Sleepover Survival Guide: Licensed Characters Kids Adore

Parents know that planning a sleepover can be a little more difficult than it seems. Managing a house full of kids is hard enough without having to organize activities and make sure every kid has what they need to get a good night’s sleep. A group of friends can take care of entertaining themselves once the night begins. This sleepover survival guide will help parents get the party going and keep kids comfy with licensed characters.

Activities and Games to Entertain

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The Licensed Pop-Up & Memory Combo Game is double the fun with some of their favorite characters. Pop the dice and race the pegs around the board to be the first to bring all the pieces home, or challenge friends to see who has the best memory with the matching game. With Disney 3D Crystal Puzzles, kids can create a figurine of one of their favorite Disney characters. The puzzle uses interlocking pieces to form a 3D figure in a crystallized look. They’ll have plenty of fun in the dark with Licensed Project-A-Lite Flashlights. It lets kids recreate fun scenes from their most-watched movies, with 6 interchangeable disks that feature their favorite animated characters. The disks can be stored inside the handle when not in use.

Pack Right and Sleep Tight

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Make sure your kid is packed and ready for their sleepover in style with the Licensed Overnight Bag. The bag is covered in bold designs featuring their favorite comic book heroes or cartoon characters. The easy-to-carry bag is roomy enough to hold all of their necessities, and has an adjustable strap for carrying. The Kids’ Licensed Comfy Throw keeps them cozy during movies or bedtime. It features an opening in the back that allows for full coverage in front. The long sleeves and all-over design allows them to be their favorite character while keeping them warm. Make sleeping away from home more comfortable with the Licensed Inflatable Sleeping Bag. The inflatable design adds extra cushioning and the headrest has a pillow shape. The comfy cover fits perfectly over the mattress. Includes a manual pump for easy inflation and deflation.

Bathroom Decor Basics: Find Your Finishing Touch

You’ve finally fixed up some trouble spots in your bathroom or completed a major DIY project. You’ve put all your old decor back into place, but something probably doesn’t seem right. Brand new bathroom fixtures or hardware just doesn’t look brand new until it’s accented with a fresh collection of bathroom decorations and useful supplies. Take a long look at some of our bathroom decor basics to get the finishing touch you need.

Complete Collections for Fall or Fright Night

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Sunflower Bathroom Collection features a bright, cheery design with yellow blossoms and butterflies spread throughout. Mix and match with the Shower Curtain, the Set of 12 Shower Hooks and the nonslip nylon Rug. Accent your featured pieces with countertop accessories like the Toothbrush Holder, Soap/Lotion Pump and the Set of 2 Hand Towels. Bring the harvest to your home with the Pumpkin & Stars Bathroom Collection. It’s patterned with pumpkins, country stars and autumn leaves. It offers everything the Sunflower Collection has, but also gives the option of a Window Valance. Decorate for the Halloween season with the Witch Bathroom Collection. It also offers the same wide selection of practical bathroom decor as the Sunflower Collection.

Organized Countertops and Uncluttered Cabinets

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Create a special place for all your cosmetics and accessories with the wooden Beauty Organizer. It features individual cubbies and drawers to store everything. The organizer has a contemporary look that fits with any bathroom style. Keep the counter tidy and your hair supplies out of sight with Set of 2 Hair Care Organizers. Each organizer has a hook that hangs over a cabinet door up to one-inch thick. Holds straighteners, curling irons, hair dryers and more. The 2-Pc. Toilet Paper & Brush Holder Set hides bathroom necessities in plain sight. The toilet paper holder keeps three rolls of toilet paper within reach, and the brush holder includes a toilet brush for easy cleaning. The cup inside the brush holder allows it to dry without dripping on the floor.

Bathroom Mirror Ideas to Inspire Your Home Refresh

Updating the bathroom with exciting new features seems to be on every homeowner’s to-do list. Sometimes the projects never get completed because we want to overhaul the entire bathroom instead of making small fixes here and there. But if the overhaul just isn’t feasible or too far in the future, making little changes is one of the best ways to give your bathroom a fresh new look. Instead of taking on a complicated DIY project, get inspired by some of these bathroom mirror ideas to make a quick change and inspire your future overhaul.

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Traditional Frame
The main design elements you’ll encounter with bathroom mirrors are the shape and whether or not they’re framed. Framed designs can serve as simple accents that allow you to tie in colors and textures in your bath or bold statements that can add unique contrast and look like beautiful wall art in some luxurious art gallery.

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Clean Lines
Mirrors without frames are great if you aren’t trying to make a bold statement in your bathroom. This is great if you’re going for clean lines or a modern touch, but this doesn’t necessary mean a mirror without a frame is specific to modern or contemporary designs. Also, they really pop when contrasted with a bold paint color.

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Strong Shapes
Changing the shape of your bathroom mirror can make an immediate impact in your bathroom. Traditional square or rectangular designs have a completely different feel from a smooth, circular pattern or a strange geometric shape. Just make sure the design of your mirror doesn’t get in the way of your bathroom routine.

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Unique Accents
It’s not all about the shape, pattern or frame. There are many options for mirrors that add a unique look and feel to your bathroom with the way they are mounted or hung on the wall. They can also be easier to install compared to larger mirrors. If you have a double vanity, you could get two smaller mirrors for a stylish look.

Summer Gardening Gear for Green Thumbs

Studies have shown that hobbies like gardening can help relieve stress, keep you healthy and improve your overall mood. In addition to being relaxing or therapeutic, growing your own fruits and vegetables helps you save money and eat healthier. Planting flowers and foliage can turn a dull backyard into an amazing retreat for the family. Replenish your tools and add new accents with our summer gardening gear for green thumbs.

Get Inspired and Get Work Done

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Get the luscious garden you’ve always dreamed about with the 1,519 Amazing Gardening Secrets Book. It provides all-natural tips and expert gardening tricks for growing healthy flowers, fruits and veggies. Gather wisdom, ingenious advice and learn about surprising solutions to share with fellow gardeners. Once you’re ready to get your hands dirty, tend your garden on the Garden Scooter. Wheels allow you to easily move it from one area of your yard to another. You can also store your tools below the seat for quick access. Feed your garden what it needs to thrive with the flexible Pocket Hose Top Brass II. It’s lightweight and scrunches up when not in use, expanding to its full length when water runs through it. Its durable design is resistant to rips and cracks, so it won’t break down if left out in the sun. And the spray nozzle has 3 adjustable settings.

Finishing Touches for Your Garden

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Add a little childlike wonder to your garden oasis with the Solar Child Statue. Each child is holding a solar-powered light that soaks up the sun’s energy during the day and illuminates at dusk. It’s the perfect way to highlight some of the best features in your garden while adding a little accent light to your yard. Accent the path leading to your garden or the garden itself with the sweet saying on this Sentiment Steppingstone. It has a beautiful message and a cute cutout shape that coordinates with the decorative design. The realistic texture gives it a natural look that blends well with any outdoor landscape. Give your garden a unique look with Set of 4 Stainless Steel Garden Spheres. The shiny set of decorative orbs comes in graduated sizes.

4 Must-See Botanical Gardens in America

Summer is the season to get out in your garden and work your hands in the soil. While most of the dirty work is done in the spring, there’s plenty of maintenance to do throughout the summer to keep plants and veggies perfect, and flowers in bloom. Whether gardening is a pastime or your passion, it’s important to take a break from all your hard work and step into an expert oasis for leisure and inspiration. No matter what region of the country you call home, you’re never too far away from the fresh experience of world class botanical gardens.

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United States Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.
George Washington is cited as the inspiration for the botanical garden in our nation’s capital. Established by Congress in 1820, it is officially recognized as a museum. With a focus on educating the public about plants and fostering botanical knowledge, it’s a must-see for gardening enthusiasts and environmentalists.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas
If you’re looking to surround yourself with the beauty of nature while enjoying an entertaining event, Dallas might be the garden destination for you. One of the top arboretums in the world, it’s dedicated to getting the community involved with events and family activities. It’s newer than most top gardens, but always growing.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago
Though it’s only been around since the 1970s, the Chicago Botanical Garden is already one of the world’s leading horticultural museums and conservation centers. The garden is born of the city’s rich horticultural history, dating back to the 1893 World’s Fair, and has one of the largest memberships of any U.S. garden.

New York Botanic Garden, New York City
This diverse landscape in bustling New York city is spread over 250 acres and boasts over a million plants. Located right next to the Bronx Zoo, it’s one of the most popular botanical gardens in the country, hosting a healthy 300,000 people every year. It’s also home to one of the world’s largest plant conservation programs.

Stylish Summer Ensembles for Soaking Up Sunshine

For many of us, the best time to get out and enjoy the summer sun is limited to a few short months. Summer is the season to take a dive in the pool, put the windows down driving on the open road and take advantage of nice weather for your favorite outdoor activities. Summer is the season for fashionable beachwear, stylish accessories and getting a perfect tan. Soak up sunshine while you can with our stylish summer ensembles.

For the Beach or the Boardwalk

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Go from the beach to the boardwalk in style with the Women’s Crossover Cover-Up Dress. An easy-to-wear dress that features fun tie-dye detailing on the sides, it has a high/low hemline that crosses over in the front. Save your bare feet from the summer heat with Women’s Memory Foam Comfort Sandals. Their thong-style design features memory foam insoles that offer amazing comfort no matter where your summer adventures take you. Rubber soles provide resistance on slippery surfaces, so they’re perfect for wearing poolside. The large Cell Phone Organizer Wallet helps you stay organized in the summer without a streamlined design. It has a fun print and convenient pockets to hold your smartphone, cash, credit cards and more. It keeps your valuables safely secured in the zippered main compartment. Removable strap lets you wear it as a wristlet.

For Tanning or Taking It Easy

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Dry off after a refreshing swim with the Summertime Beach Towel. the high-quality cotton towel features a vibrant image with a summer theme. Its fiber-reactive print won’t fade from exposure to the sun or washing. Once you’re out of the water, make sure your poolside chair or beach lounger is extra comfortable with the Brightly Colored Chair Cover. Made of durable cotton terry cloth and polyester, it fits on all kinds of lounge and deck chairs. Hanging from one side is a 3-section pocket for your sunglasses, lotion, smartphone and more. It converts to a handled tote for carrying beach necessities. Always have the ideal cup holder during your beach tanning session with the Set of 2 Beach Buddy Drink Holders. Each sassy holder has a vibrant design with a humorous phrase. The sturdy design makes them easy to stick in the ground or carry around.

Sun Safety Tips for Babies, Kids and Teens

It is estimated that up to eighty percent of a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun occurs in the first 18 years, so when it comes to sun safety it’s important to start developing some good habits with your kids as early as possible. Learn how to properly protect babies, kids and teens from sun damage with these sun safety tips.

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Babies — The Less Sun the Better
Babies under the age of six months shouldn’t be in the sun at all. The damage that sunburn can cause with babies has the ability to effect them throughout their life, compromising their immune system and increasing the risk of skin cancer years down the road. If you are outside, keep them properly covered or in the shade.

It isn’t recommended to use sunscreens on babies under six months old, so covering up their skin is very important. Pants and long sleeve shirts cover the most skin, while bucket hats protect their head and offer a little shade. If they do get exposed to the sun, apply wet towels to their skin frequently to reduce swelling.

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Kids — Sunscreen On the Go
Kids are the hardest to monitor when it comes to making sure they’re using sunscreen. Once they get out of the house with their friends they could be gone for hours. Even if you send them out the door with sunscreen there’s a good chance it will wear off before they return. Send kids off right with some travel-size sunscreen.

If they’re playing close to home or within sight, don’t be afraid to interrupt their activity to reapply some sun protection. If they do come back with a little sunburn or some bad blisters, hydrate their skin with a wet towel, apply a topical moisturizer and ibuprofen if needed and keep them out of the sun until they heal completely.

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Teens — Tanning Can Be Trouble
Many kids start tanning in their teens. If your teen wants to get a nice tan, try to keep them out of the sun between the fiercest hours of the day. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm is when UVA and UVB rays can do the most damage to skin. It’s also the best time to tan. Being closer to 10:00 am or 2:00 pm is better than midday.

While it is tempting for teenagers to hit the tanning salon when the sun isn’t shining, radiation in tanning beds can be worse than the sun. Any type of tanning is technically harmful to your skin. One method isn’t any healthier than the other, but tanning beds have been known to have higher levels of UVR radiation.

Fantastic Ways to Showcase Vacation Photos at Home

Whether you’re jetting off on a dream vacation, gearing up for a cross-country road trip or mapping out a fun summer activity schedule at home, chances are you’ll wind up with plenty of photos. All you have to do now is find a way to feature those great memories in your home. Don’t leave awesome snapshots sitting on your camera. Find out how to display your best shots with these fantastic products to showcase vacation photos.

Compose Your Creative Collage

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Tell your entire vacation story with the 21-Photo Collage Frame. It allows you to arrange photos in a stylish way by alternating between vertical and horizontal display slots. The frames hold a 4″ x 6″ photo, each. Plastic pane protects the photos. The entire collage mounts vertical or horizontal to fit your space. The Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collage makes it easy to protect and display vacation memories. The wall collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4″ x 6″ photos in plastic sleeves. The reinforced eyelets allow you to hang it up a variety of ways. Showcase the most memorable photos from your vacation with the 8-Pc. Sentiment Wall Photo Gallery. It includes frames that protect photos behind glass, as well as shelves and words. The main frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos. Accent frames each hold 4″ x 6″ photo.

Preserve Those Precious Pictures

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If you’re looking for a storage option that also protects your photos, the 510-Photo Album fits the bill. The jumbo album allows you to show off 510 of your best 4″ x 6″ photos. Each page holds 5 photos on each side. The 3-ring binder design makes it easy to add and remove pages. You can also feature a cover photo. With the Laminator or Set of 100 Sheets, you can add a protective layer to photos. It has an ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, using heat to laminate. It’s UL-Listed. The sheet set includes 30 name card sheets, 40 photo sheets and 30 letter sheets. Once you have your photos laminated, use the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case to sort and store. The 16 acid-free photo cases feature rounded corners that keep photos looking their best for years. Each inner case holds one-hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. An outer handle allows for easy transport, and the hinged design has snap closures to keep everything secure.

Theme Park Checklist for a Carefree Vacation

Spending summer vacation at a theme park is great for thrill-seekers and family-friendly adventurers. From roller coasters to state-of-the-art water parks, there’s guaranteed to be incredible activities to keep everyone entertained. Before you strap into your seat and get ready for a terrifying drop or splash into the pool to cool off in the sun, make sure you’ve got the right gear to keep your essentials safe and the right clothes to keep you comfortable day after day. Make your adventure a bit easier and carefree with our theme park checklist.

Packed Up and Theme Park Ready

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Keep drinks and snacks chilled for your theme park picnic with this Collapsible Insulated Tote Basket. The handles fold down for easy storage. Store essentials in the Cell Phone Organizer Wallet. It features a large pocket with a button closure for a smartphone, as well as slots and pockets for cards and IDs. Works as a wallet inside a larger bag or a clutch. Protect all your credit and bank cards from being scanned and your identity from being stolen with Set of 4 RFID Credit Card Sleeves. These special tear resistant sleeves are designed to prevent thieves from being able to remotely scan the digital information stored on your cards. Slim and lightweight, each card fits easily in a handbag or wallet.

Worry-Free Gear for the Waterpark

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Keep your essential devices safe and dry inside the waterpark with Durable Waterproof Cases for Smartphones or Tablets. The Smartphone Case fits most smartphones, including iPhone® 4/4S/5, as well as certain Droid®, Blackberry®, and other MP3 and media players. For both the Smartphone and Tablet Cases, the devices are fully functional while in the protective case. The iPad® & Tablet Case fits the most popular tablets (up to 10″) on the market. Waterproof up to 18 feet. Your kid will love drying off after a long day at the waterpark with a Kids’ Hooded Beach Towel. It’s also perfect for the beach or the bath. Protect their eyes with Kids’ Favorite Character Swim Goggles. Anti-fog lenses feature an airtight seal to prevent water from leaking in and an adjustable silicone strap for a secure fit.

Comfortable Clothes and Cool Accessories

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Stay comfortable walking around the theme park all day in these Women’s Active-Length Knit Jeans. The cotton pants have the look of denim jeans with the softness of lounge pants and spandex for stretch. They have a drawstring waistband, as well as back pockets and side vents at the hem. The Girls’ Tie-Dye Maxi Dress is the perfect outfit for a day at the park. Your daughter or granddaughter will love wearing this bright, sleeveless dress. Keep their eyes protected from the sun with Kids’ Favorite Character Sunglasses & Case. They’ll love showing off the shades while shielding their eyes from harmful UV rays. The glasses are shatter-resistant, and the included case keeps them safely stored.

12 Fast Facts: Ups & Downs from Roller Coaster History

Ever since their first appearance in the earlier decades of the 19th century, roller coasters have been raising the bar at a rapid pace. The humble mini-train poking along on wooden tracks has been transformed into an insane collection of massive, fast-flying thrill rides that make even the most daring take a deep breath before locking in. Roller coaster production isn’t slowing down soon. Get to know the fascinating ups and downs of roller coaster history before taking your family to the theme park this summer with these 12 super-fast facts.

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  • Roller coasters were inspired in part by “gravity railroads” mining companies used to deliver coal downhill to locations many miles away. The earliest thrill-seekers paid to ride with the goods.
  • The most direct inspiration for the modern roller coaster comes from France, where rides consisting of small trains on wooden tracks were built for amusement, and daring loops intrigued daredevils.
  • In Paris, in the middle of the 19th century, “centrifugal coasters” appeared. These consisted of a long drop to gather speed, with a full loop in the center that guided the car around using centrifugal force.
  • The earliest “looping coasters” were known for being especially dangerous. Many caused whiplash.
  • The first official “scenic” roller coaster opened in 1884 on the now famous peninsula of Coney Island in Brooklyn. Slower, safe and popular, it guided riders through passageways and painted scenes.
  • Coney Island outdid itself with The Cyclone in 1927, a wooden roller coaster that still operates today.

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  • After the Great Depression, amusement parks declined for decades. Roller coasters nearly fell off the map until an upswing in the economy paved the way for Americans to enjoy theme parks again.
  • Disneyland set up shop in the mid-fifties in California. Its main attraction: the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
  • There are nearly 900 roller coasters currently operating in North America. That’s less than half of the roller coasters operating in Asia, and still less than the total number currently operating in Europe.
  • The tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at Six Flags in New Jersey. At 456 ft. tall, the giant roller coaster also boasts the longest free-falling drop in the world, kicking off with a 418-ft. drop.
  • While Kingda Ka is also the fastest roller coaster in the United States, it comes in second in the world rankings to Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates. Rossa tops out at 149 mph.
  • The fan-voted best theme park for roller coasters in America backs up Cedar Point’s claim that it’s the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” However, many thrill-seekers say Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey has a higher concentration of the best roller coasters in the world, including Kingda Ka.

Before you think about setting off on your theme park adventure, make sure you’ve got all the gear you need to enjoy a flawless vacation. Shop luggage, totes, apparel, electronics and so much more for your family trip.