Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” is in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.
Do you have a box filled used or broken crayons? I know that even with our Crayon maker, which makes old crayons new again it still seems like there are so many more of them around.
Crayons just seem to multiply around my house like rabbits. If you too have boxes and boxes of unused crayons or can’t resist the dollar bin deals, there are some really cute and easy crafts that make colorful gifts for kids or teachers. From practical to fanciful, crayons can create art without ever crossing a piece of paper. With some basic craft supplies and a box of crayons, you make these projects in minutes.
The rainbow desk caddy is really a pot of gold.
The crayon wreath is really a circle of teacher love.
Say, “you’re special” with a crayon initial gift.
Continue reading 3 Cute Crayon Crafts for instructions and supplies . . .
DisneyNature brought us “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee” and just in time for Earth Day they bring to us the opportunity to see “Wings of Life.” This movie is a a spectacular, closer-than-close, high-definition look at the intricate world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats, and their life-sustaining collaboration with flowers. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg (“America’s Heart & Soul”) and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, “Wings of Life” will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2013.
Enjoy this first look at the trailer and preorder your copy today! Continue Reading …
We’ve got one in college now and one headed to college in the fall. We have two elementary school aged children and it seems that the number of things we have to purchase for them every year, no matter what their age grows. Sure, it starts off easy with fundraisers and school pictures. Then we slide into popcorn sales and teacher treat days and holidays. There are school supplies and classroom supplies (I was just yesterday told that my daughter needs another math notebook). Last, but not least and quite often the most expensive for the older children are textbooks and books. For example one was asked to read a certain piece of fiction, which of course we had to go buy. Will they ever read it again? Probably not. They will do the report and the book will gather dust on their desk or bookshelf. But I’ve learned about a way to rent textbooks and it can not only save our family money but also be good for the environment.
Campus Book Rentals.com is one place I’ve learned about in our quest to save money on textbooks. They offer a wide selection of books in a variety of topics and for a wide range of ages. Most of the books are geared towards the college crowd, but many a high school parent will be happy they didn’t have to buy Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” when they could just rent it for a few weeks. Here’s a few of the benefits of using Campus Book Rentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices Continue Reading …
Most of us drink milk and simply go and throw them into the recycle bin or the trash can. But a blogger buddy over at Coupons and Freebies in TX came up with some really fun, unique and interesting ways to bring our boys and girls to the yard with milk jugs.
These fun and simple ideas to help you reuse your milk jugs can all be done with our without the kids. It’s just more likely they will water the plants if they make their own watering can. Before you do any of these make sure you clean the milk jug out very good and let it dry out.
- Watering cans (kid friendly)
To make a watering can all you need to do is get a hammer, a nail and a piece of wood. You will place the lid upside down cap down and simple hammer with the nail 4-8 holes into the lid. Also you can use a knife like I did if you want a slower drip. Afterwards you place water in the milk jug and seal the top on and you are done and can go use.
- Self-Watering Jug (kid friendly)
You can either cut the bottom off of the jug just take the lid off or make this. Also you may or may not want to make a small hose size hole on the bottom (fat) part of the jug for you can fill easier it is up to you. Then what you do make hole in the ground near a plant that takes and needs water all the time and place the jug in the ground and then cover up the spot and add water to either the whole you made on the bottom or add water before you place in the ground.
- Bird Feeder House (kid friendly) Continue Reading …
Try this all natural recipe at home to not only create but to color your play clay/play dough:
- 1 cup flour
- 3/8 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Add color naturally with cocoa, beets, paprika, turmeric. To create use 3/8 cup hot water (more or less as needed) and 4 tbs cocoa powder, or 1 tbs paprika, 1 teaspoon turmeric. This will create great fall colors in yellow, orange, and brown.
You can also use vegetable or fruit juices. To do, divide dough into different sections, warm 3/8 cup of the juice and then add to the dough mixtures. Try using carrot, spinach, or tomato for vibrant colors.
A reader offers this recipe – which varies a little bit from my own. . .
Combine the ingredients below in a saucepan over medium heat.
two cups white flour
½ cup salt
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
cup cream of tart
a drop of food colouring
Make sure that the mixture is smooth, cool it down and then the fun begins. Enjoy !
I like to store in Ziploc bags, but you can also recycle jars or plastic containers from around the house.
Want DIY Playdough without doing it yourself? Try these on for play.
Create your own greeting cards. Everyone has the greeting cards from last year.
Pull out your scissors and the new Crayola Tools that enable you to cut out shapes.
You or an older child can also use an exacta knife. Cut out all those things you love about the previous few year’s cards; the stars, the snowman, the Santa’s, the houses, whatever you like.
You can even cut out the statements on the inside or use these holiday quotes or Bible verses of your own choosing. On solid colored or white paper, you can use cards stock or scrap booking, I find the cardstock works best . Pull out your craft glue, lay out the fronts of the cards and start glue.
Want to add more dash and flair? Use paint markers or glitter glue sticks.
Have you seen the Milwaukee Department of Health Ads to “Wake Parents Up to Dangers of Co-Sleeping?”
If you haven’t let me show them to you. (images from press release)
The campaign is designed to warn parents of the dangers of co-sleeping and sites the rising infant mortality rate in their area and the increased incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). So I thought, why not look at this campaign fuller, after all the news doesn’t (and can’t) tell you every thing.
The Health Department goes on to add “safe sleeping tips” like:
- Put baby to sleep on their back. Babies who sleep on their backs are safer.
- Place your baby in a crib.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told ABC News
“If the ads make some people uncomfortable, I guarantee it’s a lot less uncomfortable than having another baby die from co-sleeping,” a cause of death that is “so preventable,” he added.
Is this campaign really serious? I admit I’ve never been all “up in arms” about co-sleeping but I also admit that all four of my children have co-slept. No, not every night all the time, but yes co-sleeping in my bed, following all the safe procedures that are told to parents by prominent doctors and other professionals.
There is plenty of research to indicate that co-sleeping is actually healthier for your baby and reduces the risk of SIDS. World renowned pediatrician and doctor Robert Sears website lists many studies and research that shows that co-sleeping can be healthful – not hurtful to your infant such as:
- Safer than crib sleeping
- Decreases risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Yes, some families co-sleep as a matter of economics. Other families co-sleep because of the benefits.
My thoughts, (if anyone cares) is that if the City of Milwaukee wants to lower infant mortality rates why not educate their citizens? With the money spent on this campaign why not provide health and parenting workshops. Bring in experts to talk about how to safely co-sleep. But not just co-sleeping information should be provided. What about providing for some basic classes caring for a newborn?
More importantly why not start and assist it’s citizens with a “Stop Smoking” campaign, even getting rid of second hand smoke can help greatly reduce the risks of SIDS?
Why not start a “No drinking” campaign, after all parents smoking, using drugs or alcohol and co-sleeping are at greater risk or injuring their infant?
But wait, this is Milwaukee, we wouldn’t want to anger anyone like oh . . . a brewing company.
What do you think? To co-sleep or not co-sleep that is the question. Do you think co-sleeping as dangerous as this health department is reporting it to be? Did your children co-sleep?
A picture can say a thousand words and these Halloween party photos can give you instant ideas for creative healthy Halloween snacks and original party ideas. Forget the instructions this time, you’ll get the picture!
Do you need alternatives to candy for trick or treat because you are:
- on a budget
- have kids with allergies
- have food allergies of your own
- simply love free stuff