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(NewsUSA) - As mayor of D'Lo, Mississippi, one of John Henry Berry's recent challenges included tracking down errant employees -- goats he had positioned to clip the town's ball fields had wandered off. The quest for the goats is an example of the quirky challenges facing Mayor Berry and featured in the reality series, "Small Town, Big Mayor," airing on UP TV on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.The series offers a refreshing escape from the negative attitude surrounding much of politics today with a behind-the-scenes look at a hard-working mayor and his family who want to make their town a better place and to help it survive and thrive in the future.The residents of D'Lo include 456 people, as well as 240 cows. Mayor Berry wears multiple hats, serving not only as mayor, but also as town arbitrator, dog catcher, landscaper, sewer repairman, volunteer fireman, high school football announcer, Parish drummer, and 4H Firearms Instructor, to name a few. He also finds time to be the father of five children: Ashley, Ben, Autumn, Preston, and Josh; and husband to Angie.The fourth-generation resident of D'Lo is known for his positive attitude, white suits, and the inclination to drive around town in a golf cart."The love of my town inspired me to run for mayor," says Mayor Berry. "As a native of D'Lo, Miss., I want to improve the town and bring in tourism," he adds. Specific plans to attract tourists include opening a restaurant, he notes.In addition to the restaurant, his goals include legalizing golf carts in D'Lo, making the town more environmentally friendly, putting D'Lo on Kickstarter, building a library, and launching a campaign to recruit new volunteer firemen.Each episode of "Small Town, Big Mayor" will focus on some aspect of his 95-point plan to revitalize the town.In the meantime, Mayor Berry gracefully juggles daily challenges of small-town administrations."There's nothing I won't do for D'Lo," says Berry. One surprise: "I had to learn to work on the water well and sewage system to keep things functioning properly without spending money the city didn't have," he says.Tune in to "Small Town, Big Mayor" for a taste of genuine community spirit as the citizens rally around the mayor. As Mayor Berry says, "We may be tiny, but we have a lot of heart."

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(NewsUSA) - "It was 20 years ago, today…" 50 years ago actually. June 2, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of, what many describe as "the greatest rock album of all-time" -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."The eighth studio album by The Beatles spent 27 weeks at the top of the U.K. charts and 15 weeks at no.1 in the U.S.This summer, Billy Shears and the gang were back on top, hitting no. 1 once again, as one of this year's highest-selling albums. Many people remember exactly where they were the first time they heard one of the iconic songs included on the album during the Summer of Love.Considering that David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and many more have also been listed at the top of the charts this year, one might be inclined to dust off an old turntable or 8-track tape player.But unlike the other classic music talent mentioned, The Beatles have inspired a new revolution these days, this time for kids even younger.Meet Buzz, Walter, Jay, Crick, and Kumi: the Beat Bugs.Josh Wakely's Beat Bugs is an Emmy Award-winning animated kids series featuring songs made famous by The Beatles.This Netflix hit revolves around the lives and adventures of these five best friends, charming and funny childlike bugs who explore and learn life lessons in their suburban backyard home.Each episode ties in a song made famous by The Beatles, reimagined in an innocent and child-friendly fashion, sung by one of the characters or guest stars that include mega-musicians Pink ("Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"), Sia ("Blackbird"), Aloe Blacc ("Rain"), The Shins ("The Word"), Jennifer Hudson ("I'll Follow the Sun"), and more.Beat Bugs introduces a new generation to the music of the most influential band in rock history.Groovy.In support of the Netflix success, Target has curated a line ofBeat Bugs interactive merchandise, including toys and games, DVDs and books, apparel and accessories and more.Many products available come complete with the musicality of the show.From the Beat Bugs Hijinx Alive that magically sing along on cue to the show playing on Netflix or the app, to the Musical Submarine that plays excerpts from, (you guessed it) "Yellow Submarine" to the Sing Along Microphone and more.Even Beat Bugs books and the backpack play music!Shop for Beat Bugs at http://beatbugs.toys/NewsUSA.Fans "Across the Universe" have had a similar reaction to the show and the products, stating that it is such a thrill to be able to introduce The Beatles to a new generation in a refreshingly fun and innovative way.Actor, comedian, television host ("The Late Late Show with James Corden"), and singer James Corden lends his voice to "I'm a Loser" for Beat Bugs. During his recording session, he stated, "My son is four years old and I can't wait for him to watch this.""I would be amazed if he didn't just start to fall in love with these songs."So kick back, relax, and cast some special time with the kids or grandkids, who no doubt will be impressed that you already know all of the words to the songs.Fifty years from now, they'll remember being by your side the first time they heard "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," or any other Beatles song.Righteous. 

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(NewsUSA) - Much of cowboy culture focuses on the more glamorous aspects of riding across the range into the sunset. While the lives of real cowboys in America today retain some of those romantic elements, there's plenty of daily drama and struggle, as well as friendship and fun.A new series on family-entertainment television network INSP showcases the lives of three cowboys in Alabama who are maintaining the common cowboy code while trying to make a living building a cattle business in South Alabama.Today's cowboys have to cope with long hours, injuries, and uncertain income, but the three men featured in The Cowboy Way: Alabama wouldn't want it any other way.Their co-ownership of the Faith Cattle Company is based on unconditional support as well as a work-hard-play-hard philosophy.The show airs in August, and has already been given the green light for a second season, notes Doug Butts, INSP's Senior Vice President of Programming, in a statement."During post-production, it became clear to everyone that we've got a great show on our hands," he says. "These cowboys are the real deal: down-to-earth, likable and very entertaining. They are a band of brothers, and audiences will love them," he adds.Bubba Thompson, a skilled carpenter, brings his charm, integrity, and strong work ethic to his cowboy life. Some TV viewers first met him as a runner-up on a southern-style dating show, although he has since relinquished his bachelor status and is happily married.Cody Harris is a cowboy with a history on the rodeo circuit, where he won several championships in calf roping. Now retired from rodeo competition, he makes room in his cowboy life for work as a rodeo producer, father, and husband to a champion barrel racer.Chris "Booger" Brown grew up on his family's farm, and has spent his life as a rancher. The series also highlights his skill as a horseman and a horse trainer, as well as his sense of humor which helps get him and his friends through the tough days of herding cattle and working fields.The Cowboy Way: Alabama airs on Thursdays, at 8:00 p.m., Eastern, on INSP.For more information, visit www.thecowboywaytv.com.

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(NewsUSA) - Rum aficionados, rejoice. A classic brand is re-entering the spotlight with a new look.St. Lucia Distillers is re-launching the Chairman's Reserve rum in the United States in July 2017, and will unveil new packaging designed to highlight the brand's distinguished history and reputation for quality blends in the English rum style."Chairman's Reserve has always been recognized amongst the finest rums in the world," says Benjamin Jones, director of North America for the brand."Now, with an elegant, refreshed look, Chairman's Reserve will return the spotlight to St. Lucia as an island with a rich and an original legacy for producing world-class rum," he says.The new label for Chairman's Reserve positions the brand to compete at the premium level in the rum category and compete against premium aged spirits overall, according to a company statement.The Chairman's Reserve portfolio includes Chairman's Reserve Rum Original, Chairman's Reserve Spiced Original, Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Casks, and Chairman's Reserve White Rum.Chairman's Reserve Rum Original is the flagship St. Lucian rum, created in 1999. Chairman's Reserve Original combines rums from Coffey column stills and copper pot stills, well blended after maturation and further aged in oak casks.Chairman's Reserve Spiced Original starts with original Chairman's Reserve and adds a spicy kick from a Caribbean bark known as "Bois Bande," which has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Other key ingredients include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, and allspice, as well as lemon and orange peels.The Forgotten Casks of Chairman's Reserve is formulated to mimic casks of rum that were saved from the St. Lucia Distillers during a fire on May 2, 2007. The casks were misplaced, then rediscovered, but were too old for the Chairman's Original blend, and the rum was released on its own in the extra-aged category.The product was successful enough for Chairman's Reserve to regularly hold back some original rum for additional aging and branding as Forgotten Casks.Chairman's Reserve White Rum features hints of citrus and a blend of three- to four-year-old rums aged in American white oak casks after distillation in copper pot stills and a Coffey still.In addition, "St. Lucia Distillers will re-release the brand, "1931," as a limited reserve expression in the Chairman's portfolio," according to a company statement. The rare aged rum will be known as "Chairman's Reserve 1931."For more information about Chairman's Reserve products and the relaunch, visit spiribam.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Cable TV? That was so three years ago. These days, consumers are opting to cut the cable cord and stream their TV live. According to a study by Deloitte in Nov. 2014, the stronghold that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies have held over TV programming is giving way to subscription streaming services and products that use this platform. Some common complaints and reasons for dropping cable service include the high cost of packages, having to watch programs when they are aired, and the inconvenience of multiple desirable shows airing at once. While cable subscribers have cited live sports as a reason to stick with traditional cable, various professional sports organizations are detecting the shift away from this model, as noted by the NFL's recent interest in providing streaming content to its consumers. "The NFL has always been committed to being at the forefront of media innovation," says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. "[W]e are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape." To this end, one company is doing its best to lure customers away from their cable boxes and satellite dishes and, to date, the virtual monopoly that has been in place. ZUMMBOX 2.0 is a 4K streaming media player with a built-in digital antenna, which allows users to enjoy all of their traditional streaming content, while providing access to free television programming. The way it works is this: the box essentially serves as a content- aggregating device, featuring a built-in app store, allowing consumers to download a variety of apps and other software that provides access to a diverse range of TV shows, movies, sports, gaming, podcasts, and radio. Other key features include voice command recognition, Bluetooth compatibility, built-in DVR, and an optical import for surround sound, as well as four USB ports and three memory options. For parents who are concerned about certain programming, the device includes a parental control feature and complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The device also complies with the Online Privacy Protection Act, and does not distribute personal information to outside parties without the consent of the user. Unlike its competitors, there is no contract, no monthly fees and a two-year warranty. The product is available for a one-time payment of $159 and available online exclusively at Fundingotc.com. Zumm and the creators of the ZUMMBOX 2.0 have been working with Fundingotc.com, a unique full-service crowdfunding platform, to help launch this device. The difference between Fundingotc.com and other crowdfunding sites is that, instead of a large quantity of campaigns with questionable viability and best efforts deliverables, Fundingotc.com only posts time-to-market technologies and opportunities that have been proven to deliver. "Time-to-market" means that the companies and products offered on this platform are already tested and past the initial development stage. Fundingotc.com also provides access to extensive marketing capabilities spanning print, radio, TV, affiliate marketing and other media outlets. Fundingotc.com clients receive full service from copy and posting, to media and advertising. So unlike every other crowdfunding platform, they work to drive traffic to client campaigns.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - For many homeowners, the backyard is not at the forefront of their home-design plans. But procrastination can be an advantage when it comes to outdoor living. By the time many people consider the backyard, they have developed a strong sense of their own décor personality. Most consumers' design styles can be classified as traditionalist, bohemian, modern, eclectic, rustic or industrial, according to Belgard, a company dedicated to outdoor living design and elements for patio spaces and beyond. Fortunately, there are backyard design plans to suit any taste, as well as any budget. Some design elements that might have particular appeal to different décor personalities include: *For the traditionalist: Classic comfort. What is the primary purpose of a patio? A place for sitting and relaxing. Attractive, sturdy pavers in appealing patterns provide easy walking and an artistic base for conversation nooks of tables, chairs, planters, and picnic tables. *For the bohemian: Fire pit. Fire pits are an easy way to promote cozy gathering for all ages. And everyone can appreciate freedom from bugs; wood fires can help hold mosquitoes at bay. *For the modernist: Multiple levels. Homeowners seeking a modern look can consider a range of options for walkways and pavers that might include steps and slopes to wind through a terraced garden. *For the eclectic: Water features. But not just for swimming. Homeowners can show off an eclectic backyard style with a fountain, fish pond, or other water feature that makes a splash. *For the rustic: Eating out. Cooking outdoors can reach a new level, as advanced outdoor kitchen units allow guests to help with meal preparation or just chat with the host/chef while enjoying the outdoor setting. *For the industrial: Unique lighting is a way to make a statement and set a mood in an outdoor setting. Some ways to get creative with light include not only hardscape lighting and illuminated planters, but short-term elements such as lighting fixtures that highlight cool metals and metallics for a more urban, industrial vibe. Belgard, part of Oldcastle Architectural, was established in 1995 and remains a respected source of durable, classic, stylish outdoor-living products and a resource for design ideas to help homeowners take on backyard design with confidence. Visit www.Belgard.com for more ideas on optimizing your outdoor living environment.

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(NewsUSA)Blazin Buffalo Potato Skins

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It’s the big-game weekend and you’re hosting. You want something bold, flavorful, and better for you. Get recipe here.Nutty Tapenade

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This twist on a classic appetizer will fill you up, while still packing a ton of nutrients. Get recipe here.Sun-dried Turkey Meatballs

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You know protein is king when it comes to feeling full, so why not pack a one-two punch by adding Blue Diamond almonds? Get recipe here.Almond Cupcakes

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year again--the time when families and friends come together to celebrate with food and open arms. That's right, it's almost playoff season, with football, basketball, and hockey playoffs all just around the corner. With these highly anticipated games come the equally anticipated snacks--from chips and dip to wings and hot sauce. In fact, a lot can be said from people's usage of dips and sauces, and that usage has increased over the past year. According to a survey by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, the reasons for using dips and sauces more often include: making more or new foods that need them, using them on more foods or as a healthy option with healthy foods, and cooking or eating at home more. So satisfy your craving for the perfect mid-game snack and bring them to parties in new and creative ways. Here are a couple of tips that will help you pick the perfect recipe for your friends: * Survey results show that Asian sauces, horseradish, hot and Mexican sauces are more popular than they were last year, with hot sauce and mustard being used several times a week by the majority of respondents. So go exotic and use bold flavors in your dishes! * Geography also has something to say about what you should bring to a gathering. People in the Northeast reported a greater affinity for horseradish. Folks in the Midwest loves barbecue sauces. Asian sauces and hummus are more popular in the West and the South is all about hot sauce. These tips should get your creative juices flowing so you can bring a tasty and unique contribution to whatever playoff party you're attending. Should you need a little recipe inspiration, however, check out some dishes at www.dressings-sauces.org/recipes.

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(NewsUSA) - It's an undeniable fact. Among cash, gift cards and the "toy of the moment," kids want to see video games under the Christmas tree. Rail against it all you want, that's the reality. But take heart, parents, today's video games can teach kids valuable life lessons not learned in a classroom.For those that scoff at the idea that video games have value beyond hours of mindless entertainment, Sherry Turkel, a professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, "think again.""The games demand skills that are complex," Turkel told The Washington Post in an interview. "There is learning how to learn ? there is nothing mindless about mastering a video game."One game that is getting attention for its complexity and teachable moments is Bungie and Activision's Destiny games, a bold world of action and adventure where kids are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth. If you're a veteran and have followed the game from its inception, you may like the newest release, Destiny: Rise of Iron. If you're a newbie, Destiny -- The Collection, contains five games in one collection, including the newest release from the award winning franchise. And best of all, it's available for just $59.99.Still not convinced? The following skills are just a few underlying themes in the Destiny franchise that teach kids lessons outside of simple distraction:* Astronomy. The game offers a futuristic fictional scenario of our Solar System, where humans colonized other planets but were mysteriously brought to the brink of extinction (with known survivors now living in and defending Earth's last city from alien invaders).* Problem solving and creativity. In Destiny, players not only fend off alien antagonists, but must also solve mysteries, create their own avatar race and class, and complete multiple tasks.* Hand eye coordination. As a shooter-based game, Destiny features combat against an onslaught of alien enemy attacks from all angles.* Team work. The game contains three-player strikes and six-player raids, requiring communication and teamwork.* Socialization. Unlike other similar shooter-based games, Destiny does not have blood, gore, or adult content. Instead, the game is rated T for teen and focuses on sci-fi fantasy and discovery, making it a perfect game for parents and siblings as well.Currently Destiny -- The Collection and Destiny: Rise of Iron are both offered on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.For more information, please visit www.destinythegame.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to spruce up your home before entertaining friends and family. Whether your guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot. The American Lighting Association (ALA) suggests a few ways to enhance everyone's viewing experience. No matter what kind of space you have, whether it's a dedicated media room, a simple TV nook or something in between, the fundamental components are comfort and appropriate lighting. For the majority of homeowners, most media-related activity takes place in a multi-use space, which means the lighting must have the flexibility to go from everyday activities to TV viewing. "One of the primary design objectives in a media space is to create the ability to achieve multiple and varied types of experiences, and lighting provides the key element to achieve that goal," says Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, education consultant for ALA and associate professor at the University of Kentucky's School of Interior Design. Three necessary elements for the ultimate media viewing experience are the source of light, types and placement of light fixtures, and the use of smart dimmers. Light source Keep in mind that natural light from outside is as influential as light from indoor fixtures. Multi-purpose spaces generally have windows, which create the need to control that light during the daytime as well as at night when even minor reflections can be distracting. Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics Co., says that when it comes to lighting, "the sun is light bulb number one." He suggests using motorized shades, which can be retrofitted to an existing window, as a convenient and effective way to manipulate ambient light. It is important to consider where your light is coming from as well as the time of day and season, which affect not only the amount of incoming light, but also the angle and intensity of the light. Fixture type and placement The types of fixtures used in a dedicated media room are different from those typically used in a family room. Selecting fixtures for any type of media space can be confusing. To get it right, your best bet is to consult with a professionally trained lighting consultant at an ALA-member showroom. Smart dimmers Using dimmers may seem like a no-brainer, especially considering they are easy to install and highly impactful. New wireless smart dimmers simply attach to a wall or sit on a tabletop. Anderson explains that Lutron's Caséta Wireless dimmers are designed for simple, do-it-yourself installation. The inexpensive devices can be synced with a phone to control the lights, window shades and room temperature from a remote location. "It can be inconvenient to turn each thing on and off every time you enter or leave a room," says Anderson. "With Lutron's Caséta Wireless, you can pre-set it to adjust everything at once, so that it all comes to life with one press of a button." For more ideas and advice for improving your media viewing experience while maintaining functionality in your multi-use space, stop by your local ALA-member lighting showroom or visit AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Family time can be scarce these days, with activities and distractions pulling parents and kids in every direction. But a family-friendly television network, INSP, wants to change that. In an increasingly polluted television environment, they are one network trying to offer a breath of clean air. Building its alternative one show at a time, INSP recently kicked off "Destination Fridays," a trio of programs that are appropriate for audiences of all ages. "State Plate," starring Taylor Hicks (of American Idol fame), is the newest original series to join INSP's Friday lineup. Each episode features the cuisine of a particular state. During the show, Hicks visits farms, ranches, markets, festivals, and other diverse and unusual locales as he assembles a plate of the most popular foods in each state. For example, viewers can expect to learn about crab cakes in Maryland, peach treats in Georgia, potatoes in Idaho, and chili in Texas, along with the interesting history and often humorous stories behind each state's food traditions. Joining "State Plate" on Fridays is "Handcrafted America." Host Jill Wagner journeys across the country, introducing viewers to unique, gifted, and entertaining artisans who preserve and build on traditional skills as they make arts and crafts the old-fashioned way - by hand. "Destination Fridays" kicks off each week with "Cash Cowboys." The show features Scott Cozens, a journeyman electrician- turned-lawyer, and Sheldon Smithens, a third-generation antiques dealer and auctioneer. Together, the pair rummage through barns, basements, attics, sheds, flea markets, and more in search of hidden treasure, sporting their signature cowboy hats and Western gear. The hook: They will buy anything -- from motorbikes to folk art memorabilia -- in hopes of turning a profit. But these cowboys aren't just about the money; they have a passion for the past, the thrill of the chase, and the surprise of the unexpected gem. From the producers of "American Pickers," the series has tested well with INSP's core family audiences, and promises to entertain fans of antique and "picker" shows as well. "Destination Fridays" begins at 8:00PM ET each week with "Cash Cowboys"; "State Plate" follows at 9:00PM ET, and "Handcrafted America" at 9:30PM ET. For more information, visit insp.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - What is it about families and reality TV that have us tuning in on a regular basis? Is it watching a family dynamic unfold? Is it the drama? Whatever it is, UP TV's "Bringing Up Bates" has families hooked. The series stars the Tennessee-based Bates Family, Gil and Kelly Jo, and their 19 children. Over the course of four seasons, viewers have watched the Bates family experience the joys of marriage proposals to health scares to baby showers, as this ever-growing family continues to navigate life's triumphs and challenges. Matriarch Kelly Jo has brought up the Bateses a certain way, but viewers have followed Erin Paine, Whitney Bates and Alyssa Webster in their journey through motherhood as they navigate their own way of parenting. In the final episodes this season, fans will see the much-anticipated arrivals of the two newest Bates grandbabies. For Erin, who has a new lullaby piano album coming out soon, growing up in a large family as one of the older children helped her to learn responsibility at an early age. This, she says, has translated to her everyday life. "Having a little one that comes running to you for comfort, love, and affection, in addition to giving it, is a priceless treasure," she says. Whitney Bates, youngest of the three new moms, admits that as a young mother, she has a lot to learn, but relishes the time she gets to spend with Bradley and Kaci Lynn. "Being a mother to me means investing in my children's lives and getting to love them more than you ever imagined was even possible." For an only child, marrying into a family of 19 can be a bit of a culture shock, but Whitney says at the end of the day, watching the Bates' interact with one another helped prepare her for motherhood. "When little problems, loud noises, inconveniences or arguments come up, they [the Bates] learned to work through them," she says. As for Alyssa, motherhood, she says, has definitely taken her by surprise. "I don't think anyone can ever fully prepare themselves for it [motherhood], but growing up with so many younger siblings was like taking a beginner course on parenting times 10!" Currently expecting her second child, Alyssa says she hopes to raise a generation that has "character and shows kindness to others," while accepting the inherent challenges that come with being a parent. "Motherhood is one of the greatest blessings I have ever experienced," she says, "but it requires a lot of dedication and patience." "Bringing Up Bates" airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET on the family-focused network, UP TV. For more information, please visit www.uptv.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - La creatividad se dispara cuando los niños se disfrazan y se les da la oportunidad de expandir sus propias identidades personales. Los disfraces pueden despertar la imaginación bien sea cuando es el momento de pensar en Halloween, o solo durante un día al disfrazarse para una fiesta del té con amigos imaginarios. Los niños que aspiran gobernar el reinado pueden ir en búsqueda de Elena de Avalor, una adolescente valiente y aventurera que aprende a liderar su reinado como una princesa heredera. Abajo podrás encontrar algunas divertidas maneras de equiparte para tu próxima aventura familiar de la misma forma en que Elena lo haría. * Disfrázate para la aventura: Las princesas tienen que estar listas para gobernar, y qué mejor manera de hacerlo que usando el vestido rojo de Elena. Ningún vestido está completo si no se tienen los zapatos y accesorios tales como zarcillos, un brazalete y un cintillo de flores. * El baile: las chicas se pueden disfrazar de la princesa heredera de Avalor con el vestido del baile real el cual pondrá el ritmo a la canción principal, "My Time", que sonará en el show. Agrega más accesorios, como lo son zarcillos, una tiara, y zapatos. * Canta. ¿Quieres inspirar a tu hija con música? La guitarra de Elena está personalizada con su firma y tiene tres modos de juego: puede tocarla usando cuerdas verdaderas, tocar tres canciones, o cantar con Elena. * Gobierna el mundo. ¡La aventura de Elena no estaría completa sin su cetro! Así como Elena cree que la magia viene desde lo interno, las chicas podrían querer activar las luces y poderes mágicos en pleno show con la onda del cetro mágico de luz. La varita mágica también hace sonar la canción principal "My Time", presentada en el show. Para más información, por favor visite el sitio web www.jakks.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you're a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll. * Storybook Lane: If bedtime stories are a nightly ritual in your home, get the little ones involved by creating a storybook station in your living room. When you get home from the movie theater, channel your kids' excitement over the movie into a creative and educational exercise. Developing homemade storybooks based on their favorite movie characters with added storylines that incorporate their own imagination is a great way to bring the magic of an animated movie home, while encouraging kids to think outside the box and practice writing and artistic skills. Type up and print out their dream story while they act as illustrator to their own personalized story for added fun. * Mom Time: Animated movie fun isn't just for kids anymore. If you're looking for a new favorite online game to help liven up downtime, look no further than games inspired by some of your favorite animated movies. Online games such as "Sandwich Factory," inspired by Warner Brother's new movie, Storks, and the family-owned deli meat company, Land O'Frost, are a great way to have more fun with your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home. The game will transport you into an interactive sandwich factory with movie characters: Junior, who appears to "save babies," and Tulip, who grabs the finished meal from the sandwich maker. * Chef Corner: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by turning lunchtime into a movie experience. When excitement over a new movie is at its peak, encourage kids to put their chef's hat on and come up with a custom menu inspired by their favorite characters. Once the menu is set, host a lunch for the whole families where the kids get to play king and queen of the kitchen and share their creation with mom and dad. To play the "Sandwich Factory," visit www.landofrost.com/storks-game, and for coupons and more information about Land O' Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Are you thinking about planning a Florida vacation? The greater Fort Lauderdale area is among the most popular South Florida destinations. For outdoor enthusiasts, Greater Fort Lauderdale features 23 miles of Blue Wave-certified beaches, as well as more than 300 miles of inland waterways for sightseeing. This beach resort destination offers a range of daytime and nighttime options for entertainment, shopping and dining. The area is accessible via the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which offers flights from all major points in the United States and Canada. In addition, the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is home to the Port Everglades cruise port, which hosts a range of luxurious and popular cruise lines on a regular basis. An affordable package now available in Fort Lauderdale makes it even easier to plan a vacation. The "Vacation Like a VIP" package features a variety of hotel upgrades and discounts on dining, shopping and entertainment to appeal to a range of travelers. The Vacation Like a VIP package is available at 11 Lauderdale Luxe hotels, including the Diplomat Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Lago Mar Resort and Club, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, Royal Blues Hotel, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, W Fort Lauderdale and the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The package includes free valet parking and a room upgrade at select Lauderdale Luxe hotels, along with a $25 American Express gift card and a $100 resort credit that may be used for food and beverage, golf, spa services, pool and beach cabana fees, water activities and kids programs (where available). The package also has options for free valet parking and a "Savings Passport" at the nearby Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, as well as a Summer Savings 2-for-1 card, valued at $200. The Vacation Like a VIP package is available for travel between May 1 and September 30, 2016, with a minimum two-night stay. For more information, visit sunny.org/vip. For additional information about how to make the most of your Florida vacation, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. You also can get the latest information, tips and advice on Florida travel by contacting the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau via social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest: @visitlauderdale.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - "Go for the Gold" will be the mantra echoed around the globe as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or the 2016 Summer Olympics, as we refer to them here in the U.S, gets underway this summer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will play host to a record number of countries participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 207 countries will "go for the gold," looking to make World Records and beat their personal best along the way. Swimming, fencing, football (aka soccer): 2016 will see a total of 42 Olympic sports categories including one of the most popular and traditional, athletics, which includes running, jumping and throwing. Athletics has been a part of the games since Athens 1896. Today, no other Olympic sport offers more medals: 141 total. There are many ways people will be going for the gold this summer -- some with mobile devices. Talking Tom, legendary apps athlete and star of the hit animated series on is looking to break records this summer with the XXIII app release in the Talking Tom franchise, Talking Tom Gold Run. This new release from Outfit7 breaks new ground as one of the first infinite runner games that immerses players into the action with an actual reason to run. Talking Tom Gold Run begins with a robbery, causing the player to run as fast as possible to retrieve their stolen gold, dodge obstacles and collect rewards. The game allows players to get back their gold bars to help Tom and Friends build their dream homes from the ground up. Fans have a total of seven worlds to unlock, including the city, woods, beach and more. As each character's houses are built, new home upgrades, characters and running segments appear. Outfit7, Limited -- makers of the Talking Tom franchise is also breaking a major digital record this summer, crossing the 4.5 billion download mark across its series of family-friendly apps. That's right, 4.5 billion, with a "B." That's over half of the entire world's population (according to the U.S. census, the worldwide population is over 7.3 billion and counting), and more than those who watch the Summer and Winter Olympics combined. Since the first Talking Talking Tom and Friends app launched over five years ago, the suite of apps has skyrocketed in popularity worldwide. The franchise has also amassed over 5.7 billion views of its various branded content on YouTube. In addition, "Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series," currently in its first season, has cemented a rock-solid audience with over 760 million-plus views alone on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app. The series airs weekly and features an all-star voice cast led by Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Colin Hanks ("Fargo") and Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants"). Whether you are one of the 480,000 tourists attending Rio 2016, the 1 billion fans watching the games on TV or 4.5 billion people playing Talking Tom and Friends apps, download the new Talking Tom Gold Run app and go for the gold today! Available for iOS, and Android Windows and Amazon.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As summer days grow longer (and hotter), with them comes a more relaxed mindset -- there are no lunches to make, kids to get off to school or parent-teacher conferences to attend. In short, it tends to be a great time to catch up on some of those guilty pleasures that you deny yourself nine other months out of the year. For bookworms, summer is license to read light. "I still cherish the notion that summer reading is more leisurely and wonderful than the rest of the year," Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books in St. Louis Mo. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview. If you're looking for a recommendation on what to take to the pool or on vacation, look no further than the recommendations below: * "The Lightbearers," by Nora Garcia. According to one reviewer, "Garcia has done an excellent job of providing a mix of the paranormal, evil geniuses and robots into one thrilling story around a couple that removes the boundaries of a single life." "The Lightbearers" starts off by proving Jean and George Crystal are not your average couple. They have been tasked with guarding humanity and enlightening those with whom they come into contact. As readers move through 3,300 years, they're shown how George and Jean, originally an Egyptian king and queen, can cross all boundaries to ensure they accomplish their given task. For more information or to buy the book, click here or search "Nora Garcia" on Amazon. * "The Girls in the Garden," by Lisa Jewell. For anyone who fancies themselves a sleuth, this mystery begins in a London neighborhood after a girl finds her 13-year-old sister Grace unconscious and hidden in a remote corner of a communal garden. The community denies any wrongdoing and, as an investigation unfolds, secrets and betrayals are spilled, challenging the picturesque and idyllic neighborhood image. * "End of Watch," by Stephen King. The acclaimed author finishes the Bill Hodges trilogy ("Mr. Mercedes" and "Finders Keepers") in typical page-turning fashion by pitting an aging protagonist (Detective Hodges) against his nemesis, a mass murderer who is back with more even more terrifying methods at his disposal than before. Washington Post reviewer Elizabeth Hand says, "One finishes this novel feeling great empathy for its resolute protagonist and even greater trepidation about that next round of Candy Crush."

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - In a world that thrives on bad news and sensationalized storytelling, it can be difficult to find programming consisting of genuine and authentic shows about family. Research suggests that 42 million adults are looking for programming with family in mind. Enter UP TV, a network whose mantra is We Get Family, and is staying true to its brand by ushering in shows that bring adult viewers all the fun, dysfunction and love that defines the modern American family. "With family as our framework, we are filling a void in the media landscape as the brand families trust most to bring them positive programming," said Charley Humbard, president and chief executive officer, UP. That is how UP is finding its niche with families -- through its brand. From shows about a single mom to parents with sextuplets to a family with 19 kids, UP is all about relatable and entertaining storytelling. "We believe family, whether through blood, friendship or community, provides us with the most emotional and memorable experiences in our lives. It's a journey with highs and lows and everything in between." No doubt, with an endless array of choices, it can be difficult to find good, authentic, entertaining stories that viewers can feel great about watching. UP seems to have found its footing through original programming such as Growing Up McGhee, Bringing Up Bates, and Jo Frost: Nanny On Tour, as well as syndicated series such as Parenthood, Gilmore Girls and America's Funniest Home Videos. And for those who are looking specifically for family and faith-affirming content, UP has a subscription-on-demand offering, UP Faith & Family. For more information, please visit www.UPtv.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London's Saatchi Gallery. After handshakes and back slaps with the band, Alex recalled, "It's going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones. It's not every day you get to meet your idols." He added, "The show has given me a unique glimpse of the city through the eyes of the Rolling Stones." Exhibitionism is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, and includes 9 themed gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never-before-released audio and behind-the-scenes footage. Celebrating the Stones' artistic collaborations in music, art and design, fashion, and film, Exhibitionism also features original works on display from an array of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Ossie Clark, L'Wren Scott, David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Jeff Koons, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, and Martin Scorsese. "The exhibition offers the most in-depth insight into The Rolling Stones and their incredible career," says Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Director of iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the company behind the exhibit. "We've worked hard to create something utterly breathtaking and it's very pleasing to see the fans reactions." Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at VisitLondon.com adds, "Alex's Rolling Stones tour of London shows how the city is steeped in the history of one of the world's greatest rock bands." Alex was taken on a Rolling Stones-themed, once-in-a-lifetime trip to London after the city's official tourism body, Visitlondon.com, identified him as a "super fan" of the band. Alex visited many iconic Rolling Stones locations, including Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the band lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street, where they cut their first albums; the 100 Club, where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios where "Sympathy for the Devil" was recorded. Tourism initiative Fans of London -- devised by Visitlondon.com and supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign, British Airways, and Hilton -- celebrates many special events across London this year including the Rolling Stones exhibit, Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations, and 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy. Exhibitionism runs until September 4 at London's Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are available at stonesexhibitionism.com. Want to win a trip to London for your own music fan fantasy? Visit www.visitlondon.com/fans.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just in time for Earth Day, a new book introduces young readers aged 7 to 11 to a whole new world of unique and compelling endangered species, environmental awareness, teamwork and, best of all, a rollicking, outlandish group of characters that entertain the whole family. The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, by Tracey Hecht, focuses on a group of animals who form an unlikely team to solve the mystery of why other nocturnal denizens of their forest are disappearing. Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin and Bismark the sugar glider embark on a fantastic adventure that takes them to the depths of the earth and places their survival at stake. R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps children's series, describes the book as "an enchanting story about a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure. The characters are delightful, and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected -- because the best stories always take place in the dark!" The book is aimed not only at children, but at their parents, and is written with an ear toward being read aloud to educate all ages about the importance of protecting animals and the environment. The story combines snappy dialogue with plot twists and action, and slips in education about different types of animals and how they live and behave. Author Tracey Hecht noted in an interview that the benefits of shared reading aren't limited to pre-readers. "I didn't stop reading aloud to my kids -- I still haven't -- and it's the best part of my day," she said. "I keep books everywhere and I?think of reading like a conversation -- just have it. Just pick up a book and have it. You'll be amazed at how well it bridges the gaps," she emphasized. Children, parents and teachers can visit www.nocturnalsworld.com for more information about the book, including a sample chapter that introduces the main characters. In addition, the website offers bonus animated shorts, activities and educational materials, including a Next Generation Science Guide, templates for animal trading cards and library resources including guidelines for middle grade book clubs.

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