Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit Giveaway!

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Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family… and unfortunately, mosquitoes.  Not only do mosquito bites itch, but they can actually cause some pretty serious health problems.  Orkin has really studied mosquitoes and wants to help you and your family know more about them and how to prevent getting bit.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.  You will LOVE this app because it gives you a lot of valuable information in a fun way.  you can take a quiz to test your mosquito knowledge and earn a virtual badge, or you can watch a video with information on whether or not mosquitoes prefer adults over children, and more!

GIVEAWAY!  Orkin is also giving away Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits to one lucky Jinxy Kids reader!  These kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

  • Bug Catcher Craft Kit: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
  • Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
  • See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
  • Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids’ activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.



To enter, complete the form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/14/16. Good luck!

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Giveaway

Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Protect Your Little Ones with Dreft This Allergy Season + Reader Giveaway

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Allergy season.  Many of us know it all too well – the pollen in the air, the redness in the eyes, and the sore noses from constant blowing and wiping.  Allergy season is commonly talked about and many advertisements target those of us with allergies, but we rarely hear about how spring allergies can affect our children, specifically our babies.

Babies are not immune to dealing with the allergens in the air or the skin irritations that often arise with warmer temperatures.  Although we can’t prevent these things from happening, we CAN take some proactive steps to decrease the impact on our little ones by changing the detergent we use to Dreft.

Dreft is the #1 laundry detergent for babies.  Pediatricians have been recommending this brand for years because it is hypoallergenic which means it has been clinically tested to be less likely to cause skin irritations or allergic reactions.  It still has a great scent that littles ones and parents love while still being gentle on the skin.

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In addition to washing our little ones clothes in Dreft, here are a few more tips from Dr. Hes:

1.  Stay safe in the sun.  You can use sunscreen on your baby as long as they are 6 months or older.  If they are younger than 6 months, it is best to keep them out of the sunlight and protect them with a brimmed hat and sunglasses.  The sun is at its highest point between 10am and 4pm so try to play before or after that time frame.

2.  Don’t give them too many baths.  Although baths keep them clean, being around water for too long can actually damage and dry out the skin.  Try to keep bath time under 10 minutes, and be sure to pay dry afterward to help seal in some moisture.

Twitter Party: Want to learn more about keeping your baby safe & comfortable during allergy season?  Join @Dreft on May 9th from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with pediatrician and mom, Dr. Dyan Hes. Dr. Hes will be sharing her top tips!

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win a Dreft Hypoallergenic Package including Dreft product (Newborn, Active Baby, & Blissfuls) and a gender neutral hypoallergenic blanket (ARV $60). To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pmET on 5/16/16. Good luck!


LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Premieres Monday, June 20th on Disney XD!

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES - "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" is an all-new animated television series scheduled to debut this summer on Disney XD in the U.S. The fun-filled adventure comedy series will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters. (Disney XD)

Mark your calendars for Monday, June 20th, especially if your kids are Star Wars and/or LEGO fans.  On Monday, June 20th, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures premieres on Disney XD at 10am EST!  Set between the events of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. The series will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga.

During the series’ premiere week, Disney XD will debut a new episode each day, beginning Monday, June 20 through Thursday, June 23.  The first episode will also be available via Video on Demand (VOD) and the Disney XD app for users on tablets, phones, set top boxes and computers on Monday, June 20, so make sure to have your chargers on standby.  I’m sure the kids will want to watch these episodes over and over again!

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES - Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD. (Disney XD)

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES – Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD. (Disney XD)

The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (“Arrow”), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES - Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD. (Disney XD)

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES – Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD. (Disney XD)

The humorous and action-packed tale of good versus evil begins when Rowan discovers the Kyber Saber, an ancient artifact with a powerful connection to the Force. Their world is turned upside down as they are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

Check out the trailer below, and be sure to show the kids:

Free Comic Book Day – DC Super Hero Girls #1 FCBD 2016 Edition


Mark your calenders – May 7th is the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day, and DC Comics is participating with a really cool offering from their new DC Super Hero Girls line. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS #1 FCBD 2016 Edition will be made available by DC Comics to comic book shops across the nation. Click here to see if a comic book shop near you will be carrying it! DC SUPER HERO GIRLS #1 FCBD 2016 Edition features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINAL CRISIS that readers of all ages will enjoy.

It’s the day before finals and the student body is hard at work…and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman spars with Cheetah in gym class as Batgirl and Supergirl watch from the sidelines. In the next class, the girls sit next to an empty seat. Where could Supergirl be? Don’t miss this chance to meet the students as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all part of growing up.

Learn Unexpected Lessons with the Life of Fred Books

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Kids learn in many different ways, including applying skills to real life.  Help your children learn better math with the Life Of Fred program.  This book series integrates math concepts with exciting stories about a 5-year-old math genius, along with helpful tips that aren’t normally taught in match class.  Here are a few of our favorite unexpected lessons from the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series.

Unexpected Lesson #1

In the Life of Fred Butterflies book, students will learn linear measurements, time, geometry, and specific numbers!

In Chapter Nineteen of Butterflies, “Mysteries of Life,” Fred and his buddy Kingie receive a pizza delivery. Kingie proceeds to chomp down his half of the pizza (Kingie says he is so hungry because “being an artist is hard work”). But Fred takes a moment to set the table while the pizza cools off. He shows the reader how to set a table:

  • Place mat goes down first.
  • Then the plate and the napkin.
  • Then the fork on top of the napkin.
  • Knife and spoon on the right with the knife next to the plate.
  • The cup above the knife.



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One page later, your child receives practice sheets for addition and subtraction!

Unexpected Lesson #2

In the Edgewood book, students work with concurrent lines, the commutative law of addition, touch on quadrilateral shapes, and more! The materials covered in this 128 page book are parallel lines, right angles, functions, quarter of an hour, half dozen, six examples of functions, math poems, the four kinds of sentences, firearm safety & more!

In Chapter Fourteen, “Food and Warmth,” your student reviews how to calculate half of a number, measurement of distance, counting calories in a meal, and the phases of the moon. Fred’s bus breaks down outside of town, and he was determined to run to town to get help. It was 6 p.m., and Fred did not want to run in the dark.

“Maybe there will be a full moon, Fred thought. Then there would be enough light to keep on running.”



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In the next chapter of Edgewood, Fred explains the meaning of voluntary and involuntary actions. How does he fit all of these lessons together to create a funny math story? You just have to read the book and find out!!

Unexpected Lesson #3

In the Honey book, students work on fun math activities with Fred as he goes through fractions, multiplication facts, unit conversions and more! Perhaps your child hasn’t thought about starting their own business yet, but it’s never too soon to spark the idea to become an entrepreneur. In Chapter Fourteen, “Starting a Business,” Kingie puts on his businessman hat. (Fun Fact: Kingie sells his own art.) Kingie explains the risks of starting your own business. He then goes over the “Checklist for Starting a Business” with Fred.



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At the end of the chapter, the reader is asked to check Fred’s business calculations. Will his business be profitable? Later in the book, Fred continues to follow his dream of becoming an apiarist. (Yes, the book explains that an apiarist is too!)

More about the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series:


Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade

Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.

Titles in this series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans

Printable Dinotrux Word Search Puzzle

Printable Dinotrux Word Search Puzzle

Good news for Dinotrux fans! We have a brand new Printable Dinotrux Word Search Puzzle! In this word find you need to seek out the names of your favorite characters like Ty and Revvit, as well as some of the things you’ll often see in their world like rock and ore. The words may be hidden forward, up, down, diagonal or backward. There are two pages in the download and you’ll find the word search on the second page.

For even more Dinotrux fun, be sure to print out the coloring sheets below!

Dinotrux Printable Coloring Sheets

Pick Up a Paper on Sunday & Save on Pampers Diapers!

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Make sure to pick up a copy of the newspaper on Sunday, May 1st, because there will be a limited time (and pretty rare) coupon in it that you won’t want to miss out on:  Buy (1) Pampers Diapers or Training Pants, Get (1) FREE Pampers Wipes!


Sometimes I get disappointed when I see a high value coupon because it usually comes with a lot of fine print or exclusions.  That isn’t the case with this coupon, though!  ALL Pampers Diapers and Pants are included in this particular offer (except trial/travel sized diaper packs).  That means if you like to use Pampers Swaddlers or Pampers Cruisers or any of the other lines of Pampers, you can get a great deal on them!  Plus ALL Pampers Wipes up to 72ct are included in this particular offer.

Save even more by printing out another high value coupon for $2.00 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups!  Just click here and either create a coupons.com account or sign into one to get it printed.

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Want in on a secret?  Make sure that you’re signed up for Pampers Rewards.  There will be a 3X Reward Point Promotion happening the week of May 15th!  Just be signed up before Mother’s Day (May 8th) to get in on these savings!

Pampers has been trusted by parents for over 50 years for producing high quality diapers, wipes, and training pants with the protection and comfort both parents and babies crave.  Log ontowww.pampers.com for more information or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Kubo and the Two Strings in Theaters August 19th – Final Trailer!

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Something new and uniquely amazing is coming to theaters this August – Kubo and the Two Strings! While we had an early peak last month, the final trailer is nwo here! The story looks exciting, the animation is very cool and unique and I love the voice cast! Check out the latest trailer:



Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

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Review: Tall Tales Game – Imagination Required!

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We received the Tall Tales game on a Friday.  With only one daughter home that day, I had hopes of waiting until her sister was home to open it.  Didn’t happen… it was opened and my daughter and I played it right away.   The first thing we notice was how different Tall Tales was from other games.  Sure there were directions in the box, every game comes with directions.  However even if you read the directions, it still had us reading them twice, then looking for another sheet of paper.  Surely there has to be a way to win this game, or a time limit or something?  Nope… no winner and no time limit.  We were intrigued to say the least.


The directions give five different ways to play.  Tall Tales comes with 50 small flexible type game pieces, as well as 24 story cards.  At first I thought perhaps my girls, at almost 12 years old, might think this was too young.  The box does say “Ages 4-99 Imagination Required” on the box, so I remained optimistic.   So first Nora and I played it, quite soon finding ourselves laughing and enjoying it.  We tried different versions of it based on the directions.  Then my husband, after watching us, gave us a new idea, so we tried that and liked it.  Then Ella came home the next day and we showed her the game. She too kind of had a puzzled look -no winner or time limit? This game, the game with no time limit, and no winner, became a hit at our house.  Our girls were playing it all weekend and making up their own versions to it, laughing, storytelling and enjoy it every which way they tried. Imagination is required, but not too hard to find once you pick up Tall Tales.


How does Tall Tales work?

This real 3-D game includes 50 detailed game pieces, 24 full color story cards and a story bag to store game pieces. Players draw random story elements from the story bag and twist their best tale using each piece.

With 5 ways to play the only limit is your imagination!

·        Basic Game: One player reaches into the story bag and draws 8 story pieces one at a time. Player then begins telling a TALL TALE using one of the pieces drawn until all the pieces are included in the story. The story can be as wacky or fun as your imagination will allow. When the story is over, all the pieces go back into the story bag, and the next player draws to start their TALL TALE.

·        World Tales: Follow the BASIC GAME directions. After drawing 8 story pieces, draw one story place card and use that card as an environment for your TALL TALE. As you tell your story, place your story pieces on the story place card as used.

·        Taller Tales: Choose a number 9 to 50. One player draws one piece to use in their story. Once that piece is used, that player draws another piece which must be the next piece they use in their story. The story continues until the number of pieces chosen to use is achieved. Story place cards may be added for even more variations.

·        Group Tales: Each player draws two or more story pieces, making the total number of pieces among all players between 10 and 20 (or whatever amount you desire). The first player chooses one piece they’ve drawn and begins the story. Once the first player uses their piece in the tale, they pass the story onto the second player who continues, using one of their pieces. The story passes from player to player until all players have used up all their pieces. Story place cards may be added for an added challenge.

·        Marathon Tales: Like TALLER TALES, but the number chosen is always 50 pieces (the entire bag). Have one story teller, or make it like Group Tales where the story travels from player to player. Story place cards may be added for professional storytellers.



NEW to Disney DVD: Goldie & Bear + Reader Giveaway!

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Our favorite storybook fairy tales have been around for years and years and passed through generations, but now our kids have a whole new type of fun with them when storybook favorites get a magical twist! Have hours of fun with Goldie and Bear on their adventures through Fairy Tale Forest in Disney Junior’s Hit Series Goldie & Bear, arriving on Disney DVD for the first time ever on April 19th!  This new DVD has 7 episodes for over 2 hours of adventure PLUS bonus activities such as stickers, games, and more!

If you haven’t had a chance to see Goldie & Bear yet, check out this clip:



ONCE UPON A STORY, IN A FOREST FAR AWAY… Everyone knows “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but after that story ended, a remarkable friendship began! Team up with newfound best friends Goldie and Bear on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in the wondrous Fairy Tale Forest. Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red’s famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf, and much more. Join Goldie and Bear – and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters – for magical, song-filled fun you’ll treasure today and ever after!

Download Goldie & Bear Activities

For even more Goldie & Bear fun, print out the activity sheets above! There are mazes, puzzles, coloring sheets and more!

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Reader Giveaway: We are thrilled to be giving away a Goldie & Bear Prize Pack!   One lucky reader will get a copy of Goldie & Bear on DVD along with a set of story books including The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm on 5/9/16. Good luck!

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