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A Fun Family Experience #MUL

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My family had the opportunity to go see Marvel Universe Live and it was FANTASTIC!!
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We attended the VIP party first for all sorts of fun. We were also able to meet the performers. We made super hero shields with Wolverine!!! He shared with us how hard he trains for the show.
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We got to talk to Loki and he led the kids in a real super hero boot camp training!!
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We also got to meet Spiderman who showed Jayden a few moves!  Jayden told me it was probably one of the best nights he has ever had in his life. He met spiderman before and then Spidey pointed to him at the end of the show. It was a really BIG deal!
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Jayden and Logan were also interviewed by a news station in Orlando about the show. Again, they thought it was a really BIG deal! :)
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We even got to dress up as Marvel characters and take selfies. Lily loved being Hulk smash!! They fed us and gave us such a generous swag bag!
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The show was phenominal!!! The skills of all the characters are no joke.  There were motorcycles jumping and flipping, superheroes flying through the air ,fires, gun shots and special effects that will blow you away! Non stop action the whole time. So many of our favorite characters were there–Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Green Goblin, and Loki are just a few of the names of those there. The kids were on the edge of their seats the entire time and did not want it to end. Lily woke up this morning begging to go back again today. It was so awesome to get to see all of our favorite super heroes in person. My husband aka my oldest child was blown away as well! Great job, Marvel Universe Live – fantastic show!! This show is for everyone – young or old, girl or boy-I highly recommend checking it out. I can’t wait to see whats in store for next year!!

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Big Hero 6 Baymax Brownies



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I am beyond excited to be attending the Red Carpet premier of Big Hero 6 in just less than 2 weeks!  In fact I’m so excited that I needed to make some fun treats! I have a middle school group that meets at my house once a week and I made these for them last night. I didn’t have any because I am sticking to my diet so I look good on that red carpet.  The girls loved them though. There were none left :)

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I started with a box mix. I made blondie brownies (vanilla brownies with chocolate chips).  I used a circular cookie cutter to cut the brownies.

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After that I frosted them with white frosting and drew on the Baymax face with black frosting. It was so simple and the kids loved them!

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I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter and Instagram because I’ll be live tweeting from the Red Carpet and from Dancing with the Stars.   It’s going to be amazing!

Check out these clips – Big Hero 6 opens in theatres everywhere on November 7th!

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Cooking Poached Eggs with National Geographic’s Kids Cookbook



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Cooking Poached Eggs with National Geographic’s Kids Cookbook

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Jayden loves learning new things. He is always helping out and he really enjoys cooking. He was excited when we got the National Geographic Kids Cookbook.  He found several recipes he wanted to make. We started with the Poached Eggs.

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Jayden is 11 and was able to cook this completely on his own.  We did supervise but only to see if he needed help and of course to take pics of his creation.

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He probably wished he could do all the cooking without pausing for pictures, but he was a good sport.  He had no problem following the directions and making everything.

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I’m pretty sure his favorite part was eating what he made.  Hear what Jayden thought of the cookbook.

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I really liked the cook book. It was easy to follow the directions and I really liked the poached eggs. They were fun to make and I will make them again.  I am going to try the other recipes. I think parents should buy this cook book for their kids because they will have a lot of fun cooking.

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BACK TO SCHOOL 101: Stay in the Know, on the Go



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BACK TO SCHOOL 101: Stay in the Know, on the Go

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It’s that time again! Can you believe it?! School starts September 2nd for us here in North Iowa. I can see in my Facebook feed though that lots of students have already started back.  This can be an excited time yet overwhelming for not only the students, but their family members and teachers as well.  Even those who don’t have kids in school have some adjusting to do (commutes to work, etc).  Technology is awesome and can totally help you get back into the groove of your fall and winter routines.

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I know one question I hear being discussed is at what age should you send a child off with a cellphone? I really think the best answer is “it depends”   A phone is a HUGE responsibility and some children are able to handle that responsibility at a younger age than others.  There needs to be open communication on what expectations there are from both sides.  Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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I think having a cell phone is especially important if you have kids involved in extra curricular activities.  What if their practice gets cancelled or gets out 30 minutes early? Obviously they will have to abide by the school’s rules on phones and tablets, but it is really nice that they can get a hold of you.  I love that we are with U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network because if they need to get a hold of me even if I’m on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere they can!

Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S5 even has a kid mode? It’s a very easy set up.  Also, if you download the Free Parent/Child Agreement they will know what you expect of them.

hether students forget to check for homework assignments or miss class due to illness, students don’t want to fall behind.  Access to information and connecting with teachers and other students is just a click away with the help of smartphones and tablets.  Did you know that according to a recent survey by U.S. Cellular, 74 percent of households with children under the age of 18 have at least one tablet. Tablets and smartphones are becoming a simple tool to ensure students keep making the grade.

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Also, according to a recent Student Mobile Device Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 87 percent of students would like to use digital textbooks so they don’t have to carry so much in their backpacks.  And half of those students surveyed use their pocket-friendly smartphones instead of tablets.

Tablets are also being used in the classroom; learning apps, eBooks, online educational videos and internet access can all enhance the learning experience.  Here in Northwood, our students are sent home with a computer to help complete assignments.  They are really encouraging using technology.

With reliable mobile access to the internet on a robust network such as a 4G LTE network/high-speed network through U.S. Cellular, teachers and students can effectively harness the full capability of this technology even in a super tiny town like Northwood.

Students, teachers and parents can optimize their connected learning experience with the help of the following apps recommended by U.S. Cellular:

  • Skype (Android) / Facetime (iOS): These free Internet video calling services allow teachers and students to collaborate wherever they are.  Teachers can bring guest speakers into class to discuss their expertise, thereby demonstrating how school subjects are relevant to real life.  Students can take virtual field trips anywhere in the world.  No permission slip required.
  • Teacher’s Assistant Pro: Featured in USA Today as one of the best teacher apps, Teacher’s Assistant Pro ($3.99 download) allows teachers to keep track of student actions, behaviors and achievements in the classroom. Using an iPhone or iPad, teachers can record student infractions and accolades, create a detailed written description of the event, and communicate with parents, reducing time consuming paperwork.
  • Notability: This powerful note-taker app is free and allows iOS and Android users to complete worksheets, sketch ideas, keep a journal, integrate photos and record a lecture, and keep it all in one place.  Use the search feature to quickly locate notes by title or content.  Share with others using iCloud or Google Drive.
  • DropBox: This cloud-based file sharing and storage free app lets users circulate files from different locations over different networks.  Turn in and return assignments, provide up-to-date syllabi from different locations quickly, and post grades securely and easily.


I’m also excited to share that U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program! How cool is that?! Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.

Through U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to the community and education, the company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming. Starting today K-12 public school teachers can register online at and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Then beginning August 11, they can post their classroom projects for funding consideration. Through U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by September 21 to be eligible for this year’s funding.  Selected projects will be in announced in October. receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. All opinions expressed are solely from See’s Disclosure Policy for complete details. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Hugs, Smiles, and Giggles with FuzzyHeads



Meet the FuzzyHeads

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FuzzyHead Characters can be used as nap buddies and travel pillows. Each of the different FuzzyHead Characters have  their own light hearted bio which kids love.  Logan and Lily were so excited to get a FuzzyHead.

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Logan’s FuzzyHead is Red Randy.
Red Randy from Mesquite comes from a long line of rodeo legends. When he was a little FuzzyHead, Red Randy would sit on a bale of hay and pretend he was riding a bull. One year, his grandpa took him to the Texas State Fair where he got to ride a mechanical bull. His grandpa who had been a rodeo legend in his day knew that Red Randy had the potential to become one of the top young bull riders. “I really enjoy going to the stockyards in Ft. Worth.” My Dream: Become a veterinarian.
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Here is what Logan (age 7) thought of Red Randy:
My favorite thing is that he goes to the rodeo.  I really like his story and I like using him in the car. I also like that he is really soft.  Moms should buy these for their kids since they’re really soft and kids will like them.
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Lily got Pink Penny.
As a young FuzzyHead, Pink Penny from Pensacola had an eye for fashion. She got to travel with her family a lot and was able to attend various fashion shows. “My mom taught me how to sew and I learned how to make clothes for my dolls. I enjoy spending time with my mom sewing and talking about fashion.” My Dream: Become a fashion designer and create a line of clothes for girls.
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Here is what Lily (age 5) thought of Pink Penny.
I like how when I play with her hair she looks funny.  She is so soft and comfortable to sleep on.  I think Moms should buy these for their kids because they are soft.
They both love their FuzzyHeads and Lily’s gets daily use. She loves napping in the car :)
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Hyland’s Made to Matter



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The older I get I am realizing that the things I consume matter.   I didn’t really pay attention when I was younger.  It was more than just what I was eating.  I’m learning that there are consequences (good and bad) to what I use.  I am eating better and trying to use a lot of natural items.
Some of those items I’m using is the homeopathic line from Hyland’s. The teething tablets saved the munchkins a few years ago.  They really helped them get through those teeth cutting months.    We also love the 4 Kids Cough and Cold.  It really works for them.  I also love that it’s not filled with junk I can’t pronounce.  Everything that I have tried from the line has worked so well.  I use the Hyland’s Calms Forte Sleep Aid Tablets myself when my mind is spinning and I can’t stop thinking in order to fall asleep.  It helps me fall asleep quickly and there is no grogginess.
Right now Target and Hyland’s have teamed up together for “Made to Matter“.  They’re bringing you brands that make things better for you, your family and the place we call home.  Of course Hyland’s is one of the brands they are featuring because it totally fits the criteria!
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Let your stroller work for you, not against you-with GB Ellum



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I have 4 kids…sometimes it’s kind of like herding cats, so I need good products that can actually make my life easier. With so many kids and working in a baby retail store, I have not only tried out lots of strollers but I have owned 5-10 at and have done research and asked all my friends to find out what stroller will work best for me.

With 4 kids, I must have a double stroller when going on some outings but I also like to have a single stroller as well. I need a lightweight stroller that can fit in the back of my car, but have some room below so I can carry things, and be durable enough to handle our busy life. Like in the picture above, we went fishing the other and and my second son got a little tired so I pulled up the stroller, and let him sit in the shade while waiting for that prize fish!

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Walking through the aisles of Babies R US can be daunting, especially the stroller aisle just because their are so many choices so it’s good to do your research ahead of time to know what you want in a stroller. I spotted the GB  line of strollers quickly and liked having both options of the ZuZu and Ellum in stock. The GB products are sold exclusively at Babies “R” Us stores and so make sure you check out your local store to see what they have in stock.
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This stroller has been a great addition to our family, helping me wrangle all 4 kids and keeping my yongest sunshine happy. The cargo space below is bigger than I expected and it has an opening in the front AND back so when we went to the beach the other day I was able to store my long umbrella under the seat, where most strollers would have been able to fit it.

On the top and backside of the stroller there are vents so you can see your baby and they can get fresh air if needed. The Ellum accepts the following select Graco® and Chicco® infant car seats: Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 30, Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 35, Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 40 Chicco® Keyfit®, Chicco® Keyfit® 30.

I also thought the process to open and close the stroller was super easy! There is a button in the back you flip up and a handle right on the seat where the baby sits to fold it up. The GB Ellum has the Kick n’ Lift fold system that makes the folding of this stroller so easy.

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Now I normally wouldn’t post a picture of my dirty car, but this time it was filled to the brim for a good reason. We were headed to my mom’s house for the week and I had lots of items we needed to donate to the food pantry. My car was full but I had to pack my stroller. This was the first time I needed to fold it down so I was wondering how it would pack….it packs so nicely and is so light. It was able to fit right behind my seat. It was light enough where I could put it on some items and not worry about breaking anything.

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I decided to put this stroller to the test and take it on a little hike. From my experience, strollers with plastic wheels are sometimes not as good on gravel or unpaved roads as bigger strollers with rubber wheels. My parent’s have a beautiful view of Pike’s Peak on their property and it’s a short hike to get to it, so I took the stroller.

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We made it up effortlessly! One tip with moving through rough terrain is to turn the stroller and pull it. When I was going down the mountain, that really helped when going over a few bumps and grass.

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One feature that I am in love with is the adjustable foot rest. I was looking at my friends stroller that had this nice little foot rest so her little one’s feet weren’t dangling everywhere and I looked down and noticed the GB Ellum had one too!! I popped it right up and it worked great for my little one!

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Whether I am taking the kids to soccer practice, hiking up a mountain or laying out at the beach, the GB Ellum helps me get to where we need to go and that gives this tired momma peace of mind.


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Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper



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Ultimate Attack and Defend Foam Ball Shooter

Gravity-fed auto load, includes six soft foam balls that fire over 40 feet through the shield–that’s right, through the shield! Pull the soft foam hammer back, take aim and let go! Clear shield protects you from in-coming fire!

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The Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper that lets you protect yourself while shooting. The is great when you are in wars in the backyard because you can pop up to shoot someone and protect your face or chest.  It has a sweet rapid fire that I really like.  There is nothing that I do not like about this. I think it is easy for all ages. Even my little sister (age 6) liked it.  I think Moms should buy these for their kids because they are so much fun!

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Wish Dad a Box-tastic Father’s Day



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It’s time to celebrate Dad! Make Dad’s Father’s Day special with box-tastic crafts and cards from LAIKA and Focus Features’ family-friendly stop-motion animated film THE BOXTROLLS! Check out the cute clip below to see The Boxtrolls’ suggestions of fun things to do this Father’s Day.

THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

Clip: The Boxtrolls Present 5 Fun Things To Do This Father’s Day


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About The Boxtrolls

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

Town & Country Picnic



June 14th, 2014 there will be a Town & Country Picnic in Kensett, IA.

From 7am to 9am there will be breakfast at City Hall.  Breakfast will be served by the 4-H Club and the Green Shamrocks.

There will be a HUGE city raffle with numerous prizes. Tickets will be available that day and you do not need to be present to win.

Music, food, 1/2 day tractor ride, horse & buggy rides, inflatables for the kids. The tractor ride starts at 8am in front of the town hall and lunch is served in the shelter house starting at noon.

Come and join the celebration!


Win THREE Wonderforge Games


Welcome to the Wonderforge Kids Games Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Wonder Forge Sponsored by: Powered by Mom Blog

Read the review of these awesome games on Powered by Mom’s site HERE

I have a few munchkins that love playing games and we’re super obsessed with super heroes and princesses here. They love these games! Read on to find out more and how you can win!

About Wonder Forge

Wonder Forge has consistently offered top-quality experiences, raising the bar for preschool and family games everywhere. The preschool titles celebrate the “can do” attitude in all kids—engaging them physically, socially, and creatively. The family games bridge generation gaps and create wholesome family moments and lasting memories.

Wonder Forge works tirelessly to create strong, long-lasting partnerships with licensors. This approach has set the foundation for securing cherished literary licenses, like Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry, as well as more recent favorites, like Disney Jr., Warner Bros., and Nickelodeon.

One lucky winner will receive all THREE of the games listed below!

  1. Marvel Matching is available online at Amazon
  2. Frozen Matching is available online at Amazon
  3. Planes in the Classroom at Target

Enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

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Win a Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch – 3 Winners



We would like to welcome you to our amazing Giveaway!

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These are awesome and would be perfect for the munchkin in your life. I  could totally see my nephew or grand daughter cruising on one!


These toys are built to last with sturdy metal bodies & rubber tires. The designs are all stunning!

Boys and girls will love the NEW police ride on car! Recommended for ages 1+.

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch


Boys and girls will love the ride on car with a wagon! Recommended for ages 1+.

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Little girls will love this pink ride on car! Recommended for ages 1+.

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch

This classic pedal car will be loads of fun! It has pedals on the inside of the car, which will provide hours of fun powered by their own energy! Recommended for ages 3+.

This classic pink pedal car will be loads of fun for any little girl. Recommended for ages 3+.

How would you like a chance to win one of these amazing rides? Well, our VERY generous sponsor, Bean Patch, is giving you that chance! Choices are: White police car ride-on, pink ride-on, green tractor ride-on, pink pedal car, red pedal car. Which one would you choose?


THREE of our lucky readers will win a

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch!


Choose from five models! This is a $750 Value!

Giveaway ends 5/09/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to US residents 18+ and older.

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Little Lambwich





Spring is just around the corner! I know the weather *seems* to say different but it is! This is such a sweet and adorable sandwich to help celebrate spring.  Aren’t they cute?!

Little Lambwich


  • Sliced cheese
  • Mini bagels
  • Mustard
  • Ham slice
  • Black olives
  • Shredded cheese



Two types of cheese give this savory, open-faced sandwich its sweet-as-can-be look. Trim a piece of sliced cheese to fit atop one half of a mini bagel. Cut a round muzzle and a pair of half-circle ears from more sliced cheese, then attach them with mustard or mayonnaise. Add a nose cut from a ham slice, plus a mouth and a pair of eyes trimmed from black olives. Finish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese between the ears.


Win a Kids’ Comfy Sack


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We have joined with Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom, Comfy Sacks and some super amazing bloggers to bring you this Comfy Sack Giveaway. We are giving away 1 Comfy Sacks Kids Bean Bag Chair (Retail Value: $151.25) These chairs are AMAZING. You can read more about them over at Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom!
All you have to do is enter the easy rafflecopter below for a chance!
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Learn about Winter Olympics with Little Passports for kids



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Next week countries from around the world will come together in Sochi with the 2014 Winter Olympics. Little Passports, an educational subscription box for kids, is celebrating this great opportunity to learn about our world’s culture by taking a closer look at the symbols of the spirit of Sochi!

The winter Olympics are an exciting learning experience for kids, and Little Passports has fun information about the Olympic torch, medals, mascots, and more of this year’s games to share with you and your family. Check out the info below, and be sure to visit for even more Olympics materials, including an Olympic torch craft!


What’s so special about the Olympic torch?

The countdown to the Games kicks off with the Olympic torch relay, which delivers the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece to the Host City through a series of runners. For the Sochi Games, each runner carries an eye-catching, red and silver torch.


The torch’s curved shape is inspired by the feather of the golden Firebird, a mythical creature celebrated in Russian fairytales and folklore. According to one legend, the Firebird’s feathers “light the way” and bring good fortune and happiness. You might notice patterns inspired by the Firebird and its feathers throughout the Sochi Games. For example, look for them on Team Russia’s uniforms!




Are the Olympic medals unique to this year’s Games?


Yes! The Sochi medals are made out of metal and feature an etched glass-like insert with jagged edges resembling mountain peaks and the seashore. This design highlights Sochi’s unique position between the cold snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and the warm sandy beaches of the Black Sea.


The medals also feature the Sochi Olympics’ recognizable “Patchwork Quilt” design, a mosaic of 16 traditional patterns that celebrate Russia’s rich traditions and cultural diversity. Keep an eye out for the colorful quilt design everywhere at the Games, such as on the torch bearers’ outfits and Olympic souvenirs!


Our sports teams in the U.S. have mascots. Do the Olympic Games have mascots too?


You bet! The winter Games’ mascots are a Snow Leopard, Polar Bear, and Hare! Russian citizens submitted their ideas for mascots, and Olympic officials selected the top three.


These three native Russian animals represent the country’s spirit and embody the Olympic values. The Polar Bear is depicted as friendly, intelligent and always striving for new athletic heights, while the Hare is an excellent student and loves sports. Tough and strong, the choice of the Snow Leopard, a native of Sochi’s nearby Caucasus Mountains and a critically endangered species, draws attention to Russia’s increasing focus on animal conservation. Look for the three Olympic mascots spreading joy and Olympic spirit throughout the Games!