Archives for September 4, 2021

New Quiet Books are a must for your little ones! Unplugged Play is so important!

 Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend refraining from screens until babies are 18 months old and limiting screen time to less than an hour until kids are at least five years old. However, kids, including infants and toddlers, are spending more time on screens than ever before, resulting in developmental delays including issues with communication, motor skills, problem-solving, social skills, obesity, and more.

The solution? Unplugged play! The neuroscientist mom behind Educating AMY knows that engaging, age-appropriate, hands-on activities create an environment where babies, toddlers, and young children can explore, discover, try, fail, try again, learn, and grow.

The perfect new-mom gift, Educating AMY’s Quiet Books are soft, compact, fabric busy books packed with age-appropriate, brain-building activities designed for specific ages and stages from infancy to six years old. Each page features a Montessori-type creative play activity, puzzle, or manipulative designed to build developmental skills, problem-solving, and confidence.

These hand-sewn, heirloom-quality Quiet Books are meant to be passed down from generation to generation—and each purchase impacts generations to come through a charitable donation that supports the education of young girls in rural India. Educating AMY prepays a year’s tuition for these deserving children, recovered by the sale of their mini–Quiet Books (each sale covers two weeks of schooling) and large Quiet Books (each sale covers four weeks of schooling).

I received a sample and am so impressed with the quality and it is so cute!

Help break the cycle of increasing screen time by spreading the word about Quiet Books from Educating AMY!  https://www.educatingamy.com/

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

GoodPop’s new Mango Chile limited edition 12-pack at Costco

Photo Credit: GoodPop

GoodPop® Frozen Pops, the leading better-for-you frozen treat brand that exists to good in the world, debuts its latest flavor, Mango Chile, as a throwback to the fan favorite of its early farmer’s market days. On the heels of its recently launched Pledge Good Foundation, GoodPop asks consumers everywhere to pledge to do good deeds this summer. 

“I fell in love with mango chile paletas while traveling throughout Mexico, so it became one of GoodPop’s first flavors to honor that experience and inspiration,” said Daniel Goetz, founder and CEO, GoodPop. “This version of Mango Chile has a sweet and savory combination of juicy ripe mango with a touch of chili, lime, and salt. They are great alone or mixed into a ‘poptail,’ especially for summer.”  

The Mango Chile pops come in packs of four, and join GoodPop’s collection of plant-based pop flavors, such as Dreamy Orange Push Pops, Cold Brew Latte, and Strawberry Shortcake. The pops are USDA certified organic, dairy, and gluten-free and made without HFCs, GMOs, refined sugars, or sugar alcohol sweeteners. Like all GoodPop products, the Mango Chile was also thoughtfully crafted with the highest quality ingredients available. 

“Our mangoes are sourced from Colombia because we found that this area of the world is growing the most flavorful and sweetest mangoes. We also custom-developed our own organic chile-lime blend because we couldn’t find anything else that would fit our quality standards.   Finding the best possible ingredients that are also ethically sourced to create our Mango Chile pop was our top priority and we are so excited to share this unique flavor with everyone,” said Goetz. 

To celebrate the release of the Mango Chile pop, GoodPop is encouraging shoppers to pledge to do good deeds this summer through Pledge Good, a simple act of committing to do a good deed to spread good and kindness. GoodPop’s mission is to, “Pledge Good. Do Good. Feel Good,” and the brand donates $1 per pledge to various non-profit partners. Customers can take part at goodpop.com/pledge.

GoodPop Frozen Pops are available for a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99 and can be found in natural and conventional retailers in 40+ states and GoodPop’s new online store that ships to all 48 states in the continental United States with flat rate shipping. For a full list of retailers and to shop, click here: www.goodpops.com/store-locator. For more information and to shop, visit https://shop.goodpops.com/

Credit: GoodPop.

Back-to-School products to check out!

Have a college student not living at home? A care package is a wonderful idea! If your college student has special dietary needs, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to find unique treats that they will love AND that are safe for them. SendingSun has set out to make the transition from home to college easier — and more fun — for all students.

I received a sample and loved that it included a Mug and a Mug Cake mix and a face mask! There are 6 – 8 unique items in every package! Now, how cool is that?! There are Vegetarian, nut-free, and gluten-free options. Delicious cookies and taffy (with gluten-free and nut-free options) are always included — enough to share.

There are single semester and full academic year purchasing options. For more information go to https://www.sendingsun.com/

About: Tracy Schactman is the founder of SendingSun, a company that provides monthly care packages overflowing with quality, unique, fun items — curated by college students for college students, and packaged with a beautiful and modern touch.

Have a Pre-schooler at home? They will love these Magformers Sets!

MAGFORMERS CUBE HOUSE PENGUIN SET 

Introduce kids to magnetic construction with the Magformers Cube House Frog Set! This 20-piece set includes new character pieces – a child in a frog onesie, with a hat that can be swapped for a seal one. The set makes a variety of different mini houses using the magnetic window square, four standard squares, two triangles, a sector and two arches, while extra accessories include three floor inserts, two windows, a chair, picture and a slide. This amazing roleplay set features Magformers’ Rotating Magnets System, where small magnets safely sealed in every edge of the magnetic pieces actually spin, so they always connect. With an A3 instruction sheet the Cube House Frog set is fun and educational. Ages 3+. MSRP $24.99.

MAGFORMERS CUBE HOUSE FROG SET

Introduce kids to magnetic construction with the Magformers Cube House Penguin Set! This 20-piece set includes a brand new character – a cute kid in a penguin onesie, with a hat that can be swapped for a bear one. The set makes a variety of different mini houses using the magnetic window square, five standard squares, floor and wall pieces, a tricycle and table. This amazing roleplay set features Magformers’ Rotating Magnets System, where small magnets safely sealed in every edge of the magnetic pieces actually spin, so they always connect. With an A3 instruction sheet the Cube House Penguin set is fun and educational. Ages 3+. MSRP $24.99.

Look for them at Target, Walmart, and Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Charlie’s Back And More Creative Than Ever With New Stories And New Adventures

Once upon a time, there was… Charlie! A friend like no other! Charlie is YOUR silly, creative playmate and best friend. He is SOOOOO excited to take YOU on adventures with him. Charlie created Colorforms City out of his imagination so that he can tell the best stories possible… like a knight trying to save a balloon, adventuring to the other end of the rainbow, or Charlie’s epic quest to solve a mystery. Come along with Charlie and his friends as they solve problems using creativity, ingenuity, and the shapes Charlie sees all around him. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Maica N. comments, “Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is a show that will teach kids valuable lessons. I’ve seen previous episodes of Charlie’s Colorforms City, but this new DVD has a uniqueness of its own. The main thing that sets this DVD from previous ones is the new storylines.” Ella M. adds, “In this educational animated series, you’ll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your critical thinking skills. So, buckle up and get ready for new and exciting adventures that are better than ever!” Rosabella P. wraps it up with, “What I love most are the fun stories that use different shapes and the many adventures the characters have, plus it uses a variety of learning methods. It emphasizes how you should always be kind to people even if you’re frustrated with a task.” See their full reviews below.

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures

Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 13

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is a new DVD where we get to revisit our good friend Charlie who is back and more creative than ever. With new stories and new adventures, young kids will feel like they are a part of the journey too!

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is about a young boy named Charlie (Jacob Soley) who loves to go on adventures and create stories. He lives in a very vibrant and fun place called Colorforms City, where everyone is friendly and works together. In this DVD, Charlie does things he’s never done before, like becoming a cowboy and having his own restaurant. Kids will learn so much as they join Charlie on his colorful journeys!

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is a show that will teach kids valuable lessons. I’ve seen previous episodes of Charlie’s Colorforms City, but this new DVD has a uniqueness of its own. The main thing that sets this DVD from previous ones is the new storylines. We all know that Charlie is very fond of stories and in the episode “Sick Charlie” we see a plethora of stories in a short amount of time. That’s because Charlie has a case of “story sneezing.” Yup, that means every time Charlie sneezes, he is transported into another story. This is something Charlie has never experienced before, which can be a welcome adventure for fans of the show. It definitely shows off his out-of-this-world imagination. Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventure is geared towards younger audiences. Kids who are just starting school may even be watching this show, which is perfect if they want to have more practice learning about shapes, colors and using their minds to entertain themselves. Because the characters and the objects are two-dimensional, it’s simpler for young kids to understand. Audiences will never be overwhelmed when watching this DVD; they’ll only want more.

The message of this show is that you don’t have to wait to be creative. You can be creative anytime, anyplace. No matter where Charlie is, he’s thinking ingeniously and wondering what he can do next. This is very family-friendly and is perfect for parents to watch together with their young children.

I rate Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. The DVD is available now, so make sure you check it out!

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures
By Ella M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10

Are you ready for a colorful, playful and interactive adventure that’s both fun and educational for the whole family? Then you’ve got to watch the amazing Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures. In this educational animated series, you’ll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your critical thinking skills. So, buckle up and get ready for new and exciting adventures that are better than ever!

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is all about exploring Colorforms City with Charlie and his two best friends, Red and Violet. In this series, you go on eight whimsical, interactive, storytelling adventures in Colorforms City while learning about different colors, shapes and sizes. Every story Charlie and his friends create is an adventure, so you never know what’s coming next because Charlie is always shaking things up!  Whether Charlie’s a mechanic or a chef – you’re in for a real treat.

This cast is filled with so many talented actors throughout the series. Jacob Soley plays Charlie, your creative, fun companion. He connects with his character in such a way that you all will be best friends instantly. Tyler Barish plays one of Charlie’s best friends, Red. He is engaging and really connects with his character.  Saara Chaudry plays Violet who delivers a dynamic performance. She is my favorite character because she always looks on the bright side of things. My favorite episode is “Mystery Charlie” because someone is stealing all the color from Colorforms City! Charlie and his friends have to work together using their problem solving and critical thinking skills to solve the mystery and save the day. Oh! And I just love the animation and music. The theme song is so catchy! When you hear it you can’t help but jump to your feet and dance

The intent of this DVD is to motivate kids to learn more about colors, shapes and sizes. With Charlie’s imagination leading the way, you’ll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your problem solving skills. Charlie also teaches friendship skills such as being kind, respectful, supportive and being an active listener.

I highly recommend Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now so, jump to it because you’ve got a great story to create!

Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventure
By Rosabella P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

What I really like about Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventure are the various episodes to choose from – Mystery Charlie, Charlie the Cowboy, Charlie the Inventor, Charlie’s Restaurant – and many more. I like that you can choose which episode you want to watch.

The various episodes on this DVD follow Charlie as he creates different stories with his friends Red and Violet and others. They get to learn and play at the same time.

My favorite episode is “Silliest Charlie” where Charlie disguises himself as a plant and tells his friends to come to his house to surprise Red and Violet. Then, Red and Violet don’t come, but a box shows up instead. Charlie thinks they aren’t coming and gets scared. What caught my attention was when Charlie sais, “shake it up rainbows” and fireworks come out of his head. The costumes are all terrific in all the episodes. We see Charlie as a plant, a chef and more. There are lots of different locations throughout these episodes -the park, Charlie’s house and my favorite, “The Pancake Café.” The music in this show is joyful music that will get little ones up and moving around. Whenever Charlie says “shake it up” beats come out of his head and a happy song plays for kids. There are special effects in the opening and closing that are fun and colorful too. The main character is Charlie (Jabcob Soley), a Canadian voice actor. Red is played by Tyler Barish, Violet is played by Sara Chaudry, an Indian Canadian actress. What I love most are the fun stories that use different shapes and the many adventures the characters have, plus it uses a variety of learning methods. It emphasizes how you should always be kind to people even if you’re frustrated with a task.

The message in this show is that you should always trust your friends when they need you.

I give Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventure 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. It is available now on DVD so look for it.