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23.7.16

Sports Day with Paw Patrol

Ever since the very first time we laid eyes on Paw Patrol, those cute little pups have held a special place in our hearts.  Even crazy Mayor Goodway is pretty special! Join along as we watch the latest DVD from Nickelodeon with those crazy pups!  Who is your favorite?  I love Marshall (and Skye too!)  This DVD has several of the sports episodes on here, great for summer and after school treats!
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The PAW Patrol pups know how to mix fun and responsibility in this new DVD, PAW Patrol: Sports Day! available on August 2! Everyone's favorite rescue pups are back in action in six exciting, sports-themed adventures and rescues. This DVD contains many adventures, including Ryder and Marshall forming a basketball team to help Mayor Goodway, Everest snowboarding to make a daring rescue and the Pups using their brand-new Air Patroller to find friends in need. There's no denying the Pups know how to be brave and have fun! Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Sports Day! joins the rest of the PAW Patrol releases as the hottest preschool TV DVD franchise on the market, and will be available on DVD August 2 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 
PAW Patrol: Sports Day! includes the following episodes:
  • Pups Save a Basketball Game - Mayor Goodway needs a basketball team, so she calls Ryder and the PAW Patrol for help. The pups become the Adventure Bay All-Stars and they'll need everyone, including a reluctant Marshall, to pitch in and help win one for Adventure Bay.
  • Pup-Fu! - The PAW Patrol and the mischievous kittens from Mayor Humdinger's Kit-tastrophe Crew are both competing for their martial arts belts when they come across an ancient scroll that holds all the secrets. Mayor Humdinger steals the scroll and the PAW Patrol is called upon to find and return it back to Sensei Yumi.
  • Pups Save the Mayor's Race - It's the annual Mayor's Race and Mayor Goodway is determined to beat the cheating and devious Mayor Humdinger. Mayoral contestants need to row a boat, swim and run a foot race to the finish line. The pups need to help Mayor Goodway train for the race and clean up Mayor Humdingers' disasters.
  • Pups Save a Snowboard Competition - Jake and Everest are excited for the big Snowboard Competition, until they look outside and see the course is completely buried under a blanket of snow. The rescue pups help clear the course and rescue the Kit-tastrophe crew kittens who veer off-course and fall off a cliff. Everest uses her grappling hook to lower Ryder down the edge of the cliff and her snowboard jet pulls them back up to safety.
  • Pups Save the Soccer Game - When Mayor Humdinger challenges the Adventure Bay team to a soccer match, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are called in to play. The PAW Patrol players start strong but a series of mysterious mishaps jeopardize their team's victory. The pups must work as a team to overcome some dirty tricks by Mayor Humdinger and pull out a win.
  • Pups Take it to the Sky - The PAW Patrol takes to the sky in their all new Air Patroller airplane!  When an active volcano spews out hot lava and scatters a frightened monkey family, it's up to the PAW Patrol to gather them all and bring them back to safety.

21.7.16

Upcoming Events at @LDCAtlanta

Back to school is almost here, so that means time to bust out the calendars to plan the who/what/when/where and why for all the events about to take place.  Make sure to see if Legoland Discovery Center, Atlanta, has anything you would be interested in.  I just wanted to share this with you, since we all know how much my boy loves his Lego blocks!


July 21, 2016 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to host Master Builder Adult Night on July 21

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta welcomes adult fans of LEGO® to its upcoming Master Builder Adult Night on Thursday, July 21 from 7-9 p.m. Aries Viera, the Master Model Builder himself, will lead three adult build classes throughout the night focused on detailing with small pieces, creating a Minilander and building sideways using the S.N.O.T technique (aka: Studs Not On Top!).

WHAT: Master Builder Adult Night

Learn building tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder himself with three adult build classes! Guests will have access to the LEGO Factory Tour, MINILAND, Pirate Adventure Island, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice, the 4D Cinema and model building in addition to the cafĂ© and LEGO shop.

WHEN: Thursday, July 21 from 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta  Phipps Plaza | Buckhead
3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door for $19.95 or online ahead of time for $14.95.


August 20-21, 2016 
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta to host Ninjago Weekend August 20-21

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta challenges families to take their ninja skills to the next level by attending Ninjago Weekend August 20-21! Guests can enjoy themed builds in the Master Builder Academy, Ninjago poster giveaways, a meet and greet with Kai - the master of Spinjitzu! - and plenty more fun throughout the weekend.

WHAT: Ninjago Weekend at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

WHEN: Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Third Floor, Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door or online ahead of time. To guarantee entry, purchase online,

August 24, 2016 
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to host Homeschool Day on August 24

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites homeschoolers to get back into the school groove with its Homeschool Day on August 24! Local homeschoolers and their teachers will enjoy a fun-filled day complete with free LEGO® Education Workshops and activities to prepare for the upcoming school year.

WHAT: Homeschool Day - Local homeschoolers will enjoy a fun-filled day of LEGO Education Workshops and activities to gear up for the school year!

WHEN: Sunday, August 24 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Third Floor, Phipps Plaza | 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead

HOW: Homeschool Day is FREE for teachers and $7.00 per student.
Local Homeschools can reserve a field trip by visiting online and completing the registration form. Homeschools must send the registration form and declaration of intent via fax to 404.848.9591 or email at LDCATL.Groupsales@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com prior to visiting

Pete the Cat #MagicSunglasses #giveaway

If you enjoy reading and love kids books, you need to check out Pete the Cat, if you are not familiar yet.  We were introduced to Pete when Broxton was in K-3 and we have loved him ever since.  He is one cool cat and in the latest book from Put Me in the Story, you can see just how cool he is!   We were lucky enough to get to review a copy and I am so excited to give it to Broxton!  

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Pete the Cat and Broxton's Magic Sunglasses from Put Me In The Story has your child as the star of the book with Pete the Cat!!! I know that Broxton is a little too old for this, but as much as he used to love Pete the Cat, I thought it was a cute book to give him for him to read to Savannah!  (Not many more sweeter sites / sounds than to see/hear your child reading to their younger sibling!)
As you turn each page, Pete meets friends along his way.  Each one seems to be having a crummy day, but it all changes once they put on Broxton's Magic Sunglasses! It is pretty neat that when they put on the sunglasses, the picture of Broxton is right there for the reader to see and enjoy!  


With the Sky So Bright you have to wear shades, you can bet you are pretty lucky to get to view the world through Broxton's magic sunglasses!    Just reading the book made me feel alright too!  

I know you would love to win this for someone you know!  Now, you can enter to win an awesome prize pack from Put me in the Story! 
You could even personalize it with a photo and name of a favorite teacher! How cool would that be for them to have in their class year after year?!

Let me know if you enter.  I would love to see your sunglass selfie, so tag me in it too if you think about it.  Good Luck!

Giveaway Info:
Tour-Wide Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a #MagicSunglasses Gift Bag
#Magic Sunglasses Gift Bag Includes:
·         Personalized Pete the Cat Rock On Tote Bag
·         Personalized copy of Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
·         + 2 personalized books of winner’s choice from Put Me In The Story

Enter via the Rafflecopter by doing any of the following:
·         Sharing your Sunglass Selfie! Share a selfie of you and your child wearing sunglasses with the hashtag #MagicSunglasses
·         Sharing a Tweet
·         Signing up for Put Me In The Story’s newsletter

Blaze and the Monster Machines - Fired Up!

Alert!  Alert!!  Alert!!!
Calling all fans of Blaze and the Monster Machines!  July 12th brought a brand new DVD.  Make sure you head out now to pick it up!  Perfect for a back to school "movie marathon" or even a rainy day cuddle session with your little ones.  Anything that incorporates STEM is awesome to watch and learn from.  


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Blaze must put his best "wheel" forward to save the day in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! Fans of the speed-racing, STEM-savvy monster truck won't want to miss this brand-new DVD collection that includes some of the most high-octane action adventures yet! Whether it's morphing into a fire truck and putting out fires, embarking on slippery adventures to save a truck wash, or racing to deliver medicine to cure sick trucks, Blaze, AJ and their friends are sure to use science, technology, engineering and math to save the day! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! races onto DVD on July 12, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! DVD includes:
  • Fired Up! - Blaze smells smoke at Axle City's garage, so he calmly and courageously leads his friends outside to safety. The Fire Chief is impressed with Blaze and encourages him to work hard to earn his firefighter badge and join his team. Blaze and AJ set out on a series of thrilling adventures to avert disaster in Axle City. 
  • Five Alarm Blaze - While racing at the Monster Dome, Blaze must transform into a fire engine to put out a fire. As all the racing fans celebrate his heroism, Blaze and AJ get a call from the Fire Chief and his crew who need their help. Blaze has to race to the emergency, overcoming obstacles and preventing catastrophes along the way. 
  • Trouble at the Truck Wash - When Crusher pours too much soap into Gabby's Truck Wash, its pieces explode out across Axle City! Blaze and AJ must embark on a sudsy, soapy quest to track down the missing pieces and rebuild the Truck Wash.
  • Sneezing Cold - Gabby, Blaze and AJ are out in the wilderness when they get a call-all of Blaze's friends have come down with a silly sickness called the Sneezels! Now our heroes must race back to Axle City to deliver the fuel that the sick trucks need to feel better.

10.7.16

Back to school and Harry Potter. July is getting crazy!!!!

As we start to prepare for the end of summer break, I have a few events for those local to the Atlanta area. Keep reading to learn more!


Back to School event - July 23rd

Sugarloaf Mills to host Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration on July 23
Local families invited to enjoy crafts, activities and more fun to gear up for the back-to-school season!

Local families and friends are invited to celebrate the remaining days of summer at Sugarloaf Mills with its upcoming Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration on Saturday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the Food Court! Kids can get back into the school groove with themed crafts, activities, giveaways and more!

WHAT: Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Families can enjoy themed crafts, activities, giveaways and more!

WHERE: Sugarloaf Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public!

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Harry Potter event - July 30th

Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles to Host Midnight Release Party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Saturday, July 30
Harry Potter fans are invited to celebrate the series’ epic eighth installment with trivia contests, wand crafts, costume contests, prize giveaways and more!

ATLANTA (July 6, 2016) – July 31 can’t come fast enough for fans of the wizarding world. The anticipated summer date marks the official script book release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II,” the theatrical eighth installment of JK Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series premiering as a play on London’s West End stage. To celebrate the countdown to the latest chapter of this spellbinding saga, Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles are hosting a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party on Saturday, July 30 at all store locations! Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and include Harry Potter trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts, wand crafts and more before the official countdown event starts at 9 p.m. with Sorting Hat ceremonies, costume contests and other Potter-themed activities.

“With an extensive community of multi-generation followers since the series’ start in 1998, the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ release is undoubtedly the biggest book launch of the year,” said Sandra Wilson, Senior Book Buyer and Vice President of Merchandising at Books-A-Million. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the monumental debut with devoted fans of all ages, and to once again revel in the literary magic of Harry Potter

Fans who are eager to get their hands on the anticipated eighth installment can reserve a copy by purchasing a pre-order voucher at any Books-A-Million or 2nd & Charles store location now through July 30 or online for home delivery. 2nd & Charles customers who purchase a voucher before July 31 will also receive a $10 reward card for 2nd & Charles.

Starting at 2 p.m. on July 30, shoppers can take part in magical festivities throughout the day in honor of the epic book release, including Harry Potter-themed story time activities, coloring stations, trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts and wand crafts. The official countdown party will begin at 9 p.m., with various interactive activity stations to enjoy leading up to the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The event will feature Sorting Hat ceremonies and costume contests, so fans are encouraged to don their best Hogwarts robes with brooms and wands in tow. Attendees will even receive an exclusive swag bag filled with spellbinding goodies.

The Harry Potter Midnight Release Party is free to attend and open to the public. Only customers who have secured a pre-order voucher for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will have first access to their copy at midnight. Vouchers will be available during the countdown event in stores. 

6.7.16

No need to worry with Stouffer's in the freezer! #TasteFitKitchen #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteFitKitchen #CollectiveBias

When I was pregnant with Savannah, I got really nervous as to what my husband and son would eat while I was in the hospital.    I knew we really didn't need to add "dining out" to our list of bills since we would be having the hospital bill, as well as new baby expenses, to take care of.  I went and grabbed a few frozen dinners to have on hand for them and was super lucky when my moms group started bringing us meals to eat the first few weeks of adjustment to life with a newborn.  I sure do wish that STOUFFER’S ® FIT KITCHEN™ would have been on my radar then, as we have been enjoying the new dishes that are now available.  

When we go out of town, daddy isn't always able to take off and go as well.  We both know that after working all day, he is not about to come home and cook himself a meal. I have made meals in the past and kept them in the fridge ready to go for him, but lets just take a minute for me to be honest:

I am planning to go out of town with two kids.  
I have to pack my stuff and theirs.  (I seem to pack the whole house when I have a baby to pack for.)  
I just really do not feel like cooking meals to leave behind. 
Luckily, I now have Stouffer's to the rescue!  We shop at Walmart for basically everything these days and I am happy they carry these products!  It is just so easy to get in and out of one store when you have kids, in my opinion!  If you want to try out the Stouffer's Fit Kitchen menu items, just head to the freezer section and be ready to let your taste buds enjoy! See?  It says convenience meals.  It is meant to be CONVENIENT... and they hit the nail on the head!   

As I mentioned, they have a few new flavors that they just released, so we were able to stock up! The new flavors offered:  STOUFFER’S ® FIT KITCHEN™ Teriyaki Chicken, STOUFFER’S® FIT KITCHEN™ Chicken Poblano Enchilada, STOUFFER’S® FIT KITCHEN™ Sweet and Smoky BBQ Beef and STOUFFER’S® FIT KITCHEN™ Roasted Red Pepper Chicken.


From the looks of what I saw, the meals offer a protein value of between 25-30 grams, depending upon the meal you select.  I love that they seem to be branching out and letting our taste buds get a treat as the new flavors are taking it up a notch!  
Of course we had to grab one of each to see what would be our go to meal.  Packed full of protein, they are encouraging everyone to " Taste Fit to Believe It" and we were up for the challenge.
While the reason I want to keep these stocked is to have food options for the hubby when we are out of town, I couldn't let it go by without me trying it as well.  Fourth of July called for a day of BBQ, so guess what the hubs took to work that day?

That is right.  When you have to work when the world seems to be BBQ'ing, your wife packs you BBQ to go!   Stouffers Sweet and Smoky BBQ hit the spot according to him. He couldn't stop going on and on about the flavors in the sauce!  (Mental note, keep these stocked, he really seemed to enjoy them!)

After being at the pool all day, I just wanted to come in and cool down. Since I didn't have to cook a meal for the husband, I was able to try a meal out for myself! It didn't help that the Chicken Enchilada kept calling for me to give it a taste!  I was really surprised with the flavors in there. It was great and the meal filled me up. 
For those that want to keep fit, you will be happy to note that the box also gives you a break down of the nutrition information.  I love that these not only taste great, but they have so many options to choose from that even the pickiest of eaters will find a meal they want to try!  (Broxton doesn't know it, but he will be eating the Teriyaki Chicken soon. He has been begging for Chinese, so here you go!)

Since we have the Stouffer's Fit Kitchen meals on hand, we have had more time to go out and about exploring.  If you have not tried them yet, make sure you do soon!  

Out of town trips happen often with a little one, as they want to see them as much as possible.  We all know how much babies change from day to day. Having the Stouffer's meals stocked in the freezer lets me know that I can go out of town and my husband can still eat a great meal.  Hey!  Having a wide selection stocked also lets him pick and choose based upon what he is in the mood for that day! Talk about a win - win situation for all of us!  

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Have you tried the Stouffer's Fit Kitchen line yet?  If so, what are your favorites?  

Have you been to teamLab Future Park at the Mall of Georgia?

We were recently invited to go check out the TeamLab Future Park at the Mall of Georgia and we had a blast while we were there.  If you are near the area, try to plan now and go check out the exhibit, as it is not a permanent one, they are set to leave on July 31st!
  
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As soon as you walk in the door of the teamLab Future Park, you realize you are in for something pretty cool.  The entrance has you go behind a black out curtain, you know... sort of like what is behind the curtain for the Wizard of Oz!!!   Once you head into the darkness, you are immediately in overload and want to do it all... right then!!!!!  

You have these huge colored balls over to one side making different noises.  You have a table with these adorable little people walking around with fire and rain.  There are two huge walls with digital images on them (one is an aquarium the other is a bunch of roads... with a huge dinosaur type creature coming out that you have to fight!)  If that isn't enough for you, take a turn on the interactive hopscotch game or watch others play!  We loved it and after around 2 hours, Broxton was begging to stay but it was past bedtime for both kiddos!   
Light Ball Orchestra was a big draw for us as soon as we walked in.  They have two separate areas. One is smaller and set up for the younger children. As you touch and move the balls around they change color and also make different sounds.  I thought we would stay in there longer, I think if she was walking alone we would have, but she hasn't started that yet...  So crawling did not allow her to see everything going on...  As soon as we made our way to the hopscotch, that was where she wanted to stay.

As I said, this was her go to spot from then on.  Hopscotch for Geniuses.  The more you play, it seems like you learn more tricks.  She loved crawling up and down the aisle and she learned to hit the colors as she went.  You could work on teaching shapes and colors, or just let them play and have a great time there.  
One of my favorite area's was A Table Where Little People Live.  I am honestly not sure what it is about that one, but I just loved watching the little people.  You can move the rain to water the plants. You can bust up the big cupcake to make a bunch of little ones to feed them.  Move the clouds to make it rain and put out the fire.  It was just cute and fun to me.

Connecting! Train Block was a fun one too!  I know if you have a fan of trains, this will be your spot for a bit,. You see the blocks? You move them to make the railroads and streets and what not. 

The Sketch Aquarium / Sketch Town / Papercraft ended up being the big one for Broxton that night.  See the Jumpin Beans truck I colored? Yeah...  well Broxton colored a green jet for his first one..  do you see it below?  (On the screen)  How about you pick a paper, color it how you want and then you go scan it.  The next thing you see is YOUR CREATION on the digital screen!!!  You can color something for the aquarium and use the scanner to make it go onto that screen, or you can color something for the town and watch it come out on that screen!  
The cool thing about the town is that they have an additional bonus. You can choose to make a 3d image of it to take home!!!!!!  Tell me that is not awesome!  With both of the digital screens, they have an interactive game of sorts too!
I loved being able to take Broxton and Savannah to this!   I know I showed you pictures (and if you follow me on Instagram, I posted a few videos) but you really have no clue what to expect until you actually go and enjoy the time doing it yourself.  

I know it isn't near us to plan to do so, but this would be an AMAZING place to have a birthday party!!!  (Broxton even asked if we could have his birthday party there!)   We really did have a great time and I just think it is so neat that something like this is near us and that we were able to go and check it out!   Let me know if you go!  Remember, they are leaving July 31st, so try and go soon!  
 
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