This past weekend, my family and I were invited to check out Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam at the Huntington Center in Toledo. Not really my thing honestly, but I figured why not, it would be fun for the girls. We’ll fun for my oldest daughter who was thrilled, my youngest, not so much, the girly girl didn’t want to show any excitement about heading to a monster truck show.
Truth be told, my daughters and hubby have been to a Monster Jam show before, I have not, and honestly never really had the urge to go. How fun would it be to watch a bunch of monster trucks crashing, crushing cars, jumping hills. Not my idea of fun, or so I had once thought!
We had the fun opportunity to get right down and dirty with the monster trucks as we were invited to a special pizza party in the pit before the show. Adorned with tables, chairs, pizza, veggies, cookies and refreshments, along with goodies for the kiddos, we were on the floor, with two giant monster trucks (Grave Digger and Dragon’s Breath). My oldest daughter was in heaven! She fell instantly in love with Dragon’s Breath as she’s a big lover of dragons and reptiles. My youngest daughter sat at the table with her coat on. Not thrilled. Until a little later when we found this going on….
Yes, that’s her, miss girly girl getting down and dirty in the dirt, having the time of her life! Mingling with the other kids, making friends as they tried to dig to the ice under the dirt (or so they thought ice was under there). Once we all had something to eat, took some photos and played around in the dirt, we got to meet the Monster Jam drivers, and get autographs, it was such a fun time before the show and a great experience!
Time came pretty quickly as we left the pit and were off to find our seats, at this point I had asked my daughters if they had fun down in the pit, and to my surprise BOTH of them said yes, and I’ll be honest, I had quite the time myself! The show was about to start, ear plugs were put in our ears, and the trucks were right beneath us, once they started up, the diesel fumes were a nice touch (yuck) but we could bare with it as we tucked our noses under our shirts for a bit.
Seeing these HUGE monster trucks, crushing cars, flipping over (Grave Digger did this twice) and jumping hills was in fact FUN! I actually surprised myself and had a GREAT time! It’s not something you see everyday, not something you get to experience a lot, even the dirt bike tricks and motorcycles were a hit with us. My family and the others in attendance seemed to have a great time. It was quite the amazing event! Beyond the noise and the fumes, the merchandise was unbelievable, and although I never thought I’d be a Monster Jam fan myself, I almost bought myself a Grave Digger hat! Believe that!
Would I recommend checking out Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam when it comes to your city? Would I recommend checking it out once it comes back to Toledo? ABSOLUTELY!
To find dates, and more information visit www.monsterjam.com.
March 12, 2014 – 11:06 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »
Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. It will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014.
On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
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March 12, 2014 – 9:34 PM - | Posted in Giveaways | 50 Comments »
It’s been a long, long very cold winter here in Ohio, in fact I will really be surprised if it ever ends! I know it will, but ugh, can it end now already? I need a break, the family needs a break, we need some sun, we need some warmth we need something to do besides trek around in the snow all day long!
Thankfully, a few weeks ago, we did get the chance to get into some 80 degree weather, and get into our bathing suits and swim thanks to a visit at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio.
Sandusky isn’t a far drive for us at all, in fact I’m surprised we’ve never decided to visit the indoor water park before. The girls were excited, and although hubby had to work, I brought my best friend with me to enjoy the warmth, she’s from Canada so she was going through the same weather we had been, if not worse.
Castaway Bay’s water park is attached to the hotel, where you can also find gift shops, restaurants, an arcade and of course the water park itself, all inside a nice warm building. There’s also a shipwreck when you first walk in along with talking parrots (no their not real).
Once we checked into our room, the first thing the girls wanted to do was go swimming, but I wanted to do a little walk around the hotel since we’ve never stayed there before. The hotel was really nice, clean and the staff were very warm and welcoming. What I loved about our room, was that it also had a mini fridge to use and a microwave, important when traveling with kids!
We walked past the arcade which of course we had to walk into. You can buy credits on a re-loadable card and game away to win prizes. Think of Chuck-E-Cheese. You can win at claw machines, or win tickets or credits on your card to choose prizes over by the desk, perfect for families!
After our little tour around the hotel and into the arcade and gift shops we went back into our room, changed into our bathing suits and away we went to have some swimming fun! Walking into the water park, it was heaven!! It was so nice and warm! 82 degrees in fact! There was so much to do and see! Water slides, a wave pool, a shallow play area for toddlers even a raft ride! My favorite part included, the hot tub which went from indoors to outdoors, and even in the winter, going outside was almost refreshing being in that hot tub with the snow all around you.
The girls favorite part was probably the wave pool, at times it’s calm, just a time to swim around and then the waves start and the fun begins!
No one wanted to leave when it was time, dinner time of course! We were treated to a buffet that included pizza and salad which was perfect! After dinner, it was time to go back get into our suits again and hang our in the water.
After a long day of swimming, a night in the comfortable beds was just what we needed, but come morning, no one wanted to leave, including myself. Will we return to Castaway Bay? That’s a big fat YES! Even in the spring/summer and Fall months, this is a great place to visit, very family friendly and fun to be had by all!
February 24, 2014 – 11:03 AM - | Posted in travel | No Comments »
With the winter months, we notice our home gets very dry, so a good humidifier is a godsend, plus with winter comes colds, and if you have kids, you know how much a humidifier can help with those sore throats and dry coughs.
The Luma Comfort HCW10B Cool & Warm Mist Humidifier helps you out whether it be a dry home and you’re trying to prevent dry skin, or allergies or colds. I love the look, it’s very sleek and modern design, in fact you probably wouldn’t know it was a humidifier at first look.
The Luma Comfort HCW10B has automatic humidity control. What does that mean? Well, the unit will send out the proper amount of humidity in the room thanks to the build in hygrometer. It also allows for both cool and warm misting. One thing I love is that the tank is anti-bacterial and removes easily. We’ve had humidifiers in the past that got very yucky, quickly. I don’t have to worry about that with the HCW10B.
There’s also a demineralization cartridge that keeps the Luma Comfort HCW10B clean and function and controls lime scale and mineral build up.
You’ll also find that the Luma Comfort HCW10B humidifier has a digital LED display, silent operation, a low water level indicator and runs for up to 40 hours on a single tank. I also really like the memory function. If the unit is turned off, once it’s turned on again it goes back to the last setting. The 12 hour timer allows you to set how long you want it to run, fill the tank and away you go, ready to use!
This is for smaller rooms like a bedroom or office (suggested rooms up to 538 sq. Ft.), so using it in the kids room was great, we also used it in our office when using that room as well. I can’t recommend this humidifier enough, we just love it! It’s something I’d recommend if you’re looking for a humidifier for a smaller space.
February 22, 2014 – 1:01 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »
A lot of my friends are heading back to school right now. With our kids getting older we’re able to take back our own time and do something we would love to do. I’ve even thought about going back myself, but for me, I’m just too busy right now and don’t think it’s the right time, or I’d have the focus I should. However, I do have a few friends that have gone back to school to be CNA’s or a nurse and they are loving it! It’s tough, but they’re getting through it.
A great place to get started if you are looking to become a Certified Nursing Assistant is to visit www.findcnaclasses.com. Visiting this website can help you get started on your journey by finding a class for you in your own area.
You can also take CNA classes online which can help you out by allowing you flexibility and the ability to take classes around your schedule. For those with kids I know this is a huge bonus!
FindCNAClasses can help you learn about the different programs and what you would be looking forward to learning, as well as telling you about the different schools available near you that you’re able to enroll in.
There’s always a need in the medical field, so if you were even thinking about being a CNA head over and take a look, even if you’re not ready just yet, when the time is right you’ll be a step ahead of yourself!
February 22, 2014 – 12:38 PM - | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »