National Geographic Kids Meets The Angry Birds Movie! + Reader Giveaway

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If your kids are fans of The Angry Birds Movie, they are going to love the fact that National Geographic Kids has teamed up with the Angry Birds!  Yes, you read that correctly.  National Geographic Kids Books is going Hollywood with the release of the ONLY official movie tie-in book with a non-fiction, educational twist.  From understanding the physics in the games, to exploring the seasons, to blasting into space, the Angry Birds series of books are a fun and entertaining way to understand the science and culture behind the most popular game (and now MOVIE) in the world.

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National Geographic The Angry Birds Movie:  Red’s Big Adventure is the latest entry in the National Geographic Angry Birds series will take you on an amazing journey with Red, the leader of the Angry Birds flock, along with Matilda, Chuck, Bomb, Terence, and the mysterious Mighty Eagle. Featuring The Angry Birds Movie (2016) story world, this book is filled with all the fun facts and information Red and the flock need to embark on their big adventure. From identifying wildlife to navigating by the stars to building a shelter and setting traps (for any roaming Piggies), this book will be sure to educate and entertain.

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After the adventure with Red, your kids can follow along with their favorite Angry Birds characters as they fly around the world discovering continents, countries, and cultures. Kids will be hooked on a wacky search for the Angry Birds’ eggs as they seek out clues that lead them to amazing discoveries. Readers analyze and observe the world from a global perspective as they build basic skills. Packed with learning exercises and fun activities, Angry Birds Playground: Atlas will transform kids into explorers and leave them wanting more adventure.

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Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will be receiving an Angry Birds Fun Pack!  This fun pack contains a copy of The Angry Birds Movie: Red’s Big Adventure book, one copy of one Angry Birds Playground: Atlas book, Angry Birds Early Bird “Worms” and an Angry Birds fuzzy eyebrows pack, all packaged together in an Angry Birds drawstring bag. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 6/17/16. Good luck!

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Luvs and Ibotta #ShareTheLuv and Share the Savings + $100 Reader Giveaway!

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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If you have a little one in diapers then you know how that the price of diapers gets pretty high pretty quickly.  You have like also learned that sometimes cheaper isn’t always better in regards to brands of diapers.  Now you don’t have to pass on the high quality brands just to save a few dollars – you can save money on the brand you want: Luvs!

Luvs and Ibotta have partnered together to help families save on the “official diapers of experienced parents.”  They are offering a limited-time $3.00 rebate on ANY boxed variety of Luvs diapers, 54 Ct. or Larger.  You can use this rebate in addition to this high value $2.00 Luvs Coupon that is available to print!

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If you’re new to Ibotta, here’s how to go about getting this offer:

  1.  Download the Ibotta app for iPhone or Android.
  2.  Head to a participating store and purchase a BOX of Luvs Diapers, 54 Ct. or Larger.  There are almost 200 chains of stores that are participating so it shouldn’t be a problem to locate one!
  3.  Verify your purchase in the Ibotta app by scanning the barcode of the box of diapers and submitting a photo of your receipt.
  4.  Your $5 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours!

Luvs is known as the “official diaper of experienced parents” because they offer incredible overnight protection that locks away wetness twice as well as other popular brands, saving you money in the long run by going through less diapers.  The diapers have large refastenable stretch tabs, so fastening Luvs Diapers is super easy for Mom, plus she can rest assured knowing that she’s giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again.  With Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core, plus the largest absorbency area ever, Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable.

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Luvs is so sure that parents will love their diapers that they offer a Luvs Money Back Guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money.  Visit www.luvsdiapers.com for more details.

Remember, this deal is valid for a limited time only so make sure to print your $2.00 Luvs Coupon and head out to use it along with your $3.00 Luvs Diapers Ibotta Offer!

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Connect with Kids with POVI!

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Are you looking for a new way to engage and interact with your kids, and get them to open up a dialogue with you?  Check out Povi!  Povi helps parents and children establish a daily habit of conversation that can help develp crucial social and emotional skills.  It is an app that has content sourced from experts and a huggable storytelling buddy designed for children ages 3-8.

Research highlights the importance of focusing on emotional intelligence starting at a very young age. This movement has gained momentum in recent years, in large part due to concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide.

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According to multiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers. Prosocial behavior in early childhood is closely tied to future academic performance and mental health.  Thousands of schools now use programs with this goal in mind. Povi enables parents to implement social-emotional development at home.

 

Parents understand the importance of developing these skills. Unfortunately, between work, homework and children’s many after-school activities, busy parents have little time for the kind of meaningful conversations through which children learn them.  Povi shares short stories based on children’s everyday situations then engages young listeners and their parents in a discussion on emotions and feelings.  A story related to self-esteem, for example, would lead to the parent asking the Povi app question, If you could be someone else for a day, who would you like to be?  A focus on empathy might prompt, How can you tell when someone is sad?

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Povi’s stories address subjects such as caring, resilience, confidence, motivation, thankfulness and other valuable life skills.   Povi is not designed to be played with alone, but rather always with a parent on hand to discuss the challenges presented and come up with possible solutions with their child.  The concept for this conversation-starting innovation came from Povi founder Seow Lim’s own experience with her son. “I always felt that I paid lots of attention to my child’s development and was very surprised when a school counselor said, ‘Your child is really smart, but he is not happy.’ It was so painful to me that I didn’t know this about my own son! In the process of transforming my parenting style from Tiger Mom to getting more connected to my child’s emotions, I created Povi.”

Povi just launched on Kickstarter today, and there is a special incentive to be one of the first to sign up.  The first 2,000 customers to sign up with receive Povi at a discount of just $49, which is 40% off the normal retail price.

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Teaching the ABC’s alone is simply not enough for raising a happy and successful child.  Povi comes with 10 pre-downloaded stories and a free app (available for Android or iOS) featuring additional questions parents can ask related to the stories and 20 additional stories that are age appropriate for each individual child. Parents can choose from among three levels for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The stories are written and curated by experts including psychologists, teachers and parents.  Sign up for Povi today!

Learn more about Povi:

Website:  http://www.povi.me/
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon Printable Activity Sheets + Reader DVD Giveaway

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If your kids like to get active and enjoy sports, they are going to want to see the latest from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! Join everyone’s favorite Mickey Mouse and his friends on their adventures through a huge sporting event in Disney Junior’s hit series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon on DVD May 24th! It includes 6 episodes for over 2 hours of classic Disney characters competing in an action packed sports tournament learning about teamwork and strengthening their friendships! As an added bonus, you get a FREE Exclusive Golden Mickey Medal with your purchase. Everyone is a WINNER!

For even MORE Mickey fun, we have these awesome printable Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon Activities activity sheets. Just click below to print them out!

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon on DVD! To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 6/13/16. Good luck!

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Start Loving Books Early: Bluebee Pal: A Young Reader’s Bestie

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Do you remember your first favorite book? I know that mine was titled Jim Jump. I never forget it because every once in a while my mom will start quoting the first lines of the book: “Here is a pony, Jim Jump is his name. He likes to run races and play any game that the other colts do.” She read that book to me so many times that she still remembers it sooooooooo many years later!

Reading is fundamental to education, and once the inspiration is sparked the positive effects are lifelong. There are many tools out there to help kids catch the reading bug, and Bluebee pals is one that is worth pausing for.

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How it Works

A Bluebee Pal is a plush talking educational learning tool that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The innovative technology includes lip synchronization that allows the animal’s “mouth” to move while you’re reading storybooks, engaging in learning apps or singing songs. Children can also entertain family and friends when using Bluebee Pals as a wireless speaker phone.

Bluebee Pal is designed for classroom engagement, homeschool and learning while traveling. It can also be a wonderful tool for engaging non-verbal special needs children.

Who it’s For

All Ages!

As one parent put it:

Our Bluebee Pal, better known to my preschoolers as Leo the Lion, is providing loads of educational fun, so much so that I doubt the kiddos realize they are learning as they are playing. – Teri W.

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Have fun with story time AND cultivate a lifelong love of animals. You can choose a bear, lion, lamb, puppy and even a zebra. Choose your little one’s favorite animal, or one who frequents stories.

Price: $64.99 down from $69.99

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Disney’s THE BFG Trailer and New Poster!

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Roald Dahl is loved the world over for his fantastical classic children’s books. I’m so excited to see one of them, The BFG, coming to the big screen from Disney this fall!  Take a look at the latest trailer for Disney’s THE BFG from Steven Spielberg :

 

 

About the movie:

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg –
finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG”
tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of
Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the
other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell,
he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader)
and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary
and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her
arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the
mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite
gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie
to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic
and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one
another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of
the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for
London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must
first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they
come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

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WALT DISNEY and ROALD DAHL, two of the world’s greatest storytellers, in Hollywood in 1942.

Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,”
”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black
Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and
two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill,
Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The
Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,”
“Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank
Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,”
“The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden
(“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,”
“Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and
Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers.

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“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016!

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Double Ditto Game Review + Reader Giveaway!

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We invited some friends over for game night, with hopes of giving this game a true test. Being that it’s a fairly new game, from the fall of 2015, none of us had played it yet. Double Ditto gives a suggested minimum age of 10 ( possible 8 or 9 if they have strong reading and writing skills) and 4+ players.  For our game night there were four adults, and two 11 year olds.  Two different adults read the directions, which was humorous in itself, one scanned them and the other read them word for word.
First we played Double Ditto as the directions stated to, where everyone takes turns being the “Ditto master”.  The person who’s turn it is, reads the card to the other players and is in charge of the timer as well.  Once the card is read, everyone then quickly writes down their answers before the timer runs out.
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One thing to note is that you need enough pencils or pens for everyone.   Had the weather cooperated this game was going to be played at a picnic, however it rained so we were at home and inside.  Lucky for us because had we been at the picnic, we would not have had enough pencils.  Something to keep in mind if you bring this game somewhere. Part of the object of the game is to try to get the same answers as the ditto master, the person who’s turn it is to read the card. A few things  we noticed that can really change how this game goes:
  • Age of players
  • Educations or jobs of players
  • How well the players know each other prior to playing the game

Double Ditto Quick Info Points:

  • Retails for $19.99
  • Available for purchase at Amazon.com
  • For ages 10 and up (possible 8 or 9 if they have strong reading and writing skills)
  • Works for family night, girls night, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, etc. (Fast-paced, continuous play.)
  • Launched in Fall 2015
  • “Double Ditto” Party game offers entertainment and social interaction

Take a preemptive strike against summer boredom with a fresh board game that is sure to entertain your family and friends.

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Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own Double Ditto game. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 6/6/16. Good luck!

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Mommy and Me Pencil Skirts only $10.99 (Reg. $19.99)

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If you and your little one love to match, check out these adorable Mommy and Me Pencil Skirts on sale on Jane.com today.  Normally $19.99, you can order a skirt for just $10.99 – meaning you can get a skirt for yourself and a skirt for your little one for just over $20.  Wow!  These are so cute for family photos or a special event and there are several designs and sizes to choose form.  Shop now!

Para’kito Mosquito Repellent Review + Reader Giveaway

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I’m not sure where you all live, I live in Minnesota, most people around here joke that our state bird is the Mosquito.  Even with that being said, we all look forward to the change of seasons. We eagerly anticipate spending more time outdoors in summer.  It’s always a struggle though, finding the perfect thing to keep themosquitos away.  Perhaps you have seen the news, it’s getting to be even more of a struggle since mosquitos are also carrying disease.

PARA’KITO resolves all these worries & concerns with its line of colorful and waterproof refillable wristbands and clips. Also safe for pregnant women who cannot use harsh sprays, PARA’KITO has quickly positioned itself as a global leader in natural, DEET-free mosquito repellent alternatives. With a pleasant smell of citronella, PARA’KITO’s scientifically-proven blend of essential oils repels mosquitoes. Packed into a kid-friendly pellet that sits comfortably in the pouch of a band or clip, you can rest assured the little ones will be safe from the following of our least favorite bugs this spring and summer.

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We have two daughters and one of the most difficult things with having kids is trying to decide what is safe or not safe.  I try my best to read up things and made good decisions. We are all busy people though, there’s only so much time to read up on every single product out there.  Who can possibly do that? We all have to pick and choose the most important health concerns and try to be as informed as we can. PARA’KITO really seems like a great company, I can tell by the FAQ area on their website they really want to help save parents time in the researching process.

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Deet is one of the things I struggle with, deciding how much kids should be exposed to.  Since I am still trying to make the most informed decision on it, I try to limit the exposure my kids have. I was excited to learn the PARA’KITO Mosquito Repellent is Deet free.  The band is comfortable, and adjustable with Velcro so it works for kids and adults. I liked that there is no spray involved in this product. We all know how super fun that is to use the bug sprays!

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BLING Printable Activity Sheets – See It In Select Theaters This Weekend!

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It’s here! Head to your local theater with your kids this weekend and rock out with the whole family to a new superhero adventure, BLING! This fun adventure follows the tale of theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. Suddenly, its up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure is available in Select Theaters starting May 6th. 

For some extra Bling fun, we have some fun printable BLING Activity Sheets. There is a maze and a “make your own robot” activity. Just click below to print them!

BLING features the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” John Carter), Carla Gugino (“The Brink,” Spy Kids) and James Woods  (“Justice League Action,” Hercules). It’s distributed by Momentum Pictures and produced by DigiArt in association with Digital Idea and Celsius Entertainment. BLING follows the tale of lowly theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. It is up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late?

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