Lego KidsFest is coming to Dallas in August (+ Giveaway)

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The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Texas – this time at the Dallas Convention Center — from August 29-31.

Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.

LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year’s visit to Dallas include LEGO Chima, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO Mindstorms.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Dallas-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.”

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the August 29-31 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.

Deal:

Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased prior to August 8. These events have been selling out in past cities! Go here to get your tickets!

General Information:

The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX from Aug. 29 – 31, 2014. This is their third event in Texas, with sell-out shows in Austin and Houston preceding this trip.

LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.legokidsfest.com/tickets.html.

* LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

FUN FACTS

  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world’s largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.

GIVEAWAY:

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, August 29,  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! Go here to sign up for this giveaway!

Five things I wish I said to my Husband

My husband works hard and does an awesome job providing for our family. He is always up early and at work before his co-workers. I take him for granted. There are five things that I wish I said to him daily.

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What keeps me from saying these things to him daily? I dunno, but I know he needs to hear them and I DO think and feel them!

Family Game Night with #ZoursFace Fun #Shop #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

We try to take a weekend each month to enjoy a game night. I feel it’s great for our family to relax and laugh together. My girls really look forward to it. One of their favorite games to play is Bingo. It’s great for them all. My oldest is very competitive and my youngest is learning her numbers still! Throw in some Zours Mike Ike candy and we were set for a fun night! I love fun candy ideas!

We found the Mike and Ike Zours candy at Walmart. In fact, we went to a sampling and enjoyed trying this new sour candy! Here are some of our #ZourFace family fun moments instore!

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You can find these in the candy isle for less then $1. Or maybe not! We grabbed the LAST box at our Walmart! My girls love the sour flavors! This new variety of Mike and Ikes Zours includes: Sour Lemon, Sour Green Apple, Sour Watermelon, Sour Blue Raspberry, and Sour Cherry. They were definitely sour! In fact, they bit me in the neck…you know…down below the ears! I have to admit that I too loved the sour watermelon best!

I knew exactly what we were going to do with them! (I am a smart mama…I don’t give my kids “free” candy…they earn it in our house!)

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To make our family game night extra fun, we decided to play Bingo and replace the bingo markers with Mike and Ike zours candy. I told the girls that they could eat theirs IF they got a Bingo. This meant war to my oldest! She was serious business. My middle one was trying hard, and my youngest kept “running out of markers.” Pretty sure she was eating them through out the game! It was so much fun and the kids really enjoyed the fun (and tasty) twist to Family Game Night.

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Could your family use Mike and Ike Zours to create a family fun night? We have a few other games that we could use them for. My youngest wanted to make candy necklaces as well. That would make a great craft for an older kiddo who could use a needle safely. The possibilities are endless!

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Fun way to tell your kids you are going to Disney

Parents everywhere have come up with some really awesome ways to tell their kids that they are going to Disney. I wanted to do something super fun and had some help along the way!

First and foremost, I must say that planning and packing for a Disney trip is SUPER stressful and hard to not talk about! I had to wait to pack while the kids were at school, which didn’t leave much time to make sure I had everything. I made lists that helped some…but then I stopped stressing because I knew that I could find a Target if needed.

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Here is a fun way to tell your kids that you are going to Disney!
1.) Have a really awesome gifted friend who owns a bakery make you some adorable Minnie Mouse Cakepops. (I suggest Megan with Black Flour!)
2.) Have your hubby distract the kids while you seek out the flight attendant at the gate. Inform her of your game plan to tell the kids on board in mid flight. I suggest you do this with Southwest Airlines because they are super friendly and laid back. (The original plan was just for her to deliver the cake pops and I would tell them!)
3.) The flight attendant actually went above and beyond and made an announcement over head. (As seen in the video above!)

My girls were super excited and we only had an hour before we would land at LAX, so I wasn’t bombarded with a million questions! So much fun!

Ballroom with a Twist at Music Hall (July 19th ONLY)

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Do you enjoy Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance? This you will NOT want to miss out on this show at Music Hall at Fair Park, July 19 at 2 and 7:30PM.

Take your obsession with live talent-based reality TV shows to the next level!! Coming out of the TV and into your venue is Ballroom With A Twist with its spectacular dancing and singing. Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up close and live beneath the fringe, sequins, and booming sounds of Rumba bass is a whole other ballgame. Ballroom With A Twist brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves by professional international dancers spanning the hot moves of Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Jive.

As if the jaw-dropping dancers aren’t enough to keep you ogling at smooth moves and high kicks, several of your favorite American Idol finalists will also be joining the bill with their powerhouse hit songs. Ballroom With A Twist gives audiences thrills with its varieties of music providing a concert soundtrack to the evening. Star Watch: It’s the who’s who of the dance and singing world, joining together for an evening of grace, athleticism, and passion. This exciting family-friendly event includes Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and 2014 DWTS Pro Winner Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

Click here to read more about this fun show and to grab your tickets!

 

Things I wish my Mom would have told me about becoming a Mom

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My cousin is expecting her first baby and I am so excited for her! I recently thought out what I wish my mom would have told me about motherhood and here is my list.

During the 1st yr you feel complete euphoria. That sweet baby can not do anything wrong. You don’t feel like you are missing out on life, that baby IS your life! You encourage her to do everything and hope and pray that she meets every milestone, ahead of schedule. 

During her 2nd yr of life you start to feel a loss of personal space. You little one is often frustrated that she can’t communicate her thoughts to you. This of course leads to lots of fits. This is also the year that they really start exploring the world around them. They will climb high and low, test out markers and cremes and so much more. Get ready. Their job is do just this!

Next comes the 3rd yr. This year is fun as your kiddo has a voice and expresses themselves clearly. The one or two word sentences become monologues and beware…they repeat things at this age and have a knack to do so when you least expect it. 

The 4th yr is really fun! They become super confusing to work with! They are independent, they can do everything themselves, and nothing themselves. You won’t know from day to day which they are choosing. 

Then in their 5th yr you will find yourself crying over sending them off to kindergarten. This is me this year. I can not believe that my BABY is in school full time. 

There will things that I struggled with during the early years of parenting. I am disclosing them here in hopes that you will find this info helpful. I felt that these were things that my friends and family didn’t really warn me about: 

Breast feeding – I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park but had no idea that I would feel like my sweet baby was sucking my nipples clean off of my body. They cracked, and bled. I also got mastitis a few times. It was horrible and I felt like I had the flu. I was able to push forward and nurse all of my girls at least 4 months. Things get MUCH better after the first month.

Self image – I could obviously see that my body had changed during pregnancy. I loved the way that I looked while I was pregnant. I did not, however like the saggy skin that I had all around my tummy afterwards. I felt pudgy and ugly. I could not imagine my husband finding me attractive…at all. This took a while to overcome. The lights are off or I change behind closed doors now.

Sex life – I was no longer interested in sex after having my girls. Sex felt like work to me and I honestly had no energy for that. I didn’t want to give anything to anyone after nursing a baby all day, or changing diapers. This grossly affected my marriage. My husband felt rejected and although it wasn’t my intentions, I didn’t make this a priority. I regret this.

Balance – I still struggle with this one. I want to give my kids all that they need, my husband too. However I also have found that I NEED time for me and my interests too. I often find myself feeling guilty about not being able to do it all. This is a daily struggle for me, still. The struggle to do it all, and do it well. 

Shopping – After having a baby, shopping becomes all about that kiddo. You no longer go out and grab a $50 top, you think about how that is 5 packs of diapers and feel way too guilty to actually purchase that top. You find yourself buying stuff for your little one, and not yourself. My girls are 5, 7, and 9 and I still do this.

Marriage – Your marriage becomes all about the kiddo. You hire a sitter for a night out and then you sit at dinner talking about your kiddo. It’s so hard to talk about anything else as they have become your world. It’s important that you continue to nurture your marriage and make your spouse feel loved and valued. This is vital to keeping the foundation in which you are raising your kiddos strong.

If you have had a baby, what were the things that you wish your mom/friends would have told you?

RSVP for #SavvyTravels Twitter Party

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Join me Tuesday night at 8PM CST on Twitter under hashtage #SavvyTravels to talk about great money saving ideas for road trips! We will be giving away Target giftcards and one lucky participant will get a $150 Hyatt giftcard! Don’t miss out!

You can RSVP here! And make sure to follow me (click here to do that!)

Hosts: @BeltwayBargain, @MyCrazySavings@maritramos@suitcasetalks

Disney’s Frozen Inspired Gift Idea

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My friend Megan owns a bakery called Black Flour and she makes amazing cakes and other sweet treats! Recently she made Disney Frozen Inspired cake balls and they were adorable! I couldn’t help but try and think of a way to use her awesome idea to create something fun for my girls! With the help of a blogging friend, here is a post on how to make a fun gift! Easy and believe me when I say that any Frozen loving girl would LOVE it!

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Simply print out your favorite picture of Anna and elsa and cut around the edges, cutting the skirt off. Tape the top to a bottle of nail polish that matches their dresses! It’s so easy! I used Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle color for Anna and Finger Paints Crystal Springs for Elsa.frozennails

Creating a new Play Space for the Girls!

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My girls are getting old enough that they do not need a ton of small toys to play with! They enjoy crafting and playing with Legos and that’s about it, outside of the obvious electronics that all kids love! With this in mind, we cleared out the play room and created a space that is clean and perfect for their creative minds to go to work!

We bought this fun Book shelf, desk combo at Ikea and stocked them up with paper and crafting supplies.

Living in Texas, we have found that swimming in the summer is about all we do outdoors. Everything blows in from every other state and allergies are crazy in the summer. Being in the water is the only way to stay cool! Outside of using Children’s Claritin to help with the running noses and puffy eyes, we play inside a lot during the summer months. Children’s Claritin products provide 24-hour, non-drowsy allergy relief. Plus, it is the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Non-Drowsy Allergy Brand. When we plan a playdate in the park, we usually go to a sandbox or splash pad! Claritin helps make the day fun and carefree!

Recently I invited friends over to check out the fun new play space and let their kiddos enjoy some creative play time.

*I am a Claritin Mom and was provided coupons and fun activities for our fun play date.

DFW Summer Fun: Octonauts are coming to SeaLife, Grapevine


Check out this FREE event at Sea Life Grapevine Saturday, July 5 – Sunday, July 20.

Octonauts at SEA LIFE Aquarium

Coming to SeaLife, Grapevine:

The underwater explorers of the Octopod entertain fans with their missions to save sea creatures in trouble and now young adventurers can meet two of their heroes in person. You will also have a chance to become an honorary Octonaut for a day, roaming the ocean environments inside SEA LIFE Aquarium to learn about marine life and the importance of conservation.

Daily Octonauts activities include:

  • Meet and Greet: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii will be available for photo opportunities in the Cinema. Plus, get an Octonauts sticker! (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Scavenger Hunt: take a special undersea mission with an Octonauts fact-finding trail, available at admissions.
  • Story Time: discover the latest Octonauts adventures as team members read one of the Octonauts books with fun Octonauts toys, available for purchase in the retail shop. (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
  • Videos: watch select Octonauts episodes in the Cinema.
  • Octonauts-themed coloring activities.

This is a free event included in the price of admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Book early to secure your tickets. On Wednesday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. annual pass holders are invited for an exclusive breakfast and pajama party with the Octonauts.

Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.  To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.