WW: The Chocolate Bandit

February 8, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under daily life, memes, my family, wordless wednesday

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Baby Sign Language Dos and Don’ts

February 8, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under baby, education, family topics

Sign Language For Babies is a cool new way of teaching your pre-verbal child how to communicate. It is easy to teach and a lot of fun to do. To make a start, all you need to do is learn some basic signs and practice, practice, practice. Here are some dos and don’ts for baby sign language beginners…

DOs

  • Do start off with signs you and your baby can practice every day. Signs like Mommy, Daddy and Milk are great for beginners. You will need to make signing a natural part of your interaction with your baby, so finding signs you can incorporate into all your usual activities works really well.
  • Do sign when your baby is alert, using something which is exciting to her, such as Milk or Mommy.
  • Do practice as often as you can. Once you have learned a sign, you should make this sign every time you say the word or do the action with your baby. It is important to say the word clearly, with good eye contact, while pointing to the thing or person you are describing. Be consistent.
  • Do use Baby Sign Language when you’re shopping, playing, feeding and reading with your baby. Be creative and make it fun.
  • Do be patient with yourself and with your baby. If you forget to sign for a day it’s fine to start again the next day. Give yourself and baby plenty of time. Signing is worth it.
  • Do encourage all of your baby’s efforts. Don’t worry if your baby hasn’t got a sign quite ‘right’. Give plenty of praise, attention and eye-contact to show her you are impressed with her efforts. When you and baby are ready you can move on to another group of signs. Encourage all the way.

DON’Ts

  • Don’t forget to learn the signs yourself first. It’s a good idea to practice a few times before signing to your baby. That way you will feel more confident. Go to a Baby Signing class or look up some online resources to help you.
  • Don’t use too many signs to begin with. Limit yourself to four or five signs – you can add more when you and your baby are more confident.
  • Don’t forget the importance of repetition. It’s important to make the sign and say the word every time you do an action or use an object. Babies learn through repetition and it can take about two months of exposure to a sign for babies over six months to learn the sign and be ready to use it themselves.
  • Don’t be too results-focused. Teaching baby sign language is about having fun and learning about each other. The attention and bonding you share with your baby while you are signing is as important as signing itself.
  • Don’t expect too much too soon. Have fun and enjoy signing, making it a part of your day. Remember, it can take at least two months of exposure to, and repetition of, a sign for a baby to learn it properly.

Information courtesy of Baby Sign Language

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Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World

February 8, 2011 by Kailani  
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diegoDiego travels the globe rescuing animals in Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World, a six episode compilation DVD. Throughout his adventures, he receives help from his sister Alicia, animal pals, Rescue Pack Click the Camera (voiced by Rosie Perez) and the viewers at home.  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World will be available on DVD April 12, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World Episode Synopses:

Diego the Hero

Alicia’s boat gets stuck in the ice as she takes some sick and hurt penguins to the Snowy Rescue Center.  Diego and Baby Jaguar set out to help Alicia, but they’ll need the help of their friends since the Rainforest is far away from the Snowy Coast.

Cotton-top Tamarin Cave Rescue

Diego has a surprise for the lonely cotton-top tamarin singing in a cave.  Alicia and Baby Jaguar have been planting lots of trees for the Tamarins so they can move back to the forest.  When the Bobos accidentally block the cave’s entrance, Diego sets out to find another way out of the cave so he can reunite all the tamarins.

Bengal Tiger Makes a Wish

Diego is in India helping animals after a big rainstorm when he meets Benji the Bengal Tiger.  His mother had told him that if he ever got lost, she would wait for him at the Wishing Tree, but he doesn’t know how to get there!  Diego sets out to the Wishing Tree and along the way helps many animal friends who have wishes.

Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale

A baby humpback whale is beached on a rocky island and can’t get back into the ocean!  Diego sets off to save the humpback whale, running through a rainforest obstacle course and swimming with Tuga the Leatherback Sea Turtle past jellyfish and sharks. When Diego reaches the baby humpback whale, he leads the other humpback whales in making big waves to lift the beached humpback whale into the ocean and back to her mommy.

Jorge the Little Hawk Learns to Migrate

It’s getting really cold and  Jorge the Hawk is ready to migrate to the Warm Forest.  Diego must help build a bird place to help Jorge fly home.  On this sky-high adventure, Diego and Jorge catch a ride on the warm windy wind, fly through the foggy fog, avoid a lightning storm, and finally make it all the way to the Warm Forest.

Egyptian Camel Adventure

Diego visits his friend Medina in Egypt to learn all about camels when they realize the river in Medina’s town is drying out.  They must find a way to fill it up again for the camels and other desert animals to have enough water to drink.  They learn of the legend of the golden cloud, which can bring water back to the river, and head out to find it.

Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: April 12, 2011
  • DVD SRP: $16.99
  • Catalogue: 821774
  • DVD Running Time:  Approximately 146 Minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated

About Nickelodeon:

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA News, VIA.B News).

About Paramount Home Entertainment:
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

Information courtesy of Nickelodeon

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The Looney Tunes YouTube Channel is Live! (Giveaway)

February 8, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under current giveaways, entertainment, giveaways

looney duckMost adults my age remember growing up with Looney Tunes characters . . . Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Taz, Tweety, and the Coyote . . . to name a few. Unfortunately, finding these classic cartoons on television isn’t as easy as it used to be.

Luckily, the Looney Tunes YouTube Channel is now live with all your favorite episodes! I mean, who can forget the Singing Frog? Or the Crazy Conductor? Or the Wild West Dance? Now you can find these and other cartoons all in once place.

In addition to the YouTube channel, a Looney Tunes Twitter page is also available so nostalgic fans can interact with Looney Tunes trivia, games, and fun facts.

Originally created in 1933, this classic American animated cartoon warmed our hearts with characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Taz, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, and many others. All of which are featured in the YouTube clips – enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Stop by the new Looney Tunes YouTube Channel or their Facebook page and walk down memory lane!

WIN IT!

To celebrate the new Looney Tunes YouTube Channel, I have a Looney Tunes gift pack to give away to one lucky winner. The pack includes Lip gloss, 3-D glasses, Makeup compact, Makeup bag, Flash drive, Havaianas flip flops, & Child’s t-shirt wrapped up in a cute Tweety shopping bag.

To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Feb 22nd your favorite Looney Tunes memory. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow An Island Life on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily).
  • Already “liked” An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Already a “fan” of An Island Life’s Facebook Fan page.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for Looney Tunes who provided the item for giveaway. I was not compensated in any way. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy.

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