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, 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 ( 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!
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