Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monster Jam is coming to Charlotte! {Giveaway}

It’s time for Monster Jam!
Monster Jam® is the perfect sports and entertainment brand mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action packed live show. Matched by no other family entertainment property, Monster Jam electrifies crowds with breathtaking stunts and the awesome power of the world’s most popular Monster Jam trucks. Over 4 million fans fill the world’s premier stadiums and arenas to see the live spectacle with more than 350 performances each year, and with its rapid international expansion, Monster Jam continues to win over more fans in new countries around the world. 
Monster Jam fans are extremely loyal, and they enjoy unprecedented access to the stars of the show – the performers and their Monster Jam trucks. Unlike traditional sporting events or other family entertainment shows, every fan attending a Monster Jam event is given the unique opportunity to meet the stars of the show during the pre-show Party in the Pits and post-show autograph sessions. The stars of Monster Jam will stay until the last autograph is signed. For decades, Monster Jam has been one of the biggest and most successful touring family shows in the world, and it is still showing yearly growth in all areas!  We took our son two years ago and him and his best friend had a blast!  There's nothing like watching giant trucks jump around and smash things!!
Monster Jam is returning to Time Warner Cable Arena for three shows January 9th and 10th. Tickets are on sale now through timewarnercablearena.com, ticketmaster.com, the arena Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Show Schedule:

Fri, Jan. 9th7:30 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 10th   2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 
Here's a treat for one lucky reader!  I happen to have a family four pack of tickets for the Friday night show to giveaway!!  You must complete all the required steps on the rafflecopter below to be eligible.  There are ways to earn extra entries that are not required, but encouraged.  We will choose a winner Friday June 2nd!
**I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion  Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.*

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#PostGoodness Breakfast Bowls on the go and Amazon giveaway! {Review & Giveaway}

I want to believe there are other parents out there that hear the alarm go off in the morning and immediately say, "Ugh, I have to feed them, again!"  Yep, I say that one or four times a month if I'm being honest.  I do try my best to make a warm breakfast every morning but I do love it when I find a faster way and it still be wholesome!

New Post Goodness Breakfast Bowls are made with Slow Cooked Steel Cut Oats, and other goodies, like brown sugar or real bacon, you can have a warm nourishing breakfast in just 60 seconds.  It's a great option when you're rushing out the door to work or when you just don't feel like making a big mess of the kitchen before the kids head off to school.  Nutritionists actually suggest that you eat three or more servings of whole grain per day, with each of them offering at least 26 grams of whole grain and at least 8 grams of protein you can feel better about your faster food option!

#PostGoodness Breakfast Bowls come in four flavors, two sweet and two savory.  You can find them on the cereal aisle at your local Walmart!  If you love saving money as much as I do grab the coupon here be sure to click on the “Food” category.

For a savory breakfast option you can feel good about, try the Maple & Real Bacon or the Real Sausage and Cheddar Cheese variety!

If you are looking for something classic with great flavor and the protein you need, you should try the Maple & Brown Sugar!  If you need a little sweetness or want something your child will love, try the Apples & Cinnamon variety!

I was sent two varieties to try and out of the two I preferred the Real Sausage and Cheddar Cheese, you could see the chunks of sausage and it's an easy meal packed with protein!  My son liked the Apples and Cinnamon but said it was very sweet. 

I know you're thinking to yourself, I have to get my hands on some of these to try for myself!  Well, you are in luck.  Thanks to Sverve, we are giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader!  What a great blessing right before the holiday to be able to get some last minute shopping done, so you will definitely want to enter!! This giveaway will run until Sunday, December 14th, 2014!  Be sure to follow all of the steps on the Rafflecopter to be considered for the giveaway!

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 *This post was sponsored by Post and Sverve but I promise all of the opinions are my own!*

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Annie the movie! {Giveaway)

"The sun'll come out tomorrow!"

I have been singing all of my favorite songs from this movie since I saw the first trailer almost a year ago.  If you're anything like my family, we have been counting down the days until we could see this in the theater!  We love musicals and we love the story of Annie.  I personally am excited to see them switch things up a bit and modernize it! 

Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

The movie will be in theatres everywhere December 19th!!  If you have kids or even if you don't, this is a great movie to see.  It will be filled with fun and I am sure it is heartwarming! 

To celebrate the opening of Annie, I have a fantastic prize pack for one lucky reader!!  The prize pack includes: a kids shirt, activity book, sticker sheet and Scholastic poster.   

To win, enter below on the Rafflecopter form! And don't forget to see Annie!!

*I received the same prize pack in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.*

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes {Review}

I don't know about you, but I've already started decorating for Christmas, lighting the themed candles and watching our favorite movies. I've also started my rotation of my favorite Christmas albums. There’s nothing like your favorite holiday songs to put you in great spirits this season. What if you could have some of the best holiday classics, sung by one of today’s best vocalists? You’re in luck!

With Frozen's smashing success we've all had "Let it Go" in our head for months, now it’s time to let it go and “Let It Snow”!
Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the mega-hit Frozen and star of Wicked, Rent, Glee and If/Then , has a new album called Holiday Wishes! It’s 12 tracks of holiday hits, including guest performances by Kenny G and Michael BublĂ©. Her new album, Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

This album does not disappoint.  I feel like I'm transported to a musical production of all things Christmas.  I was able to sit and listen to the album curled up on the couch with a warm cup of cocoa and was ready to put my tree up once it was over.  My personal favorite is a duet with international superstar Michael BublĂ© on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”  I've always loved Michael Buble' and adding Idina Menzel's beautiful voice is pure Christmas magic.

There's also an exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.  A very cute song to sing along with the kiddos!

Holiday Wishes Track Listing
  1. Do You Hear What I Hear
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  5. All I Want For Christmas
  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  7. December Prayer
  8. When You Wish Upon A Star
  9. Silent Night
  10. River
  11. Holly Jolly Christmas
  12. White Christmas
Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive

    13.  Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    14.  Mothers Spiritual

Be sure to grab your copy today and enjoy with your family!

  * iTunes : http://bit.ly/IMHolidayWishes 
  *Amazon: http://bit.ly/IDINAHOLIDAY

**I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.**

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte! {Giveaway}

I know what you're thinking, it's too early to be talking about Christmas, but here in the south we would celebrate all year long if we could!  The Southern Christmas Show in November is an event we all count down to all year long!

I can smell it now, yes, smell it. The spiced Moravian cookies, the wonderful smell of pine from the candles being sold at the booth one row over, and then yummy smell of peach from the awesome peach wine slushies being made in the Duplin Winery room. There's something for everyone at this show, crafts, yummy treats, wine sampling, one of a kind gifts and more. It features more than six acres of merchants, shopkeepers and crafters. Olde Towne Village of Shops, decorated trees, holiday designer rooms, unique gifts for the hard-to-buy-for people on your list. There's also a Holiday Entertainment stage, holiday foods, gifts, decorations, model trains & miniature houses, Christmas trees, doors, mantels and Santa Claus too!

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a large tote for all your goodies you will purchase.  So bring the whole family, a group of your girlfriends or just yourselves and enjoy this amazing event! You won't regret it!

Show Details:
When: November 13 - 23, 2013

Hours: Sundays, Monday and Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

General Admission $11 at the door for adults
$3 at the door for youth ages 6-12, under six free with paying adult
Advance Tickets $9.50 with VIC card at participating Harris Teeter locations

Parking $7 per day; buses are free. Valet will be available, $18, first come first served.

Want to go and haven't purchased tickets yet? No fear, you have a chance to win a set right here! COMMENT BELOW telling me your favorite Christmas tradition! Winners will be on-going as I have several sets. All tickets will be given by Wednesday. November 19th.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to Charlotte, Portrait Innovations {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. Compensation was received in exchange for sharing this promo and giveaway.

Santa Claus is Coming to Portrait Innovations at the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center
Appointments Available November 11th-16th to meet Santa and receive same-day prints! Skip the lines at the mall and get a jump-start on your holiday planning with Portrait Innovations. These professional portrait sessions including Santa Claus are available Tuesday, November 11th through Sunday, November 16th during regular store hours at the newly renovated Portrait Innovations in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center in Charlotte, NC.

In addition to offering great portraits with Santa Claus, Portrait Innovations is offering a 43 Holiday Portrait Package for only $19.99. Not only will you receive 43 printed photos of various sizes, but the package includes 5 free 5×7 holiday greeting cards and a choice of a free 11 oz portrait mug or ceramic ornament (with coupon found HERE).

Portrait Innovations, located at Providence Road and I-485, redesigned its South Charlotte storefront in September 2014. This prototype store has re-invented the portrait studio experience to give customers even more creative options for beautiful, professional portraits and personalized gifts and keepsakes.

Camera rooms have been enhanced with new lighting and background textures including brick, plank and slate, for an authentic look and feel. The photographers at the new studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques.
Be sure to connect and share with Portrait Innovations at www.portraitinnovations.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

As a special treat for one lucky reader, a $100 Portrait Innovation giftcard!  Enter to win below!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Capitol Kids Music {Review & Giveaway}

I received the Capitol Songs CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network.  No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  This post may also contain affiliate links.

We love music and all kinds but I'm not a fan of crude DJ's and inappropriate content that my son doesn't need to be inquiring about at 7:30 am on the way to school.  As our son has gotten older I found myself listening more and more to Christian radio anytime he's in the car. I love listening to Christian radio because it seems to keep me focused throughout the week on what's really important.

When I was offered the opportunity to check out Capitol Kids and review them with my son, I was more than excited. 

Capitol Kids!, launched by Star Song Music, featuring the best in Christian music sung by kids. Whether it’s radio hits, worship songs or Christmas music, kids will love these collections of music made just for them. Kids are already singing these songs in the car and at church, but now the songs are more accessible with the voices of their peers.  Capitol Kids! Hits features 15 radio hits heard on Christian radio stations around the country. Songs include No. 1 radio hits like “Hello, My Name Is,” “Speak Life,” and “We Believe.”

I loved hearing my son sing these songs as loud as he could, word for word, from the backseat.  I asked his thoughts and he said, "I love singing with other kids who love Worship music."  Talk about melt my heart, y'all!


I personally love the CD we received and plan on getting a few to stash in our gift closet for any upcoming birthdays. 

As a VERY special treat, my readers have the opportunity to win a 3 disc box set of their latest:  Hits, Worship and Christmas.  That's 45 songs!!  This is a great gift for anyone that has, volunteers with or teaches children.

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Terms and Conditions:
Giveaway open 11/06/14- 11/11/14. Open to US Residents 18 and Older Only. Void Where Prohibited. Winner to be contacted via email and will have 24 hours from email to respond with address where to ship Box Set. One Winner Only. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to chose another winner.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Women of Faith Tour: From Survival to Revival {Giveaway}

Women of Faith Tour is coming to Charlotte November 14th and 15th at Bojangles arena.  I have always wanted to go to Women of Faith when it came to Charlotte and was always too busy or couldn't get a sitter.  This year I have made it a priority to make time for my heart to be filled with good things!  And this is definitely a good thing!  I'm so excited to spend the weekend with thousands of women and enjoying wonderful messages and worshiping together! 

Transform your soul, awaken your spirit, and revive your faith at our 2014 event: From Survival to Revival. At this all-new event you’ll receive powerful Bible teaching, be inspired by uplifting music, enter into authentic worship, and more. Experience the renewal that comes from spending time in the presence of God. Discover new joy and a fresh sense of purpose. Gather your group, call your friends, and put your family on notice. It’s time to plan for From Survival to Revival!

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6 NKJV

Line up:
  • Christine Caine
  • Patsy Clairmont
  • Lisa Harper
  • June Hunt
  • Anita Renfroe
  • Laura Story
  • Lysa Turkeurst
  • Sheila Walsh
  • Matthew West
  • Gateway Worship
  • and more!

Be sure to get your tickets today! Women of Faith Tour

As a special treat, I have a prize pack for one lucky reader!  The prize pack includes 2 great Worship CD's and Lisa Harpers book, "Overextended."

All you have to do is comment below and tell me why it's important to you to be a Woman of Faith.  I look forward to seeing the responses!  I will draw one name November 8th!  So be sure to enter today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marvel Universe Live! #Giveaway #Charlotte

After much anticipation, Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of touring live family entertainment, today revealed details about the most ambitious live show in its history, with new information about the epic storyline and tour dates for Marvel Universe LIVE! Featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, this high-caliber arena spectacular will put fans right in the middle of one of the most electrifying battles between good and evil ever conceived.

Marvel Universe LIVE! launches new innovations in set design, aerial stunts, pyrotechnics and state-of-the-art show elements that bring movie style special effects to the live entertainment arena. Audiences will see the awe-inspiring world of Super Heroes come to life before their eyes with a dynamic cast comprised of some of the industry’s most talented stunt performers. Utilizing their talents and aided by a unique combination of never before seen arena mechanics some of Marvel’s mightiest will come to life with profound results. These true-to-comic creations will be supported by innovative lighting design and transformative 3D projection that will take the audience on a journey around the globe with these timeless characters. To support this massive undertaking, Marvel Universe LIVE! will not only utilize the entire arena floor, but also perform within a multilevel aerial space creating a unique experience that puts audiences right in the middle of the action in ways they could only dream about prior.


Show Times:

Friday, November 14: 7 pm
Saturday, November 15: 11 am, 3pm, 7pm
Sunday, November 16: 1 pm, 5pm

Venue/Ticket Information:
Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000; via Ticketmaster ; and at the Time Warner Cable Arena box office.

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 Marvel Universe Live on November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

To Enter:
Comment below on which Marvel character you're excited to see. For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on November 9th 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. 

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.*

Friday, October 17, 2014

This could be The Best Yes you say today {Giveaway}

Let me start off by being completely honest.  I don't read.  Well, I don't read a lot.  I'm actually quite envious of my mom friends that are avid readers.  I often fantasize what it would be like to have enough time in the day to read a book cover to cover.  My fantasy includes a hammock, maybe a screened in patio with a couch, a snuggly sweater or blanket and of course a big cup of coffee.  As you can see, I've thought about it, A LOT.  Maybe if I spent more time actually living out said fantasy instead of dreaming it up I could get through a chapter of one of the many books on my shelves. 

Any who, every now and then I get a book that completely sucks me in, in the best way possible and I am able to distance myself from my cell phone and the internet.  This months book just so happened to be Lysa Terkeurst's "The Best Yes".  I follow Proverbs 31 ministry avidly and had been counting down the days until I could own this book.  I read everything she posted about the book up to it's launch and knew I just HAD to read it.  I stayed up a few nights in a row completely engulfed in her words that set me free of my overwhelmed life.  To fill you in, this book is about making wise choices in your life so that you will be empowered to make the BEST decisions in the day to day details of your life.

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn’t shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But in the midst of everyday “growth opportunities,” she’s been learning God’s lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

A little background on me, I'm a yes girl.  I can't even deny it, people know this about me and sometimes even take advantage of it.  I want to help everyone and really try to say no when I know my plate is already too full but somehow my no comes out yes.  I would like to believe there are other women out there that are suffering from this same thing.  When I think about how many things I say yes to, on a weekly basis, that I know I should have said no to, it's a bit overwhelming. 

I'm a mom, so I have to say yes to my husband and my child.  I'm a family member, so most of the time I feel inclined to say yes to anything they need from me.  I'm a friend, almost anytime I say yes, if you need me I will find a way to be there.  I'm a volunteer, there's openings, you need help, I will probably say yes.  Chances are I'm always saying yes.  Now, the hard thing I struggle with is if I feel these are all things God has called me to do, how do I know which ones to say no to?  Isn't that silly?  If I would just stop and re-read that last comment.  How will I know?  Maybe I need to just stop trying to figure this all out on my own and pay attention to what God is really trying to say.

As I read Lysa's book I started realizing it's okay to say no.  There's something healthy that develops in saying no.  Now I can't wake up tomorrow and say, "Nope, not packing your lunch.  No, not taking you to school.  Nope, not making dinner."  I mean, I could and the world would go on but that's not using my no's the right way.  I know I need to honor God, and that means honoring my family first and foremost, that's my job and I can't become a no tyrant.  But, I can say no to a friend that needs help with her kid so she can go to meeting at work, when I know I have 4 blog posts that need to go up and photos that still need to be edited from last weeks sermon at church.  I have to know what's healthy for me and being overwhelmed isn't that. 

The disease to please, wow.  Yep, I have that.  Do you have that?  I bet a lot of you reading can own up to that one.  Without giving it all away, I want y'all to know that this book will set you free.  It will have you back on the path of really listening to God in these decisions.  As Lysa says, "Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule so she can let God overwhelm her soul."

As a special treat Lysa Terkeurst sent me SIGNED copies of her book "The Best Yes" for two lucky readers.  To Enter please post "YES" in the comments below and then Instagram or Tweet the picture below with the hashtag #TheBestYes and the website www.thebestyes.com.  Also, make sure you mention or tag me (@theplayfulmom) so I can find your entry. For extra entries share this giveaway on any social accounts, i.e. Facebook/Twitter. Giveaway ends on October 22nd at midnight and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 12 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line. Good luck y'all!

And if you just can't wait to win and need a copy in your hands ASAP, purchase it at www.thebestyes.com
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