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Dear Diary,

Last year, at the tender age of two, Caitlynn counted down the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014. Then she called her aunt, cousins and grandparents to wish them a happy New Year. This year, at three-years-old, she has a stricter schedule. She started preschool in the fall, and if she isn’t asleep by 8:30 p.m., she’s pretty unpleasant the following morning. I’m not sure if she can hang as late as last year. However, I am sure she wants to partake in the festivities and celebrate with family and friends. So, do we let her stay up and a meltdown, tantrum or all out fall out?

Netflix has the answer to that question. World renowned party animal King Julien, star of DreamWorks Animation’s ALL HAIL KING JULIEN on Netflix, took matters into his own paws when he heard 36 percent of parents said they would search for a countdown in a different time zone in order to celebrate earlier and 22 percent would go as far as to stage a countdown of their own.

So for the first time, King Julien will host his very own kid-sized countdown “special” for families to ring in 2015. It’s three minutes of high-energy, music-filled fun that lets kids celebrate the New Year no matter the time of day. The countdown will be available on Netflix.com/KingJulien.

“I was totally bummed when I heard that some of my favorite little party people aren’’t allowed to stay up until midnight for the biggest party of the year,” said King Julien, King of the Lemurs. “But then I realized I’’m king, I make the rules! So move over, Ryan Seacrest, I’’ve got my very own on-demand countdown party on Netflix. ~King Julien

Thanks to King Julien, Caitlynn will feel like a big kid and the big kids (the parents!) can have big fun (i.e. champagne) when the ball drops at midnight.

The new Netflix original TV series ALL HAIL KING JULIEN launched earlier this month and the first five episodes are available for Netflix members to watch instantly.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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