Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wendy's is Hot & Juicy at Crane's Roost Park

Okay, I won't lie to you... I feed my children fast food.


There, I admitted it.


And you know what else I won't lie about, liking it.


I like the convenience of fast food and plus, it tastes pretty darn good for a great price.


One of my favorite fast food joints is Wendy's.


My kids adore their chicken nuggets and when I'm in the mood for a juicy burger that I can really sink my teeth into, they deliver.


Coming up on Halloween, Wendy's is throwing a party to get folks salivating for their newest burger: Dave's Hot 'N Juicy! 


I've had one of these babies, de-lici-ous! 


From the press release: 


"About the new cheeseburger:Made with 100 percent fresh, never-frozen, North American beef without fillers, additives, preservatives or flavor boosters, Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger is Wendy’s thickest, hottest and juiciest hamburger ever. The beef’s rich, mouth-watering taste is complemented by a warm, buttered, toasted bun for added flavor and texture, with a carefully-chosen assortment of fresh, high-quality toppings that make the flavor even more sumptuous. Of course, it also has the naturally square shape that consumers fondly associate with Wendy’s."



The event for Dave's Hot 'N Juicy is going to be held on October 31 from 4-9pm at Altamonte Spring's Crane's Roost Park.


Again, from the press release:


 "About the event:The event on November 1 in Orlando is part of a nationwide “Tour of America” stopping in 26 cities to distribute more than 37,000 free Hot ‘N Juicy cheeseburgers. For a schedule of events, visithttp://apps.facebook.com/tourofamerica/.  Cheeseburger lovers at each tour stop will also get free samples of another Wendy’s favorite – the Frosty dairy dessert – and enjoy games, cool prizes and live entertainment.

For more information about Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburger, visit www.wendys.com, Twitter (@wendys, #HotNJuicy) and Facebook (facebook.com/wendys).





Here are all the details fast and easy for you:

WHERE: Cranes Roost Park (274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701)
WHEN: Monday, October 31, 4pm – 9pm.  Come between 4-5:30pm to meet Wendy herself, who will be on hand!
MORE:  If your kids want to wear their Halloween costumes, there will be trick-or-treating at the park, as well!

Check it out, I'll be there with my kiddos chewing on burgers and slurping on Frostys.

See ya' there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Fashion Comes to Orlando.

On October 27th, Macy's is bringing the latest fashion to Orlando. The launch of Andy Hilfiger’s brand new clothing line, The Andrew Charles collection, is being unveiled at the Mall of Millennia. The Andrew Charles collection is "fashion for men and women based on the eclectic stylings of prolific rock legend, Steven Tyler."

Photo Courtesy of Macy's

In addition to the opening of the line, the garage pop band, The Click Clack Boom will be at Macy's giving a free concert!

After the bands performance there will be a chance to meet the band and the designer of the Andy Charles Collection, Andy Hilfiger will be on hand.

Now that I have your attention here are the details:

October 27, 2011, 6pm-8pm at the Macy's at the Mall at Millennia (located at 4298 Millenia Blvd.Orlando, FL 32839).

If you love fashion, you need to be here for this amazing opportunity and great tunes.




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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fighting my battles

Okay, so I won't lie to you... I spent most of the weekend at home.

I don't think I left the farm all weekend.

But this morning, I had to leave.

I had to take Roo to school, so I was able to get up and get my task accomplished.

It worked because I had a goal in mind. I was able to distract myself from anything riddled with anxiety.

Sure, after I dropped her off I felt a moment of panic but I focused and got myself and Turtle home.

I also haven't left the house since this morning...

But I'm trying again tonight when I take the girls to church (shocking, yes I know) and I am doing everything I can to stay in the right mind frame and work through this.

I figure as long as I have a goal in mind (go to church, come home from church... oh, and pick up milk), I will be okay.

It's like focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel, right?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paranoia, Paranoia....

Paranoia suddenly has a hold on me.

Isn't that a song?

Since my diagnosis with SVT, I've been hanging out at my house... a lot.

I haven't left with the exception of going to the grocery store and to get my medicine (oh, and a trip to 7-11 for a donut).

When I went to the grocery store, I was pushing my cart down the aisle when all of sudden I started to feel... strange.

It was like I had suddenly opened my eyes and was surprised that I was where I was.

It was totally a WTF moment.

Then I started to get freaked out. I felt my heart palpitate and I got sweaty.

I left and went straight home and cried.

I don't like this trapped feeling and I know that it is totally mental. I know that this is all in my head, but I'm scared.

I'm scared that I'll be out and about and suddenly, my heart will go into overdrive and the I am unable to function.

I'm worried that I won't be able to take care of my children if something happens.

Also, my beta blockers aren't helping me either.

I am EXHAUSTED on them.

I can't even chase my kids in the barns without feeling heavy limbed.

It sucks because I am such an active person.

The doctor told me that as soon as we even out my medicine and get things in line, I can return to running and all things normal.

But can my mind?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Good Luck Charm?


In yesterday’s post I told you about my experience with my husband’s (then best friend) discovery of his own SVT.

When I went to the hospital to see him that first time and his stepfather handed me that cross.

It was a gold cross that I had received from my godmother when I was accepted into the Catholic church (at the age of 16).

Oddly enough, I was wearing the same cross when I went to the doctor’s the other day and got my own news about SVT.

My husband laughed and told me that it was the bad luck cross and made me promise that neither of our children will ever wear the necklace.

I’m still wearing it (for the record).

But every time I pass a mirror, it catches my eye and I ponder his statement.

Is my necklace bad luck?

I have a diamond horseshoe necklace that he gave me years ago and I always considered it my good luck charm, but with my recent interest in faith, I went with my cross hoping it would direct me on the right path.

I’m not a truly superstitious person; I will walk under ladders or open umbrellas in the house without a second thought.

But as my next cardiologist appointment looms, I wonder… should I take it off?

Should I ignore the odd feeling that is settled in my stomach?

Decisions, decisions…

Do you have a good luck charm?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Supraventricular Tachycardia, my new BFF.

Thirteen years ago, I got a phone call from a friend that my best friend (who is my husband now) was in the hospital.
They had told me that it had something to do with his heart and I felt the bottom of my stomach fall out.
Then I rushed out of the house and straight to the hospital.
They would't let me see him and I remember his step-father handing me my gold cross necklace that he wore everyday... then I really lost it.
The next day I finally got to see him and he was diagnosed with supra ventricular tachycardia (also known as SVT).
I had no clue what it was but remember spending the next month with him as he tried to figure out his medicine, quit every bad habit he had (and he had a lot!) and being there for him as he went into surgery to have all the extra nerves around his heart burnt out.
I can still recall sitting in the waiting room with his mom as she read a romance novel and I fidgeted in my chair.
When he was wheeled by, I remember crying more (I spent a lot of time crying over this and him).
Then I remember the recovery, the ups and downs, all the fun that came along with him adjusting to a life with a heart condition.
13 years have passed since his diagnosis.
He's had a few slip ups but nothing too serious.
A few months ago, I noticed some heart palpitations that would stop me in my tracks. I chalked it all up to stress because at the time I was under so much stress that I thought I would snap.
I finally went to see the doctor about it where they told me they wanted me to see a specialist because my heart rate was too slow (I was running 2x a day 6 days a week).
So I went, got all the standard tests and even wore a heart monitor for a 24 hour period.
They discovered an early heart beat and said it wasn't much to worry about, that it was benign. 
I was still having the heart palpitations and to cancel out anything serious, they put me on an event monitor for two weeks.
Yesterday, they called me and asked if I could come in early to discuss some issues they had notice.
Cue more heart palpitations and even more stress.
What do you know, I was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia.
The exact same condition that my husband went through 13 years ago and still deals with today.
Yay, I have a new best friend.
Egh.
I won't lie, I am nervous as hell. I am also freaking out about taking the medicine they prescribed me (because it lowers the blood pressure and the heart rate which scares me because I have a low heart rate and low blood pressure already!).
I am also toying with the idea of having the same surgery my husband had because the thought of relying on medicine to control my heart for the rest of my life is scary.
I am also just fucking freaking out.
I start my medicine tonight (with supervision, of course) and go back to the cardiologist on Wednesday for more information.
Wish me luck.

And if you are interested this is what  WebMD has to say: "Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) means that from time to time your heart beats very fast for a reason other than exercisehigh fever, or stress. Types of SVT include:
During an episode of SVT, the heart’s electrical system doesn't work right, causing the heart to beat very fast. The heart beats at least 100 beats per minute and may reach 300 beats per minute. After treatment or on its own, the heart usually returns to a normal rate of 60 to 100 beats a minute.
SVT may start and end quickly, and you may not have symptoms. SVT becomes a problem when it happens often, lasts a long time, or causes symptoms.
SVT also is called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) or paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT)."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Overwhelmed.

Today was one of those lazy days where I absolutely ADORE the fact that I am a stay at home Mom.

We played in the barns with the horses all morning before heading inside to make pizza for lunch and watch Nemo. 

Then while Turtle took her nap, I read while Roo cuddled before I snuck out for a run and then a long hot shower.

It was a blissful day.

Sure, school starts for me next week and I can feel the panic starting to build inside me.

I haven't been back to school in... 6 years.

Will I even remember how to write an essay? Will I remember to check my email daily? Will I remember what the heck AP Style is?

Egh.

Then I get a call from a friend and they are asking me if I'd like to start substitute teaching at my daughter's school... for the middle schoolers!

*gulp*

I say yes immediately because I've been trying to get a job for a while (damn bills) and an opportunity like this doesn't knock on your door every day.

When I hung up, I started thinking that just last week I was a lazy stay at home Mom with nothing more on her agenda then picking up her 4 year old on time and making sure her runs kicked ass.

Now next week I'm looking at starting my Masters program, subbing at school (which a little FYI: I've never taught before! And middle schoolers, OMFG!), getting two kids to school on time with lunches, homework, school stuff, etc. etc...

Talk about overwhelmed!

Talk about freaking out!

What the heck am I going to do?

How the heck am I going to manage all of this?

Oh, and add in cooking meals, cleaning the house and keeping my sanity.

Help! 

Things I've Never Done

Earlier this month I turned 31.

Remember when you were younger and the thought of turning 31 seemed... impossible?

I can remember thinking that when I turned 31 I would be old and gray and in need of a walker to get around.

Now that I'm 31, I laugh at my innocent thoughts and have replaced that image with the ripe old age of 71.

Anyways, that's  not the point of this post.

The point of this point is to tell you a list of things that I've never done and then whine about how I'm already 31 and really need to get to doing more thing in my life besides tweeting about my kids singing Lynyrd Skynyrd and chasing chickens in the pastures.

I've never...

1. Been to California.

2. Had Sushi (and I'm not sure if I want to change this one, anyone have a good argument?).

3. Shot a deer.

4. Grown a pumpkin (not for lack of trying though!).

5. Been to Europe.

6. Read a Harry Potter book (or seen one of the movies).

7. Ate frog.

8. Published a novel (one day! one day!).

9. Learned to play the piano.

10. Gone a whole day without checking Facebook.

I think that it's time to start knocking this list down.

What do you think?

Do you have a list?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Easy Comfort Food


Ah, comfort food.

Nothing can turn a bad day around like comfort food.

There’s just something about certain food that can just make tension lift away from your chest and make you believe that everything is going to be okay.

My list of comfort food is endless.

Seriously.

My comfort foods include chocolate cake, homemade macaroni and cheese, my Dad’s famous lasagna, and of course, my peanut butter pie (link back).

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

One of my go-to comfort foods is fried chicken and homemade French fries.

Not only does it soothe a wounded soul, but also it’s easy to make (my favorite quality in any type of food).

To start with, put a whole bottle of vegetable oil in a sturdy pot and get it nice and hot.

I start with the French fries. I slice up the potatoes into shoestring fries and once the oil is sizzling, I slide them on in and let them cook.


The time on how long you keep them in the oil varies. I like my French fries super crunchy so I’ll let them fry for almost twenty minutes.

Once they are done, I will scoop them out and put them in a bowl on a paper towel (to absorb the excess grease) and put them to the side to make the chicken.

How I make my fried chicken is I buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts and I chopped them up into chicken nugget sizes bites.



I crack two eggs and whip them up then dump the chicken into that bowl. I let them soak for a few before I plop them into a bowl of flour mixed with seasoned salt.


The best way to cook them is to put them one by one from the flour into the oil (Yes, I use the same oil for the potatoes and chicken, no biggie). The flour mixture tends to clump together so if you put it in the oil as a big clump, it comes out as one big clump.

Preferences though.

The chicken takes longer to cook then the potatoes. Once again, I like my food crunchy so I’ll cook the chicken for twenty five to thirty minutes until it is nice and golden brown.

Once it’s done, I put it on some paper towels and then dive in.

Comfort Central.

And it’s super simple.

Does life get any better?

Oh, it does… a cute helper to clean your dishes for you. 



Friday, October 14, 2011

My Bad.

Being a Mother is a funny (and tricky) thing.

I often catch myself scolding my daughters when I'm in a foul mood or something has gone wrong (and they had nothing to do with my bad mood, for the record).

I take my frustrations out on them (and for the record, it's nothing harsh... it's me snapping at them or me growling while I tend to their bidding).

I am ashamed to say that I do (sometimes), but I'm woman enough to admit that I am at fault.

When things aren't going well, it's easy for a screaming toddler to push you over the edge. Or a cup of spilled milk, stepping on a toy that was left in the middle of the floor or finding melted crayons on your favorite shirt.

It happens.

I have taken notice of this action, so lately I stop myself if I feel frustrated and take a deep breath.

I step back from the moment and ask myself, "Do they deserve this?"

I also ask myself if I deserve it.

It's getting better.

I find that it helps to take a break, like that Twix commercial when they say something ridiculous and get called on it.

I tell myself that they are only children, they don't know better and they definitely don't know that the blogging world, or the insurance man or the lady in the red minivan who cut me off and gave me the finger is the root of my anger, and not them.

I am doing what I can to ease the tension off of all three of us.

And I am woman enough to admit that it's working.

Vendio ECommerce Blogger Search Application

Okay, let me tell you a little secret.

I'm a closet ecommerce-r.

Meaning, that I love to shop online while everyone is asleep.

I tend to pull my laptop into bed with me, snuggle up with a cup of warm tea and scan websites for the best deals on diapers, the cutest cell phone covers, books with great reviewers and the naughtiest lingerie (while we're being honest here).

ECommerce is basically transactions conducted on the internet and what Mother isn't an ecommerce-r?

Being an online shopper is the simplest way for me to do my favorite hobby without dragging two screaming children to the store so I can drool over the latest purple platform pumps.

It's also a way to make sure I don't overspend (how economically of me, huh?) because there are website that let me compare and contrast every thing I buy. There's also websites that let me score coupon codes for free.

What's not to love about being an ecommerce-r?

You're helping online businesses grow, you're helping out your closets fill up to capacity and you're doing it all from the comfort of your very own bed.

Seriously, you gotta love it.

I know I do.

Thats' why I'm applying to the Vendio ECommerce Blogger Search (which is why you're reading this post). I love to shop, support ECommerce and keep on top of what's hot and fresh.

Don't you too?

Just me?

:)

I wrote this blog post as an application for the Vendio ECommerce Blogger Search. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get Your Sexy (Costume) On.

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store

Halloween is quickly approaching and you know what, it's not just for kids anymore.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and back in the day they never had any cool costumes for adults.

I think there was a choice of witch and Cat Woman.

And we're not talking about the sexy kind of witch or the Meeeeooooowwww kinda Cat Woman.

We are talking scary stuff.

Now that I'm an adult, the choice for us is endless.

Seriously, ENDLESS.

And you know what, they are not boring.

They are sexy.

Dead sexy.

EdenFantasys has a huge array of sexy costumes that are guarantee to make your mates jaw drop.

Plus everyone in the room with you.

There's something for everyone's taste.

There's a Sexy Vampire (Love bite anyone?), a German Beer Girl and a personal favorite, Officer Anita Friskya.

There's more than enough options where you can mix it up and make it your own.

Add some accessories that can be used after your costume party or put a few extra costumes in your shopping cart to wear on days besides Halloween.

Trust me, your partner will thank you for it on a random Tuesday when you bust out the thigh-highs and school girl skirt.



I wrote this post for compensation. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 

What do ya' know, I'm the Drama Queen!

Sometimes I surprise myself.

Sometimes I make an ass out of myself too.

Lately, I've been having trouble getting Turtle to sleep at both nap time and bedtime. I would spend endless amount of time struggling with her to get her to sleep.

It started out small and grew to a two hour battle of wills.

Yes, I would eventually win but in the process I would ignore Roo, lose my cool, growl and grumble as well as cry in those two hours.

It was EXHAUSTING!

And it took up all of my time in the evening and by the time everyone was in bed and asleep I could barely function because of lack of energy.

It was miserable.

The other day at nap time, after Turtle spent a few minutes giggling and spitting out milk from her sippy cup all over me, I decided I had had enough.

I was done!

I put her in her bed, stuck the binky in her mouth, told her to "Stay!" and I walked away.

And what do you know, SHE FELL ASLEEP!

Without me.

Without fuss.

Without anything!

She just closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

After I spent sometime staring at her sleeping form in shock, I picked my jaw up off the floor and climbed into my own bed and collapsed.

That night I decided to push my luck and do the same thing. I stuck her in her bed with her binky, sippy cup, favorite stuffed horse and covered her up. I kissed her forehead and walked out of the room.

And yes, wouldn't you know it, she fell asleep on her own.

Without me.

It's been two days of me doing this and I feel like I've won the freakin' lottery.

I can't believe it!

And in my defense, I've tried to lay her in her bed before but she never would stay put. She'd roll around, kick the walls, get up and play with all the toys all over the floor.

My husband could accomplish these feat with her for months, but I'd never seen it happen with my own eyes so I never believed him.

I would spend an hour complaining to him about how hard it was to fight with her twice a day every day.

Turns out, I'm the drama queen here.

And I feel a fool.

But I still feel like I won the lottery.

:)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PoTC 4: On Stranger Tides

From a press release (word for word):

"
Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:ON STRANGER TIDES Sails Home on Disney Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital on October 18th

The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films are proud to present the #1 worldwide box office success of 2011 - making over $1 billion globally - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in stunning high definition Blu-ray™, eye popping Blu-ray 3D™ (a first for the legendary franchise) and Digital on October 18, 2011.
Setting sail on an ocean full of hi-def adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will debut in a Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1-Disc Digital Copy), a 2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD), and for the ultimate fan a 15-Disc Four Movie Collection.   Additionally the movie will be available in 3D and High-Definition Digital.
The Limited Edition 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes hours of bonus materials offering fans a deeper dive inside Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides including immersive Disney Second Screen technology, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, an extensive look at mermaids, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, and much more.
In addition, the Pirates of the Caribbean 15-Disc Four Movie Collection offers fans more adventures than ever before. The Collection is packaged in an authentic replica Pirate’s Chest, and includes a collectible map and an iconic skull disc case that holds the Blu-ray™ discs and digital copies of ALL four Pirates of the Caribbean movies, along with the Blu-ray 3D™ disc and DVD of Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Rob Marshall (NineChicago), and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, National Treasure 2Mask of Zorro), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the latest addition to the incredibly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that has for years entertained audiences of all ages with its thrilling adventures, hi-tech special effects and unique storylines.
Back as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp (Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Alice in Wonderland) returns leading a sensational cast of talents that includes Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Ian McShane (HBO’s “Deadwood”) and more.
The visually stunning film shot in high-definition 3D invites viewers to embark on an adventure-filled ride with Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the breathtaking Fountain of Youth. Along the turbulent trip, fans are forced to re-think their knowledge of fairytale creatures when they are introduced to a group of alluring yet precarious mermaids, traverse isolated islands and fight international enemies.

Details:2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray™ + 1-Disc DVD)SRP = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
Bonus Features:
• Disney Second Screen
• Bloopers of the Caribbean
• Audio Commentary by director Rob Marshall
• LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales
Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D™ + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1-Disc Digital Copy) SRP = $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
Bonus Features:
All of the above features plus…
• Legends of On Stranger Tides
• In Search of the Fountain
• Last Sail/First Voyage
• Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life
• Deleted and Extended Scenes with Intros by director Rob Marshall
Limited Edition 15-Disc Four Movie CollectionSRP = $169.99 U.S./$189.99 Canada
Bonus Features:
• Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc Digital Copy )
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc Digital Copy )
• Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc Digital Copy)
• Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D +2 -Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy + 1-Disc DVD)
• 1-Disc Blu-ray bonus disc that includes  all-new never-before-seen short film “Wedlocked”
• Authentic replica Pirate’s Chest, a collectible map and an iconic skull disc case.
• And much more…
High Definition DigitalSRP = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
Bonus Features:
• Bloopers of the Caribbean
• Deleted and Extended Scenes with Intros by director Rob Marshall
• LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales
3D DigitalSRP = $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
No bonus features

About Disney Second Screen:Disney Second Screen transforms the movie watching experience by allowing viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad™ or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie. By simply accessing the Disney Second Screen companion application on their Internet-connected device, consumers are able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with elements including 360-degree vehicle turnarounds, interactive progression reels, and more. Disney Second Screen directions and access codes can be found inside the Blu-ray Disc packaging. Audio synching is powered by TVPLUS.

Film Synopsis:From Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun, epic adventure and humor that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise — and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn’t know who to fear more —Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery and all-out wit.

Social Media:For those who would like to stay connected with the world of Pirates are encouraged to:
• “Like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean
• Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DisneyPirates
• Visit the website and mobile site: www.disney.com/pirates

About Walt Disney Studios:For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, please visit www.disney.com."

Learn, Create & Share with LeapFrog!


Technology is a big thing in 95% of households nowadays.

And my household is included in that number.

I’m always connected, my husband is always connected… and now my daughters are connected.

LeapFrog has some great products out on the market that allows younger kids to be connected. And they are educational!

And fun!

I was chosen to host a “Learn, Create, Share” Party in association with MomSelect and got a fabulous kit that included: the LeapPad learning tablet and a Tag Reading System.



The LeapPad is a personalized learning pad that has almost everything under the sun your kid could want to play with. It’s completely touchscreen and has a camera/video recorder!  It’s also just like Mommy’s tablet because you can download apps to play and learn with. The LeapFrog App Library has over 100 games to choose from.

A fantastic learning feature of the LeapPad is the Ultra EBooks that are offered.

“(The) Ultra Ebooks are interactive, cinematic experiences designed to guide children through books and immerse them in the joy of reading. Each app is actually three books in one, with different story levels and modes optimized to support reading development. As a child builds his/her reading skills, the reading level of the story adjusts automatically and is remembered from book to book. Kids can even see the text change as they progress through the stories and as their reading skills improve. Innovative activities build comprehension skills and expand vocabulary while taking advantage of LeapPad Explorer’s fun features: use the touch screen to get word-by-word support or definitions, use the motion-based sensor for learning games or use the microphone to record personal story narration!”

The Tag Reading System we received is the #1 selling reading system that has been recommended by 99% of teachers.

Along with the Tag Reading System we received Interactive World Map and the Learn to Read Series of books.

The girls LOVED the map.

Seriously, they played with it for over an hour when we pulled it out of the box.

My favorite thing about the Tag was that you download the books you purchase (or receive) right on to the device. This means you don’t have to worry about toting around cartridges when you are on the move and most importantly, you don’t have to worry about your kids hiding the cartridges under your mattress or in the toilet!

About two weeks ago, I held the “Learn, Create, Share” LeapFrog party with a bunch of my Mommy friends and their little ones. We had a wide range of ages, going from 18 months to six years old.

And it didn’t matter that there was such a variety because no matter the age, they all dove right in and played with the toys.

Both the LeapPad and the Tag were big hits.

The only problem we had was that we didn’t have enough to go around!

The consensus of the Moms at the party was that both learning tools were going to be added to this year’s Christmas list.  The map was really liked because it helped develop knowledge of animals around the planet (which all our kids are crazy about animals right now).

Each kid was sent home with an achievement certificate, coloring pages and learning pages while the Moms were sent home with coupons to purchase their own systems.

Overall, a giant success. 



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