Friday, December 14, 2018

Host a New Year's Eve Party Your Kids will Love

Let's be honest, New Year's Eve probably didn't become fun for you until you were an adult.    And New Years was one of your favorites throughout your twenties.  But now you have kids.  You might go out without them, but why -- because you're still be thinking about them anyway.

But kids don't mean the end of fun.  Just a different kind of fun.  But you already knew that ;)

This is a great time to teach your kids hospitality.  Grab a bottle of bubbling cider and silly, fancy plastic champagne glasses. As a family, encourage each of you to announce a goal for the New Year and make a toast to the New Year when you finish your count down and wild celebration! (whatever time you choose!)

There are so many types of sugar cones! You can pick out different shapes, like Christmas trees, but this is perfect for a New Year’s Eve treat! Add ice cream for a delicious desert!

It's time to get royal!  Grab some silver or gold party hats or crowns.  Flashy items like glitter glue pens, glitter, sequins and anything you can think of to make a fun New Years Eve party hat for the big countdown! You can pick it all up at the Dollar Store.

Every kid’s New Years Eve party needs games!  After all, it's family fun night!  Think birthday games, board games, hands-on games that capture your kids' imagination!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Movies Your Kids Will Love (and Parents too)

December is a busy month for all of us.  But not only do we still need to relax, we also need to celebrate the holidays and we need to spend "easy time" with family.  Movies do all three goals.

When you're ready for some quality family time amid the chaos of the season, there's nothing better than curling up with one of our holiday favorites. From all-time classic holiday movies for kids such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street to sweet 

holiday-themed romance for older tweens and teens like While You Were Sleeping and Love Actually, you're sure to find a festive flick that's just right for your family.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.


Frosty the Snowman
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

A Muppet Family Christmas
Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.


Arthur Christmas
Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

The Santa Clause
living When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.


After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.


How to Buy Holiday Gifts for Kids

Every child's personality and passions really start to develop and grow between the ages of 4 and 6. The toddler phase begins to melt away as they become a "big kid" and they start to want to play with toys that not only feature their favorite characters but are also playthings their classmates have at home. If you're looking for a kid’s gift in this unique stage, it’s not easy to win but there are some great ideas.


Do your kids love to sing and perform?  Maybe crooning out "Let It Go" is a fun way to let them blow off some energy before bed? The Frozen Boom Box serves as a real, functioning mic, comes preloaded with music from the movie, and can connect to any MP3 player.

Action toys like the Marvel Captain America: Civil War Iron Man Tech FX Mask your child can engage in some seriously cool imaginative play.

Looking for a progressive take on classic picture books?  The Fujimini Adventure Series brings great lessons, fun characters and strong illustrations.  And it's a safe gift from anyone in the family.  These include birthday cake, sushi and samurai.  So it's an easy way for you to be the cool aunt/unlce.

The LeapReader is designed to teach kids how to read and write all in one place. Slimmer and easier to hold than the original Tag, the new system's reading experience feels exactly the same as the old version — place the stylus on the page, and it will sound out words, read whole words, or read entire sentences.

Marble runs are always fun and the FS-USA/Mega Marbles Marble Fun Run 80 Piece Set is full of enough twists and turns to keep kids watching for hours.

Holiday Shopping… For Our Kids

We love our kids.  I know.  I mean, of course we do.  But there are activities where life is easier without them.  Below are hopefully helpful tips for whether your shopping solo if with half the classroom with you.  Agree?  Disagree?  Let me know what you think in the comments below.


It’s that time of year again, when stores start showboating their window displays and playing Christmas songs, reminding us that time is short and our holiday shopping lists are way too long. But something is different now — you have a children with you, on pull, pulling on you! How’s a mom to manage all that gift-buying with kids in tow?

Experts (or me and my mom friends) agree the best time to approach the mall during holiday season is early in the week during a workday. Fewer crowds mean fewer germs that your sweet babies can be exposed to and more flexibility for you to weave in and out of shops —and nab that sweet parking spot in front.

Comfort is king when so wear tennis shoes with support and layered clothing for both you and baby, so you’re prepared for changing temperatures as you pop in and out of stores.

The biggest mistake new parents make when holiday shopping is trying to cram it all into one day.  Planning is the key word.  That means creating a shopping list, complete with everyone’s clothing sizes and wishlist items beforehand to avoid frustrated text messages and phone calls mid-shopping day. You’ll also want to jot down which stores you intend to hit up and where they are. So if Home Depot and Kids R Us are in close proximity to one another, get those gifts on the same day. Another thing to try: Call a store ahead of time and ask if they can hold a specific item for you to pick up later. Just, whatever you do, don’t wait until the night before to do it.

Strategizing "is a major stress reducer, because it saves time for the fun stuff.  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Meet the Fujimini Island Hamsters! Pink Hamster and Brown Hamster!

By: Kate Camillo 

Pink Hamster is Green Hamster’s sidekick. She’s very sweet and friendly. She loves birthday cake so much, she dreams about it! She eats more birthday cake than anyone else on the island. She gets into a lot of mischief and trouble with her best friend, Green Hamster.

Pink Hamster’s love for birthday cake is shown in Pink Hamster and the Big Birthday Surprise. She is so excited for her birthday because she loves to eat cake, especially for breakfast! But the other hamsters have a surprise for her, she thinks they forgot her birthday and she gets sad.

Brown Hamster is the wisest hamster of all the hamsters. Everyone always comes to him to ask for advice. He is very level headed and always gives great advice. Green Hamster and the others sometimes think he is boring, but he is always the friend they go to when they are in trouble. Brown Hamster is the chef of the group and his favorite food is salad! He does not like when people lie, lying is the worst! Brown Hamster is a great friend to have because he cares about everyone and always wants to help.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Meet the Fujimini Island Hamsters! Green Hamster and Blue Hamster

By: Kate Camillo

Green Hamster is very curious. He is always looking for something adventurous and exciting! He is always in the middle of whatever is going on, he loves being involved and sometimes, being the center of attention. His best friend, Pink Hamster is by his side all the time. They love hanging out together. Green Hamsters favorite phrase is “It’s not fair!” and you can hear him shout it from all over the island. All of the hamsters live in a glen with an obstacle course! He is a great friend to have and everyone loves him because he’s so funny and is full of fun!

You can learn more about Green Hamster by reading Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun. This book shows his adventurous nature and his hatred for boredom! He likes to be doing something all the time and having fun every chance he gets. No matter how many times he leaves the glen, he always comes back to his hamster friends.

Blue Hamster is the fastest runner of all the hamsters. He always wins the Hamster Race, which they have everyday. He is super athletic and has a lot of energy. He is a great sport, he knows that winning is not everything. He encourages everyone to try their hardest. You should always do your best when faced with a challenge. He lives in the glen with the other hamsters. Blue Hamster is a great friend to have because he pushes you to do your best and never give up!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meet Fujimini Island's Silver Bunny!

By: Kate Camillo

Silver Bunny is a tomboy who loves surfing and going to the beach. She loves hanging out with Blue Penguin who teaches her how to surf.

Silver Bunny also knows taekwondo because Orange Bunny taught all the bunnies. Silver Bunny
loves to be active and she loves to be in the sun by the beach. In Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf, Silver Bunny accidentally drifts from her friends while surfing. She gets into some trouble when a sea monster pulls her under the water! To learn what happens to Silver Bunny and if she gets saved, read Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf.