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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Glimmer Girls London Art Chase & A Dolphin Wish

London Art Chase
By Natalie Grant 
Published by Zondervan

In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures.

There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine?

A Dolphin Wish
By Natalie Grant 
Published by Zondervan

Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Twist, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.

In A Dolphin Wish a three-night stop in the city of San Diego seems like it might be just the break the girls need—lovely weather and great sights to see. That is until they hear animal handlers at “Watery World” talking about the trouble they’ve been having keeping the animals in their habitats. Mia and her sisters cannot resist a challenge and they talk Miss Twist into another visit to the educational amusement park to search for clues as to what or who is helping the animals escape.

Hailee is a big fan of FaithGirlz books and these two just happened to come at a time she needed something to read. She was excited to read these and finished them in one day. The twins are 10 yrs old so this is a perfect age range book for her. Its an 8-12 yr old age level.

The books both have a mystery that the twins need to solve. The first book they travel to London, the second California.

She cant wait to read the third book in the series The Miracle in Music City.



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Friday, January 29, 2016

Cleveland Fans Invited to Donate NEW Blankets for Veterans

Cleveland Fans Invited to Donate NEW Blankets for Veterans
and Receive Voucher to Monster Jam February 13th-14th Performances

Monster Jam is revving up for a weekend of intense demolition and high-flying fun February 13th –14th at Quicken Loans Arena, but before drivers start their engines, they want to give back to the community and are asking Cleveland fans to help by donating a new, unused blanket to a veteran in need!

Quicken Loans Arena and Monster Jam are teaming up to host a blanket drive from Monday, January 25th through Thursday, February 11th at Quicken Loans Arena, with all items benefiting the Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Veterans Domiciliary at Wade Park.

The first 200 fans to donate a new blanket will receive a voucher valid for one (1) ticket to any 2016 Monster Jam evening performance. After the 200 limit has been met, families who donate will receive a discount voucher, also valid for any performance.

At the end of the week, Tony Ochs, a Monster Jam driver and 10-year veteran in the United States Army, will make a special delivery to the residents of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Veterans Domiciliary at Wade Park.


How To Donate:

·        New blankets can be donated at collection bins located inside the Quicken Loans Arena’s Arcade Entrance (located next to the Cavaliers Team Shop.) Items will be collected from Monday, January 25th through Thursday, February 11th between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Donors will receive one (1) voucher per blanket, which can then be used at the Quicken Loans Arena box office.

·        Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters fans coming to the following matchups can donate their blankets at a collection bin located inside the Arcade Entrance, next to the arena box office:

o   January 25th at 7:00 p.m.         Cavs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
o   January 27th at 7:00 p.m.         Cavs vs. Phoenix Suns
o   January 29th at 7:00 p.m.         Monsters vs. Texas Stars
o   January 30th at 1:30 p.m.         Monsters vs. Texas Stars
o   January 30th at 8:30 p.m.         Cavs vs. San Antonio Spurs
o   February 5th at 7:30 p.m.          Cavs vs. Boston Celtics
o   February 6th at 7:30 p.m.          Cavs vs. New Orleans Pelicans
o   February 8th at 7:00 p.m.          Cavs vs. Sacramento Kings
o   February 9th at 7:00 p.m.          Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves
o   February 10th at 8:00 p.m.        Cavs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
o   February 11th at 7:00 p.m.        Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves


Monster Jam roars into The Q for four performances on Saturday, February 13th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 14th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family, with prices starting at $20 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under – even in the Gold Circle price level! Tickets are available at the Q Arena box office, online at theQarena.com and at all Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart stores.

DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: WOULD YOU BE MINE?" and "WORDWORLD: BE MY VALENTINE

My baby boy just loves holidays, he just turned 3 and is starting to understand them, Of course he is always saying Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday on random days but he tries.

We were sent two new releases from PBS Kids in time for Valentines Day. While the big kids are celebrating at school with homemade boxes and cards he can watch Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine and Wordworld: Be My Valentine.

Braxtons new obsession is what he calls "numbers" but are really letters so he really loves learning letter sounds on Word World. He loves when they play rocket ships on Daniel Tiger. Both of these shows are wonderful for kids ages 2 and up. I love my baby boy is learning while he thinks he is just watching a show.
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“DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: WOULD YOU BE MINE?”
“WOULD YOU BE MINE?” features eight stories including “It’s Love Day!” and “Daniel’s Love Day Surprise.” In “It’s Love Day,” Daniel makes special heart cards to bring to school and hand out. While at school, some of the kids explain how they like to say “I love you” to their friends and family – Prince Wednesday likes to sing, and Miss Elaina likes to give hugs. In the story “Daniel’s Love Day Surprise,” Daniel helps his mom make a special heart-shaped pizza and finds a way to show Grandp√®re how much he loves him by setting up a special treasure hunt just for him featuring sparkling purple hearts.

The other stories included on this DVD are “Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship,” “Daniel Plays at the Castle,” “Friends Help Each Other,” “Daniel Helps O Tell a Story,”

“Margaret’s First Chime Time,” and “Tiger Family Fun.” One of the key ingredients that sets this series apart is its groundbreaking use of catchy musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents both sing – and use – together in their daily lives. Some of the strategies kids will learn from the stories on this DVD include “find your own way to say, I love you” and “friends help each other, yes they do, it’s true.”


“WORDWORLD: BE MY VALENTINE”
This new DVD includes five stories, two of which are Valentine’s Day themed. “My Fuzzy Valentine” features Sheep working to create a valentine song for her best friend Bear. Unfortunately she has trouble finding just the right rhyme to finish her song. With help from Fly, she uncovers the perfect rhyme and makes Bear a valentine with real heart. In “Love, Bug,” Bug wants to sign a valentine for his favorite WordFriend, but doesn’t know how to write his name. With lots of encouragement from Frog he learns that with a little practice he can write his name and give his valentine.

In addition to these two great stories, this DVD also includes “Sh-Sh-Shark,” “Princess Sheep” and “There’s an Ant in Every Giant.” WORDWORLD demonstrates the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning in order to empower children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read. Some of the words kids will learn by watching this DVD include heart, bug, shoe and crown.


DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: WOULD YOU BE MINE?
Street Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: Kids
Run Time: Approximately 110 Minutes
SRP: $12.99

WORDWORLD: BE MY VALENTINE
Street Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: Kids
Run Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
SRP: $6.99

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My baby turned 3

My sweet baby boy turned 3 on the 17th. Its been a tough road with him and learning about his sensory issues and others but he is the sweetest little boy and I wouldn't trade him for the world. He has made me the happiest mom ever! He is my baby no matter how old he may be. His face just lights up my days even when I feel like I need to run away hes right there making me smile.

He wanted a rainbow cake for his birthday and he got it! He tried so hard to blow those candles out!

Happy Birthday sweet baby boy!



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All Aboard the Ark

Sun is high. Rain is coming.

God whistles. We come running.


All Aboard the Ark pairs simple rhyming text with charming watercolor illustrations in this delightful board book. Perfect for bedtime or any time, this sweet story is told from the point of view of the animals who board the ark.

My baby boy is still loving reading books, although he just turned 3 and cant read he loves looking at the pages. The story is a really cute rhyming story from the animals view. Its very cute and is a good bedtime book. Braxton loves the animals.

The pictures are really cute and the story teaches kids about Noahs Ark and how the animals were cared for. Braxtons favorite is the rainbow at the end! I love the pastel colors in the book, its not like most books. Although the colors arent exactly what the animals should be its still really cute and makes it fun!

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THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES is coming to DVD

Braxton is really starting to love Super Why, he catches on very easily to these kinds of shows and loves learning. He loves the troll bridge and the tortoise and hare.

The kids just learned about the shoemaker & the elves story  in school so this was a hit for them as well.





“THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES” will be available on DVD January 26, 2016. The DVD has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and an SRP of $12.99. The episodes included on this DVD are listed below.

“The Three Billy Goats Gruff”
Grandma will not let Red into the kitchen to get some extra special red velvet cake – and it’s making Red really mad! The Super Readers head into the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” who really want to cross the troll’s bridge…only this time the troll gets to tell his side of the story. The Super Readers wonder if anyone can make those rude goats behave, and Red figures out what she needs to tell Grandma.

“The Tortoise and the Hare”
Princess Pea and Red are partners in a potato sack race but can’t decide whether to go slow and steady, or fast. The Super Readers fly into the famous race between the tortoise and the hare to help the friends decide on a winning strategy. By the time they have reached the finish line, they’ve learned that winning isn’t always about coming in first.

“The Ugly Duckling”
Princess Pea’s twirls are falling flat and her dance recital is just days away. The Super Readers soar into the story of “The Ugly Duckling,” who’s having just as much trouble learning to swim. With hard work and determination, the Ugly Duckling finally hits his stride and Princess Pea learns that practice makes perfect.

“The Elves and the Shoemaker”

Whyatt has a secret admirer and he wants to know who it is. The Super Readers visit the story “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and discover that the shoemaker is just as curious about his own secret friends. After helping the shoemaker write a note to the elves, Whyatt figures out a way to uncover his own mystery friend.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two new DVD's released


“CAILLOU LEARNS TO SHARE” will be available on DVD January 19, 2016. The DVD run time is approximately 60 minutes and its SRP is $12.99. The stories included on the DVD are listed below.

“That’s Mine!”
Caillou learns that accidents happen sometimes. When Rosie accidentally scratches Caillou’s bike, he’s determined to take back all of his toys and keep their things separate…until he accidentally breaks Daddy’s guitar string. After breaking the guitar string and talking with Daddy, Caillou forgives Rosie and decides to share his toys once again.

“Copycat Clementine”
Clementine is being a copycat – and Caillou doesn’t like it. When Clementine copies his artwork at preschool, Caillou thinks this is the last straw…until Clementine admits she’s copying him because she really likes his artwork! With help from Miss Martin, Caillou realizes this is a compliment and he feels much better about Clementine’s copycat ways.

“Caillou’s Poster”
Caillou is excited about the opportunity to draw a poster for his friend Ted, at the grocery store. When Caillou gets his friends to help him with the poster, but doesn’t share the credit, Leo is upset. Caillou realizes he needs to make things right – and he has the perfect solution: he includes his friends in a photo shoot with their collective “masterpiece.”

“Playhouse Play Date”
Caillou and Sarah work together to decorate Caillou’s new playhouse. They even plan a playhouse play date for all of their friends! When the big day arrives – and Sarah is sick – Caillou decides to go ahead with the party…but soon realizes it isn’t the same without Sarah, especially since she contributed so much.

“Caillou Conducts”
The preschool has a visitor – Liz, a musician. She shows the kids all sorts of instruments and Caillou is excited when he’s chosen to be the orchestra’s conductor. In fact, he’s so excited, he can’t stop conducting those around him – at preschool and even at home! When Caillou refuses to share his conductor’s baton he soon learns how easy it is to hurt other’s feelings – and how it feels better to give others a turn.

“Caillou’s Song”
Caillou wants to learn to play a song on his little keyboard…only Rosie won’t leave him alone. She keeps distracting him, trying to chime in with her drum, and pots and pans, and silly singing. When Caillou sees his sister playing on a pretend keyboard – just like Caillou – he decides to let Rosie join in his music fun.

“Where’s Caillou?”
Caillou wants someone to play with, but he doesn’t want to play dollies with Rosie…again! In an effort to get away from his pesky little sister, Caillou hides. As Rosie searches around the house for Caillou, her efforts soon turn into a fun game of hide-and-seek…giving both siblings something fun to do!





“MISS NELSON IS BACK” will be available on DVD January 12, 2016. The DVD run time is approximately 120 minutes and its SRP is $6.99. Additional details about the episodes included on this DVD are below.

“Miss Nelson Is Back” – Reader: Ruth Buzzi
Illusions appear in abundance in this episode. As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone’s magic act. Ruth Buzzi reads “Miss Nelson Is Back,” all about a group of rowdy students who try to take advantage of their teacher’s absence when she’s out sick, and how she gets revenge on them by pretending to be “the meanest teacher in the world, Viola Swamp.”

“Our Big Home” – Reader: Naomi Judd
LeVar visits the United Nations building to learn more about how different countries of the world try to work together. Naomi Judd reads “Our Big Home,” a poem about how everything in the world is connected and how we all must work together to make it succeed.

“How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” – Reader: Helen Mirren           
LeVar and a friend point out that following recipes and cooking foods tend very much to be science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins. Helen Mirren reads “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World,” a tale about a lady who goes to elaborate lengths to get all the ingredients to make a pie after she finds her local grocery store closed.

“Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express” – Reader: Brian Dennehy
LeVar takes a train ride in this episode. Along the way, we learn about trains and how the transcontinental railroad came to be. Brian Dennehy narrates the true story of how a young teen named Kate Shelley saved the engineers of a train that crashed into a river when the bridge near her home collapsed, and how she got word to the nearest station to alert them to stop the express train.

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