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27.9.16

Fright Fest at @SFoverGeorgia - Open NOW!

For those of you in or near Atlanta... I thought you might want a heads up on Fright Fest at Six Flags this year! I received this email and wanted to share. Let me know if you have been or plan to go!



More than 20 spine-chilling haunted attractions await those who dare to enter the gates at Six Flags Over Georgia for the largest Fright Fest® event in park history, beginning September 24. The annual eerie experience ramps way up this season with the debut of one of the world’s first fully interactive virtual reality roller coasters, Rage of the Gargoyles at Dare Devil Dive, during the Fright Fest season. In all, Fright Fest will feature more than 400 zombies and monsters, 12 hair-raising scare zones, six bloodcurdling mazes and four terrifying live shows.

“We are committed to making Fright Fest the premier Halloween attraction in Georgia with our world-class roller coasters and topnotch frightening attractions,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “Combined with the all-new Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, we guarantee that our guests will be screaming louder than ever before this fall.”

In Rage of the Gargoyles, riders wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets will become pilots of an Apache-style helicopter, transported into a futuristic battle against blood-thirsty gargoyles on Dare Devil Dive and experience:

·         The incredibly immersive world of virtual reality – straight up nearly 100 feet as the gargoyles pound on the copter’s windshield;
·         Flying down a 95 degree launch off the edge of a building - beyond vertical;
·         Darting between a devastated cityscape with battered skyscrapers, hazardous bridges, and falling debris; 
·         Daring aerobatic maneuvers through three inversions and zero-gravity hills; and
·         A fully interactive gaming battle through 2,100 feet of track to destroy the vicious master gargoyle.

The petrifying Fright Fest event will also feature four new unnerving additions:

·         Mummy’s Curse, a new pitch-black haunted maze, where the old curse of the Six Flags Over Georgia mummies are lurking, looking for their next victim;
·         The Witching Hour, a new scare zone, where all of the dead zombies and monsters will haunt you before the night ends at the park exit;
·         CarnEvil, a live show, with the scariest of all creepy clowns you’ve ever come to see, that will become part of your worst nightmare; and
·         Demon District, a new haunted scare zone, where a chilling mob of infected zombies and monsters are ominously taking over the streets of the park, holding no bias.

The event’s signature attractions are also back this year including Terror Train, ZX-1 and the award-winning Dr. Fright’s Dead Man’s Party at the Crystal Pistol Music Hall, along with all of the guest-favorite rides including Goliath, BATMAN™: The Ride, SUPERMAN™: Ultimate Flight and more. Fright Fest begins each night with The Uprising, where bloodthirsty monsters are released into the dark of night.  

During the day, the park is filled with tamer Thrills by Day Halloween activities for families to enjoy together, including a harvest festival, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, spooky stories and more. Children 12 and under are encouraged to wear a family-friendly costume to the park and take part in a costume contest with their favorite Looney Tunes friends.  

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia runs September 24 through Halloween night October 31 on select days. A Haunted Attractions Pass is required for all mazes. For more information, please visit Fright Fest 2016.
  
Riders must be at least 13 years of age to wear Samsung Gear VR.

26.9.16

Trudeau has a great lineup of items to make taking lunch a breeze! (Plus a recipe!)

School is in full swing here.  Lunches are packed.  Homework is completed.  Here is the thing... Broxton is not a huge fan of "sandwiches" for lunch...  He says they don't taste the same as they do at home.  We try different food idea's but it gets old (at least to me) after a while of the same things. He has decided he likes Peanut Butter sandwiches, but with classmate having severe allergies to nuts, I am not about to put anyone in danger!  We save those for home!  Broxton does love salads for lunch from time to time, but I have realized most of Broxton's lunch time is spent socializing since they can't talk and what not during the day.  (He is a social butterfly, no denying that! Gets it from me, I know!!!)
We were lucky to get a new lunch lineup of items to review.  I was excited because that meant that Marc could take his lunch in nicer looking containers.  Then, Broxton saw it all and I knew it was over.  He has already planned salad using the condiment containers.  He already has his request in for soup in the colder months for his other container.  He was actually really excited about it all and since that means I can change things up again, I was getting pretty excited too!  Read on to see the great items from the Trudeau FUEL line!  
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The iconic brown bag lunch gets a trendy makeover with this lightweight, reusable eco friendly Classic Bag. Perfectly sized to carry both food and drinks. Roll down to desired size with Velcro strip to secure shut. Tear resistant, BPA free easy to clean material.  MSRP $14.99

Snap cutlery Set includes a stainless steelfork & spoon with polypropylene handles that simply snap together to allow accessibility and safety. In Kiwi and Coconut. Dishwasher safe. MSRP $5.99
This perfect sized Condiment Set includes three different colored containers great to hold salad dressings, condiments, sauces, dips, nuts, etc. Each with a 1.5 oz. capacity. Great to manage sized meal and snack portions. Leak-proof and BPA free.  MSRP $5.99

This Stainless Steel Food Jar is a perfect vacuum insulated food container that is great for lunch, snacks or anything needed to keep either hot or cold (up to six hours). Leak proof, eco-friendly design is BPA free. Wide mouth is easy to fill, easy to eat from and easy to clean. MSRP $24.99
The 10 oz. Nectar Juice Box is a great accompaniment for beverages on the
go. Juice Box features built in straw and flip spout and is sized to fit perfectly into lunch boxes. MSRP $6.99.

Sized just right to hold single servings of favorite hot and/or cold beverages, the Double Wall Sipper Bottle features a leak-resistant, soft tip flip sprout and a non-skid base. Available in Kiwi and Raspberry. #32108908, MSRP $6.99


I am impressed with the quality and style from the FUEL line at Trudeau.  I love the lunch bag (and that will stay an item for Marc to take his lunch to work in) and it seems to be pretty roomy in there.  The lunch cutlery is awesome and will rotate from Marc and Broxton both. With Marc's work schedule, he takes a wide variety of food and that would be perfect for him to always have on hand.  The food jar might be my favorite of all.  I can pack Broxton soup and not worry about spillage.  It seems sturdy enough to be able to take an accidental drop or two (you know, when he comes in and forgets to hang his bag up, instead dropping it on the floor for me to remind that is not where it belongs!)  As I mentioned, he loves salad from time to time, so I like packing the toppings in little containers for him to add to it himself, this would be great for the cheese and croutons, as well as the dressing! Finally, the drinks. He gets to take a drink to lunch and this would be a great way to change it up and let him take something from home as a juice drink instead of the pouches all the time.  He is also allowed a water bottle during the day in class, so this is a perfect size for him!  
Make sure to check out the Trudeau site to see what all products they carry.

I saw a recipe for Taco Soup on a few friends facebook pages... I don't know who to credit the recipe with, but I did want to share with you:

Taco Soup:

Cook:
2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion

Drain and rinse 1 can of each:Pinto Beans
Black Beans
Kidney Beans
Corn
Fiesta Corn

Add:
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can rotel
1 can beef broth
1 package dry ranch mix
1 package of taco seasoning mix

Cook:
2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion

Add all together, bring to a boil, then serve. 

I think I will be trying this for one of Broxton's lunches.  (Besides the potato soup he has already requested.)  I can add cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream in the condiment containers if he wants toppings.  

What is something you pack for lunch for your family?

23.9.16

No longer need to put your back into it. #tfal ice cream scoop works!

Please don't tell me that you are one of those that doesn't eat ice cream when it is cold weather.  I used to be, then I went to Utah to visit one of my best friends and we stopped to get ice cream in the snow and I realized I had been missing out on ice cream for months because it was "cold outside!"  What?  That is crazy!!! There should never be a time to say NO to ice cream!  I don't know about where you are, but it is still warm here, so even if you are a no ice cream in cold weather person, you can still enjoy now!  
We were recently sent the 
T-fal Ingenio Ice Cream Scoop for review and now I get to tell you about it.  


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  • Heavy cast material scoops smoothly and effortlessly through even the hardest ice creams
  • Ingenio! Features a hygienic "kick-stand" that elevates the scoop off of the counter
  • Available at: Amazon, Kohls.com & various grocery stores nationwide
  • MSRP: $12.99

I don't know if you know this or not, but I used to work in a sports bar.  There was nothing worse than when someone ordered Ice Cream and you had to get that big thing out and start trying to scoop it out.  UGH  Talk about needing arms of steel! Well, with the Tfal  Ice Cream Scoop, you just slide that bad boy on in there and it scoops it out for you with ease.  It says "even the hardest" but I did not try that out.  With habit, I normally get out my ice cream, then get the bowls / spoons and whatever else I need... Then I get to scooping.   Works perfect for me and so glad we have a new one.  Pretty hard to get the ice cream with a spoon or one of those plastic scoops!

Now, go buy some ice cream, toppings and this cool scoop. Plan an ice cream sundae social and enjoy!!!   That does sound good, bet you can't guess what we will will be eating soon!  

22.9.16

Disney on Ice - Follow Your Heart - Atlanta Tickets Available Now

When Broxton was little, we went on several "mother son dates" and I love the time spent with him one on on.  Now that Savannah is here, it is normally the 3 of us and that is great too, but I do want to do one on one "dates" with both of them. Don't you agree that it makes it more special when they get all of your attention, even if it just for a little while?
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I was lucky that one of our many adventures in the past was when we went to a Disney performance. I mean, who doesn't love Disney????  We all do here.  All ages!  
Well, Disney is bringing the Ice to town...  As in DISNEY ON ICE:  FOLLOW YOUR HEART is headed to Atlanta!
Read the details here:
Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory makes a splash this September in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc.  The action-packed adventure also brings Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out to the icy stage for the first time, together with other beloved Disney characters. Tickets are on sale NOW, for the Atlanta show at Philips Arena.

Follow Your Heart allows families to join in on the deep-sea adventure as Dory comes off the screen and onto the ice. With help from Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank, Dory embarks on a life-changing excursion. The engaging atmosphere of Disney On Ice allows Dory’s humor to take center stage deepening the audience’s existing connection to their favorite forgetful fish. The production will dive into the extraordinary underwater world from Finding Dory, as a vibrant rainbow of digital projection will transform the ice floor into a colorful aquatic paradise.

Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out makes its Disney On Ice debut as Riley’s Emotions –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– reel the audience into the action to help her find the confidence to win the hockey championship and to experience the emotional roller coaster of growing up alongside Riley. Families are provided the opportunity to easily discuss the feelings children face every day through this live interpretation of Inside Out.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia to Toy Story and FrozenDisney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart opens up the thrilling world of live entertainment by immersing families in an array of treasured stories. The athleticism of the performers shines through as they embody Rapunzel, Ariel,Tiana and the rest of the Disney Princesses, inspiring children around the world to dream big.

There’s something for everyone in a show that features 60 characters. The wintery world of Arendelle sets the stage for Olaf and Kristoff as they help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. Audiences will celebrate friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more pals from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart season are on sale NOW, for the Philips Arena show dates – Wednesday, October 5, through Sunday, October 9. For tickets visit www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DisneyOnIce.com.


Now, I am not sure if this will just be a "mommy daughter" event or not yet.  I do know that I am looking forward to many adventures with each of my children and I know Disney will always have a huge place in our hearts!   
Have you seen this show yet?  Is it headed your way?  

Fruit Shoots are perfect to throw in the lunch box!

What do your children drink each day? I wish I could say that mine drink water non stop, but that just is not the case.  Neither of them are huge fans, but we do attempt to drink it as much as possible! Broxton is normally only allowed to take a juice to school for lunch and that is his juice limit for the day.  We were recently sent a selection of Fruit Shoots to give a try and that is just what we did!  


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Fruit Shoot is a refreshing fruit juice drink made with real juice from concentrate and with no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. It comes in six delicious flavors, including fruit blends like Strawberry & Raspberry, Berry Burst, Orange & Mango, Pink Lemonade, Apple, and Wild Berry Grape, and the No Sugar Added variety has 20 calories or less and just three grams of sugar (for the 10.1 Fl Oz/300mL bottle).  Additionally, Fruit Shootmade with plenty of water to help kids refuel, and has a re-sealable sports cap – perfect for on-the-go. 

I tell you this, I love that they are resealable.  I know that if I send it in for Broxton's lunch, he can drink what he wants, close it up and then bring the rest home.
I have actually noticed that I grab them to take as a drink to go for me from time to time. (I am really trying to work on my soda intake, so this is a great alternative.) I love that they have NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS or HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!!!   I will be the first to admit that I am not the one that goes reading labels, so when I see this as an added bonus, it does make me happy!  
These are great for drinks on the go. Perfect for when you are out and about enjoying life!!! Head on out and buy some now!!!!

Swan Princess - Princess Tomorrow Pirate Today - Which would you choose?

Savannah is getting at the age where she will watch a little TV with me.  No, she doesn't sit long enough to watch anything long, but that is fine with me.  I would rather her be up and moving anyways.  I do like to sit with her and watch her expressions when we do watch something on the TV, it is so cute how her little mind works!  We were recently sent a box of goodies to enjoy a movie titled, The Swan Princess. Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today.  With it being "princess" I knew it was for Savannah and I and not to even ask Broxton to join us. Boy was I wrong...


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Our kit arrived and Savannah was excited when we were playing putting the Pirate Eye Patch on. You could tell Broxton was curious as to what all she got and why there was Pirate stuff in there "for a girl!"  I had to tell him that a princess could be both... and to remind him that she loves playing with his cars and wrestlers just like he does!   
I was excited to see the movie and I will admit, I was a bit skeptical when it started.  There were these creatures singing and acting weird.  I thought for sure Savannah would be put off by them, but I guess she has not been taught to be scared of them, so they did not bother her.  We got to meet the princess, see the Queen and then the real fun started.  What would you rather be?  Princess? Pirate?  Why not both?  Who is stopping you????


In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail,Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

As I said, I was wrong.  It was a movie that Broxton and Savannah both enjoyed. You get the excitement of the Princess experience and then the thrill of the Pirate experience, but which is more fun?  We all enjoyed the movie. If you have a younger child, make sure you take the time to watch it.  I am pretty sure you will enjoy it as well!  

17.9.16

How do you tailgate? Saturdays Down South #ThermoServ

Saturday's down south.  There really is nothing like it.  Football season is a season all in its own and if you grew up in the south, you really know what I am talking about. Weddings are planned based upon the college football team you root for playing or not that weekend. When we got married, we had to look and see when UGA was playing AND when LSU was playing.  I am pretty sure some that came to our wedding had earbuds in listening to the games that were on and not our vows.  We had our wedding and reception, but it was all over in time for everyone to get back to the hotel, change and get down to the "after party" to watch LSU play that night.  I kid you not, it is serious around here.
You might have a room decorated in the team colors with artwork to match, you might have dishes that are just for game days.  Maybe you have your "game day" wardrobe that you have to make sure is clean and ready to go come Saturday morning.  

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I was recently introduced to ThermoServ and we are in LOVE with the line.  We received both LSU and UGA items and talk about holding up well.  Yes, they do.  


The ThermoServ plates we received were the Melamine Collegiate Linen 10"dinner plates. It says they are dishwasher safe, but I was honestly a bit nervous about throwing it in the dishwasher.  Lets just say that they have been used to serve dinner like chicken and veggies, we have had pizza night on them and even just sandwiches.  Each time, they ended up in the dishwasher and they have held up great.  No cracking, no fading, no warping. They honestly look brand new like I just took them out of the box.  FYI - they also offer 8" salad plates, serving plates, platters and even bowls.  They will need to be on our list to purchase down the road.  I love the collegiate linen, but if you are more into the camo decor, make sure to check out their "realtree" line featuring many teams as well. Talk about having the ultimate weekend with these items! Just so you know, they do offer a great selection of college teams, I was happy they had both of mine (and quite a few of the rival teams!)  Head on over to see if they have yours!


Fast facts about the plates:
•         100% Melamine
•         Durable Construction
•         Made in America

•         $24.99 on Amazon

We were also sent the 24 oz Double Wall Tumbler.  I will admit that this has yet to go in the dishwasher. I use it as my water bottle. So, I wash it by hand and refill it.  I keep it filled and ready to go at all times.  I totally forgot to get pictures of this cup, so I am using the image from their website. 

This tumbler comes with a straw and the lid is great.  You can (remove the straw) and close the lid, or you can leave the straw in for drinking on the go.  (My cup is in the car, so I will snap a photo in a bit and post it to instagram for you to see!)  They also offer a tumbler in the camo print at either 20 oz or 32 oz.   If you are an avid coaster user (*my mom) you will be happy to know they also offer coasters!  

Fast facts about the tumblers:

•         Patented Design
•         Virtually Unbreakable
•         Keeps Drinks Cold
•         Reduces Condensation
•         Dishwasher Friendly
•         BPA Free
•         Made in America

•         $19.99 on Amazon

If college teams are not your theme, be sure to look and see the other products they offer. We gave the LSU tumbler to Broxton's teacher for a back to school gift.  She is a huge LSU fan, so Broxton was thrilled to give that to her.  He said she uses it as her cup in class every day. That makes him happy to see it being used!   

The products from ThermoServ would make great gifts for many occasions.
Friends hosting a watch party?  Hostess gift right here.

Just because?  Right here.
Christmas, birthday, Thanksgiving, Halloween.. you catch what I am saying?  Great gifts and they really hold up well!!!  Let me know, what team would you purchase? 

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