Saturday, September 20, 2014

Girls night at Bonefish Grill {Review} #HelloNewMenu


I have been so crazy busy lately planning a wedding.  No joke, it's a full time job in itself, how I thought I could balance everything else in life I have no idea!  But with just 4 days until the wedding I decided I needed a relaxing dinner with a great friend.

I had the chance to experience Bonefish Grill's new menu with fellow blogger, Jenn.   We dined at the Huntersville location in Birkdale Village.  I have been to Bonefish Grill many times before with my family and knew what I would normally order.  I was pleasantly surprised by their new menu.

Their were many yummy martinis available to try but I started off with a glass of water and ordered a glass of Biltmore Pinot Grigio with my dinner.  Jenn ordered the Fresh Watermelon Martini and she had rave reviews!  I almost ordered one myself, and next time I totally will!


For starters, we shared the Wagyu Beef & Ginger Potstickers.  Yes, they look as good as they taste!  I even posted a photo of them on Instagram and captioned it "Enough to share but once you taste them you won't want to" they really are THAT good!

For my dinner I had the all NEW 13 oz Ribeye steak with Truffle butter.  Oh. my. goodness.  Yes, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I love a good steak and this by far was one of the best I've ever had.  I recommend the truffle butter it gave it a whole other level of deliciousness!  I also added the Crab Fried rice (totally worth the $4 upcharge).  It had huge chunks of crab and the rice was soft and fluffy, great now I want some of that again too!  The more I write the hungrier I get!

For dessert I tried the NEW S'mores Flatbread.  It was absolutely delicious, an upgrade from your traditional campfire s'more for sure.  The chocolate is very rich so I wasn't able to eat the entire dessert, this is something you could share!

 
I really enjoyed every single thing I ordered and for me that's huge because I'm a picky eater. The food was great, the service was awesome and my date was great too! It was just what I needed to recharge before the wedding!

If you're looking for a new place to check out for date night, girls night or just dinner by yourself, be sure to keep Bonefish Grill in mind and their fabulous new menu!




Bonefish Grill provided us with a $50 gift card to try their new menu. All opinions are my own, but I'm sure you'll agree!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes is coming to Charlotte #Giveaway



This giveaway is provided by Feld Entertainment. Feld Entertainment has provided a Family Four Pack of tickets for one lucky reader, as well as a Family Four Pack for us so we can also join you at the show!


Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she explores life above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s spell to reclaim his true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Aurora, defeat evil Maleficent. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating, and lovable Disney friends are a wish away at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes brought to you locally by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates!


Disney on Ice is always a favorite in our house and I'm excited to take our niece this year!  The show runs from October 1st- October 5th at Time Warner Cable arena in Uptown Charlotte. 

 http://www.ticketmaster.com/Disney-On-Ice-Princesses-Heroes-tickets/artist/1638731

As a special treat, I also have something special for my readers.  One lucky winner will be selected to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to Disney on Ice on October 1st at 7:30 pm.

To Enter:
Comment below on which Disney Princess or Hero you're excited to see.  For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.  Giveaway ends on September 27th at midnight and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 24 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local Summer Fun!



With the school year fastly approaching I'm always looking for fun ways to get our family together in the beautiful weather.  Adventure Landing is The Place to Play! They have something for everyone, from kids to adults so the whole family can enjoy all of the excitement that Adventure Landing has to offer. Adventure Landing is pay-as-you-play, so you can enjoy one or all of our attractions! Stay cool during the summer and enjoy our indoor arcade! Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, take a swing in our Batting Cages or perfect your gaming skills in our Family Arcade. Adventure Landing is affordable family fun...so close to home!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Family fun at The Melting Pot {Review & Giveaway}

I love to cook, but as life has it there are many nights when our schedules do not align or we are all just too tired to want to cook a meal.  So I am always looking for more options for restaurants in the area.  As a mom, I'm always looking for a family friendly atmosphere.  We recently had the chance to check out The Melting Pot at Lake Norman.  Our little guy had been baptized earlier that day and we were ready to celebrate.

I have been to The Melting Pot numerous times, but this was both of my guys first time!   The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant and you get the chance to cook each course at the table yourselves.  We previously went over the rules about how not to touch the pot or the burner and how to blow on the fondue so you don't burn your mouth.  After the rules talk we had to look over the menu and choose our cheese, meat, cooking style and our chocolate.  Once the cheese hit the table our son dove right in, he loved the hands on experience!


The other thing that I loved about The Melting Pot was how they bring out a healthy option with each course.  First with the cheese we were offered apples and grapes, with the meat we were offered cauliflower, potatoes and broccoli, then with the chocolate we received strawberries and bananas.  My son ate veggies with his dinner, SUCCESS!! 


As we ate dinner my son looked up and said, "I love this place, I wish we could eat here all the time",  that's when I knew we had a new choice to add to the list of options.  This was before the dessert time!  For dessert we ordered off the menu, by recommendation of our server and we got The Snickers!  Yum!  My mouth is watering, just thinking about it again!

Not only did we have incredible food and a fun time as a family cooking it, we also received amazing service.  Zack was our waiter and he was great with our son, very friendly with us and knew the menu like the back of his hand!  So if you think the menu might overwhelm you, rest assured the staff is knowledgeable and will be more than happy to help you make your decisions. 

When most people think of The Melting Pot they think of a fancy night out with friends, prom date or even a couples date night.  After our experience we want to add fun family friendly place to that list!

Now, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy it with your family!  One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to The Melting Pot Charlotte.  


Please follow ALL the steps on the Rafflecopter form to be considered as a winner.  Giveaway ends on June 20th at midnight and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 24 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line. 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Celebrate that special dad in your life with Walmart Best Plans

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. 


I had the opportunity to check out Walmart Best Plans with Walmart Family Mobile and when it came time to think of who to bless this gift with it was a no brainer.  It truly takes a village to raise a child and most think that the under-appreciated one is mom, when I beg to differ. I actually believe it's dad. Mom is seen at school dropping the kids off, mom is seen at the basketball game handing out snacks and mom is seen sharing all of her beautiful photos of the kids on Facebook. Dad is the one behind the scenes.

I know at our house dad is the one who's running out to the grocery store at 10pm for lunch meat for school the next day. Dad is the one who's mowing the lawn after working a 10 hour day just because we have company coming the next morning. Dad is the one working hard all day to provide the extras in life that we get to have. Dad is the one who saves mom and gives her a break for the night so she can go out with her girlfriends for dinner.



This Fathers Day I want to honor the dad in our life with a new phone. Dad in our house doesn't take very good care of his phone and often will settle for the cheapest phone on our carrier just because "he doesn't need much".



Right now he is walking around with a phone with a completely shattered screen and can't get a new phone on his current carrier without committing to another 2 year contract!



So in steps Walmart Family Mobile. Walmart #FamilyMobile offers great phones at a great price and Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web for $40 a month! Yea, you read that right! I was able to get him a Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia for $98.88 at our local Walmart and had it activated right there in the store all for right around $130. I pay per month, so that means no contract and no commitment! Dad will no longer have to walk around with a shattered screen and have to squint to read his texts and emails.



We were really impressed with some of the awesome features of the Nokia Lumia 521:
* Vivid 4 inch color display
* 8GB of internal memory, expanded to 64GB with its memory card slot
* 5MP rear auto focus camera and a front camera
* Battery talk time up to 9.6 hrs
* Integration with Xbox, Windows 8 and SkyDrive so that you can access your games, photos and videos while on the go


And the best part about this gift for dad? It will save him lots of money! He will save $600+ per year with a phone on Walmart Family Mobile, that's a gift in itself! So what are you waiting for? Head to your local Walmart today and purchase one for the special Dad in your life!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free project for the kids this summer!

What kid doesn't love tools and being able to build things on their own?  My son does, and he has been attending Lowe's Build and Grow workshops since he was 3 years old.  These are awesome opportunities to do something hands on with your child and the best part?  They're free!  They recommend they be school age but daddy was always there to help him along.  During the summer Lowe's does a movie theme throughout and this summer happens to be Dreamworks.  

You can see here, last summer was Disney Pixar and he was able to make Dusty from the movie Planes.  


This summer they will be every Saturday at 10am at your local Lowe's Home Improvement store.



Summer Projects:

June 14th  Toothless
June 28th  Sheep Drop Game
July 12th   Turbo with pullback motor
July 26th   Turbo taco truck
August 9th   Monsters VS Aliens Trolley
August 23rd   Monsters VS Aliens Robot

They will start sign-ups a few weeks before each project is scheduled so be sure to sign your kiddos up early!  Have a great time building with your kiddos!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Does your child know their phone number? {Review}

I don't know how it is at your house but,we LOVE Genevieve. My toddler fell in love with the music but also with her. He would yell, "Mommy, it's Jeremy, it's Jeremy!" every time she came on. We bought the two disc pack with the CD/DVD as soon as it was available, and there it stayed on rotation for the next three years. We're excited to hear about her new singles coming out!

Genevieve is releasing the first single "My Telephone Number Is" on April 22 from her upcoming solo album "Do you Know?" scheduled to be released June 3, 2014. The song is so cute and super catchy. I love how she encourages children to learn their phone number. The album focuses on teaching pre-school FUN-damentals in her funky, cool, kid-friendly style.




Pre-orders available on iTunes here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-telephone-number-is.../id860252230

Genevieve also has an app on iTunes called “Sing with Genevieve”.
To download iTunes app for FREE:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id805510066

Album release date is June 3, 2014. If you pre-order the album (available for pre-orders in early May), you will receive instant access to the albums next single “Gotta Do My Business”. Which is a fun song to encourage your potty training child with a reggae beat.



Also, to keep up with all things Genevieve and Choo Choo Soul be sure to follow her here:

Twitter: @ChooChooGirl
Facebook: Facebook.com/GenevieveGoings
Instagram: Instagram.com/GenevieveGoings

 I am a participating Influencer at ENMN. I was sent a complimentary single of "My Telephone Number is" by Genevieve Goings to review as a influencer with Entertainment New Media Network.  My thoughts and opinions are always my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Birthday party at Sports Connection!

The boy was turning 8 and with that came instructions for his birthday party.  All boys, and fun boy stuff all day.  Easy enough, right?  Well, when you think birthday parties you immediately go to that entertaining mouse and/or one of those inflatable places.  Well, being 8 years old makes you practically a teenager and let's face it, they're TOO cool for most of the traditional birthday places.  We did a lot of research and came across Sports Connection, Jayden actually played soccer here 5 years ago, you can see that HERE.

Sports Connection is a one stop shop for fun, they literally have it ALL!  They have the inflatables, they have the arcade games, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Rock Climbing Walls, Sports Courts and more!

Jayden wasn't asking for gifts this year, instead he asked for donations for the local children's hospital and we were blessed with so many great items to donate!  We skipped the party room and the cake and ice cream and met 14 of his closest friends for a couple hours of play. 

The first stop was Laser Tag, we got to play 3 rounds and yes, even the adults played!  We had a ball!


Then it was time for some arcade games.  Each boy received a $10 card to play with.  Each arcade game varies in price and instead of tokens they swipe their cards and it also loads their tickets that way too, SO NEAT!




Then we were off to the Bumper Cars, the boys said this was their second favorite part, with Laser Tag being of course first.  These aren't the bumper cars you and I remember, these hover craft looking bumper cars are WAY cooler.  They play fun music and once the song is up so is your turn.  These made all the parents laugh watching them spin around and around. 


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Then, we got free reign of the basketball court.  Basketball is by far Jayden's favorite sport, so this was a must stop!


Another way to have fun at Sports Connection is to check out on of their Camps they are offering this Summer! There are half day summer camps for the younger crowd and full day camps for children 6 and up. They offer sports camps and fun camps, which allow them to explore the many attractions. The Summer Camps start June 2nd-August 22nd.


As you can see, these boys had a blast and really prove that Sports Connection really is your one stop shop for fun. Whether it's a birthday party or just an afternoon of fun with the family, there is something for everyone and you're sure to have a blast!



I have received free services in order to review Sports Connection birthday parties.  The opinions expressed here are my own, but I'm sure you'll agree!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jayden's LEGO Slumber Party!

For the boys 8th birthday this year he was very set on what he wanted.  He wanted to spend the night at the local Drury Inn & Suites and have a sleepover party with a small group of friends.  We spent time earlier that day with a bigger group of friends at Sports Connection.  Details for that part of the party coming soon!

We got a two room suite at Drury Inn, which provided plenty of room for the boys and us grown ups to hang out.  We were really impressed with the staff, they were so friendly and hospitable.  Drury Inn offers something they call the Kick Back, which is offered between 5:30-7:30 and they provide a full meal to all their guests.  You can use it as just a snack to tide you over or a full dinner, and with all the boys this was an awesome perk to have them fed before we went upstairs to our room.  The boys were able to then go swimming in their outdoor/indoor pool for an hour before we settled down. 

With the sleepover we decided to make it a favorite things theme.  The boy listed his favorite things and we planned our party around that.  The decor theme was LEGO's, because let's face it, it may be the only thing he thinks about these days.

The backdrop is made of sqaure paper plates that we bought at Party City for under $3, we drew a few LEGO minifigure favorites on them with a black sharpie.  The boys got a kick out of those.  We got the tablecloth and primary colored banner from the Dollar Tree.

The yellow buckets were .99 at Party City, and they looked like little minifigure heads so we couldn't pass them up!  We drew the faces and the boys name on them as well.  We got three candy dishes at Party City and the colorful scoops were such a cute add on!  The Popcorn came from the hotel lobby, Drury Inn has a Popcorn Machine that runs all day so you can always have a little snack! 

We went with a candy bar because I NEVER, I mean EVER, let this boy have this much candy, let alone candy with all these artificial dyes, but for the sole purpose of fun we went all out. 



 The boys were able to grab their buckets, fill it how they wanted, grab a couple juice boxes and take a seat and watch eachother play video games and then settle down and watched Kickin' It on Disney XD.  We got the boys matching Spiderman PJ's to highlight his love of all things superhero.  The boys played Wii on the 36inch flat screen TV in our 2 bedroom Suite, they played LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Batman and Disney Infinity.  We also gave each boy a Dragon sheild/cross bow from his favorite movie:  How to Train Your Dragon. 

Jayden asked his guests at his birthday party to bring donations for the local children's hospital in exchange for a gift for himself.  So during the evening at the hotel we let him open one present every hour from us.  He had no idea he was getting gifts from us, so that was a real treat to see how excited he was.


The boys were really well behaved and all were asleep by midnight.  We woke up around 8:30 the next morning and packed up all of our things and got dressed so we could head down for breakfast.  Another great perk from Drury Inn.  This wasn't just some cereal and milk, it was a spread of create-your-own waffles, cereal, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, the works!  They also had coffee available 24-7 which we loved!  The boys parents then picked them up one by one at the pool as we took one more dip before we left.  Such a fun time, and we do believe we will be doing it again next year! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap {Review}

With wedding bells ringing in my near future I have been kicking my health conscience into overdrive!  I have all new boards on Pinterest with healthy recipes, clean eating and exercises.  I am down 7 lbs since the beginning of March, so something's working!

When I was asked to review Fresh Express Salads, I was more than excited.  Then I read all about their 30 day salad swap challenge and was ready to take it on full force and had to see if my family would join me!  So we decided to swap it with a meal per day, or try and add it as a side instead of something greasy and unhealthy.


There really wasn't a product I didn't like, they do more than just lettuce salads, they offer cooking & juicing greens, spinach, and awesome kits that include everything you need for a delicious salad for the family.  My favorite was the Fresh Express Baby Spinach with some Raspberry Walnut Dressing, while my boys prefer the Fresh Express Veggie Spring Mix with loads of lettuce, carrots, cabbage and radishes. 

To get started on your own 30 day challenge, visit www.30daysaladswap.com and sign up today!  You will receive instant access to the Salad Swap app- compatible with any computer, tablet or smart phone you may have.  Once you've downloaded the app you have a complete, at-your-fingertips guide to eating better and feeling better!


Be sure to follow Fresh Express on Facebook, they post great tips like the one above to help keep you motivated!   Want to try Fresh Express for yourself?  Go and print out a coupon to try their salads for yourself, here
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