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Thursday, September 20, 2018

{Win} 4 Tickets to Disney On Ice

Win 4 tickets for the show on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm. Comment on the blog and comment on our Facebook post with your favorite character to be entered to win!

Disney on Ice comes to the Spectrum Center in Charlotte September 27th- September 30th 2018

Get ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice where Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney Pixar’s Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! 

Be amazed and join Ariel as she dives into the underwater kingdom of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and other favorites from the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from Sunnyside Daycare in one of their most daring adventure ever from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 – proving that the toys are back in town! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from the BAFTA and Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. 

Join Anna as she embarks on an epic journey with the hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff to find her sister, the magical Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

To purchase tickets and make sure you’ll be part of the fun please purchase your tickets through this link so we get credit and can continue to offer giveaways like this! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

FREE Admission for kids to the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC

Time travel to the Carolina Renaissance Festival where history comes alive with non-stop day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more! Each day inside the 25 acre Village of Fairhaven is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainments for all ages. Enjoy your best day out in history 8 consecutive weekends, September 30th - November 19th. Details online at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com



My readers get to save with your visit! FREE Child Admission! - Receive one FREE child admission for children age 5 - 12 with purchase of one full price adult ticket at Festival gate. Children under 5 are always free. Coupon is valid at the Festival ticket booth! 

http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=12185&dealid=2026 @usfg

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Backyard Fun: Water Gun Paint Battles

We're deep into summer vacation 2018 at home with the kids, and I was in need of inspiration for some fun (cheap) memory making experiences. 

I stood in my local Michael's craft store reading and contemplating the FUN versus MESS factor of their new product Goblies. Washable paint for water guns. I've always wanted to go to a paint gun range - but the potential welts from high powered guns had always turned me off. I'd never seen a product like this for family fun.


The idea of a water gun paint battle in our backyard sounded like SO much summer fun -  but I've been known to drink the Koolaid when it comes to ideas that SOUND fun but end up being a hot mess. Would everything get stained? Who would get hurt? Would we all look like a bad tie-dye incident for the rest of the summer?


I hesitantly put a few colors into my cart. They were on the best sale that I'd seen (under $5 each) and it seemed like a great way to celebrate my son's summer birthday with the family. We swung by the dollar tree and picked up squirt guns 3 for $1. I also bought a giant syringe to help load the guns with paint.


We set up teams and invited everyone to wear shirts that were ok to be destroyed, in case the washable claims didn't play out. Armed with our paint filled guns, an array of sunglasses to provide some eye protection, music, paper towels, towels and a hose to wash off any collateral damage we headed outside for a battle of fun!


It was an awesome experience. Everyone got covered in colors and luckily everything that the paint touched washed off easily, including my stamped concrete patio, patio chairs, play house and water table. After a soapy shower the color came easily off of our skin as well.

This isn't a sponsored or paid ad, just something my family enjoyed. As always, I only share what I love - and the price point, happy shrieks and smiles from everyone was a win-win for this experience. 




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Brighter, Whiter Summer Smile

Mommy hood has blessed me with many hours of cuddles and laughs - but it hasn't allocated me a whole lot of mommy maintenance time. If we've met, one of the first things you'll probably notice is that I smile a lot - so giving myself a whiter brighter smile has been on my to-do list for months now.

As I investigated my whitening options I was running into roadblocks. The dentist required several hours during the middle of the work week coupled by a hefty price tag. I was barely fitting in work, dinner and quality time with the kids as we shuffled from soccer to t-ball.

Store-bought strips had only offered mild whitening improvement in the past, plus my teeth were so sensitive after use. I needed something to help me combat tooth staining from my lifeblood intake of  coffee and occasional glass of red wine. I needed an at-home, budget friendly, sensitive teeth system. The future of my smile was looking dim (and stained).  

Luckily, I discovered Smile Brilliant. Smile Brilliant provides an at-home whitening system that can address staining and sensitive teeth. Their system is sold in tiers - offering something for everyone including products for light, average and heavy staining. The price point was affordable, ranging from $139-$189 total! 
The box arrived with everything I needed to restore my brighter, whiter summer smile - with easy to use step-by-step instructions. I mixed the base and catalyst clays together to make my impressions, and waited 5 minutes for the mold to harden! The entire process from opening, reading instructions and impressions took about 20-30 minutes. 

It was an easy process, and I was able to email Smile Brilliant a picture of my molds to ensure they were done correctly before shipping them back in the pre-paid envelope. 

I received an email that my top impression needed to be re-done and the next day I did the top impression again, confirmed it was correct and popped them in the mail. 
About a week and a half later my whitening trays arrived and I was ready to whiten! I did 3 treatments in 2 weeks for 75 minutes each as I watched TV with my husband. 

I noticed a remarkable difference and only used a tiny bit of the whitening and desensitizing gel that was included. My pearly whites were significantly whiter and I didn't experience the tooth sensitivity like I have in the past. Honestly I feel like the pictures don't really do the difference justice. I'm very pleased with my results and have more gels to continue touching up throughout the year. 

After reaching out to Smile Brilliant I was asked to participate in a review, so I received the system at no cost. As always with my blog, I only share what I love - and I feel that you will be just as happy with your whitening results as I am. Plus - if you're not - they offer a 100% money back guarantee. I love a company that stands behind the quality of their products.

Send me any questions you have and check out Smile Brilliant's systems and reviews online!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Taking the Nightmare out of Dinner with Dream Dinners in Fort Mill

Make sure you check out the awesome deal at the bottom of this blog and join me for fun night!

If you're a mom like me, with kids like mine you're all too familiar with the stress and time suck that getting dinner on the table each night creates.

It's my least favorite time of day - trying to figure out what to make, prepping and cooking while answering questions, breaking up squabbles and staving off the pleas of near-death-hunger from the kids as they beg for a snack.

"It's ALMOST done guys!" I lie through my teeth as I start thawing the chicken. There has got to be an easier, healthy way that doesn't include going out to dinner or drive-thru food - and there is.

Recently I was invited to Dream Dinners in Fort Mill where Suzanne and staff showed me how to wake up from my nightmare-like dinner rut, and start dreaming with their easy wholesome, tasty meal prep. Dream Dinner's mission is to bring families back together around the dinner table, so they can connect and enjoy dinner time together.


The process is easy. Order your meals online in 3 or 6 serving increments from the monthly meals list - I had a hard time choosing from all the tasty sounding dishes! Stop by the store and put all your meals together in freezer bags or baking pans to place in your freezer. The night before your dinner pop the meal in the fridge, arrive home to fire up the oven or stove and follow their easy cooking instructions, dinner's ready and delicious in 20-40 minutes.


Here are the recipe cards you'll receive when you arrive, they are in either 3 serving or 6 serving allotments.

Next, you work your way around the prep kitchen - note there is ZERO chopping, slicing or frustration. Follow the color coded list on the recipe. You'll have both pre-measured ingredients and ingredients you use the color coded measuring tools to place into your bag.


Load up all your bags with their simple cooking instructions, pop them in the freezer - and you're DONE. Y'all - I felt accomplished. I prepped 5 meals in less than 30 minutes. What will I do with all that extra pre-dinner time?!


As I moved from station to station they offered tastes from next month's menu (this one was Chicken Parmesan), plus ooey-gooey fresh baked cookies and coffee. These are my people.

If you're short on time they also offer a freezer full of grab and go meals and sides so you can skip the high price tag of dining out and enjoy a wholesome, home cooked meal together.

Here is my Facebook Live video with more info about Dream Dinners. Intro Video with tour of facility.

If you want to see how I prepped the meal here is a time lapse of putting together one of their dishes

Do you want make your dinner routine more dreamy for a great price?

Join me for a Mom About Charlotte Night Out at Dream Dinners Fort Mill located across from Baxter 1646 Highway 160 West Fort Mill, SC 29708 on Tuesday, March 6th 2018 5:30PM-7:30PM.

Choose three, 3-serving meals from this menu below for only $34.99. It's a fun way to meal prep for a great price. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today!
Sign up here for our night out:   https://dreamdinners.com/taste/746148
Password: Momaboutcharlotte
You will still be eligible for the 18 serving introductory offer at a later date if you participate in our Mom About Charlotte Night Out. 

If you can't make it to our event in March you can take advantage of their introductory offer for March by calling them at 803-548-7833 or sign up online. You'll get 18 servings total, of 3 to 6 of their meals offered on their March menu for $84.95.



Monday, January 1, 2018

Monster Trucks {Giveaway!}


Revv your engines, gaze upon giant dirt ramps and get ready to roar! It’s time for my 5 year old son's favorite time of year - when Charlotte gets overrun by Monster Jam at the Spectrum center on January 5th and 6th! Get your tickets now here or at the link below!

Enter to win 4 tickets for the show on Friday 1/5/2018 at 7PM by commenting below on this blog post with your kids (or your) favorite Monster Truck, include your email address if it's not connected to your gmail profile! You’ll get one entry for each social media comment  you leave. Here are the links to Facebook and Instagram! Winner drawn on 1/3/18 at 8am!

***If you go to the show be sure to bring ear protection for you and the kids!

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Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, is bringing  Monster Jam® to Spectrum Center once again in 2018!  The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, new in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the freestyle competition by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Trucks and drivers scheduled to appear at Spectrum Center include:

Grave Digger driven by Pablo Huffaker
Monster Mutt driven by Kevin Crocker
Northern Nightmare driven by Cam McQueen
Scooby-Doo driven by Linsey Read
Stinger driven by Zane Rettew
Master of Disaster driven by Paul Strong
Nitro Menace driven by Darren Migues
Jailbird driven by Kaylyn Migues

*Trucks/drivers subject to change

Please consider purchasing your tickets through my link below so I can continue to offer these awesome giveaways on MomAboutCharlotte.com!


Ticketmaster Purchase Here: Purchase Tickets Here

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Halloween Boo-ing for your Neighborhood {FREE Download!}

Every year when the crisp air rolls in (that's going to happen any minute, right?) I can't help but feel anticipation as we fully embrace fall. The apple picking, the pumpkin spice everything filling the air - and of course, my favorite holiday - Halloween.

Our neighborhood is a great place to live, lots of young families who are always busy and bringing in the FUN. A few years ago our neighbors introduced me to the Halloween tradition of being BOO-ED.

The kids and I were getting ready to head up for bath and bed time when the door bell rang. We answered it to find a plastic pumpkin head filled with Halloween goodies and a print out with instructions on how to participate in the neighborhood BOO-ING.



It said "You've Been BOO-ED!" The kids were delighted at the idea that our neighborhood ghosts and goblins had chosen us to participate in this fun Halloween tradition. After the kids poured over their loot - halloween stickers, pumpkin pencils, glow-in the dark necklaces and plastic spider rings we posted the right hand side of the instruction sheet up on the front door "We've Been BOO-ED" to let our neighbors know that we'd been properly haunted.


Next we chose two neighborhood families to BOO, printed out two of the instruction sheets and hit the store. Each of my kids picked out a few halloween-themed items to add to our witches cauldrons. Went out just around dusk (not too late!), placed our filled cauldrons on the neighbor's stoop, rang their door bell and all ran off like we were ghosts!! 


The kids were laughing and squealing with excitement that they had just BOO-ED their friends - they thought we were SO stealthy! It's a fun neighborhood tradition, and it can easily start with yours! Just scroll down and print the instructions and you're well on your way to creating a new neighborhood holiday tradition.