Best Buy is the Place to get Awesome Gifts this #HintingSeason

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Do you ever feel like you are just not ever done Christmas shopping?  I know that is me for sure.  Well do not worry because Best Buy is the place to go if you want to get your loved ones awesome gifts this Holiday.  When you go into a Best Buy store, you will always get expert service and unbelievable prices, so be sure to stop in or check out BestBuy.com for some of these popular gifts!

XBOXXbox One is a great gift for the gamer on your Nice List.  Built by gamers for gamers, the Xbox One is THE PLACE for games. In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

How about giving the gift of spectacular sound from JBL?  They have several speakers to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye:

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JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

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How about a new GPS for the traveler on your list?  Both Garmin and Tom Tom have great new products featuring bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates that are sure to impress someone that has been wanting a new GPS.

Garmin 52LM
   5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Garmin 2597LMT
   5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions

TomTom Go 50s
   Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

No matter what gifts you choose for your loves ones this Christmas, I am sure they will be happy with a gift from Best Buy :-)
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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Surprise your Loved One with a Canon Camera from @BestBuy this #HintingSeason

Best Buy CameraIf you really want to impress your gift recipient with a gift she or he will be blown away by, stop into Best Buy to find the latest cameras.  The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs and is sure make anyone with a camera on their wish list happy Christmas morning.  This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

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•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Now through December 20th you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more.

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How To Keep Your Home Perfect

It’s the thing we all dream of when we’re busy picking Cheerios out of the carpet or scrubbing sticky fingerprints off the TV, a sparkling clean home. Like the ones in the magazines. Of course, they don’t exist in real life. Or do they? Here’re my top tips for making sure your home looks beautiful all year long.

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  • Cheat

There is no harm in asking for a little help now and then, especially given everything we have to do in a day. Some days it can feel like you are just following the kids around and mopping up after this spill or that disaster. All thoughts of the dusting, tidying and vacuuming you had planned to get done fly from your mind as family life takes over. So let it and delegate.

Domestic help is not just for the rich and Downtown wannabes. There is an army of lovely, experienced people out there to suit every budget and family. If you have more little ones than hands, employ a full-time housekeeper from SupaCare to handle washing clothes and cleaning the house. If it’s the time to flick the duster around that you lack, hire someone to come in once or twice a week and straighten the house up for you. Whatever help you need, you can get it easily. And it’s not really cheating, it’s delegating.

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  1. Set Yourself Up For Success

The reason our homes are so difficult to get looking perfect is because they’re not designed to be. We buy sofas in practical colours that won’t show the stains and wallpaper that can be wiped clean. We plan for failure and then we get disappointed when the kids do stain the sofa and put grubby hands on the walls.

If you want your home to look perfect, you have to design it that way. Practical is fine (and key) but it is not a trend or fashion. Include lots of hidden storage options in your rooms so that you can de-clutter simply and easily but still live family life unhindered in the space. Choose a slightly less practical sofa and dress it in washable throws and cushions to shield it slightly. Does the kids craft table need to be plastic and colorful or would a smart white miniature table with cute, colourful stools look just as good?

There are so many furniture options available these days that are both practical and stylish, there really is no need to opt for sensible and boring. Take the time to design your scheme and you’ll love it so much you won’t even notice yourself taking care to keep it perfect.

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  1. Relax

It is so easy to get caught up in all the little things we have to do that we never stop and just take time for ourselves. It’s more important than you think for keeping your home perfect. Taking time out gives you the opportunity to re-charge and be a little more efficient in cleaning, straightening and righting all the wrongs around the home. It also means you are far less stressed. And a Mum who isn’t stressed has time to sit with her family, play games with the kids and fill the house with memories and laughter. And let’s face it that’s the best way to make a home perfect.

The Easy Guide To Traveling with Your Kids

Anyone who has children will understand that travelling with them on long trips can be difficult at times. It’s understandable that kids don’t exactly love to travel, especially young toddlers. It can be hard work to keep them happy and entertained as well as making the trip as stress free and enjoyable as possible for yourself.

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Below are some top tips for travelling with your kids and how to make things that little bit easier. Each trip that you take will be different and some little dramas are going to be unavoidable, but this should give you a little confidence boost.

Things you probably SHOULD do
First things first, before you take a vacation or short trip, it is important to explain to your child where they are going and why. If they are old enough to understand, then you can try and tell your children some of the exciting things and ‘rewards’ that they are going to get by enduring the travelling. Don’t make the journey sound boring though, make it fun and part of the adventure!

When you talk to your children about the upcoming trip, keep things simple. Consider outlining the highlights and bulleted points of what the trip itself and the travel will be like. What can they expect? What will happen once you arrive?

Make the journey fun, but calm. Try using fun activities like crossword puzzles, books, drawing and family games to pass the time. Avoid games with lots of shouting or running around. The activities you bring need to be small enough to fit into your child’s rucksack so choose travel friendly games.

Apps and entertainment are a great way to pass the time. OK, so not everyone wants their child to be sat in front of a computer screen, but a little bit of movie watching on your phone or a tablet device is fine now and again.

A good selection of travel friendly apps and games are available with a quick google search.  Load them up on your device in advance to save any hassle during your journey.

If you have to fly and your child is scared of this means of transport, try role playing pretend games with them to encourage them to have fun. For example, let them pretend to be a pilot and fly an aircraft every now and again from the safety of the sofa at home before you go. Keep things cheerful and relaxed.

Keep your calm! If your child senses that you are nervous, this is going to make them nervous too.  Try calming techniques to help with any last minute nerves. The better you are feeling about the situation, the more calm your kids will feel.

Arriving on time or early to catch your flight will make all of the difference. You need to stay one step ahead of things as much as possible. Being late is just going to place additional stress on your and your children.

Organizing your travel essentials the night before is key here. Keep everything loaded up in the hallway ready to go and you’ll find that things are a lot easier to manage. You can then wake up, dress, eat and leave the house.

Keeping everyone comfortable is a real winner. If you bundle your kids up, they are likely to get a temperature and feel ill. If you don’t put enough clothing on them, they are going to feel chilly at some point in the journey. Try providing clothing layers that your children can take on and off as they need to.

Lastly, planning your hotel well in advance is essential. You don’t want to arrive and find out that you’ve not booked enough rooms or that you have forgotten something. A quick search will reveal expedia secret hotels, and give you a good starting point for budget travel.

Things you probably SHOULDN’T do
So, there are also a few things that you probably shouldn’t do when travelling. Most of these are really obvious, but can be difficult to remember when travel mania sets in.

Think healthy! It can be tempting to let your kids have whatever they want to eat when you are travelling. Throwing them a chocolate bar or a snack isn’t going to help for long though, as when that sugar rush kicks in, you’re in trouble!

If you have time to plan in advance, then chop up some healthy fruits, carrot sticks, celery and peppers. This could be a great way to help keep younger ones happy during longer car journeys.

Another thing to remember is that although you will be feeling stressed, you shouldn’t take that out on your kids. Travelling is hard on everyone at times and by creating a big scene and yelling, you are just adding fuel to the fire. Try a firm approach with detailed explanations of why they can’t have something.

It is important to keep reminding the kids the reason you are travelling. You should regularly point out that you are on your way to a place where they will have lots of fun, instead of backing down.

Avoid playing loud music and video games with the sound up. You don’t want to cause other passengers any stress. Instead, give everyone their own headphones so that they can listen to whatever they choose. Small earbud headphones are cheap and perfect for travelling but for kids you might want to try some over the ear headphones in smart styles and colors.

Avoid gum and sticky sweets! Avoid anything sticky that is going to have your child either creating a mess or needing to take a bathroom break every five minutes to wash their hands or face. Bring some wet wipes or tissues on every trip, just in case though.

With all of that in mind, just try to enjoy your time travelling together as a family and cherish these moments. You will (hopefully!) be able to look back on them one day with fondness, however crazy they might seem at the time. Be as patient as possible and get your planning right and things will always be that little bit easier than you anticipate.

Brighten Up Your Garden and Impress Your Children

When it comes to decorating your garden your children might not be your first thought. However there are many ways in which you can decorate your garden to please them and you. Much like home styling there are lots of decoration ideas out there, so whatever you are looking for there will be something to suit you! So if you have children in your home, what can you do to really impress them?

Create a Wildlife Wonderland
One really nice touch for a garden is to create a space where wildlife are encouraged to visit. the great news about his is that it can be created in any garden, no matter how small. In fact, even just a bird table with some seeds and regular bird food can be enough. If you have more space then lots of plants and bushes to encourage wildlife to come and visit can be great – watching them in fascinating.

Somewhere For Them To Play
If you have young children and a garden with plenty of space then somewhere for them to play can be lovely. You can get play equipment at a price that is reasonably affordable. Think about the type of play equipment that they are going to enjoy and have a look at putting this in your garden. If you look after the items you buy then you can often sell them on afterwards to help recoup back some of the cost.

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A Place to Relax
On top of that you’ll want somewhere for you and your children to relax. If you have room for it then a patio area can be a good addition. This can be a simple paved area or something with a BBQ and other additions. Summer evenings are often perfect spent in the garden, so you want to create somewhere that you can do this in comfort.

Make The Most of Technology
What you can also do to impress your kids is make use of technology. Fairy lights around your garden can look really lovely and impressive if they’re put out in the right way. You can also go all out and put something like a TV outdoors. You’ll need to look at items such as an outdoor TV case at thetvshield.com which can help to protect your TV from the elements.  After all, you don’t want your TV getting rained on which is going to do it no good at all.

It is basically about thinking what your children will like and how you can impress them. Here age will make a difference to this too. If you have children aged 12 and over then a play park probably won’t be of much interest to them. However if you have the space and money then they’d probably love a swimming pool. You know your family better than anyone else you are probably in the best position to know what garden additions they are going to love. If you’re really not sure then get them involved and create the perfect garden together.

Crafty Activities for Every Season

Whether you are indulging your inner artist or trying to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, crafting projects are the answer. They are also a fantastic way to add a personal touch to gifts, parties and decorations. Here’s my rundown of some of the best projects to keep you (and your little ones) occupied all year long.

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Spring
With the weather promising sunshine but not quite enough warmth to play in the garden, a few spring-themed crafts can help to keep the kids entertained. If it’s time to give their rooms a spruce up, you can set them to personalizing the furniture while you give the walls a lick of paint. Old wooden furniture looks fantastic painted with hand prints, wobbly butterflies and colored flowers.

If it’s just an afternoon you’re looking to fill, you can always rely on some classics. Remember how to make paper chain dolls? Teach the kids how to make them and let them decorate each, putting them in funny outfits and painting vibrant hairstyles on them. For a bit of a change, you could try making paper chain butterflies or flowers instead. It is very much in keeping with the spring theme and they look great strung up in the kitchen or playroom.

Summer
Summer crafty ideas are all about making your garden (and garden parties) colorful and memorable. Handmade drinks umbrellas, flower arrangements as centerpieces and name labels are all lovely ways to add a crafty touch to a garden gathering.

If you are looking to enhance your tranquil outdoor retreat, you may need to invest a bit more time. Create an eye-catching focal point by removing the backing and glass from a chunky, wooden frame. Secure a colourful souffle dish or ramekin inside and fill it with bird food. Hung from a tree, any guest spotting it from the patio will think you have framed the wildlife – and be suitably impressed!

Autumn
There’s loads to do in the house in autumn. The nights are starting to draw in and everyone’s ready to snuggle by the fire. Make sure the kids don’t forget about the birds outside in the cold and take the opportunity to make some homemade bird feeders. Spreading peanut butter on an old toilet roll or pencil is guaranteed to result in sticky fingers and smiles all round. Roll them in seeds and hang them from a tree in the garden, the kids can then watch the birds feasting on their efforts from the warmth of the house.

Autumn is also a great time for grown-up projects. Quilted blankets look great, add a snuggly feeling to any room and will help keep your family warm over the winter. They are also a fantastic way to make use of any clothes the kids have outgrown or ruined over the course of the year. If you don’t have much time, make your patches large and trim your quilt with a patterned fabric to finish the look.

If you are thinking of hand making your Christmas gifts, now is the time to start planning. Knitted scarves, hats and gloves add a personal touch to everyone’s stockings and mini fruit cakes are a fantastic treat for neighbours and work colleagues.

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Halloween
Halloween is a holiday for crafting! From the kids’ costumes to seasonal treats, you could spend weeks indulging your creative side if you wanted to. Let the kid’s loose with their new-found paper doll making skills and ask them to create a spooky garland for the fireplace. Cats heads, witch’s hats and pumpkins are all excellent options. Of course, there is the traditional pumpkin lantern to carve. If you want to impress the neighbors, or try something a little bit different, print a template off and craft a masterpiece.

Winter
This season is made for easy craft ideas. With the kids eager to stay indoors, convincing them to help out is no issue at all. If you fancy spending the day crafting, a few different colored felts and some glue are a fantastic way to make seasonal pictures of robins and penguins. If the kids have got a bit more energy to wear off, it might be time to think about indoor games. Blow skiing is really easy to make and fun to play. Best of all? Everyone gets to pick their own colors.

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Christmas
Most winter activities are Christmas orientated. This one little holiday sure does dominate the entire season. Luckily, there’s loads of projects you can do for this one. Making gingerbread cookies to decorate the tree is always great fun for the little ones. If you have a young teenager in the house, why not set them the challenge of making a gingerbread house? You can buy ready-made kits now, so they get to do all the fun decorating without any of the awkward planning and baking. If your family aren’t gingerbread lovers, sugar cookies are just as good for decorating the tree. They’re also a little bit paler so you can decorate them with pastel icings for a more delicate look.

Candy cane mice are another easy option for making Christmas decorations, though they look really impressive on the tree (these are my favorites!). Cut out all the mice pieces and let the kids assemble them. Glitter, googly eyes and some funny colored ears mean they can make each one unique and keeps them occupied. A candy cane tail completes the look – and means you can hang them from the tree or a garland easily.

Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without paper chains. Cut up strips of wrapping paper for the kids so they can make festive garlands, perfect for decorating their bedrooms. This is a great option for Christmas eve when they need to take their minds off the excitement. Another option is to let them decorate the name labels for the Christmas table. Glitter pens, sticky stars and colored paper guarantee at least an hours break from the exhausting wait for St. Nick.

How To Pack For A Skiing Holiday

Working out what you need to take on your skiing holiday with you is never easy. Particularly when you have a small luggage limit to take into consideration. But, if you think smart and pack carefully, there is no need for any packing stress.

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For your ultimate guide to skiing holiday preparation, have a read of our helpful guide below.

Passport and holiday documents
Make sure to pack your passport and other vital holiday papers.

When booking your holiday, make sure to take note of any documentation that you may need to take with you. Such as a booking confirmation email. When booking your holiday online, through companies like www.snowfinders.co.uk, ensure you know what documents your individual company requires. Each company has different requirements, so make sure you have what you need.

Ski equipment
First on the list is of course, all your ski wear. The most important things you will need are thermal layers, breathable ski trousers (must be waterproof) and gloves. As well as skiing goggles, sunglasses, a ski helmet, and skiing boots.

Don’t forget to pack your base layers. Long-sleeved thermals are the most important part of a warm ski outfit. Try to take two pairs of each, so that you can wear one pair and wash the other.

If you have a low luggage limit, you may find it easier to hire your skis, sticks and helmet. If you have your own equipment, make sure to find out beforehand what your holiday company’s policy is for travelling with skis.

Clothes
Remember that most of the time you will be wearing your skiing equipment, so you don’t need to pack as many clothes as normal. A couple of pairs of jeans, one or two jumpers and some t-shirts should do just fine. It’s up to you whether you want to pack some nicer outfits in case you go out, but remember it is a ski resort, and no one expects you to dress up.

Ensure you take extra socks and pants with you. After getting hot and sweaty on the slopes, there’s nothing nicer than a hot shower and a change of underwear.

Make sure to pack a couple of pairs of cosy pajamas, as well as a pair of slippers. Otherwise, you may end up with cold feet.

You might also want to pack a bobble hat and scarf for when you are popping down to a bar or restaurant in the evening.

Sun cream
To avoid high prices, it is best to buy your sun cream before you travel. Ski resorts tend to charge a lot for sun cream, so be prepared and buy what you need before you go.

Unless you want to burn, make sure you apply sun cream each day before hitting the slopes.

Remember that the mountainous atmosphere is thinner than normal, making you more prone to burning, especially when the sun reflects off of the snow.

To keep your lips in good condition use an SPF moisturizing lip balm. The cold weather may cause your lips to dry out, whilst the sun may cause them to burn. Unless you want dry, sore lips throughout your holiday, it is a good idea to apply lip balm before leaving the chalet each morning.

Wash products
Depending on where you are staying, things like shower gel and shampoo may not be provided. If you are unsure, always pack your own.

As well as packing your favorite shampoo and condition, make sure to pack a few medical bits and bobs, like paracetamol and plasters. After all, there’s nothing worse than having a painful blister and no plaster to protect it.

Join Us for Rugby and Reme’s Holiday Twitter Party! #ShareRugbyReme

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Join Us for Rugby and Reme’s Holiday Twitter Party! #ShareRugbyReme

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rugby and Reme are excited about the holidays! These adorable Bernese Mountain dogs are getting in the spirit, so they’re throwing a party—and you’re invited.  We’ll introduce new friends to the RugbyAndReme.com website that features the animated versions of the cutest Berners we know and all their canine friends. You’re invited as we talk about giving and sharing, because giving of ourselves is the greatest thing we can do for others, especially in the “Season of Love.”

Rugby and Reme are fun, adventurous, inquisitive pups with their own apps, fun coloring pages, great merchandise, learning programs, and free online games and story books. They even have two films just out of pre-production! Fans of animation will enjoy the imaginative and adventurous stories created out of love for two real Bernese Mountain dogs.

 

Here are the details:

Date:  Wednesday, December 10

Time: 9 p.m. (EST); 8 p.m. (CST); 7 p.m. (PST)

Follow Along and Tweet with the Hashtag: #ShareRugbyReme

Panelists:
@MommyHasALife —Hostess
@SeaWorldMommy — Hostess
@RugbyAndReme — Sponsor

Bring on the Prizes!
Five lucky winners will get Rugby and Reme merchandise prize packs, and the grand prize winner will get a prize pack, plus a $100 Visa gift card! (See prize descriptions below.)

1)      Book Prize Pack — “The Ancient Adventure Begins” aka The Adventures of Rugby and Reme Book 1; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards; 1 10” fabric Frisbee.

2)      Movie Book Prize Pack — Rugby and Reme Movie Book DVD Books 1 & 2; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards; 1 10” fabric Frisbee; Children’s Logo Baseball Cap.

3)       Fun Prize Pack —“The Ancient Adventure Begins” aka The Adventures of Rugby and Reme Book 1; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards; 1 10” fabric Frisbee; Children’s Logo Baseball Cap.

4)      New Friends Prize Pack — Small Rugby Plush Toy; Small Reme Plush Toy; Children’s Logo Baseball Cap; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards;  1 10” fabric Frisbee.

5)      Facebook Prize Pack —Small Rugby Plush Toy; Small Reme Plush Toy; “The Ancient Adventure Begins” aka The Adventures of Rugby and Reme Book 1; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards; 1 10” fabric Frisbee.

6)      Grand Prize Pack — $100 Visa Gift Card; Small Rugby Plush Toy; Small Reme Plush Toy;  “The Ancient Adventure Begins” aka The Adventures of Rugby and Reme Book 1; Rugby and Reme Movie Book DVD Books 1 & 2; 1 set Meet The Characters Playing Cards; 1 10” fabric Frisbee; Children’s Logo Baseball Cap.

How to Enter
1. Share about this party on a social media platform of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Sample Tweet: Mark your calendar as we #ShareRugbyReme  at a Twitter Party w/ @RugbyandReme on 12/10 at 6 pm PST/9pm EST.

Sample Facebook Update: Join the conversation on holidays, sharing and giving at a Twitter Party on 9/25 at 6 pm PST/9pm EST with Rugby and Reme.

  1. Follow @MommyHasALife, @SeaWorldMommy and, of course, @RugbyAndReme
  2. Tweet during the party (Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7 pm PST; 8 pm CST; 9 pm EST). Every tweet is an entry to win! Don’t forget to use the hashtag in each post so it’s counted, and remember to add the Q# so we know which question you’re answering.
  3. To RSVP, leave a comment below that includes the Twitter handle you’re using at the party.

Rules:
The Rugby And Reme Twitter Party Contest  on 12/10/2014 (contest) is open to US residents age 18 years or older. To be eligible for a prize, entrants must follow each item in the above section “How to Enter.” Tweets eligible for prizes must be posted during the 1-hour Twitter Party time-frame. Winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) from all participants’ Tweets, once eligibility is verified (Hosts and sponsor followed, hashtag and Q info used). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by any Third Party Service including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other third-party service. Entrants who choose to make posts on Facebook to share about the contest,acknowledge that the Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and that any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to the Contest Sponsors and not to Facebook.

Marvel Universe Live takes over Orlando!

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A few weeks ago I told you that Marvel Universe Live is coming to Orlando. Last night we spent some time with our favorite Heroes and Villains to see just what this show was all about. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The trailer below gave me a small teaser of what was coming.

While the trailer does a great job of capturing some of the elements of the show it doesn’t begin to capture how amazing this show was!

SONY DSCThe show opens with a great combination of many of the Marvel characters on a large screen and a voice setting the brand new story line up. Unlike many other story lines this show is a unique story line written specifically for the show. This means that even the most die hard fan is sure to have a new experience by coming to this show. They even took a moment to tell people not to try these things at home. As a mom to a very adventurous 5 year old boy I really appreciated this choice!

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One of the things that impresses me most about this show is the ability to engage you on multiple parts of the stage. Instead of a traditional stage show or a single leveled show Marvel Live uses every part of the stage.

SONY DSCOne of the great elements of this show is the use of motorcycles. There were some really impressive jumps, tricks, and moves achieved on these bikes. Whether you are watching Captain America jump from high up, Black Widow balance on one wheel, or watching Wolverine and Bruce Banner do jumps you are sure to enjoy the bikes.

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Not only do they do a great job of incorporating multiple heroes and villains, Marvel Live manages to combine an action packed experience with an engaging story line.  SONY DSC

If you are wondering about whether or not this show would be fun for your kids here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering tickets.

  • This show is loud. – If you have a child with sensory issues it will help to know that there are some small fireworks, explosions, and loud sound bits. I find that noise cancelling head phones are great for a child who has a problem with these sounds.
  • There will be some violence. – There are many fight scenes in this show. There will be no blood or gore and it will stay clean. However, knowing that this is a part of the show will help you decide if you are sensitive to violence.
  • The show is very engaging. – My 5 year old typically will not sit still for a movie or show. However, he spent the entire show on the edge of his seat! I don’t think I heard a word from him other than, “Wow, Cool, Awesome!”
  • The show is very adult friendly. – Some shows do a great job of writing a story line for kids and not for parents. This is not that show. You will be able to enjoy this show just as much as your children!
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Celebrity Kids and GenerationOn Team up to give back to the Community this Holiday Season

Last week generationOn and Disney Friends for Change along with hundreds LA families made some Christmas magic for children in the community on Family Volunteer Day (November 22nd).  Volunteers spent the day at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA doing various volunteer activities like wrapping gifts and writing out cards for less fortunate children.

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Some of the volunteers even included some celebrities like “Parenthood’s,” Xolo Mariduena, TV actor Max Page (The Bridge, CBS’s Extant and The Young and The Restless) and Josh Rush (Clarence and Mr. Peabody & Sherman).

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This volunteer effort was a part of generationON’s Family Volunteer Day.  generationON encourages families to come together to do good for their community.  “Coming together and volunteering as a family shows kids first-hand how even one act of caring can make a real difference in someone else’s life,” said Mike Strautmanis, vice president of Strategic Programs, Corporate Citizenship at Disney. “Disney is proud to continue our sponsorship of Family Volunteer Day to inspire kids and families to develop a lifelong love of service and share in our commitment to creating a brighter tomorrow.”

Families are encouraged to share their story at www.generationon.org/fvd for a chance to win one of twenty “family night out” prize packages, and ten families with amazing service impact stories will be selected for inclusion in a fall issue of FamilyFun Magazine.  Volunteer activities can range from any number of things like a park clean up, donating gifts, making cards for kids that are in the hospital, or any activity that is helping their community.

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