My son is a huge Dino Dan fan. Spencer loves watching the movies and enjoys them time and time again. Spencer has a television in his own room so he can watch one movie before bed and he usually chooses one from the Dino Dan Trek’s Adventures series.
The Dino Dan movies have several stories included in them to keep your child entertained. It is a great reason to pop in a movie and have a family movie night at home with popcorn!
Dino Dan Dino Busters || NCircle Entertainment || 90 minutes approx. running time.
Join junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs into the real world dinobusters edition! When his friends come over, Trek tells them the story of a haunted house, which turns out to not have ghosts but instead has dinosaurs! Who ya gonna call? Dinobusters! Enjoy six more dino-rrific adventures with Trek and friends!
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Mack & Moxy The Great Helpee Heroes || NCircle Entertainment
Join Mack, a lovable, moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox go-getter, on four exciting adventures! Together with a helpful Trooper, Mack & Moxy set out to rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. Along the way, Mack & Moxy meet a new Friend in Need who ends up teaching us a new important cause. Let’s embark on the first adventure! Mack & Moxy set out on a colorful adventure to HelpeeLand in search of a Great Helpee. Along the way, they met Nolie, a loveable little puffball who has never had any friends to play with. As the Heroes become her first friends, they share and sing about the joys of reading books. Guest celebrity, Josh Duhamel (Transformers, All My Children), helps the Heroes mission in support of Save the Children, providing quality preschool programs to underserved children around the world since 1932. In this DVD, Mack & Moxy introduce us to Save the Children, American Red Cross, Feeding America, and World Wildlife Fund. Other guest celebrities featured include Kal Penn (House M.D., How I Met Your Mother) and Eva LaRue (CSI Miami, All My Children). Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.
Great lessons for kids to learn! My niece loves Mack & Moxy and I love that it teaches her great lessons while she watches. I also enjoy that Mack & Moxy share about great charity programs that are available.
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My New Year’s resolution has been to eat healthier and to exercise. Since I received my new kidney, I have been doing just that. Lower sugar in our snacks, more homemade items and now with Nature’s Path 7 Days of Healthy Recipes & Lifestyle Tips Ebook, I have more healthy recipes for my family.
One of the recipes available is the Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl. Packed with fruit, yogurt and Nature’s Path granola, you can’t go with this for breakfast or for a snack. It is a great recipe to replace your normal morning routine and start eating healthier. Find this recipe and more in Nature’s Path7 Days of Healthy Recipes & Lifestyle Tips Ebook!
Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Canadian Basics
A healthier choice for breakfast or a snack.
2 cups dairy-free vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas, cut into pieces
1/2 cup frozen peach chunks
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup Nature’s Path Flax Chia Plus® Coconut Chia Granola
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup peach slices
1/2 cup mango slices
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
In blender, combine yogurt, bananas, peach and mango chunks; blend on high until smooth.
Toppings: Divide yogurt mixture among 4 bowls and top with granola, kiwi, peaches, mango and almonds as desired.
Tip: Keep peeled and cut-up bananas in the freezer for easy prep of morning smoothies.
Want to Win Organic Granola for a Year?
Here is how: Go to Nature’s Path’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags: #OnMyPath and #GranolaForAYear and tell what your path is for 2016.
Prize includes everything you need to get back on a healthy path including:
Nature’s Path granola and organic breakfast foods for a year
DIY Vegan, by Nicole Axworthy & Lisa Pitman – recipe book including more than 100 ways to create an awesome plant-based pantry
Un-Junk Your Diet by Desiree Nielsen, R.D. – how to shop, cook and eat to feel better forever
Prize will ship on or after March 1, 2016
Grand prize contest closes February 28, 2016
This year is going to be an exciting year for me. I am hoping to do more traveling and making memories with Mike and the kids. I am going to enjoy not being hooked up to a dialysis machine nightly for 8 hours. I want to try new things and just enjoy life! That is my path for 2016.
Nature’s Path #OnMyPath Giveaway
Nature’s Path has put together a giveaway for one Canadian Basics reader to win.
One winner will receive:
Assortment Nature’s Path delicious organic & non-GMO granolas including Nature’s Path Coconut ChiaGranola made with wholesome clusters whole-grain rolled oats, omega-rich chia seeds, and coconut flakes. Plus each serving is naturally packed with 6 grams of plant protein and 5 grams of fibre!
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Win $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – Arthurian Legend Book Blitz
Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade books, based on Arthurian Legend, “Young Knights of the Round Table” and “Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend” by Cheryl Carpinello.
About the Books
Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Cover Art: Kaytalin Platt | Publication Date: May, 2012 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 120 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Answer the hero’s call to Adventure with the Young Knights of the Round Table on their Quest.
Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.
In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
2014 Gold Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction from Global eBook Awards.
2013 EVVY Finalist & EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult, Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.
2013 Ariana Cover Finalist
2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction, Children’s Literary Classics & CLC’s 2012 Seal of Approval
2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards
Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Cover Art: Kaytalin Platt; Rita Toews | Publication Date: March, 2009 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 122 | Recommended Age: 7 to 12
Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.
She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.
“Cheryl Carpinello’s middle grade adventure novel, featuring a visit from King Arthur and a few of his knights, is a wonderful introduction ~ to King Arthur, and to the lives of knights and others in a castle.”
“I do wish the story had been a little longer, but as this book is aimed at a younger reader with a shorter attention span, I can understand why it was not.”
“It’s a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles.”
“This was a delightful rollercoaster of a read, taking us on a journey with each of the characters. There were moments of great sadness, where I felt so wholeheartedly for the characters and their situations.”
Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend:
“I read this book to my son and daughter and they both loved it. It was a fast-paced book with a lot of excitement.”
“Will appeal to middle school aged readers, especially girls but boys too, who can relate to the idea of wanting independence yet struggling with the obligations that come with it.”
“Wizards, unicorns, and dragons are a few of the mythical creatures you will encounter in this enchanting book.”
“It is interesting and filled with enough Arthurian legend to keep young readers entertained. The questions at the end are great for comprehension and give the readers a chance to discuss their own take on the story.”
About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview children’s/MG/Tween/YA authors; my home website Beyond Today Educator, and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: December 24, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Cheryl Carpinello and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
The Fujifilm Instax® Mini 8 instant camera reminds me of when I had an old Poloroid camera as a teen and would take a ton of pictures with my friends at school. We had lots of these pictures up in our lockers. I even have some of those pictures around in my old photo boxes.
Fujifilm made it even better. Not only does it have a more modern look to the Instax® Mini 8, produces better instant photos but it comes in really cool colours that you or your teen would love.
The Instax® Mini 8 comes in Blue, Black, Pink, White, Raspberry, Grape and Yellow.
We received Instax Mini 8 instant camera in Raspberry.
The features for the Instax Mini 8 are:
Built-In Lens Cover
Instant Photos (credit card sized pictures to fit in your purse or wallet.)
Electronic Shutter- 1/60 sec. shutter speed.
Brightness Adjustment Dial (automatically determines the best brightness and suitable setting.)
Auto Flash/Focus Free
The Instax Mini 8 kit comes with:
Instax Mini 8 instant camera
Instax Instant Film (10 credit card sized instant photos)
2 x AA Batteries
The Instax Mini 8 is a very easy to use point and shoot. I had Hayley take it with her to her friend’s house where she was getting ready for the Semi-Formal Dance. She tried it here at home to make sure she had no problems. She didn’t which isn’t surprising with all the technology now, kids can work equipment fast. She took great pictures with her friend and can look back on her first Semi-Formal Dance.
Here is what my 14 year old Hayley says about her thought on the Instax Mini 8:
The Instax Mini 8 is really easy to set up. The setting on the lens tells you what lighting you should use and is really helpful to get the right picture. It is really fun to get a instant picture right away. You can get different films to personalize the photos. (Diane popping in to let you know the film she is talking about is the Instax® Mini Rainbow Film) The colours of the pictures are very nice and vibrant. I like that you can get different colours of the Instax Mini 8 cameras to show your personality.
Some great accessories you could purchase to go with the Instax® Mini 8 are:
Instax® Mini 8 Rainbow Film
NEW Instax® Mini 8 Photo Album – Blue (comes in other colours)
NEW Instax® Personality Pegs
NEW Instax® Pretty Magnetic Pegs
The Instax Mini 8 instant camera is a perfect gift for tweens, teens and adults with lots of great accessories to add to the gift. The Instax Mini 8 Photo Album and the Instax Pegs are great stocking stuffers for the Holiday Season.
When I was a little girl I loved taking pictures. My dad gave me my grandfather’s camera and I would run all over our small town taking pictures of random things. I would run out of film so quickly and have to save up my allowance for more film. Now as an adult, we don’t have to worry about film anymore since everything has gone digital. Now even the most beginner photographer can learn how to take amazing pictures with the Fujifilm X-A2. The design of the camera has almost a retro look to it. It reminds me of my grandfather’s camera that I first started taking pictures on.
I am someone that likes to take pictures more than actually being in the picture. So for me I like a camera that gives me everything I need at my fingertips. I am an amateur when it comes to taking pictures. I just like pictures to look like I know what I am doing.
The Fujifilm X-A2 includes:
Digital Camera X-A2
Interchangeable lens 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II
CD-ROM with application software & owner’s manual
What’s not included is the SD card. You can purchase one of those at any place that you purchase your Fujifilm X-A2. The SD card is very affordable.
The Key Features of the Fujifilm X-A2:
3.0″175° tilting LCD Monitor
16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
Up to 5.6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
Built-in WiFi Connectivity (Makes uploading pictures to your computer a snap!)
Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
Q Menu Button and Super i-Flash
Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, Multi-Target AF
Film Simulation modes and Multiple Exposure
There are so many features on the Fujifilm X-A2 that I enjoy but my favourites are the Red Eye removal (How many pictures have you wished that they didn’t have red eyes in the past?) , the Self Portraits (which was so easy even my kids could do it.) and the Timer Setting. (Now I can be in pictures with my family instead of always just taking pictures.)
Last night we were making Salt Dough Ornaments and then watching Home Alone 2 with some hot chocolate. I figured it would be a great time to capture some of these moments on the Fujifilm X-A2. Since my husband is on the road right now trucking, it helps him to see what we were doing while he was gone and be a part of the memories even though he wasn’t able to be here.
Here was Spencer painting one of his ornaments. In our house, our lighting isn’t the best for pictures. But with the Fujifilm X-A2, you don’t even notice that our lighting is dull. The pictures of the kids were great. The close ups of their faces were so crisp and clear. We used the flash with the night setting inside and it worked perfectly.
Here is Hayley doing her ornaments.
Then we had some fun before the movie started. We used the 10 second timer and took a picture of us before the movie. A quick family picture which we don’t do often enough. (our dog Darby had to get in the picture too!)
Hayley took some selfies with the Fujifilm X-A2. She loved having some fun with it. She’s the Selfie Queen after all.
Today while the kids went to school I took the Fujifilm X-A2 and went around town taking some pictures of the Christmas decorations with the lens hood on using the daylight settings.
I also took a picture of our furbabies:
Darby (outside enjoying the bit of sun we had that day.)
You can upload your pictures wireless to your smartphone with the Fujifilm camera app. Very simple to do and the app makes it simple. It connected no problem to upload the pictures to my smartphone. This is great if you love to put pictures on your wallpaper on your smartphone.
Simply download the App, open it and set the camera to the Playback mode (Where you view the photos you already took.) Then press the fn button on the top and a Wireless Transfer menu will come up on screen. Choose how you want to transfer the images.
On your smartphone tap Receive and then Connect. Choose the images you want to transfer, hit OK and it will start to transfer. It’s really is that simple! Then you can add the pictures to your social media accounts or show them to your friends when you are out!
The Fujifilm X-A2 would make a great gift for anyone this Holiday Season. Seeing this digital camera under the tree would make anyone smile!