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Friday
Jan312014

DIY Juggling Balls & Barnum & Bailey Philly Promo Code

What do DIY Juggling Balls have to do with Chick-fil-A and you?

Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Barnum and Bailey Circus to promote their new Legends tour and they may be stopping in your town soon. I had the chance to meet two very sweet clowns at Chick-fil-A in Lima, PA, and they certainly knew how to warm our spirits on such a bitter cold day!

The Chick-fil-A, in Lima, set the scene by decorating the entire restaurant. There was a red and white canopy, lots of colorful balloons, crafts, contests, and red clown noses for everyone! The cow, outside of the restaurant, was even dressed up with a clown wig, red nose and sunglasses.

There was so much excitement in the air!  While the kids waited for the arrival of the clowns, they kept busy by eating chicken and doing crafts, including these really cool DIY juggling balls.

If you want to make your own Juggling Balls, here's what you need:

  • Balloons
  • Plastic Baggies
  • Uncooked Rice

1) Fill up a baggie with about 1/3 cup of rice.

2) Use Scissors to cut off the ends of the balloons (as shown above.)

3) Smoosh up your baggie (filled with rice) into one balloon.

4) Then, take that balloon and squeeze it into a second balloon.

Those are the simple steps for making juggling balls at home!

Here's a video of the clowns performance at Chick-fil-A.  Keep an eye out! Maybe they'll be coming to your town soon.

If you're in the Philadelphia area, the Barnum and Bailey circus is coming to the Wells Fargo Center from Feb 12 through the 16th.  Use the promo code “BLOG” to get tickets at a discounted rate.

Click here to Pin these DIY Juggling Balls

Thank you to Chick-fil-A in Lima, PA for giving all the local moms somewhere to take their kiddos on a chilly Thursday afternoon.  My son and I loved it and are looking forward to future events!

Wednesday
Jan292014

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Preview!

As soon as I heard about the Disney Frozen sing along, I've been wondering what it would be like. Today, a Disney Rep sent me a clip of the new version and I am thrilled to share it with you. On-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake lead you through the song. Here is a sneak peek:

If you love the English version of Let It Go, keep watching the video to see the song in 25 different languages.  It's absolutely beautiful!

Just a reminder that the sing along version of Disney's Frozen will hit more than 2,000 theaters nationwide beginning Friday, January 31st!

Check local listings for showtimes and theaters here: http://www.fandango.com/frozensingalong_170590/movieoverview/ and http://www.movietickets.com/movie/mid/179887

Continue here for Disney Frozen Printable Activity Sheets.  

Monday
Jan272014

Steve Songs in Philly on February 9th! Enter to WIN his CD Orangutan Van!

My kids and I watch PBS Kids all the time, so we're always singing along with SteveSongs! 

SteveSongs, known and loved by millions as Mr. Steve from PBS KIDS preschool destination  is coming to Philly! His  signature songs are educational, entertaining, silly, but always seriously good music that both kids and parents can enjoy -- a full family experience. He has an exceptional ability to connect with and engage his audience – from the exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along.

Don't miss the show at the World Cafe Live on February 9. The doors will open at 11a and the show will begin at 11:30am. Tickets are $10 and available HERE.

Would you like to win a copy fo Steve's latest cd- Orangutan Van? Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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“Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
- Emory Austin
Saturday
Jan252014

8 Winter Safety Tips That Parents Need to Know

I remember when my son was a toddler, and I spent 30 minutes getting him all dressed up in his snow gear, only for him to get outside, cry, and come right back in.  Those days were tough.  Now, a few years later, it's definitely much easier, but it's always good to read up on some tips for keeping your kids safe when they're playing on snow or ice.
 

Here Are 8 Winter Safety Tips You Need to Know From The American Academy of Pediatrics:

1) Warm layers are key. Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities.  Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.

2) Dress kids a little warmer than you would dress yourself. The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. 

3) Don't forget the sunblock. The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow.  Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen. 

4) Be careful when sledding. Children should be supervised while sledding. Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries. Avoid sledding in crowded areas.

5) All skiers and snowboarders should wear helmets. Ski facilities should require helmet use, but if they do not, parents should enforce the requirement for their children. 

6) Do not take children under age 6 on a snowmobile! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles. 

7) Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces.  Check for signs posted by local police or recreation departments, or call your local police department to find out which areas have been approved. 

8) Be sure to set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.  Have children come inside periodically to warm up. 

To read more Simple Tips from then American Academy of Pediatrics check out their Winter Saftey Tips here.

Do you love taking your kids out to play in the snow, or would you rather be inside with a hot drink? Leave me a comment below.