Cedar Point is looking for families! #Ohio


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One of our favorite places to go every year is Cedar Point. A great place for the family, rides, games, and just an all over fun time to have with each other.

Cedar Point is looking for a family with personality to be the ones that share their plans for 2014 with the world! Simply submit your 1-minute audition video via YouTube to be considered. Give them pizzazz! Give them fun! Give them excitement! How you do that is up to you!

Certain restrictions apply – please see official rules for details.
Open to U.S. residents only; must be able to travel unassisted to Cedar Point in mid-August.

Click here for more information and GOOD LUCK!

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August 6, 2013 – 6:00 PM - | Posted in promotions | 3 Comments »

Exclusive WrestleMania 30 Travel Packages available Monday, Aug. 12! #WWE #WWEMoms


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Wrestlemania is one of the shows that is a MUST to see live, in person if you’re a WWE fan. I myself have been to two already, and I’d love to go to WrestleMania XXX (30) if possible, that will have to wait and see.

To make things a little easier, and A LOT more fun, WWE offer’s travel packages to the most exciting show of the year.

This year, Wrestlemania XXX takes over New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 6, 2014, and travel packages for the biggest week in WWE history go on sale next Monday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. ET!

Don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate 30 years of The Showcase of the Immortals with tickets to WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, WrestleMania Axxess and more.

WWE will have five different tiers of packages to chose from, starting at $795 per person. In addition to tickets to WrestleMania Week activities and various options for hotel room accommodations, every package includes a $50 gift card to the world-famous Pat O’Brien’s restaurant in the French Quarter!

Sure it sounds like a lot, but not only is your hotel included you get to do so many fun things like (depending on your package) meet WWE Superstars, gain exclusive autographs from your favorite WWE Superstar, see the WWE Hall Of Fame Induction, and of course have your seats for Wrestlemania among so many other great things that are included in these Travel Packages!

Be sure to visit WWE.com on Monday, Aug. 12, for details on all the packages and your first opportunity to save your place at The Showcase of the Immortals!

Also, right now you can “Pin It To Win It” with WWE.

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WWE is giving away three WWEShop.com gift cards in honor of SummerSlam! Pin one image from their Pinterest board and you have the chance to win a $500, $100 or $50 gift card. For more information visit – http://woobox.com/6pda6r/3v2agx

Don’t forget to tune in for SummerSlam on August 18th at 8/7 CT, available only on PPV. Must enter before August 18th at 11:59pm ET to be eligible to win.

I am participating in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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August 6, 2013 – 8:28 AM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Wrestlemania, Wrestling, WWE | 3 Comments »

Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 Comes to Flint MI. #Giveaway


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It’s that time of year!! Time for Thomas the Tank Engine to pull into a station near you!!

Thomas the Tank Engine® is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad for Day Out With Thomas®: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

During the Go Go Thomas Tour, you will be able to take a 40 minute (approximate) ride with Thomas The Tank Engine, Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, visit the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets.

You can also take part in storytelling, video viewing and live sXZ_USYrSzs0aemPFOvCK5GIvj1apehMjxI0hFyzpTM,ekj5gSLUxbc61Hd1f-hjqpofur6uez5zfB-X5PzUTesmusic, Bob the Builder Show, Bob the Builder meet & greet, Sir Topham Hat meet & greet, a variety of live entertainment, inflatables, straw maze, model railroad layout, farm animals, Bubbles Galore, historical demonstrations: print shop, barber shop, grist mill, tin/leather shop, first-person interpretation in the Village’s historic homes and more!

The Go Go Thomas Tour will be August 16-18 & 23-25 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Tour is visiting Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad: 6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI.

Not in the Flint, MI area? No problem, the tour, now in its 18h year, will be making stops in more than 45 US cities and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2013. Day Out With Thomas®: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 is presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children’s entertainment, and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company, and all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas™: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html or geneseecountyparks.org. Ticket prices are $20 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, 800.648.7275 or geneseecountyparks.org.

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit thomasandfriends.com

Follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook at facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

How would you like to win a family 4 pack of tickets to The Go Go Thomas Tour in Flint, MI on 8/25/2013 with your train ride at 11:00:00 AM? Just visit the giveaway widget below, and enter via the mandatory entry, then come back to see extra entries that are available. The mandatory entry must be done in order for your entry to be valid.

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August 5, 2013 – 11:52 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | 15 Comments »

10 Tips: Back to School Resolutions for Parents


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Each new school year is a chance for children to start fresh and establish new routines.  The same is true for parents, who play a huge role in a child’s education.   As you send your children back to school this year, consider making a few resolutions of your own to make this a successful academic year.  Most importantly, share the list with your child to help set expectations for both of you.

Education expert Renee Thompson, Kiddie Academy, offers the following thought starters for resolutions parents may wish to make, along with the reason why each is important.

Parents’ Back to School Resolutions:

1.      I will give you a break after school if you need it before asking you to start homework.

Why: some children can jump right into homework and others are more focused after having some time to unwind.  See what works best for your child.

2.      I will stay in touch with your teachers throughout the year.

Why: Communication is the key to early detection of potential problems.  If your child is struggling, an open line of communication with the teacher will help in resolving the issue.

3.      I will ask for positive feedback from your teachers.

Why: We’re all busy, including teachers, meaning that sometimes parents only hear when there is a problem.  That’s not really fair to your kids or to you – if you’re going to endure the bad stuff, you both deserve to hear the good stuff, too.

4.      I will offer guidance and assistance, but not a full solution, when you encounter a challenge.

Why: Children need to develop problem-solving skills.  If their parents are constantly “fixing” things, the child will never learn to negotiate the inevitable bumps in the road.

5.      I will enforce a consistent bed time, even if you fight me on it.

Why: Getting a good night’s sleep will allow your child to start the school day refreshed and ready to learn.

6.      I will provide a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

Why: Just like sleep, your body and your brain need fuel to function at their highest level.

7.      I will stock up on school supplies so you’ll have what you need.

Why: Nobody wants to run out of paper or glue when finishing a project.  Stock up in the fall, when prices are low, and keep the supplies in an easy-to-access location.  Consider making a Homework Bin – you can find directions here.

8.      I will listen to your opinions on Back To School fashion choices, and do my best to accommodate your requests — within reason.

Why:  It’s important to show your child that you respect and value their opinions, even if you don’t agree with them.  You can still have the final say; however, listening is key.

9.      I will document your FIRST day of school with a photo every year.  I will be discreet and take the photo at home.  I will not follow you to school or ride the bus to get candid shots.

Why: One day, your child will want to look back and remember how they looked as they grew up.  You can save the memories for them until they’re old enough to appreciate them.

10.      I will take a picture of you on your LAST day of school each year.

Why: It’s amazing how much kids grow over the course of a school year.  Take a photo and compare it to the first day of school picture.   Sharing the photos with your child is the perfect opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments.

To download a PDF list of Back to School Resolutions, with space to add your own ideas, visit the Kiddie Academy Family Essentials blog at kafamilyessentials.com.

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August 5, 2013 – 11:15 AM - | Posted in back to school | 5 Comments »

Did You Know – The UNREAL truths about what is in some of your favorite candy!


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I’ve been a supporter of UNREAL Candy, not only does it taste great, but when I want to give my kids a little treat I don’t feel ‘as bad’ as I normally would. Apparently I’m not the only supporter of this either, some oother supporters are: Dr. Mark Hyman (NY Times best-selling author), Robyn O’Brien (mom & advocate), Matt Damon, Gisele Bundchen and John Legend. These well-known individuals, plus UNREAL Candy Founders Adam Melonas & Nicky Bronner, offer some surprising truths about the food industry.

Created by SoulPancake Co-Founder Joshua Homnick, the following video reveals that ingredients in our candy don’t need to be there — like artificial colors, corn syrup, chemical preservatives, hydrogenated oils and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Did you know…
◦ Artificial food dyes like Yellow 5, Red 40 and some other artificial additives in America’s leading candies are banned in countries like the UK and France?
◦ America’s favorite peanut butter cups contain TBHQ, (which is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel)?
◦ Candy can be made with lots less sugar and taste better?
◦ That a 13-year-old is helping start a movement for change?

13-year-old Nicky Bronner asked the simple question: “Why do the foods we love the most have to be so bad for us?” Nicky, along with Master Chef Adam Melonas, reinvented America’s favorite candies, replacing all of the junk with real ingredients. The best part – UNREAL is available at retailers like Target, Stop & Shop and other local retailers, for a comparable price as your old favorites. This movement for change can sometimes be as simple as the candy bar you choose (and retailers and manufacturers are watching).

Check out the video below and learn more about what is in some of your favorite foods (shocking!). (Credit: Content Studio Group in association with Stardust.tv)

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July 30, 2013 – 11:48 AM - | Posted in health | 6 Comments »
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