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What was your first concert? Theirs was @Kidzbop #KBLifeoftheParty

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If you are a reader that has been around for a bit, you probably know that my son is a HUGE fan of Kidz Bop.  We have who knows how many of the CD's.  He watches the You Tube Video's to see them dancing.  He loves it.  For years now, he has BEGGED me to take him to see Kidz Bop in concert, but they have never been near us. Until this year!   Yes, they came to Alpharetta, Georgia for the Life of the Party Tour and I knew that I would win major mom points if we made it to the show.
This was his first concert (unless you count NKOTB when I was pregnant... but you know what I mean!)  and he was so excited.  We were invited to attend, it was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. That place is nice, I have never been there and I was impressed!
We got there and headed to our seats.  Yeah, lets just say ORCHESTRA Level.  We were row M, so that tells you how close we were!   They also have lawn seats and I am sure that was a blast.  Having Savannah there with us, I was thankful for the seats!   He was beyond excited and kept asking how long until it would start. 

See me peeking in the background? Yeah, it was HOT (to me) so I didn't want to be in a photo, but I did want to somewhat be in it to remind them of this event!   

I will admit, I was a bit blah about going.  I mean, lets be real.  Me, with a 7 year old and a 1 year old. At a Kidz Bop concert.  Knowing it was going to be full of who knows how many little screaming kids, I started dreading it for a bit...  Then we walked in.  Seeing the excitement on the faces of all of those kids.  Seeing the moms and dads dancing and singing with them, having a great time making wonderful memories.  Yes!  It was worth every single second!  

First concert = SUCCESS!!!!

They had a hype guy come out and get everyone going. Of course he asked how many were there as their first concert and the place went wild.  The show started and Matt, Grant, Sela and Ashlynn made their way out on the stage.  OH MY GOODNESS.  I know good and well that they were exhausted when they ended the show because they whipped, nae-naed and every thing else the whole time. They took one small break, but come on, they were FULL OF ENERGY the whole time!  

Even Savanah had a great time. She was so curious about all going on the whole show.  
Yes, she has shorts on.  They were super short and I told her when she got older they were the kind she would not be allowed to wear.  We have to start setting limits now! (Smile) 

I really loved the interaction with the crowd. They had 4 dads get up there, moving and dancing to the whip/nae - nae song.  They also had another time when they had 4 kids get up there.  Oh, they even had everyone grab their phone to call and dedicate a song to someone and they grabbed a phone from the audience and put them on speaker for us all to hear.  It was cute and fun.  They threw out t-shirts, they threw out bracelets... They made the night so spectacular for all the kids that were there and I am sure it will be a great memory for years to come!  (I can not forget that they even had huge beach balls being passed around for the final song, Cake by the Ocean!)

To say that we had fun is an understatement.  It was really a great time and I am so glad that my hesitation didn't stop me from having an awesome time with my children.  Soon enough they will be too grown to hang with mama, so this was worth it all!   

I don't know what it is about this photo, but I absolutely love it.  This was towards the end and he was still in amazement of "seeing the Kidz Bop kids in front of me instead of on You Tube!" 
They are still doing the Life of the Party Tour with more dates, so make sure to head over to see if they are coming any where near you.  I am telling you...  it really is a great time.  
Oh, in case you were curious... Because I was, I wanted to know how long the show was.  So of course we went to google.  We found where someone said it was an hour and 20 minutes, with a rain delay.  Well, in our case, the show was supposed to start at 7:30. The hype guy came out about 7:35-7:40 ish.  They played, they took a break and then we were in our car at 9:40. Just so you know!   I was hoping it was going to be a short one, but once it started, it was like all other concerts, I was hoping for just one more song!  Encore! Encore!  

What was your first concert?

Tell me, #TeamKevin or #TeamWinnie ? #TheWonderYears

Calling all fans of The Wonder Years!!!!
I have been sharing with you a trip down memory lane as each season was released on DVD... Now, I wanted to let you know it is here: THE WONDER YEARS- COMPLETE SERIES!!!!! Can't say I didn't tell you!
(Perfect to buy now and put up for an AMAZING Christmas gift!) 

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There's Never Been a Better Time to Add One of the "Top 20 Shows 
of the '80s" (TV Guideto Your Home Entertainment Collection; 
the 22-Disc Completist's Set Features All 115 Landmark Episodes and 
Nearly 12 Hours of Exclusive Bonus Features!
Street Date: August 23, 2016
DVD SRP: $119.95
For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).  Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical awkward teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.  From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, and loss, but above all, wonder. 
This 22-DVD set contains all 115 episodes from the six seasons of this landmark series that aired from 1988 to 1993.  Included in this specially-priced slipcase set are complete show notes with episode synopses, cast member reflections, "Current Events," and more plus nearly 12 hours of bonus material, as well as an astounding soundtrack of over 300 classic period songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts featuring such artists as: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds,  Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and of course, Joe Cocker's unforgettable theme. 
  • Highlights from the first cast reunion in 16 years 
  • Roundtable discussions with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage, and Josh Saviano 
  • 6 newly produced featurettes 
  • Farewell set tour 
  • One-hour ABC broadcast of the series finale 
  • Exclusive interviews with the show's creators and cast including Fred Savage, Danica       McKellar, Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Olivia d'Abo, Jason Hervey, and more!  
The Wonder Years debuted in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, and the affectionate look at growing up in the late '60s and early '70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television.  It was 1968 -- the year of Nixon, space walks, Mod Squad, and Vietnam.  Enter Kevin Arnold, a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School.  Set against the suburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d'Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills).  Add to the mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness.  And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow Kevin's exploits, as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways.  From 1988 to 1993, The Wonder Years was one of the most popular shows on TV, achieving a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons.  And the critical accolades and awards would follow: after only a scant six episodes, the show captured an Emmy® for "Best Comedy Series;" and, at the age of 13, Fred Savage would become the youngest actor ever nominated as "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series."  The series would also go on to win 24 awards (and be nominated for 70 more), including multiple Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe® and, in 1989, a Peabody® Award for pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.  Additionally, in 1997, "My Father's Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" and in the 2009 list, the pilot episode was ranked #43.  Suffice it to say, The Wonder Years was one of the most critically lauded sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s.
Format: DVD (22 Discs)
Running Time: 58 hours
Genre:  TV/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (1.78.1)
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
Language: English with Closed Captioning


Good Old McKinley High - #TheWonderYears Season 5

Did you watch The Wonder Years when it originally came on, or were you late to the party and watched reruns?  I am not really sure when I saw them.  The show aired from 1988-1993, so it would have started when I was 9.  I am guessing I watched some as reruns and probably caught some as they aired originally.  I do know that the older I get, I love being able to watch shows from the start and in order, so I am thrilled that The Wonder Years are on DVD.  You can purchase them in individual seasons, fyi... season 6 (the final one) is about to be released... or you can purchase a box set.  I like the individual seasons, so I can loan them out solo, but the box set always has nice additional figures to make it so much fun to own!  

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THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON contains all 24 engaging episodes from Season 5 (October 2, 1991-May 13, 1992) in their original broadcast versions.  After a brief stint at the lake and equally brief summer romance in the season premiere, "The Lake," Kevin returns home to start school at McKinley High.  Between Driver's Ed drama, love triangles, a controversial English teacher, R-rated movie, and an unforgettable double date there's plenty of excitement at McKinley.  Meanwhile, the Arnolds throw an epic Christmas party and Wayne and Wart decide to join the Army.  David Schwimmer continues his guest starring role as Michael, demonstrating his love for Karen on the Arnolds' front lawn in a very romantic scene in the pouring rain.

Alongside the acclaimed bonus features specially-produced by the TV DVD archivists at Time Life, including in-depth interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the new-to-retail set includes over four dozen songs as they were featured in the original broadcast, with classics by Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Sonny & Cher, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Percy Sledge, Sly & the Family Stone, Linda Ronstadt, Traffic and many more, plus Joe Cocker's unforgettable rendition of The Beatle's With a Little Help from My Friends.

  • That's A Wrap! Mark B. Perry's Farewell Set Tour Season 5
  • Featurette: Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Wonder Years' Love Stories
  • Interviews with: Olivia d'Abo (Karen Arnold), David Schwimmer (Michael)

 "The Lake"
  • Happy Together-The Turtles
  • I Fought the Law-Bobby Fuller Four
  • Mannish Boy-Muddy Waters
  • Jamaica Say You Will-Jackson Browne 
"Day One"
  • Eight Miles High-The Byrds 
"The Hardware Store"
  • Takin' Care of Business-Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Pennies from Heaven-Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 
"Frank and Denise"
  • Only You (And You Alone)-The Platters
  • If I Were a Carpenter-Tim Hardin 
"Full Moon Rising"
  • G.T.O.-Ronny & the Daytonas
  • Fanfare For The Common Man-Instrumental 
  • I Got You Babe-Sonny & Cher
  • If-Bread
  • Green River-Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • I Shall Be Released-The Band 
  • Get Up Offa That Thing-James Brown 
"Dinner Out"
  • Happy Birthday to You-Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five 
"Christmas Party"
  • Rockin' around the Christmas Tree-Brenda Lee
  • White Christmas-Andy Williams
  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo-Billy May and His Orchestra
  • Sleigh Ride-Leroy Anderson & His "Pops" Concert Orchestra
  • The Christmas Song-Mel Torme
  • Frosty The Snowman-Instrumental 
"Pfeiffers' Pfortune"
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)-Harpers Bizarre
  • Fragrance-Palm Court Theatre Orchestra 
"Road Test"
  • Poursuite-Instrumental 
"Grandpa's Car"
  • Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)-Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  • Crazy-Patsy Cline 
  • Both Sides Now-Joni Mitchell 
"Private Butthead"
  • Forever Young-Joan Baez 
"Double Double Date"
  • You Are Everything-The Stylistics
  • Wild Thing-Instrumental
  • Run Run Run-Jo Jo Gunne
  • Sugar, Sugar-The Archies
  • When a Man Loves a Woman-Percy Sledge 
  • Fanfare For The Common Man-Instrumental 
"Lunch Stories"
  • Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow-The Rivingtons 
"Carnal Knowledge"
  • Walk Like a Man-The 4 Seasons 
"The Lost Weekend"
  • March from the River Kwai and Colonel Bogey-Mitch Miller & His Orchestra and Chorus
  • I Want to Take You Higher-Sly &the Family Stone
  • Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)-John Fred & His Playboy Band 
"Stormy Weather"
  • Desperado-Linda Ronstadt 
"The Wedding"
  • Wedding Song (There Is Love)-Paul Stookey
  • You Can All Join In-Traffic 
"Back to the Lake"
  • Pressure Drop-Toots & the Maytals
  • Venus-Frankie Avalon
  • On the Road Again-Canned Heat
  • Home-Karla Bonoff 
"Broken Hearts and Burgers"
  • You're Sixteen-Ringo Starr
  • Somewhere-Instrumental
  • Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison
  • Wild Heart of the Young-Karla Bonoff

Always fun at @LDCAtlanta

Do you ever really outgrow playing with LEGO bricks?  I am thinking no, as they really are fun for all ages.  The older you get, the difficulty level increases, so the finished project is a great accomplishment.  A bit ago, I told you about LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER having redesigned their Atlanta location. We were able to go and check it out, but it wasn't long enough for Broxton.  (Is it ever?!)  Luckily, we were able to go back recently and again, good times were had! 
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I love that when we go to Legoland Discovery Center (for the rest of this post, it will be called LDC to make it easier!)  in Atlanta, Broxton has a great time. For the longest time, it was a struggle with him being an only child when it came time to go to the park or places like this. Now, we have Savannah, but she isn't at the age to get out and play yet, so it still is not as "fun" as it could be with a closer in age sibling.  LDC makes it a good time and for that I am thankful.
When you go to LDC, sure it is fun with friends... but it is just as fun solo. 

You can ride the rides -they have 2 of them, you can check out mini-land- I still love looking at the creativity of making a mini-Atlanta, you can build - race cars, towers to see if you can best the shaking earthquake type thing and you can even try and catch a lesson from one of the staff on building certain things.  
At the race station making a car to race against others.  

Another cool section?  The newly revamped KIDS PLAY AREA.  It is with a Pirate theme.  You can make and race boats - yes, they have a water play area... you can play in the jungle gym type area and you can even build with life sized lego.  Last time we were there, I had the kids make a large tower... then we changed it up and made a hiding "wall" while they played hide and seek.  Notice I said "KidS" and "They"... Broxton made a couple buddies while there, adding to the reasons I love going.  We all know there is a love of LEGO if you are paying to go there, so there is a common theme to talk and discuss.

The lifesize LEGO. 
 I have large hands, these jokers are bigger than my hands, so that should tell you something!  

I can not wait for Savannah to get a little older.  They even have a toddler section with Duplo Blocks for little kids!  I would love to put her in there now, but she is still at the stage where EVERY - SINGLE- THING goes in the mouth and while I am not as bad of a germaphobe as I was with Broxton (maybe its the second child thing) I am not ready to let her bring home the germs that come with a group of toddlers all exploring the blocks!  

I know I posted this on Instagram already, but I just love this photo of him.  He is totally in his element, playing with LEGO, making friends and having fun.  Isn't that what childhood is about????

Have you been to Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta?  Do you have Lego fans at your house?  Make sure to check it out, they always have fun events going on... even adult nights from time to time!  


Did you call it Junior High? ( We called it Middle School) #TheWonderYears Season Four

We are fans of The Wonder Years around here. I don't know if I ever told you this, but I tried to buy this on DVD years ago.  Little did I know that it was not an official version, meaning it was a bootleg version.  Talk about frustration!  Yes, it showed up on little DVD's in protective sleeves, not even in a case and once we tried to watch, we were in for a surprise... grainy reproductions on some and others didn't even work at all. Needless to say, we gave up on it and I learned my lesson.  I am so thrilled that Time Life has worked out all the details, because now we have each season on DVD and that means it is a happy house!!!! Here is information on Season Four of The Wonder Years...

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Entering his last year at Kennedy Junior High, Kevin should have it all figured out, but things don't go as smoothly as he had hoped - Winnie is going to school across town, he gets decked by Becky Slater (again!), and is faced by a new challenge in French class the sweet talking, mousse-making Madeline. There is also tension at home as Jack gets a new position that takes him on the road, Norma starts work at Kevin's school, and Wayne and Kevin battle it out for Karen's room. Winnie and Kevin struggle to maintain their relationship, suffering heartbreak, denial, and even injury in the tear-jerker episode, The Accident. Its a roller coaster ride, but the gang makes it to graduation and kisses Kennedy Junior High goodbye.

Are you a fan of The Wonder Years? 

Duluth, Georgia- #Endurocross Ticket #Giveaway

I am going to just jump right to it on this one. If you have been to any of my social media in the past, you know I am all about making memories.  It is fun having children and getting to experience so many things with them.  Some things are a first for them, sometimes it is a first for both of us.  What is amazing to me is that we get to do things that I wouldn't normally seek out and it ends up being something we all enjoyed.  I was recently contacted about hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to attend a pretty cool sounding event in Atlanta on August 27th.  Read on to learn more!
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Are you familiar with Endurocross?  I will tell you , I have never heard of it, but like I said... I am all up to making memories and experiencing new things!   Endurocross is described as "The toughest indoor off-road racing series on the planet!" That right there sounds pretty action packed!
This giveaway is for tickets to the Atlanta, Georgia event taking place at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 27th at 7:30 P.M.  Please note that this is for entry tickets only.  Also, if you are not near Georgia but are interested in this event, they have  more shows listed.  Visit the endurocross website for more information.

If you can't wait to see if you win or not, feel free to use code: SUMMER to save $15 off to purchase your tickets

Want to win? Just enter the rafflecopter form below:


A few car tips for #BackToSchool

When I was in college, my roommate and I made a road trip to Atlanta one weekend.  It was with my parents, little brother and his friend.  The point of telling you that?  We got here and my car was acting funny... We had to go drop it off to get new brakes. Yes, I drove to Atlanta and my breaks were going out on me!!!!  WHAT THE WHAT???? Having had that happen, I wanted to share two sets of tips from Repair Pal that might be beneficial to you and/or a loved one.  This might be perfect for you, or to share with your child that has left headed out on their own to college! Perfect timing for back to school!  

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Here are a few tips to keep your car ready to go, thanks to RepairPal:
(Number 1 is one that made has always told me, since the day I turned 16!)

When the gas gauge goes below a quarter tank, it shortens the life of the fuel pump, and that means costly repairs down the road. 
When tires are not properly inflated, fuel efficiency drops. Plain and simple: more money wasted on gas means less money for study dates and late-night pizza.
Forgetting to rotate your car's tires regularly causes them to wear out faster, and can damage the suspension, steering, and traction. This semester, switch up your tires so that you can cruise smoothly.
Walking into the first shop that you find on Google is like rolling the dice. Do your homework with RepairPal's Certified Shop Search and Fair Price Estimator. RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair pricing and a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.

Back to me needing new brakes: 

*** RepairPal's Four Safety Tips for Brake Safety ***
1) Scraping sounds likely mean it's time for new disc brake pads.
This sound comes from metal grinding against metal—which can affect the speed at which your car stops. It's wise to get this fixed as soon as possible.
2) If your brake pedal sinks to the floor, beware.
This may be a sign that the master cylinder—which holds your brake fluid—is not properly holding pressure, a potentially dangerous condition that can cause brakes to stop functioning the way they are supposed to. Get this checked out as soon as possible.
3) Don't consistently ride the brakes while going downhill.
By resting your foot on the pedal unnecessarily, it can wear out the brake pads much more rapidly than would happen normally.
4) Get your brakes checked at least once a year.
This is the best way to prevent extra costs. Going to an auto shop approved by RepairPal —a nationwide network of 1,700 certified, pre-screened repair shops on a mission to help you find quality auto repair at a fair price—is the best way to be certain that your car is safe.

Do you have any tips for those out on the open road?  
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