Save 60% on ROBOTS-4-U and Art Summer Camps

Oh the sweet summer time! It’s just around the corner and I admit it’s is a time of year I look forward to. Not only do I cut back on the number of hours I work, but I get to spend some amazing time with with the kids. The hours I do work the kids head off to summer camps and I get to enjoy the fruits of their labors when they get home. Last year they attended the ROBOTS-4-U Summer camp and they had an amazing time!

Here’s a little bit about the Robots-4-U and Arts Summer Camps . . .

S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life! @Robots4U –

DYNAMIC ART & DESIGN Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Technology Meets Creativity! @Robots4U #DynamicArt –

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Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!

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Summer camp learning, fun and savings at Digital Media Academy

It’s that time of the year again when parents across the United States wonder “What am I going to do with the kids during summer break?” For some families it is the opportunity to travel. For others it’s time to provide them with opportunities and extra curricular activities that their children could not participate in during the school year. For others it’s a worry about leaving the kids at home alone for long periods of time. But there is an answer! Summer camps offer the opportunity to learn and play in ways you may not have time to during the regular school year. Here’s one camp that the features learning and innovation in the fields of game design and development, programming and app development, film making, robotics, music and audio production, and sports and technology.

Disclosure: This is a conversation sponsored by US Family Guide and Digital Media Academy. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

 Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child’s confidence through project-based learning. 25 locations at top universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Camps are filling fast, register early to save money and stay off the wait list.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHFUN15 at register by March 31 #CreateTheNext
Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email at Mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

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Free printable Cinderella activities and coloring sheets



Cinderella wasn’t just the belle of the ball, but also the box office her very first weekend out and to celebrate we bring to you some fun filled free printable Cinderella activities, crafts and coloring pages. If you have seen the movie, it’s great fun to relive some of your favorite moments and characters from the movie with these free Cinderella printables. If not, (like me, because we were travelling) it’s a great way to give the kids a sneak peek at the movie before we head out to see it over Easter break.


Cinderella Slipper Craft 

Connect the Dots- Glass Slipper

Cinderella Word Search 

Cinderella Line Maze

Cinderella Clock Craft 

Cinderella Spot the Differences

Cinderella Spot the Difference 2

Cinderella Spot the Difference Carriage

Cinderella Memory Cards



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Little Passports offers a big fundraiser to benefit your school


It seems all year long I’m offered many, many, many opportunities to help my school raise funds. There’s Yankee Candle, food items, photos and gifts. But what I’m rarely offered something that actually is FUN for the whole family and educational too! That’s why I’m really excited about the Little Passports Fundraiser opportunity. Not only is it fun for the whole family, educational, but also pretty darn easy to do! So grab this blog post and send it to everyone in the PTA to let them know how easy it is to raise money for their school.

Disclosure: **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Here’s how it works: your school’s community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. It is that easy! They do all the work from processing orders directly on their site to providing you with flyers and sample promotional language to help you spread the word. Get more information here: The fundraising period is from April 1st – April 8th 2015 and the deadline to sign-up is March 25th 2015 so check it out today!

So what sort of things can your school community find when they shop at Little Passports?

There’s the Early Explorers set for ages 3-5, so don’t think the preschool classes are out of the running! The World Edition is for ages 5-10 and the USA edition is for ages 7-12.

The first month of each plan participants receive their traveler kit. It gives them everything they need to get started. Each month after that Little Passports sends out age appropriate games, activities and information so your little traveler can travel the world learning about the great big world around them – from animals to architecture and plenty of stuff in between.

Other products include the World Coin Collection and Personalized products made just for your traveler.

Fun and free Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast printables

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Tomorrow announces the release of the brand new Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-Ray and DVD! I’m so excited and so are the kids. In the meantime though we can have a little fun enjoying these four pages of fun filled activities featuring Fawn, Tink and all there friends as they discover the legend of the NeverBeast.

Free Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast printables

Download Fawn’s Mind & Body



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Free Sofia the First printables featuring The Curse of Princess Ivy

sofia the first


Official synopsis:

The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping.  Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white!  Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon – aided by special guest Rapunzel – as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia.  Packed with high-flying excitement, plus three more song-filled episodes, The Curse of Princess Ivy shows how love, trust, and unselfishly putting others’ needs first can truly work magic!

Not only does the movie have a special appearance by Rapunzel, but it comes with beautiful color changing necklace that my daughter just loves. It changes when you walk outside in the sun. If only we had some sun right now it would be even better! We got a peek of it changing as we saw a hint of sun.

So, order the movie today – and in the meantime have fun with these free printables!

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Free printable Valentine’s Day survival kit for parents


Don’t let your Valentine’s Day turn into a No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day! Let Jennifer Garner from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day be your guide with this free printable Valentine’s Day survival kit to help mom make it through the holiday.







Our Lambie meets Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie

Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie


Mom I’m not too old for Doc McStuffins, my 9 year old comes home from school to tell me. Of course not! Can’t kids just be kids? So to prove it, we are reviewing Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie.

About Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie 

No one gives better cuddles than Doc’s warm and fuzzy best friend!  She’s a princess and a ballerina, and she’s always there for toys that need an extra helping of tender loving care.  Just say three little words: “Cuddle Me Lambie.”

Join Doc and the whole gang as they laugh, play and have a ball fixing boo-boos and discovering great ways to stay happy and healthy.  Celebrate the power of true friendship as new, sparkly heart toy Val shows Lambie there’s plenty of love to go around.  Meet Donny and Alma’s monster creation Charlie – who turns out to be very sweet and not scary after all.  Then, see how Lambie gets out of a super-sticky jam!  Bursting with five song-filled episodes and cuddles galore, this “hug-stravaganza” is magical fun your little one will adore!

Cast:                                      Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins,); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins );  and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins).



lambie meet lambie

Our well loved lambie’s were so excited to have their very own movie! but first they had to check out the adorable hair bows which come with the DVD purchase. But after that it was time for a cuddle with our favorite lovey lambies which as you can tell are VERY well loved and don’t leave her sight, even at the age of 8. Popcorn is popped and drinks are poured it’s time to enjoy some movies and music from Disney. The 120 minute video includes the episodes: “My Huggy Valentine/Dusty Bear,” “Awesome Guy’s Awesome Arm/Lamb In A Jam,” “Kirby And The King/Bubble Monkey, Blow Your Nose!”, “A Day Without Cuddles/Collide-o-scope,” “Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin/Hide and Eek!”

Our lambies gave Cuddle Me Lambie 5 stars! They loved the fun music and watching Doc McStuffins in action. The 9 year old came home from school the next day and found out she is not the only Doc McStuffins fan, as her friends noticed her hair bows.

A day without cuddles is a sad day indeed. So don’t miss out on the chance to cuddle with your kids and enjoy this fun filled DVD.



Cut college costs: Rent textbooks from Campus Book Rentals

We just survived another college semester. My daughter says joyfully, “I’m headed to the bookstore to sell my textbooks back and then I’m packing up to come home.” Unfortunately there wasn’t much joy to behold at the bookstore.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and members of my family. 

Excited about picking up some return on her investment in the purchase of her college textbooks my daughter loaded them up and stood in line with everyone else at the campus bookstore. However book buy back “ain’t what it used to be” and it wasn’t all that great then.

Consider this. Hundreds of students in line. Some even remember their student IDs (must proof that you are a student in order to sell them back). After waiting in line hours (yes as they go through each book and determine a quick value) you get $27 offered to you. Or a little bit more if you allow them to put the money in your campus account. Twelve books at over $600 and your return or returning them? $27.00. She could have made more than that going to work and working all those hours.

As she calls to tell me the results I’m glad she took the money and ran. After all she already went through all of that. But I did remind her that at the beginning of the term that she did have options and one of those options was renting her textbooks from Yes, I pulled the “I told you so card.” I’m only human.


Advantages to renting textbooks from CampusBookRentals: 
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways

-can highlight in the textbooks

-flexible renting periods

– shop from the comfort of your desk  – in your PJs – and we all know that’s what you are wearing right now

– no long lines for textbook purchases or buy backs

And, if you are anything like I was shopping in the bookstore was like dropping me into Whole Foods is now. I would get in there and find all sorts of fun things like school mascot earrings to pens I just couldn’t live without, paid too much for and lost them before the first semester was over.

Did I mention that it saves money and is more convenient?  I think it could stand up to being repeated.

Now, those are all really nice things but guess what? also means less waste, so it’s easier on the environment AND a donation is made to Operation Smile for every book rented. I’ll just add a few more perks like selling/renting your previously purchased textbooks to them and MAKING money on them.

How does it work?

It’s that easy! They even help with the shipping. So you can rent the textbooks you need, use them as long as you need to. You can even highlight them and you can save money.  As the parent of not one but two college aged students I’m not seeing a real downside.


‘Strange Magic’ fun, food, free printables and more

Strange Magic

It’s HERE! “Strange Magic” is now in theaters starting TODAY! Have fun at home or after the show with these fun filled free printables and recipes featuring all the strange magic of the movie.

Bog King Mud Pie Recipe

Strange Magic Cookies Recipe

Strange Magic Party Invitations

Strange Magic DIY Hat

Strange Magic Hot Cocoa Recipe

Strange Magic Fairy Jar

Strange Magic Potion Recipe

Fairy Wing Decorations

Optical Illusion

Spot the Differences

Memory Game


Download the soundtrack and play the music whenever you want – available on iTunes

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Movie details:
Cast: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare

Director: Gary Rydstrom
Producer: Mark S. Miller
Executive producer: George Lucas
Screenplay by: David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom
Story by: George Lucas
Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.