Sunday, December 22, 2013

Win Big with Kidoodle.TV

I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.

This time of year, things can get busy. Really busy.  Sometimes you just need a few kid-free minutes to get things done.  Kidoodle.TV is great for just that.  I love that I can leave my boys with the iPad or the computer for a little bit and know that what they are watching is appropriate for their age, because I selected it myself in the Parent’s Room section of the app.  They love that they can have a little bit of “screen-time,” watching shows like Adventures of Chuck & Friends or Inspector Gadget without me hovering over them. Win-win.


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To enter the giveaway, go to Kidoodle.TV to sign up for a free trial. Follow the on-screen directions and submit!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

LEGO® KidsFest New England 2013–recap #legokidsfest

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to this event, all opinions are my own.

I can’t think of anything better to do on a rainy Friday, then getting picked up early from school and going to explore over 3 acres of LEGO® family fun..  You should have seen the look on my kindergartener’s face when he walked into the school office where my 2-year-old and I were waiting to whisk him away to LEGO KidsFest.

We had “VIK” (very important kid) tickets so we got to go in an hour early and check out a workshop with a LEGO Master Builder.  We learned about Sideways Building, Balance, Locking and more.  Then, we got to try our hand at building either a spaceship or a robot for one of the Master Builders to check out.


After we put our LEGO bricks away, we headed on over to race some LEGO TECHNIC 4x4 Crawlers, this area was a big hit!


Behind the LEGO TECHNIC area was Creation Nation, a basketball sized map of the United States.  We were invited to create a mosaic tile of anything we wanted to be placed on the map.  My boys worked on a square together and then decided they wanted it placed in New Mexico. Check out how big the map is! I can’t wait to see the finished map, up on the KidsFest website!LEGOusa

Then, it was the moment we had all been waiting for – The BIG Brick Pile!


We grabbed a sample of juice from Honest Kids, in the monochromatic build area, before heading off into LEGO Model Museum.


The model museum was great! My kids are big fans of Star Wars and Superheroes so they were able to see many of their favorites!








The little guy was getting a little tired at this point so we made a quick trip to the LEGO Duplo section, where there were more big LEGO brick piles and a little coloring area sponsored by Scholastic.  Then we hit up the gift shop and headed out!


We all had such a great time! The remaining sessions of LEGO KidsFest New England are all sold out so keep your eye out for the next time it comes to town.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce

Disclosure: I received complimentary admission as a part of a media preview event. All opinions are my own.

After a fabulous Thanksgiving, followed by a morning ofholiday lights lounging and setting up Christmas decorations, my family and I headed out to Lake Compounce for their Holiday Lights event.  I took my oldest son last year and we had a great time.  There is something magical about being at an amusement park at night with signs of the season all around you.

We arrived around 5:00, just as it was getting dark out and were immediately wowed by the blue tunnel that went to through to the park entrance where there was a light show set to holiday music.  It was cold out, but it’s hard to let that get you down when you are literally walking in a winter wonderland.

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I loved the snowflake lights “falling” on the buildings – can you see them in the background?


We grabbed a quick bite to eat and took some photos with Santa and with some of the props they had inside. I loved the sleigh, surrounded by Christmas trees. One of the shots I took is going to be on our Christmas card!


They were anxious to get on some rides, so we headed out into the park. Doesn’t the carousel look beautiful with all the lights? I’m obsessed!

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There were a bunch of rides open for their age group (they are 2 & 5) and they had a blast!


Before heading home, they got to play along with a children’s musician who had just taken the stage!


It was such a great night!


There was so much to do there, we didn’t even get to everything.  Like shopping, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, an ice sculptor and story-time with Mrs. Claus. We’ll just have to go back again next year!

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce takes place weekends from 11/29 to 12/22  Fri-5-9, Sat & Sun 4-9.

Tickets for adults are just $14.99, kids 10 and under are $10.99 and kids under 3 are free!

Visit the Lake Compunce website to purchase tickets ahead of time and to print out a coupon!

If you are a 2013 or 2014 season ticket holder, admission is free.

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving ‘13

I love Thanksgiving. It’s just a great day to spend with family.  You don’t have to worry about gifts, you just eat, drink and be merry!

This year we went to my sisters house.  We trade off between my family and my husband’s family every year and then we host everyone at our house for Christmas! It works well and this year was my sister and my brother-in-laws first Thanksgiving in there new house.

We started the morning off early.  My older son and I bundled up and headed into town to run in the Turkey Trot 5K.  It was a cold and windy morning, but he was so excited to run his first 5K! I figured it would take us about 45 minutes to an hour to complete with a 5-year-old and we clocked in at 51:51.  He was so excited to cross the finish line and they announced his name as the youngest finisher!  The race director told me he was probably the youngest finisher in the history of the race and he is making him a special trophy! I think this will definitely become a tradition, it was an awesome way to kick-off the day.


After a quick trip back home to clean up and change, we were on the road to my sister’s house.  My husband decided to take back roads there and they ended up being roads that my dad would take when I went to work with him! The bit of nostalgia and pretty scenery made the hour-ish ride very enjoyable.

We munched on some light snacks and sipped some mimosas while my mom a.k.a “Gaga” finished up making our feast.


Then, the table was set and dinner was served – yum!


I had a little bit of everything, can you tell that I like the sides more than the turkey? And I followed it up with some awesome spinach salad.


…and onto dessert! My Uncle always brings a banana cream pie and eclairs from Luigi’s in Bridgeport. They are my favorites! I also had a little chocolate bottle filled with cognac and some much needed coffee to counteract all the running and eating.


We weren’t done yet, though! We took a quick hike after dessert and then had some Viking Blod Mead by the fire, while the boys had some bowls of whipped cream (hey, it’s a holiday!)

It was a wonderfully exhausting day and I can’t wait to get together with everyone on Christmas!


Please let the turkey fall, please let the turkey fall….

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