Monthly Archives: December 2010

Fun Kid Vids and the Ultimatrix

CJ and the Webmom
This week we’re chatting about everything and nothing!

As usual, we’ve got a product review and some Cheesy Jokes thrown in there too! =)

Click play to hear about:

  • CJ’s quick-and-delicious pseudo-muffins.
  • CJ’s dreams of a career with the Cartoon Network.
  • The heartbreak and frustration that comes with our beloved pet’s long-term illness.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

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Hi, everyone! It’s CJ and the Webmom in the Morning. Welcome to our CJsKidsClub.com News Bytes program. Today is Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

 

KEEPING THE VIRTUAL LIGHTS ON

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CHEESY JOKE TIME #1

Q. Why did the one-eyed monster close his school?
A. Because he only had one pupil! Parum-Pum-Ch!

 

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

This week, we’re reviewing the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Disc Alien Ultimatrix.

Product Description
This latest addition Ultimatrix comes with a disc-shaped alien hero that can be placed inside the Ultimatrix and activated to pop up bringing the alien to life. These Alien Discs come packed with a select articulated 4″ figure.

  • Contents: 1 Ultimatrix, 1 spring loaded Disc Alien, lights and sounds and 1 Ultimate Humungousaur disc alien in a blister card package.
  • The Disc Alien Ultimatrix unlocks the alien voices and sounds of several characters from the cartoon.
  • Use the disc aliens (that come in the #27770 Alien Collection figures) to watch each come alive in 3D.

The manufacturer recommended age is 4 – 10 years.

CJ’s Thoughts
It’s a great toy! It does make sounds and plays different voices. (Especially if you learn the trick to make them without the discs!) It has fit on my wrist and those of several different-sized kids. The ring does not pop up or turn but we’re buying it for sound anyway.

Two thumbs up.

The Webmom’s Thoughts
Like, CJ said, the ring is stationary. It was frustrating to get the discs in and out quickly during play time and some discs do not play a voice! However, CJ has gotten a lot of use out of it and it is definitely been sturdy enough to withstand a lot of different kiddos taking turns with it.

One thumb up.

Overall
It’s an affordable product in the Ben 10 product lineup and gets the CJsKidsClub.com “Seal of Fun”.

 

IN THE KITCHEN WITH CHEF CJ

This week, CJ is making his famous Homemade Pseudo-Muffins!

What You’ll Need
Bread (a few slices of any kind will do)
Jam or Jelly
A Spreading Knife
Your Favorite Cookie Cutter (or an empty jam jar)

We are using the mini-jars we received as part of a Christmas sampler.

Step 1
Remove the crust from the bread slices you are going to use.

Step 2
Use your cookie cutter or empty jam jar to cut out the little “muffins”.

Step 3
Spread some jam or jelly over your muffins. Try to be careful though, you don’t want to get all sticky!

Step 4
Eat it! YUM!

 

NEWSLETTER

What happens when someone signs up for the CJsKidsClub.com Newsletter? Why they hit the jackpot of course!

They get contest info like our theme of the month, prize descriptions, the winners of our last contests, website update information that also lets them know when we’ve added new things like new games, songs or videos and special subscriber-only discounts and offers.

Is that all?

Of course not! There are also articles on topics like homeschool in the news, featured kids making a difference and our cheesy little jokes.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up already!

Just go to http://cjskidsclub.com/newsletter .

 

DID YOU KNOW … ?

Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.

Freaky!

 

KEEP US ADVENTURING

We’d like to take this time to thank you for keeping us on the air and on the road.

Although this broadcast is brought to you in part by Jensine Virtual Assisting Services, you definitely help us keep on adventuring.

Whether you sign up for a Membership, shop our eStore, purchase something we’ve reviewed or visit our sponsors, we want you to know we’re grateful!

 

OUR FABULOUS SPONSOR

This week’s fabulous CJsKidsClub.com podcast sponsor is KidFunVid.com.

KidFunVid.com is a simple site designed to give kids a safer place to watch fun and interesting videos. They’ve done their best to remove most of the distractions and to minimize the sometimes-awkward destinations you find on YouTube and the other video-sharing sites.

You know, the not-so-kid-friendly stuff parents are always worried about.

They are always on the look-out for more awesome videos to share, so make sure you let Chuck Brown and the KidFunVid.com team know all about your favorite kid-friendly video!

All you have to do is fill out the short submission form on their About page.

 

CHEESY JOKE TIME #2

Q. Where do snowmen go to dance?
A. A Snow Ball! Parum-Pum-Ch!

 

UH-OH, WE’RE WINGING IT!

Ahh, life. There’s so much to experience, happy and sad. CJ’s excited about his future career with Cartoon Network, the Webmom is proud of his graphic skills and we’re both a bit bummed about our Clarky.

 

SIGN-OFF

It’s been great having you with us today. Again, we’d like to thank Jensine Virtual Assisting Services and the KidFunVid.com team for their generous sponsorship of this program.

We hope you’ll join us next week for another great CJsKidsClub.com News Bytes podcast. This is CJ and the Webmom, signing off!

 

Pet Spiders and Out-of-this-World Snacks

CJ and the Webmom
This week we’ve gone back to our original, more scripted format and actually cover some pretty fun stuff (if we do say so ourselves!).

Join us as we make Pet Spiders, munch on a Rocket Ship Salad and tell a few Cheesy Jokes!

Have fun and stay safe,
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Hi, everyone! It’s CJ and the Webmom in the Morning. Welcome to our CJsKidsClub.com News Bytes program. Today is Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

 

KEEPING THE VIRTUAL LIGHTS ON

This broadcast is brought to you in part by Jensine Virtual Assisting Services.

Jensine Virtual Assisting Services specializes in assisting non-profits and small businesses with customer support, social networking, custom site creation, tutorials and training.

Make sure you mention CJsKidsClub.com to get 10% off your first invoice!
You can find them at: http://cjskidsclub.com/jvas

 

CHEESY JOKE TIME #1

Q. What is a ghost’s favorite snack?
A. Spook-ghetti! Parum-pum-ch!

 

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

This week, we’re reviewing the Pokemon LCD Pokeball.

Product Description
Track, catch and collect Pokemon with this electronic device! As you walk around your house or backyard, the Pokeball will alert you to nearby Pokemon. Press the button to throw the Pokeball and catch the Pokemon. There are over 150 to catch — and each time you snag one, the Pokeball tells you the name of the Pokemon. All the information on your collection is then stored in the Pokeball. Requires three “AAA” batteries, included. Measures 10″H.

CJ’s Thoughts
This is an awesome toy! There are a lot of different Pokemon you can catch. It tells you how many you’ve caught of each kind, what type it is and pronounces the name correctly. You can adjust the volume, the brightness of the display and reset the Pokeball if you’d like to start over or give it to someone else.

Two thumbs up.

The Webmom’s Thoughts
Unless it is a different product, this Pokeball is not 10” high. CJ’s is a little larger than the other Pokeballs on the market but still fits perfectly in his hand. It has held his interest longer than most toys do but it should have come with a warning NOT to actually throw it. Use the wrist strap and just pretend to throw it.

One thumb up.

Overall
Like a lot of other Pokemon items, this has become a collector’s item. It is more expensive now than when we bought the second one. It may not be the best choice for rough-and-tumble everyday play but for a true Pokemon fan who is careful with his/her things, this might be a great Christmas present.

 

IN THE KITCHEN WITH CHEF CJ

3-2-1 … Blast off! CJ is making a Rocket Ship Salad!

This fun-to-make and yummy-in-the-tummy fruit salad is great for refueling when you’re running low on energy.

What You’ll Need
1 large banana
1 slice of pineapple
½ of cottage cheese
A table knife and a measuring cup

Step 1
Peel the banana. Cut the banana in half crosswise (across the middle). This makes two pieces.

Step 2
Cut the slice of pineapple into quarters. This makes 4 pieces.

Step 3
For each salad, place a banana half on a plate. Place 2 pineapple quarters near the base of each banana. Spoon ¼ cup of the cottage cheese around the bottom to look like rocket exhaust (smoke).

Step 4
Eat it! Yum!

[We got this fabulous recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens “Look Up, Up, Up” book.]

 

 

NEWSLETTER

What happens when you sign up for the CJsKidsClub.com Newsletter? Why you hit the jackpot of course!

You get contest info like our theme of the month, prize descriptions, the winners of our last contests, website update information that also lets you know when we’ve added new things like new games, songs or videos and special subscriber-only discounts and offers.

Is that all? Of course not!

There are also articles on topics like homeschool in the news, featured kids making a difference and our cheesy little jokes. So what are you waiting for? Sign up already! Just go to http://cjskidsclub.com/newsletter

 

DID YOU KNOW … ?

A giraffe once was called a camelopard because it looks like a mixture of two other animals: a camel and a leopard!

[We got discovered this fact in the Better Homes and Gardens “Crazy Creatures” book.]

 

KEEP US ADVENTURING

We’d like to take this time to thank you for keeping us on the air and on the road. Although this broadcast is brought to you in part by Jensine Virtual Assisting Services, you definitely help us keep on adventuring. Whether you sign up for a Membership, shop our eStore, purchase something we’ve reviewed or visit our sponsors, we want you to know we’re grateful!

 

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

This week’s fun project is a Silly Pet Spider. The best spider to have for a pet is the kind you make!

What You’ll Need
Spider Faces*
Paper nut cup or egg carton cup
(8) 3-inch pieces of pipe cleaner or (8) twist ties
A pencil

Step 1
Decorate the cup to make it look like the face of a spider.

Step 2
With adult help, using the tip of a pencil, poke 8 holes around the bottom edge of the cup.

Step 3
To make the spider’s legs, insert pipe cleaners into the pencil holes.

* Your Silly Pet Spider can have any face you like. Use crayons or markers to draw the eyes and mouth. Use adhesive stickers for the eyes, or glue on cereal or raisins. You can even give your spider a funny hat by gluing on fluffy cotton balls or tiny marshmallows.

We’re going to make ours look like Christmas elves! =)

[We got this awesome craft from the Better Homes and Gardens “Crazy Creatures” book.]

 

CHEESY JOKE TIME #2

Q. What did one math book say to another?
A. Boy do we have problems! Parum-pum-ch!

 

SIGN-OFF

Again, we’d like to thank Jensine Virtual Assisting Services for their generous sponsorship of this program.

It’s been great having you with us today. We hope you’ll join us next week for another great CJsKidsClub.com News Bytes podcast. This is CJ and the Webmom, signing off!

 

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

CJ and the Webmom
This week’s Podcast is coming from our fabulous little studio in South Texas.

We’re discussing the Webmom’s “rescue” problem, our procession of pets and how the apple might fall down but not away.

Our Project of the Week is a Christmas Cactus – sorta like a Christmas tree only, well, a cactus. Our Featured Site is BrainPop.

We’ve also got a Special Guest Appearance by Mr. Katz! =)

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom