Real Kids Shades – Kids Sunglasses

Eye protection is just as important as skin protection.  Skin cells can regenerate after damage from  the sun, while cells in the lens of a human eye are permanently damaged.  And with this horrifying fact, we now look at the line or products by Real Kids Shades to keep your little ones safe.

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These sunglasses take eye protection to a serious level, while still being built tough and durable for kids.  Usually kids sunglasses take a lighthearted approach to eye protection.  Bright colored rims and dark lenses in cartoon character shapes, add in a big price tag, and call it a day.  RKS (Real Kids Shades) take a  different approach- not only are their glasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection but they are also  durable, comfortable, and carry a warranty.  The lenses are made of a tough polycarbonate which are both shatterproof and impact resistant.
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The Value of Written Word – Chronicle Books

Reading can be both the most rewarding of experiences as well as one of the most frustrating when learning at the same time.  When people are first learning to read, no matter what the age, it can seem like an unattainable goal.  This can be awkward at best, but the “Ah-ha!” moment is absolutely wonderful to witness.  Recently Little Man had this moment and it was crazy to see the light in his eyes glow bright as he realized how much power reading and spelling had.

As usual my wife and I were trying to convey a secret message via spelling the words out across the room as Little Man was there  about some possibilities for dinner.  These conversations usually involve a lot of spelling.  Dad saying, “Whats for d-i-n-n-e-r?”  Mom replying, ” He wants p-i-z-z-a”. At this point there would be some thought or discussion between adults but instead Little Man inserts a, “YEAH I WANT PIZZA!”  To which Dad replies with an open mouth and Mom replies with a cry of happiness. Little Man literally jumps for joy and says, “I can read!! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!”  Mom and Dad were both very proud of him and have been hoping for this spark of realization for a long time.  So this event was very fulfilling for all involved, especially Little Man.  Of course Little Man got his wish and pizza was soon ordered.
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Monsters University – Melon Mike

Monsters University is out and to celebrate the new movie and Summer. Why not make a ‘Melon Mike’, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Watermelon Mike Recipe

Directions/Recipe Below

Supplies Needed:
One Small or Medium-Sized Watermelon
One Cutting Board
Non-Toxic Tempera Paints (white, black, and red/pink)
Small Paintbrush
Newspapers
One Kitchen Knife
Four Cornhusks
Glue

1. Prep your area, lay down some newspaper first. You will need a kitchen knife, cutting board, paint, paint brushes, and newspapers to work on.
2. Prep your monster/melon. With the help of a parent or adult, use a kitchen knife to cut a
round watermelon in half vertically on top of your cutting board. Take one half of the watermelon, and place it so that the green outside is facing you.
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Wordless Wednesdays – Happy Birthday, baby!

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Planes – Flight Stuff

Check out one of the newest Planes posters from the upcoming movie Planes.

The poster Features Ripslinger.

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Planes is the story of Dusty, who must face his fears of heights and become an airplane racer. The movie comes out August 9, 2013 and features the voval talent of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe, Brent Musburger, Anthony Edwards, and Val Kilmer.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier teaser poster

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New Captain America, coming soon. Keep your eyes pealed for more details about the movie. This is the sequel to the block buster Captain America The First Avenger. In this one I am going to go out on a limb and say he has to fight the Winter Soldier. I know I am excited.
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Everybody Has Everything- New Book

There is a new book out, about a topic that seems to be newly OK to talk about- women who don’t really want kids, and couples who really don’t want to, or shouldn’t be, parents. For a long time, women and couples who didn’t want kids were made to feel like something was wrong with them or her, that they were selfish or wrong in some way. This book explores what happens when a couple is suddenly thrust into parenting an older child.

everybody has everythingA little about the book Everybody Has Everything

“What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2.5 year-old, Finn. Finn’s crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

Combining a pitch-perfect, whip-smart dissection of contemporary urban life with a fresh and perceptive examination of our individual and collective ambivalence towards parenthood, Katrina Onstad’s Everybody Has Everything balances tragedy and comedy with verve and flair.

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Wordless Wednesdays – Travel In Switzerland

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