!  You can relax knowing your beach umbrella won’t blow away.  Plus, this can double as a bag to put things in while walking to and from the beach!

Step 1:  Fill the reusable Noblo bag with sand and cinch closed.
Step 2:  Attach Velcro strap above umbrella spokes.
Step 3:  Set Noblo on the site and enjoy your day at the beach

For best results: Face the Noblo on the sand in the direction the wind is coming from.

*Invented by an amazing mom and made in the USA

PRICE: $20 (choice of blue or red)

I love how this is so very compact and easy to take with you and it really works too!

Protect your baby’s bum during the time when it’s most susceptible to getting diaper rash! Enter: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste –  the perfect product to help soothe your little cutie ’s diaper rash!

Try Butt Paste’s top-selling product:

  • Maximum Strength Butt Paste has twice the rash-kicking ingredients with 16% zinc – This thick diaper rash cream is great for sensitive skin in the hot Summer weather!

This one really works and really is a must-have every time of the year!

I just love these items for baby!

  Baby Magic’s Original Hair & Body Wash (SRP: $2.99) is a perfect hypoallergenic product for both baby and mom’s sensitive skin! This wash can be used to bathe a little one and also as a gentle makeup remover. Plus it’s also tear-free and perfect for taking off stubborn mascara!

        To keep your skin hydrated, Baby Magic’s Creamy Baby Oil (SRP: $2.99) is an amazing product to use after shaving! This Creamy Oil soothes and moisturizes skin and will give skin a beautiful glow.

I actually had to try the Baby Magic’s Original Hair & Body Wash to see if it removes mascara and was really impressed! These are items definitely to take with you on summer travels!


Babo Botanicals is a must-have for baby this summer! I love that it is gentle! I also love that it is a sport stick and has SPF 30.

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I simply love this one! You can actually turn any cup into a sippy cup! The Siliskin Sippy Top is a universal silicone top that stretches over and grips the top of any size cup while air suction keeps the top in place. New design for added stretch and durability. Add the Siliskin Sippy Top to the Siliskin Cup, Siliskin Glass or any cup of your choice to make it an instant sippy! Comes as a 2 pack. Time to GoSili!

About GoSili®

Traverse City-based GoSili was founded in 2006 by Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab with the mission of Waste Less!  GoSili designs and manufactures silicone tableware products for the whole family.  The excessive use and waste of disposable paper and plastic inspired the GoSili founders to create a modern line incorporating all the practical benefits that silicone has to offer.  GoSili is the parent company of the award-winning children’s silicone products brand Silikids.  GoSili products make the basics better by bringing an alternative to plastic, bridging the gap between great design and affordability while improving the way we live! A win-win for all!  For more information visit

MAM Clear pacifier for summer babies!

These are super cute! Just looking at them makes me think of summer!

About MAM – standard setting baby products

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets

 Join the MAM Club today and receive a free 2-pack of pacifiers with $25 purchase + free shipping on and be the first to know on news of special offers, promotions and new product introductions from MAM!

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Looking for a really cool Water bottle for your little one? Stuck On You Drink Bottles are super cool and I love how you can personalize them and love the variety of designs!

About Stuck on You


Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys.  A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 15 countries.  Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life.  In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.

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According to the CDC, millions of children get sick from the flu each year. Little ones can still get sick in the summer too! With NurturMe’s Super Immunity Power Blends, you can give your child that extra help to boost their immune system and keep them happy and healthy.

The Organic Super Immunity Power Blends lineup is comprised of four fruit + veggie blends. They are the first and only pouches with Staimune™, a strain of GanedenBC30®, which are inactivated cultures that have been shown to support immune health. All Organic Power Blend products are concentrate-free.

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These aren’t just for babies! They are also for Toddlers and Kids!

Water play is so important for little ones! With the summer heat, water play is a must! One of my favorites is the Edushape Sensory Hoops! This one is a lot of fun and great for the bath! I highly recommend this one! The balls can also be used as a stand-alone toy and I like that it can also be used in a small pool. You can find this one on I’m a big fan of Edushape’s products and suggest checking out their other water play toys! 

Good Clean Fun. Introducing the Baby Bum Collection

Plant-based formulas nourish, protect and hydrate our next generation


The new Baby Bum Collection was developed by a community of people who know what it means to bask in the wonder that comes with being connected to nature. Created with some of the earth’s most treasured ingredients, the new collection offers products for the youngest members of our families and friends with sensitive skin.

We know that baby’s skin is way different than our own. Their skin is still developing and is super sensitive to the environment. We made Baby Bum products with the promise to nurture and defend—because there’s nothing more important than knowing that the people you love are protected.

Baby Bum is free of all the stuff that just doesn’t work for our families – parabens, dyes, and phthalates to name a few.  Nothing goes into our products without going through our families first. That’s a promise. But we do add in the stuff we can’t get enough of – therapeutic Sea Minerals, Monoi Coconut Oil, Banana, Aloe and White Ginger. Each product is tested (and loved) by pediatricians and dermatologists. Our kids love ‘em, we love ‘em, and we hope you love ‘em too.

The Baby Bum Collection from the creators of Sun Bum® includes:


  • Baby Bum Shampoo & Wash ($9.99): Keeping squeaky clean is super fun with our foaming head to toe, tear-free Shampoo & Wash. Specifically formulated to be gentle on baby’s skin using some of earth’s most treasured ingredients, like therapeutic Sea Minerals, Monoi Coconut Oil and tropical extracts. It’s a gentle full body cleanser the entire family is sure to love. Also, available in a Fragrance-Free formula.
    • To Use: Pump two times into hands or washcloth. Massage into your little one’s skin and hair and rinse well. Follow with your favorite Baby Bum lotion.


  • Baby Bum Bubble Bath ($9.99): Transform bath time into a seafoam oasis for you and your baby. Gentle minerals, emollients and other ingredients from the earth and sea create perfect, tear-free bubbles for non-stop foamy fun.
    • To Use: Pour a handful of our bubble bath into the tub under warm, running water.



  • Baby Bum Natural Monoi Coconut Balm ($12.99): Massage, pamper and soothe dry, sensitive skin with our plant-based, multi-purpose balm. Every tub is infused with Monoi Coconut Oil derived from Tiare flower petals, so baby’s (and mom’s) skin stays smooth and moisturized. Restorative and rich Aloe, Shea and Cocoa Butters nourish and hydrate skin.
    • To Use: Melt a small amount of balm in your hands and apply to skin. Product consistency varies with temperature.


Baby Bum Diaper Rash Cream ($9.99): This plant based, soothing cream helps treat and prevent diaper rash, creating a moisture barrier for your baby’s bum. A blend of Zinc oxide, Monoi Coconut Oil and Aloe, Shea and Cocoa Butters nourish and hydrate, preventing discomfort and bringing relief to irritated skin.

    • To Use: Cleanse and dry the diaper area. Apply cream liberally—as often as necessary—with each diaper change, especially at bedtime or any time that exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged.
  • Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer ($3.99): A no-rinse antibacterial spray derived from sugar cane alcohol and infused with oils and fruit extracts. The non-drying formula leaves skin soft and germ-free without drying out little hands. Tested to kill 99.9% of germs, without harsh chemicals.
    • To Use: Spray enough product into palms to thoroughly cover your hands. Rub hands together briskly until dry.
  • Baby Bum Everyday Lotion ($9.99): Keep skin baby-soft and smooth with our non-greasy, soothing, moisturizing lotion. Formulated with some of the earth’s most treasured ingredients, such as Monoi Coconut Oil and Aloe, Shea and Cocoa Butters, this gentle lotion lets you literally spread the love. Naturally fragranced, but also available in a Fragrance-Free formula.
    • To Use: Massage liberally into clean, dry skin. Our Everyday Lotion is gentle and effective for the entire family to enjoy. Please do.
  • Baby Bum Calming Lotion ($9.99): Slow it down with our Lavender Coconut Calming Lotion. The non-greasy formula is lovingly infused with our best kept island secrets to have your baby dreaming before you know it. Restorative and rich Aloe, Shea and Cocoa Butters nourish and hydrate the skin while calming Lavender soothes your little one to la-la-land.
    • To Use: Apply a small amount of lotion onto palms and gently massage into desired area of skin. For best results apply to clean, dry skin. Nite Nite.


  • Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($13.99): Broad spectrum, lightweight, and non-greasy, our SPF 50 sunscreen lotion protects your little one from UVA/UVB rays. The 100% mineral-based protection applies and absorbs easily, while the formula’s blend of restorative Coconut Oil and rich Shea and Cocoa butters nourish and hydrate skin.
    • To Use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every two hours.


  • Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 50 ($9.99): Our super-safe, mineral-based formula—but in stick form. Perfect for the face—especially little lips, noses and ears—the broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, mineral-based formula glides on easy to protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays.
    • To Use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every two hours.

Every product in the Baby Bum Collection is:

  • Hypoallergenic: Formulated to be gentle and non irritating for your little one
  • Pediatrician Approved and Dermatologist Tested: Safe for babies, kids and those with sensitive skin
  • Plant Based: Made from the best stuff on earth
  • Gluten Free: Safe for those with gluten sensitivities
  • Paraben and Phthalate Free: Made without these chemicals and preservatives
  • Formaldehyde Donor, Dye, Sulfate, Silicone, Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Triclosan, and Talc Free: None of those nasties
  • Naturally Fragranced or Fragrance-Free: Our natural fragrance is a blend of fresh green coconut, sweet vanilla and tonka bean
  • Product of the USA: Made right here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  • Cruelty Free: Never tested on animals

I really love these products and recommend them for the whole family this summer!

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I love these two products from BooginHead!

Get a Grip!  Thanks to “Mompreneur” Sari Davidson, keeping tabs on baby essentials is a cinch! BooginHead helps busy people get a grip on parenthood with Stylish Baby Essentials. Keep pacifiers, soothers, toys, and teethers close, clean, and ready for baby.  Are you over pacifiers and teethers ending up on the floor? Or does your kiddo get a kick out of playing fetch with a sippy cup?  You need PaciGrip, PaciPals, Bandana teethers & so much more.  With patented grip material, the BooginHead products will be your little saviors!

I received the two items above and highly recommend! The PaciPal Teether Blanket has a universal attachment loop for all pacifiers, a plush blanket body with bean bag head, a sweet friendly face, and a food-grade silicone teether to comfort and soothe your baby in every way. This one is really cute too! But, my favorite is the SippiGrip: Get a Grip on that sippy cup! SippiGrip is compatible with ALL sippy cups and bottles. The patented grip material holds tight, while the adjustable strap attaches to high chairs, strollers, car seats, and more! This idea is truly a clever one!

So..what is a  BooginHead? I know that you want to know! A BooginHead is a made-up term of frustrated endearment Sari called her kids when they were little. Does your baby fling her blanket out of the stroller, even though she knows she shouldn’t? Does your toddler stick his pacifier in the dog bowl as he looks you straight in the eye? Does your little one love to make you bend over and pick up her sippy cup for the 100th time? If so, well…your baby might be a little BooginHead.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above products to consider to be featured in the Summer Baby roundup. Many images were provided.

Hotwire Launches Biggest Sale of the Year to Help Us Celebrate the Cumbersome Midweek Fourth of July

Hotwire, a leading online travel site, today announced its biggest sale of the year, addressing the travel woes of millions this Fourth of July, which for the first time in six years inconveniently falls on a Wednesday. “The Hotwire Effect XL Sale” gives travelers the ultimate freedom to book participating 4 or 5-star hotels the weekend before, during, or the weekend after the Fourth of July holiday for a set price of just $49 per night — an average savings of $157 each night.

“At Hotwire, we know how much everyone looks forward to celebrating America’s independence with family and friends on the 4th of July – me included! Since the 4th falls mid-week this year, it’s harder for people to find the time to get away with family and friends, so we are super excited to give everyone the freedom to travel around the 4th of July with our biggest sale of the year: The Hotwire Effect XL,” commented Hotwire President Neha Parikh. “With this sale, travelers will be able to experience luxury hotels in America’s hottest destinations for just $49 per night and they will have the freedom to travel the weekend before, during or the weekend after the 4th of July!”

The Hotwire Effect XL Sale gives travelers the opportunity to choose travel dates between June 28 to July 8, making an extra long weekend possible or even a short “staycation” if taking more time off of work isn’t an option. During this time, travelers can book 4 and 5-star hotel properties in eight of America’s most-traveled 4th of July destinations according to Hotwire 2017 booking data. The Hotwire Effect XL Sale cities where travelers can find $49 per night values are:

  • Austin (vs. average $179/night)
  • Chicago (vs. average $169/night)
  • Los Angeles (vs. average $179/night)
  • Miami (vs. average $139/night)
  • New York (vs. average $167/night)
  • Orlando (vs. average $140/night)
  • San Francisco (vs. average $189/night)
  • Washington D.C. (vs. average $133/night)

“Offering luxury 4 and 5-star hotels for just $49 is truly an incredible deal which won’t last long, so travelers need to act fast to feel the Hotwire Effect,” continued Parikh, who noted that the booking window begins on June 26 and remains while supplies last. The fixed $49 per night fare applies to the first two nights of travel in the June 28-July 8 timeframe.

The sale epitomizes Hotwire’s simple, yet powerful value proposition: by hiding the name of the hotel until after booking, Hotwire allows customers to find 4-star hotels at 2-star prices. In this same spirit, earlier this month the brand launched its latest advertising campaign, “The Hotwire Effect.” The campaign is aimed at reinforcing the brand’s distinct ability to unlock the kind of deep value travelers will discover this Fourth of July holiday. The series of three spots features Hotwire’s signature jingle and fun travel scenarios where high hotel prices are slashed while a giant finger masks the hotel name. The three 15-second commercial spots appear on NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, ESPN, CBS and HGTV, and can also be viewed online at

Hotwire subscribers get early access to the sale by signing up here: The sale officially kicks off June 26.

For more information on The Hotwire Effect XL Sale, or to book a 4-star hotel at 2-star prices, visit


About Hotwire

Hotwire is a leading discount travel site. Launched in 2000, Hotwire, Inc. was one of the first online travel sites to work with suppliers directly to book unsold inventory. By simply hiding the brand name, Hotwire can offer customers deep savings on hotel rooms, rental cars, flights and vacation packages. Hotwire is an operating company within Expedia Group. For more information, visit

Summer Reading from Arbordale Publishing Summer Reading Takes You Outdoors!

Back by popular demand, Arbordale Publishing has a new summer reading program for families. For 2018, they handpicked 10 books that showcase animals found in your backyard and others that might require a trip to see. Either way, learning about nature is always fun. Go from the screen to outside for a scavenger hunt, start your own kids’ book club, or learn about seashells even if you can’t get to the beach!
Looking for book giveaways? Follow us on Facebook (Arbordale Kids), or Twitter (@ArbordaleKids), as we will be hosting giveaways throughout the summer for Summer Reading participants! #ArbordaleLovesSummer
Credit: Arbordale Publishing. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Continues to Spellbind Guests with Exciting Wand Magic Experiences, Wizarding Apparel and New Menu Options Plus, the Land Celebrates the Highly-Anticipated Return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” this Summer Beginning June 24

From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which this summer will introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

 With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.

 Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:

o   Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard

o   Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges

o   Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges

  Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase.  New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.

Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.

  Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.

 “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Sunday, June 24.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

  Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

   From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

  The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome debut The DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

PBS KIDS KICKS OFF A SUMMER OF ADVENTURE PBS KIDS and member stations across the country will celebrate with new episodes of WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT, READY JET GO! and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, along with games and hands-on activities for the entire family

As children head out of school, PBS KIDS aims to address the summer learning gap by encouraging kids, parents and educators to engage in adventures to make the season one of creativity, learning and fun. Fans of PBS KIDS will get a chance to see new episodes beginning June 6 through August 24, including READY JET GO!, the first-ever WILD KRATTS marathon and new specials from NATURE CAT and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, exploring themes such as the natural world and ocean animals’ migratory patterns. New episodes will premiere on PBS stations (check local listings) and will be available on, the free PBS KIDS Video App and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream.

Local PBS stations across the country will bring educational resources and events to their communities through PBS KIDS partnerships with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, First Book and Reading is Fundamental (RIF). “PBS KIDS at the Alamo” screening events will be available throughout the summer, with 100 percent of the optional, donation-based ticket prices ($1-$5) going to local PBS stations to support PBS KIDS’ educational mission. PBS KIDS’ partnerships with First Book and RIF aim to foster important literacy skills during the summer through activities and resources.

“Children’s learning can decline by as much one month’s worth of school-year learning over the course of summer break.* To help bridge that gap, we want to engage kids with subjects they’re curious to learn more about,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Every year, local PBS stations bring summer learning opportunities to communities across the country through resources, events and more for the whole family.”

PBS is also celebrating reading this summer with the new eight-part series, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, and hosting “PBS KIDS Read” to complement the annual summer learning initiative for children ages 2-8 and their families. “PBS KIDS Read” will encourage reading and related activities through a variety of resources for kids and parents available on PBS Parents, including book lists, tips for new readers and other literacy resources. PBS Teacherline will offer several courses for early childhood educators who teach young readers. New digital games from WILD KRATTS, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be available. Kids can also download the SPLASH AND BUBBLES Ocean Adventure app, where they can join the Reeftown Rangers on an underwater journey to discover the amazing animals and plants that live in the ocean.


Asteroid Belt Space Race!/Sydney 2

Airs and streams June 27

“Asteroid Belt Space Race”

The kids join Celery in a space race between them, Uncle Zucchini, and Auntie Eggplant and Zerk. The course is all the way around the Asteroid Belt.

“Sydney 2”

Sydney decides that Jet’s robot, Jet 2, is lonely. She decides to design and build a robot companion for him and names it “Sydney 2.”

Earth, Wind and Flyer/Mini-Golf at the DSA

Airs and streams July 4

“Earth, Wind, and Flyer”

Jet is fascinated by the effects of wind on his saucer. He and the kids study how wind works, ending with Sean going on a wild saucer ride.

“Mini-Golf at the DSA”

Jet is fascinated by Earthie golf, and Sean and Sydney try to teach him the rules. When the DSA builds a new mini-golf course, the kids team up against the grownups, and Jet gets to apply his new knowledge of force.

Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest

Airs and streams July 11

“Water, Water Everywhere”

Jet takes the kids on a saucer tour all around the Earth to discover all the ways that water can be found. They visit Antarctica to look at the ice, and then compare that extreme to the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“Commander Cressida Story Contest”

Sydney wants to enter a Commander Cressida story contest, but can’t think of a good enough story. The other kids help, and they come up with a story about lassoing a comet to bring water to Venus, and then Mars.

Try and Try Again/Racing on Sunshine

Airs and streams July 18

“Try and Try Again”

Jet’s robot Jet 2 needs new wheels if he’s going to be able to rove over the surface of Mars. Jet and the kids try a bunch of different wheels, without success. In the end, they borrow the wheels from Mitchell’s scooter, so Jet 2 can successfully navigate on Mars.

“Racing on Sunshine”

The kids enter their karts in the big kid-kart derby, but this year they all have to design solar- powered karts. Jet learns how solar panels work, and how batteries save up the energy so you can race even when clouds cover the sun.

You Can Call Me Albedo/The Tide Is High

Airs and streams July 25

“You Can Call Me Albedo”

It’s evening at the cul-de-sac and the kids are looking at two asteroids through Sean’s telescope – one is light-colored and one is dark. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s dog Cody seems to have run away because he doesn’t like the black sweater Mitchell put on him. The kids learn about how, just like asteroids, some things are easier to see in the dark than others – a white card is easier to see than Cody’s black sweater, for example. This amount of brightness is called “albedo.”

“The Tide Is High”

The kids go to their local beach to surf, but notice that the beach looks completely different from the last time they stood there. There’s a lot more sand and the ocean is far away! They decide to be detectives and study what has happened, and learn that the difference is caused by the tides – the rising and falling of the ocean.


WILD KRATTS marathon will kick off on Friday, June 15 (check local listings),and will include the new episodes listed below. On the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream, the marathon kicks off at 6:00 a.m. and goes for a full 24 hours. The two services will be counter-programmed with different episodes.

Choose Your Swordfish

Airs and streams Friday, June 29

Aviva challenges Martin and Chris to a fencing duel and tells them to choose their swords. The bros can’t decide, so she tells them if they pick their favorite billfish – swordfish, marlin or sailfish – she’ll make them a Creature Power Suit. So they head out on a mission to explore the mysterious world of billfish.


 “Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart”

Airs and streams Monday, July 16

While playing everyone’s favorite game, Hal’s Hole Hootenanny, Hal accidentally digs up what turns out to be Bad Dog Bart’s second buried treasure map! And this is the one that leads to Bad Dog Bart’s stolen loot of cat toys. This brings back some emotional memories for Nature Cat of a very special family cat toy stolen by Bad Dog Bart, and his sister Gwendolyn going off to get it back. Nature Cat has not seen Gwendolyn since! Mustering all the courage he can, and with help from Squeeks, Daisy and Hal, Nature Cat sets off on a dizzying epic adventure following the map to find the treasure. Little do they know that Bad Dog Bart himself will be joining the race along with a rough and tumble pirate named One-Eared Winnie! Arrrghhhhh!!!


“Splash and Bubbles: Pole-to-Pole”

Airs and streams August 6

Narwhals and penguins and humpbacks, oh my! The Reeftown Rangers set off on a migratory adventure from the Antarctic to the Arctic in this SPLASH AND BUBBLES event.

Brookings Institute; Summer learning loss, what is it, and what can we do about it?; 2017



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About Wind Dancer
In addition to READY JET GO!, Wind Dancer Films is the creator and producer of such family television series Home Improvement along with box office successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. The company, headed by partners Dete Meserve, David McFadzean and Matt Williams, is also currently in production on What Men Want for Paramount Pictures, the feature film Good Sam, the animated preschool project Not a Box, and the stop-motion series entitled

About Kratt Brothers Company

Kratt Brothers Company, founded in 1993, has created and produced more than 220 episodes of television, including award-winning series: KRATTS’ CREATURES, ZOBOOMAFOO, Kratt Brothers: Be the Creature and WILD KRATTS. Through its full service animation studio, Kratt Brothers Company is currently in production on its fifth season of the Emmy-nominated hit, WILD

About Spiffy Pictures

Spiffy Pictures, founded in 2003 by David and Adam Rudman, is a creative development and production company specializing in family entertainment. The Emmy Award-winning creative team has created, produced, written and directed live-action and animated projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, Comedy Central, Sesame Street and Warner Brothers. Their projects include creating and producing the Emmy- and Prix Jeunesse-nominated Jack’s Big Music Show for Nick Jr, the Emmy-nominated Bunnytown for Disney and Nick Jr.’s Parent’s Choice Award-winning Curious Buddies brand of home videos. Spiffy Pictures recently produced a puppet adaptation of Scooby Doo for Warner Brothers, titled Scooby-Doo! Adventures, The Mystery Map. Visit us at

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle RockThe Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark CrystalLabyrinthMirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Projects in development include the highly anticipated filmFraggle Rock.

4 Tips for the Perfect Kid’s Party

Organizing a party for your children is not the easiest task in the world. Although you are in charge of every single detail, you also need to consider your kid’s preferences when it comes to the theme or the food they are going to eat. It is no secret that kid’s parties can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you’re not used to having a little kindergarten in your living room. That is why you need to be prepared in advance, at least mentally. You should expect mess, lots of noise and maybe even a few arguments. However, seeing your kids happy is definitely worth it. There are quite a few steps that you should follow when organizing a party, but it is only to ensure that it turns out well. Here are a few tips that will hopefully give you some peace of mind.

Have a Simple Menu

A small meal is a great option for a kid’s party. You should steer clear of sophisticated foods. Kids love little snacks such as sandwiches or pizza. Moreover, these foods can be transformed into the perfect party treat with the help of a cookie cutter. You will definitely make a great impression with your heart-shaped pizza or star-shaped snacks. When it comes to the cake, a simple one will do. If you’re not a great cook, muffins or cupcakes are just as delicious. The only thing to keep in mind is possible allergies.

Pick a Theme

Having a theme helps you find the right decorations for the venue, and maybe even find suitable entertainment options. Party themes vary from garden parties to mermaid shows. Kids tend to be influenced by either their favorite cartoon characters or a certain movie they have seen. Since a kid’s party is not a competition, it would be a smart idea to try to avoid parties that someone in the class already did. The most popular themes include Pirates, Princesses, Superheroes, but these can depend on your kid’s age. Think of some original party games as well, as these will help keep the children entertained and will pass the time.

Let the Fun Begin

Parties should a fun time, not a factor that generates stress. Everyone knows that kids can be messy, but that should not worry you. Let them have a good time and don’t stress too much about the outcome. You can take care of that later. Though, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning you need to do, you can always count on professionals at for a helping hand. They will help you deep clean the carpets or even sofas. Let kids run around, play with toys, make up their own games without worrying about stains, crumbs or messy floors.

Party Bags

Although not everyone loves the idea of party bags, this is a nice gesture. Remember that this is not a gift, but a thank you for attendance and present. A good way of keeping costs down is by setting a small budget. Buy items in bulk and divide them between a few bags. A couple of wrapped chocolates or a little keychain work well for this. Look for some inspiration online if you have no idea where to start.

Organizing a kid’s party can be stressful and a bit costly at times. That is why you should opt for simple foods and decorations that can be easily reused later on.

THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK: Games! Puzzles! Mazes! And More!

The Kid’s Awesome Activity Book is a parent’s best friend, guaranteed to entertain your backseat travelers during those endless summer road trips. Readers can create their own comic strips, write a hit song for the hedgehog hoedown, decode pirate word scrambles, and help a little leprechaun find his pot of gold. All they need is a pencil and their imagination!

I really recommend this one for Summer reading fun! This one is a great book to have in the house when you hear those words…”I’m bored…..”

Brimming with bats, hungry unicorns, alien dance parties, monster finger puppets, and SO much more, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK: GAMES! PUZZLES! MAZES! AND MORE! (June 12, 2018; Workman; $14.95; By Mike Lowery) is perfect fuel for endless hours of creativity on and off the page. Created by Mike Lowery, the mastermind behind the wildly successful KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY CALENDAR and DOODLE ADVENTURES® series, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK is the boredom-buster guaranteed to infuse those endless summer road trips with imaginative landscapes filled with monster hair salons, circus acts, enchanted forests, and more. With just a pencil and their imagination, readers can decode pirate word scrambles, create their own comic strips, write a hit song for the hedgehog hoedown, and help a little leprechaun find his pot of gold. With more than 400 stickers drawn in Lowery’s iconic style and a pullout poster just waiting to be colored, THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK offers takeaway items that burgeoning artists can use to decorate their space outside the confines of the book. Featuring nearly 100 wacky prompts, games, and crafts, there’s only one cardinal rule that young artists have to follow: Have fun!

About the Author:

Mike Lowery is the creator of The Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar and the Doodle Adventures® series. His latest book, Random Illustrated Facts, collects weird bits of news and knowledge. Mike draws in his sketchbooks and posts on Instagram daily at @mikelowerystudio. He lives with his wife and children in Atlanta, Georgia.

THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK By Mike Lowery $14.95 | June 12, 2018 | 122 pages | Ages 8-12| ISBN 9780761187189

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to feature. I only feature books that I highly recommend! Images were also provided. 

Emerson, June 21st Pet of the Week

We wish we could have even a fraction of Emerson’s attitude! Despite a gimpy hind leg, this adorable 5-year-old Maltese mix loves life! The lame leg could be a result of an injury, and it needs to be either reset or amputated. Our shelter vet said that she’d reset his leg if someone would step up to foster him for a while or, better yet, adopt him. Wouldn’t you love an outcome like that! Meet Emerson on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A607649.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.