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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Video

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Enjoy our video of SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord:

 

 

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Have you visited SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord? What’s your family’s favorite part??

 

It is SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord’s goal to provide a memorable experience at the best value possible. If you would like to share your feedback with their management team, please contact them at sealifecharlotteconcord@gmail.com

 

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.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

Traditions are awesome! Spending time together celebrating holidays and events year-by-year is one of the most important ways to help shape your family’s memory.

Traditions are traditions for a reason, because they’re typically done on a regular basis {bi-annually, yearly, monthly, etc}, however it’s never to late to start a tradition with your family and while you’re at it, why not get creative?!?

Here are some Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family. Miss A helped me come up with some of the things on this list, which make it even more awesome.

Creative Traditions to Celebrate Independence Day MommyB

Flag someone’s yard who has been a great service to our country. Take several small flags and stick them in the ground to show you are thinking about that person. Try to remember not to let any of the flags touch the ground or fall over.

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Have a popsicle making competition. Get creative or make your favorite flavors. This tradition is almost as fun to do as it is to judge. Here are some great popsicle recipes and ideas.

 

Visit veterans and provide a service to them. Some ideas of services could include making a meal, mowing their lawn, helping run errands, or making thank you cards.

 

Learn about the American Flag – though it’s not Flag Day the American Flag holds a lot of history in it’s stars and stripes. It’s not often that we talk about the American Flag, the stories behind it, and the symbolism. Make this one of your yearly activities and include new games or crafts each year to make this activity fun and fresh.

  • Split the flag up into sections for your family or group and have each person draw a part of the flag. Take a picture of the finished product.
  • Wear patriotic colors and create a human flag.
  • Make your own flag puzzle and have fun put it together each year. Remember to take pictures!

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Host a 4th of July family parade. You could include neighbors and friends in this activity. Have fun dressing up as an important Independence Day figure.

 

Bake a cake and sing, “Happy Birthday” to America! Obviously it’s best to make a cake that reflects America, try out some cakes featured on my Pinterest Holiday Board.

 

Explore a new museum or historical landmark. There are so many museums and historical landmarks that we don’t even know exists and some may be right in our own proverbial backyard. Take time before the 4th to research and plan your visit.

 

Decorate your house and sing patriotic songs while doing it. Just like decorating and caroling at Christmas time {if you celebrate that way}, why not decorate with 4th of July decor, flags, and sing songs about our country. How many can you remember?!?

 

Celebrate and use products that are Made in the USA. Did you know that Rayovac alkaline and hearing aid batteries are made in the USA? There aren’t many products from large brands that are still made in America, but by using American made products we’re finding another way to support our country.

 

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What do you and your family do to celebrate and create Independence Day traditions???

 

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Winter Camp at The Little Gym

This post is in partnership with The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman.

‘Tis the season to have fun and learn!!

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If you are a parent in the Charlotte, Huntersville, Lake Norman or surrounding areas and are looking for fun activities to enroll your children in, The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Winter Camp Extravaganza starts this Monday!

Camp days are December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 and January 2, & 3.  Your child will spend 4 hours learning gymnastics skills, creating themed crafts, and playing holiday games with other children. Drop-off starts at 9:00am and pick up is at 1:00pm. Send your kiddos with a nut-free lunch and spend some time picking up last-minute Christmas gifts, cleaning your house for the in-laws visit, or taking a much needed break from errands and chores.

With themes like Winter Camping, The Treasure of Blizzard Mountain, and New Year’s Beach Bash, your kid may not want to leave when it’s pick up time!

Camp is available to both members and non-members, and varies in pricing depending on membership status. Sibling discounts are available as well!!

Children must be between the ages of 3 and 10 years old and bathroom independent to attend camp.

Call The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman to enroll your child at 704-948-7665 at let them know you heard about camp on MommyBKnowsBest.com

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As a Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville/LKN my daughters receive complimentary classes. I do not receive monetary compensation, and all the opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

Everything you Want to Know About Classes at Little Gym of Huntersville/LKN

Now that you and your child have settled into a great school routine, it’s a perfect time to add in and educational, athletic, extracurricular activity.

You’ve probably heard me talk about The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman before, and after having two little girls go through various programs, camps, and events that Little Gym offers, I’d like to consider myself a little bit of a mom expert when it hoes to Little Gym. Perhaps that’s one reason I represent The Little Gym of Huntersville/LKN as Mombassador.

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Today I’ll answer some common questions you may have about The Little Gym of Huntersville/LKN referred to throughout the rest of this post as TLG.

What classes does TLG offer? TLG offers a wide variety of classes including gymnastics, sports, and dance.

What is the age range for classes at TLG? TLG welcomes children ages 4 months through 12 years.

Where is TLG located? TLG Huntersville/LKN is located at exit 23 off Route 77. It is nestled with some great shops right off Gilead Road and close to Presbyterian Huntersville and Earth Fare.

What’s the best way to see if my child likes a class? Sign up for a FREE “Intro” class for the age group that fits your child’s age. Also, if your child has a friend who is currently enrolled, they may join their friend for a “bring a friend” class {as long as they are in the same age group for the class}, please make sure you or the member calls to let TLG know that you’re coming, we love visitors and want to make sure we’re well staffed!

Why should I choose TLG as an activity for my child? TLG teaches children how to be active, have fun, learn life-skills, in a non-competitive, nurturing setting. As a Little Gym mom, I’ve seen my girls learn real skills in their dance and gymnastics classes, make some great friends, learn to respect their teachers, and have seen them grow. I am only speaking for TLG Huntersville/LKN, but the teachers and staff are amazing and are more than people we see twice a week. Instructors take the time to get to know each child individually and on a personal level. That means a lot to me as a mom that my family isn’t only dollar signs to a business.

What is the makeup policy? Unlike many gym and dance programs, TLG offers makeup classes for members who notify TLG in advance, before class begins. Makeup classes must be scheduled in advance to ensure there is the appropriate child to teacher ratio, and do carry over to additional semesters so long as your child is enrolled.

Can I see my child during class? Often programs do not allow you to stay for classes or you must view on a closed-circuit television, however TLG Huntersville/LKN offers you and your child the comfort of being able to see each other during class. For the timid child this gives a sense of security. It also allows for family members to watch your child perform and gives children a sense of accomplishment.

For the non parent-child classes, TLG hosts a couple of parent involvement classes where parents/family are able to join students in their classes and participate.

How much does it cost? Price varies depending on your payment plan, and when you start your child in classes. There is a once a year registration fee per family and parents may sign their children up for Parent Survival Night, camp, or host birthday parties at TLG for an additional fee. However the initial trial class is always FREE!!

How do I sign my child up?

Check out the Programs and Classes schedule HERE, select a time and age group that fits your child’s needs and call TLG directly or sign up via their website for your child’s first class! For any questions TLG is very helpful and knowledgeable about the best options for your family.

Hopefully I’ve been able to not only answer some questions you may have, but also spark your interest in what I think has been one of the most valuable investments our family has made in the development of our children.

What questions do you have regarding The Little Gym?

Be sure to check out The Little Gym Huntersville/Lake Norman’s website and Facebook page for more information on the fun, learning that they offer.

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As a Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville/LKN my daughters receive complimentary classes. I do not receive monetary compensation, and all the opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

Why Superman Man of Steel Should Visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier #jerseylove

Big, HUGE, thank you to the Steel Pier Amusement Pier for the #jerseylove hospitality and tour. We loved meeting you and even though you are super awesome, this post reflects my own honest opinions of my visit and my thoughts on the Steel Pier are based on my experiences at the park and not influenced by the fact that I indulged in the most delicious, complimentary cotton candy before visiting the park. 

 

Don’t you think that the “Man of Steel” should visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier?

No??

Well, you’re right he is busy saving lives, but…

Okay, I guess I see your point.

The Steel Pier is Super Fun, and here are some reasons that, the Man of Steel, aka Superman, or really any awesome hero like person {including yourself} may enjoy a visit to the Steel Pier.

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Super Ticket Prices: Steel Pier gives you the option to purchase as little as 1 ticket or an all day wrist band. So heros can choose the amount of money they spend based on the rides they want to get on, and the amount of time they have to spend at the park. Often times the park stays open very late into the night. {Great for super hero families too!!}

Superific Rides: If you’re bringing the little heros they’ll enjoy the Double Decker Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and the swings. For the people who are mildly adventurous Steel Pier features super roller coaster rides like Crazy Mouse and Loco Motion, and some pretty awesome rides. A few of us #jerseylove girls enjoyed the Flying Dutchman, which is a pirate ship type ride, Freedom Flier, a true wolf in sheeps clothing of amusment park rides, but super fun ride that goes upside down, and basically all over the place, and Rock-n-Roll, which you may have seen at other fairs or amusement parks, this ride is like a carousel for adults, spinning forward and backward as the cars freely swing side to side, my only wish for this ride was that the music was a little more upbeat to match the style of the ride.

Here are some of my pictures of the rides at Steel Pier {no one was riding yet because we braved a torrential downpour {{or something similar} for a tour of the facilities, see water on the ground before it was quickly cleaned up after the storm stopped.}} – Please do not use this photo, or any photos in this post without my written permission.

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Along with the rides listed above, and a few more in the park, there are a couple of rides that you won’t want to miss, especially if you are a thrill-seeker.

The helicopter is a BIG attraction and Steel Pier is the secret lair home to the only helicopter ride in Atlantic City, making it a busy stop for performers and celebrities flying via helicopter into AC. This is one of few attractions at the Steel Pier that is not included in the all-day pass.

Steel Pier Helicopter MommyB

Speaking of additional attractions, Steel Pier is also home to the Slingshot, where you can experience Up To 5 G’s and you are shot into the air and “fly” 0-225 Feet in 1.5 Seconds at over 100 MPH. Yeah, only a super hero would want to ride this, see:

Slingshot Ride Steel Pier Collage MommyB

Okay, I’m not a superhero, but I sure felt like one riding this ride. Elizabeth from Edvacation.com and I rode together {pictured left}. We even saw a rainbow while we were bouncing in the air, which made this #jerseylove trip even greater. {I’ll be writing more about my experiences throughout the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!!}

Yummy Amusement Treats to Rescue your Tummy: That speak for themselves, WHAT?! I had to try it, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to tell you how yummy it was!!

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Amazing History: The Steel Pier in Atlantic City originally opened on Saturday, June 18, 1898, which in just a couple of days will be 115 years!!! How amazing. During it’s hay-day, Steel Pier was where Miss America was crowned for several years and was once called the “Showplace of the Nation” and included such acts as the High Diving horse; Rex the Wonder Dog, a water-skiing canine in the 1930s; and musicians, Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson among others.

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Don’t miss the next upcoming performance with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses featuring Sarah Spiegel – Performing three shows July 27th, 2013 at 7:PM, 10:PM & Sunday July 28th, 2013 at 3:PM.

Awesome Things to Come for 2014 and beyond: Steel Pier has been touting some great new attractions and changes coming our way. Their plans include ideas to make the Steel Pier a year-round attraction, offer indoor banquet and event facilities, achieving a few theme park ride records, and adding some new rides.

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Super Fun for Everyone!! I speak for all of the #jerseyshore attendees {without their permission} when I say we had a BLAST during our visit to Steel Pier. Even though it was raining, that didn’t stop us from wanting to check out the rides, take pictures and because the weather cooperated, were able to enjoy the park in it’s entirety.

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I promise if you are in Atlantic City and you do not go visit the Steel Pier you will be kicking yourself. This family-owned operation is not only one of the most successful in the country, but it’s also got a lot of heart.

Being TheCoasterCritic’s wife, I geeked out a little when I got to meet Steel Pier Owner/President Anthony Catanoso, {Don’t you think he looks a little like Scott Baio?}, in all seriousness, the entire staff from management to ride operators and food vendors were so pleasant and really seemed like a family. I can’t wait to visit again, rain or shine!!

Steel Pier Owner Anthony Catanoso and Jennifer Bullock MommyB

Make sure you check them out Steel Pier on Facebook and Twitter too and let them know you have #jerseylove!

New Additions to The Little Gym

I’m excited to share with you a few new additions to The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman’s awesome program.

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Children ages 2 and up can now enjoy dance class at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman. The brand new Jazzy Beast program is the first dance centered Parent/Child class and begins at age 2.

Speaking of dance, Little Gym is now adding Hip Hop classes, yep you heard me right, Hip Hop. These classes are available for children ages 4 and up and are already open for enrollment. Make sure you sign up soon as spots are really filling up!

Little Gym Lego DuploThe Little Gym International just announced a partnership with LEGO DUPLO and The Little Gym Huntersville/Lake Norman will begin their, “Let’s Build, Let’s Play!” events for Parent Child age children in the Fall. Great for parents who have children under 3 who are unable to participate in Summer Camps and Parent Survival Nights.

Another announcement from The Little Gym International is their exclusive toy line partnership. They are developing educational toys/activities that will bring their signature 3 dimensional learning concepts straight into your home. So keep your eyes peeled for these great play tools.

So there you have it, a few GREAT new things that are new to The Little Gym and a few that are in the works to look out for. Aside from the great new programs and classes, also make sure you sign up for Summer Classes, Summer Camp and Parent Survival Nights, by heading to The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman’s website here: TLG Huntersville/LKN website.

Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE introductory class to try it out, but beware, you just may fall in love with it {says the mom who’s been there 3 years ago and on}.

Also follow TLG Huntersville/LKN on Facebook to check out some pictures from their location and see what they are up to!

I am The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Mombassador, and receive services in return for my work showcased here. The honest opinions and thoughts expressed above are mine and my family’s, yours may vary.

Summer Camp at The Little Gym

Wow, I can’t even believe it will be Summer in just a few months. I know some of you are saying, “slow it down MommyB, it’s not even Spring yet,” but now is when all the Summer camps, classes, activities are starting to enroll, so needless to say, Summer is on my brain.

Once school lets out Miss A is ready to go. She is my child {probably mostly due to her age {{she’ll be 6 in May}}, who finishes a task and is ready for the next. Actually, who am I kidding, both my girls are very active and like to be involved the entire day, which is awesome, but can also be mentally and physically challenging, which is one of the many reasons why I like to get them involved in Summer activities like swim lessons, Vacation Bible School, and Summer Camps.

This year Miss A will be attending two sessions of Summer Camp at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman. This will be her third year attending. A few reasons I really love TLG is because we get so much out of the experience.

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Each child who attends Little Gym Summer camp gets to:

  • Meet new friends
  • See friends she already knows from Little Gym classes, school, and other activities
  • Get crafts
  • Learn life skills
  • Learn gymnastics skills
  • Be entertained for 4 hours

We love The Little Gym Summer Camps because we know they are kid-friendly, and educational. If you want to sign your child up for The Little Gym Summer Camp they should be 3 to 8 years old and bathroom independent. Your child could be a regular at The Little Gym or a first-timer and they’ll feel right at home.

For Summer Camp schedule at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman head here: www.thelittlegym.com and to sign up, get pricing, see photos, and more, call 704-948-7665 and visit their Facebook page.

 

I am The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Mombassador, and receive services in return for my work showcased here. The above opinions and thoughts expressed are mine and my family’s.

Harlem Globetrotters Charlotte – Wholesome Family Entertainment #globiefamily

If you have read any of my other family entertainment posts you know that DaddyB and I are very selective with the entertainment choices we make for our girls. {Who as a reminder are almost 3 and almost 6}. They don’t care for “scary” scenes in movies and are still pretty young. DaddyB and I both remember seeing things from our childhood that have stuck with us now as adults and while we have the chance to enjoy our children’s innocence we are going to do just that. We love having opportunities where they can not only enjoy entertainment, but also learn from it as well.

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When I think about wholesome family entertainment the Harlem Globetrotters performance definitely comes to mind. The Globetrotters have been an institution since 1926, yes that’s right, more than 85 years! That’s an amazing history, with over 20,000 games. Can you imagine how many families have watched them in that many years??

We want our girls to live and see a healthy, active lifestyle and encourage them by putting them in classes where they can learn physical skill as well as other important life skills, play with them at home, and we also enjoy watching sports on television and explaining rules, training, skill, and everything it takes to put together a game. As the girls grow we want to take them to more sporting events, however we know that some events aren’t so family friendly, which is why we are very excited to take them to the Harlem Globetrotters performance here in Charlotte.

We know the girls will be able to see, first-hand, the fun of sports, the athleticism that the Globetrotters portray, cool displays of skill, and will be able to enjoy it in a wholesome setting where we don’t have to worry about some of the issues we might encounter at a typical sporting event.

If you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina area come join us, and if not I know there are games all over the country, so check it out and see if there’s a performance coming your way!!

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The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during our games, and would love to see your family when we come to a city near you.  If you’re looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy, get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” tour.  Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game because this year, your family can vote at harlemglobetrotters.com, and decide rules for the game like two balls in play at the same time that could affect the final outcome. After the game, Globetrotters will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an event the whole family will enjoy, is getting a great deal on it.  Save $7 per ticket* by using the promo code “TOGETHER“.  Get ready to experience a show your family will remember for a lifetime!  *Discount available on select ticket levels

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I received complimentary tickets to the show so I can tell you a little more about my family’s experience. This in no way effects my opinion, good or bad of the Globetrotters. Your opinions of the Harlem Globetrotters and their games may be different.

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide Deck the Halls and break out your lists it’s time for another installment of MommyB Knows Best’s Holiday Gift Guide for the family! In speaking with different families I know that some families provide lists of desired items and others have little to no ideas to go off of. Personally, I like a list for a guideline, but I love purchasing items that I think the gift recipient will be surprised by and love. Here are a few unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas that I wanted to share with you. I hope they can be helpful in your holiday shopping.

big-fish-games-logoThe perfect stocking stuffer for kids or adults, pick up a gift certificate from online casual games company Big Fish.  With most games available for download at only $9.99, Big Fish has something to please every gamer including colorful puzzles and brain teasers, educational games for children, and intriguing mystery and adventure games.

 

Bobbi-ToadsBobbi-Toads, a line of fun and fashionable shoes for young girls, features a faux set of toe nails on a stylish sneaker, allowing young ones to paint the shoes as you would your own nails. When you are ready to switch up your style and change colors, simply use non-toxic nail polish remover to remove the old polish, and repeat the process by polishing with a different color; it’s that easy! https://www.bobbitoads.com/

CVS Phone CasesLooking for a personalized gift that any smart phone or tablet user would love?? CVS/pharmacy photo lab offers several selections and templates to design a fabulous phone case for someone special. Here are my photos, thoughts, and ordering information: CVS/pharmacy smart phone case review.

 

The Little Gym FamilyTired of toys consuming every area of your home?? What about a gift that will give your child hours of enjoyment and learning but just doesn’t fit into a box? We love The Little Gym classes for both our girls, whether they are in ballet, gymnastics, or one of the many active classes The Little Gym offers they are learning skills both physically and socially. We have classes at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman but you can also find a Little Gym class near you.

 

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Stocking stuffers can be the last item on your shopping list and sometimes the most difficult. I love shopping for little trinkets at CVS/pharmacy. When it comes to my stocking stuffer wishes I’d pick the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Beauty Club picks. Some of my favorites are Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub {it’s to die for!!}, and for fun, Katy Perry Lashes Oh My!{choose something modest or get fancy!} to name a few. All of these products are around $7 and under in CVS/pharmacy’s Beauty Club, perfect stocking stuffer price and size.

Our favorite Christmas movie to watch with our girls is Veggie Tale’s St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. We like this movie because it tells about the person St. Nicholas and explains the reasons behind why we give gifts at Christmas time, something we try to teach our girls. You may even want to consider buying this one to watch before Christmas gets here. The lowest price I’ve found the video so far is on Walmart’s Website.

 

 

 

Won’t you share??? What’s going in the stockings at your house??

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This list of products is part of a sponsored post. However, if I didn’t think the products would be good for my own family or yours I would not list them on my site. Your opinions about the above products may vary, and isn’t it nice that we’re all individuals?!? 

 

 

Busy B Family #goodnesstogo

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I cannot believe this week is more than half over already. Do you feel the same way? Just like most families ours is challenged with balancing enjoying each other and making sure we are involved in activities, volunteer programs, our church, and of course spending time with friends too.

Our typical week consists of school drop offs, the girls classes at the Little Gym, attending Miss A’s school chapel, my bible study, grocery shopping, usually a mom’s night out, hubby’s trip to the gym a couple times a week, household chores, work events, and of course now that Miss A is in Kindergarten there’s usually a special school function or two. Whew!! Some days there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything.

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I’ll be honest, some nights I wave my white flag in the air and want to retreat from making a dinner from scratch. Okay let’s be honest, most nights. In fact, there have been a few nights where we’ve been short for time or on the road where we’ve needed to grab a quick bite.

Instead of heading to a fast food drive-thru, we opt for a warm Tyson Mini Stuffed Bread Bowls, a sandwich baggie of fruit and some carrot sticks. It may not be a, “Julia Childs” meal, but it gives my family the option of being involved and not having to settle for fast food all the time. I’d say that’s a good compromise.

From soccer practice to PTA meetings, feeding an active and busy family can be hard. Tyson®  Mini Bread Bowls help you get a little goodness on the go.

Reply below to let me know what activities keep you and your family eating on the go and you could win $500 cash from Tyson Foods!

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