3 Reasons Why You Should Have Netflix….

24 May
 

Summer is FINALLY here which for us means no more strict schedules to follow … sleeping in is a rule … and TV becomes a temporary babysitter. Don’t judge.

My family doesn’t have cable. We cut ties with it several years back when we had to start paying for childcare. It was just one of those costs that was pointless. Much like our home phone – which we never talked on.

Once we started hearing more and more good things about Netflix and they sent out a subscription for a one month free trial a few years ago … we decided it was worth a shot.
 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX but all opinions about it

are that of my own, and my children.
 
If you have Netflix, you’ll notice the recent new content from Hasbro, Disney Jr. and Cartoon Network. If you don’t have Netlix, well … I had you at Hasbro and Disney, didn’t I?
 
Netflix is better than ever! With shows like My Little Pony and Batman and Beyond or Disney classics like The Aristocats and Pocahontas or favorites for the older kids like Pingu and Johnny Test … there is a show for every child in your house of every age. And maybe grandma and grandpa too!
 
You don’t need to have a Playstation to stream the movies either. Heck no!
 
Here are 3 reasons why there is no reason for you to NOT have Netflix…
  • You can watch your favorite TV shows and movies anywhere, any time you want. Netflix is available on hundreds of devices, which you probably already have at home!
  • Streaming is easier than you think. Download the free app on your iPad, click on the Netflix app on any gaming device or visit Netflix.com on your computer – and you’re in business.
  • The dedicated kids section has family favorites appropriate for children ages 2- 12. All content is selected with help from Common Sense Media to provide ratings, reviews and information so parents can easily make choices for their kids!
So what are you waiting for?? For less than $8.00 a month, it’s a cheaper solution

than having cable. And a simple solution for those rainy days when you’re all out of activities for your kiddos to do also!

What are you watching on TV with your family? Netflix has family favorites from Disney, Disney Jr., Hasbro, Cartoon Network and Dreamworks that are available to stream anytime, anywhere.

And streaming is easier than you think! Download the free app on your iPad, click on the Netflix app on any gaming device, go to the website on your computer – and you’re in business. Check it out here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX.

 

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Save $2.00 off your Thomas Tickets!!

24 May

Remember how I told you that Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas at the end of May and beginning of June? Well …. Because you guys are sooooo completely AWESOME …. They’ve given me a code for my readers (and my readers only) a use to save $2.00 of any ticket when you are ready to make the purchase.

Keep this code between me and you, okay? Just type in: GOFAM when you order your tickets online and it’ll save $2.00 off any ticket.

Thanks again for being the best readers ever. I promise stuff like this more often!
 
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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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Kidecals: Brilliant Labels, Mom-Approved. Save 15% TODAY!

14 May
My boys are getting older … and with that means they’ll be partaking in more and more games and activities. Since starting school and playing sports, I’ve realized how important it is to write their names on everything. From pencil boxes to lunch pails (do they still say “pails”) to jackets and water bottles, labeling has sort of become second nature to me. I’ve become so use to labeling their belongings that I keep the labeler in the car and stick it on the item as soon as we make the purchase. OCD much, Amanda? Jeesh. 


Before I found Kidecals, I was hand writing my children’s names on all of their belongings. That got old. And it was tacky and definitely not “hip” according to my 5-year-old.
Kidecals are personalized kid name labels that can be used on water bottles, clothing, books, toys, sports gear, etc. with fun and trendy designs. Kidecals are dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe and they do not damage surfaces.

The labels are even waterproof. Which means you can attach them to your pool toys at the next water party! How cool is that?!

Kidecals was founded by a mom of two boys. I knew there was a reason I was instantly attached to these labels! Which means … they’re not just some product that popped into a 20-year-old’s head and slapped a paten on it. Nope. They’re kid-tested / mom-approved!

Here is what all Kidecals has to offer-

Fun Mustache Stickers
My boys are crazy for anything with a mustache. We have t-shirts, stickers, socks, and tattoos. We love Kidecals fun Partystache stickers to use on folders, or just to be silly, and the Mustache Chalkboard Stickers are a cute way to label/organize the kids stuff (or even yours if you’d like)!

Personalized Kids Name Labels
Kidecals are an absolute must if you’ve got kids and hate losing their stuff. Label water bottles, clothing, books, toys, and sports gear with their trendy and fun designs. Kidecals are crazy durable…dishwasher, washing machine AND dryer safe, and they don’t damage surfaces. BAM! These things rock!

Waterproof Labels
The annoying thing about using a sharpie to label stuff is that it eventually washes away. Kidecals waterproof name labels are insanely durable and can stick to just about anything. From clothes to water bottles…and stay put through wash after wash after wash. Oh – and pool toys? Check and CHECK!

Daycare Labels
If you have kids in daycare then you know how important it is to label EVERYTHING. Kidecals daycare labels are not just super cute, they’re dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe, and stay put on anything from clothing, to baby’s favorite lovey to sippy and snack cups.

Camp Labels
It’s obvious Kidecals is founded by a mother of two boys, because not only are their designs amazingly cute errr – “cool” for boys … they are super duper durable for all the stuff I need to label for camp. Kidecals are dishwasher, washing machine AND dryer safe. They literally do not come off. Ever. Kidecals makes the perfect camp labels for this mom, who is expecting her kids to return with every single thing she packed. (yeah right.)

What else? As if I didn’t cover everything

Oh … They were even featured on The Today Show! Yayeah! Matt Lauer is a cutie patootie and he can label anything of mine, anytime!

Have you figured out that these things are the new “it” thing yet? If you don’t make the purchase of a set of Kidecals today … I don’t want to hear you complain later when little Tommy loses his lunch box. Just sayin.

BONUS: I have a gift for YOU! My Readers can now Save 15% off Kidecals  – the most durable waterproof labels on the market! Just use the promo code: bestlabels on their website when you place the order.

Now go! Get on their website and order now!  Before Junior loses another jacket to the lost and found pile!

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The Procrastinating Mommy is Getting a New Look!

13 May

The Procrastinating Mommy is getting a new, fresh, CLEAN look. I know, I know … the Mommy drinking coffee, working on the computer while the clothes are drying in the background is just sooooo me. But it’s 2013 ya’ll – and I need to get with the times. If you have a suggestion on someone who would like to throw some designs my way and get their name on my website, by all means – pitch me! Otherwise, I’m on the hunt for a designer who is reasonably priced and can design me a fresh new, modern look for my baby.
Or I could always design my own again. I did this current look and layout. But I also have a household to run. So there’s that.

I’m REALLY excited, you guys!  Join me while I drink wine and delineate what I’m wanting for the site!

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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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