Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy Primetime Special this Sunday

Sofia First Curse Princess Ivy

Sofia the First fans have something very special to look forward to this pre-Thanksgiving weekend! “Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy,” is a new primetime special that will premiere on Sunday November 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

In the special, Amber discovers Sofia’s amulet is magical and takes it without permission, inadvertently summoning the evil Princess Ivy, who has her sights set on taking over the kingdom of Enchancia by destroying the amulet and turning the entire kingdom black and white. The high-stakes adventure features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney’s “Tangled.” Film, television and Broadway star Anna Camp guest stars as the nefarious Princess Ivy, along with her “Pitch Perfect” co-star John Michael Higgins as the leader of an all-dragon a capella group “Smoke, Wings and Fire.”

Sofia First Curse Princess Ivy Coloring Page

You can see a clip of the new special below and also print a fun Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy coloring page featuring Sofia and Amber. Royal sisters to the rescue!

 

Happier Snacking with Happy Tot Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk

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Happy Tot Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk

When it comes to choosing snacks for both kids and adults, it’s tricky to balance things that taste great with things that are also good for us. We know that wholesome ingredients are the key to healthy kids and development of little bodies.

Milk and cookies are a long-standing favorite when it comes to snack time. Happy Family has some special milk and cookies goodies especially for your toddlers. If you’re not already familiar with Happy Family, they are a leading premium organic food brand delivering optimal nutrition for babies and toddlers.

The milk and cookie varieties from Happy Family include:

  • Happy Tot Best Friends Toddler Cookies –  These puppy-shaped cookies are available in both chocolate pumpkin and honey buckwheat and are designed to celebrate the friendships in your little one’s life. While your toddler enjoys the fun shape, you will love that they’re gluten-free and made with whole grains! (I warn you the cookies are so tasty you will want to sneak some for yourself!)Happy Tot Best Friends Toddler Cookies
  • Happy Tot Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk is developed to address the changing nutritional needs of children 12-24 months. Happy Tot Organic Toddler Milk offers essential nutrients that regular cow’s milk does not, such as iron, DHA and choline, which provide important support for Brain & Eye, Immune System, and Growth & Development.

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The Happy Tot Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk is super easy to prepare. Just scoop out the powder, mix with water (it mixes easily) and serve. And, like all Happy Family products, both the Toddler Milk and Toddler Cookies keep the good ingredients in and the bad ingredients out. They have no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no trans fats and no bpa in their packaging.

So, who’s ready for a snack?

Doodlebugz Personalized Art Tote only $20.99

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I love these Doodlebugz totes on sale from Jane.com right now! These are little briefcase like art totes for kids that are on sale for only $20.99.

On one side is a notepad and crayons and the other side has a small chalkboard and chalk. They are great for travel, church and lots of other places.

The price even includes custom embroidery! Head over here to get this great deal and here are a few additional details:

Perfect to keep kids busy while in the car or on-the-go. This Doodlebugz Crayola Doodlebag art kit comes complete with 8 Crayola crayons, a pad of paper, 12 pieces of colored Crayola chalk, a mini eraser and a fabric chalkboard sewn into the bag. It zips up easily to neatly store everything when going from place to place. It is everything the traveling artist needs to stay busy! Front pocket (which is perfect for stickers)can be personalized with a name to make this an extra special gift!

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Elsa and Olaf Cuddle Pillows from AVON

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AVON has introduced two of our favorite friends from Disney’s Frozen in super cuddly versions with their Elsa and Olaf Cuddle Pillows. The Olaf Cuddle Pillow cuddles and snuggles and even glows! He measures 26″ tall and uses 3 AAA batteries (not included). You many only purchase 3 per customer and cannot use any discounts, sales or promotions. He’s in big demand!

AVON’s limited edition Frozen Elsa doll was so popular that their sneak peek has already sold out! But she will be back soon! Just sign up on their site by clicking the pink “Notify Me” button and you’ll be among the first to know she is back in stock. And visit our Holiday Boutique for more holiday cheer and great gifts to give and get.

The Best Time to Be a Kid… A Holiday Contest with Gymboree

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There is something about this time of year that makes me feel like a kid again… spending time at Grandma’s house, decorating the Christmas tree, and taking advantage of the nights off of work to stay up late watching movies and eating Christmas cookies.

Gymboree is teaming up with some fun families to share their favorite traditions that make the holiday season the #Best TimetoBeaKid! First up, Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney show one of their favorite traditions: baking a pumpkin pie:

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that makes you feel like a kid again? Share your photos on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #BestTimetoBeaKid and #Contest for your chance to win a $2,500 Gymboree shopping spreed and a spot in the end-of-year Gymboree video! Click here for the full contest rules.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Printable Paper Crafts + Reader Giveaway

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a movie that our WHOLE family enjoyed when we saw it in the theater. Me, my husband, my 6-year-old nephew, my sister and Grandma – we all loved it! So, we’re excited that it just arrived on Blu-ray and DVD. We are pretty excited about it because it has lots of extras on the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD like four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film. Very cool!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Printable Paper Crafts

To add to all the dragon fun, we also have a fun set of How to Train Your Dragon 2 Printable Paper Crafts. For best results, print out the sheets on a colored printer and then follow the instructions to make some pretty cool 3D dragon crafts. Included are:

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Hookfang Paper Plane
Toothless Paper Plane
Hiccup Cutout
Toothless Cutout

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award® nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids). The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win the How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/5/14. Good luck!

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NEW Little Passports Early Explorers for Preschoolers

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NEW Little Passports Early Explorers for Preschoolers

Do you have a little one ready to explore the world? Little Passports has a fantastic new program especially for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children aged 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.

Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler’s Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:

  • An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby.
  • A wall-sized world map
  • Stickers and a wall decal
  • A luggage tag

After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:

  • An activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals

Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports.

Printable Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzle

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We are approaching Thanksgiving and the time of big family dinners, learning about the pilgrims and giving thanks. For some Thanksgiving fun approaching the holiday or even at the Thanksgiving dinner table to keep the little ones busy with an activity, we have this free printable Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzle.

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WyzAnt Tutoring: Take $20 Off!

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Students initiate the tutoring process by sending an email to a WyzAnt tutor.  This step is completely free and it is covered by a 100% good fit guarantee.  The process is simple.  Search for a qualified tutor, contact the tutor for free so that you can get a good sense on if they are a good fit, don’t pay until AFTER the lesson and ONLY if you’re 100% satisfied, and enjoy the results.  WyzAnt users actually report a full letter grade improvement in as little as 8 hours with a tutor.

As a Jinxy Kids reader, you can receive $20 off your student’s first tutoring session.  All you need to do is use the promo code TAKE20 and complete the redemption processes.  You’ll receive $20 in tutoring credit that NEVER expires and can be used for tutoring in ANY subject.  Try WyzAnt today!

Build-a-Bear Disney Frozen Bears Just Released

 
Disney Frozen friends have now arrived at Build-A-Bear Workshop! They have created both an Anna and an Elsa bear and, of course, an OLAF!

The bears and costumes are available for purchase separately, or you can purchase any of these complete bears:

Disney Frozen Elsa Build-aBear

Disney’s Frozen ‘Ice Queen’ Elsa Bear: Let the cold weather go with Disney’s Frozen ‘Ice Queen’ Elsa Bear! This fully-clothed Frozen Elsa Bear comes with an Elsa Costume with shimmering sequins and snowflakes, Silver Bow Flats and an Elsa Wig.

Disney Frozen Anna Build-a-Bear

Disney’s Frozen ‘Princess of Arandelle’ Anna Bear: Disney’s Frozen ‘Princess of Arandelle’ Anna Plush is the perfect gift for any Frozen fan! Build a snowman with this Frozen Anna Plush, which comes complete with an Anna Costume with cape, Black Patent Bow Heels and an Anna Wig.

Disney Frozen Olaf Build-a-Bear

Disney’s Frozen ‘Dreaming of Summer’ Olaf: Dreaming of summer? So is this Stuffed Olaf from the movie Frozen. Featuring cool black sunglasses and his signature beach style shirt, this Stuffed Olaf is the perfect companion to cuddle up with this winter!

I think they are planning a big run on the new Frozen items so there is currently a limit of two per item per person.

 
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