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Wild Kratts Toys: Review




     Get ready adventurers because the new line of Wild Kratts Toys have hit the shelves of Toys 'R Us!  Wicked Cool Toys have designed the toys that represent the hit PBS TV series, and they did a great job!  If you are unfamiliar with the show (which airs everyday on your local PBS channel) it is a live action and animated show that follows the adventures of the two Kratts brothers.  Every adventure explores an age appropriate science concept central to an animal's life.  Using laughter and education, the show has won the following of legions of kids, as well as parents' approval.

     Who doesn't like a good plush, especially a well made one.  The Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush assortment retail for $7.99, and come in a variety of characters.  They are six inches and super soft, and durable.  Made for many adventures- and even to survive a vicious poodle attack! 
     The four piece figure set will also have your little adventurer going wild!  Each set are retailed at $9.99 and includes one of the two Wild Kratts and three animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.  Chris and Martin are ready for action, wearing their full creature power suit! They are well painted sturdy replicas of the beloved characters sure to excite the little ones in your home.
     By far my favorite in the line is the addition of Wild Kratts BOOKS! Yes, yes I am trying to raise a bookworm like myself and I think it is working.  We really enjoyed the first book in what I hope is a long line of series printed by Random House Kids.  This Step 2 reader features basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple, yet exciting, stories!  

     Only available at Toys 'R Us, this toy line is going to be a huge hit just like the show.  If you have a young Wild Kratts fan remember it's never to early to stock up for Christmas! They will go wild over the line and you will walk away with a smile on your face!




Keeping Healthy With The Help of Purell!






     Over the summer I was invited to Purell's Back To School Event to learn all about those icky sticky germs we are are all worried about.  The Mommy's Guide as well as other tri-state area bloggers got to talk to and learn from GoJo's (the company that owns Purell ) lead germ man Dr. Jim Arbogast; head of hand hygiene and father of three germy kids!  Also there was Dr. Laura Jana, spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics and part of the Global Hygiene Counsel for five years.  Together they broke myths wide open and educated us on the world of germs.

     Did you know that not all germs are the same?  Yep- it's true. There are two kinds of germs- Resident germs, which are normal inhabitants of the skin, as well as Transient germs, which are visitors to the skin, picked up from the environment.  Resident germs you cannot do anything about- in fact in some cases you don't want to do anything about them.  They are a very important part of our natural immune system so when using Purell you are fighting against the transient germs.
     The skin is a very strong natural barrier between yourself and germ warfare. However if you do not get rid of the transient germs with proper washing and good hygiene they can still get into your body easily by touching your face, eyes, mouth etc.
     As we head into the school year and approach the winter months we also enter into the germiest time of the year.  This is when you have everyone in close quarters.  We are all stuck inside with little fresh air and lots and of lots of transient germs.  Doorknobs, hand rails, technology devices (yes that includes your phone) public bathrooms, libraries, gyms, all of these places are just INFESTED with germs--leading to 70% of school absences being caused by colds and illness.  So what can you do?   Washing your face and hands continually for 20 seconds throughout the day as well as reducing how much you touch your face is a good start.  But if you cannot run to the bathroom every single time you touch one of these hot spots, Purell has the answer.

     Purell has 70% ethanol in it, yet evaporates rapidly, giving you that quick clean fix that you need after touching a doorknob, or public (and private) keyboard.  It is the top of the line in the hand sanitizing and that's because of all the work they did in their patented formula.  You may see other sanitizers with a higher ethanol count, but what you have to understand is Dr. Arbogast and his team wound up with 70% for a reason.  The alcohol in Purell removes transient germs while having a minimal effect on residential germs.  What is also important is for cosmetic and comfort reasons is the minimal amount of damage it does to your skin.  Any higher of a percentage can have damaging effects including cracking!  Formulation matters my friends!

     You may think you know how to use Purell, but you have no idea. Well no that's wrong, you do, but here are some tips anyway.  One full pump of Purell is the recommended dosage- It's true!   When you use Purell make sure you get your finger tips, finger pads, backs of your hand, and in between every finger to get the full effect from your usage.   Using Purell before and after you leave public buildings (like schools) will help not only to stop the spreading of germs, but will keep yourself more protected.
 

     I did a hand culture at the event; mind you I just washed my hands and then touched my cell phone before placing my hand in the goo. Then I did a quick wash with Purell. You can see the before and after results in this picture....Don't judge me.. Or my phone!


     As you can see there is a big difference between before and after using Purell on your hands.  It's scary, and impressive at the same time. As for my cell phone... Well I make sure to give it a good wipe down OFTEN now, which is easy to do with the new Purell wipes, now available at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS.  



Sept 15th- Sept 21st 2014


                                     Sunday Sept 21st
International Peace Day
Miniature Golf Day


Maritime Festival :Classic, Ice and Small Boats displayed in Mitchell Park and Village Marina ~ Watercraft Viewing ~ Tours and Sailaways ~ Maritime Museum ~Railroad Museum Carousel~ Old Greenport Jail ~Stirling Historical Society ~ Village of Greenport Shops and Restaurants, Fireboat Museum Tours
When:10:00am - 9:00pm
Where:  Greenport Village, Greenport NY
Cost:  Free

Fall Festival Time Has Come To Hicks Farms! Featuring Otto The Ghost's Animated Story (open every day!) 
When: Every weekend 9-5pm 
Where: 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury NY 

Queens County Fair: Featuring traditional county fair with blue ribbon completions, the Amazing Maize Maze (which I love) and more! 
When: 11:00am - 6:00pm 
Where: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park NY 11004 Cost: ADMISSION*: ADULTS: $9; CHILDREN: $5 (12 & under

The Kids of East Islip Annual Carnival
When: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Where:200 Timber Point Road, East Islip NY 11730
Cost:Free admission

Falaise Museum open for the season at Sands Point Preserve. Tours are at 12, 1, 2, and 3pm

Long Island Live Steamers: Ride a miniature train!
When: 10:30am-3pm On the second and last Sunday Of the month!
Where: Southaven County Park Victory Avenue, Brookhaven NY 11719
Info: (631)854-1414 or visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov

Old Bethpage Village Farmers Fresh Produce
When: 10am-noon On Sundays, Wednesdays from 4-6pm
June 2nd-October 30th
Where:1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
   Also happening here:
Old Time Music Weekend

Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market
When: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Where:Long Beach Kennedy Plaza,1 W Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561
(516)543-6033

The Market at the Milleridge Inn 
When: Every Sunday 11-5 until June 29th
Where: 585 North Broadway, Jericho, NY 11753
Info:(631)991-2181

Family Sundays at the Museum
When:1pm-4pm
Where: Nassau County Museum of Art- 1 Museum Dr, Roslyn Harbor NY 11545
Cost: FREE w/admission, $2 parking

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve Movies: Live animals, crafts, and educational movies! Fun Fun Fun!!
When: 11-4pm
Where:Washington Avenue between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, Seaford NY 11783

Babylon Village Farmers Market
When: 8-1pm
Where: LIRR Parking Lot, Babylon NY 11702

Sunday Draw Out! at Heckscher Museum of Art
When: 12pm-4pm
Where: The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave Huntington NY 11743
Phone: (631)351-3250
Cost: Free with admission

Cultural Landscape Tour at Sagtikos Manor
Free guided tour. Find out where the British soldiers camped out in 1776 as well as wandering through a walled garden and much much more!
When: 12:30-1:30
Where: Montauk Highway and Manor Lane, Bay Shore NY 11706
Cost: Free
                                                                 
East Islip, NY 11730                                                                      
Lakeshore Learning Center offers free crafts for kids every weekend!
When: 11-3pm
Where: 2079 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park NY 11042
Info: (516)616-9360

SSSSSSSerpent Symphonies at 2:00pm Animal encounters at 12 pm at Jungle Bob's. Open seven days a week!
Where: 2536 Middle Country Road, Centereach NY 11720

Nassau County Museum of Art Outdoor Sculpture Garden is open 
When: Every day
Cost:$2.00 Parking Fee
Where: One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor NY 11576

Age 6 & Under Open Bounce at Bounce U Farmingdale. $12.95. Wear socks!
When: 10-11:30am
Where: 101 Carolyn Blvd, Farmingdale NY 11735
Phone: (631)777-5867 call for reservations

Sensory Bounce at Bounce U Farmingdale. All ages.$14.95. Wear socks!

When:11am-12pm
Where: 101 Carolyn Blvd, Farmingdale NY 11735
Phone: (631)777-5867 call for reservations


*please call all venues to confirm information*




September 2014 is observed as
  • National Cholesterol Education
  • National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National School Success Month
  • Whole Grains Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness

Cookie Monster Challenge

     For the first time PBS and the Sesame Street Workshop have created an app that features one of my favorite monsters- Cookie Monster!  In Cookie Monster Challenge ($2.99 for the iPad) Cookie leads you through a repetitive, yet changing, set of activities to help your child work on their problem solving, listening and self control skills.  

     The graphics are reminiscent of old school Golden Book illustrations-which I love, and is aimed for children from 3-5 years old.  Cookie Monster gives instructions as each puzzle appears.  For example, two tents will appear on the screen, one with a cat and one with a penguin cookie and will say "`Pay attention"and then the tents will zipper up.  He will then ask which tent held the cat.  Your child will unzip the tent that they believe will have said cat and if they choose correctly they move on to the next puzzle.  If they don't, Cookie will say "That OK, try again" and

PBS and PBS KIDS Launch on Amazon Fire TV

                       PBS and PBS KIDS Launch on Amazon Fire TV
         

       PBS favorites for the entire family, including the new bonus half-hour SESAME STREET        program and more, are available for free on-demand
 
      Arlington, VA; September 8, 2014 -- PBS announced today that full-length episodes and clips from PBS and PBS KIDS programs, as well as favorite programs from local PBS stations, are now available to users in the United States directly on Amazon Fire TV, offering viewers another way to access PBS’ high-quality content on demand. Amazon Fire TV users can watch a variety of content for free and personalize their viewing experience by creating a profile and identifying their local PBS station.
 
      “PBS and our member stations are committed to providing audiences with engaging, educational and innovative content, however and whenever they wish to enjoy it,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital, PBS. “With the launch of PBS and PBS KIDS on Amazon Fire TV, we look forward to providing a new way to access and enjoy our high-quality content.”
 
      The PBS channel will include hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local content updated daily. Programming includes video from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE and NOVA, as well as a dozen original video series from PBS Digital Studios.
 
         The PBS KIDS channel extends the organization’s commitment to being everywhere kids are, with trusted, educational media. PBS KIDS programming on Amazon Fire TV includes thousands of videos, with new content updated weekly from award-winning, trusted series that provide proven educational benefits for children. Users can access episodes and clips from favorite series such as DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ARTHUR and WILD KRATTS. Thenew bonus half-hour SESAME STREET program, which recently debuted on PBS KIDS to complement the one-hour program, is also among the full-length PBS KIDS offerings included on Amazon Fire TV.
 

Treasure Trax Game Review!



     USAopoly has come out with a great new game for kids Treasure Trax- The all in one scavenger hunt game. Guys this is great. The game comes with everything you need to have a full on scavenger hunt any day of the year (Easter Bunny beware they are going into your territory!)  It comes with three sets of cards and the bag to collect them and store them in.  One set has a picture of areas all over the house. Give your child the first card that has a picture of where the next is hidden. So if you give them a picture of the bathroom- they will have to search the bathroom for the next clue. But make sure if you send them in the bathroom that it is clean lol.  That clue can be another location card or a clue card that has the color or letter of what animal they are looking for. Yep that is the third set of card- the object of the game is to find that hidden animal by following the clues and sending them on a chase around the house! 

   I love the fact that you can make this game as long or short as you want. Have a long rainy day in front of you? Make the kids go insane by hiding the cards all over the house- use all the levels, use all the locations, just go crazy. Or if you are just looking to kill a little time before bedtime, set up only a few locations, and you have your little one using their brain and the extra energy of the day to tire them out even more!  You can even use it as a party game, and set up little prizes at certain locations.  The possibilities are as endless as the fun you are going to have playing this with your little guys.

   This game is available for $19.95 and can be bought online at USAopoly.com


Next spring just got chilly!

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF “FROZEN”FAVORITES ANNA AND ELSA IN 2015’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT “FROZEN FEVER

 

     BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever, welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa,Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf.

 

     Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vechowith an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.

 

      The announcement was first made within the ABCTelevision Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

 

     In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa andKristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

 

                                The short debuts Spring 2015.


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