You know that I am a big fan of everything ’80s, and this weekend I am totally digging the throwback fun of GLOW! This comedy, brought to us by the same masterminds behind Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, and Weeds, follows the fictionalized story of an actress who joins the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. I had a chance to take a sneak peek at a screener for GLOW and the sets, costumes and story took me right back to the ’80s – it’s totally tubular! Check out the trailer below – warning, it does contain adult content and language:
We received a sample.
My kids haven’t been in school for a few years, we home school now. And this summer we’ve decided to do a little home school every day. I want to keep their skills up and move them into the next grade early in the fall.
I do remember though, when they were in school that when they go back they spend forever re-learning basics that they learned the last year. Math I think is the most time wasted. So I’m a firm believer in keeping their brains just as active as you keep their bodies…. So… Why not try some summer workbooks like, the widely popular Summer Bridge Activities® workbooks.
Keep kids engaged and learning when they aren’t in school.
Summer Bridge Activities® workbooks help keep kids’ skills sharp. And this year they have the new book Summers Matter: 10 Things Every Parent, Teacher & Principal Should Know About June, July & August, by Matthew Boulay, Ph.D., founder of the National Summer Learning Association.
Written in an engaging and fast-paced style, “Summers Matter” is a fun and easy read that will empower parents and educators alike. Readers will be entertained by the quotes and anecdotes, surprised by the facts, and, ultimately, encouraged by the knowledge that they can – and should – foster learning even when schools are closed.
Mixing evidence, stories and expert accounts in a highly readable format, Summers Matter introduces readers to the problem of summer learning loss and provides tips and guidance for parents, teachers, and principals. Amid the bruising battles over how to transform our system of education, summer learning promises a clean slate. By turning our attention to this forgotten season, this groundbreaking book will reinvigorate the American way of learning and schooling.
In short, Summers Matter makes a convincing argument that the months of June, July, and August are as important as the months from September through May.
Keep those kids learning all year round and remember learning can be fun. It doesn’t have to be all about books. Enrichment comes from being outside and having fun too.
This is a sponsored post with Spin Master.
Today Cars 3 raced into theaters and into the hearts of little kids everywhere. I’m sure you’ve seen some of our coverage already. We interviewed part of the cast, we attended the Cars 3 red carpet premiere, and we wrote out review of Cars 3. We also made a list of toys that your kids are going to want to take home so they can continue enjoying the movie characters at home. We have one more game to add to that list, Cars 3 Risky Raceway.
In Cars 3 we have three major characters, Storm, Lightening McQueen and Cruz.
You can see the red car of course is Lightening, the yellow car is Cruiz and the black car is storm. In Cars 3 Risky Raceway your kids can play any of those three characters.
Bring home the racing fun and excitement of Cars 3 with the Spin Master Games Cars 3 Risky Raceway Board Game. Join Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm as they train for the big race! Use Training Tokens to avoid hazards. Reach the checkered flag first to win. Race over bridges and avoid hazards on the Risky Raceway!
The game was really easy to put together. All the game pieces came pre-cut and popped right out.
The game board is made of puzzle pieces making it fun to put together for younger kids.
Zoe put the entire game together for me and we sat down to play.
As you play the game you can make choices on which direction you want to go, do you take that shortcut or do you go the long way. It’s hard to say which is the right way to go. But either way the first person to the checkered flag is the one that wins.
One of the things that makes this game really fun is that some of the shortcuts or paths in the game are 3D. I really like how they stand up and just add another dimension to the game.
And to make it even more fun you have to try to avoid the hazards and obstacles. You can earn training cards and if you meet a hazard without a training card you are stuck until you earn a training card. Better get one quickly before someone else wins the game.
We Received samples from Barbara’s in exchange for this post.
You know it’s summer and that doesn’t mean that all the go-go activities stop. We’re running around like crazy. And We LOVE cereal for dinner. Also, with it being summer, maybe you don’t want to turn your oven on because it just adds more heat, making cereal the perfect go to for dinner.
Are you longing for a meal idea that doesn’t involve cooking in a hot kitchen?
We teamed up with Barbara’s, (maker of delicious, non-GMO, whole grain cereals and snacks), and they suggested some great ideas. Including why cereal, with its fiber, whole grains and low sugar, is the perfect breakfast for dinner – or brinner:
- Crowd-pleaser: Even picky eaters have a hard time finding something wrong with cereal. If you’re sick of mealtime arguments or whining over a dinner you’ve slaved over, cereal is simple, convenient and a fun change in routine for your little ones.
- Fast and easy to clean up: For the busy days when you haven’t even begun to think of what to make for dinner until everyone’s stomachs are growling, there aren’t many options faster or more flexible than cereal. Dinner’s served in less than 5 minutes and clean-up is just as fast.
- Customizable: It’s easy for each family member to add their personal preference of cereal, milk or toppings and keep their meal nutritionally sound. Turn it into a cereal party and have plenty of clean cereal options and add-ons like almond or coconut milk, nut butter, chopped nuts or seeds, yogurt and fresh fruit on the table for everyone to make their own bowl.
- Nutrients: The healthy toppings don’t matter much unless the base is nutritionally on point. Options like Barbara’s Puffins come in delicious flavors like Peanut Butter, Cinnamon and Multigrain, and are non-GMO, low sugar and full of whole grains for valuable nutrition and to help keep everyone satisfied until bedtime.
We received samples from Air Wick.
Zoe loves having her room smell amazing all day long, so as soon as she saw that I received Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray to review she took it all. Since she wanted it all I made her make a video of the Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray.
Air Wick recently released Pure and a new version of Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray. With some really fun scents to refill them with.
Pure is an aerosol formula that delivers 9x more fragrance with less water which helps solve the problem of wet residue on upholstery, wood and other surfaces. Because of this I’ve allowed Zoe to keep the Air Wick in her room. So it keeps on spraying making her room smell like a wonderful lavender.
Bullet is Air Wick’s new automatic spray device that delivers continuous bursts of fragrance so it’s like you’re experiencing that first whiff of your favorite scent for the first time, every time. It’s perfect for areas of the house that tend to be smelly, like the kitchen trash area, the bathroom, and boy’s rooms. Little boys tend to have smelly rooms and I can’t put my finger on it.
The improved new sleek design with the “twist and lock” mechanism lets you display it anywhere in your home as it fits right in with your décor. And like I said in our house it’s in my daughter’s room. It’s probably even helping her sleep a little because lavender is so relaxing.
About the product
- Automatically releases bursts of continuous fresh fragrance
- Provides up to 60 days of continuous & long-lasting fragrance & contains up to 2,400 sprays
- Neutralizes odors & fragrances with a fresh scent reminiscent of a sparkling stream in summer
- Refills for use in all Air Wick battery operated air freshener dispensers
- Choose from three settings to achieve desired fragrance level
This is a sponsored guest post.
Is your child living an ordinary lifestyle?
Is she doing the typical routine that most kids are doing these days? Waking up; eating; going to school; coming home, and spending the rest of her time unproductively playing video games or watching random videos out of the internet?
* sigh *
That’s really alarming.
If your child is living a mediocre lifestyle right now, then the chances are she’ll also have a mediocre future.
Of course, no parent in their right mind would want that to happen.
If you want to give your children a better shot at having an outstanding future, then you need to immerse him/her on game-changing activities — like learning a new language.
The studies have shown that investing your child in learning a new language would result in her having higher pay in the future because of the added skill set she has as compared to her colleagues.
In addition to that, there are also more opportunities available for people who knows how to speak other languages, since they can work in other countries and also be able to weave into new cultures easily.
Now you may be thinking: But I don’t want to enroll my child in another after-school language-learning class. I want her home early where I can safely monitor my child, while also allowing myself more free time by not having to wait long after my kid’s class.
Well. Guess what?
With Mondly for Kids, you can forget about all the hassle that comes with enrolling your child to an after-school class.
What is Mondly for Kids?
If you haven’t heard of the app, it’s the long-standing hit language-learning educational app that’s currently storming through the market.
With Mondly for Kids, you can bring along language-learning in your pockets anywhere you go.
Developed by ATi Studios, Mondly for Kids is the culmination of the team’s over five years of diligent labor in the language-learning app industry.
Mondly sets the bar high with its 20 million download status, proving that it is indeed well accepted by millions of users worldwide.
“Children are extremely different from adults when it comes to learning languages. They are tech-savvy and need to constantly be challenged and engaged otherwise they get bored. That’s why we decided to create a bespoke app to meet the unique needs of the younger language learners. Mondly for Kids is the result of our 5-year experience in creating educational apps downloaded by 20 million people in over 190 countries to date.” — Alexandru Iliescu (CEO and co-founder of ATi Studios)
Even concerning user ratings, Mondly for Kids has garnered a mind-boggling 4.8-rating out of a 5-star rating from over 200 app users worldwide in Google Play.
The high rating reviews reveal how Mondly is truly a well-loved app that has won the hearts of many.
More than just the ratings, however, here’s what the users also have to say about the app:
Why should you use Mondly for kids?
From a bird’s-eye view, Mondly for Kids carries with it more than just your average classroom-style, language-learning experience.
It changes the game with its wall-smashing features, such as:
- Eye-grabbing graphics and ear-hooking sound effects, keeping your kids immersed in the whole learning experience.
- Excellent audio recordings with professional natives who are experts in their mother tongue.
- Drag & Drop features and multiple choice exercises, that makes language-learning super easy and super fun for your kids.
- Gamified language-learning experience with a points-based system and a level progression format that keeps your kids constantly challenged.
- Topics highly relevant to your child’s everyday life, such as animals, family, food, nature, and sports.
With child-friendliness as one of its core, the app takes language education to new heights by making language-learning easy to digest for children all over the globe.
What makes Mondly for Kids Unique?
Stretching its wings far beyond what other educational language apps have to offer, this app raises the roof with not just one, not just two, but a whopping thirty-three different available language options.
You heard that right. The app has thirty-three different available language options that your child could easily choose from with just a flick of their finger.
Check out all the language options available on the app: American English, British English, Thai, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Czech, Bulgarian, Japanese, Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Hebrew, Croatian, Greek, Arabic, Persian, Norwegian, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, German, Dutch, Turkish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Russian, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, and French.
It’s amazing how there are so many available language options in the app, isn’t it?
Going beyond the available languages the app brings, Mondly for Kids also offers a breadth of topics your kids can choose from.
The topics that this app presents are significant topics that your kids are sure to use regularly in their everyday life.
Here’s a complete list of topics that Mondly has to offer: Animals, Nature, Leisure, Fruits & Food, School, Colors & Numbers, Professions, Buildings, Family, Parts of the body, and Sports.
One of the unique traits that sets Mondly apart from other educational language apps is how Mondly offers a variety of gameplay features that other apps don’t have, such as:
- Foreign vocabulary learning through fun word games and flashcards
- Sentence construction from playing around with given phrases
- Interactive conversations your child is sure to enjoy with native speakers
- Pronunciation audio guides by listening to professional voice language experts,
- New lessons added into the app each day, making the language-learning experience dynamic and ever-growing.
- A unique and innovative in-app verb conjugator that makes grammar-learning easy as pie.
Progress Monitoring and Difficulty Settings
The app comes with a unique progress monitoring tab that allows parents to monitor their child’s current language learning progress throughout the whole Mondly experience.
This app also comes with changeable difficulty settings that can be set to an easier mode for younger users, or a more difficult mode for kids seeking a greater challenge.
Where do I go from here?
There’s no better way to see if Mondly for Kids would click with your children than to have them try it out for themselves.
This is a sponsored post with Picniic.
I’m working with Picniic to get the word out on the new opportunity to become a Picniic Ambassador. You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, you just like to be organized.
Picniic is a great way to keep all your organization in one place. (I’ll share more below) In addition to using such a great service, you can become an ambassador for Picniic too. All you have to do is one simple thing.
One, get 5 families to sign up for Picniic with your unique link, that’s it. Then you get to benefit from becoming a Picniic Ambassador.
Picniic Ambassador Perks
ONE: Picniic Ambassadors get Picniic Premium free for one year.
TWO: If a family you referred makes a purchase, you will receive a cash % of that purchase
- 20% cashback for every referral that makes a purchase
- 5% cashback for every referral of a referral
- 3% cashback for every referral of a referral of a referral
Even though Picniic is available on the phone as an app, Picniic Ambassador program is WEB ONLY. So get your friends to sign up on their computer before they download the app to their phone.
What are the perks of purchasing Picniic?
Picniic allows you to import your calendars, all your family calendars. I love seeing what everyone in my family is doing all in one place. Electronic calendars are my top way of keeping my family organized. This makes it easier to visualize all my family commitments, and to see where there are available openings. The additional value is that the Picniic calendar connects into the family dashboard, along with the other Picniic features, making it easier than ever to keep the whole family on the same page.
You can see your to-do lists, shopping lists, and family news and search for recipes. My family loves searching for recipes, my daughter especially. While I love just being able to share our grocery list between the four of us so we can all add what we need and I can access it from my phone.
When you pay for Picniic you get even more. You then also get a meal planner, the info locker, a family locator, special events and TeamSnap Sports.
A LOVE family locator apps. Knowing where my children are at all times gives me a piece of mind.
This post is part of a paid sponsorship by Regeneron and Sanofi. All opinions are my own.
Many years ago I was diagnosed with “Rheumatoid like Arthritis”. To be diagnosed with RA there has to be RA factor in your blood stream. I had all the other symptoms but didn’t have that factor in my blood yet. My doctor said he couldn’t officially diagnose me until my symptoms got worse. I’ve taken all kinds of different medications for the arthritic pain. Something will work for a while and then will just stop working and I’ll have to try something else. I was also very fortunate to be in remission for a while. My pain was very minimal for a while, but these past few months it’s been very difficult.
It’s really hard to live with the kind of pain that no one can see, which is one of the reasons that I’m working with Regeneron and Sanofi. I want to help raise awareness for RA and it’s been great for me too. I’ve learned more about how others are affected by RA and that I’m not alone. They did a survey where they fielded 1,004 self-reported RA patients (Honestly RA) to uncover the daily struggles, frustrations and triumphs of what it means to live with RA. Many of the statistics resonated with me.
One, I would love it if others could see how I feel. “90 Percent of people with RA agree or strongly agree that it’s frustrating when others don’t understand their level of pain.” I don’t even want my kids to feel the kind of pain I have sometimes, but it would be nice if they could understand it’s harder for me to keep up with them. Going up and down the stairs of our house is so hard, but to them it’s a simple request mom can you go get my jacket for me I’m cold. And I want to do things for them, but I have to remind them, I can’t. And it breaks my heart. “Nearly half (48 percent) of people with RA cited difficulty with chores such ass vacuuming or yard work as motivating factors in talking with their doctor about their current treatment regimen.”
Other statistics say that they can count on their health care provider to lend a hand. I remember mine was good at listening and never doubted me. It was hard being diagnosed at such a young age because so many people don’t believe that I have arthritis. “90 percent of people with RA feel their doctor or HCP listens to what is important to them.” “90 percent of people also feel their doctor or HCP involves them in the treatment decisions which is important.” Having an illness that makes you feel so isolated and misunderstood is really hard. It’s nice to learn that I’m not alone and that others feel the same way I do. I have hope that my good days will increase and I’ll be able to tackle those stairs.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
I LOVE my KitchenAid!! I have been using KitchenAid since the day I married my husband which was 15 years ago yesterday. I received one as a wedding gift, then I decided that I wanted a red one and my husband bought me one for Mother’s Day. He purchased the bigger one. I think it’s the Professional series one. And now thanks to Best Buy, I have the new KitchenAid Artisan Mini.
MEET THE MIGHTY MINI – MINI MIXER. POWERFUL PERFORMANCE.
The KitchenAid Artisan Mini is just like it’s bigger siblings. It has the same quality and strength. It is compatible with all the attachments, it’s just smaller. It’s perfect for smaller spaces. It would have been perfect in the apartment we stayed in when we lived in DC. We had low cabinets and not much space. Just because you might be low in space, doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice your baking and cooking needs and I think everyone needs a KitchenAid and you can get your KitchenAid Mini at Best Buy.
The iconic KitchenAid® Stand Mixer you know and love, is now 20% smaller and 25% lighter* making it great for smaller kitchens. With a 3.5-Qt bowl to make up to 5 dozen cookies and with over 10 available attachments, make everything from fresh pasta to burgers, veggie noodles and more.
We made a video using the KitchenAid Mini as we made some Rum Flavored Whipped Cream. The KitchenAid Mini is perfect for making such amazing creations like whipping cream, mashed potatoes, and with an attachment, Ice Cream. The Possibilities are endless.
Rum Whipped Cream RECIPE:
Heavy Whipping Cream
Put ingredients in the bowl and set to high.
The compact size and lighter weight perfectly suit the needs of a city dweller who loves to cook in their smaller spaces. Artisan Mini is made for your lifestyle, made for your kitchen, made for you. The Artisan Mini Stand Mixer also features 10 mixing speeds and comes with a coated flat beater, dough hook and 6-wire whip.
I am a Dawn Wildlife Ambassador; this is a partnered post.
I’ve lived walking distance from the beach for over 20 years, so the ocean holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite sights. Today, June 8th marks World Ocean’s Day, a chance to celebrate and protect our precious oceans. In honor of this day, I had the privilege to interview marine scientist Dr. Ellen Prager about the environmental threats to our oceans – and the easy ways that we can all pitch in to help protect them.
What are some of the biggest environmental concerns for our oceans?
Our oceans are under siege. Human impacts have accumulated over decades and now, more than ever, we are seeing the consequences and it is horrible for the ocean and worse for us. My top five problems in the ocean today are climate change, pollution, overfishing and illegal fishing, loss of critical habitats, and invasive species.
Due primarily to the burning of fossil fuels, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is increasing to a point unseen on Earth for millions of years and temperatures are warming at an unnatural and accelerated pace. Ninety percent of the excess heat has been taken up by the ocean and seawater temperatures are on the rise. Many animals in the ocean are adapted to a specific range of temperature and when change happens too fast they cannot adapt. Coral reefs are in real trouble. Coral bleaching due to prolonged high ocean temperatures has occurred throughout the world at an unprecedented level over that past few years, particularly in the Caribbean and on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Some corals may recover if conditions improve, but other corals cannot recover and widespread mortality is occurring. This is especially true if other factors such as pollution, overfishing, or invasive species make coral reefs less resilient and less able to cope with stress. Climate change is also causing the acidity of the ocean to increase due to more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere being absorbed into the ocean. This impacts biological functions in the ocean and in particular those organisms who have a shell or skeleton made of calcium carbonate. Other impacts related to climate change are the spread of dead zones, sea level rise, and changing ecology, especially in polar climates.
Pollution now impacts even the most remote parts of the ocean. From plastic to excess nutrients, sedimentation, sewage, oil, and other chemicals we are dumping our wastes into the ocean and causing harm to the very resources we so rely on for food, recreation, tourism, jobs, economic revenue, biotechnology, new pharmaceutical compounds, and more.
Overfishing and illegal fishing have and continue to decimate fish populations throughout the world. Along with this, we are losing critical habitats such as seagrass beds, mangroves, coral reefs, and kelp beds all of which often act as a nursery for young fish and are an important habitat for many species. And finally, non-native species are being transported or released into waters where they can outcompete native species and cause irreparable ecologic harm. The poster child for this in the Great Lakes has been the zebra mussel, while in Florida, the Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico it is the lionfish, which is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Do you have any tips for what steps readers can take at home with their families to help conserve the oceans?
Your readers can definitely help to conserve and better protect the oceans. Making sure to dispose of their trash properly and recycle as much as possible is important as is reminding others to do the same. Reduce use of plastics as much as is realistic and conserve energy wherever possible. As a consumer and voter they also have power to help the ocean. Let your political representatives on a local, state, and national level know that the coasts and oceans are important and you want better investment and policies to protect the ocean. What you buy makes a difference as well. Choosing sustainable seafood choices promotes improved management of fisheries, The Safina Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium both have excellent programs and guides that you can find online with information on good, okay, and poor seafood choices.
Readers and their families can also support ocean conservation by going to aquariums, participating in beach clean-ups, and by supporting organizations that are working to help the oceans. Two excellent rescue organizations that DAWN supports are International Bird Rescue (https://www.bird-rescue.org) and The Marine Mammal Center (http://www.marinemammalcenter
What are some good resources for further reading on this topic? Can you recommend any materials that parents can share with their children?
For reading for kids, of course I am biased, I’d highly recommend my fiction series for middle graders: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians as it combines fun, fast-reading adventure and humor with learning about marine life and real-world ocean issues (Book 1 is The Shark Whisperer). The books can be found online (Amazon or others) or ordered through most book stores. I also have fun books for younger kids as well as popular science for a slightly older audience. My favorite book high school and above is Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter.
A few websites with good information: