Jeff Probst Shares the Inside Scoop on Survivor!

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As a mom of two kids who are growing up way too fast, there’s one thing that always brings us together…our favorite TV shows. So this week, when I got the chance to bring my son and his friend to a private screening and live streaming event for the 32nd season of Survivor, I have to say, I didn’t know quite what to expect. You see, my son’s friend is a die-hard Survivor fan so he was super excited to join us for this special event and couldn’t wait to ask host Jeff Probst and some of the former Survivors a few insider questions about the show. Dylan on the other hand, hadn’t seen the show before so this was going to be the first time he had ever experienced a screening and live celebrity event and I couldn’t wait to see his reaction.
This season, castaways embark on the most grueling 39 days in Survivor history and test whether brute strength, looks or smarts will be the attribute that helps capture the title of Sole Survivor. Also, one castaway deals with excruciating pain when a bug gets stuck in their ear — trust me that is truly creepy – on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 32nd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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During the event, host Jeff Probst shared details about his favorite season of Survivor along with a behind the scenes look at how the production team lives while the castaways are trying to survive. Plus, former Survivors, Parvati Shallow and Stephen Fishbach shared their insight on what it takes to outlast the competition and in Parvati’s case…win it all.
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The best part about the event was the fact that so many kids got in on the Q&A session, lining up one by one to ask questions about the show. Probst was thrilled to chat with everyone and stuck around to take photos and sign autographs for his fans.
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Probst also shared that Survivor is a great show for families to watch – not only for the action and the competition, but for the important issues that are tackled as well like bullying.
Check out the live stream from the event…

I was so proud of my son’s friend Spencer who asked two questions during the event and couldn’t have been nicer after I dropped him off at home – thanking me profusely for taking him to the event. I still couldn’t get a read on my son until tonight when we talked about what we were going to watch on TV. Even though we had already seen part of the season premiere, we have no idea who gets kicked off the show in the first episode. As soon as I walked in the door from work, he told me we needed to watch the show so we could see who gets eliminated.
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Looks like we’ve got a date on the couch every Wednesday night for Survivor. And trust me, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Survivor airs on Wednesday nights at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
If you’d like to follow Survivor this season and get in on the action, make sure you use the hashtags and handles below!
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Having Fun with #KillerSpin During the February Freeze

Recently, my husband and his good friend opened a 25,000 square foot sports facility in New Rochelle, New York called A-Game Sports. The space is pretty amazing with indoor turf for soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, strength training and more. If you play on a team sport, there’s always something for everyone. But what I happen to love about the space is that there are tons of places for parents, grandparents and kids to hang out or in the words of the world’s largest table tennis brand Killerspin…it’s time to #UnPlugNPlay!
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The team at Killerspin, which had sent us a portable table tennis set for our home, set up a professional style table at A-Game Sports and it’s been a huge hit. The really cool thing about the table is that it’s super easy to assemble and you can even split it in two so if you don’t have anyone to play with, you can literally push it up against the wall and play yourself! The Killerspin paddles are also super cool and my son says when you play it actually seems like the speed is faster than with one of the older tables we had been using at home. Take a look and check out this recent match between father and son…

Killerspin is the world’s only luxury table tennis experience brand. They have tons of great options for families and businesses and what I love is that they are encouraging families to spend time together with a fun game of ping pong.
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So far, we’ve found the Killerspin table to also be a hit with kids, parents and the coaches at A-Game Sports who have played several high energy matches in between their sessions. Honestly, the thing I love most is not seeing kids glued to their tablets or phones when they are at A-Game Sports. Finally, we have an indoor space for kids to run around, get some great exercise and #UnPlugNPlay! A big thanks to Killerspin for adding even more fun to the newest home for sports enthusiasts!
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To find out how you can find the ideal Killerspin table for your family, visit their website today for some really amazing deals!
Disclosure: Killerspin provided my family with a complimentary ping pong table for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Remember Hunting for Hidden Pictures in the Highlights Magazine as a Kid?

Perhaps your family received the magazine at home each month or read it in the doctor’s office. Either way, Highlights for Children has been a part of many of our childhoods. Devoted fans know that the Hidden Pictures puzzle has always been on Page 14. It’s still there after 70 years! Can you believe no two puzzles have ever been repeated?
A new Highlights Hidden Pictures mobile game was just released in the app stores, and the game has been reimagined for our kids’ mobile play habits. It was designed in partnership with Fingerprint, the top expert in children’s edutainment apps. You can try it with your kids and see who’s quicker at finding the toothbrush, banana or pencils! Odds are that your kids will find the objects faster than you!
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The new mobile game includes timed and challenge modes to let kids test their search skills against the clock. The puzzles have a range of themes from sports and amusement parks to travel and history are added regularly.
Anyone wanting to check it out, can download it for free for 7 days on either their iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet. Afterward, it costs $2.99 a month, and new puzzles will be delivered regularly.
Can you guess what the top 3 hidden objects have been over the past 70 years?
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The total number of toothbrushes hidden since the beginning of Hidden Pictures is 1478! Maybe the new game, will give us a new way to talk to our kids about brushing their teeth?

To check out the mobile app and download it, visit the iTunes store today!