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Wednesday
Feb052014

Flash Ticket Giveaway: Tickets to Ringling Bros. Circus in Philadelphia

A few days ago, I told you how Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Barnum and Bailey Circus to promote their new Legends tour. We have gone to the show the past couple of years and the kids love it!

This year, the Circus will be in Philadelphia from February 12, 2013 through February 16, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center and it's a great chance to get out of the house and do something different.

The Show Dates & Times Are:
Wed, Feb 12 - 7:00PM
Thu, Feb 13 - 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
Fri, Feb 14 - 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
Sat, Feb 15 - 11:00AM ,  3:00PM ,  7:00PM
Sun, Feb 16 - 11:00AM ,  3:00PM ,  7:00PM

In another city? Check here to see if the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus is coming to your area.

Do you want to buy discounted tickets to thePhiladelphia show?  Enter the promo code BLOG to save money on your purchase of tickets. Go here to purchase tickets to the circus.

Want to win tickets?

One of my lucky readers will win 4 tickets to the Philadelphia Barnum & Bailey® Legends show - Valid for either: Wednesday, Feb 12th at 7pm, Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:30am or 3pm, or Friday February 14th at 10:30 am.

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Monday
Feb032014

Valentine's Day Crafts For Preschool & Kindergarten Age Kids

Looking for Valentine's Day Craft Ideas for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners? You've come to the right place! Here are 26 fun and easy Valentine crafts for kids from some of my favorite bloggers.  There is one activity for each letter of the alphabet, so hopefully you'll find something you like.

A is for Art - This Valentine Heart Chandelier decoration looks easy to make and it's very pretty too.

B is for Bag - You've probably heard about 'Sensory Bins' before, but you have to check out this  Valentine Sensory bag craft

C is for Chocolate - This home-made Chocolate Slime looks so much fun to play with!

D is for Doily - Learn how to use a pre-washed t-shirt, a doily, and some fabric paint to make an adorable t-shirt for your little girl with this DIY Valentine's shirt tutorial.

E is for Eyes - Recycle those old toilet paper rolls and make these adorable Heart Shaped Binoculars.

F is for Filter - If you want a completely unique Valentine for your kids to hand out at school, take a look at these Heart Coffee Filter Zipper Pulls. They are fun, fashionable and functional!

G is for Glitter - Grab your glitter, contact paper and construction paper to make this Glitter Window Heart Craft with your Preschooler!

H is for Holder - This Valentine Holder Craft is really easy to make, and it helps to keep all of those little cards organized.

I is for I Love You - Beth from Living Life Intentionally shares a simple idea so that everyone in the house feels loved. Read more about her 'Why I love you doors' here

J is for Mind Jar - You can make your own mind jar and then shake it up and  sit and watch the glitter swirl around!  Follow this Mind Jar Tutorial by Juggling with Kids.

K is for Krispie - As if Rice Krispie treats weren't good enough... when you put them on a stick, cover them in chocolate and add Valentine sprinkles they get even better! Continue here for Valentine Rice Krispie Pops.

L is for Love - Help your child write Kindness Love Notes and turn them into Puzzles. 

M is for Memories - Make new memories by turning your child's thumb print into a 'Thumb body loves you' Valentine by Brown Paper Packages

N is for Nature - Upcycle toilet paper rolls into adorable Valentine Butterflies - via Kaboose

O is for Oh so fun! - Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without some chocolate. Heidi's Recipes shares a Chocolate Play Dough Recipe that looks good enough to eat. Continue here for Heidi's recipe. 


P is for Pastel -  Buggy and Buddy created a gorgeous Chalk Stencil Heart Collage.  This is a great craft for preschoolers.

Q is for Questions - Turn a simple 'Twenty Questions' game into Valentine fun via Baby Center

R is for Recyle - Take some fabric scraps and create a Rag Heart Wreath.

S is for Sculpt - Use clay to make Fingerprint Heart Pendants.

U is for Unconditional Love - In the spirit of the holiday, KC Adventures shows us 6 Easy Ways to Love Your Child on Valentine's Day.  These ideas are simple, full of love and fun!

V is for Vintage - Have you ever seen the Graphics Fairy Website? I've been a fan of this site for years and it has a fantastic collection of vintage Valentine illustrations and clip art.

W for Wall -  Learn how create an entire Valentine Wall from Balancing Home. It's complete with Valentine balloon topiaries, a wreath, framed art and a pennant.

X is XOXOXO {Hugs and Kisses} - Here is a cute Hugs and Kisses Tic-Tac-Toe Game by Teach Preschool. 

Y is for Yummy - Get your kids in the kitchen and make these delicious heart shaped pastries for someone special. 

Z is for Zebra - These I'm Wild for You Valentine's by Design Mom are a nice sweet-free alternative for Valentine's treats.

Did you find what you were looking for? If you want more Valentine Crafts for Preschool and Kindergarten age children, be sure to visit my Valentine Pinterest board.

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?  

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.

Thursday
Jan232014

Soccer & Digiorno Pizza Are A Great Match #GameTimeGoodies

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Is it just me, or do you feel like you're always grocery shopping for your family? No matter how much I stock up on pantry basics, I am always at the store to get a few more things. It's a good thing that I enjoy grocery shopping (sans kids, of course) and I get so excited when I find really good deals like this pizza deal at Walmart. 

Walmart has just rolled back the price on DiGiorno pizza for just $4.50 each! If you buy frozen pizza, you know that that is a great price, and it's perfect timing to pair Digiorno with one of your favorite sports that are on t.v. right now!

In the summer, we grill a lot and we're always out-and-about. Now that the weather is bitter cold, we're definitely staying home more. I like having a few pizzas in the freezer because they are super quick to make, and I know everyone in my family will be satisfied. 

Just this week, we got over 12 inches of snow, and it was so nice to be able to pop a pizza in the oven for a hot and tasty dinner while we watched soccer on t.v.  

Knowing that I can just take the pizza out of my freezer and it will be ready in less than 25 minutes, is a great feeling. I'm usually cooking meals from scratch, but everyone needs a break every now and then.  

I didn't need to go out in freezing 10 degree weather to pick anything up, work in the kitchen preparing food for an hour, or wash lots of pots and pans after dinner. Sometimes, simple is better.

So, while much of the America is buzzing about a big "football" game right now, we've been watching a different kind of football - a.k.a. soccer. 

As we were watching a soccer game last night, I popped a DiGiorno Rising Crust Supreme into the oven. My husband and kids were anxiously awaiting the buzzer on my oven to go off, and when the pizza came out of the oven, we quickly demolished it.

It was convenient. It was affordable. Everyone in my house was happy!

Did I make you hungry?  Hurry and go get some Digiorno Pizza's while they're still on sale at WalMart