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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Special Episode of “Curious George”!

unnamedThe ninth season of Curious George, the PBS KIDS hit series, continues with a new episode full of love and curiosity on Monday, February 9, 2015. In “Happy Valentine’s Day, George,” Curious George wants to make his friends the best Valentine’s Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. Using sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s printing press!

 

“George is a little monkey with a big heart,” says executive producer Dorothea Gillim. “Between George’s monkey antics and a catchy song, this episode is our Valentine to all our loyal viewers.”

This season continues to focus on teaching preschoolers about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, as well as use of the five senses (smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight). The curious monkey’s adventures go in “Oh Deer.”When a hungry deer keeps nibbling on the flowers in George and Allie’s garden, George uses all of his five senses to keep the deer out. A scarecrow, loud noises, sticky tape, and stinky rotten eggs don’t work, leaving George with one last sense: taste! Will George’s recipe keep the deer away or make them hungry for more?
Curious George airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings). For more monkey fun, parents can access a variety of fun and educational resources, including games on the five senses like “Roller Monkey” and “Cows Don’t Quack!” on the Curious George website. Click here for a great variety of more fun games, special activities, printables, and videos!

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Madly Madagascar

Your favorite Madagascar pals are back in an all-new adventure! Alex’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day,

brings hilarious surprises and excitement for the entire gang. Melman plans a big surprise for Gloria,

Marty tries to impress a new friend and everyone wants to get their hands on King Julien’s love potion.

You’ll fall in LOVE with MADLY MADAGASCAR!

Though you might not be able to make your own love potion like King Julien, you can get crafty with

your kids this Valentine’s Day! This guide will provide parents with fun and simple ways to create

Valentine’s Day crafts with their kids, including do it yourself V-day cards and creating your own heart

shaped pillows!

 

heartsHEART ORNAMENT

You’ll go mad for these adorable ornaments! They’re fun and simple to make, and they double as

inexpensive decorations! All you need is yarn, cornstarch glue, water, a heart shaped cookie cutter and

parchment paper. First, make your cornstarch glue by combining cornstarch and water over medium

heat until it is thick and translucent. Once the glue has cooled enough to touch, cut your yarn into foot

long pieces, and place your cookie cutter on your parchment paper. Then, push a piece of yarn into the

cornstarch glue until it’s coated, and remove any excess glue with your fingers. Next, lay the yarn inside

the cookie cutter. Repeat until the cookie cutter is filled with a thin layer of yarn, then press the yarn flat

and gently lift the cookie cutter off and allow the yarn to dry.

 

homemadevalentinesHOMEMADE VALENTINE’S CARDS

All you need to make extra special homemade Valentine’s Day cards is some colored paper (in colors

like red, white and pink), markers, glue, scissors, and anything you might want to add in (glitter, beads,

candy, etc.). Help your kids cut out heart shapes in their paper, and think of fun sayings to write on the

cards. Decorate the cards with drawings, or glue on treats like lollipops or Sweethearts. These truly

custom Valentine’s are both fun to make and receive.

 

Macaroni-Jewelry-1MACARONI JEWLERY

Making jewelry from macaroni is both fun and easy, especially for Valentine’s Day! All you need is some

rubbing alcohol, red food dye, dry macaroni, some bowls to mix in, and string. Once you’ve mixed the

rubbing alcohol and food dye to the perfect shade of Valentine’s red (or pink!), drop the macaroni in and

let it soak until you like the hue. Take the macaroni out of the dye, and let it dry, then use yarn or string

to make necklaces, bracelets, crowns, and more for the perfect Valentine’s Day accessory!

 

valentine'scookiesEASY VALENTINE’S COOKIES

These cookies are fun to make and, with a little help from mom and dad, easy for the kids to help

with! You need vanilla wafer cookies, peanut butter, melted chocolate chips (both white chocolate

and milk chocolate), red and white colored sprinkles, pink and red gummy candies, red, white and pink

decorating frosting and lollipop sticks. All you have to do is coat one side of your cookies with peanut

butter and place a lollipop stick on top of it, followed by another cookie. Then, dip your cookie stick into

your melted chocolate (either white or dark), covering completely. Use the remaining ingredients to

decorate! Once you are finished decorating, place the pops on wax paper and refridgerate until dry.

 

heartpillowsHEART SHAPED PILLOWS

This craft is great for slightly older kids, or may take a little more participation from mom or dad. To

make cute heart shaped pillows, you need fabric of your choice, a needle, thread, cotton batting, and

straight pins. First, lay your fabric down flat and fold it over twice so that it is doubled up. Next, cut

out half a heart shape in your folded fabric (when you open it you should have two hearts that are the

same size). Next, lay your hearts together so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing out, and use your

straight pins to secure the two pieces of fabric together. Then, stich around the edges of your hearts

until you’re about two inches from closing it. Remove all the pins, and turn your fabric inside out so that

the right side is visible. Next, gently stuff your heart with your cotton batting until it is full, and then

stitch the opening closed.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching

The problem with Valentine’s day is that its become a horrible holiday – it is forced down peoples throats as the one day a year you should show your romantic partner that you care.  Really?! why isnt this everyday – ok ok how about twice a week and on your birthdays?

No huh… we gotta do this — we gotta do this holiday — so lets get it right.

1) yes you need a card or two – and you totally need a card from the kids

 

2) the gift – this could be optional depending on who your wife is or what the situation is… my wife always you dont have to get me anything – and if I dont get her anything I might as well buy myself ear plugs because I’ll hear about it for the next 3 months about how I didn’t get her anything – so I guess my advice just get something…. ok maybe just something – because then you’ll get yelled at about who picked this out — so you might need to spending 3 minutes maybe 6 minutes thinking what does she use or need?

–Quick suggestions:

Spa treatments — my wife doesnt go for the massages but she loves facials.

Jewelry — my wife is super picky so I’m avoiding this one from now on… has never worked out for me.

Clothing — my wife loves fashion but my tastes have a lot that is to be desired…. so you can go and ask for help just make sure you know the right size.

TIP: check the dirty clothing for her current size.

Technology — my wife loves her iphone, ipad, camera & lens but I’m not sure that screams valentine’s day to her but yours might love a new iPad.

Candy — my wife loves chocolate and thats about it.

Liquor — my wife loves champagne picking up one of those fancy bottles is always great.

Travel — who’s wife wouldnt love a night away (with you or without you :P)  maybe even if its a local city for a one night hotel or a trip to a remote island.

Gift Cards — my wife likes this as much as having a screaming toddler keeping her up all night. avoid these unless its your last choice.

 

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Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Ideas, Suggestions, Cards and of course a giveaway

Congrats its less then 48 hours till valentine’s day and what do you have to to show for it? Maybe you picked up a card? hopefully right? cause if your card stores are anything like mine there is nothing left starting tomorrow.  So for you last minute people we’ve got printable cards from Pocoyo [Elly, Pato, Loula, and Pocoyo]. There you go great for kids and ok for your significant others.

Now need those last minute treats? Starters Candy – my wife certainly has a sweet tooth for dark chocolate and I’m sure many others out there do too… she’s not a fancy $40 box of chocolate type of girl, which is good cause I’m sooooo not a spending $40 on chocolate type of guy.  She loves a good old fashion russell stover, willy wonka, hershey’s type of girl (WIN!). For me I’m totally a red licorice dude, and if you’re taking notes I love australian red licorice and dried strawberries.

How about physical gifts that’ll last? Well there is always photos and photo albums with tons of 1 hour labs its a fairly easy task.  Next idea you can pick up a nail or hair gift card, geez have you looked at the prices of those things?! so picking up the tab is a super gift.

For those techies out there you can always walk into any Verizon store and pickup a new bluetooth headset… I’ve always been a big fan of Jabra so the Jabra WAVE in red headset features the most comfortable and stable wearing-style.  Featuring innovative new wind-noise reduction technology and Voice Guidance, the Jabra WAVE is available in three designs exclusively at Verizon Wireless. The WAVE offers even greater comfort than behind-the-ear legacy products, but with a thinner, sleeker design.  The WAVE is available in black and red – and has a corded version in black. $59.99

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Valentine’s Day: Prep Day 5 – Gift for the Men

I’m a man (yup, still a card carrying member) and I can tell you we’re pretty simple when it comes to gifts.  The simple things like bacon and beer would be enough to make any man happy.  This post takes it one step further, we have some simple gifts, some thoughtful gifts, some heartless electronic gifts they may have wanted and always bring a smile to any guys face.

The saying the way to a guys heart is though is stomach isn’t far off, so taking him out for a nice meal or cooking dinner for him (making it kind of special) is a good way to go.

The simple clothing solution is a nice pair of boxer shorts (silk or cotton) doesn’t matter this one is the thought that counts. Additionally some candy goes nice to round this package out.

The next item up is a guy favorite – BEER – so this is a way to serve it super cold and delicious while saving some money. The BeerTender from Heineken and Krups [Linkis an awesome product (no I don’t have one yet, YES, I really want one but really cant justify that much intake of beer) my friend has one and always rubs it in my face.  Clearly the thought has to be given if your man drinks Heineken, actually he should pretty much ONLY drink Heineken to get the most usage out of this product.

For those retro lovers, find a record shop and get some classic vinyl records [Link].  Make sure he likes the music, this could be a win for you that you get an album or two that you love as well.

After beer we have technology & toys because I’ve yet to meet a guy that doesn’t love something techie (bright shinny objects we’re putty).  Here’s the run down… PlayStation 3 Slim [Link] (newest PS3 on the market) is awesome – also doubles as a Blu-Ray player (HD movies drool!).  You could also give a gift card to Apple in hopes of holding out for that new iPad [Link] incase you were sleeping under a rock for the last month its a large ipod touch.  You could opt for an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch that you could get most any place.

For the thoughtful husband you could arrange a family portrait (or maybe some boudoir [wikipedia] photos of yourself) of course I’ll plug my wife here – Suzanne Cohen Photography [Link], which is also a gift to yourself since the images will last a lifetime.

For those that need the renewals, every couple of years its nice to get a new wallet.  Coach is my brand of choice for men’s wallets [Link], I’ve had mine for years and I’m ready for a refresh.  A money clip, just make sure they usually carry cash or have cash (otherwise its a jab) get it personalized with his initials.

Finally the classic for most men is the go to sexy lingerie (for yourself) and some good loving for him.

Valentine’s Day: Prep Day 4 – Gift for the Kids

Kids are usual pretty easy on Valentine’s day – a stuffed animal (perhaps with the year) and some candy that they normally don’t get to eat and you’re done right? Nope. These kids are wanting more so here are some ideas.

For the babies…
Pajamas – every baby store sells something with a heart – its cute and fun (or funny). Take some photos all dressed up, so you can embarrass them in years to come.

For the little ones that wont remember…
Stuffed Animal or little toy – they’ll love it for a second and forget about a moment later.  Take some photos and videos of them playing with it and feed them a special dessert.

For the young ones old enough to remember…
We can get them toys (to add to the junk pile a minute later) but what about taking them out to get the toys… make it an experience, going to the American Doll Store and building their own doll or to FAO Schwartz for a Monchichi [Link] that you might have had as little kid.

For the ones too cool for school…
This is all about the experience, check out the Nike iD Studio [Link] I’m sure they have them around your neck of the woods and if not you can build out a pair online [Link]. You could also go retro with name necklaces (as seen on Carrie from Sex and the City) great deals to be found on over on eBay [Link] I’ve purchased from this seller before for my wife.

For the ones too old to care…
Candy, Cash, and maybe flowers if they’re not getting any from someone else but please dads don’t write cards making them think its from someone else [not cool]. If they’re up for spending time with you, try dinner out on the town.

Valentine’s Day: Prep Day 3 – Gift for the Wives

My wife is an amazing woman, she cleans, she cooks, she takes care of our son, she is starting her own business – Suzanne Cohen Photography [Link] and once in a while she takes care of me (I’m joking all the time!).  My feeling about buying gifts for my wife is only the best of whatever she wants.  Here is a list of items that I’ve either given to her with great success or that she’s been asking for (she’s got great taste and can really trend too).

Jewelry – Helen Ficalora [Link] best known for her charms (image to the right) she’s been featured in Lucky Magazine and pretty much every other celebrity mom.  My wife has a couple of charms at this point an M for Marc (our son), a cut out star, a crown and a small puffy heart.

Perfume – Crystal Noir by Versace [Link] is up in the air against Stella by Stella McCartney [Link].  Now I don’t think that I even have to say this but everyone’s taste in perfume will be different.

Travel – One of the best ideas is to get away. While many think thats just crazy, if you do the simple math of fancy dinner, gifts, and headaches if anything goes wrong try an all-inclusive vacation.  You could find short trips at a very amazing price (plus its a gift to yourself!). Check out “Cancun OR Riviera Maya Last Minute Steal!, Airfare, 6 Nights, All – Inclusive Beach Resort $349 [Link]” from TravelByJen.com [Link]. Jenny is my step-sister, she travels all the time with her family of 6 – knows all the spots and I book all my travel with her!

Electronics – Everyone is talking about the iPad (which isnt out yet) so you could get over to Apple and purchase a giftcard to cover the new item.  You could opt for an ebook reader like the Kindle DX (9.7 inch screen) [Link] or the smaller Kindle (6 inch screen) [Link]. Which will save a ton of space/weight when traveling. You could get a Flip Video Camera MinoHD 120minutes [Link] which makes video capture just one button (we own 2 both sets of parents own one too – love them!) they download in a second and make emailing videos a super simple process.

and finally I wouldnt be doing my job as a husband without offering the idea of…

Photography – These moments don’t last for a lifetime but photography does. Take a look at Suzanne Cohen Photography [Link] and perhaps think about signing up for a session.

Valentine’s Day: Prep Day 2 – Candy is a must

I’m not sure about you but Candy is a must have on Valentine’s day. Seriously, If my wife doesn’t get an unhealthy amount of chocolate someone is going to get it (and by that I mean death and by someone I mean me).

The historical chocolate in the heart can be found at any drug store in America.  Yes, its lame in a kind of cheesy way its so over done way.

You could step it up and go with a gourmet Chocolatier such as…

  • Max Brenner [Link] My Mother-in-Law considers this her crack (she loves it!)
  • Payard [Link]
  • Christopher Norman Chocolates [Link]
  • MarieBelle New York [Link]
  • Tribeca Treats [Link]

You could go the mall route with a premium chocolate maker such as…

  • Godiva Chocolate [Link]
  • See’s Candies [Link]
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company [Link]
  • Lindt & Sprüngli [Link]
  • NOKA Chocolate [Link]
  • Ethel’s Chocolate [Link]

And if you’re really feeling special Hersey’s M&M’s that you could personalize (with images) [Link]

If you’re not a coconuts for coco (get it?!) then you could head to your local bakeshop for the latest trendy dessert (this month its still cupcakes).

You can also fall back to Candy Hearts which I think where made 100 years ago (along with the United States supply of Halloween Candy Corn).