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 ( 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  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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paula Deen Live, y'all! #pauladeennetwork

Paula Deen came to Charlotte, y’all!  I was so excited when her people reached out to me with fantastic tickets to see this wonderful show and to meet Paula! What an fun evening!

Some of my favorite memories with my Nana when I was a little girl was sitting around watching cooking shows with her, and still to this day when I watch one I like to think she's right here with me.  One of my favorites to watch was always Paula Deen, I proudly own a full set of her cookware!

If you've ever been like me and watched her show and just wanted to hang out in her kitchen the Live Show is the place to be.  You are a part of the experience and some ticket holders were able to taste test some of her recipes, just no double dipping y'all!  Paula Deen is such a character on television and always creates the best recipes and I was really looking forward to seeing what she would be like in person.  I was not disappointed.  She was so fun and inviting, I felt like I was in her home and would be welcome anytime! She also had special guests including her husband and sons and Lee Greenwood!  He came on stage to announce his affiliation with Helping a Hero, which is an organization that helps build specially adapted homes for our severely wounded heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan that enables them to transition into the community.  He also sang, "God Bless the USA" which I later confessed to Lee himself, that I sang that at my Kindergarten graduation.

I was excited to hear what she had been up to and I was not let down at all, she's launched a NETWORK!  This is something so fun, so innovative and exciting!  You can access any archived episodes, bloopers, any of your favorite recipes, fun games and they mentioned you will be able to cook with Paula in an interactive way!  What?!  How cool is that?!  I've already signed up for my free trial and I will be subscribing.  This past weekend she even offered a free signed copy of her cookbook with any new subscribers (10/10-10/12).

As an added bonus I was invited to an after party with yummy treats and champagne to celebrate the launch of her new network, it went live that night!  I was able to meet some of her team and Lee Greenwood.  To our surprise Paula and her family joined us!  She was such a doll and took time to meet and take selfies with all of her guests!  She was so excited and really humbled by all the support from her fans.

Her family was just as sweet I even spoke with her husband and asked him his best marriage advice and he said he only had advice for the husbands out there, "keep your mouths shut and your wallets open and that's the secret to a happy marriage" HA!  Love it!

It was a great night and made me think of my Nana and made me want to go home and start cooking.  I'm so excited to play around on her new site and get some yummy holiday recipes done!  I hope you'll take a chance to check it out and maybe even subscribe.  Paula Deen is back, y'all!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Fest at #Carowinds {Giveaway}

The Great Pumpkin Fest begins this weekend at Carowinds from 12-5pm!  This is always a fun time for us as a family because there's something for everyone!

Carowinds has brewed up some spooktacular family fun this Halloween with the Great Pumpkin Fest this October! During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed in to a street party of frightful fun for kids and their families. Complete with activities that are fun-scary, not scary-scary, the Great Pumpkin Fest is an exciting compilation of shows, attractions, and interactive activities throughout the day.

Here are some of the fun activities you and your family will enjoy:
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Petting Zoo
  • Costume Parade- your kids can wear their costumes and march in the parade 2-4pm
  • Mumpkin Patch- choose a mini-pumpkin to decorate and take home
  • Foam Zone- My son had a blast in this last year, but keep in mind they do get wet so if it's chilly out pack a dry change of clothes
  • Fraidy Cat Puppet show
  • Kiddie-Oke- kids shine on stage singing their favorite Halloween hits!
  • Trick-or-Treating- your kids will be able to run from station to station picking up treats from 2-4pm
  • Peanuts Dance Party
  • Peter the Talking Pumpkin
As a special treat Carowinds has offered two tickets to attend this weekend to one lucky reader! To Enter please list what your favorite Halloween memory is. For extra entries share this giveaway on any social accounts, i.e. Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on October 2nd 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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

#TheBoxtrolls in theatres today! {#Giveaway}

 I don't know if your kiddos went to the $1 movies at Regal that I posted about earlier this summer but in the passport book they handed the kids there was an advertisement for this adorable movie!  Ever since then my son has been asking me, "When does The Boxtrolls come out?"  "When can we see it in the theater?"  The wait is over, the movie is in theatres today! 

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

As a special treat for my readers, I received a Prize Pack FILLED to the brim with goodies from the new movie to giveaway!  

These photos don't even show what all the prize pack includes!  There's rainbow loom bands, pins, a back pack, pencil pouch, puzzle, activity book, and more!

To Enter please list a creative idea on how to re-use a cardboard box! For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on October 1st 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.

Good Luck and be sure to check out The Boxtrolls in theatres everywhere starting today!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All I want for my 30th Birthday {Personal}

This past year has been a year of growth for me in many facets.  I'm now a married woman and I've grown in my Faith.  This past year I have put Jesus at the center and decided that I want to make sure everything I'm doing is organic to me and glorifying God.  This will start with myself, and becoming less scheduled and enjoying life as it comes at me.  I'm using the extra time to reflect and realize where God really wants to use me.  I will also be working towards a revamping of my blog to make sure that I'm doing less "fluff" and more things that are real to me and my family.  Which are actually the posts that my readers seem to be reading the most, which is a huge compliment to me!  Thank you!  Don't worry, I will still be doing honest reviews and giveaways!

With that being said, I'm turning 30 on October 4th and when I sat back and thought on how I wanted to start this new decade of my life I knew I wanted to start with serving others.  My heart, at the center, loves to help others in any way I can.  I started an event on Facebook and invited close friends to do Random Acts of Kindness through the month on October with me.  I've set a goal for myself to do 30 acts in the month of October.  Some say they believe random acts shouldn't be posted and that's fine but from where I stand I think it's a beautiful thing to see others inspiring others to serve their community and that requires posting about it.  I would love to invite my readers to join in on this movement with us!  I'd love to hear what you and your family are doing to serve others!  I've set up a hashtag that we can use on all social media platforms, #randomactsoctober (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) I am really looking forward to this!  A great calendar to inspire you with ideas is HERE.

With my birthday right around the corner, friends and family have begun asking, "What do you want for your birthday?"  My usual answer would be a giftcard to Marshalls or Sephora.  But this past couple of weeks I've had something heavy laying on my heart and I feel like God is calling me to help in any way I can.  Brandon and I are a part of a wonderful Couples Bible Study Group and the couple that runs it is in the process of adopting and have began fundraising.  Ever since I heard about their story I've been racking my brain with all kinds of ideas to help them fundraise.  They're such a wonderful couple and I could really spend all day going on and on about how amazing they are and how they're great parents searching for their child(ren)!  When I thought about what I wanted to tell people to get me for my birthday there was no other thing to say but to ask people to donate.  So, if you're planning on getting me a gift I ask that you use the money towards a donation to their fundraising efforts.  Whether it's $10 or $100, every little bit helps.  If you would like to read their story, you can do so, HERE.  If you'd like to donate in my birthday honor, you can do that, HERE.

"Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.Deuteronomy 15:10

There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a great year, and an even better decade.  I'm so excited for what God has planned for my family and I.  Thanks for all your support!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Discovery Place Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum {#Giveaway}

Looking for a fun date night in October?  Look no further than Discovery Place Science on the Rocks!  We attended one a couple months ago and had a blast and will definitely be going to this one as well!
Discovery Place will be full of tricks and tricks for Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum, an unforgettable adults-only night of monstrous mayhem.  Adults Only fun, so only 21 and up are allowed!  Their new exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion, will also be open for the first time at this event.

Don your costume and join us for:

• Punkin Chunkin
• Fear Factor Challenge
• Spooky Science Experiments
• Costume Contest
• Music from Channel 96.1, 102.9 The Lake, 96.9 The Kat and 106.5 The End
• And much more!

Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Must be 21 or older. Photo ID required. Cash/credit bars throughout Levels 1 and 2.

Click here to buy tickets or call 704.372.6261 x300.
If you do not receive a confirmation email after purchasing tickets online, please call 704.372.6261 x300.

Check-in will be at Tryon St. Admissions.
Parking fee for Discovery Place Parking Deck is not included.
Community Café will be open, serving beer, wine and a special menu.

As a special treat, I also have something special for my readers. One lucky winner will be selected to win two tickets to October's Science on the Rocks, October 17th 5-9pm and a Fright at the Museum koozie!

To Enter:

Comment below and tell us who your favorite couple is from history or alive today.  For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on October 13th 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.

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 {Closed}

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.

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 7:00 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 26th 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.  

Winner selected:

Comment #18, Lauren Thomas!  Congratulations!!

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 close to home!
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