2/13/15

Momma Don't You Worry by Louie Lawent

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Six year olds have a constant inner struggle between feeling big enough to take on the world by themselves and feeling little enough to still need mom. In Louie Lawent's new children's book "Momma Don't You Worry," a young boy thinks he's much too old to have his mom hold his hand in public. When he wanders off, he is faced with the realization that he might not be so big after all. Find out what happens in this delightful picture book story and share the story with your children to start the discussion with them. I love the playful, rhyming script and illustrations, and I think children will love it too. Download this wonderful ebook for just $1.29 from Amazon by clicking HERE. Be sure to follow Louie Lawent on Facebook too!

Humpback Whales in Austin, Texas #travel

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Here in Texas, you can see the new 3D giant-screen adventure "Humpback Whales" at the Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX® Theatre beginning Feb. 13, 2015. After undergoing a $150,000-renovation project to add new IMAX® digital projection equipment and uncompressed audio systems, as well as a new giant screen that is six stories tall and 85-feet wide, the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre will kick off a new season of documentaries with "Humpback Whales" in 3D. The upgrade allows the theater to present an even more diverse line-up of first-run features, and documentaries than ever before.

"Thousands of children, families and visitors walk through the doors of the Bullock Texas State History Museum every year," Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez said. "We seek to provide family friendly theater programming that is engaging and creates unique experiences that encourage lifelong learning. Educational films like 'Humpback Whales' cultivate an appreciation of the natural world and inspire a new generation to learn about the importance of conservation."

Under the helm of two-time Academy Award®-nominated director Greg MacGillivray ("The Living Sea," "Dolphins," "Everest"), MacGillivray Freeman Films lends its legendary giant-screen storytelling expertise to one of the most enormous and vastly fascinating creatures on Earth. Narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor and presented by Pacific Life, "Humpback Whales" is an immersive ocean adventure that invites audiences to dive head-first into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras. Once feared as monsters, and very nearly hunted to extinction, today humpbacks are in the midst of a slow but remarkable recovery.

Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this film offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers on screen as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year. Featuring a mix of stunning 3D imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film asks the compelling question: What might life be like from a humpback’s point of view?

“Whales are awesome animals,” Film Director Greg MacGillivray said. “They are critical to the ecological health and survival of the ocean, and since they are among the largest animals to ever live on earth, there is no better subject for audiences to experience life-size on the giant screen.”

"Humpback Whales" opens nationwide on Feb. 13 and the Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre will be the only theater in the Central Texas region to screen it. The 400-seat theater provides visitors with an extraordinary cinematic experience. It is home to Texas's biggest screen and Austin’s only Giant Screen, certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. Crystal clear, lifelike images and earth-shaking surround sound, provide an optimum IMAX® experience that immerses viewers in the on-screen action.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin tells the unfolding story of the history, culture and people of Texas. The museum includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater a 4D special-effects theater, a cafĂ©, and a museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, who worked to establish the museum, the iconic building is located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.

"Humpback Whales" is a family friendly film appropriate for ages 3 and up and has a runtime of 40 minutes. Tickets are available at TheStoryofTexas.com. Will you be going to see it?

2/12/15

Clifford the Big Red Dog - Love at First Bark Activities

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Do you and your kids love Clifford the Big Red Dog? Check out all this Valentine's Day fun from Scholastic to celebrate Clifford and the legacy of author Norman Bridwell!

For more than 50 years, Clifford the Big Red Dog has left lasting paw prints on the hearts of fans of all ages. Clifford author Norman Bridwell passed away in December 2014, but his legacy lives on through his timeless stories and the fond memories he helped create among fans young and old. This Valentine’s Day season, families can celebrate love, loyalty and friendship with Clifford in a variety of ways, including:
On the website! – Scholastic Media’s new Clifford the Big Red Dog microsite, www.scholastic.com/clifford/valentine, is a one-stop shop for all things Valentine’s Day for preschoolers, parents and teachers alike! The site’s refreshed landing page will feature a brand-new Valentine’s Day Clifford Matching Game as well as printable coloring and activity sheets, Clifford-inspired crafts, video clips and more! In addition, educators can find unique Clifford-themed Valentine’s Day curriculum and lesson plans to “spread the love” in classrooms nationwide!

Through social media! – Fans around the world can reminisce about when they first fell in puppy love with Clifford with vintage book scans, Clifford’s puppy pictures, and shareable retro Clifford valentines, on Clifford’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
With new activity kits to love! – Young fans will em-“bark” on an exciting journey into the incredible world of science with two brand-new Clifford the Big Red Dog activity kits from The Young Scientists Club. The perfect gifts for preschoolers this Valentine’s Day, the latest introductions to the award-winning collection include “Magic Science” and “Water Science” (SRP $19.99 each). Both imagination-inspiring kits feature a 20-page manual, narrated by Clifford’s best friend Emily Elizabeth, and come complete with all the tools fans ages 3 and up need to bring the age-appropriate experiments to life!

In Books! – Adding to the Clifford library – which includes 128 million books in print in 19 foreign languages – fans can welcome two new books in 2015 with the upcoming publication of “Clifford Goes to Kindergarten” (April) and “Clifford’s School Story Box” (June).
On TV! – Preschoolers can tune-in to PBS KIDS to catch a trio of Clifford Valentine’s Day-themed specials. Episodes include: Clifford the Big Red Dog’s “Big Hearted T-Bone/Cleo's Valentine Surprise” (2/10), Clifford’s Puppy Days’ “Valentine Schmalentine/Sweethearts Dance” (2/11) and Clifford the Big Red Dog’s “Clifford's Big Heart/Cleo's Valentine Surprise” (2/12). Check local listings.

At NASDAQ! Clifford the Big Red Dog will make a larger-than-life appearance to help ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on February 13!

For more info about Clifford, visit www.scholastic.com/clifford.

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2/11/15

Free Pre-K Printable Worksheets

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SkyMath - Entertaining Educational iPad App

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If your child is struggling with math or just wants to improve their math skills, then you must check out SkyMath. SkyMath is an app for iPad users that is completely different from any other math game on the market. SkyMath finds out where each child is in math, directs them to curated apps and videos at their level, and helps parents track and reward progress with real-world prizes. It's like having a fun, personalized math tutor!
The creators of SkyMath have eliminated the need for parents to spend hours trying to find educational (but still fun!) apps for children to use. They pick out the best apps and games to practice each math topic that's at the optimal level for each child. Your children can even choose the friendly avatar who will lead them through their math journey.
The videos, games, and little quizzes help your child learn while having fun. The activities progress in difficulty as your child gains stronger math skills. They get to choose how they learn and practice every topic, plus since there is always something new, your child will never get bored of repeating the same games over and over.
SkyMath will track your child's progress and keep you updated when your child has mastered new skills. There is even a prize system that parents can personalize by adding in tangible prizes for rewards. As an early childhood educator, I think SkyMath is a fabulous idea and I hope it gets into the hands of children everywhere!
Take a minute to check out THIS VIDEO about SkyMath and see how parents and children have responded to the SkyMath app. Visit their website at www.skymath.com too!

2/10/15

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11 Reasons to Fall in Love with Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" #tech

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you're looking for the ultimate gift for your sweetheart, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" Tablet is the perfect choice! Whether you're trying to impress your newest crush or bring back the spark to your marriage, here are 11 reasons to gift the Galaxy Tab S 8.4" this Valentine's Day.
1. Since the Galaxy Tab S 8.4" is the thinnest and lightest tablet Samsung has ever made, your Valentine will easily be able to take it anywhere. That means everywhere they go, they will always have on hand a constant reminder of you!

2. Listen to "your song" and thousands of others. Create special playlists for road trips, summer picnics, and romantic evenings. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4" features 16 GB with 3 GB RAM.
3. Stop playing head games and start playing Google Play Games. You can play together or compete against each other, but either way you're sharing time and creating laughter.

4. Make beautiful, lasting memories together with the 2.1MP front camera and 8.0MP rear camera. Access hundreds of apps for photo enhancing, photo-book creation, and uploading to social media. Use the video function to record special moments in your relationship.
5. Impress your Valentine with innovative features on this Samsung tablet, like the fingerprint scanner and multi-window function.

6. Snuggle up and watch movies and tv on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4". With a main display resolution of 1600x2560 pixels, you'll love the fabulous picture. Movie night can happen anywhere!
7. With wifi connection, this tablet will access all your sweetie's favorite shopping sites, blogs, social media sites, news, and sports. 

8. Your Valentine can read thousands of books on the Galaxy Tab S 8.4" including everything from the classics to new releases. Download a cookbook and prepare a delightful meal together!
9. It's amazingly easy to use with a highly-responsive touchscreen and navigation. If only your relationship was as simple to understand!

10. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" won't melt like chocolate and won't wilt like flowers. It will last much longer than either one, and you'll probably get a much sweeter Valentine's kiss!

11. Need more reasons? How about....Bluetooth, Calendar, Weather, Contacts, Email, Magazines, Maps, and so much more! Need a personal recommendation? I love it!
Give your Valentine the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4"

Check out my review HERE of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5"

CedarCraft Elevated Garden Planters

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I wonder when people stopped growing food and started growing lawns. I see so many people investing money in their lawn and the only reward from that is grass. Just recently, I started vegetable gardening and it's easy, fun, and very rewarding. A few months ago, I planted broccoli plants and I was so excited when they started to flower this week. I'm a huge fan of elevated garden planters because I hate an aching back and sore knees. CedarCraft makes the most beautiful elevated planters I've ever seen!
The Urban Garden Planter from CedarCraft is beautifully crafted from reclaimed pieces of sustainable Western Red Cedar. It requires no tools at all to assemble. It's made so that the pieces fit together almost like a 3D puzzle. This planter is just one of four beautiful designs from CedarCraft.
A raised garden planter makes gardening so much easier, plus the height keeps nosy bunnies out of my growing vegetables. It also helps greatly reduce the number of bugs that can get into the soil, which reduces my need for pest control. Since we live in a little house with a little yard, these unique CedarCraft planters are the perfect way to grow my own food!
I'm really impressed with the quality of the Urban Garden Planter. The wood is simply gorgeous (and smooth) and it assembled in just minutes. This planter features a manger-shaped planting area, with a handy shelf below for storing tools and gloves.
It stands 29 inches high, is just over 30 inches from front to back, and is 37 inches wide. It actually looks bigger than I imagined it would. I'm very happy there is a drain hole inside the bottom of the planter. CedarCraft even included a plastic liner for the planter.
Once we assembled it, we carried the planter from the garage to the entryway of our house. Even as functional as this planter is, it's also a beautiful outdoor decor piece! Then I headed off to the store to figure out what vegetables to plant in my new planter.
February is a great time to plant onions in Texas, so I grabbed both white onion plants and red onion plants. My CedarCraft planter is big enough to plant 24 onion plants. I used about 2.5 bags of gardening soil to fill my new planter and added the leftover dirt to my blooming broccoli plants. My neighbor even stopped by while I was planting and gushed over my new CedarCraft planter!
I planted the onion plants about 4 inches apart and gave them all a healthy drink of water. Now all I have to do is water them every few days and wait for my delicious onions. If I had my wish, I would have about 25 of these beautiful CedarCraft Elevated Garden Planters, lined up in both my front and back yards, filled with all kinds of delicious fruits and vegetables!
I am beyond thrilled with my CedarCraft Urban Garden Planter and highly recommend them! Although I'll be using mine for vegetables, you could even fill them with stunning flowers. Visit www.cedarcraft.com today to learn more, see all the designs, and get yours ordered for your spring planting!
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Groupon Now Offers Coupons

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You may already be familiar with the wildly popular Groupon website, that offers you great deals on everything from fun things to do in your city to fabulous destinations in cities around the world. They feature some of the internet's best discounts and NOW they also offer coupons and exclusive promo codes!
Groupon Coupons features great savings to the stores where you're already shopping, like Home Depot, Macy's, Nordstrom, Best Buy, and Target. That means if you scored a great Groupon deal on your romantic vacation, you can search for Groupon Coupons for savings on the other things you'll need too, such as luggage, swimwear, dresses, and shoes.
With Valentine's Day coming up, you're probably searching for just the right gift and Groupon Coupons can help you with that too. My husband says anything from Home Depot is plenty romantic enough for him! You can search coupons by category, store name, or local area to find a great deal on something sweet for your Valentine.
I personally don't like to buy anything at retail price. My mother taught me years ago that "if it's not on sale, don't buy it" and Groupon Coupons mean I can get just about anything on sale! I've been browsing around their site and found amazing discounts on hundreds of items I already buy (or now want to buy). Check it out and see how much you can save!
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2/9/15

FREE Printable Pre-K Matching Worksheets

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matching worksheets for preschoolers!
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Click HERE for Critters.

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Click HERE for Bugs.

Click HERE for Stars.

Cocomelody - Get Under $200 Dreamy Dresses Free Shipping!

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The special event may be only once in your lifetime. So of course you should make full preparations. And the first step is to choose a breathtaking dress to capture everyone’s attention. Doing business for years in online dresses internationally, Cocomelody.com can offer whatever you need with confidence.

Each dress here has been painstakingly crafted to look flawless on a range of figures. Hence, whether you are searching for cheap bridesmaid dresses online or elegant floor-length evening dresses, I believe that you’ll surely achieve your fashionable goals if you go shopping at this site. Not only that, many dresses here are under $200, some are even under $100!! Most of all, there’s no shipping fee even if you purchase only one dress! Does it sound great?

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Cocomelody.com knows that your important coming event may cost you a lot, so it hosts this event of “Free Shipping” to help you save money. When you browse various kinds of categories from this website, as long as you see the label of “Free Shipping” in the top-left corner of dress pictures, then you can take that dress back home without paying for shipping rates. And “Free Shipping” will be available mainly in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and western European countries. Are you a lucky dog who lives in these areas?

Following are five simple steps to help you easily shop for your favorite free shipping dress. (Before shopping, please register an account with us for convenient service!)

1. Search Cocomelody.com and find the category of “Special Offers”, just click “Free Shipping” to start your shopping journey.
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Cocomelody.com is a trustworthy online dress shop. From this website, you will absolutely reach your desirable dress with low price and this “Free Shipping” event will once again help you save big bucks! So why not start your happy shopping time immediately?

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