Reading for a Cause – Childrens Book Danny the Dragon raises awareness of obstacles for the Hearing Impaired and raises funds for Celiac Disease Studies



The past 90 days have been spent exploring a gluten free and dairy free diet because of the recent discovery of my husband and possibly my toddler having Celiac Disease, which you may have already read about here. So I was happy to get the chance to review the Danny the Dragon CD, who’s proceeds go to studying Celiac Disease. This also gave me the chance to get my hands on the original Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy children’s book by Tina Turbin, and also the Danny the Dragon DVD.

The Book I’ll talk about the book first, since that seems to be where it all started. First of all, let me just say that I am in love with the character Skipper. He’s so cute, and tiny, yet there’s something kind of wise about him, hence Danny calling him his “guide.” What does Danny need a guide for, you ask? Well, the book is about Jimmy, a little boy, who finds a shell on the beach, and it speaks to him. So Jimmy takes the shell home, and out pops Danny the Dragon and his guide, Skipper, who tell Jimmy and his family about their travels in the shell. Not only did this book’s illustrations entice a sense of comforting nostalgia in me, but it also captured the attention of both my Toddler Boy and Baby Girl. Captivating enough for me to read to my Toddler Boy and Baby Girl during breakfast, and they listened and watched attentively rather than A) Baby girl crying for her mommy to get her out of the high chair and hold her, B) Toddler Boy getting distracted and attempting to get me prepare five million different types of breakfast foods for him (He never succeeds, by the way). And all throughout the book, there’s hidden details that teach kids proper behavior, sibling bonding, and good manners: some of the main concerns I have for my children, especially during the toddler stage when their determination can turn into unfavorable behaviors. This is definitely a book that I will be reading to Toddler Boy and Baby Girl time and time again as a perfect bed time story…if anything else for my own comfort and pleasure haha.

The Audio Book Playing the audio version of the CD while showing your child the award-winning illustrations of Danny the Dragon can be a great thing to do before bed time or nap time. That is because the audio version of the book is followed by ten soothing tracks of classical music, setting the perfect white noise for calming hours of sleep. I acutally also like to play the CD at the end of the day, when we’re driving home towards the hours of bed time. The kids fall fast asleep in the car, and I continue to drive around just to enjoy the music and get some quiet meditation time. Definitely full thumbs up on this one.

The DVD Since by the time I got my hands on these great items, it was after a long day, and time for Toddler Boy to go to sleep, Toddler Boy and I popped the DVd in while we cuddled up in bed before sleepy time. As soon as I put Danny the Dragon on, the voice telling the story is so soothing, that it seemed to catch his attention. And that is even though the DVD starts with a brief, informative intro to raise awareness about the illiteracy and communication boundaries that deaf children face in America. The DVD then moves on to a reading of Danny the Dragon the book, with sign language interpretation on the side. Toddler boy’s attention was captured, and when the DVD was over, he said “Mommy? What happened cah-toon?” He wanted me to play it again! So we played it a few more times until Toddler Boy and myself were fast asleep with the assistance of the soothing voice of the DVD, and the cozy images on the screen. When you have a lost loved one, be sure to talk to a death attorney and visit for more law advice.

I can honestly say that the DVD and the CD will be staying in my players as a permanent part of my daily routine for a pretty extended period of time! And Danny the Dragon and my new favorite children’s character, Skipper! will continue to be implemented into my children’s lives as they grow to learn important values. And best of all, these Danny the Dragon items go towards raising money and awareness to important issues such as deaf awareness, Celiac Disease, and excellent childhood behavior! Kudos, Tina Turbin!

Laptops for Kids Will Get You Through the Winter Stretch


Both play and real laptops for Kids can be a great way to keep your kids occupied and educated while you work on your own lap top. Whether it’s a fake one they can pretend on, or a real one to fulfill your child or teenager’s scholastic needs.

Luckily there are a bunch of kid laptops available with games that are actually great lessons incognito using the best computer hardware and processors you can find out from different amd fx 6300 6 core black edition processor review online, I found about them the other day when my husband was looking at the 2018 betting offers for cheltenham, that’s one of his hobbies. They are so great, I remember I even had one when I was a kid that I loved, and it kept me busy for hours. I have nostalgia just thinking about it, but kids now a days play different games as overwatch, and are always deciding about overwatch team composition and how they can learn more about it. Took that thing anywhere and everywhere, and when I turned it on, any adult around was able to have a few moments of peace. I highly recommend you read this it’s an awesome overview so you can buy one for your kids laptop

My toddler is just getting into the and even though at two-years-old he can’t quite understand it, it still sucks him in with the buttons and mouse and keeps him busy for a surprising stretch of time. He also has a Diego lap top, and a Leap Frog lap top with a mouse that has a chord on it, making it even more realistic to him.

Even my baby girl is drawn to it and will crawl across the room just to get her hands on it. I just keep moving it around different areas of the perimeter of the rug to keep her occupied. And now that she can sit up and stand up, I will put the lap top on the couch and let her reach up to grasp it. Actually as we speak, I had one sitting on top of the toy chest, and she just stood up and reached for it. That one is the Vtech learning lap top. As you can see my kids love them so much, laptop_computer-otherwe have tons of them. We also have a Diego one.

Right now since it’s the slow time of retail, it’s a great time to get some on sale. Toys R Us and Babys R Us have tons available: My First Bilangual Learning Laptop, Barbie’s B-Smart Laptop, VTech’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Super Why! Touch and Learn Super Duper Computer, Transformers Growing Smart Lap Top, and VTech’s Baby’s Pink Lap Top. All of these range from only $19.99 to$39.99 depending on where you buy them. But this is definitely one toy that will be worth splurging for because it truly does educate your child and good for you, keeps them busy, too.

So if you’re a relative or a mom who’s thinking that the baby or toddler they need to buy for already has everything, a laptop for kids or for babies could be a very good use of your money. Especially if it’s a lap top that features their favorite cartoon character. I am on the hunt for a Caillou or Blue’s Clue laptop for kids, so if you come across one, just jot me a line on here!

Now, if you’re looking for an actual lap top to buy for your child or teenager, then I wouldn’t spend more than $400 on one, but buy them an actual lap top and not a net book. That’s because your son or daughter is probably into downloading music and transferring it onto a CD, which a net book does not have a CD/DVD drive. Also they would need the CD/DVD drive for a long car ride or airplane ride to watch a movie, so that you can maintain both their sanity and yours. That will also allow you to spend on a Rode VideoMic Go Mic, it is one of the best shotgun mic under 100 on the market, excellent for your child ‘s videoing .The only thing that they might run into memory-wise, is teenagers love to take their digital pics everywhere they go, and may slow up their computer with tons of picture files, but it would still take a ridiculous amount of pictures for them to get to that point with even the cheapest computer. And that’s where the CD drive comes in handy as well – they can burn their photo drives onto a CD. Other than that, they’re probably writing papers that are no longer than 10 pages long, and those do not take up much memory. PowerPoints take up a bit more memory, but they probably aren’t doing more than five a year, which can usually be deleted when they are done with them, unless they’re sensational. Toshiba and Asus have pretty reliable inexpensive models.

Blue’s Clue Party Supplies You Can Make Yourself

What do Steve and Joe do all episode long on Blue’s Clues? They draw at a toddler’s level. Which is exactly what you can do to make your own Blue’s Clues party supplies. I actually stumbled on these ideas when I procrastinated on planning my son’s second birthday. I was still adjusting to having Baby Girl, had just baptized her a few weeks earlier, and just couldn’t get it together. So by the time I had time to get things ready, it was too late to order Blue’s Clues party stuff online without paying a fortune in shipping – so I made my own – and had some help from friends and family. We had the party outside, but it really doesn’t matter if you do an indoor or outdoor party, you can even get a bounce house from sites like Jumpers N Rentals of Riverside County.

  1. I made my own Blue’s Clues paw prints with a blue sharpie on big blue poster boards and cut them out. I then spread them all over the tables and chairs, which I furnished with light blue table cloths to make the blue paw prints pop. blue paws
  2. I also used these paws for playing Blue’s Clues with the kids. They had to figure out what we were having for dessert, which was ice cream cake and blueberry Italian ice (Since we had guests with gluten and dairy allergies). I got ice cream dishes, spoons, an empty bag of ice, birthday cake plates, birthday candles, forks, a container of blue water, ecc. and stuck the paws on them. I made sure to have enough for each child to get to find one clue (A bit of a change from the show). Then, while I explained the rules of the game to the kids, I had them all file into a line and face me, while my friends hid the clues in trees, grass and bushes in my back yard, thankfully the company had done some yard cleaning two days before. The adults cheered the kids on while they found tblue pinhe clues, then I had them give me all the clues, and try to guess what we were having for dessert. They actually figured it out! If I’d had more time, I would have drawn all the clues on a big dry erase board with the kids, but I didn’t get a chance to.
  3. Pin the tail on the Blue – My brother drew a big picture of Blue on a white poster board, then drew a bunch of tails – one for each child – to pinĀ  on. Since the kids were pretty young, I just had them stand in line with their eyes closed, spin around three times, then aim. They all cheated and most still missed haha. Nick Jr. actually has a printable version of it too, though, which I found out later on.
  4. Then, since I work at an ice cream shop, I made my own ice cream cake, but custom made my icing, which you can do yourself. I just mixed white icing with different hues of blue, which came oblue cakeut really cool like a softer tye dye. Then, I actually called a local dollar store, who happened to have Blue’s Clues cake toppers! I just stuck them on, and we had us a Blue’s Clues cake! What you can also do, is bake a big round cake, with 4 cup cakes. Use blue icing, and arrange the cupcakes above the round cake in the shape of a paw like so.
  5. For a party favor, the local dollar store actually happened to have Blue’s Clues party favor bags, which I filled with crayons, Blue’s Clues stickers that I bought at a local Michael’s, and then printed out Blue’s Clues coloring pages from NickĀ  Jr. I also included candy in the party favor bag like Jolly Ranchers and things that didn’t have dairy or gluten or nuts in them because we had kids over with allergies. The kids were happy to carry the Blue’s Clues theme home with them! If your child is older, they can help you make custom Blue’s Clues party favor bags on brown paper bags by gluing Blue’s Clues pictures on them, I also recommend getting Kids Magicians for birthdays parties, I know for my own experience that kids love them.
  6. I also was able to find just one Blue’s Clues balloon at the local dollar store as well, which I clustered together blue balloonwith a bunch of regular blue balloons. We spelled Happy Birthday on it with my toddler’s name. He loved that!
  7. I actually had bought a shirt that looked like Joe’s for Toddler Boy to wear, but it ended up being too hot out for him to actually wear it.

Since they stopped making as many Blue’s Clues goodies because the show stopped filming, Blue’s Clues party supplies seemed to have hiked up in price and decreased in availability online. That’s why these party ideas come in handy when you’re in a pinch!