Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Legoland Birthday Party Tips


The thought of being responsible for a group of kids hopped up on frosting, sugar, and fizzy drinks is enough to make most adults cringe. Throwing a successful party requires a secure area with lots of activities to wear off high levels of energy that accompany birthday celebrations.
“Planning your child’s birthday party can be a piece of cake. It’s all about finding the most cost effective, safe and stress-free way to make a great day for your little one,” says Lara Hannaford, Marketing Manager at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre provides plenty of attractions all under one roof, providing the perfect LEGO® playground for birthday girls and boys.
Hannaford suggests a few things to keep in mind for this year’s birthday party extravaganza:
Keep it short and sweet – Technically you are the babysitter for the afternoon, keep that in mind. A two to three hour maximum leaves plenty of time for cake, food and tons of fun.
Activities galore – Ensure you have provided enough physical activity to burn off all that excitement. Each child will be inhaling the key birthday food groups of sugar and sweets and will need a way to release all that energy.
Party favors – Select a package option that offers take home gifts if you require so.  Parting gifts can be simple, leaving each child with a smile and more entertainment for which the parents will appreciate.
Include the parents – To take some of the pressure off, certain venues offer packages with special adult rates or free adults per certain number of children. Enjoy a little adult time amongst the chaos while gaining a helping hand.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre offers LEGO®-themed birthdays brought to you by a LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre host. Winter, summer, spring or fall, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre provides indoor entertainment for kid’s enjoyment from ages 3-10. Packages offer admission into the centre, a party room and hours of LEGO® fun.

For more information on LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, Toronto, visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

About LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto is a 34,000 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO® bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families.  Its range of interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO® rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Toronto and the GTA, made entirely out of LEGO® bricks. Adults must be accompanied by children to enter.

Monday, 25 April 2016

The ABC's of Yoga for Kids








A 2015 Yoga Journal poll revealed that 1.7 million American children under the age of 17 practice yoga. With stats like that, it’s easy to see that this peaceful practice has become a family affair! Now, on April 8, 2016, 36 states and 12 countries are committed to celebrating our youth and their physical/mental fitness by practicing 5 minutes of yoga thanks to the creation of #KidsYogaDay by avid yoga practitioner for over 30 years, teacher and speaker, Teresa Anne Power
An internationally recognized expert on children’s yoga and the author of the bestselling and award-winning book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids — April 8 also marks the release of Teresa's perfect guide for parents and teachers to introduce yoga to even more children, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers [Stafford House Books, April 8, 2016]. 
Supported by Teresa’s contagious optimism and passion for her practice, she has immediate availability to speak in a feature/profile or expert commentary capacity on:
  • The benefits of yoga for kids and how it differs from other forms of exercise
  • How yoga can assist with childhood challenges, such as autism, ADHD, obesity, stress and physical disabilities
  • Making the most of yoga as a family and in the classroom
  • Basic guidelines of yoga for kids, including length and number of poses and sessions
  • How yoga helps kids perform better in school
  • Specific guidance for sharing yoga with babies and toddlers
  • And much more!
About Teresa Anne Power:
A yoga teacher for over ten years and practitioner for over 30, Teresa Anne Power is an internationally recognized children’s yoga expert and the bestselling author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. Also available in Spanish, French, Italian and Danish, her book has won multiple awards including The Mom’s Choice Award, Family Choice Award, Living Now Book Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and National Best Books Award. Since, Power has released yoga pose cards, a calendar, coloring book, posters and, coming in 2016, her newest book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. This guidebook is scheduled to be released on Kids’ Yoga Day, an inaugural international day Power created to celebrate the health and wellness of our youth worldwide through the practice of yoga. She has appeared on both local and national television and radio, and has been featured in/on Parenting Special Needs Magazine,Parenting.com, MindBodyGreen, Sirius XM, Glamour.com, Yogi Times, and more. She currently writes articles about children’s health and fitness on Examiner.com
 
Power’s 10+ years of teaching young children yoga in schools, yoga studios, and local organizations has helped thousands of kids develop a healthy attitude towards their body. She has also spoken at numerous libraries, schools, yoga studio, and school conferences, volunteers her yoga expertise, and works with Children’s Bureau, Choose Health LA Child Care, Let’s Move West LA, Pathways, Connections for Children and the Neighborhood Youth Association. A graduate of University of Southern California, she earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and has a California Real Estate Broker’s License. In 2002, she completed a yoga training program with Indigo Yoga, and is a keynote speaker and teaches children’s yoga training workshops. She resides in Pacific Palisades, California, and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Education, Leadership and Change at Antioch University in Los Angeles.
 
Learn more at www.abcyogaforkids.com and connect with Power on: 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-ABCs-of-Yoga-for-Kids
Twitter: twitter.com/abcyogaforkids

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers is set for release on April 8, 2016 and will be available for purchase at Amazon and other bookstores and yoga studios.

Yoga is not only fun but a great way to keep kids healthy and active. In a large group setting such as a daycare it is an excellent activity to encourage calm, relaxing ways of moving the body. This book is an excellent tool. 

CoverrMe: a Free Alternative to GoFundMe


CoverrMe.com is a free (0% fee) alternative to other crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe. 
Unlike other platforms, CoverrMe allows people to raise money for any type of crowdfunding project 
but without the fees.
Why we need an alternative to GoFundMe
GoFundMe has become a real giant in the crowdfunding space. Since its inception, GoFundMe campaigns 
raised over $1 billion dollars from Funders, and half of that ($470 million) in 2014 alone - making it the  
worlds biggest crowdfunding platform.  Most campaigns in GoFundMe are of the 'personal crowdfunding' 
nature, with people raising money for medical bills, honeymoons, weddings and animal care. GoFundMe 
charges a 5% fee on the money raised, so for every $100 you raise, GoFundMe takes their $5 share. In 
addition, credit card companies charge another 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. The Founders were recently 
bought out of the company - and it seems that it has become a corporate 'money-machine': GoFundMe even charges their full 5% fees on disaster relief campaigns.


The April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal where almost 9,000 people died

It may seem a bit odd, but GoFundMe made at least $370,000 of revenue off of the Nepal Earthquake that 
happened in April this year. You would think that a platform with a mission like this would 'chip in' 
themselves, or at least give a discount on fees from these projects..
A free alternative to GoFundMe
CoverrMe was started by an engaged couple wanting to raise money for their honeymoon. They saw that 
all crowdfunding platforms out there would charge 5% on the money they raised. They thought this was 
not fair and they started their own platform. Also, they found that all of these other platforms looked the 
same, so they wanted to introduce a new 'visual way of doing crowdfunding' where funders leave their 
visual footprint on campaigns. 

CoverrMe is a crowdfunding site like GoFundMe, but without the fees. There are no deadlines and it is 
free to start a campaign. You can do anything (and more) on CoverrMe that you can do on GoFundMe, 
but at 0% fees!

Learn more about how CoverrMe works here, and start a visual crowdfunding campaign when you're 
ready.

Biography Rob van Haaren
Rob is a Technical Analyst in the Power Systems Development team at First Solar where he works on 
integrating energy storage into large-scale solar farms. In the evenings and weekends, he works on a 
bunch of new ventures and projects, with most of them involving web development. Rob holds a BS in 
Innovation Sciences from University of Technology Eindhoven, and MS & PhD degrees in Earth & 
Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Three Simple Ways To Optimize Your Level Of Wellness


If you want to live an absolutely amazing life, you need to be healthy. Yet many people manifest signs of poor health. Whether it's chronic fatigue, joint pain, mood instability, or something else, the problems can be corrected through the implementation of sound wellness strategies. To get on the road to great health and fabulous living right now, implement the following techniques: 

1. Invest In Home Renovation Services.

One of the best ways to improve your level of wellness is by investing in home renovation services. These services are powerful because they improve the aesthetic and functional appeal of your property, which can in turn make your life easier while simultaneously boosting your mood. There's nothing like coming home to a house that you love living in, so start taking advantage of this wellness strategy right now. You can learn more about home improvement professionals in your area and get your free estimate now

2. Do Yoga. 

In addition to investing in home renovation services, make sure that you start doing yoga. This form of physical activity will entail a wide range of health benefits, some of which include:

-clearer thinking
-lowered blood pressure
-improved memory
-better sleep
-weight management 

Additionally, yoga is an incredible stress buster, which is good news for individuals who lead a fast-paced lifestyle marked by ongoing work-related or personal anxieties.

3. Meditate. 

One final technique you can employ to optimize your level of wellness is meditation. Meditation is a wonderful way to connect your mind and body, fight stress, and develop the ability to control your thoughts so that they direct you into peaceful, powerful living. There are numerous different types of meditation that you can engage in, and one of the more prevalent is breath-based. With this meditation modality, primacy is placed on slowly inhaling and exhaling. As this work is done, you should listen to the cadence and sound of your own breath. In addition to promoting a sense of calm, this mode of meditation can help improve your breathing quality. 

Conclusion 

If you're serious about leading a productive and positive life, wellness is not an option. It is mandatory. To start optimizing your level of mental and physical health right now, you can implement the wellness techniques listed here. In so doing, you'll likely find that you obtain the sustained sense of peace, love, and joy that you've always wanted!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Club Called Awesome



ELECTRO-KINDIE FOR ALL!

'CLUB CALLED AWESOME'

A NEW ALBUM BY THE SINGING LIZARD

SET FOR MARCH RELEASE
"Amazing enough on the ears that it deserves to be here, there, and everywhere families are looking for rad summertime mini jams."
-- Jeff Bogle, Red Tricycle

"Let me catch my breath!  I just spent the past hour dancing it up to The Singing Lizard's hip techno flair CD, Make Believe ... Each song is a soulful pop adventure, and the lyrics are full of positive messages."
-- Marcy Fisher, Our Kids


"The difference with her sound is that it's a grown-up, piano-based pop that would not be out of place on the radio next to such singers as Leslie Feist and Regina Spektor."
-- Phil Corless, A Family Runs Through It

As one of the first artists to combine original and traditional children's music with electronic, pop, and dance genres, Liz DeRoche (a.k.a.   The Singing Lizard) moves listeners to the beat of an entirely new style she calls "Electro-Kindie."  The Singing Lizard is thrilled to announce the March 25 release of her third album for families, Club Called Awesome.

Described as "Regina Spektor mixed with Daft Punk," The Singing Lizardis an electro-pop singer/keyboardist/drummer who creates seriously fun dance parties for all ages.  Enthused Marcy Fisher of Our Kids, "Her songs will have you digging into your imagination and shaking your tail feather!"

Inspired by Radiohead, Daft Punk, and Bjork, Liz DeRoche wrote, recorded, mixed, and performed all the vocals and every instrument onClub Called Awesome.  The thirteen original songs on the album are replete with highly imaginative, plot-driven lyrics, tight electronic elements, and anthemic choruses that touch on themes ranging from starting a club where everyone's invited, being yourself, and trying new things, to enjoying the outdoors and growing up.

Exhibiting a penchant for mixing mediums, Liz DeRoche has created a comic book to accompany Club Called Awesome.  With text by Liz DeRoche and colorful illustrations by Marc Rene, the Club Called Awesome comic book encourages listeners to follow along as three young adventurers band together to start a club called Awesome, meet a robot named Beat Bot, make new friends, play games at the park, take a bite of something new, and celebrate every day.

The flip side of The Singing Lizard as a solo project for kids and families features Liz DeRoche performing and recording music for grownups withThe Pushovers (since 2009), Cane & the Sticks (since 2011), and Tom Goss (since 2013).  Liz tours regularly with Tom Goss and, on his latest release, Wait, she played drums and piano/keyboard, as well as doing the vocal arrangements.  She has produced several remixes for Goss, and on his upcoming album she sings back-up vocals.

A native of Western Oregon, Liz DeRoche traveled the world prior to settling down in Washington, DC, where she lived for eight years.  Since January 2015 she has been happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area home.

Previous albums by The Singing Lizard include Make Believe (2013) andAlphaBeat (2010).

Club Called Awesome will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp, and at The Singing Lizard's live shows.
 
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CD Details:  Club Called Awesome
Release date:  March 25, 2016
For all ages, and especially for ages 2 - 7
Label:  AlphaBeat Records
SRP:  $15 CD; $10 digital download
Running time:  38 minutes
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The Singing Lizard Performance Highlights - March - August  2016

March 4 - The Duck Pond, San Jose, CA

April 6 - FamJam Music Series at Perch Coffeehouse, Oakland, CA - Album Release Show!

April 9 - Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, CA - Album Release Show!

August 13 - Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater, Reston, VA

August 19 - Kidchella Summer Concert Series, Philadelphia, PA

August 20 - Mason District Park Amphitheater, Annandale, VA

 
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