2/24/17

Zoonicorn Plush and Storybook #Zoonicorn #Sponsored

I received Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns and two plush for review.  All opinions are mine.


Both of my daughters love reading imaginative stories and playing pretend.  When a story has a cute and cuddly animal to make the story come alive, they are even more excited and eager to read!

We recently discovered a book called Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns and the coordinating adorable plush Zoonicorn.  What's a Zoonicorn you say?



Well, a Zoonicorn is a magical creature that is part unicorn and part zebra.  There are four Zoonicorns, each one with a different color and different traits.  Each plush is about 7" tall, with white and colored stripes, a tuff of hair on its head and tail, and has an attached tag with its name.

The Zoonicorn family includes:

children's books, plush animals, Buffy Meets the ZoonicornsValeo (Blue): The Zoonicorn leader who overcomes his shyness when meeting new friends and loves hanging out with his buddies near the Africa exhibits!
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Promithea (Purple): Reliable and shy, Promithea epitomizes intelligence and gentleness and is the perfect secret keeper for all of her pals.
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Aliel (Pink): Spunky, fun, and always zooming at full speed, Aliel is friends with every animal at the zoo and makes a great companion for any child too!
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Ene (Green): A charming practical joker who loves mischief and his naps! Great for snuggling when catching some Z’s.







These cuddly pals were like magnets with my two girls.  They cuddled them right away and couldn't wait to read more about them!


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In Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns, a young bison named Buffy finds herself feeling restless in her zoo enclosure. She wants the freedom that the older animals have. Her mother sings her a magical lullaby to help her fall asleep.  Buffy drifts off and dreams about a herd of Zoonicorns; magical creatures that are part unicorn and part zebra. There she is free and can play with the zoonicorns but she misses her family.  When she wakes up next to her mom again, she is glad to be home and is more at peace. 


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I love the positive messages of acceptance, belonging, and contentment in this book!  It is great for younger children from toddlers to more independent readers (about second grade).  The illustrations feature soft, soothing tones.


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The story was a little long to keep my toddler's full attention, but she eagerly played with her Zoonicorn while listening.  My oldest is in Kindergarten and is absolutely obsessed with unicorns, so it was the perfect choice for us to read together (Plus our local zoo has a bison for a mascot, so she thought that was pretty neat too).


The story is great to read before bedtime, as your little ones can snuggle with their Zoonicorn and look forward to joining them in dreamland!
The Zoonicorn website has a parent section and store as well as a kids section.  In the kids section, independent readers can read more magical stories, plus download printable activities and coloring pages. 
If you download the Zoonicorn Apps, the app will read the stories out-loud to your child and they can play educational games.  The kid-friendly story and game apps are available on both Android and IOS through the Apple App Store and Google Play.  
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I use the apps as incentive to clean up at the end of the day.  The girls aren't fond of cleaning up, but if they have the app to look forward to afterward, they are more willing to help.  The games are easy enough that my toddler can play, but not so easy that my six year old gets bored.  
The Zoonicorns plush have been a huge hit at our house!  Besides their obvious cuteness, they encourage imaginative play and are great companions for any time of day.  Plus the interactive apps are a big bonus!
Which Zoonicorn would your child choose?


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2/23/17

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia Announces Grand Opening Date #LDCPhilly

As a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia Ambassador, I will receive passes for my family to attend events and share updates with my readers.  All opinions are mine and come from a LEGO loving family.

I'm thrilled to share with you some exciting news:  I've been asked to be a blog Ambassador for LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia!   

My family loves all things LEGO and we couldn't be happier to share with you all the latest news and events from #LDCPhilly.

You will be happy to hear that an opening date was announced today for its Plymouth Meeting Mall location:  Thursday, April 6th, 2017!

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney revealed the first Philadelphia landmark – Liberty Place – to be completed for MINILAND Philadelphia.  Liberty Place is built with over 17,000 LEGO bricks, 9 Master Model Builders, 930 build hours, and stands 9 feet tall!



Isn't that impressive?  

“We cannot wait to welcome families from across the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond to experience the ultimate indoor LEGO playground,” said Michael Taylor, General Manager of LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center Philadelphia

“The Discovery Center will provide two to three hours of repeatable LEGO play experiences that power creativity and learning through shared LEGO fun for the entire family.”


Online Ticket Purchase Now Available


You can now purchase Single Day Admission passes online at special rates starting at $19 per person.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at-the-door for $24 per person.

Annual Passes are also available for purchase through the Discovery Center’s website. Annual Pass holders receive unlimited access for 12 months and benefits including cafĂ©, LEGO Shop and birthday party discounts. If you purchase an Annual Pass before March 31, you will have “First to Play” access with an invitation to the Center’s “First to Play” Preview Weekend

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The Discovery Center’s “First to Play” Preview Weekend will be on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. Annual passes will be on sale for $59 per person after March 31.



Looking for Employment?

If you know someone looking for employment opportunities, the Discovery Center is currently hiring for part-time positions. Visit the Discovery Center’s website for more information.


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About LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center Philadelphia:

LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center Philadelphia at Plymouth Meeting Mall is ideal for families with children aged three to 10 years who enjoy the fun and creativity of LEGO. The 33,000-square-foot Discovery Center will feature an interactive LEGO-themed ride, a 4D Cinema, and thousands of LEGO bricks in themed building areas making it the ultimate indoor LEGO playground.
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2/22/17

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Coloring Sheets @beourguest #BeautyandtheBeast #BeOurGuest

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We're eagerly anticipating the release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast to theaters next month.  While it feels like a forever long wait, I have some beautiful coloring pages and new clips to share with you in the meantime to give you your #BeautyandtheBeast fix.

These coloring pages feature your favorite characters!

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*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print





Check out this new clip from the opening number "Belle" and a new featurette about bringing the film to life with never before seen interviews from the cast and filmmakers.








Are you as excited for March 17th as we are? 

Find out more at the official BEAUTY AND THE BEAST website here: http://movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017
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No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

2/21/17

Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 2/21

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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long.
Have a great week!

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Plenty of Love to Go Around (Children's Book) US only Ends 2/22

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2/20/17

Upcycled Lacing Card Craft {Book Extension Activity} #ChickfilamomsDIY

As part of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel, I received a coupon for soup to use in this upcycled soup container craft. All opinions are mine.

Signs of spring are starting to show here in Pennsylvania.  One of our favorite things to do in spring is visit a farm and see the new baby animals.  We also read some great books about animals and do some fun extension activities with my two girls.

One of our favorite books is Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Robert Bender.  My preschooler loves making all the barnyard animal noises!   One of her favorite animals is the cow, and what do you know, I'm a Chick-fil-A mom!  The mom panel was recently challenged to come up with an idea to upcycle a chicken tortilla soup container.  

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I took AB's love for cows and came up with a DIY Lacing Card with her favorite animal.   Lacing cards are great fine motor skill practice and are fun to take along on car trips or doctor's appointments to keep your preschooler occupied.  My six year old even enjoys it!

Here are the steps to make your own cow themed Lacing Card Upcycled Craft {Book Extension Activity}:


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Materials:
One Chick-Fil-A chicken tortilla soup container
Modpodge
White Glitter Glue (we chose Glow-in-the-dark)
White Acrylic Paint
Paper Plate 
Drill with small bit
Small paintbrush
Cow template
Scissors
Shoelaces 


Step 1:  Wash out the soup container and let air dry.


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Step 2:  Drill the holes for lacing around the sides of the soup container.  These can be spaced however you wish.  


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Step 3:  Print and cut out the face from the cow template (I downloaded and resized to 300x409 in picmonkey.com and cut off the horns).  Then color with crayons and paint over it with white glitter glue (you will want to do a thin layer so it isn't lumpy).  Let dry completely.


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Step 4:  Paint the base of the container with white acrylic paint allowing for black cow spots.  The photo below is one coat. Ours took 3 coats; let paint dry about an hour between each coat.


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Step 5:  Paint white glitter glue over the white areas on all sides.  This provides texture and sparkle.  If you use glow-in-the-dark glitter glue, it is even more fun (though to have a really dark glow, you will need to do several light coats)!  Let dry overnight.

Step 6:   Attach the cow face to the bottom of the base using modpodge.  There is a square gap in the base, so your cow will need to fit over the gap.  Allow an hour or two to dry completely.


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Step 7:  Your child is ready to begin lacing.  It's best to start a hole from the inside of the container so that your lace will end inside and can be stored with the lid sealed on top.  You can store other colored laces too.


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I hope you enjoy making this Upcycled Lacing Card Craft/Book Extension Activity with your preschoolers.  It can be used with other books about farm animals too. 


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