Recap: Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

This post is brought to you by Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. My family received tickets to the show in exchange for a review through the Feld Ambassador program. All opinions are my own. 

Four shows remain in the thrilling presentation of Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream here in Pittsburgh. We attended opening night and ooo’ed and ahhh’ed all night long. 

Evan was too cool to meet and greet Rapunzel. Someone gave Isla a frying pan (watch out). Arianna pledged to grow her own magical hair. Ava couldn’t pay attention, there were pictures of Mickey to look at! 

After the meeting and greet, we enjoyed some dancing to favorite Disney songs. Mickey then brought the skaters out, starting with our beloved Tiana. 

Ava really enjoyed the music and danced away (check out our YouTube to see her moves). 

The stories of Snow White and Cinderella were also beautifully told. 

Most of the second half was dedicated to the story of Rapunzel. This has been one of our favorites since Lantern Fest, and dare I say they did our favorite part just right. (They’re photo below is from the finale where they bring out all the princesses.)

All in all, the show was beautiful and breathtaking, leaving us ready to dream. You can still get tickets for the show at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh here through Sunday through their ticket site

Showtimes: 

Saturday, December 10:  11 AM, 3 PM, 7PM
Sunday, December 11 – 12 PM, 4 PM

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Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. This post, Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park, is a post brought to you through my partnership with US Family Guide.

We’ll be looking for some fun activities over the upcoming holiday break, so I was glad when I heard about Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park here in Pittsburgh. We’ll be able to take the kids and do some carpet skating and ninja challenges with the Bigs. Sounds like fun, right?

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Here’s all the details I got on Fun Slides Carpet Skate Park from US Family Guide:

Fun Slides Carpet s Skatepark & Party Center www.funslidespark.com is a family owned and operated entertainment facility known for our unique brand of blacklight sliding family fun, excellence in providing awesome birthday party experiences for our customers ages four through teen and skate staff that love to teach people how to carpet skate and do cool tricks.

What is Carpet Skating you may ask? From the makers of EZ Moves Furniture Slides, this unique and cool type of fun is so easy to learn. Skate instructors strap plastic skates on the bottom of your athletic shoes, give a demonstration and then teach you to slide in minutes. Kids and parents alike love to carpet skate because as our motto says…”You Were Born to Slide!”

Now you can have even more fun at Fun Slides with our Xtra Activities. Plus when you add one or more of these attractions to your skate time we add an XTRA HOUR of skating automatically (time permitting).

Xtra Activities include:

Super Ninja Challenge- How fast can you go through this super cool obstacle course of speed and agility? Remember to #Tweetyourtime (for skaters 185lbs or less)

Dodgeball- Kids get your team together and have a blast or parents take on some kids and show them who rules. (for skaters and non skating parents)

Bounce House Area- Two giant inflatables, a glowing bounce house and slide make up our new Bounce ‘N Slide area. Combine it with our Butt Slide area for toddlers or special kids to sit and slide for an awesome time of indoor fun!

Purchase a 2 hour skating session for $11.99 plus $2.49 for skate rental. Add an Xtra Activity ticket ($2.99 each or 4/$2.49 each) and you get an Xtra hour of skating! (time permitting).  Hours vary during the year so check the calendar on the website for details. Open most days when school is closed.

LIMITED TIME – EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS OFFER FOR MY READERS!! Just mention BLOG16 and my blog (‘lil Burghers) upon booking or arrival!!
$4 off per skater up to 5 skaters & free spectator passes for non skating adults.
$25 off party and 10% off a STEM field trip (up to $100).

Not valid with other coupons or offers.

 

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Three Years Thirty-one

Today marks three years of me being a Thirty-one Independent Consultant. This sisterhood has meant a lot to me over the years. 

The ladies I’ve met “just selling bags” have become friends. 

The friends who have opened their homes for me to hold parties have brought me much needed girl time. 

The team I formed and team I am part of keep me challenged and on a path to meet my goals. 

The bags I’ve sold have given Arianna gymnastics, Evan soccer, and Greg our Aruba trip. My why changes through the years bur always goes back to helping our family do something  we love.

The lives touched by those who rounded up for Gives! and donated bags for missions have surely felt your love, too. 

It has been quite a blessing being on this journey. I thank each of you that has been part of it. (And if you have no idea what I am talking about, check out my shopping link.)

A Pink Box Changed My Life!

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Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. This post, Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream is one such post.

It’s going to be super hard to switch right back to “normal life” after yesterday’s post, but I am so thankful to you all for the love and support. It’s helping me get back to normal, like celebrating everything with all the kids. We’ll be doing so when we go to the event described below. Thanks and love! 

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

Coming to Pittsburgh this week is Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream. It will be a “show of royal proportions” and a great way to get your family in the mood to celebrate.

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Information on the show from Feld Entertainment:

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney’s most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.

Audiences begin their magical, musical voyage in New Orleans celebrating the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and then escape into the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The trip continues to Cinderella’s kingdom in her search for true love and follows Rapunzel as she discovers the world beyond her tower on her quest to see the floating lanterns. The Disney Princesses then come together for the first time on ice during the finale, to welcome Rapunzel into their royal court in the ultimate princess experience.

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Not going to lie, I was super excited to meet Rapunzel and Tiana when I was last at Disney, so I’m kinda geeking out over here. (We’ll be going to opening night on Friday – let us know if you’re going, too!)

Showtimes: 

Friday, December 9: 7 PM
Saturday, December 10:  11 AM, 3 PM, 7PM
Sunday, December 11 – 12 PM, 4 PM

THROUGH TODAY you can save $5 off on select tickets and performances when you use code MOM16 through their ticket site. (Restrictions, exclusions, and additional fees may apply. Tickets will still be available after this offer expires on 12/4, but are going fast!)

Here are some fun PDFs you can download and print to have some of the Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream fun at home. Enjoy!

Activity Sheet

Minnie Ears

Mickey Ears

If you could be a Disney character, which would you be and why?

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Blind Cord Safety

The post below contains something extremely scary that our family has experienced first-hand. It may trigger some intense feelings. I understand if you cannot read it, but I need to share our story of something that could have left us living in a nightmare…just in case it helps another parent or caregiver. Blind Cord Safety¸ like other posts on this blog, may contain affiliate links to products but the suggestions and opinions in this post are my own.

Last Sunday, our life as a family of six flashed before my eyes. We could have been entering the holidays in a very different place than we are right now.

Greg was with The Bigs, spending time with them before taking Uber drives. I had just laid the girls down for a nap in their room (free of everything except toddler beds and a stuffed Elmo chair) and was washing my hands before going downstairs to make some truffles.

And then? One of those God Moments happened.

While I was in the bathroom, I heard Ava making horrible noises. Thinking she was being funny, trying to keep Isla awake, I yelled for her to hush and let her sister go to sleep. When the noises didn’t stop, I decided to sneak in the room and put them back on their beds and start again. For that momtuition, I am going to forever be grateful.

What I walked into will not leave my mind. Ava was stuck in the cord from the window blinds, swinging and choking. Her eyes darted at mine and I went into full on emergency mode. I ripped the cord from around her neck and made sure she was breathing. Screaming for Greg, I inspected her neck and held her close. He got to the room and asked what was going on – then started to rip the blinds from the window. I held her for what seemed like hours, the two of us shaking and sobbing.

It could have been a nightmare.

Thank God it wasn’t.

I share this story because I need to know that those I touch know the dangers of blind cords. To know that I feel so thankful for God being with us that day (and every day), keeping me alert to the signs. To give myself grace and forgiveness for not getting in there sooner and for not checking that the cords maintained rolled up as we had set them on moving to the toddler beds. To ask for love.

This week has been tough, but it could have been tougher. For that, I am so grateful.

I’ll love you forever!

Admittedly, this is one of those back of the mind babyproofing tasks that more should be aware of. I sort of obsessed researching over options for fixing the rest of the windows in our house and to see just how blessed we were. A short summary and some links follow.

Blind Cord Safety

Just this week, a former NFL player (Reno Mehe) lost his three-year-old daughter in a story very similar to ours’. I could barely stand to hear it, let alone read the metrics in that article. But I had to. I have to join the fight to make things better for our kids.

Many children who are lost this way are lost silently, quickly. Our Ava was desperate to let me know something was wrong. Thank you, God.

Window Covering Safety Month was in October, but did I hear anything about it then? Nope, because these kind of things don’t really happen to anyone I know, right? Wrong, so wrong. It is happening often enough, to the point one child dies a month from this horrible, hidden danger (according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Have corded blinds? It is not expensive to retrofit existing corded blinds to be safer (like the wraps shown below or by ordering a kit specifically for this).

Another, the safest option, is to go cordless and replace window coverings with cordless options (something we’ll be working on as this is a danger for kids up to age nine).


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From now on, I’ll be following @Parents_4safety on Twitter and sharing Ava’s story to help save other children. I’ll be praying lots and giving thanks for what happened to us. I’ll be vigilantly mothering my kids (not that I wasn’t before, but just being even more aware of the dangers) and loving on them lots, holding them tight.

So please, do me a favor right now. Go hug your babies tightly. Come up with a plan to make your homes safer, too. And, if you would, pray for me to find peace with this. XOXO

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20 Months

It is so hard to believe that today is another milestone for the twins. 20 months have flown by. 

Ava continues to shock us. Take that, failure to thrive. This girl is a thriver. In her 20 months, she’s probably ate more than Evan’s ate in his almost 6 years. She is sneaky and daring. Her words have become sentences. She’s so loving, even trying to cuddle with her little sister at night. 

Isla is truly the diva of the family. She bats her eyes just so and knows how to get our attention. Her love of shoes is definitely a passed down trait (I won’t say from which side of her genes). She’s amazed by nature shows, pausing only to pay attention to them and nothing else. 

For 20 months, we’ve been so blessed by these precious treasures of ours. Every day with them is special and cherished. Who is ready to start thinking about their next party? Sigh. 

I know, right Ava?

Let’s just pause time, shall we?

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Scrape-A-Round

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I know we’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to the lack of snow we’ve had so far, but it is December so no better time to prepare. That’s why I’m going to give you a heads up about the Scrape-A-Round.

Scrape-A-Round

Source: US Family Guide

This tool will keep you from scraping windows the old fashioned way and get your windows clean quickly. Don’t believe me? Check out Scrape-A-Round in action!

The Scrape-A-Round features:
Softer plastic, allows the scraper to conform to the window curvature!
18″ of ice scraping surface.
The comfortable grasp provides relief for the arthritic or carpal syndrome sufferer.
Direct pressure to the window, no pressure lost through the ice scraper!
The circular rotational motion of ice scraper.
Double ice scraper action, leading edge and trailing edge.
Multi functional, remove the cap and it doubles as a funnel.
This scrapes windows frost and ice free in half the time!

You can trust me when I say, it even makes the perfect gift for the Holidays. You can find out more on their website.

My readers get to save: Get FREE Shipping when you use code LU8FBEZREU2 at checkout by clicking here.

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Holiday Oreo Truffles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerryMeals #CollectiveBias

holiday oreo truffles

Every year I go crazy getting things *just right* for the holidays, especially when it comes to cookies and treats. I have a weakness for chocolate and think that everyone else should enjoy it like I do, too. Thankfully my neighborhood Giant Eagle is close enough to home and work to help when I’m shopping for the ingredients I need.

This holiday season will be no different. I’ve already started preparing for things – like teacher and hostess gifts. My holiday Oreo truffles have been a go-to since the year Evan was born and I stayed up all night making them for Christmas morning. (Why? Because myself, Pop-Pop, and Aunt LiLi were eating them as fast as I made them.) I’ve learned my lesson and like to keep some on hand to pop into holiday themed bag and pair with a card for those last minute events.

The preparation started on Black Friday. Greg and I were shopping and we ran over to Giant Eagle to get our ingredients. For sure, I needed the Oreos. When we got to the cookie aisle, I was overwhelmed with the choices of flavors available this year. Greg decided for me – Red Velvet to remember our wedding cake.

Find your favorite Oreo flavors in the cookie aisle at Giant Eagle!

Find your favorite Oreo flavors in the cookie aisle at Giant Eagle!

Look at those choices!

Look at those choices!

Next up were the holiday storage bags. Giant Eagle has a great option in their store brand bags, so we went with that. (If you’re looking for these specific ones in your store, look for a special display!)

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While I was looking for the cream cheese, I decided some cheese cubes and crackers were also something good to have on hand for holiday visitors, so I picked up some Club Crackers. (Bonus? The twins love munching on these!)

 

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We headed home and I called upon my ‘lil helpers to get the Oreo truffles going.

Holiday Oreo Truffles

To make holiday Oreo truffles, you will need:

  • 1 package of Oreos – your choice of flavor
  • 1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese – I like to lighten it up with reduced fat, but the truffles are a little mushier with this option
  • 3-4 squares of almond bark (found in the baking aisle)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil or shortening

Step One: Using a food processor, finely crumble the Oreos. (You can also do this with a storage bag and a rolling pin, but I’ve found that it leaves the filling stuck to the bag.)

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Step Two: Mix in the {softened} cream cheese until fully mixed.

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Step Three: Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Step Four: Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on a freezer-safe dish with waxed paper and store in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to set.

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Step Five: Melt the almond bark with 2 TBSP of your oil of choice (see ingredients).

Step Six: Remove the truffle balls from the freezer and cover with the melted chocolate. Return to the freezer safe plate. Place the dish back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens (30-60 minutes).

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Step Seven: Enjoy, or store in holiday storage bags until ready to share at holiday gatherings or as gifts. (Bonus – I like to pair them with a Hallmark Holiday greeting card when giving as teacher or hostess gifts!)

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It’s great to have treats on hand for visitors and parties, but I also try to stay balanced. That’s why I added Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt drinks to my holiday shopping list. They’re great to wash down these truffles or to just have on hand for a snack when you want to raid the fridge of all the yummies! What’s YOUR go-to for being happy and healthy during the holidays?

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Check out other holiday recipes from more Giant Eagle shoppers, then come back and tell us your favorite!

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Loving

I’m ending November  (a month of gratitude) with one of the things I am most grateful for, loving. And Loving, too.

Without the courage, patience, and love between Richard and Mildred Loving, what Greg and I have would be illegal. We would be hiding our family, or might not even be us at all.

Not familiar? This couple won a Supreme Court case against Virginia (1967). It was a landmark civil rights case that made interracial marriages legal. More so, it protects children of marriages like ours (and Greg’s parents), from being illegitimate and having no rights as heirs. Basically, it gives us the ability to be us. 

On Friday, we got a chance to see a limited release showing of the movie of their story, Loving. We don’t treat ourselves to movies, but this one was worth it. And even though I was tired and coming down with a cold, I was grateful to hold my man’s hand and that we could wipe each other’s tears openly in public.

It meant everything.

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Floof

Disclaimer: Posts on this blog may include affiliate links or reviews in which I was asked to review an item or service in exchange for compensation and/or free items. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. This post, Floofis one such post. 

The kids absolutely love their arts and crafts time. When I brought them Floof, there was no doubt in my mind they’d like. I mean, I did (because mess free fun), so why wouldn’t they?

I was wrong. They didn’t like Floof. They loved it and are constantly begging for time to play with it (at the table, of course). Indoor snow that doesn’t melt? Yes. A bucket to put it all away in at the end of play time? Yes. This toy that is lighter than air was a hit in our house for sure.

Floof

What is Floof?

From the makers of Sands Alive!, this new compound looks like snow, feels like a marshmallow, molds like clay and can be reused every single day! It’s lighter than air, soft and smooth to the touch, and easily molds into amazing detail. You need to feel it to believe it!

The bucket of Floof is full of fun. Arianna says, “it’s really smooshy and really cool. It’s really fun to use!” From molding into shapes (our set has penguins, but there are other options out there) to just moving it from hand to hand, Floof is a unique toy for kids.

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Like the description from Play Visions says, you do have to feel it to believe it. Check out what Evan and Arianna had to say as they played with it for the first time.

Evan advises to be sure that you have dry hands before playing with it – he’s learned the hard way a few times. 😉

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Floof is available from Play Visions and at various toy retailers. MSRP is $14.99+ depending on the kit you select. Check out the winter themes and the s’mores theme! The kids are recommending it be on every Santa list in 2016.

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