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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Antboy? (In theaters TODAY!)

 

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When you think of super heroes, who comes to mind? I think of Captain America, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Superman and Mr. Incredible. Have you ever heard of Antboy?

In select theaters today (April 16, 2014) comes the family friendly action adventure film Antboy.

Antboy is a Danish film that has been seamlessly dubbed into English. It wasn’t until I noticed background text in the film done in Dutch that I realized the film was dubbed in English. The actor’s mouths and the words are matched perfectly.

Antboy is the story of a 12 year old boy name Pelle. Pelle literally blends into the background. No one ever notices him. He’s almost invisible in the sense that no one really notices him. At least nerds get picked on and bullied. No one even knows that Pelle is around.

One day Pelle stops a pair of bullies from beating up a fellow classmate, Wilhelm. The bullies chase Pelle who was able to hide in the bushes in someone’s front yard. While he was waiting for the bullies to leave Pelle is bitten by an ant. Unbeknown to Pelle at that time it was no ordinary ant that bit him. It was a genetically altered ant who passes along ant-like super powers to Pelle.

The only other person who knows about Pelle’s powers is Wilhelm. Wilhelm is really into super heroes so he turns Pelle into the super hero Antboy, complete with a costume to hide his true identity.

Antboy is soon called to action when his classroom crush, Amanda, is kidnapped by a villain name The Flea. Antboy is able to rescue Amanda but that only angers The Flea who has a gripe against Antboy and is plotting something against him. Meanwhile Antboy becomes a hero in the eyes of the town and Pelle’s classmates – none of which know it’s really Pelle.

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Will the true identity of Antboy be found out? What does The Flea have planned for the little hero? Will Pelle’s powers last or will something happen to them? To find out you need to see Antboy, now playing in select theaters across the country.

I honestly didn’t go into watching this film expecting anything much more then something you would see on the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this film was really good.

When I first heard of “Antboy”, I thought the film would be silly. It was not. It was entertaining – even for an adult. The characters are all very likeable. The special effects are wonderful and the plot was interesting enough to hold my attention the entire time. There were even a few comic-book style visuals throughout the film which would appeal to comic book fans. I am also very impressed that you cannot tell that the move was dubbed in English.

The film is rated PG. I think that is only because there are a few fight scenes. The film also runs for around 75 minutes.

I believe the film is based on an actual comic series too.

For more information, or to find a theater near you that is showing the film, visit www.Antboythemovie.com.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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DiDi and TuTu – Whimsical and Fun Interactive Toys for Boys and Girls

 

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Technology is amazing. When I was a young girl, I played with blocks, bricks, dolls, plush animals, built forts and skipped rocks. Never in a million years could I have imagined that in the near future hi-tech toys would have the capability to not only speak to you, but also interacted with your kids. Then again, I could have never imagined things like computers, iPads or iPhones. They didn’t exist when I was a child. We made phone calls the old fashion way – with a corded phone that had a rotary dial. Do you remember those?

Technology has changed a lot since my teens were children, and that wasn’t that long ago. That said, there are plenty of educational and interactive toys on the market these days that I know I would have purchased for my children when they were younger.

I recently had the opportunity to test one such toy for a Kickstarter campaign. Her name is TuTu, and she is a plush, iPad powered rabbit.

Do you remember the Tamagochi? ? The tiny key chained creature that the kids of Gen Y collected and cared for? The creature needed you to feed it, give it water and play with it. The DiDi and TuTu play toys remind me a lot of a Tamagotchi.

I received the cute TuTu plush bunny to try out. The toy is not that big – maybe a little bigger than a Barbie doll. It’s size makes it ideal for young children to tote around with them. She’s lightweight and easy to carry and snuggle with.

Tutu can be enjoyed and played with “as is”, however if you download the FREE app from the app store (TuTu Dreams) your child can not only interact with TuTu but also play games.

Setting up Tutu is super easy. You simply download the FREE app. Then you unzip the zipper found in the back of Tutu and insert your iPhone inside (if you have a case on your iPhone you’ll need to remove it). Make sure to line up the Tutu face on the app with the hole on your Tutu so you can see the entire face.

Tutu and Accessories

To wake Tutu up just touch her face. Once she’s awake, your child can engage in real play with Tutu.

Tutu has a sweet voice that is sure to appeal to children. I’d go as far to say she sounds like she’s a child. Therefore, it’s as if your child is interacting with someone his or her age.

The toy comes with accessories like a carton of milk, apple, carrot, toothbrush and a special ring. Each of these accessories can be used with TuTu. Sometimes she’ll request something (for examples she’ll say she’s thirsty) and your child simply has to gently place the appropriate item on Tutu’s face. When she told me she was thirsty, I gave her milk and when I took the milk away she had milk on her face (like a “milk mustache”) and she licked it off her lips. How cute!

TuTu

TuTu is not only interactive, she’s educational too.

One of TuTu’s games is one where players identify fruit (apple, orange, banana, etc). Once they are familiar with the fruit there is a little game where the fruit rains down from the sky inside bubbles and players needs to “pop” the bubbles to reveal one of each of the different fruits. It’s a very easy game to play. I’m guessing a three year old could play it.

There are six fun and engaging games that your child can play with TuTu.

The toy also teaches life skills like brushing teeth. Whenever Tutu is finished eating she will ask your child to brush her teeth with the toothbrush accessory. Hopefully this will inspire your child to want to do the same after eating.

Check out this video that shows you a bit more about Tutu.

 

This toy works with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The toy and the app were created by a company called Roam & Wander.

As a parent I really enjoy this adorable toy. It helps to inspire real life play and encourages your child’s imagination.

There are so many interactive apps you can download on your phone or iPad but none as unique as Tutu that comes to life when you combine the app with the toy and accessories (the accessories are included).

I didn’t get the opportunity to try out Didi. Didi is similar to Tutu except Didi is a bear that is made to be used with the iPad. Unlike TuTu, which has one screen for the face, DiDi turns the upper part of the iPad’s screen into DiDi’s face and the lower portion of the iPad into the belly for games, activities and books.

DiDi will available on Kickstarter April 12 for the ridiculously low price of $25, which will include the DiDi toy, four of his magical accessory toys that interact with DiDi and access to the app. Also, there will be a special deal for the first 100 customers, who will get a DiDi toy and a TuTu toy, valued at around $100, for only $25.

If you are looking for an interesting gift for a child or you want to give your child an educational interactive toy, check out TuTu at www.roamandwander.com or DiDi on Kickstarter here.

Their second toy DiDi is similar to TuTu, but for the iPad.

What do you think about these toys? Do you think it’s something you would like to get for your child/grandchild? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 DiDi and TuTu

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Roam and Wander to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Happy National Crayon Day!

 

National Crayon Day

Did you know that today is National Crayon Day?

We love crayons in my home. My kids are teenagers but they still love to doodle.

My husband and I find coloring to be very relaxing. We’ll sometimes sit down at the table together, grab a couple of coloring books (we have a few from when our kids were little) and color as we talk about our day. My husband especially loves coloring pages that have a lot of scenery and elements to them. :-) I even buy him a new box of crayons every Christmas. It’s like a family tradition. Every year I get him a box of Crayola with the little sharpener built in the back.

Here are some fun little facts about crayons.

The first box of Crayola crayons was introduced in 1903. It sold for a nickel and included the same eight colors available today: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown.

Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million wax sticks daily. That’s enough to circle the globe 6 times!

The average child in the United States will wear down about 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday (11,464 boxes or 7 lbs of crayons) enough to cover an NBA basketball court.

According to Christian Science Monitor, parents buy enough crayons in a year to make a giant crayon 35 feet wide and 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.

So grab your family, gather up all your crayons and coloring books and celebrate the day!

Crayola Crayons

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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“Faux” recipes for April Fool’s Day from FamilyFun

 

April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day is tomorrow. Do you enjoy pulling pranks on your family and friends? My husband and I used to love to pull pranks on our kids when they were younger. Now that they are teenagers we have to worry about what prank they are going to play on us. LOL!

One of my favorite magazines is FamilyFun Magazine. I subscribed to it when my daughter was an infant (she’ll be 17 soon) and only cancelled my subscription a few years ago. I still enjoy the craft and recipes idea very much. That is why I have their site bookmarked on my computer.

FamilyFun Magazine has two “faux” recipes to celebrate April’s Fool’s Day in good taste.

FamilyFun’s “faux cookie dough dip” has the texture and flavor of homemade cookie dough, but it’s actually a dip in disguise. Also be sure to try the “tease cheese platter” where cookies and candy chews stand in for the traditional savory snack.

Fake Cookie Dough

Faux cookie dough dip

Ingredients:

Chickpeas

Brown sugar

Peanut butter

Oats

Milk

Vanilla

Salt

Baking soda

Chocolate chips

Apple slices

Directions:

In a food processor, blend 11/2 cups chickpeas, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter (we used a natural, unsweetened variety), 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and baking soda. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. When snack time is over, tell your kids they are now full of beans!

Fake Cheese Platter

Tease cheese platter

Ingredients:

Vanilla sandwich cookies

Sugar Sprinkles

Fruit chews

Directions:

To make the crackers, pull apart several vanilla sandwich cookies. Leave the filling intact and scatter green sugar sprinkles on half the pieces. Scrape away any filling from the others. For the cheese, soften white and orange fruit chews (we used Tootsie Fruit Rolls) in the microwave for a few seconds, then shape into cubes or roll the candy flat and use a knife to trim it into rectangles. Form the holes with a small cookie cutter or piping tip.

What do you think about these recipes? Do you think you are going to try them with your kids or grandchildren?

What is the best prank you ever pulled on April Fool’s day? Feel free to share your stories.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this, with permission, for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Help Kick Tabacco to the Curb and Raise Tabacco Free Kids

 

Cigarette

I am grateful that my kids don’t smoke. My daughter (almost 17) admitted that she tried it once last summer with a friend (who is a bad influence) offered her a cigarette to try. She tried it and hated it but mostly she thought about how she didn’t want to die from lung cancer.

We embedded into our kid’s heads since they were old enough to understand that smoking is dangerous for your health. In fact when they were younger they would constantly say things about their grandfather smoking (he started when he was 15) and whenever they saw someone on the side walk smoking they would walk far away from them so as not to risk second hand smoke.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, killing 480,000 people and costing the nation at least $289 billion in health care bills and other economic losses each year.

I am disappointed that our daughter tried to smoke a cigarette but grateful she hated it and came to her senses. I guess we’ll just chalk this one up for peer pressure. FYI… she is not allowed to hang out with that girl anymore. She’s nothing but trouble, sad to say.

Our son is 14 and in the 9th grade. He recently told me about a female classmate of his (a girl that we know) and how she’s started smoking. How is it that the parents don’t know that? Doesn’t she smell like smoke and where does a 14 year old get cigarettes from or even the money to buy them?

Kick Butts Day

TODAY – March 19, 2014 – is the 19th annual Kick Butts Day, a national campaign to help educate youths and parents about the dangers of tobacco products, especially for children.

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. On Kick Butts Day, kids turn the tables on Big Tobacco in creative ways, with events that range from small classroom activities about the harmful ingredients in cigarettes to large rallies at state capitols.

Did you know that 1,200 people die EVERY DAY from tobacco? Thank about that for a moment and let it sink in… One thousand, two hundred people die EVERY DAY from tobacco related diseases.

In addition, 280,000 New York kids alive today will DIE prematurely from smoking. That is just a statistic for New York. I a sure that most states have similar stats. That means that many children you know – your child’s friends, classmates, relatives or neighbors – will not live a full, long life because they will die from complications from tobacco related health issues. That is very sad and very scary too. It also makes me mad that smoking is still an issue with youths.

The goal of Kick Butts Day is to educate children, parents, teachers and caregivers about the dangers of tobacco in hope of one day wiping cigarettes out of our lives for good.

Make Tobacco History

Its sad to think that it will take that long to totally abolish cigarettes from our lives. I wish it could happen sooner.

Personally I don’t smoke. I am not judging anyone who does smoke. That is their prerogative. So please don’t jump all over me about why you, as an adult, smokes. “To each his own” my mom always told me. I’m just concerned about youth who smoke. I think we can all agree that children and teens should not be smoking the same way they should not be consuming alcohol or illegal substances.

In the state of New York, 11.9% of high school students smoke and 12,900 become new daily smokers each year. Nationally it was found that 18.1% of high school students still smoke. That percentage should be 0%!

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Did you know that nationwide, tobacco companies spend $8.8 billion a year to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products (like Hookah Pens and E-Cigarettes). Tobacco companies knowingly target youths magazine and store ads, discounts and candy (or fruit) flavored small cigars that look just like cigarettes.

This year, Kick Butts Day comes as new information reaffirms the urgent need for action.  The United States is marking the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, and a new Surgeon General’s report found that smoking is even more hazardous than previously thought.  The report found that without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused deaths.

Some companies are already making efforts to eliminate tobacco from our lives. Recently CVS announced that starting later this year they will phase out all tobacco products from their stores nationwide. CVS is also a proud supporter of Kick Butts Day.

There is a special printable that you can print out and use in support of Kick Butts Day. Simply download the print out (found here) and take a photo of yourself with the sign by your nearest CVS and then upload your photo on the various social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…) using the hashtags  #StandWithCVS and #KickButtsDay.

Kick Butts Day

A suggested message: “I #StandWithCVS on #KickButtsDay to #MakeTobaccoHistory @CVS_Extra

If you don’t have a social media page you can email the photo/photos to info@kickbuttsday.org. All the photos will be used in a special online photo gallery in support of Kick Butts Day and Stand With CVS.

Kick Butts Day needs your support to help Make Tobacco History (#MakeTobaccoHistory).

To learn more about Kick Butts Day please visit www.KickButtsDay.org or www.TobaccoFreeKids.org.

In addition please check out Kick Butts Day and Tobacco Free Kids on Facebook as well as Kick Butts Day and Tobacco Free Kids on Twitter. The official hashtags are #KickButtsDay and #MakeTobaccoHistory.

What do you do to ensure that your children or grandchildren don’t fall victim to the tobacco companies or peer pressure and give in to smoking?

Are you, your family, school or organization planning anything for Kick Butts Day?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere! Available TODAY on DVD

 

 Bubble Guppies

Bubble Guppies fans will excited to know that today, March 11, 2014, a new Bubble Guppies DVD is available. It’s called Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere!

Dive into six swimmingly exciting field trips this spring with the Bubble Guppies in Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere! Tag along with Molly, Gil, Bubble Puppy and the class as they make new animal friends and learn exciting lessons along the way. This DVD is jam-packed with dogs, ducks, squirrels, rhinos, elephants and a class of really “cool” Arctic animals. Created by Nickelodeon ome Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

There are six animal themed episodes on this DVD with a run time of just over an hour and a half.

I love that you can break it up by episode (let your child watch one per day) and discuss the animal/animals featured in the episode (maybe make a fun animal themed craft too!) or you can sit and enjoy the entire DVD with the whole family.

Here is a brief synopsis of each episode.

Puppy Love!

Bubble Puppy’s got a cold! While the vet takes care of him, the Guppies spend their day thinking about dogs – and how to get Bubble Puppy
feeling better too!

Ducks in a Row!

Join the Bubble Guppies’ marching band, discover different musical instruments and help Nonny figure out how to lead it when a duck
blocks the way!

Boy Meets Squirrel!

A friendly squirrel gives Nonny an acorn that will someday grow into a tree!  Join the Bubble Guppies as they learn all about trees and the animals who live in them.

The Lonely Rhino

Meet Monty – the loneliest (and only-est) rhino in the zoo. He needs a friend and the Guppies are determined to help while learning all about animal habitats!

The Elephant Trunk-A-Dunk!

Gil’s searching for elephants, and he and the Guppies find them at the Trunk-A-Dunk, a basketball game played by pachyderms, including the littlest elephant, Pinochle!

The Arctic Life!

Brrrr! The Guppies get a cool treat when they explore the animals that live in the Arctic. Join them as well as Gil’s icy expedition to the
North Pole!

Look for Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere! Where ever DVDs are sold.

For more information about Bubble Guppies visit www.Nick.com.

Do you have a Bubble Guppies fan in your family? Which is their favorite character?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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