We Reviewed the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch (Spoiler: It’s Awesome!)

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One of our editors, Jamie Aderski, and her son, Watson, reviewed the new Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch to see what all the buzz is about. Read on to learn more!

My son is in Kindergarten… and he, like most of us, LOVES tech. Like, constantly bugging me for my smartphone or to play with my smartwatch. (They cost more than my first car, so nope, he’s not getting his hands on my precious devices.) But I love the idea of something for him like my smartwatch that I can’t live without. It keeps me honest with my activity level and keeps me connected without being buried in a screen… and BOOM. In walks the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch for kids! Dreams are coming true, folks, because this watch is everything and more that we both want. It’s a tech dream for kids who are not ready for their own smartphone, camera, fit device, or even gaming system—this watch has it all, and all just for them! Here’s what Watson and I absolutely loved about the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch:

 

This Cool Robot Interacts!

Okay, Tobi has some serious personality! It’s really cute because Tobi makes all kinds of sounds and even has dozens of different expressions—Watson was giggling along with him like his school buddies—heart melt! Tobi also has little robot arms and legs that pop out and make him come to life, which is a fun surprise every time, and he is just adorbs.

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Not Just Games... Fitness Games! Brain Games! Arcade Games!

Who doesn't love games? Well, Watson does, but is easily bored, because kids, you know? Not with the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch; there are a dozen to choose from, whether it's active games that get you up and your blood pumping, brain teasers or arcade-style games. He kept saying, "This is so cool, mom!". Agreed. Robot-o-Box was his favorite, where you air-box your way to points, and it's addictive in the best possible way. I loved it because instead of sitting on the couch with a game, he wanted to play outside, moving and grooving the whole time. When he was finally ready to chillax, he moved on to brain games, Tic-Tac-Tobi was his favorite, and we strategized together... but boy, that Tobi is brilliant! (We'll get you next time... )

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Step Counter & Activity Motivator 

Watson was totally jazzed by the step counter! We even had a friendly competition to see who could get more steps in a day—he basically ran around for another 15 minutes to catch up to my count. (And he slept great that night!) The Walk n' Wonder game is a highlight for sure; it's so unique and cool—it got him wanting to get out and walk around just to play this augmented reality game; really fun. I love how motivating it was for him to keep moving to earn coins—Woohoo! And somehow, I ended up with more steps for the day, too. Thanks, Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch!

 

Learn How to Tell Time

So this is something we've been struggling with... learning how to tell time! Guess what? There's a game for that! Now instead of asking me what time it is, I ask him! And having his own stopwatch, alarm and calendar really helps him apply what he's learning. The Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch is out here teaching crucial life skills while making kids have fun! Not an easy feat.

Get your Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch here!

 

His Own Camera!

Not one, but two cameras on this cool robot smartwatch! He loved taking selfies and pics of things he found on his outdoor adventures with his Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch. Watson can even get creative and add stickers to his snaps, personalizing and making his own art. It's fun for me to see the world through his baby blues. 

So Much Creativity Packed Into This Wearable Tech

Bottom line: There is just so much cool stuff for him to discover. When I asked him what his favorite thing about the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch is, he said, "Everything!". I haven't seen a smartwatch for kids that has so much to offer, and it's all at his fingertips; it's not a passive screen activity; it's tons of active, creative things for him to explore and do. We give the Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch an A+ and highly recommend it!

Get your Tobi 2 Robot Smartwatch today!

—Jamie Aderski (and Watson Ray)

The Hottest New CoComelon Toys Are Here!

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If you know a toddler, then you’ve heard of CoComelon—the #1 kids channel on YouTube with a gazillion subscribers (chances are you’re one of them!). We love CoComelon for its oh-so-catchy tunes and adorable characters—it’s “edutainment” at its finest! Big news: CoComelon Toys from Jazwares has dropped its latest line of toys to learn, play and sing along with. Just like the series, these toys are in seriously high demand, so we’ve put together a list of the hottest new CoComelon Toys from Jazwares, based on your kiddo’s favorite CoComelon tune!

Hot tip: Shop now, because these coveted CoComelon Toys from Jazwares are sure to sell out quickly! (Not to mention… you want to ensure they have time to make it to you with all the shipping issues going on… ) Ready? Go forth, shop, and bring the world of CoComelon to life for your favorite tiny bean this holiday season!


If They're a Fan of Yes, Yes Vegetables

Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll

Press JJ's tummy to activate sounds and hear songs! When it’s time for JJ to eat, the peas “disappear” from the spoon when you feed him!

$29.99   BUY NOW

If Clean Up Song Is Their Jam

Deluxe Family House Playset

JJ's interactive playhouse features favorite songs like Skidamarink and Clean Up Song—plus it comes with a carrying handle for on-the-go play!

$39.99   BUY NOW

If They Can't Resist the Bath Song

Musical Bathtime Playset

This set includes two bath squirters and a cleaning cloth for JJ and TomTom. Press the warm water button to play CoComelon’s Bath Song!

$24.99   BUY NOW

If Your Kiddo Gets Excited to See Ms. Appleberry

School Time Deluxe Playtime Set

Welcome to Melon Patch Academy! The deluxe playtime set includes a table, cot, chair, easel, and teacher Ms. Appleberry to create a real school setting!

$24.99   BUY NOW

If Are We There Yet Is Their Favorite Tune

Deluxe Family Car

Play and sing along to the Are We There Yet song! Press the CoComelon button to hear car sounds like a horn, engine and more!

$19.99   BUY NOW

If They Jump for Jellybean

Pop n’ Play House Playset

This playset includes two chairs, a table, a toilet and the lovable JJ and Jellybean, the class pet!

$19.99   BUY NOW

If They Love Learning Colors with the Colors Song

Lunchbox Playset

Discover color by sorting shapes, learn to count, learn about different foods and more!

$19.99   BUY NOW

Happy shopping!

 

—Jamie Aderski

 

CoComelon™ Copyright © 2021 Moonbug Entertainment. © 2021 Jazwares, LLC. All rights reserved.

10 Epic Gifts for Dino Lovers

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Dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, yet they’ve managed to stay current and cool—how could the biggest animals to have ever walked the earth not be?! If you you’re up-close and personal with a mega dino fanatic, you have to check out this list of the best holiday gifts for dino lovers. Whether they are a budding paleontologist or just a big fan, we have something for every dino enthusiast in your life.

 

Squeakee the Balloon Dino

You’ve never met a Dino like this before: Part Dino, part balloon animal and part break-dancer—Squeakee Dino is going to be on every kid's wish list. With over 70 sounds and reactions, including touch and voice recognition, playtime never goes extinct.

This Dino knows how to party! Squeakee Dino is a stompin’, chompin’, dancin’ balloon dinosaur. He's totally interactive and comes to life when you play with him. Play games with him like Chicken and Tug of War. Roar at him and he'll roar back but roar too much and he might run away. He dances when his headphones are on, and you can pet or tickle him to make him laugh—pull his tail, and he'll fart or pop! Pure. Genius.

National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit

This cool kit by the nature experts allows you to experience discovering a dino for the first time! Dig through the “egg”, meet your dino, then check the handy guide included to find out more about your new friend. The National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit is a must and keeps kids busy just like those fun surprise toys they can’t get enough of. The twist? They are actually learning something, too!

 

Personalized Dinosaur Nightlight

This T-Rex Personalized Dinosaur Nightlight will be a welcome addition to a child's room for decoration and to keep the boogieman away. This light is not only cool looking, it stays cool to the touch so it's safe for any young kid's room. Time to party: This LED light includes a remote control with four auto modes that cycle through vibrant colors and 15 different fixed colors—rawrsome!

Tacosaurus T-Rex Dinosaur Taco Stand

Dino lover? Check. Taco lover? Check. The Tacosaurus T-Rex Dinosaur Taco Stand is the ultimate gift for all ages, bringing a roaring good time to taco night and making dinner time as epic as the dinosaurs themselves! (Also a great hack for picky eaters, making mealtime, fun time!)

Color-In Dino Pajamas

This one is perfect for your Snooze-O-Saurus: Color-In Dino Pajamas! Did dinosaurs wear jammies? Scientists can't say for sure. Your tiny paleontologists can ponder these mysteries and more as they color this illustrated PJ set, hand-printed in the UK. The markers' UV-activated ink means they won't have to wait a whole Jurassic period to wear. These are also seriously comfy and cuddle-ready (who knew these prehistoric beasts could be so soft?).  

T-Rex Hooded Cape

Don't save dress-up just for Halloween—this T-Rex Hooded Cape is designed with Jurassic potential for year-round fun! It's made with great attention to detail featuring soft textured velour, realistic eyes and 3D stuffed detailing on the hood. It's also built to last and machine washable, so this cape is sure to add roar-tastic fun to everyday play for years to come.

 3D Dinosaur Puzzle

This handmade wooden gift is made to look like a puzzle and will be the perfect fit with their bedroom decor. You can't go wrong with this 3D Dinosaur Puzzle for an artistic way to showcase their undying love for everything dinosaur.

 Wash N' Roar Showerhead

Because why not include dinos in their bathing routine, too? Make showers an adventure and transport to another time with the Wash N' Roar Showerhead. It's easily installed on any showerhead. Maybe stay just outside of snapping range just in case... you can never be too careful—CHOMP!

Highlights Dinosaur Collection

These three fun-filled books in Highlights Dinosaur Collection will satisfy the Brontosaurus-sized cravings of even the biggest dinosaur fans! With 501 dinosaur joke-tivities, puzzles, dozens of hidden pictures scenes, a double-sided hidden pictures poster, fun facts and more, your little Pterodactyl will have weeks worth of fun ahead!

Dinosaur Sneakers

Just for “kicks”, we had to add these ultra-cool T-Rex Checkerboard Creator Shoes by Vans. T-Rex has never looked better than on these slip-on stylish shoes from Vans, you may just want to snag a pair for yourself—RAWR!

—Jamie Aderski

 

This Cleaning Product Is Loved by Parents—Here’s Why

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Keeping it all clean can feel like a full-time job, and the pay is not great, um, non-existent. But the payoff is enormous: The soft scent of fresh laundry, sparkling clean bathroom countertops, couches and rugs that don’t stink like your pet…ahh! Besides just looking good and smelling fresh, you want to know that the surfaces in your home are clean clean. Pause: When you hear the words “disinfecting and sanitizing,” do you envision hours of scrubbing and deep cleaning? Us too, but good news: Sanitizing your laundry and disinfecting bathroom countertops is, like, a million times easier than that, thanks to our clean-freak pals at OxiClean™! Read on to learn why their new OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer is the stuff of sweet-smelling dreams.

Your clean + sanitary oasis awaits—shop now and get things clean clean with OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer.

From Beds to Tubs, They Have it Covered!

Wanna disinfect your tile? Yep. Sanitize your rug? Got it. Gym bag? Sure. A favorite tee that’s seen better days? A-OK! Oh, and laundry, of course, too, and your carpet, couch, bathroom countertop… OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer 3-in-1 removes germs, odors and stains from multiple surfaces in your home. “Is this real life?!” Yes. Yes, it is.

Get rid of that cleaning product clutter with OxiClean™ 3-in-1 Laundry & Home Sanitizer.

It's Multi-Purpose

This 3-in-1 sanitizer packs a punch, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses* (*when used as directed) in addition to providing stain and odor removal benefits on both hard and soft surfaces. It’s not just a laundry product. It’s a life product.

Make your life a little easier (and better smelling)—try it today and get things clean clean with OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer.

Keep Your Things Clean Clean

Our favorite things tend to be the dirtiest (looking at you, Mr. Fluffy Bunny, who literally gets dragged everywhere) and this product easily keeps them clean. Pro tip: The baggage we carry in our lives, again, literally, can get gross without our even knowing. OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer 3-in-1 is excellent for keeping your backpacks, shopping bags and totes fresh and way less germy!

Shop now and get things clean clean with OxiClean™ Laundry & Home Sanitizer.

 

 

—Jamie Aderski

5 Bedtime Books for Sweet Dreams

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Bedtime with kids can be stressful, but the perfect bedtime story can make your night, sending your kiddos off to dreamland with ease. There’s also no better way to bond and decompress from the day than sharing a story you both will enjoy. We’ve rounded up a few stand-out bedtime stories to make your nighttime routine dreamy. Cuddle up, and read on!

 

1. Everybody in the Red Brick Building, by Anne Wynter

Here is our favorite new read for night-night time that will be a repeat story for many bedtimes to come: Everybody in the Red Brick Building is a new modern classic bedtime story for ages 4-8 from debut author Anne Wynter and award-winning illustrator Oge Mora. It offers a fresh, urban take on bedtime stories. Everybody in the Red Brick Building celebrates our differences and the multitude of sounds that lull city children to sleep.

The noises of neighbors, pets and sirens maybe not be the sounds that your kid listens to as their head hits the pillow, but they resonate with all kids and provide fun opportunities for chiming as the story sweetly unfolds. This new classic bedtime book has a rhythm so perfect it’s an irresistible read-aloud. As noisy as the story becomes, by the end everyone in the red brick building is asleep… and hopefully soon you will be, too.

Add Everybody in the Red Brick Building to your shelf today!

1. The Nice Dream Truck, by Beth Ferry & Brigette Barrager

When bedtime is near, you might be in luck. You might get a visit from the Nice Dream Truck!

Sample your choice of sweet dreams—from astronaut to making-the-shot and more—all served by a truck that flies on moonbeams. You may choose to swim; you may want to fly, there’s an endless assortment of flavors to try!

The Nice Dream Truck is sure to add a fun twist to your bedtime routine and reminds us that there are as many ways to dream as ice cream flavors to taste.

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3. Looking for a Jumbie, by Tracey Baptiste

New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste and acclaimed illustrator Amber Ren take readers on a romp through a forest filled with creatures from Caribbean folklore. "I’m looking for a jumbie, I’m going to find a scary one." But Mama says jumbies exist only in stories. So Naya sets out on a nighttime adventure to find out for herself. No such thing, say the friends she makes along the way. But Naya is sure that jumbies are real. Some have big mouths. Or thick fur. Or glowing skin. Or sharp teeth. Kind of like her new friends.…

Looking for a Jumbie is a gentle, bouncy, and creepily fun read-aloud inspired by traditional Caribbean tales.

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4. Pete the Cat & the Bedtime Blues, by James  and Kimberly Dean

This award-winning series is just plain fun—even for bedtime! Pete the Cat and his friends are having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun, they don't want the day to end. Pete has an idea—how about a sleepover? Groovy! As the night gets later, it's time for bed. This cool cat needs to catch some ZZZs, but Pete's friends aren't ready to go to sleep just yet. Then Pete has another idea—a bedtime story! But will it work? The musical text and comforting repetition are perfect for drifting off to sleep. Freebie alert: Free door hanger included!

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5. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

This one is a classic and for good reason. Reading its poetic words and taking in its sweet illustrations are the ultimate bedtime vibe: In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

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Get a copy of our favorite bedtime read, Everybody in the Red Brick Building, today!

 

Wishing you all sweet dreams!

 

—Jamie Aderski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Free Online Resource Offers Everything Kids Need for a Strong Start

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All children develop differently. Understanding how to support your child’s growth, learning and behavior will help them get the best start in life!  Did you know there is a place you can ask these questions and check your child’s development online? Better yet, it is free! Help Me Grow is a free and confidential phone line that connects families from pregnancy to age six with child development information and parenting resources. Anything from your child’s development to behavior to learning is covered!

Here’s a cool factoid: A child’s brain makes 1,000,000 new connections every second from birth to age three. If you have a young child, you don’t need to lose sleep about how you are setting them up for success starting in their earliest years.

We were thrilled to learn about this resource to help, the Early Learning Washington County website—bookmark worthy, for sure. This site is a one-stop shop for all resources for parents from pregnancy through the first day of kindergarten. This site gets you easy access to all that the Washington County community offers, including info on Head Start programs, WIC, libraries, information on child care, parenting education and local family events. No more scouring the internet—it’s all in one place and arranged by age group.

All children develop differently. Understanding how to support your child’s growth, learning and behavior will help them get the best start in life!  Did you know there is a place you can ask these questions and check your child’s development online? Better yet, it is free! Help Me Grow is a free and confidential phone line that connects families from pregnancy to age six with child development information and parenting resources. Anything from your child’s development to behavior to learning is covered!

Another excellent feature of this site is how easy it is to find low and no-cost Washington Country options for preschool. Getting info and enrollment for Preschool Promise, a publicly funded preschool program for children ages three and four within income guidelines, is also a cinch. There’s even more to love: get free access to early learning programs like videos, play and learn activities, books and kits, a calendar of events and classes!

Want to build on your existing parenting strengths? Check out a world of parenting resources, opportunities for learning, parent-to-parent connection and family-friendly fun here at Parenting Together Washington County.   Join other parents, caregivers, educators and community partners in building and sustaining lifelong learning connections between children, families and communities to enable all to thrive.

Early Learning Washington County is a local resource with people and services from your community who understand your needs. You’ll also be able to access support for yourself as well, with parent support and chat groups throughout your community. And it’s accessible to all, with nine preferred language choices, ELWC is user-friendly, inclusive and here for you—get a strong start with Early Learning Washington County!

 

—Jamie Aderski

An Elementary School Offering a Rigorous Education & Culture of Kindness

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It’s almost time: back to school! Finding the right school for your child can be challenging, especially for the elementary school set at this crucial time in their development. Kids at these ages don’t exactly have the mental matureness to know what their values and needs are, so it’s even more important they have the support of the right education system to guide them along their learning journey.

What’s on our list for an excellent school? A commitment to academic excellence rooted in tradition, combined with life skill learning—a place that gives kids the support they need to take risks, challenge themselves and succeed. Basically, we want it all and Chicago City Day School fits the bill, as an independent private school with a record of success, a palpable “culture of kindness” and the adaptable spirit needed to succeed in our world today. Read on for five reasons why this school may be just what you’ve been looking for.

 

1. A Balance of Academics & Social-Emotional Learning

This is their recipe for success: inspiring a love of learning, confidence, and comfortability in the social and academic environment of school for years to come. City Day combines this winning formula with its unique urban campus, making students feel safe and inspired. They’ve also developed curriculum-based programming to support their students and prepare them for the world beyond school, with hands-on real-life experiences. City Day stands apart because of the autonomy, resources and faculty they devote to their elementary school population—it’s a rare gem.

Learn more about Chicago City Day School.

 

2. 40+ Year Track Record of Academic Excellence

Founded in 1981, City Day promises and delivers an academic program that draws on the best of traditional education thought and practice while also embracing innovation. Their students take on a multitude of creative and intellectual challenges, including composing poems, building rockets, measuring the quality of the Chicago River, and creating sculptures—all while honing reading, writing and math skills that will help them navigate a complex world.

Schedule a tour at Chicago City Day School.

 

3. An Independent School for Independent Thinkers

City Day stands out from the crowd yet again by teaching young kids how to think, not what to think. They accomplish this in their classrooms, where students work collaboratively in a study of the core subjects of math, science, reading and social studies. They also take field trips throughout the city, visiting museums, attending plays and even helping maintain local forest preserves. City Day also offers travel opportunities including Space Camp, France and Spain, Washington D.C. and a research expedition in the Bahamas. By the time City Day students graduate eighth grade, they have developed a worldview that allows them to respond to complex problems in high school and beyond—we can’t think of a better gift you could give your child.

Chicago City Day School is now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

4. Junior K-Grade 8 School Offers a Unique Opportunity

City Day's school model gives students a chance to establish roots in their community as young as four years old. It allows students in grade six and up to be true leaders on campus and act as mentors to the younger grades. It also allows all of their students access to the resources and campus of a much larger school. And it prepares students for brand new experiences in high school—a transition that builds confidence strengthens character and equips kids with skills they need to succeed.

Schedule a tour at Chicago City Day School.

 

5. City Day Adapts to Our Ever-Changing World

City Day is an independent school that's developed an adaptive curriculum that grows in complexity with the students and responds to their individual needs. City Day’s expert teachers differentiate their instruction, and this, combined small class size ensures that each student is challenged and supported.

Unlike public schools, they have the ability to quickly enact new practices and programs to stay current and meet new challenges. City Day was able to remain open for the entire school year during 2020-2021. City Day successfully reconfigured its spaces and programming so that students and teachers could safely work together in person rather than through a screen.

Learn more about Chicago City Day School today!

 

City Day’s Statement of Inclusion:

“Chicago City Day School is a welcoming, inclusive learning community. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.”

 

 

—Jamie Aderski

 

Have a Reluctant Reader? This Book Could Crack the Case!

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Buddy cop movies are always a blast! What’s not to love? Adventure, drama, laughs—an unlikely team ends up coming out on top and leaves us wanting more. We are loving this young-reader version of that archetype—and we all know the book is always better than the movie! Horace & Bunwinkle is a mystery-adventure series about Horace, an anxious Boston Terrier, and Bunwinkle, an exuberant potbellied pig, who team up to solve crimes in their barnyard and local neighborhood. If you have a reader ages 6-10, this exciting book could be the one to get them psyched about reading and a whole lot more confident, too.

Will Horace & Bunwinkle solve the case? You’ll have to start reading to find out!

The Case of the Rascally Racoon

Horace is flying high after solving the pet-tectives' first mystery. But Bunwinkle just hasn’t been herself—she’s scared all the time and is too embarrassed to tell anyone.

Before they can work on getting Bunwinkle’s confidence back, a new case lands in their laps—well, actually their trash cans—when Shoo the raccoon asks for help. The neighborhood humans think he’s behind a series of garbage upheavals and home break-ins—but he swears he’s innocent. Just because people call him a trash bandit doesn’t mean he is one.

To make matters worse, while the pet-tectives are trying to clear Shoo’s name, they learn that Eleanor is having money problems. She hopes to solve them by starting a community Farmer’s Market in the back field. The neighbors seem excited to help at first but then, one by one, they suddenly drop out. 

With time running out, can the pet-tectives solve the mysteries and save Shoo and the Homestead?

Read a sample chapter of Horace & Bunwinkle: The Case of the Rascally Racoon and add it to your collection today!

 

High Praise for This Dynamic Duo

“Gardner’s debut tale of mystery and (eventual) bucolic bliss brings to mind Joan Carris and Noah Z. Jones’ Bed & Biscuit series. Graduates of the Mercy Watson books will also feel right at home. Mottram’s occasional illustrations just add to the charm….This kicks off a series, and readers will be glad to know that this piggie and pooch will pair up again.”

   — Kirkus Reviews

"I know a thing or two about animals who investigate mysteries, and Horace and Bunwinkle have what it takes, doing so with pluck and charm. Kids will be delighted by the curiosity and caring natures of these adorable, adoptive, crime-solving siblings!"

   — John Patrick Green, New York Times-bestselling writer and artist of InvestiGators

“Horace and Bunwinkle are a delightful pair. Sweet and funny, their antics will keep young readers eagerly turning the page.”

   — Suzanne Selfors, bestselling author of Wedgie & Gizmo and The Imaginary Veterinary Series

You can grab a copy of the first Horace & Bunwinkle book here to see what all the buzz is about!

Horace & Bunwinkle: The Case of the Rascally Racoon is on sale now—get yours today!

 

—Jamie Aderski

 

 

12 Reasons Why Salishan Coastal Lodge Is the Perfect Cozy Getaway

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Time to break out the sweaters and scarves! We’ve discovered a destination that is the definition of cozy and year-round fun. Salishan Coastal Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Oregon Coastal Range, between the stunningly beautiful forested bluffs and peaceful Siletz Bay. This tranquil destination offers something for everyone in your family and is easily accessible—no boarding passes required!  

Salishan Coastal Lodge stretches over 200 acres and is filled with unlimited opportunities for adventure, exploration and fun. The number of outdoor activities available on their gorgeous property is unparalleled, with plenty of fresh experiences to dive into—including an indoor pool. Experience a cozy campfire with s’mores, practice your backhand at the indoor tennis and pickleball courts and experience true peace at their relaxing spa overlooking the bay. Indulge in “me-time,” and health and wellness with exciting local flavors to dine on and the beauty of the Oregon Coast to drink in—after the year we’ve had, we’ve earned it! And if that’s not enough to get you there, read on for 12 reasons why Salishan Coastal Lodge is your family’s dream vacay (and very well-deserved moms and dads!).

Book now and explore the Oregan Coast at Salishan Coastal Lodge.

1. Easy access to Gleneden Beach via private trail, and complimentary beach cruisers are available to borrow from the front desk.

2. Miles of private hiking trails through beautiful old-growth forest land.

3. Three casual, coastal-inspired dining venues highlighting the local bounty of passionate farmers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers and artisans.

4. The only Aerial Park on the Oregon Coast, featuring a treetop ropes course that offers fun for the whole family.

5. Spa offering a range of natural treatments and an outdoor infinity whirlpool.

Book now and explore the Oregan Coast at Salishan Coastal Lodge.

6. Indoor pool with a hot tub for year-round play.

7. Fitness center featuring Peloton bikes.

Book now and explore the Oregan Coast at Salishan Coastal Lodge.

8. Outdoor fire pits (perfect for s’mores!) and a variety of lawn games to enjoy outside on their sprawling Great Lawn. 

9. Year-round tennis center featuring three all-weather courts and pickleball.

10. Pump track with mountain bikes available to rent.

11. Pet-friendly property with special treats and pet washing stations.

And finally (drumroll, please...):

12. Cozy up by your personal fireplace—each room is equipped with one!

Book now and explore the Oregan Coast at Salishan Coastal Lodge.

 

 

—Jamie Aderski

 

 

Simple & Adorable Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

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Once shops start breaking out pumpkin spice everything you know it’s almost here—Halloween! Even if you’re not a kid going trick or treating, it’s still so fun to pretend to be someone (or something) else for the day and take in all the creative costumes around you. Not human? No problem! Halloween is an inclusive event and all of your furry friends are welcome to get in on the Halloween spirit. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite, easy (no sewing required) costume ideas that will have your pet fitting right in with your ghoulishly fun fam—happy haunting!

Caring for a family pet has its own set of tricks and treats! Hill’s Pet provides science-backed nutrition for every age, size and need and makes it easier to support your pet’s needs. Learn more about how Hill’s helps pet owners stay a step ahead.

Beanie Baby

Are you a 90’s baby? Then you should turn your pet into a Beanie Baby, baby! This one is great for cats or dogs. It’s minimal but so sweet and nostalgic. All you need is some felt to cut out the heart-shaped tag and a white marker or paint. Just attach the tag to their real-life collar and they are as cute as the coveted "it" collectibles of their day. Get ready for lots of smiles on your daily walk.

Coffee Cup

If your pet is on the smaller side, this one is perfection: Turn your furry friend into your favorite cuppa joe! All you need is some cardboard or poster board, some inspo for the cup logo from your favorite coffee joint, a lid to top it off and some fabric elastic to tie it all together. This costume idea is HOT!

“Hairy Pawter” aka “Harry Potter”

It’s everyone’s favorite young wizard (just furrier than you remember...) This one is a crowd-pleaser for sure and it doesn’t take any wizardry on your part, just a few bucks for supplies. You’ll need some felt, hot glue and pipe cleaners to make those iconic specs. You can find loads of pictures of Harry Potter online, simply pick a look and be inspired! Not into research? Just put together the glasses, that famous scarf with strips of felt and the lightning bolt "scar" and you are good to go!

Cereal Bowl or Martini Glass

The “cone of shame” can’t ruin your pet’s costume game! Truly make it work, by turning your pet into a bowl of fruit-colored cereal! Head to your local craft store and buy some multi-colored foam—then cut it into circles and “toss” into their cone. Cut out a spoon shape from cardboard and spray silver to complete the cutest bowl of cereal you’ve ever seen.

Cones are so cool, they can also turn your pet into a walking martini! Pick up some foam ovals at any craft store, spray green, and skewer with a plastic rod or stick—cheers!

Ballerina Tutu or Cheerleader

Because pets can be pretty light on their toes, not to mention flexible (hello, downward dog yoga pose), turn your friend into a ballerina with the perfect tutu! This one is good for pets that aren’t into the full costume vibe. All you need is some tulle, fabric elastic and velcro tape to hold it in place. Measure your pet’s “waist” so you know how large to make the band. Then cut strips of tulle and tie them onto the band however you please.

Want to rep your fav team? This look doubles as a cheerleader uniform—just use tulle in your team's colors and accessorize as little or as much as you want.

 

—Jamie Aderski