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Family Night : Dragons Tour @RinglingBros

For the past several years, we have been so lucky to have been able to take Broxton to the circus.  It was great for us, as it was right around his birthday, so it was sort of our "birthday celebration" for Broxton.  Last year, they mentioned that the circus coming our way the follow year was the "DRAGONS" event ... after seeing The Torres Family in their sphere on their bikes the first year to really enjoying the Ring Master, Johnathan Lee Iverson, we were eager to see the Dragons Tour

As with each Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, they have the "pre-show" event an hour before show time... We actually did not make it this year, as we were running late, but they seemed to have added more to it...   We noticed a bounce house of sorts and plenty of clown action too!!!!
Pre-Show Events
More Pre-Show Events
 After everyone took their seats, we were all ready for The Greatest Show On Earth!!!!!  
Of course, before the show started, we had already purchased our circus popcorn... I don't think any show is complete without it to Broxton.  I do think that I have a picture of him enjoying the popcorn each year, so we had to continue with that for his new photo!!!!
Once the show started, we were in for fun!!!!
I love when the RingMaster comes out, as that is when the whole feel of the circus becomes real... and then of course, I LOVE the elephant that comes out with the flag...  
Ring Master, Johnathan Lee Iverson
Ringling Bros Intro
 This particular tour had the Ring Master's side kick ... (Sorry, don't know what he is called) wanting to see a Dragon.. but he has to show that he has the Wisdom, Strength, Heart and Courage...  There are several "tribes" that do this, but I got the impression he had to show it too...   With each attribute shown, you see Dragons.. but this little side kick wanted to see a "real" dragon.

The show opens with horses... it was beautiful, and entertaining.. but I felt like it drug on a bit too long for me.. although, Broxton loved it.  They could have shortened it a bit and I would not have missed it....   They also had one part that they had a "three ring circus" of sorts.. Mini Ponies in one.. dogs in the middle and cats on the end... Now, personally for me... I felt as though that was a bit too much!  I was on overload!!!! I loved it... but I could not figure out where to focus.. as I was watching the cat, Marc would tell me to look at the dogs... I would watch the dogs and Broxton would point out the mini ponies/donkeys in the other...    I would have LOVED to have seen those separate and maybe cut out the length on the horses... but I do know, where I feel this way, there are others that would totally disagree with me! 

I was so excited to see the Torres family.  We saw them 2 years ago and I loved it...   They all ride bikes and end up in this sphere... closed in together!!!    It is AWESOME and this year they had 8 in there at one time!  Not sure HOW they fit in there.. but they did... and it is great!!!!  

Of course, we had the shows in the air (including one part where these girls were suspended by their HAIR.  Yes, you read that right.. HAIR!)  and elephants, tigers and lions...

Make sure you come back this week for a couple more pictures as I show you more from our circus trip!!!!  We had a great time and Broxton will tell you he once again loved the circus the most!!!

If you have Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey headed your way, make sure you check them out!!!  

***** We received complimentary tickets for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine. 


Fast Paced @NuclearCowboyz Will Be Here Soon

Having a growing boy in the house, I am learning so much...
This little boy is turning 4 soon and not a day goes by that isn't full of some form of fun and learning.

The latest?  I just recently learned of NUCLEAR COWBOYZ
Are you like me and this is new to you, or have you heard of them before?
It is fast paced, full energy, crazy motocross. 
From the videos I watched on you tube, it looks like there is not a minute of quiet from when it starts to when it ends...  and after reading their website, I learned that this is their fourth tour in North America. 
Check out a little behind the scenes footage:

Check their site to see if they are headed to a place near you!!!!
If you are in or near Atlanta, you can score a great deal:
With the code SUNMOM, everyone pays the $10 Kid’s Ticket price for the Sunday show! 
This is valid on $30 adult tickets and excludes the VIP Fallout Zone and Club seats. No double discounts. Offer expires Friday, March 1st.

*** I will be receiving tickets to go and check them out when they come to Atlanta... Stay tuned, as I will be sharing our adventure with you after we go!!!!


Shaving Daddy - W/ W

What is it about a kid that wants to shave daddy's face?  I remember when the boys were younger, they would want to help Marc when he shaved... Now, Broxton decided he wanted to help daddy as well.  Of course, Marc was smart about it and took the shears to it instead of the razor...

Okay, we weren't making a noticeable difference, so I finally decided I had enough of the photo taking... but I tell you, Broxton was so excited to be helping dad!!!!

Happy Wednesday!


Caring Bridge - Share Your Heart

If you have been around here for some time, you might recall me mentioning a friends child, Ward
Thanks to Caring Bridge, I was able to stay up to date on all that was going on with him...
He is healthy and doing great now, this was 2 years ago and a very scary time....

That being said, when I received an email, I wanted to share it with you:

The email:

Let’s Share the Love! CaringBridge Launches “Share Your Heart” Contest
People invited to submit acts of kindness for chance to win two iPad Minis
EAGAN, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2013) –Whether it’s a heartfelt note before your first day at a new job or a declaration of love written in the clouds, people express their love and support for one another in big and small ways every day. This February, CaringBridge, the caring social network that keeps families and loved ones connected during any type of health event, invites people to submit those touching acts of compassion during the “Share Your Heart” contest.
“CaringBridge grew out of the need and desire to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world,” said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge. “We’re excited to offer the Share Your Heart contest to bring to life the great examples of our mission in action.”
It's easy to enter the “Share Your Heart” contest. Simply visit to upload a photo, video or a written description of up to 50 words of how you share your heart with those you love and support.  
Any act of caring big or small is welcome. It could be a video hug for a sweetie, a photo of the flowers you gave to the neighbor, plastering someone’s room with cutout hearts or any other way to spread love in the world.
During the contest, visitors to can vote on their favorite entry. People can also share their submissions with family and friends inviting them to vote. The entry with the most votes wins two iPad minis—helping the winner stay connected with their loved one online.
Additionally, everyone who shares their heart on will be entered in a random drawing to win one of 10 gift certificates from Pear Tree Greetings, an online greeting card company that helps people celebrate life’s sharable moments.
The contest opens February 11. People can submit their acts of love and caring by March 1 and voting will be open through March 6.
You can share your heart every day on, the nonprofit caring social network that helps you amplify love, hope and compassion by providing a private place for you to share your health journey and receive support from those you love. 
About CaringBridge
CaringBridge is a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. For more information, visit

I just wanted to share this with you.  No compensation was received for this post.  Just thankful for Caring Bridge.

Rekindle that Flame - Dejamor Gift Subscription #Giveaway

If you are at a loss as to a great gift to give the love of your life...
Look no further than the gift of Dejamor.
Dejamor is a monthly gift service that helps get the creative juices flowing for romance and intimacy!  Hello!  Of course, that sounds awesome... So you know we wanted to try it out! 

Up first, there is no need to worry when you order about being embarrassed about the packaging or return address.  Nothing to give away your private plans! 
To be honest, when the box came, I had no clue what was in there, so I had to open and check it out as soon as I was able!  This was what I saw:
Now, Marc has been out of town doing his military duty, so we have yet to enjoy the contents..
I will tell you, the box for my eyes had a couple items to get the time going!  I wanted to look and see what was in Marc's box... but, I knew that was not the way it was to go... So, I have placed both items in the box to wait for Marc to return....  
The idea behind Dejamor is to keep the love and intimacy going. 
Each month you will have a package delivered to you... Inside the box will have 2 smaller boxes.  One box is or HIM, the other for HER.  Once that is taken care of, you have "prompts" to help you get the romance creativity going...

Each box has notes and items to help you plan a very intimate moment between the two of you... Just a way to show your love and appreciation!  Dejamor can be used to recharge and rekindle that fire... Or it can be used as a way to keep the romance and intimacy going.  There is no wrong or right couple... and no right or wrong reason to order a box! 
(If you don't think you need/want one... you can totally order a gift subscription and give it to a friend!)

If you are interested in trying out Dejamor...
Today is your lucky day!!!!  One lucky reader of Jumpin Beans is going to win a gift subscription to Dejamor!  ($136 value)

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

The Red Hen

We were sent a cute DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures.
The Red Hen - A Read Along DVD.
I was not really sure what it meant by " More cooking stories" so I wanted to watch it and see what it was all about.  It started off with The Red Hen making a cake... Broxton thought that was a pretty good show... but then I really liked the show where they explained all about bread...
The best to Broxton was Arnie the Doughnut!  I will say, his excitement while watching this show made me smile, so I will agree... it was cute... I was wondering how they were going to play it out.. (It is a doughnut that had no clue that doughnuts were made to be eaten and I was curious how they were going to make it kid friendly versus scary when he was eaten! )
The bonus at the end were the directions to make a cake with the Red Hen!!!
THE RED HEN (Written and illustrated by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, narrated by Walter Mayes) Filled with humor and sparkling illustration, this is the classic story of Red Hen and her adventures in baking.

BREAD COMES TO LIFE (Written and illustrated by George Levenson, narrated by Lily Tomlin) Watch each step of how to bring bread to life, from the sowing of the seeds to the shaping and baking of the bread dough.

HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD? (Written and narrated by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague) These mischievous dinosaurs show that burping, spilling and playing with one’s food are not the best ways to enjoy a meal.

ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, narrated by Michael McKean) When Mr. Bing buys Arnie in a doughnut shop, Arnie realizes he must persuade Mr. Bing that a doughnut can be more than just a sweet snack.

DVD Features — 4 Stories Plus: Easy-to-Follow Recipe for Simply Splendid Cake; Read-Along

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Dora's Butterfly Ball - Review

I must tell you something...
We have never gotten into Dora the explorer around here... I know, it was totally wrong of me and I see it now.  I just somewhat presumed that since it was Dora (and they also have Diego) that it was geared more towards girls.  Little did I know, but Broxton LOVES it.  We were sent Dora's Butterfly Ball on DVD and of course, we had to check it out.  I had no clue that Broxton would be so captivated on learning like he was. 
Since watching Dora, he now asks me if I speak Spanish and I hear him saying words such as Azul and Amarillo!  Wow...   You can bet I will let him watch from now on!!!!
So, don't be like me... If you have a chance, watch Dora.. even if you have a house full of boys!!!!

Dora the Explorer : Dora's Butterfly Ball Episode Synopses:
The Butterfly Ball :
Dora, Boots and their friend Mariposa are on their way to fly, twirl and loop-de-loop at the Butterfly Ball!  Will you help them make it there in time to get their magical wings?

Vamos a Pintar!
Join Dora and Boots on an art- filled adventure!  To help their friend finish her mural at the Art Studio, they'll need your help to travel through some famous paintings!

Feliz Dia de los Padres! 
Join Dora for a Father's Day adventure!  When her present for Papi gets blown away, Dora needs your help to catch up to Little Kite before she flies out over the ocean!

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Stop The Motion Sickness, Dramamine Now Has Kid Formula!

Have you ever heard of Dramamine
That was  familiar name for me on experiences with boats... Just look:
I tell you what, many moons ago, my mom and I took a day trip on a river cruise.. It was awesome and I wanted to be prepared, so I took Dramamine before hand, to be safe... you know?!
Then, after that... knowing that Dramamine had worked for me in the past, I packed up Dramamine when my family and I took a week long cruise. 
I have always been a fan of Dramamine because of the results I had when I used it...
It's just too bad that I have not had time to plan a cruise... I sure would love one!

You know, I never really gave it much thought that it would be great for car travel or planes... I know it is a motion sickness pill, but normally I am driving on road trips, so I am fine... Yet, I have noticed that if I RIDE, I do get a it queasy.. and you can totally forget reading!  Planes?  Well, haven't been on one of them in quite some time, but when I was on a plane, I always took a window seat and soon fell asleep.. Not that I would be able to do that now that I have Broxton! 

The point of my telling you of my non-travels?
Because Dramamine has now released a Dramamine for kids! 
I love that idea, since it is now safe to give to kids 2-12 years of age!

Check this out:
Dramamine®, the leading brand of motion sickness relief for adults, is expanding its line just in time for the Holiday and Winter travel season to include Dramamine® for Kids.  Also new to the line is Dramamine® Less Drowsy, which offers the same great relief as original, but with of drowsiness, an unwanted side effect.

Dramamine® for Kids treats symptoms on the spot, relieving nausea, dizziness and vomiting and prevents motion sickness before it happens. Moms trust Dramamine®, believe it is safe, and feel comfortable giving it to their kids. Dramamine® for Kids comes in a safe, precise children’s dose, avoiding the need to cut adult tablets.
 For adults, Dramamine® Less Drowsy relieves motion sickness symptoms with less drowsiness for up to 24 hours with only one tablet.
 Motion sickness is a problem for both adults and kids alike.  According to an Omnibus Study in June 2011, 34% of households with children ages 2-12, have a child with motion sickness. This is three times the rate for adult motion sickness (10% of households.)  Motion sickness is most prevalent in cars, followed by airplanes and boats. Typical symptoms are nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.  
Dramamine® for Kids comes in a safety travel case with 8 chewable tablets that have a great-tasting grape flavor.  Dramamine® Less Drowsy is available in an 8 count travel vial.
Make sure to follow Dramamine on FACEBOOK.

Have you ever used Dramamine? 
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Zedora, Snappy Socks, Oh My!

As a blogger, I get mail on a frequent basis...
It is nice to get surprises, as the boxes are normally items for Broxton to help in reviews! 
So, the other day, I was shocked to receive a surprise box for me! 
When I opened it up, I had a huge smile on my face...
As it was all for me! 

I LOVE fun and funky socks... and I am so stoked to know that I am now the proud owner of the Holiday 6 pack set of Snappy Socks.  Remember when I told you about Snappy Socks before?  They have a snap at the tops (or cuffs, whatever you want to call them) so that when you are not wearing them, you can snap them together and not lose a partner!  I don't know about you, but we have been known to lose a sock or two from the time of wear to the time of putting them in the drawer after they have been washed.
These socks are actually soft and really comfortable.  I know with some "fun socks" they might look cute, but they are not comfortable at all.. This is not the case here!
The holiday pack I received included: Easter, Halloween, Christmas, St. Patricks Day, Valentines and July 4th. 
Since Marc is in the Army, the July 4th ones hold a special place in my heart, but the Christmas ones are cute too!
I was also sent a really pretty charm bracelet.  It is from Zedora and it is super cute. 
They have the cute charm bracelets that you can choose from sterling silver or leather for the actual bracelet part.  I was sent the red one and truth be told, I don't wear much red (since I am a red head, that is enough for me.)  I actually gave this to Broxton's teacher for a Christmas gift.  She has been wonderful to us and this way she can wear it and remember Broxton once he is no longer her student. 
The Zedora bracelet comes with charms already on it... and it also has an "extender" type charm on it so that no matter your wrist size, you should be able to wear it!

Great gifts at great prices...
Win Win!
Head on over and check them out!!
The prices are really affordable.

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Iris: The Happy Professor Review

Just look what showed up in our mailbox the other day...
I must admit, I had never heard of this before, so I was intrigued as to see what this was about.
Broxton was really taken to it and wanted to watch it again and again.  I immediately thought of a show from when I was younger, Fraggle Rock (and later learned it was "created by award winning cartoonist and animator Henri Desclez with puppeteers from the show Fraggle Rock.") 
Out of the whole DVD, the one we seemed to like the most was The Five Senses. 
I can say that it was geared to grab the attention of kid of all ages, but it has yet to grate my nerves like some kid shows out there.  I love that although it is entertaining, it is also very educational and one that we will be sure to watch again and again! 
There are people to meet, places to go, things to do and a whole world out there that needs exploring.  And according to Iris, there's only one way to do it - the fun way!  With their madcap adventures, Iris and his gang aim to entertain, enlighten and inspire children from five to seven, attract preschoolers and amuse the kid in all of us.  With success of the first volume, Organa has released two more volumes of Professor Iris. 
Professor Iris will delight you with his knack for teaching the science behind everyday things.  Want to know more about bees or sleep or shapes?  Professor Iris will make it fun.  His friends a piano, a plant and a skeleton help him in the classroom and Miss Principle will drop by to see what all the racket is about.  Professor Iris's oversized bowtie and a specially written song are themed to the topic of the day.  ....
Iris: The Happy Professor Volume 2  includes the episodes : Hands and Feet, The Five Senses, Why Do We Eat?, Why Do We Sleep?, and Hair.  Volume 3 includes Seasons, Fruits & Vegetable, Hot & Cold, Nature The Earth & The Sky and Minerals. 

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
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