PREMIERES NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES “POWERBIRDS” ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 10AM ET/PT
Universal Kids, the TV network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures, announces the new preschool series “Powerbirds” premiering on Sunday, January 19 at 10am ET/PT.
About the show: Parakeet siblings Ace and Polly at first glance seem like ordinary pets, but they’re not your average birds, both possessing special super powers. Inspired by their owner Max’s love of comic books, Ace and Polly’s oversized imaginations take them on heroic superhero adventures. Unbeknownst to Max, whenever he leaves for the day, Ace and Polly spring into action as the Powerbirds! In each episode, they use superhero powers such as the fantastic freeze, super sight, super speed and beyond, to save their neighborhood from animal villains. The series promotes underlying positive messages that we can all be our own superhero if we do the right thing.
6-year-old Max’s love for comic books, action figures and adventure comes from his Grandpa Felix. Ace and Polly are Max’s favorite pets and their daily superhero adventures are often sparked by his creative play.
Ace the parakeet has a strong sense of duty, but is also playful and daring. He tends to do things by-the-book and has memorized the superhero handbook’s collection of credos and techniques.
Polly the parakeet is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker. She’s a goofball who frequently makes things up on the fly. But, Polly is always ready to jump into action and save the day.
About Universal Kids
Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-12 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, and proven international hits. Launched in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.
Children’s footwear and apparel brand, Super Heroic, launched its first social impact campaign in collaboration with NASA. With this partnership they hope to encourage, and make accessible to inner city youth the reality of space exploration and STEAM career opportunities as a whole!
Apart from finding the collection on the Super Heroic site, the NASA gear will be available nationwide via Kids Foot Locker on December 3rd, 2019!
Alongside the new NASA sneakers and apparel, Super Heroic is offering 4 child Heroes the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Camp. The brand aims to teach young Heroes about NASA, about the work it does and the opportunities available they provide. Particularly young girls who might not think a career in space or science is for them.✊
Internationally-Acclaimed DJ Marshmello; Mike Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs®, Richard Thompson Managing Partner of Factory LLC, and Elected Officials Join in the Celebration.
“The texture and taste are a pure marriage. You can tell that Mike Tierney, CEO of Stuffed Puffs put some time into the conception of these bad boys because they are “MMM MMM good!” – Tyler Jacob, 360 MAGAZINE
During a formal ceremony held today, Stuffed Puffs, the chocolate-filled marshmallow that took the summer S’mores season by storm, becomes the Lehigh Valley’s sweetest new employer. Stuffed Puffs Founder and CEO Mike Tierney, Richard Thompson, Managing Partner of Factory LLC, DJ Marshmello and his manager Moe Shalizi joined by Jim Petrucci, Founder and President of J.G Petrucci Co., Inc., Don Cunningham, CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, and Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, cut the 30’ ribbon on a the new 150,000 square foot plant in Bethlehem, PA.
“Stuffed Puffs will be available at retailers across the U.S. in the next year. The Lehigh Valley offers great incentives for companies to build here,” said Tierney. “With my partners, Richard Thompson and Marshmello, our plan is to have this new plant up and running quickly to meet demand. Meanwhile, Stuffed Puffs’ existing plant in Wisconsin is running 24/7 to satisfy America’s new-found craving for S’mores Indoors™.”
Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development. “It is only fitting that Stuffed Puffs, a new, innovative food company, would make the Lehigh Valley in our commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to have helped.”
The building, located at 3900 Burgess Place in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania was formerly home to Guardian Life Insurance. J.G. Petrucci, began demolition and construction at the site in Q1 2019. “We are very excited to welcome Stuffed Puffs to Lehigh Valley Flex Center,” said Petrucci. “Stuffed Puffs is a dynamic innovator in the food industry and perfect fit for this project.”
“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
The Stuffed Puffs brand is part of Factory LLC located in the dynamic southside of Bethlehem, Pa. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC. “We are looking for the top100 employees to join our Stuffed Puffs team.”
Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.
About Factory LLC
Factory is a team of experienced operators with $250M of investable capital who acquire meaningful equity stakes in high potential food, beverage and pet health companies, and partner with them to rapidly build value. Factory’s 31 team members have expertise in sales, marketing, product development, food science, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, logistics, package engineering, food safety, consumer insights, social media, finance, and legal. Factory is based in a one-of-a kind, custom-built, 40,000 sq. ft. innovation and scale-up facility in Bethlehem PA, where the team is able to provide partner companies with support and resources so invested capital can be used for growth, not SG&A.
About J.G Petrucci
J.G. Petrucci is a privately held development and design/build construction firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1987, the firm has completed over 600 design/build projects for a diverse group of local, regional, and national corporations. The company’s design/build portfolio includes commercial, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, urban revitalization, and brownfield redevelopment projects.
The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to create partnerships to lead the recruitment, growth and retention of employers. Our vision is of a diverse Lehigh Valley economy that provides economic growth and opportunity for people of all skills and education and strengthens all our cities, boroughs and townships.
The Department of Community and Economic Development’s mission is to encourage the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians by supporting good stewardship and sustainable development initiatives across our commonwealth. With a keen eye toward diversity and inclusiveness, we act as advisors and advocates, providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.
Children try to imitate adults in everything. At an early age, girls like to try on different outfits, and they want to look fashionable. The current range of products allows you choosing items that are perfect for each particular child, emphasize her personality, and form a sense of style. Every girl’s mother wants her daughter to look like a real princess. Parents need to know a lot of nuances and details in order to choose the most beautiful and convenient children’s items.
What Clothes for Girls is Considered Fashionable
The children’s fashion industry has recently been gaining tremendous momentum. In many ways, it is similar to an adult one, although, of course, dresses and skirts invariably remain favorite items of cute baby girl clothes. So, here are some modern fashion trends for girls:
Elegant dresses in retro style. The emphasis is on simple cut and beautiful prints.
Pastel and neutral colors. Such shades as khaki, burgundy are considered very fashionable this season. They not only look very stylish but also do not get too dirty.
Interesting prints. Drawings on clothes are very common today. Cartoon characters, flowers, unusual abstractions. It looks really very beautiful, especially if the color scheme is selected correctly.
Of course, it is important for the baby to feel comfortable in her outfit. The child’s skin is very sensitive, that’s why a kid can sometimes feel uncomfortable. Therefore, the choice of clothing for children must be approached very responsibly.
How to Choose Qualitative Clothes for a Girl
In order to buy qualitative, comfortable clothes, pay attention to the following aspects:
Fabric structure. Synthetics often don’t absorb sweat and cause a rash, so cotton or linen items should be bought. Synthetic materials are bad for your baby’s sensitive skin. Especially when it comes to underwear. As practice shows, clothes made from natural fabrics are much more useful for a little kid. All bodysuits, vests, romper suits and other items made from natural fabrics cause no allergies.
Label. A label sewn into the seam can cause allergies even on adults’ skin, so there’s nothing to say about the delicate child’s skin. Therefore, you need to buy only those items where all the information about the product is painted on fabric.
Comfort. Firstly, comfortable clothing fits the child, does not twist, does not constrict movements and lets your child both enjoy playing at the playground and sleep well in her bed. Secondly, comfortable clothing lets the skin breathe, as well as absorbs moisture well. You should not buy items with a bunch of buttons or laces — the simpler the clothes you can put on and take off, the better. In general, buttons and Velcro are the best fasteners to choose from.
Guided by these simple rules, it will be easy to buy good and beautiful clothes for a little girl. Don’t think that high-quality children’s clothing is expensive — it can be found at a low price. To save money without sacrificing quality, it’s suggested to shop at Trendy Toddlers. Here you can find clothes for girls for all occasions: clothing for sleeping, relaxing at home, playing sports, walking on the playground and much more.
Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.
The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays.
“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.
For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.
In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.
Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:
¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.
¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.
¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.
For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.
Many new dog owners are unsure about how often they should bring their dog to the vet. You should take your dog to the vet when required, if you are unsure, you can speak to the veterinarian and ask them for advice on the subject. Every dog needs access to a safe home, toys, healthy food, exercise and a lot of love and attention. In addition, they require trips to the local vet for health checks, vaccinations and other services.
Physical Health & Dental Checks
Bringing your dog to the vet for general health checks and dental checks is important. An animal cannot tell you when they are sick, so you must have them checked to ensure they are in good health. Dogs are good at hiding their ailments, so if you think something is off, you should have them assessed by a professional.
The vet will perform a general check to see if your dog is physically fit and healthy, tell examine all of the following:
• Ears • Eyes • Teeth • Limbs
Your dog’s dental health is something you must be proactive with; some breeds are more prone to problems than others. If your vet notices any issues, your dog may need to be brought in for treatment. If you’ve no pet insurance, medical treatment for your family pet can be expensive. To avoid getting hit with a huge bill you hadn’t accounted for, take out a policy to cover your dog in the event of an injury or serious illness.
If you’ve a puppy, they’ll need to get several vaccinations to ensure they are healthy and able to fight certain diseases. The best way to find out about vaccinations is to visit your local vet and ask them for a breakdown of what needs to be done. A vet will be able to give your puppy its first set of vaccinations, they’ll then provide you with a timeline you can follow as your dog gets older.
Injuries & Illnesses
Should your dog suffer an accident that requires medical attention, you should immediately bring them to a medical facility. Remember to keep your local vets contact details close by, so if anything happens, you’ll have the clinics number and the vets after hours emergency number in your phone. If your pet seems lethargic or their behaviour has suddenly changed, it is better to have them checked to rule out any serious illnesses.
As mentioned previously, medical care for your pet is costly. To ensure you get financial compensation for certain types of treatment, purchase pet insurance from a legitimate provider. If something doesn’t seem right, err on the side of caution and have them checked.
If you are unsure about anything when it comes to your family pet, always consult with a professional. They’ll be able to give you the right advice on medical care for your pet. Medical care for your pet can get expensive if they need certain types of treatment, to ensure you are prepared, take out an insurance policy and give your pet the best care available.
At Caffe Roma Lounge in Beverly Hills, ImPOWER Youth hosted their annual “Back to School Fun-draiser”. ImPOWER Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth to believe in themselves and discover their full potential through mentorship, exposure to opportunities, and life skills development.
Nearly 200 people came out in support of ImPOWER Youth and their programs in leadership development, financial literacy, and community building.
Fall is such a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors—and embrace the indoors! Whether your family likes to get up a game of football before a snooze and a snack, or if you’re more about baking and decorating, crafting and movies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when the first chill of fall comes around.
Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard — nothing says fall like picking out your seasonal gourds for decorating the house inside and out. Don’t forget to save the seeds to roast in the oven: they make a yummy snack! Fresh apples—and pies that you can make with them—are worth the trip to the orchard to pick them yourselves. Maybe you can swing in a hayride while you’re out there! Jump into a pile of leaves — there’s nothing better than the crunch and crackle of a great big pile of leaves that someone else just raked up! Then everyone can help rake them up again for another round of jumping good fun!
Set up a bonfire and s’mores — with the cool evenings, there’s nothing better than getting dressed in the warm and fuzzies, setting up a bonfire and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Tell campfire stories with a spooky theme: the creepy factor is so much better with the crackle of flames and the darkness beyond. When everyone’s tired of the great outdoors, you can move the party inside and watch a scary movie!
Get lost in a corn maze — this is seriously good fun for the whole family! Set up a prize for the one who gets out first! And don’t forget to pick up some corn to either boil or roast at home, for a taste of the season with your dinner.
Check out a local fall festival — farm visits and fall festivals abound, with livestock competitions, petting zoos, rides, games and candy floss. Who wouldn’t be up for that?
Take a leaf peeping hike — what’s better than a trip to the countryside to see all the changing leaves? Whether a state park, or just your local hiking trails, going out and collecting some fine leaf specimens, pine cones and more can help when you want to decorate your house a little with all the finery that fall has to offer. Imagine your Thanksgiving centerpiece decorated with pine cones dipped in gold paint, beautiful leaves and a garland or two of pine bough!
Build a scarecrow — if decorating your house is your thing, whether for Hallowe’en or just for fall, the best addition, particularly if you have a porch, is to build an epic scarecrow and put him outside to greet visitors! Whether you make him spooky or just cute in overalls and a hat, it’s a fun way to spend the day.
Make candy apples — nothing says fall like apples coated with candy or caramel. They even smell like autumn! And at least the kids are getting some fruit in them, right? If candy apples aren’t your thing, any kind of fall baking, with the fragrance of pumpkin spice, allspice, clove and cinnamon in the air, is a good way to spend an afternoon.
Set up a playground playdate picnic — with snow around the corner, getting in one last playground visit with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the season. Turn it into a cool weather fall celebration picnic with cocoa, an old fashioned apple bobbing contest and lots of yummy pumpkin spice flavored treats! Add a scavenger hunt or a rousing game of touch football for extra excitement and to make sure the sugar from all those treats gets used up!
Visit a haunted house — professionally designed haunted houses are is best with the older kids, but you can get your ghoul on with the littles by turning your own front yard, porch or garage into a haunted house! Keep it going until Hallowe’en so that all your neighbors and friends can enjoy it too!
Whatever you choose, make some memories with your family and friends this fall. You’ll cherish them all winter long.
Bio: Rhianna Miller is the playground design and safety expert at https://rubbermulch.com/ , the original and environmentally responsible mulch made from 100% recycled rubber used in gardens, playgrounds and sustainable landscaping. Rubber Mulch is weather resistant, durable, and the most cost effective mulch around and is specifically designed to protect children from falls on the playground.
The latest collection from the famed Japanese artist titled “Rise Again” employs his distinctive typographic treatments in a range of uplifting messages, aligning perfectly with LifeWear’s ethos as a unique vehicle for people to express themselves. In addition, men’s items have been added to the launch due to popular demand from the previous SS19 collection.
The FW19 designs retail from $14.90 – $29.90 and will be available in a full run of adult & kids sizing. The collection will be available in UNIQLO stores worldwide starting on September 20th.
Now that school’s out for summer, enroll the whole family in a crash course on nature and wildlife with Natural Habitat Adventures
Summer vacation may mean “no more pencils and no more books,” but it can also be a great opportunity for the whole family to learn something new together. Natural Habitat Adventures, the world leader in eco-friendly wildlife-focused expeditions around the globe, offers nature-centric trips designed to get explorers of all ages trading their tablets and phones for GoPros and binoculars. From sailing “Darwin’s Laboratory” in the Galapagos on a private ship to taking moonlit treks through the jungles of Costa Rica, Nat Hab’s family adventure trips are designed around conservation, curiosity and quality time – all disguised as a vacation.
Expand your family’s horizons with these summer experiences:
1. Go exploring in “Darwin’s Laboratory”
Come face-to-face with an outstanding array of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas and giant tortoises on Nat Hab’s 10-day Family Galapagos Adventure. Made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, the Galapagos archipelago is the very best place for young explorers to learn about evolution, natural selection and how animals adapt to micro-environments. Sail aboard the National Geographic Islander, a family-friendly ship with a specialty research- and adventure-focused kids’ program on board. Record wildlife sightings in your field notebook, listen for underwater life via the ship’s hydrophone and stretch out in special family cabins designed to sleep up to three. Off-ship, don a wetsuit for snorkeling, paddleboarding and Zodiac adventures with your naturalist Expedition Leader, where you can come mask-to-nose with penguins, turtles and seals. Priced from $7,650 Dates: July 20 & 27, 2019; July 4, 8, 18, 23, 2020; Aug 1 & 6, 2020
2. Seek out lions after sunset in the Maasai Mara
Make conservation the centre of the conversation on the Family Kenya Adventure, an 8-day, custom-crafted itinerary featuring the Maasai Mara’s charismatic creatures whose futures may be at risk. Learn about poaching and pachyderm rescue during a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and make friends in high places at the Giraffe Center before heading along the Great Rift Valley into open grasslands. Stretch out in an unfenced luxury tented camp set in the middle of a Maasai Mara private conservancy, and go for guided walks under a sprawling blue sky while keeping your eyes peeled for zebra, hippo and elephant. Later, as evening falls, head out on a sunset game drive in search of lions and other predators to discover life on the plains after dark. Priced from $7,995
Trip arranged upon request
3. Journey to Peru’s lost Incan Empire
Immerse your family in the emerald-colored jungles and incredible ancient ruins of the Peruvian Andes on a 7-day Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure. Witness amazing feats of centuries-old civil and hydraulic engineering and learn about Incan astronomy and architecture while exploring the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Meet with local Quechua people in Pisac and learn about advocacy conservation projects from the students of Tikapata School. Stay in private stone casitas along the Urubamba River, and experience 15th-century life in Machu Picchu with tales from your private Peruvian guide. Later, compare ancient civilizations with natural Amazonian marvels in the world’s largest tropical forest basin, where kids will take riverboat tours in search of pink river dolphins, or go ashore to scout for the scarlet and green-winged macaws, howler monkeys and leaf-cutter ants that call the Amazon home. Priced from $4,495
Trip arranged upon request
4. Safari closer to home in Yellowstone National Park
Embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure without leaving the continent on Nat Hab’s 7-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. Learn how this North American ecosystem works, understanding the importance of ecological balance between predators and prey, and follow naturalist Expedition Leaders into lesser-known areas of the park where bison, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves live largely undisturbed by tourist crowds. See the secret lives of Lamar Valley wolves using a high-powered spotting scope and talk fire ecology—how nature recovers from the ravages of wildfires—with your guide. In an extraordinary natural setting selected for conservation by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1872, guests can engage in enlightening conversations about how hunting along Yellowstone’s perimeter affects the ecosystem inside the park, and why competing political interests threaten the park’s apex predators even to this day. Priced from $5,295
Dates: August 27 & 29, 2019
5. Scout for sloths on horseback
With its neon-billed toucans, jungle-fringed rivers, mist-cloaked cloud forests and towering volcanoes, Costa Rica is like something out of a child’s imagination. Encounter geothermal phenomena and extraordinary tropical wildlife in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth on this Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure. Join scientists and conservationists at ecological research centers for some interactive exploration of the country’s rain forest ecosystem and discover how cacao beans are transformed into tasty treats with chocolate-making lessons. Soar above the forest canopy on a zip line, search for sloths while on horseback, brave a nighttime bat walk at the 850-acre Tirimbina Rainforest Center and take in the views at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, adjacent to the country’s most famous volcano. Priced from $5,095
Trip arranged upon request
6. Dog sled across the Arctic tundra
No time for a summer excursion? Surprise the kids with a mid-term getaway to the planet’s “living laboratory” when it comes to climate change in the North. The Arctic tundra around Churchill, Manitoba is one of the nature’s last great frontiers—for now. Learn about its delicate ecosystem and the impact of a warming world on Nat Hab’s 6-day Churchill Arctic Family Adventure, where naturalist Expedition Leaders lead a family-focused adventure that’s all about pairing environmental awe with conservation awareness. Helicopter over frozen Hudson Bay in search of polar bears, race through the boreal forest on an authentic sled dog ride, and climb aboard Nat Hab’s special Polar Rover, a monster-sized truck specially designed for up-close wildlife observation—look for caribou and Arctic fox. In evenings, take in the stunning night sky—and if you’re lucky, the northern lights. Priced from $5,995
Dates: Nov 16 & 18, 2019
For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, visit www.nathab.com.
About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.