The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Protect Your Pet - National Pet Preparedness Month

Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, is your family ready in case of natural disaster?

Research shows that about half the households in the United States are prepared for human family needs in case of a natural disaster, but not for pet needs.  In our family, Dante is definitely our third child and we need to be prepared for his needs as well as our own!

Since June is National Pet Preparedness Month, we had the chance to take part in a Google Hangout with Purina vet, Dr. Kurt Venator, to learn more about how to prepare for natural disasters with your pet and what should be in your emergency kit to keep your furry friend safe.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance {Review}

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance is an online multiplayer game, designed for kids to help relate the story of the Bible to them in a way that keeps their attention.  Like Narnia, the design is to bring children towards the Word in a way that relates.

From the game site:
The Aetherlight effectively engages kids in the bible by engaging their imaginations with an epic allegorical story, like the Chronicles of Narnia did for the generations past. By closely following the story of the bible, but in a steampunk inspired land, players are able to make the connections and discoveries for themselves, and see the bible stories in a new light.
We've been able to check out the game over the last few days to see what we think and the kids have written the review for me!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 {Giveaway}

SKADOOSH!  Po is back with an all-new Kung Fu Panda!

We love pandas, we love kung fu, and did I mention we love pandas?  We are so excited for the DVD/Bluray release of Kung Fu Panda 3!  We're planning another great family movie night for that one too.    I have a couple of fun ideas for snacks we'll be sharing at a later date!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Dory’s Ocean Secrets {Parragon Book Buddies}

It's no secret that we are crazy excited to see Finding Dory when it comes out next week.  I actually have two tickets to a sneak preview, so I suggested the kids work it out between the two of them to figure out who gets to go with me.

In the meantime, we've been working on Dory-themed bentos, sharing cute Dory printables, and checking out the Dory's Ocean Secrets book from Parragon Books as part of their Book Buddies Program!  We get to check out fun new books and share them on the blog!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shrek, 15th Anniversary {Giveaway}

It's been 15 years since the first Shrek movie was released! I'm pretty sure time really does fly because I remember watching it in the theater with my husband, and no small kids with us.  I'm so excited that the anniversary edition is being released on June 7th and we're going to be having a movie watching party to enjoy it!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass #ThroughTheLookingGlass

Ben and I are so excited to go preview Alice Through the Looking Glass on Monday!

The original Disney animated Alice in Wonderland was my absolute favorite as a kid and, of course, I had to read Lewis Carroll's stories more than once.  I'm even more thrilled to see the adaptation of  more of the story in the new movie.  Check out the Mad Hatter Surprise below:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Craters of the Moon National Monument {National Parks with Kids}

Sometimes, you find the coolest things in the most unexpected places.  And sometimes, those things mean you have to pull off the highway and discover them.

In March, we took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park.  It's one of my happy places, especially being back in the mountains.  On the way back to Washington, we took the southern route and discovered a cool treasure somewhat off the beaten path in Idaho--Craters of the Moon National Monument.


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