2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival

Discover the odd, colorful, and delightful world of children’s cinema this summer at the 2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival. Join us July 26 – August 1 for week-long line up of children’s films that range from blockbuster hits to fun and quirky international flicks.

The festival will feature several Pittsburgh premiers, as well as the best short films from the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Complimentary special events, guest appearances, and hands-on activities are planned throughout the week.

The festival will be hosted at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, which will play movies at a lower volume to protect young ears and provide kid friendly snacks at select screenings. In the spirit of the festival, children are welcome to move around the theater, chat, and just be kids.

SAVE THE DATE July 26-August 1 – International Children’s Festival – Save the Date!! Discover the odd, colorful, and delightful world of children’s cinema this summer at the 2019 Pittsburgh Children’s International Film Festival.

Talk Like a Pirate Day Activity Ideas for Kids

Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th! Want to celebrate in your homeschool or classroom? Check out these easy & creative ideas to get in the spirit!   Pirates - Educents Blog Pirate Treasure Hunt – This is a great activity for pirate fun at home over the weekend! Make your own map, hide pirate treasure, and watch your little ones follow directions to search for the Pirates’ Gold! Island Adventures Reading Program – Join Pete Pirate and his crew with instruction and practice in advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension! 75 lessons teach fundamental reading skills for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Recommended ages 6 to 9. PiratePartyFoods_photo2 Treasure Map Pizza – Decorate your homemade pizza with olives, peppers, and a tiny red pepper for the pirate ship! Meet the McKaws – This is such a fun pirate-themed book for Kindergarteners! Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything. Pirates’ Treasure & Crafts


Pirate Math and Literacy Activities – The pirate literacy activities include wall words, syllable sort, picture bingo, and more! The pirate math activities include four math activities that would deb a great addition to any pirate-themed unit. Pirate Crafts and Treasure Chest – Make a pirate hat, homemade pirate hook, spyglass, treasure chest, gold coins and more! Pirate Craft Paper Plate Pirate Craft – Use household items to craft a happy pirate face! This is an easy activity for kids and parents to complete together at home. Exploding Treasure Chests Pirate Science – Dive into some pirate science with Exploding Treasure Chests!! It’s a great sensory experience as the solid, freezing cold chests turn to mush and expose treasures hidden within. Pirate Theme Classroom Mega Bundle – Want to set your classroom in a pirate theme? This package includes pirate-themed word wall cards, calendars, customizable name tags, classroom jobs poster, time telling posters set, and more!

Do you get into Talk Like a Pirate Day?  I’ll be honest, I haven’t personally but I know my kids schools do a little activity.


Merino Kids Organic Cotton Sleep Sack Review

I received the below mentioned product at no cost in order to complete an honest review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve been a fan of sleep sacks for years now.  Ever since I learned about about how much safer using something like a sleep sack is for baby rather than using a blanket, it’s been my go-to way to keep my babies warm at night and during naps.  Even my older kids say “why don’t they make them for us!” lol.

When Merino Kids asked me to try out one of their sleep sacks I was happy too. If I’m to be honest I never heard the brand before and was interested to see what they had to offer.  The first benefits of a Merino Kids sleep sack, that I noticed, is it’s 100% organic and GOTS certified cotton. Yep, NO pesticides or chemicals used to make these sleep sacks.  They are an international award winning textile company from New Zealand.  It was started by a mom who was tired of seeing synthetic materials that are all over the market.

When it arrived in the mail in was packaged in a very nice see-through cotton sack.  I chose the Mulberry design for ages 2-4 years old since my daughter is 2 1/2.

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The organic cotton material is sooo soft.  I wanted to climb in it myself but, alas, I’m too big for it.  It’s made thicker then other sleep sack brands I’ve tried. Being that my daughter is only 2.5 years old there is still plenty of room to grow.  We’ll be able to use this sleep sack for a few years. That’s another benefits to the Merino Kids brand sleep sacks.  Yea they’re pricier but you’ll be able to use it for 2 year or more depending on how fast your child grows.

Since she was on the younger end of the product size I was concerned it would be too loose for her and she’d be able to slip right out.  It actually fits very nice in the top part and has plenty of room by her feet to grow and more around in it.

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Another feature of the Merino Kids USA sleep sack is that there is a built in area for seat belts.  If they fall asleep and you need to get them into their car seat, no worries.  You don’t have to take the sleep sack off and wake your little one.  You can still use the car seat belts with this on.

The quality of this sleep sack is some of the best I’ve personally seen.  I’ve put it through the wash a few times and it still looks like new.

You can find Merino Kids sleep sack on their website: MerinoKidsUSA.com (definitely check out all the 100% organic product they offer) and Merino Kids on Amazon

Zubels Petit Pomme Dress Review

I received the below mentioned dress at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

I love dressing my little ones.  Babies and toddlers, they really don’t care what they wear as long as their comfortable.  As a mom though, I want my little ones to be comfortable and look cute in their little outfits.  Ok so babies and toddlers are cute no matter what but don’t you just love seeing the little outfits that you buy on them. You don’t even need to spend a lot of money.

I LOVE the smock style clothes So many cute colors, styles, and possibilities.  Zubels has their own line of cute smock style clothing called Petit Pomme.  I was pouring over all the super cute styles for the little ones.  I was thinking, “oh I’d love to get my daughter this one and that one…”  I had an opportunity to review a dress for my daughter called the Three Bunny Blue Dress.

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The  material of the dress is 60% cotton and 40% polyester.  It felt soft and was a billowy dress.  I had bought a size bigger.  My daughter is currently in 24 months but some 2T clothing so  I went ahead and requested the dress in size 2T.  It was a bit long but that’s ok. I’m one that would rather clothes be a little too big than too small to ensure my children will get some wear out of it.  I couldn’t wait to put this dress on her.

Normally my daughter is quite the little ham bone when I take the camera out but this time she wasn’t feeling the pictures.  But I still got some pretty cute shots of her in the dress considering.

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She looked so cute in her Petit Pomme dress.  I followed my daughter around the house like the momarazzi trying to get pics of her.  She was not having it.  I got one more shot of her settled into my husband’s recliner. I totally missed a super cute picture of her coming down the stairs holding a teddy bear.

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This will be the perfect dress for spring Easter egg hunts, visits with the Easter bunny, or anything spring really.  Check out Petit Pomme for the super cute clothes for both boys and girls – infant to toddler size 4.  My only cons for this dress is that the first day she wore it one of the buttons on the back fell off but buttons are easy to fix so I did.  Also the dress is made in the Philippines, for me I like buying American made when possible.  The rest of the stitching seemed to be done well, the embroidery on the dress was cute.

You can find Zubels on the following social sites:

Twitter: @Zubelskids

Facebook: facebook.com/Zubels

Instagram: @zubels

Pinterest: pinterest.com/Zubelkids

Real Bug Dig Kit Review

I received the below mentioned product at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

This time of year in Pennsylvania, it’s cold. When I say cold I mean last night windchill factors were -21 in my area.  Not really weather you want to encourage your kids to go out in play in.  As you might expect, they can get bored.  3 boys and a toddler in the house.  I try to have things on hand to keep their attention without using electronics.  I had a great experience with Dr. Cool’s science kits in the past so when I was asked to review their Insect Excavation kit, I couldn’t pass it up.

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I love the Discover with Dr Cool kits because they come with just about everything you need, not too many parts, and have much to offer for many ages. The Real Bug Dig Kit includes a digging tool, brush, magnifying glass, an insect guide booklet full of interesting bug info, an activity booklets, and a big plaster beetle that your kids will chip into to find 3 real bugs encased in acrylic.  My boys bugged me for a few days after we received the kit. They couldn’t wait to try it out.  My kids are aged 12, 11, 5, and 2 years.

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We cleared a spot on our island.  They recommend laying down newspaper which is a good idea.  There will be chips and some plaster dust all over your work surface but it’s an easy clean up if you use newspaper. The kids each took turns chipping away at the plaster beetle.  They had so much fun with it.

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They were so excited to when they started uncovering a bug. I didn’t tell them what bugs were included in the kit so there was an element of surprise when they pulled them out to see what they were.  We looked them up in the bug guide pamphlet.  The boys were genuinely interested in the information on each bug that was included.  There is even additional bug info on bugs not in the kit that my boys wanted to read about.

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My youngest child is 2.  She stood by watching on a step stool and wanted to be included.  I gave her the brush that came with the kit and let her help my cleaning off the bugs we found.  She was happy to do it.

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This kit took some time to do.  It’s not something that they’ll be done with in 5 minutes.  Even with all the kids taking turns it took us about 45 minutes to complete the kit.  My youngest son was enjoying chipping away at the plaster digging beetle even after all the bugs were discovered. This was a great kit.  Would make a fantastic gift too.  I know my kids have been engaged with both Dr Cool kits we’ve tried and I know they’d love to try even more.

You can also go check out my, Discover with Dr Cool Pan for Gold Kit review here.

You can see all the Discover with Dr Cool Science kits available on their website: discoverwithdrcool.com 

You can find Discover with Dr Cool on the following social media sites:

Twitter: @DiscoverDrCool

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Discover-with-Dr-Cool/224760197591551