For the entire month of September, real-life heroes dedicated to keeping our communities safe will receive FREE, single-day theme park admission at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. In addition, to show appreciation for the families of first responders, eligible personnel can purchase general admission tickets for up to four guests at a 50 percent discount.
This promotion is open to active and retired law enforcement, fire-and-rescue and EMT/EMS personnel working in the United States. Eligible positions include:
• Emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS)
• Municipal and county police and sheriff’s officers
• Highway patrol officers
• Corrections officers
• State and federal law enforcement officers
• Fish and wildlife field officers
• U.S. Forest Service rangers
• National Park Service officers
• Homeland Security and TSA agents
• Environmental protection officers
LEGOLAND Water Park admission is available as an upgrade for $22.50 plus tax.
To receive complimentary and discounted tickets, eligible personnel must visit the LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket windows on the day of their visit and present their employee ID or professional organization membership card. This offer is not available online, by telephone or through ticket resellers, and is valid through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.All weapons and firearms of any type are not allowed on LEGOLAND property.
Offer Valid for Active and Retired Heroes with ID at Theme Park Ticket Windows
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I am sure we all have movies and characters from the holidays that we all know and love. If you have been to Sea World during the holidays you may have met some.
Beloved Christmas characters Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, including Clarice, Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, and Rudolph themed attractions will continue to be featured as part of theChristmas Celebration™ events at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and San Diego; Christmas Town™ at Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va. and A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.
The five-year contract extension was announced today by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Character Arts, LLC, the exclusive licensor of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all of the characters from the 1964-television special. The extension ensures that Rudolph & Friends will continue to add holiday fun to the theme parks’ already popular Christmas events through January 31, 2024.
Walk-around characters, photo areas, dining opportunities and games are just some of the ways the world’s most famous reindeer will be featured at the theme parks.
“We are thrilled that Rudolph will continue to be part of the wonderful Christmas experiences at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place,” said Jonathan Flom, founder, Character Arts. “These characters have already been so well-received by park guests, and we are looking forward to continuing sharing the holiday fun.”
“Generations of our guests have grown up with Rudolph and we are happy to continue the tradition at our popular holiday events,” said John Reilly, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s interim CEO. “We are always looking for ways to provide our guests with best-in-class experiences; Rudolph & Friends certainly help us do that with unique, interactive elements for the entire family.”
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place’s holiday celebrations will launch in late November and run throughout the month of December. For additional holiday information, visit: www.SeaWorldParks.com
Do you think of your plate as a colorful canvas? Do you struggle with diet and choosing the right foods at meal time? When we think of our plate in terms of color, we are feeding our body in a way that is life changing -- not a diet plan! HueTrition is a new way of thinking about food! Do you have a favorite food color yet?
HueTrition is the parent company to an entire world of colorful hues. In the fall of 2017, they launched their first app, HuePets at the Food & Nutrition Conference in Chicago. HuePets is a free program that consists of an game-like mobile app for kids and a website for parents that makes it fun for kids to eat healthy and try new things! Kids scan their food in real life, and feed their HuePet. With a balanced diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, they watch their HuePet grow into a HueMaster and collect real life rewards set up by their parents. Together with Amazon, HueTrition set up a rewards program that allows parents to insert toys/games/clothing right from Amazon as a reward for eating a balanced diet. Learn more about this free app and find FREE Printable color and activity pages HERE.
HueTrition has been featured on USA Today Media Planet, 360 Mag
has strategic partnerships with Amazon, Whole Foods,
Dole Food company, NutriBullet, and their E-book has been
featured on Times Square in NYC!
HuePets has been such a wonderful success with children, HueTrition is working toward making a health tracker you can use too! HueTracker is a new app will allow you to easily set, track, and accomplish your health and wellness goals! HueTracker's in-app companion Huey, your mini-conscience within the app, will help you make the best food choices and help you create your profile, set up goals, and give you suggestions on how to meet them! Choose from calorie intake, exercise, hydration, and food color goals. You will even be able to track macronutrients, protein, carbs, and fat! My favorite feature is the ability to scan food directly into the app via a upc code or image. Once scanned, Huey will even organize your food color entries! Scan fruits and veggies to ensure you are getting your daily intake of COLOR! As if that isn't enough, there's one more AMAZING thing you will be able to do through HueTracker that you haven't been able to before, through your dashboard you will be able to see your progress within the app, and even contact dietitians, chefs, and other experts for help!
HueTracker on Kickstarter!
HueTracker, set to release by July 2019, with other features to be added by January 2020, including access to medical professionals, dietitians, chefs, health coaches, and personal trainers. HueTracker is a beautiful idea with a great purpose, but it is still in development. HueTrition needs your help to make HueTracker a reality! For a pledge as little as $4 you will receive early access for HueTracker, as well as ALL premium features as they are released. This is a $39.99 value just for believing in them! As an all or nothing campaign, you will not be charged if HueTrition doesn't meet their goal. Visit them on Kickstarter to make your pledge today!
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Puzzles are a great way to build critical thinking and problem solving skills + they have been scientifically proven to help with overall brain health and memory. If you haven't started working puzzles in your free time yet, I have a great excuse for you to start! There's a new way to do puzzles out there -- a puzzle book that is interactive both on and off the page! Question: Did you know that you use a different part of your brain when you are reading from book on a page vs on your electronic device? Hummmm.... I wonder if that applies to puzzle solving too?
Initiation is an interactive mystery that combines the best of paper and screen. Packed with popular puzzles, coded messages, and twists and turns around every corner, this book promises hours of fun. The book is divided into five stages. In each stage you will solve puzzles, complete activities and gather keys that will unlock secret messages on a website. As you work through the puzzles you will be gathering clues to solve your first mystery. What makes this book unique is that anyone can do it. There is no answer key in the back of the book because you will know when you solved the puzzle correctly using the key check on the website -- but don't worry, the creators are prepared to assist you if you need a little extra help along the way, or come across a puzzle you don't know how to solve.
Initiation - An Interactive Puzzle Book
Is NOW on Kickstarter!
Within an hour after launch this book is already almost completely funded on Kickstarter BUT they still need your help! Stretch goals are available with backer bonuses if they are reached -- yes! I love getting a little bonus, how about you? Get your Initiation book on pre-order or checkout the sample pack pledge. TIP: Everyone who pledges $15 or more will receive access to a secret area on the website called The Vault. Learn more about The Vault and the interactive puzzle book Initiation by visiting them on Kickstarter!
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Parents of kids with special needs and even adults with special needs tend to be judged for things beyond our control like parking in handicapped spots, or needing wheelchairs/ strollers even when it may not be apparent why and things like that. It really is terrible. Having 4 kids with various special needs we have a handicapped parking placard. We do not always need it, but when we do we will use it. Their special needs like epilepsy and cerebral palsy and Ehlers Danlos syndrome may not be visible, but they can cause hazards or make it hard to park far away. With ADHD, ODD or anxiety or if a seizure occurs we may need to get out of the store and into the car quickly. The kids may wear down quickly and it may be hard for them to walk so they need strollers/wheelchairs. These same things apply to many many others who get judged just by looks.
Not too long ago I had just loaded the kids up into the car. They can be hard to see as we have a suburban. I myself was just getting in and an elderly man was walking past the car. We were parked in a handicapped spot and he shook his head at me and said what he thought was quiet "probably stole the pass from someone she doesn't look like she needs it" and then he hurried inside before I got a chance to say anything. We weren't doing anything wrong, but we get made out to be like we shouldn't;t be using the handicapped spots. They aren't just for elderly young people can have disabilities and not all disabilities are visible. I have heard too many similar stories from other special needs moms as well.
Here is a story from a fellow special needs mom who has special needs of her own. She has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was 22. "The instance that hit home the hardest for me was in College. I had just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My Doctor had applied for a parking pass from my University for me. Without fail every time I tried to use it on campus, they requested to see my ID and would place a call into the offices to make sure I hadn't stolen the tag a wrote my own ID number on it. It got so bad I quit using the tag, paid the 70 dollars for a non handicap tag, and got to campus hours before my first class just so I could get to it on time and have enough time for breaks while walking. I was already dealing with the shock of my diagnosis, how that pertained to other health issues and trying to adjust my life accordingly. I just couldn't deal with the pass stuff on top of it. There weren't enough spoons to go around." This is ridiculous that we have to go through things like this.
Medical strollers, wheelchairs, and strollers in general are another major source of judgement. My son with CP was about 3 or 4 at the time. He was in his medical stroller, which looks similar toa regular stroller and often gets seen as one. We were asked a few times "isn't he too old to be in a stroller?' Or people would see him walking around one day and another riding in his chair. He has bad days and has trouble walking longer distances. Here are some stories by other moms shared with me. "My son was in a adaptive stroller. We sat at a handicap table at McDonalds. This older guy stood by me and was pointing to the handicap symbol on table. He was saying something i didn't get at first. He comes back and says something about us sitting there and asking why. I was pretty dumbfounded and just pointed to my son. Another time i got stopped at Walmart by a lady in a motorized cart because we parked in handicap spot. She is like i saw where you parked i am like um ok. She is like well you shouldn't of parked in handicap why did you? i just turned around and looked at my hubby who was pushing our son in his chair. She was like oh i didnt see him figured you were using your grandparents card. So she knew where we parked but didn't see our son in his chair. I was so ticked but my hubby wouldny let me say anything." Another mom said "People get annoyed about her big medical stroller in crowded restaurants because they don't know it is medical. She can't even hold her head up."
Back to school time is well upon us. I have used my own tips and tips of other moms on preparing for back to school.
1. Start buying supplies early. Take advantage of sales. Most times pens, pencils, folders and such will always be needed so if you can, then stock up. As soon as lists are available, take advantage of that. you can buy a little at a time instead of rushing at the end.
2. Buy clothes early. So many use back to school as an excuse to get new clothes. I just usually buy 2 new outfits per child, underwear, socks, and shoes. I then start preparing to get new fall clothes if needed. I try to shop thrift or used clothes for these. I like to buy in bulk and not just a single or few outfits if possible. If you can take advantage of end of season sales and shop the next size up for next season.
3. If the schools offer it and you can, take advantage of the box program. Many schools are now starting to offer supply kits that you just pay and the whole supply kit is delivered to the school. We did that this year and it is so nice. We went open house night and their kits were there on their desks waiting on them. We didn't have to run to stores and get into big messes.
4. If you can, take advantage of the dollar store. If you are on a tight budget and don't mind using off brand things use the dollar store. You can get crayons, scissors, pencils, erasers and so much more without spending a ton of money.
5. If you have multiple kids to shop for, compile one list before going to make it easier on yourself. One kid needs 3 boxes of crayons while another needs 2 boxes and a third needs 5 boxes. Put all the like items together and find out how many you need instead of just looking list to list at the store. Here is actually a picture another mom shared on how she does it She makes a line for each kid that way she knows the total of each items but also who gets what:
6. If your child packs lunch, do premade lunches that they can choose from or make them the night before. Make sandwiches of different types, "homemade lunchables" have snacks and fruit and such available to quickly make a lunch.
This post does contain affiliate links and I may profit from these links but all opinions are my own The kids are all back in school, or getting ready to. We have lists of items upon items of things we need to buy. Here are some of our favorites we like.
Whats Better thank Trick or Treat? How about Brick or Treat?
The Halloween party built for kids returns to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on nine dates in October. Brick or Treat features a lineup of kid-friendly, Halloween fun! No extra ticket is required to enjoy a brand-new show, loads of candy along a uniquely LEGO® trick-or-treating trail, interactive character meet-and-great experiences, a fireworks spectacular and much more.
New this year, a pair of curious trick-or-treaters will sing, dance and chant their way through solving “A Candy-Coated Curse,” a new show on the LEGO City Stage – showing on event dates only! Also, making her Brick or Treat debut, LEGO Spider Lady will be weaving webs of fun inside LEGO Kingdoms.
Except for Wednesday, Oct. 31, each Brick or Treat date will conclude with a ghostly show featuring the “Tale of Pirates’ Cove,” and a Halloween fireworks spectacular in the skies above Lake Eloise. Wear a complimentary pair of viewing glasses for a brick-tastic LEGO twist.
Guests can sip in spooky style with an event-themed Coca-Cola Freestyle® collector’s cup, indulge in Pumpkin Spice Granny’s Apples Fries and nibble on a variety of Halloween-themed snacks. Back after popular demand, Be-A-Minifigure Costume Shop will offer more than 20 LEGO minifigure outfits for boys and girls allowing kids to dress up as their favorite LEGO characters. Guests who spend $50 will receive a special gift-with-purchase item, LEGO Penguin Girl Snow Hut. The seasonal retail shop is available for a limited time only.
Staying the night at the LEGOLAND Hotel is getting a lightly-frightful touch with Halloween-themed rooms. Guests will be able to boo-k a night – or two – beginning August 20 by calling 1-888-690-5346.
I am sorry I haven't been as active lately, life has surely been busy. we have had a lot going on and I keep going "oh well I will post an update after this date and important things happen" then that day comes and more gets thrown on so I just push it off more and it all builds up. My husband has been at his job 3 months now and is doing really well and liking it which is great. I just started a new job as an in home caregiver and I really enjoy it. I have only been there a few days and sadly have already lost the client I was taking care of, but it's something we have to learn to live with in this line of work. Things can change in an instant it's part of life. Now on to updating about the kids.
We will start with Bella. We haven't been to the follow-up for her psychological evaluation which is the 21, but we do know she will be diagnosed with ADHD combined type and Oppositional Defiant disorder as well as borderline anxiety. These are things we had a feeling and kind of knew she would be diagnosed with, but hearing it is still a shock and a lot to take in. She went for her 8 year check-up monday and she is healthy besides having lost 4.5lb since April!!! We are now having to track her calories and make sure shes getting enough and go back in 2-3 months for a weight check. If things aren't good then we will be doing testing to see whats going on. This is really hard. She had some problems with this as a baby/toddler but since then she has been our healthy one, all her problems have been behavioral. She is kind of excited to start 2nd grade here in 2 weeks.
Kaya has been doing pretty well actually. She is very excited to be starting 2nd grade in 2 weeks. There really isn't much to update on her as not much is going on luckily.
Louie went on his first field trip with daycare on Friday. They went to the zoo. After daycare we went to my mother in laws house and Louie had an accident. He hit his head pretty hard after falling and we rushed him to the emergency room. They did an xray of his neck and said everything looked ok and sent us home. We weren't home more than 15 minutes and the doctor called wanting us to come back because the xray was reviewed and they seen something. We went back and did a CT scan. What they seen they are pretty sure it wasn't from the fall but something he was born with. We are waiting to get more details from the doctor, but it is sounding like he might have the same problems going on with his c1 and c2 that Kaya does. He is starting kindergarten here in 2 weeks.
Silas is doing ok. We finally got over the allergic reaction for him and was able to clear everything up for the most part. He is having a small breakout again but is relatively fine. He goes the 23 for his allergy testing to see whats going on. Nervous for what that will show.
The girls are going to Kings Island tomorrow and are very excited for it. I will update everyone when we learn more about everything. We are also very excited for a new family member who will be here any day. My sister in law is being induced the 23 if things dont happen before then!!
Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish 'n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There's something for everyone's taste buds!
Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you're a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.
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