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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Review

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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. 

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.

Giving Thanks and Giving To Others {$1000 Giveaway}

Devastation. It seems like today devastation blankets the world. Those who are living through the typhoon in the Philippines, we see it here in our county too, and it’s hard to miss when so many sad stories are being share through our local news.

Devastation reaches everyone and everywhere.

There isn’t much a survivor can give their rescuer to thank them, but a smile is free and says it all.

I am thankful for my smile. Through the years my smile has mirrored my personal growth.

At the age of 5 I was a victim of a house fire, back then my smile was missing teeth, but even in that time of uncertainty I had a lot to smile about thanks to local non-profit organizations, family and friends.

In my adulthood I’ve overcome many challenges, and am really proud of the woman that God is forming me to be. I’m not perfect by any means, will never be, I’ll leave that up to Jesus, but with my transformation and growth in a new direction, my smile reflects that.

With the help of Invisalign, {who as you know provides complementary treatment that I share about with you}, my smile can reflect the warmth and appreciation I have for so many and know I can smile big and proud with no reservations. Now that I am in the refinement process of my treatment my smile is only growing and growing as my teeth now fill up my entire smile, right where they should be.

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Today, as Thanksgiving is approaching I am thankful for so many people and things in my life. I am truly blessed. I was given a huge task of sharing a large gift of $500 with a person or charity I though could really use it.

After MUCH prayer and consideration I felt my heart lead to give this gift to one individual and one organization.

We love going to our local Super Target because a special cashier by the name of Miss Mattie, is always such a delightful person to be around, she treats my girls like they are her blood, spoils them with stickers and goodies she brings in from home for all the children who visit her, and she has an amazing heart for others. She always has a smile on her face.

She recently lost her mother and has been trying to recover from her loss. I know the holidays are an extremely hard time for her and anyone who has lost someone, and I knew that Miss Mattie deserved this money. We decided to also surprise her with a drawing and a framed photo of the girls that said, “We Love Miss Mattie.”

Although we had planned to surprise Miss Mattie in line as she rung up our groceries, it didn’t work out that way because she was headed to her lunch break. Luckily, though things worked out even better so we didn’t hold up anyone in line and were still able to put a smile on her face.

After many tears, smiles, and hugs on both parties, Miss Mattie shared that the money came just in time to pay her water bills and other expenses.

We are blessed by Miss Mattie because she makes us smile and were glad to be able to give her gifts to show her how important she is.

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As for the organization, I decided to give a portion of the money I received to Pearls for Creative Healing. Pearls is a local, domestic abuse non-profit, giving victims an outlet and a voice through art.

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I am so grateful for Sandra and Pearls and am honored to be able to work with them in a very very very very part time basis. I have already seen how impactful this program is and knew in my heart that it was a deserving organization.

I’m thankful to be able to share this money with Pearls for Creative Healing and know that it will be used for great things.

How about you? Could you use $500? How about someone you know??

Awesome news for you: Invisalign is hosting a Smile it Forward Sweepstakes where you can win $500 for yourself and $500 for a friend {or to donate to a great cause}.

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Enter here:

Invisalign’s Smile It Forward Sweepstakes
If you think you may be a good candidate or want to improve your smile, take Invisalign’s free smile assessment: HERE.

For more information straight from Invisalign and Invisalign Teen visit their website Invisalign.com and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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*I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

New Products and Programs from CVS/pharmacy Headquarters

If you follow my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know that at the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit CVS/pharmacy headquarters once again this year and sit in on informational sessions, and enjoy some great branded events, with some amazing bloggers.

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If you missed last year’s trip report head HERE. It’s been a busy month and I learned so much about great new products and programs that CVS/pharmacy is or will be rolling out. In this post you’ll see highlights of my visit and learn about these products and programs for yourself. In the meantime, make sure you’re subscribed to my blog by putting your email address in the appropriate box in the sidebar, that way you won’t miss my upcoming CVS/pharmacy product and program posts.

Whats Your DealFirst I’ll start with myWeekly ads and deals. Since this is something I mentioned to you in my post: CVS/pharmacy Announces myWeekly Ad Customized Savings I won’t go over all the details {if you want those click on the link I just mentioned}. But I will tell you that for those of us who aren’t hardcore couponers, this is perfect for the shopper in us who wants to save on things we are already planning on purchasing without having to spend hours of hard work getting that deal. Kudos to CVS/pharmacy for making it easy for shoppers like us to save!

Check out this funny, celeb-filled video showcasing a few different myWeekly ad suggestions. What’s Your Deal??? 

Joan Rivers cracks me up!

For the health-minded side of CVS/pharmacy, I enjoyed trying to decipher what was a health FACT and MYTH out of the health statements we were given by the CVS MinuteClinic crew. I actually learned a good bit of new information about MinuteClinic including:

  • Available in over 650 clinics in more than 25 states
  • Holds a 95% patient satisfaction rate
  • Staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants who are able to treat, diagnose, and prescribe medication.
  • No appointments needed and services are available evenings and weekends
  • Known for acute services, but provide wellness services, physical screenings and more.

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{Pictured above is Christine Young, I heart her, go check out her blog From Diapers to Dating}

I love how convenient MinuteClinic is, especially being a busy mom with two little girls. Sometimes I want my kiddos to get feeling better right away. We love our physician, but illness doesn’t always work on our doctor’s office timelines. Can I get an amen?!?

Of course most of the bloggers at the event were women, not all, but most, and we were pampered with some amazing Salma Hayek Nuance beauty products. If you haven’t heard of her line Nuance you are truly missing out my friend.Salma Hayek Nuance CVS

Nuance products are specially formulated with natural, exotic ingredients that have stood the test of time. It’s said that a number of ingredients used in Nuance products were the same used by Salma’s very own grandmother.

This year, Salma Hayek’s Nuance launched a few new products including: Nuance Salma Hayek Hair Care with rich ingredients like flax seed to strengthen and protect hair, and Nuance Salma Hayek Skincare including cleansers, BB Cream and more with each item under a $19.99 price point. Love beauty at a bargain!

Last but not least, on this fun media trip, we were treated to Christmas with CVS/pharmacy. Not only was the ambiance set for holiday celebrations, but we enjoyed a yummy Christmas morning breakfast complete with gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas. Normally I’m not one for celebrating holidays too soon, but with the Christmas tree {and for those of you who celebrate Hannukah, the minora}, stockings, and Christmas lights really got me excited for the holidays to be here already.

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We were also able to soak in the experience by doing a White Elephant swap of some of CVS/pharmacy’s soon-to-be “hot holiday gift” items. We also got to preview products that will be on “his” “hers” “kids” and other family members’ lists this Christmas and I got some great ideas for family and friends of my own.

CVS/pharmacy has even put together a few lists to get you started and help you out with shopping for those awesome people in your life you’d like to gift this Christmas season: Holiday Shopping at CVS/pharmacy.

I want to thank each of you who read my blog for your support. If you weren’t stopping by, reading my posts, commenting on Facebook, and entering giveaways I wouldn’t be able to work from home doing something I truly enjoy.

 

Thanks also to CVS/pharmacy for an amazing media event, lots of product samples to try out and tell my readers about, and of course the inside scoop on CVS/pharmacy’s newest products and programs coming out.

 

I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a trip to CVS/pharmacy headquarters for this event and work closely with the brand throughout the year on non-paid and paid projects. Any opinions in this post are my own. My family have been brand-loyal to CVS/pharmacies long before I was a blogger. Your opinions may vary.

MVP Raw Bar & Grill Review

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew.

 

I’m so blessed to be able to spend time with Lil’ C before she starts pre-K next Fall {isn’t that crazy?!?!} Lucky for me she won’t be in for 5 days, but it will still be an adjustment not having either of my girls at home a few mornings. But for now I’ve got her mostly to myself, especially during the week and we’re soaking up the fun.

Today we had a lunch date at MVP Raw Bar & Grill and while it appeared that this space is more bar than restaurant, I was surprised by the quality and variety of foods they serve. Not only was the food fresh {my tomatoes were ruby red and the pickles were crisp}, but it was a great value too.

Lil’ C’s kids meal was $4.99 for a kids pizza, drink, fruit, and ice cream, and my food {pimento burger, with a side of mac-n-cheese} was a great price and big portions, not to mention with their rewards program each time you check-in {by scanning your card}, you receive a discount and/or points on your card.

Service was decent, our waitress was very sweet, especially with Lil’ C, but I did have to get up to ask her to take our order and also had to request items that came with C’s meal a couple of times, however when I asked her she took care of things promptly. Our first appetizer came out about 13 minutes after ordering which wasn’t bad, and our food came out about 8 minutes after that, so I’d say it was pretty quick, {although there was only 1 table seated when we first got there}.

Doesn’t the food look yummy?!? {and how adorable is my lunch date?!?!}

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Here are a few things I loved about MVP Raw Bar & Grill:

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  • Friendly service – both the server and one of the owners were very helpful with questions about the menu
  • Accommodating menu (any menu item is available upon request)
  • Several house-made food items including fried pickles, salad dressings, cole slaw, collard greens & more
  • Rewards program (mentioned above)

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A few things I think could be improved:

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  • Volume of music and musical content during dining hours
  • Nicer menus – not a huge deal but Lil’ C had a used kids menu and mine was ripped
  • TV programming selection – I noticed one of the televisions was showing a program that wasn’t really appropriate for Lil’ C, again more a bar than a grill, but for a more family-friendly atmosphere they may want to take that into consideration.

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If you’re looking for your typical kid-friendly restaurant this may not be your first choice, however the staff assured me that families are often seen playing cornhole {see the Southern dictionary for definition of “cornhole”), watching football games on Sundays, and playing Bingo on Tuesday nights.

Overall we had a good experience, I’m excited that I found MVP Raw Bar & Grill on Restaurant.com because of it’s location I may not have found it, and I love that I can share it with you too. If you are local, be sure to try it out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a night out.

Lil’ C and I are ready to go back and try some more of their house-made food, maybe even breakfast too and bring Miss A and DaddyB with us, I already have my restaurant.com certificate printed out and ready for easy use and savings!!!

Want to read other opinions about MVP Raw Bar & Grill??? To see what other people are saying about this restaurant, visit Restaurant.com

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Tips for Beginning Bloggers

In my four years of blogging I have been interviewed a few times about my job by local news, and most recently by Woman’s World Magazine. Often I receive emails asking for tips on how to get started blogging. Here are some Tips for Beginning Bloggers that will help you figure out if blogging is something you may be interested in and be a potential career for you.

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While I know I could never cover everything, here are 7 tips that I feel are extremely important when it comes to the basics of blogging.

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Carolina Ribs on the Run Review {Giveaway}

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew.

In looking for a new restaurant to try out on our usual Sunday afternoons after church, I thought it would be nice to venture up to Mooresville this time around. Restaurant.com showcased a lot of great restaurants, unfortunately I’m allergic to shellfish so some of them didn’t work, but I found Carolina Ribs on the Run and took a peek at their menu. After checking to make sure there was something my girls and husband would like to eat there too, we headed up North.

Even with using our GPS it was a little hard to find Carolina Ribs on the Run because there’s no signage off the main road, but we did end up finding it nestled in a VERY quiet plaza. We definitely got a great parking spot. While we were there a few other customers trickled in, but since they were loading up a vehicle with bins of food I assumed most of their business came from catering.

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There are some things we loved about Carolina Ribs on the Run and other things that we weren’t so impressed by. I’ll start with the things we liked:

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  • The service was good- the staff was very friendly and helpful with the menu and our food came out relatively fast.
  • The food was very flavorful, and came in large portions. The ribs and chicken quesadilla specifically were outstanding, and this comes from a woman who recently went to a BBQ festival and tasted several different styles of ribs/pulled pork.
  • Their prices were good, our tab was pretty standard for 2 kids menu entrees an appetizer and 1 adult meal. For the 4 of us our total tab was $29+ including tax, but with our Restaurant.com gift certificate we ended up paying $19+

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Neither good nor bad

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  • The restroom – since the restaurant is on the smaller side there is one bathroom/toilet, but it is large in size. The restroom was mostly clean, and a GREAT height for small children/wheelchair accessibility, but considering the restaurant had opened a short while before we got there, it could have been cleaner.

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The not-so-great

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  • Hubby and I found some small bones in my rib sandwich, when I approached the cook he apologized, I know these things happen, but definitely something to be careful of.
  • There were no children’s coloring pages or entertainment while waiting for food, {this would be a super easy fix though.}
  • The booths were hard to sit in for our entire family, but especially the children.

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As a restaurant, Carolina Ribs on the Run has some work to do, but the food is definitely amazing, which may be a reason they cater as well. If they are interested in building as a brand and restaurant they may want to consider fixing just a few small things that could potentially be more inviting to diners and families like:

  • Investing in booths that fit average size diners, not needing extra cushioning they’ve used and making it safer for parents to use boosters for their children or having children eat while sitting on their knees.
  • Being more vigilant with cleaning the restaurant inside and outside a little more, which would bring up their 91.5 public health score
  • Ensuring all food is safe and the best they can deliver to customers.

 

Want to read other opinions about Carolina Ribs on the Run??? To see what other people are saying about this restaurant, visit Restaurant.com

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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.

Guide to Myrtle Beach in the Fall

Thank to VisitMyrtleBeach.com for hosting our trip and the following businesses for their great hospitality.

Have you ever considered visiting Myrtle Beach in the Fall? Think about it, no crazy traffic during summer holidays, not to mention shorter lines and waits at well-known attractions. Imagine being able to go your favorite Myrtle Beach restaurants and venues not having to worry about masses of people.

While you may not be taking a dip in the water (unless of course it’s an indoor heated pool), consider visiting the beautiful beaches with a cool crisp breeze instead of the hot sun beating down on you. Don’t get me wrong I love summer and all that comes with it, but I think there is something to be said for the beach during Fall.

While Myrtle Beach may not be the obvious choice for a Fall family trip, it’s a great place to visit, and has something for everyone in the family. With plenty of indoor attractions and outside activities we are always entertained. Here are a few of our favorite places and things to Stay, Eat, and Play at in Myrtle Beach that are perfect for a Fall visit.

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STAY AT MYRTLE BEACH

Eat, stay, and play at Springmaid Beach Resort. If you want to stay oceanfront when you head to Myrtle Beach Springmaid is the perfect location. This resort offers several lodging choices including a pet-friendly choice. All of the buildings are steps from the sandy beaches and gorgeous waves.

Springmaid Beach Resort also has its own pier with fishing, shops, and an amazing view. Admission to the pier is free if you are a registered guest at the resort. We enjoyed the fact that they had several pools and had a choice of indoor and outdoor swimming while we were there.

The staff at Springmaid was super helpful and the newly renovated room that we stayed in was large enough for our family of four. We loved that our balcony faced the beautiful resort grounds and of course the ocean. It was so cool to watch the sun set from our very own balcony patio.

We weren’t huge fans of the breakfast buffet, although they did have a lot of different foods to choose from. I think if we liked eggs though we would have been in heaven because the omelet bar and Chef Ray are very well-known.

Check out Springmaid Beach Resort’s website for more information, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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EAT AT MYRTLE BEACH

Of course while you’re in town you’ll want to find places to satisfy your hunger. While there are many, many, many, many, places at Myrtle Beach to cover that basic need, there were a couple that we visited that we really enjoyed and wanted to share with you.

Lunch at Myrtle Beach

While searching through our Visit Myrtle Beach guide we found several yummy looking lunch spots and settled on Ultimate California Pizza. We had never been before and the menu sounded great, plus both of our girls love pizza. The restaurant was clean and the decor was fun and upbeat. The service at the location we visited was great and the food was amazing.

The menu and choices at this restaurant are almost endless, even the children’s menu had quite a few items on it, so there’s definitely something for everyone in your family. I like that I could get the girls personal pizzas with a whole wheat crust, but wish they offered a side of fruit at no extra cost for the kid’s meals. My Moon Doggie pizza was loaded with toppings and super delicious. DaddyB ended up getting a salad but wishing he ordered the pizza too!

I would definitely recommend Ultimate California Pizza locations in Myrtle Beach for a fun dine-in experience. For menu, locations, and pricing check out their website.

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Dinner at Myrtle Beach

When we chose to dine at Angelo’s Steak & Pasta restaurant, little did we know this was more than a standout eatery. This restaurant is filled with friends, family, great food, and a whole lot of heart. Owners Angelo and Angela Antonucci know the value of giving back to others through their continued success.

Upon our entrance I quickly noticed several photos of animals and information on a missionary who is supported in part by efforts from Angelo’s Steak & Pasta restaurant. While we were visiting we had the pleasure of meeting a local balloon artist who was raising money for an upcoming missions trip. Not only did we get the girls a couple of cute kitty cat balloons but were able to donate to a great cause.

Throughout our meal we received amazing, friendly service not only from our server but the entire staff. The girls loved their meals, but I think DaddyB and I were blown away by our entrees. From a recommendation by our waiter Chris, I ordered the Chicken Marsala that was sweet and unique in a great way, the portions were HUGE and although I wish I could have fit every bite in my stomach there was just no way. DaddyB proclaimed that his ribeye was the best steak that he has EVER had, no joke. I kid you not, he probably talked about the steak for weeks after our visit. Not only that but we were able to try out an in-house rum cake that was very tasty.

If you get a chance to visit Angelo’s Steak & Pasta’s new location, you’ll be sure to have a memorable family meal in a beautiful facility. I can definitely see why Angelo’s is a longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike for many years. Please support this great establishment by checking out their website and following them on Facebook, but even more importantly, visiting their restaurant.

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PLAY AT MYRTLE BEACH

The Skywheel at Myrtle Beach offers up fully enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas. Plus, shorter days equal earlier sunsets, equal amazing views!! My family and I were blessed to experience the VIP gondola that Skywheel offers and enjoyed the comfortable leather seating, and the unique view that the glass floor gave us. We rode at night and the lights both on and around the Skywheel were incredible. The ride was long enough for us to get a great view of Myrtle Beach and some fun pictures and videos to remember our experience by as well.

This activity was definitely one that I would like to make sure we do every time we visit Myrtle Beach. For a family with children ages 3 and up, who aren’t fearful of heights, I would say this is a must-do while visiting Myrtle Beach.

Skywheel Myrtle Beach is open year-round {except Thanksgiving and Christmas day} from 11 am and currently closes at 10pm Sun-Thurs and 11pm Fri-Sat.

Children 2 and under receive a complimentary Angel Ticket, ticket prices for children and adults range from $9 to $13 depending on age. Skywheel Myrtle Beach also offers Senior Citizen and Military discounts. To purchase tickets, check out VIP ticket prices, and see great video and images of the Skywheel in Myrtle Beach, head to their website: myrtlebeachskywheel.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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If you are anything like DaddyB and me, you may have a preconceived notion that anything with the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not name attached to it is weird, grotesque, or scary. When it comes to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, that notion is a complete misconception. I’m so glad that we asked our friends and readers’ input on whether or not this aquarium was safe for us to visit with our timid little girls.

While we just missed the last showing of the mermaids and I know the girls would have loved that experience, there was plenty to see, and experience.

We had an amazing time checking out the exhibits. We loved visiting Ray Bay where we saw a variety of really cool manta rays and stingrays.  The girls were a little intimidated by Dangerous Reef tunnel. Once DaddyB and I assured them how awesome and not scary it was we were able to walk {or ride the moving walkway} through the underwater tunnel and see sharks and other ocean life swim overhead.

The girls also loved the hands-on experience that the Discovery Center offered. They were able to see some water creatures up close and personal. While none of us picked up a horseshoe crab {we let the other visitors do that}, we were able to learn a lot about them from the very knowledgeable staff on hand.

Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach is definitely a destination you and your family can spend all day at. They also have a snack bar and some really great deals in their gift shop. We purchased an adorable pink manta ray and a beautiful, sparkly mermaid that the girls picked out at a great price.

We would definitely recommend Ripley’s Aquarium if you are visiting Myrtle Beach any time of the year. For ticket information and to see other Ripley’s attractions head to their website, follow on Facebook and Twitter too.

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You may not think of visiting the Children’s Museum of South Carolina when you’re headed to the beach, but if you are looking for family friendly play areas in the Fall or really any time of year.  The museum is not only educational, but it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.

We had the pleasure of visiting the museum during our Visit Myrtle Beach trip, and enjoyed our hours of play there. Don’t expect to be wowed by a million-dollar facility, rather expect to be impressed by the creative exhibits and the museum’s desire to grow.

The girls loved putting on a puppet show for us, playing sock hockey, pretending to be news anchors {I liked this activity too}, pretending to be medical and dental staff, of course practicing their skills on mommy and daddy, and so much more. The creativity that was pouring out of them was so inspiring.

Coming from Charlotte and being spoiled with amazing children’s museums who have great financial backing, it definitely touched my heart to see the Children’s Museum of South Carolina and physically see their needs for visitors and donors.

The staff that worked there were very kind and welcomed us, the facilities, while not new, were clean and open for the kids to safely explore. I implore you, if you live in the Myrtle Beach area, consider visiting or donating so other families can have a great learning experience and if you’re just visiting don’t be fooled by the outside facade of the building, inside are memories waiting to be had.

Visit the Children’s Museum of South Carolina’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter for more information on admission, Fall hours, and how you can help them continue helping children learn and be creative.

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If you have older children while visiting Myrtle Beach this Fall, one great place to visit is WonderWorks. You may have driven past a WonderWorks in the past and just never known its name, but it’s pretty hard to miss, just look for an upside down building.

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach is located alongside other great activities and attractions at the Broadway at the Beach section of Myrtle Beach. Aside from being in a great location, there is plenty of parking, and this attraction offers indoor and outdoor dining even if you do not purchase tickets for a visit.

We took Miss A and Lil C who are currently 6 and 3 years old and realized right from the moment we entered WonderWorks that it’s better for older children at least school age and up if not a little older. If you have a child who has any sensory issues it would be a complete overload for them, however if you have a child who loves to move from one activity to the next but who is also patient enough to wait since this is a VERY hands-on attraction, this is the perfect spot that offers a lot of variety.

WonderWorks did have a lot of cool interactive games and learning opportunities, but we visited on a holiday weekend so there was a lot of waiting or passing on exhibits because of the crowd, which makes it a better location for Fall since crowds will be smaller.

For more information on WonderWorks Myrtle Beach check out their website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

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If you have a true nature loving family, you will want to visit Brookgreen Gardens. Having a child who is afraid of bugs {and for good reason with her allergic reactions} and a beautiful, but very buggy nature excursion was not a great fit for us. However we did manage to have some fun, and escape the bug bites during our short visit.

When we arrived at Brookgreen Gardens we realized just how expansive the entire grounds are. I would recommend stopping at the Welcome Center upon arrival and figuring out where you’d like to visit first. We enjoyed the children’s play area that had a storybook theme and the mini on site farm.

Fall Hours for Brookgreen Gardens are 9:30am to 5:00pm now through December 1st and the park is open 7 days a week. The park offers several special events and programs throughout the year for visitors and members.

To check them out head to Brookgreen Gardens website, and visit their Facebook and Twitter pages while you are at it.

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Since it’s not too cold in Myrtle Beach in the Fall for outdoor activities, mini golf is still a family favorite for this vacation destination. We enjoyed golfing at Captain Hooks Adventure, one of many mini golf locations run by the Myrtle Beach Family Golf group.

We played at night because it was a little warmer during our visit, but in the Fall you’ll have a variety of times throughout the day where the weather is comfortable for the whole family. This course has two alternate paths you can take. We were directed to the children’s course that was a little less “scary” than the Lost Boys path.

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During our game we were able to hear Tinker Bell and look for Peter Pan, so not only was it a fun mini golf game, but it was a neat experience as well. The girls wanted to bypass the Hook’s pirate ship hole because of the life-size Hook statue, but other than that all four of us had a blast. 3 of us even got a hole in one on different holes!!

I love that Myrtle Beach Family Golf has locations scattered throughout different areas of Myrtle Beach with different themes. Check out each location by visiting their website.

 

Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall

MommyB Visit Myrtle Beach Bloggy ButtonWhether you’re coming for the beautiful resorts, delicious food, or the fun activities that Myrtle Beach has to offer, it’s a great family friendly location you’ll want to visit this Fall season. Make sure you head to VisitMyrtleBeach.com
to learn more about the great businesses and services listed above and more great places to stay, eat, and play in South Carolina. Don’t forget to check out their website for coupons and find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

For awesome Fall deals on your Myrtle Beach trip head here: visitmyrtlebeach.com/hotels/deals/fall/

Have you ever visited Myrtle Beach? Where are your favorite spots to stay? eat? and play??

 

 

 

 

The opinions and thoughts in this post are our own honest opinions based on the experiences we were able to enjoy through the hospitality of the above businesses and services. Your opinions may vary.