Paddington Printable Activity Sheets!

A Bear Called Paddington was the first book I remember having read to me as a child, and it was the first book I purchased when I found out I was having a child of my own.  It’s one of my very favorite stories, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard they were making a Paddington movie.  Love that bear!

PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family (Bonneville and Hawkins) who take him home after reading the label around his neck. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of Millicent (Nicole Kidman), a museum taxidermist.
Paddington Movie

From writer-director Paul King and producer David Heyman, the film features a stellar cast with Emmy® nominee Hugh Bonneville (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Peter Capaldi (TV’s “Doctor Who”, “The Musketeers), with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as the voice of Paddington. The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh film is “stuffed with family fun”, according to the Los Angeles Times, and has earned over $228 million worldwide at the box office to date.

For more info, head over to Paddington-Movie.com.

 

 

Available on BLU-RAY, DVD and On Demand April 28, 2015

Early Digital Download Window Begins April 17, 2015

To celebrate this occasion, we have some fun, printable Paddington activity sheets for you!  Just click the image below to download them.

Have fun, and try not to drip any marmalade onto the activity sheets.  ;)


Handy Car Travel Products To Keep Your Tots Safe & Comfy

Game On Mom received complimentary product for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Spring is officially here, and for many families, that means road trips.  There are Easter visits to the grandparents’ house, Spring Break vacations, and of course the ubiquitous road trips of Summer, which will be here before you know it.

If you’ve ever traveled with a child in the car, you know how tricky those road trips can be.  It’s easy for anyone to be uncomfortable in the car, but it’s especially easy for kids to get uncomfortable and antsy.  How do you deal with that without putting them in unsafe positions?  Easy!  There are plenty of ways to increase your child’s comfort without compromising on safety, and there are three in particular that I love: BubbleBum, MyBuckleMate, and Cardiff.

Before I share them, let’s talk about safety for a minute.  Kids are always ready to grow up, and that can make them hate their booster seats, but we can’t give in to the urge to let them “outgrow” their booster seat too fast.  Car accidents are the #1 cause of death among children, and it’s been proven that kids using booster seats have about half the injury risk of those using seatbelts alone.  Many states have passed laws that require children 4+ to use a booster seat until they meet the proper height and weight.  All this is to say:  make absolutely sure your child uses a booster seat until they’re truly big enough to move on to seatbelts.

Now that we’ve talked about booster seats, have a look at the BubbleBum:

Bubble Bum

 

The BubbleBum is an award-winning inflatable booster seat, founded by Safekids USA Certified CPST Grainne Kelly.  It has twice won the “Best Bet” award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s booster seat evaluation report.  Everyone loves the BubbleBum:  it has enough “cool factor” that older kids don’t mind using it, and parents love its convenience.

BubbleBum

The BubbleBum weighs less than 1 lb., and it easily inflates by mouth in less than 20 seconds.  It’s perfect to keep in your own car, but since it deflates and inflates so easily, you can pack it for vacations where you might rent a car, or even for your morning carpool.  At just $29.99, it’s a cost-efficient and convenient way to keep your kids comfortable, happy, and safe!  You can purchase the BubbleBum on BubbleBum.com or at Walmart stores.  (Connect with BubbleBum on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram).

Next up, check out MyBuckleMate:

MyBuckleMate

 

You know how buckle bases in the back seat tend to flop around?  That makes buckling up more of a chore than necessary, and it’s also hard for little hands to manage.  MyBuckleMate is travel innovation that makes buckling up a cinch for everyone on a road trip with just one hand.  It’s simple to use: it fits securely in the tightest of spaces, supporting buckle bases so they remain in an upright position, just like in the front seats.

BeforeandAfterMyBuckleMate

MyBuckleMate is mom-invented, and was named a 2014 National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) Silver winner.  It’s designed especially for kids in booster seats, and it fits securely enough that seats can still be folded down without removing it.  It’s also great for carpooling (no more chaos as three kids try to buckle up in the backseat).  As with most things, the earlier your child picks up a good habit, the more likely they are to keep it; MyBuckleMate makes buckling up so easy, kids will be more inclined to use it and get in the habit of buckling up at a young age.  This product is proudly made in the USA and is available in black, gray, tan, or beige for just $13.99, and you can purchase it on MyBuckleMate.com.  (Connect with MyBuckleMate on Facebook and Twitter).

Another great product for traveling with kids is the Cardiff Travel Headrest:

CardiffTravelHeadrest

 

If your kids’ heads bobble and wobble when they fall asleep in the car, you definitely need the Cardiff!  This headrest’s intuitive design installs in minutes, and will prevent “noodleneck” and keep your passengers’ heads from bobbing back and forth.  The “arms” of the headrest are soft, padded fabric sleeves that are removable and machine washable for easy cleaning.

Cardiff-Headrest

 

The Cardiff Travel Headrest attaches easily to your vehicle’s existing headrests with a simple universal mount.  It provides lateral support to keep kids upright as they sleep, which prevents their heads from bumping into windows or leaning too far, and keeps them steady in their booster seats.  The Cardiff has 14 adjustable settings to meet the height and comfort needs of users of all sizes.  If you’ve ever dreaded a car ride with a sleepy child, you can breathe easy knowing their little heads will be supported and they’ll stay soundly asleep and comfortable.  You can purchase the Cardiff on CardiffProducts.com for $49.99.  (Connect with Cardiff on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest).

So what do you think?  I think I’m ready for a road trip!  The BubbleBum, MyBuckleMate, and Cardiff all ensure that your kids remain safe while increasing their comfort level.  That makes for a more enjoyable car ride for everyone, which takes away a huge chunk of travel stress.  Sounds like a win-win to me!


Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review & Giveaway

I received a complimentary sample of Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap for review.  All opinions are my own.

Remember the Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash we shared with you recently?  You know, the really yummy, moisturizing body wash with Marula Oil?

Guess what.  There is also a Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap, and it is just as awesome as the body wash.

New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

 

Seriously, I love this soap.

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

Let me share a problem of mine with you, and you can tell me if you, too, suffer from the same issue.  I love washing my hands – I can’t count the number of times throughout the day that I wash my hands.  That number has grown exponentially since I had kids, but I’ve always been a big hand-washer.  The problem with that is the dryness.  The more I wash my hands, the more they “dry out” with each wash, especially in the winter.  To be honest, I sometimes get to the point where I dread washing my hands because I know how much I’ll hate the icky, uncomfortable dry feeling I get afterward.  Of course I can remedy that, to an extent, by keeping lotion on hand, but that’s inconvenient.  I’d rather tackle the problem at its root, which is where this soap comes into play.

Dial Miracle Oil Soap

Instead of using a soap that leaves my hands clean yet crackly, with Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap I get a clean that’s refreshing and moisturizing.  And it’s not just beneficial while you use it; the moisture lasts until my next hand wash, no lotion required.  I love it.

The key ingredient that makes this soap so awesome is the Marula Oil.  It’s extracted from the kernals of the Marula tree in Southern Africa, and it has been used for centuries to heal dry skin.  The Marula Oil combined with Dial’s unique micro-scrubbers creates a soap that leaves your hands feeling smooth.  The soap smells great, thoroughly nourishes and hydrates your skin, and of course, it cleanses as well as all the Dial products you know and love.  In fact, it even works wonders on the little hands in my family that have been out digging in the dirt now that the weather is warm.  My kids love the scent, and I love that this soap is perfect for everyone in the family.

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to boost your soap game with refreshing and conditioning moisture.  At its low price point, it’s easy to stock every sink in the house with a bottle of this yummy hand saver.  And as an added bonus, we’re offering one lucky winner two FREE PRODUCT coupons, 1 for free Dial Liquid Hand Soap and 1 for free Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Hand Soap!  Simply enter the contest below for your chance to win.  And to learn more about Dial’s Miracle Oil collection, check out DialSoap.com and Facebook.com/Dial.

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SmartyPants Kids Vitamins Giveaway

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Smarty Pants Kids Vitamins Giveaway

 

We all do our best to make sure our children get the nutrients they need from the food they eat, but no one is perfect.  There are plenty of situations when you don’t have complete control over what you and your family are eating, so it’s good to have a backup plan.  SmartyPants All-in-One Vitamins for kids makes it easy for your little ones to get some of the nutrients that might be missing from their daily diets.  Things like Omega-3 Fish Oils, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 come to mind.  You can check out all the benefits that Smarty Pants Vitamins provide here with a detail of what is in each serving.  Also, they are free of gluten, wheat, and dairy.  Their products do not contain any yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, gluten, salt, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors, salicylates, or preservatives either.  Plus, they taste really good!  They’re like a delicious insurance policy.

SmartyPants Vitamins

You won’t have any trouble getting your kids to take these vitamins.  Keeping that in mind, be sure to regulate what they take and keep it out of reach, so they don’t eat it like it’s candy.  (And would you blame them if they did?)

A Medic’s World and a wonderful group of bloggers, along with the fine folks over at Smarty Pants, want to give you a chance to win.  One lucky reader will receive two bottles of SmartyPants Vitamins:  1 of the Kids Complete and 1 of the Kids Complete with Fiber.  So good luck, and thanks for entering!

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Diet-to-Go: Because Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Suck

Diet-to-Go provided complimentary meals in exchange for review, and this post contains affiliate links that support this site.  All opinions contained in this post are my own.

Every January 1st, I make a resolution to lose weight and get healthier.  I stick to it a few weeks, then slack off.  The same thing happens around April, when the warm weather reminds me that we’re approaching the season of shorts and swimsuits (no hiding extra pounds under winter coats!).  So I get back on track for a few weeks…and then slack off again.

Sound familiar?  It’s my life every year, so I decided to analyze why I keep doing this over and over again.  The answer came to me one day at the grocery store:

There I was, wrangling two young children through the crowded organic produce section, using a phone app as a shopping list (and trying not to drop my phone), balking at the inflated lettuce and apple prices, all while trying to make sense of all the shelf labels that grocery stores make far more complicated than necessary.

I’m stressed out just remembering it.  But it was at that time I realized the problem:  making healthy choices can be way too overwhelming, sadly inconvenient, and ridiculously expensive.  The reason I slack off after a few weeks is that terrible stress.  Stress for me equals stress eating, which usually involves absolutely nothing healthy or smart.

So, I’ve decided that the best way for me and my family to get healthy without driving ourselves nuts is taking a Common Sense Approach.  (I’m capitalizing that because I think it’s that important).  For exercise, we’ll add in simple routines like parking further from the door when we go shopping, taking stairs instead of elevators, and going for family walks in this lovely warm weather.

As for meal time?  Diet-To-Go is keeping us on track!


Diet-to-Go Logo

Diet-To-Go is a healthy and delicious meal plan you can have delivered right to your front door.  My husband and I have been using them recently, and they have seriously won me over.

If you’ve ever tried other meal delivery plans, you might have a negative opinion of them.  Trust me, I did too.  Other plans had food that I found lacking in quality and flavor, and there weren’t many options for customizing meals for very picky eaters like myself.  In other words…well…they kind of sucked.  But with Diet-To-Go, you’ll be getting delicious portion-controlled meals with plenty of options to make sure everyone gets something they will love.

Healthy Doesn't Have to Suck

I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re delicious.  In fact, I would consider these to be gourmet meals.  My husband actually called me from work while eating his first Diet-To-Go lunch and told me how much he was enjoying it, and dropped the word “gourmet” more than once.  These meals are great even when microwaved, and lose nothing in quality.  You can oven-heat them, but as I’m always in a rush, I wanted to make sure they would hold up against my microwave.  And they sure do!  Healthy and convenient?  Check.

Diet-to-Go: Customize Your Plan

Earlier I mentioned customization:  Diet-To-Go is a picky eater’s dream.  They have three base meal plans to choose from:  Traditional, Vegetarian, and Low Carb.  From there, you can further customize each plan by switching out foods and making sure every single meal will make you happy.  (Other meal delivery companies could really take notes on this.  Diet-To-Go’s process is so easy!).  You’ll also get to specify calorie requirements, how many days, and how many meals per day.  After that, just sit back and wait for your week’s meals to arrive right at your front door!  You don’t have to go grocery shopping, you don’t have to mess around with complicated recipes.  Just open the magical box of food and congratulate yourself for being so clever and signing up for Diet-To-Go.

Diet-to-Go Shipment

So what do you get?  Let me show you a typical meal day for me, using Diet-To-Go’s Low Carb Menu.

For breakfast:  Cheese Omelette with bacon and spinach.

Diet-to-Go Cheese Omelet with Spinach & Bacon

 

For lunch:  Fiesta Burger with guacamole and seasoned green beans, peppers, and onions.

 

Diet-to-Go Fiesta Burger Lunch

 

For dinner:  Pork Chop Pomodoro with Italian green beans and a sauce made from peppers and asparagus.

Diet-to-Go: Healthy Eating Made Easy

 

So delicious!  What else might you get from Diet-To-Go’s meal plans?  Here are just a few examples:

Traditional Menu:  Apple Pancakes with Sausage, Turkey Swiss Sandwich, and Curry Shrimp

Vegetarian Menu:  Asparagus Frittata, Black Bean and Feta Wrap, and Fettucini in White Sauce

Low Carb Menu:  Western Omelette, Beef Short Ribs, and Chicken Tenders with Pepper Sauce

As you can see, the plans are truly versatile and easily customized for your preferences and needs.

I am so happy we had the chance to try Diet-To-Go.  It makes life so much easier; I just pick and choose an entire week’s meals from my computer chair and wait for them to arrive at my house.  All the planning and cooking is done for me.  I also think the price is very fair.  Buying healthy food at the store, especially when recipes call for ingredients that just aren’t pantry staples, can quickly deplete your food budget, just like eating out at restaurants several times a week.  Diet-To-Go has been great for me as I navigate busy days with the kids, and my husband can easily take his lunch to work with him and have the same high-quality meal his coworkers might grab at an expensive restaurant.  And dinner?  So simple.  We can dine together while eating our own choices from the meal plans.  I don’t have to look for recipes we’ll both love, and neither of us has to deal with leftovers we might not even want.

If you want to give Diet-To-Go a try, I have good news!  Game on Mom readers can save 25% off your first order using promo code DTGA115.  

Also, if you live in any of the following areas, you can actually pick up your Diet-To-Go weekly meals and avoid shipping costs:  Washington DC metro (including northern Virginia and suburban Maryland), Baltimore area, greater Philadelphia area (including south New Jersey), San Francisco Bay area (including East Bay), and the greater Los Angeles area.

Make sure to visit Diet-To-Go.com to learn more about how the service works, see the differences in meal plans and pricing options, and find great information on taking a Common Sense Approach to healthy eating and weight loss.