Friday, January 19th, 2018

According to Names.org, Star Wars has been a big influence in baby names this year. On their interactive graphic titled: 8 Baby Names Inspired by Star Wars Characters, baby names spiked in correlation with film release dates.

Bigfoot fans, there are two debut titles coming out in February 2018 – BigFoot Goes on Vacation and BigFoot Visits the Big Cities of the World.

Just received a Colorz Box! Made by Zipit, this box will be able to store lots of things like school and office supplies, your cell phone, electronics, and cosmetics. I am using it to store makeup.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks has offered their tips for building a fun gingerbread house. These snacks are a healthier version with no GMO.

One of our favorite seasonal traditions is decorating a gingerbread house with the family. Some years we go all out and bake one from scratch. Other years we pick up a pre-made kit at the store. Either way, hands are sticky, hearts are full and memories are made.

For middle school, getting independent reading assignments is common.

Here are new books from Sky Pony Press that might interest your children: Different Days by Vicki Erwin Based on true events, this book is about the little-known aspect of World War II: the internment of German Americans. The inspiration for the story is Doris Berg Nye, an active spokesperson about this internment.

For those last minute gift ideas, Barnes and Noble offers gift cards and new Star Wars products to celebrate the film’s opening on December 15th.

Barnes & Noble is now selling a $30 gift card multipack sold for $25 (comes with three $10 gift cards). Additionally, last minute, in store shoppers who spend $100 between December 21st to 24th will benefit from a $10 reward card.

Fairy Tales Hair Care, the company that has rolled out lice prevention shampoos, now offers the Fairy Tales Curly-Q Collection.
The Curly Q hydrating shampoo, Curly Q Hydrating Conditioner, and the Curly Styling Spray Gel all are designed to help detangle unruly knots, define curls and tame frizz.

Racking your brain on what to get for the holidays? Here are a few ideas that might help.

For the child who loves dolls, there’s Girlz and Dollz. The company is proud to offer these soft toys stating an “I am me” mantra .
The Jus2Girlz collection’s newest addition is the Leila & Emme Dolls.

Lassig’s diaper bags are stylish and look like fun to carry around. Lassig means “casual” in German and the company does just that with their products. The backpacks come with accessories to help you while you’re on the go. There’s a water-repellent changing mat, an insulated, removable bottle holder, a pocket for utensils, and a removable compartment for baby food jars.

Hollywood stars have always had a huge impact on pop culture. They influence the way we dress, the products we buy and even what we name our babies. The team at Names.org put together a great interactive chart titled 15 Actresses Whose Fame Inspired Baby Names. It shows that after actresses with unique names had breakout movie roles, the number of babies born with the same name skyrocketed.

Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Quidditch By Insight Editions. The wizarding world’s favorite sport, Quidditch is a magical game played high up in the air with Quaffles, Bludgers, and broomsticks. This interactive book allows fans to project their favorite Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter films on a wall or ceiling using a flashlight. Read along and experience extraordinary moments from the movies like never before

One of my favorite publishers is Candlewick Press. They offer interesting books for children and these are no exception.

According to the National Confectionary Association, “they estimate that holiday candy sales will be $1.93 Billion this year. That’s for the 8 weeks leading up to Christmas – because holiday shopping, as we know starts that early. That’s a 2% increase over last year.”

(photo credit: stainremoval101.com) Thanksgiving Day is approaching and Leigh Murphy, scientist at Novozymes, offers three tips to get rid of stains. Leigh works to develop enzymes for use in laundry detergents. Each year, he examines thousands of different stains. “The toughest Thankgiving stains are gravy, cranberry and pumpkin. But luckily, good washing advice and having […]

Here’s the new trailer for A Wrinkle In Time. This Disney movie has a huge cast with stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid.