Friday, February 5, 2016

Care Bears & Cousins Season 2 Premieres on Netflix February 5th!

The whole huggable gang is back, bringing tales of caring and sharing to whole new generation! And the Care Bear cousins are here to join the fun!  My all time favorite as a kid was the Care Bears!  I remember doing the Care Bear countdown and the Care Bear stare.  I love that I get to relive it through my kids and that they've added Cousins to the mix! 

Another fun experience that can get you excited for the premier is to take your little ones to Build A Bear workshop to make their very own Care Bear! 

How cute are they?  I, for one, would love a Tenderheart bear!  We are so excited to start the new season.  Be sure to check them out on Netflix February 5th!

Also, if you haven’t already, please follow Care Bears on social media :

Twitter and Instagram: @CareBearsFriend




I wrote this post out of pure excitement and because I am a #ShareYourCare Ambassador 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wild Kratts Live is coming to Charlotte!! {Giveaway}


PBS KIDS Show Comes Alive on Stage in Charlotte at Ovens Auditorium

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 1pm and 4:30pm
Tickets on-sale Friday, October 23rd at 10am

The wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, is coming to the live stage. Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at the venue on Saturday, February, 13th 2016 at 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets go on-sale Friday, October 23rd at 10am. and can be purchased at available at Bojangles’ Coliseum Box Office, or by phone at 800-745-3000, Tickets start at $29.75 plus applicable service charges. A very limited number of VIP meet and greet tickets are available.

I don't know about you but we have quite the Wild Kratts fan at our house!  He actually did his first grade project on the Draco Lizard, which was inspired by one of his favorite episodes of Wild Kratts!  He also loves playing on and playing the game online where he can be one of the explorers.  He's now in 4th grade and still loves the show, so I love that it still reaches him 4 years later!  He is so excited to see the Live show! 

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story. In "To the Creature Rescue!”, the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’, the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zooboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

I love that this show not only entertains kids everywhere but it's teaching them about different environments and how to be kind to animalsWe are beyond excited for the Live Show and just as excited to announce that we will be giving away a 4 pack of tickets to the 4:30pm show on Saturday February 13th! 

Follow the Wild Kratts and Ovens Auditorium on Social Media:

Wild Kratts on Facebook
Wild Kratts on Twitter
Ovens Auditorium on Facebook
Ovens Auditorium on Twitter  

How do you enter?  Tell us your child's favorite animal!  Extra entries if you share on Social Media, be sure to mention The Playful Mom, Wild Kratts Live and Ovens Auditorium!  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme {Giveaway}

Children of all ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 100 world-renowned artists provide 2 ½ hours of thrilling entertainment. Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles and incredibly hilarious moments.

Free with your ticket purchase, the party starts an hour before the show in the All Access Pre-show. You and your family can meet our international cast of performers and get up close to our menagerie of animals.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Show Schedule

Wednesday January 27 at 7 p.m.

Thursday January 28 at 7 p.m.

Friday January 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 7pm

Saturday January 30 at 11 a.m., 3pm and 7pm

Sunday January 31 at 11 a.m. and 3pm

You can buy your tickets HERE.

Wouldn't it be great to win a pack of tickets?  Well I have some exciting news for you! One lucky winner will be selected to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to The Greatest Show on Earth for Thursday January 28th at 7pm. How awesome is that?!

All you have to do is leave a comment below with what you've been doing in this snowy weather!  Extra entries for any social media shares: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!  Winner will be chosen Tuesday morning, 1/26/16.

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, January 1, 2016

Monster Jam is coming to Charlotte {Giveaway}

The 2016 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement, providing entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. This event will feature eight different trucks including Captain’s Curse, Doomsday, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Hot Wheels, Mad Scientist, MM Dalmatian and Zombie Hunter. Approximately 12-feet-tall and about 12-feet-wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, these trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 130 feet over 14 cars side-by-side and up to 35 feet in the air.

Monster Jam is returning to Time Warner Cable Arena for three shows January 8th and 9th.  Buy your tickets HERE!

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 – 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 at 9am on January 4th!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

American Girl: Grace Thomas {Giveaway!!}

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year
If you have a young girl in your home, chances are you have heard all about Grace Thomas, American Girl's 2015 Girl of the Year.
Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. She even has a fun iPhone app! Sweet Shop By American Girl: Mix, roll, bake, and decorate treats in a French pastry shop just like Grace, Girl of the Year 2015. The more tarts, macaroons, and other pastries you bake, the more recipes you'll unlock.
This giveaway is for a Grace Thomas American Girl Doll and her book Grace-written by Mary Casanova, valued at $120.
Grace is only available for purchase through December 2015, and until supplies last! This may be your last chance to win Grace so don't miss out.



American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Girl of the Year

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Hills are alive with The Sound of Music! {Review}

Anyone that knows me well enough knows that The Sound of Music is not only my all time favorite musical but my favorite movie.  I wore out the VHS tape as a kid and have done the same with my DVD as an adult.

 Getting to see the musical first hand was a real treat and from scene one I was transported into my favorite story line with their elaborate sets, wonderful actors and dreamy musical numbers.  This is a musical for the entire family.  Your children might not understand the political story line but they'll fall in love with Maria and the Von Trapp children.  I will warn you that this musical is longer with an intermission, a lot like the movie.

Even though I've seen the movie 100's of times the musical on stage was something to witness!  The sets were exquisite and the costuming was something out of a high budget film.  I wanted to sing along to every musical number.  Do you know how badly it killed me not to sing along with the Von Trapp children, "So long, farewell..." excuse me while I sing it to myself yet again!

There were many standouts for me in this show.  Kerstin Anderson, takes your breath away as Maria.  Her voice is spot on with Julie Andrews and made the character so relate-able!  Ben Davis had all of the ladies in the audience in the palm of his hand with his swoon worthy good looks and unbelievable charm.  It was hard not to fall in love with Captain von Trapp!  And by far my favorite of the night was Charlotte native, Merwin Foard, who played Max Detweiller.  He is an extraordinary actor that really had all of us on a journey and all of us falling in love with his character that is otherwise forgotten about.  He was the star of the show for me!  And at the curtain call at the end he made sure to give patronage to his home town and the Carolina Panthers!

If you haven't bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to

I was given complementary tickets to the opening night for my honest review of the show. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Finding Dory is swimming into theatres June 2016! {Trailer}

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016

Friday, October 23, 2015

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson {Review & Giveaway}

No joke, parenting is THE hardest job on the planet. None of us ever feel like we're doing it right, we really just do the best we can and leave the rest up to God. But that's the beauty of the divine calling that God has place on all of us as parents, He really does the rest once we've put our children around the right people and helped them find their own relationships with him. I have read many parenting books over the years and when I was asked to review Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson I was so excited. One, because I love a good Christian parenting book and two because I just love Korie Robertson and her whole family. I really respect her as a parent and think her daughter, Sadie, is one of the best role models for young girls!  I love how she reminds us to be intentional with our children in order to instill these traits in them as adults.


In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives. Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character. Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 

This book isn't written like it's from someone that knows it all, it is really like you're sitting on the front porch sharing parenting advice with Korie, herself.  Strong and Kind helps you, as a parent, identify the character traits you want to see in your children and gives you the tools to put them in place.  Besides strength and kindness other character traits include:
  • Self Control
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Joyfulness
  • Loyalty
  • Humility

As a special treat, one lucky reader will get their very own copy of this awesome parenting book!  Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form below and come back daily to up your chances!  We will pick a winner in the morning of 10/27.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Women of Faith: LOVED the Farewell tour Charlotte {Giveaway}

Thousands of women will gather in Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena for ‘Loved: The Farewell Tour’ on October 9-10 for a weekend of celebration, stories, humor, and hope. Popular speakers, powerful dramas, and award-winning music combine for an experience that will resonate with women who need the assurance they are loved. The beloved speakers and bestselling authors Patsy Clairmont, Shauna Niequist, Mary Graham, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Anna Trent, Thelma Wells, and many more are scheduled to headline the event along with GRAMMY award winner Sandi Patty—the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history—and GRAMMY-nominated Building 429 will be in concert. This all-star lineup will grace the stage for a weekend full of love and inspiration!

This is a two-day event, all tickets will allow access to come both days!

Order your tickets from TicketMaster HERE

Get $20 off select tickets* with Discount Code: FCA20

As a special treat our readers have a chance to win tickets for themselves and a friend to the Friday night and Saturday show!  All you have to do to enter is comment below on who you're bringing and why you want to attend!

Winners will be selected Wednesday, October 7th, in the afternoon and will be given a small window to respond so please stay on top of your email!!  Good luck!!

 *Offer available for Premium ($109) and Standard ($99) level seating and is available through 10/9/2015 while supplies last. Offer cannot be combined or applied to previous purchases and is subject to change without notice. All prices in US Dollars and include applicable taxes. Service fee(s) will be added. No refunds/exchanges. Dates, location, times, and talent subject to change. Loved: The Farewell Tour is a production of Women of Faith, LLC.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Disney On Ice- 100 Years of Magic 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!

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney's Frozenwith Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including "Let It Go," "You've Got a Friend in Me," and "Hakuna Matata." Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar's Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney's The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. Show off your moves at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along pre-show inspired by the Disney Healthy Living commitment as the celebration of the century skates into your hometown!

Disney on Ice is always a favorite in our house and it will be tiding us over until we can head back to Disney in 2017!  The show runs from September 30th-October 4th at Time Warner Cable arena in Uptown Charlotte. Be sure to get your tickets HERE!

September 30 at 7pm
October 1 at 7pm
October 2nd at 10:30am and 7pm
October 3rd at 11am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm
October 4th 12:00pm and 4:00pm

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 September 30th at 7:00 pm.
To Enter:

Comment below with the title of your favorite Disney movie. For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on September 21st 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.

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