Sunday, October 19, 2014

4 Fun Ways to Introduce Young Children to Art #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

One of my most memorable days as a child was when I first went to the art museum by where we lived. Never in my whole life did I see that many paintings but once I did, it opened an entire new world to me. Each picture was completely different and they all had different meanings. My favorite thing to do was to look at each one and try to figure out what they meant. And as I grew, my love of art and the arts grew too.

I think introducing children to art is very important, especially when they are very young. Starting young helps give kids a good foundation. When I was pregnant with Mary, I would put earphones on my belly and play one children's book every night before bed. I did this until she was born and now she has an extreme love for reading. And she is actually reading two grade levels higher than others her age too.

If you're looking to introduce your kids to art at a young age, here are some fun ideas to get you started.
  1. Visit an Art Museum - Visiting an art museum as a child can bring out a lot of new emotions in children. Plus it can really make them see things in a whole new way! When choosing an art museum to go to, make sure to take your child's interest in mind. Mary's first art museum was a Western art museum which was filled with cowboys and Native Americans. It really kept her attention since it was a subject she was interested in.
  2. Have an Art Show in Your Home - Over the span of a few weeks, do various craft and art projects with your kids at home. Then make a homemade art show in your house, showing off all their work!
  3. Check Out Art Books from the Library - One of the best first steps to introducing your children to art is to show them various famous paintings. A great way to start is with art books. Make sure to let them fully look at the pictures and ask them what they see in them.
  4. Watch Art Shows Like Creative Galaxy - Creative Galaxy is a series that is designed to support a child’s natural inclination to use their imaginations, make and create art to make life joyful. Everywhere one goes art is evident. And the skills utilized and learned through making art are vast and useful. In every episode, the characters will use "fix it with art" to model the pervasiveness and importance of art as a resource for life..

Since Mary loves art, we started watching Creative Galaxy a few months back on our Amazon Prime account. And she has loved it ever since! The character, Arty, is always looking to make new art out of anything. And the kids watching feel like they are making the art right along with him. And a big reason why is that it is produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero. She's the one who also produced Blue's Clues, the iconic 90's play-a-long show. I actually grew up watching Blue's Clues so that's probably why I love the feel to this show too.

The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!

Each episode of Creative Galaxy is different, including one that the characters were searching for a missing dog. In that one they visited different planets that revolved around different types of art which was fascinating to watch.

If you've never seen Creative Galaxy, you need to check it out for your kids. Currently it's only available on Amazon Prime Instant Video and it's completely worth the watch, especially for home-school parents!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Join Us For a Twitter Party on Anti-Bullying After A Move on October 22 at 7pm EST @Cablemover #StopTheBullying

Are you in the mood for a Twitter Party? Then make sure to join @kbwhiskey and @cablemover on October 22 at 7pm EST to talk about anti-bullying after a move.

Attend the party and tweet using the #stopthebullying hashtag for your chance to win prizes including multiple $25 VISA gift cards and a $150 VISA gift card!

Prize winners will be announced during the party so be sure to attend for an informative discussion!

What: Anti-Bullying After a Move Twitter Party
Where: Twitter with #stopthebullying hashtag
When: October 22 at 7pm EST
Hosts: @kbwhiskey & @cablemover

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Active in the Winter With @Nutrience_ #NutriencePets

This post is sponsored by Nutrience and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Nutrience, but Our Whiskey Lullaby only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nutrience is not responsible for the content of this article.

If you couldn't tell, our dog Charlie is very lazy. And it doesn't really matter what the weather is. He pretty much likes to sleep no matter what. But when winter comes around, it's going to get a lot worse. So to help him still get the exercise he needs to keep him strong and healthy, here are a few tips that we use to keep him still on his toes!
  1. Take a Walk on Warmer Days - Before the weather gets frigid, it's always nice to talk a nice walk with your pets. If your dog has short hair though like Charlie, make sure he wears a sweater or a coat to protect him from getting sick.
  2. Make Mealtime More Fun -  Sometimes Charlie gets a bit lazy, even at mealtime. So we started using a meal toy for him. We simply put in his Nutrience food and let him work for it. We don't do this daily but when we do, he seems to eat better.
  3. Play Indoor Games - Charlie loves a good game of chase so in the winter, Mary chases him throughout the house. You can also play hide and go seek and fetch too if that's what your dog likes!
  4. Enroll in an Agility Class - Many places offer indoor agility classes for dogs in the winter. Not only is this fun for the dogs but they also get so good at it that they could compete!
  5. Head Over to a Pet Store - A lot of pet stores let pets come in. This is a great way for your dog to be active while walking with you to pick new things for him!
A few months back we started Charlie on Nutrience grain free dog food and believe it or not, he's still making his way through the bag! Since he's a small dog and we got a 50lb bag, I think it will last a while! Right now it's available on which is very convenient, especially in the winter. If you don't feel like braving the cold, it can be delivered to your door!

Since having Charlie eat Nutrience, he really has enjoyed it. He's had a lot more energy to him and does like to be active, at least when it's warmer! What we really love about the food is that Nutrience has a "no bad anything" promise plus fruits, vegetables and botanicals are harvested at their peak combined with top of the line meat and fish protein. So you can feel safe feeding this to your dog.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make Sure to be #flyinghigh at the #WOHAirshow @HoustonAirshow on Nov 1-2, 2014

Have you ever had the chance to check out the Wings Over Houston Airshow? Wings Over Houston Airshow, is a production of the Commemorative Air Force. It's also one of the largest civic events in Metropolitan Houston. And proceeds are used to sponsor the Wings Over Houston Scholarship Program for college students studying for careers in aviation, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy for high school juniors and seniors interested in aviation, Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club, and many other area non-profit groups. So you get to go have fun and help benefit others while doing it. How awesome is that?

This year some of the featured performers are the US Navy Blue Angels, Tora! Tora! Tora! Commemorative Air Force, a WW II Airpower Demo, and a Vietnam Demo among many others! If you've never been to the airshow before, check out this promo video below!

Personally my favorite performer that I'm looking forward to seeing is the Tora! Tora! Tora! Commemorative Air Force. That one sounds very interesting and fun!

If you're going to be in Houston on November 1st or 2nd, make sure to check out the Wings Over Houston Airshow! You can also buy tickets online right now too. And make sure you follow them on Twitter and Facebook too to keep up with all the updates!

If you just can't wait for the show, then enter below for some amazing prizes! But be sure to read the terms and conditions before entering!

"Shark Tank Meets Main Street” Sweepstakes #spon

I am a US Cellular Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Last year, U.S. Cellular launched the “Spotlight on America’s Backbone” contest which invited small businesses in the company’s footprint to enter to win free advertising, cash and a year of wireless service to help grow their business. To further show their commitment to business owners, U.S. Cellular expanded on that this year and gave consumers more access to tools and support to help grow their business or make their entrepreneurial dreams come true by working with ABC’s “Shark Tank”.

The first phase of the partnership included Casting Calls, which took place over the over the past few months, where U.S. Cellular provided access to the primetime show via a casting tour exclusively in their footprint, giving small businesses the opportunity to pitch their business, product or idea for a chance to appear before the Sharks on Shark Tank, airing on national TV.

The second phase is the sweepstakes, open for entry now. This sweepstakes will provide customers in the U.S. Cellular footprint the opportunity to gain unprecedented access to the casting call process, hear tips and advice from other small business owners. One lucky winner will win an exclusive behind-the-scenes Shark Tank experience, which includes a VIP seat during the entire pitch process in LA, lunch with the casting team and opportunities to engage the Sharks throughout the day to ask any burning questions, including how he/she can further their business if the winner is a business owner.

Along with the Sweepstakes, consumers can visit to view custom content that will cover both a behind-the-scenes look at the Shark Tank casting process (what Casting Calls are like, what it takes to make a great pitch), what happens after you get funded, along with stories and advice from real entrepreneurs we met at our Casting Calls (about their businesses, the obstacles they’re facing, what they’re looking for from the Sharks, etc.).

If you would like to enter the sweepstakes, then make sure to do it right here! Winners will be selected between 11/1-11/14 and the announcement will be between 11/17-11/21

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