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Family Fun at the Movies

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Spring has officially arrived and it is time to get out of the house and have a family adventure. There are many great movies that have come out or are coming out soon that can be entertaining for the whole family. Take a look at these trailers for movies that are hitting this spring and summer:

The Croods: This movie rolled into theaters two weeks ago and has been making a rocking commotion ever since. It is a prehistoric comedy that follows the first family as they travel outside of the cave that has been destroyed. Families and critics agree that it is a movie full of laughs and surprises that the whole family will enjoy. This movie is rated PG.

Epic: Epic is an animated film, coming to theaters May 24th, that tells the story of the protectors of the natural world and their battle against the forces of evil.  A teenage girl find herself magically transported to this secret universe where she teams up with the good warriors to save their world and ours.  *This film is not yet rated*

Monsters University: The prequel to Monsters, Inc. scheduled to be released June 21st. The plot of the movie takes place ten years before the events that occurred in Monsters, Inc. During this time, Mike and Sulley are in college and happen to be roommates. Realizing they are complete opposites, they become enemies and begin a rivalry that could tear their world apart. *This film is not yet rated*

Smurfs 2:  The evil Gargamel has captured Smurfette in order to gain the secret spell that can turn his newest creation Naughties into real Smurfs. The Smurfs must partner with their humans friends to rescue her.  Smurfs 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters July 31rd. *This film is not yet rated*

Despicable Me 2: The Anti-Villain League needs help dealing with a powerful new super criminal so they decide to recruit Gru in order to defeat the villain. This movie is expected to come out July 3rd. *This film is not yet rated*

Will you and your family be seeing any of these movies in theaters?

Meet the 2013 Step2 Test Drive Bloggers

Step2 has had the pleasure to work with some amazing bloggers over the years, and this year is no different! After receiving over 500 applicants, we are happy to introduce the 24 Step2 Test Drive Bloggers for 2013.

{Blogs listed in alphabetical order}

A Mom’s Take

A Mom’s Take is a place to find great gift ideas and information on new and exciting products. It features reviews, giveaways, and local Arizona event coverage. Written by a group of three moms, A Mom’s Take continues to feature a new giveaway each day of the week!

Baby Dickey
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Baby Dickey is a family/lifestyle blog about life as “Mom” with a little bit of everything – kids, crafts/DIY, home, food, and relevant products. Author Emily is mom to Ryan, birth is what set her on her journey for birth advocacy and women’s health. Her daughter Rebecca is a 6 month old baby girl, whose homebirth was life-changing.

Blessed by Brenna

Blessed by Brenna is the story of Brenna Helen Marie, who was born on December 19, 2011 with a rare genetic skin condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis. After beating one very aggressive blood infection, undergoing two surgeries, being treated for several different skin infections and battling many of the odds against her, Brenna has shown she is a fighter!

Carrie with Children

As mom to two precious girls, Carrie’s life is surrounded with joy, laughter and love. Carrie with Children is a community that enjoys sharing parenting tips, positive special needs stories, discovering family-friendly products and participating in giveaways. A weekly Travel Tuesday series focuses on family friendly destinations, travel promotions and tips.

Energizer Bunnies’ Mommy Reports
EB Mommy Reports
Energizer Bunnies’ Mommy Reports is enriched with all things lifestyle, travel, reflections from our lives, inspirational snippets, Mommy tips, recipes, giveaways and much more. Author Marina is mommy to 2 darling “Energizer Bunnies”- 6 year old daughter, Bunny girl and 2 year old son, Bunny Boo.

Freckleberry Finds
Freckleberry Finds
With honesty and sass, Freckleberry Finds gets real about losing weight, raising kids, and maintaining the great balancing act of life. Plus, it features amazing recipes! As a mom to three kids, Ashley can often be found hanging out with the littles, blogging, running, or looking for her glasses, keys or cell phone.

Go Graham Go
Go Graham Go
Go Graham Go is a savvy mom blog that focuses on helping others simplify, save, grow and go!  Find DIY, life hacks, recipes and products that work. Author Felicia is mom to Graham and Davis, who are full of energy, total stand-up comedians and teach her every day.

Little Inspiration
Little Inspiration
Little Inspiration is as a personal & craft blog inspired by author Angie’s “little inspiration; her baby girl. It features yummy food, easy DIY crafts, adventures of motherhood and anything in between. Plus, every Friday, she hosts a weekly craft party at 4PM called Create & Inspire; where other bloggers come by to share their craft ideas or recipes.

Mom Endeavors
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Mom Endeavors is a creative lifestyle site dedicated to sharing tips, tricks, & ideas learned along the way from author Sara’s many everyday mom endeavors. Mom of two lit­tle guys, she recently closed the doors to her biol­ogy class­room in order to spend more time with them.

Mom to Bed by 8
Mom to Bed by 8
Mom to Bed by 8 is all about parenting in a modern world. It features projects to do as a family that do not require the old methods (up-to-date craft projects, art and more). Author Teri, mom to 4 kiddos that keep her on her toes all day long, shows that even in a gadget based society, bring up a family can still be happy and green.

MomDot
MomDot
MomDot™ is part blog, part blogger community. The blog features humor, fashion, parenting, and kid related content. Owner Trisha is the community leader of the blogger forum that provides an open discussion area for bloggers to chat about blogging, brands, and PR.

Mommy of Two Little Monkeys
Mommy of Two Little Monkeys
Mommy of Two Little Monkeys is a reflection of one mom’s life with two children, one who is a toddler and the other is a preschooler battling a serve peanut allergy. Mom Amanda blogs about parenting, toy reviews, her home makeover, food and more.

Mommy Testers

Mommy Testers focuses on truly great products for babies and children along with lots of ideas for kid-friendly crafts, parenting solutions and healthy eating ideas with a few fun things focused on moms or date night sprinkled in.

Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
Mom Brandy is a proud Ohio blogger who loves sharing her experiences as a Mom of 2 toddlers and a teen, which she says can be quite entertaining! Newly Crunchy Mama of 3 also features children’s products, recipes, home improvement projects, and anything family-friendly.

Noah’s Dad
Noahs Dad
Noah’s Dad is about a little boy named Noah, who was born with Down syndrome. Dad Rick started this blog to (1.) give the world a window into the life of a family raising a child with Down Syndrome, (2.) help exchange inaccurate Down Syndrome information with truth, and (3.) to provide hope and encouragement to parents who have received a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

Rave & Review

Rave & Review features honest and in-depth product reviews for the stuff families use. This mother/father team from the Pacific Northwest loves getting out, getting active, and enjoying the great outdoors. They share their opinions of products of all types, from baby to grandparent, that they have tried and love.

Real Mom Reviews
Real Mom Reviews
Mom to 5 kids, Skye began Real Mom Reviews to provide honest reviews of products that have been real-world tested.  Her review team, ages 22 months through 8 years old, personally tries out and tests the products featured on her blog to help recommend them to other moms and dads.

The Denver Housewife
The Denver Housewife
The Denver Housewife features product reviews, giveaways, family stuff and local events. Author Jamie started this site because she loves to cook, bake, shop, and take pictures. She wanted to be able to share my findings with other people in the hopes that they can enjoy them as much as I do.

The Link Fairy

Link Fairy is an online advertising, review and giveaway blog. Link Fairy helps small business and crafty moms and dads showcase their amazing work. The lady behind the wings, Rachel, loves being the go-to person when it comes to the latest productsfor families and being able to steer parents in the right direction when purchasing for their family.

The Rock Father
The Rock Father
The Rock Father is a daddy blog & pop culture website for families that rock! James, The Rock Father himself, started this site as an outlet not only for his personal stories as a ‘Dad Blogger,’ but as an extension of everything that he’s ever done in the past…but with a family-friendly spin. James writes about music news and reviews, toys and games, gardening, and more.

The Simple Moms
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Since 2007, SIMPLE has been blogging & talking about what’s hot and occasionally what’s not. You can find this team of moms talking daily about anything they find fun, interesting and useful, from fashion and recipes to health and frugal living.

Thrifty & Chic Mom
Thrifty and Chic Mom
Thrifty & Chic Mom is about all of the things author Ellen loves – fashion, beauty, family, cooking and all the products that help her to be a better mom, or make her life easier as a mom. As a mom to 4 young girls, Ellen loves trying out new things, from new clothes and shoes to new gadgets or new toys for her kids.

Thrifty Nifty Mommy
Thrifty Nifty Mommy
Thrifty Nifty Mommy is a product review blog that features reviews of and giveaways for baby, children and family items. Author Janessa, a mom of 2, is always on the lookout for fabulous deals. She loves trying out new products and finding things that make her life easier, but are also easy on the wallet.

Wahm Connect Reviews
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Wahm Connect Reviews features a variety of in depth product reviews, giveaways and much more. Author Amber, a work at home mom with 3 little ones, enjoys giving her honest opinion of what she thinks of products. The blog also features art projects and recipes.

We’d like to give a special thanks to all of the 2013 Test Drive Bloggers!

Interested in become a Step2 Test Drive Blogger next year? Head over to the Step2 Facebook page later this year for information on how to apply to the 2014 program.

Winter Break: Back to School Transition

The first week of January is over and for most children, this means that winter break is over too. After almost two luxurious weeks off, it may be hard to transition back into “school mode.” However, just like resolutions, after winter break can be a great time to re-establish a better work ethic and more organized routine for children. TodaysTHV.com had many suggestions for helping children transition from their winter break.

One possibility when getting used to going back to school can be sitting down with your kids and creating a morning routine and an evening routine. Ask them what they think the most important thing is that they need to do in the morning and at night. Working on this routine together can help a child readjust better instead of being forced into a routine they may not agree with.

In addition to working on a routine together, try to make small steps toward this organized routine. The first few days of going back to school may not be easy. If both you and your child keep calm, the morning and nights may go a lot easier.

Another great advantage to a New Year beginning is explaining what resolutions are to children. Although they may not have a list of resolutions, it may be fun to create a list of goals that your children would like to complete during 2013. One goal could be finishing their homework before dinner or eating everything on their dinner plate for a week straight. Come up with fun yet challenging goals that the kids will enjoy.

Also, while the transition back to school is occurring, it may be nice to continuously tell your kids that you are always here to help and if they are struggling with anything, to please let you know right away. Problems that your children are having at home or at school can sometimes be handled faster if children feel comfortable knowing that you are open to hearing how they feel and that you will always lend a helping hand.

Good luck with the transition of back to school! What suggestions do you have for making the transition easier?

Children’s New Year’s Resolutions

The year 2013 is almost here, which means we will begin to create our list of resolutions very soon. Even though many children may not understand what New Year’s resolutions are, we created a fun list that we bet parents would be jumping for joy over if their children actually resolved to do these things (we know we would!):

  • I will not throw food or toys at my brother/sister
  • When I scream about something, I won’t shriek or make my parents jump out of their skin
  • I will work on trying to understand what the word “no” means (but all I can do is “try”)
  • I will say thank you more
  • I will not color on objects that are not meant to be colored on
  • I will not leave my toys out where my parents can trip on them
  • I will not be the pickiest eater that my parents know
  • I will not lose interest in anything my parents buy me for at least a month
  • I will not ask silly questions that no one can answer but me
  • I will give more hugs and kisses each and every year

What resolution would add to this list for your child?

Have a Happy New Year!