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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time Movie Pass Giveaway

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:31:00 +0000

During this year's Disney's Social Media Mom's Celebration and Conference, we saw an extended sneak peek of Disney's A Wrinkle in Time. I didn't read the book, so I wasn't familiar with this family-friendly fantasy already.Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.I was first struck with how visually stunning the film is as it leapt from Earth to different worlds. I've always been a fan of Reese Witherspoon too, so it was fun seeing her in this mystical role...and of course hottie Chris Pine appears too ;)A Wrinkle in Time is now playing in theatres everywhere!A Wrinkle in Time Movie GiveawayEnter below to win two movie passes to see A Wrinkle in Time, as well as receive a hardcover copy of Disney's A Wrinkle in Time: A Guide to the Universe book. Good luck! Wrinkle In Time Movie Passes & Book Once you place your drink order, your biggest problem will be deciding on limiting your order to just a few options. For appetizers, the Scallops with Short Ribs came recommended as did the Tuna Tartare. We went with the tuna, which was great, but now I can't wait to go back and try the former too. We also split a Burrata Salad.For entrees, you can go either surf or turf. We went with an off-menu Halibut option, which was a special of the day but should be appearing on the menu this summer; and the Chilean Sea Bass. Both white fishes melted in our mouths like butter.Chilean Sea BassDon't forget sides! I immediately knew that I wanted the black truffle macaroni and cheese and Raphael wanted lobster mashed potatoes, so we got both and loved each. I want to go back and eat two orders of the mac, lol! Raphael would have to agree considering he didn't want to order it, but then ended up fighting over the last bite.Save room for dessert too. Although we didn't have much space in our bellies left at this point, we had heard amazing things about their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and Warm Butter Cake. We took what we couldn't finish home.Peanut Butter Chocolate CakeDisclaimer: I received a complimentary dinner to experience Ocean Prime, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  [...]

5 Ways to Save at Dollywood

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:12:00 +0000

As a fan of Dolly Parton’s music and movies as well as being a theme park aficionado, I’ve always wanted to go to Dollywood, but with living up North I never had the opportunity until recently. Now, I know exactly what I’ve been missing – an amazing family friendly experience with thrilling rides and mouth-watering food.My First Time to DollywoodDollywood is NOT hokey or little either. It's charming and quite big. I was actually shocked when I unfolded the theme park map and took in all the offerings.Personally, I also liked learning that 12% of the staff is over 70-years-old and 3 employees are over 90. The experience was very multi-generational and it's no wonder why it won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Friendliest Park. Be sure and say hi to 90-year-old Johnnie Crawford in the Chasing Rainbows Dolly Parton museum, she has been with the theme park since the beginning.Did you know Dollywood is home to the world's fastest wooden roller coaster? It's called Lightning Rod and it's awesome. Unlike other wooden roller coasters, it's not wobbly and didn't hurt my neck or box my ears like some coasters do. It was quite smooth. I went on it two times and tried to keep my hands up, but couldn't, lol. So much fun!Yes, the rides were impressive and the people nice, but my favorite part was all the amazing food! Make sure to visit The Grist Mill, home of the world’s best cinnamon bread.5 Ways to $ave at Dollywood Theme Park and Water Park1. Stay at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort - I have this as tip #1 for a reason, because guests and families staying at this affordable, yet upscale hotel, can save in numerous ways! Thre are more perks than you may even know about. Rates depend on seasonality but can be as low as $89 during the off-season (Jan-March). During peak season though, you can expect rates to start at $169, which I would still consider a bargain considering how luxurious the resort is. Basically, that's the same rate of a Disney budget hotel, yet offers the experience of a Disney luxury hotel (not even Disney's moderate range). I would also prefer these accommodations over the chain hotels in the area too. The pool is gorgeous, the beds plush and there is an outdoor playground for the kiddos. Oh, and their dinner buffet with fried chicken was amazing!Perks to staying at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort:FREE TimeSaver Pass for all room occupants.  TimeSaver allows you expedited access to lines at select rides and shows. That is a savings of $35 (plus tax) per person, per day!FREE Parking & Shuttle to Dollywood parks. If you were to park directly at Dollywood fees are $12 a day for a standard sized vehicle. Discounted park tickets. Two days for the price of one is a standing offer at the resort. However, if you’re buying single-day tickets, it’s $5 off the gate price.Discounted tickets to Dollywood dinner attractions such as Dixie Stampede and Dolly’s new dinner theatre show Smoky Mountain Adventures.FREE pink lemonade served in the lobby daily between 4-6 p.m.So, a family of four, staying for two nights at DreamMore can potentially save over $300!!! allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="" style="border-style: none; border-width: initial; overflow: hidden;" width="560">2. Arrive late and get a free day - I’ve never heard of something like this before, but if you arrive at Dollywood after 3 p.m., the entire next day at the park is free. With this fabulous deal, you can squeeze in at least another half-day of fun at Dollywood without spending any extra money. Or you can even hit the park on your travel day for a bit. Simply save your ticket for re-admission the next day. (Note: During Smoky Mountain Christmas this offer is valid after 6 p.m.).3. Free Water & Soda Refill Options- Spending the day at any t[...]

Interview with Barry Watson from Date My Dad

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:20:00 +0000

(image) While at the amazing blogging conference Mom 2.0 Summit I had the chance to interview actor Barry Watson.

Known for his roles on 7th Heaven, What About Brian and Samantha Who? Barry is now taking on a new role in the upcoming series Date My Dad where he plays a widower raising three girls who try to fix him up. The heartwarming new family dramedy series premieres June 2 on UP TV.

I've since watched a screener of the pilot episode and it's adorable. Everything I like in a TV movie, but made into a series.

The show also stars Hollywood icon Raquel Welch as Barry's mother-in-law and as revealed in the below interview, Barry's real wife Natasha Gregson Wagner makes an appearance as one of the women he is set up with. How cute is that?

While chatting with him I had to take the opportunity to mention that I was a fan of Samantha Who? and he revealed that he still keeps in touch with his former co-star Christina Applegate as well as other actors from 7th Heaven.

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7 Cool Things to do at Orchard Supply

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:54:00 +0000

I recently attended the Noisiest Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Ever! Instead of snipping a traditional bow, Orchard Supply Hardware sawed a board in half to celebrate the grand opening of their 30,000 square foot store in Naples, Florida (3790 Tamiami Trail North). Video here.The West Coast lifestyle hardware & garden retailer is now available in locations throughout Florida and I'm loving all it has to offer. 7 Cool Things To Do at Orchard Supply Hardware1.  If you buy a plant and a pot at Orchard Supply Nursery they will help pot it for you at their Potting Bench! Love this convenience and my fingernails do too. The nursery has over 100 different plant varieties at any given time to choose from including herbs and spices. I bought some spearmint to plant in my yard. 2.  Get help for sick plants! I had an indoor Jade plant that started shedding it's plump leaves and a white film appeared on the branches. I thought maybe I was watering it too much and then maybe not enough. I moved it into the sun, I moved it out of the sunlight. No matter what I did, nothing helped. Fortunately, I brought my deteriorating plant with me to Orchard Supply and their gardening experts helped identify the real problem. The white fuzz webbing were actually microscopic Mealybugs. Eww! They recommended I spray their insecticide on it, repot it and wipe the pot clean inside and out.3.  The Workbench has neighbors covered on day-to-day maintenance like re-screening, knife sharpening (I need to do this!) and key duplication services.4.  The store also has a retro Sweet Shop with California's Red Vines and other treats and candies for purchase.5.  There is an aisle called What-Cha-Ma-Callits in the Nuts & Bolts section, lol.6.  Snag a FREE green apple 🍏   available for customers from their big wooden casks after checkout!7.  Buy reasonable home furnishings. I fell in love with several decorative pieces and cushions available. I couldn't help but pick up the pineapple candle holder below as I'm mad about all things pineapple. 🍍 I also purchased a garden cat sculpture too.[...]