Mermaid Wall Art is now available!

Some of my girls have told me on separate occasions that they’d like to be a mermaid.

“But not a shell mermaid mom.  No shell things.  I want to be a modest mermaid.”

(Yes, they really DO say that.)

So I just had to create some mermaid decals!  Have you ever met a modest mermaid?  Well here you go.  My review team just gave it 5 stars (or 5 starfish) and my new daughter-approved Mermaid Wall Decals are now available at www.IStickUp.com.  Click the images for more details!

As always, these decals are easy to apply, remove, and reuse!  Printed on premium Photo-Tex material!  Perfect for your little mermaid fan.

Also, don’t forget an Angel Street Kids mermaid backpack and lunchbox!  These make the perfect unforgettable gift! Click the images for details. ;)

New Dinosaur Wall Art!

My new dino art is now available at IStickUP! (I totally want one for my son’s room!)

On sale now!  Click the images to see more!

These wall stickers are NOT your average wall decal!  IStickUP makes their decals from Premium Quality Photo-Tex Material.  Ya, it’s material, as in fabric!  It is very durable, tear and wrinkle resistant, and oh-so-easy to use.  They come off completely with ease and without leaving even a spec of residue or gunk on your walls.  They are easy to stick and re-stick.

These are also MUCH larger than your average decals.  Available in two sizes:  60″x40″ or 42″x28″

January Book Pick

Totally Polar

Written by Marty Crisp

Illustrated by Viv Eisner

January.  January is the time when the Christmas excitement is over.  When it’s cold and gray outside.  The time of year when I wonder why I don’t live in a warmer state.  Yes, you guessed it, I’m not a winter kind of person.  I pretty much prefer any other season to winter.

Sorry winter.

This cute book takes an unusual view of this bitter cold season.  The winter-loving character, ‘Peter Petrosky MacGregor O’ Toole,” wishes it was winter all year round!  He loves the snow and even pretends to make snow angels on the beach in the summer.  He’s a complete snowfall fanatic!

The book has a fun story and beautiful bright illustrations.  I read this to my kids again today and they begged to read it again and again.

The winter is bright!

“PEEP and the Big Wide World”

Exclusive Review  & DVD Giveaway!

I had actually never seen this show before this week.  It’s described as a preschool show, but it has subtle and clever humor that has had my whole family laughing out loud for the past 3 days!  Thank you WGBH for sending this to us!

WGBH is launching a brand new season of PEEP and the Big Wide World with 25 episodes never before seen on public television!  Lucky me, I got to review this adorable, hilarious, clever and creative show.  Oh, and amidst all the giggles and snickers induced by the comical characters, this show teaches preschool science and math concepts.  But if your kids aren’t the science/math type–don’t stress.  They’ll love this, beg you to watch it, cry if they miss it….and they won’t even realize they’re learning math and science.

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More Fun with PEEP!


The second I saw these cute characters, I had dreams about an orange, an eggplant and an apple.  So of course we had to make some veggie/fruit art.  This is a really fun kids craft to do for any imaginative mind.  Just get some construction paper, google eyes, pipe cleaners, and fondue skewers and let your creativity go bananas…or carrots…or eggplants…or….well, you get the idea.

For Quack’s hat I used one large marshmallow (cut in half), and one mini marshmallow, then stuck a toothpick through the center to keep it in place.

The legs are fondue skewers, painted black.  Quack’s feet are made out of construction paper, and the others have black pipe cleaner pieces for feet.

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More about the Show:

(Drawings by my profile artists, Anne and Mary)

Quack (the duck),  Peep (a newly hatched chick), and Chirp (the little red robin) are the endearing trio in this cute show.  The first episode of the new season is great.  It reminded me of college.

Yes, college.

One year at college I lived in an apartment with two other roommates named Sarah.  So the three Sarah’s went by “Sarah 1,” “Sarah 2,” and “Sarah 3.”  I was the youngest, so I was “Sarah 3.”  Not cool.  I guess it’s better than “Squeenk” or “Clerp” though.

In the season’s first episode, poor Quack finds his pond has been taken over by a sassy newcomer who is also named Quack.  In the conflict between Quack versus Quack, the two try to prove the pond is theirs.  One claims the other is not a duck, but is really a “Squeenk,” and renames him “Clerp.”  Quack tries to prove he’s a duck by pointing out that he can swim.  (But so do fish!)  He says he has feathers. (But so do Peep and Chirp!)

Quack finally enlists the help of his beaver friends to build a new pond that is enticing enough to make the new Quack want to live there so he can have his home back.  During the whole Quack conflict, kids learn about similarities and differences, identifiable characteristics, and the ideal habitat for a happy duck.

But enough of my chitter chatter, here’s a word from Angel Street Kids themselves!

The new season Peep and the Big Wide World begins January 3, 2011.  Be sure to check your local listings and enjoy this big wide world with PEEP!

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PEEP DVD Giveaway!

Just comment to this post and tell me what your family likes to do in the winter.  You will automatically be entered to win Peep Figures it Out.  This DVD includes 6 previous episodes in both English and Spanish.  Post a comment by 6:00pm Wednesday January 5th (Mountain Standard Time).

Winner will be chosen at random and announced Thursday, January 6th.