This weekend: Discovery Weekend at Barnes & Noble — have fun AND shop your list

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The fact that I'm all about the shop (that's a verb) is no surprise to anyone. And while I love the convenience of kicking it back with no-hassle online shopping 360 days a year, there are those 5 or 6 days when I actually enjoy getting out and into the spirit of live shopping. In real life. You know. Touching and scanning and perusing. Okay. Fine. I'll admit it. I go to Barnes & Noble way more than 5 or 6 days a year.  My local B&N? They know me.  And this time of year, they … [Read more...]

Worst Day Ever

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Since begin introduced to it as a second grade teacher, I've loved Judith Voirst's Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. A simple story, there were so many writing and discussion prompts to expand upon the story and help children to make connections. So when Disney announced they were creating a movie based on the book, I was so excited to see the theatrical expansion of the story. And, last weekend at the Fandango Family preview, I wasn't disappointed. An … [Read more...]

Making Fit Fun for the Little Ones

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I love opportunities to encourage kids to get moving, and while my kids are already super active, new ideas are always embraced. We were recently were sent samples of LeapFrog's new LeapBands to encourage Little and her friends (ages 4-7) to be even more active, while having a lot of fun and being encouraged by a little digital critter. The LeapBand is a digital tracker, only it's a lot more fun than the fitness trackers parents wear. Designed by LeapFrog, it has character similar to … [Read more...]

#PURELLLendaHand partners with Champions for Kids and our kids take the assignment even further

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It all started a few weeks ago. I kept hearing the good old "I wants" and "I needs" and "I have to gets." It being Summer, it seemed even more prominent. When I finally had heard enough, I pulled out the same speech we've all said and we've all heard: you already have so much! Don't forget there are kids who don't have anything near what you have. Think about everything you really, really need. And how much that costs. Think about the kids who have trouble getting things like a healthy dinner. … [Read more...]

Captain America – The Winter Soldier review

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Unable to attend the screening of Captain America - The Winter Soldier, I asked a my friend, Tony Mauro, to take his buddies and offer Julieverse readers a review from a Dad's perspective. Captain America – The Winter Soldier was an action-packed adventure from start to finish. As a movie go-er, I was impressed by the story, cinematography & special effects. As a businessman, I am marveled by Marvel. They have really developed the magic formula from the timing of their releases to the … [Read more...]

Were you fooled today?

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I love April Fools Day. A few years ago, I fooled my kids by serving jello-lemonade as an after school snack. Each year since, they expect a fool up to par with one as great as that. This year, as I'm still working my way back into the routine after our weekend getaway to TypeA Conference and Walt Disney World, I'm not quite as prepared, but I do have a little plan to play for dinner tonight. It'll be a verbal message, something about how we're moving to Louisville in a few weeks because Daddy … [Read more...]

How Big *is* a Billion?

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When I taught second grade, two of my favorite math units (and I had many) were measurement and place value. Teaching an 8-year-old about distance--be it time or space--was a difficult concept. Words have little meaning without being able to touch and see them. By connecting counting (tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and so on) with measurement, it helped the children to encompass meaning. Of course, the larger the number, the more difficult to fully grasp. For example, to teach … [Read more...]

Fitness at CES 2014

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Fitness was a big highlight for moms attending CES. In addition to the announcement that Tory Burch and FitBit have partnered to (finally) create a fashionable wearable (due on the market this spring), about a dozen other wearable fitness trackers popped up, each offering something unique to the field, including fitness trackers from Reebok, Garmin and Sony. At the less expensive end of Fitness Trackers, I am really excited to share my experience with iBitz, a family-based tracker with … [Read more...]

Automotive Innovation at CES

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I actually tried to avoid the automotive area while at CES. I wish I'd had the time to test drive the electric car, or experience Facebook and twitter on my dashboard, I don't write enough about cars to take the time. There was a mix of innovative cars of the future with cars of tomorrow, literrally. Intel, among others, showcased how they've integrated into mainstream autos to do everything from using a bluetooth to communicate with your phone, to turning your thermostat on within your … [Read more...]

Curved TVs: spotted and wowed at CES 2014

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In addition to the increase in pixels, Samsung, among others, debuted the Curved TV. Yes, after years of watchng a box tube TV that curved convexly, and then being convinced that everyone needed to have a flat screen because flat screens are the ultimate... we're now going to start wanting curved TVs, as in concave. That's right. In our lifetimes we've seen a full transition: convex to complanate to concave. It's all about the curve. I questioned that of a Samsung rep, why the change … [Read more...]