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Talking to kids about important subjects

 

Teenagers

Being a parent is tough. Let’s face it – it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. As your children get older there are more and more issues you need to address.

When I think back on my childhood I think I had it easier than today’s children. Although I experienced peer pressure and bullying as a youth, it’s nothing compared to what today’s children face.

Social media, technology and video games play a big role in children’s live these days. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong were tame compared to Call of Duty, Minecraft and Assassin’s Creed.

Social media, in my eyes, is the worst when it comes to children and teens. It gives people around the globe instant access to a child. That is scary!

As a mom I am always there for my children to help address any questions or concerns they might have. Sometimes it’s not that easy to find the way to talk to them about important issues. Either that or you need to find a way to reinforce what you teach your children.

When my kids were little I would look for books that addressed the same issues we discussed. It wasn’t to use with my children INSTEAD of talking to them about it but rather to reinforce what life lessons I taught them.

You can also find television programs that help teach children about valuable life lessons. In fact, Netflix has plenty of shows you can access right now (if you are a member of course) that address issues and questions that children up to teens face. Here are just a few examples.

For little kids…

The Hive

Sibling Rivalry
Watch Ep. S1E1: Babee’s Room

Buzzbee and Rubee compete over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to room with. Mom and Dad must explain to Buzzbee and Rubee that Babee needs to grow up before she can share a room.

Veggie Tales

Responsibility
Watch Ep. S1E1: Puppies & Guppies/ Sorry We’re Closed Today

Larry and Laura Carrot want to adopt puppies but quickly learn it takes responsibility in order to watch over and care for a pet of their own.

Puffin Rock

Following the Rules
Watch Ep. S1E6: Stormy Weather/ Baba’s Adventure/ Rock Music

Mama tells Oona and Baba to stay close with a storm approaching. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest during the heavy thunderstorms.

For big kids...

Puss in Boots

Self-Love
Watch Ep. 113: Star

After Dulcinea feels like no one in the group needs her help, she tries to use a newly-discovered wishing star to show her worth — but fails — showing her that presence alone has lit up her friends’ lives all along.

Project Mc2

Teamwork
Watch Ep. 103: Smart is the New Cool

After McKeyla insists she works better alone, she learns that four is better than one when her friends jump in to help her rescue the Prince from a botched space mission.

Fuller House

Peer Pressure
Watch Ep. 106: The Legend of El Explosivo

After getting grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko’s house, Jackson realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to please his friends.

For teens…

Girl Meets World

Social Media FOMO
Watch Ep. 102: Girl Meets Boy

Cory challenges his class to unplug from their phones for a week. When Riley and her crush Lucas sit down to talk face-to-face, personal stories bring them closer.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Self Improvement
Watch Ep. 104: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!

Kimmy quickly realizes that she can’t fix her problems by simply “Buhbreezing” them away – real change comes from the inside.

Degrassi

Body Image
Watch Ep. 101: #BootyCall

According to the kids of Degrassi Community School, butts are the new boobs. But Shay’s realization that “brains are the new butts” can speak to a number of body image insecurities.

My daughter has said to me numerous times how Degrassi addresses a lot of teen issues. I have noticed that with the show Girl Meets World too. They address a variety of issues such as girls fighting over the same guy (it happens all the time), going to a new school, absentee parents and so much more.

You can even find movies on Netflix that drive home valuable life lessons.

Have you ever used another medium such as a television show, movie or book to help reinforce valuable life lessons? Feel free to share your thought and experiences on this matter. I always love to hear from readers.

FYI… here is what is new on Netflix this month.

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If you would like to learn more about Netlfix simply visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 available on DVD May 3, 2016

 

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I work with children at our local schools. There are after school programs that engage children in S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). I WISH they had such programs when I was a child – or even when my teenagers were children. I love the whole concept. I think it’s important that children not only learn about these subjects, but also find the fun and interesting too.

Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media are releasing TODAY a fun DVD featuring many beloved characters, all based on the S.T.E.M principal.

There’s no shortage of science and math fun in Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2, Nickelodeon’s second DVD dedicated to the world of numbers. A hot topic for educators everywhere, S.T.E.M. education (science, technology, engineering and math) has proven to be the perfect tool in jump-starting children’s interest in problem solving and technology. Nick’s Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 contains more than 140 minutes of S.T.E.M. – themed adventures with Blaze and the Monster Machines, the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of S.T.E.M. in every episode, as well as fan-favorites Dora and Friends: Into the City!PAW Patrol and Team Umizoomi. In addition to expanding imaginations and developing inquisitive minds, the Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 DVD also comes with a S.T.E.M.-themed worksheet to reinforce some of the lessons learned throughout the collection.

Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 includes the following episodes:

  • Blaze and the Monster Machines: Cake-tastrophe
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines: Runaway Rocket
  • PAW Patrol: Pups Save Walinda/ Pups Save a Big Bone
  • Dora and Friends: Into the City!: Kite Day
  • Team Umizoomi: Job Well Done
  • Team Umizoomi: Race to the Top of Shape Mountain

The DVD has a run time of 144 minutes and has a retail price of $14.99.

Look for Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 where ever DVDs are sold. 

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Danger Mouse is now on Netflix (giveaway ends 5/15/16)

 

Danger Mouse on Netflix

I am proud to be a Netflix brand ambassador. My family watches Netflix all the time. Not only do they have plenty of movies to choose from, they also has an abundance of original movies and series, created exclusively for Netflix.

Netflix’s newest series is an animated one that the whole family can enjoy – Danger Mouse.

The world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse, returns in dashing, globe-spanning style with a new animated series that features all the classic characters, catchphrases and comedy that made it an 80’s cult favorite. With the world once more teetering on the edge of disaster, the small but heroic secret agent is back to thrill a whole new generation of fans as he attempts to overthrow a host of villainous rivals with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry and vehicles.

Danger Mouse is a British series that debuted in 1981. I remember it from my youth.

I liken Danger Mouse to a rodent version of James Bond.

Check out the trailer for the series.

 

I think this is going to be a big hit with both children and adults alike.

You can find not only all 24 episodes of Danger Mouse on Netflix, but also 11 episodes from 1992.

For more information, or to check out Danger Mouse for yourself, visit Netflix.com. You can also find Netflix on social media.

To celebrate Danger Mouse on Netflix I have a toy giveaway for a lucky reader. One reader will win both of these Danger Mouse play sets. 

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 15, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

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

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Movie Review – When Calls the Heart: It Begins With Heart

 

When Calls the Heart It Begins With Heart DVD

I have written about the television series, When Calls the Heart, numerous times on my site. It airs on the Hallmark Channel.

Just released is the DVD, When Calls the Heart: It Begins With Heart. This DVD opens Season 3 of the series.

A lot of changes are happening in Hope Valley.

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is trying to win over Jack’s (Daniel Lissing) dog Rip. She feels that if she can win over the dog he will no longer try and come in between her and Jack.

Abigail (Lori Loughlin) tries to find out who is stealing food from her kitchen. What she find is a set of orphan children in need of a home.

Bill (Jack Wagner) still needs to convince Jack that he is innocent of the counterfeiting ring.

Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) is trying to win a contest with the San Francisco Herald.

New arrivals in town end up causing problems for Pastor Frank (Mark Humphrey) as he is trying to win the heart of Abigail.

These are not necessarily new story lines, but rather a continuation of stories/plots that have already played out on the series. If you watch the series regularly then you will be familiar with these story lines, so no further explanation is needed (plus I wouldn’t want to give away too much detail and spoilers).

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This DVD is more so for people familiar with the series. As a “newbie” to When Calls the Heart you could watch this, and then continue watching the current season on television, but you might be a little lost without knowing the background of each character and story line.

This is a Hallmark Channel series, which means is suitable for the whole family – although younger children might not “get” the more complex relationships. This is a sweet series filled with likable characters, lovely period clothing and breathtaking scenery. It’s wholesome entertainment and one of the Hallmark Channels most popular series. There are even groups dedicated to the series. I know some of them are called “Hearties.”

The DVD comes with bonus feature with behind the scenes interviews. I personally enjoy behind the scenes features and cast/crew interviews because I feel like it gives you a better appreciation for the show/movie when you learn about what went on to bring it to television and/or the big screen.

Look for When Calls the Heart: It Begins With Heart where ever DVDs are sold.

For more information about the series visit HallmarkChannel.com/When-Calls-The-Heart.

Are you a fan of the series? Which is your favorite character and/or story line?

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Kimberly

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

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Check out Curious George now on Hulu (giveaway ends 4/25/16)

 

 

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I am a lifelong fan of Curious George. I started reading books about his many adventure when I was a little girl. My children also became fans when they were young too.

Curious George is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?

Did you know that Curious George first appeared in the book Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys that was published in France in 1939? The adventurous monkey has been around for 77 years.

Since the first book, Curious George has gone on to numerous adventures in books, even spinning off into television series and movies.

Now you can find all nine seasons of Curious George, as well as the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, only on Hulu.

Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films. You can stream Hulu almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, computers, Roku, Apple TV and more.

I’ve had the opportunity to watch a few episodes. It really is an adorable show. I wish there was something like this when I was a young girl. I would have watched it all the time.

Even though Curious George is a “kiddie” program, adults can enjoy it too. It’s not boring or too silly. It’s fun, family entertainment.

As with all children’s programming on Hulu, Curious George streams commercial-free.

Here is a brief video about Curious George’s move to Hulu.

 

Just in case you are not familiar with Hulu.

Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from 5 of the 6 largest U.S. broadcast networks. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.

I love that Hulu has current seasons of my family’s favorite shows. That way, if we miss an episode of our favorite show we can catch up by watching the missed episode/episodes Hulu. Hulu offers episodes from current seasons from the top networks – ABC, NBC, FOX and the CW. For example, when I missed an episode of The Middle I was able to catch the missed episode the following day on Hulu.

Hulu has a growing library of full prior and upcoming seasons of hit series including  Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Empire, South Park, Seinfeld, CSI, Fargo and The Mindy Project. They also offer blockbuster films from Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Interstellar, Selma, Top Five and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Hulu also offers a great selection of film’s with their partnership with EPIX.

Hulu is priced well and I would consider it “budget friendly.”

  • For $7.99 a month, the Hulu subscription service offers premium programming anytime with limited commercials.
  • For $11.99 a month, you can watch Hulu’s premium programming with no commercials.
  • For an additional $8.99 per month, Hulu subscribers can add SHOWTIME to their subscription.

Did you know that you can get a FREE 1-month trial of Hulu? You can watch your favorite Curious George episodes, and more, with your free 1-month trial. Visit Hulu.com to start your free 1-month trial today – for a limited time only.

You can also check out Hulu on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. Check out the hashtag #CuriousGeorgeonHulu to see what others are saying about the adventurous little monkey’s move to Hulu.

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In honor of Curious George moving to Hulu, I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader. The giveaway consists of:

  • 3-month Hulu gift subscription
  • Curious George Youth T-shirt 

Prizing valued at $38.97. Prizing courtesy of Hulu.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 25, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Hulu will be providing the prize package. 

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Hallmark Channel’ Hearts of Spring airs this Saturday at 9:00 PM EST/PST

 

A famous mommy blogger faces an empty nest as her daughter prepares to go away to college. When she turns to her blog for advice, she finds herself on the attack by a reader who has conflicting opinions. While she deals with him online, offline she finally meets a great single dad and sparks start to fly. What she doesn't know is that the confrontational reader and the adorable single dad are, in fact, the same person. Photo: Lisa Whelchel Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Airing on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, April 9, 2016, is the film Hearts of Spring. The film stars Lisa Whelchel (Facts of Life) and Michael Shanks (Stargate).

A famous mom blogger finds herself being attacked by a reader who has conflicting advice. While she deals with him online, offline she finally meets a great single dad and sparks start to fly. When she finds out that they are in fact the same person, her whole world gets turned upside down. Stars Lisa Whelchel and Michael Shanks.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

I had the opportunity to screen the film before it’s air date.

I found this movie interesting in many ways. First and foremost, Lisa Whelchel’s character, Carly, is a “mommy blogger.” She writes a blog about her life as a single parent. I happen to be grouped in with the “mommy blogger” niche, and I know plenty of wonderful mommy bloggers (daddy bloggers too!). I found that aspect of the film interesting. She even attended conferences and spoke about how important her blog and her blog readers are to her. I feel the same way.

Lisa is a mom blogger herself. Not only did she create and co-produce Hearts of Spring, she’s also a mother of three and one of the first parenting bloggers to begin sharing her experiences with other mothers online in 2000. Lisa is a passionate believer in the influence mothers can have on new mothers, children, those looking for answers, and mothers who just need to know they are not alone on the magical journey of motherhood.

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I can also relate to her character in the film because she’s the mother of a young teen about to set off from college – or where ever her life takes her – after she graduates college. Lisa’s character in the film is reluctant to have her daughter go away to college – or even travel overseas after graduation. As a mom to a young daughter who is already in college, I can totally relate. Our daughter keeps talking about transferring to another college after she graduates from our local community college this time next year. I am very hesitant to let her go far away. She is my first born, and only daughter, and the thought of her living far away and not being able to see her every day breaks my heart.

As far as the story line goes, it’s not only a sweet story, it’s also believable. I don’t like stories that seem too good to be true, or completely unrealistic. I like that the story in this film could happen in real life.

The characters are very likable – even the secondary/supporting cast.

This is also NOT a sugary-sweet film. I like that there is a bit of “drama” in the film and that its not all “sunshine and rainbows.” Dare I say that even my husband might enjoy this film.

Hearts of Spring airs on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 PM EST/PST. Please check your local television guide for the channel.

If you would like to learn more about this film visit www.HallmarkChannel.com/Hearts-of-Spring.

Did you watch the trailer? What did you think about the film? Will you be watching?

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Kimberly

*I had access to an advanced screener 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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