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!

Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum 
October 17, 2014, 5:00pm

 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!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Family fun at The Melting Pot {Review & Giveaway}

I love to cook, but as life has it there are many nights when our schedules do not align or we are all just too tired to want to cook a meal.  So I am always looking for more options for restaurants in the area.  As a mom, I'm always looking for a family friendly atmosphere.  We recently had the chance to check out The Melting Pot at Lake Norman.  Our little guy had been baptized earlier that day and we were ready to celebrate.

I have been to The Melting Pot numerous times, but this was both of my guys first time!   The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant and you get the chance to cook each course at the table yourselves.  We previously went over the rules about how not to touch the pot or the burner and how to blow on the fondue so you don't burn your mouth.  After the rules talk we had to look over the menu and choose our cheese, meat, cooking style and our chocolate.  Once the cheese hit the table our son dove right in, he loved the hands on experience!

The other thing that I loved about The Melting Pot was how they bring out a healthy option with each course.  First with the cheese we were offered apples and grapes, with the meat we were offered cauliflower, potatoes and broccoli, then with the chocolate we received strawberries and bananas.  My son ate veggies with his dinner, SUCCESS!! 

As we ate dinner my son looked up and said, "I love this place, I wish we could eat here all the time",  that's when I knew we had a new choice to add to the list of options.  This was before the dessert time!  For dessert we ordered off the menu, by recommendation of our server and we got The Snickers!  Yum!  My mouth is watering, just thinking about it again!

Not only did we have incredible food and a fun time as a family cooking it, we also received amazing service.  Zack was our waiter and he was great with our son, very friendly with us and knew the menu like the back of his hand!  So if you think the menu might overwhelm you, rest assured the staff is knowledgeable and will be more than happy to help you make your decisions. 

When most people think of The Melting Pot they think of a fancy night out with friends, prom date or even a couples date night.  After our experience we want to add fun family friendly place to that list!

Now, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy it with your family!  One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to The Melting Pot Charlotte.  

Please follow ALL the steps on the Rafflecopter form to be considered as a winner.  Giveaway ends on June 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. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Celebrate that special dad in your life with Walmart Best Plans

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. 

I had the opportunity to check out Walmart Best Plans with Walmart Family Mobile and when it came time to think of who to bless this gift with it was a no brainer.  It truly takes a village to raise a child and most think that the under-appreciated one is mom, when I beg to differ. I actually believe it's dad. Mom is seen at school dropping the kids off, mom is seen at the basketball game handing out snacks and mom is seen sharing all of her beautiful photos of the kids on Facebook. Dad is the one behind the scenes.

I know at our house dad is the one who's running out to the grocery store at 10pm for lunch meat for school the next day. Dad is the one who's mowing the lawn after working a 10 hour day just because we have company coming the next morning. Dad is the one working hard all day to provide the extras in life that we get to have. Dad is the one who saves mom and gives her a break for the night so she can go out with her girlfriends for dinner.

This Fathers Day I want to honor the dad in our life with a new phone. Dad in our house doesn't take very good care of his phone and often will settle for the cheapest phone on our carrier just because "he doesn't need much".

Right now he is walking around with a phone with a completely shattered screen and can't get a new phone on his current carrier without committing to another 2 year contract!

So in steps Walmart Family Mobile. Walmart #FamilyMobile offers great phones at a great price and Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web for $40 a month! Yea, you read that right! I was able to get him a Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia for $98.88 at our local Walmart and had it activated right there in the store all for right around $130. I pay per month, so that means no contract and no commitment! Dad will no longer have to walk around with a shattered screen and have to squint to read his texts and emails.

We were really impressed with some of the awesome features of the Nokia Lumia 521:
* Vivid 4 inch color display
* 8GB of internal memory, expanded to 64GB with its memory card slot
* 5MP rear auto focus camera and a front camera
* Battery talk time up to 9.6 hrs
* Integration with Xbox, Windows 8 and SkyDrive so that you can access your games, photos and videos while on the go

And the best part about this gift for dad? It will save him lots of money! He will save $600+ per year with a phone on Walmart Family Mobile, that's a gift in itself! So what are you waiting for? Head to your local Walmart today and purchase one for the special Dad in your life!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free project for the kids this summer!

What kid doesn't love tools and being able to build things on their own?  My son does, and he has been attending Lowe's Build and Grow workshops since he was 3 years old.  These are awesome opportunities to do something hands on with your child and the best part?  They're free!  They recommend they be school age but daddy was always there to help him along.  During the summer Lowe's does a movie theme throughout and this summer happens to be Dreamworks.  

You can see here, last summer was Disney Pixar and he was able to make Dusty from the movie Planes.  

This summer they will be every Saturday at 10am at your local Lowe's Home Improvement store.

Summer Projects:

June 14th  Toothless
June 28th  Sheep Drop Game
July 12th   Turbo with pullback motor
July 26th   Turbo taco truck
August 9th   Monsters VS Aliens Trolley
August 23rd   Monsters VS Aliens Robot

They will start sign-ups a few weeks before each project is scheduled so be sure to sign your kiddos up early!  Have a great time building with your kiddos!
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