Family-Friendly Fun at Disneyland’s Halloween Time

Who doesn’t love the fall season and all that comes with it? The change of season means Halloween and the holidays are coming up fast. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween that you (and the family) will never forget, plan a trip during Halloween Time at Disneyland. Now through October 31st, let your family explore their spooky Disney Side with special Halloween transformations of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain; encounter Disney villains conjured by a magic cauldron; dance to the Mad T Party band and meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends in Halloween costumes.

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During Halloween Time, you can also purchase a separate ticket to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party now expanded to feature 14 nights with trick-or-treating (including treat stations with candy and healthy treats) and special fireworks in Disneyland Park.

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This after-hours event lets adults and children show their Disney Side by dressing in costumes, trick-or-treating at Disneyland Park and enjoying an array of special entertainment, including the exclusive “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular.


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New to Halloween Time at Disneyland this year are the latest twists at Haunted Mansion Holiday and additional entertainment experiences at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch, with more mysterious fun joining the Astounding Cauldron of Magic.

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The park decorations and parades are enough to please everyone, yet there are so many activities and special attractions to celebrate the season. Visit the Halloween Time page, and also check out the Disney Parks blog for valuable information to make your Disneyland vacation even more magical!

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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Returns September 12 – October 31 With 14 Nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party


Dr. Cocoa™ for Children: Your new go-to cough and cold medicine! #DrCocoa

With the cooler temperatures comes cold season, and with that being said, it is important that we as parents are prepared to take care of our children if and when they get sick.

*According to a new national survey of U.S. parents of school-age children (ages 4-13), almost 40% report difficulty in administering over-the-counter liquid cough and/or cold medicine to their child. I found this statistic really interesting and that’s why I was more than happy to share information about a great new product when I received an email about it.

Infirst Healthcare USA recently released DR. COCOA™, a new chocolate-flavored cough and cold medicine to help improve dosing compliance. DR. COCOA™ is the first line of patented over-the-counter cough and cold medicine formulated with trusted, effective ingredients and 10% real cocoa for a real chocolate taste.

Although Dr. Cocoa tastes good, it is an FDA-regulated medicine. It’s important to use as directed, and to keep this and all medicines safely out of reach of children. For specific questions about dosing, be sure to speak with your pediatrician.

The line is also available in three different formulas that allow for ultimate relief: Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Long-Acting Cough Relief, Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Daytime Cough+Cold Relief and Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Nighttime Cough+Cold Relief. I love the fact that each formula is dye-, alcohol- and gluten-free, making it safe for children to consume.

Dr. Cocoa™ is available both in-store and online. For more information, visit or check out their Facebook page at

Interested in a free  Dr. Cocoa™ coupon? Click here.

Let me know if you give Dr. Cocoa a try on your child’s next sick day! It’s tough when our little ones don’t feel well, and anything that makes that day a little better is like gold to a mom. I hope you all stay healthy this cold and flu season!

* Survey Methodology: Survey was conducted online within the United States between May 2-6, 2014 among 2,049 adults aged 18 and older, of whom 293 are parents of children age 4-13, by Harris Poll on behalf of infirst Healthcare via its Quick Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

Calling Mom (and Dad) Inventors for #HuggiesMomInspired

Tomorrow, September 30th, is the deadline for the Huggies® MomInspired™  grant program. If you or someone you know has a unique children’s product, whether in concept phase or already patented and packaged, take the time to apply for a grant. In speaking with past winners and getting to know their stories, there are so many ways to put $15,000 in grant money to good use. However, as the grant winners have told me time and again, it’s not just the money. It’s the invaluable resources, advice and strategies that become available through the program and past winners.

A few weeks ago, I interviewed grant recipients to find out about their award-winning products and how the grant money helped grow their businesses and products. See their stories on my YouTube channel. Here are a few, including the interview with the first dad in the program to win a grant:


Child Passenger Safety Week with @Britax – #CPSWeek

Child Passenger Safety Week (CPS Week) is September 14-20, 2014. The goal of CPS Week is to make sure that all parents and caregivers are correctly securing all children in the right car restraints (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat or seat belt) for their ages and sizes. The week concludes on September 20th, when certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at car seat events across the country to offer advice and instruction. You can find a car seat inspection event or technician who can help here.

The best way to protect your children in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. Here are my top 10 best practice tips for child passenger safety:

  1. Before you install your car seat, take some time to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual.
  2. Install your car seat using either LATCH or the vehicle belt system. You should not use both systems at the same time on a Britax car seat.
  3. The AAP recommends all infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
  4. If you have difficulty installing your child seat securely, contact the manufacturer.
  5. To best protect your child in a crash, car seats must be installed correctly.
  6. Register your car seat with the manufacturer.
  7. If a child seat has been involved in a severe crash, or is past its expiration date, the seat should be replaced.
  8. Place the chest clip at your child’s armpit level.
  9. Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit.
  10. The car seat should not move more than one inch front to back or side to side at the belt path.

You can get additional safety tips here.

To kick off Child Passenger Safety Week, I am hosting a MomTV Meetup sponsored by Britax on September 15th at 2pm ET. I will be interviewing Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Advocate for Britax. We will be talking about Child Passenger Safety Week, answering questions, and giving away 3 Britax car seats!

If you’’ve never been part of a MomTV Meetup, it’s a fun and easy way to chat with other moms. Simply tune in and login as a guest or with a Twitter or Facebook account to chat. Watch the live video feed and participate in the chat to ask questions and enter to win prizes.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @MomTalkRadio for more information about #CPSWeek!

Apply Now for a #Huggies #MomInspired Grant

I found so many amazing new baby and child products at ABC Kids Expo last weekend. Of course, many were from the Huggies MomInspired booth. If you haven’t heard me talking about this program, take a look at this video with Nick from Kimberly-Clark. The deadline for the grant application is September 30, 2014. If you have a unique baby product that makes moms’ busy lives easier, take the time to apply now for a grant. A valuable resource for mompreneurs is the blog at, where past winners cover how-to and strategy for topics like patents, social media, marketing and much more.

Games as Gift Ideas from #SweetSuite14

Bananagrams WildTiles for ages 7 – 107 (funny) can be played with two to eight players, or it can be played as a single player game. To start, put all the tiles face down in the center of the table. Depending on the amount of players, each player takes 21, 15, or 11 tiles. The object of the game is make your own word grid using all your tiles. The first player to do so wins the game.



Telestrations is USAopoly’s award-winning party game where players simultaneously draw what they see, then guess what they saw to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. It’s the classic Telephone game sketched out. No drawing skills required—stick figures and a sense of humor welcome!

IQ Twist

A multi-level logic game, IQ Twist is a kids and adult game that gives your brain a spin to put all the twisted puzle pieces on the game board. Challenges from easy to difficult make this a IQ-building game for one player or more. It’s stored in a compact carry case so it’s a great travel game.

 Birds, Bugs and Beans

The animals are having a party and you’re invited! For ages 6 and up and 2-6 players, this card game lets kids have fun tweeting, clapping and making noise when birds, bugs or beans show up.

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For ages 10 and up, disorder is a word game that takes wits, strategy and a bit of bluffing. An award-winning game where players add to a word or make it wild and players have to guess the word.


Another great game by USAopoly, Tapple is for 2-8 players ages 8 and older. Tapple is the award-winning, fast-paced word game that gives families & friends a rush of excitement as they compete to beat the timer! No need to spell  just say your word, tap the timer, and pass the Tapple Wheel. The last person standing wins the round!


Elf Magic

Remember that it’s not too early for holiday gifts. Elf Magic features a 10″ plush doll that creates special memories for children. A separate book and other accessories complete the set. Santa wants the Elves to help children create memories, have “good old-fashioned” fun, and reinforce the true meaning of Christmas and family values.

Watch for more great ideas in my gift guide, appearing on this blog soon!


Special thanks to The Big Toy Book team – Charlene, Joey and Laurie – for the chance to review these games and gifts! Follow @TheBigToyBook, @CharleneDeLoach, @JoeyFortman and @ToyInsiderMom.


Wild Kratts Toys Roar Into Toys “R” Us

If your kids love animals and outdoor adventures, you’ll love the latest toy line inspired by the popular PBS series Wild Kratts. The new Wild Kratts toy line from Wicked Cool Toys will leap, bounce and soar to Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and this month. The imagination-inspiring new assortment of collectable action figures, plush, power suits and more, encourages young animal adventurers to role play and “activate” their own “creature powers” – just like the stars of the show, Chris and Martin Kratt!
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The must-have new Wild Kratts toy range includes:

·      Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) – Fans can “activate” the amazing powers of all sorts of interesting creatures with these Creature Power Suits, one for Chris and one for Martin, each featuring a very special vest and gloves. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of the new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest for endless role-play fun!

·      Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) – Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’ and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!

·      Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) – Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Kratts adventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!

·      Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) –Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed   sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.

·      Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) – These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow – or collect them all!

·      Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) – Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!

·      Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) – Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set – available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin – comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them – anywhere they roam!

In more roar-some news, the first ever Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” (SRP: $3.99) is now available for even more imaginative adventures! The brand-new title from Random House Kids follows Chris and Martin as they travel to animal habitats all around the globe! Young readers ages 4-6 will “dive in” to this Step 2 Reader book – featuring basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories –and join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other fascinating creatures of the sea!

The Wild Kratts TV series, airing daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – transforms the Kratt brothers into animated versions of themselves, so they can bring viewers along as they meet and protect some of the Earth’s rarest creatures, experiencing never-before-seen wildlife moments all along the way.


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