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Ringling Bros Ticket #Giveaway #Atlanta

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Ladies and Gentleman... Boys and Girls..... It is almost time for the circus!!!
If you think Ringling is JUST the circus...
Check this out... they are so much more:
ATLANTA – Jan. 8, 2014– RinglingBros. and Barnum & BaileyÒhas partnered with libraries throughout the metro Atlanta area to host Reading with Ringling, beginning Jan.7-31, 2014. All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and Gwinnett Library System will be participating, along with many outlying suburban cities. 
Reading with Ringling is a unique reading program that earns kids a RinglingBros.Ò circus ticket by simply doing their library reading. Children ages two-12 simply need to enroll with the librarian, and report their reading results. Participa…

Ringling Bros - Built to Amaze Headed Back to Georgia

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Well, it is about that time...
The circus is headed back to town and it is a whole new show!!! As we know, each year... close to Broxtons birthday...  Ringling Bros comes to town and we try and take him as part of his birthday celebration...  This year is no different!!!

From their site:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze! , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!
Try to catch a show while you are in town!!!!
The Arena at Gwinnett Center:
BUILT TO AMAZE! (RED TOUR)Wed  February 5     7…

Here Come the Octonauts DVD #Giveaway

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In Here Come the Octonauts, Captain Barnacles must figure out how to free an old friend who is trapped beneath the ice; Kwazii tries to rescue a reef full of creatures before an undersea storm strikes; and Peso must help a school of frightened fish who have invaded the Octopod!
Based on the books of the same name by Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy, who write under the name Meomi, Octonauts is broadcast weekday mornings on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block. The Octonauts received a BAFTA nomination for Best Animated Preschool Show in 2011 and 2013; and in October 2012 was nominated for an International EMMY Award.
And watch out in 2014 for some great new Octonauts events—the Octonauts have recently partnered with the National …

Have You Ever Heard?

Let me get your opinion on something...
You know how it has been so cold lately?  Well, school was supposed to start back on Tuesday for us... But, due to the cold weather, they cancelled school and have us planning to go back on Wednesday.

I personally think that is fine... Now, I know that northern states are used to cold and laugh at us for cancelling school because of temperatures.  (It was 6* this morning, with the wind chill at -6*) but like I said, I am fine with them cancelling...

Why?
1 - Because we were not sure if the roads were going to ice over... and that ICE STORM years ago still has a fear in me...
2 - Because they were unsure that the buses would start.  I guess there is something that the north does to prepare their buses, I heard it costs around $70 PER bus to get this taken care of...  Our education budget is so messed up already, I don't see the need to pay that for an "IN CASE" situation...
3 -  Some kids do not have appropriate clothing for this weathe…

Book Countdown RoundUp #ChristmasCountdown

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If you remember, we did a book countdown this year.  Each night, Broxton was able to open a new "gift" and we had a new bedtime story to read.  I wanted to list the books that we opened, but I have a question for you as well... I am going to take all the Christmas and Winter themed books and put up until next year.  If you were me, would you go ahead and wrap them with the left over wrapping paper from this year?  Or wait and wrap them all up next year?  They are just going into a storage box until we need to pull them out next Christmas season....  (You can click on each title to read my review on the book.)

Time for Kids - X Why Z 
Time for Kids - Big Book of Why: Crazy, Cool and Outrageous
ABC Animals 
Sports Illust…

A Bit of Nostalgia - @millerlite

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My dad cracks me up...
He has drank Miller Lite - in the cans, as long as I can remember...  (That was a must have at my wedding reception, just so you know...)
Well, this is the way the cans looked when I was growing up:

Obviously, they have changed their look through the years, but they have reintroduced the cans from my childhood... and of course dad had to buy some!!!  I just think it is hilarious that he had the ad to show what it looked like.  ( I think the magazine was from 1986 or so.)

What design/packaging have you seen come back around from your younger days?

Runner Runner - Available January 7th

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I wanted to try and start doing Movie Mondays to let you know about movies that are new (at least to me)  but - Runner Runner was released today and with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in it... and with the cold freeze going on, I thought it might be nice to share a new release with you all.


RunnerRunner Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in this high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.
Blu-ray Special Features…

Stay Inside, Stay Warm and #makememories with @Zazzypals

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If you remember my trip to Americas Mart, you remember that I had a great time and learned about several new products and companies...
I was lucky enough to meet a really awesome and energetic lady that had a pretty cool product for me to share with you... Zazzy Pals!!!
What Is Zazzy Pals, you might be asking...
Well, Zazzy Pals is so neat.   It is packaged in a way to grab your attention...
Zazzy Pals Canine Cardz is full of fun!!!
Inside each package, you have cards, color pencils, a notepad and 4 rubber bones.  But that is not where it ends...
That container full of excitement gives you 8 games of fun... plus tips on drawing your own dogs!!!
I thought it was only instructions for like 5 dogs, but the cards have different…

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

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Okay...
So, we don't have snow here...  but I really LOVE that song... and my pictures are FROZEN (and I LOVE that movie.)
Anyways- the weather is getting colder and colder... and Marc wanted to make an Ice Tree for Broxton...
Here is what we had :




What is the weather like where you are ?

Action and Excitement @gwtgladiators #makingmemories

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I have decided that this year is going to be about making more memories...  Yes, we can give physical gifts ... but at the end of the day, when you look back, are you going to remember the package of Army Men that you opened on Christmas, or are you going to remember the memories of playing with the Army men and daddy?  (Not necessarily those items, but you know what I mean...) 
This year - the boys did not really get many PHYSICAL gifts... but they have memories.
We asked them if they wanted to go to the LSU / UGA game - and that be their Christmas gift...  or they could not go to the game and get physical presents... They chose the game. I knew I wanted them to open something, so they each unwrapped a picture frame.. Inside th…

Scooby Doo- For the Love of Snack!!!! #MovieMonday

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Broxton loves Scooby Doo and those meddling kids...  and I have noticed he loves it even more now that he knows that my brother used to be totally obsessed with it as a kid!!! For Christmas, Santa brought Broxton the Scooby Doo Pirate Fort and a couple of other toys... and then, guess what Broxton found in his stocking?  Scooby Doo - 13 Spooky Tales for the Love of Snack!!!!

Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snack! features an exciting selection of suspenseful mysteries that will delight both kids and adults alike. In Wanted Cheddar Alive, the gang faces a cheese monster who puts the Scooby Snacks factory out of business. The owner of a local burger house is haunted by a burger monster on Night of the Living Burger

Rite Aid Photo Deals and a Calendar #Giveaway

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As I have mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE photo gifts...
I just think they are so much more personal and having a 4 year old.... you know they just grow so fast!!!
I think I have given at least ONE photo gift each year since becoming a mom...
This year was no different and I even added a couple things for myself!!!
Rite Aid has been quite the spot with all of their photo gift coupon codes ...
Talk about helping you to save money!!! I can proudly say that I now have a beautiful canvas from them... and I gave my grandmother one of their fleece blankets.   Let me tell you about that...    I will say that it was a bit bigger than I expected...  which is a great thing, but I might have chosen a different photo had I known how it w…

Time for Fun - @bananagrams

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*** ALL IMAGES BELONG TO JUMPIN BEANS BLOG*** Now that the holiday season is behind us, what is next? For us, we still have cold days ahead... and talk about cold... It is supposed to be like 9* next week.   (For some of you Northerners, we are not used to that cold...) 
Since we will not be going outside much during this time...  We need to go ahead and decide what fun indoor activities we would be doing... So glad that we were sent two new (to me) games....
Appletters and Pairs in Pears.   They are from the bananagrams family and I am telling you... 
This is so cute and fun!!!! While the boys were here, I pulled out Appletters and two of us played for a while.   This is such a fun game... It reminded me of another game that we h…