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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Basher Science

Can you believe it? It’s been 10 years since Basher Science brought the Periodic Table to life through its amusing and informative characters! They’ve come a long way this past decade, and now, they’re happy to announce that the Basher Universe has expanded from a popular book series to include a new line of science-themed character figurines, card games, and playsets! Through the wit and wisdom of Basher, we learned who the world’s most famous biologist is, what makes boron different from barium, where diamonds and gold are found, when the first bacteria appeared, why slime mold is important, and how 3-D printers work. Over the past 10 years, this groundbreaking series, with over 3 million books sold, has changed the way kids study and learn. Recommended for kids ages 10-14, but enjoyed by younger learners and older students alike, this one-of-a kind visual science series is perfect for classrooms, home bookshelves, and STEAM enrichment. With quirky, unforgettable illustrations and smart, cool characters, these books bring big ideas down to earth - and make learning completely fun!
As the next chapter of the Basher story begins, Basher Science is mega-excited to announce their partnership with global toy manufacturer Mattel. This collaboration brings some of the most popular characters off the page and literally into fans’ hands! The Basher toy line, brought to you by Mattel, is exclusively available at Target online and in stores nationwide! In February, the first wave of toys - figurines and collectible card games based off of three of the bestselling Basher Science books: Biology, Chemistry, and Rocks and Minerals, made their debut. More figurines, Basher Science themed playsets and experiment kits will be released throughout the rest of 2017. Crazy-cool, right?!?

Check it all out at Basher Science on Facebook.
    

CelebriDucks

CelebriDucks is the original creator of the first ever collectible celebrity rubber ducks of the greatest icons of film, music, athletics, and history. They have produced CelebriDucks for the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NHL, NASCAR, NCAA Collegiate Mascots, and also people such as KISS, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. T, Shakespeare, Betty Boop, and many others.
We got the Yoda Duck, from Star Wars. Ahem, I mean Spa Wars! May The Bath Be With You! Callan digs it! I want more! Hee hee.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New Dole GO Berries

DOLE Berries has a smart solution for busy strawberry lovers in Minneapolis-St. Paul looking to enjoy their favorite fresh fruit snack on the go. The leading berry provider is launching DOLE GO Berries!, three snack-size packages that snap apart. Each contains 4 ounces of fresh DOLE Strawberries designed to leverage the growing mobile snacking trend. Ventilated for freshness and easy rinsing, the proprietary package is the first to provide “snap-rinse-go” convenience. Minneapolis-St. Paul-area retailers are among the first to offer the innovative new product, which is being rolled-out regionally before expected national distribution later this year.

“While fruit remains America’s top daytime snack choice, there hasn’t been an easy way for consumers to enjoy their favorite berries away from home – until now,” said CarrieAnn Arias, VP of marketing for Dole Fresh Vegetables and Berries. “DOLE GO Berries! allows busy consumers to combine their preference for fresh strawberries with out-of-the-home snacking convenience for the first time.” As a leader in fresh Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries, Dole plans to roll-out other GO Berries! varieties in the future. Dole research show that 80% of those trying GO Berries! would purchase the product, and 60% of berry consumers would buy GO Berries! in detachable snack packs in addition to the customary 1-pound clamshells.

“We’re looking to expand how – and where – berry lovers enjoy their favorite fruit,” said Arias. “Simply snap-off one of the snack packs, rinse right in the package and enjoy the goodness of DOLE Strawberries wherever you go. GO Berries! satisfies the growing preference to take berry snacking outside the home and offers a unique, fun, fresh and healthy alternative to nutrition and energy bars.” DOLE GO Berries! will start arriving in stores throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul in mid-March at a price comparable to DOLE Strawberries in traditional 1-pound packages. Berry lovers can find them in the refrigerated fruit and berry section alongside other Dole berries.

In addition to the 12-ounce DOLE GO Berries!, customers can choose DOLE Strawberries in 1-pound and 2-pound clamshells; DOLE Blueberries in 6-ounce, pint, 18-ounce and 24-ounce clamshells; and DOLE Raspberries and DOLE Blackberries in 6-ounce and 12-ounce clamshells.

For more information on Dole’s packaged berry line, go to www.dole.com, or visit them at www.facebook.com/Dole.
 

Plasma Ball By TheeFun

Callan has been really into science lately, anything remotely technological, so it was very cool to get him this Plasma Ball by TheeFun! Filled with rare inert gas, the high-strength glass globe generates colorful streams across the whole surface due to black spherical electrode in the center and an oscillation circuit board at the bottom. As the voltage on the electrode is very high, the created light is a number of radial glow, gorgeous in the dark.

Here are some perks:
Great Function
Adsorb and sterilize bacteria
Freshen air and reduce electrostatic radiation
Decompose methanol and reduce the risk of passive smoking
Enable reactive oxygen and promote metabolism
Eliminate fatigue and rejuvenate your mood
Greatly improve sleep quality

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Busted: You're Definitely Guilty of These Home Security Bad Habits

Is your home safe? Sure it's baby-proofed from top-to-bottom, and it may feel safe when you're at home, but is it really secure? No matter how safe your home feels, you're likely guilty of these home security bad habits.

Luckily, bad habits can be broken. Here are the safe solutions to break your home security bad habits.

Problem: Out-of-Date Smoke Detectors

Did you smoke detector go kaput years ago? If you took the batteries out to stop the beep, beep, beeping, and never replaced them, you're practically committing a home security crime. It is critical to have working smoke detectors in your home 24/7 in order to keep your family safe. Unfortunately, many homes are equipped with out-of-date detectors.

Solution: Nest Protect

Equip your home with a device that works as hard as you do to keep your family safe. Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that speaks and even alerts your smartphone. When the alarm goes off, and your mind starts to race, Nest Protect calmly alerts you where the problem is located and whether it is smoke or carbon monoxide. Its industrial-grade smoke sensor regularly tests itself, so you don't have to, and lasts for up to 10 years. And you won't have to deal with that annoying beeping. Nest Protect can be quieted from your phone via the companion app's silence feature.

Problem: No Security Cameras

Criminals avoid homes with security systems. It's a fact. The University of North Carolina found through research that 60 percent of burglars stated that the presence of a security system influenced their choice to target a home. If your home isn't equipped with a security system, your family is at risk.

Solution: High-Definition Security Camera Systems

Home security camera systems can reduce the chances of your home becoming a target. Lorex Technology offers a vast range of both indoor and outdoor home security camera systems that can keep your home protected. Sometimes break-ins are inevitable, despite preventative measures; criminals are bold. However, with a security camera system in place, you can catch a criminal in the act, as many of today's top security systems offer high-definition and even a color picture.

Problem: Unlocked Doors

Unlocked doors are a big problem. Nearly 30 percent of burglars enter through a home's unlocked doors or windows, according to data reported by SafeWise. It happens all too often -- you're in a rush, your hands are full, your kids are fussy and the door slams behind you, and you go on your way. Then, 10 miles down the road, kids in tow, you panic. "Did I leave the doors unlocked?" Never second-guess yourself again.

Solution: Smart Locks

We can do almost anything via our smartphones, and that goes for locking our doors, too. With the August Smart Lock, you can always rest assured that your home is secure and that the doors are locked. The August Smart Lock makes your smartphone a key, allowing you to control your locks from anywhere. You can even use the app to unlock the door for guests while you're away or create virtual keys for the babysitter, for example, and even keep track of who comes and goes -- all from the palm of your hand.

My Memorial Candle From WeddingCandles.com

Established in 1987, Hanna's Candle Company began when Burt Hanna started making potpourri in his home's basement using botanicals collected from his front yard. In 1992, Hanna's began experimenting in the candle business creating the first samples from canning wax purchased from a local grocery store. The Fayetteville, Arkansas company was soon renamed Hanna's Candle Company and has grown into one of the largest privately owned candle manufacturers in the nation. Burt has been a member of the National Candle Association since 1994. He received the National Candle Association Hall of Fame Award for Special Achievement in the candle industry. Fast forward to 2015, Hanna's launches a new division, WeddingCandles.com. Why you ask? For centuries, candles and weddings have been synonymous. Increasingly weddings are becoming more and more personalized and what better way to showcase that then through the candles and containers WeddingCandles.com has to offer, taking your wedding ceremony from special to spectacular!
The Memorial Candle is the perfect way to honor and remember someone special. It is not just for weddings, but can be used at anytime! Perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, family reunions, or for daily use in your home decor. WeddingCandles.com has been honored to print candles in memory of lost children and babies, soldiers, family, friends, and even pets. The hope is that it helps bring peace and serves as a reminder and a tribute to all of that special life. The stunning Memorial Candles can be personalized with your loved one’s name and customized with your choice of permanent ink color.

 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Simple St. Patty's Cocktails With Sparkling Ice

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, here a few green cocktail ideas from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice. Below, please find an assortment of Shamrock-inspired cocktail and mocktail recipes. 
Irish Appletini
Ingredients:
1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounces Sour Apple Pucker
1 1/2 ounces Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple
2 cups of ice Apple wedges for garnish (optional)

Directions:
1.Fill a martini shaker with ice.
2.Pour in the vodka, sour apple pucker and juice into shaker.
3.Stir ingredients
4.Garnish with an apple wedge
Shamrock Lime Sherbet Punch
Ingredients:
Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
Lime Sherbet
Pineapple juice

Directions:
1.Fill glass 1/3 way with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
2.Fill glass 1/3 was with Pineapple juice
3.Top with two scoops of Lime Sherbet

Check it all out at Sparkling Ice on Facebook, as well as Sparkling Ice on Twitter.

Friday, March 3, 2017

How to Have an Adult Presence While Still Being a Child at Heart

Age is just a number. It's a statement you often hear from adults who feel like their accumulation of years and experiences hasn’t changed their childlike spirit. Maturity levels and personal outlooks vary among adults, even when they assume the role of parent. Sometimes you may feel like you’re a kid in an adult’s body, which may, depending on whom you ask, disrupt your effectiveness as a parent.

Of course, you can still stay in touch with your inner child, while simultaneously adjusting specific aspects of your lifestyle. You can still feel young while you develop more mature and responsible habits. Here's a list of essential tips and methods that will guide you toward taking up a more adult, parental presence:

Organization

A keen sense or practice of organization can help streamline your daily lifestyle. Your house should be tidy, so you can easily find items required for your children’s school day and recreational activities. The more organized you are, the more likely they will be successful in developing the same habits. You'll feel like — and be seen as — a reliable parent for your kids when you can establish a system that compartmentalizes physical objects and creates an environment for a functional household. Bright Horizons, a family and childcare organization, offers tips for parents to create a more organized home, like developing cleaning routines, setting up kids areas, and utilizing different types of containers.

Scheduling

Keeping track of all your family's obligations and activities can be difficult without a bonafide scheduling system. To develop better habits and be more organized, hang a physical calendar in your home that serves as a visual reminder of upcoming events. This reminder system will help ensure you don’t overlook any important dates or arrive late to any of your family’s activities or appointments. If you're more tech-savvy, take advantage of your smartphone’s scheduling and calendar features, so you receive alerts for upcoming obligations.

Preparedness

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Preparedness can help you get through some situations and help prevent any logistical headaches. Now, there are daily routines that should already be on your radar, like packing your child's school lunches. To be prepared on that front, make sure you leave the grocery store with lunchbox-friendly items, so you aren’t scrambling to find food for your child the morning before school.

Additionally, you should also think about what kind of routine maintenance is required for your home and automobile. For example, you should always keep your car in good working order. Make sure you take it in for tuning, oil changes, brake checks and tire rotations. You should also be prepared for variations of seasons, which will affect your driving safety. With that in mind, if you live in snowy or icy areas in the winter, make sure to equip your vehicle with winter tires, so you can have safe and fun family excursions.

Financial Planning

Keep your finances in order in case of emergency or to splurge on a big purchase that will benefit your family. Set up a budget in which you identify how much money, on average, you spend in a week, month and year. Set goals for your savings and spending, so you can responsibly handle your finances and monitor where your money is going.

Need help getting started? Utilize financial organization tools, like the Mint app, which will help you set goals for particular areas of spending. The app allows you to set a budget limit for lifestyle costs, like clothing, eating out, groceries, transportation, utilities, entertainment and more. It even provides you with alerts if you're near or have surpassed your spending limits.

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