Be A STAR with the #WWEMoms – Twitter Party – October 24th!


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WWE is a company that wants to bring bullying to the forefront. They want to let the WWE Universe know that bullies will not be tolerated, and that bullying by any means is just WRONG! In 2011 WWE and The Creative Coalition co-founded Be A STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) which is an anti-bullying initiative.

The mission of Be A STAR is to encourage young people to treat each 018_BAS_08152013sb_0843other with tolerance and respect as well as teach this effort through education and awareness of not only the solutions, but the problems.

“Our mission at WWE is to put smiles on people’s faces and we do that, in part, by supporting programs and initiatives that positively impact children and families around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative, WWE. “We are proud to offer organizations tools and resources to help fight bullying, a critical issue facing young people today in schools, communities and online.”

The Creative Coalition and WWE this past August announced the first-ever Be A STAR grant program. This program will allocate $100,000 in grants. Four $25,000 grants will be awarded to qualified non-profit public charities who have programs which have focused on not only developing, but also implementing anti-bullying programs.

If you’d like to apply for the grant program, you must do it quickly. Applications are due by Friday, November 1, 2013. You can find the full rules and the grant application here.

WWE has also partnered up with GLAAD who’s mission is to amplify the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

You may have heard in the news about Fred Rosser (better known as Darren Young) coming out, and openly saying that he is gay, one of the first gay wrestlers to come out openly while still on the active WWE roster. WWE stood behind him the entire way, with a rep saying: “We will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.” This statement was made the day after he had came out. It’s great to see the WWE support their superstars!

To Celebrate the Be A STAR program that the WWE is involved in, the WWEMoms are having a Twitter Party!

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BE A STAR TWITTER PARTY!

Thursday, October 24, 2013
7 – 8 pm ET / 4 – 5 pm PT

#WWEmoms

Every 7 minutes a child is bullied.

Join hosts @WWEMoms, @GLAAD and @BeaSTARAlliance this Thursday, October 24 at 7pm ET as we discuss the bullying epidemic facing our communities as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Be a part of the conversation to discover what bullying is, how to talk to your children about bullying, specific problems facing LGBT youth, and how to make schools and communities a safer place for your child.

Join the chat for a chance to win a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, a Victorinox All-in-One Charging Set, or a Longchamp Tote Bag!

(Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:

Email WWE@theonlinemom.com with the subject line: WWEmoms be sure to include your Twitter Handle
Spread the word and RT this post on your Twitter feed
Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#WWEmoms) this Thursday between 7 and 8pm ET
Tell your Twitter followers!

I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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October 23, 2013 – 11:26 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Giveaways, twitter party, Wrestling, WWE | 1 Comment »

A Mini Van To Love – 2013 Toyota Sienna Review


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Here’s the thing… I AM NOT A MINI VAN PERSON! I really mean it, I think in my few years of doing car reviews, I’ve purposely stayed away from doing reviews on Mini Vans, because I hate them! The stigma that goes along with them, is totally not me, so I’ve avoided them at all costs. Until now!

This month I decided to give a mini van a try, and wound up with the 2013 Toyota Sienna for review. The first day driving it, I think the words, I hate this thing came out of my mouth more than once, I wasn’t impress, but I think it was my view on Mini Vans that was clouding my judgement, becuase as the week went on, I started to enjoy this vehicle more and more.

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Yes, the Toyota Sienna is still a Mini Van, it’s still got the “soccer mom” image riding around, BUT the amount of interior space and comfort and convenience that it gave, far outweighed my personal hatred for the van, it was drawing me in! I think I may have been converted by the Toyota Sienna!

The interior is beautiful, the dashboard provides the driver with an easy angle to get to every button and screen. Everything is spread out in a way where either the driver or front seat passenger has easy access to just about everything. The seats are comfortable, even for short little me, I was able to see properly in every angle that I could.1030130826a

What I love most is the room that the 2013 Toyota Sienna provides. It seats up to 8 people, but here’s the strange thing, in the  trunk you’ll find a small removable seat that snaps between the second row captain chairs, it’s small, like seriously small, and I don’t think would be comfortable for an adult, maybe a child at that. Either way, it’s not something we used, or even if I owned the vehicle would be something I would use at all. The second row seats in the Sienna were kid tested and approved by comfort and room by my two daughters. I also loved that the 3rd row seating does provide enough room for adults as well as children. I’ve found in a few vehicles that third row seating can be almost pointless for a grown adult, but the Sienna provides the space!

The doors on both side of the van are automatic open and close via the key fob, or just a push of a button inside the van, no more pulling and tugging, let the Toyota Sienna do the work for you. The back seats in both rows have lots of storage and cup holders as well as A/C vents (which my girls love so they can control their temp back there).

When you’re not in need of the 3rd row seating, they fold down completely with just a single handle great if you need more trunk space.

The Toyota Sienna comes equip with six airbags – front and side for the front seats as well as curtain airbags. It also has electronic stability control. Also available in the 2013 Toyota Sienna is a pre-collision system, blind spot monitoring system, and a backup camera.

When it comes to technology the Toyota Sienna doesn’t disappoint. It has a touch-screen navigation system as well as a wide screen entertainment screen in the back, which I was a little worried about it obstructing my view, but there wasn’t an obstruction at all. The screen also can display two things at once, you can have a DVD playing on one side, and a Video game on another, less fighting for the kids!!! YAY! Always a plus!

I admit, this van seemed huge when I first got into it, and I wasn’t used to the way it handled, like I said I’ve avoided mini vans for a long long while. However, once I got driving around the ride was great, it was stable, and easy to maneuver, even when parking. Fuel economy is about 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

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Base-model Siennas start at $27,245, and come with everything a growing family needs: Rear air conditioning, cruise control, remote locking, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. And like all Toyotas, the Sienna’s price includes all scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles. Next up is the $30,795 LE model, which adds power sliding doors, a nicer stereo, and improved trim. Other choices include the sporty SE ($34,385) and luxury-themed XLE ($34,205) and all-wheel-drive Limited ($42,135) models.

The Sienna offers so many options, some of the list includes: a dual-pane sunroof, power tailgate, navigation system, leather upholstery, automatic headlights and wipers, radar cruise control, and the aforementioned dual-view entertainment system. Opt for everything and you can spend well over $47,000 on your Sienna..

Overall, I really fell in love with the Toyota Sienna, yes this Mini Van hating Mama said it, I fell in love with a Mini Van. We travel A LOT and the amount of space the 2013 Toyota Sienna gave us as a family was just what I’ve been thinking and looking for in our next vehicle purchase. Toyota I think you’ve won me over!

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October 22, 2013 – 11:05 AM - | Posted in #toyotatestdrive, Auto Reviews, Reviews | 3 Comments »

Disney On Ice Passport To Adventure Comes To Toledo!


Disney On Ice is making it’s way back to Toledo Ohio this December with a Passport To Adventure!

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Your favorite Disney characters including Micky and Minnie Mouse will be your tour guides as they take you on travels to four different enchanting worlds of Disney.

You’ll get to explore the Pride Lands of The Lion King with Simba, Timon and Pumba. Voyage under the sea with Ariel from The Little Mermaid and all of her aquatic friends. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell will bring you to jolly old London before flying to Never Land, and Lilo and Stich will take you on an adventure to visit their home in Hawaii.

Disney On Ice Passport To Adventure will be at The Huntington Center in Toledo Ohio December 4 through 8th.

Weekday tickets are just $15 on Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th performances!

For my readers, I have an EXCLUSIVE coupon code for you to save $4 per ticket on select performances. Visit Ticketmaster.com to purchase, and use the Promo Code MOUSE.

Disclaimer: Valid on Friday 7PM, Saturday 1PM & 5PM and Sunday 1PM & 5PM. Not valid on Front Row or VIP Tickets. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply.

I’m will be giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure in Toledo!

Be on the lookout for the giveaway post coming in November!

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October 18, 2013 – 12:28 PM - | Posted in Disney, Disney On Ice, Toledo | 3 Comments »

Wiggly Halloween and Pocoyo Boo! Giveaway


Halloween should be fun! It doesn’t always have to be scary especially for the little ones, so why not get your trick-or-treaters excited about Halloween and get the up and moving with The Wiggles in Wiggly Halloween or keep them entertained with Pocoyo and the Pocoyo Boo DVD!

NCircle Entertainment keeps kids excited about the Halloween season with The Wiggles in Wiggly Halloween. It will keep your kids not only entertained, but dancing and singing to fun songs like “Pumpkin Face”, “Mumbles the Monster”, “Trick or Treat” and more!

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Wiggly Halloween gives younger kids an interactive play time where they can enjoy Halloween without all the scary ghouls and goblins. Anthony, Emma, Lachy, and Simon will entertain your little ones with this Halloween special filled with new and favorite Halloween tunes! Sing along with “A Friendly Little Spider,” rattle your funny bones when you do the “Skeleton Scat,” and move and groove with new friend Mumbles the Monster! It’s a real treat to join in on this Halloween celebration with the Wiggles, Dorothy, Wags, Henry and Captain Feathersword. Let’s have a Wiggly Halloween!

Pocoyo is actually a favorite of mine, STILL… Such a cute program! Your kids will especially like it and probably end up screaming with laughter rather than fright. This movie brings laughter and fun as the characters say “BOO!” to unsuspecting people they meet.

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In Pocoyo Boo! Join Pocoyo and his friends on seven playful adventures. Whether it’s playing a new game called Boo!, enjoying a monster mash party, or pretending to be Godzilla & King Kong, every day is fun and engaging with Pocoyo and his friends!

Both DVDs are a great way to spend some family time with your younger kids. Both DVDs are available at retailers near you as well as on amazon.com.

How would you like to win a copy of each DVD for your family? All you have to do is enter via the Giveaway Tools widget below. Make sure to do the mandatory entry for all of your entries to count!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway ends 10/24/13 at 11:59 PM ET and is open to those with a US or Canadian mailing address (no P.O boxes).The winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen.Post is only by the opinion of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy, other views and opinions may vary, please see my disclosure policy for more information.
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October 17, 2013 – 11:47 PM - | Posted in Giveaways | 47 Comments »

Spooky Science: 5 Easy Educational Halloween Experiments


Glowing lights, eerie sounds and ghostly images….Halloween is the perfect opportunity to introduce science concepts to your children and explore changes in matter and chemical reactions. By using ordinary household items, parents can easily create these Spooky Science experiments compiled by the education team at Kiddie Academy® (www.KiddieAcademy.com). Set them up one at a time as boredom-busters, or incorporate all of them into a mad scientist-themed party! Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t realize that they’re learning.

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“Conducting fun holiday-themed experiments allows children to use their senses to see, touch, hear and smell science concepts. In fact, by conducting these Spooky Science activities, children are making predictions, observations and testing hypotheses, just like real scientists,” according to Richard Peterson, Kiddie Academy’s vice president of education.

To download a set of free Spooky Science activity cards with full directions for five easy Halloween projects from Kiddie Academy, along with an explanation of the science behind the magic, visit the Kiddie Academy blog here.

All are designed to be done with everyday materials and parental supervision (mostly to deal with any messes). Here’s what you’ll find: Bubbling Potion, Creepy Slime, Ghost Writing, Glow-in-the-Dark Mad Scientist Jars and the Ghostly Glove.-

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October 16, 2013 – 5:36 PM - | Posted in halloween | 5 Comments »
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