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Go!Go! Sports Girls – Toy Review

Be inspired, be a dreamer, think BIG!

We have some lofty goals for our girls, but feel that instilling future thinking qualities in them now will help them to aspire to greatness. We want our girls to love God, love others, and work hard to accomplish their goals in life.

I remember as a kid I wanted to be a ballerina, pediatrician, architect, mommy, teacher, and in different ways I’ve achieved some of those dreams through being a mom. Ever since they were little our girls have had dreams too. Since she was a toddler Miss C has wanted to be a fashion designer for people and pets, and Miss A has wanted to be a Little Gym instructor and has loved science and art/music since I can remember.

I’m thankful that my girls life in today’s world. While I’m not naive to the fact that in most cases women are still not being treated as equals to their male counterparts, I do know that there has been some progress and I’m excited to see what the future holds for them and their children.

Aligning with the ideals of empowering girls, Jodi Bondi Norgaard and Kara Douglass Thom have combined their talents to create Go!Go! Sports Girls. This unique line of dolls and books inspires girls to be strong, fit, smart, and adventurous to name a few qualities.

What we love about Go!Go! Sports Girls

In a world of dolls that often times are encouraging girls to grow up quickly, these dolls are refreshingly age-appropriate. Instead of focusing on hair and makeup these dolls and their stories emphasize what their bodies can do.

We were able to check out Go!Go! Sports Girls Read and Play Sets where dolls came with their very own stories. Soccer Girl Cassie and Cheerleader Girl Roxie were a big hit in our house as Miss C has been involved in both sports.

 

Go!Go! Sports Dolls are soft bodied, easy to clean and are also great to sleep with since they’re not hard like other dolls and toys. {Having the soft body does make them a little hard to sit up on a shelf though.} I also love that their hair isn’t easy to tangle.

Miss C really loves the books that come with the dolls. Cassie comes with a book about teamwork and Roxy’s book talks about being a leader, both great life skills for growing girls to learn.

The kit description mentions that they come with doll accessories, but our two dolls didn’t come with anything other than the doll, book, and the sports uniform the dolls were wearing. **Other dolls may include these items.

In having a chance to speak with creator Jodi Bondi Norgaard, I told her how, as a multiracial family always love when brands have girls of different ethnic backgrounds. While at this time the dolls are pretty light-skinned, Jodi mentioned they were hoping to add more dolls to their collection.

Current dolls include, Cassie – Soccer, Maya – Gymnastics, M.C. – Dance, Suzi – Swimming, Ella – Running, and Roxy – Cheerleading. Which doll do you think your child(ren) would like?

What qualities do you think are important for little girls to have??

Go check out their website for coloring pages, more information about creator, author, and illustrators, and their fun app! gogosportsgirls.com

 

Click on the link below to buy or check out dolls, books, and sets, or head to a local retailer.

This is not a sponsored post, we received product samples in order to test out the product. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are honest.

Bouncing Around with Sky High Sports Charlotte

Before school started the B girls and I were invited to bounce our hearts out at Sky High Sports in Charlotte. I must admit this was our first time ever at a trampoline park and… we LOVED it. The girls had so much fun with the many activities within the building I secretly wish they had a location close to our house.

We not only had a great time but we think you should check it out too. Sky High Sports features a freestyle jump court, a foam pit with rope swings, laser tag, ropes course and more. The girls loved the freestyle court and foam pit and Miss A even got a chance to play some laser tag.

 

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As a mom I love the diversity of a place like Sky High Sports. It’s great for taking the kids for a day of play, perfect for bouncing away some energy on a rainy day, fun for a playdate with a group of friends, and they also offer birthday/event packages not to mention field trips and fundraising nights for your school or homeschool group.

Overall the staff at Sky High Sports was very well trained and attentive watching for safety among the kids who were bouncing and playing. I wasn’t worried about the girls playing in different areas of the facility in fact, Sky High offers an open lounge area with televisions to check in on your children if you’re chasing more than one around.

This local venue caters to families with children of all ages and even has Airobics classes for adults. We love that we can have friends of all ages come play with us and know that everyone will have a good time.

We can’t wait to go bounce at Sky High Sports again, maybe you can join us!!!

 

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Check out Sky High Sports’ Website –  clt.skyhighsports.com for hours and details.

 

This is a brand review, we received admission to check out Sky High Sports in order to give our opinion about their services. This post features honest thoughts and opinions about this venue.

Tips for Having an Intentional Summer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood.

Like many families do, our family packed up our belongings and moved into a new home. Though we’re on the other side of “town” and only 30 minutes from our old house, it’s almost like we’re in a new state. We’re not familiar with the parks, don’t know the best farmer’s markets to go to, haven’t got a clue what the best summer camps are. One thing we do know though is that even though we have a lot of unpacking and settling to do, we want our girls to have an intentional summer.

What does intentional summer mean for our family? It looks a little something like this:

 

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My nature is to unpack and make sure everything has a home and designated spot, but the longer I’m a mom the more I realize that I want these beautiful girls to have a fun and memorable childhood. That includes spending time with friends, and creating family traditions.

Here are some of the tips I’ve used this busy summer to make sure we’re being intentional:

1. Create a Summer Bucket List with a variety of activities to complete throughout the summer.

2. Vary your play, choose one water play day, one outdoor play, one indoor play day and theme them as well.

3. Be spontaneous (I know a Type-A personality saying this, but I’ve really had to step out of my personality to make sure my kids enjoy themselves), go for ice cream before dinner, pop into a kids play place with no notice. You’ll be surprised at how impactful of a memory this will be with your children later on in life as well.

4. Let them choose an activity or destination. Giving your children the power of choice will not only be really exciting, but it will also give them confidence in making decisions.

5. Play safe and be proactive. I am “one of those moms”, you know the ones who carry a big bag (not a diaper bag anymore but still a considerable size) with everything imaginable in them? I am certain I would win if I were on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” by pulling out something random that almost no human carries on their person. That’s what’s great though, when the girls scrape a knee while playing hopscotch at a friends house or are playing in the water I’m armed with the right mom gear to make sure we can keep the fun going.

 

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What is your favorite tip for making summer intentional and savoring those moments?

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

10 Things I Heart in Spring

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I decided that I would not write about Spring on my blog until it finally felt like Spring here in Charlotte, NC, however today, it’s going to be up in the 80s so I’m not sure if I’m allowed to write this considering the summer-like weather we are having. Then again, how can I not share with you things I’m hearting this Spring?!?!

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1. Traveling – Although we’re in the midst of packing for our move in June, we have been traveling a lot this Spring. We had the opportunity to visit Disneyland in California, where the weather was amazing and we had a BLAST! And we just returned from an amazing trip to Georgia where we visited the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola (I’ll have trip reports on both soon!) Where have you traveled this Spring or where are you traveling to?

Build-a-Bear Spring2. New friends – We have been making lots of new friends this Spring! We recently started going to story hour at the church we’ve been attending and making new friends there AND in stuffed friend news, we got a new Spring Build-A-Bear friend who is an ADORABLE Soft & Sweet Lamb ($18) She has fluffy white fur that’s perfect for cuddling. Our little lamb is all dressed up for Spring and tea parties AND at Build-A-Bear you can also add scents so your furry friends smell oh-so-sweet, how cool is that?!?

3. Outside Fun – We are blessed to have a nice, flat, and decent size backyard so lately we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. If it’s nice out I’ll let Miss A do her homework outside and of course lots of chalk, bubbles, running, scooters/bikes, and water table play. How about you??

4. Spring Cleaning – I know this sounds soooo strange, but I really do love organizing and cleaning, even though these days I don’t have quite as much time as I’d like to do either. Luckily, the move gives me a great excuse to do a little bit of both. I’ve been trying out a few new cleaning products including some Method products and Nature’s Kloth.

We try to be a little more eco-friendly here and there and both of these products help. We’ve been using Nature’s Kloth instead of a sponge and replacing the way we clean with paper towels to create less waste. I love that it’s eco-friendly (biodegradable, washable over 300 times, made from cotton and plant fiber, and more) and is great for many uses inside and outside the house. I definitely feel better about cleaning when there isn’t a huge pile of used papertowels in my trash.

5. Healthy Kiddos – I am super thankful for healthy kiddos. Lately we’ve been pretty healthy especially considering that we’ve been flying and traveling a lot. We have a lot of friends who have not been so fortunate this Spring. For those uncomfortable fevers and painful colds and aches we give our girls Children’s Advil. For Lil’ C who does not do well with any sort of pain, this does the trick for us. I love that they have so many flavors (and dye-free versions) too since she doesn’t care for most medicine flavors. Plus, they have some fun activities and tips for parents on how to stay healthy.

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We also love that our girls like healthy foods like Garden Lites. Miss A surprisingly enjoyed these gluten-Free, veggie muffins. They’re high in fiber, and low in fat. Miss A’s favorite flavor was: Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip. They have loads more flavors and come in a box of 4 with an SRP of $3.99.

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6. Spring Clothes!! – I love a good infinity scarf, especially the beautiful chevron one that one of my friends gave me for my birthday, but I really enjoy wearing comfy Spring clothes. I love wearing adorable maxi and sun dresses because they are so flowy and comfortable.

I am also loving the new Lee Spring collection that features bermuda shorts and capris that are comfortable while being dressy at the same time. If I need to dress up an outfit some of their capris and shorts come with adorable, fashionable belts as well. Here are a few of my other favorites from their collection:

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7. Parties – I always love a good get-together and with the girls’ birthdays, holidays and end of school coming for us, Spring is always filled with fun parties and celebrations. We’ll have a small birthday get together for Miss A {since we went to Disneyland the girls aren’t getting their usual HUGE parties}, a class party for the end of the year {here’s an end of the year gift idea}, and loads of friends birthday parties.

Iesodo Video8. Good Message Movies – We were sent a couple of videos from Iesodo (pronounced Ya-Sa-Doe) that retells Bible stories with animated animals, mainly birds. My girls LOVED the videos and have been singing the catchy songs every day since we’ve watched them. We love sharing these videos with our friends because we know the language and content are appropriate for all viewers. Even if you have no religious affiliation, but want your children to learn good values, these videos promote wholesome character traits and morals and is good for children of any age.

9. Pasta Salad – Of course you can eat pasta salad anytime of year, but this is the season pasta salads shine! I really love cold, crisp salads with lots of veggies. What’s your favorite pasta salad recipe?

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10. Meeting Amazing People – Not that this is necessarily a Spring thing, but since we went to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were able to meet some pretty amazing people. One of our favorites though was Genevieve Goings from Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Miss A says her favorite person/character she met the entire stay was Genevieve and we met a lot of people/characters so that says a lot. Of course we fell in love with Genevieve on Disney/Disney Junior with her Choo Choo Soul songs and realized she did more music for Disney as well as a round up of songs from Disney classic movies.

We’re excited to hear that her first Independent Children’s Album for pre-schoolers is called “Do You Know?” and releases June 3, with the first single “My Telephone Number Is” available NOW on iTunes.The album focuses on learning key fundamentals with Genevieve’s unique brand of “Kids Music with Soul.” I got an exclusive preview of the songs on her new album and wow!

My girls love to dance and sing and they get that from their mommy, this is one album you will not be able to contain the dancing. Our favorite songs are: “My Telephone Number Is” {great for helping your child learn your phone number, a MUST}, “Inside Voice” {which is rockin’ and rowdy in the best possible way and teaches kids when and where to use their inside/outside voice} and surprisingly, “Gotta Do My Business” {a potty song with swagger}.

I love when kids music is both appropriate and enjoyable and Genevieve definitely accomplishes that with the album. I can’t wait to buy a copy for our family and give one away on the site along with a few other goodies! In honor of Spring, I’m giving away a $25 Build-A-Bear gift card, 2 copies of Iesodo DVDs (Faith and Love) and once it’s available on June 3rd, a copy of Genevive Goings’ new album.

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This is not a compensated post, however I did receive samples of some of the above products/brands and chose to tell you about them. All opinions expressed in the post are my own honest thoughts.

Get Healthy Savings, Earth Day Recycling Tips, and Donate A Photo

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood and J&J Consumer Companies Inc.

If you’ve been keeping up with my HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® posts you know there have been some great deals and initiatives. This month is no different, lots of great savings, ways you can help the environment, and opportunities to help raise awareness for charitable causes.

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In addition to the great savings, you can be more active in your community by supporting Earth Day:

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You can help support and protect a clean environment. Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you: Earth911

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle: Care To Recycle

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The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Again make sure you get the great savings on Johnson & Johnson products, and do your part to donate to causes that will help our planet and the people in it. 

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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.

Camp Food Sprouts {Guest Post}

If you are like most parents, you are probably excited that school is out and that summer is almost here! No more car lines, packing lunches, homework or time sensitive projects. Summer is a time for fun and most of all it’s a time for your child to relax and make wonderful memories.

If your kids are like most American children their summer activities may consist of hanging out with friends, swimming, playing in the sprinklers, reading books, watching movies/TV, playing video games, and depending on their age, spending time on electronic devices.

If you’re like me, you don’t want your kids sitting in the house, watching tv or playing video games all day. You want them outside, playing and running and being an active kid. Let’s face it, our culture is an online culture and is becoming even more so every day.

We all want our children to be well rounded individuals, to have more than we had as children, to know more and of course to be greater. We strive for our children to be both tech savvy and earth savvy. We would love for our children to build a website and to build a garden. The question is: how do we get that balance in this fast paced, media-centered world that we are in? How do we show our children how the basics when that’s not the space we live in?

What if your child had the opportunity to go to a summer camp to learn real life skills while having a blast with other kids and making memories? Personally, it would be so fulfilling for me to see my little S walk into a room sporting a tie die shirt she made from veggies. I am giddy thinking of the look on her face when she sees the first sprouts from her egg carton garden. Can you imagine your child enjoying this wholesome experience??

These are just some of the many invaluable experiences that Camp Food Sprouts will facilitate for your child.

Camp Food Sprouts in Charlotte is a two week, summer day-camp, dedicated to teaching your child real-life skills and ensuring that your child has fun while doing it. At this unique camp, your child will engage in themed sessions that include art projects, cooking, gardening, water play, yoga and more. The camp also has chefs, farmers and nutritional experts throughout the camp to teach your child and give them a hands-on learning experience.

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Camp Food Sprouts offers invaluable life skills and arts that your child may not experience at home or at another camp. This is truly a one of a kind, unique experience that your child will learn from and take with them throughout their life.

If your child is between 6 and 12 years old and interested in cooking, baking, gardening and having FUN this is the camp for them.

Check out more details on Camp Food Sprouts on their website: www.knowyourfarms.com and tell them you heard about their camp on MommyBKnowsBest.com!!

Do your children love nature? Cooking? Gardening?? What’s their favorite outdoor activity??

Lisa is a Florida Native who currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. B.C. {Before Children} Lisa was an R.N. Currently Lisa has a love for hairdressing, finding fun play spots around North Carolina and giving great parenting advice.

Interview with Jerome “Bus” Bettis and My Experience with Severe Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Growing up I knew about severe allergies and anaphylaxis right away, although I only suffered from environmental allergies and a mild egg intolerance or “pseudoallergy”, my mother and brother both had severe allergies to medicine and bee-stings and both had injectible medications in case of an emergency.

Another experience with severe allergies was when I nannied for a great family. Their sweet boy dealt with eczema, a mild milk allergy and a severe peanut allergy, life threatening in fact. While I nannied for the family, I was taught how to very careful to check labels, keeping especially anything made from peanuts, or made with machinery or in a factory that may have nut particles, out of reach and mostly out of the home in general.

Finally, after those experiences, not realizing or knowing that I was at risk, I experienced anaphylaxis first hand.

I went to a Japanese hibachi restaurant for the first time to celebrate a special occasion with some friends. All was going well, but as I continued to eat our first courses I started to feel a little warm and a lot “off”. Internally, I started to panic as I felt my mouth begin to tingle and itch and my throat followed suit. I though to myself, “maybe you are just overreacting.” I didn’t want to say anything or spoil the night, but I feared that if I didn’t there might be an emergency at foot.

I explained my situation to friends, who, one of which was by the Grace of God a volunteer EMT. We immediately left the restaurant to sit on the curb and he raced over to a nearby pharmacy only to bring back, and make me chug a bottle of over-the-counter allergy medicine. Luckily, after a few minutes I was feeling better, my throat stopped itching, but I was left pretty shaken up as I had never expected to have a severe reaction to food.

We tried to figure out what all I had eaten and concluded (without testing) that it was probably the ginger in the soup since that was the only food item I couldn’t remember eating before in my life.

I know you’ll probably be surprised when I tell you that was not my last visit to a Japanese hiachi grill, but since we thought I could just skip the soup, we figured it was safe. Little did we know that I would have another severe reaction, causing beginning stages of anaphylaxis requiring more over-the-counter allergy medicine.

After the reaction (my husband and I semi-discretely took care of the situation at hand), we thought we could go sit and celebrate our friend’s birthday, but I couldn’t even sit at the table or restaurant due to the vapors in the air. To this day I am still trying to determine whether I am allergic to the shrimp that I ate (I rarely eat seafood, but have a small reaction when cleaning it to cook for my husband) or the safflower oil they used at the hibachi grill, but I am sure to steer clear of both.

Other than that HUGE, almost life-changing experience I recognize how important it is to teach and learn about severe allergies and anaphylaxis. We have several friends who’s children suffer from severe food allergies, and our own daughters have environmental allergies, not to mention that we recently had an allergy blood test performed on Lil’ C that came back very borderline for peanut/milk allergy (which she has food aversions to anyway) and we know that certain bug bites/stings are severe reactions for Miss A, swelling to the size of baseballs or bigger and have medicine for her reactions.

Jerome Bettis Severe Allergy Anaphylaxis PlaybookIn my humble opinion, if you aren’t familiar with the causes, symptoms, likelihood, treatment of severe allergies and anaphylaxis you need to be, ESPECIALLY as a parent or caregiver.

Recently, I was able to submit some questions to football legend Jerome Bettis, aka The Bus, who lives with a severe allergy that puts him at risk for anaphylaxis. Joining forces with Auvi-Q™, he has created, The Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis Playbook – a guide of valuable “plays” or tips to help people living with severe allergies, and their caregivers, avoid allergens and plan effectively in case of an emergency.

Check out this video for his answers to my questions, our experiences sound somewhat similar:

Make sure you check out and download your playbook here:  www.Auvi-Q.com/Playbook and PLEASE tell a friend or share this post, it could save a life.

This post is not compensated in any way, rather an information post that I hope helps my readers and families who might see this post and video.

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.

What My Kid is Packin’ Today – Kidz ZonePerfect Bars

Yellow Cupcake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Carmel Crunch, don’t these flavors sound delicious? These are the flavors of Kidz Zone Perfect bars from the makers of Zone Perfect nutrition bars. They definitely make my mouth water, but my kids won’t let me have any!!

Kidz_GroupshotWhen I went to a blogger conference  a few years ago I was introduced to Zone Perfect and loved the flavor bars I was able to sample. {I even won a cool t-shirt that I actually just wore to bed last night, no kidding!} But when I asked if I could give the bars to my little one {Miss A at the time was about 3 years old}, they said the nutrients and vitamins would probably not be a good fit for her little body. Little did I know they would come out with a Kids version, and I’m super excited, but my girls are even more excited.

Conveniently when we got our surprise package from ZonePerfect, it was snack time in the B household. I checked out the three flavors, I gave the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip to Miss A because she loves peanut butter, and the Carmel Crunch to Lil’ C thinking that would be her favorite. Then, we played musical Kidz Zone bars. Lil’ C ended up with the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip {and loved it even though she doesn’t care for peanut butter}, and Miss A ended up with the Yellow Cupcake, which smells divine, and is healthier for her than the real thing.

Kidz ZonePerfect Bars

{Yes they are in their jammies, we were on Spring Break and cozy!!}

 

Kidz ZonePerfect bars feature 23 vitamins and minerals, five grams of protein and three grams of fiber, making them perfect for a snack or even as a lunch side item. These nutrition bars were carefully developed by Abbott dietitians with an appropriate protein to carbohydrate ratio plus vitamins for active kids. {They contain 16-19 grams of carbohydrate per bar, which is similar to the amount in about 5-6 oz. orange juice or 1-1.5 slices of bread.}

Now that’s something to be excited for whether you’re a kid or a parent….or a teacher!

At Miss A’s school staff prefers that the children have healthy and wholesome lunches, no candy, no sodas, and we as a family are right on board. Miss A occasionally has a hot lunch offered at her school, but the majority of the time I pack her lunch. Here’s what my kid’s packin’ {in her lunchbox}:

 Miss As lunch

Kidz ZonePerfect is available in Target stores nationwide and in the nutrition aisle nationwide in grocery stores, drug stores and mass merchandisers and are sold in packs of five. They can also be ordered online at www.AbbottStore.com .

 

I received Kidz ZonePerfect goodies, but I wouldn’t write good things about them if I didn’t like the product, and I definitely wouldn’t make my girls eat them if I didn’t feel they were a good fit for my family. These are my family’s honest opinion on these products and your opinion may vary.