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Thomas The Tank Engine {Flash Giveaway}

4 Aug

Is your child a Thomas the Tank Engine addict? Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley?

Four tickets in Car #1 of the 9:30 a.m. train for Day Out With Thomas at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton this Saturday (8/6) could be yours!

3 Ways to Enter (up to 3 entries per person)

Entry #1  “Like” The Outlaw Mom on Facebook and leave a comment below to let me know.

Entry #2  Subscribe to The Outlaw Mom by using the Sign Me Up! button in the sidebar and leave a comment below to let me know.

Entry #3  Refer a friend to The Outlaw Mom and if s/he subscribes to the blog or “likes” The Outlaw Mom on Facebook, leave a comment to let me know!

Bonus Entry (must first complete Entry #1, 2 and/or 3)

For 2 extra entries, leave a comment below telling us why your son or daughter is the ultimate Thomas fan!  Or, tell us what children’s television program has your kid hooked?  Any of these?  What about these?

Contest ends at 1:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, August 4th.  Winner will be randomly selected and notified by Thursday, August 4th, at 2:00 p.m. (PST).  Odds of winning depends on the number of participants and the number of entries.

Eligibility  

Must be able to claim the tickets in person in or around Los Altos/Mountain View/Palo Alto/Menlo Park on Friday, August 5th.

Thomas the Tank Engine image via TLC.

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{Guest Post} Curious Mom Questions About Kids’ Programming

25 Jul

The Outlaw Mom’s Disclaimer:  The views expressed in the following review of children’s television programming are not necessarily those of The Outlaw Mom.  In The Outlaw Mom’s household, Special Agent Oso is king and it is clear to us that he has cleverly devised a foil of the fumbling, bumbling, cuddly bear in order to hide the undeniable cunning that lies beneath.  But go ahead … read on if you want to laugh your socks off.

Okay, so sometimes I wonder about things that some people might find odd. Sometimes, I might ponder what it would be like in a quantum parallel universe where our reality is reversed – would people eat their corn on the cob from top to bottom? If there are 11 known dimensions in the multi-verse, which one are we in? How in the world did that amazing young female scientist figure out where all the missing matter in the universe had been “misplaced” after all these years – and can she find my missing socks?

But, admittedly, some of the most vexing questions since having children seem to pop up when watching PBS Kids, Nick Junior or Disney Junior. Here are just a few that have been bugging me over the last few years. If you’re an exceptional parent whose children have never seen a television, none of these may make any sense to you. And, Bravo! But, if you’re a normal parent who, well, just-needs-half-an-hour-to-do-the-dishes-or-laundry-or-read-a-book-or-cook-or-pay-bills-or-no-it’s-not-a-babysitter-I-just-freaking-need-30-minutes-to-do-something-that-I-want-to-do-for-just-thirty-friggin’-minutes, okay??!!!, then maybe you can send me some that I’m missing.

And here they are:

1) The omni-present question: Where are Max and Ruby’s Parents?

BUNNY-PROTECTIVE SERVICES (BPS) HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING FOR YEARS

2) How did Mama Bear give birth to Sister Bear, shower, change, get her newborn to sleep and lose her distended uterus while Papa and Brother Bear were out chopping wood?

MAMA BEAR HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD FOR FASTEST FUNDAL MASSAGE

3) How did that one-eyed pimply orange cylindrical monster on Yo Gabba Gabba ever make it past the Parent’s Television Council?

DO I REALLY NEED TO EXPLAIN WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE?

4) Who lets their kid play with a baby jaguar? And, for that matter, where is baby Jaguar’s momma?

YEAH, THINK WE’LL STICK WITH PERSIANS

5) Why doesn’t YehYeh buy Kai Lan another outfit?

6) WTH is a “Uniqua?” ….yeah, yeah, I know, a play on the word “unique”, a tip to diversity…but, I think I’ve figured out the formula:

I CRACKED THE CODE

7) And since, we’re talking Backyardigans, what the heck is Austin supposed to be?)

YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE

8) Why are Goofy and Pete dogs that can talk and walk upright, but Pluto barks and walks on all fours?

YOU KNOW YOU’VE WONDERED THAT SINCE YOU WERE FIVE!

9) Who laced Dino Dan’s carrot sticks with hallucinogens?

I’M SURE THAT WITH A LITTLE THERAPY AND A LOT OF LOVE,

HE CAN LIVE A NORMAL LIFE

10) How did such an intellectually-challenged bear become a Special Agent?

SCREENING STANDARDS DEFINITELY NEED TO BE

RE-EVALUATED FOR PUBLIC DEFENDERS

11) Why hasn’t Buddy the T-Rex ever tried to eat Tiny the Pteranadon?

RIGHT. LIKE BIPEDAL CARNIVORES HAVE EVER GOTTEN ALONG WITH FLYING THERAPODS. WHATEVA!

12) And who do you think hates themselves more? The Fresh Beat Band or The Imagination Movers?

THIS IS A CLOSE ONE

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’ve gotta run. SuperWhy is about to come on!

Today, we’re going to unlock the mystery of why Sleeping Beauty can’t wake up

by using our super reading powers. 🙂

The Outlaw Mom thanks Tricia, the hilarious and ever-insightful woman behind Critters and Crayons, for guest posting today.  After serving as a U.S. Army Officer for nearly ten years, Tricia worked as a research analyst and technical writer for another four.  She chose to take a break from full-time work to raise her two toddlers and now tries to put her skills to use as a mom and freelance writer.  She writes, researches and reviews family and kid activities in her small border town of Laredo, Texas.  It’s a place just minutes away from the extreme violence plaguing Nuevo, Laredo, Mexico and she hopes to bring a little positivity and levity to the sister cities through her blog.  She also writes about greener living, cooking, literature, and other things that bring happiness and laughter.  Want to read more from this fabulous mom and blogger?  Hop over to Critters and Crayons!

Bedtime Stories

1 Jun

This is my toddler’s brain:

Image via Elements4Health

This is my toddler’s brain on TV:

Once upon a time there was a brother and a sister.  They lived in a castle in a land that’s not so far away.  One day they wanted to eat at a restaurant.  But then they saw a dragon.  He wanted to eat their graham crackers.  So they said, “Swiper, no swiping!”  But they weren’t scared.  Ghosts are just pretend.  Come on, Super Readers:  to the rescue!  How do you pretend to be a ghost?  The first step is to be white.  What else can we use?  “Oh, Toodles!”  What does the word “ghost” start with?  The letter G.  What sound does the letter G make?  “Guh.”  Hooray!  We’re on our way to save the day!  Let’s build a doghouse for the dragon and the ghost.  But what if they don’t want to be rescued?  Mission completion, Mateys.

-as told to me by Jane, 2.25 years old

Is too much television helping or harming her brain development?

That’s a whole ‘nother blog post.  I just had to share this oddity of spontaneous storytelling with you.

Bonus points if you can name all of the children’s television programs referenced.

{Answer:  Team Umizoomi; Bubble Guppies; Dora The Explorer; Go Diego Go; Super Why!; Elmo’s World; Sesame Street; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; Special Agent Oso; Word World; Wonder Pets; Backyardigans; Little Einsteins; Jake and the Neverland Pirates}

Inspiration for a Pirate Themed Birthday Party

12 Apr

After a few months of brainstorming, I finally picked a theme for Sam’s first birthday party last week:  pirates!

While I was mulling it over, the first obvious choice was a character-themed party from one of the television shows he watches.

Yes, American Academy of Pediatrics – my not yet one-year old son watches television!  The shock and horror, I know, I know.  Not only that, but his first words were “Go . . . go Go” (Nick’s Go Diego Go) and “…clap…clap” (Disney’s Little Einsteins).

But I couldn’t pick an Elmo-themed party because Elmo was Jane’s first love.  And a Super Why! party would be treading dangerously close to Jane’s territory, too.  Plus, we just had a character party for Jane (Special Agent Oso) and I’m not really in the mood for another one.  Hmmm . . .

Arrgh!  That’s it!  A pirate theme!

From left to right:

  1. This book is permanently wedged in between the kids’ car seats for guaranteed entertainment and tantrum-taming in the car.  (Nowww, pat clap, pat clap, pat clap!)
  2. The pirate theme hadn’t gelled yet when I drove past this giant billboard, but it managed to make an impression.
  3. I picked up this pirate’s hat, the sword and children’s costumes for 80% off at a post-Halloween sale last year.
  4. One random midday nanny check, I popped in to see the kids watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates on Playhouse Disney, which they’ve never watched with me.  (No wonder Jane’s been greeting me with “Ahoy there, Matey!” and “Aaargh!” when I come home from work).
  5. Tiny Prints was having a sale on gift tags just after Christmas, so I bought all of our Christmas gift tags a year in advance and saw this one for Sam and had to pick it up, too.  (I do love a good sale!  See No. 3 above).
  6. I also picked up these matching personalized cards and address labels for Sam – on sale of course.
  7. After I burned the parchment paper from my Crunchy Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies baking experiment and saw that it resembled an old treasure map, the lightbulb went off!

Now, time to get planning . . .

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