Have Santa call your family with Portable North Pole


Do you remember when you were a kid during the holiday season? I do. I think about it often, most especially around the holidays.

Christmas was my favorite holiday, as it is for many children around the globe. I still remember the excitement I felt Christmas Eve night. I wasn’t able to sleep at all! I would lie in bed listening for the sounds of Santa and his reindeer on our roof. Each and every little sound I heard, I thought it was him.

I remember waking my parents up several times in the middle of the night, wanting to know if it was OK to go downstairs to see if Santa was there. They always told me to go back to bed. Normally they would finally give in to me around 5:00 or 6:00 AM (I was persistent).

Meeting Santa in person was the highlight of the holiday season. I still remember the little candy canes his elves would give out to the kids.

Ahh… memories.

Things have changed a lot since then. Now you can actually receive a call from Santa, as well as personalized videos. I can’t imagine having something like that as a child. That would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Let me introduce you to Portable North Pole. They are known for their customizable videos and calls from Santa. Yes, you read that right. Your child can get a phone call from Santa, personalized with their name and other details that will leave them in aww. In addition, customizable videos are also available.

Here’s how it works;

  • Download the free app
  • Input a few details about the child
  • Upload a photo

In just a few minutes, a customized video is delivered to you.

Check out this brief video.


The above video is the EXACT same  quality of video your child will receive from PNP. As you can see, they make it look so realistic. I love it!

Can you image the excitement your child will feel knowing that Santa knew that he/she did great on a test, or that they have been doing their chores without being told (depending on the details you include).

With PNP (Portable North Pole), Santa knows their name, if they are on the naughty or the nice list, gives them tips on how to improve to the nice list or how to stay on it, and knows what they want for Christmas.

Check out just a few of their newest digital products for 2019:

  • A brand new special multi-device scenario straight from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas eve with a personalized video message from Santa on one device (desktop, smartphone, or tablet) and integrated into the video message is a call from Santa to your phone during the video message. This message can be made for one child or the whole family. *
  • a total of five new Premium personalized videos with even more ways to personalize the message. *
  • Another new multi-device Premium video scenario with a group option. This is great for parents looking to encourage good behavior from their children in the days leading up to Christmas. *
  • The Reaction Recorder is now available on Google Chrome for desktop and laptop, as well as on the PNP mobile app to capture the moment your loved one realizes it’s Santa speaking to them directly on one of our Premium videos and create a lifetime keepsake. *
  • New personalization options. Santa will know even more about your loved one, than ever before. *

* Features only available with purchase.

PNP is celebrating its 12th year, helping families make the holidays even more magica. The personalized video and phone call tradition has caught on around the world, with more than 220 million video message views from PNP by Santa fans.

Portable North Pole has reached various achievements, such as:

  • 768,000+ Fans on the PNP Facebook page @PNPSanta.
  • 1.4 million Facebook Likes.
  • #1 trending mobile App on iOS in the USA during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
  • It’s the top trending Santa App in 67 countries on Google Play during the days leading up to Christmas.
  • Achieved a 4.6 rating for both Google Play and iOS with hundreds of thousands of joyful reviews.

That is pretty impressive.

The app doesn’t ask for much detail (such as an address or last name), so it’s safe to use. As a parent, I certainly wouldn’t want to provide too much person details.

The app is free to download.

You can also access all of the features on the brand’s website, PortableNorthPole.com.

I created a video to try it out for myself. The video seems so real! It’s not like Santa pauses when he talks and has another voice (or robot) say your child’s name or what state the child lives in. It’s flawless! It’s amazing how it seems so real.

Just so you know, they ask for the child’s state because Santa asks something to the effect that he hopes the weather in (state) is good. For a child, knowing that Santa knows where they live, only adds to the magic of the video or phone call.

PNP also sells a nice selection of toys, books and games to add to the magical experience. Each product comes with a special magic code that gives you access to the videos and calling features on PNP.

Some of the adorable toys include;

Poseable “Do Good” Elf – I was sent one of these to review. It was much bigger than I thought it would be. He’s super adorable and is available in red or green (outfit). You can use this elf the same way you’d use an “Elf on the Shelf.” You can also let your child play with it like they would a regular doll (I’m sure children would love to snuggle with one of Santa’s elves at night).

The purchase of the Poseable Elf include four free Santa videos, via PNP.

24 Sleeps Until Santa Storybook – I was also sent this book to review (it gives you the code for one free Santa video).

This is a beautiful book which colorful images that really get children (and some of us “big kids”) super excited about Santa’s arrival. Each day is featured on a page, so that every night before bed you (or your child) can read up on the goings on at the North Pole as everyone prepares for Christmas day.

Karamelli, Santa’s Sweetest Baby Reindeer – I have a soft spot for adorable plush toys. That is why we have a collection of holiday toys that we keep around the tree, including a huge reindeer.

This sweet plush reindeer will make a great snuggle buddy, especially when reading the 24 Sleeps ‘Til Santa Storybook (sold separately).

Maybe your child can even teach this cute little reindeer how to fly, so that one day he/she can join Santa’s team and pull the sled.

This comes with a code for a free Santa video too.

There are other toys and games available as well as the ones mentioned. They are available on the PNP website, or you can find them at other retail locations like Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble.

If you are interested in learning more about Portable North Pole (PNP), look for the free app in the appl store, or visit PortableNorthPole.com. You can also find PNP on all the social media channels.

Would your child be excited to recieve a personalized phone call and/or video from Santa? Feel free to share you thoughts.


*I received free products and an excess code in order to do my review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Having A Healthy Balance Of Screen-Time For Children


The humble television is one that’s pretty much a feature in most homes, and for the family household, the evenings and weekends can often revolve around watching TV. However, it’s important that there is a good balance of screen time and time away from the screen. Here are a few tips to help perfect that balance.

Make Rules

Rules are good for children because they need to learn to obey rules that are given to them in school, throughout their education and later on into adulthood. So these rules should start from the parents and certain things that are allowed and not allowed to happen in the home. It’s good to be strict with these rules but also to have a little bit of wiggle room to show that it’s OK if you make mistakes because everyone does. To punish them too much might make them resentful, and it might lead them to misbehave even more so. When it comes to screen time, it’s a good idea to provide some rules that can be laid out by yourself. You might want to say to your children that screen time is only possible after all homework is done or during a certain time in the evening. You’ll likely want some of your own time in from on the television too, so it might be that they have it from 5-7 and then that’s when it’s the parents’ time. Whatever you feel is most suitable, outlined in a set of rules, and make sure that they know what is expected of them. Children are less likely to break these rules if you treat them with respect, rather than it be you barking orders at them. That becomes too much like a teacher and student scenario, and you don’t want there to be a lack of affection there. Emphasize to your children that the rules are in place to protect your health. Try not to use scare tactics like ‘your eyes will go square if you watch television too much.’ As much as it’s a funny thing for you, to a child, they may genuinely feel that could happen.

Aim For Shorter Screen Periods

It can be very easy to watch television for hours, and although it can feel like an hour is merely a few minutes when watching your favorite show with subtitling, that’s sixty minutes of having been sitting in front of a screen and also sat in the same position for sixty minutes. That’s not going to feel great on your posture or for your eyes if you’re spending hours watching television or being on an electronic device like a game console or phone. Aim to provide your children with shorter screen periods because then they’ll come to appreciate having time away from it. It can also allow them to rest their eyes and to stretch their legs. That’s why it’s good to set rules on when electronic devices can be used.

Ensure Your Child Is Getting Outside

As much as screen time can be fun for children, it’s important not to let them forget that there’s a whole other world outside just waiting to be explored. If your child is getting outside and you’re encouraging that exploration, then they are more likely to want to travel more as an adult, and that’s something everyone should be doing. It seems wasteful to go through life, having not seen anything outside of your front door, let alone new areas in your own country. So make time for some outdoor fun, whether that’s them spending it with friends or going out as a family down to the local park. Perhaps you could organize some fun road trips and that aren’t centered around staying in and watching TV. Instead, it’s a trip that gets them outside, exploring different places, and learning about local cultures and history. Yes, screen time is good for learning, but there needs to be a healthy balance of outdoor fun too.

Avoid Screen Time Before Bed

That last hour before you put your children to bed should be one that’s electronic-free. This is because it’s important to let the brain relax, and with all electronics, the blue light can keep the brain wired, and that means they’ll struggle to get off to sleep. That’s not something you want to be happening when they may have school the next day.

You also want to encourage a healthy sleep regime and the ability to get off to sleep pretty quickly. Any screen time before bed or while you’re lying in bed, is not going to bode well for how quickly you manage to get off to sleep. Try to keep that last hour or so free from electronics and try to do the same for yourself. You could remove these electronics from sight or if they’re in a communal space, you can take them out that area and use that last hour as a time to get dressed and ready for bed. A book before bed is a better way to relax and to tire them out. This might be something you want to try, either you are reading one for them if they’re too young or them reading one to themselves.

Do Activities Together That Don’t Involve Electronics

There are plenty of things that you can do without electronics, and it’s strange to think that merely decades ago, we lived without phones and the technological devices that we rely on so heavily now. As a family, it’s good to find activities that you can enjoy, whether that might be a board game or trying out something new together that can become a family hobby. A hobby is great to have because it helps children to explore different potential passions that they might have in their lifetime. Perhaps you want to take them to do a group sport or maybe have them learn a new skill or language. It’s important to take advantage of their brains while they’re young because they can absorb so much more and learn things quicker than we do as adults. A healthy balance of screen time and electronic-free activities is essential, so find those things that you can enjoy with your children and that they can do, which will certainly give them the opportunities later in life to explore.

Remove Electronic Devices From Bedrooms

Just like having no electronics an hour before bedtime, the same should be said for electronic devices in the bedroom. Most of us now will rely on our mobile phones to provide us with the alarm clock to get up in the morning. However, having your mobile phone in the bedroom is giving you more temptation just to pick it up. So if you can, try to remove these electronic devices from the bedroom, particularly with your children too. Any games consoles need to be switched off at the plug, and if you feel as though they’re playing it in their room when everyone goes to bed, you can always remove the controllers, so they have no ability to play. It is definitely important that you emphasize this rule to your children because any light from an electronic device is going to be a struggle for them to then get off to sleep.

Be A Role Model With Your Own Screen Time

You can ask your children to do all of the above and set rules about screen time, but it’s important you do the same. As a role model, you need to set an example, and if you’re asking them to do one thing and then you’re doing another, it’s likely that they’re going to find that frustrating and start disobeying. Once they’ve gone to sleep, you can perhaps have more screen time to yourself but don’t openly make it known to them that you do this. As children, a lot of them believe in the adult and will trust the adults most of the time. If you’re breaking this trust, then that can be upsetting for your child. Every child needs a role model in their life and the first adult they really interact with their parents, so try to be a good role model with your own screen time. It’s healthy as adults to take a break away from the screens because we’re likely to spend a lot more time in front of them anyway.

A healthy balance of screen-time for your children is good to perfect, particularly whilst they’re young and impressionable. Set rules that will be obeyed by everyone in the house and emphasize the importance of getting outdoors and exploring the world around them. Do activities together as a family that don’t involve bringing your electronics and remove electronic devices from the bedroom where possible. Have a no screen-time rule an hour before bed so that their minds can relax and finally, be a role model to them in how much screen time you have for yourself. Do all of this and your children are likely to have a healthier relationship with the screen.


The Marriage Journey: Avoiding the Divorce Path


Marriage is tough. It’s a two-way street, and if you aren’t doing your part of the work, it can fall apart. We’re here to give you some ways to have a good marriage, some ways it can fall apart, and how to get through a divorce if it comes down to it.

A Good Marriage

There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage. A good marriage takes a lot of work. One of the biggest things in a marriage is communication. Always talk about everything on your plate. Show appreciation to one another by doing things the other loves. Make sure they feel loved. Always be open and honest. It might be difficult, but honesty will save you a lot of heartaches. Watch your words even in a fight. Don’t let things fly out of your mouth that you cannot take back. Practice being kind to one another. You might be tired of the sight of their face, but always be nice even in these times.

Be loyal. Always put them first so they feel special. Remember why you got married. Remember why you fell in love with this person. They have something special about them and sometimes we forget this. Never take them for granted. If you find yourself slipping, take a date night so you can talk and remember why you love one another.

The Path Of Divorce

If you feel your marriage cannot be saved, divorce is the final answer. It’s messy. It’s a long road. You want to do everything you can to avoid this journey. You’ll both need good family law attorneys like KoonsFuller Family Law. You’ll need to be prepared for lots of paperwork. You need to talk about what you both expect out of the divorce before you even meet with lawyers. If your lawyers can’t mediate effectively, be prepared to go to court. Divorce court is tough, but it must be done in some cases. You’ll also need to be prepared to talk to your family about your journey ahead.

Things That Dissolve A Union

Fighting is normal for any couple. It’s when the fighting gets so bad that there’s no turning back. You then have a real issue. One of the number one reasons for divorce is infidelity. Affairs are tough because it’s about stepping outside of the marriage. Many times an emotional affair turns into a physical one, and many couples can’t come back from that pain. A power struggle is another big reason for dissolving a marriage. When money gets tight or even when money is flowing like crazy, you see true colors come flying out. Stress over money leads to anger in the marriage. Abuse is a huge reason for divorce. Whether emotional or physical, it’s important for one’s safety to get out of the marriage. All couples have issues, but if communication is not brought to the forefront of these issues, they can get so bad that divorce is imminent.

How To Save A Marriage

One of the easiest ways to save a marriage is to talk through things. Communication is the number one way to keep any relationship afloat. If you cannot talk through things amicably with one another, marriage counseling is a great way to get things out on the table. Marriage counseling involves another party helping you hash things out. You will need to dig deep into your emotions so be ready to fight for your marriage. Listen to each other as you speak. Don’t just shake your head in disbelief because their feelings are real. You both have to be ready to get to the bottom of things or it won’t work.

Getting Through Divorce As A Family

Helping your family through divorce is a tough journey. Children may feel resentful and begin to lash out. The extended family may not understand and ask a lot of questions. Be open and honest with your family. Try to be cordial with your spouse as you go through each step. It isn’t easy for either of you. It’s important to stay a family and begin to live your new normal. Take each step one day at a time together.

Starting Over: How to Cope After the Sudden Death of a Spouse


When you lose a spouse suddenly, it feels like nothing will ever be okay again. Learn some coping methods for dealing with the sudden death of a spouse.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking and devastating than the sudden death of a spouse. One day you’re happily married, the next your stranded, alone, and unsure of how to even begin to pick up the pieces.

You’re probably feeling overwhelmed and anxious. How can you juggle these intense emotions, the logistics of your spouse’s death and this massive lifestyle change? Keep reading as we break down how to cope after the sudden death of a spouse.

Go Easy on Yourself After the Death of a Spouse

The first thing you should know and accept after your spouse’s death is there is no right way to feel after your partner has died. There are so many factors that lead to your reaction such as how your spouse died, how happy you were in your marriage, the age of your children (if you have them) and how dependent you were on each other.  Every grieving situation is different.

There’s a chance you could be feeling shocked, anxious, heartbroken and numb. Or you could feel guilty that you are the one alive. You might even feel relieved that your spouse isn’t suffering anymore if they were ill for a while.

There’s also a chance that you could feel angry or resentful at your spouse for stranding you, especially if their death was self-inflicted. You could find yourself crying all the time, or you might not cry at all. How you grieve is totally unique to you and your situation.

Tell Your Friends and Family What You Need 

There’s also a good chance that your friends and family might not know what to say or do. They might even avoid you, or say cliche things like your spouse is “in a better place.”

Know most people mean well and are usually uncomfortable and unsure about how to deal with death. This doesn’t mean they don’t love and care about you.

Try your best to tell those close to you what you do or don’t need. Or if you find those close to you avoid mentioning your spouse, and you actually want to talk about your late partner, let them know. Know that your friends and family are likely grieving too, and they might find comfort in sharing memories of your spouse.

Take Care of Your Physical Health

When you grieve, your body and your emotions can take a toll. You might find that you can’t sleep or eat. While this sounds easier said than done, make an effort to take care of yourself by exercising, getting enough sleep and eating well.

It’s also important that you don’t drown your sorrows in excessive drinking or medication. This behavior might just make your pain worse.

You should also let your healthcare provider know what you are going through. Especially if you are having a hard time doing everyday things like cooking for yourself or getting dressed.

Get the Support You Need

Dealing with the aftermath of sudden death can be confusing, lonely and depressing. There’s a chance you might find yourself turning inward when really you might be better off seeking support from your friends, family, counselor and or religious community (if you have one).

Joining a support group with other people who are grieving the death of a loved one can also be very comforting. Consult with your therapist, health care provider or even a local hospital on where you can find these groups. Some of these groups can even exist online.

Sort Your Social Life

Starting to navigate your social life freshly single can be complicated. Especially if you and your late spouse used to socialize regularly with other couples. You might be unsure about how you fit in now.

There’s a chance you might be feeling award attending parties or events by yourself. The best thing you can do is to tell your friends how you’re feeling. You might need to explain that you will have to avoid couples get-togethers and dinners for a while, and instead see your friends one-on-one.

Also, know that being single isn’t the worst. This can be a new opportunity for you to seek out new friends. You can expand your social network by taking a class or volunteering to get you out of the house and pursuing something meaningful.

How to Know If You’re Experiencing Complicated Grief

While grieving is a unique experience for everyone, you should also be aware of complicated grief. This type of grief prevents you from moving forward with your own life.

Signs of complicated grief can include a feeling that you have no purpose in life anymore. You might find yourself wishing you were also dead, as you lose the complete desire to socialize. Or you might have a hard time performing everyday tasks as you battle guilt or blame yourself for the death of your loved one.

If you can’t seem to get past any of these feelings, consult with your doctor or therapist who should be able to suggest treatment options.

Consider Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney 

If your spouse died due to the oversight, carelessness, negligence, or deliberate act of another party, you might want to consider hiring a wrongful death attorney. A wrongful death case is usually a situation that could have been prevented if the offending party was more careful.

Often these deaths are sudden and due to a traumatic accident or direct nature. This could be either the result of a violent crime or negligence of a business owner to follow standard safety regulations.

Wrongful death could also be the result of another party being reckless, such as drunk driving, or the medical malpractice of a doctor or health care professional. If any of these situations is what led to your spouses’ sudden death, you should consult with a wrongful death attorney immediately.

Start Healing Today

Now that you know how to cope with the sudden death of a spouse, start your journey of healing today. Know that coping with death takes time, so be easy on yourself, and seek the help of others whenever possible. For more lifestyle tips, check out the rest of our blog.


Top Tips for Caring for Your Elderly Parents


The realization that your parents are no longer as fit and agile as they were in the past can be upsetting. It can sometimes feel as though the parent/child balance has been reversed, and that you are now the adult responsible for them instead of the other way round.

A parent that once enjoyed a hectic social life and enjoyed being active, but is now unable to do the same things they once could, may feel frustrated and angry. Of course, it is entirely understandable for someone that was once fit and active to feel upset by this change in their physical health. These feelings may mean that their mood is low, or that they are more irritable than usual. If your parent’s mood is impacted on by their physical health, then this could be an extra challenge for you to face when looking after them.

Looking after an elderly parent is never an easy process, particularly if your relationship has had a lot of ups and downs in the past. Many people feel under a lot of pressure to care for their aging relatives. However, it is essential to remember that you can only do your best.

Striking a Balance

Nowadays, many people have a large number of demands on their time, making it feel practically impossible to strike a balance. Working a job, raising your kids, running a home, and caring for your aging parent can be challenging to fit into your life.

The impact of being pulled in so many different directions each day can leave you feeling both physically and emotionally drained. This is especially true if your children are at an age where they are still dependent on you. 

Although it is tough, try to strike a balance in your life. Talk with your mom or dad to ascertain how much of their day to day activity they need help with. They may feel that you are doing too much for them at the moment, and they would prefer to maintain more of their independence, by carrying out these tasks themselves.

Consider speaking with your boss to let them know that you are currently caring for an elderly parent who requires a lot of your time and attention. This doesn’t mean that you are asking for heaps of time off work. Instead, you are giving them a prior warning that there could be times that you will need to dash off to take your parent to a medical appointment.

A Suitable Living Environment

When your parent becomes less able, you may begin to worry about them living on their own in their home. Sometimes larger family homes can be exhausting to maintain for the elderly, or they may have a large yard that requires constant maintenance. Your parent may also feel unsafe in their home, now that they are older and less agile. 

Finding a suitable place for your parent to live is vital to helping them feel secure. It will also offer you peace of mind that they are safe and well-cared for. 

How suitable your parent’s living environment depends on how able they are, as well as their current state of health. If you have the room in your home, you may want to invite them to live with you. Alternatively, if they are going to require a lot of care, then an elderly care home may be the best solution for their needs. A parent that is still independent may enjoy living in a retirement apartment. A retirement apartment enables them to retain their independence and have their own space without the need to care for a large house and yard.

Of course, there are many points to discuss when choosing living arrangements, as this will be based on cost, health needs, etc.

Keep Communicating

When you have primary responsibility for your parent’s care, it can be hard to retain the parent/child relationship. Instead, you may find that a lot of your time is taken up dealing with the medical side of their care and addressing their basic needs. Unfortunately, this can put your relationship under strain, especially if you are also trying to care for your kids too. 

Try not to let the current situation dominate your relationship, however hard this may be. Try to continue communicating with your parent about happy times and fond memories. Doing this should help you to enjoy the time you spend together and create even more memories to treasure in the future.

Mobility Issues

Experiencing mobility issues can be extremely disheartening for an older adult that has previously been active their whole life. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that they can still enjoy the independence that comes from moving around both in the home and outside. 

If the stairs are too exhausting for your parent to tackle nowadays, why not consider getting a stairlift fitted? Stairlifts offer the freedom of being able to get up and down the stairs with barely any effort.

If your parent craves the independence of getting outside into the fresh air, a mobility scooter could be the answer. Mobility scooters offer a comfortable way for anyone with impaired mobility to get out and about and enjoy their independence.

Understanding Healthcare Needs

Unfortunately, as people age the likelihood of them encountering health problems increases, health problems can be either physical or cognitive conditions or a combination of both. Sometimes you may find that your loved one has a range of different medical conditions to manage. These conditions may require them to receive long term medical care, which could involve the use of prescription drugs and multiple appointments with doctors. 

Don’t forget to look out for the signs of illness in your loved one. Sometimes, people find it hard to admit that they are feeling unwell, as they don’t want to make a fuss. By being vigilant, you can help to get any conditions diagnosed more quickly so that treatment can begin.

It is useful to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can if your parent is diagnosed with an illness, such as this information which features 101 statistics about long-term care. Knowledge will help you gain a greater understanding of the condition itself, plan for the cost of treatment, and discover the different treatment options available. 

Making Life Easier 

There are lots of ways in which life can be made easier for your loved one, which will help them to retain some of their independence. The things that are likely to have the most significant impact on their quality of life are small changes around the home.

Looking for ways to make life easier in the home is a good idea. There are so many different gadgets for sale nowadays designed for this purpose. 

Specialist healthcare furniture such as armchairs and seats can make it far easier for your parent to get up and down out of the chair. These are also more comfortable for them to sit in too. There are plenty of fabrics and designs to choose from, so it won’t be hard to find one that fits well with their décor scheme.

Clear away any clutter that is laying around the house, which could be a potential trip hazard, as this could result in a nasty fall. Also make sure that items in cupboards are within easy reach for your parent to get hold of when they need them, without needing to overstretch or bend.

These simple changes may not sound like a lot, but they can make day to day living so much easier.

Being Social and Combating Loneliness

Unfortunately, feeling lonely is all too common in the older generation. If you have a large family, try to stagger the times that you all visit to maximize the number of visitors your parent receives. 

If you are unable to visit, a phone call can make all the difference to their day if they are feeling a little lonely.

You may want to consider booking your parent in for adult day care services. Attending these sessions means they can meet other people of a similar age and spend time together chatting and enjoying the company.

Take Care of Your Needs Too

Caring for a loved one is a full-on task. Balancing your everyday life with the role of caregiver to your parent can be both stressful and emotionally draining. 

Making time to take care of your own needs is also a priority. Neglecting yourself is likely to lead to you getting run down and burnt out, which would leave you unable to help out at all. Practicing self-care isn’t selfish and doesn’t mean that you care any less about your parent. So, if you are able to share the care duties with a sibling or other relative to give yourself a break from time to time, this is something that you should consider.

Remember that all you can do is your best, and make sure that you ask for extra help when you need it.

Check out Kabillion – A Family Friendly Streaming Service for Quality Entertainment


Remember the days when you had to flick through every television channel just to find something to watch? It was made worse when you had to find something the entire family wanted to watch.

Growing up (back in the 70’s), my dad had full control over the television set. He watched what HE wanted to watch. My mom was more into reading books. My brother had his own television and my sister had a busy social life and spent most of her free time with the horse. That left me to watch whatever my dad was watching, which was primarily sports, news and Benny Hill (which is wildly inappropriate for a kid – even if I did find a lot of it funny).

Fast forward to today. Who needs to flick around the different television stations to find something to watch. Now there are plenty of streaming services that allow you to watch what you want to watch, when you want to watch it.

My husband streams a lot of shows and movies off a couple of different platforms. I personally enjoy watching regular television. I am a big fan of educational programs like What on Earth?, Ancient Aliens and Paranormal Caught on Camera.

I remember when my kids were little. We would cater to what they wanted to watch. We tried to steer them towards stuff we liked to watch too (when it was family time). When it was just them, they were allowed to pop in any VHS tape or DVD they wanted to watch.

I would never let them watch a streaming service when they were younger. There was no way of knowing what kind of content they could stumble across.

There is a streaming service that I wish was available when my kids were younger. It’s called Kabillion. Kabillion is a family friendly streaming platform, so you never have to worry about your kids coming across “questionable” or inappropriate content.

Do you want to hear something even better? Kabillion is completely FREE! That’s right – FREE!

Kabillion offers a wide range of popular animated content for kids of all ages! Shows like Thomas the Tank Engine and new addition, Bubu and the Little Owls, will delight preschoolers, while Barbie Dreamtopia and Transformers Prime are just some of the many offerings the school-age set will love! Kabillion even features plenty of cherished classics, like Bobby’s World and Gumby, so you can share some of your own favorites with your family – and discover new ones together, too!

With Kabillion, you and your family can take the show(s) on the road! It’s available as a free app on Roku, XUMO, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, which makes it ideal for road trips and taking the kiddos on the go! It’s also available as a free VOD service with most major cable providers, making watching at home just as easy.

Seriously… where was Kabillion years ago? I would have LOVED to have had this service for when my kids were younger.

I checked out Kabillion for myself.

I love that they separate the shows so you can easily find content for your child (or grandchild’s) age range.

For the really little ones (0-6 years old), Kabillion has shows like Chloe’s Closet, Bubu, Thomas & Friends (my son loved Thomas!), My Little Pony, Bobby’s World (so cute!), and Geronimo Stilton, to name a few. My son was (and still is) a “reluctant reader.” He would actually read the Geronimo Stilton books. If Kabillion was available years ago, I think he would watch that show over and over again. He loved it that much.

My husband and I have been watching Gumby on Kabillion. We grew up with Gumby. The awesome thing is that Kabillion shows the CLASSIC Gumby show. It’s not a remake or updated version. It’s THE classic Gumby. We love it. We’ve watched all the episodes Kabillion has. Our kids think Gumby is really weird. LOL!

Getting ready to watch some shows on Kabillion.

Kabillion has shows for children up to twelve years old. I think after that age children could try other streaming services (with parental controls of course). I work with upper elementary aged children (9-12 year olds) and there are plenty of shows on Kabillion I know that they would love like the LEGO (Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Friends), Transformers and Pokeman. 

If your family is like ours, a weekly “family movie night” is a lot of fun. My kids would take turns picking out a movie and we’d make popcorn, hot cocoa or other goodies to enjoy while watching a movie. Kabillion doesn’t have movies, but they do have plenty of episodes of great family friendly program you can enjoy. Instead of a movie, why not watch a few episodes of your favorite show? There is nothing wrong with a little “binge watching” either.

If you are looking for a great alternative to today’s entertainment – something that is family friendly, check out Kabillion at Kabillion.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Kabillion is always adding new content, so be sure to follow them on social media to keep up to date with what’s new.

What do you think about Kabillion? Do you think it’s something your family would enjoy?


*I received free goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.