It’s Official, Starbucks Has Just Launched Pumpkin Spice Season in Your Grocery Store


It’s Official, Starbucks Has Just Launched Pumpkin Spice Season in Your Grocery Store

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Back-to-school time is in full effect, which only means one thing: pumpkin spice season is just around the corner. If you just can’t wait to indulge in that latte, however, drop the kids off and head to your grocery store, where Starbucks has kicked off the fun a little early this year.

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It might not even be September yet, but Starbucks has just launched its Pumpkin Spice product line in grocery stores across the country. Shoppers can choose from two new pumpkin offerings in addition to the items they’ve already featured in past years, like Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods and Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte. The two new selections are a Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee and a ready-to-drink Pumpkin Spice Latte, which comes in a screw top bottle and can be found in the refrigerated section.

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These items are seasonal and only available for a limited time, so if you’re a big pumpkin spice fan, ignore the summer heat and head to your grocery store stat. Starbucks promises that there will be more seasonal drink items on the way in the ready-to-drink Iced Latte line. We can only assume that means Peppermint Mochas will arrive just in time to deck the halls.

Are you excited for Pumpkin Spice season? Tell us in the comments below. 



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Study Shows Kids’ Favorite Brand Is YouTube


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Move over Oreos, M&Ms and Hershey’s, it turns out kids love YouTube more than you. At least, that is the finding of a study of more than 8,200 U.S. kids and their parents, which named YouTube the number one most beloved brand in the country for the second year in a row.

The Kids’ Most Loved Brand study, conducted by the market research consulting firm Smarty Pants, found that kids ranked YouTube even above other kid faves including Oreos, M&Ms, Hershey’s, Netflix and Doritos (in that order!).

“YouTube is paramount in kids’ lives today,” Smarty Pants president Wynne Tyree said in a press release. “With an infinite library of engaging content that is continuously refreshed, it is their go-to resource for entertainment, inspiration and information.”

Want to know what else YouTube beat out? Here is the complete list of the top 20 brands, according to the study:

RANK  

 BRAND

KIDFINITY SCORE

1

YouTube

900

2

OREO 

900

3

M&M’S 

898

4

Hershey’s

879

5

Netflix

872

6

Doritos

871

7

Toys “R” Us

864

8

Fidget Spinners

863

9

iPad

862

10

McDonald’s 

861

11

LEGO

854

12

Kit Kat  

852

13

Chips Ahoy!  

847

14

Skittles     

844

15

Cheetos  

844

16

Crayola  

843

17

Popsicle

842

18

Lay’s 

841

19

Fruit Roll-Ups 

840

20

Disney Channel 

835

source: Smarty Pants Brand LLC

What’s your kid’s favorite thing to watch on YouTube? Tell us in the comments below.



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Pottery Barn’s Halloween Costumes Are out and Totally Adorable


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If you’re looking for a top-notch costume for your tiny trick-or-treater, Pottery Barn Kids has released this year’s collection of kids’ costumes — and they’re cute enough to (maybe?) warrant their higher price tags.

Check out some of our faves:

Baby Squirrel Woodland Costume, 0-12 months. We don’t know which is cuter: the kid or the costume. $69. View online.

Monique Lhuillier Baby Fairy Costume, 6-24 months. Make your baby look even more angelic with this gorgeous dress and wing set. $69. View online.

Toddler Disney Pixar Cars Lightning McQueen Costume, small/large. Your Cars fanatic is going to love getting into the driver’s seat of this costume. Note: Pottery Barn Kids also has Mater and Sally costumes! $69. View online.

Toddler Snoopy 3D Doghouse, 3T to 6 years. Kids get the dog and the doghouse with this clever Peanuts getup. $69. View online.


Toddler Star Wars Chewbacca Costume, 3T to 6 years. Your kiddo doesn’t have to be a Star Wars fan to love this furry costume. Note: Pottery Barn Kids has an entire Star Wars collection. $99. View online.

Pink Fairy Light-Up Costume, 3T to 8 years. This costume actually lights up, so not only will your little fairy look magical, but she’ll be super-visible crossing the street on Halloween night.
$119. View online.

Unicorn Tutu Costume, 3T to 8 years. We think this costume is fab because — minus the headband horn — your little girl can wear it on any day of the year! $89. View online.

Do your kids already know what they want to be for Halloween? Tell us in the comments below. 



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“Wonder Woman” Is Getting Her Own Rollercoaster and It Looks Incredible


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2017 is clearly the year of Wonder Woman and now there’s a new wonder-filled adventure for fans to look forward to. Six Flags has just unveiled plans for a brand new Wonder Woman-themed rollercoaster, and just like the movie it’s breaking new grounds.

As USA Today reports, Six Flags has announced the new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster will be opening at the Fiesta Texas park in San Antonio next spring. What makes this new ride so remarkable is that it will be the very first single rail IBox track coaster. Unlike the typical two-rail tracks, and previous iterations of single tracks, this new coaster will provide an ultra smooth ride that will make you feel like you’re gliding through the air. In addition to the single track, the train itself will also be narrower and feature single seats, so there will be no one riding on either side of you.

Jeff Seibert, president of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, told USA Today that the entire coaster structure will be visually stunning. As the narrow track means less steel beams and supports that are typically needed to hold it structurally, it will be a very close resemblance to Wonder Woman’s golden weapon looping in the air. The ride will also feature a 100-foot drop and a top speed of 52 miles per hour.

Would your little thrill-seekers like to ride on this new coaster? Tell us in the comments below.



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This Family Robot Will Capture Your Best Memories on Video for You


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From Siri to Lexa, robots and artificial intelligence are officially part of our daily lives, and now a new domestic robot promises to take that technology to a greater level with mobility. Say hello to Kuri your personal family robot.

While Kuri isn’t exactly Rosie from the Jetsons, this adorable little robot, that could easily be Wall-E’s long-lost cousin, will revolutionize the smart home. Unlike tabletop systems, like Amazon Echo, Kuri can move throughout your home making it easier to communicate with. Besides maintaining smart home functions, Kuri is designed as a companion more than a mobile remote control. Kuri will keep you company, remind you of appointments and just simply be super cute to watch. Kuri doesn’t respond with words, but with its animated eyes, movements and robotic sounds, making it more like a pet.

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Kuri is also outfitted with an HD camera behind one of its eyes. Besides acting as a sensor to capture information, it can also be used to capture off-the-cuff family movies. For all those precious moments when you look back and wished you had grabbed your phone or when you’re so in the moment that you don’t even think to do so, Kuri can be there to capture the memories. As TechCrunch explains, Kuri can be programmed to capture up to eight short videos per day that are sent directly to your mobile app.

Kuri is currently available for pre-order with a targeted ship date in early 2018. Kuri doesn’t come cheap, however, your new robotic personal assistant will cost you $799.

Would you use one of these robots in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



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This Stroller Can Push Itself – Would You Try It?


photo: Igor Gabrielar via YouTube

In case your stroller is too much of a nuisance to push, a new “Smart Stroller” is offering to take over and do the pushing for you. The SmartBe stroller, which was fully funded by IndieGogo, lets you to walk or run, hands-free, while the stroller cruises all by itself.

“Introducing the Smartbe, the first intelligent stroller in the world which solves all your needs, as well as your babies’” says the commercial, (which, by the way, makes the contraption look totally creepy in a cool, high-tech way).

The stroller has a motion tracking sensor system that allows it to follow the user’s movements, whether he or she is going backward or forward, running or walking; it does this by communicating with a watch-sized device worn around the user’s wrist. From afar, it looks like the parent is just running a foot or two behind while the stroller zooms forward like a rolling robot.

We can’t decide whether it’s awesome or terrifying, but if you’re wary of letting a machine take your baby for a ride, you can just use the “assist propelled mode,” which, basically, moves the stroller forward for you, so all you have to do is hold the handle and steer (this would be great on steep hills). Even simpler, the “Manual Navigation” mode lets you push and control the stroller just like you would any other, without any help from the engine.

Aside from its self-driving and motorized capabilities, the Smartbe also has some pretty impressive features, including climate control, a bottle warmer, an onboard video camera, baby lullaby music and an automated canopy. These features can all be controlled by the Smartbe app.

photo: Igor Gabrielar via YouTube

“We have applied the greatest advances in technology and safety standards answering both parents and babies’ needs,” founder Guillermo Morro said in the Smartbe’s promotional video, which is posted to its website. “We are an advanced team of designers, engineers, and technologists offering a cutting-edge solution to our most-loved ones.”

If this all sounds pretty expensive — it is! The starting price for the stroller is $3,199.

Want one? You’re going to have to wait. While the Smartbe was fully funded by its backers in 2016, a recent update notified customers that manufacturing has been delayed.

For more information, check out the Smartbe website.

Would you try a self-driving stroller? Why or Why not? Tell us in the comments below. 



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This Hack to Get Your Kid to Eat Veggies Is Way Too Easy


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Ask any parent of a picky eater: when it comes to veggies, the struggle is real. Sure, you could hide bits of puréed spinach in some brownies and call it a day, but scientists at Deakin University in Australia just found a way, way easier method: just serve them whole.

According to the study, which was published recently in the journal Food, kids who were offered whole carrots consistently ate more of the vegetable than kids who were offered diced carrots. Both groups of children reported liking the taste of the carrots, so it wasn’t a matter of how they tasted; rather, kids just seem to like the whole vegetable as opposed to kiddified bites.

“This shows that if parents want their children to consume vegetables, especially as a snack food, whole might be better than diced,” Deakin University’s Dr Gie Liem said in a press release. “This is easier for parents too, as they can just put a whole carrot in the child’s lunchbox.”

Researchers say more studies should be done to determine if this effect can be mimicked with other vegetables (and fruits!), but in the meantime, there’s no harm in conducting a little research with your little test subjects.

So put down that knife, Mama, and just hand over the whole veggie.

How do you get your kids to eat their veggies? Tell us in the comments below. 



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Moms Launch “Wait Until 8th” Campaign to Delay Kids’ Cell Phone Use


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It starts as soon as her little hands can push the buttons: the battle over the cell phone. But one group of worried moms wants to make sure kids don’t get their own smartphones until they’re teenagers.

A group of concerned Austin, Tex. moms decided to stand up and do something about kids and cell phones. They started the “Wait Until 8th” campaign, a drive to convince parents to wait until at least eighth grade to give their kids smartphones.

“New research shows dependence on your smartphone may produce some of the same addictive brain responses similar to alcohol, drug and gambling addictions,” the moms say on their website. “Smartphones are like slot machines in your children’s pocket constantly persuading them to crave more.”

The Wait Until 8th campaign lists many reasons why kids should wait, including research that shows that smartphones can distract from schoolwork, impair sleep, increase the risk of anxiety and depression, put kids at risk for cyberbullying and increase kids’ exposure to sexual content. They also point out a New York Times article that exposed how several big-name Silicon Valley executives do not allow their kids to own phones until they are 14. While they say some kids are given phones upon becoming teenagers, many don’t get a data plan (to give them access to the web) until they are at least 16.

“If leaders of digital giants like Google, eBay, Apple and Yahoo are delaying the smartphone then should this not give us pause?” says the “Wait Until 8th” website. “Executives that flourish on the success of technology are protecting their children from the smartphone. Should we not do the same?”

The Wait Until 8th moms ask only one thing: will you take the pledge to keep your kids cell phone-free until eighth grade? Click here to say, “Yes.”

How do you feel about kids and cell phone use? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 



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How to Get Free Ice Cream Every Friday for the Rest of Summer


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Did someone say, “free ice cream?” OMG yes! Get your Uber app open, because the car service has partnered with McDonald’s to offer free ice cream every Friday, today until the end of summer — that is, if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the free cones before they’re gone.

The promotion is part of Uber’s 6th Annual Ice Cream Day. Here’s how it works:

1. Open the Uber App

2. Select UberICECREAM

3. Click “request”

If you are matched with a truck, it will head to you and give you a delicious cone of McDonald’s soft-serve ice cream for you and up to four other people. And that’s not all: your ice cream will come in a reusable silicone cup that will allow you to go to McDonald’s for a free refill of yumminess every Friday until September 22 (the official first day of fall).

The promotion is available in all participating cities, including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Toronto, Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas. But hurry and get ordering, because supplies are limited.

Are you planning to snag a free cone from Uber? Already got one? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.



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