Win a copy of The Secret Life of Pets Blu-Ray

by Daddy Mojo on December 9, 2016

There were two animated films in 2016 that we absolutely loved and one of them was The Secret Life of Pets. Its initial trailer plays the plot very close to the chest, which is a great thing. The less you know about this film the better, other than the fact that it is very, very funny. It’s the movie that our 6 year old was itching to see and will finally get his wish this holiday season.

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The Secret Life of Pets is good for kids 6 and up and has a soft PG rating. There are a couple scenes that are in the dark with comic bad guys that might scare some of the 5 year olds.

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A copy of The Secret Life of Pets on Blu-Ray

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Octonauts Live! review: Cadets under 8 will love it

by Daddy Mojo on December 9, 2016

Explore! Rescue! Protect! The family saw Octonauts Live! and it was a visual celebration for the toddler to early elementary set. It was the first stage show for our youngest who is five. He kept stating that we’re going to see an Octonauts movie. I was explaining to him that it’s not a movie and that the Octonauts would be there in person.

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Explore! Rescue! Protect! Kids 8 and under know this show, dance to Creature Report and will love this stage show that combines actors, puppets, video and song

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Dressing two kids to the holiday nines with OshKosh B’Gosh

December 9, 2016

Is it because siblings separated by a couple of years are undeniably cute wearing the same outfit? Is it to black mail or intimidate potential dates when they’re older? The answer totally depends on how your children act, so kids, it’s entirely up to you.
Regardless of how they act they’ll be the recipient of some fabulous kid’s fashion that will stand up as they age. Case in point is the fact that we have had one set of outfits that have been passed down from the older to the younger brother for the past 4 years. Much to the chagrin of our perpetually sloppy 5 year old, the dress up shirt that his brother wore two seasons ago is still bright and strong enough for him to wear.

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Marvel The Amazing 1000 Dot-To-Dot is laser focused fun for teens and up

December 6, 2016

One of the great aspects of LEGO is looking at the mass of small plastic pieces and wondering how it all combines to form something graceful. That is the same feeling you get when finishing one of these puzzles. And they are puzzles, not normally a word you’d associate with a dot-to-dot. When you first look at one of these you have no idea what shape it will take. All you can do is start connecting the dots and the picture will reveal itself.
Each puzzle is broken up into groups of 100, with each group having a different color to better identify them. Once you get started you’ll find a rhythm, but it’s tricky at first. Sometimes the lines will double back, going over what’s previously been drawn to connect a dot that logically doesn’t seem like it should be connected.

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Best all age comics for December 7, #NCBD

December 5, 2016

Also in humor comic books this week Adventure Time #59, Duck Avenger #2 and Looney Tunes #234 are out. Another very enjoyable and quirky graphic novel for ages 9 and up this week is Boom Box 2016 from Boom! Studios. These are all new stories about being in a band, playing music and being a teen. If you’re a fan of Lumberjanes, Goldie Vance, Archie, The Backstagers or more this is your jam. It’s priced at $9.99 and has 44 original pages.
Mickey Mouse also has a new graphic novel out this week, Mickey Craziest Adventures. It has Mickey meeting aliens, dinosaurs and other strange creatures, The art is this book is other-worldly and looks, psychadelic, strange and not at all Disney, all the while having the charm of a classic Disney cartoon.

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A familiy guide to hiking Amicolola Falls

December 4, 2016

Families with children should factor in one hour to climb the East Ridge Trail to get to Falls Overlook. If you go that way then the descent will take you approximately 30 minutes. The Appalachian Approach Trail (the paved one) will take families about 40 minutes to climb with 30 minutes needed to get down.
If you’ve got older kids who really want to hike you might want to consider the longer trails that will empty out at the West Ridge Staircase. These trails start across from the Visitor Center and would have hikers start on the Creek Trail, then take Mt. Laurel Loop to Spring Trail where it would end with West Ridge Falls Access. This is a fun series of trails that doesn’t cover much elevation, but is just less than five miles from start to finish.

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The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, a book 100% unique to you

December 4, 2016

It’s kind of gimmicky, but it works. It works because the story in The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home stands on its own and is supplemented by the fact that the book is so personalized. The story is short enough to read as a good-night book and is not too wordy for a typical 5 year old. We read it with him; he recognizes his name and pretends his finger is a car as it goes through our neighborhood streets on the way to our house.

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The Epik Learning Tab fails to measure up to its name

December 3, 2016

The tablet also gets warm after it’s been left on for a while. I touched the underside of it once and physically had to snap my hand back it was so warm. Speaking of the battery, it doesn’t last long. The manual says that it lasts up to 5 hours on a full charge, yet we were lucky to achieve that. It’s not like we live on top of a volcano or near the Arctic either. It’s a normal climate, 4 seasons and the tablet was left inside the house, where it simply behaved like we lived on top of a volcano.

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