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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:
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!


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!

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. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Frozen on Ice Ticket Giveaway!

Comment on the Facebook or blog post to be entered to win 4 tickets for
The show on Thursday, October 5th at 7PM. Drawing will be on October 1st!

You can guarantee your little ones a night of fun when you Purchase Your Frozen Tickets Here!

The complete adventure of the Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.  Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime.  And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.” In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.  Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”

Get your tickets here! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amazon Groupon Coupons - Say That Three Times Fast

I've spent thousands of dollars from the comfort of my own bed. Well maybe not THOU$AND$, but my Amazon cart can get pretty weighty as I load it with evenly measured amounts of necessary house hold products and a some random mud/clay mask I read a blog about how to do an underarm detox with. It's called balance people, and I balance this Mom life from the comfort of my bra-free, feet up, happy place.

One cost saving win I've found to help me shave a few 💵 bills off of my cart 🛒 are Amazon Coupons from Groupon. Groupon offers free online coupons from all your favorite stores and products, and Amazon is my jam.

Check them out here

Girl, with all these clippers coupons you may save enough to even out the cost of that Veggiti that will totally entice the kids into finally eating the color green! #AddToCart #GreenIsNotPoison

Monday, July 10, 2017

No-Fee Disney Vacation Planning by Mom About Charlotte

I've been traveling to Disney World for 30 years. I love that mouse, and the life time of memories I've made there on vacation with friends, family and loved ones.

If you follow my blog you'll see I've written several Disney Touring and Planning posts, I've gotten so much positive feedback that I've decided to take the Disney plunge with Walts World Vacations. I'm now a certified travel agent specializing in all things Disney.

Disney World. Disneyland. Disney Cruises. Aulani. Adventures by Disney.

My services are FREE. How? Well, all Disney trips have an automatic commission structured into them (I didn't know this until recently!) whether you use a travel agent or not. My prices will be exactly the same as if you book online alone. When you book with me I'll keep an eye on promotions to see if I can help you take advantage of reduced pricing after you book, but before you vacation.

When you book with me you can enjoy my 30 years of experience, tips and suggestions. From traveling with my parents, to honeymooning with my husband, and family vacations with little ones and extended family - I've done Disney inside out.

With my services I will help you plan as little or as much as you'd like. I can help you choose and book your travel to Orlando, hotel, tickets, dining packages. I can book your fast passes and show you how to optimize your fast passes and touring plans so you experience a effortless, fun, memory-making vacation.

I'd love you to like my Facebook page, Lareina With Walts World Vacations, and you can learn about tips and upcoming promotions.

As with my blog - I don't recommend what I don't love. So you'll get honest suggestions, prompt friendly answers to your questions and all the tools you'll need to make your next trip extra magical.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Charlotte Showcase and Cool Down at Sea Life

One of my favorite things about living in Charlotte are all the family friendly choices for entertainment. So when my long time friend from New York Antoinett and her family came to visit the Queen City for the weekend I wanted to give her the ultimate showcase tour of Charlotte. I won't lie - I have ulterior motives and high hopes that once they allow the beauty of Charlotte to settle in they will join in the migration South!

I wanted to guide them through the beautiful parks, trails and festivals speckled across the Queen City,  but it was about 90 degrees in the shade, and they were looking for a more temperature-friendly option. One of my favorite places to bring company with young kids, especially when it's CLT-HOT is Sea Life in Concord. Not only is it perfectly air conditioned, they have over 5,000 creatures to visit and view in their 117,000 gallon ocean tank, plus Antoinett and I could get some shopping in at the Concord Mills Outlet Mall when we finished our aquatic adventure.

The colors and vibrancy of Sea Life makes you feel like you're stepping into a totally nautical world. Her 10 and 6-year-old loved the touch pool where they were able to explore sea stars and urchins hands-on. There were many oohs and ahhs as we walked through the Shoaling exhibit where thousands of Pilchards circled around us like a NASCAR race. It's quite a mesmerizing experience. 

My personal favorite is the sea horse exhibit, they seem so exotic and calming the way they glide and float across the tank.

Antoinett's son read every single informational post and her daughter enjoyed collecting badges throughout the exhibits with my kids.

I think the kid's favorite was the coral reef, this is where the ocean tanks stretch to the ceiling, and sharks and fish swim overhead as you walk through the middle of the coral reef. 

With the heat of summer and the fun of house guests, a trip to Sea Life is a great way to escape, enjoy and make memories all in a comfortable, educational and fun-filled aquatic setting. 

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with Charlotte expecting the 90's it's a great opportunity to explore Sea Life!

Tuesdays are Toddler Tuesdays where you can break up the long summer weeks and save money. When you buy a full priced ($15 now) adult ticket you get one child ticket for FREE on Tuesdays. Additional children are $5 up to 5 kids. It's a great play date meet up spot!

For more information about Sea Life and stay up to date on special events you can visit their website here, check out their Facebook page here and follow them on Instagram here.

Sea Life provided passes to our families to facilitate this review, but as always, all opinions are my own. I only share what I love with my readers.