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On Monday, September 3rd, a new generation of preschoolers will get the chance to experience Make-Believe as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres on PBS Kids with a special one hour block of two back to back episodes. (check local listings for exact time).
Produced by The Fred Rogers Company, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood follows the adventures of a 4 year old tiger named Daniel Tiger, who is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger from the classic show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger uses the show to invite children into sharing his experiences in his peaceful yet lively neighborhood. Targeted toward preschoolers aged 2 to 4 and their parents, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches kids fun and practical strategies and skills needed for growing and learning.
“No one knew better than Fred Rogers how to connect with children,” said Bill Isler, President of The Fred Rogers Company. “And, like Fred, Daniel Tiger will visit preschoolers every day. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an exciting new series with all the right elements to appeal to today’s children and families. It’s well-poised to become a much-loved classic for years to come.”
Daniel starts his day by donning his red sweater, tying his sneakers and inviting his preschool pals at home into the bright and lively Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood features the next generation of the original characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel’s best friend is O the Owl, who lives with his Uncle X in the tree next door to Katerina Kittycat, daughter of Henrietta Pussycat. Daniel also loves to visit Prince Wednesday, the youngest member of the royal family headed by King Friday, in his castle; and Miss Elaina, who lives with her parents, Lady Elaine Fairchilde and Music Man Stan, in the Museum-Go-Round. The familiar red trolley “ding dings” its way all around the Neighborhood.
And guess what? We’re hosting a giveaway! One lucky aMomKnowsBest reader will win a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood gift pack, complete with a Daniel Tiger luggage tag, crayons, Daniel Tiger printables, backpack and crayons, pencils, stickers, and more…and it’s all courtesy of PBS Kids! Just leave a comment below telling me why you want to win or what you thought of the show. We’ll pick a winner by September 6th. Also, don’t forget to go to the PBS site for more Daniel Tiger interactive fun.
I love how a scent can immediately take me back to another time in my life. The smell of Rave hairspray transports me to the late 80′s and my best friend’s bathroom, where we must have gone through a can of that a week as we tried to see how high we could spray our bangs. Beef jerky makes me think of my first television job, in Oklahoma. We shared the building with a newspaper company and the custodians would make beef jerky in the basement. The number of roaches in that place was unreal! My sense of smell is strong, for that reason I love candles, and perfume. Rarely will I pass by a flower without stopping to smell it. Hyacinths remind me of my grandmother, from England, who had the most lovely garden you’ve ever seen. Each spring, when these flowers are in bloom, I take a big whiff and WHAM! I’m eight years old again posing for pictures in my grandma’s garden on Easter Sunday.
I’m blessed to have lived in so many wonderful places, all across the country. Some have more distinct smells than others and Rhode Island is no exception. What Rhode Island lacks in size, it makes up for in splendor. So, naturally, I was delighted to be asked to take part in Better Homes and Gardens ‘State Fragrance Contest. ‘ The task? Use Better Homes and Gardens Scented Wax Warmers and Scented Wax Cubes to come up with a scent original to Rhode Island.
The warmers are available in several different styles and the wax cubes comes in packs of 6, with dozens of scents. They’re only available at WalMart and you can get them both for less than $20. That’s a bargain!
There are so many things to love about Rhode Island, but perhaps the most notable is the ocean. I couldn’t create a “Rhode Island scent” without incorporating our sweet smelling ocean. Trust me, I love Fall in Little Rhody and those Fall scents are to die for, but there’s a reason we’re called the Ocean State. For that reason, I decided to stay true to what most people know and love about Rhode Island: The ocean and Del’s lemonade. A scent was born, Sea Breeze Delight. To create this scent I added one cube of Fresh ocean flowers and one cube of Lemongrass verbana to my wax warmer. Pure heaven.
Some benefits of the wax warmers and BHG scented wax:
- You can fill your home with your favorite fragrance, for less. For a small space, use just one cube…for a large space, use more!
- The warmers are attractive and come in several different styles and colors. Priced at just $15 and scented wax cube packs, start at only $2 each
- Safe to use with no flame or soot (great for the workplace, or areas with little ones)
- Easy to re-use and clean (just wipe clean and pour the wax back into the tray)
I’m not wild about voting contests, but if you’re so inclined, I’d love your support in making Rhode Island’s Sea Breeze Delight the top state scent. If it’s chosen 10 A Mom Knows Best readers will get a $25 Walmart gift card. Additionally, 10 randomly selected voters will be chosen to win a Wax Warmer and a 6-pack of Wax Cubes. Here’s where you vote: The Better Homes & Gardens Facebook page.
For those of you living in Rhode Island, what scent would you choose to represent the state? What about those of you who live elsewhere?
Disclaimer: A gift card was provided to me to purchase the wax warmer and cubes.
It’s been blazing hot in Arizona; if we aren’t at the pool we are indoors with the air conditioning at full blast! Hershey’s has a terrific campaign going on right now to celebrate family, friends, memorable moments and summer, called Camp Bondfire. On their facebook page, they are giving away a fire pit and s’mores skewer set to fans who sign up to be campers. How fun is THAT?
With Tucson’s triple degree temperatures, I decided to take my s’mores party indoors. While I love sitting around a fire, the weather just doesn’t support it. I almost think our little party worked out better this way, though. I had the kids help me line graham crackers on a pan with a Hershey’s square on each cracker and a marshmallow on top. I put them in the oven for a few minutes and then let the kids put the s’mores together. They were a big hit. HUGE!
The only issue we had was Paige having a complete meltdown once she realized she could not eat ALL the s’mores herself. I sent all the kids home was some s’mores in their buckets and told them to share the bash in their buckets with family members at home.
Look at this sad face, as she tries to stuff as many s’mores into her mouth as possible!
If you need some inspiration, and you’re looking to create memorable moments with your family head on over to Hershey’s facebook page, where you’ll find an interactive application. A terrific group of bloggers from The Motherhood will serve as camp counselors, share their own special memories and ideas on how to create new ones with your own families.
Disclosure: This post is part of my participation in the Hershey’s Camp Bondfire campaign, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Ever since my daughter started going to school a few days a week, she’s been more enthusiastic about saying her ABCs. She loves going around the house and finding things that start with each letter of the alphabet. The EMMY®-nominated children’s series DINOSAUR TRAIN® will be incorporating the alphabet with its traditional dinosaur facts and stories during a one-hour “Dinosaurs A to Z” special premiering TOMORROW, May 14th on PBS KIDS!
There’s also a Dinosaurs A to Z Countdown Contest on the new Dinosaur Train’s Twitter and Facebook pages, where you and your kiddos can answer fun and educational Dinosaur A to Z trivia questions for a chance to win Dinosaur Train prizes every day! Don’t forget to check your local listings for tomorrow’s special. I hope your little ones enjoy it as much as I think mine will!
Many of you had been emailing me to ask what was going on with the blog. The short answer is, it was hacked. Big time. The knowledge required to fix it was way beyond my technical scope, so I had to call in help. I tried fixing it, with help, three different times, only to have it hacked again and again. Finally, what worked is deleting ALL the comments ever received on this blog. Heartbreaking, but it had to be done. You see, spammers were bombarding me with comments and there was simply no way to sift through everything without deleting all of them. The website seems to be in full working order now, but occasionally, I will stumble across something that isn’t working properly because of these hackers. Very frustrating. So, thank you for your continued patience and support. It feels good to be back.
I have been a Dr. Seuss fan for as long as I can remember. My love of Dr. Seuss started with the books my mom used to read to me as a child. I’m always delighted when one of the books Paige picks of the shelf for me to read to her is The Cat in the Hat. I mean, how could any child not love the clever rhymes, plot twists and rebellious heroes found in nearly ever Seuss book? As my daughter has gotten older, we’ve slowly introduced television. She is just now getting to the point where she actually watches a show. That being said, I am really excited to see her reaction to the news below.
To celebrate the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2, 2012 (he died in 1991) PBS KIDS is having a two-hour marathon of its popular new series The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! including two brand new episodes. The TV series and online resources are designed to cultivate positive views about science and scientists among the next generation. I loved this tip sheet found on the PBS website about how to bring out the scientist in your little one.
In addition to the marathon, kids and parents can enjoy clips of all four of the episodes for free online at PBSKids.org/video and also on the PBS Kids Video app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here is the full press release detailing the celebration in full plus episode blurbs.
As an aside, this will be the first of many PBS specials I’ll be letting you know about because I’ve just started on as a PBS KIDS VIP, a group of parent bloggers who will be ambassadors to PBS through their blogs and other social media outlets. I’ve been invited to the PBS annual meeting where we will be talking about the PBS shows, apps and other special programs. I can’t wait to share all the exciting information with you! Also, MARCH 1st at 9pm EST, there is a twitter party with PBS Kids. Be sure to follow @aMomKnowsBest & @PBSkids #CatintheHat to join in the fun!
GIVEAWAY: A fun bag of Dr. Seuss/PBS Kids loot! Leave a comment section below to win.
Below is the press release on the PBS kids marathon.
PBS KIDS CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 2
WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON MULTIMEDIA EVENT
Arlington, VA, February 2, 2012 – On March 2, PBS KIDS will celebrate the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss on-air, online, and on mobile. PBS stations nationwide will feature THE CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON, a two-hour marathon of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! (check local listings). Kids will also be able to engage with the Cat and friends through games and video content online and on mobile, and parents will be able to enjoy a new Birthday Party Builder Tool on the PBS KIDS Shop website.
“THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is designed to help young children learn core science skills to prepare them for success in school – while taking them on Seussian adventures that inspire their curiosity,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “Families, schools and communities around the country pay tribute to Dr. Seuss at this time each year, and we join them in honoring his legacy with content that encourages kids to explore the world around them.”
THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON will feature two brand new episodes, “Seasons – Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter,” which takes the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey through the four seasons, and “When I Grow Up/Doing It Differently,” in which Nick and Sally explore what it means to grow up and learn that trying a different approach can sometimes be the best way to solve a problem. The marathon will also include encore presentations of “Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice” and “Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints.”
The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from all four episodes featured in THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON will be available for free online at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The PBS KIDS Shop will also launch a Birthday Party Builder Tool – a one-stop-shop for parents’ every party need – on March 1. From tableware and party banners to clothing and gifts, the Party Builder offers customized recommendations based on the number of guests and exclusive, personalized products. It’s a fun and easy way for parents to plan the perfect party featuring their kids’ favorite characters, including the Cat in the Hat.
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! has ranked among the top ten programs for children ages 2 to 5 since it premiered on PBS KIDS in September 2010.* The series is a key part of PBS KIDS’ commitment to helping kids build critical STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – skills through engaging content across platforms.
Images from these episodes are available on PBS PressRoom.
Following is a listing of the episodes airing during the March 2 CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON (check local listings for air dates and times).
“Seasons – Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter” *NEW*
“Seasons – Spring and Summer” – For Show and Tell at school, Nick and Sally must bring something from their favorite season. But how can they choose which is their favorite? The Cat in the Hat takes them to the magical Garden of Seasons, where they can visit any season they like, any time they like! They meet three young animals and journey with them as they begin to grow up. Sally decides that she has two favorite seasons, and with the pictures taken from the Snaparama camera, she now has a scrapbook of pictures to show why!
“Seasons – Fall and Winter” – It’s Nick’s turn to choose a favorite season. Back to the Garden of Seasons to visit Fall and Winter! In Fall, they meet up with their friends from Spring and Summer to have a going away party for Candy the goose who’s about to fly south. In Winter, they have a great time playing with Sam the hare while all his other friends hibernate. Nick can’t decide on just one season, so he makes a picture of all the fun they had in both seasons!
“When I Grow Up/Doing Things Differently” *NEW*
“When I Grow Up” – Sally and Nick are trying to guess what they’ll be when they grow up when the Cat drops in for a visit. Cat is sure Nick and Sally will never guess what his friend Puggle will be when she grows up. When they see her, they start guessing right away! A frog? A duck? No, a beaver! They discover that, while Puggle may have some similarities to other creatures, she will grow up to be a duck billed platypus.
“Doing It Differently” – Nick and Sally can’t seem to find Harvey the guinea pig. They find the Cat in the Hat instead! Cat suggests that Sally and Nick might find Harvey by meeting three friends who always do things differently – like a bird that runs instead of flies, or a cat that swims, or a fish that walks on the mud! Nick and Sally are sure to find Harvey now – by doing it differently!
“Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice”
“Hooray for Hair” – Sally and Nick are getting their hair cut today; maybe they should try new hairstyles! A trip to meet three of Cat’s friends (and some styling help from the Wig-o-lator) will help them decide! Should they have Yak hair? No, too hot! How about hair like a fur seal? Not quite, too short. A porcupine? No way! How will they ever get a hug from their moms with hair that spiky? They decide that the hair they have is what’s perfect for them!
“Ice Is Nice” – Nick and Sally want some nice cold lemonade, but there are no more ice cubes in Sally’s fridge! A trip to Freeze-your-knees Snowland will fix that! They meet Cat’s friend Polly the polar bear who introduces Sally and Nick to all the different kinds of ice that make up her home. After trying many types of ice, they find the kind that will be perfect for their lemonade!
“Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints”
“Chasing Rainbows” – The kids are painting a picture of a rainbow but can’t remember all the colors to use. Luckily for them, Cat takes them to Color-ga-lore to meet King Kaleidoscope, an expert on rainbows! A musical number teaches them the proper color order, and a silly spray of water leads them to discover how to make their very own rainbow!
“Follow the Prints” – Nick and Sally are enjoying a backyard picnic when they discover their last strawberry has gone missing! Who could have taken it? Cat’s friend Cluey Looey can help them! They are off to Muddyfeet Waterhole where they learn about how the differently shaped feet, paws, or hooves of various animals make differently shaped footprints. Back home, they follow the prints and discover their strawberry was taken by a squirrel! Luckily, the Cat has some more!
About THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.
A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis, and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in Kapok trees, and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made. Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions – all in a preschool-appropriate manner. Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”
Do you ever go through the process of choosing the perfect holiday card only to discover that someone else on your card list has chosen the exact same card? It happens to me almost every single year. In fact, last year, my sister and I chose the same card. This year, I don’t have to worry about that. It could be because I haven’t sent out any cards yet. Yes, I’ve been totally overwhelmed with a new job, a move, and everything else under the sun and I’ve been slacking. Big time. But I also discovered cards by Amy Adele. Their holiday greetings offer plenty of fun and unique options. The card I created captured my sunny disposition ever since moving to Arizona! The quality of the cards is top notch and the customer service is terrific. In fact, the company emailed me to see if it was okay if they slightly altered the font/spacing on the card to make the card look better. How nice is THAT?
I’ve logged plenty of treadmill miles while enduring Cleveland’s frigid winters and Arizona’s blazing hot summers. Most treadmills are pretty boring, that’s why real runners–of which I am definitely not one–always say they prefer to run outside. I get it, really I do. I just find it too easy to quit if I’m running outside.
I recently came across this new treadmill that may just be the perfect solution for this travel-loving mama! The LiveStrong LSPRO2 has Passport media technology. It sounds really fancy and complicated, but once it is all hooked up, it is amazing and makes workouts fly by! The Passport system connects to your TV, and it communicates wirelessly with the treadmill. The treadmill delivers a high-definition experience designed to enhance the cardio workout of even the most serious runners. All your stats pop up right on the TV screen. Of course, you also have the option to use it like an old school treadmill, without the Passport media technology, and your information will show up right on the treadmill.
This is unlike any machine I’ve ever tried before in that the HD quality, real scenery and ambient sounds really make a world of difference (no generic scene views!). The LiveStrong LSPRO2 comes with both the American Southwest and Northern Italy scenery, so you can hike the Grand Canyon and run through the rolling hills of Italy in the same day. More sceneries are available for purchase. So what’s it like to exercise on the LSPRO2? It’s tough to describe, but imagine doing a killer workout in your own personal I-MAX theater.
Pretty cool, huh? You really need to try it out for yourself, though, because–at $2,000– it’s a big investment. A word of warning, not all big athletic stores carry this, so call around before you spend your whole day looking for one.
Not only are you doing something good for yourself when you buy this machine, but, with each purchase of the LSPRO2, money is donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to support the 28 million people living with cancer today. Awesome.
Disclaimer: FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Since my family is all spread out–and so are my friends–I’m always struggling with the perfect gift to send over the holidays. Growing up, my parents would often rely on Hickory Farms to send to long distance friends or to bring to holiday parties. In my opinion, it’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything because you know you’ll be having unexpected company and the food won’t go to waste. I’ve never been disappointed with a gift from Hickory Farms. Whether it’s their fresh fruit, savory meats, or delicious cheeses, their food is always tasty and the presentation is spectacular. And for that person who has a sweet tooth? Hickory Farms has amazing cookies and chocolates. As part of the Mom Central Hickory Farms blog tour, I received the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket. I love that it combines fruit, meat & cheese!
While searching the Hickory Farms website, or visiting one of their familiar mall kiosks during the holidays, you’ll notice there is something in every price range, making this a perfect gift for just about everyone on my list…and the $3 shipping is a nice bonus! I hate it when you spend a bunch of money on a gift, then shipping costs another 10 bucks.
If, like me, you’re a little more likely to spend your money with companies that give back, you’ll love this: For every Party Planner Gift Box sold, Hickory Farms will donate $5.00 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, a national nonprofit that hopes to end childhood hunger in America. Hickory Farms also provides free military shipping to military APO/FPO addresses on select products, allowing our troops across the globe to share in the holiday spirit & traditions. Love that!
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a product sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
Let me start off by saying that I’m a tad bit leery of anything that claims to give you energy. I have friends that down red bull and, frankly, it scares the heck out of me. Maybe it’s flashbacks to all those NoDoz I took in college. Well, recently I was sent a few boxes of Phix Energy Drink Mix. I’ll admit it, I was sceptacle. Phix, however, appealed to me because it is natural…blending green tea antioxidants, energy-restoring NADH, and yerba maté for enhanced vigor, plus vitamins and minerals. I recently started a job where I’m anchoring a morning show. The last time I anchored a morning show, in Cleveland, I relied on coffee to get me through the day. It works, for a bit, but then you crash and hit a wall. A cat-nap turns into a 3 hour slumber!
I was willing to give Phix a try. I can honestly say, it did its job. About 30 minutes after drinking it I felt much more alert. It was as if I had a long-lasting energy boost, without crashing…and no jitters! The Phix packets are super convenient to take to work or the gym; they come in packets and you can just dump them in your water bottle and shake.
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Disclaimer: MomSelect & Phix provided me with samples in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.