Sunday, October 19, 2014

Find Your Creative Spark with Creative Galaxy!

 

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My boys and I have been enjoying watching episodes of Creative Galaxy, available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  They were immediately drawn to the show and even started dancing and singing along to the theme song during the first episode we watched!

Both of my kids, who are 3 and 5, really love art and this show  got their imaginations going.  Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers.

Arty, the main character, travels through the Creative Galaxy on his Creative Spark rocket ship with his magical friend Epiphany.  They collect art supplies in their Idea Box and then solve problems with art!

I loved that the art projects were simple and they show real kids at the end of each episode working on their own unique projects based on the episode.  If the boys had an idea for a Creative Galaxy inspired art project, we had stuff around the house to use.  In one episode, Arty makes a mosaic heart for his moms birthday.

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They were inspired to make their own mosaic project.  So, I cut out the first letter in each of their names using cardstock.  Then, I cut a bunch of different shapes out of construction paper, scrapbook paper and tissue paper.  I also added some spare buttons into the mix.

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Then, I just sat them down with their letters and some glue and let them have at it!

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We’re going to hang them up on their bedroom doors once all of the glue dries!!

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The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!

This is just such a great show! I believe hands-on art and imaginative play is so important for little minds and this show really helps to foster that.

Once again, Creative Galaxy is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video – so it’s super easy to watch at your convenience!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Let’s Pley! - Rent LEGO® Sets

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My boys and I received our first box in the mail from Pley.com the other day and are in love!

Pley is a subscription-based company that rents out LEGO® Sets at three monthly levels depending on the size of the sets customers want to rent: small ($15/month), medium ($25/month) or large ($39/month). Each subscription has free shipping, both ways.

They have over 250 sets available, with new sets being added daily.  Each set is cleaned with an eco- and kid-friendly sterilization solution and they won’t penalize you if you lose a few pieces!

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I love this service because my boys get to build a set and play with it and when they are done, I send them back! The pieces don’t get added to our massive tub of dismembered LEGO® sets! They love it because, well, LEGO®!!!

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We received a Spiderman set this time, it arrived in a mesh bag with the original instructions included.  They also sent us referral cards, a special Pley brick separator, and a bracelet that kids can decorate with LEGO® bricks!

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My boys enjoyed building and playing this set in a “special area” (so we didn’t mix up the pieces) and even enjoyed helping me take the set apart to send back! It’s really a win-win for parents and kids.

If you would like a 15 day free trial of Pley, click here!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mohegan SunBrewFest 2014!

Last Saturday, my husband and I celebrated our 6th year of wedded bliss with our 3rd trip to Mohegan Sun’s BrewFest! We look forward to this event each year and each year it just gets better and better!

We got there early for the VIP tasting hour and made our way through the many beer vendors.  There was a great mix of local craft beer breweries and the big time brands like Guiness, Shock Top, Heineken and Yuengling who recently started distributing to Connecticut. 

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I was happy to see a large selection of hard ciders this year and not quite as many pumpkin beers. I can only take so much pumpkin. 

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After we made it about halfway through, we took a break to grab some food.  There was a great selection of awesomely-priced small bites from a variety of restaurants.  My Husband grabbed a Guiness-boiled bratwurst from The Landsdowne Irish Pub & Music House and I grabbed some chips and guac from Sol Toro Tequila Grill, both located inside Mohegan Sun - both amazing. 

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Although there was no way I could have possibly sampled all 200+ beers on hand, I had a huge variety and was very satisfied by the time I left.  A few stand-outs for me were:

Guinness Blonde which uses the 125-year-old Guinness ale yeast to brew an American style lager.  It was a unique and flavorful fusion of the two-types of beers.  I can’t wait to see what Guinness will brew up next!

Wachussett Brewing Company Green Monsta IPA was a nice, hoppy IPA that was very smooth and very drinkable. 

Goose Island Matilda - I was won over by Goose Island’s Sofie at the first SunBrewFest a few years ago and wanted to try a different, but similar beer from them.  Matilda was great! Fruity, spicy and smooth. 

Ommegang Hennepin which I may have included with my favorites last year, but I’m a sucker for a good saison.  You can’t really go wrong with coriander, orange peel and ginger and this one is one of my faves.  Ommegang also offers Game of Thrones beers, to boot!

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In addition to the beer and food there was also live music, games, giveaways and tons of photo-ops!

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A friend had asked us why we chose to go to SunBrewFest instead of a popular large beer festival that was happening a little closer to home on the same day and the answer was easy! At Mohegan Sun you never have to worry about the weather, the beer selection is great, the food selection is great – usually at beer fests you have to buy from a food truck at their normal prices.  The food at the SunBrewFest is extremely affordable. Plus, when you leave – you are at the casino! You can shop, have dinner, check out a show at the Wolf Den, gamble and stay overnight.  The possibilities are pretty much endless!

We love Mohegan Sun!!

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