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April 1, Redbox Special

Posted on April 1, 2019 in Announcements

This year, Redbox is emailing customers bright-and-early on April 1st to tell them about a new drone service – Redbox Drops –  that will deliver a full-size Redbox kiosk right to their door. 

 As always, Redbox will thank fans for playing along by rewarding new Redbox On Demand users 25% off their first On Demand rental on April 1. 

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Season 6 Trailer: DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes on!

Posted on March 30, 2019 in Announcements Netflix


The sixth season of DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is premiering exclusively on Netflix April 9th! In celebration, DreamWorks Animation Television is delighted to share the season 6 trailer below. Executive Produced by Matthew Beans, the wonderful main cast of Trolls: The Beat Goes On! includes the voice of Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Wreck-It Ralph) as Branch and Amanda Leighton (“This Is Us”, “The Fosters”) as Poppy. In addition, Gary Cole (Veep) guest stars as Sky Toronto.

Synopsis: Branch and Creek spark an unlikely friendship, Biggie creates a fun-tastic new dance craze and Guy Diamond kicks off an epic “glamping” trip. But when the Trolls have to face their biggest fear — a day without a holiday — the village scrambles to come up with a new celebration to fill the void. With all-new original songs, the Trolls party like never before in all-new episodes available exclusively on Netflix April 9.

Dreamworks Trolls: The Beat Goes On Season 6 premieres on April 9th on Netflix!

Psychiatrist Offers Social Media/Momo Challenge Advice to Parents

Posted on March 28, 2019 in Announcements Momo Challenge Advice

Even though this challenge has been going around now, and I was even warned by the school, here’s a little advice:

If you’re a parent, hopefully you have heard of the Momo Challenge by now. It’s a dangerous “suicide game” that targets children on social media. Some say it’s just the latest internet hoax while others argue it is in fact very real. Either way: it’s an important reminder that parents need to stay on top of their children’s online and social media activity.

Vinay Saranga M.D., a child psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, offers this advice for parents:

 

  • Keep an eye on what your kids see online: When today’s parents were growing up, the only strangers and dangers they had to watch out for were those in front of them. Social media and the internet are a whole other world and parents needs to be vigilant about what their children are looking at, who they are talking to and what they are doing online. Limit what your kids do on their mobile devices and insist that they only engage on larger screens that you can easily see.  

 

  • You have to enquire: Even if your children are well-behaved or you think of them as the perfect kids who would never get into trouble, you still have to talk to them. Don’t just assume everything is okay or that they aren’t engaging in anything dangerous. You need to be the one to bring it up at the dinner table and educate them about staying safe in today’s online world. Ask them who their online friends are, what games they are playing, what they are viewing, etc.

 

  • Teaching common sense: It is the job of every parent to instill basic common sense into their children. Let them know that if they encounter something like the Momo Challenge, it is fake, they should tell you about it, close the page or take a screenshot and report it to the police or proper authorities. Teaching kids how to spot danger, scams and other bad things is a lesson they can carry with them for life.

 

  • Do a mental health check: Just as you would keep an eye on your kid’s physical health, all parents need to stay on top of their children’s mental health. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from the Momo Challenge, the online world is not all fun and games. Childhood anxiety, depression and online bullying are very real issues these days and must be addressed promptly and properly. Teach your teenagers that if they encounter a friend or classmate who is suicidal, to report it immediately or to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

  • Check privacy settings: As parents, you can control the privacy settings on your children’s devices. Make sure they are set to the strictest levels. Don’t forget to check the settings on all phones, computers and tablets. In addition to the actual devices, remember that many social media platforms also have their own set of privacy settings that you can control as well. There are also standalone software products that can help keep your kids stay safe online.

 

  • Age appropriate guidelines vary: There are all different guidelines for when kids should be allowed to dive into social media and the online world. The best advice is to take it on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, the longer parents can delay, the better, as this gives your kids more time to mature. Keep in mind that your 10-year-old might just be more mentally mature than the 12-year-old down the street.

 

  • Watch the time: Just as you would limit how much TV time your kids get, parents must limit the amount of computer or online time their kids get, too. Encourage your kids to engage more in physical activity, more in-person playtime with friends, sports, books and educational activities. Online and social media time should be limited and reserved for when everything else is done or as an extra special treat.

 

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Peter Max: Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on March 21, 2019 in Announcements

A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a limited engagement presentation at Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh’s premier fine art gallery. The collection features works celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. A preview reception will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6-8pm, and the exhibition will open to the public on May 11, 2019 and run through Sunday, May 19, 2019. Two not-to-be-missed Gallery receptions for the public have been announced: Saturday, May 18 from 5-8pm and Sunday, May 19 from 1-3pm. All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition. All events are complimentary and open to the public however RSVP’s are required:724-766-0104 or christinefrechardgallery@gmail.com.Visit www.christinefrechardgallery.com for more info.

 

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Laura’s Greetings is so Special!

Posted on March 9, 2019 in Announcements

How One Woman with Down Syndrome is Spreading Joy

One Creative Card at a Time

 

When was the last time you received a card in the mail that warmed your heart? This month let someone know you care with an artful greeting card, while also empowering those with disabilities to share their talents and abilities. Open your heart and send someone a card from Laura’s Greetings in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day March 21. A portion of your purchase covers the adoption fees of a child with special needs.

 

For birthdays, thank yous, congrats, well wishes and holidays, these one-of-a-kind cards were the starting creation of Laura, a 41-year-old artist with Down syndrome. Every Laura’s Greetings card is designed by an individual with an intellectual disability like Down syndrome or autism.

 

Card snobs will love the high-end cardstock and witty puns that accompany Laura’s artwork. Also, you’re sure to score some brownie points somewhere for slipping a card (or two) in the snail mail. Cards are sold individually and in convenient packs and Laura has a card club subscription so you can share some new puns each month!

 

Laura’s Card Club offers:

  • Two professional greeting cards designed by individuals with Down syndrome or autism

  • Matching envelopes

  • Two stamps

  • Free U.S. Shipping

About Laura:

Laura Barrett is the 41-year-old artist with down syndrome behind Laura’s Greetings. Painting has been a passion of hers since childhood and with the help of her aid Hannah Lee and Lee’s husband, Laura transformed her art into clever greeting cards. Those who know Laura feel she has one other interest that rivals art: Zac Efron. She has posters of him everywhere in her room including a life-sized cardboard cutout. She often goes about her day wearing  a lanyard with his picture in it! Laura’s other favorite things include dogs and ice cream cake.

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Experts Note Children with Mental Health Disorders May Be More Sensitive to Daylight Savings Time Change

Posted on March 2, 2019 in Announcements

Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule for a child or adolescent is part of a solid foundation for every family’s well-being. For children or adolescents with a mental or behavioral health diagnosis, sleep is especially vital. Physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital say they notice several changes in sleeping patterns around daylight savings time, which can particularly affect patients with a mental health diagnosis.

“Sleep is a more complicated issue for patients with a mental health disorder,” says Robert Kowatch, MD, Ph.D, child and adolescent psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist at Nationwide Children’s. “Different conditions affect sleep differently, as do various medications for these conditions and their related side effects. These patients may be more sensitive to time changes than the typical child or teen.”

For example:

  • Children and teens with bipolar disorder often sleep less when manic, or hypomanic. In certain instances, changes in the circadian rhythm of a person with bipolar disorder can cause a manic episode, and this can be triggered by the change in time.
  • Depression may make it more difficult for a child to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Teens with anxiety often struggle with insomnia because their innate anxiety makes it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
  • Children with autism tend to sleep one to two hours less than other children their age, and they also wake up earlier, although researchers currently do not know the cause of this trend.
  • In some patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, stimulant medications can cause “rebound hyperactivity” close to bedtime, making it difficult for them to fall asleep.

“With many medications, an impact on sleep is a possible side effect, from interfering with falling asleep to resulting in next-day drowsiness,” said Dr. Kowatch, also a professor of psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Parents and patients should create a plan with their clinician, and make sure dose schedules and amounts are properly followed, such as taking a longer-lasting dose earlier in the day followed by a shorter-lasting dose later in the day, so a stimulant can wear off – if necessary – in time for bed to allow for restful sleep.”

Recommendations for better quality sleep are the same across age groups, regardless of whether a child or teen has a mental health disorder or not. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health experts suggest:

  • Devices like phones, tablets or televisions are turned off or removed from the bedroom. An alternative is listening to calming sounds.
  • Do not eat heavy meals before bed. A light, healthy snack is acceptable.
  • Do not drink caffeinated beverages 8 hours before bedtime.
  • Keep bedrooms dark and cool with comfortable bedding.
  • Do not exercise right before bed.

Kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, so it’s time to give them a voice. For more information about children’s mental health and to help break to break the silence and stigma around mental illness, visit OnOurSleeves.org.

If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

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Today is Read Across America! #farmersinsurance #drseuss #happybirthdaydrseuss

Posted on March 2, 2019 in Announcements

Animated Read-Along: Dr. Seuss Birthday/Read Across America Day

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with reading and education. Farmers Insurance, a brand that stands for knowledge, experience and making people smarter about insurance, is honoring Dr. Seuss on his 115th birthday and celebrating Read Across America Day on March 2 with an integrated campaign across TV, digital and social media.

To support and promote early childhood reading through the legacy of Dr. Seuss, Farmers has created an animated read-along of the New York Times best-seller Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Voiced by Farmers spokescharacter Professor Burke (Academy Award winner JK Simmons), the video is available through digital and social channels, as well as included in the National Education Association’s library of resources for teachers to use in activities marking the day.

 

Farmers has also created a 60-second journey, in the visual and narrative style of Dr. Seuss, through the world of strangely Seussian insurance claims they’ve seen and covered. The animated spot features reimagined claim stories also voiced by JK Simmons as Professor Burke and carries the message that “the more that you see, the more that you’ll know,” reminding people to go out and experience and learn more about the world. It began running in TV, digital video and social placements in the weeks leading up to Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

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National Margarita Day (Feb 22nd)

Posted on February 17, 2019 in Announcements

As if we need an excuse to enjoy our favorite tequila cocktail, February 22nd is National Margarita Day!

A margarita on the rocks can pack anywhere from 450 to 800 calories, but Sparkling Ice makes it easy to make great-tasting margarita with only a fraction of the calories (aka more room for chips and guac!).

Spicy Sparkling Margarita

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Blanco Tequila

½ part Cointreau

3 slices of Jalapeño pepper

Juice of 1/8 lime

1 ½ parts Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime

DIRECTIONS

Shake Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and peppers with ice. Pour into rocks glass with salted rim and lime wedge. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime.

Pomegranate Margarita

INGREDIENTS

2oz tequila

2oz pomegranate juice

1oz lime juice

1oz simple syrup

Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade

Vanilla flake salt rim, for garnish

Lime wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Rim glass with a lime and dip into salt, fill glass with ice and set to the side. In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and shake. Strain into glasses and top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade, stir lightly to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Sippin’ The Beet

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ oz silver tequila

½ oz Agave

½ oz beet juice

1 oz lime juice

Salt for rimming the glass

Kiwi slice, for garnish

Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry

DIRECTIONS

In an ice filled cocktail shaker mix together tequila, agave, beet juice, and lime juice. Rim your glass in salt and fill with crushed ice, pour in the margarita mix and top with Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry. Garnish with a kiwi slice and serve.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Stylish Gifts to Show Baby Love

Posted on February 5, 2019 in 2019 Valentine's Day Gift Guide Announcements

Gerber Childrenswear and Just Born have some adorable and stylish ideas to help parents celebrate the special day with their little loves, including the below. Additionally, from now until February 14, Gerber Childrenswear is offering 20% off your entire order with discount code “HEARTS”!

Check out these, and many more products, at the links above, or tap on the pictures, for the links.

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NEW TRAILER DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Season 2 Premieres Friday, February 8th Only On Netflix!

Posted on February 3, 2019 in Announcements Netflix

The second season of DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants is premiering exclusively on Netflix February 8th! In celebration, we are delighted to share with you the season two trailer below.

 

From Peabody Award and Emmy-winning executive producer Peter Hastings, the Annie nominated series is based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. The awesome main cast includes the voice of Sean Astin (Lord of the RingsStranger Things) as the series’ narrator, Nat Faxon (Ben and KateMarried) as Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp, Jay Gragnani (Bubble Guppies) as George Beard and Ramone Hamilton (Will & Grace) as Harold Hutchins.

Based on the epic books by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants is back for a second season with more adventures for George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends who’ve bonded through their love of pranking, comic books and being the thorns in Principal Krupp’s side. In Season 2, George and Harold must try to keep their grades up in order to go to summer camp! But with Principal Krupp sent away, will they come out on top in a school run by Melvin and a Cyborg Melvin from the future? All new episodes of DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants debut exclusively on Netflix February 8, 2019.

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