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World Turtle Day!!! (May 23rd) #TMNT2

If you have known me for a while, you might know I love turtles.  Turtles and Frogs, although I will not touch a real one.  I just love to look at them.   So, having said that... When I heard it was "WORLD TURTLE DAY" I just had to share.  This is not a sponsored post, just something fun.   We can all use more people around like those Ninja Turtles!  (Let's all work to STOP Bullying!)  



Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Meeksa, Mooska, Mickey Mouse!!!!

It's the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Come Inside, It's fun inside!  Chances are, if you have a younger child you might be familiar with this song.  When Broxton was younger, we got into watching it from time to time. (Hello, we all LOVE Mickey and his friends!)  I have had it on a couple times for background noise and whenever Savannah hears it, she normally has to stop what she's doing to watch a little bit of it.  Now, I have a DVD to play for her if she's looking for it when it is not on TV. I love that this one is Mickey's Sport-y-thon.  Let's get them out there and active!!!!

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Synopsis: Put on your sneakers and get ready for the greatest sporting event ever! Join referee Goofy, along with Mickey and all of his Clubhouse Pals, as they compete in the first-ever Sport-Y-Thon, an action-filled sports tournament. Share the excitement – and a sky-high view of the action – as sportscasters Pete and Donald Duck broadcast live from above in the Sport-Y-Thon Blimp! Who will earn a prized Golden MickeyMedal? Help our heroes discover that with teamwork and good sportsmanship, everybody wins! Jam-packed with over two hours of song-filled episodes, Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon will have you calling for an instant replay!


Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon
Mickey’s Mousekeball!
Donald's Brand New Clubhouse
Mickey's Mouskedoer Adventure 
Mickey’s Mystery!Mickey’s Happy Mousekeday

Download Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon Activities


What exactly is NORMAL?

Just because school is slowly coming to an end, that doesn't mean that we will be ending the reading that we do daily.  Let me back up... does it seem like these last couple of weeks are going by so SLOW, or is it just that way in our house?  I don't know who has the end of the year itch worse, Broxton or the mama, because I know I am sure enough ready for summer break!   I have decided I am going to make a box of books and each day of summer break he has to read part of the book (or the whole thing, depending upon the size) before we can do other activities such as the ipad or television. It isn't meant to be school work, but more of an escape to a fun place. Reading is fun and we will make the most out of it.  One of the books that will be going in our box of books?
Normal Norman.  
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What is "normal?" That's the question an eager young scientist hopes to answer as she narrates her very first book. Unfortunately, her exceedingly"normal" subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what's a "normal" scientist to do?

Brightly illustrated and brimming with silly scenes that will have young readers in hysterics, this loving look at the wackiness that makes us all special serves as a gentle reminder that "normal" can’t ever be defined.Norman and his scientist friend will encourage and inspire children to embrace their individuality and be their own “normal” selves.   

Tara Lazar lives in Basking Ridge, NJ, with her husband, two daughters, and 2,749 stuffed animals. She’s the author of The Monstore, I Thought This Was a Bear Book (both Simon & Schuster), and Little Red Gliding Hood (Random House). Tara founded Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), an annual online writing event held on her award-winning blog at, which has hundreds of registered users and receives tens of thousands of blog hits.  

S.britt (AKA Stephan Britt) first developed his zeal for drawing in childhood, when he drew on anything and everything that wasn’t dripping wet. His first picture book, Over In the Hollow (Chronicle), was a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. Stephan lives in Portland, OR. Visit him online at

A reason I like the book?  It shows you that "normal' is really just a word.  There are many versions of "normal" and you should never change who YOU are to fit in!!!!!  
Side note- any suggestions for a fun name for our "Box of Books?"  That doesn't sound fun to me and I want it to be fun.  Maybe a world of discovery or something?  No names like Frank or Joe.  I need a fun title / name for it!  
Do you have your children read over the summer break?


One Stop you need to make - @BowlmorLanes

If you know me, you might now that I am all about trying to make the most of memories with my children.  I am blessed that we are able to go and do different things and each time we can, we are so thankful for the opportunity.  Recently we were invited to Bowlmor in Chamblee for an event to see what all their place offered.  As we walked in, I felt like this was a throwback to the traditional bowling alley / arcade that I remember going to as a child.  I LOVED IT.  

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Once you enter Bowlmor, you are immediately greeted by the employees at the shoe and lane rental station. Right behind them you see a good amount of lanes that are calling your name to come and play.  If that is not enough to grab you from the start, to the right is a smaller arcade area.  Don't let the size fool you.  Although it is smaller (I like that, since it keeps the bowling lanes the primary focus) they do still have a good selection of games.  We had fruit ninja and other games that are popular now, but they also had classics such as skee ball that everyone has to play!   Let me tell you this... You MUST PLAY the air hockey game.  It can be played by up to 4 people at once.  It has the basic big puck we are all used to, but they throw a curve your way... it also drops an additional number of pucks. I think it was around 15 of them that came out.  Talk about laughing.  Yep.  We were cracking up.  Laughing, smiling and even shrieking in the excitement!   Since we came to bowl, we had to go and check out the arcade afterwards and we really had a good time.  

As I mentioned, that had several lanes once you entered, but we were treated to the VIP  area off to the left.  The VIP room is a private room with 7 bowling lanes.  It has its own bathroom area as well. One thing Broxton noticed was that you can pick a different theme to go on the screen for taking score.  We had to do a couple different ones while we were there. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw all of these pictures already.  If you don't follow me, head on over and do so now.  I am sharing them here for those that are not on Instagram!   After we enjoyed bowling a few games, they treated us to several menu items.  I was impressed, as I normally think of greasy crap when I think of bowling alley food.  
Mistake - thinking this was "bowling alley food." This was far from it.  It was amazing and the chef was super nice.  We were enjoying mac-n-cheese, chicken strips and even the tastiest "tater nachos" we have ever enjoyed.   It was great and something you would expect in a restaurant, not the bowling alley.  This is a place you come to eat at while you bowl, so take my word.  Don't eat before you arrive, you want to try their food!   

Next thing you know, they are bringing out more.  We had a pizza cake, a 2 foot long hot dog and then this burger monstrosity called the Behemoth burger.   We were all trying to figure out the best way to show how big it was in a photo. Bottom line is this, you want to see it with your own eyes.  Also, I do believe I will be treating the boys to this one day, just to see what they think!   Not only was it huge.. it was tasty!  (Even the part that I brought home for Marc to try!)  

We had so much fun bowling, trying food and even visiting the arcade.  If you are planning a trip to Atlanta this summer, make sure to add Bowlmor on the stop.  If you live in or near the Atlanta area, make this a stay-cation destination at some point this summer.  Must do: Bowl, play air hockey and check out the food!!!!  

End results?  Fun times and faces like this for the photo!   
Just so you know, there are Bowlmor Lanes locations in other places, this was just my experience at the Atlanta location.  
Have you ever been to Bowlmor before?


Gift for the Grad!!! VERSUS @LootCrate

Do you know anyone that is graduating this year?  If you do, I have a pretty great gift idea for you to get them.  I know when I left for college, it was so cool to get actual MAIL and lucky for me, my mom made it a point to drop a note in the mail for me weekly... but now you can step it up a notch! Send them a gift box subscription!   Have you thought about a Loot Crate subscription?  I am telling you, it is hard to imagine but they just keep being awesome.  No disappointments here at all.  We have been lucky enough to work with them in reviewing their boxes for a few months now and I have yet to get one that left me feeling like it wasn't totally worth the money like other subscription boxes seem to be.

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Each month, Loot Crate picks a new theme to unveil.  Then, they make the neatest boxes (black on the outside for shipping, but once it arrives, you just turn it inside out for a pretty cool storage box) that fit that theme and fill it full of goodies sure to put a smile on your face! Oh yeah, remember that each box includes a tshirt!   I think I have decided that the top three things I like most about Loot Crate are the following:
1 - The shipping box I mentioned above
2 - The fact that each box is guaranteed to have a t-shirt in it.
3 - They design a special pin each month that goes with the theme.  (Perfect for collectors!) 

For this post, I am sharing with you the "VERSUS" theme.  So, who do you like?  
Broxton already claimed the hat for himself...  It is reversible with Daredevil on one side and Punisher on the other.  I think he might be in for a fight once the older brothers see it!  
We also found additional fun things, like the Star Trek shirt, a figurine and even a comic book!  

Now, remember that Loot Crate offers a variety of different subscriptions.  You can order the Loot Crate, like I showed you above.  They also have a "Level Up" subscription.  This is another great one.. It is filled with wearable items.  The one I am sharing with you today just might be my absolute favorite one!  
As you see above, we received a "you sank my battleship" t-shirt, a long sleeve Captain America Civil War shirt, 2 different pairs of socks, the coolest ponytail holders (WONDER WOMAN was one of them... AWESOME!) and even a best friend necklace with Superman / Batman logos!  

I am telling you, when I think they can't "one up" themselves, they seem to find a way to prove me wrong.  So, if you are looking for something cool to get the grad in your life, send them a little pop culture swag.  Its a win win, they get new items to add to the wardrobe, they get mail and you get to always be on their mind when the box arrives!  You can choose from a number of different subscription options and lengths, so it is perfect for all types of budget!   


Mouthwatering Treats at @IHOP

Most people that know me know just how much I love  LOVE RED VELVET.  I love it as a cake, cupcakes, muffin, milkshake, pancakes...  You name the sweet treat and you best believe that I will try it and hopefully enjoy it.  When I saw that Ihop was bringing limited time "bakery favorites" and that Red Velvet Crepes were on the menu, I knew I wanted to try it out.  
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I was sent a gift card and we headed to IHOP to try it out.  Mouthwatering options like the red velvet crepes, cinnamon swirl brioche french toast and even frosting laced cupcake pancakes sent me there knowing I was going to have a hard time deciding what to try.  Lucky for me, Marc went and got the French Toast so I could try it as well as my red velvet.   I will say that I was a bit disappointed in the crepes.  They were just basically flat.  I did ask my server if that was normal and she explained they had the more "delicate" crepes like my red velvet that were smaller and then they had heartier ones as well.  Don't get me wrong, it was very good... but it did leave me wanting more.  I will either order it as a treat next time, or just stick to the Red Velvet Pancakes.  

My Red Velvet Crepe.

As I mentioned, Marc got the Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast.  Now that was a fill you up menu item!!!!   I thought it was great, but he said he wished it was more crunchy.  I laughed and told him he should have tried the Double Dipped French Toast!!!  I thought these were perfect and I really enjoyed them!  We were not able to try the cupcake pancakes, because I wanted to bring Broxton to try them and with the school year coming to an end, its been chaos!  

Sign up for the IHOP Pancake Revolution to stay in the know of what all is going on.  Not only that, but you will also get a free birthday meal!  Remember the bakery favorites are limited time (they are still being advertised on the website, so I am not sure... just know that you can follow IHOP on social media to stay up to date on all the yummy goodness that they offer!)  

Do you ever go out for breakfast? If so, what do you normally order?


Play with your food and you can win at @EinsteinBros #TwistNDip

 Have you ever eaten something and it was really good so you talk about it for a few days?  Some time back I was able to go and try a bagel from Einstein Bros Bagels and it was so good.  So good that when I set up a meeting with a friend of mine, I suggested Einstein Bros Bagels again, just so I could get that same bagel.
I was recently given the chance to work with Einstein Bros Bagels in a review of a limited time menu option, keep reading, I will tell you about it in a second...  First, I want to show you a picture of THE bagel that keeps bringing me back.

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Nova Lox.  YUM!!!  Bagel with cream cheese, onion, tomato and SALMON on it.  If you know me, you know I love Salmon.. I even had to have it at our wedding reception!  So anyways, I got my "usual" because it is that good, but then I wanted to try the purpose for me going there that day. The limited time "twist n dip" bagel.  *** Price is for this location. I am sure it varies depending upon where you are located.  
I really enjoyed the bagel, especially because it gave me an opportunity to try out a couple of their Shmear flavors.  I had never tried them before, but oh wow.  So good.  I love how they make the bagel with the ease of pulling it apart to dip it in. I just wish I would have had Broxton with me that day, as I know he would have really enjoyed it. 
Want to know what flavor Shmears they offer?
Double Whipped: Plain, Onion & Chive, Salmon, 
Reduced Fat: Plain, Garden Veggie, Garlic & Herb, Jalepeno Salsa, Blueberry, Honey Almond, Maple, Strawberry

They have additional flavors (16 to be exact!)  I just can't remember them all.
While I really enjoyed the Twist N Dip option, the greedy bagel fan in me wishes that they would offer all of the different bagel flavors as a twist n dip.  I know that would not be possible, but still. Sounds good, doesn't it?

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my post with some helpful information about this limited time deal. If you don't follow me, what are you waiting on?  Also, here is the information again for you:
1 - Head over to Einstein Bros Bagels website now and sign up for the Shmear Society.  When you do this you get a FREE bagel and shmear with purchase!
2 - For every Twist N Dip bagel purchased, Einstein Bros Bagels will donate a bagel to someone in need!
3 -  Ready to win something?????

Between now and July 31, bagel lovers everywhere have permission to play (with their food) to show off their best Twist ‘N Dip moves.
Fans are invited to post a photo or video that captures how they Twist N’ Dip on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TwistNDip. 
Einstein Bros. will select weekly winners to receive cool prizes such as Six Flags prize packs, summer swag and even FREE bagels for a year. 
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