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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Farewell, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus! #FFA #SPON



One hundred and forty-six years. That's how long the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been around. But come this May, there will be no more years to celebrate; the show is shutting down.
It feels quite weird seeing these words in print. Who would have ever imagined that such a staple to family traditions would say "so long" after such an amazing run? It's safe to say that fans of the show are sadden by the news and are flocking to the nearest arena to catch one last show.

I am fortunate enough to have attended several shows over the years and created a host of memories for my family to hold onto. In fact, my date for the night was my youngest son who was just shy of two years old when he attended his first circus. It shows you just how much can change in a few, short years.
Thanks to MacKidBaltimore, my little guy and I had the chance to experience our final show EVER. Here is a recap of all the fun that was had at the most recent show here in Baltimore, MD about a week ago – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM.

Head on over to Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore for the complete review. Thanks to Shae for allowing us to review the show for her site and receive complimentary tickets.


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

{spon} Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL® Hits the Verizon Center in D.C. from January 28th to January 29th + Giveaway


Washington, D.C.,  Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL® is headed your way in a couple of weeks!

Monster Jam will be performing at the Verizon Center on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. That's three opportunities to take you and your family/friends on a great adventure. I know someone who can't contain his excitement (see below).
The AMSOIL series can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Washington D.C. fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These premier athletes vying to be the nation’s capital champion are:
  • Grave Digger
  • El Toro Loco
  • Pirate’s Curse
  • Shark
  • Alien Invasion
  • Zombie
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler
  • Blue Thunder
*Trucks/drivers subject to change

I've mentioned before how much of a fan my youngest son is of the Monster Jam brand. Liam wakes up looking for his Monster Jam trucks and goes to bed with at least one of them in his hand. We can't even leave the house without his favorite truck (this changes often) in tow. To say that he is obsessed would be an understatement. Take a look some of his collection:


How fun are these trucks? Here is some cool information for you to share with your Monster Jam enthusiasts:
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.
Are you ready to get your tickets? Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.comm and the Verizon Center box office.

The Pit Parties on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

OK! Who's ready for a giveaway?! You can win a family 4-pack of tickets to Monster Jam for the Saturday, January 28, 1PM show at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Enter through the form below. Good luck!!
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®Monster Jam®Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
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I am a Feld Family Ambassador. In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows. Opinions and views are my own.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Season 2 of BORN THIS WAY Premieres Tuesday, July 26th on A&E Network #BornThisWay #spon


screen grab courtesy of A&E Networks
Last year, I fell in love with a group of people who I only knew through a television show. I know that this happens more than most would like to admit; our infatuation with complete strangers is a real thing. However, this love was something special and completely genuine.

It was a feel-good love.
A the-world-could-use-more-people-like-this love.
An all-we-need-is-love love.

It's called, "Born This Way".
BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.
Unlike most "reality" shows that are filled with disturbing behavior and distasteful storylines, "Born This Way" is a breath of fresh air. It makes you feel like you should be doing more to make the world a better place instead of stinking it up with your silly hang-ups and minor problems. It's a show that needs to stick around to dim the spotlight that is so often placed on negative programming.

During last year's premiere, I immediately shared on Twitter just how enamored I was with this inspirational group.
It wasn't long before others begins chirping the same sentiments on Twitter while watching each episode live. The amount of joy experienced during this hour could fill a lifetime. I looked forward to watching each week.

Enough of me telling you about this wonderful show. Here is a teaser for Season 2 of "Born This Way" airing on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 PM on A&E Network:



How can you walk away from this and not want to be a better person? You can't! It's the power of being positive. It's infectious and inspires you to do more because you can and need to. Some people just have that quality about them.

I know a woman who is an inspiration. She is a caring wife and mother. Her professional life exemplifies her ability to be great at just about everything is life. She always carries a smile. Her spirit lights up a room. She is always willing to help and never wants the recognition. For that, I won't share her name. But, I will be partnering with A&E to send her a special gift just to let her know that she is appreciated.

With all of the madness going on in the world, it's nice to know that change can start at anytime to stop this war on humanity. Kindness, honesty, love and respect can shoulder a lot of the pain that we are carrying around. Most of our problems are small if we just face them with the confidence that trouble won't last forever. We are all given life to leave a footprint on Earth. Our story belongs to us. Tell it with a purpose.

If you're seeking inspiration, start by watching "Born This Way" when it airs on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 PM on A&E Network. You won't ever be the same again...and that's a good thing.

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I was provided a gift card for myself and an inspiring person as a "thank you" for sharing this information. The opinions and views are my own.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Family to UniverSoul Circus at the National Harbor #BestCircusEver #DMV {sponsored}


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I am still raving about my family's fun night with UniverSoul Circus this past Thursday at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. It's an event that leaves a lasting impression on the attendees and has them talking about it for days and weeks after. I was reminiscing about our last adventure back in 2011, our first time ever attending. It was just like I remembered – fun, fun, fun! If you want to be apart of all the fun, I encourage you to visit UniverSoul Circus before it leaves the DMV area at the end of this month (July 31, 2016). If you need a little convincing on why you, your family and friends MUST attend, here are five reasons to help you with your decision:
1. There is no such thing as a bad seat.
The circus takes place under a tent (big top) and is laid out in the typical circular design, or a "ring". Each act enters the tent and takes center stage. Most of the performers make an effort to visit each side of the ring so that every section can get a piece of the action. There may be a few times when you're viewing the backs of heads (depending on your seat), but this does not take away from the show. Keep seat selection in mind when you are purchasing tickets. Don't be discouraged about sitting too far away or high up. The view is great from mostly everywhere.

2. Crowd participation.
This show belongs to you. Attendees are highly encouraged to get up, dance, perform and become apart of a few of the acts. This is why no two shows are ever the same. The UniverSoul Circus is so original and unpredictable because of this element. Most people are far from shy in this atmosphere, so you will mostly likely see several hands waving in the air, hoping they are chosen to participate. If you have ever wanted to join the circus, now is your chance. Make sure you shine during your moment.

3. Music. Dancing. Music. Did I say, "dancing"?
Who knew that I was going to be partying under the big top? I would have worn my dancing shoes. Before I even made it into the tent, I could hear the music pouring into the air. Upon entering, there was an energy like no other. People were out of their seats, groovin' and having a great time. Most of the dancing was being led by a group of fantastic performers known as Fresh the Clowns  (they weren't even creepy). The latest dance crazes were demonstrated and a few classics were played. It was the perfect mixture of old and new. Something for the entire family. Here's a spoiler: Soul Train line!

4. Diversity.
There are acts included in the circus from all over the world. Watch the big screen for more information as the show is being performed. You will be amazed by the amount of diversity that is included in the show. Acts from Trinidad and Tobago, China, USA, South Africa, Italy and a lot more. It literally and figuratively adds an assortment of color. The global awareness of the UniverSoul Circus is amazing and is a common theme throughout the show. Their messaging is very simple, "We are one"!

 5. Add-ons. The circus is the main performance, but you will find that there is so much more going on around you. You can ride the elephants or camels (for a fee). You can buy classic circus treats like snocones, popcorn and cotton candy (do not bring any outside food or drink with you). There are several toy options for purchase that help illuminate the big top with their colorful lights. I also love that there is a photographer that comes around to capture a picture of you and your group. You can choose to buy the picture if you want.

I could probably add more items to this list, but I am hoping that you visit UniverSoul Circus and are able to add your own reasons. I am sure that you will have no problem doing so.
You should know that the circus is on the grounds of the National Harbor. You will not miss the big tents upon your arrival. The location is 300 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, MD 20754. There is parking available on the lot next to the tents. However, I parked in the St. George parking garage across the street from the show. It was a $10 fee. Make sure you plan accordingly for after the show. There will be a lot of traffic leaving at once, so if you don't have patience, try another option. Also, you can use your credit card to pay AT the gate on your way out. It is much easier than waiting at the machine. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKET.
Also, the circus starts promptly at the set time. You don't want to miss a single minute. Doors open an hour before the show starts in case you want to arrive early and get in your seats or take in a little of the action. Also, there may be lines of people waiting to get in, so do yourself a favor and arrive early. The show runs for approximately 3 hours, including intermission. I thought that would be a lot for my toddler crew to handle, but they hung in there the entire time and were never bored. Also, my baby nephew even enjoyed it and didn't cry once (he had noise reduction headphones on because it can get a little loud).

Overall, the circus was a blast. Take my word for it. Even better, go see for yourself. Purchase your tickets to UniverSoul Circus now. This is definitely an event for the entire family, from ages 0 to 110.

Best. Circus. Ever!
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Thanks to UniverSoul Circus for providing my family with complimentary tickets to attend the event. The opinion and views are my own.

 
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