Holiday Gift Craft

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Picture 769Here are some awesome homemade crafts we make!

Picture 770The first is an ornament. You take a cookie cutter cut some craft paper to that size use hot glue (I let the kids) to put the craft paper inside. Tie a ribbon through the back.

Picture 771Use a bottle cap for the center (hot glued on to the craft paper). Then you cut a piece of paper to the size of a small glass stone (we get ours at the dollar store in a big bag). You can have the children write a small word like love below (which was typed) or have the kids write Mom or Dad. Hot glue these together. Add elmers glue and glitter for sparkle!

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Picture 773Paper Bird Ornament. Use Newspaper or a magazine. Have the kids trace and cut out a bird two or three times. Then have them glue them together but slightly askew to create the layered look. Cut a small paper circle and use twine to create a loop to hang! We added a little glitter glue in the end for sparkle.

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Picture 775Super cute!

Picture 776Send home some yummy comfort food!

Picture 777We had bowls set up where the kids measured each item as they put it in the bag.

Picture 778They then twist tied with a pipe cleaner the recipe card to the bag of goodness! A yummy side dish one less thing for mom to have to think about.

Picture 779Peppermint Bark

Picture 780Each child gets a Piece of wax paper with a circle drawn on it (the circle is actually drawn on the bottom of the paper but shows through).  They then take milk chocolate and cover the circle thinly in the chocolate. Once that is done you take a spoonful of white chocolate and drop it in the center they then spread this around through the circle. They take a small candy cane and crush it with a small mallet. and then sprinkle this on top. Once it has hardened you break it up into chunks put it in a baggy and it is good to go. Yum!
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Educational Insights: Design and Drill Review and Giveaway

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Familylicious Summer Fun
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Educational Insights makes some fantastic toys. One of our new favorites is the Design & Drill Socket to Me Game. My kids were all drawn to this game. We do like to build and do wood working. So this toy was right up our alley. What I really liked about this game is that all three kids were interested and played with it at the same time. Liam was able to play with this toy just like his older brother and sister. This game definitely works your childs fine motor skills. But it also helps them use there language skills. We talked about the different colors we counted the bolts. We worked on taking turns using the socket to completely tighten the bolts. Afterwards they used their imagination to create pretend play scenarios for their creations. This is a great classroom toy to. There are plenty of bolts and four different projects to work on. The only issue would be there is only one socket wrench if you are using it for small group play. But like we did at home you can use that as a great opportunity to work on sharing and taking turns.
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Kids can spend a rainy summer day designing a boat, robot, rocket or something from their imagination! Once the sun is out, they can take their creation out to play! Design & Drill® Socket to Me is for ages 4 and up.
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Shh… They’re Learning
Develops fine motor skills
Encourages creativity

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Kids use a working socket wrench to attach colorful bolts
4 Hands-on construction projects included
Completed projects are perfect for pretend-play
No batteries required!
Part of the award-winning Design & Drill line of toys

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It was fantastic to see all my kids playing with the same toy!
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS Coming to Honda Center July 25 – August 3

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

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Prepare For A Family Experience Of Mythic Proportions With The All-New Show
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS
Coming to Honda Center July 25 – August 3

**Debut of New Ringmaster Zone Behind The Curtain VIP Experience**

Behold the living legends! Children of All Ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS, coming to Honda Center Friday, July 25 to Sunday, August 3.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail outlets and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale at the Honda Center Box office beginning Monday, June 9.
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Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®! Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth!
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Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries, plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:

China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills
Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive Ringmaster Zone experience. Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.

Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

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WHEN:Wednesday,July9–Tuesday,July15

Wednesday,July9        7:30PM

Thursday,July10          12:00PM& 7:30PM Friday,July11  12:00PM& 7:30PM

Saturday,July12           11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Sunday,July13             11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Monday,July14            7:30PM

Tuesday,July15           12:00PM& 7:30PM

**All shows include the All Access Pre-Show

 

WHERE:           STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)

 

TICKETS:         Prices range from$26,$30,$45–$50(VIP),$75–$85(Front Row)and$125–$155(Ringmaster Zone) Opening Night tickets are only$15 each(not valid for VIP or premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com,charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.                             *tickets may be subject to service charges,facility and handling fees

 

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WHEN:Friday,July18 –Tuesday,July22

Friday,July18  7:30PM

Saturday,July19           11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Sunday,July2011:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Monday,July21            7:30PM

Tuesday,July22           12:00PM& 7:30PM

**All shows include Animal Open House and  All Access Pre-Show

 

WHERE:           Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway,Ontario,CA 91764)

 

TICKETS:         Prices range from$20,$26,$42(VIP),$70(Front Row)and $100–$115(Ringmaster Zone)Opening Night tickets are only$15 each(not valid for VIP or premium seating)

Tickets available fo rpurchase online at AXS.com or CBBankArena.com,charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX

or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges,facility and handling fees

 

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WHEN:Friday,July25–Sunday,August3

Friday,July25  7:30PM

Saturday,July26           11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Sunday,July27             1:30PM& 5:30PM Wednesday,July30      1:00PM& 7:30PM

Thursday,July31          10:30AM& 7:30PM Friday,August1            1:00PM& 7:30PM

Saturday,August2        11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM Sunday,August3          11:30AM,3:30PM& 7:30 PM

**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

 

WHERE:           HondaCenter(2695E. KatellaAvenue,Anaheim,CA92806)

 

TICKETS:         Prices range from$20,$28,$42(VIP),$75(Front Row)and$125–$135(Ringmaster Zone) Opening Night tickets are only$15 each(not valid for VIP or premium seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com,charge by phone at 800-

745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*ticketsmaybesubjecttoservicecharges,facilityandhandlingfees

 

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Educational Insights: Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dogs Games- Review and Giveaway

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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Picture 054We love animals in our house. My kids were over the top thrilled to get to try out Educational Insights new games Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dog. These games were truly fantastic. I like that it teaches them reasoning counting, matching and more. We talked about how animals need certain things to be happy. The cards represent some of the animals basic needs. Which opened up a discussion as to what other things these animals might need. There are cards with pictures of animals you can adopt which are super cute. Another thing I really liked is how this game works on different levels. My 4 year old was looking to get any animal he could with the cards he had. While my 7 year old saved her cards. Even though she could have gotten one animal with the cards she had she saved them so that she could get a different animal she wanted more.
Picture 046These games were a lot of fun. My daughter loves cats while my son loves dogs. So they each have their favorites. Although both games appealed to each of them. The photos of the animals are really cute. The different cards with the needs of each animal were easy for my kids to understand and they liked using them as currency for adopting their pets. Using them as memory cards is a fun activity too, but really my kids were more interested in collecting the right cards to adopt their favorite pets.
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Diggity Dogs™ Game
Ages 4+
The Big Idea
Hot dog! It’s a game of furry, four-legged fun! Draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match the all of the pet necessities and accessories of the dog you want to adopt. Collect everything that dog needs and adopt it! Adopt the most dogs and you win this preschool matching game. For 2-4 players.

Shh… They’re Learning!
Develops matching skills
Practices counting skills
Encourages social skills, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship

Cut to the Chase
“Go Fish” style card game with adorable puppy theme
Collect the cards you need to adopt the dogs you want
Features real-life pets from our Facebook photo contest!

Kitten Caboodle™ Game
Ages 4+
The Big Idea
Find your purr…fect match in this game of furry, feline fun! Draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match the all of the pet necessities and accessories of the cat you want to adopt. Collect everything that cat needs and adopt it! Adopt the most cats and you win this preschool matching game.

Shh… They’re Learning!
Develops matching skills
Practices counting skills
Encourages social skills, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship

Cut to the Chase
“Go Fish” style card game with adorable kitty theme
Collect the cards you need to adopt the cats you want
Features real-life pets from our Facebook photo contest!

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Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Huggable Heroes Program

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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Build-A-Bear Workshop recently launched its 11th annual search for Huggable Heroes, to recognize and reward charitable-minded youths making the world a better place.

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From now until June 12, you can nominate a young social entrepreneur between the ages of eight through 18 by visiting buildabear.com/huggableheroes or Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide. Ten winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to a designated charity of their choice.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop is extending its celebration of heroes through a partnership with the USO on their Every Moment Counts campaign. The goal of the campaign is to create moments that matter for our troops and their families. If you’d like to share a message of thanks, use #babwUSOthanks on your social media platforms and Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate one dollar to the USO, up to $50,000.t,

Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes Nomination Instructions:

From May 1 to June 12, you can nominate a young hero when you visit www.buildabear.com\huggableheroes or Build-A-Bear Workshop stores across the country.

Kids ages eight through 18 can be nominated via an entry form online at www.buildabear.com\huggableheroes or at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
Entries require short answer responses to the community service questions about someone or yourself who has made/makes a difference to the quality of life in their community and/or around the world.
50 finalists will be announced on July 9 and 10 selected young volunteers will be named Huggable Heroes on July 30, with each receiving $7,500 in scholarships and prizes.

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Additional Noteworthy Stats about Huggable Heroes:

To date, more than 12,000 young people have participated in the Huggable Heroes program and Build-A-Bear Workshop has awarded over $1 million to these most charitable-minded youths in the country.
Collectively, the Huggable Heroes have recruited thousands of volunteers, gathered more than 300 million items, and raised more than $10 million for their causes.

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