Since 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been officially designated as Grandparents Day. More than a reason to sell greeting cards, this annual event recognizes the strength, love and guidance grandparents provide to families. Although the recognized date is September 7th this year, any day is a great opportunity to celebrate grandparents.
Our children can learn so much simply by spending time talking with their grandparents and comparing their life stories. To start the process, Kiddie Academy has developed a free downloadable Family History project that includes both a family tree and a list of questions for children to ask grandparents.
“Children love knowing that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. Family history projects also help children to understand that they are in fact characters in a larger story that began before they were even born,” says Kiddie Academy’s Vice President of Education Richard Peterson. “Hearing about how grandma lived in a very different type of house, or how grandpa also had a pet dog can create connections through the generations that are both powerful and heartwarming.”
Be sure to record the interview with your favorite audio or video application so your family can revisit that new bit of family history in the future. Of course, you can also share bits via your favorite social media outlets now to friends and family, too.
September 4, 2014 – 8:47 PM - | Posted in free stuff, freebies | No Comments »
Summer travel posts are something that will be plugging up my post stream soon, we’ve traveled a few great places this summer, all in Ontario Canada and I can’t wait to share our adventures with you, however, this long weekend was our last trip of the summer up to Ontario and it was an expensive and disappointing one at that.
My daughter, who’s a huge comic and Anime fan really wanted to head to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, I myself am not a huge comic book fan, nor an Anime fan, however when I learned that Dave Bautista was going to be there (WWE Superstar, Guardians Of The Galaxy) I was in, there was no hesitation on my part.
So, Friday we took to the road, our 4 hour drive to Hamilton to stay with my parents, and then the next day took the train to Toronto. My daughter was excited, but I was beyond ecstatic to finally meet Dave Bautista, who I love, adore and have been a fan of for years!
We were going to purchase both our event tickets and photo opp tickets online, however, when I went to do so they were no longer available for purchase online. Odd, but whatever, we could just get them at the venue, easy right? Nope not at all!
Me and my hubby just celebrated our 12th anniversary, and as his gift to me, I was going to get my photo with Batista! My gift to him, a photo opp with WWE Diva’s Trish Stratus and Lita, together! An amazing opportunity!
We get to the Metro Toronto Convention Center and see a huge line of people, who were there for someone, I find an Fan Expo worker and ask, where do we purchase tickets, he points to the right, we start walking that way and even though the signs I’m seeing to the right say pre-purchased tickets, we were walking that way. We see another worker so I decided to ask. She points us to the left and says you take a right, walk into the parking garage and purchase tickets there. I asked her, is that where you purchase photo opp and autograph tickets as well? She says yes. So, away we go, for a very LONG walk, at least 15-20 minutes away from the venue, no signs about tickets until we’re about 2 blocks away. We walk into this underground parking lot where there’s 2 lines. One VERY long one for Debit purchase and the other almost non existent line for cash only. We waited in line for about an hour and a half, in which time we probably could have walked to an ATM and back quicker, but being not from the area, we had no idea where the closest ATM was, and no one there knew until we got to the bottom of the line and he told us 2 blocks away, too late now!
We finally get to the ticket booth and state 2 adults, 1 child, and that we need to purchase our photo opp tickets there as well, to which the girl states we purchase those inside in the North building. We were apparently in the south building. So we ask how do we get there, to which the response we get is, I don’t know, you’ll see signs once you get in.
Not thinking it would be hard, we look for signs, see NONE, ask someone and they have no clue either. So we walk, finally see a security guard and mind you, we arrived in Toronto around 10am. It’s now 11:30, my photo opp for Batista starts at 2:00pm. The security guard tells us to keep going up the escapologist till we can’t go up anymore, about 5 flights from where we are. We walk, and walk, and go and about 1/2 hour later arrive in the North Building. Fighting with the crowds, and walking and seeing no maps, no signs, no schedule signs or anything along the way. Arrive in the North building and I again ask a Fan Expo worker, where do I go to purchase Photo Op tickets? She doesn’t know, tells me there’s an information booth around here that way somewhere. Great! Finally find the info booth and she tells me see the big photo opp sign? It’s there. I again ask her, that is where I can purchase tickets? She says yes. So we head that way, into a SEA of people, I’m not kidding it was so crowded, trying to stay with each other and keep my daughter with us, and get to where we were trying to go was almost impossible.
I finally see where you can purchase tickets, and its all CASH ONLY! WHAT?? These photo opps are not cheap, Batista was one of the cheaper ones at $60, and hubby’s photo with the Diva’s was $70, I don’t carry cash like that on me. So we find where the end of the line is, which is all the way at the end of the building, me and my daughter wait in line, hubby goes to find an ATM. Someone asks the Fan Expo worker how long the line was at this point, she said about an hour or more…. It’s now 1:00pm….Remember, my photo opp starts at 2:00pm….We both look at her and say, the photo opp we want starts at 2, she states you won’t make it, you probably won’t want to stay in line. I’m freaking out, almost in tears..YES I AM THAT MUCH OF A FAN!
Hubby calls me pissed off beyond belief. We’ve now been there for 3 hours and haven’t done a thing, and now the ATM won’t take his American cards. NONE OF THEM! So now we have no cash, no way to get our photo opp and have wasted $110.00 admission, $42 on a train ride, and 3 hours of our day!
I traveled 4 hours to meet and get a photo with Batista, that was my ONLY reason for going. Yes I wanted to take my daughter as well, but if Batista wasn’t there, honestly we wouldn’t have gone.
We get out of line, I run into the bathroom and just sit in the stall and cry, my day, my weekend has been CRUSHED. My daughter tries to calm me down, yes I’m an idiot for crying I realize this, but to me, this was a HUGE deal.
We finally decide this is now a day to get a long with for my daughters sake, and we do, however, we were dropping a ton of money on this, and Epic Photo Ops dropped the ball big time, disorganized line, people cutting, and taking cash only? Who carries cash in this day and age?
Never mind that the ATMs don’t take international cards. I had to pull money out of my Paypal Mastercard account that had little money in it just to get through the day, thankfully that one worked!
The crowds were unbelievable, you could barely move sometimes, I didn’t even get many photos in fear of my camera dropping and not wanting to fish it out of my bag, just too many people to even take photos sometimes, and with the halls being all spaced out, it took you half an hour or more to get to place to place, going up and down multiple escalators and not having ANY schedules and signs posted at all. I had no idea that Batista was doing autograph sessions, or a Q&A that day, it wasn’t on the website, there was no info on the app, no signs nothing. I found out on HIS Facebook page when I finally had signal on my phone and it was too late.
I have never been to a more unorganized event in my life. If you have people working, please train them, they knew nothing, have signs, it helps tremendously for your attendees. Don’t over sell tickets, let people purchase tickets online, have better and more ATMs and please don’t offer cash only at huge events like this….Also, keep you tickets all in one place, having to go to a million different places, all far away from each other to purchase tickets for different things is ridiculous!!!!
I’d never attend a Fan Expo again, we’ll stick with ComicCon, Wizard World or DragonCon from now on and I don’t recommend anyone going to such a disorganized event! At least my daughter had fun….
September 1, 2014 – 11:49 AM - | Posted in daily life | 2 Comments »
Summer is over and it’s back to school, back to routine for most of us. It also means time for fashion and style to kick back in whether it be for ourselves or or kids. I know we’ve stopped at the salon, picked up new products and are trying new styles with the new school year. The VMAs have even inspired some new looks that my daughters would like to try, which is great because Walmart and TRESemme have teamed up to help create those new TRESemme VMA looks and trends and create some salon gorgeous hair in your home!
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August 30, 2014 – 10:31 AM - | Posted in beauty, products, promotions | No Comments »
SummerSlam has always been one of my favorite Pay Per Views from WWE. It’s almost as great as a Wrestlemania, but in the middle of the year! This year was no exception, SummerSlam was AMAZING!
Although, I will admit, the night of, I was at a One Direction concert with my daughter, dodging the spoilers was a hard thing to do, and I did catch wind of one of the matches, however, I still took to the WWE Network (for only $9.99/mth) after I returned home to catch SummerSlam in its entirety!
Before I go into any details, let’s check out the matches:
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship (my pick, Ziggler)
AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Divas Championship (my pick, AJ)
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (my pick, Rusev)
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (my pick, Ambrose)
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt (my pick, Jericho)
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella (my pick, Stephanie McMahon)
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns (my pick, Roman Reigns)
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (my pick, Brock Lesnar)
So, now that you know the card, and who my choices to win were, let’s see what happened….
The Intercontinental Championship match: The Miz (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler.
This was a really good match, love of drama and both did a great job. Ziggler brought back his super kick, which would be awesome if he made that his finisher again. Ziggler pulled out all the stops in this match and was set on winning. The Miz played the role of the cocky arrogant roll very well, and his ring gear coming to the ring, well, it looked like a cross between an apron and a cape. To my amazement, Ziggler won the match which made me so happy because this is one guy who deserves a belt and a push within the WWE!
Divas Championship match: AJ Lee (C) vs. Paige.
AJ is already one of my favorite Diva’s so for me to pick her as retaining champion isn’t a stretch, I love her, and love the role she plays. The Divas match was actually really good, it actually rivaled some of the men on the card, one of the better Divas matches we’ve had in WWE in a long time. Paige kicked up the viciousness quite a bit toying with AJ throughout the match, and there were many points AJ looked strong and like she was going to win but, unfortunately Paige won the match and the Divas Championship by reversing the black widow into the rampage.
Jack Swagger vs. Resuv.
A match I honestly couldn’t care less about, I’m not a Swagger fan, and not a Resuv fan either, so this one I was in and out of and honestly didn’t pay much attention to. The crowd really loved it though and it was a big let down match because Swagger tried, and didn’t give up. The crowd hates Resuv and you could hear it! Resuv actually won the match, and if I’m right, that also means his domination continues (sigh) and he’s undefeated in singles matches.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose.
Definitely MATCH OF THE NIGHT! They did the impossible which is take a Lumberjack match and make it the most wild and entertaining match you’ve ever seen, it was a crazy ride. The place came unglued several times especially when Ambrose dove over the side, and when he curb stomped Rollins. However, Kane the Director of Operations came out and stole the victory from Ambrose and helped Rollins to win again. Regardless of the outcome though the match was incredible! They both looked like the A+ players of the night in this match. These two right now, can feud as long as they have to if they keep bringing it like they are.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt.
I’m a huge Jerichoholic! Always have been, so for me I was excited to see my guy in the ring, and Bray Wyatt with his creepy self never seems to disappoint with a good match, however, Jericho wasn’t looking as strong as he normally was and it seemed that Wyatt got in his head from jump street. The match wasn’t all that great, it was the beginning of the end for Jericho when he got Sister Abigaled into the outside barricade. I honestly think these two could have pulled off a better match when they did, it wasn’t one of Jericho’s finest matches, and he lost the match to boot with Bray Wyatt winning with a pin fall.
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella.
WHAT? Two Diva’s Matches on one pay per view? The WWE Universe must be frozen over, we rarely get one diva’s match and now we get 2? And 2 good ones at that? This match was amazing. Stephanie dominated Brie, to the point where the crowd started cheering “You Still Got It” it was hard to Boo her in this match. It wasn’t just a slap fest, there was several real wrestling holds applied, Stephanie brought her A game to this match. Of course there was run ins, HHH came down to the ring followed by Nikki Bella. HHH got involved and pulled the ref out, which set up what looked like was going to be a Twin Magic by the Bellas, then the unbelievable happened where Nikki yanked Stephanie out of the way, and laid out Brie Bella, her own sister! Setting up the win for Stephanie with a Pedigree. Stephanie was ON FIRE and I’d love to see her wrestle more, however Steph, did you dig into Chyna’s old ring outfits? Find something better for your next match, please!
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton.
Two guys who I adore in the WWE, however, Roman Reigns is closer to the top with me right now over Randy Orton. There was so much going on in this match. Randy Orton dominated most of this match, the crowd was really getting into what Orton was doing. He was showing why he’s the face of the WWE and showcased his skills during this match. The place came unglued whenever either of these two hit their spots, for a few times you thought that Orton was going to bring back his famous Punt on Roman Reigns, but he didn’t, Reigns ducked the punt and claimed his victory with a spear on Randy Orton.
John Cena (C) vs. Brock Lesnar for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Let’s be honest. I’m not a happy camper that Brock Lesnar is back. I’m not a fan of his period BUT I really wanted to see someone have that championship besides John Cena (sorry Coach) for once, even if it was to a part timer. This match was an outright mauling! Lesnar looked like he wanted to get this match over with early. Right of the bat he F5’d Cena and became angered because Cena wouldn’t just lay down and die. There were several points in the match where he screamed at Cena to “Just Die”. He played with Cena like he was a piece of meat through the match. Cena had virtually no offense during the entire match, he didn’t look anything like a 15 time World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar made Cena look like a rookie! Everything Cena tried, Brock stopped. He imposed his will for roughly 25 minutes just beating on Cena, whether it be a suplex, F5 or flat out fist to the face with ground and pound. It was complete brutality towards Cena, so as you can imagine Lesnar won the match with a series of suplexe’s, ground and pound and an F5 to be the New World Heavyweight Championship.
Even if you have seen SummerSlam it’s worth seeing again, SummerSlam 2014 was an amazing show, the matches were well done and almost all of the matches had a point to them, the bar has been raised within the WWE! If you want to watch it over again as I will be, you have all the chances you’d like on the WWE Network for just $9.99 a month, and don’t forget, the next pay per view is Night of Champions which hopefully will being amazing since it has to follow this great one! $9.99 on the WWE Network!!
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