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Alpha-Bits - Not only Taste Great, but Fun and Educational Too!

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If you have a younger child in your home - or know of a younger child... Chances are that you are a little familiar with the cartoon, Super Why.  We have LOVED that show since we first saw it... As it promotes reading and education (something that I am very proud to encourage too!)  Well, recently we were able to work with Alpha-Bits cereal - who has the popular cartoon characters on their boxes of cereal- to start making our "footprint" in our local community. 
You see, Alpha-Bits' can help in many ways ...
You can use the letters as play time during the day to encourage reading and letter recognition.  You can also use it is as a fun tool to encourage the same as you are actually eating it too!  
Did you know that Alpha-Bits has been around since 1958?  I love when companies / products are around for a long time, it makes me feel even more confident in my decisions of supporting them!

I am SO VERY HAPPY to get to tell you something F-U-N headed our way...
I am going to be working to place a Little Free Library in our community!!!  Yes, you read that right!!! Thanks to Alpha-Bits and Little Free Library, we are working together now to get one near us!
If you are not familiar with a Little Free Library - head over to their site to check them out (I will be posting more about them later!)  

If you are looking for a bit of fun, check this out...
A few activities using Alpha-Bits:

Make a family tree...
Draw a tree with lots of branches.  Write out names of family members on the different branches in colorful marker.  Now, have your little one search through the box of Alpha-Bits to find the matching letters and have them glue it on the tree.  

Menu Matching Game...
As you are cooking dinner, have them spell out what is for dinner on a piece of paper and then present that to the rest of the family for the nights menu.  (Example - Meatloaf.  Rice.  Carrots.    If they are not able to spell, you can write it out for them and have them match the letters.)

Vowel Play... 
Give your little one a one cup serving of Alpha-Bits and ask them to eat all the consonants and leave only the vowels.  They'll learn their letters a little better and get 20g of whole grains!

Use the Alpha-Bits to make a snack:
ABC Crispy Bars- 


1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 package (10.5 oz) miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup sugar sweetened soft drink mix
8 cups Post Alpha-Bits Cereal
Alphabet Shaped Cookie Cutters

 Line 13 x 9 inch pan with foil, lightly grease foil
Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 45 seconds (or until melted) Add marshmallows and soft drink mix.  Mix well
Microwave on HIGH for 1- 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds.  Stir in cereal
Press cereal mixture firmly into prepared pan
Using the cookie cutter, cut into 12-14 squares
Mold squares into letters
Store in airtight container at room temperature.

What other activities can you think of to use Alpha-Bits for?


How Do You Get There? Let @waze Help You Out!!!

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A couple weeks ago, I was invited to a luncheon in town to learn about a new (to me) app called WAZE.  I was very excited to check it out... Especially since it was a "GPS" type app that would be great to share with Marc with him going to work at all hours.  We got there and were treated to an awesome lunch- thanks to 10th & Piedmont.  If you are ever in the area- you totally need to go and check them out... I had the chicken salad sandwich - AH-MAZ-ING!!!!    Thanks to WAZE, we got the coolest gift bags filled with great products too!    
Gift bag items thanks to WAZE
Now- on to WAZE.  I hate that I did not use the app headed there, but to be honest, I wanted to use my normal GPS to make sure I made it there on time.  So- I was able to learn all about WAZE from the luncheon.   This app is pretty cool.  It shares "real time" information with other drivers...
When I was able to be a passenger (and watch the phone)  I was able to see ALL that it had to offer.
First of all, we plugged in a familiar address and no lie - AS WE WERE DRIVING - it popped up and told us that there was a better route ahead... we went that way and it saved us a little over 5 minutes.  

A screen shot showing that there was a better route.  
 Another thing that was awesome to me?  It will tell you if a hazard or police or something has been reported.   I thought it would be great for my mom - she HATES driving in traffic and this would really help her since it literally tells you that a vehicle has been reported stalled on your side of the road - or even if a cop is hiding waiting to bust you for speeding!   Now, it isn't always 100 % right- you know, if the vehicle has moved or if the cop has left .. but if you pass by, you have the option to give it the thumbs up (still there) or say that it left.  
Waze also tracks traffic and you can see that further up the road, traffic is only going 14 miles an hour or something...     I have not used the whole gas system yet (you can check for good gas prices in your area) because we always use the one near us -but this will be great for vacations!!!
I love that there are so many users (over 100,000 in Atlanta alone!)  But the honest to goodness thing that might have impressed me the most?  You can use it in a foreign country!!!  Say you are going to Europe... You can take it with you and it will translate things to the language of your choice while you are gone!  
I thought that was so cool!!!!
Four more cool factors to me:
One - you can make a phone call on your phone and it will still talk and tell you when you need to be turning or looking out for police or road hazards!
Two - It will ask if you are passenger or driving - drivers can not use the app to touch the screen!!!
Three- If your friends are on WAZE and you are meeting for dinner somewhere - you can send them your waze and they can see exactly WHERE you are and your ETA!  
Four- You carn points (and can get "bonus points" for doing things)  so you can actually turn this into a game with you and your friends!!!

Go ahead and download the WAZE app - it is free and has been very helpful to us!!!
(We have used it several times on our "spring break!")   I have been telling all my family and friends to download it - I am loving it!!!!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Breakfast?

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“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

As a busy mom, I am still striving to give my little one a great breakfast.  You know you can do many different creations, but to be honest, he isn't a huge fan of me cooking breakfast (and that works for me, since that means I can catch a couple more ZZ's too!)  The latest we have been enjoying?  Fruit and cereal from Publix.  I tell you, Publix and I have a love / hate relationship!  I love going and finding the great deals... but I hate how much I end up buying!  You would be crazy to pass the deals up! 
Luckily, I was able to go and shop to tell you the great deals at Publix with Cheerios...  (and a great way to sneak in fruit to those that might not be so quick to chow down on fruit daily!)

Besides the great deals and prices.... He can NEVER pass up riding in the grocery cart/car....  That makes me happy so I can shop faster!   Up first - lets get some bananas!  Bananas make great additions to his lunch... but it was DELICIOUS to slice up a banana and add it to our Honey Nut Cheerios!  

 Also had to grab a few apples!  We love these as a great after school snack!!!

 I will be honest - I have never thought about adding fruit to our cereal until this last blog opportunity... but we all love it!!!  I also added strawberries to the chocolate cheerios!  (Talk about an excuse for "chocolate covered strawberries" for breakfast!)

Broxton was not up for having fruit in his cereal- I think it is a texture thing for him right now... But he sure did ask to have the fruit packed for lunch as well as after school snacks!

What is your favorite combination of cereal and fruits?  

#LegoKidsFest enter to #WIN (2) tickets June 27 in Atlanta! #Giveaway

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If you know us at all - you know that Broxton is a HUGE  LEGO® Fan.  We have visited Legoland Discovery Center a few times... and  I am SO EXCITED that come this summer - I will be surprising him and taking him to the  LEGO® KidsFest that will be at Cobb Galleria Centre June 27, 28 and 29th.  

I know we are going to have a blast!    ( I have seen this advertised for a bit now and have actually been lucky enough to have a couple friends email me about it, in case I missed it... ) Well, worry no more- WE WILL BE THERE!!!!

Check it out:  
Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased in April. These events have been selling out in past cities!

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Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, June 27-29, 2014  LEGO® KidsFest is coming to Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, June 27 - 29, 2014!

 LEGO® KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of  LEGO® building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

The  LEGO® KidsFest is comprised of a variety of fun activities. There is something for every member of the family. All activities are included in the price of admission. Each of the sessions offers the same interactive activities and play areas. No session is better than another to attend.

This event has been selling out in other cities!

I am telling you this - I was on the LEGO KidsFest Site checking out what all to expect... and WOW.
There is SO MUCH TO DO!!!!! They say to remember to bring your camera - there are LOTS of Photo Opps available.  Then, they have the Master Builders Academy, they of course have something geared towards the 
 LEGO® Movie - I am personally excited to see what the "MIXELS" are all about  (they look cute to me!)  Big Brick Pile, Different FUN ZONES, racing, Lego Friends, Lego Super Heroes and SO MUCH MORE!!!!
I think I might be just as excited as Broxton is about this!!!!
 LEGO® KidsFest is headed to Atlanta in June, but it is going to be all around the USA.  Has it been near you or is it headed your way?  Have you been???

The LEGO KidsFest 2014 tour stops include: Novi/Detroit, MI (April 25 – 27),
Calgary, AB, Canada (May 16 - 18) , Atlanta, GA (June 27 – 29),
Dallas, TX (Aug. 29 – 31), Richmond, VA (Oct. 3 – 5) ,
and Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 – 9).

On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Houston, Phoenix and more. Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000 visitors at each venue.

Now- the really fun part: 
One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, June 27,  2014   (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday, May 14th!



Back in Town!!!! @NuclearCowboyz #giveaway #ATLNukes

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Around about this time last year, a friend and I took Broxton and his buddy to see Nuclear Cowboyz.  I was not really sure what to expect, but I was pumped full of energy from the time we entered until we left... and speaking of when we left - both boys were all about playing with their " small bikes" recreating the scenes that they had seen that day.  (Think hotwheel/matchbox bikes.. not their bikes!)  
Anyways, this was so fun and exciting that we have been anxiously awaiting the return of Nuclear Cowboyz back to the Atlanta area -- and they will be here soon!!!!    (April 26 and April 27)

 The highly acclaimed 2014 Nuclear Cowboyz ®   tour is an affordable family-friendly choreographed freestyle motocross (FMX) production featuring the tale of an allied tribe, the Nuclear Cowboyz, whose sole commitment is to defeat an indestructible ruler and her army. The adrenaline-packed show is conveyed through over 1000 gravity-defying stunts and a storyline that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. These incredible stunts are coupled with heart-wrenching performances by world-famous Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, which are accompanied by incredible laser displays, and one of the largest arena-based pyrotechnics shows, complete with fireballs, fireworks and eerie fog effects. Entering its fifth touring year, Nuclear Cowboyz is led by an award-winning creative team and features the world’s top FMX athletes, including 16-time X Games medalist Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg and more. This performance of pure danger and raw combat will bring new meaning to the word ‘Awesome’! 

If you are interested in purchasing tickets... 

You can purchase them by visiting THIS LINK.  

Also- Everyone Pays Kids Price on Sunday - use Promo Code : 10NUKE
Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. Subject to availability.  Excludes premium seats.  All tickets $5 more day of show.

Also, if you want to go all out - you can purchase VIP Fallout Zone Tickets:
VIP Fallout Zone
Experience Nuclear Cowboyz with a VIP Fallout Zone ticket.  A VERY limited number of tickets are set aside for the BIGGEST Nuclear Cowboyz fans.
Each VIP Fallout Zone ticket includes:
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  •  Commemorative VIP Fallout Zone Credential
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ONLY VIP Fallout Zone ticket holders will be able to take part in the meet & greet.  It's the ultimate VIP experience.  Don't wait as these seats are extremely limited and will go fast.

So ...
Who is feeling lucky and wants to win a set of tickets?
One lucky reader is going to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to one of the shows, this year at the Arena at Gwinnett Center!  
Just enter to Rafflecopter Form:
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Our Day With the Dinos! @dinosaursatlanta #extremedinos

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Living in Atlanta has its advantages - one being that there is always something cool going on, or at least coming our way soon.  The latest to head our way?  Extreme Dinosaurs!  It is in Atlantic Station - where the Titanic exhibit was, right next to the Bodies Exhibit.  To be honest, being that I am not really familiar with Atlantic Station, I was not sure where that was and was thinking it was one of those "under the tent" things... but actually it is IN Atlantic Station. On the top floor.  
Anyways, we got to go for a little "sneak peek" right before it opened to the public, so it was not busy and we sort of had "run" of the place.  (That was neat and Broxton was able to really take it all in.)  
Extreme Dinosaurs to me was geared more for the older aged kids versus preschool.  I thought it was pretty neat, but that meant that Broxton was not as into it as other kids might have been.
Let me tell you a bit about it ...
We got there and immediately they have a photo opp area.  At first, Broxton was a bit scared and wanted nothing to do with it... (Not sure what that was about, it was not scary and you were not even really near the dinosaur.  I guess he was just unsure about it all.)
The Extreme Dinosaurs Photo Opp when you first enter the Exhibit.
Once we entered the exhibit, there were plenty of life like dinosaurs for us to check out.   I really enjoyed how they did the lighting to not just be a boring museum experience and the assortment of lights is sure to add enjoyment to everyone.

Broxton was trying to decide what he thought of the different exhibits.

Living near Marietta, everything direction wise involves "The Big Chicken" and this guy right here was also known as the Big Chicken.  Sorry for the not so great photo, but I really wanted to show off his size.  

Throughout the exhibit, you had different dinosaur structures, as well as a few replicas of fossils along the way.  There was plenty of signage for you to understand exactly what you were looking at, but with a 5 year old, he was not wanting to slow down and let me read it to him... He wanted to keep exploring!

Here was an interactive area that allowed you to learn more about the dinosaurs. Broxton thought this was a perfect time for him to "draw" in his notebook what all we had been checking out.

My little Paleontologist.  
 Of course, when he saw the "dig" area - I thought of Ross from Friends - Broxton was my very own little paleontologist.   I did learn that he would never be good at doing the real thing, as he had NO PATIENCE at all and was wanting to find things right then - no waiting!!!!
One of the T-Rex in the area.  

All in all- we really had a great time.  As I said, I do think older kids will enjoy it more. Especially if they can read and know a little about dinosaurs, as he had no time for that.   I was very impressed with the staff that was there.  They took the time to listen to what he had to say and answered any questions he had.  One even took her phone out to google and show him images of the dinosaur that he had "found" while on the "dig!"  If you have a dinosaur fan, I think they would enjoy it - but as I mentioned ... it is more of a museum feel with it being self guided than a preschool area fun zone.

If you are not in/near the Atlanta area, make a trip to come here for a vacation this summer. This is just one of the many local attractions you can check out while in town!
(Remember, this is a limited time deal, so book your tickets now!)  

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