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Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games

Do you hold a family game night in your house? With the way my entire family is glued to electronics, family game night is a great way to reconnect with each other and just enjoy each others company over some friendly (and intense) competition. We recently kicked our family game night up a notch with some new game additions from RoosterFin Games.

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Of course classic games are always a hit during our family game nights, but it’s also fun to try out some new games. The newest additions to our game collection include Bouncing Bots and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition from RoosterFin Games.

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We first tried out Bouncing Bots and while it’s a simple concept, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Each player gets two bots of the same color and taking turns, you try to bounce your bots onto number values on the scoring boards. The player with the highest score, wins.

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Sounds easy, right? Not so much. I have been having a hard time perfecting the bot bounce, so my bots either bounce off the board or don’t even make it near the board at all. If this is a problem for everyone, you can flip the scoring boards over so they’re more of a bowl shape, making it easier to get the bots to stay on the board. My son on the other hand has been practicing and he’s become our resident professional at Bouncing Bots.

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Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuideAfter I got tired of losing at Bouncing Bots, we moved on to Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition. This game is more about testing your memory, reaction time, and motor skills.

Each player gets four lumpy cubes of the same color. Everyone has 10 seconds to memorize the stack pattern on the card and then they have to stack their lumpy cubes to match the card. Whoever does it correctly the fastest yells “Lumpy” and gets the card. The player to collect three cards first, wins.

 

Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition is my favorite of our two new games. Again, it has a simple concept, but what makes this game challenging, aside from a good memory, is that there are four different faces on the cubes. Each cube as one of the four faces on the front and a different one on the back.

There have been many times I’ve gotten three cubes stacked and when I get to the top I don’t have the face I need to finish it. I then have to find where that face is on the back of the cubes I’ve already stacked and figure out how to adjust the cubes to meet the pattern on the card. It can get pretty tricky.

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What types of games does your family like to play? Both of these from RoosterFin Games are great options for the whole family. They’re both curated for ages 6+, have simple concepts, but are challenging at the same time. And another perk is that they don’t have a ton of pieces that can get lost.

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Ready for some friendly (and intense) family competition? Bouncing Bots ($21.99) and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition ($18.99) are available for purchase on Amazon today, with Prime shipping of course!

RoosterFin Games are perfect gifts for kids and even the whole family this holiday season. Gift RoosterFin and let the competition begin!

Which RoosterFin game will your family enjoy?

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Disney’s Newest Ghoul on the Block Hits DVD Today #Vampirina

Do you have a Disney Jr. fan on your hands? If so, then you’ve probably met the new girl (or ghoul) in town, Vampirina. My kids were awaiting Vampirina’s arrival well before her family hit the block and now that she’s here, they couldn’t be more happy. At least I didn’t think they could. Just in time for Halloween, Vampirina is being released on DVD today! Now my kids can have all the fangtastic fun they want.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~

Vampirina just made it into town on October 1st, when her family moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. For obvious reasons, they’re kind of the odds ones out in the neighborhood. Vampirina tries her best to adapt to her new school and making human friends, and along the way learns to appreciate how unique she is.

As of today (October 17th), we can all follow Vampirina on her new adventures in Pennsylvania because she’s now available on DVD. Get ready for music videos, party planning, sleepovers, and a little battiness now and then.

Here’s a sneak peek, if you haven’t had the chance to check out Vampirina yet.

 

Want to have a little more fun with Vampirina? Check out these fangtastic print and play activity pages.

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Have you had the chance to meet Vampirina yet?

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Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Danone Nations Cup World Final at Red Bull Arena. I cannot express how great of a program this is for kids ages 10-12 and encourage you to attend the event if you ever get the chance. It was a three day event, where kids from 32 different countries worked their butts off, and the results are finally in!

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~I received complimentary tickets to attend the DNC 2017 to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

First off, these kids may be young, but their talent is beyond measure. I never knew kids could be so talented. I mean every single game was entertaining. The kids had hustle, heart, true skill in the game of soccer, and they really pushed themselves. There’s no doubt in my mind I was watching at least a few future professional soccer players.

And I won’t make you wait until the end of this post to find out who the winners were. Mexico took the trophy for the boys division and Brazil took the trophy for the girls division. Congrats to those teams! (Just check out some of these official photos to see how hard these kids were playing.)

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Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

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Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

What really blew me away was that every team, no matter what ranking they were working to place, played their hearts out. If you knew you weren’t going to come in first, would you still give it your all? These teams did! All of the kids had true dedication to their countries and teammates, and the games were very inspiring to watch throughout the day.

But the DNC World Final wasn’t just a day of soccer games. We got to spend have some fun at the Activity Village right outside the arena. Every Danone brand was present with freebies, coupons, prizes, and games.

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Danone Nations Cup World Final 2017 | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer

There were quite a few things the kids could do to enjoy the day, like a virtual reality penalty kick, the Danimals Ninja Challenge (obstacle course), photo opp with Spiderman, music, dancing, hula hoops, face painting, and there was even a dairy station to meet a real cow and also practice milking a cow (no, the kids didn’t practice on a real cow, but it looked pretty cool).

On top of that I got to attend the DNC press conference where the CEO of Danone, Emmanuel Faber, and the DNC US Ambassador, Abby Wambach, talked about what the DNC means to them and what they hope children will take from the experience.

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These kid reports from different countries got the chance to ask some questions.

Faber reiterated that the DNC is all about courage, believing in your dream, working hard to achieve that dream, excelling, be your best self, teamwork, fairness, and more. These are all characteristics he hopes the kids who participate in the tournament learn and continue to practice in their lives.

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From Wambach, it’s easy to get inspired. She spoke about how as a kid she played in different nations, which gave her the opportunity to believe in bigger dreams and realize there’s something bigger than just her. There are different people in different countries with the same dream. Soccer is a universal language, so while we may not be able to communicate verbally, the game of soccer is no different.

This is something the kids who are participating in the DNC are starting to realize. Thirty two countries come together to play a single sport, and while they speak different languages and may not be able to communicate well, it’s completely different on the field.

One of the things that really hit home was when Wambach mentioned that “kids need to know how to fail.” My son hates losing. It’s win or lose, and he always wants to win. But failure is a part of life and gives us an opportunity to practice and come back stronger. If there’s no failure, there’s no room for improvement and I hope that my son will always find room for improvement, as should all of us, and especially our kids. Wambach didn’t always win and wasn’t always at the top, but those failures helped her to come back better than before.

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Between all of the games, the activities and the press conference, it was a jammed packed day of family fun. I can only hope they’ll plan to host it in the US again in the future, so we can go back for a second time. Who knows? Maybe the next time the US hosts, my son will be playing.

Do you have a child who’d like to participate in next year’s Danone Nations Cup?

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*I received complimentary tickets to the DNC 2017 to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

The Little Wolf’s Book of Badness + Giveaway

As parents, we teach our kids to behave and teach them that being well mannered is the way to be. But that’s not the case for Little Wolf. His family wants him to be misbehave and be bad mannered, just as wolves are supposed to. In The Little Wolf’s Book of Badness we get to see it all take place and you have the chance to win a copy of the new DVD release from NCircle Entertainment, along with the complimenting book!

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I do everything in my power to teach my kids good manners and what behaviors are acceptable, but when we sat down to watch The Little Wolf’s Book of Badness from NCircle Entertainment, we learned that this is the exact opposite of what Little Wolf’s family expects of him. His family is disappointed at Little Wolf brushing his teeth, going to bed early, and saying excuse me. I’d be amazed if I could get my kids to do this without being nagged and reminded over and over.

To set him straight his parents decide it’s time to ship Little Wolf off to Uncle Big Bad’s school, Cunning College, to be taught “better.” Upon arriving at Cunning College, Little Wolf learns the nine rules of badness, but does he abide by those or continue to be himself? To find out, enter below to win you’re very own copy of The Little Wolf’s Book of Badness, along with the complimenting book.

 

What behaviors and manners do you wish your kids would encompass?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of The Little Wolf’s Book of Badness + the complimenting book! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received samples from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Danone Nations Cup World Final Tickets Giveaway (25 Winners)

The closer it gets to the Danone Nations Cup World Final on September 24th, the more excited my family gets. And now you can join in on the excitement too! Why? Because 25 lucky Making Time readers are going to win 2 tickets!

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~I received complimentary tickets to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

The Danone Nations Cup World Final is coming to Red Bull Arena (New Jersey) on Sunday, September 24th. This is the first time in 18 years the event has been held in the U.S. Exciting, right?! It’s the largest soccer tournament for kids ages 10-12, and includes participants from 32 different countries. You can learn more about the Danone Nations Cup World Final here.

Want to join me at the event? I’m so happy that with the help of Danone Nations Cup, I can give 25 of you the opportunity to do so! Just enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, ages 18+ and ends on September 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. Tickets will be delivered via email to each confirmed winner.

 

 

Can’t wait to see if you win and want to get your tickets now? Head over to Danone Nations Cup and order today! Tickets start at $6 for children under 12, $12 for adults, or you can get a family ticket package for 4, for $30.

I can’t wait to see you there!

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The Danone Nations Cup World Final Comes to the U.S. for the First Time

Are any of your kids big soccer fans? If so, you will definitely want to check out the Danone Nations Cup World Final on September 24th at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. This is the first time in 18 years that the final is being hosted in the U.S., so it’s something to get excited about!

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~I received a complimentary invite to the Danone Nations Cup Draw event to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

The Danone Nations Cup (DNC) was created in 2000 and is a unique soccer experience that encourages nearly 2.5 million children every year, all over the world, to believe in their dreams.

 

More than 450 children ages 10-12, from 32 different countries will come together and compete for the trophy (and bragging rights, of course). Many of the children participating have never left their country, much less left their own town, so it’s a big deal to these children.

Let the Games Begin!

The event starts with the first day of qualifications taking place on September 22nd, and the second day of qualifications on September 23rd, as well as the quarterfinals and semifinals. Each qualifying match will last 20 minutes without a halftime and with a few matches running simultaneously on a half size soccer field.

Then the event reaches its peak on September 24th, when the finalists compete for the trophy. The final matches will consist of 2, 12 minute halves. And not only are the teams competing for the DNC World Final Trophy, but are also competing for the Fair Play Trophy.

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The Danone Nations Cup World Final Comes to the U.S. for the First Time | #DNC2017 #BelieveInYourDreams #soccer #soccerislife #RedBullArena

The Fair Play Trophy is rewarded to the team that shows humility, team spirit, friendliness, and respect, all of which are core values of the DNC. The objective of the Fair Play Trophy is to encourage and promote good conduct, and to help fight against objectionable behavior.

Who is participating?

There are 32 boys teams and for the first time in DNC history, 6 girls teams. Here are the results of the DNC Draw from August 25th.

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My son is a huge soccer fan and he can’t wait to see the many talented kids show off their skills at this event. Who knows, maybe in a few years he’ll be taking part himself. I hope you’ll join us at the Danone Nations Cup World Final on September 24th, as we watch and support some future soccer professionals earn their way to the top!

For more details on the event and to purchase tickets (start at $6), go here.

What country are you routing for to win the Danone Nations Cup World Final?

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*I received a complimentary invite to the Danone Nations Cup Draw event to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

9 Reasons to Visit Seabreeze Amusement Park

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~Thank you to Seabreeze Amusement Park for providing complimentary passes to the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




You may already know that my family was on vacation last week. It was our last trip of the summer, as my son starts school in just a few short weeks. So this trip was a bit of a summer send off and last hoorah.

We were visiting family in Rochester, NY and while everyone else was working, we spent a day at Seabreeze Amusement Park. It could not have been a better way to say goodbye to summer! It is most definitely safe to say we will be going back next summer, and I’m hoping to make it a true family affair, getting our extended family to go. Each and every one of us had an amazing, fun-filled day and it’s one we’ll always remember.

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There are so many reasons to visit Seabreeze Amusement Park and I’ve put together my top nine reasons to share today.

1. Two Parks in One

Seabreeze Amusement Park is like getting two for the price of one. Not only are there fun rides, but there’s also a waterpark. A single admission gets you access to it all. Spend a few adventurous hours on the roller coasters, and the next few hours in the wave pool or slip sliding down the huge water slides. It’s up to you how you spend your day!

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2. There’s Something for Everyone

No matter your age, there is something for everyone to do. We were visiting mostly for the kids to have fun, so we spent quite a bit of time on the kiddie rides, but that’s not to say I didn’t sneak away for a bit to have some thrills of my own.

 

Boats, bumper cars, a carousel, tea cups, roller coasters, a small train, spaceships, swings, Tilt-A-Whirl, water slides, lazy river, wave pool, there’s lots to do and enjoy. There’s even a fun shaded arcade area, complete with tickets and prizes; and we came across a hut for getting a spray on tattoo. It should be no surprise our son loves soccer, so he got a soccer ball “tattoo” on his arm.

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There are also a bunch of different game stations. We stopped twice at “Frog Fishin'” to let the kids test out their fishing skills. They really enjoyed catching a fish and getting a prize. We ended up going home with three blow up hammers that they’ve been beating each other up with ever since, haha.

3. No Long Wait Times

No matter what you want to ride or play, the wait time is almost non-existent. The day we were at the park there seemed to be a lot of people there, but for many rides we only had to wait for one ride cycle. Others we didn’t have to wait at all. This was pretty surprising to me considering how many people were in the park and definitely made the day more easy going.

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4. Never Far from Food

Wherever you wander to in the park, you’re never far from food. Whether you want a burger, hot dog, chicken, salad, pizza, ice cream cone, or need a refreshing drink, it won’t be a long walk to get it. In the midway of the park is Seabreeze Grill where we ordered lunch of burgers and fries.

Closer to the waterpark is California Grill, and throughout the park you’ll find two Dippin’ Dots locations, Sprinkles, Pizza & More,  Expressway, Chicken & Fries, Walk-Away Tacos & Subs, Summertime Treats, and Waffle Stand.

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From the locals I heard Waffle Stand was a must if we were going to Seabreeze, so right before leaving we grabbed some to go! I would describe them as a twist on traditional funnel cakes, featuring a thick honeycomb shape and crispy texture.

5. Shaded Fun

Temperatures in the summer can get a little out of control, but at Seabreeze that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. I already mentioned the arcade area is shaded, but so is the carousel and the midway. The midway doesn’t only feature food locations, but also houses quite a few game stands. So as temperatures rise, the fun can continue in the shade if you need a break from the heat.

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6. Lockers

One thing I hate about most amusement parks is carrying everything around. At Seabreeze you can rent a locker for the day and just go into it as you need. The first thing we did when we arrived was locate the lockers and get one rented. We immediately stored our belongings and went on our way. After the kids racked up some game and arcade prizes, we simply put it all in our locker and kept the fun going.

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The lockers are also great if you want to go between the amusement park rides and the waterpark. After finishing with the waterpark we changed into dry clothes, put the wet ones in the locker, and went back for more amusement park rides.

7. Seating All Over the Park

I have never seen an amusement park with so many seating options. There are benches throughout the park, tables and seating for dining by the midway, lounge chairs in the waterpark, and more.

8. Picnic Area

As if there wasn’t enough seating already, there is what looks like a picnic area in the waterpark. We saw many people who had brought their own coolers full of food and drinks, prepared to spend the entire day there. Which I’ll add, isn’t something other amusement parks typically allow. This is actually what gave me the idea to make it a family affair the next time we go.

9. Friendly Staff

Not once did we have an issue with any of the staff. Everyone we encountered was super friendly. In fact, when we stopped to get an ice cream cone, we were so excited about it that I walked off without getting my debit card back. The lady who took care of us came and tapped on my shoulder, and returned my card. Thank goodness! I didn’t even realize I had left it until she came to find me.

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When were ordering our ice cream she must have overheard my son say he wanted Kool-Aid. I told him they didn’t have Kool-Aid, but when she came to find me not only did she have my debit card in hand, but a strawberry smoothie for my son. That was as close to Kool-Aid as he was going to get at the moment and it made my day that she thought of that and him.

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So if you’re ever in the Rochester, NY area in the summer time, I definitely recommend spending a day at Seabreeze Amusement Park. I honestly can’t give you one reason not to!

What’s your favorite aspect of Seabreeze Amusement Park?

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*Complimentary Seabreeze Amusement Park passes were provided for purposes of facilitating this blog post. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the park. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the park.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Entertainment That Educates + #NCircleEntertainment Giveaway

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~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing DVDs for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Children’s minds take in more than we can ever imagine. They watch everything we do. They copy how their friends act, as their energy feeds off of each other. They learn through play, fun, and adventure. The world and every little thing in it is educating our children in some way or another, and the shows and movies they watch are no different.

As school nears, and for many has already started, formal learning and education is soon to be in full swing. Whether you have kids in lower elementary school, are homeschooling, or even have toddlers and pre-K aged kids at home, the NCircle Entertainment August DVD releases will help keep the fun and learning going at home too.

Check out the new fun, adventurous, and educational releases I’ve added to my own kids’ collection this month.




What to expect!

All of these entertainment options get those little gears moving, get your kids asking questions, learning new things, and taking adventures in lands they’ve never experienced before.

Your children will learn things like why the moon only comes out at night, how a whale stays under water for so long, what makes a car go fast, and many more of the world’s mysteries (at least the one’s that children haven’t figured out yet).

They’ll also learn some of life’s greatest lessons, like when and how to ask for help, how to say you’re sorry, why it’s good to tell the truth, and the true meaning and happiness of friendship.

My kids absolutely love Molang and The Little Prince, so I knew these would be instant hits (they watched the entire season of Molang as soon as they got their new goodies). Lily’s Driftwood Bay and The Day Henry Met __ ? are both new to us, but the kids are loving them so far.

 

Lily likes to take adventures on Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island. Each day Lily’s imagination is sparked by something that washes up from the sea, and she’s taken away to Driftwood Bay, where she and her friends have fun exploring and learning new things.

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Then there’s Henry, a knowledge seeking 4 year old, who loves to ask questions of anything and everything. Do you ever find yourself talking to objects, like asking the car why it keeps running out of gas? No? Maybe that’s just me. Talking to objects is exactly the way Henry learns how and why things work the way they do.

When school is over for the day, or my daughter wants something fun to watch while her brother’s at school, all I have to do is pull out one these fun and educational DVDs for a little entertainment. Want the same for your kids? Enter to win all four NCircle Entertainment August releases (plus a cute book) using the giveaway form below.

Which new release would your kids like?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of all four August releases (shown in photo), as well as a Molang book! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


KIDNAP Movie Screening + Halle Berry

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~I received a complimentary invite to attend this KIDNAP movie screening. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

So, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Halle Berry’s new movie, KIDNAP. But just in case you haven’t, check it out!

 

Is your heart pumping yet? If you’re a parent, I’m sure it is. After watching the trailer, I just knew this movie would keep me on my toes and, as a mother, was something I could relate to.

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Last night, I got the amazing opportunity to attend a screening of KIDNAP at Loews AMC on 34th, in New York City. Of course, I accepted the invite and couldn’t wait to check out the movie. But it wasn’t just a night off for mom to enjoy herself, albeit that’s exactly what I did.

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Halle Berry made an appearance just before the movie and to top it off, actually sat with everyone to watch it! I knew she was expected to make an appearance, but actually watching the movie with us made my night. And it wasn’t just Halle who was there. Chris McGuinn, who stars opposite of Halle, was in attendance too, watching the movie herself.

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It was definitely a fun and well-deserved night, if I do say so myself. And if you’re a parent who loves their kids and would go to the ends of the earth for them, KIDNAP is a movie for you. It pulls at your heart strings, brings about one of your absolute worst fears, and shows the true love and determination of a mother who WILL NOT stop until her son is back in her arms.

What would you do if your child were kidnapped, right in front of your eyes, nonetheless?

KIDNAP hits theaters tomorrow, August 4th, just in time for some weekend entertainment!

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New Jersey State Fair Meadowlands

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~Thank you to State Fair Meadowlands for hosting the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Last night my family got the chance to enjoy State Fair Meadowlands at MetLife Stadium, and everyone had tons of fun. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend visiting at night because the lights are gorgeous and the weather is just right for all the fair fun you’re going to have.

My kids didn’t know where we were going, but as soon as we got close enough to see the lit up rides and ferris wheels, it was nothing but ooh’s and aah’s in the car. Then the excitement went up a notch when they learned that’s where we were going. Yay!




A single admission to State Fair Meadowlands will get you access to all kinds of fair food and treats – burgers, turkey legs, corn on the cob, slushies, hot dogs, chicken on a stick, cotton candy, pizza, ice cream, and the list goes on and on. If you’re on a diet, better make sure it’s cheat day because the food is so hard to resist.

And if it’s not the food you’re after, there’s plenty of excitement with all of the different rides. Every ride requires tickets, but if you get an Unlimited Ride Pass (hand stamp) you can ride anything and everything your heart desires.

 

We gave our son an Unlimited Ride Pass and at first I was bummed because we couldn’t find any rides that he was tall enough for. Just as I had given up, we entered some kind of Kiddie Land where he could ride everything and that’s exactly what he wanted to do.

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And what would a fair be without some games? State Fair Meadowlands features so many different game stations, I can’t even count them. I’m talking ring tosses, dunk tanks, basketball hoops, bottle breaking, balloon popping, water squirting, gun shooting, you name it.

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I saw so many people walking around with prizes. As we were walking in, there was a group coming out carrying a bear literally as big as I am. I couldn’t even see the person who was carrying it, haha! That prize needed its own seat in the car.

If the food, rides and games aren’t enough for a fun filled night, there are free shows too. The shows vary from day to day, but you can find out each day’s schedule here. There are pig races, a hypnotist, musicians, comedians, high divers, an open-air thrill show, a petting zoo and more. And they’re all free as a part of your admission!

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My favorite part of our visit to State Fair Meadowlands was the fireworks. To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, they did a fireworks display last night and are doing it again tonight. These are top notch fireworks. Not those cheap, bought on the corner fireworks.

Just as my son was about to start on a ride, the street lights went dim and the booms lit up the sky. It was loud, but it was beautiful to watch. I’m definitely glad we decided to go on a night the fireworks show was happening.

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I can’t wait until next time and we might even go back before it ends on July 9th! For more information on shows, tickets, parking, and pricing, visit –> State Fair Meadowlands.

What is your favorite part of the fair?

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*Thank you to State Fair Meadowlands for hosting the Making Time family. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.