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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Kid Reporter gaggle in the White House Library during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Justin Creppy who, at 6 years old, is the youngest contributor we’ve ever featured on our site! Justin (pictured in a blue shirt with red tie, right) was invited to the White House on Easter Sunday to be part of a special Kid Reporter event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Read Justin’s story about his experience.
By Justin Creppy
This year I visited the White House for the first time on Easter, and I was one of seven kid reporters to be in the first-ever Kid Reporter gaggle. My day started with so much excitement! I couldn’t wait to get to the White House, but I didn’t know what to expect, so I kept asking mommy and daddy so many questions.
When I arrived at the Northgate I had to be a big boy and give my name and birthdate to the secret service. That was special and fun. I got a badge and entered the White House lawn area. There was so much to see. I walked past the West Wing and I went to the Vermeil Room that had portraits of first ladies. Then I had press time with First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House Library. Her “Let’s Move” program was the focus for the event’s theme, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” When mommy told me what those words meant, I started telling her that I had a bunch of questions for the First Lady. Can I ask her what exercises she does? What sports do Malia and Sasha play? Do they eat healthy every day? My parents told me to pick 2-3 questions I really wanted to ask because this was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I was one of the youngest kid reporters, and I got a little nervous when the First Lady entered the room. She was very nice and asked us to sit on the floor and introduce ourselves. I got so excited and asked a question, “First Lady, what do Malia and Sasha do to have fun when you are busy and the President is traveling?” I was happy to learn they are just like all the children in the United States. They like to have fun! Malia plays tennis and runs track. Sasha likes to dance hip-hop and plays basketball. The First Lady also said they like to be normal kids with sleepovers, playdates, and going to the movies.
I also learned so much by listening to the other kid reporters’ questions and learning the importance of eating healthy, being active, and watching only a little bit of television. I had an amazing day, and the First Lady gave all the kid reporters a wristband to enjoy the Easter Egg Roll. I was so happy to see so many kids having fun, running, and playing with their families. I had a fun-filled day that I will never forget!
Read experiences written by other kid reporters:
Justin, center, standing in front of the First Lady
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Monday, March 25th, 2013
We get lots of packages here, promoting all kinds of products. Some of them are innovative; lots of them are not. But even when the product is really cool, the accompanying pitch letter is rarely anything memorable. They almost never make us laugh. But last week a box of candy arrived with the letter you see at right, and it cracked me up.
“… For years, I have been hopping around giving out candy, and I never read the labels. Well, recently I did, and it make my fur stand straight up. I have been a bad, bad bunny…”
The candy, from a company called UNREAL, prides itself on making the classics (Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, etc) but with fewer ingredients and more natural ingredients. No corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, and so on. These remakes have fewer calories and fat and sugar, too–but UNREAL’s serving sizes are also slightly smaller, so this wouldn’t be the main reason you’d make the switch.
This is all well and good, you’re saying, but how does the candy taste? The “faux” Snickers and Milky Way bars were good. But the UNREAL version of a peanut butter cup is what rocked my world. As a PB cup enthusiast, I’ve had every non-Reese’s version there is. Nothing has compared, but I swear, UNREAL’s, known as “UNREAL 77,” might actually be better. I say this as someone who’s had the crushing disappointment of biting into a Reese’s only to discover that the peanut butter is totally dried out and powdery. (Fellow PB cup lovers: Is there anything worse?) Each of the UNREAL cups were filled with creamy peanut butter that didn’t taste overly salty.
Before you stock up for Easter, see if you can get your hands on some UNREAL, and do your own taste test. Find out where it’s sold here.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Easter is kind of a big deal in our house. Honestly? It’s our biggest party of the year. We have an open house for about 30 guests, including a fleet of kids, who pose for an annual Easter portrait on our stoop. (Like the one from last year, below!)
A coworker asked if I do an Easter-egg hunt and I had to admit, “only sometimes.” Mostly I mark the holiday with cute outfits for Grace, now 10, and Joe, now 7. And big Easter baskets for them as well. For that reason, I was pretty psyched to learn that there’s an entire Easter-specific Gilt.com sale. It went live this week and is filled with photo-ready clothes and stuff that any Easter Bunny would be happy to give! (And all at good discounts, since that’s the Gilt way!)
The sale stays up until Easter at the end of March. But if you want to try your luck at a most-fabulous giveaway, then leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, March 6. We’ll pick two random winners, and Gilt.com will give one lucky duck a girl-themed basket worth $561 (with Giddy Giddy hair clips, a tea set from Alex Toys, and much more), and another a boy-themed basket worth $425 (with a Tom and Drew bow tie, set of bunny masks from Mahalo, and much more). No complaining, moms of boys: We all know their stuff costs less than those frilly girl things. Both baskets have the cute “Hoppy Easter” banner, which sells on the site for $35. Which reminds me, maybe I will do more in the way of decorating and activities this year. Any suggestions for how to pull off an indoor Easter-egg hunt that doesn’t turn into a wild stampede? Or is chaos the point? Leave a comment and help me out, and also maybe win a glorious amount of Gilt.com Easter treats. To that end, also tell us whether you have a little girl, boy, or both. Click here to read our full rules. Goody luck!
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Friday, April 6th, 2012
Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds
A new study found a causal link between vision problems and dyslexia.
If You’re Trying to Conceive, Go Easy On Your Workout
Moderate exercise is tied to greater success among women trying to get pregnant, but those who work out vigorously take longer to conceive, an international study has found.
Bilingual Kids Are Better Multi-Taskers, Study Says
Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at multi-tasking than children who learn only one language, a new study finds.
Study Finds 3 Ways Parents Can Cut Kids’ Soda Consumption
The best way for parents to reduce the amount of soft drinks their young children drink is to not serve it with meals, a new study suggests.
The Easter Egg Roll Through the Years
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The White House will hold its Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 9. This will be the 134th year for the event.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Less than two weeks until Easter! It’s time to dye eggs, eat chocolate bunnies, and force your toddler to wait in a long line to meet a stranger in a scary bunny costume.
Wait, you don’t like overpaying for a photo of your child screaming on a stranger’s lap? Try something new this year and skip the mall and make an adorable Easter photo right from your home.
It’s easy, just head over to the Parents Facebook page and:
1. Upload a photo or choose one from Facebook.
2. Pick from three cute options to frame your little one.
3. Share the fun on Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Not only is this adorable photo free, it might even make you money! One lucky person will win $500 for her photo.
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Monday, March 26th, 2012
Pregnancy Ups Risk of Heart Attack, Study Says
Pregnancy and hormonal changes that continue 12 weeks after giving birth increase a woman’s risk of heart attack, researchers said.
Parents Need Warnings About Multiple SIDS Risks, Study Says
More parents seem to have gotten the message that their infants need to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However they seem to be unaware that often multiple risk factors occurring at the same time increase the risk of SIDS, according to new research published Monday.
School District Told to Replace Web Filter Blocking Pro-Gay Sites
A judge has ordered Camdenton school district in Missouri to replace a filter that puts pro-gay sites in the sexuality category, but allows antigay sites, which are often classified as religious.
In Praise of Germs: Why Common Bugs Are Necessary for Kids
Attention, germaphobes. Exposure to the microscopic bugs is crucial for keeping kids healthy, according to new research in the prestigious journal Science.
Recalls of Unsafe Kids Products Down but Often Ignored
Children’s product recalls dropped 24% in 2011, but injuries and other incidents associated with these recalls grew 7%, a report out today says.
Aggressive Parents Force Egg Hunt Cancellation
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Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Some Schools Planning to Drop ‘Pink Slime’ Meat
The lunch lady won’t be serving up “pink slime” anymore at several school districts around the country.
Huggies Diaper Ad Backfires Among Dads
Many fathers say depiction of clueless parenting is offensive.
Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms
Women who give birth to small, full-term babies may have an increased risk for heart disease decades later, new research shows.
Houston Mother Must Pass DNA Test to Be Reunited with Son
A Houston mother was headed to court Thursday hoping to be reunited with her son eight years after she reported her baby boy was kidnapped.
Popular Easter Egg Hunt Scrapped Due To Behavior Of Parents
Parents’ bad behavior has prompted city officials to cancel an Easter egg hunt.
Mom Elissa Simonson Gives Birth On Sidewalk Outside Minn. Hospital
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Elissa Simonson didn’t quite make it to a hospital for the birth of her third child. But, she was very close.
Monday, April 18th, 2011
Forget about bunnies! Your kids will get a bigger kick out of finding a Kinectimals plush in their Easter baskets. After all, they’re cute, soft, AND come with a special code that lets players access extra content in the motion-controlled Kinectimals video game. In honor of the holiday, we’re giving away the Xbox 360 with the Kinect system, a copy of the Kinectimals video game, and two Kinectimals plushies. To win this egg-tastic prize pack, post a comment below from now through April 24th. Read the full rules here. One lucky winner will be selected in a random drawing. Goody luck!
UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Come back soon for more great giveaways.
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