Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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.

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.”

Christmas time in New York City can be magical. The lights can put any tourist in awe. A must see if you are visiting is the Macy’s Herald Square’s windows. On Thursday, November 16 the store launched this year’s theme… “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.”

Ferdinand is coming to theaters December 15, 2017.

Inspired by the book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, the movie includes a big name cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson.

The Secret World of Animal Sleep, a new animated series for Smithsonian Earth, will premiere on Friday, November 3.

Narrated by journalist and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new series offers a captivating glimpse into the way animals restore energy and get ready for their next day or night on the prowl – all through a series of beautiful picture-book, hand-drawn animations.

Mckenna Grace, star of “Gifted,” Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House,” and “I, Tonya,” is the new spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s 2017 Adopt a Turkey Project.

Just in time for Halloween Hard Candy has launched their Limited Edition Halloween 2017 Collection. If your children like to play with makeup, create a fantasy with sparkling colors. Young kids, tweens and teens can enhance their looks with the following two new products.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie follows the adventures of Mouse, Oliver, Moose, Pig, Cat, and Dog, as they discover that when you’ve got a curious Mouse for a friend one thing always leads to another, then another, and then another!

Zulily is honoring female entrepreneurs this month!

The online retailer has launched National Women’s Small Business Month in October. Zulily is raising awareness with four weeks of sales events featuring female small business owners and the amazing products they’ve created.

For those late night changings, Skip Hop offers the Light Up Diaper Caddy. This caddy actually lights up from the handle (there’s a 10 minute auto off feature).

It’s pumpkin season again. If you plan to be carving one, consider the new book Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas.

Here is a sample excerpt:

Traditional Pumpkin Carving Techniques
 By Colleen Dorsey

Here they are, the very essentials of pumpkin carving! By following these steps that you probably had down pay when you were a kid, you can get carving with any traditional pumpkin carving pattern. You’ll need a little elbow grease and a tolerance for mess to use this technique, but it’s totally worth it.

NameBubbles.com is partnering with Miracle Foundation for the second year in a row!

Namebubbles.com produces personalized name labels and Miracle Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering orphans to reach their full potential. NameBubbles.com sell a variety of waterproof press-and-stick labels. Easy for a lost lunchbox or water bottle to be found! Place these labels on notebooks, backpacks, anything that belongs to your child. They are easy to remove too.

Now here’s an invention that has cow power! Organic dairy farmer Albert Straus has designed the first full-scale electric truck to help combat climate change. Yes, a vehicle powered by cow poop! The Straus Family Creamery, located in Marshall, California, has a goal of maintainig a sustainable farming system.