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Disney World’s New Fantasyland: A Tot Mecca

29 May
What if you focused your entire Walt Disney World vacation around your toddler? Walt Disney World can be overwhelming — not only for babies and toddlers – but also for the adults who cannot take their little ones on many of the rides. But, here’s the kicker, you ready for this? Disney World isn’t all about the rides. In fact, the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland is tot mecca and it only has a couple of rides.

Having been to the park about a dozen times, first one being when I was around five, I figured I was qualified enough to review their newest (and largest) expansion in their 41-years, the New Fantasyland. Memories of the old Fantasyland flash back as I remember me, cautiously wrapping my arms around Minnie Mouse. I remember walking past the gates of the Haunted Mansion and begging my parents not to take me inside and instead take me directly to the carousel. I remember being thoroughly amazed and almost overwhelmed on the boat of It’s A Small World. So obviously, when I heard about the expansion of Fantasyland, I couldn’t wait to check it out.

At the same time though, I was apprehensive.

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Hey Wichita Ladies … Let’s Get Dirty!

25 May

Alright Wichita (and area) Girls … it’s time to get off your rears and come get dirty with me!

Recently I was contacted by a Dirty Girl to become a Blog Ambassador for the Dirty Girl Mud Run coming to Wichita, Kansas in July. With this comes a unique opportunity for me to share their cause, which raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Not a bad gig, eh? And you think I just sit around typing on my little computer and eating bon bons. Shame on you!

I’m not athletic at all. And maybe you aren’t either! Evidently that’s perfectly fine!

Here’s the scoop…


Dirty Girl is a 5k mud run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. Don’t worry – it’s not a “race” in the traditional sense. It is an untimed obstacle course designed to push you slightly out of your comfort zone – but only as far as you are comfortable going. Forming teams is encouraged, and so is helping your fellow Dirty Girls get through to the finish. At a Dirty Girl Mud Run you’ll find excitement, laughter, and camaraderie – as well as lots of music and even some adult beverages. It’s a day you’ll never forget.

Dirty Girls love their mud and obstacles. And because of that, they take special care to choose a location for each event that provides you with the best chance of crossing the finish with the biggest smile of your life!

Course Description
Run, walk, climb, crawl—you will experience it all. With obstacle names like Utopian Tubes (tunnel crawl) and PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff), you can expect to laugh until your cheeks hurt. But don’t worry, if you get to an obstacle that’s more than a challenge for you—hey, take one of the detours. Also expect safety throughout. Expect the event to go on rain or shine. Expect not to be timed. Expect some crazy team uniforms. Expect to leave with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

Course Strategy
Take it easy and have fun! It is not timed or competitive so you can go entirely at your own pace. The course may include off road terrain, so be careful. You’re sure to get muddy, wet and experience some cheek busting laughter. You can expect safety throughout the course and water stations at mile 1 and mile 2.

Spectator Tips
Prepare your guests – they’ll be overwhelmed with a sense of jealousy as they watch you experience what will be remembered as one of the best days of your life! Make sure they bring a camera as the memories will be priceless!

From start to finish, it’ll be an unforgettable event and an incredible teambuilding experience!

 
I had you at “adult beverages” didn’t I? Or maybe it was the fact that you’d be helping out a great cause. Either way – it’s worth it!


If you want to join my team, let me know! We’ll have to come up with a kick ass name and some cutesy uniforms. And possibly a sponsor. But knowing that the money is going to a great cause and the fact that you’re making lasting memories with some awesome local chicks … has got to be worth a night to get out and get dirty. Right?

When: Saturday – July 13th / First Wave of runners is at 8AM – Second Wave is at 4PM
Where: Location TBA

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Disclosure: I’m a Dirty Girl Ambassador, selected because of my general awesomness and also my ability to inspire. In return for spreading the word, my Dirty Girl Mud Run is comped, but all opinions are my own. A Procrastinating Mommy cannot be bought!

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Ringling Brothers Circus at Intrust Bank Arena (GIVEAWAY)

18 May

It’s been years since I’ve been to a circus. Okay … MANY years. But I still remember it. I remember the 50+ clowns clambering out of the little tiny car. I remember the elephants standing on two legs. I remember the beautiful horses and the gorgeous lady doing stunts on them. And I remember the trapeze artists and how, even those many years back, I covered my eyes because I was terrified they were going to fall to their death.


Even though I remember loving the circus and couldn’t wait to go back again … I’m embarrassed to admit that I have yet to take my boys to one. We had a chance a couple years ago but our timing fell through and we had to forfeit our tickets. I’ve been waiting for them to come back to town and finally, as we were driving down the highway … there it was. The huge billboard sign with clowns and superhumans showing their athleticism. I’m not talking about a sign for the little local ma and pa circus … I’m talking about “The Greatest Show on Earth“. You know the one. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. The ONLY circus in my book.

Every year or so, Ringling Bros. retools one of their shows and sends it forth. This one is fairly straightforward. While there are plenty of bright, modern colors and Dr. Seuss-inspired gadgetry, it feels more like an older circus.


Also, “Fully Charged” doesn’t have a plot for the audience to follow, as in previous shows. Instead, it moves at a brisk pace and doesn’t try to be anything but a circus show. That’s nothing to complain about if you ask me! Especially when it comes time to try to explain there’s a storyline behind the tigers jumping through fiery hoops and horses wearing costumes and walking like humans, to my 5 and 2-year-old sons. It just makes it easier for me, as mom, to just let them sit back and enjoy the show.

There’s an undeniable high-tech flair, but the show relies heavily on acrobats, jugglers, dancers, daredevils and clowns. Animal acts are used sparingly. So you can breathe easier now, PETA.

There are no motorcycles – which makes me happy as well. They’re stinky, smoky, and noisy and nothing my toddler would ever enjoy. But the trapeze act? Well … that’s a circus institution!

BONUS: If you arrive early (like, 90 minutes early) you can even catch the pre-show that allows guests to see the animals up close and it is free with admission. But when I say you have to arrive early … you have to arrive early. They close down the pre-show early to get the animals prepped and ready for showtime.

After speaking with other Moms about the show, almost all of them said their favorite part was The Human Fuse. Now … if you’ve ever been to a Ringling Bros circus, you know there’s usually the epic stunt that makes everyone hold their breath, gasp, and then breathe a sigh of relief that the stuntman made it though that alive. Evidently … this is the one. And with a name like “The Human Fuse” – I can only imagine what’s going to happen. And I can’t wait to find out either!

To get your tickets for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged, visit Select-a-Seat’s website to choose your day and time or call them at: 855-755-SEAT (7328).

OR
You can always WIN a family four-pack of tickets just for being one of my awesome readers! This show is just for the Intrust Bank Arena circus that is coming to town May 30th – June 2nd so make sure you are available one of those days.

What do you have to do?

  • “Like” Intrust Bank Arena on Facebook. If you already do – then just click the button to move on.
  • “Like” The Procrastinating Mommy on Facebook. If you already do – you’re awesome – and click the button to move on.
  • Share this giveaway on YOUR Facebook page. Because it’s not fair to keep this all to yourself!
  • Give someone a compliment today. It may be the only good thing about their day.

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Thanks, you guys! My readers are honestly THE BEST. Good luck!! I can’t wait to see you there!

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16th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest in Anthony, KS

10 May

Since 1998, a high-flying festival with beautiful colored balloons, a parade, parachute jumpers, hot air balloon rides, music, and dancing takes the grounds of the Anthony municipal airport.

If you have never experienced the thrill of watching a bevy of colorful hot air balloons rise majestically from green pasture to blue sky, you can’t imagine what you’re missing. The event will feature hot air balloons of all shapes, size and colors, as well as a multitude of family-friendly activities.

 

The fun will begin on Friday, May 10 with a mixer to acquaint the balloonists with their sponsors and crew. The skies will then glow with spectacular fireworks on Friday evening about 9:30 p.m., following the balloon glow or balloon flight.

Throughout the day on Saturday there will be flyby-powered parachutes as the wind permits.

In the small town of Anthony, you can enjoy the F-4D Phantom jet fighter flight simulator, the Show & Shine Car Show, Scout Troop #855’s Dutch oven feed, special Shell activities a magician performing walk-around magic, a Mobile Vet Center, the Sunflower Balloon Fest parade, and SO much more. There will be great cuisine at each of the local restaurants and/or food vendors will also be serving their specialties up and down Main Street.

Best of all: Admission is FREE for the spectators. Hot air balloon rides are $150.00 and obviously food and souvenirs are added costs.

Be sure to check the Sunflower Balloon Fest website for schedule of events and sponsors.


PS: My family and I will be there.  Look for us! I’ll be the one in the pink Traveling Mom shirt! Don’t be shy … come out and say hi!
 

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ALLLL ABOARD! The Go Go Thomas Tour is Coming to Kansas!

7 May

My youngest is a fan of anything that moves (cars, planes, trucks, buses, and especially trains) – As most boys are, I’m sure! So when I found out that Thomas the Tank Engine is REAL … as in, “Allllll aboard! Come ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt” … I couldn’t stop smiling. I just knew it was something I had to get tickets for! Not only for my little man, but kind of for me too. Yes, I live vicariously through my children sometimes.
Disclosure: My family has been given complimentary tickets to take a ride of our life on the Go Go Thomas Tour. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post of our adventure. All opinions are my own and if you see my children behaving badly, please just turn your head and walk away. Thanks.



The Go Go Thomas Tour:
A Larger than Life Train for the Ride of Their Life. Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Midland Railway on May 31 – June 2 and June 7 – 9. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities including:

  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
  • Storytelling
  • Video viewing and much more


Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Midland Railway on May 31 – June 2 and June 7 – 9.
Get your tickets today!!

 

I hope we see you there!!
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Exploring

16 Apr
Exploring is one of our family’s favorite things to do together. Most of the time we call it “adventuring” – but the boys will sometimes refer to it as exploring. Others call it hiking. Whether you’re going to a short little nature trail or a 3+ mile hike … exploring our world’s beauty is one of the most rewarding and healthy activities you can do with your family.


Spending time outdoors exploring with your kids and/or grandkids is a great opportunity to make memories, understand our beautiful world, and see wildlife up close in their natural habitat. You don’t have to be an expert hiker to appreciate what’s around you. With my tips below, I’ll help get you started with making memories for your next exploration with your family…

Essential: A stick
The first thing my boys and I do before we even start exploring is to find a good walking stick. A good walking stick has multiple uses, however. They can be beneficial for poking the mud, helping us up a steep hill, lightsaber duels, and poking Mommy in the hiney.

Bring a backpack
So what do you put in the backpack? Snacks, water, and more snacks and water. Just try to pack it light or give each member of your family their own backpack. A backpack can also double as a souvenir saver so they can bring home all those mementos your minis are sure to pick up.

Wear the Right Shoes
It depends on where you’re going. If you’re going to be trekking through some water and/or mud … make sure to bring a change of socks or wear some waterproof shoes. Just make sure they’re comfortable and can withstand LOTS of walking!

Keep your Eyes Open
Exploring the nature comes with a few cautions. Anything from bugs to plants to critters to holes. Before starting out hike we first put on our deet bug spray and sunscreen. Exploring can also be a great learning experience. Certain plants carry red, blue, purple, and other pretty (and yummy) looking berries. These can be extremely dangerous if ingested. Just make sure to teach your children about what and what not to touch. And if you don’t know … it’s a great time to take a picture, and go back home and research together.

Bring a Camera
You never know what you’ll see when you’re outdoors exploring. Adventuring in nature brings great photo opps. Take the time to document your memories and make a journal out of the pictures if you have some time. My boys love to look back and reflect and see what all we’ve done – even if they don’t remember it.

Appreciate our World’s Beauty
Leave things where they are. Don’t try to dig up a tree, don’t litter, and don’t mess with a critter’s habitat. Unless, of course, it’s a deadly spider’s web and you’ve suddenly found yourself stuck in it. But that’s highly unlikely. Just appreciate what we’ve been given and continue to create memories that will last a lifetime with your family.


Tell me …. What are your tips and tricks for a great hike with the kids? How do you keep them entertained and excited? Has my post inspired you to start exploring more?

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Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by the letter “E”. I am behind (and procrastinating) in my A-to-Z Challenge but slowly catching myself back up. Please keep stopping by. I’ll have more for you throughout the day. I still have a household to run, y’know?! 😉
If you are participating, please let me know so I can check your website out as well! Thanks for reading!

50+ Places in the U.S. to Check out the Lights in 2012

29 Nov
 
Eileen, from Taking the Kids, along with help (input) from the girlfriends at Family Travel Forum and Traveling Mom (my baby – sort of), have come up with a list of 55 places to light up the holidays.

From the largest Christmas tree in New England to a celebration with Mickey and Minnie … this list is one of the best.  If you have a favorite that’s not mentioned on the article, leave a comment and let Eileen and the rest of the girls know about it.  Who knows … maybe we’ll see ya there next year!
 
Check out the list HERE! You might just find something close to you that you didn’t know about or have forgotten about.
 
Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays … or my personal saying: Merry Christmas!  From me … to you!

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