Mommie...Again
Apr 21, 2015

Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Grapevine Opens for Summer


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARR! PIRATE BEACH OPENS FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

Grapevine, Texas (April 20, 2015) - Enjoy some fun in the sun at Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center when the interactive water playground opens for the summer season on May 1.



Geared towards children ages three to 10, Pirate Beach is a seasonal water playground featuring 30 interactive gadgets pumping and spraying thousands of gallons of water.  Structured after a shipwrecked pirate vessel, Pirate Beach’s central feature is a playground where kids can navigate through water jets and fountains, squirt cannons and splash down water slides.  Looming at the top of the 20-foot-tall mast is a 50-gallon bucket poised to dump water on guests every few minutes.  Throughout Pirate Beach, guests will also encounter 12 interactive models and a soft play area that includes pirates, cannons, treasure chests, palm trees and sand castles.
Bring your buccaneers, bathing suits, towels, change of clothes and prepare for fun…if ye dare!
Enjoy the fun and excitement all summer long before the water playground closes for the fall season.
Tickets:  Admission is $21 for guests 3 years of age and older, free for kids 2 and under.  To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw.
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - last admission two hours prior to closing.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Phone: 877-818-1677


Apr 20, 2015

BLOGGERS: SoFabU Coming to Grapevine May 30th #DFW #Dallas


I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone. #SoFABUOTR #cbias
SoFab University On The Road 
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM 



By SoFabU - "As conference goers ourselves, we saw a post-conference trend happening - the long to-do list of ideas was set aside and never implemented. SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what you're learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with a fun city-specific adventure where attendees will get to put their newly learned skills to test."

SoFabU OTR Dallas is the place to be on May 30th! 
This day-long event at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is dedicated to taking your blog to the next level. Learning sessions, brand panels, a cocktail event and networking are just a sample of what this day will have to offer. Sounds intriguing, right? Click here to register for the event.

The Dallas featured speaker will be a can't-miss session:

"How to Use Social Media to Impact Blog Traffic" 

Speaker Randi Dukes will be doling out crucial information that can impact any blogger at any level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Bloggers often choose one form of social media to focus on, ignoring other platforms that have a great benefit to traffic. All bloggers can benefit from amping up their social media engagement in order to draw readers to their blog.

Key lessons will include:
- how to work to increase numbers on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+
- how to increase engagement
- how to use those platforms + Stumble Upon and Instagram to draw readers to your site

This is THE session you need to attend if you don't just want to blog but want to make an impact on your readership through the power of social.

Need a place to stay while attending the conference? The Gaylord Texan is offering a discounted rate room rate of $189.00 on May 30th. Make your reservation by calling 1-866-782-7897 and reference "Collective Bias SoFabU on The Road". 



SO, WHO WILL I SEE THERE? I'LL BE THERE READY TO LEARN AND MEET NEW FRIENDS.

NATIONAL SPONSORS

Johnny RocketsMüllerKraft and iBlog


About SoFabU on the Road
SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them a part from the rest.
SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what they're learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with fun city-specific adventures where attendees get to practice their newly learned skills.
Events are open to all bloggers and influencers!

Jan – Los Angeles
Feb – Miami
March – Phoenix
April – Cincinnati
April – Seattle
May – Dallas
June – NYC
July – Chicago
Aug. – Minneapolis
Sept. – Atlanta
Oct. – Bentonville

About Collective Bias and Social Fabric
Collective Bias® is the only shopper social media company that solves shopper marketing problems by weaving together organic social content with engaging, real-life stories to generate millions of impressions, increased share of voice, SEO and retail sales for brands and retailers. Top brands such as Tyson, Nestlé and Duane Reade rely on Collective Bias to sell their stories socially. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London, Collective Bias was named one of America's 25 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a part of the Inc. 5000.




Apr 19, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country 4WD Crew Cab #Chevy


Disclosure: I was provided this 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Truck for one week with no obligation to write a post. No other compensation was given.  All opinions are 100% my own.


This is my first vehicle loaner. I had no idea this type of program was available until I talked with a Chevy representative at the Tech & Travel Road Show put on by SheBuysCars last month in Fort Worth. This beaut showed up in our driveway on a Thursday morning. and we had the privilege of driving it for one full week. My husband and I both drive nice vehicles, but a change is always great! 

On day one, I drove it to take my son to school and to run errands, on days 2-7 my husband drove it.....WHAT!!! No really, he did let me drive it some on the last day. But as a family, we went every where in this truck, and everywhere we went, we were wishing it was ours. With the High Country Premium Package included, this is definitely a dream vehicle to own.



We are already Chevy owners, so no doubt we were going to love this truck. My husband will not drive anything else but a truck!! He's thought on this Silverado was good. He says, "It's a comfortable family truck." His number one thought was that this Silverado truck is safe and secure for his family.



2015 CHEVROLET HIGH COUNTRY 4WD CREW CAB
  • Full-size Truck
  • Exterior: White Diamond Tricoat
  • Interior: Saddle Leather
  • Engine: 6.2L V8 Ecotec3
  • Transmission: 8 SPD Automatic
  • EPA Fuel Economy 15/City 21/Highway 17/Combines
Star leather interior, power sunroof, hotspot, built-in DVD player, heated seats, driver alert package, all electric, and more.


My husband's absolutely right about feeling safe in this truck. I love all the safety features such as, six air bags, large rear-view mirrors and a rear-vision camera system. We have a long driveway that goes out to a semi busy street, so this feature is really nice to have. I didn't know why my seat was vibrating every now and then. I had to call my husband and ask him. I thought perhaps something was wrong with the truck. But nope, that's the safety alert seat. It will vibrate when you are too close to the edge of the road. I got used to it after a while, then it stopped because after a while, I was more aware of how I was driving. That's a great safety feature, for sure.


Here's my over-all vehicle highlights for the 2015 Chevy Silverado High Country Truck

  • Great family truck
  • A feel of safety
  • Beautiful color inside and out - leather seats a must!
  • Good gas mileage
  • Built-in DVD (my husband said our next vehicle will have this)
  • Strong and durable
  • Hotspot
  • Onstar available
  • Rear-vision camera system
  • COMFORTABLE
  • I felt proud to drive it
  • Safety alert seat - makes me aware of our I'm driving
  • ....and all the tech stuff 
So that's my womanly highlights!!!


The Silverado rode like a charm and we felt safe. The time I had it I rode with the sunroof opened and the a/c on. It was an okay week weather wise here in north Texas - a little rain didn't spoil our fun. This truck is the perfect size for us three. My husband asked me if I would be willing to give up my Yukon for this truck. But I had to say, when we pick up our grand kids for dinner or for the weekend, it wouldn't be big enough - boo! 

For more information on the Silverado High Country and other trucks, please visit Chevy at your convenience!!



Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 4/19/15


Mommie..Again AND Christy's Cozy Corners are permanent Co-host for Sunday Strolls. You'll always find this Giveaway Link Up on my blog early Sunday mornings.

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed.

Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some! 

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Apr 16, 2015

Acceptance and Unity in the Spirit of Parenthood


I have partnered with Sisterhood of Motherhood as a sponsored blog partner. 
All writings are my own views and my own opinions. #SisterhoodUnite #ParentsFirst

I'm honored to be a part of this positive, worthwhile, and uplifting movement called "Sisterhood of Motherhood." Please join me over the next three months as I help promote and support the message of acceptance and unity in the spirit of parenthood.

moms judge other moms

No one knows us better than us. We have been friends since Jr. High, with the exception of my sister. That's her on the left in the top photo. That photo was taken in August of last year, and the bottom photo was taken in 1983 when we were 23-24 yrs. old. Three of us already had children. We experienced a lot about life together starting at very young age. Even though we were inseparable for many years after that bottom picture was taken - two of use went to college, and two of us got married and had children. With 9 kids between us, we all had different parenting styles. But we supported each other in every thing we did - different or not.

Now at the age of 54, I'm parenting all over again...hence my blog name - Mommie...Again. I'm wholeheartedly supported by them in raising Brody, my grandson, and with the decision we (my husband and I) made of not telling him about his bio parents until he is old enough to understand. It's not a happy story. We've had Brody since he came home from the hospital at 5 weeks. We are his permanent caregivers, in other words, his parents. I've had a few people tell me that they would have been truthful from the beginning. But they don't know the whole story, and I wasn't about to sit there and tell them. My husband and I (mostly I) made that decision, and we are still glad that we did.

Brody was bottle feed by me, he's had all his vaccinations, and I can't believe it, but he'll be starting Kindergarten next school year at the public school down the street. WOW....how time flies. I hope you'll support me in my parenting decisions, and if not, lets not judge, but unite and be the best parents we can be. We can all be Sisterhood of Motherhood supporters.


What is Sisterhood of Motherhood?
Similac launched this positive and uplifting campaign to encourage parents to engage in constructive, rather than judgmental dialogue about parenting. With a positive mindset, we as parents can embrace our differences rather than judge them.

Sisterhood of Motherhood encourages parents to support each other's parenting choices and to unite around the idea that we are all in this together. After all, we're all working towards the same goal, and that is to raise happy and healthy kids.

Our Goal: To continue conversation on how to make the right decisions for our families, and to focus less on differences and more on our common goal of raising happy and healthy children.

Similac created an honest but humorous video of different parenting styles. You may have seen it as it's been all over the Internet, and received over 7 million views and sparked more than 8,500 conversations on social media. Here it is again in case you haven't seen it or want to see it again. I thought it was hilarious!!



"No matter what our beliefs are, we are parents first"


ACCEPT
UNITE
SUPPORT

If you would like to know what's going on and being said by other influencers, simply follow these 2 hash tags to keep up with the latest. #SisterhoodUnite #ParentsFirst

Questions for my readers: What is/was your parenting style? Have you ever been judged on something you did as a parent? Whatever it is, whatever you'd like to share - I'd love to hear about it.

Similac partnered with bloggers such as me for its Sisterhood of Motherhood Program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac's policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.