Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PBS Kids Wild Kratts Are Taking Over A Toys R Us Near You + A GIVEAWAY #wildkratts #PBSKIDS

Fans of the Wild Kratts TV series on PBS KIDS will be roaring – and creating their own creature-powered fun! – with the launch of the brand-new Wild Kratts toy line that lets them bring home all the exciting wildlife explorations of the hit show for the very first time! By popular demand, 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!
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. 

Enter for your chance to win:

4PK Figure Set Assortment
(1) Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush
Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!”

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Wild Kratts Ideas For Our Next Hiking Trip - This One Was Totally Out Of My Comfort Zone

We headed out hiking with some friends last week and are scheduled to go to another trail this week.  This trail was way out of  my comfort zone and I don't just mean I felt that it was ridiculously steep. I was worried about falls that would require a medi vac helicopter.

We had a great time and can't wait to go again but will be better prepared this time. Both kids will have to carry backpacks. I cannot carry everything.

We are printing this out for the family going with us so we all can be explorers like Wild Kratts.

Serving the Purpose in Style — Creating a Cool But Functional Bathroom

My bathroom counter always has wildflowers in the summer

In recent years the bathroom has been transformed from a functional and essential part of any home to a contemporary, stylish room in which the homeowner can relax and lock out the stresses of day-to-day life. This makes designing your perfect bathroom an enjoyable challenge, particularly so in achieving the balance between style and practicality. Before embarking upon any renovation project, you should certainly explore the wide variety of fixtures and fittings available to gain an understanding of the final look that you wish to achieve.

Styling the bathroom

Despite usually being the smallest room in your property, the bathroom can ooze style through a careful choice of fixtures and fittings. It’s hardly surprising that this room is playing an increasingly important role in securing house sales. A wide range of styles are available, from Edwardian and Victorian-inspired designs to contemporary bathrooms with soft lighting and clean lines. Whichever design you choose — and this will often be heavily influenced by your personal taste — it’s important to also think about who will be using the bathroom and how often. A family bathroom will require additional storage space, so good bathroom furniture is required. If you have children, you should think about fittings which are more resistant to wear and tear too. A small bathroom will benefit from some creativity in planning to ensure all space is used effectively.

Storing in style

All bathrooms require storage for everyday fundamentals and can be useful for helping to reduce clutter and giving an impression of space. Bathroom furniture that combines functionality and style, such as a vanity unit on which the sink is mounted, maximizes the available space, provides valuable storage for small, unsightly items such as bottles, and can be blended in with your chosen style. Another option is the use of narrow depth mirrored cabinets that enable you to store your bathroom necessities without compromising on wall space; these also incorporate large mirrors to create an illusion of space and light and are particularly useful in smaller bathrooms.

Aiming for luxury

For the ultimate in style, you could turn your bathroom into a mini-spa with some carefully chosen luxury accessories, like heated towel rails, soft spotlights, underfloor heating or scented candles. These will add greatly to the sense of style, transforming your bathroom into a place where you can truly relax and wash away the stresses of daily living.

Functionality and style are not, in fact, the polar opposites many people believe and a blend can be achieved for an affordable price – but you must plan and research thoroughly to perfect a vision for your bathroom and then make good on it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Wish This Was Around When I Was Trying To Pump At Work

The Spiggle Law Firm
August 18, 2014


Alison Beckwith, 301-699-0148,

What Women Should Know About Pumping Breast Milk at Work
Attorney Tom Spiggle explains nursing moms’ rights in the workplace and some of the loopholes
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tom Spiggle, author of “You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired!,” who focuses on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, says that if you are breastfeeding your child, the right to pump milk at work under federal law remains a bit complicated. The Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, requires employers to allow women to pump breast milk while they are at work, but like many federal regulations covering American workers, it’s shot through with loopholes.

“For the first time, women constitute more than half of the workforce and the fastest growing `segment is women with children under the age of three,” says Spiggle. Although many workplaces now provide lactation rooms and staggered breaks for breastfeeding mothers, they’re often doing so voluntarily as a good business practice to help retain female employees and not as a matter of law. And a good business practice it is.”

Spiggle says the good news is if a woman is covered under the law, her employer must provide a “reasonable break time” to pump milk each time you need to during the day, which is typically every few hours. That includes any time she would need to retrieve and use any type of breast pump. She must also be given a private space that is not a bathroom where she won’t be bothered by coworkers or customers. (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dedicated lactation room, however.)
The bad news is a woman’s breast-pumping time doesn’t have to be paid, unless her coworkers also get paid breaks. And not everyone is covered by the new law. For starters, employers only have to meet the requirement if they have 50 or more employees, but as it turns out, only three percent of America’s small businesses (defined as those with fewer than 500 workers) fit that definition in 2010. A company with fewer than 50 employees must comply with the law unless it can prove that it would be an “undue hardship” to do so. The Department of Labor has made it clear that this standard is a very high hurdle to meet.

Also, only those women who are “non-exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are covered. The FLSA is a complicated law, but non-exempt employees are generally hourly workers who must be paid overtime. If you make more than $455 a week and have any supervisory responsibility, you may be exempt and therefore not covered by the breastfeeding law. This big loophole leaves out a lot of breastfeeding mothers.
 “In a perfect world, bosses would be understanding and accommodate nursing moms’ needs during those few months when they are pumping milk,” adds Spiggle. “After all, few people dispute the benefits of breastfeeding for babies. It’s healthier than formula, not to mention cheaper.”
About The Spiggle Law Firm
Founded in 2009, the Spiggle Law Firm is a Virginia-based employment law firm focusing on pregnancy and family care discrimination in the workplace. Attorneys at Spiggle Law are experienced trial lawyers handlings matters in all courts in Virginia (primarily Northern Virginia), Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Practice areas include family and medical leave discrimination, overtime and unpaid wages, age discrimination, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, and wrongful termination.

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Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights


Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

 I can't believe it's that time of year again! It's time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers - and their kids - we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students. Here is what is included:
  • Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
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