Join @MomTalkRadio on Twitter on 4/17 for #PaddingtonMovie prizes!

I’m so excited to share that tomorrow, April 17th, the delightful film, Paddington is available to own in Digital HD across iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon FiOS, and Comcast – 11 days before you can buy it in stores!

This early release offers a fun and easy opportunity for families to spend time together this weekend by throwing a Paddington Movie Night. Be sure to visit PaddingtonParties.com to get your free Paddington Movie Night party kit, pre-order your copy of Paddington, and kick-start the fun today.

Speaking of fun, I’d love for you to join me on Twitter on Friday, April 17th while you watch Paddington with your family. Tweet with me, @MomTalkRadio, by using the hashtag #PaddingtonMovie and keep an eye out for multiple chances to tweet to win exclusive Paddington prize packs all day! RSVP to join me for the #PaddingtonMovie Twitter Chat here.

Paddington Movie Night Party Inspiration

At PaddingtonParties.com you will not only find your free printable party kit filled with recipes and decorations, but also a multitude of other free printable activities including coloring sheets, word searches, and more.

With all of the ideas and free printables available at PaddingtonParties.com, you can transform your living room into a delightful Paddington-inspired party space in no time! See MyPrintly.com blogger Tonya Staab’s full Paddington Movie Night setup and download her free printables here.

I’ve seen all sorts of amazing crafts and recipes that moms have shared for their Paddington Movie Night parties. See some of my favorite recipes below and follow the #PaddingtonMovie hashtag on social media to see and share recipes, decorations, and family movie night photos.

I can’t wait to hear what you thought about Paddington and to see your photos and videos from your Paddington Movie Night Party! Be sure to follow @PaddingtonMovie on Twitter and like Paddington Movie on Facebook for the “beary” latest Paddington news and updates.

Join me for the #Paddington Twitter Party on April 2nd at 8pm ET!

If you’re in need of a family movie night, then you’re in luck! On Friday, April 17th, the delightful film, Paddington, is available to download in Digital HD across iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon Fios, and Comcast– 11 days before you can buy it in stores.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE), PADDINGTON brings us the live-action story of a young talking bear (Ben Whishaw of SKYFALL) who finds himself lost and alone in the big city until he meets the kindly Brown family. They read the label around his neck that says, “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. After a series of comic misadventures, PADDINGTON must convince the Brown family that he belongs with them, all while staying out of the way of a museum taxidermist (Oscar®-winner Nicole Kidman) who’s got her eyes on him. Co-starring Michael Gambon (HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE), Academy Award®-nominee Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE), Oscar®-nominee Julie Walters (BRAVE), Hugh Bonneville (TV’s DOWNTON ABBEY), Academy Award®-winner Peter Capaldi (TV’s DOCTOR WHO), Oscar®-winner Jim Broadbent (CLOUD ATLAS), and Academy Award®-nominee Imelda Staunton (MALEFICENT).

To prepare for the April 17th digital release, I’m hosting a #Paddington movie Twitter Party on Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm ET. Please join me for this fun Twitter Party where will chat about the upcoming Paddington release and reveal some fun details on how you can host your own Paddington Movie Party at home. Of course, no Twitter Party would be complete without great prizes. We’ll be giving away exclusive Paddington prize packs, full of goodies that everyone in your family is sure to love!

#PADDINGTON Twitter Party
Date: Thursday, April 2nd
Time: 8:00pm ET
Location: #Paddington
Who to Follow: @PaddingtonMovie, @MomTalkRadio, and @MomSelectLiz
Prizing: Participants can enter to win exclusive Paddington prize packs

How to Participate:

  • You need a Twitter account to participate in the party. You can register for a free account at Twitter.com. Once you have registered, be sure to follow @PaddingtonMovie, @MomTalkRadio, and @MomSelectLiz
  • To participate in the conversation, you should follow tweets and post with the #Paddington hashtag.
  • An easy way to join and follow the conversation is to go to twubs.com/Paddington. From there you can chat and see what others are saying!

I hope to see you there!

New Madame Alexander Collections Debut at Toy Fair

Madame Alexander, one of my favorite doll brands, recently unveiled new toys that children will love! The hours of creative, open play mean moms will love them, too. The high quality of the dolls is the same as ever, and Madame Alexander is now offering a Travel Friends Collection including a Nascar line (yes, it’s true), plus Pixie Doodles and much more. Take a look:

Collect Connects at Toy Fair ’15

Check out Connects©, a fun toy that’s educational, too!  At Toy Fair ’15, I found these subtly colored, carefully designed chain link pieces that offer hours of creative play. Connects lets kids link pieces together to form colorful bracelets, necklaces or keychains that can be worn as jewelry, hung on backpacks, for decorating rooms and more. There’s no limit to the designs and imaginative ideas. A large tube of Connects (at a reasonable price) is perfect for a birthday party activity (guests can make and take their creation!), rainy day activity, travel and more. In various sizes, Connects tubes are terrific party gifts, Easter basket items and stocking stuffers at holiday. Available in fabulous colors at CollectConnects.com, Learning Express and Lester’s.

Let’s join #RemoveFromPlay in changing concussion protocols for student athletes

A dear friend recently introduced me to Charlie Felker and Don Carducci, two West Point graduates and combat veterans that conducted seven tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. As the mom of a West Point Cadet, I was very honored to have the opportunity to speak with these gentlemen and learn about how they are currently working to change the lives of millions of young people.

Both Charlie and Don witnessed the long-term effects of head injuries during their time in service and the need for an immediate, accurate, and objective concussion-screening tool. After leaving the military, Charlie and Don created Remove From Play Testing and partnered with the founder of the King-Devick test to change the way sports programs detect concussed athletes.

You may have heard more in the news recently about the effects of concussions in professional athletes, but did you know that nearly 4 million American athletes suffer sports-related concussions annually? Sports-related concussions are happening daily, and most of those concussions go undetected.

I’m passionate about what Charlie and Don are doing, because I have been the scared mother riding in the back of an ambulance with her son after a sports-related concussion.  I know that we owe our young athletes a better sideline treatment during their favorite games. I also know that with the help of other concerned parents we can make our voices heard and demand that our principals, athletic directors, and coaches have these sideline concussion-screening tests available.

Remove From Play Testing is leading a change in sports injury protocols across North America. The RFP Testing provides a safer sporting environment for teams with quick and accurate concussion screening that determines whether or not to remove from play. The test can be administered by parents and coaches in minutes. The test is an accurate and reliable method for identifying athletes with head trauma and has particular relevance to: football, hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, softball, cheerleading, and all other contact and collision activities.

I have created a digital toolkit, The RFP Team Mom Playbook, which will equip any mom with information about RFP Testing and tips on how to get this test for your child’s school and club sports. I encourage you all to download and share this information within your communities. I appreciate you for taking the time to read this letter and review The RFP Team Mom Playbook. I know that together we can make sports safer for our children.

You can learn more about Remove From Play Testing by visiting www.rfp2test.com and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Bicycle Playing Cards Celebrate 130 Years!

The classic Bicycle brand has been making decks of cards in the US for 130 years! Hard to believe that this iconic brand started manufacturing playing cards when Grover Cleveland was president and women wouldn’t have the right to vote for another 35 years. At Toy Fair ’15, I discovered that Bicycle cards are not just the basic red and blue decks anymore. There are commemorative decks and themed decks for almost every charity and hobby imaginable. Commemorative decks are being issued for the 130th Anniversary, the Civil War (with artwork by Jackson Robinson), decks for the Wounded Warrior Project, pink ribbon campaign and even funny themes like Zombie and Big Foot.

Check out the many themes available. You’ll find a great birthday or holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Playing card games is a great family activity!

 

MoYou Nail Polishes for Little Fingers (Big Ones, Too!)

It wasn’t all toys at Toy Fair 2015. I discovered an awesome nail polish line called MoYou, featuring peel-off polishes perfect for girls, tweens and teens. Moms will love this product that’s water soluble and available in fabulous colors. Individual bottles, gift sets and nail art sets are reasonably priced. MoYou makes a great party/mother/daughter/friends activity! Cute gift idea, too! Take a look:

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