January 2015, Latest & Greatest News

The Moms Magazine!

Hi Friends! I am SUPER EXCITED to share with you that I am a contributing writer for the Winter 2015 Issue of The Mom’s Magazine! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I wrote my article — “10 Simple Tips for Positive Parenting in 2015”

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Please check it out from the digital copy of the magazine here

Also, you can request your FREE subscription to the magazine HERE! (includes FREE shipping & handling too….awesome!!) The magazine’sย goal is to share the incredible articles and information from every issue ofย The MOMS Magazine as far as possible within the continental United States of America!

I am so proud to be a part of this issue โค

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Until next time, friends!

~H

January 2015, Latest & Greatest News, Sponsored Post

XTREME Circus Fun

Recently, we were invited by Feld Media toย attend the newย Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileyยฎ Presents CIRCUS XTREMEย atย the Amway Center inย Orlando. No other compensation was given & all opinions below are my own.

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It had been many years since both Stephen & I had been to see a Ringling Bros. show, and for Liam, this was his very 1st experience! It was so thrilling! If you have ever been to a circus, this new XTREME show is unlike any show you have ever seen! ย While we saw the traditional favorites of the animals, tricks, and clowns, with this show, there were also beautiful acrobatics & amazing stunts!

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Little man said his favorite part of the show was the clowns AND the music ๐Ÿ™‚

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This family on the trapeze was crazy good!! I was scared for them, but they pulled off their performance without a hitch ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Liam’s eyes lit up when the elephants came out!

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Quick family selfie ….had to do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My favorite was the tigers! They had an incredible performance with the trainer. Look at them in this pic….so exotic!

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YES! — there was a human cannonball — AND….yes — it was a lady (girl power! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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The show closed out with the incredible performance of with the BMX riders and the acrobatic stunts. There was so much going on….it was awesome! Liam was LOVING it โค

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey truly does put on The Greatest Show on Earth! I hope you had a chance to check our their show. If you have not, and they are still scheduled to come to your area, you can find their tour schedule here.

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Until next time, friends!

~H

January 2015, Latest & Greatest News

Our Winter Break {Part 2}

Good times continued during our winter break with our 2nd trip to the Magic Kingdom with little man. It, again, had been almost a year & a half since our 1st trip there {for his 2nd birthday celebration}. Just like with Legoland earlier in the week, he honestly didn’t remember being there before, so it was fun to re-introduce the park to him. This age is SO MUCH different than 2 years old, so it was a whole different experience, for us, as well.

We knew the park would still be crowded for holidays, and since I had never seen the Electrical Parade before, we decided to head out later than normal…..so, we didn’t get out to the gates till about 4, but the weather was gorgeous! Special thanks to my mom & her hubby for getting us tickets from their friend, who is a cast member….nothing beats that!

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One of the main points of our plan for visiting the Magic Kingdom that weekend was to catch their Christmas decorations before they took them down. We had actually never been to Disney to see them before….so this was a nice “1st” experience for all of us! In true Disney magic, they really do the park up extra fancy โค

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Over in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland is The Barnstormer ride. This is a junior roller coaster that guests must be 35 in. or taller to ride and just has small drops. We asked him, and Liam wanted to ride it….so, he did with Daddy ๐Ÿ™‚ ….his 1st roller coaster experience!! Oh my goodness!!

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In true fashion, they sat in the back car….Liam enjoyed it, but he did tell me afterwards, that he was “alittle bit scared” โค

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Dumbo was a fav ride this time around, again. He rode with me last visit….so Daddy got a turn this time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Such cuteness…..

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This was on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland ….he loved this ride! The flash caught his eye in this pic, so he looks a bit sleepy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland ….he enjoyed this one, but wasn’t crazy about the little drop that you feel while in the dark on the boat ride. He has totally been singing the ‘Yo Ho‘ song since that night, though….hysterical!!

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Cinderella’s Castle was decorated & lit up with a Frozen theme for the holiday’s ….absolutely beautiful!

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There were a few moments that I wasn’t sure we would make it to the start of this, but YES….we held out till the 10:15 pm start of the Electrical Parade (wow, I felt old but man, that was late for us….lol!!) …poor little dude, was PASSED.OUT.COLD in his stroller by the time everything began. There literally was no waking him up….he wanted no part of it. I felt so bad, but he did wake up towards the end and managed to catch a few of the floats ๐Ÿ™‚

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I know we kept Liam out WAY past his bedtime, but it was such a pretty show. Really glad to have finally seen this!

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….And, here we all were on the tram back to the car at 12 AM ….what a little trooper โค

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Here are a few pics we took in front of the castle! …this 1st one is super cute — Tink is super-imposed in our hands ๐Ÿ˜‰

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All in all, it was truly a MAGICAL DAY…and night โค โค

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Until next time, friends!!

~H

December 2014, Latest & Greatest News

Our Winter Break {Part 1}

Over Christmas & New Year’s, I had off of work {so nice!! …definite perk to working in higher educ}, so I also kept Liam out of school. Stephen was fortunate to have a few days off, as well, over the actual holidays, so we enjoyed some quality family time.

We were also fortunate to have a few expeditions to surprise little man with during this winter break. Just before New Year’s, I took him for his 2nd trip to Legoland ๐Ÿ™‚ — Our 1st trip was about a year & a half ago. This time around, it was just me & Liam, as Daddy had to work that day. However, they are currently running a fantastic deal for residents, where you can pay for a day & get admissions for the rest of the year for free — we definitely want to take advantage of this for the family this year! Liam & I were lucky to get comp passes for the day from my mom’s neighbor so that was awesome!!

I loved that we made it there in time to see all their Christmas decorations! Nothing like a Christmas tree made of Legos ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Liam was more impressed with the snowman….of course, he asked to touch him…lol!

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Super excited to ride the carousel again!

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Santa brought Liam the Duplo My First Train Set for Christmas & it came with this conductor guy. He was amazed that this was his same little guy. He kept saying how he was as big as him! Loved it!!

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot had changed since our last visit. Not, in any way, that the park was bad before, but there actually was so much more for us to do this time around. The Duplo Play Area really expanded, and there were several more rides for little man. This train ride was new for us & as luck would have it, when our turn came up in line, Liam got to be the conductor for the drive! He was thrilled ๐Ÿ™‚

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Inside the Duplo Barn ….we spent a lot of time running around in here. So fun!

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I think I was just as excited as Liam to discover all the little animals and treasures throughout the park that were made of Legos! So detailed…

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We had a GREAT day together!! Can’t wait to come back to visit again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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On New Year’s Day, we headed down to South Florida to spend the day with Stephen’s family & have dinner. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with them, and Liam has really taken to his great Uncle’s ….we love for him to spend time with family. It’s precious memories that will last a lifetime for him! โค

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Having a quick music lesson with Uncle Glenn ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stay tuned for “Part 2” of our winter break adventures tomorrow!!

Until then…….

~H