Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Best of North Florida's Botanical Gardens


Escape, Relax, Discover or emerge yourself into one of Florida’s many botanical gardens. The hot tropical like climate of Florida makes it home to formal, historical and sometimes magical gardening. Plan a day trip to visit some of these botanical sanctuaries or plan a road trip and visit a few.  Late summer and early fall is a great time to take a drive and discover one or two of these beautiful areas.  We love Florida! 


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Decorating the home for Halloween

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was provided with a sample of Halloween products free of charge from Oriental Trading. We provided our honest opinion about our experience with the products below. "

Getting ready for Halloween is one of our favorite times of year.  I love fall, Halloween and everything in between.  Getting ready for Halloween has never been easier thanks to Oriental Trading.  I can prepare to decorate my home, get crafty in my classroom and even find Halloween costumes for the family all in one spot.  And trust me this busy Mama likes it when she discovers a one stop shop to make life easier.  Here are a few of the fun products we are decorating our home with this Halloween. Thank you Oriental Trading.

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Decorating the home for Halloween 
First , let me tell you about some of the Halloween decorating I am doing at home.  Oriental Trading has Zombie Flamingos friends.  You heard me right.  This Florida Girl just loves her flamingos . I had to have a zombie one to add to the front yard. Perfect for my garden area right?  Well the neighbors may be terrified (ha),  but this Florida girl loves her Halloween flamingos. The perfect scary Florida touch.  Here is a look:


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Zombie Flamingos for Halloween
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Zombie Flamingos in the garden for Halloween
I added just a touch of hot glue to the legs and around the holes under the body just to make sure they were good and secure when I attached them.  Then they were ready to add to the yard.   

I also picked out a flying witch from the Oriental Trading Halloween  collection.  I decided to Doctor it up just a tad by adding a sign " A witch and her little monsters live here." With some hot glue that's all I needed to have a super cute idea for my front door. I always have something on my door so I love finding Halloween door decor for under $10. How AWESOME is that?   Plus  this project  took me less than five minutes.  Perfect!

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"Halloween Door Decor"

If you loved this post stay tuned for our spooky, creative classroom crafts post. I have a room full of toddlers so lots of crazy fun has been happening . Plus I am going to reveal our family costumes for 2016.   I'm so excited.  

"Thank you Oriental Trading for providing us with some spooktacular products. We are having a blast with them. ." 







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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Swan Princess Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today Now on DVD


Just released September 6th The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today from Sony Pictures Entertainment. We were so excited about this new kids movie we thought it would be fun to have a movie night in its honor.  We received a really fun princess/pirate themed activity kit which made our night so much fun.

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Set Sail , be enchanted and be swept away. Are you a  princess or a pirate?  My son say's he is a king pirate :) Works for this Mama. Our favorite activity was coloring the Spy Glass.

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Pirate Today ;) 

He was so excited to open up this fun Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow Pirate Today Activity Kit. He Kept saying , "Someone really must like me."  I thought that was so cute.  I love making him happy.  

The movie has a run time of 79 minutes and is rated PG.  I found this to be a great length for a kid friendly movie night and also is very age appropriate. 

Synopsis:  With her parents away for the summer, fun loving, young Princess Alise must spend her time with Queen Uberta , training to be the perfect, proper royal princess . But what she really wants is to become a swash buckling pirate! Princess Alise sets sail with Lord Rogers, Jean-Bob the frog and Speed the turtle on a bold, high seas journey filled with amazing adventure, danger and discovery.  After a shipwreck leaves the brave crew stranded on a wild, mysterious island, they meet Lucas a young boy who has been living in seclusion.  Now the faithful friends must work together to escape the island and the ferociously hungry creatures that dwell there. 

Directed by Richard Rich from a story by Richard Rich and Brian Nissen, The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow , Pirate Today was produced by Richard Rich, Seldon O.Young, and Jared F. Brown, with Seldon O. Young serving as executive Producer. 

Culver City, Calif. (JUNE 27, 2016) - Get ready for a wash-buckling, feature length adventure with the Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow  Pirate Today .  The sixth installment of the beloved animated franchise follows young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a pirate quest that leaves them stranded on a mysterious island.  Featuring fan favorite characters and all new faces the wholesome film is the perfect fit for a new generation of Swan Princess fans. 

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow Pirate Today DVD features all new bonus content including a "Sing Along: A Pirate Today." the featurette "Meet Alise & Lucas," where fans go behind the scenes with voice talent Jayden Isabel (Alise) and Grant Durazzo (Lucas); and "I'll be Your Star," a featurette that follows "The X Factor," star Macy Kate into the studio while she records her new song for the film and explains her affinity for the Swan Princess franchise. 

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Sing Along : A Pirate Today
  • Featurettes: Meet Alise & Lucas and I'll be Your Star
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All You Need is a Bucket of Popcorn and then get ready to enjoy the show! WE love Family Movie Nights. Thank you for a great movie to enjoy family time Sony Home Entertainment


"This post was brought to you by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Living at the Whiteheads Zoo received the above princess/pirate themed activity kit  complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared here are our own." 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Early Bird Sale for Digital Media Academy Summer Camp

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Digital Media Academy for Summer Camp 2017
  It's never too soon to start thinking about summer. Right?  We think not. We wanted to tell you about a camp and a pre-season sale for summer 2017.  After it all it won't be that long and you'll be thinking what are we going to do for summer?  

Save BIG on camp next summer when you take advantage of our pre-season sale - the lowest prices of the year on everything from camp to online courses to housing.


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Lock in this early bird pricing today when you purchase your Pre-Season Voucher and redeem it as early as November 1st when we announce our 2017 camp lineup!

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So what are you waiting for? The Pre-Season Sale ends October 3rd!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Charming and unique Florida Bed and Breakfast

Quite , whimsical a little bit different from your every day get away. Try one of Florida’s charming Bed & Breakfast. Staying at a bed and breakfast is definitely different from the hustle bustle of a hotel. You will probably meet the owners during your stay, you will possibly dine among other guests for breakfast or happy hour. It’s a great way to meet people. There is plenty of history and charm in the homes that have been restored and brought back to life. A few may even be said to have a ghost romping about.


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Amelia Island’s Williams House is a hidden pre-Civil War gem in Fernandina Beach. The home is beautiful, wilth antique furniture , an amazing stair case and even stained glass. If you prefer not to stay in the main house ask for the Carriage house. You can explore the historical beach town by foot or rent a bike for the day. Have a romantic evening with a horse drawn buggy or stay in. Williams House has plenty of charm with its front porch swing and gardens.
Florida House Inn is an old Florida hotel turned Bed and Breakfast. Southern Hospitalitiy and Southern cooking is in abundance at this Fernandina establishment. The Fried chicken is the bomb! Try one of the rooms with the claw foot bath tubs they are decorated lovely and how often do you get to enjoy a claw foot tub? Florida House is right in historic downtown so you can walk to just about everything. The innkeepers are amazing at helping you explore the area and discover the whimsy of Fernandina.
Bayfront Marin House in historic St.Augustine . The Bayfront Marin house offers guest a view of the bay. Some of the rooms even have private porches which is a sweet treat. Another thing the sets this bed and breakfast apart is the private entrances. Marin house offers an outstanding breakfast and happy hour for their guest every day. Walking distance to historic Saint Augustine this definitely a great little find.
Casablanca Inn on the Bay is great for a romantic get away or just some time away. We love the ambience of the Tini Martini Bar. When you stay you get a credit for the bar every night. The hospitality is top notch , the loation is great. The Casablanca is a great place to go and enjoy some time relaxing out front people watching .

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres Fall Fun in Hilliard Florida

This time of year is such a fun time to get out and enjoy life with the family.  We love pumpkin patches and corn mazes and fresh fall fun.    Breaking away from the crazy busy life and just enjoying a good old fashioned Fall day with the family.  Today we're talking about Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres where you can find just that and so much more.  



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Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres is a 5th & 6th generation working family farm. Our first goal is to put God first in everything we do and to treat people as we would want to be treated. Our Mission: To provide a wholesome, Godly environment where families can come together and enjoy good, clean fun on the farm. Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres is one of the four farms in Florida selected by the PNuts Worldwide Corp to put the 50th year anniversary design of "It's The Great Pumpkin" Charlie Brown in the maze field!


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Days and Hours of Operation

October 1, 2016 through November 5, 2016 

Tuesdays - Fridays 10am to 2pm by reservation only

Saturday, October 15 - Flashlight Maze 7pm to 10pm

Field of Screams - Saturday, October 22nd - 7pm-10pm

Field of Screams - Fri. & Sat., Oct. 28th & 29th-7pm to 10pm

Saturdays (Daytime) - 10am to 6pm 


Sunday and Mondays - Closed


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$1.00 Off Saturday Admission Only: Oct. 1st - Nov. 5th - Fall Festival, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides,
and Much, Much More!
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"As a US Family Guide Blogger we will receive complimentary tickets to Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres in exchange for sharing an honest review of our experience there."

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's Winter Wonderland DVD coming October

WINTER FUN AWAITS IN THE NEW
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DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD DVD
“DANIEL’S WINTER WONDERLAND”

Available from PBS Distribution on October 11

Arlington, Va. – August 22, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “DANIEL’S WINTER WONDERLAND,” a new DVD featuring four stories from the popular PBS KIDS series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD from The Fred Rogers Company. Young viewers can join Daniel Tiger and his friends and family as they have “grr-ific” winter adventures and learn valuable lessons along the way. 

Daniel can’t wait to play in the snow, but before he and Miss Elaina can go outside, Daniel learns that he needs to, “think about what you’re going to do, and pick the clothes that are right for you.” Hats and mittens might spoil certain games, but being too cold to play is no fun for anyone! Daniel also discovers that when an activity – such as sledding, ice skating, or dancing in “The Nutcracker” ballet – seems scary or hard to do, trying a little bit at a time can make it easier.

DANIEL’S WINTER WONDERLAND” will be available on DVD October 11, 2016. The DVD has a run time of approximately 60 minutes and an SRP of $6.99. The stories included on this DVD are below. Episodes of DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD are also available for digital download.

A Snowy Day
It’s snowing in the Neighborhood! Miss Elaina is coming over to Daniel’s house to play in the snow. When it’s time to go outside, Mom Tiger helps Daniel change out of his pajamas into clothes that will keep him warm, and Daniel learns how important it is to choose the proper clothes.

Daniel’s Winter Adventure
Daniel, Dad, and Prince Wednesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have fun. Later, Daniel goes ice skating for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard.

Neighborhood Nutcracker
Daniel is going to see a show called “The Nutcracker” ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for his part of the ballet. Daniel is reluctant at first but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance “The Nutcracker” and the show will go on! 

Baking Mistakes
Daniel and Prince Wednesday are at the bakery helping Baker Aker make cookies for the Neighborhood. But Prince Wednesday accidentally spills the milk! No crying though because mistakes can happen. Soon the boys learn that they can try to fix their mistakes and learn from them, too. Trolley cookies for everyone!

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. One of the key ingredients that makes the series a standout is its groundbreaking use of catchy musical strategies, grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum, that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents both sing – and use – together in their daily lives. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, which debuted in September 2012, airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

About The Fred Rogers CompanyThe Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodPeg + Cat, and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.


About Out of the Blue Enterprises
Out of the Blue Enterprises is a leader in children’s educational media, with a portfolio of breakthrough, interactive, and curriculum-based entertainment concepts that span a variety of viable platforms, including television, video, mobile apps, and consumer products. Out of the Blue creates and produces Super WHY, the hit Emmy-nominated literacy series on PBS KIDS;  Creative Galaxy, a new interactive art series for Amazon Studios; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the animated series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Room, and handles all licensing and merchandising activity for Super WHY and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The company also develops top-rated mobile educational game apps, including Super WHY, and Colorforms. Out of the Blue recently acquired the nostalgic Colorforms brand, with the intent to develop and expand across all media and toy platforms. Led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, Creator of the hit preschool entertainment franchise, Blue’s Clues; and Samantha Freeman, a former Nickelodeon and toy industry executive, Out of the Blue aims to engage kids and families with age-appropriate, entertaining, and engaging learning experiences. www.outoftheblueenterprises.com

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen and Webby-award winning pbskids.org  provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.


DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: DANIEL’S WINTER WONDERLAND
Street Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: Kids
Run Time: Approx. 60 Minutes

SRP: $6.99

All materials in this post were provided by PBS. All opinions shared here are our own.