Archive for March, 2014

Happy Musical Halloween Theatre

posted by on 03/24/2014

I have no problem giving away clothes or the crib when my kids outgrow them (HAHAHA like my kids ever slept in a crib), but getting rid of their Halloween costumes? I can’t do it.

It cuts like a knife. And Bryan Adams lied because I tried to donate Zoe’s Hello Kitty costume she wore when she was three and I had to dig it out of the bag in the Goodwill car drop off donate lane. It does not feel alright, Bryan Adams.

Don’t judge, it’s just my thing.

Last week, Troy was gearing up for his performance in the Kindergarten musical “It’s A Zoo Out There” and the music teacher let the kids choose the animal they wanted to dress up as for the show. Because he’s Troy, he chose Black Widow Spider.

Because of course he did.

I was pulling for a tiger because when my little sister was in second grade she was a tiger for Halloween and I found the tiger headpiece and the tail in my mom’s hoarded things and I straight switched the game up and hoarded it right out from underneath her.

The music teacher sent home a note saying “The music program is in 48 hours and your child chose to be a __________ (insert name of whacked out choice here). Have fun with it, no need to purchase anything new, shop your closets! We will be making masks here at school for your child to wear during the show”.

LET ME CHECK MY CLOSET, MUSIC LADY.

Because I seem to remember someone dressing up as a spider in 2008.

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That’s right, I sent Troy out onto the stage for his musical debut in his Halloween costume. From five years ago.

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Black Widow Spider? NAILED IT.

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A Safer Way For Kids To Watch TV: Kidoodle.TV + A Giveaway

posted by on 03/17/2014
We’ve been tossing around the idea of cutting cable and the kids are completely on board with it. The kids aren’t too picky about what they watch, I mean, they are in the middle of a Sabrina the Teenage Witch marathon right now and that show is almost 20 years old and they think it is the best thing they have ever seen mainly because of the talking cat. I’ve always been pretty laid back about screen time, but lately it seems it has been harder to monitor. We have iPhones, computers, iPads, gaming systems, regular boring TV…I can’t keep up with who is watching what and on what device. I was completely excited to learn about Kidoodle.TV: a safe, ad-free streaming video service that you can customize for your kids.

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I set up my parent account on their website made a profile for my six year old. The passcode-protected Kidoodle.TV Parents Room features tools that allow you to set up profiles for up to five kiddos. You can control the content for each user by age and/or selecting certain shows that you want your kids to be able to access.

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My son is a huge fan. He doesn’t have to depend on his sister to help him navigate Kidoodle.TV like he does with the other streaming service that we use.Kidoodle.TV is currently accessible from most Internet-connected devices, including iPad, Mac, PC, laptops, and Android and iOS tablets, or smartphones, and will be expanding to gaming consoles, smart TVs and other devices.

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My favorite thing about Kidoodle.TV is the ability to set viewing time limits that Kidoodle.TV automatically enforces, but the commercial-free, no questionable content part is seriously fantastic too.

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There are so many cool shows-new and retro-to choose from, my son has been watching the In Space series and he is so excited that he has 26 episodes to choose from, so perfect for my rocket man. Up next? GI Joe.

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Kidoodle.TV is offering a free 14-day trial and you can also use the code BLOGHER25 to get 25% off of a 1-year subscription. (Coupon code expires June 30, 2014.) Otherwise, it’s just $4.99 a month. You can also head over here and enter to win one of three iPad minis that will be given away in March and April. To keep up with all things Kidoodle.TV, you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Wanna win a $100 Visa gift card? Leave a comment and let me know: What devices do your kids use? Do they have their own or share with the whole family?

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