Microsoft Store FREE Summer Camps

Did you know that Microsoft stores (across the U.S. and Canada) are hosting FREE summer camp programs for kids ages 8-13? At these camps, kids can learn:

  • Game Coding
  • Game Designing
  • Movie Making and
  • Photo Taking

Registration is now open for free weekly in-store camps. These camps are broken up into two age groups.  One group for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and another group for Designers (recommended for ages 11-13).  Learn more about Microsoft Camps here and sign up today.

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Amazon Studios Tumble Leaf Series For Kids #TumbleLeaf

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Amazon Studios. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for participating.

Play, Nature and Exploration. Over the years, those three things have been a huge part of my life as a mom. If those things are important to you too, you have to check out the new show, Tumble Leaf.

Tumble Leaf is Amazon Studio's first ever kids series aimed at pre-school aged children. Each episode follows a day in the life of “Fig the fox” who lives in a wrecked schooner ship by the sea. Within 3 minutes of turning on Tumble Leaf for the first time, my son said "I like this show." Take a look at this clip and I think you'll understand why.

I have to admit, it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to childrens' t.v. shows. There are some shows that my sons and I enjoy together, but others that I don't see any value in. Tumble Leaf was an instant hit with my 6-year -old son and I. From the moment we turned it on, he was completely captivated by the characters, story and environment, and from a parent's perspective, I was impressed as well.

In Tumble Leaf, Fig's journeys take place throughout a whimsical land filled with adventure and friendship. The stories have a wonderful balance of education and play, which for kids, can be one in the same. My son loved watching Fig and his friends explore their world and figure things out.

The characters are always learning something new. Through play, they are learning about science and engaging with the world around them. Tumble Leaf creates a supportive and magical environment and it has a beautiful, calming sound track to match. I could listen to the show's music for hours.

Have you seen Tumble Leaf yet?  

This show is now available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, and you can watch the first episode of Tumble Leaf for free on the Amazon Studios website. Just click the image below.

There's an App too!

Tumble Leaf recently launched a free Android app featuring six games inspired by objects and activities from the show. You can download the Tumble Leaf App  here.

It's been a long time since I fell in love with a new children's t.v. show, but the characters, music and appreciation of child's play in Tumble Leaf stole my heart. What do you think? What type of kid's shows do you love best? 


Birthday Elf on the Shelf: Book & Party Printables

Note: This is not a sponsored post, however, it does contain affiliate links.

It's almost summer time and the last thing on your mind is Elf on the Shelf, right? But, has your happy little elf stopped by for your child's birthday? Yes. There is a new Elf on the Shelf Birthday Tradition that many elves haven't heard about yet, and it might be coming your way.

I first heard about this new elf birthday tradition months ago, but I couldn't find any information about it online, so I wasn't sure if it was real or not. Then, today, as I was looking on Amazon for something, I saw it: Elf on the Shelf A Birthday Tradition.

What is Elf on the Shelf Birthday Book about?

On the website, it's described like this:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition tells the little-known story of how Santa’s finest helpers celebrate birthdays at the North Pole—and how you can invite your scout elf to share that tradition with YOU! Each kit includes special instructions for families on how to invite their scout elf for a birthday visit, and a festive birthday outfit for your scout elf to slip into before your big day!

There's more! The folks at Elf on the Shelf made it really easy for you to:

1) Sign up for a special birthday greeting and receive a special message from the North Pole on YOUR big day.

2) Invite your Elf to your birthday party by asking Santa if your scout elf can visit on your special day.

3) Make a birthday donation to Charity Water and help children around the world who need clean water.

4) Print off everything you need for your Elf on the Shelf Birthday Party. (below is a screen-shot of everything that is available on their website.)

Want to throw an Elf on the Shelf Birthday Party?

There are DIY invitation templates, birthday plates, cups, hats, cupcake wraps, thank you notes and more! It's a very unique birthday theme and it might be fun for a Christmas in July birthday too. You can access all of the printables on the Elf on the Shelf website.

What do you think?  

Was your family happy to see your elf return to the North Pole at Christmas? Or, would you like to see your elf stop by for an upcoming birthday?