BURBANK, Calif. (April 8, 2021) – Today, Disney+ revealed the official season two trailer and key art for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” premiering Friday, May 14. In season two, the East High Wildcats, who are preparing to perform “Beauty and the Beast” as their spring musical, face off against rival school North High to win a prestigious and cutthroat student theater competition. Wigs are snatched, loyalties are tested, and ballads are belted. The season also features brand-new solos written by Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett.

In addition to Rodrigo and Bassett, the series regulars are Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara ReneƩ, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders. Guest starring this season are Derek Hough, Olivia Rose Keegan, Roman Banks, Andrew Barth Feldman and Asher Angel.

Season one of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" is currently available on Disney+. It has been "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes as measured by a consensus of reviews by top critics and audience members and was recently awarded a GLAAD Media Award.  The series is created and executive produced by Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”).


About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.


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My Picks For Mother's Day 2021 (more coming)

La Parea Wellness - I am Obsessed with this Chill spray from La Parea Wellness  - it reminds me of a soap my in-laws bring me from Spain when they come back. My husband thought I had used the soap when I walked up next to him. I put it all over my body. I also put it on my pillow before I go to bed. Made with 100 % natural oil: Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Roman Oil, Tangerine Oil, & Labdanum Oil. Total love it. 

La Parea also has candles, gift sets, tea blends and more.  Order from them directly or Amazon


I don’t know a mom who doesn’t need to catch up on ZZZs! This Mother's Day, give mom a break from duties with a velvety-soft blanket that will keep her comfortable from head to toe. This ultra-plush, microfiber fleece blanket is nearly 6 feet long and has even a genius built-in pocket on the bottom that will keep her feet nice and warm. Choose from 31 styles and colors!


Mom’s need a mental break! Show her how much you appreciate all she's done with something meaningful. MantraBand's chic jewelry is stamped with inspirational and uplifting messages like "I Love You to the Moon and Back", "Super Mom", "Best Mom Ever" and more--  a perfect reminder that she is always loved and cherished. Plus, you'll make her proud because of how much they give back. They are made from hypoallergenic, lead-free, and tarnish-resistant stainless steel and adjustable for the perfect size. 

KeaBabies is a baby & maternity lifestyle brand that inspires modern parenting. They design quality products for modern parents to help make every parenting moment awesome. Their mission is to inspire modern parents to build strong parent-child bonds and create wonderful moments together. They believe that through strong parent-child bonds, parents can create a loving & inspiring environment to nurture their child's full potential.

Can You Catapult The Jumping Monkeys Into The Tree? I Need Practice!


Jumpin' Monkeys by Pressman, ages 5 and up, 2-4 players

This adorable game will have you jumpin' for fun! Be the first player to catapult all of your monkeys into the tree and get a bunch of bananas! The player with the most bananas after 4 rounds of play wins. For 2-4 players, ages 5 and up.

Be the first player to catapult all of your monkeys into the tree and get a bunch of bananas

Deluxe plastic tree

16 monkeys, 4 catapults, bananas, and labels

2 to 4 players

Ages 5 and up

The 411:

I love unplugged play! It is the best kind of play and I have made an attempt to try to play board games with my kids whenever they asked me even at the youngest of ages. I cannot even begin to tell you have many times I played Guess Who. Now, we spend time playing different board games but this one was so much fun, my daughter asked to play the last time her friend was over. 

It does take some practice but it was so much fun. Basically everyone grabs a catapult one of 4 colors and start slinging your Monkeys into the tree. The first one to get all their monkeys hanging from the tree wins a banana for that round. The winner is the one who has the most bananas. We had a blast although my class was unable to play this game. It takes some hand-eye coordination which is too hard for my 2+ year old toddler class but they did love playing with the monkeys and hanging them from the tree branches which is still great for their fine motor skills. Watch us below. 

Playing Jumping Monkeys With Teens!

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MONSTER PETS: A HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA SHORT Launches in Celebration of Pets Day!


 In celebration of Pets Day this upcoming Sunday, April 11th, Sony Pictures Animation launched MONSTER PETS: A HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA SHORT Film!


 I am so excited!  My daughter and I love the Hotel Transylvania franchise

Here are some fun activity sheets while you wait!


Get excited for the final chapter of the franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, coming to theaters July 23, 2021!






Culver, City, Calif. – April 9, 2021 – In Monster Pets, Drac’s lovable, monster-sized puppy, Tinkles, has more energy than ever and just wants to play ball! Unfortunately, Drac is too busy juggling his duties at the hotel, so he is determined to find a monster pet companion for his huge furry friend. After a series of mismatches, Drac’s plan goes awry when Tinkles chooses a very unlikely companion.


Executive produced by Hotel Transylvania’s franchise creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, along with Michelle Murdocca; directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, written by Jennifer Kluska and produced by Christian Roedel; the short film, which can now be seen exclusively in theatres with Cinemark, has launched online to celebrate Pets Day this upcoming weekend.


"What would it be like if the Drac Pack all owned pets? We couldn't be more excited to jump back into the world of Hotel Transylvania, and explore all the fun and lovable frustrations of pets through a monster lens,” said Monster Pets directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon. “What happens when your golden retriever is 5 stories tall? Or your chihuahua breathes fire? Being able to introduce an all-new group of characters in Monster Pets who are just as funny and weird as the Drac Pack was an absolute blast. We hope audiences enjoy the short, and look forward to seeing the monster pets make an appearance in the upcoming Hotel Transylvania: Transformania!”


"This short has been a labor of love from the teams at Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, and we're pleased that we can bring heartfelt laughter to families around the world in this time,” added Christian Roedel, Monster Pets producer. “The Hotel Transylvania franchise is all about family, and it has been an honor to work alongside our newest members Jennifer and Derek, the amazing directing duo who will take the reins for this exciting new chapter."


And don’t miss the final chapter of the franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, coming to theatres July 23, 2021.


About Monster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short

Directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon. Written by Jennifer Kluska. Produced by Christian Roedel. Executive Producers are Michelle Murdocca and Genndy Tartakovsky. The film features the voices of Brian Hull (Dracula), Derek Drymon (Tinkles/Zombie/Gillman), Jennifer Kluska (Toots), Genndy Tartakovsky (Blobby/Puppy Blobby) and Jon Olson (additional monster pets).


About the Hotel Transylvania Franchise

Sony Pictures Animation’s $1.3 billion family film franchise Hotel Transylvania, follows Dracula, Mavis and all their monster friends and their adventures at Hotel Transylvania, a lavish five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. The first film debuted in theaters in 2012, followed by two sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which were released in 2015 and 2018, respectively. The final chapter, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is scheduled to debut on July 23, 2021.


Hotel Transylvania was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky with a screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel based on a story by Todd Durham and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania 2 was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Robert Smigel & Adam Sandler, produced by Michelle Murdocca and executive produced by Allen Covert, Robert Smigel and Ben Waisbren. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers and produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is being directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, written by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Genndy Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca.

 About Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The visually groundbreaking and critically acclaimed "Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse" is the studio’s latest release, and the winner of the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.


The division is also behind hit film series such as "The Smurfs," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and "Hotel Transylvania." Next for Sony Pictures Animation are the original feature comedy "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the studio’s first-ever animated musical "Vivo," featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002, is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group for Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.

What Is the Passing Rate of CCNP?

What is the pass rate of Cisco Network Engineer CCNP? This is a question that many people who want to pass the Cisco CCNP but are worried about whether they can pass. Today, I will answer this question for you.

CCNP is a senior network engineer in Cisco Certification System. Obtaining CCNP Certificate can give you more opportunities and higher treatment. Correspondingly, CCNP Certificate is more difficult than CCNA, but it is easier than CCIE.

But do you know that in fact, whether it's CCNA Certification or CCNP Certification, in most cases, you only need to memorize the exam questions to pass the exams. Generally speaking, the pass rate of Cisco CCNA is as high as 100%, and that of CCNP is generally more than 80%. Of course, through high-level training and learning, prepare for the exam on the basis of a solid grasp of technology, the pass rate is still 100%.

The pass rate of reciting exam questions is 100%, and the pass rate of training is 100%. The biggest difference between those two is that the process of systematic training and learning is completely different from reciting exam questions, and the value of the final certificate is also completely different. Although the exam pass rate of Cisco Network Engineer CCNP is very high, I hope you will try your best to learn through the way of systematic learning, and wait until the knowledge is well integrated before you take the exam. The pass rate will be higher, and the knowledge you learn will become the nutrient for your growth, which will also be more helpful for your future work and study. For example, the CCNP pass rate of SPOTO is as high as 100%.

As we all know, compared with CCNA Certification and CCNP Certification, the value of CCIE Certification will be much higher. The corresponding CCIE test's difficulty is also different from CCNA and CCNP. Relatively speaking, the difficulty will be much higher. Even if you pass the written exam by memorizing the exam questions, The new CCIE lab is not easy to pass by memorizing the questions, because you must have good operation ability, which can only be achieved through a long time. Therefore, the passing rate of CCIE Certification will be much lower than that of CCNA Certification and CCNP Certification.

Therefore, the passing rate is directly proportional to your efforts. If you want to improve the chance of passing, you should try to work on the questions, not just recite the exam questions.

Lucky Ducks The Perfect Memory Game For Kids Ages 3 And Up


This wacky, quacky memory and matching game combines developmental skills for young children with the fun of a "My First Game," helping kids with shape recognition and colors. Switch on the circular pond, and the ducks start swimming - the bottom side of each duck has a colored shape. Players take turns picking up a duck and looking at the color and shape; if it matches their colored shape, they get to keep the duck. If it doesn't match, they put it back. The ducks continue to swim, so it's more challenging than a traditional memory game but easy enough for even the youngest duck lovers to play. The first player with 3 ducks that match their shape wins! Includes motorized "pond," 12 ducks, and complete instructions. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

 Bullet Points

  • A modern version of a traditional matching game that moves while players try to find a match
  • Simple format is easier for little fingers than cards and allows for independent gameplay
  • Reinforces key developmental skills like color matching and memory
  • More than 10 million units sold of this popular childhood game!
  • For 2-4 players, ages 3 and up
The 411:

This is the perfect matching game for children. It is for 4 players and  ages 3+. There are 4 shapes to choose from. Pick your shape and try to match it as the ducks swim by. There are 3 ducks for each shape.

I took this game to work for my 2+ year old toddler class to try it. They loved it and ask to play with it almost daily. What I love about it is how easy it is for them to understand the concept of grabbing just one of the 4 ducks, turning it over and seeing if it is their color. The hardest part for this age group was placing the ducks back in the pond without knocking all of the ducks up but if you watch the video of my teen and her friend play below, you can see that it isn't always the easiest thing. My toddler class love pressing the button and starting the ducks going around so we have to take turns doing just that too. 

Honestly, this game is fun for all ages. If you want a game to play with your little ones or even for older folks who love playing but have trouble with their cognitive abilities, this is a fun, easy game to teach.  

Playing Lucky Ducks with Teens  

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The Inheritance Available On Demand April 13th


A woman’s inheritance takes her to Europe where she will uncover a dark and disturbing family secret. Once she is alone in the former family manor, paranormal occurrences in the home begin and slowly intensify. She is forced to face her fears to uncover dark secrets lurking in her family history. And the deeper she delves into the secrets the home possesses, the more horrifying the answers become. Natalia Ryumina and Nick Wittmanstar in a film by Chad Barager and Kevin Speckmaier.

Brain Gains: 7 Foods to Boost Kids’ Academic Performance

Fact is, all the books, tablets, and notepads kids use for studying are useless if their brains are not in top functioning form. There are certain nutrients that are crucial for their brain development, and better brain development means better brain function, memory, and concentration—all of which contribute to better academic performance. 

To keep your kids’ performance at optimum levels, we've rounded up seven of the best brain foods to help boost their mental power, and also talked to Brainly’s parenting expert, Patrick Quinn, for pro parenting tips on how to incorporate them into your kids’ daily diet. 

1. Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients that are essential for brain health including essential fatty acids, protein, zinc, and B-vitamins. They’re also natural mood boosters that are portable and versatile, making them an excellent choice for study snacks.

Parent tip: Kids aren’t always going to love these. But mixing them in a trail mix with a few chocolate pieces or yogurt chips is a great way to get them munching on the healthy nuts and seeds. Just be careful not to send this in as a school snack in districts where nut allergies can affect other kids. 

2. Greek Yogurt
Full-fat Greek yogurt packs a lot more protein than other yogurts (and much less sugar), and can help keep brain cells in good form for sending and receiving information. It’s also full of protein and B-vitamins—essential for the growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes. Greek yogurt is also a great source of Calcium and Vitamin D. Parent tip: Mix in a teaspoon of honey and some cinnamon to turn this healthy option into a delicious one as well. The problem for me at that point is avoiding eating it myself before the kids get it.

3. Berries
Berries are rich in a variety of compounds that may help promote academic performance and protect brain health. Berries (including blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries) are especially high in flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins, believed to improve mental performance by increasing blood flow to the brain. They also protect against inflammation and improve certain signaling pathways that promote nerve cell production and cellular processes involved in learning and memory. Parent tip: Berries make an easy study snack, but they can cause sticky fingers that can lead to messy keyboards and homework papers. Try putting several different types of berries on kid-friendly skewers for a fun, healthy, and mess-free desk snack. 

4. Fish
Fish is an excellent source of Vitamin D and the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA— both essential for brain growth and function. Consuming more Omega-3s means kids will have sharper minds and better mental skills. Parent tip: Fish can be a tricky one with kids. If you get them accustomed to eating it when they’re young, they’ll be more likely to be open to new fish dishes when they’re pre-teen and teenagers. You can make fish tasty for kids by serving it simply grilled, like fish sticks, or including it in tacos or in tuna sandwiches. Another option is using canned salmon to make delicious salmon salad sandwiches that can be mixed with reduced-fat mayo or non-fat Greek yogurt, raisins, chopped celery, and carrots.

5. Eggs
The versatile egg is a great source of protein, and egg yolks are packed with choline, which helps memory development. Eggs can be served in a variety of ways and can be enjoyed at breakfast, as a mid-afternoon snack, or even at dinner. Parent tip: Eggs are great for making grab-and-go breakfasts kids can eat on the road. Scramble eggs into a whole grain tortilla to make a grab-and-go breakfast burrito, or make your own version of an Egg McMuffin at home by putting a fried egg on top of a toasted English muffin and topping it with a slice of low-fat cheese. Bonus tip: Eggs aren’t only a great healthy option that will keep them full thanks to the protein, but it’s also a really great gateway to cooking for the budding chef. Teach them how to make scrambled eggs, a fried egg, or a veggie omelet, and you’re fostering a whole new side of creativity. Plus… you might get the occasional breakfast out of that deal!”

6. Oatmeal
Oats are extremely nutritious and they can provide the energy and fuel for the brain that kids need first thing in the morning. Oatmeal is also a fiber-rich food that keeps heart and brain arteries clear. In one study, kids who ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related school tasks than those who ate sugary cereal. Parent tip: Delicious AND helps with memory at school? Oatmeal should really be considered a bit of a superfood for our kids. It’s another food option that can be endlessly tweaked to suit the tastes of your individual kiddos. You can dress oatmeal up with applesauce, dried fruit, almonds, and banana to make it tastier and more appealing to kids. Due to its natural compounds, adding cinnamon also gives oatmeal an extra ingredient that will help to protect brain cells. 

7. Apples and Plums
Kids usually have a craving for sweets. Apples and plums are lunchbox-friendly items that contain quercetin, an antioxidant that helps fight the decline in mental skills. Keep them organic to get the best benefits. Parent tip: These are some of the few snacks that are on the ‘help yourself’ list in my house. It’s great because kids can grab one when they get home from school while doing homework, or anytime they want a quick bite. For a heartier snack, you can also cut apples into chunky slices and spread them with almond or peanut butter, or you can freeze pitted plums and add them to a favorite nutrient-rich fruit smoothie.

SPACE DOGS: TROPICAL ADVENTURE from Epic Pictures - In Theaters & on VOD


Now Available in Theaters and on VOD

Inna Evlannikova

Maria Antonieta Monge and Mauriett Chayeb-Mendez
When a mysterious and dangerous whirlpool appears in the tropics of the Atlantic Ocean, astronauts Belka and Strelka are sent to investigate. With the help of their good friends, Belka and Strelka must once again act heroically and complete a daring mission to save the planet along with the distant home of their new alien friends.
The third and final installment of the successful Space Dogs trilogy (Space DogsSpace Dogs: Adventure to the Moon) and part of the franchise that brought you TV series Space Dogs Family (currently in production on season 3), Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure brings beloved characters Belka and Strelka back to earth in Epic Pictures' newest canine adventure.

Genre: Adventure, Family
Runtime: 80 minutes

Bad Witch On Demand April 27


The witching hour is upon us.
On April 26, Xander perfects his Craft.

Xander is a witch whose abuse of black magic has led him to disaster after disaster. After trying to go clean of witchcraft, Xander befriends a young loner, helping Roland with bullies, girlfriends, and other teenage atrocities.

Chris Kozlowski, Jackson Trent, Clare Lefebure, and James Hennigan star in a film by Joshua Land and Victor Fink.

Bad Witch available On Demand April 27 from Gravitas Ventures.

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