Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Celebrate Spooky-Ooky Halloween with Cricket, Spider and Ladybug Magazines -- and FREE Halloween Greeting Cards and #Giveaway!


Ladybug, Spider and Cricket's Halloween-Themed Issues Deliver Ad-free,
Age-Appropriate Stories, Fun Seasonal Crafts, Quizzes and Much More!

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Whimsical Halloween Greeting Cards and Printables, Courtesy of Cricket!

Halloween's around the corner, and, this spooky-ooky season, Cricket Media cordially invites all bats and ghouls to celebrate the season with some delightful tricks and treats!

LADYBUG (suitable for ages 3-6), SPIDER (ages 6-9) and CRICKET Magazines (ages 9-14) have dressed up their October issues for Halloween, with fun-filled, hair-raising (and age-appropriate) stories, poems, Halloween crafts and much more!  Simply click on the link above and you'll have the opportunity to sample some of the terrific stories in this month's issues including "The Halloween Parade Problem" (Ladybug), "Won't You Be My Frankenstein" (Spider) and the spine-tingling quiz, "Which Monster Are You?" (Cricket).  And don't forget to send some Halloween cheer with a wide assortment of whimsically-illustrated Cricket greeting cards and printables - for FREE!

What's your favorite part of October? Picking the roundest pumpkins and crispest apples with your family? Making creative costumes? Trick-or-treating and partying with your friends? Or enjoying delicious holiday sweets? Enjoy all of this festive fun and meet some real-life creepy-crawlies in October's issue of LADYBUG, and sample "The Halloween Parade Problem"  by Maggie Murphy (art by Jennifer Zivoi), as well as the regular feature "Max and Kate.

About LADYBUG Magazine:

LADYBUG Magazine is a charming collection of the best stories, poems, songs, action games, and adventures for young children.  Each page is beautifully illustrated and guaranteed to delight parents and children alike. Written by some of the world's best children's authors and illustrated by award-winning artists, LADYBUG Magazine offers enchanting stories and poems to read aloud that are just the right length for a cozy cuddle and are sure to spark young imaginations and develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

Leaves are turning orange and brown, days are getting cooler, and nights are getting longer. It's the perfect time of year to curl up with a good spooky story. In this issue of SPIDER, you'll meet hair-raising haunts, goofy ghosts, and... a witch shopping for groceries? Read a monster love poem, get lost in a Halloween maze, make shadow puppets, put on a mystery play, and even learn how to play Midnight Mummy Bowling. Sample some of this month's tricks and treats including the story "Won't You Be My Frankenstein" by Neal Levin, art by Mark Rogalski and Andrea L. Mack's "The Witch Who Couldn't Order In" (art by Lars Leetaru).

About SPIDER Magazine:

Specially written for that magical age when children first get excited about reading on their own, SPIDER Magazine will reinforce a child's love of reading by providing amazing stories and beautiful illustrations designed to keep young readers engaged. Pages filled with fantasy and adventure stories by celebrated authors, folk tales, non-fiction, poems, activities, and illustrations by famous children's artists make SPIDER Magazine the perfect choice for newly independent readers.

It's almost Halloween, when monsters roam the streets and the witching hour lasts all night long, and you're tired of hearing the same old ghost stories. But have you ever heard a kappa story? Or a thunderbird story? How about a story featuring jiang shi, the Chinese zombies? Encounter a whole host of new monsters in this issue of CRICKET, including the terrifying Vanishers. Journey to a medieval castle, join Roman twins Statius and Caeso for the next chapter of their adventures, and read an interview with the man behind the mask of many of your favorite movie monsters.. You may just find your next Halloween costume!  We invite you to sample spine-tingling stories, poems, and activities including the fun quiz, "Which Monster Are You?" to figure out which lesser-known monster you are and the story "Vanishers" by Josh Allen (art by Sara Corbett)

About CRICKET Magazine:

CRICKET Magazine, our flagship publication, is the world leader in providing the highest-quality fiction and nonfiction to children ages 9 to 14. Since its premiere in 1973, CRICKET has delighted and entertained generations of kids with contemporary stories and classic literature from the world's best writers, paired with illustrations so beautiful they take your breath away. CRICKET delivers storytelling in its purest form. 

About Cricket Media:

Cricket Media is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world.  Cricket Media's 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug®, Ladybug®, Cricket™ and Cobblestone™.  The Company's innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, aneMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China's leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.  For more information, please visit 


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Kicks Off Next Monday!!! #HGG2016

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Are you sitting down?  You may be when you hear what I have to say, "Only 60 more days until Christmas Day.  That is only 8 weeks.  Eek, right!  I can't believe how fast the year is going by.  It just feels like school had finished and we were looking to the summer for family fun. But, with a blink of an eye, that, too came and went, leaving us now with the crisp fall air, and talk of first snowfall here in New England later this week.  Well, it could be a dusting, but still snow nevertheless.  Now is the time that you have to start putting a game plan together on who you plan to shop for and what you plan to buy, so that you know which stores or online retailers to hit, in order to get the best deals.  The last thing you want to do is be running around like my husband and others on Christmas Eve looking for last minute gift ideas after everything has been picked over.

As you start to put together your list of who to shop for, I am working hard on putting together another great holiday gift guide, which I will be kicking off next week and running through early December.  I have some wonderful gift ideas for the whole family, as well as a fun book and movie advent feature I will be sharing, in case you are looking for new holiday traditions, or just want to watch a new holiday movie or get into the Christmas spirit with a fun selection of books the whole family will love.

Until Monday, when I kick off my holiday gift guide with some fun giveaways....
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NEWS: DISH Unbundles NBA Coverage with Single Team Packages

DISH keeps turning out news announcement after news announcement.  You may recall I shared a post yesterday about the YouTube App being available only from DISH on their Hopper 3.  I woke up this morning to more great news.  Now, DISH is offering NBA fans coverage during the basketball season, with options to follow your favorite teams or a single team.  And, for a limited time, they are letting current DISH subscribers try out their NBA TEAM PASS for FREE for 1 week.

Here is more about the NBA TEAM PASS, and announcement from DISH.  

"Today, DISH became the first pay-TV provider to offer NBA TEAM PASS. The new single team offering, available for $119, will allow DISH customers to follow any one of the NBA’s 30 teams throughout the regular season with live access to every out-of-market game.
DISH will continue to offer NBA LEAGUE PASS, the sport’s full season package, for $199 with up to 40 live out-of-market games from around the league every week and on demand coverage.
This launch makes DISH the only pay-TV provider that allows fans to choose whether they’d like to follow only their favorite NBA team or the entire league.
“As the NBA laces up for a new season, DISH is giving customers the choice of following the entire league or picking their favorite team,” said Josh Clark, vice president of Programming for DISH. “Now an NBA fan on the East Coast who wants to follow just their favorite West Coast team can opt for NBA TEAM PASS.”
Starting NBA Opening Night on October 25 through November 1, DISH will unlock NBA LEAGUE PASS to all customers in free preview so that NBA fans can get a jumpstart on watching their favorite team or the whole league.
DISH customers may purchase NBA TEAM PASS or NBA LEAGUE PASS for the 2016-2017 season by calling 1-877-DISH PPV (347-4778). Customers have the option to pay for NBA TEAM PASS in four installments of $29.75 or NBA LEAGUE PASS in four installments of $49.75.
NBA TEAM PASS and NBA LEAGUE PASS provide customers with access to regular season, out-of-market games only. Games watched on DISH will be subject to local blackouts depending on the customer’s location."
The folks at DISH have graciously offered to set me up with a NBA TEAM PASS for my favorite basketball team, the Boston Celtics.  I can't wait to try out the service.  How about you? Which team or teams will you be requesting all-access to?


About DISH
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.593 million pay-TV subscribers, as of June 30, 2016, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit
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