Monday, October 16, 2017

Kwik Stix Halloween Pumpkin Craft - Get Them at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs!

Kwik Stix are one of our favorite craft items.  They are a combination of paint and markers. They work like markers, because you simply rub them along the paper to create any design you like. However, they give you the type of beautiful artwork you can really only get with paint. They work on paper, wood, posters, or any other surface, and kids can create lovely masterpieces in minutes. It even dries in only 90 seconds. 

For Halloween, my children created a quick and easy pumpkin craft using Kwik Stix. It only takes about half an hour and requires minimal clean up. We are going to share it with you today.

What You'll Need

Orange, Black, and Green Kwik Stix
Popsicle Sticks

Step 1

Line up popsicle sticks and cut to size to create the pumpkin shape.

Step 2

Glue the popsicle sticks together. A glue gun works best, but any craft glue will do.

Step 3

Add a stem to the tip of your pumpkin. You can use the scraps to conserve your sticks.
Step 5
Color the pumpkin with the orange Kwik Stix and the stem with the green Kwik Stix. Allow 90 seconds to dry.

Step 6

Glue and color some of the scraps with the black Kwik Stix to create a Jack-O-Lantern Grin and draw triangles for the eyes.

Step 7

Glue a popsicle stick to the back to create a stand.

And that's it! In just a few minutes, your kids will have an adorable pumpkin decoration. Kwik Stix dry super fast and wipe off surfaces easily, so there is no messy clean-up involved. This is a great craft to occupy the kids as they count down the days to Halloween.

Kwik Stixs are unique art supplies merge markers and paint in one fun package. They work like markers, because you simply rub them along the paper to create any design you like. However, they give you the type of beautiful artwork you can really only get with paint. They work on paper, wood, posters or any other surface, and kids can create lovely masterpieces in minutes. They even dry in only 90 seconds. Kwik Stix are awesome because you don't need any water or brushes. Just uncap the lid and get to work. They come in a variety of vibrant colors including neon and metallic, and they're completely non-toxic. They are great for kids of all ages for fun and for school projects. Any child would love to add these to their art box, and they would make a fun addition to any art box.  

Kwik Stix are now available at all BJ’s Wholesale Clubs for only $19.99! This is the best price, but if you aren't a BJs member, they are also on amazon. Grab some today for the back-to-school season or get a head start on the holidays.

STEP, The Empowering True Story Arrives on DVD and Digital October 17

Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Deeply insightful and inspiring, this powerful film embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

Bonus Features Include:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director Commentary by Amanda Lipitz
  • Lethal Ladies Music Video
  • Featurettes:
    • Step is Life
    • The Lethal Ladies of BLSYW
    • Insider the Rehersal Room
  • Gallery
DVD+Digital Specifications:
Street Date:                          October 17, 2017
Screen Format:                     Widescreen 16:9 (1.85:1)
Audio:                                    English Dolby Digital 5.1      
Subtitles:                               English / Spanish
Total Run Time:                     83 minutes
U.S. Rating:                           PG
Closed Captioned:                Yes

My Thoughts

Step is a touching true story about girls who use dance to inspire their lives. The film takes us to Baltimore's inner city where we meet several different girls who are all seniors in high school.  They join a step team and soon discover they are really talented. They hope to win a championship that could earn them a scholarship to college after graduation. We get to see a little about each girl's personal life so we really get to know them and can relate to their story.

I really enjoyed this story and the sisterhood that grew between the students. It's inspiring to see how something as simple as dancing can change the lives of so many girls. These young women prove that with hard work and determination anything is possible. They didn't let anything hold them back from their dreams. I have two daughters and we all watched it together. I think it's a great example for them. These girls are great role models.

Imagine If, With Jif - Win $30,000 to Make their Dream Come True

Jif Peanut Butter just launched a great sweepstakes along with Melissa Joan Hart. The Imagine If, With Jif program encourages young kids and their families to submit creative ideas to make the world a better place for a chance to receive funding and turn their ideas into reality. Three lucky finalists will have their submissions reviewed by a group of celebrity judges, including Melissa Joan Hart.The winners will receive $10,000 from Jif to begin crowdfunding their idea. A grand prize winner will receive an additional $20,000 to further help fund their idea.

View the complete rules here, and have your enter today. It's never too early to start making dreams come true.

Don’t miss the start of the NBA season with free previews from DISH

More than 20 million people tuned into the NBA finals last season, as the Golden State Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s the highest viewership for an NBA playoff series since 1998 when Michael Jordan ruled the court.

As a new generation of basketball powerhouses continue dominating the league, more fans are tuning in to games to catch all the action. To start this upcoming basketball season with a slam dunk, DISH is offering free previews of NBA TV and NBA League Pass from October 17-24.

NBA TV (Channel 156)
In addition to airing regular season games, NBA TV features team and game analysis, NBA documentaries, regular season WNBA coverage and NBA playoff broadcasts. For a die-hard basketball fan, no channel gives as much in-depth coverage of the NBA.

NBA League Pass (Channel 5000-5061, Hopper Channel 470)
NBA League Pass, NBA’s out-of-market package, features up to 40 live games from around the league each week. This means that you can follow your favorite teams, player or match-ups from outside of your local viewing area. So, if you want to watch the Golden State Warriors while you’re in New York, or the Cleveland Cavaliers from Florida, you can.

If you’re having a hard time letting go of all this basketball coverage come October 24, don’t worry. You can get NBA TV with the Multi-Sport Pack or by subscribing to DISH’s America’s Top 200 package and above. Visit or call 1-877-DISH-PPV to add NBA League Pass to your account for $199.

For more information, visit our website about DISH’s free preview channels, or follow @DISHNews.

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By Lauren Smith Brody

Did you know that today (October 16) is National Boss’s Day? Here’s my take: The bosses who should be celebrated with the most cupcakes and flowers today are Boss Moms—working moms who do it all and get it done at all hours of the day, and with only a fraction of that time rewarded with an actual paycheck. In fact, according to a recent survey by Total Wireless, 95 percent of moms say that the most stressful part of being a working mom is the pressure to juggle work and family responsibilities to perfection. Do they always get it done without ever losing their cool? Au contraire, ma mere.

In my version of this national holiday, being a Boss Mom means you bless the mess, celebrate the journey that got you to where you are today and realize that a satisfied life is rarely a balanced one...but a happy one. That’s why I’m teaming up with Total Wireless to celebrate Boss Moms and how they do it all on National Boss’s day and beyond.

1)      LEARN THIS TERM: “MENTAL LOAD.” The mental load is the reason that I know how many eggs are in our fridge right now and how high the temperature has to be in order for my boys to be allowed to wear shorts to school (love that dress code). It is also the reason that I occasionally forget to sign a check that I put in the mail (thank you, payment apps for helping me out here). The mental load is the labor we do in our minds keeping track of 1,273,038 things even when we aren’t technically working or parenting. And that work deserves to be acknowledged.

2)      HOLD THE JUDGEMENT, PLEASE. Here’s something wonderful about 2017 (an otherwise complicated year, to say the least): We are officially no longer living in a society where it is socially appropriate for working moms to judge stay-at-home moms, and vice versa. I’ve interviewed hundreds of moms for my book and company, and the general consensus was this: We are all just doing our best to raise the next generation. And yet, so many mothers still admitted to judging themselves. Enough, I say! According to the same survey by Total Wireless, 95 percent of moms know that the journey to success hinges on having the confidence to make the necessary choices...and often those choices include sacrifice. Do not feel guilty. Instead, celebrate your accomplishments. It’s all part of the journey of satisfaction we’re modeling for our kids.

3)      SKIP SOMETHING. Want to know the best feeling in the world (better than the candle-lit bubble bath you’ve been meaning to take for three years now)? Open up your calendar and delete one thing from next week. Here, I’ll even give you your excuse: “I’m looking ahead and realizing I’ve overscheduled myself for next week. Let’s please cancel/move our lunch/meeting/obligation/endeavor/commitment.” Another option if it’s something you can’t miss entirely: Downgrade an in-person meet-up to a phone call. Everyone’s more efficient that way, and you can order groceries online at the same time if needed.

4)      CALL YOUR OWN BOSS MOM. Better yet, FaceTime her (because you know she won’t mind if you’re not wearing any makeup...or if you have to leave her staring at the ceiling while you attend to the 2-year-old’s bloody nose). Whether your mom worked out of the home or not, the list of skills you learned from her is surely long and mighty. (The same survey I reference above found more than half of working women consider their own moms the ultimate “total boss.”) Did she teach you to drive (thus ensuring you can do that last conference call of the day while in the privacy of your own car)? Did she force you and your sister to “work it out between you two” (and give you team-building skills that you use to this day?). It’s vital to acknowledge that stuff, not just because it makes her feel appreciated...but because it makes you realize how much wisdom you’re imparting to your own kids that they’ll use one day. Oh, tell your mom that part too!

This National Boss’s Day, join me and Total Wireless in celebrating working moms for everything they’ve accomplished—including the choices and sacrifices they’ve made to get where they are today.

With great coverage on America’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE† network, Total Wireless gives you the confidence to plan and celebrate the ‘total boss’ mom in your life—all from the palm of your hand with your smartphone. Learn more at

Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement to help businesses and families improve workplace culture together; she is the author of the best-selling book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style,Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. Prior to launching her own business, Lauren had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the executive editor of Glamour magazine. She’s partnering with Total Wireless to share her Total Boss Mom strategies—hectic schedule, two little boys, messy home, and all. Check out to learn more about the latest phones and the best deal in wireless.

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This survey was commissioned by Total Wireless and conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1,069 online respondents between September 29, 2017 and October 4, 2017. For further information, visit

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WILD KRATTS: Wild Winter Creatures!

Today, PBS Distribution announced the upcoming release of the new DVD “WILD KRATTS: WILD WINTER CREATURES!” Join Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt as they embark on four snowy winter adventures from their hit PBS KIDS series WILD KRATTS. When Chris loses his creature souvenir collection in the Arctic, will he be able to get his creature treasures back before the evil Zach Varmitech finds them? Chris and Martin continue to face Zach Varmitech when he kidnaps a polar bear cub and a walrus calf, and again when he threatens to use an entire walrus herd to mine precious pearls for Donita Donata’s fashion line!
WILD KRATTS: WILD WINTER CREATURES!” ($14.99 SRP) will be available on DVD beginning October 10, 2017 and has a run time of approximately 106 minutes. Episodes of Wild Kratts are also available for digital download.
The episodes on this DVD include:  
Polar Bears Don’t Dance 
Martin and Chris are on a mission in the Arctic to discover just how animals move around in different environments. Their new knowledge of both buoyancy and traction comes in handy when they discover that the dastardly Zach Varmitech has kidnapped a Walrus calf and a Polar bear cub. The Wild Kratts team will do whatever it takes to return the baby animals to their mothers!
Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus
Chris and Martin are out to investigate why the walrus looks so weird, but then find out that Zach Varmitech has kidnapped an entire herd to mine precious pearls for Donita Donata’s fashion line. The Wild Kratts team figures out that walrus’ have incredible powers that have a lot to do with how they look. They must employ the walrus’ super suction and other amazing powers against Zach to save the herd and return them back home to their Arctic domain.
Journey to the Subnivean Zone
A miniaturized Chris and Martin get lost in a snowy field and uncover the secret underground world of the meadow vole.
“Musk Ox Mania
When Chris realizes that his precious Creature souvenir collection is missing, the gang must travel back to the Arctic to find it. But the Arctic is now covered in a thick layer of ice and snow, so they’ll need the help of a special Arctic creature – the Musk Ox – and its creature powers to find it.
My Thoughts
My kids just love the Wild Kratts and all their adventures in the Australian Outback.  Not only is the show always full of entertaining adventures, they also learn a little about the local wildlife. This DVD includes four awesome episodes that primarily focus on polar bears and other cold weather creatures. They include:

Polar Bears Don’t Dance
Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus
Journey to the Subnivean Zone
Musk Ox Mania

This is a great DVD with some of their very best episodes. Any fan will want to add this DVD to their collection.  My children loved this set of shows and are excited to see what the brothers come up with next season.