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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:17

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I am an optimist at heart. I do have a bad day every now and then. Most of the time I try not to take them too much to heart. Hubby, on the other hand, takes bad days very personally. He’s sure that he’s the only one that has them and that he has them all the time. Alexander, the main character of the new Disney movie Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, feels the same way.

Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) is 11 years old. Shortly before his twelfth birthday he has a terrible say. He feels it’s one in a string of many, and seeks comfort from his family. His family is positive and upbeat and just can’t relate. His stay-at-home father (Steve Carrell) and dedicated career-minded mother (Jennifer Garner) brush the notion off. There is no sympathy from his siblings (Dylan Minnette and Kerris Dorsey) either. Late one night Alexander makes a wish that the rest of his family would have a bad day, so that they could relate to what he goes through. And that is how the the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes to be.

Imagine waking up and having the worst day of your life. A feeling Alexander has had for some time. Now it’s his family’s turn. His older brother has his drivers test and his prom that night. His father has a job interview. His mother has a celebrity client making  a public appearance. His sister will be starring in a play. Imagine all of those things going horribly wrong and you have his family’s day. There is a lot to relate to , as well as laugh at, through the movie. I won’t give you all of the details because I can’t do the movie justice, yo really need to see for yourself. But I can say that in the end the horrific day brings the whole family closer in ways they never expected.

Here’s the trailer.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10th!

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 16:59

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School is back  in session! Proving that learning can be fun, NCircle Entertainment, the leading independent studio of kids’ DVDs providing Education that Educates, is celebrating fall by releasing two brand new NCircle DVDs, and sponsoring a giveaway for Mom Knows It All! We’ve made our way through all of the DVDs. Hands down my son’s favorite is the new Wiggles DVD, which he’s watched about five times since the day it got here. Here’s info on the two new NCircle DVDs, and three of their other titles perfect for the back-to-school season. Stick around till the end for a fun giveaway!

The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas

The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas (NEW!)

  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00JRB01AC

Apples and Bananas is a tasty musical treat! Join the Wiggles as they add their special Wiggles magic to favorite nursery rhymes and songs. Sing along with special guest Lee Hawkins to This Little Piggy Went to Market and with the delightful Dennisha Pratt on Miss Polly Had a Dolly. There s the spider-iffic Itsy Bitsy Spider, Dorothy the Dinosaur swings on Shortnin Bread, then we jump on board for The Wheels on the Bus and This Old Man Came Rolling Home! The Wiggles travel across the globe to Ireland for I ll Tell Me Ma and Michael Finnegan, and then over the continent for the delightful French song Sur le Pont d Avignon. With centuries of best-loved songs served up fresh for your child, Apples and Bananas is certainly a-peeling!

Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission

Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission (NEW)

  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00JRB01M0

Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, Captain Barnacles tangles with a Colossal Squid who has his hooks in the Octopod, Peso babysits a bunch of penguin chicks stuck in a blizzard, Kwazii has a shocking encounter with an Electric Torpedo Ray, and much more!

Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell!

Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell!

  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00BMQODHM

Summer is over, and fall is now here. Let s go back to school; the best time of year! Our favorite part about going to class? Why, show and tell, how great you should ask! But what should we show, oh what can it be? Tune in with the Cat to find out and see!

Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s

Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s

  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004OEX62M

Animals ABC introduces preschoolers to the vast and amazing animal kingdom by linking each animal to a letter and introducing dozens of animal names and animal-related words. Filled with songs*rhymes*and puzzles*Animals ABC is preschool entertainment that encourages child development and an appreciation and awareness of animals everywhere. Specially designed to fascinate and delight your child.

Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb

Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb

  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • ASIN: B002TBZD1O

So many chores, so little time! If Sid doesn’t fill his chore chart with stickers, he’ll never get that new Turbo-Mega-Rocket Ship toy. What’s so important about a chart anyway? Sid soon learns that charts are great science tools for comparing and contrasting things like snacks, pets and even chores! When playing with a rolie polie bug, Sid discovers another amazing science tool – the magnifying glass! Now, Sid can see a whole new world through his magnifying glass and finds that bigger is better! Sid learns all about science tools like rulers and magnifying glasses and how they help us. In fact Sid even finds out how to measure a giant blue whale!

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One (1) winner will receive a prize pack from NCircle Entertainment valued at $ containing the following DVDs:

  • The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas (NEW!)
  • Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission (NEW)
  • Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell!
  • Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s
  • Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 14:20

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In The Forbidden City And This is the Greatest Place! Children's Books

In the Forbidden City

  • By Chiu Kwong-chiu (Author), Nancy S. Steinhardt (Editor), Ben Wang
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377607

In The Forbidden City is shows you and describes different buildings and important people inside China’s most famous landmarks. It has fold out pages so you can explore and look around at different people and buildings. It also comes with a magnify glass that BC really enjoyed seeing people waving at you, drinking, emperors getting fanned, etc. It is a very interesting way to make kids more interested in history of a different part of the world.

This is the Greatest Place!: The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals

  • By Brian Tse (Author), Nancy Steinhardt (Editor), Nancy S. Steinhardt (Editor), Alice Mak (Illustrator), Ben Wang
  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377621

This is the Greatest Place! My daughter A was very interested in the book with the bright colors, lift up flaps, and a fold out page. Uncle Builder goes into the forest to get inspiration for building the finest palace. He talks to animals about how the two compare. One example is the leaves on the trees are like the golden roof on the palace. It’s fun that Uncle Builder learns from different animals,such as how he learned from the groundhog how to dig so they could get water to the palace. This book is a great way to show kids to look around them more at nature and their surroundings.

In The Forbidden City And This is the Greatest Place! Children's Books

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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 11:40

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Sparkup Magical Book Reader

I believe in children. I believe children need RRR to function fully, properly, and successfully to enter the adult world. I surrounded my children with books. Now I surround my grandchildren with books. I’ve read to all of them once upon a time. It brought me great joy. I keep a library of old favorites and books I am currently reading to show them I practice what I preach. I wish truly that everybody got hooked on reading.

I took a full-time job 24 days after the birth of my first-born. Free time, what is that? I wish that Sparkup, The Magical Book Reader, had been invented back then. Sentimental journeys appeal to me. What a trip down memory lane it would be for me, my daughter, and those who follow!

Sparkup is today’s technology applied to children’s picture books. It allows the reader turn the pages and read along as the story is read aloud. (Great way to reinforce reading; great way to build listening skills.) The magic of Sparkup is its camera sensing technology. Simple as 1-2-3, Sparkup requires no special software. Clip Sparkup to a book, record the page, turn to the next page then the next until the book is done. It works on any book in any language. Record in your own voice, grandpa’s, auntie’s or uncle’s. An option to download professionally pre-recorded books is also available.

Sparkup Magical Book Reader

My grandson was here for a surprise visit this weekend. He is 3 1/2, sharp, and vocal. He spotted Sparkup and several books I had planned to give him for Christmas. One was his fav Peppa Pig. He asked me to read it to him. How could I refuse? He asked me to read it again. I admit I am a soft touch. He asked me to read it again. That’s when I decided the two of us should explore Sparkup. The only problem now is finding another perfect Christmas present from Grampy and Grammy.

Sparkup Magical Book Reader

Sturdy, durable Sparkup is smart reading. Set up is simple although some supervision is required with small children. Audio quality is loud and clear although a volume control would be a plus. It is easy to use–a big thing for the technologically deficient (like me). It knows what page to read even when pages are mistakenly flipped over. Grandson AL and I enjoyed demo sample book My Magical Book Reader together then classic Shrek read by Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep.

Now it was time to record Peppa. Trial One was a success; however, the device was so sensitive that it picked up background sounds often AL’s. Accordingly while he was out and about visiting other friends and family I re-recorded. Satisfied with the results, I kept recording. Next came Arlene Mosel’s paperback print Tikki Tikki Tembo, then a hardcover I was reviewing, then another hardcover. The only problem I experienced was on the last where the top of a few pages were blank and the device became confused.

Sparkup Magical Book Reader

As a grandma I recommend Sparkup 100%. Besides the facts that it has 250 minute availability equaling 50 storybook average, capacity, reasons are: #1 The educational experience: #2 The encouragement of imagination; #3 The building of relationships; #4 Independence in early learning. It is a tool to promote listening and build reading skills.

For more information, go to sparkupreader.com. It’s available on Amazon at $59.99.

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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 17:57

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Dove Body Wash

If you tuned in to the Emmys you may have noticed the premiere of the #OneShowerChallenge, where Dove invited women across the country to try their new, breakthrough body wash formula for softer, smoother skin after just one shower.

Here’s brief video on the One Shower Challenge.

I’ve used some Dove products before, specifically the deodorant. I really like them, my armpits always feel very soft when I’m using it. Dove has worked hard to improve their body wash formulas, and has come up with three new formulas that will enable people to feel the difference in their skin after just one shower.

  • Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash – With a rich lather and even more of our gentlest cleansers, Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash rinses cleanly and quickly. Our unique blend of cleansers and NutriumMoisture provides skin natural nourishment.
  • Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash – Dermatologist-recommended Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash is designed to give you a rich lather with our gentlest cleansers. Our hypoallergenic formula with NutriumMoisture is perfect for sensitive skin and provides skin natural nourishment.
  • Dove go fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash – Dove go fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshingly hydrated. Experience an uplifting moment for your skin with the crisp, soothing scent of cucumber and green tea and the skin nourishment of NutriumMoisture.

The new formulas have almost 25% more Glycinate, which is an ultra-mild cleanser primarily found in premium face products. The Purely Pampering and go Fresh collections you may have already been familiar with are also now available in the new formula as well. I think it’s terrific that Dove has worked hard to improve their formulas as well as come out with different formulas to meet the different needs of different people. I’m looking forward to trying one of the new formulas, and sharing others with friends and family. I did open each for a preview and can say that all three smell great, the go Fresh being my favorite scent of the three.

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Date: Saturday, 04 Oct 2014 04:23

This post is brought to you by Depend. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor or compensation received in any way.

Depend dropyourpants campaign

Truth time. There have been occasional times where I have been seen hurrying for the bathroom, knees half crossed, praying “don’t come out.” After it happened twice I spoke to my ob/gyn about it. He said it is something that is very common and happens to most women. He wasn’t kidding. And not only that, it happens to men too! Right now, today, over 65 million people experience bladder leakage. Nearly half of them are under the age of 50.

You’d think with something happening to that many people that more people would be talking about it. And yet there aren’t. Depend® launched the Underwareness campaign to let the world to know that bladder leakage is manageable and that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. To quote Depend®, “Underwareness* is both a social movement and a charitable cause.”

To support Underwareness*, Depend® has pledged to donate up to $3 million to the Simon Foundation for Continence and the United Way to help advance the research, education and awareness of bladder leakage over the next three years. That’s pretty awesome. Here’s how they’re doing it, and how you can help.

Depend will donate $1 for:

  • Every pant drop, photo and video shared and tweet tagged using #Underwareness and #DropYourPants
  • Every personal video made about what Underwareness means to you that is uploaded to YouTube and tagged #Underwareness and #DropYourPants.

That could help a lot of people. I’ve dealt with it. My Mom deals with it constantly, so much so that she never travels without Depend®.  Maybe it could help someone you know or love. Maybe it could eve help YOU! If you or someone you know is dealing with this, Depend® offers a variety of products that look, feel and fit like regular underwear. Need to see it for yourself? No problem! Get a free Depend® sample! To get a free Depend® sample all you need to do is visit the Depend® page and click on the “Get a Sample” button in top right-hand side of the screen. Then you choose which sample you would like to receive and give your mailing info. That’s it!

Will you #DropYourPants for #Underawareness?

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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 12:00

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Chuggington: Chuggineers Ready To Build DVD winner – Leela

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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 04:15

While in Boston for a conference over the summer I stayed at the Sheraton Boston. The hotel is in the city but the floors the rooms were on were surprisingly quiet and calm. I didn’t make it down to that floor but the hotel does have a pool and fitness center.

The room I had was a Junior Suite. I can tell you that there was nothing junior about the size of my suite.

Sheraton Boston Hotel, MA

The whole suite was very clean. The suite was decorated in warm and natural tones with a lot of wood.  I liked that the suite had two different rooms – one for relaxing, watching tv, entertaining, studying, etc, and one for sleeping. The living room had a couch, oversized chair and a desk. The oversized chair was perfect for reading or just watching television. There was a flat-screen television on one wall. There was also a coffee maker in the room, for those nights where you burn the midnight oil or mornings to get you going.

Sheraton Boston Hotel, MA

The giant king-sized bed was so comfy! I didn’t want to get out of it! The bed had soft cotton sheets and a warm and cozy duvet. Topping it all off were amazing feather and down pillows.  There was another flat-screen television in the bedroom, which also had generous closet space.

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The bathroom was off of the bedroom. It was clean and lovely, decorated in earthy toned marble and granite.

Here’s a brief video tour of the room.

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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 03:49

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Getting old stinks sometimes. Over the summer I noticed that things on paper and on the computer weren’t as sharp as they should be. It took me back to when I was a child. As a young child my vision was fine. Until it wasn’t. In what seemed to be the blink of an eye I went from having good vision to having headaches and not seeing well. A trip to the eye doctor brought the news that I had horrible vision and a prescription for eyeglasses. And lo and behold that’s when I discovered that bowling pins had stripes. I hadn’t been bowling all that long so discovering that bowling pins had stripes was news to me. I started to see things that I’d never seen before in a whole new light.

I can’t even imagine what it must be like to suddenly not see things you’re used to seeing clearly, or not see them at all. This is something that veterans in our country face all the time. Today, there are 21.2 million U.S. veterans, according to the US Census. A staggering 1.5 million of them have a vision-threatening eye disease. Many more have low vision, and 160,000 of them are legally blind. Why? As it turns out, veterans can be at an increased risk for eye injury as a result of their time in combat. It’s a shame for anyone to have severe vision problems, but I find it especially saddening to see men and women who have laid their life on the line to protect our country now have a vision condition resulting from time in service. We may not be able to restore the vision of these heroes but there is something we can do to make a difference. We can share.

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With a network of over 30,000 eye care providers, VSP Vision Care is the largest national not-for-profit vision benefits provider. Their mission is to help people see and are committed to wellness for their over 66 million members. It is with that mission in mind that they created “Vision to Share”, in hopes of changing the life of a veteran through America’s VetDogs.

America’s VetDogs provides highly trained guide dogs to help veterans lead active, independent lives. It costs $50,000 to raise and train each dog, which is then given to the veteran at no cost. Puppies in this program are trained from birth for two years. America’s VetDogs matches each dog’s skills and personality to the disabled veteran’s needs. Once placed, dogs typically work with the veteran until they are 10 years old. Retired dogs are adopted.

Check out Brian’s story.

With the help of folks like you, VSP will donate $50,000 to train and match a guide dog with a veteran whose vision is impaired. What do you need to do? Click to share. More specifically, you’ll need to visit SeeMuchMore.com and click on “Vision to Share.” Every time you share the video, VSP will donate to the care and training of a guide dog – up to $50,000!

VSP really wants to reach their goal. In order to thank those of you that are sharing they are providing a pair of designer sunglasses (valued at $250-$400) for me to award to one lucky Mom Knows It All reader. You ready? Go!

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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 04:01

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BirkSun Solar Backpack

My oldest son uses his cell phone a lot. When he’s going to be out of the house for a good period of time he can frequently be found with a small backpack on, where he keeps his cell phone charger. I asked him why he did this once and he said he plugs his phone in to charge while he’s at friends. Recently I learned about a new product that would be the solution to his problem – a solar backpack.

BirkSun Solar Backpack

The Birksun Boost Backpack may look like an ordinary backpack at first glance. It is far from ordinary. The backpack, which weighs 2.3 pounds, has a built-in USB outlet where you can charge smartphones and other USB devices. The backpack has a 15″ fleece laptop sleeve, organizational front pocket, and a neoprene organizer sleeve. If you’re wondering about the charging (or course you are), here’s the deal. The charging speed is one hour of sunlight equals 20% smartphone charge. I think that’s pretty good! Mom Knows It All contributing editor Lara’s hubby works nights at times. I asked them to check out the backpack and see what they thought.

BirkSun Solar Backpack

My husband was very excited for a gadget to try.  Inside the pouch is where the charger and battery storage unit to hook up your phone ipod, phone or other device. He loves that the solar panel charges the battery so he can still charge the phone at night. The backpack is of nice quality and has cushiony padded straps. Each pouch still has the normal backpack space plus in the inside pouch there is a place for your laptop or ipad. He takes it to work with him so he can charge his phone while hes working and brings his lunch in it. This backpack is definitely a great idea for camping or hiking.

The BirkSun Solar Backpack is available to purchase online and retails for $100. It would be a great gift for anyone that is on the go a lot, as well as hikers, campers, athletes, students, campers and just about anyone else.

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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 20:16

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Ella The Elephant Season One Volume One DVD

Ella the Elephant: Season 1 – Vol One

  • Available on DVD & Digital HD September 16
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • ASIN: B00KH57UHE
  • SRP $14.98

Journey to an island of adventures where the magic of friendship has never been so much fun! Join Ella and her kindhearted friends in this all-new animated series featuring eight charming episodes. Elephant Island is home to many curiosities but Ella and her friends’ appetite for fun lands them in some tricky, often hilarious situations. It’s up to Ella’s imagination and her magic red hat to save the day! It’s a must-own collection of delightful stories centered on highlighting teamwork, lessons and adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Featured Episodes:

  • Ella’s Got Talent/Safety First
  • Trunk Trooper/Ella in Charge
  • Girls’ Club/Soapbox Squabble
  • Treasure Hunters/Ella Borrows Trouble
  • Ella Bakes a Cake/Camp Ella
  • Ella on the Ball/Up, Up and Away
  • Tea Party Trouble/Home Again
  • Ella’s Carnival/Monkey Business

Ella the Elephant is a very, very cute DVD. The background has a normal cartoon look but the characters are more animated, which really makes the color pop. The episodes take place on Elephant Island with Ella and her friends. The friends work through different problems and Ella usually has a helpful solution with her magic hat.

My girls loved the movie and have watched the whole thing twice in a row. The DVD comes with an activity book that has crafts to do to make Ella’s hat, picture frame, bird feeder, and binoculars. This makes it fun for the kids to play along while watching as well as after.

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The Roaming Reindeer Kit

Inside this activity kit you will find the book The Roaming Reindeer by Angela Meju and two plush reindeer. The story tells you how the two reindeer, Gus and Sam, set out to help Santa by going to little boys and girls houses and watch them to see who is good or naughty. Sam (reindeer #1) gets very upset when boys or girls are bad so he goes and hides. The two reindeer start running out of time and call other reindeer in to help them. They report back to Santa on Christmas Eve. Reindeer 2 always stays to watch but the goal is to be good to make reindeer 1 stay. The only thing it needs is a place to write their names.

The kit is very clever and it will be a lot of fun. One additional activity is if you can get them to stay together for 5 days in a row reward for good behavior. My kids are very excited to put them out for Christmas. This kit would be a great gift that could be used to start a new holiday tradition, and passed down through the years.

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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 11:22

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Chromebook C

It’s almost time for the annual IEP meeting for my youngest son. An IEP meeting isn’t a simple thing to explain, but in the simplest way I can put it it is a meeting with my son’s school and the district where we all discuss progress that has been made, determine goals for the upcoming year and steps to take to try and achieve them. One of the main things we will be focusing on this year is moving towards constant letter and word recognition with out prompting and modeling as a part of a move towards reading, as well as our ever present goal of improving speech.

In case you missed my first post on it, w’ve had the Intel AIO Chromebook for a couple of months now. It’s a great unit because it’s so affordable and speedy, and it’s actually pretty capable as well. My youngest fell in love with the Intel AIO right after we got it. So I thought it only made sense to make use of the technology literally at our fingertips and use it to help reinforce those areas that need extra attention.

It only takes seconds after you turn the power on for the Intel AIO Chromebook to boot up and be ready to use. One of the very convenient things about it is that installations are easy. Back in the day you used to have to go through a stack of floppies or CDs in order to install software. Not so with the Chromebook. Everything on the Chromebook is browser based, it has no drive and can’t even run an exe file. Similar to a cell phone you just go to the store and find the app you need and click to install.

I looked for a few different types of apps in the Google App Store to install that I felt would help work towards our goal.

Chromebook

Alphabet and number recognition. He knows them but it’s always good to practice. I found a couple of these apps. The ones I liked best displayed the letter on the screen. The Intel AIO is a touchscreen, remember, so all my son has to do is touch the letter and the sound of the letter is spoken.

Dolch sight words. My goal is to try and help take him past letter recognition to simple word recognition. I found an app in the store that had over 300 words, broken down into levels. We’ve started with the earliest one which is covering very simple words, most of which are two to five letters long. I have CJ tell me what the letters are. I ask him if he knows the word. If he doesn’t we can touch the screen to hear the word, then I have him try. He thinks of it as a game.

Chromebook

Picto4me. This is a specific app I found in the store that helps my son communicate. It’s an online application for editing and playing pictographic communication boards. The app has a lot of clipart of common items, ranging from food to needs to activities and more. If there isn’t clipart for something you can add your own image. Once you have the image you assign it a description. Then you can choose to give it sound. If you give it sound and press play a computerized voice will read it aloud. This is an awesome tool online. The boards you create are stored online. It is possible you may have seen some people using PECS boards in real life. The great thing about this free app is that all of the boards you can create can be downloaded into a PDF so you can print them out.

We also use our Intel AIO for fun stuff too. For my youngest that usually means playing games. Some people don’t always realize it but games can be a good thing to. Coloring is a great way to enhance fine motor skills. Memory games area great way to have fun while thinking. Even Angry Birds encourages thought on action and reaction.

The Intel AIO would be a great addition to any household. With models priced starting at $199, the Acer C720 Chromebook is an affordable and capable piece of technology. Great for students of all ages, grades and abilities, it would make a terrific holiday gift.

How would an IntelAIO Chromebook make a difference in your life?

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thyroid cancer family support

Did you know that Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month is observed each September in the U.S.? It is. The annual observation was initiated by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association with the goals of raising awareness of the condition nationwide.

I have thyroid disease – it’s hypothyroidism (underactive), and is technically called Hashimodo’s disease. Whenever I see my ob/gyn and my regular doctor they check my neck to feel the size of my thyroid. It is enlarged, and did cause me to have a goiter. Recently the doctor told me the goiter had enlarged again, and he suggested I see a specialist about it. He felt at minimum an ultrasound would be in order. While I’m not in a panic about this, it did remind me of a woman that I used to work with that had to have her thyroid removed for some form of cancer. It also brought to mind something I recently read about a new community support group.

Just in time for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, AstraZeneca recently launched a website and community for people with Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer, a rare form of cancer located in the thyroid gland at the base of the throat. In 2014 an estimated 62,900 new thyroid cancer cases will be diagnosed. Only three to four percent of those will be Medullary thyroid cancer. The aMTCSupport.com online resource center is designed to provide information and support specifically designed for people living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer and their loved ones.

I remember when I was sick, before lung surgery. I never would have made it through that time without support from some family and friends. I also had a lot of questions, which I ended up looking for answers to on the internet. The value of good information at a stressful time like that is priceless. Rob Bohning (shown above), who is living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer, is the type of person that aMTCSupport.com aims to provide information and resources. “When people are diagnosed with aMTC, they don’t know how to begin coping with a disease about which they know so little,” said Bohning. “Having an understanding of how others navigate some of the hurdles associated with this rare disease can be both comforting and motivating.”

Resources currently available on aMTCSupport.com include first-person videos and information to help viewers navigate common challenges that they may encounter during the medullary thyroid cancer journey. Given some of the unique situations faced by caregivers of those living with aMTC, aMTCSupport.com also provides resources tailored to their needs. AstraZeneca plans to update aMTCSupport.com on an ongoing basis to include additional educational materials and support tools.

“Our hope is that the resources available on the website will further empower those on their journey with aMTC to live their lives as well as possible,” said Gregory Keenan, MD, Vice President Medical Affairs and U.S. Head Medical Officer, AstraZeneca

Have you or someone in your family ever faced a serious illness or condition and needed more information? Where did you turn?

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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 22:09

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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 01:34

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Me At SNA National Conference 2014 Boston

School is back in session. My youngest son’s school just sent home the menu for next month’s school lunches. School lunch. No doubt a big topic of discussion in many households at this time of year.

You might recall that in I wrote a post about the School Nutrition Association’s National Conference that I attended this year in Boston, MA. Things you wanted to know about school lunch but didn’t ask. I touched upon things that I learned at the conference that many people don’t ask. In today’s post I want to touch upon things that people do ask. Meaning, the questions people asked me when I asked them what they wanted to know about school lunches. For the most part, questions were about one of three things – the food, the allergies, and the rest.

School Nutrition Association National Conference

School Nutrition Association National Conference

The Food

  • Why do they serve things kids don’t like to eat? That’s why my kids never eat lunch as school … they’d rather eat the same old Jelly sandwiches or Lunchables every single day.
  • How are healthy choices that also appeal to children (so important that the kids want to eat it) being incorporated into the daily lunch meals?
  • Why don’t schools poll the kids AND the parents to see what would work rather than offering the same crap they always do?
  • Are kids eating them and are generally happy about their lunch?

Well.

School districts are trying to offer more healthy foods now then ever before. When determining what to put on daily menus a lot of things are taking into consideration. Nutritional content is the big one, followed closely by taste. Many districts are actually implementing taste test programs for new food products, to see what the students think.

Of course, some kids (and adults, myself included) get a bit closed minded. I hear certain things and I won’t touch the dish. Kids are the same way. If we as people understand why things are good for us, and then hopefully find ways to make those foods taste good, we’ll eat more of them.

School Nutrition Association National Conference

The Allergies

  • Definitely interested to know how they go about special diet restrictions like nut allergies, gluten-free diets, etc.
  • Are they going to be incorporating more allergy free foods into menus?
  • I am curious of schools will start to offer more allergy friendly lunches since allergies are on a rise. Especially in those schools that are mostly free and reduced lunches.

My youngest is gluten-free. I think about this topic a lot. I did discuss this topic in my first post. But if you missed it, let me summarize. First and foremost. Schools need to know that your child has a legitimate food-allergy. They won’t put it on the menu if they don’t know there is a demand or need for it, know what I mean? Let your school know that your child has specific food allergies. The nutritional department needs to know how many people have what allergies. Once they know there is a need they can start looking into foods and ingredients that are safe. More and more nut-free and gluten-free items are becoming available literally almost daily.

School Nutrition Association National Conference

The Rest

  • At the school I work at, the children are offered Bananas, Apples and oranges. They HAVE to take them, it’s required. Do you know how many they throw away? It’s such a waste.
  • What nutritional and health training does school staff receive, including lunch room staff AND teachers
  • Why can’t they serve a wider variety of different foods? More raw veggies and fruit.
  • What options are being explored for organic lunches?

About that.

First of all, you might be surprised to find that employees working in school nutrition programs have an extensive relevant background, whether it be in nutrition, cooking or even medical. Believe me, the 90 year old lunch lady older folks like me remember from our school days is not calling the shots. Schools are required to offer a nutritionally balanced meal that meets federal guidelines. Remember the old food pyramid? Same concept. They have to offer certain things in order to remain within federal guidelines. Schools across the country are starting initiative such as Farm To Table, where the school is actually participating in the planting, gardening and harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables. In some schools there may be gardens right there on the school property. This is a terrific way to make sure that fresh foods are incorporated into meals, and to teach the kids about growing and cooking healthy foods.

Oh and there’s one more thing.

How was that for a Steve Jobs Keynote moment?

I had no idea that school nutrition programs are generally not funded by the board of ed. I always thought that they were. Many schools offer a la carte items to students in order to offset their costs. Like the Lindy’s cookies I mentioned last month, for example. Yummy a la carte item for years now. Still taste like they did when I was in high school in the 80s, but now they meet current FDA guidelines for school nutrition. And the profits from selling them help make school lunch programs possible. Maybe once in a while let your child buy cookies. Food for thought, pun intended.

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Cate & Chloe Jewelry

The evolution of the internet has given us a lot of great things, including the ability to shop online if we choose. One of the things that can be so attractive about shopping online, besides the fact you don’t have to get dressed or battle crowds, is that you can get some really nice pricing you’d probably never find in a mall. Cate & Chloe is a good example of this. Cate & Chloe is an online jewelry retailer you may have hears of. They offer a huge variety of classic and trendy fashion jewelry including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, all of which retails from $69 to $135.

Recently Cate & Chloe launched a VIP Membership program that makes it more affordable then ever to own fashion jewelry without going in debt up to your eyeballs. The VIP Membership costs $40 per month. For that $40 VIP members will receive Cate & Chloe’s newest pieces twice a month. One of those pieces will be an exclusive pre-release item that will only be available to members! So not only will you be getting jewelry at a great price, you’ll be getting the new pieces before everyone else. Saving money and setting trends is a beautiful thing, isn’t it!

Cate & Chloe Jewelry

Opening the Cate & Chloe VIP Box felt a bit like a birthday or Christmas to me.  Everything was wrapped up in colorful and festive paper.

Cate & Chloe Jewelry

On top of the box there was a card with the names and descriptions of the two items in the box.

Cate & Chloe Jewelry

I received a pair of lovely Isabella Diamond Simulated Hoop Earrings. The earrings are 1 inch hoops that come in several styles including gold, rose gold, black stainless steel, silver, and silver with black diamonds. I have long nails that often make it challenging for me to handle small things like earrings, so I appreciated the snap bar closure because it meant I didn’t need help putting my own earrings in. I especially liked that the earrings are made of stainless steel because that doesn’t tarnish. I had earrings turn green and give me a nasty infection when I was younger, so I try to be very careful with earrings now. The photo above does the earrings no justice, but it is better then the 20 selfies I shot of them in my ears. The Isabella earrings sell for $119.

Cate & Chloe Jewelry

I also received a Connie Constant Open Circle Pendant.  I wasn’t sure what this necklace was made of and the website didn’t mention. I emailed inquiring and received a quick response letting me know that it is made of silver alloy with sterling silver plating. It would be helpful if this was included in the description, but kudos to Cate & Chloe for their responsiveness! The pendant has a cubic zirconia stone in the center, available in crystal or purple. We received the crystal. The necklace is absolutely lovely. For me the chain was not long enough, I do not like a short chain. Fortunately, my oldest had a very tiny petite girlfriend that it would turn out to be just the right size for. The Connie Constant Open Circle Pendant sells for $107.

Together the two pieces I received would usually sell for over $200. So it’s easy to see why the VIP box, at $40 per month, is a good value. The folks at Cate & Chloe are so confident you’ll agree with me that they’ve generously offered a further savings for Mom Knows It All readers. Through the end of September if you use coupon code VALMG30 you will receive a 30% discount on your VIP sign up.  Please note that since the Cate & Chloe prepaid sign-up options already offer significant discounts to new members, this code will only be valid for the standard month-to-month sign-up of $39.99/mo.

Do you have a thing for earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets or any other jewelry? What’s your favorite type of jewelry to wear?

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My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales

  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • ASIN: B00KQ82IO2

Everypony loves Halloween… the candy, the pumpkins, the costumes, the friends! Join your favorite residents of Ponyville — Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike — as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp.

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales episodes include:

  • Boast Busters
  • Stare Master
  • Luna Eclipsed
  • Sleepless In Ponyville
  • Castle Mane-ia
  • Bats!

Bonus Feature:

  • Sing-Along

Clip: Ponies in A Haunted House

Clip: Not Green Hair!

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship

  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • ASIN: B00JJOY4FU

Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you the Keys Of Friendship.

Episodes include:

  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Rarity Takes Manehattan
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Apple Pie
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2

Bonus Features

  • Sing-Along

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We had a great time reviewing two My Little Pony movies. We loved putting tattoos on, wearing pretty rings, and being silly wearing Twilight Sparkles mask. We first watched My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Spooktacular Pony Tales. Inside was a very cute Spooky poster inside and pumpkin carving stencil. The girls loved the movie 6 episodes and a sing-along. They were even using their bucket and mask to trick or treat for rings.

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Then we watched My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Keys of Friendship the girls loved the very vibrant colors and the 5 episodes and sing-along. It’s nice to sit and watch my girls watch movies that I grew up with, really enjoy themselves, and learn about good friendships.

REVIEW - My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD

What kind of treats does your child like to receive at Halloween?

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Chuggington: Chuggineers Ready To Build DVD

Chuggington: Chuggineers Ready to Build

  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2014
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • ASIN: B00M31VE54

Who is the strongest and most dependable construction crew in Chuggington?  The Chuggineers!  In this special collection of hard-working adventures plus train loads of free bonus features! Brewster joins Chuggineers Zack, Fletch and Tyne to build tracks, bridges and tunnels, make repairs, haul heavy loads and more!  Featuring new wagons and machines — like the huge yellow Mega Chug Crane — and new friends — including Payce, the tunnel runner from Tootington, and Cormac, the cheeky forklift engine – Wilson, Brewster, Koko, and your own little trainee will discover important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork!

Episodes:

  • “Chuggineers: Ready to Build Special”
  • “Brewster Makes Tracks”
  • “Back Up Brewster”
  • “Outward Bound Olwin”
  • “Fault Finder Emery”

DVD Bonus Features:

  • New Music Video: “We are the Chuggineers!”
  • Coloring and Activity Pages
  • Badge Quest Episode: “Night Chuggers”
  • Character Montages: Zack and Jackman

My youngest loves Chuggington. He watches it on the Disney Jr channel every morning while waiting for the bus. Chuggington is adorable, I like that it shows children that learning how to do things and accept responsibility is a part of life and can be fun. There’s always a positive moral to every episode. I love that Chuggineers Ready To Build shows the next step in training for the young engines. Much like our children progress upwards in school, the chuggers have now progressed to more advanced skills training. This DVD is a must have for all Chuggington fans.

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Hersheypark, Hershey PA

A couple of weeks ago we took a little family vacation in Pennslvania. Hershey, Pennsylvania to be precise. I hadn’t been to Hersheypark since I was a teen and the rest of my family never had been. Boy had it changed! It wasn’t tiny when I last visited it but I can honestly say now it is huge! It’s got something for everyone.

With more than 70 rides and attractions, including 12 exhilarating roller coasters and The Boardwalk at Hersheypark included in the one-price admission, Hersheypark was founded in 1907 by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey and has grown to be a world-class theme park located on 110- clean, green acres.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

Hersheypark has really become a destination in and of itself, rather then just a place to visit while you’re away. I suspect that’s a big part of why the park was recently ranked in the Top #5 for Best Theme Park in the 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA Today.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

As soon as you enter Hersheypark you’ll see an official measuring area. This is where you can find out which rides your child is able to go on. The minimum height for a ride is displayed on every ride using a candy bar system.  Once the system was explained to me it made a lot of sense. No need to get measured at each ride like some parks, you know which rides your child can and can’t go on just by looking at the sign. If you have children I highly recommend you take a few minutes and stop there to have your children measured, in order to save time and potential disappointment. We didn’t stop there when we entered the park. We discovered that my youngest is too big for the younger kids rides by literally about an inch. If your child is too tall, no matter by how much, they will not be permitted to ride. This actually broke his heart when he discovered he wasn’t allowed to go on the kiddie coaster. Had we stopped to get him measured when we entered the park we never would have waited on the kiddie coaster line and would up feeling disappointed after being turned away.  Which is how we got to the “adult” coasters.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

My youngest kept looking at the roller coasters and wanting to go on one. He’d never been on an “adult” roller coaster before, only a children’s roller coaster in a kids park. I decided to take him on The Comet, a classic wooden roller coaster that doesn’t invert. It’s the white coaster track you see there in the photo above next to the yellow track. He had actually specifically asked for the “yellow one”, but I wasn’t sure how he would handle that coaster since we wouldn’t be able to share a seat and it inverted.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA
That’s the face of a boy after his first real roller coaster ride. He had a blast!

Here’s what the ride looks like.

He started out a bit unsure. After the first big drop he realized he was ok and started really having fun. It didn’t take long for him to be howling in delight like all of the other passengers.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

So the roller coasters. The lines for those were long. Very, very, very long. We waited about 65 minutes to ride The Comet.  Other lines had an even longer wait. I thought about doing other things in the park but my son desperately wanted to go on a coaster. I thought it was great that misting fans were posted in the area where people waited to help keep them a bit cooler. There is a Fast Track Pass option if you want to avoid the lines. I tried to get one but discovered that there are only a limited amount of them sold each day and even if I’d been willing to spend the money they were already sold out for the day. So if you are planning on riding lots of the coasters then get there very early and get the Fast Track Pass right away.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

Another “adult” ride I took my son on for the first time was the swings. He’d been on kids swings once before but the Wave Swinger was the real deal.We had lots of fun on the swings.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

Hubby got on rides too. The two of them went on Scrambler, which spins, and had a blast.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

Continuing the spinning theme, the pair went on the Mini Himalaya, which goes around a track with some relatively mild ups and downs.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

And of course no amusement park is complete without a Tilt A Whirl. I can’t do this one for the same reason I couldn’t do the Tea Cups, my belly just doesn’t sit too well with the spinning.

Hersheypark, Hershey PA

You don’t have to be on a ride to have fun at Hersheypark. For example, we encountered a live band playing. People were really enjoying the show. At least one person in the audience (you guessed it, my son) found himself in the mood to let loose and dance. It was awesome to watch.

Summer is ending but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do in Hershey, PA. Consider Hotel Hershey for a September weekend getaway:

· Hersheypark September Weekends – Open from 10AM-10PM (Saturdays) and 10AM-8PM (Sundays).
· The Spa At The Hotel Hershey – Relax with fall-inspired treatments including a Pumpkin Soufflé Wrap, a Pumpkin Spice Scrub and a Pumpkin Latte Mani & Pedi.
· Remember September Package – Includes Hersheypark tickets, milk & cookie delivery and more!

And the fun doesn’t end there. There are special holiday happenings at Hersheypark, such as for Halloween and Christmas. Be sure if you’re going to be in the area near one of those holidays you visit the website to see what’s happening at the park.

Guests of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark can also take part in the Hershey Resorts Advantage, offering early access to select rides and attractions, complimentary shuttle service and more.

Hersheypark is located at 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Hersheypark is seasonally so check the website before heading over. There is an entry fee for admission. Ticket prices vary and there are different combination tickets, packages and even season passes available.

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