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Elena of Avalor: Realm of the Jaquins

Have your kids ever wanted to watch Elena of Avalor on repeat? This is their chance! Elena of Avalor: Realm of the Jaquins is out on Disney DVD. It’s over an hour and a half of magical, kingdom saving adventures with their favorite crowned princess, Elena, in the home of Avalor’s mighty protectors, the jaquins.

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My daughter loves Princess Elena just as much as the next kid, and I just wish I was prepared to get a picture of her face when I handed her a copy of Elena of Avalor: Realm of the Jaquins. She needed no words because her reaction said it all. With eyes wide and jaw dropped, she smiled with excitement and couldn’t wait to watch. It has literally been playing all day. This kiddo just can’t get enough.

I’ve sat down and watched Elena of Avalor episodes with her before, and I’ve always been a fan of the jaquins who protect Avalor. I’d say Skylar is my favorite because he’s such a goof. You’re always in for a laugh when he’s around. So with the newer episodes, like those featured on this DVD, Elena gets into Vallestrella and it’s exciting to see the land of the jaquins.

And in true Elena fashion, there’s adventure to be had in Vallestrella. From trying to save her own kingdom from a mythical forest sprite, to keeping Shuriki at bay, Elena and the jaquins have their work cut out. In one episode, Shapeshifters, Elena shapeshifts into a jaquin herself in an effort to hunt down Shuriki. How cool is that?!

Episodes:

  • Realm of the Jaquins, Parts I & II
  • Three Jaquins and a Princess
  • Shapeshifters

10 Bonus Shorts

  • Adventures in Vallestrella
    • Flight of the Butterfrog
    • Sleeping Sunbird
    • Fast Food
    • Peabunny Boogie
    • Human Nature
  • Scepter Training with Zuzo
    • The Heist
    • Royal Treasury Escape Room
    • Nothing But Blaze
    • Stowaway
    • Don’t Be Our Guest

Do you have a favorite jaquin?

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It’s Okay to Fail as Long as You Try, a Lesson From Sophie the Skunk

With kids heading back to school and fall sports programs starting back up, it’s important we keep our kids in tune with what matters. One of the most important lessons, and maybe THE most important life lesson, we have been trying to ingrain in our oldest son, is that it’s okay to fail as long as he tries. You never know, just like Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, failing at one thing could mean finding success in another.

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My oldest son is just 6 years old, but for the past few years we’ve tried to get him to understand that’s it’s okay to fail. As adults, we know that failing is a part of life and if we don’t fail sometimes, we aren’t learning. Every day is an opportunity to learn!

Since he’s a young kid, it’s natural to feel like failing just isn’t an option. In his eyes, it’s win and succeed, or nothing. But it’s important to us, and we tell him all the time, it’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to lose. As long as you try. We’re trying to build his confidence and teach him to never give up.

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So when I got the chance to get a copy of Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, I knew it would be the perfect book for him. The story of Sophie reminds kids that it’s okay to not always be the best at something. Like Sophie, kids can give new hobbies their best effort and trust that even if they don’t always make the team or get a part in the cast, it is better to try and fail, than to never try at all. Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk is one of the most relatable books my son could own right now.

Sophie loves to sing and dance, but she doesn’t make the cut for the Talent Show. That doesn’t stop Sophie from continuing to sing and dance at home, though. It’s something she loves to do and one failure isn’t going to stop her. Maybe singing and dancing in front of an audience just isn’t for her. So she tries her hand at sports and guess what – she’s great at them! Failing at one thing could mean finding success in another.

Author, Kathryn Evans, says:

My goal is to show kids that sometimes it’s a good thing to not be the best at something. You might discover a new talent you may have not noticed before.

Had Sophie not failed at getting a part in the Talent Show, she never would have known she was so great at sports.

I sat down a few days ago and read Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, with my son. As we were reading I tried to explain each page so he’d really understand the lesson of the story, and tried to correlate it with activities he’s going through now so he’d understand better.

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One thing that stood out to me, was that Sophie wasn’t the best at reading. But she read extra and more than was expected, and as a result she received a reading award at the end of the year. All because she kept trying and wouldn’t let herself give up. My son learned a lot of reading skills in kindergarten, but still has doubts about his abilities. We know that if he tries, his reading skills will shine. It was a perfect place in Sophie’s story to remind him that just like we tell him all the time, you just have to try.

So as your kids head back to school or start a new extracurricular activity, don’t forget that it’s okay to let them fail or not be good at something. It’s okay to not understand a math problem. It’s okay not to know how to draw a portrait. It’s okay to miss that soccer goal. Just encourage them to continue trying and do their best. And if they want to try something different, there’s nothing wrong with that either. They may find exactly what they’re amazing at and shine brighter than ever.

It’s okay to fail as long as you try.

Do your kids struggle with self-confidence and persistence?

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When Reading Practice Becomes Sibling Bonding Time

When you have one kid who loves to be read to and one kid who’s learning to read, reading practice becomes a great time for sibling bonding. Even more so when the book being read is all about groups or families of animals. When Fur and Feather Get Together is the newest addition to my kids’ home library and it’s one I love seeing my son read because it teaches how beautiful family really is. I’d say that’s a pretty great way for my kids to bond.

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When Fur and Feather Get Together by David Margrave is a fun rhyming book that teaches kids what groups of animals are called when they get together. For example, a group of fish is called a school. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of geese is called a gaggle. But the overall takeaway is that no matter what group you’re a part of, family is everything and each family is beautiful in its own rights.

The book gives readers the chance to teach their kids many things, like

  • Animals have families too, and have fun spending time and playing with them.
  • Learning doesn’t have to be serious – it can be silly too.
  • Although people and animals may be different from each other, they also have many things in common.
  • How ideas and stories are brought to life through art and creativity.
  • Why it’s so important to build memories through spending time with family and learning from one another.

This last point is exactly what I see when my son reads to his sister. Memories for us all and they’re both learning from each other. He’s getting in his reading practice and sounding out new words, while she listens to a fun rhyming story and starts learning from him. It makes my heart melt.

Do your kids love reading together?

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Molang Season 2 on DVD + Giveaway

Best friends, Molang and Piu Piu, are at it again with 52 new everyday experiences in Molang Season 2. They may be different in every way possible, but they are the best of friends, embracing and turning bad situations into good ones, and doing nothing but enjoying life together. Everyone deserves a friendship like Molang’s and Piu Piu’s, and I have the chance for you to win a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack to share with your little ones, so they can see just how a true friendship should be!

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Molang Season 2 on DVD + Giveaway | #giveaway #Molang #NCircleEntertainmentMy toddler absolutely loves watching Molang on Disney Jr. and oftentimes she specifically requests to watch it. I suppose it’s a good thing she has season 1 on DVD and now we’ve added season 2 to her collection. Now available from NCircle Entertainment is Molang Season 2, with 52 new short stories – from baking, to golf, to kung fu and more, this pair is doing it all.

I love that at such an early age my daughter can see the relationship between two unlikely friends and how they go about enjoying daily life. It’s so heartwarming to see her laughing at their silly antics. I can only hope she’ll have the same kind of friendship with someone as she grows older. But for now, outgoing Molang and shy Piu Piu are great friendship role models (#friendshipgoals, haha).

Want to share all of the fun with your little ones? Use the giveaway form below to enter to win a Molang Season 2 Prize Pack! Also check out these free printable Molang activity sheets for even more fun.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

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Free Classroom Valentine’s Printables

Valentine’s Day is always fun when you’re in grade school. It’s all so innocent, with no real heart break because everyone is your special Valentine. What better way to share the love than with some cute, customized Valentine’s printables you won’t find in the store? And I’m giving them to you for free!

Free Classroom Valentine's Printables

To print, simply click on the image and a printable PDF will open in a new window.

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Share the Joy of Reading with Bookroo

With all the technology available to our kids today, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things, things like reading physical books. Shocked to hear that books still exist? Haha! They most definitely do and we are constantly working to expand our kids’ home library. With the help of Bookroo, growing their collection is as easy as it gets.

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It’s important that we take the time to help our kids’ imaginations grow, improve their listening skills, and expand their understanding of the world. The easiest way to do this is by reading to them.

It’s not just children’s classics like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” that we need to read to our kids. It may be a favorite, but there’s so much more to be learned by reading a large variety of books.

Bookroo, a monthly children’s book subscription, can help with book selection! One of the things Bookroo offers in its monthly shipments is an assortment of different titles.

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This month we received two titles that I’ve never heard of, but they turned out to be great choices – “Lily Wool” and “Edward Built a Rocketship.”

“Lily Wool” is about a little sheep, Lily Wool, who is a bit of an outcast in her herd. In the end she’s able to find and follow her unique passion, while helping others around her. It’s a great story for those trying to find their place, even if it’s not the norm.

“Edward Built a Rocketship” is a fun rhyming story that follows Edward as he plans and creates his own rocketship, then uses his imagination to journey through outer space. It’s quite the adventure!

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Another fun feature of Bookroo is that each book comes individually wrapped, so it’s always a surprise to the kids as they open them up. Most people don’t think of books as gifts, but I personally think that when books are wrapped and kids get to open them up, it adds a sense of excitement about reading. Gifts are exciting, right? So if a book is wrapped like a gift, they must be a fun item and reading must be exciting.

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Bookroo is a wonderful gift for kids this holiday season.

Starting at $15.99 per shipment with a 12 month subscription, and ranging up to $17.99 per shipment with a month-to-month subscription, it’s an affordable option too. And for you deal seekers, each shipment retails for more than you actually pay for the subscription.

Plus, it’s easy to sign up or gift a Bookroo subscription.

First, you choose which type of shipment you want – board books or picture books.

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Then you choose your subscription.

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And last, you enter your billing info and then sit back and wait for shipments to come every month.

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Which shipment option would your kids enjoy – board books or picture books?

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Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games

Do you hold a family game night in your house? With the way my entire family is glued to electronics, family game night is a great way to reconnect with each other and just enjoy each others company over some friendly (and intense) competition. We recently kicked our family game night up a notch with some new game additions from RoosterFin Games.

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Of course classic games are always a hit during our family game nights, but it’s also fun to try out some new games. The newest additions to our game collection include Bouncing Bots and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition from RoosterFin Games.

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We first tried out Bouncing Bots and while it’s a simple concept, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Each player gets two bots of the same color and taking turns, you try to bounce your bots onto number values on the scoring boards. The player with the highest score, wins.

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Sounds easy, right? Not so much. I have been having a hard time perfecting the bot bounce, so my bots either bounce off the board or don’t even make it near the board at all. If this is a problem for everyone, you can flip the scoring boards over so they’re more of a bowl shape, making it easier to get the bots to stay on the board. My son on the other hand has been practicing and he’s become our resident professional at Bouncing Bots.

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Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuideAfter I got tired of losing at Bouncing Bots, we moved on to Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition. This game is more about testing your memory, reaction time, and motor skills.

Each player gets four lumpy cubes of the same color. Everyone has 10 seconds to memorize the stack pattern on the card and then they have to stack their lumpy cubes to match the card. Whoever does it correctly the fastest yells “Lumpy” and gets the card. The player to collect three cards first, wins.

 

Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition is my favorite of our two new games. Again, it has a simple concept, but what makes this game challenging, aside from a good memory, is that there are four different faces on the cubes. Each cube as one of the four faces on the front and a different one on the back.

There have been many times I’ve gotten three cubes stacked and when I get to the top I don’t have the face I need to finish it. I then have to find where that face is on the back of the cubes I’ve already stacked and figure out how to adjust the cubes to meet the pattern on the card. It can get pretty tricky.

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What types of games does your family like to play? Both of these from RoosterFin Games are great options for the whole family. They’re both curated for ages 6+, have simple concepts, but are challenging at the same time. And another perk is that they don’t have a ton of pieces that can get lost.

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Ready for some friendly (and intense) family competition? Bouncing Bots ($21.99) and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition ($18.99) are available for purchase on Amazon today, with Prime shipping of course!

RoosterFin Games are perfect gifts for kids and even the whole family this holiday season. Gift RoosterFin and let the competition begin!

Which RoosterFin game will your family enjoy?

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How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money?

Did you know that only 7% of US high schools require students to pass a basic finance test to graduate? And not only that, but the majority of parents received a grade of C or worse when it came to understanding basic finance themselves. So how can we as parents help our kids learn to manage money? BusyKid is the newest online and mobile platform for doing just that, and I’ve never been so excited to tell you about something, as I am about BusyKid!

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I remember getting my first bank account and first credit card during my senior year in high school, at the same time I was working my first job. I was ready to get spending and buy whatever I wanted to buy without having to ask permission from my mom. But it wasn’t long before more credit cards came in and the debt kept growing and growing. I have since learned my lesson and paid down a lot of my debt, but I still wish I had done better from the start.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementIt’s estimated that today, less than 10% of ALL money in the world is coins and paper. We pretty much live in a cashless society, but the fact of the matter is we’re still teaching our kids about money by using coins, paper bills, and piggy banks. Sure, that’s okay at first, but once they understand the face value of each coin and paper bill, we need to do our duty to teach them about our cashless society and what it takes to actually earn that money. I’m talking budgeting, saving, investing, and taxes, and even responsibility, accountability, and time management.

This is where BusyKid comes in. BusyKid is a new online and mobile platform that acts as your child’s first job and payroll system. You create a profile for your child, customize a chore list for them (this is their “job”), along with an allowance amount for each chore, and when they’ve finished a chore they mark it as done. When Friday roles around, it’s your child’s payday, just like for most of us adults. From there your child has money to spend how they want (with a little guidance, of course). It’s a classic, but advanced earn and be rewarded system.

We created BusyKid because our children need to start experiencing the real world earlier when it comes to the basic financial practices of earning, saving, spending, sharing and investing. As adults we don’t get rewarded with TV time, computer time, stickers, stars or ice cream. Why should we do this with our kids? Eventually, they need to learn the importance of money.

-Gregg Murset, BusyKid CEO

Let’s walk through this with a quick step by step, because I absolutely love the concept of BusyKid.

Chore List

You have the ability to choose which chores you want your child to do and on what days. And if you’re not exactly sure what kinds of chores are suitable for your child’s age, don’t worry. BusyKid provides plenty of recommendations. As your child gets older, new chores will be added, but you still have the ability to customize the chore list as you go.

Each chore is also assigned an allowance amount. This can be anything you choose to be appropriate and whatever fits with your own family budget. Upon completion of the chore, your child marks it as complete and the allowance amount is added to their total allowance.

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Every Friday is payday, just like some jobs in the real world. You are paying your child’s payroll and do so by linking your bank account, debit card, or credit card to BusyKid’s payroll system. On payday your child can choose to request cash, or purchase fun retailer gift cards, or invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card (hello, real world!). Every payday you will receive a text message alert reminding you it’s payday, at which time you can approve payment or not.

Now, you can imagine there will probably be times when your child marks a chore as done, but didn’t actually do it. Obviously, you aren’t going to pay them for that undone chore. In the “activity” section you can see every chore your child has marked completed and in that same location you can disapprove any chore that wasn’t actually done. This will automatically adjust the total allowance amount.

Spending Their Money

As just mentioned, your child can choose to request cash, purchase fun retailer gift cards, invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card that they can use in-store or online. In addition to these options, they can also donate a portion of their earnings to charity if they’d like.

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All of this is done within the BusyKid platform. Of course, you can still help guide your child with how to spend their money, but just imagine how much more real world experience they will have when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and spending. If you give your child the freedom to choose what they do with their money, they may not always make the right choice, but it’s better to learn from those fails now than as an adult.

Get Started

You’re probably wondering how much BusyKid costs to use and in all honesty, it’s very affordable. It’s just $14.95 per yer, per family. And if you want to give your child a BusyKid Spend Card (rechargeable VISA debit card), there’s an additional $5 per year fee, but I love the real world experience it can give to kids, so I think it’s worth it.

And for a limited time, two kids from each family that signs up will receive a free $10 stock. BusyKid really wants children to learn how to invest so they’ve decided to give them their first experience in dealing with the stock market.

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It’s never too early to teach children how to budget and effectively spend their money. My son is just 5 years old and wanted some useless toy (in my opinion) from his school’s book fair a few weeks ago. He asked his father for $5 to get it, to which is father replied he had to complete a chore to get the $5. Well, he ended up not finishing the chore and didn’t earn his $5.

Every time we go to the store my son is also asking for something, whether it be a new toy, a new shirt, or junk food. I always ask him if he has the money to buy whatever it is he’s wanting and the conversation stops there. BusyKid is the perfect platform for us to start teaching our son about earning money and the best possible ways to spend his earnings, and we’re all excited to get started!

Have you started teaching your kids about money?

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Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch #HolidayGiftGuide

When the kids need something to do, do you usually turn to electronics? I do. We have a variety of tablets and electronic gadgets the kids play with, and they watch TV all the time. In all honesty, we’ve never really set a limit on the amount of electronic or screen time our kids get. But we still realize the importance of simple creativity and Magic Sketch is helping our kids express their creative side.

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It was a few months ago that I realized my son felt pressured to be perfect when drawing. I’d give him crayons and paper and tell him draw me a picture, or he’d draw on his chalk board or dry erase board, whatever medium he chose. He’d always ask me what to draw and when I’d request something he’d just stare blankly like he didn’t know where to start.

This was a little concerning to me because even if he drew a few lines or shapes and tried to make a picture of something, I would have went with it. But it wasn’t even that. He couldn’t come up with anything because he wanted his picture to look exactly the way it was supposed to.

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If I wanted him to draw a car, he wanted his picture to look just like one of his Hot Wheels cars. I can’t even draw a car to look that realistic, but he didn’t even want to try. This was a red flag that we needed to work on his imagination and creativity, so that’s what we did.

Magic Sketch,  a colorful tablet/boogie board with a transparent LCD screen that allows kids to draw, play, create and learn, has been a big help with him lately. It comes with various drawing tools and stamps, as well as fun stencils – learning stencils, game stencils, and even art stencils.

Magic Sketch includes:

  • Magic Sketch Boogie Board
  • Protector Guard
  • 4 Styluses
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

 

 

My son’s favorite thing to do with his Magic Sketch, aside from writing his name, is tracing the art stencils. The stencils slide right into the Magic Sketch and because the screen is transparent, he can trace right over the stencil and create something amazing.

It caters a little more to his need to be perfect, but I’ve also noticed him trying to draw the images himself without the stencil. And erasing his artwork and starting with a clean slate is as easy as pushing the round black button. It’s like magic!

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My favorite thing about Magic Sketch is it’s kid proof durability. It can be dropped, stepped on, spilled on, and none of this will affect it. Plus, the battery lasts for seven years! Thank goodness for no chargers or constant battery changes.

And just imagine how perfect it is to carry along during car trips, or to use at restaurants or in waiting rooms. You don’t have to worry about battery life, there are no annoying sounds, and your child is learning to express their creativity.

 

While we still have some work to do, my son has come a long ways with his creativity. Now that he’s started kindergarten he comes home with drawings all the time. Of course, I have to ask him what they are, but if he can give me an answer, I’m happy. I can at least now recognize his creativity is starting to show. And when he asks to use his tablet, he’s not talking about his electronics anymore, but is wanting to draw on his Magic Sketch.

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