Archives for June 2024

Kids Clothing for Vacation, Camp, and Having Fun in the Summer

Say Hello to Summer: It’s All About Bright Colors, Playful Graphics, and Mix-n-Match Magic for Kids! Dive into your child’s closet and check if they’re all set for the sunny adventures ahead. This season, summer style is all about vibrant, complete looks that your little ones will be eager to wear again and again. Whether it’s a day at camp, a family vacation, or just hanging out with friends, having versatile mix-n-match outfits means they’re always ready to go in no time.

A pro mom tip that’s been buzzing around? Shop by outfit rather than individual pieces. This smart strategy ensures your kids always look their best and feel great, plus it simplifies getting ready for any occasion—from summer camp fun to exciting family escapades. Less time dressing up means more time for play! Embrace the ease and joy of summer styling and let your kids shine in their favorite outfits.

Start with Mix-n-Match Styles

Take mix-n-match fashion to the next level with Kidpik, where the style possibilities are as boundless as your child’s imagination. The brand offers individual items, shopping by outfit or subscription boxes that are a treasure trove of fashion fun. The brand’s clever approach allows children the freedom to choose their outfits, fostering a sense of independence and creativity in their daily wardrobe selections. Parents can rest easy knowing that no matter the combination, their child will look impeccably stylish for any event. Coordinating footwear offers ensures that every outfit is effortlessly cool, comfortable, and complete.

Photo: Kidpik

Breathable Fabrics are Essential

On those sweltering summer days, choosing the right fabric can make all the difference for keeping your kids comfortable and cool. Opt for breathable materials like cotton, which not only allow for better air circulation but also feel soft against the skin. Kidpik’s cotton tees are a fantastic choice, celebrated for their ultra-soft, lightweight fabric and adorned with unique, eye-catching graphics that kids adore. For the lower half, cotton shorts and skirts are particularly ideal. Kidpik offers an excellent array of these garments, each featuring thoughtful details designed with comfort as the top priority. Whether your kids are playing outdoors, lounging at home, or embarking on a family vacation, these cotton ensembles ensure they stay cool and comfy throughout their summer activities.

Have Fun with Color

Embrace the spirit of summer with a burst of fun colors that reflect the season’s bright sunshine and the refreshing cool of crisp evening breezes. Look for a playful color palette that captures the essence of both adventure and relaxation. This summer the trend is a perfect blend of lively hues and cool looks. Whether it’s a bold, sunny yellow tee that echoes the warmth of the sun or a soothing sky blue skirt that mirrors the clear summer sky, encourage your children to express their personalities in the most colorful ways.

Photo: Kidpik

Prints with Pizazz

While basics are essential in any wardrobe, summer is the ideal season to spice things up with some eye-catching prints. The warm months call for designs that stand out, such as abstract florals that capture the lively essence of summer gardens and stylish stripes that mirror the laid-back vibe of beachside escapades. These prints not only add a splash of creativity to daily outfits but also allow for personal expression through vibrant patterns and colors. Whether it’s dressing up for a special summer occasion or keeping it casual for day-to-day activities, incorporating these dynamic prints can effortlessly elevate a simple wardrobe to one full of excitement and flair.

Shoes Complete the Look

Securing a winning summer style starts from the ground up with the right footwear, turning ordinary outfits into standout ensembles. Sneakers, sandals, and flip-flops are the quintessential must-haves for any child’s summer wardrobe, offering both style and comfort for every activity under the sun. This season, don’t hesitate to embrace vibrant colors and encourage your child to pick footwear in their favorite hues, allowing them to showcase their personal style. For boys and girls alike, ease and convenience are key. Look for shoes designed for effortless wear, with features like Velcro straps or slip-ons that make getting ready a breeze.

Tuxedo Joe, June 28 Pet of the Week

Loves to play! He needs a forever home!

On June 23, Long Beach Animal Care Services began its yearly project of emptying the dog kennels for Foster the Fourth. Fireworks are illegal for private use in Long Beach, but nonetheless, people set them off, and dogs can get frightened and run in terror. Our shelter takes in a goodly number every July 4 season, and they need to make room for them. Tuxedo Joe would love a shelter break. Don’t let that tux fool you—he’s no snob! He leans in for pets for people and will happily play fetch for hours, like any one-year-old dog just outgrowing puppyhood. Foster the 4th meetups take place by appointment on Tuesday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 2. Please submit your Foster Application before visiting the shelter. To schedule an appointment on either Tuesday, June 25 or July 2, email PetFoster@longbeach.govOur shelter hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors. Ask for ID# A718919.

These products are Summer Must-Haves!

I don’t know about you but during the summer is when I get the most bug bites and so do my family members! This first product really is a must-buy! It really works!

Insect bites and stings are a part of nature, particularly in the summer months. Mosquitoes, ants, and flies are often uninvited guests while at barbeques, bonfires, or camping. Stop the itch from bites and stings in seconds and accelerate the healing process.

Beurera leader in the digital health and wellness space for more than 100 years, provides technology to embrace the outdoors free of itch with Beurer’s Insect Sting and Bite Relief. This innovative device is a chemical-free solution that works harmoniously with your body’s own healing processes to provide soothing sensation and rapid relief that only nature’s remedies can provide, a safe and effective way to care for your skin without compromising on quality or efficacy.

AND ALL NEW THIS SEASON…The Beurer BR90 Insect Bite Healer with a light for more accurate targeting, for use day or night!

  • Can help stop the itch & reduce the swelling through ceramic hot plate technology
  • Integrated LED light for easy application in the dark
  • Chemical free – suitable for use during pregnancy
  • 2 Treatment Programs – for sensitive skin (3 seconds) and regular use (6 seconds)

You can find more information and gifts at: https://www.shop-beurer.com/ and on Amazon, Walmart.com and other national drug stores and independent retailers.

To learn more about Beurer’s digital medicine cabinet offerings, as well as its extensive range of wellness technologies, from heating and menstrual to insect sting relief technologies, visit shop-beurer.com and Beurer North America on InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

This is a product everyone needs and I love that it is perfect to take on summer hikes and summer trips! It’s easy to use and very effective!

Cool Little Ones, is cool little moisture wicking clothes for all day play. They are perfect for Summer, travel or really, anytime.

Cool Little Ones is inspired by the idea of little ones playing outside, being creative and exploring all that the world has to offer.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Glenna Devonport did what most were doing and went on multiple walks a day with her kids. Despite trying to take early or late walks before it got too hot, Glenna noticed that both her boys were always sweating. She thought, “If we as adults are wearing moisture wicking, cute workout clothes, why aren’t our Little Ones?” There sprouted the idea for a cute, comfortable and moisture wicking kids clothing line!

Cool Little Ones clothes can be worn on any outdoor adventure including the beach, pool, lake, sport practices, hiking, camping, playing at the park and are made for All Day Play! The clothes have cute designs, are easy to pack for trips, stretch, take up little space, are comfortable and they dry extremely fast!

The designs take the idea of a simple rash guard and elevate it to make it the most versatile piece of clothing in your Little One’s closet.  From basic tees, rash guards and shorts to onesies, dresses and headbands, your kids will be cool and comfortable this Summer!

Cool Little Ones are the perfect addition for any outdoor occasion and most of the items are UPF 50 Sun Safe. All of the products are proudly manufactured in the United States of America. Future goals include to have 100% of our clothes UPF 50 Sun Safe and to make more clothes out of recycled materials…and to expand across the country in 2024!

For more information, please visit: https://coollittleones.com/

Happy Summer! Stay tuned! Next week I will be featuring more summer must-haves!

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

Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series

The series comes out June 25!

The Emmy Award-winning American animated TV series that was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios is back from the lab! For the first time ever on DVD, all 78 episodes from the classic cartoon series plus the special Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip, are brought together in one set. Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series will be available for purchase online and in-store at major retailers beginningJune 25, 2024. Get ready to go on a wild adventure with boy-genius Dexter, as he saves the world with his secret laboratory filled with his collection of inventions!

Dexter’s Laboratory is also available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.

The unforgettable series that ran from 1996-2003 on Cartoon Network, won many awards, and spawned children’s books, comic books, music albums, toys, video games, and a movie.

SYNOPSIS:

Dexter’s Laboratory is about half-Einstein, half-third grader, Dexter.  This boy genius creates the most amazing inventions in the top secret and highly advanced laboratory attached to his room.  But his genius can’t stop his space-brained sister Dee Dee from messing up and his work and pushing his buttons.  Or his annoying rival Mandark from constantly trying to one-up him.  Can Dexter use his intelligence to solve his problems?  Time to fight fire with…SCIENCE!

Pricing and series information:

Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series

Includes all 78 episodes from the beloved series plus the special Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip.

PRODUCT                            SRP

DVD                                        $69.99 SRP US and Canada

Voice Cast: Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Kat Cressida, Candi Milo

Audio: English

Subtitles: English, Latin America Spanish

Running Time: 1,791 minutes

Rated: PG

About Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment

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Self Disclosure: A free DVD series was received to spotlight the series in this feature. Images and information were also provided.

Books of the Week of June 24th

A fun Summer Read! VILLAINS ACADEMY (Villains Academy #1) written and illustrated by Ryan Hammond
S&S Books for Young Readers | June 25, 2024 | 9781665950039 | Middle Grade| Ages 7 – 12

On sale June 25th from S&S Books for Young Readers, VILLAINS ACADEMY by Ryan Hammond is a new and hilarious illustrated middle grade series about what happens when a young werewolf realizes he might… want to be the good guy?

This is a highly entertaining book to read and kids will love Bram the Werewolf!

Perfect for fans of The Bad Guys and Amelia Fang, VILLAINS ACADEMY is the perfect twist on the fantastical school genre that teaches young readers about self-confidence and being true to yourself! Kids can sink their fangs into this pun-filled story while subtly teaching them the importance of critical thinking, context, and challenging their own assumptions. Ryan Hammond’s kid-friendly text and delightful illustrations will have kids clawing for more of the misadventures of Bram the Werewolf!

CAMP PRODIGY by Caroline Palmer

Perfect for fans of Victoria Jamieson and Raina Telgemeier, this heartwarming middle grade graphic novel follows two nonbinary kids who navigate anxiety and identity while having fun and forming friendships at their summer orchestra camp. Publishing in simultaneous paperback and hardcover editions! Middle school age kids will love these characters! A very engaging and fun summer read!

From the Hill by the Sea, a cookbook memoir by Chef Seadon Shouse

Real cooking is about following your heart rather than the recipe, because cooking is more than just a blending of ingredients from land, sea, and farm, according to Chef Seadon Shouse, the notable Nova Scotia chef who brought its cuisine to the Hoboken coast. He details his philosophy through recipes and memories, in From the Hill by the Sea, a cookbook-memoir. Chef Shouse is Executive Chef of Halifax Hoboken is both memoir and recipe for cooking and for life, educating the reader in Chef Seadon’s Nova Scotia-grown roots of foraging, hand-making, and cooking from the land with heart and soul.

Recipes feature unique twists on mackerel, oysters, salmon, periwinkle dishes. There’s even an open fire-roasted chicken recipe. The master chef introduces new techniques broken down into simple steps. Homespun sides like Biscuit Dough Boys (cooked on a stick), Bread and Butter Vegetable Pickles, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Brown Sugar Bacon and his twist on Nova Scotia’s famous Blueberry Grunt delight the senses and create delectable, sustainable meals.

Chef Seadon’s recipes and stories hail from his childhood spent in Coastal Nova Scotia where the connection between food, land and sea is a direct and intimate experience. He encourages the reader to step out of their comfort zone and step into an ocean of possibility that opens up a whole new chapter for the exploratory, yet sustainability-minded cook.

From the Hill By the Sea will appeal to readers interested in finding new ways to cook fresh dishes, whether they forage or not. This book will delight the sustainably-minded cook, from beginner, intermediate to expert, as long as they are not afraid to put on a pair of rubber boots and slosh around in the proverbial culinary sea. The book can be purchased at Halifax Hoboken or the W Hoboken, or online at www.halifaxhoboken.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature in this book spotlight. Images and information were also provided.

Know Your H2O: Keeping Your Family Safe from Water Contaminants

Did you know that millions of Americans unknowingly consume water contaminated with harmful chemicals or bacteria?

Clean water is essential for our health, especially for children. Their developing bodies rely on it for proper growth and function. However, water contamination can pose serious health risks.

Let’s explore the different types of contaminants that can lurk in your tap water and how you can keep your family safe.

 

Common Water Contaminants

Chemical Contaminants:

Our water sources can become polluted with various chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers, and industrial waste. A tragic example is Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. For decades, the base’s drinking water was contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and other harmful chemicals.

This contamination impacted thousands of veterans and their families, causing serious health problems. These chemicals can leach into water sources from nearby agricultural fields or industrial sites.

Microbiological Contaminants:

Tiny troublemakers like bacteria, viruses, and parasites can invade your water. These uninvited guests often hitch a ride from sewage leaks, agricultural runoff, or even flaws in water treatment.

Consuming contaminated water can lead to a range of health issues, so keeping these hitchhikers out is crucial for your family’s health.

Physical Contaminants:

Physical contaminants in water consist of particles like sediment, dirt, rust, and debris that originate from various sources such as soil erosion, aging pipes, or industrial activities.

These contaminants can enter water supplies through runoff, leakage, or inadequate filtration. They pose risks by affecting water clarity, taste, and odor and can potentially clog plumbing systems.

Health Risks Associated with Drinking Contaminated Water

 

Acute Health Risks

  • Gut Gremlins: Contaminated water can wreak havoc on your digestive system, causing unpleasant issues like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.
  • Dehydration Danger: If contaminated water leads to frequent vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration can quickly become a concern, especially for young children and older adults.

 

Long-Term Health Risks:

  • Silent Threat: Long-term exposure to some contaminants can increase your risk of certain cancers, particularly those affecting the bladder, kidneys, and colon.
  • Developmental Delays: Children are especially vulnerable. Contaminated water can impact brain development, leading to learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

These issues, whether acute or long-term, often require long treatment plans that may put you under a lot of financial strain. Fortunately, if the contamination is caused by negligence by a government or agency, you can also seek compensation.

For example, for decades, the Camp Lejeune base’s water supply was contaminated with harmful chemicals. Veterans and their families suffered a range of health problems. However, the government is helping them cope with the suffering by offering financial aid to those affected. You can find various Camp Lejeune lawsuit resources to understand how it works. Also, If you or someone you know has been affected, you should speak with lawyers specializing in such cases and practice your rights.

 

Protecting Your Family from Water Contaminants

Testing Your Water:

The first step to protecting your family is to know what’s in your water. If you live in an older home, have concerns about your water source, or recently moved, getting your water tested is crucial. You can purchase at-home water test kits for basic testing, but these might not detect all contaminants. Consider professional water testing for a more comprehensive analysis.

 

Treatment Options:

Several water treatment options can help remove contaminants from your tap water.

  • Reverse osmosis systems: These are highly effective systems that use a semipermeable membrane to filter out a wide range of contaminants. These include chemicals, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Carbon filters: These filters are good at removing chlorine, taste, and odor from your water. However, they may not be effective against all contaminants.

For short-term disinfection, simply boiling your water for one minute can kill most bacteria and viruses.

 

Maintaining Your Plumbing:

Regular maintenance of your plumbing system is essential to prevent lead from leaching into your water. This might involve replacing old lead pipes with copper or PEX pipes. These newer materials are resistant to corrosion and won’t leach harmful lead into your water. For professional advice, consult a licensed plumber.

 

Additional Tips:

Here are some additional tips for safeguarding your family from water contaminants:

  • Filtered Water Pitchers: For everyday drinking water, a filtered water pitcher offers a convenient and affordable option. These pitchers typically contain replaceable filters that remove chlorine, taste, and odor, and some may even target specific contaminants.
  • Know Your Water Source: Understanding your tap water’s journey is empowering. Contact your local water authority to learn about the source of your water (e.g., surface water, groundwater) and the treatment processes it undergoes.

 

Closing Lines

Clean water is essential for our health and well-being. By understanding the risks of water contamination and taking proactive steps, you can protect your family from these dangers. Arm yourself with knowledge, test your water if needed, and invest in a filtration system if necessary. Remember, a little effort can go a long way in ensuring your family has access to safe, clean drinking water.

Thelma * Perfect Combination Of Action, Jokes And Emotion That Gives A New Perspective On Technology And The World We Live In

The feature directorial debut of Josh Margolin, Thelma is a poignant action-comedy that gives veteran Oscar® nominee June Squibb her first leading role on-screen and features the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree. Squibb plays Thelma Post, a feisty 93-year-old grandmother who gets conned by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson and sets out on a treacherous quest across Los Angeles, accompanied by an aging friend and his motorized scooter, to reclaim what was taken from her. Inspired by a real-life experience of Margolin’s own grandmother, Thelma puts a clever spin on movies like Mission: Impossible, shining the spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. With infectious humor, Margolin employs the familiar tropes of the action genre in hilarious, age-appropriate ways to tackle aging with agency. In the first leading film role of her 70-year career, Squibb portrays the strong-willed Thelma with grit and determination, demonstrating that she is more than capable of taking care of business – despite what her daughter Gail, son-in-law or grandson might believe.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ella S. comments, “I love the movie Thelma! It has the perfect combination of action, jokes and emotion that makes it balanced and complete. Thelma taught me many valuable lessons and gives my generation a new perspective on technology and the world we live in.” See her full review below.  

Thelma

By Ella S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

I love the movie Thelma! It has the perfect combination of action, jokes and emotion that makes it balanced and complete. Thelma taught me many valuable lessons and gives my generation a new perspective on technology and the world we live in.

Thelma (June Squibb) is a 93-year-old, widowed woman who is easily scammed due to her hilarious lack of computer knowledge. Michael (Aidan Fiske) and Harvey (Malcom McDowell) call Thelma and impersonate her grandson, Danny (Fred Hechinger), pretending he has gotten into a car accident, Thelma wires $10,000 to an unknown source with no hesitation. When Danny returns home safe and Thelma realizes she has been tricked, she and her friend Ben (Richard Roundtree) steal a scooter from a nursing home and take off on a journey to get their revenge.

I am impressed with the execution of the character development in Thelma, particularly that of Danny. The film begins by depicting him as a caring but irresponsible individual who has good intentions but struggles with organization. However, Thelma’s sudden disappearance serves as a wake-up call, motivating Danny to take initiative, starting by renewing his driver’s license, which his parents (Parker Posey, Clark Gregg) have been reminding him to do. Thelma indirectly influences Danny’s growth by making him step up in a time of crisis. Thelma also undergoes an improvement when she finally tracks down her scammers. She originally set out to seek revenge but, once she sees that Harvey and Michael are alone and struggling for money, she finds herself sympathizing with them. She gains a sense of perspective when listening to their story and, though she still takes back her money, she leaves them $500, displaying the shift in her focus from revenge to justice. I love that even though Thelma is based on heavier themes such as aging, death, and the flaws of technology, there is plenty of room for humor! My favorite moments in the film are when Thelma and Ben run away with their bright red scooter, angering the staff of the nursing home; and again when Thelma steals a gun without knowing how to use it. Considering that Thelma does not actually hurt anyone, the look on Harvey’s face when she accidentally shoots the wall is priceless. Watching Thelma attempt to learn about computers and pop-up advertisements is equally entertaining.

Thelma taught me many things. I learned to always consider multiple sides of a story before making decisions, and I learned that perspective can change everything. It also reminded me that sometimes people that seem the most fragile actually turn out to be the most capable — so don’t underestimate anyone. That grandma who makes amazing snickerdoodles might turn out to be quite a skilled motorcyclist. Be aware that Thelma contains smoking and mild gun violence although there are no injuries, casualties or bloody scenes.

I give Thelma 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Thelma releases to theaters on June 21, 2024.

Disney Jr.’s Ariel * Jumping Jellyfish! Ariel Is Back For Another Under-The-Sea Adventure

DISNEY JR.ÕS ARIEL – Key Art. (Disney)

Set in the fantastical Caribbean-inspired underwater kingdom of Atlantica, the series follows Ariel as she embarks on fun-filled, action-packed mermaid adventures with her friends. Driven by a deep and unending curiosity about the world around her, Ariel discovers land treasures, like a big floppy hat, squeaky rubber ducky and whisk, that she collects and keeps safe in her crystal cavern. Sometimes, Ariel uses the treasures to help solve problems. With each discovery, Ariel is filled with joy, and her mermaid tail, which changes colors depending on her emotions, lights up and shimmers. Full of charm, big ideas and a powerful voice, “Disney Jr.’s Ariel” is coming into her own, learning how to discover and appreciate the world around her and use her voice to inspire others.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Tiana S. comments, “Jumping Jellyfish! Ariel is back for another under the sea adventure in Disney Jr.’s Ariel.  It’s full of friendship, aquatic fun, and music! It’s perfect for kids to watch and enjoy with their family. Young fans of any version of The Little Mermaid will certainly love watching this series!” Maica N. adds, “There are many positive messages from Ariel, but a prominent one is: don’t be afraid of adventure. Ariel is a very curious young girl, and sometimes she faces problems she doesn’t know the answer to. However, she stays persistent and makes the best out of every situation, learning something new along the way.” See their full reviews and interviews below.

Disney Jr.’s Ariel

By Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Jumping Jellyfish! Ariel is back for another under-the-sea adventure in Disney Jr.’s Ariel.  It’s full of friendship, aquatic fun, and music! It’s perfect for kids to watch and enjoy with their family. Young fans of any version of The Little Mermaid will certainly love watching this series!

Disney Jr.’s Ariel is based on the classic story and film, The Little Mermaid, and takes you on a musical journey following a young Ariel (Mykal-Michelle Harris) and her friends Flounder (Gracen Newton), Lucia (Elizabeth Phoenix Caro) and Fernie (Cruz Flateau) as they experience various adventures in Atlantica. They use the power of friendship, music, and magic to help each other and their friends throughout the show.

The cast of this series is perfect. The actors really connect to the characters, including the way they look. Mykal-Michelle Harris, who voices Ariel, fits this character perfectly in both her personality and her singing voice. The character designs are amazing culturally as well from the hair, to the skin tones, to their dialect speech. I like that they kept the cultural status of Ariel, even making King Triton and Ursula Black characters. I found it interesting how they gave Ursula more human traits and added a special plot twist to her character, which I love. The music in this series is so fun, catchy, and upbeat! I believe that young people will love it; I honestly feel that it adds more to Ariel, considering her love of music and singing. The design of this show is so colorful and vibrant – it really captures the beauty and uniqueness of the ocean. Each episode is 23 minutes long, with two titles included, so audiences can be entertained for quite some time.

There’s a new message in every episode of this series, addressing issues such as friendship, understanding each other, and patience. This series is educational plus it’s an entertaining experience that gives parents a break.

I give Disney Jr.’s Ariel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Disney Jr.’s Ariel premieres on Disney Junior on June 27, 2024.

Disney Jr.’s Ariel
Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 16

After the hit 2023 remake of The Little Mermaid, audiences have been waiting to see more of Ariel and her unique adventures. Disney’s newest animated series, Disney Jr.’s Ariel, gives us a fresh perspective of Ariel in her childhood. Even though this show is geared toward younger audiences, I definitely enjoyed the show’s upbeat and entertaining style.

This series follows eight-year-old Ariel (Mykal-Michelle Harris) growing up in the underwater world of Atlantica. With her best friends Flounder (Gracen Newton), Lucia (Elizabeth Pheonics Caro) and Fernie (Cruz Flateau) she goes on fun and action-packed quests. Ariel’s curiosity drives her adventures, inspiring her to collect pieces of treasure and solve problems in remarkable ways.  

Disney Jr.’s Ariel is the perfect new show for families, especially those with younger children. The first thing that grabbed my attention when watching Ariel was its use of vibrant colors. The bright pinks, blues, and yellows are perfect for younger audiences, giving the characters energy, and keeping kids engaged in the show even if they can’t quite understand the plot yet. A key moment of each episode is when Ariel’s tail shimmers and changes colors when she gets an idea, or her emotions change. Not only do those colors provide energy to the show, but I predict the upbeat and catchy songs will help Ariel become a fan favorite. Mykal-Michelle Harris carries the lead role, Ariel, extremely well, showcasing her well-rounded talents as both an actress and singer. Ariel has a star-studded cast, with seasoned actors like Taye Diggs and Amber Riley joining this series as King Triton and Ursula. Each character, old and new, brings a new point of view to the story of the Little Mermaid, making this a thrilling family-friendly show.

There are many positive messages from Ariel, but a prominent one is: don’t be afraid of adventure. Ariel is a very curious young girl, and sometimes she faces problems she doesn’t know the answer to. However, she stays persistent and makes the best out of every situation, learning something new along the way.

I give Disney Jr.’s Ariel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. You can find Ariel on Disney Junior on June 27, 2024 and on Disney+ on June 28, 2024. Make sure you check it out!