Monday, June 5, 2017


The Playful Mom is partnering with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on the upcoming release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, coming to Blu-ray™, Digital HD + Disney Movies Anywhere starting Tuesday, June 6th. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)
Release Date: Tuesday, June 6th
Rating: PG
Run Time: 123 Minutes

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
For 2 lucky readers I'm giving away codes for a digital download of this awesome classic!  Just comment below with your favorite character from Beauty and the Beast!    

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disney Giveaway- Bambi Signature Collection

The Playful Mom is partnering with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on the upcoming release of BAMBI SIGNATURE COLLECTION, coming to Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Tuesday, May 23rd and Blu-ray™ on Tuesday, June 6th. A timeless classic that has been loved for generations, Bambi now joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection in this celebrated anniversary edition with exclusive new bonus extras.

BAMBI: SIGNATURE COLLECTION (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
Digital HD Release Date: Tuesday, May 23rd
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Release Date: Tuesday, June 6th
Rating: G
Run Time: 70 Minutes

A timeless classic that has been loved for generations, Bambi now joins the Walt Disney
Signature Collection in this celebrated anniversary edition. In this life-changing
adventure, Bambi sets off with his best friends Thumper and Flower to explore the
wonders and challenges of the woods – and fulfill his destiny as prince of the forest. Full
of humor and heart, and featuring awe-inspiring animation, Bambi remains a family
favorite – now on Digital HD with exclusive new bonus extras.

For 2 lucky readers I'm giving away codes for a digital download of this awesome classic! Just comment below with your favorite Bambi character!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CARS 3 “Road to the Races” nationwide tour will be stopping in Charlotte, NC

CARS 3 “Road to the Races” nationwide tour will be stopping in Charlotte, NC on Friday, May 19, 2017, and Saturday, May 20, 2017, for a free fan event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

CARS 3 in theatres nationwide June 16, 2017, the newest film in the smash-hit franchise, is hitting the road this Spring with a “Road to the Races” tour in select cities across the country. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightening McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson), tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez (voice of (voice of Cristela Alonzo), and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer) will be rolling into the Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate the new movie, which opens in theatres nationwide on June 16, 2017. With Charlotte’s rich history of racing, there is no better place to gear up for the release of CARS 3 than at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

CARS 3 “Road to the Races” tour is free and open to the public! Fans will have the opportunity to:
  • Take photos with the “stars” of the movie – Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Strong
  • Participate in a host of family-friendly activities
  • Race pit crew tire-changing simulation
  • Sample high-octane smoothies
  • Interactive play area featuring locations from the movie
  • Get a first look of the new movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater.
I have 15 fast passes for some lucky readers! The passes allow recipients to skip any lines into the CARS 3 “Road to the Races” tour activation at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Please note: these passes are admit one, they are only valid on Saturday, May 20 (even though the tour begins Friday),the passes are valid from 12-4PM.

To Enter please name your favorite character from the Cars movie franchise and how many passes you would need for your family. I'll select winners on Tuesday morning 5/16.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


In “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” a Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time, this family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

Our oldest is obsessed with The Diary of Wimpy Kid series, he has to have the next book as soon as it comes out and will read the whole thing in a matter of hours.  We are hosting an advance screening of the film on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00AM at Regal Phillips Place in Charlotte.

I have five (5) family four-pack passes for some lucky readers to attend the advanced screening! Just comment below with your favorite family vacation memory and email address!  I will email the winners Friday 5/12 by 5pmEST with the link for your passes!

*Please note: tickets do NOT guarantee seats at the screening. The screening is overbooked to ensure capacity, therefore seating is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must download a screening pass in order to attend. Ticket holder and guest must enter the screening together. All guests are encouraged to arrive early in order to ensure seats.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters: Coming to Charlotte! {Giveaway} 

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Charlotte! Our guy gets so excited because they always come to town around his birthday! He's a Basketball player himself and just loves the joy The Harlem Globetrotters bring to the court! 

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2016-2017 tour! They will be in Charlotte March 25th at Halton Arena at UNC Charlotte.  There are two shows, one at 2pm and the other at 7pm.  During their 2017 World Tour, the famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard andCheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson*– the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents,often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

This is an event we look forward to every year.  Jay brings his friends, or a grandparent and we have a blast.  Don't miss it, it's not just a game it's a fun afternoon of entertainment.  Here's a sneak peek of the fun we've had over the years!  As a very special treat we have something for our readers!  Not only will we be taking our boys this year, we will also be giving away 4 tickets to the show on the 25th at 7pm to one lucky reader!!

Please tell us who you will be bringing if you win to be considered as a winner. Giveaway ends on March 20th at midnight and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 24 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line. Extra entries to anyone who shares on social media. You must tag "The Playful Mom" in all posts to be considered!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of this World {Giveaway}

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® invites fans in Charlotte to engage in a new circus experience. Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey Presents Out Of This World is a cosmic voyage that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on various planets introduced through lead characters and a good versus evil story line. “By adding the element of ice, we’re bringing speed and motion to an already thrilling, multi sensory performance,” said Feld. “Throughout the show, families won’t know where the floor ends and the ice begins. In the same way, parents won’t know what’s more amazing: what is happening in front of them or the look of wonder in their children’s eyes.”, said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Out Of This World.

5…4…3…2…1…BLAST OFF with Ringling Bros.® one hour before the show launch at the Starseeker's Early AccessTM - FREE with your ticket. Be part of an immersive experience from the moment you enter the arena until the time the show begins! In this unique pre-show experience your family will see Ringling Bros. performers up-close and have exclusive access to personalized autographs! Get an incredible sneak peek through exclusive content from backstage at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Jump in and have fun at the Ringling Bros. interstellar dance party. Clown around with the cosmically hilarious Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. And travel from planet to planet in an immersive concourse experience that will prepare you for intergalactic fun that is truly Out Of This World! Go behind the scenes at the Animal Open House. Open to all ticket-holders, one and 1/2 hours prior to showtime. Learn about circus animals, see how they live, eat, and play.

Show Schedule

Wednesday February 1 at 7 pm

Thursday February 2 at 7 pm

Friday February 3 at 7 pm

Saturday February 4 at 11 a.m., 3 pm and 7 pm

Sunday January 5 at 11 a.m. and 3 pm

 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 February 2nd at 7pm. How awesome is that?!

All you have to do is leave a comment below with what Planet you would want to visit if you could go on your very own Cosmic voyage! Extra entries for any social media shares: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Winner will be chosen Tuesday morning, 1/31/17.

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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Advanced Screening: Moana in South Charlotte {11/16} {Giveaway}

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”).

So, our family has a tie to Hawaii, Maui to be exact and we just can't wait to see this movie in the theatres!  We've been seriously counting down the days!  When I heard the same team from The Little Mermaid and Aladdin were working on this I got even more excited!  Those are two of my all time favorites.

As a special treat to The Playful Mom readers, I have 10 passes (each admits 2) to the Advanced Screening at Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen in South Charlotte this Wednesday night at 7pm!  As most advanced screenings you will need to arrive early!  They give out more passes than seats and I want to make sure you get to see this awesome movie before anyone else!  

To enter, please comment below with 3 things that you are thankful for besides you're amazing family of course!  Entries need to be in by Tuesday at 6pm {11/15} to be considered!

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MOANA sails into theatres everywhere on November 23rd!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

{Waitlist Only} Advanced Screening: TROLLS Charlotte, NC {Giveaway}

From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

Utilizing music to further the film's narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani in addition to a number of classic hits from the 60's - 80's. 

As soon as we heard Justin Timberlake's "I got this feeling" over the summer we've been anxiously awaiting the date to see this movie!  I had tons of Trolls as a little girl and am so excited to see this come back around!  As a special treat for our local Charlotte readers I have sets of tickets for an Advanced Screening this Saturday 10/29 @ 11am at the Regal Stonecrest location off of Rea Rd.

I only have a select amount of passes so please only grab them if you're sure you can make it.  These tickets do not guarantee you a seat, it's a first come first served event, so arrive early to secure your spot!  I'll be there with my family so be sure to say hi!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart is coming to Charlotte! {Giveaway}


Disney on Ice Presents: Follow Your Heart!  Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal, Hank from Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with the “Toy Story” gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

This is a huge favorite at our house, we haven't missed one year of it and our oldest is 10 years old!  They will be in Charlotte at the Spectrum Center, Wednesday September 28th-Sunday October 2nd.
Buy your tickets HERE

As a special treat for my readers, I have one Family 4 pack of tickets to giveaway for Thursday, September 29th at 7:00pm.

To enter please list your favorite Disney movie in the comments below!  For extra entries share on social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook), be sure to tag @theplayfulmom in all of your posts!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Birth Story of Baby Jude {Part 3}

This part, the actual crazy labor part is where it gets a little fuzzy, partly because I was still coming down off of the Stadol that I spoke about HERE.  I remember parts here and there before I started pushing, seriously y'all, that medicine took over my brain and parts of my labor are just missing.  I remember my water breaking because I kept saying "I peed on myself, oh my gosh I'm so embarrassed I can't believe I peed myself" knowing good and dang well I had a catheter in.  And the nurses giggling and saying, "no you didn't sweetie, your water broke and we're going to need you to start pushing soon."  

This is the part where the details slip my mind and I'll just tell you the one detail I can and always will remember was the CRAZY intense pain.  I was so upset because by this point I had been given my epidural and yet again, just like with Jayden, it didn't take.  So I felt every single painful moment.  Once I started pushing, it didn't take that long.  I do remember at one point the nurses and doctor telling me he was right there and that I just needed to give a few more good pushes and he would be here.  And me looking at my husband and just crying my eyes out and saying "I can't do this, please just tell them we need to do a c-section, I just can't possibly do this."  And the most encouraging words ever followed, "you don't have a choice, push."

I was exhausted, I was in so much pain and could feel everything and just remember thinking he can't come out, there isn't enough room, I can't possibly be dilated enough because this just doesn't feel right but for some reason everyone is yelling at me to push.  I let my doctor know my feelings about this and she wasn't having it and gave me a real quick come to Jesus meeting and said, "Kristen, I need you to hear this, you HAVE to push, He is right here, almost out and his shoulder can get stuck, I just need you to take whatever you've got left and just push, it's almost over."  And in that moment I pushed more to prove them wrong, I didn't feel like he was ready to come out.  I pushed as hard as I possibly could and there he was, sweet baby Jude.  The nurses patted me on the back and said, "good job mama, you did it."  They took Jude over to be weighed and I remember being upset because in those few minutes after he was born I didn't hear any crying and I just kept saying to Brandon "just check on him, make sure he's breathing.  Grab the camera, get photos." As soon as they announced his weight I felt pride in knowing that I worked hard my entire pregnancy to watch my carbs and sugars and I didn't end up with a 10lb baby, like they were thinking. 

I was ready for a nap, because it literally took everything out of me to push him out.  But in that moment, they handed me our sweet little miracle and every bit of exhaustion drained out of my body and I was overwhelmed with emotion.  I looked at him with tears in my eyes and said, "I am so glad you're here.  You have no idea how long we've waited for you."

Jude Stanley Downing was born at 12:46pm June 7, 2016.  He weighed 8lbs 11oz and was 21 inches long.  We couldn't love our perfect little miracle from God more.

I felt so much better after this delivery than I did with Jayden.  My back was sore from the epidural and I hated sleeping in the uncomfortable bed but overall I was feeling okay.  Our visitor list was small.  Our first visitors arrived just 2 hours after he was born, Big Brother Jayden and Grandpa Mack (Brandon's dad).  Jay was still in school, had field day that day and stayed with Grandpa that week.  Seeing his face beam with pride as he came across the room and laid eyes on Jude just made my heart burst.

Their first official selfie together...

We were then visited by Nana (Brandons Mom), Cheri and Paxton.  Brandon and I were both so thankful to his parents for taking care of us and Jayden.  I can't tell you how many times we sent his mom to our house to grab something else we forgot.  And by 7 pm everyone had left and it was just the 3 of us.  It was surreal, we were so overwhelmed by the way God had provided for our little family.  Just another moment in our life where we saw firsthand how God's way was better than our way.

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