Category - Venues

Tips for Trying Sushi for the First Time and Experiencing New Things at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte

DaddyB and I were invited to check out The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC last weekend. Yes, you heard right, we had a date night. Though in the past there have been years between our dates out of the house now that we have an amazing babysitter and the girls are older we really enjoy a great night out.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Restaurant Review MommyB

This was a very interesting visit for us as DaddyB has never tried sushi, ever, and I am allergic to shellfish so have to be selective about what I can and cannot eat. We were excited for the challenge and fully embraced it and had confidence that a restaurant loved by so many in the area would not disappoint.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte Review MommyB

When we first walked into The Cowfish we noticed the fun atmosphere immediately as familiar music from our young adulthood played, and conversation filled the room. Once we were sat at our table we were able to soak in the eclectic hints of decor in the room. I personally loved the giant sized bento box:

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Be forewarned, the menu at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is HUGE, both literally and in content of menu items. If you’re someone who takes a long time to order you may want to check out their menu ahead of time online. Our waiter Brandon however, really knew the menu and was able to tell us quickly about items and was amazing at answering all of our many questions about ingredient dishes, and his recommendations.

We shared delicious truffle fries {a must order}, but when it came to our entrees we decided to try a little bit of both worlds that The Cowfish offers. As I mentioned DaddyB has never tried sushi at all so he got the famous Fusion Specialty Bento Box that includes sushi, a mini burger, and awesome sides including my favorite thai cucumbers. I decided to go with a diner favorite The Deliverance Roll – Southern Style Bar-B-Q-shi, which included delicious bbq pulled pork, a really cool potato wrap and was topped with bacon coleslaw.

The Cowfish Restaurant Charlotte MommyB

If you’ve never eaten sushi, here are a few tips for trying sushi for the first time:

1. Start with a “beginner roll”. Consider starting with a roll that doesn’t include raw fish like the California Roll {Daddy B started his meal with an intermediate roll and liked it, but wasn’t ready for the texture.}

2. Choose a roll that offers a tempura {light batter} or a flavorful drizzle to enhance the flavor of the roll.

3. Consider a fusion restaurant like The Cowfish, that offers familiar ingredients alongside new ingredients. This will give more confidence in experiencing new foods.

Speaking of experiencing new foods, this truly was our night for doing just that! Not only did DaddyB try sushi for the first time, but we were also able to sample some of the unique ingredients that The Cowfish has to offer. Check this out, we had flavor infused Masago {fish eggs}, with wasabi, citrus, soy, and sriracha. {My favorite was the citrus flavor.} We also got a “sneak peek” at the newest wasabi-infused micro greens. I must say this was one of the coolest things I’ve eaten in a while. They taste like micro greens at first but then as you chew a burst of the wasabi flavor comes out. I’d love to see this paired with a dish.

New Foods at The Cowfish Charlotte MommyB

Our experience at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar was filled with fun, new experiences, unique and tasty food. If I had to change anything about our night out I would have loved my food to be a little hotter {I like my food on the warmer side of the spectrum (ask DaddyB, he thinks I’m funny)}. Other than that, seriously the ambiance, outstanding service, and price of our date night were just as sweet as our yummy fortune cookie-crusted dessert.

Thanks The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Have you ever had fusion sushi before??? What are your favorite sushi dishes?

This is not a compensated post, we received a complimentary meal in order to give our honest thoughts on the restaurant, services, and food offerings. These are our opinions based on the above experience, however your experiences may vary.

Not So Much – Things I Don’t Like and Their Replacements

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I have a nagging cough and went to the doctor to find out that I had a severe ear infection and was on the verge of a double ear infection, blerg. With the help of some medicine and much needed rest I am feeling better, but that also meant less time to work.

Today I’m starting a new kind of post, a lot of people ask me why I don’t write more about things I don’t like. There are actually a lot of products, and things in general that I’m not a huge fan of, but usually I don’t take the time to write them because I enjoy writing about the things I DO like more and would rather give them the spotlight on my website. But since you asked, straight up, here are a few things that I have to say, “Not So Much” to, but also what I do like {I can’t help myself}:

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Reverie pillow – This pillow is said to be one of the more comfortable pillows and while it’s great that it’s hypoallergenic and has some neat features, the most important feature, comfort, was lacking. Both DaddyB and I found the pillow to be much too firm for us even after weeks of use. If you like a REALLY firm pillow though this will be right up your alley. What I DO like however is sleep, luckily I’ve been able to get a little more of that than I’m used to with this cold.

Paperwork – For those of you who may not know, we are moving (staying in the greater Charlotte and surrounding area), but we are excited to look for a new house, however this means lots of paperwork for loan approval and also it’s tax season so making sure we have receipts, logging into accounts, and getting all of our ducks in a row has certainly been tedious. Lucky for me DaddyB has been in charge of the paperwork and staying up late to get things taken care of. So the great side to all this paperwork is that God has an awesome new neighborhood and home in store for us and I have much appreciation for my husband through this experience.

Discovery Place’s 101 Inventions Exhibit –  While we did have fun in the hands-on section (although I would have loved more of this) of this new exhibit at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC, we felt that our girls (almost ages 4 and 7) were a little too young for the content (birth control, sperm) and there were parts of the exhibit that scared Lil’ C (darkness and music). DaddyB did enjoy the exhibit, but feels like he didn’t get as much info in the time we had as he wanted. I know a few people who took children and did NOT enjoy their experience, one mom even asked for her money back. Because this exhibit is not included in museum admission I would personally say skip this one. I do however like Discovery Place museums. When we left the 101 Inventions exhibit my girls had a BLAST, like usual, in the rest of the museum testing out science and math skills, playing tug-of-war with DaddyB, and I must say in defense of Discovery Place, we’ve been to a couple other exhibits in the past that we have loved.

Discovery Place 101 Inventions Review MommyB

Toxic things – For this I’m lumping in things and people. I’m super guilty of putting things in my body that aren’t healthy {maybe you can relate}, and lately have been studying more homeopathic styles of living and also Ph Balance with the help of some friends. Often times I know and can feel the acidity or “hot” nature of my body after I ingest something and can see that there are easy fixes, I’m excited to post some things here that may help you out too. As for toxic people, a while ago I mentioned this being my year of intentional living and making changes for the better, I can say that I’ve been more mindful in my relationships and growing the ones I see that are healthy, supportive, and uplifting for me and leaving behind some that were toxic and still present themselves to be toxic. Choosing what’s best for myself and my family to grow closer to God and become more like Christ means leaving things that can’t be changed behind.

Cancer – Unfortunately it feels like this season of life that I’m going through right now is riddled with illness. Recently, Heaven gained an angel in Super Carter, whose family is amazing and was very close in age to Lil’ C. And since I’ve learned of friends that I went to school, both high school and college with that have family members who, too, are dealing with cancer. While I know it’s not always an immediate comfort, my family and these families have chosen to turn to God to give them strength to get through each day. I am constantly encouraged by attitude and faith that these people have.

 

While I know this was a VERY interesting mix of things I am not loving right now it’s all from my heart, the good and bad.

What are some things that you’re not a fan of right now? What are you replacing that bad thing with or what good can come out of it?

 

I received a samples and admission to some of the above mentioned products and events. This in no way affects the opinions expressed in this post. All thoughts expressed are my own, yours may vary.

North America’s Leading Children and Maternity Consignment Event – Just Between Friends Franchise

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends.

Have you ever thought about running a business of your very own? Being able to set your own hours? Helping your neighborhood and community? Making some extra cash for your family?

As moms, often times we want something in addition to being a mom and turn to jobs outside the home. As a blogger, most of the time I work from home, but there are opportunities for me to attend media events and work with the community, much like owning your own franchise with Just Between Friends Franchise {JBF}, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. I get to be mommy first and work at my own pace and as much or little as I want, and I really enjoy what each job, {different in it’s own rite}, brings me.

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With the opportunity to turn your passion for helping other families save money, and wanting to step into a role of business owner for whatever reason it may be, Just Between Friends may be the perfect fit for you to become a business owner.

Some benefits to running your own business:

  • Make your own hours – if your children have sports or extracurricular activities that you can’t miss you can plan your working hours and event hours around your family’s needs.
  • Know your customer base – living in the area that you are hosting your consignment events gives you a great advantage of knowing what the best dates for sales will be and how to promote your sales.
  • Help families save money – JBF helps more than half a million families save and earn money every single year and you will be a big part of that!
  • Make extra income for your family – supplement income, save up for vacations that you might not have been able to go on before, or start or build on your family savings.
  • Work with others – Should you decide to run a business with friends, you’ll be working together to help create a successful business and enjoying that relationship that may be stronger

The Today Show calls it “the hottest ticket in town” and you could be the person or people who bring this to your area. Check out this video to hear more about the Just Between Friends consignment franchise.

 

Just Between Friends currently has 138 franchises in 28 states and Canada and expanding. That’s where you come in. JBF is looking a mom, or several moms to be the first to bring this super-successful event to area where there aren’t any.

At this point you may be wondering how it all works:

• Local moms/families/friends run the consignment event twice a year – spring and fall (a few ambitious owners may add in a holiday sale or summer event if they decide to)

• Families in your community sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently-used items their children have outgrown (or never used)

• Consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the price of their sold items

• Other families shop the sales event and generally save more than 50 to 90% off of retail prices

Because JBF is part of a franchise, you have all the tools you’ll need to help you succeed at your fingertips and a great support system to help you build this business. That means you still have the flexibility to put your family first AND enjoy your passion AND help others. JBF is great for any “mompreneur” who is interested in owning a business that will help earn extra money without taking long hours from your family every week.

JBF Franchise Owners WantedHere’s how you can get started:

– The Franchise Fee is $14,900 in the United States and $16,900 in Canada

– The total investment is between $25,000 to $30,000

– Traits of a successful franchisee include:

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing
  • Outgoing personality
  • Goal-driven with a “get-it-done” mindset
  • Management experience is a plus

If you or someone you might know may be interested learn more about Just Between Friends franchise opportunities here:

Click here to fill out a franchise application online

Click here for more information on franchise opportunities

Let’s not keep this a secret Just Between Friends.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just Between Friends. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. I love empowering families and helping others save and enjoy being a working mom, and wanted to share this information. Your opinions may vary.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Review

I am a member of the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Parent Council and receive admission to cover media events.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Charlotte-Concord North Carolina Review MommyB

Being on the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Parent Council I’ve had lots of opportunities to check out the progress of Charlotte, North Carolina’s newest, family-friendly attraction. I must say when I heard SEA LIFE was coming to our area I was thrilled, and after visiting with my family earlier this week, I can still say I’m thrilled.

Overall we enjoyed our visit, learned lots of exciting facts about the sea life that we saw, and had fun doing it.

Some fun things you want to know about SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord:

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Kids Love Learning Review MommyB

They make learning fun.

When you arrive, children receive a passport which is their, ticket to learning about the world under water. This passport encourages children to engage in the very interactive displays around the aquarium and they even get rewarded at the end if they get all of their stamps at the, “Dive Stations“.

All around the aquarium are signs pointing out cool facts about individual tanks and exhibits. My girls loved trying to figure out how many species of manta rays SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord had {we won’t give away the answer.}

This is one of the most interactive aquariums I have seen. Not only can children touch and explore Caribbean Hermit Crabs, Pencil Urchin, and varieties of starfish {to mention a few}, but there are ipads located at exhibits so that children can learn even more details about what they are looking at. We really enjoyed the Cabarrus River exhibit and learning about the underwater life that’s in our very own “backyard”.

These are just a few ways our girls were soaking in learning about God’s awesome underwater creations.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Kid Friendly Review MommyB

They cater to kids.

Talk about kid-friendly, first off, the aquarium is open and spacious and gives you the opportunity to spend as much or as little time at each exhibit as you like. Everything is kid-level. We appreciate that the attractions have viewing windows that are easily accessible to smaller children so they don’t miss out on any of the fishy-fun.

Nothing that I noticed was scary or too loud for little ones. I personally think that preschoolers to grandparents would love SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord because it has something for everyone. Aside from the awesome exhibits and tanks full of amazing underwater creatures, SEA LIFE also has a coloring area and climb-and-play station at the end of your visit.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Cares and Educates Review MommyB

They care about the world.

It’s very apparent as you walk around the exhibits that SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord takes great pride in educating not only about the species of sea and freshwater life, but also in educating attraction goers on the environmental status and concerns that some of the sea life featured face.

We learned how seahorses are used in Chinese medicine even today, and that more than 70 million sharks are killed for their fins every year, not to mention many more, heartbreaking facts. We even got to vote on what species we want SEA LIFE to focus their donation efforts on at the end of the exhibit.

I know it’s not always smiles and rainbows talking about how not-so-great things happen in our world, but very important to educate our children as to why this is wrong {age appropriate discussions of course}. I’m very thankful that SEA LIFE doesn’t shy away from these issues and wants to help prevent them.

Now that you’ve heard about our experience, check it out for yourself!! Be sure to check out my other post on SEA LIFE for more details: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Announces Opening

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium Visit Details:

LOCATION
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC 28027

VISIT LENGTH
On average, guests will spend 60-90 minutes in the attraction.

REGULAR HOURS
• Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Last admission is 2 hours before closing each day

TICKET PRICES
• Pre-Opening General Admission Special: $16, all ages {ages 2 and under free}

• Pre-Opening Annual Pass Special (12 Months Unlimited Entry):
-$50, individual
-$192, family of 4
-$45, additional family member

• Special group rates available for schools and other groups

CONNECT
• Website: www.VisitSEALIFE.com/Charlotte-Concord
• Facebook: www.facebook/SEALIFECharlotteConcord
• Twitter: @SEALIFECC
• Instagram: instagram.com/SEALIFECC
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SEALIFECC

Thank you to the amazing staff at Spark PR, Jack Stevenson, Marketing Manager of SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium for showing us around and David Cochran, Displays Curator of SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, Sydney {who was super informative} at the touch and feel tank, not to mention all of the great people behind the scenes of our visit.

 

As a member of the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Parent Council I receive admission in return for writing about events and reviewing the aquarium. As always, any opinions expressed in this post are the honest thoughts of myself and my family. Your opinions may vary.

Tips for Attending Ringling Bros. Circus

My family and I were given the opportunity to attend the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Charlotte again this year. Last year I took Miss A and a friend and her mom joined us. Check out that post here: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Experience.

This year’s performance definitely followed suit. I love that they change the themes as they travel and that while we knew we could expect to see amazing performances, incredible animals, and lots of laughter and smiles, we were still in awe of the show.

When I asked my family what their favorite parts of the show were they listed off some of my favorites too. Unicycling basketball players, boys versus girls, tigers and elephants, the cool Ringmaster (Johnathan Lee Iverson), the awesome acrobatics, {especially the spinning wheels in the second half of the show}, and hilarious clowns. So pretty much the entire show was a hit between the four of us.

Here are some photos from our Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey experience last night:

 Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze Collage MommyB

Since we’ve been to a couple of different shows at Time Warner Cable Arena and a couple of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performances I wanted to offer a few tips for those of you attending whether it’s your first time or not.

1. Ask TWC Arena employees. 

Often times going to an event at TWC Arena can be confusing, whether you’ve been to a show before or not. Depending on how organized the event is you may have one or several questions. Whether you’re wondering what line you need to be in, where the Will Call line actually starts, where the restroom is, how long the show is or whatever it may be. TWC Arena employees are always friendly and helpful and more than willing to answer questions for event attendees.

2. Prepare for possible seating issues.

If you’re not one of the many people who arrive at the event an hour or so earlier to wait in line (a good idea, unless you have small children or there is extreme weather {like last night}), prepare yourself for possible seating issues. We tend to arrive early and have no trouble finding our seats and settling in, however last night we not only had issues with people being in our ticket seats, but two other families in our area had the same problem with their seats as well {and they were not the same seat offenders}. Unfortunately if you’re not there when the show starts I assume people think the seats are open rather than staying in their own seats. It is not only stressful for the attendee from TWC but for everyone around. If you do not run early for the event prepare for patience {just in case}.

3. Remember your ticket.

As a policy, TWC Arena asks that you keep your seat ticket on person as you leave your seats for restroom, restaurant, souvenir breaks etc. As a general rule of thumb bring your purse with the tickets with you or put your ticket in your back pocket, especially if your seat isn’t close to an exit. This will save you time and undue stress especially if you have a little one who needs to use the “potty”.

4. Buy the good seats.

I don’t get a commission from any ticket sales and it benefits me in NO way for you to get upgraded tickets, however I have had opportunities to sit in many areas of the arena and for Ringling Bros. my experiences, noticed that my seating placement definitely made a difference. When I sat closer to the “action” I felt more engaged in the show. If you are going to fully enjoy the show, and can afford it, I would highly recommend to improve your experience by buying the best possible seats.

5. Eat before and after you go.

Unless you’re planning to splurge {which I say is great every once and a while}, plan on eating a meal before you head to the performance. We also keep snacks and drinks in the car for after the performance (depending on what time you go). For this event cotton candy was $12+ and lemonade $10 just to give you an idea of what prices look like, and those are just snacks!

Do you have any other tips for attending a TWC Arena event or Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey show?

Do you have any questions about the events? 

Don’t forget to head to Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey website to check out tour dates in Charlotte and other areas and purchase tickets.

 

 

I received complimentary show tickets. My family and I personally like the show and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, we understand that your opinions on the circus may vary. 

Flash Giveaway: Ringling Brothers Tickets – Charlotte

I have a last-minute opportunity to give away tickets to tonights performance, so I’ll cut to the chase so you can enter already!!

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What you’ll win: 4 tickets to Ringling Brothers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are only good for tonight, Wednesday at 7:00pm. You must come in person to claim the tickets and tickets may not be resold.

Enter here to win, I’ll draw and contact the winner at 2:00pm:

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I’ll be posting on my thoughts and great photos on Ringling Brothers Built to Amaze! performance tomorrow stay tuned, and check out their tour schedule.

I received complimentary tickets and giveaway tickets to promote the show.

Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® Offer Free Admission with Free 2-Park Preschool Pass

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Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA®
Celebrate Childhood with this Limited-Time Pass Offer

It’s not too early to start planning a spring break vacation. And a visit to Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® is more affordable than ever for parents with young children using a Free 2-Park Preschool Pass. Through this online-only offer children ages 3 to 5 can get a preschool pass this spring and enjoy unlimited admission to both Virginia parks through Sept. 1.

Check out our most recent Busch Gardens visit: mommybknowsbest.com/busch-gardens

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Busch Gardens offers more than 50 KIDsiderate® attractions, including Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons®, which are celebrating big anniversaries this spring. Kid-sized roller coasters like Grover’s Alpine Express at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA’s Kritter Korral™ are among the can’t miss kid-friendly attractions waiting for families to enjoy this spring.

Visit www.buschgardens.com/bgwpreschoolpass before May 31 to register for a Free 2-Park Preschool Pass. Proof of the child’s age is required at the time the passes are redeemed and the passes must be redeemed at either park by May 31, 2014. Children ages 2 and younger receive complimentary admission and do not need to register.

Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium to Open February 20, 2014 at Concord Mills

I am a member of the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Parents Council.

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A public event and celebration is planned to kick-off UK-based Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction and introduce 5,000 sea creatures to the region’s visitors.

Today, Merlin Entertainments announces that its newest aquarium attraction will open on Feb. 20, 2014, at Concord Mills in Concord, NC. Specifically designed to educate and engage kids and the young at heart, the 36,000-sq-ft aquarium will bring visitors face-to-face with the underwater world.

More than twenty displays will feature 5,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, an octopus, seahorses, jellyfish and thousands of colorful fish. (Visit the top creature list here: http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/explore-our-creatures/)

The grand opening festivities for the public as well as regional and state tourism officials begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 with a ribbon cutting, welcome speeches, the unveiling of the custom mural painted by area children, and a celebration of Merlin’s 100th attraction. Doors to the aquarium open to the public at noon.

Visitors to Sea Life Charlotte-Concord can expect:
A 180° ocean tunnel that allows visitors to see sharks, rays and other fish swim right over their heads
An interactive touchpool (touch a crab without fear of pinching!)
Seahorses in the mangrove (learn which parent carries the babies)
The highly intelligent Giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus species in the world
Educational talks and creature feedings throughout the day
A kids’ quiz trail to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the attraction
A presentation video theatre to learn more about marine conservation
A children’s soft play area to enjoy at the end of the experience
At Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, visitors will travel from the fresh waters of the Catawba River in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond in about an hour.

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Ticket information
Regular admission tickets cost $21 for adults and $17 for kids ages 12 and under. Kids ages 2 and under are free. Through Feb. 19, tickets are only $16 for all ages if purchased in advance, online: http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/buy-tickets/. Annual Passes, offering unlimited entry to the aquarium for 12 months, are also on sale for special rates through Feb. 19. An Individual Annual Pass is $50. The Family Annual Pass (for four) is $192; additional family members are $45 each. Annual Pass holders are invited to attend a sneak peek of the aquarium Feb. 15-16.

Visiting Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
Hours are daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 at Concord Mills. Look for parking on the backside of the mall at Entrance 7. For more information, visit:
http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/
https://www.facebook.com/SEALIFECharlotteConcord
https://www.facebook.com/SEALIFECharlotteConcord https://twitter.com/SEALIFECC

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I am a member of the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Parent Council and receive admission and product in return for covering events. 

Win a Trip to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl with Public Storage®

 Thank you Public Storage® for sponsoring this post.

 

Public Storage® announces their participation in this year’s 125th Rose Parade by hosting a grand giveaway!

Public Storage Rose Bowl Giveaway

This is Public Storage’s first year entering a float in the famous Rose Parade and they are excited to share this experience with you and your family!

Public Storage Rose Bowl 2014 PinWith the Public Storage® Score Sweet Seats Sweepstakes, each week, 100 Public Storage® fans have the chance to win a 2014 limited edition, commemorative Public Storage® Rose Parade Pin {remember this is the 125th Rose Parade and Public Storage’s first year, so this will definitely be a collectors item!} But there’s more!!! One lucky fan could win the Grand Prize of an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to Pasadena, California to see the Rose Parade, attend the Rose Bowl pre-game VIP Tailgating Party and the Rose Bowl Game.

For more details and enter the sweepstakes. Head over to the Score Sweet Seats page on  the Public Storage Facebook page, give their page a “like” and fill out the short sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win awesome Rose Parade and Rose Bowl prizes. {Sweepstakes ends December 4, 2013.}

If you’ve ever watched a Rose Parade you know it’s a great way to ring in the New Year and is fun and appropriate for all ages. Whether you watch from home, or attend the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl be sure to look for Public Storage’s “Adventures in Space” themed float and stay tuned to find out how it fits into the Rose Parade’s, “Dreams  Come True” theme this year!

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Since 1972 Public Storage® has been treating your stuff like it’s their stuff. Whether you’re packing up for a family move, or just want to store your extra baby gear, Public Storage® has affordable prices and services that your family can appreciate.

Make sure you check out Public Storage online: PublicStorage.com and on their Facebook page: facebook.com/publicstorage

 

This is a sponsored post, however any opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

Family Getaway: Tweetsie Railroad Review

Thank you Tweetsie for media admission for this review.

Looking for fun weekend activities with your family? I strongly encourage you to take the beautiful trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains and have the time of your life at  North Carolina’s first amusement park: Tweetsie Railroad.

My family and I (kids ages 2 and 5 years) were able to spend an entire day compliments of Tweetsie enjoying a variety of attractions. Tweetsie is a very family friendly attraction that is celebrating their 55th season, and has something for every age group.We enjoyed a delicious lunch, in a cute themed restaurant, for a fair price, while we scoped out Tweetsie’s four major areas, Miner’s Mountain, Main Street, Country Fair, and Tweetsie Junction.

Tweetsie Park Map

 

We pushed the stroller to up to the Country Fair, which, truth-be-told, was quite a workout, so that our girls could enjoy the fun carnival-style rides {there were only a few rides that our 2 year-old was not able to go on}. They loved the carousel but really wanted to ride the chair lift to Miner’s Mountain. This is what mommy thought of the ride:

 

Tweetsie Chair Lift Mom

 

If you are a scaredy cat  fearful of heights like me, Tweetsie so kindly offers a very uneventful bus ride up to Miner’s Mountain as well. Also if you take the bus vs. the chair lift you can bring the stroller up the mountain with you. Not surprisingly at all, the other members of my family wanted to ride the chair lift again…and again.

Once we safely arrived at the top, we enjoyed feeding various breeds of animals at the Deer Park, and watching the wonderful live entertainment, including the clog dancers, hilarious magic show, and Hopper and Porter’s™ Musical Celebration. The girls also rode a few more rides, and watching people pan for gold. We did our own “gem mining” at one of the many shops, filling our gem bag as full as we could get with beautifully colored stones – a great souvenir.

Tweetsie Gem Mine Family MommyB

 

Believe it or not, that’s not all Tweetsie has to offer. Of course Tweetsie Railroad wouldn’t be famous if it weren’t for their amazing steam engine, Number 12 that gives train rides throughout the day, lasting for three-miles and stopping every so often for the engineer to fill up with coal and water. PARENT TIP: If this train is a little too loud for your smaller children {or the big ones}, there’s a smaller train on top of Miner’s Mountain that features a mouse-filled, musical, neon-colored, tunnel that will make the kids giggle and dance.

Before you leave, make sure you stop by all the fantastic shops around the park, mostly featured on Main Street, each one carries different items anywhere from snacks, to clothing, handmade gifts, and of course Tweetsie gear. Our girls loved their sparkly cowgirl hats, and said, “yee-haw” the entire ride home to Charlotte, or at least until they fell asleep in the car, being a cowgirl all day is tiring work!

Reader Kelly H reflects on her time spent at the park as a child and how she’s making Tweetsie a part of her own children’s memories: “Going to Tweetsie Railroad, as a child, remains one of my most vivid memories. Riding the train anticipating the Cowboy/Indian fight, meeting Fred Kirby, and being “in jail”..great times. I have enjoyed making new memories with my four children there also.”

Here are a few more pictures from my family’s trip, and our amazing time at the beautiful Tweetsie Railroad.

 

Tweetsie Collage

 

To get the family even more excited for a visit to Tweetsie I strongly encourage you to check out their amazing website: http://tweetsie.com/ that answers any questions you may have, features great photos of their hottest attractions, and also has some fun games and facts for you and the kiddos too.

Prices are well worth the cost considering there is so much to do. We are planning another trip very soon, not to mention that the Blue Ridge Mountain area has a lot of other sites and attractions to offer. I would definitely recommend making a weekend trip of it. {Tweetsie’s website also has discount offers for partnering businesses in their area.}

Tweetsie Tickets MommyB

 

General Admission tickets are: Adults $35, Children 3-12 $22 and Children age 2 and under- Free. If you enter the park after 3:00pm you get to use your ticket for the following day as well. *Some restrictions apply. {Pretty cool if you ask me!} Head to Tweetsie Railroad’s website or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Tweetsie to find out more information on group rates and senior pricing.

Have you ever been to Tweetsie Railroad? What’s your favorite part?

Or Are you considering a trip? Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!!!

 

Thank you to Tweetsie Railroad for great customer service, a clean park, and our complimentary admission tickets. All thoughts and opinions are honest and based on our own experiences, your experience may vary.