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how much it costs!We list the week's events and places
to go, review the ones we've gone to, and tell you about
the ideas we think are important as parents.We are based
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New Arthur Episodes Start Airing Today!


    " On September 29, families can join everyone’s favorite aardvark for the premiere of season 18 ofARTHUR on PBS KIDS (check local listings)! The Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series explores childhood challenges with heart and humor, while teaching problem-solving and pro-social skills.

 

 This season, imaginations run wild as Arthur and friends embark on all-new adventures — from funny and original storylines about everyday life to tongue-in-cheek parodies of film noir, The Wizard of Oz, and The Tell-Tale Heart. In the new episodes, families will follow the familiar and beloved cast of characters as they explore the bewitched halls of Muffy’s basement, hunt for clues in a puzzling mystery, and attempt to sneak their way onto Wonder World’s new, chill-inducing rollercoaster. Along the way, the characters will learn valuable lessons about honesty, empathy, and determination.

 

      On the ARTHUR website, kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers can access a variety of fun and educational games, lesson plans, and activities. Families can also keep up with Arthur and his friends on the new ARTHUR Family Health Website — a resource that helps caregivers and children build and maintain healthy living habits.

           The Friend Who Wasn’t There/Surprise!” - Premieres Monday, September 29

     The Friend Who Wasn’t There: Muffy embarks on an epic quest to find her long-lost imaginary friend. But she has to be careful — the Crosswire basement is full of bewitched boxes and gadgets and dolls…oh my! 
      Surprise!: It’s Catherine’s 16th birthday and Francine has been cordially UN-invited to the party. With the help of her friends, Francine whips up the perfect present for her big sister…a sneaky surprise with a side of payback!

 

“.        The Case of the Girl with the Long Face/The Substitute Arthur” - Premieres Tuesday, September 30

      The Case of the Girl with the Long Face: In this film noir-inspired episode, Fern has been feeling low and no one can figure out why. Luckily, Buster Baxter is on the case! He’ll leave no stone unturned, no lead unexplored, no ice cream uneaten… 
      The Substitute Arthur: With Arthur out of town, Buster is on the hunt for a new best friend. Problem is, Buster only wants to play games HIS way. Will Buster learn to compromise or is he destined to play alone?

 

“.      The Tattletale Frog/D.W. & Bud’s Higher Purpose” - Premieres Wednesday, October 1

      The Tattletale Frog: When Bud is blamed for an accident D.W. causes, she has to decide whether to let her friend take the fall.

     D.W. & Bud’s Higher Purpose: D.W. and Bud can’t wait to ride “The Buzzard,” Wonder World’s newest rollercoaster! Will they make it past the persnickety ticket taker…or will they come up short?

 

       “Best Wishes/The Tardy Tumbler” - Premieres Thursday, October 2

     Best Wishes: After George has a lucky streak, his friends pressure him to wish for a snow day. Can George deliver or is he out of luck?
      The Tardy Tumbler: Prunella is excited about making the gymnastics team…until she realizes practice starts at 6:00 in the morning! Can she honor her commitment or will she hit the snooze button?

   

September 29th- October 5th 2014

Monday September 29th
Confucius Day

Explorer Family Backpacks:  Get a backpack and discover the beauty of all the different world cultures through art in the gallery! Then your child will create one of their own to bring home!
When:10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike , Hempstead NY 11549
Cost: Free
http://hofstra.edu/museum

Butterfly House is open at Sweetbriar Nature Center
When: Everyday 10-4pm
Where: 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown NY
Cost: $5.00 $3 kids under 11 years old and seniors 

The Art Studio in Rockville Centre
Where:221 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm for preschoolers. Other times available for older kids.
Cost:$20 a lesson or $75 a month
Info: (516)763-2050

Junior Jet Club: An interactive play area for kids 6 and under. This is included with admission to the Cradle of Aviation Museum or skip the museum for just $2.50
When: Every day
Where: Museum Row Charles Lindbergh Blvd Garden City NY 11553
Info: http://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/junior_jet_club.html

Mommy Activities at the RVC Recreation Center
Step Aerobics 7-7:45pm
ZUMBA! 9:15-10:15am
Where: The Department of Parks and Recreation, 111 N Oceanside Rd, Rockville Center NY 11570
Cost: $5.00 pay as you go!
Phone:(516)678-9238

CSTL at the Tanglewood Park Preserve holds a "Tiny Tots" workshop every Monday morning with a different theme. The price is eight dollars a child, and has a different theme each week.  For directions and other information about the preserve visit http://www.cstl.org/Tiny_Tots.htm
Where: Tanglewood Park and Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
Phone: (516) 764-0045 
Cost: $8.00 per child
Time: 9:30-11am

Monday Minnows at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Learning for tots and parents about the ocean and nature for ages 2-5
When: Every Monday at 2:30pm
Where: 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724
Rsvp:(631)367-3418
www.cshwhalingmuseum.org

The Hofstra University Museum offers sculpture exploration backpacks. Stop by the Hofstra University Museums Emily Lowe Gallery located on south campus behind Emily Lowe Hall and pick up a backpack! One focuses on sculptures of animals and one focuses on sculptures based on shapes. At the end of your turn return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the museum! Ages 6 and up.
Sculpture Mystery is also available activity at the Museum
The Great Art Caper. Uncover clues to solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection at Hofstra University's South Campus. Pick up the activity at the Emily Lowe Gallery and at the end of the search return for a price. For everyone 6+ and their parents!
When: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm


            Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm  
Where: Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Avenue,  Hempstead NY 11549

Wood Kingdom Open Play 

When: 10am-2pm, this goes on every weekday and times are subject to change so make sure to call ahead!
Where:111 Milbar Road, Farmingdale NY 11735
Phone:(631) 845-3804
Info:http://www.woodkingdomwest.com/parties-a-playtime
Cost: $8.00


The Lanyard Ladies can teach you how to make lanyard and friendship bracelets! Please call to reserve your spot. For ages 6 and up.
When: 4pm
Where: 21 Ryder Place, East Rockaway NY 11518
Phone: (516)578-2248


Historic Hudson Valley's BLAZE- Why you should go!


     What a great time we had in Historic Hudson Valley this past Columbus Day weekend!  We arrived on Saturday and enjoyed lunch and a dip in the pool, and prepared ourselves for the night ahead. True to form the Great Pumpkin Blaze was very well organized. We arrived for the 7:30 showing and the parking attendants led us to a spot. We walked through the awesome pumpkin arches and into the tent where we stood in a line that went super fast up to the gates of the BLAZE. That is where they scan your tickets and the tour begins!

    As you walk up the winding path, with mouth open wide letting all the flies in because holy WOW the pumpkins are laid out everywhere!  Funny faces, scary faces, anything you can think of spread across the whole lawn as you make your way over to the house itself all lit up. There was a whole new set up and new additions from last year when we went so it was fresh and new to our eyes. We passed pumpkin tombstones, pumpkin bats hanging from the trees, there was a ghostly bonfire in front of the historic house, and as you waited to go down the path by the house (that is a bit narrow) the pumpkins on the house had timed lighting to the blaze original sound track. Really great. After the bottle neck walkway you encounter a museum of dinosaur bones which was my son’s favorite part hands down. To be perfectly honest every

Sprint HTC Phone Review

   


     As we all know we don't just use phones  for only talking anymore--I know weird right?  They are a tool for connecting on the road, whether it is on vacation on your commute (public transportation people only) these phones are all about fun, entertainment and micro-managing your life!  Sprint and Harman Kardon have come together to build a truly remarkable phone, The HTC!
    I am absolutely in love with the camera feature on this phone. They take high quality photos as well as videos and it is so easy to manage.  The double camera lenses add depth and perception to even the most mundane photo--making it look as if you shot it on a Canon rather than a phone.   Along with all the regular features this camera includes a "selfie" button which flips the camera face-wards and has a countdown for the perfect selfie.  It has a dual capture which takes a forward facing shot as well as  a face shot which is super fun to play around with and a 360 degree panoramic view.  Lastly the Zoe camera takes a short video or picture with the hit of the one button.  Photo taking is a huge deal with me and something I checked out right away. I was instantly in love!
    Now down to business.  This phone runs fast!  The applications you have up go away after you don't use them for a few minutes and there is an option to turn them off with a swiping motion. This also keeps the battery from running out too fast.  Speaking of battery life, I am very happy with the lifespan of this phone.  I can be on it all day and not have to plug it in, which is amazing when you are working texting, talking and taking pictures all day long like I am.  They have all the apps that I need to run my site with and all my side businesses.  All of which runs with  great speed on the Sprint network.

Monday Sept 22nd- Sunday Sept 28th 2014

Monday September 22nd
Business Women's Day
Elephant Appreciation Day

Explorer Family Backpacks:  Get a backpack and discover the beauty of all the different world cultures through art in the gallery! Then your child will create one of their own to bring home!
When:10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike , Hempstead NY 11549
Cost: Free
http://hofstra.edu/museum

Butterfly House is open at Sweetbriar Nature Center
When: Everyday 10-4pm
Where: 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown NY
Cost: $5.00 $3 kids under 11 years old and seniors 

The Art Studio in Rockville Centre
Where:221 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm for preschoolers. Other times available for older kids.
Cost:$20 a lesson or $75 a month
Info: (516)763-2050

Junior Jet Club: An interactive play area for kids 6 and under. This is included with admission to the Cradle of Aviation Museum or skip the museum for just $2.50
When: Every day
Where: Museum Row Charles Lindbergh Blvd Garden City NY 11553
Info: http://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/junior_jet_club.html

Mommy Activities at the RVC Recreation Center
Step Aerobics 7-8:15pm
ZUMBA! 9:15-10:15am
Where: The Department of Parks and Recreation, 111 N Oceanside Rd, Rockville Center NY 11570
Cost: $5.00 pay as you go!
Phone:(516)678-9238

CSTL at the Tanglewood Park Preserve holds a "Tiny Tots" workshop every Monday morning with a different theme. The price is eight dollars a child, and has a different theme each week.  For directions and other information about the preserve visit http://www.cstl.org/Tiny_Tots.htm
Where: Tanglewood Park and Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
Phone: (516) 764-0045 
Cost: $8.00 per child
Time: 9:30-11am

Monday Minnows at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Learning for tots and parents about the ocean and nature for ages 2-5
When: Every Monday at 2:30pm
Where: 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724
Rsvp:(631)367-3418
www.cshwhalingmuseum.org

The Hofstra University Museum offers sculpture exploration backpacks. Stop by the Hofstra University Museums Emily Lowe Gallery located on south campus behind Emily Lowe Hall and pick up a backpack! One focuses on sculptures of animals and one focuses on sculptures based on shapes. At the end of your turn return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the museum! Ages 6 and up.
Sculpture Mystery is also available activity at the Museum
The Great Art Caper. Uncover clues to solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection at Hofstra University's South Campus. Pick up the activity at the Emily Lowe Gallery and at the end of the search return for a price. For everyone 6+ and their parents!
When: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm


            Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm  
Where: Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Avenue,  Hempstead NY 11549

Wood Kingdom Open Play 

When: 10am-2pm, this goes on every weekday and times are subject to change so make sure to call ahead!
Where:111 Milbar Road, Farmingdale NY 11735
Phone:(631) 845-3804
Info:http://www.woodkingdomwest.com/parties-a-playtime
Cost: $8.00


Writing Group (for teens and adults) at Barnes & Noble: Meets the first and third Monday of each month. Share your ideas with other writers. Free.
When: 7:30pm
Address: Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place NY 11514
Phone: (516)741-9850
Info: bn.com

The Lanyard Ladies can teach you how to make lanyard and friendship bracelets! Please call to reserve your spot. For ages 6 and up.
When: 4pm
Where: 21 Ryder Place, East Rockaway NY 11518
Phone: (516)578-2248


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.  



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