The Golden Ticket: NYSPCC Family Benefit to be Held June 4

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) and families from NYC will join forces on Sunday, June 4 for the Annual Family Benefit to see Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. With as many unique opportunities that come our way on The Next Kid Thing, I do my best to find ways to give back. By sharing this information, I hope you or someone you know, might be interested in attending NYSPCC’s benefit.

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 As the world’s first child protection agency, The NYSPCC responds to the needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal, and educational services.

Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal. This benefit directly supports the organization’s child sexual abuse prevention program, Safe Touches: Personal Safety Training for Children. The NYSPCC is led by Executive Director Dr. Mary L. Pulido who has worked to help child victims of abuse and neglect for more than three decades. 

The Family Benefit Co-chairs are Marisol Brekka, Chani Churchill, Eliza Dyson, Peter Espy, Liza Oneglia, and Tatiana Perkin.

As a parenting blogger who volunteers for various causes, I believe it’s critical to ensure the safety and welfare of our children. I’m so fortunate that my beliefs align with NYSPCC’s ongoing efforts. When they approached me to help share this important event, they reinforced that “We are both working towards bridging the gap that can form between the child and the caretaker.”

 

For reservations and inquiries please reach out to events @Nyspcc.org or 212-233-5500 ext. 240

Best in Show: Finds from the New York Baby Show

The other week, Josh and I spent the afternoon at the New York Baby Show at Pier 94 scouring the booths for the latest and greatest in baby gear. From well trusted names in car seats to gadgets helping to create smart nurseries, there were so many new products featured at the New York Baby Show.

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We searched high and low, snapped tons of pics, peeked into many booths and found a really great selection of gear from baby brands that we love, as well as products from new and upcoming companies!

Here are just a few of the many great products we spotted at this year’s New York Baby Show:

Pello

With is gorgeous textiles and poufy circular shape, Pello is described as a luxury newborn lounger. This new take on a pillow can be used for feeding or for a convenient way to help baby sit somewhat upright during his/her waking hours. When baby outgrows the newborn phase, this pillow looks ideal for helping to support during the sitting up and standing phases.IMG 2941 JPG 

Pello has a great selection of colors and fabrics. It can be found on Amazon and retails for $120.

Sage Spoonfuls

A longtime fan of Sage Spoonfuls, I love watching this baby feeding brand flourish. I’m so excited about the Happy Foodie stainless steel divided plate and lid. Plastic plates and feeding ware are among the first items to go in my house because they are the most used and abused. Our stainless steel lunchboxes have lasted 5+ years. 

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So, I can only imagine how well the Sage Spoonfuls Happy Foodie product line will do. Safe, non-toxic, BPA, lead and phthalate-free and easy to clean!

Britax Frontier

Since we first shopped for carseats 10 years ago, Britax has been one of my all time favorite baby brands. This is, yet, another brand that I’ve loved watching flourish and working with over the years. I was so excited to see the various new strollers and carseats on display, but what truly caught my eye was the Frontier booster.

 

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We are solidly in the booster phase with my preschooler, so boosters have been on the brain. This new fabric is chic and unique; combining safety with style is something that Britax does so well. And speaking of safety, the Britax Frontier’s Click Tight Technology makes car seat installation as easy as buckling a seatbelt. This technology is designed to be seamless, especially for families who travel frequently or need to switch seats regularly. Click Tight is a game changer!

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Volvo

And speaking of traveling, I loved that my dream car brand was at the New York Baby Show. I’ve been eyeing Volvo’s SUVs for quite some time. Sadly, the price tag hasn’t been in the budget.

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We decided that this specific Volvo was too small for our needs, what with our year-round sports, lake gear and coaching equipment.  Nevertheless, it’s fun getting a peek at my dream car at the Baby Show. Josh loved sitting in the driver’s seat and checking out the trunk. 

 

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With thanks to Momtrends, we enjoyed meeting up with fellow bloggers in the Blogger Lounge, as well as livestreamed our favorite finds from the show. My little guy loved having the chance to play! 

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Above all, we loved checking out all the awesome goodies and gear at the New York Baby Show. Stay tuned for more fun finds!

 

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Protect Like a Mother Exhibit from Lysol

Nurturing and protecting is an innate trait for mothers, regardless of the species. This weekend Lysol is celebrating mothers with “Protect Like a Mother,” an interactive art installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Boasting vibrant jewel toned colors against the monochromatic backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and NYC skyline, this installation presented by Lysol is a larger than life tribute to mothers from all walks of life.

 

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It’s hard to miss the bright orange orangutan sculpture that depicts a mama toting baby on its back. Even at 5, I’m always toting my low-toned baby, especially when he’s weak or succumbing to the side effects of his meds. Protecting and nurturing is second nature for mothers and parents. 

I love the way that the orangutan mother is described as the ultimate mulitasker. Carrying sleeping babies, while cooking dinner, navigating a crowd and holding everyone’s things? Sounds familiar!

 

 

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The Golden Eagle Mother exhibit is as beautiful as the symbol it represents. The way the Golden Eagle Mother perches her nest in hard-to-reach places to protect her offspring—this is something that’s so relevant to mothers who feel the need to hold her loves close, but far away from those who might cause danger.

 

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Like so many of the other kids, Josh’s absolute favorite part of the installation is the interactive bubble play from the octopus sculpture! We could’ve played with those bubbles forever! I think I feel most like an octopus mother constantly juggling the many moving pieces in life. Though I may drop things, the way I nurture these kids doesn’t go away.

 

 

 

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We loved walking around reading the description of each animal mama. We learned so much about the way each creature mothers so differently, yet all have the same end result: to keep her babies safe.

 

 

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The protective instinct is one of the many facets of motherhood, within the animal kingdom and our own. I love the way the “Protect Like a Mother” exhibit celebrates the undeniable way a mother protects her babes. Lysol has been a leader in germ kill and offers products that kill 99.9% of germs to help moms protect their kids from passing germs and getting sick. As a mama with a babe who is in and out of hospitals and specialists, I constantly do what I can to keep the family as germ-free as possible.

 

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Make sure to check out this truly innovative outdoor art exhibit presented by Lysol at the Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend 9am-6pm. The exhibit is so unique and makes for some really fun photos!

 

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Full disclosure: this is a sponsored post in partnership with Lysol. I received compensation for sharing this information. However, as always, all opinions on NKT are my own.

Lunch Box Essentials: Best Snacks for Kids at Aldi

Since I just got back from grocery shopping at Aldi, I have snacks for kids and lunch box essentials on the brain. As we round the bases to the end of the year, lunchbox duties, at least in our house, start to get a bit routine. Always looking to jazz up the lunch box and snacks, I thought I’d round up some of our favorite snacks from our favorite grocery store.

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If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they’re a thriving grocer that’s has been a long standing favorite in Europe. We love Aldi for their small footprint—typically 5 aisles—making grocery shopping a quick in-and-out errand. They’ve committed to refreshing their overall look and selection:

which includes an expanded selection of fresh and organic produce, rolling out Healthier Checklanes that offer smarter options at checkout, and continuing to grow its product lines to offer better-for-you options for families to enjoy, including more gluten-free options and a range of products free of additives, antibiotics and added hormones. 

Here are just a few of the many snacks from Aldi that are currently on our lunch box and after school snack rotation:

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White Cheddar Puffs

Aldi’s White Cheddar Puffs are a great cheesy snack that isn’t too filling. The fun flavor of the Simply Nature White Cheddar Puffs won the Product of the Year Awards, solidifying them as a favorite pick for lunch boxes. If you’re familiar with that ubiquitous “pirate snack,” then you’re familiar with this style of puff. No dyes or other artificial ingredients, you seriously can’t go wrong with Simply Nature’s White Cheddar Puffs.

 

Fresh Fruit

I love the inexpensive fresh fruit options at Aldi. From the $2 bananas to the $2 blueberries to the $3 organic apples, there’s always a colorful selection of fresh fruit that are perfect for snacks. Fresh fruit are the original snacks on the go, so you can’t go wrong when grabbing a bag of ripe tangerines!

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Mini Bear Grahams

Some of our absolute favorite items from Aldi are the great selection of pre-packaged snacks for lunch boxes. The Mini Bear Graham Snack Packs in honey are a great size for 2 kids’ lunch boxes for the week, with a few to spare for me to pop in my bag for when we’re on the go. The flavor is sweet, but not too sugary sweet. These mini crackers are perfectly sized for littles and bigs’ lunch boxes! 

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Happy Farms Cheese Snacks

We’re huge cheese eaters in our house, so I love knowing that our cheese from Aldi is free of unnecessary additives and hormones. The prepackaged cheese snacks are super easy to pop into lunch boxes for a quick bite. I love that there are several flavors beyond the usual mozzarella string cheese. 

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Vegetable Chips

Vegetable Chips is another staple in my weekly grocery trip. This blend of chips includes sweet potato, taro, batata and parsnips. A healthier alternative to regular potato chips, vegetable chips satisfy the crunchy salty cravings. As part of the Simply Nature brand, the vegetable chips are free from artificial ingredients and preservatives.

There are so many other awesome snacks and treats that are suitable for kids, so these are just a few from our favorites list. If you shop at Aldi, what are your favorites? 


Full disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We love sharing the things we love. Thanks for supporting NKT!

PJ Masks Live Tour Dates Announced

Attention Gecko, Owlette and CatBoy fans, PJ Masks will be hitting the stage this fall! PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero is a full music production based on the wildly popular Disney Jr. animated tv series. PJ Masks Live! will make stops at 60 cities starting in September 2017. 

A favorite with preschoolers, PJ Masks, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.

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This photo op with the PJ Masks crew was taken at a media event last year. It is not necessarily reflective of the PJ Masks Live production.

 

We are such huge fans of PJ Masks and have included “gecko muscles” in our ongoing dialogue! We’re hoping to snag tickets to PJ Masks Live when it takes stage at the MSG Theater in October.

Exclusive pre-sales begin Tuesday, May 16, at 10am EST, with general public on-sale starting Friday, May 19, at 10 am EST.

See below for tour dates and locations. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pjmaskslive.com

Tour Dates

  •  Tuesday, September 19 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center
  •   Wednesday, September 20 – Reading, PA – Santander PAC
  •   Thursday, September 21 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome
  •   Friday, September 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center
  •   Saturday, September 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center
  •   Sunday, September 24 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center
  •   Tuesday, September 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall
  •   Wednesday, September 27 – Saginaw, MI – The Dow Event Center Theatre
  •   Thursday, September 28 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
  •   Saturday, September 30 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre  
  •   Sunday, October 1 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre  
  •   Tuesday, October 3 – East Lansing, MI – Wharton Center
  •   Wednesday, October 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
  •   Saturday, October 7 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
  •   Sunday, October 8 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
  •   Tuesday, October 10 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
  •   Wednesday, October 11 – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square
  •   Saturday, October 14 – New York, NY – Theatre at Madison Square Garden
  •   Sunday, October 15 – New York, NY – Theatre at Madison Square Garden
  •   Tuesday, October 17 – Wilkes Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center
  •   Wednesday, October 18 – Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center
  •   Thursday, October 19 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Center
  •   Saturday, October 21 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
  •   Sunday, October 22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
  •   Tuesday, October 24 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
  •   Wednesday, October 25 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun
  •   Friday, October 27 – Ft. Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann
  •   Saturday, October 28 – Tampa Bay, FL – Ferguson Hall
  •   Sunday, October 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
  •   Wednesday, November 1 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
  •   Thursday, November 2 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
  •   Friday, November 3 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
  •   Saturday, November 4 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
  •   Sunday, November 5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Hudson Performance Hall
  •   Monday, November 6 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Center
  •   Tuesday, November 7 – Austin, TX – ACL Moody
  •   Wednesday, November 8 – Tulsa, OK – Chapman Music Hall
  •   Thursday, November 9 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland
  •   Friday, November 10 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
  •   Saturday, November 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Theatre
  •   Sunday, November 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
  •   Tuesday, November 14 – Pittsburgh – Byham Theatre
  •   Wednesday, November 15 – Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
  •   Saturday, November 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
  •   Sunday, November 19 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities PAC
  •   Monday, November 20 – Omaha, NE – Ralston Arena
  •   Tuesday, November 21 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
  •   Friday, November 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica 
  •   Saturday, November 25 – Las Vegas, NV – The Orleans 
  •   Sunday, November 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theatre
  •   Monday, November 27 – Santa Rosa, CA – Luther Burbank Center
  •   Wednesday, November 29 – Portland, OR – Schnitzer Hall
  •   Thursday, November 30 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
  •   Friday, December 1 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center
  •   Saturday, December 2 – San Jose, CA – Civic Auditorium
  •   Tuesday, December 5 – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall
  •   Wednesday, December 6 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theatre

Celebrating Mom’s Time Out with Armitron

With Mother’s Day just days away, it’s always hard for me to pinpoint exactly what I want. Truth be told, I want time. Time to myself, time to nap, time to relax. But accessories to help with time? Yeah, those are certainly welcomed too. When it comes to stylish watches and Mom’s Time Out, Armitron has us covered.

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A few weeks ago, my friends Audrey + Vera gathered a number of NYC influencers to celebrate Mom’s Time Out with Armitron. Armitron, the beloved watch brand, hosted us at their showroom to share their many stylish watches and time pieces. These stylish and cost effective time pieces are both functional and perfect accessories to accent casual to formal outfits.

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Just some of the many watches showcased featured the on-trend rose gold style, mirrored faces, as well as sparkly accents.  Here are just some of the watch trends that Audrey + Vera shared with us at the Mom’s Time Out Event:

Spring 2017 Watch Trends:

  • Blush/Rose Gold: Perfect for spring, this color has been all over the runways for this season. With rose-gold hardware and blush-colored straps, these watches are easy to pair with any spring outfit.
  • Mesh Straps: Metal, mesh straps are growing in popularity in men’s and women’s watches in gold, silver, rose-gold and even black.
  • Luggage-Colored Leather Strap Watches: Easy to dress down, leather strap watches are comfortable and easy to pair with casual attire or spring dresses.
  • Gold Hardware with Silver Watch Hands/Numbers: More and more watch designers are mixing metals, with gold-framed faces and silver hands and markers. This two-toned look pairs seamlessly with all types of accessories.
  • Simple, Large Faces: The boyfriend look has been in with clothing for a while, and now larger, simpler watch faces are becoming popular for women’s styles, too.

 

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As someone who’s always on the go, I also loved checking out Armitron’s sports watches. So perfect for the beach and working out, which I need more of in my life.

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In addition to the delicious spread of food, cocktails and great conversation with friends, fellow mom, actress and author, Jenna Von Oy from Blossom fame, spoke to us about her adventures in parenting. It was so fun to hear Von Oy tell us about her experience as a parent and her thoughts on her own style! I saw her on the Today Show that day, and was enamored by her eloquence. I love how she’s so well spoken and basically the opposite of her character from Blossom. So fun!

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Accessories, admittedly are such an afterthought for me. So, I absolutely appreciate brands who emphasize moms taking a minute for themselves. I loved the Jamberry mini-manicures, watch selfies and getting to closer look at all the stylish options from Armitron. Thank you to Audrey + Vera and Armitron for such a fun Mom’s Time Out!

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Full disclosure: I received an Armitron watch as a gift. As always, opinions on NKT are my own.

PBS Kids Celebrate Spring with Explore the Outdoors Program

It’s finally beautiful in NJ/NYC and Spring is in full swing. Our friends at PBS Kids have a fun lineup of great programming to celebrate the outdoors and everything we love about Spring.

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PBS Kids’ annual Explore the Outdoors kicks off today with a week of new episodes from those Wild Kratts and Nature Cat! I love that it’s an Earth Month celebration with a lot of STEM thrown in.

Check out all the fun new programming coming up for PBS Kids:

PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors Program Details & Air Dates (check local listings) 

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“Archerfish School”

Premieres April 10, streaming April 10

When the Kratt Bros meet a school of Archerfish, they are taught the secret of “water droplet” archery from an Archerfish named Arrow. Soon, they are using this newly learned skill to infiltrate Donita Donata’s yacht and rescue the baby animals she has been capturing for her newest high-end fashion line.

 

“This Orca Likes Sharks”

Premieres April 11; streaming April 14

The Kratt Bros discover a message in a bottle telling them about an wily old orca who eats only large sharks. They find this hard to believe, so with the help of Aviva’s Dolphin Decoder, modified to speak Orca, the Wild Kratts go in search of the orca who likes sharks!

 

“Baby Tooth & Kid Musky”

Premieres April 12, streaming April 21

When the Wild Kratts begin to talk about predator and prey, the Kratt Bros decide to split up to investigate the lives of being a predator and a prey. But when they each befriend a young member of their respective groups and the groups collide, the gang must struggle to figure out how they react in a true battle for survival.

 

“Cheetah Adopted”

Premieres April 13; streaming April 28

Martin and Chris are creature adventuring on the African savannah when they encounter a warthog mom and her piglets. But they notice something odd. One of the piglets is the cheetah cub Spotswat! It’s up to the Kratt Bros to find out why this cub has been adopted into the warthog family and to reunite him with his mother, Blur.

 

“Musk Ox Mania”

Premieres April 14; streaming May 5

When Chris realizes that his precious creature souvenir collection is missing, the gang must travel back to the Arctic to find it. But the Arctic is now covered in a thick layer of ice and snow, so they’ll need the help of a special Arctic creature — the musk ox — and its creature powers to find it.

 

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“Spring Hunter 3000/The Case of the Missing Moon”

Premieres April 10, streaming April 10

“Spring Hunter 3000” ? Spring has sprung! And it’s now time for Daisy’s favorite online game: Spring Hunter 3000! The goal of the game is to try to find as many signs of spring as possible: birds, flowers, you name it. The more you find, the more points you earn. And whoever gets the most points is deemed the queen or king of spring! Oh yeah! Oh yeah!

 

“The Case of the Missing Moon” ? Hal is so so so sad! When he went to howl at the moon, as he does every night, the moon was gone! But that’s impossible! How does a moon just disappear? There has to be a logical explanation, right? Can Nature Cat and his pals find the missing moon? Or will Hal’s nightly howls come to an end for good?

 

“Mighty Mountain Climbers/Bug Eating Plants!”

Premieres April 11; streaming April 14

“Mighty Mountain Climbers” ? On a dare from Ronald, Nature Cat and his pals try to climb all the way up to The Mighty Mountain Peak. They get all the supplies they need and head out, led by Nature Cat. But they soon find out that hiking up a mountain is hard and poses many problems, no matter how prepared you are. Will they make it all the way to the peak?!

 

“Bug Eating Plants!” ? A super-excited Squeeks shows her brand-new, homemade comic “Bug Eating Plants of the Swamp!” to her pals. As Squeeks begins to read the story, we see this action-packed adventure played out, as tiny Nature Cat, Hal, Daisy and Squeeks must make their way through the swamp while trying to stay away from the Bug Eating Plants, which proves difficult for Tiny Hal! 

 

“Flight of the Firefly/Thunderstruck”

Premieres April 12, streaming April 21

“The Flight of the Firefly” ? While looking for fireflies in the backyard, Hal catches one so the gang can look closely at it and watch it glow. Hal names the firefly George and promises to watch it and hug it and then set it free, which he does, but for some reason George doesn’t want to fly away and hangs around Hal. George seems to have something on his mind. Since no one can communicate with a firefly, they call in Houston. With the help of his firefly communicator, they find out that George is lost and needs help finding the Firefly Fiesta!

 

“Thunderstruck” ? It’s Nature Scrapbook Day today! Nature Cat and his pals are out in nature, taking photos, drawing pictures and collecting various properties of nature to put in their nature scrapbook. Suddenly, a thunderstorm causes the gang to seek shelter in Hal’s doghouse. As Nature Cat and his friends learn, thunderstorms are nothing to be scared of. They also are able to see the beauty of thunderstorms, which become the last entry in their scrapbook.

 

“Plants Got the Moves/Magnet Mania”

Premieres April 13; streaming April 28

“Plants Got the Moves” ? Daisy has being getting ready for months for the Animal Science Fair, which occurs later in the woods. Man-oh-man is Daisy ready with her terrific exhibit, which shows how bean seeds grow. But before going to the fair, a gust of wind knocks over her science fair project, ruining it. Daisy needs help to try to find another science project to exhibit at the Animal Science Fair and finds inspiration from an unlikely source: plants that move!

 

“Magnet Mania” ? Ever hear of Ole’ Lucky the Lodestone? Well, it’s only the world’s biggest magnetic rock, which can attract things with iron in them, and the final destination for the gang’s celebration of Magnet Mania! But there is one problem: how do they go north to get to Ole’ Lucky when they have no compass?

 

“Return to Mighty Mountain/Welcome to the Vernal Pond”

Premieres April 14; streaming May 5

“Return to Mighty Mountain” ? There is no giving up for Nature Cat and his pals. After failing to reach the peak of the Mighty Mountain, they are going to try to hike all the way up again! But this time, they have a surprise: help from an unlikely, yet extremely experienced, mountain climber to guide them – Granny Bunny!

 

“Welcome to the Vernal Pond” ? While playing in the woods, Nature Cat and his pals come across Fern, a spotted salamander who just happens to be pregnant and ready to give birth! But she needs help getting to the safest spot in the woods to have her babies, the vernal pond. Nature Cat knows these woods like the back of his hand, yet he has never heard of or seen the vernal pond. Fern cannot wait to show them why!

Yowie Chocolate and Toy Surprises

If your kids spend any time on YouTube, then you must know that surprise eggs are quite the phenomenon. Actually, anything with a reveal effect is pretty significant for the kiddie YouTube viewers. 

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Yowie, which makes chocolate toy surprises, has a different take on this fun treat. Yowie are like egg-like chocolate surprises, but instead, they’re monster-shaped chocolates with toys instead. The difference with these toys is that they’re educational toys that teach kids about interesting animals, and in some cases how to help species who may be endangered. To boot, the chocolate is delicious!

Yowie will be at the Think and Fun’s Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Fun on April 15. YOWIE aims to “Save The Natural World” by promoting wildlife conservation and educating children about ecology and endangered species. More info herehttp://www.yowiegroup.com
If you’re looking for a fun treat to include in your Easter baskets, be on the look out for Yowie treats!
 
Yowie was kind of enough to send us a pack of surprises and my guys had a fun time devouring them! All in a day’s work.

Full disclosure: Samples were provided to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. As always, all opinions are my own.

New York Baby Show Free Ticket Giveaway

As Spring starts to roll in, so do more fun events in the City and around town. Always on the hunt for new and innovative baby and kid products, I’m thrilled that the New York Baby Show is once again docking on the West Side at Pier 94 in NYC. This great event showcases many of the coolest gear and gadgets for babies and kids. I love bringing the whole family to the show to scout out new gear for babes and the site.

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Dr. Harvey Karp, one of my favorite parenting experts and famed pediatrician, will be one of the speakers at the New York Baby Show. There’s a long list of great exhibitors, including 4moms, Tula, Britax, Clek, Cybex, among other favorite baby and family brands.

Are you expecting or have a little and looking for the best baby gear, I definitely recommend heading to the New York Baby Show taking place May 20-21. Tickets are $30 per family or $20 for individuals.

And because we’re such fans of the New York Baby Show, I’m so excited to give away some free tickets to the show. I have 10 tickets to giveaway, and you can grab them here. These free tickets are first come first serve.

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Once the free tickets are gone, I’m happy to share 50% off tickets to the New York Baby Show. To grab this discount, please head here. 

The Best Beauty and the Beast Toys and Dolls from Hasbro and Funko

Disney’s latest live action film, Beauty and the Beast, is debuting today with much Disney fanfare. Cue #BeourGuest and sparkly costumes!When the teaser started to show online and on tv, generations were captivated, including the generation that grew up watching the iconic animated version. Today, those kids who watched Belle and Beast’s animated tale are now parents, and of course, the new film’s appeal is reaching a new generation in an epic way.

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In celebration of the film’s release, we’re sharing some of our favorite toys and trinkets that we spotted at the 2017 Toy Fair here in NYC. The various companies that have the Disney license created magical toys to dazzle kids and engage in cool new ways.

Enchanting Melodies Belle Doll

Dressed in her gold ball gown, the Belle doll sings the “Something There” song from Disney’s live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. With one press of Belle’s stomach, she will sing of her budding love for the Beast in this classic song. Requires three A76 batteries, included. ($29.99/Available: Spring 2017)


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Dance and Code Belle

Dance and Code Belle was one of my absolute favorite toys at Toy Fair, and perhaps my most favorite coding doll. This unique and gorgeous doll is inspired by Belle’s brains and graceful dancing. With an app, kids can code Belle’s dances and movements. I thought this was such a unique way to incorporate the tenets of STEAM and introducing coding.
 
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Check out a video of Belle in action, as well as the other Beauty and the Beast dolls from Hasbro’s Toy Fair Showroom
 

Disney Beauty and the Beast Grand Romance

The deluxe duo 2-Pack includes a Belle doll dressed in a removable dress inspired by her yellow ball gown, Beast figure in his ballroom attire featuring a furry textured body, and fashion accessories. ($49.99) Available Spring 2017

 

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Castle Friends Collection Small Doll Set

 Once the human servants of the enchanted castle, the Disney Beauty and the Beast Castle Friends Collection Small Doll Set features five loyal friends to The Beast. The  set features some of the characters from the live-action movie including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Chip, Mrs. Potts and Plumette. ($14.99) Available Spring 2017


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Beauty and the Beast Village Belle Doll

 The Village Belle doll wears the iconic blue dress inspired by the village scene in Disney’s live-action movie Beauty and the Beast. Kids, collectors, and fans of the timeless classic will love reliving their favorite moments and imagining their own stories. Includes Belle doll, outfit, and a pair of removable shoes inspired by her outfit in Disney’s live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast. ($14.99/available Spring 2017)

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 Funko Disney’s Belle, Beast and Gaston

Funko creates an expansive line of licensed vinyl figures, including many beloved Disney characters such as Belle and the Beast. I loved checking out the multiple iterations of these characters from their Pop! line of vinyl figures. With their over exaggerated animated features, these lovable collectibles are ideal for fans and kids alike. Now if only they had a LeFou character!

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Have you seen Beauty and the Beast yet? If so, what did you love about it? More importantly, which toys are on yours and your kids’ wishlist?