Disney Junior Introduces Notable African-Americans to Young Audiences

Even though Black History Month is coming to a close, the opportunity to teach our children never ends. As a mom, it’s my responsibility to educate my son and daughter about the pioneers who paved the way for our freedom and inform them about the present day individuals who continue to contribute to our society. But, positive reinforcements outside the home are just as important.

Thanks to Disney Junior, my kids are learning about some pretty awesome people in an entertaining and relatable way. Throughout the month, the network has featured authentic segments that celebrate African-American history while still catering to their young audience.

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From showcasing Stephanie R. Grant, a pilot who led the first all-female African-American flight crew to operate a commercial airliner to Disney legend Floyd Norman, one of the first African-American animators at Walt Disney Studios during the 1950s, the network has done an amazing job of presenting historical facts and trailblazers in a fun and engaging manner in between series that kids can understand.

While it’s great to have trusted networks like Disney help highlight and acknowledge our accomplishments, the most impactful lessons start at home.

How have you and your family celebrated Black History Month?

Soarin’ High at Disney’s Epcot

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Two weeks ago my family and I attended the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and made memories that will last a lifetime. After attending my first #DisneySMMC last May, I had high expectations, but nothing could prepare me for what was in store this time around. This year was the celebration’s first Land and Sea Adventure (yes, we went on a Disney Wonder cruise too!) and it was everything one could imagine and more. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing tips, reviews, insider Disney news and tidbits from what I learned from the celebration’s panel of esteemed speakers. First up, I want to share one of the highlights from our trip: experiencing the breathtaking Soarin’ Around the World ride at Epcot in Orlando (it’s also at California Adventure Park in Disneyland and Shanghai … Keep Reading

Sprout’s ‘Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave’ Second Season Set to Premiere Saturday

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When it comes to producing quality, authentic programming for preschoolers, Sprout is in a class of its own. The 24-hour preschool TV network’s original series, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave serves as the flagship show for delivering fun, informative and engaging content for the pre-K set. My son has been watching the interactive animated series since it premiered in 2015 when he was barely two years old! He’s grown with the show and enjoys guessing along with the adventure-loving title characters as they embark upon journeys unlocking their imaginations and discovering new things along the way. The ten-minute game show format keeps him entertained and successfully holds his attention. As many moms know, that’s no easy feat. That’s why I appreciate the show’s structure. The … Keep Reading

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As a teen, beautifying my peepers was all about swiping on basic eyeliner pencils from the local beauty supply store. Perfecting my lash line came with much practice: shaky hands and countless crooked strokes, but it’s a skill that I eventually mastered. While my love for eyeliner hasn’t changed, my penchant for quality has. As a working mom on the go, I need eyeliner that stays put and offers that deep, dark hue that I crave. Enter: jane iredale’s new Mystikol® eyeliners. Not only do these uniquely designed pots of pigmented goodness provide a rich color, they go on seamlessly. Admittedly, I’m an application pro now, but the tiny brush affixed to the top makes applying simple for even the most amateur eyeliner fans. jane iredale Mystikol® eyeliners available here, $24 each With … Keep Reading

WATCH: Rihanna Guest Stars in ‘Bates Motel’

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Rihanna fans rejoice! The singer-actress has been laying low lately, but it looks like the Barbadian beauty has been busy filming the fifth and final season of A&E Network's "Bates Motel." Rihanna will be stepping into Janet Leigh's famous role of Marion Crane, the real estate secretary who takes that fateful shower in Alfred Hitchcock's seminal 1960 thriller “Psycho.” In the clip, dressed in a blue velvet getup, the Grammy winner looks like she's in need of an umbrella...ella...ella as she's soaking wet in the scene. It appears that fans of the critically-acclaimed drama will be in for a haunting season as the singer-actress puts her contemporary spin on the iconic character. As a pure coincidence, the new season starts on Rihanna's birthday, February 20. Check out … Keep Reading

Dove Celebrates 60 Years of the Beauty Bar

To commemorate this milestone, Dove has released a limited-edition bar with the word “care” engraved on it.

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Mount Airy Casino Resort: The Perfect Getaway

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Nothing can recharge your batteries like a quick getaway. My husband and I were in desperate need of a little R&R and Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono was just what the doctor ordered. Located only 90 miles from New York City, we packed our bags and hit the road to the quaint Pennsylvania town—and boy are we glad we did. Upon entering the resort we were instantly captivated by the cascading waterfall in the hotel’s foyer and overall welcoming atmosphere. We knew immediately that we were in for a great weekend. Rooms fit for royalty Our home for the next couple of days was spacious and inviting. The vaulted ceilings added a lavish feel while the dark wood throughout the space added richness to the room. Having the comfy king size bed all to ourselves was a … Keep Reading