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Sprout Announces New Hosts During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Were you watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? If so you may have seen some pretty cool floats and entertaining acts. You may have also noticed two new hosts for Sprout’s The Sunny Side Up Show.

Sprout The Sunny Side Up Show New Hosts

Meet Tim and Kaitlin. Along with current hosts Dennisha and Carly, Tim and Kaitlin will join the show. It is unclear if hosts Kelly Vrooman and Sean Roach will completely leave Sprout or continue their spin-off Sprout shows, Vrooman with The Chica Show and Roach with Noodle and Doodle.

Even Sprout Online makes no mention of the cast change as of today. If you find any information feel free to add a comment and I’ll be updating as new details are revealed.

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

Have you seen commercials on Disney or Disney Junior for “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace”? When the girls saw this awesome special they were super excited, so I figured some of you your children may be excited too. Here are the details!!!

CLOVER, PRINCESS SOFIA, PRINCESS OONA

 

Sofia and her family take to the high seas for a royal vacation in the first-ever “Sofia the First” prime time special: “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” premieres Sunday, November 24 at 7:00pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel.

The undersea adventure, in which Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid, features a special appearance by Princess Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” voiced by Disney legend Jodi Benson who reprises her iconic role from the animated film. The special also introduces a new character named Oona, a young mermaid voiced by Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”).

PRINCESS ARIEL, PRINCESS SOFIA

 

***A full-length preview of “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” will debut on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets beginning Monday, November 11. The special will be simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel on Sunday, November 24 and will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox beginning Monday, November 25.

“Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” takes Sofia and her family on an extraordinary journey to Merriway Cove, where Sofia meets a young mermaid named Oona. After helping Oona untangle her fin from a net, Sofia’s magical amulet transforms her into a mermaid too, allowing her to explore the underwater world with her new friend. During their adventure, Sofia learns that mermaids mistrust humans and are angry that her family’s floating palace is in their cove. When Oona is captured by a horrible sea monster, Sofia – with a little help from Princess Ariel – must find a way to save her and create harmony between their two worlds.

 

Will you be tuning in?? What do you like about “Sofia the First”? Anything you don’t like about the show???

Meet the NEW Wiggles Cast Premiering on Sprout

While watching Sprout this morning, {yes we deviated from our usual Disney Junior, but since it’s summer we needed a little change up in our viewing} I spotted the new Wiggles Cast. Another parent had mentioned to me a few weeks back that there was a new cast, but I hadn’t heard anything before then.

Right before my eyes I spotted only one original Wiggle member (although some of the other cast members have remained), Anthony. In case you weren’t familiar with the Wiggles, Anthony is the blue wiggle who loves food. In this video from The Wiggles Website, all four original cast members explain to their fans about the changes, check it out:

After 21 years of performing it seems like most of the cast has decided that it’s time to hang over the reigns and let some younger members jump around, sing and make children happy.

I personally loved the original Wiggle cast, and even followed along when Greg was replaced by Sam due to health reasons. I think however, that The Wiggles brand has got it right, they respectfully are acknowledging the changes to cast and passing the torch, unlike the character changes in Fresh Beat Band, that seemed to cause quite the commotion.

Here’s the new Wiggles lineup:

The New Wiggles Cast

Lachlan Gillespie, aka Lachy, the new Purple Wiggle who has been with The Wiggles production in a variety of roles including Captain Feather Sword on the Dorothy the Dinosaur Traveling Show, and in The Wiggles tour as both a Wiggly Dancer and Wags the Dog.

Simon Pryce, the new Red Wiggle has been one of the main voice artists on Wiggles’ albums and has performed with The Wiggles, playing the role of Ringo the Ringmaster.

And last but not least, Emma Watkins, the new Yellow Wiggle, who is obviously a female Wiggle, the first full-time female Wiggle. Emma has appeared on the Wiggles since 2010 starting her career as Fairy Larissa and later performing as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, and as a Wiggly Dancer.

To read more about the NEW Wiggles Cast Members, head to the Wiggles website here: http://www.wiggletime.com/thewiggles/announcement-meet-the-next-generation.htm

These new Wiggles will appear for the new season of The Wiggles Ready, Set, Wiggle! on Sprout starting August 19, 2013 at 4:30pm and every Monday through Sunday at 4:30pm.

 

What do you think about the changes?? Who was your favorite original Wiggle??

Superbook Bible Stories Summer Series

I had the pleasure of working with CBN and MomSelect to bring you this post.

superbookfeature_LGGuess what?? The reimagined Summer Series Superbook is coming next month! If you have children ages 6 and up they may be excited to watch this upcoming series of Bible stories that not only teach great lessons, but are fun for the kiddos too.

Your children will love Chris, Joy and their funny robot Gizmo as they are beamed back to Bible times to relive the greatest stories ever told.

Visit the Superbook website here: http://www.cbn.com/superbook for more information on characters, to play games, and find out more about details the upcoming television broadcasts.

In the meantime set your calendars and DVRs {if you have them}:

Superbook ABC Family Airings – 9:30 a.m. EDT:

July 1st – In the Beginning: Adam and Eve
July 2nd – Let My People Go: Moses
July 3rd – The First Christmas
July 4th – He Is Risen: the Resurrection of Jesus
July 5th – Revelation

**Since every child is different, I encourage you to head to the Official Superbook website, {available through the website listed above,} to view some of the episodes before your children watch them if there is a question of maturity or if the content is appropriate for their personality. You know your child best.

I’ll also be reviewing some of the episodes on my site again later next month so stay tuned. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this new series if you want to leave a comment below.

I received review products as part of a promotional program with CBN and MomSelect. The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest words. Your opinions may vary.

Why We Love Raggs Kids Show

**Thanks to Raggs PR for sending us some great products to try out.**

15 years before they appeared on broadcast television Raggs was created, by a parent, for their six year old. Luckily, the idea grew and now my children, and yours are able to reap the benefits of learning and laughter from Raggs television shows, DVDs, concerts/performances, an interactive website, and even Raggs themed products.

My girls enjoyed watching The Wiggles and often on the same station we would continue watching programming, which included Raggs. They liked how diverse the characters were and of course the fact that Raggs and his friends were in a band didn’t hurt either, {my girls love singing and dancing}. Although, I must admit we never really made it one of our regular shows…until we got a chance to check out more episodes on DVD recently.

Upon opening the package from Raggs, my girls fell in love with the plush Raggs stuffed toy {which you can purchase on their website}. Not only was he a great size but he was very soft, and features a “hidden” pocket to store treasure {say my girls}.

Raggs and Miss A MommyB

We are very mindful of what our girls watch and want it to be not only entertaining but educational as well. After watching Raggs with them, I truly feel that this programing in wholesome and worth watching for any family. Not to mention that some of the songs featured in the show are also on their CD. We love dancing to the Raggs music and it’s also a safe CD to have in for children’s parties and play dates as well.

Raggs and his friends, Razzles, Pido, B. Max, and Triby not only love to play music, but they love to be active and are always learning from situations they stumble upon. We love that their website features so many activities, videos and information for us to learn and play more with Raggs and his friends.

Raggs Website

Miss A regularly asked for Raggs as her video and music choices in the car on our trips, and this girl has a lot of choices so that certainly means a lot coming from her. Both of my girls, were laughing and really getting into dancing and listening to Raggs and the other characters on the show, so much that we have truly become fans of Raggs and no longer occasional watchers.

Raggs Collage MommyB

Make sure you check out Raggs for your family by visiting their newly updated and super interactive website at Raggs.com, we love Pido’s Rockin’ Code printable sheet, Raggs TV games, and their shop! Miss A and Lil C are loving the activity and sticker books we got, perfect for summer rest time, so they can calm down, focus, and relax with their favorite characters.

 

I received products from Raggs in order to give my honest, thorough opinions on their services and products. The words and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, however yours may vary.

Disney’s Sofia the First Premier

Cinderella Princess Sofia the First

This coming Sunday, November 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Disney will introduce its first little girl princess with the debut of “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess,” on the Disney Channel and again on Thursday, November 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior. If you happen to miss it, the movie will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior, Disney Junior On Demand and DisneyJunior.com.

Cinderella Princess Sofia the First

Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, the movie introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First. Sofia must learn to navigate the extraordinary life of royalty while holding on to her own hopes and dreams. Her journey to being the best she can be also paves the way for those around her to realize how special they each are. Disney’s Cinderella makes an appearance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wisdom – princess to princess.

Sofia’s royal adventure begins as she prepares to move into the castle with her mom, starting a new family with her step-father, King Roland II, and step-siblings, Amber and James. Helping Sofia in her journey are the three headmistresses of Royal Prep Academy – Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty”) and royal steward, Baileywick, as well as a group of cute woodland creatures led by a wise-talking rabbit, Clover. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn’t all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal.

Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories of “Sofia the First” communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children. While she lives in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia remains a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home including learning how to fit in, making new friends and mastering new skills.

Check out a fun Sofia the First music video here: Princess Sofia the First Music Video and browse the rest of the videos for more on this adorable Princess.

A “Sofia the First” television series will premiere in early 2013. The movie and series will roll out internationally through mid-2013 on both Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels.

Sofia the First

Since watching the preview trailers on Disney Junior Miss A and Lil’ C have been so excited, even as much so as to play the characters of Princess Sofia and her mother when they are dressing up.

We can’t wait for Sunday night because we’ll be hosting an amazing Princess Sofia Premier Party with our friends!

While we know you can’t be here in our home, we hope that you’ll be celebrating on Sunday too!!

And for birthday party ideas make sure you check out the post after our party filled with all sorts of Princess Sofia the First ideas and images!

Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins New Character: Glo-Bo

Doc McStuffins Hallie Lamby Stuffy Chilly

Disney Junior Logo RightsI don’t know when the tides changed but as of late the #1 channel my girls want to watch when we do turn the TV on is Disney Junior, and I am completely fine with that. I’m loving the return of Higglytown Heroes, {mainly because they bring back memories of when Miss A was Lil C’s age}, we also can’t get enough of Jungle Junction and their silly antics, and really we like most of the programming on Disney Junior.

Our all-time favorite these days though is Doc Mc Stuffins. Have you seen this show?!? Miss A has the type of personality where she’s a worrier and anxious about a lot of things {she may or may not get that from her mommy}. This show is perfect for her and children like her who get a little nervous about heading to the doctor’s office.

The main characters are a little girl and her stuffed animals. They’re always helping out broken toys making them feel better in the adorable play clinic, the fun part is when the stuffed animals come to life. Doc, Stuffy, Lamby, Hallie, and Chilly use the broken toys to show children different aspects of a doctor visit or hospital stay. Their songs, “I Feel Better” and “Time for your Check-Up” are very catchy and I always sing along with  my girls when we watch. I love that the songs help tell about treatment in a non-scary way. One line from “Time for your Check-Up” says, “It’s okay if you giggle, this will only tickle a little.”

Doc McStuffins Hallie Lamby Stuffy Chilly

This Friday, July 20th, a new character will be introduced to the “broken toy group”, his name is Glo-Bo. Glo-Bo is a six-handed toy monster with the voice of Jim Belushi.

GLO-BO Doc McStuffins

Show synopsis:

“Caught Blue-Handed” – When a mysterious rash of blue spots breaks out among some of the toys in the clinic, Doc traces the “Mystery Pox” back to Donny’s toy monster, Glo-Bo (voiced by Belushi) who had been finger-painting earlier in the day and forgot to wash his hands. This episode of Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” airs FRIDAY, JULY 20 (9:00-9:30 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and will also air on the Disney Junior channel.

I’m excited to meet Glo-Bo and watch Doc and her team of stuffed animal assistants go to work! Oh and I think the kids will like it too!!!

Have you watched Doc McStuffins or are you “stuck” on another Disney Junior show?

Images and show synopsis credit: ©(DISNEY JUNIOR)

I was not compensated or given anything to write this post. The above opinions are my own, honest opinions, we really do love Disney Junior and if we didn’t I wouldn’t say it. 

We LOVE Nick Jr’s Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig

Family values and spending time with one another is so important in our family of four. We want our girls to understand that we will always set aside time, as a family, to partake in activities, silliness, and volunteering. Having a strong familial bond is so important to us, that’s why we enjoy the children’s show Peppa Pig.

Peppa PigPeppa Pig is a hilarious preschool cartoon on Nick Jr., that aired in early 2001. Before it previewed here in the states it was a longtime favorite with British kiddos, and I’m not surprised why. Not only is the family, (Peppa the, “star” {obviously}, Mommy Pig, Daddy Pig, and George) comedic, but they show what a family is all about, spending quality time together.

The show features so many different relationships; parent-to-child, sibling-to-sibling, child-to-child, and family dynamics as well. It’s fun to watch the entire family engage in each other’s activities and be supportive.

Peppa’s mom and dad help her build a castle, the entire family goes on bike rides, Peppa and her brother play hide-and-seek, and it all ends in loud snorts of laughter!

Not only do Miss A and Lil’ C really enjoy the show, but I like watching with them as well. We want to instill strong family roots and be present in our children’s lives and the best way to do that for us, is to start now, while they are young.

The only thing I didn’t really care for personally are the “fat jokes” towards Daddy Pig, (he laughs them off, but I could do without) but other than that, we really enjoy watching and learning from Peppa and her family.

What is one way that you and your family spend time together??

Make sure you check out Peppa Pig Monday through Friday at 12:00PM and 12:30PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM and 2:30PM on Nick Jr. Also visit their website http://peppapig.com and on Facebook.

I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive Peppa Pig products in order to better familiarize myself with the program. This in no way effects the outcome of my post, all thoughts and opinions are my own, yours may vary.

Welcome Back to the Wiggles – How to Help Your Child Deal with Character Changes

The Wiggles Welcome Back Greg

The Wiggles Welcome Back GregRecently Greg Page, one of the founding members of The Wiggles children’s music group,  announced he’d be returning to his original spot. If you’re in the, “new class” of parenting and only know The Wiggles as; Anthony, Jeff, Murray, and Sam, then perhaps you didn’t know that Greg Page took leave from The Wiggles in 2006 due to an unexpected illness.

Leaving the “yellow shirt” slot open, Sam Moran stepped in. Sam had been a part of The Wiggles show since 1998 and was a great addition when he stepped up to take the lead singer position for The Wiggles. Now that Greg is rejoining The Wiggles, Sam will be taking time to continue working on his own personal music ventures, (he released The Colour of Love in 2010) and also to spend time with his family.

Thankfully, there was a great person who was able to step in for a time and also step back from this position. Sam has been praised for continuing the success of The Wiggles during Greg’s leave. Yet when the day comes for Greg to rejoin the group and appear in his yellow shirt this year, there may be some confused or upset children.

With any television show there is a chance that characters will need to be replaced. I featured this story on The Fresh Beat Band replacing their, “Marina” character: What Happened to the Fresh Beat’s Marina? And with all of the traffic and comments it has had you can tell the change certainly struck a nerve in viewing homes. Recently other children’s television shows that have replaced characters or voices have been Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, and one who did it well, Blues Clues.

Not all shows give such great transition to a new character as Blues Clues with their switch from Steve to Joe, so as parents we need to learn the best ways to deal with these changes, because like it or not, they will happen. You may adapt these tips for your own child depending on their age and maturity.

  1. Watch TV with your child – this gives your child an opportunity to discuss with you and you and opportunity to ask them questions, gauge their comfort with the changes and opens lines of communication.
  2. Do your homework – if your child has a favorite show, why not set it up for a Google Alert or receive newsletters from that show so you can be abreast of changes before they even appear on the tube.
  3. Explain TV vs Reality – of course this depends on the show and your child’s age, but in an age appropriate manner discuss what they think differences between television and real-life are and have fun with it.
  4. Keep a positive attitude – so many of us parents are upset when characters change even when often, our children move on easily. When we aren’t disturbed by things, occasionally it will help our kids deal as well.
  5. Choose different programming – if your child is very upset and no amount of discussion will ease their minds choose to watch something else on TV, but keep in mind characters in some shows may change. You can always opt to watch recorded versions of that show as well to keep with the consistency however boredom is a factor there.
  6. Turn off the TV – when all else fails, or if TV seems to be more of an issue in your household, perhaps it’s time for a break from shows and the television in general. Get your kids interested in puzzles, coloring books, imaginative play, and if it’s nice weather head outside for some fresh air.

Do you have any tips to add?

Have any children’s television character switches effected your home?

NickJr. Lied!

Wikipedia The Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episode List

I wish I had gotten a screen shot of the image that prompted this post: Fresh Beat Band Season 3 – New September Episodes, however I didn’t, because little did I realized that I would watch NickJr. and check their website the 26th through the 29th (today) in search for the “new” episodes they were touting. Lesson learned.

I am wondering though if any of you saw it, and watched, waited, and watched like I did in hopes of a new episode or more, according to their claims. I’m glad I didn’t let Miss A know that I had seen this because she really would have been bummed out.

If you have a screen shot I’d love to post it on here, or even if you saw it with your very own eyes feel free to chime in. I’m just wondering what is going on behind the scenes with this show, will they cancel The Fresh Beat Band because of the negative responses and feedback that people are giving on the way they handled the Marina switch? Are they just dragging us along and if so, for what? It would be nice to move on if the show was over and incorporate new programming into our schedule instead of hoping to catch a new episode of The Fresh Beat Band.

I know many of you and your children are big fans of the show in general, so I’d love to hear you weigh in on this issue. Are you waiting for new episodes and sick of them showing one with the old Marina and one with the new Marina? It is confusing your children even more, or do you not care at all? Perhaps you’ve already moved on to other programming? Would love to hear your thoughts on The Fresh Beat Band.

Also here is a screenshot from wikipedia.org of the episodes that were slated to be produced, maybe already filmed, who knows???

Wikipedia The Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episode List

also check out these other Nickelodeon related posts:

Interview with 2Carats – Shayna Rose & Elizabeth Shea Part 1

Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea 2Carats Trailer by MommyBKnowsBest

What Happened To The Fresh Beat’s Marina

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episodes

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 – New September Episodes

Dora’s Explorer Girls: Dora All Grown Up

No More Moose and Zee – NickJr Changes