The Boxtrolls trailer: Winnie takes Charge

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Elle Fanning (as Winnie) takes charge in this latest clip from The Boxtrolls! The kids can’t wait for this movie to come out and I have to admit I get more excited every time a new clip comes out.

If you haven’t heard of The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

Of course there is an evil villain Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), who wants to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Why? Because he’s evil! Can Winnie and Eggs stop his evil plot?

The Boxtrolls is based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Look for the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan.

It’s rated PG and to be released in theaters Sept. 26, 2014.

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Betta Fish is great for beginner pet owners

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We have had our pet Jack long before the kids were born. They love him, but they wanted a pet of their own. We will take care of him mommy we promise! They love animals and love learning about this so I thought why not start off small, with say low maintenance pet like a fish. But a fish requires a tank and all sorts of other tools and accessories. National Geographic Kids introduced us to the new line of National Geographic products available at PetSmart and it made getting our daughter’s pet ownership experience started.

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We found that Betta fish are a great fish for first time fish owners because they can be housed in an aquarium or a bowl. Bettas gulp air from the water’s surface to help them breath which allows them to live in either a fish tank or in a fish bowl. There are some guidelines to follow with keeping Bettas that will allow them to live and thrive longer.

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Lesson Plan Book: A must have for more than just teachers

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Teachers need to be organized in a classroom of 20-plus students. The best way for teachers to be as prepared as their students are expected to be is to consistently use a lesson plan book. Teachers can keep track of students, grades, parent-teacher conferences, and so much more. It is an essential school supply for teachers. But is a lesson plan book just for teachers? If you are anything like me it is also for parents and homeschooling parents too.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation between UI School Supply and myself. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Luckily, teachers and homeschooling parents have options when it comes to choosing a lesson plan book. Nobody says teachers have to be boring. UI School Supply has various lesson plan books that can match the personality of any teacher.  Some options include the plaid lesson plan book, the complete plan book, the lesson plan and records book and the green lesson plan book.

The green lesson plan book is a favorite among elementary school and middle school teachers since it makes an earth-friendly statement. It is a spiral bound book with pages printed on FSC-certified recycled paper and it offers 42 planning pages. Teachers can mark seating arrangements, student birthdays, conference information and a daily schedule.

Teachers won’t have to worry about forgetting where Johnny is sitting, when Suzie’s parents are coming in for a conference, or when their next continuing education class is going to be. A lesson plan book will keep them organized and prepared.

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My personal favorite is the Paw Prints Lesson Plan book. Why would a parent use this you ask? Sure I have a calendar but I find that it quickly become full as I keep track of all the children’s activities, the husband’s scheduled and my schedule, both for work and play. Where would I write all the things like their homework assignments, projects, fundraisers, book sales and picture days in my calendar? With a lesson plan book we can keep our eye on the prize of their education without trying to squeeze it into our regular every day calendar.

Muppets Most Wanted free printables and activities

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One of the movies on our “most wanted” list is headed to Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack! Look for Muppets Most Wanted on August 12, 2014 to come to instant video, Blu-Ray, and DVDs near you.

To celebrate we just printed off these Muppets Most Wanted Free Printables and wanted to share them with you too! Join us as we help Kermit escape from the Siberian Gulag (maze), test your Muppet trivia knowledge, spot the differences and color your favorite characters with these 8 fun filled activities!

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Interview with the creator of Creative Galaxy, Super Why and Blues Clues

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My older children where HUGE and I mean HUGE Blues Clues fans. Don’t show them this post, because of course two of them are all grown up now and saying that is like showing off baby pictures of them in the bathtub to their boyfriend and/or girlfriend. That’s the fun part about starting all over! My two younger children enjoyed Blues Clues, Super Why (a personal favorite of mine) and now they have been able to check out the brand new show Creative Galaxy, all of which come from creator Angela Santomero.

Angela Santomero has been changing the way kids watch TV for 15 years. She’s the creator and executive producer of the landmark Nickelodeon series Blue’s Clues and the popular PBS Kids series Super Why as well as the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood spin-off series Daniel the Tiger’s Neighborhood. On June 27, Angela’s newest brainchild, Creative Galaxy starring Jason Priestley, becomes the first original children’s series to launch on Amazon. She’s an Emmy nominee and recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming.

She also has her popular blog,, where she offers a variety of unique insights for parents. And like AtoZ Learning Tree she tries to help parents with many unique ideas and resources as boredom busters for the summer and throughout the year.

After or talk my kids and I headed to Amazon to check out Creative Galaxy. I think one of the things we like best were the ideas or “take aways” with things we can do, build and create at home.

Find out more about Creative Galaxy and ideas for boredom busting in our interview. (It’s audio only – but enjoy!)

Guardians of the Galaxy free printable activities

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Need a summer boredom buster?  Why not try these free printables featuring favorite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy!

Choose from coloring pages, door hangers, memory card game or maze or print them all!

Guardians of the Galaxy free printable activities



GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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Fire and camping safety free printables featuring Planes Fire and Rescue

planes fire and rescue free printable bookWith just a few weeks left before school starts a lot of people I know are taking advantage of the last days of summer to squeeze in some family fun camping – whether it’s in the backyard or out and about. Keep the kids from saying “Are we there yet?” or “Is it ready yet?” with these fun filled and educational activities featuring all your favorite characters from Planes Fire and Rescue!

Smoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’ PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer. Download your Planes: Fire and Rescue Educational Activity Book! 


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Planes Fire and Rescue is in theaters now! Let’s celebrate with free printables

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Planes Fire and Rescue is now available in theaters! We had such a great time seeing it and look for our review to come. But in the meantime we’d like to share with you these free printables to have some summer fun with!

Download Race To The Rescue Activities

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My Little Pony Patriotic Recipes

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Enjoy these Recipe Sheets this holiday and any day you want to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.

Happy 4th of July from My Little Pony: Keys of Friendship on DVD 7/29!

Enjoy this fun filled Friendship trailer!

Father’s Day craft and card for your little Boxtolls

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Enjoy this special video filled with The Boxtrolls 5 Fun Things To Do This Father’s Day


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