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March 2012

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NJ Kids Movie Review: The Hunger Games

by Jane Louise Boursaw Official Site:    SYNOPSIS: Based on the book by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a boy and a girl are selected from each of 12 districts to fight to the death on live television. When young Primrose Everdeen is selected as the District 12 “tribute,” her 16-year-old sister Katniss volunteers to take h.... read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: Emotional Attachment to Things

So many things pass through our lives, while some stay longer than others, very few have little or no emotional value.  We receive gifts and inherited items – we also purchase our own.  Think about the Cabana shirts from the trip to Hawaii or the snow globe from New York City.  We all have them yet struggle when their time has come to move on or even where to keep them in our homes.  These things are referred to as Emot.... read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: What's in a Pantry?

Medications opened and in 1996 and not used since…strawberry syrup from 1989…napkins from your daughter’s first birthday and she is now married with children…  Our pantries are places we frequent yet seldom think about unless we can’t find something.  Pantries were originally built in a cold North corner of a home for storage of food.  Butler’s panties were entirely different and meant .... read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: Guilt Clutter

Guilt is defined “remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense”.  We all have it and especially when it comes to our clutter.  Mental health professionals would agree that guilt can weigh us down and bring with it some less than ideal side effects.  Imagine ridding yourself of not only the clutter in your space but also of the guilt associated with it!  To do that, we must first understand it. .... read more

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NJ Kids Book Review: Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors

by Petr Horacek Ages 1 through Preschool Butterfly Butterfly strikes a balance between concept and story as Horacek teaches colors through a beautifully illustrated yet simple plot. Lucy sees a butterfly in the garden but the next day it is gone. While trying to find it, Lucy discovers a many other colorful creatures. Little ones will be captivated with the vibrant colors and die cut pages and will love the stunning pop up butterfly on the last.... read more

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NJ Kids Book Review: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

by David Soman and Jacky Davis Preschool through Grade 2 Fall in love with Lulu (Ladybug Girl) as she and Sam (Bumblebee Boy) use their imaginations to find common ground, fun, and most of all adventure! This book was so popular with both girls and boys that Sam now has his own series! Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy delivers a sweet story about making friends and compromising. Reviewed by Jessica Henson of KidzTales. read more

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NJ Kids Book Review: DOGS

by Emily Gravett Toddler through Grade 1 DOGS is for every dog lover! The soft detailed illustrations depict many hilarious dog personalities and breeds. Throughout this book, Gravett teaches the concept of opposites, such as “I love hairy dogs and bald dogs. Stripy dogs and spotty dogs”.  DOGS is a book that young and old will enjoy reading again and again! Reviewed by Jessica Henson of KidzTales.  http://k.... read more

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NJ Kids Book Review: Bounce

by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin Toddler through Preschool Bounce is a book to have fun with! Cronin & Menchin use rhyming splendor and silliness to captivate little ones’ attention. “If you bounce into a puddle, it’s best to bounce in boots, if you must bounce in the market, it’s best not to bounce in fruits!” This book is great for a child who is reluctant to read or listen to books. The action and imagination are non-stop and the story.... read more

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How to Start Eating Healthy

 I often hear people say, “We’ve got to start eating healthier.”  My question would be, “Do you know how to start?” The other day I ran across this list that suggests healthy choices to make at the grocery store.  It is from the very informative book, The Family Guide to Fighting Fat from Texas Children’s Hospital.  It suggests that 8 out of every 10 items should be from the healthy list.... read more

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Quick and Healthy After School Snacks

If your family is anything like mine, after school is a bit crazy!  We often have very little time once the kids get home before we head out to a football game, track meet, dance class, volleyball practice, music lesson, etc.  It’s important that your child gets a good, healthy snack to keep them fueled until dinnertime.  Here are some quick, easy, healthy, and often, on the go snacks. Low fat mozzarella cheese stick.... read more

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