Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lego KidFest is back in Virginia *giveaway*

If you have a child between the ages of 4 and....well, lets be honest when do you ever not love Legos?  I know I love them and sometimes I just have to control myself from putting together all of my son's Lego's before he gets the chance to.  My littlest, who is almost three, even loves them.  Truly, Lego's are timeless. Approximately seven Lego sets are sold every second, and Lego MiniFigures represent the largest population of people - 4 billion have been produced over the last 30 years. One of the coolest things to attend, as a Lego Lover, is KidFest. KidFest was here earlier this summer and the response was crazy overwhelming!  We didn't even make it.  I am thrilled that they are coming back, this time to Richmond; and I have tickets just for you!

What is Lego KidsFest?

The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Virginia - at the Richmond Convention Center -- from October 3-5, 2014.
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 Richmond-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember."  

There are five sessions available, $22 for adults and $20 for children.  All sessions are identical, and this is the second to last stop for the year.  KidsFest ends its tour in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Get your tickets because they will most likely sell out fast!!!  You can purchase them here.


One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, October 3,  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 Monday Sept 15 and announced via my social media!

Enter HERE!!!!

**This giveaway is brought to you by USFamilyGuide.  This is a sponsored post, and I was given a product in exchange for my posting.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own; take 'em or leave them.**
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Big Apple Circus in DC *Giveaway*

I'm so excited to be able to offer my local readers a chance to win two tickets to the Big Apple Circus here in the DC area next month. Please take a moment to check out my original post all about the Circus, and find out how to score some discounted tickets as well.

The Big Apple Story begins in 1974 in Kent, England with American Jugglers, Paul Binder and Michael Christensen.  In 1976 they took their act home after much success across the pond, and one year later they had their first tent-raising in Battery Park.  They set out to create the not-for-profit, Big Apple Circus; which has been a huge success in New York, as well as traveling around the country.  Giving back to the community is a large part of their core values, and they have created several community groups that do just that.  Another cool thing about Big Apple Circus is that they also provide Autism -Friendly shows, partnering with Autism Speaks and the Autism Theater Initiative; which just shows their full dedication to families.

Good Luck, and see you at the Circus!!!

**this giveaway is brought to you in partnership with US Family Guide. I received tickets to the show in exchange for my honest opinion and review, as well as to bring this giveaway to you. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own, take them or leave them.**

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Circus is Coming to Town!!!! *discount for my readers*

The Big Apple Circus is coming to town with their all-new show "Metamorphosis".  I'm thrilled to be able to announce this and pass on some savings to my awesome readers.

Performing at Dulles Town Center Sept 18 - Oct. 5; fly away to the magical All-New Show, METAMORPHOSIS. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! You will be thrilled by the Flying Trapeze, the razzle-dazzle of the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the cunning conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible flexible limbs of the Contortionists. See and hear the musical merriment of our featured clown and camels, horses, playful pooches and more. Come immerse yourself in the wonder, joy and astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS! The show runs 2 hours with intermission. Get your tickets today! You can visit their website for more info and to learn more about the amazing cast of the show.

My Readers Save $10 Off with promo code: BIGAPPLE (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Children under 3 are free when seated on the lap of a paid adult.)

Hurray and grab your tickets for the Circus!!!!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Social Week 115 Linky

It's time for another Sunday Social with Ashley Lately and A Complete Waste of Make-up!
It's been so long since I've done one, and I really missed it.  So here I am linking up.  If you've never linked up, please do.  I've found so many wonderful blogs doing this link-up; and Ashley and Neely are just the best.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

1. What is one item you wish you could splurge on right now
A Vacation!  Oh man I want to go on a real, long, vacation with the kids so bad right now.  That's what I would splurge on right now.
2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do?
I would probably do my cross-stitch pattern I'm working on right now, read and just relax.  I don't get to squeeze that in too much during the week.  that would be really nice.
3. What is the next place you are visiting outside of your current city?
I want to visit some of the smaller towns down south from where we are.  We've spent a lot of time exploring so many nooks and cranies of DC, but we haven't ventured out too much and I really want to do that.  Pennsylvania and New York are also on my hit list soon.
4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug?
I think I'm somewhere in between.  I'm not a crazy ocd neat freak, but I'm definitely not living in a pig sty.  So that's pretty good....a little bit of both and somewhere in the middle
5. What is your favorite summer purchase?
I finally had to get rid of some of my favorite summer sandals.  I just couldn't figure out what to
replace them with. I just loved them so much.  But I finally found these little babies at Target and on clearance too.

They have them in black and white too.  The white are pretty darn cute.

Thanks for stopping by and stick around awhile.  Let me know if you're new or if you see something you like!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dear Nicholas suck *BEST OF ME Review and SPOILERS!!*


I wouldn't consider myself to be a glutton for punishment, but why oh why did I pick up Nicholas' Sparks latest "soon to become a movie" book.  Why oh Why!!!!?? *shakes head in hands*  I'll tell you why.  It was an evil trick and you suck Nicholas Sparks!!  Here's the trick people

The second trick is even worse!!!

Although, to be fair I hadn't seen Trick #2 when I went onto amazon and got the book.  So there I was, innocent and sweet, reading what looked to be like a romantic love story.  You know he lulled us into submission Safe Haven.  I loved the book and the movie.  It ended exactly how you wanted to end it; and it was almost as if a women had written it.  But I should have known better.  This is Nicholas Sparks we're talking about.  (and just for a fun fact - my 12 degrees of separation is that Nicholas Sparks went to high school with my mom's best friend - my non-biological aunt)  So I had faith; faith that the streak would continue and this would be a beautiful love story.  Oh man, love that spans time.....nothing can break it, even growing up and moving on.  But then......


So I started to read the book, and she was married.  Married!!  Freaking married! So anything she does with the love of her life is going to be an affair.  What?  Then, they try to make you hate her husband because he drinks; but there is so much more to the story than that.  Then, out of nowhere her son gets in a horrendous car accident, has to go to the hospital, starts to get better, and then his heart takes a turn for the worse.  And then it becomes like watching a horrible train wreck in slow motion.  You know the kind where you can't look away.  I knew exactly what was going to happen.  It all became clear, which either says a lot about me - that I am an amazing book reader and should be writing my own books - or it says that Mr. Sparks is running out of gusto.  You shouldn't be able to see the ending coming from a mile away, at least I don't think so.  Although I guess I should say you shouldn't be able to see a horrible ending coming from a mile away.  Seeing a happily ever coming from a mile away is somehow okay with me.

He dies, Dawson freaking dies because her son gets his heart.  Seriously??  I mean come on people?!!!  Oh, I was so mad!!!  And I'm still mad...seriously I will never fall for one of his evil tricks again!!!!  Fool me once, shame on me...fool me twice...shame on you!!

so, there you have it, A Walk To Remember was beautiful, despite the sadness.  I loved The Notebook.  You were lucky I found out about all the others before committing to reading them or going to see the movie.  Then Safe Haven totally lulled me into complacency.  Never again man!!!  You Suck!!!

**this review was not sponsored by anyone, my thoughts and opinions are my own...including my Snark and Sarcasm.  Don't hate me!**

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Read my latest on The HUN

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Sgt Ryan Pitts, the latest MOH recipeint, as well as several of his battle buddies.  I shared some of their thoughts on Homefront United Network this week.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on there by leaving comments and sharing the article. 


Medal of Honor Recipient, Ryan Pitts, Honors Spouses and Family…

During the Battle of Wanat, one of the fiercest battles of the war, Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts was the sole survivor of his outpost; but fought alongside many others. On July 21st, SSG Pitts received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor during a ceremony held at the White House. Shortly after receiving our Nation’s highest military honor,  former SSG Pitts sat down with several battle buddies in the Pentagon. Pitts sat alongside First Sergeant David Dzwik, Major Mathew Meyer, Brian Hissong and Mike Denton, all of whom were with him that day in Afghanistan.
Honoring the nine that died that day sheds the light on the kind of person Ryan Pitts is and has become. Before accepting the award, Pitts made it clear he would only attend and accept if the families of his fallen brothers from that day were also in attendance. The White House made that happen.

read the rest by heading over to The HUN.....
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Candle Addiction Continues with Prize Candle *review and reveal*


I love me some candles, and even more when there is jewelry inside.  Who wouldn't right?  Of course winning the jackpot, with the most expensive ring would be the cherry on top of the sundae; but I had no doubt that whatever Prize Candle delivered would be beautiful.

Prize Candles are eco-conscious, all natural, soy candles, which smell absolutely divine.  I received Adriatic Fig, which is a very subdubed but nice scent.  I love that the smell wasn't overwhelming and didn't give me a headache.  They are a nice size and pleasant to look at, fitting in with your decor.  I also love the little pink and white striped boxes they come in.  So cute right?

Now my favorite part!  I didn't really have to burn the candle all that long to get the ring out.  It did however require some digging, because it wasn't just in a little plastic baggy with protective covering.  It was in this plastic shell sort of thing, which was a lot bigger, and harder, to get out then I thought it was going to be.

 there it is!!  oh man, I'm so excited.

so I maybe should have waited a little longer because I took out a good chunk of wax.  But I just couldn't wait yo!
there it is!!!

Despite it being something I probably never would have purchased by just looking at it, I really liked it. It's unique and very interesting.  And I'm not sure how it's possible, but it fits perfectly.  How did they know?!! Perhaps the coolest thing about Prize Candle is that you get a little code with your ring so you can know 100% how much your ring is worth.  This little gem is only the $10.00 version but its still beautiful and I'm really happy with it.  Prize Candles are also super affordable at just $24.00.  I think its a really good deal and perfect for gift giving.  Its kind of two gifts in one, and what kind of awesome friend would you be if your friend landed the $5,000 prize.  I would only be a little bit jealous.....okay, maybe a lot jealous.  They might owe you big time.

**I received this in partnership with Tastemaker Moms.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  Take them or leave them.

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